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Sam Dalton Shares Adventuring Spirit in Notable Travel Guide

May 20, 2014

Congratulations to Film School Visiting Faculty Sam Dalton, among the writers contributing to 65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel (Sellers Publishing), recently named a finalist for the 2013 Book of the Year Awards from ForeWord Reviews. 65 Things to Do cover

A follow‐up volume to 65 Things To Do When You Retire —which The Wall Street Journal called “one of the year’s best guides to later life”—this travel-themed edition features more than 65 writers and travel experts revealing personal adventures and offering practical advice for a fulfilling retirement, whether they are looking for physical adventure, a spiritual journey or sightseeing to far-flung places.

Sam’s essay is entitled “Enrich Your Life: Travel in Search of Adventure”:

My taste in travel rarely involves cruise ships, tour buses and luxury high-rise hotels, not that there’s any thing that’s particularly unattractive to me about patronizing any of them. For me, life is an adventure, always coursing though interesting things to do and places to see that I’m fervent about exploring. Regardless of my destination, I either find or create adventure along every life-enriching step of my way. You too can discover adventure anywhere, especially when you guide your heart in its direction. 

Thanks to the generosity of the contributing authors, all of whom provided essays on a pro bono basis, the royalties generated from the sale of this book will be donated to nonprofit organizations dedicated to preventing and curing cancer.

Foreword Reviews is the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, and their awards recognize the best books from independent publishers in more than 60 fiction and nonfiction categories; winners of the 16th annual competition will be announced during the American Library Association Annual Conference on June 27.

About  Sam Dalton
Sam Dalton is an accomplished Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy, a two-time national Telly, and a Parent’s Choice award-winning television and motion picture actor, writer, director, producer and television and print journalist with over 35-years of hands-on experience in all phases of the entertainment and communications media, on both sides of a camera.

He is also a distinguished educator, teaching a rotating series of required and special topics college curriculum courses at Watkins, including “The Fundamentals of Production,” “Production II & IV Film Making,” “Directing Workshop”, “The Business of the Biz,” “The World of Documentaries & Edutainment,” and “Mastering The Art of Pitching.” His summers are spent teaching  pre-college film making programs at the four-week Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, the three-week Watkins Pre-College Program—Production/Film Track, and the two-week Presser Performing Arts Center Film Camp in Mexico, Missouri. Films produced by young film makers enrolled in the Watkins Pre-College summer Film Program have been selected for their world premieres at the Nashville Film Festival for the past consecutive four years.

A long-time member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association, he has a lengthy list of performing credits, including the role of Coach Gurntz in the original 1984 Paramount motion picture Footloose and a two-year stint in a recurring role on the NBC network daytime series Santa Barbara. Other roles include co-starring parts in numerous movies-of-the-week, network prime-time dramas and situation comedies. He continues to act in stage plays, motion pictures and television programs as well as in many films written and produced by the filmmakers of Watkins Film School.

Prior to joining Watkins, he served for two years as an executive producer, writer and director for The Illusion Factory—a $2.5B Los Angeles based motion picture and television entertainment production, promotion, and public relations company—and was responsible for writing and producing Live To Tell About It and Bully 911—winner of a Parents’ Choice award and double Telly awards.

Boomer Adventure logoIn addition to a broadcast career that includes stints at several major market network television affiliates, Sam’s latest venture is serving as Creator, Co-Executive Producer and host of “Boomer Adventures,” a brand new baby boomer adventure travel television program that is a co-venture between Sam and the multiple Emmy-winning producing team of the Tennessee Renaissance Center. “Boomer Adventures” is set to premiere on WNPT (PBS Nashville) and other PBS affiliates throughout the Southeast in January of 2015.