A native New Yorker, from 1980 to 1983, he was managing editor of the Playboy Jazz Festival Magazine in Los Angeles, during which time he also wrote his first cover stories for The Los Angeles Herald Examiner’s Sunday Magazine.
In 1982, Mr. Mann began writing a featured column, called “INNERVIEWS” for Emmy Magazine (the magazine of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences). For ten years, he conducted and wrote all the feature interviews and profiles for Emmy. Among those he interviewed were: TV news legend Walter Cronkite, producer David Wolper, network presidents Don Ohlmeyer, Grant Tinker and Brandon Tartikoff; MGM president David Gerber, child star Jackie Cooper, Public Citizen hero Ralph Nader, Lily Tomlin and Cybill Shepherd. The decade-long series was a virtual Who’s Who history of television.
From 1969 to 1973, Mr. Mann served in the USAF. He was part of the security force safeguarding American nuclear weaponry in Korea.