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Rob Schmidt has worked as a full-time freelance writer since 1993. He's written hundreds of computer and business articles, political and social essays, and his first book, The National Jobline Directory.
As a writer in the Indian and gaming fields, he has written for Casino Journal, Indian Gaming Business, and Indian Country Today. He also works part-time on PECHANGA.net, the Internet news source. He's a regular contributor to other websites and news groups, including Native News Online.
Other work related to PEACE PARTY includes multicultural essays, a literary short story, and one-shot cartoons. He's written several comic book stories and has written and drawn a prospective comic strip. He other fiction projects in progress include novels, short stories, and a children's book.
Before this, Rob spent nine years in the corporate world. He was a business programmer/analyst for Northrop Corporation and a library systems analyst for the Los Angeles Times. He continued writing and drawing during these jobs.
He earned an MBA and an MA in Library Science from the University of Chicago in 1983. He has a BA in Mathematics from Occidental College, where he graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He's studied multicultural and Native American issues on his own for years.
Rob brings all this background to bear on PEACE PARTY. He's used his research skills to gather hundreds of Native resources, such as books, articles, and videos, and to locate materials and expertise elsewhere—in libraries, the community, and online. This has helped make PEACE PARTY authentic and sympathetic to Native concerns.
His business and editorial experience includes producing his book, two directories for the Independent Writers of Southern California, and other writing and computer projects. This stands him in good stead as he oversees PEACE PARTY and Blue Corn Comics.
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