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To my alarm, a couple of friendly hosts have introduced me at recent talks by reading my ENTIRE three-page bio, much to the boredom of the audience. So here's a short version (for introductions and busy people) as well as the long one (for airplane reading).

The short version

David Pogue is the anchor columnist for Yahoo Tech, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. He’s also a monthly columnist for Scientific American and host of science shows on PBS’s “NOVA.” He’s been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since 2002.

With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.

David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's won two Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He's been profiled on "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children. His web site is davidpogue.com.

The whole enchilada

David Pogue grew up in Shaker Heights, OH, a suburb of Cleveland. (Mom’s the Welcome Wagon lady; dad’s a lawyer.) He was a music/theatre geek from Day 1, writing or performing musicals from elementary school through high school. He was also a language jock; he won the Ohio Spelling Bee in 1976 and performed over 400 magic shows during his teen years.

He studied music, English, and computer science at Yale. He graduated summa cum laude in 1985, with Distinction in Music, having continued to write and conduct musicals each year. (In 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from the Shenandoah Conservatory. So that's "Dr. Pogue" to you, bud.)

After college, Pogue moved to New York City, with aspirations to compose Broadway shows. For ten years, he worked as conductor, synthesizer programmer, arranger, or assistant on Broadway shows (Carrie, Welcome to the Club, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Anything Goes at Lincoln Center) and a few Off-Broadway ones (Pajama Game, Godspell, and Flora, the Red Menace, which he also orchestrated).

In the interests of hedging his bets, he also founded and taught, for several years, the beginning magic courses at the New School for Social Research and New York's Learning Annex. He also codesigned and wrote the manuals for music software programs like Finale, from Coda Music Technology.

Unfortunately, the demand for new young composers on Broadway was about zero in those days, and Pogue saw the writing on the wall; his computer-teaching skills were turning out to be in more demand than his musical ones. So he started teaching the Broadway community how to use their computers -- first composers such as Stephen Sondheim, John Kander, Jerry Bock, David Shire, and Cy Coleman, and then later Hollywood and literary celebrities, including Mia Farrow, Gary Oldman, Natasha Richardson and Harry Connick, Jr.

He began writing for Macworld magazine in 1988. His triple-award-winning column, "The Desktop Critic," appeared on the back page until November 2000, when he joined The New York Times.

In 1992, IDG Books asked Pogue to write Macs for Dummies. (This was back when there was only one Dummies book -- DOS for Dummies.) The book became the #1 bestselling Macintosh book, in all of its 17 languages and six editions.

Today, he’s the author or co-author of over 75 books, including six more in the “for Dummies” series (including Opera, Classical Music, and Magic), two novels (Hard Drive, a New York Times "notable book of the year,” and Abby Carnelia’s One and Only Magical Power in 2010), and dozens of titles in the Missing Manual series, which he created in 1999. The series, published by O'Reilly Media, now includes over 150 titles; Pogue writes annual new editions of his bestsellers on Mac OS X, the iPhone, and Windows.

In November 2000, Pogue joined the New York Times. His personal-tech column, "State of the Art," appeared every Thursday for 13 years on the front page of the Business section. He also wrote his Times blog, "Pogue's Posts," authored a weekly e-mail Times newsletter, "From the Desk of David Pogue," and filmed his Webby-award-winning, very silly Times Web videos. From 2007 until 2011, those videos aired on CNBC.
Pogue appears frequently on radio and TV. For several years, he was a regular technology guest on Martha Stewart's TV show, NPR's "Morning Edition," and CNBC's "Power Lunch" and "On the Money."

Today, he writes and hosts about six segments a year for "CBS News Sunday Morning" (work that won him Emmy awards in 2004 and 2013). But he may be best known these days for his work on NOVA, the long-running PBS science show. His "Making Stuff," a 2011 four-part miniseries, won NOVA its highest ratings in six years--ratings that were surpassed only by Pogue's second Nova show, "Hunting the Elements" in 2012.

In 2012, he was named the new host for the spinoff series "NOVA ScienceNow," which premieres in October 2012. Four more episodes of “Making Stuff” aired in 2013.

In October 2013, he left the Times to create a new consumer-technology site: Yahoo Tech.

Pogue lives in Connecticut with his son Kelly, daughter Tia, and son Jeffrey. He fills his cross-country marriage to Nicki Pogue with magic tricks, piano playing, and a lifelong stream of appalling puns.
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