Before Eric Triplett, 48, founded The Pond Digger, a California-based, water feature construction company, he got his start in an aquarium store. One day, an eccentric customer who had recently immigrated from Germany came into the store looking for saltwater fish. It was a fateful meeting, as it turned out that the customer, Dietmar Quistorf, […]Read More
Allison Engel has been a newspaper reporter and op-ed writer for the Des Moines Register and Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News and the Pacific News Service, covering everything from agriculture to the funeral industry. She and her twin sister, Margaret Engel, wrote three editions of Food Finds America: "Best Local Foods and the People Who Produce Them" for HarperCollins and turned it into a show that ran for seven years on the Food Network. The first play they wrote, "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins" has been produced around the country continually since Kathleen Turner originated the role in 2010. She is currently an arts writer at the University of Southern California, where she also helps direct the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.