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*** Les Golden Receives Listing on Prestigious Authors Den Web Encyclopedia ***

Les Golden of Oak Park, Illinois, has been granted a featured listing on Authors Den, the prestigious listing of significant worldwide authors.
“We were notified that the listing is in part because of Dr. Golden’s contributions as a gambling writing for many years in multiple internationally-distributed magazines and because of the forthcoming publication of his textbook,” stated Diane Nichols, Golden’s New York-based publicist.
The astronomy textbook of Renaissance Man Dr. Les Golden is slated for a May, 2012, release by international publisher Springer Verlag of New York. “Laboratory Experiments in Physics for Modern Astronomy” includes chapters on modern subjects such as radar and radio astronomy.
Golden has recently overtaken sports celebrity Lesley Visser in total number of hits on a leading Wiki encyclopedia. Internet observers believe the milestone, making Golden the single most highly ranked Illinoisian at the website, results from the recent publication of his biography by Duc Publications and the approaching publication of his astronomy/physics textbook by Springer Verlag. His international fame arises from his writing for four London-based gambling magazines.
Les Golden is a Renaissance Man, a true polymath. He has been so described in numerous newspapers and magazine. A Chicago-area writer wrote of him in the following way. "Let's say there was a local character who has a B.S. and M.S. in engineering physics from Cornell University; earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California in Berkeley; is a professional actor; a former stand-up comedian in San Francisco and L.A. and an improv performer with Chicago's Second City, is a freelance jazz and theater critic and playwright; is president of his own software development company; gives lectures on UFOs and the possibility of extraterrestrial life; was listed in the Marquis "Who's Who in Science and Engineering;" and every July 4 either he or his twin brother lead the band that precedes the fireworks at the local high school. You'd accuse us of making him up, right? Wait, it gets better. Let's say all of that is not enough. Let's say this guy wants to make his mark in politics . . . only he insists on filing under a nickname which usually gets him tossed off the ballot . . . "
"Where to start in introducing the complete one-off individual that is Les Golden? Actor, stand-up comedian, humorist UFO lecturer, singer, astronomer, cartoonist, playwright, trumpet player, voiceover artist, political activist . . . we could go on. You can probably tell that Les is a bit of a character. Luckily for readers, he's also a great blackjack player." So stated Chris Lines, Dr. Golden’s editor at Gambling Online print magazine.
Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune wrote about Leslie Golden, "It would be an unusual man who really went by the name 'Cut the Taxes,' but Golden, of Oak Park, is an unusual man. He is an actor and educational software developer with a Ph.D. in astronomy; he is a trumpet player, writer and physics professor who devotes much of his free time to taxpayers rights issues."
The first-place winner of the Compuserve International Writing Award, the magazine described Professor Golden: “His interests form a list so long as to stagger the imagination. He is a stand-up comic who has performed all over the United States and Mexico, a professional actor in more than 100 plays, films and commercials; and he is the author of Basic Composer, PC-compatible software that is used to compose, play back, and print music and lyrics. (As an astronomer), in 1986 he went on a Halley’s Comet cruise, following the comet from Acapulco to Greece and transmitting reports to the Syndicated Writers’ Group.” Golden has won numerous other awards for his writing. He divides his time at homes in Oak Park and Reno, Nevada.
Leslie M. Golden is an internationally-known gambling writer, and has written books in diverse fields including astronomy and music notation as well as produced stage plays. He obtained his undergraduate education at Cornell University in engineering physics, with distinction, while working summers performing planetary exploration simulation studies at the AstroSciences Center of the Illinois Institute of Technology. At Cornell he worked with Bruce Hapke on characteristics of the lunar surface and studied under his early mentor, Frank Drake of SETI fame. His Ph.D was earned at the University of California, Berkeley, where he performed research in a variety of areas, working with Leland Cunningham on software for the determination of the orbits of comets, Carl Heiles on the definitive 21-cm map of the galaxy, Harold Weaver on selection effects in studying the evolution of quasars, and W.H. McCrea on isotropy of radio source counts with position over the sky. His dissertation, a microwave interferometric study of the subsurface of Mercury, was performed under William J. Welch with the prototype Hat Creek interferometer. It was cited as one of only two dissertations for excellence in the year of completion by the Berkeley chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Golden obtained a National Research Council grant and continued interferometric studies of Mercury at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as a consultant at the Aerospace Corporation before receiving his academic appointment at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In addition to numerous technical articles, he was the award-winning editor-in-chief of the Cornell Engineer magazine, and won the senior division of the Nicolaus Copernicus 500th Anniversary science-writing competition, the Eric Hoffer-Lili Fabilli Essay Award, the International Compuserve Essay Contest, and an award in the Griffith Observatory Science Writing Contest.
He is the author of books in several genre, including Basic Composer: An Analysis of Music Notation Software (Music Education Incentives Publishers, 1988), Astronomy 101 (University of Illinois at Chicago Press, 1994), A Field Guide for Political Activists: How to Generate Support and Turn Out Your Voters (Lee Brooke Publishers, 2008), and Laboratory Experiments in Physics for Modern Astronomy (Springer Science+Business, May 2012 release).
Les Golden is an internationally-known gambling writer. He has written over 100 columns for gambling.com, iGamingBusiness, gamblingonline, and Bluff Europe print magazines.
In demand as an authoritative and entertaining public speaker and lecturer, Dr. Golden, among many engagements, was selected by Royal Cruise Lines to be their on-board lecturer on the high seas during the 1986 apparition of Halley’s Comet, addressed the Adler Planetarium as the keynote speaker during the opening of their new wing, provided a lecture series on extraterrestrial life to the Field Museum of Natural History, and has been the only University of Illinois professor to be selected as a visiting faculty member on Semester at Sea through the University of Pittsburgh. He speaks widely to library, school, youth, and adult groups on various topics in astronomy.
Dr. Golden is one of a handful of individuals who is a member of both Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honorary society, and Phi Beta Kappa, the arts and sciences honorary society. He was also elected to Pi Delta Epsilon, the honorary journalism society. He has homes in Oak Park, Illinois, and Reno, Nevada

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