George Lucas Educational Foundation

Contributors for Sept/Oct Issue

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Credit: Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis - Musician

Wynton Marsalis ("Keeping Time") is artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC), as well as an accomplished and acclaimed jazz artist. In 1997, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his work Blood on the Fields. Education is a significant part of JALC programming. Through performances, classes, and clinics, jazz lovers of all ages can learn about the history of the art form and celebrate the contributions of its greatest musicians.

Credit: Bart Nagel

Bart Nagel - Cover Photographer

Bart Nagel was born on a gelid March morning in Bussum, the Netherlands, and was given stark form by his immigrant parents in the unfaltering heat of Scottsdale, Arizona. He now feathers his nest in Oakland, California, and abhors writing in the third person.

Credit: Eric Hellweg

Eric Hellweg - Writer

Eric Hellweg, a writer living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a business columnist for CNN Money, as well as a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan.

Credit: Mark Gross

Mark Gross - Teacher

Mark Gross ("Inside, Looking Out") teaches economics at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose. Before becoming a teacher, Gross worked for 20 years as a magazine publisher and Internet developer. In addition to teaching, Gross is the founder of School Loop (, a new Web- and email-based system for connecting students, teachers, and parents.

Credit: William Duke

William Duke - Digital Illustration

When William Duke ("Full House" ) found he could make trick photographs, staging skateboard wipeouts with his Kodak Pocket Instamatic 110 camera, a lifelong love of photography was born. Since then, his work has appeared in Esquire, Interview, and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

Credit: Gene Stafford

Gene Stafford - Photographer

Gene Stafford ("Eye Candy" ) began his career in black and white, as a draftsman/designer. A scholarship led to a B.F.A. in design and the color and light of photography. Since 1996, after the show circuit, a studio, and more than 20 years on a college faculty, he has pursued his photographic muse full time.

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