About Me

David Morgenstern, with more hair and less gray than now

Hello, friend! Do you know me, David Morgenstern? Perhaps, you do. Here's some overly-detailed biography that may give you a clue whether you know me or another David Morgenstern.

Family. I live in San Francisco with my wife, Inara Morgenstern, a wonderful pianist and music teacher. My daughter, Ariela Morgenstern, is a terrific singing actress who lives in New York with her husband Marc Wilson. We have two Maine Coon cats named Hermione (Minnie) and Hercule.

My father, Leonard Morgenstern Z”L, died this summer (you can read his obituary here) and my mother died a number of years ago. My brother Jamie and his wife Linda recently moved to Berkeley, Calif., and their daughter, Dara, lives in So. Calif. My sister Ann, her husband Jeff Kallman and their daughter Rebecca live in Pleasanton, Calif. My brother-in-law Eriks Upmanis lives in Santa Clara.

On the Job. I currently work two jobs: As cantorial soloist at Congregation Beth Israel Judea of San Francisco and for ZDNet.com as a blogger for The Apple Core blog. 

You may remember my recent work for Ziff Davis Media as a contributing editor at eWEEK, a resource for enterprise IT managers, as well as an executive editor there for a number of years in the online news and print features departments. 

During the dotcom boom, I directed marketing communications for several startups in the Silicon Valley, including Miro Displays, a color calibration and monitor company; and TeVeo, an Internet video and photo sharing service. Both companies are defunct.

I've written for many publications, including CreativePro.com, Peachpit Press, Popular Photography, Macworld magazine and others.

macweek

Back in the days, I worked at MacWEEK, the infamous trade newsweekly that covered the professional Mac market. Some called it "MacLEAK" for all the scoops. I worked my way up the ranks and became the Editor there, as well as serving as editor for its successor publication, eMediaweekly.

One of my stories was a finalist for the 1999 Western Publications Association's Best News Story/Trade "Maggie" award. I also co-wrote and co-edited  the 1997 runner-up award-winning news story awarded by the Computer Press Association.

In the long-distant past, I worked for more than a decade in the Acquisitions department of the  J. Paul Leonard Library at the San Francisco State University. During that time, I served as a Union Shop Steward for the AFL-CIO chapter on campus.

Other bytes and pieces. 

I  help coordinate the monthly BMUGWest Mac users group meeting at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. In 1989, I co-founded the meeting and at the same time, I served as chairman of the board of directors of BMUG Inc., then the world's largest independent computer user group.

My Youth/Education. 

I was raised in Moraga, Calif., a small suburban town in the hills east of Oakland in the San Francisco Bay area . Our family lived in the 7th home built on Rheem Blvd. and I attended Campolindo High School. My father and mother, Leonard Z”L and Mary Lou Z”L Morgenstern, were some of the second-tier founders of Temple Isaiah,  in Lafayette.

As a teen, I was active in Reform Jewish youth groups and attended Camp Swig, where I worked for the sculptor Helen Burke Z"L.

In 1970-71, I lived in Israel at Kibbutz Menara, studying Hebrew and working on an Ulpan. While there, I  worked in an agricultural trailer factory.

I attended both San Francisco State University and San Jose State University.

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