Rick strolls into work every morning carrying his plastic briefcase,
an elaborately crafted sandwich and carrot sticks. Each morning he makes
lunch for his wife, Pam, and their two children, Anna and Martin, before
they head out for work and school. Once he arrives at CR and sits down
in his editor's chair, he usually doesn't get up until the rest of us have
gone home. There are notable exceptions: French class at noon on Tuesdays
and Thursdays, (the whole family is taking lessons) and baseball practice
(he's the coach) daily at 5 pm beginning in the early spring. One of the
best things about having Rick among us is the balance he brings to our
| Isfahan, Iran
After one career as an artist and designer, Rick turned his creative
talents to editing video. In the late 1980s he opened his own non-linear
editing shop called Post-Primitive Editorial. His work has included documentaries
for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS, as well as many others.
While he still takes outside work under the mantle of Post-Primitive, we
have kept him pretty busy for the past few years as our video Editor-in-Chief.
One of the advantages Rick brings to his editing work is his long and
varied life experience (well, he's not really that old, but he's packed
a lot in). Both his training in fine arts (he's a painter), and his world
travels during his youth, inform his work at CurrentRutledge.
| Kandahar, Afghanistan
In the early 1970s, Rick traveled East to teach English at a Persian
school in Isfahan, Iran. At the end of the year, most of the other teachers
headed home via London, but Rick took the more indirect route. It was a
good thing for us because now he is able to regale us with tales of his
travels through central and south Asia, like the night he spent freezing
to death while trying to sleep on the floor of a "hotel" in Kandahar,
Afghanistan ("it's pronounced 'Khan-di-har', not 'Candy-har'"
he comments to the voice of the news announcer coming over the radio Rick
sometimes listens to while editing).
| Kabul, Afghanistan
Or the time he and another traveler successfully disarmed a local highwayman
during a cross-country bus ride, also in Afghanistan. Apparently, the busses
were stopped on a regular basis by gunmen demanding money - some things
really don't ever seem to change - and our mild-mannered Rick had finally
had enough (plus, he was running short of cash).
Anyway, we're glad he's made it back alive to keep us entertained as
well as to work his editing magic.