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.

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, [...]

November 2013

Greg Abbott: The Cowboy Candidate

By | November 1st, 2013|

Attorney General Greg Abbott is running for governor of Texas. He has a record of crushing his Democratic opponents. But Texas’ disability community is fearful that he will ignore their needs. Will he stand his ground?

October 2013

Raising a Ruckus: How to Get Ahead in a Wheelchair

By | October 1st, 2013|

Let’s face it: Most wheelchair users are way too nice. We all want to do the right thing, be independent, be strong, never ask for [...]

August 2013

Raising a Ruckus: Life in the Insultory

By | August 1st, 2013|

To live life in a wheelchair is to be exposed to a constant barrage of insults, real and imagined. The problem with most of these [...]

June 2013

Raising a Ruckus: Coming Soon: Gimp Apps

By | June 1st, 2013|

If you use a wheelchair, the current Age of Man is techno-Valhalla. Because a group of brainiacs formed the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto [...]

April 2013

Larry Flynt: The Man in the Golden Chair

By | April 1st, 2013|

Larry Flynt is the only wheelchair-using, multi-millionaire pornographer and free speech advocate in America, or at least the most notorious.

Raising a Ruckus: Real Fit for Real Men

By | April 1st, 2013|

I’m no prognosticator when it comes to the future of disability in general, or paralysis in particular, but every once in a while, I stumble [...]

February 2013

Raising a Ruckus: This … is CEN

By | February 1st, 2013|

Have you ever wondered — and surely you have — why we People of the Chair and our disabled comrades don’t have our own cable [...]

November 2012

Raising a Ruckus: Pushing Back the Pushback

By | November 1st, 2012|

Our friends “the media” have overused a lot of terms lately to describe what happens when some political event or statement causes a large and [...]

September 2012

Election 2012: Right, Left, Disabled?

By | September 1st, 2012|

The disability community, commonly considered to be in the Democrats’ camp, may not be as politically predictable as it seems. With the disability vote growing and so much at stake, where do you stand?

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