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.

April 2015

Raising a Ruckus: The Fear Factor

By | April 1st, 2015|

The response from walkies will be, "Are you nuts? Go there after sundown?"

March 2015

Bent Out of Shape: What About Contractures?

By | March 1st, 2015|

Contractures are a threat to mobility. Here's what you can do about them.

February 2015

Raising a Ruckus: The Coming Deluge

By | February 1st, 2015|

I wake up with the same troublesome question rolling around my fervid brain: Are Americans with disabilities making progress or sliding backwards?

December 2014

Raising a Ruckus: The Art of Complaining

By | December 1st, 2014|

Americans love to complain. And doggone it, we’re good at it.

September 2014

Raising a Ruckus: Down With Fun

By | September 1st, 2014|

It’s downright un-American to play it so safe, to obey every lock-step rule of crippled living.

July 2014

CinemAbility: Jenni Takes on Hollywood

By | July 1st, 2014|

This documentary on disability in the media could be a mainstream hit.

Raising a Ruckus: Weird Thoughts While Lying in Bed for Weeks

By | July 1st, 2014|

Half of you probably have a similar story and were driven mad by the experience.

May 2014

Raising a Ruckus: Burning Chair

By | May 1st, 2014|

Some people would show up in strange chairs made out of Legos or Lincoln Logs, or chairs with useless giant tailpipes.

March 2014

Raising a Ruckus: Disland is Your Land!

By | March 1st, 2014|

People who aren’t disabled see disabled people as tragic. If the odds are ever going to get better in the full-inclusion sweepstakes, our vast community [...]

January 2014

Raising a Ruckus: Escape from Los Angeles

By | January 2nd, 2014|

My original assignment for this column was to write about life in a wheelchair in Los Angeles. I have strayed from this noble purpose because, [...]

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