About the Author
Brian J. O’Malley is a professional writer with more than 30 years experience. He developed a niche market specializing in technical and complex topic areas within the fields of science, medicine, health, litigation, government regulation and high technology.
Brian’s first paid job as a writer was in the political arena. He wrote a 30-page health policy for a candidate in the Philadelphia mayoral election. The job entailed detailed research and meticulous accuracy, because the candidate relied upon Brian’s work for speeches and expounding public positions. The appointment was a full decade before the earliest days of the internet, so the research was done in a library based upon manual searches of abstract directories and microfilm to locate authoritative sources. It was slow, tedious work, but he had both a penchant and skill for finding the needed information to develop a complete narrative.
Weeks later, he published a featured op-ed about trade policy in the Philadelphia Daily News . It was the first time he saw his name and picture in print. He knew writing would be a major part of his life from that moment forward.
While attending Temple University’s School of Communications, Brian was inspired by a hypothesis he derived while attending a class about media communication theory. Several popular studies portrayed a negative influence of media on children, but Brian took the contrarian view that there had to be methods of manipulating audio, colors and dramatic structure to have positive effects.
Brian soon realized he was captured by the idea and felt compelled to research the feasibility of the concept. He asked his professor how he could get it done. Dr. Thomas F. Gordon explained it would require writing a thesis paper, but that type of instruction was generally restricted to graduate students. Brian was an undergraduate.
Brian’s grade point average qualified him for an independent study course with his professor though. He easily acquired the necessary recommendation letters from tenured professors to earn the Dean’s approval. The finished thesis was entitled, The Therapeutic Value of Television for the Hospitalized Child.
As Brian was finalizing his thesis, a call came into the Dean’s Office from the Child Life Director at a local pediatric hospital. The Director wanted to know if the school had any expertise for pediatric television programming. Brian was immediately recommended. He visited the Director and shared his research with her. The pair devised a game that ambulatory and non-ambulatory children could play together via the closed-circuit television system.
The show was immediately popular with the children. It continues to be played 30 years after the original broadcast. Medical personnel reported multiple positive effects on patients. Brian was hired by the hospital. He often helped young researchers summarize their findings on posters for medical conferences in addition to producing more than 130 videos about pediatric medical conditions and the most recent research available.
He later collaborated with a psychiatric researcher from an associated medical facility to help children with below-average reading skills. They produced videotapes designed to raise student confidence in their reading ability. The average student improved their reading skills by more than a grade level which brought them up speed with their peers.
Brian formed his own company upon leaving the clinical setting. He dedicated the same skills he first learned during his thesis research to complex topics of all kinds. Subjects ranged from laboratory-made diamonds to social strategies that discourage school bullying. He simultaneously reported about litigations in progress at federal District Courts in Philadelphia, Trenton and Camden New Jersey.
His first book was a guide for instructors about the legal requirements established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for the operation and storage laws regarding all types of industrial trucks. It was a comprehensive review an expert in the field called, “the most thorough and accurate” he’d seen in 40 years.
Brian’s other assignments included writing press releases for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons about their latest scientific studies, including the growth of neurons in an artificial medium and the harm caused by player collisions in the National Football League (NFL).
Ironically, Brian also wrote the press release for the co-lead counsel of the NFL settlement with the players union many years later.
If the topic is complex and nuanced, Brian knows how to write about it with precision for diverse audiences possessing any level of expertise or intellectual development.
Humanity is the most complex topic in the known universe. Quantum physics has been a long-term interest because of its unusual behavior and properties. The two combined were irresistible for Brian but not for the complexity of the work. It’s because of his unwavering faith and admiration for humankind’s magnificent nature.
It’s time everyone knows about it. Especially humans.
Summarizing an entire life is always difficult. These are samples of some of the areas of interest and investigation the author has pursued during the last 30 years in no particular order of priority.
These are topic areas the author has pursued during his career as a writer, communnicator or consultant:
- Computer Programming
- Video Production
- Animation (2D & 3D)
- Graphics Production
- Quantum Physics
- Communication Process
- Digital Marketing
These are areas of ongoing research the author conducts:
- World Religions
- Ancient Cultures
- World Mythologies
- Cellular Metabolism
- Natural Medicines
- Marketing & Digital Marketing
- Quantum Physics
These are some examples of the author’s favorite writing he has tried to emulate in strategy and why:
- Letter from Birmingham Jail
Telling the absolute truth to an audience who most likely will not react well to it takes a level of courage and determination unknown to most people.
It’s even more difficult when the subject is so big and so important to the future of humanity that it must be spot-on accurate and compelling. It’s a service to all of history when someone is willing to do it.
Think of it: he wrote a letter from jail for a bogus charge knowing that would get even more people angry with him.
But it was the right thing to do.
Martin Luther King is a profound American hero of rare quality.
- Gettysburg Address
A war-weary nation had just endured the most substantial incursion into the Northern territory at great cost. The style of public address at the time was verbose and intellectual despite the audience’s rare capacity to understand it. Value was measured by length.
Abraham Lincoln went against convention at a solemn ceremony to commemorate the sacrifice of thousands while they were still bagging the twisted and shattered remains off the fields.
His rhetorical masterpiece spoke directly from his heart to the heart of the nation. It was brief and direct. Not a single word wasted or left unsaid. Lincoln paid a dear price in the opinions of others at the time, but the work is memorized by Americans to this day.
- JFK Speech at Rice University
President John F. Kennedy challenged the country to a vision of space exploration with such rhetorical precision practically everyone forgot that we were losing the space race with the Soviets, and our rockets were failing on a regular basis.
He replaced discouragement with enthusiasm where failure had reigned supreme up to that moment.
Truthfully, he should have been laughed off the stage for proposing billions in new investment for a project unlikely to succeed. We could barely get a man into suborbital flight at the time. We didn’t have the rockets, the computers, the math or a way to get back from the moon.
But he made America believe it was possible. That’s all it took for us to invent everything we didn’t have at the time.
That speech inspired the magic of human beings.
I have enjoyed working with Brian for the past 5 years in my duties in the Department of Pediatrics and in medical education projects.
On a personal level, Brian is a reliable and trustworthy individual. When he tells you that he is going to do something, you can count on it. His code of conduct is one that is entirely compatible with the medical profession and this hospital.
Finally, Brian is a warm person who accepts responsibility. He always gets the job done. He has earned our respect. The division of Cardiology will miss him.