Her love for La Jolla keeps Phyllis Minick working to make it better
Phyllis Minick operates PM Publication Consultants as a writer, editor and educator in the biomedical field. Previously, she was head of the editorial office at The Scripps Research Institute where she prepared medical research texts for publication and grant submission, annual reports, books and chapters, patient information and other documents. She has taught writing workshops for scientists, nurses and engineers.
Minick was the president (1994-95) of the American Medical Writers Association. She was on the AMWA Executive Board for 12 years and member of the Core Curriculum faculty. She was elected AMWA Fellow in 1987. She edited the AMWA book, Biomedical Communication: Selected AMWA Workshops — Core Curriculum courses presented at AMWA conferences and written by course leaders. She has been affiliated with the Council of Science Editors and was president of the San Diego Chapter of Society for Technical Communications.
Minick graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences and received a master’s in curriculum and instruction from UCSD. She is married to Stan Minick, a retired vice president of Aramark. Their children, Scott (CEO of Bind Therapeutics) and Ricky Mikelman (consultant for Singapore Math Co.) each have two children.
What brought you to La Jolla?
My husband Stan and I were born and grew up in Los Angeles. He graduated from USC and me from UCLA, so we’ve been cross-town (football) rivals ever since! But, a work-related, three-month stay in Pacific Beach during the mid- 1950s yielded a 100 percent agreement on moving south. Just to close the deal, we built our La Jolla home in 1962.
What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
• I would add: Peace at the Children’s Pool, as in Eden, with room for man, beast and handicapped access; a new walkway in front of lifeguard tower at the Children’s Pool; more frequent cleaning of La Jolla’s beaches; off-street parking with a local, low-fare shuttle around the Village; one-way traffic on Coast Boulevard; a movie theater in the historic La Jolla Village Post Office.
• I would subtract: All beach-front vendors, and parking in front of 939 Coast Blvd. to allow widening of the walkway.
Who or what inspires you?
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
Carl Sagan (astrophysicist) and his wife, Ann Druyan (co-author with him of “Cosmos”); Eleanor Roosevelt; William Shakespeare; Golda Meir (former prime minister of Israel); Hugh Jackman ( finest stage performer I’ve ever seen) and his wife, who he says inspires him; Deborra-Lee Furness; and my husband.
What are you currently reading?
“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” by Michael Chabon, and “The Swerve” by Stephen Grossblatt.
What is it that you most dislike?
Being late, especially when I’m stuck in traffic.
What is your most-prized possession?
What do you do for fun?
I feed our extended family and friends at parties, and this includes printing our Family Cooks Collection with recipes from three generations; then theater, reading, writing for publication, USC football and travel. Formerly, I enjoyed SCUBA diving and swimming, now replaced with gym and walking.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
Save the world. Cook dinner tonight. Share.
What would be your dream vacation?
A ride on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo being planned for travel to the International Space Station.
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