Renaissance Mensch

Wikipedia defines “mensch.” thus . . .

Mensch (Yiddish: מענטש mentsh, cognate with German: Mensch “human being”) means “a person of integrity and honor.”[1] The opposite of a “mensch” is an “unmensch” (meaning: an utterly unlikeable or unfriendly person). According to Leo Rosten, the Yiddish maven and author of The Joys of Yiddish, “mensch” is “someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being ‘a real mensch’ is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous.”The term is used as a high compliment, expressing the rarity and value of that individual’s qualities.


Retrieved February 21, 2014  from Wikipedia.

Roger Scime: A renaissance mensch for the 21st century.

I’d like to think of myself as a Renaissance Man, and even better, as a mensch. You think it’s easy having a name like Roger Scime? It was either becoming a Renaissance Man, or living in obscurity, due to a name nobody could pronounce.

I have taught Reasoning & Critical Thinking at the College of Southern Nevada and hold a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno.

I have published academic papers on Internet use among college students and online communities, have written several short stories, and between 2000-2001, penned a bimonthly restaurant column for a major Las Vegas magazine.

For much of my early life, I earned my living as a professional musician, as an above-average lead singer and skilled guitarist. During the 1960s, I played the “Borsht Belt” in the Catskills; then, after, moving to Hollywood in the 1970s, played and recorded with Brian Wilson, The Mamas & The Papas, Bobby Sherman, “Revelation,” and Andy Summers. During most of the 1980s, I sang and played tenor banjo with an Irish Music band on the Las Vegas Strip.

In the early ’90s, I caught the Internet bug and and enjoyed financial success, founding such companies as The Internet ADvantage, an online website design business and MetroDATA News Services, a news syndicator that provided content to web portals.

Today, I live in Reno, in an 800-square-foot home that is located within easy walking distance of UNR—where I continue to study—currently, the latest trends in Social Media Marketing and Online Reputation Management (ORM)

5 thoughts on “Renaissance Mensch”

  1. I look forward to reading your ideas about the promotion and organization of social networks and how they play an ever-changing role in society.

  2. Roger,
    Amazing. I did not know anything about what you had been doing since high school up until our present day intersecting paths. I am fascinated with your bio and your blog which I did not know about either.

  3. OK, comment #2 from me after reading your latest blog post with which I agree and disagree. I agree on one point completely, the danger of the internet (and television) giving us what we want not what we need when opinion is presented as fact, especially with the ‘news’ media. That is a very scary situation particularly since anyone can write or say whatever they want (on the internet, especially) with equal weight as that of a seasoned, respected journalist.
    Where I disagree has to do with the ‘want box’. I have had the most serendipitous journeys on the internet (outside the ‘want box’). They have led me from something I was searching for (wanted to know) to many things I (needed to know) and went out of my way and ‘out of curiosity’ to learn.
    I call that process the internet ‘worm hole’ of transcending time and space. It involves sliding in and out of places while surfing the internet not realizing until several hours later that I had ended up someplace that had nothing to do with where I started. I learn so much from this and I love it.
    I conclude that it is not the medium, print or internet, but the person that is the problem. My curiosity has been heightened by what I can do and learn on the computer. But then I am a curious person by nature who would never settle for a ‘just because’ or ‘I said so’ simple, straight forward, narrow minded answer. Obviously neither are you!

  4. Are you perhaps Roger Scime, the brilliant pianist, who lived at The London Musical Club in the early 1970s?

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