I was reading Kurt Schlicter’s enjoyable and savage attack on John Lennon’s Imagine, when I got the yen to find out just who this Kurt Schlicter is. Big mistake. People like Schlicter make me realize that I’ve wasted way too much of my life doing silly things like sleeping and reading junk novels:
Kurt Schlichter is a former stand-up comic and comedy writer. He is also a civilian trial lawyer and partner at Schlichter & Shonack, LLP, in Manhattan Beach, California, where his work has included entertainment issues. He spent over 20 years in the Army on active duty and in the National Guard, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel and commanding the elite 1st Squadron, 18th Cavalry. He also served in both Desert Storm and in Operation Enduring Freedom in Kosovo, as well as in several civilian support missions from the Los Angeles riots of 1992 to the San Diego fires of 2007.
So, if I can put all of the above in some sort of order: 20 years in the active duty military and the National Guard, fought in two wars, provided civilian support at home, comedy writer, stand up comic, and successful lawyer. I, in roughly the same time, went to college, went to law school, and practiced law (sort of). I’m suffering from a bad case of “efficient life management” envy.