Susan Polis Schutz
Susan Polis Schutz (born Susan Polis; May 23, 1944) is an American poet and co-founder, with husband Stephen Schutz, of greeting card and book publisher Blue Mountain Arts. They are the parents of U.S. Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado.
Life and career
Schutz was born in Peekskill, NY, and is the daughter of June (née Keller) and David Polis. Her grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia. Schutz and Blue Mountain Arts came to wider attention with the founding, in 1996, of the bluemountain.com web site. One of the earliest experiments with the electronic greeting card medium, the site was widely adopted by web users. In 1999, the dot-com venture Excite@Home bought bluemountain.com in a deal valued at $780 million. The 1999 price paid for bluemountain.com became an example of what was later seen as the excesses of the dot-com bubble: the website was sold again in 2001, to greeting card company American Greetings, for just $35 million in cash.
Schutz is the executive producer and director of the documentary film Anyone and Everyone. The film featured the coming-out stories of gay sons and daughters and their parents and premiered on KPBS public television in San Diego, California in August 2007 before being scheduled to air on a number of other public television stations in the United States.
- Susan Glairon (January 20, 2006). "After 35 Years, Card Company Still on Top". Associated Press.
- Michael Perrault (September 14, 2001). "Bluemountain.com Sold For $35 Million in Cash; Online Greeting Card Company Acquired by Cleveland Purchaser". Rocky Mountain News.
- "Anyone and Everyone". About the Film. Retrieved May 3, 2008.
- Blue Mountain Arts
- "Anyone and Everyone - About the Film", Anyone and Everyone Website, 2007. Accessed May 3, 2008
- "Biography of Susan Polis Schutz", Anyone and Everyone Website, 2007. Accessed May 3, 2008
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