Stacy Keach Wants to Get Kids Excited About Science With New ‘Magic Microscope’ Book

Stacy Keach

Stacy Keach has long been known as a man of many interests, but his latest non-acting endeavor,  Mary’s Magic Microscope still comes as a surprise.  The title instrument takes the book’s young characters into strange and fabulous molecular worlds — with sights like living rings of atoms in lime green and hot orange and yellow, and honey bee eyes with huge, soft-looking lashes.  The striking visuals are provided by Keach’s collaborator in the work, artist and scientist Gary Greenberg, who shot them using his patented 3D light microscopes.  The story is a lot of fun, too.

 If Keach and Greenberg have their way, their Mary’s Magic Microscope books — they have a series in the works — will open the way for a 3D film that, they hope, will help inspire lasting excitement about science in young learners.  “We’re both parents ourselves — Gary’s a grandparent.  And the thing is, we want to help,” Keach says.

 The esteemed actor got to know Greenberg years ago when he joined the advisory board of the Environmental Communications organization, he recalls.  Both men are drawn to “the synthesis of art and science,” as Keach puts it.  

“If you look at my website, you can see how visual this stuff is,” notes Greenberg.  “That’s why it’s a perfect movie vehicle.  The microworld is amazingly visual.”  They’re hoping for a full-on feature release in 3D theaters, but Greenberg says, “We’ve also often discussed the possibility of an IMAX release, which would be a wonderful way to do it.”

Gary Greenberg

 MEANWHILE:  Keach is finding time for his scientific labor of love in-between a full agenda of other activities.  He has the critically-hailed Other Desert Cities opening Nov. 3 at Broadway’s Booth Theatre.  He and Stockard Channing are reprising the roles they played earlier this year at Lincoln Center in the drama about a former GOP power player who has deep family secrets about to be exposed.  Joining them are Judith Light and Rachel Griffiths.  

 And on a completely different note, Keach has Mel Brooks’ comedy horror “Pizzaman” ahead.  “I can’t wait,” he says.  “I’m very excited about it.  I’ve never worked with Mel before, but I’ve known him for a long time.  His first cousin, Howard Kaminsky, and I want to school together at Berkeley — oh, a few years ago.”  But as for what he’ll play in the tale of a homicidal pizza delivery man, or any other, um, juicy details, Keach is mum.  “I’m afraid I’m not at liberty to say.”

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About Stacy Jenel Smith

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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