Dick DeBartolo IS The Giz Wiz. He has also been MAD Magazine's Maddest Writer bringing gadgets and laughs to millions for over 40 years.
Along with Leo Laporte Dick does a daily Podcast called "The Daily GizWiz". In just ten months it made the People's Choice List at iTunes with 4.2 million downloads. That led to "The Weekly GizWiz" which is syndicated on radio stations across the country and on XM radio. The Weekly GizWiz is part of Leo's new show, The Tech Guy. Dick also does a weekly spot on WBAL radio in Baltimore.
Dick's gadget spots are low to medium-tech and light hearted. The light-hearted part stems from his second career as MAD Magazine's MADDEST Writer. For more than forty years he's been writing many of those famous off-the-wall movie, tv and ad take-offs. He started his MAD writing career in high school when he submitted an article. He thought it had been returned when his own envelope came back. The envelope was stuffed with cardboard, a check and a note: "ha, ha, thought you were rejected, but we bought your piece. Dick wrote the book GOOD DAYS AND MAD, which is all about the insane way MAD founder William M. Gaines ran his multi-million dollar empire. (No secretaries, no switchboard, even white wine in the water cooler one day!)
Dick is also a boating expert. He has an office on a 50' houseboat which is docked in the Hudson River, and a 24' workboat which stays in the water year round. In the summer, his fleet expands to three boats with a 24' walk-around cabin boat. Although he has owned 26 boats, he has never owned a car! He has been writing a monthly column for Powerboat Magazine for 30 years! For about 12 of those years he also was part of the Powerboat Test Team, putting new boats through their paces. And through a lot of waves!
He's also big fan of G guage trains, sometimes known as outdoor trains and has a layout in his backyard. Having a backyard in Manhattan is rare, having trains in a backyard in Manhattan, is just about unheard of!
He used his MAD Magazine background to change the "Match Game" from normal questions to silly "Dumb Donald" and "Weird Willie" questions, and then wrote thousands of them for Mark Goodson/Bill Todman Productions.
Dick's website is www.gizwizbiz.com. You can contact Dick at