August 20th, 2006 07:36 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Tom Johnson, Co-Author of Reel to Real
David Fantle and Thomas Johnson, both natives of St. Paul, Minn., began their collaboration in 1978 as student journalists at the University of Minnesota by writing an award-winning arts and entertainment column for the Minnesota Daily called Entertainment Ltd. Since the time, the two have interviewed more than 200 show business personalities, including such legendary names as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, James Cagney, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, George Burns, Milton Berle, Charlton Heston, Rod Steiger and Gregory Peck.
Fantle and Johnson`s syndicated column, "Reel to Real," was launched in 1994, and has appeared in more than 35 publications throughout the country, reaching some six million people.
Among the publications their work has appeared in include: The Minnesota Daily, The St. Paul Dispatch, Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Milwaukee Journal, Down Beat, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Grand Rapids Press, Jazziz, Remember, Stars and Stripes, Dilmfax, Vim & Vigor, Good Times, Inside Hollywood, Real People and the inflight magazines of Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, America TransAir, TWA, Skywest, Tower Air, Comair, Midway, Western Pacific, Vanguard, Virgin Express, Spainair, Pan Am and Spirit.
In addition to their print column, you can find Fantle and Johnson on the web at www.reeltoreal.com. They have also contributed to Hollywood Online and E! Online.
Fantle and Johnson have written fan magazines for such stars as Celine Dion, The Spice Girls, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Faith Hill, The Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Pamela Anderson, Jim Carrey, Ozzy Osborne, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, John F. Kennedy Jr., Dale Earnhardt, Britney Spears, the Beatles, Dave Matthews, the Backstreet Boys and N` Sync, among others.
Fantle and Johnson have also written narratives for several songbooks. including "The Great Movie Musical Song Book," "Classic TV Themes" and projects on Duke Ellington, Elvis Presley and Louis Prima.
A compilation book of their past interviews, titled, Reel to Real " will be published in the fall of 2003.
In addition to their writing, Fantle & Johnson have held senior management positions at some of this country`s leading companies, including Netflix, 3M, Kohl`s Corp. and Wisconsin Gas-Electric.
Fantle & Johnson have taken their love of entertainment and extensive experience in corporate communications and developed two entertaining and informative corporate speaking presentations.
They have appeared on television news broadcasts in Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis-St.Paul and Las Vegas and are regular lecturers on the cruise ship circuit working for both Holland-America Lines and Regent Seven Seas.
Fantle and Johnson`s entertainment writing has been recognized with a Minnesota Newspaper Association achievement award and a national Hearst Foundation award for news writing.
Fantle currently resides in Milwaukee, Wis. and Johnson in Los Angeles, Calif.
For more information, please contact David Fantle
Email: David Fantle & Tom Johnson: Celebrity Authors / Speakers
Web Site: http://www.reeltoreal.com
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