Susan M. Casey

Freelance Writer

Susan Casey, author of "Women Heroes of the American Revolution," "Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors," and "Women Invent! Two Centuries of Discoveries that have Changed Our World," can be reached at or

Articles by Susan M. Casey

August 2010
Downtown Los Angeles is coming to life! Five years ago, the area that is now LA Live was a parking lot for visitors to the Los Angeles Convention Center or the Staples Center, home of the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks. Today, the area is a 27-acre entertainment complex with 5.6 million square feet of restaurants, bars, movie theaters, the Grammy Museum and the Nokia Theatre. READ MORE
July 2010
Only eight weeks after having undergone heart surgery, comedian Robin Williams was a guest on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in May 2009. Chatting with Letterman about his surgery, he pulled a piece of paper out of his coat pocket, and said, “A lot of people have thanked people for the Academy Awards... . I also want to thank my doctors.” The list included cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. READ MORE
December 2009
When the Victorian-style stone buildings of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum opened in 1903, the Pacific Commercial Advertiser newspaper dubbed them “the noblest buildings of Honolulu.” Philanthropist Charles Reed Bishop built the museum in memory of and to house the family heirlooms of his deceased wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last legal heir of the Kamehameha Dynasty. READ MORE
April 2009
E J Weber Co Inc, a San Francisco company, has completed more than 800 projects over the last 25 years at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF), one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report. Yet, like many electrical contractors, Weber is not a large national company, and it’s not the company’s aim to become one. READ MORE
December 2008
“In hospitality and restaurant projects and bars, the lighting is key,” said Robert Fagnant, LEED AP, lighting designer, Randall Lamb Associates, La Mesa, Calif. “It’s what attracts people to places at night. The architecture can be good, but if you don’t have good lighting, it’s not going to have the right mood. It’s not going to attract patrons.” READ MORE
October 2008
Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Hey, Ben, add changes to the marketplace to that list. READ MORE
August 2008
San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences (CAS) pulled out all the stops to rebuild its Golden Gate Park facility. It won’t open until October 2008, but it already is the recipient of five major awards, including Top Overall Northern California Project by McGraw-Hill’s California Construction magazine. READ MORE
July 2008
The business model of manhy electrical contractors does not involve outside sales, leaving those contractors out of position to approach the residential solar business, according to Bernie Kottlier, director, Green Building Solutions, Los Angeles Labor Management Cooperative Community (LALMCC). READ MORE
May 2008
Electric heat often is more expensive than heat produced using combustion appliances, such as natural gas, propane and oil furnaces, due to electricity generation and transmission losses. But it has distinct advantages in certain situations, which may include cost benefits in both commercial and residential applications. READ MORE