Bob Scher served from 1995 to 2000 as president of a major computer-industry consortium composed primarily of Fortune 100 companies. He was re-elected each year because he was able to unite intensively competitive organizations in a spirit of cooperation.
Previously, he scripted and directed award-winning documentary films, one of which, narrated by Orson Welles, is in three international film museums, including La Cinémathèque Française and MOMA. He is the author of five non-fiction books, including As If the Sky Were Open, Selected Poems (Browser Books, 2009);
There's a Hole in Your Sky, illustrated by Peter Szasz: clean limericks (called "Limes")
Animal Passions, People in Trouble, and Ourselves (Browser Books, Spring 2007); Lightning,
the Nature of Leadership (Codhill Press, 2003), photographs by Jane English; The Little Know-How Book (Harmony, 1993; Crown, 1994); The Fear of
(Houghton Mifflin, 1984). His articles and poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Parabola, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA),
The American Mathematical Monthly, and
Works and Conversations. For publication in 2013:
My Words Chill and Burn Me, The Amazing Sense of Emily Dickinson.
Early in his career, Bob wrote music for Off-Broadway theater and starting in 2009 began creating piano improvisations,
has put seven of his albums online, including Traveling, Opening, and Interior Processes.
He has also
scored, for piano
and voice, five of A.E. Housman's lyrics and Keats' "La Belle Dame sans Merci." Bob is currently writing book and lyrics for a new musical, music by Laurence Rosenthal.