About Allen Rucker

Allen Rucker grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and went to Washington University in St. Louis and Stanford. In the ’70s, he cofounded the pioneering video group, TVTV and in the ’80s he wrote comedy with Martin Mull as well as others. In 1996, he became paralyzed at T10-12 via transverse myelitis. More recently, he has written three books on The Sopranos, and a memoir of life after paralysis, The Best Seat in The House. A longtime NM contributor and columnist, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ann-Marie. For more information, go to www.allenrucker.com.

December 2016

Holiday Party Do’s and Don’ts

By | December 1st, 2016|

Nothing can ruin a holiday affair faster than when the guy in the chair, slurring his words, falls over backwards into the onion dip.

September 2016

Actor Chill Mitchell Conquers Hollywood

By | September 1st, 2016|

It’s famously rare for wheelchair-using characters to be played by wheelchair-using actors on screens big and small, yet Darryl “Chill” Mitchell has no problem getting roles. What’s his secret?

Raising a Ruckus: Crip This!

By | September 1st, 2016|

Crip-based words should become part of a new, specialized vocabulary, a grab bag of peppy euphemisms for all occasions.

July 2016

Wheelchair Celebrity Boot Camp

By | July 1st, 2016|

Thirteen contestants, 13 weeks, one finally named ‘America’s Wheelchair Celebrity.’ Sounds exciting, no?

May 2016

Raising a Ruckus: How It Will Be in Trumpastan

By | May 2nd, 2016|

Trump hates losers. If you are so cursed as to be in a wheelchair, you are ipso facto a big fat loser. And probably stupid.

April 2016

Is Ad Land Really Changing?

By | April 1st, 2016|

From a Kleenex tearjerker about a man and his dog to a sweet Honey Maid offering of an aunt bonding with her niece, Ad Land has never featured so many wheelchair users.

March 2016

Raising a Ruckus: The Strange Case of Fightin’ Greg Abbott

By | March 1st, 2016|

People tend to feel less empathy for those who experience the exact same trauma.

January 2016

AJ Brockman: Portrait of an Artist as a Young Quad

By | January 1st, 2016|

In figuring out how to have a career as an artist, AJ Brockman ended up creating one of south Florida’s hottest spots.

Raising a Ruckus: In Search of the Disability Brand

By | January 1st, 2016|

Ever wonder why “the disability community,” of which you, dear reader, are a member or fellow traveler, is rarely mentioned in public discourse? Compare it [...]

November 2015

The Inspectors: Bright Light in a Dim World

By | November 1st, 2015|

New CBS show about a 19-year-old wheelchair-using kid who works with his mom to solve crimes.

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