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.

October 2015

Raising a Ruckus: Land of the Big Mouth

By | October 1st, 2015|

“Hey, Gov. Role Model, we should be soulmates, but first you've got to have a soul!”

August 2015

Raising a Ruckus: The New Welfare Queens

By | August 1st, 2015|

The archetypical disability cheater should be living it up on those felonious checks, hanging out by his infinity pool and drinking Crown Royal.

June 2015

Raising a Ruckus: Who Cares?

By | June 1st, 2015|

I’d make every kid in the class go through a Scared Straight program about life after disability. Instead of a day in jail, it would be a day and night in a smelly, run-down “care” facility.

April 2015

Lincoln Rhyme: Fictional Sip-and-Puff Sleuth

By | April 1st, 2015|

The Bone Collector's C4 quad detective is a forensic scientist and force of nature.

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.

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