Robert William Connolly
Robert (Bob) William Connolly is a Canadian musician, author, journalist and film/multimedia producer. He was born in 1954 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is currently producing a feature documentary called Tesla’s Medicine: Healing Fields, which highlight the historical medical inventions of Nikola Tesla and how they are used today.
History in Broadcast Television, Internet, CDROM/DVD
Bob Connolly produced and directed “Passport to Adventure” and “Timeless Places” which aired in reruns for 8 years from 1996 to 2002 in Canada on Vision TV, The Life Channel, The Learning Channel, and CTV Travel. In a travelogue format, the series dealt with the unexplained mysteries of the world and provided information to the viewer as to how to visit the places mentioned in the program. The subject matter included lost technology and civilizations, pyramids, comparative religions, unexplained architecture and psychic phenomena. His former wife, Bea Broda Connolly was a co-producer and host of the show.
A CDROM version of Timeless Places was produced using material not seen on the series. The TV program often explored controversial subject matter and Connolly felt some footage and photography was not suitable for broadcast to the general public and should be only made available on the CDROM. At that time Connolly was also a freelance technical writer for APPLE Computer specializing in digital video and desktop publishing workflows. Apple computer eventually licensed an interactive CDROM version of the Timeless Places TV series, rebranded as “The Search For Ancient Wisdom” and gave the CD away free as a bundling deal to all K12 schools who purchased a computer with a CDROM drive. It was one of the very first interactive commercial CDROM’S ever produced. The Search for Ancient Wisdom was also licensed for playback on Windows computers.
When high speed internet access became afforable to the home user, Robert Connolly decided to abandon the CDROM delivery format and focus his attention to online initiatives. He received the very first grant from Bell Canada’s Bell Fund to develop and produce free broadband video programming for the internet. At that time, high speed internet access was not available to the home user. One hour TV specials called Virtual Europe and Virtual Canada were produced for The Canadian Learning Channel, which when aired, directed viewers to experience the travel destinations online in video and as a downloadable eBook. Bob and Bea Broda (Bob’s former wife) still maintain a Youtube Channel featuring their travel destinations.
Books, eBooks and Magazine Articles
Bob Connolly is the author of a print book titled Dynamic Media – Music, Video, Animation and the Web. According to Pearson Publishing’s press release, this book was the first of its kind by offering an interactive rich media PDF on CDROM which is bundled with the book. The book/CDROM eBook teaches you how to make interactive eBooks in PDF.
The Dynamic Media eBook presented a future world where print books would be replaced by interactive eBooks using a wide variety of rich media that mainly consisted of Flash animations and QuickTime video. Adobe and Apple employees soon realized that whomever controlled the preffered interactive eBook playback format would also control the digital book publishing industry. Shorty after the release of the Dynamic Media Book, Adobe Computer Systems purchased Macromedia who controlled the popular Flash format to embedded the Flash player into Adobe Reader. This allowed simple integration of Flash animation and Flash formatted video inside of PDF without the need of third party plugins such as QuickTime. Apple’s popular “QuickTime” video format playback capability was then soon removed from Adobe Reader which resulted in making the QuickTime video and the virtual reality inside of the Dynamic Media PDF eBook inoperable.
At that time, Connolly was a freelance writer for The Graphic Exchange Magazine which started in 1996. It was the first print publication that introduced desktop publishing workflows to the Canadian graphic arts industry. His articles were focussed on Apple’s convergence technologies to allow a “create once and deliver everywhere” workflow. In later years the magazine was printed in landscape format to accommodate the easy transition to distribute an interactive downloadable PDF version. In his articles, Bob explains that the right way to appreciate Rich Media video in digital magazines is to download the material and experience it off line without the need of an internet connection. You can turn off the wifi connection to take the Rich Media with you. All of the content is inside the magazine. In his public lectures he mentions that Apple’s Airplane mode can be turned on to save the battery life. The teacher can have more control over internet access. Schools don’t need to have wireless transmiters and receivers to be “always-on” and the RF (Radio Frequency) radiation can be reduced in the class room.
Connolly is also an expert in the positive therapeutical aspects of electromagnetic fields and lectures on the subject. In 2012, Robert W Connolly released Frequency Therapy – A Quick Start Guide to MAS. The interactive eBook details how to use electromagnetic fields to treat a wide variety of illness. He currently assists health related companies to produce their interactive eBooks for the iPad.
When Dynamic Media was first released, Connolly wrote many articles for magazines that detailed how to make interactive PDF and extensively toured the United States as a convergence-technology expert to give presentations of his interactive eBooks at well attended Adobe Acrobat publishing conventions and How Design Conferences. Bob Connolly’s eBooks are often quoted by Adobe Computer employees:
Educational content needs to be dynamic and engaging, and easily accessible. Bob Connolly’s interactive rich-media PDF files are perfect for educators to help their students succeed in the 21st century.Ali Hanyaloglu, technical Evangelist for Acrobat in Education, Adobe systems
Bob Connolly has pushed Adobe’s technologies to the limit. His rich-media PDF examples speaks for his talent and his willingness to share his knowledge makes him stand out in this competitive market.Noha Edell, Senior Business Development Manager, Adobe Systems
Connolly often introduces new technology to audiences and this includes the healthcare industry. He believes the future of medicine lies in “frequency therapy” that is generated via computers. As a companion to pharmaceuticals, electrosceuticals and photonics ( laser therapy ) can be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses that are considered to be incurable. He often lectures on this subject at alternative health conventions.
Robert Connolly released one record in 1978 titled Plateau in which he plays keyboards (Minimoog, Hammond B3, Mellowtron) bass and guitar. The record was produced and engineered by Connolly and was recorded in his private recording studio in Hamilton Ontario Canada. It’s a progressive conceptual Chariots of the Gods album that comes complete with a comic book and has become a collectors item for those that follow Bob Connolly’s earlier historical works.
You can reach Robert Connolly by email at [email protected].