Kenan Doyle Branam
Media Consultant / Coach / Presenter / Producer
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Heros & Mentors

Mrs. Mary Junel Smith, Junior Hight Teacher

Mary Junell Smith

- My Junior High School Home Room and Science Teacher - John Tyler High c 1950s

Mrs. Junel first taught my two older sisters, then looked after me in Junior High. She asked me several years to help her decorate her school room before the season started. She paid me even!

I visited her home after her retirement (about the early 1980's). She still worked with kids. She talked about taking a group to visit Verner Von Braun, the father of American Rocketry! I know because I did my high school history research paper on his professional life. She said I would be a good teacher. I hope she's watching now. (In Memoriam - 11/17/1913 - 01/05/2007)

Bryan Saxon

Bryan Saxon

- My High School Science/Math Teacher John Tyler High c 1950s.

When I was in high school, I was very fortunate to have a science and math teacher who was a retired computer programmer for the aerospace industry. Mr. Bryant W. Saxon taught me to solve problems, not memorize formulae.

(See article Just Do It in the series "Making Sense of the Information Age.")

Drawing of Albert Einstien by Kenan Doyle Branam c 1950.

Albert Einstein

"A human being is part of the Whole... He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness."
Albert Einstein
Marshall McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan

McLuhan published his book, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man in 1964. In it he used the line, "The medium is the massage" but was most often quoted as saying, "The medium is the message." The later lead a whole generation of media "artists" to obsess over technologies rather than understanding it's context in society and it's specific effects on individual cognition. Even more important than questioning which quote is true, is realising that both are true. In a more important context, is the question of "how" both can be true. It's a Zen thing!

Timothy Leary

Timothy Leary

I did meet him! He was in Houston promoting the L-5 Project. In my television career, I grew a little jaded about meeting famous/infamous people. BUT, when I shook hands with Timothy Leary, I was near speechless! He was actually a real person and, obviously of such clear consciousness, made strong eye contact.

When he died and the news said his ashes were aboard a space vehicle? In my ear, I heard the Moody Blues singing "Timonthy Leary's dead. Oh, no, he's outside looking in.." How prophetic the words AND the music were!

Dr. Leland Johnson, Ph.D. and Maryann Merksamer - early 1970s

Dr. Leland Johnson and Maryann Merksamer, MA

Leland and Maryann, a students of Fritz Perls, were my mentors and fellow staff at the Gestalt Institute of Houston and Ocean Oaks Retreat Center in the 1970's. Both Leland and Maryann passed in 2003.
For more about Leland Edward Johnson, Ph. D., visit

Fritz Perls

Fritz Perls

Founder of Gestalt Therapy
Dr. Riane Eisler

Dr. Riane Eisler

Riane Eisler is the author of The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future in which she introduces the cultural transformation theory and the partnership and dominator model of human possibilities. She is also the author of Tomorrow's Children, The Gate, Sheherazade, Sacred Pleasure, Dissolution, and The Equal Rights Handbook and the co-author of The Partnership Way and Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life. She has also written over 100 essays and articles for publications ranging from Futures, Behavioral Science, Holistic Education Review, and Political Psychology to The UNESCO Courier, The International Journal of Women's Studies, the Human Rights Quarterly, and the World Encyclopedia of Peace.

Dr. Eisler was recently honored as the only woman among twenty great thinkers including Vico, Hegel, Spengler, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee featured in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians, in recognition of the lasting importance of her work.

Dr. Eisler is President of the Center for Partnership Studies which was founded to further partnership relations.

Contact Riane Eisler at the Center for Partnership Studies, P.O. Box 51936, Pacific Grove CA 93923 U.S.A. Email: Web Site: http://

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