You could say Mark Frost
was destined for Hollywood. His father is the actor Warren Frost, who worked primarily in theatre, but also dabbled in television and movies, starring in Matlock
and eventually in his son’s own creation: Twin Peaks
Born in Brooklyn, Frost was raised in Los Angeles− a city that seems to have left an indelible impression on him. He began writing at a young age, and studied at the Guthrie Theater during high school, after his family moved to Minneapolis. He went back East for college, where he studied acting, directing and playwriting at Carnegie Mellon University.
When he returned to the City of Angels, success came quickly. He wrote episodes for the popular show The Six Million Dollar Man
, and went on to join the writing staff of the critically acclaimed NBC series Hill Street Blues
(which earned him an Emmy nomination and Writers Guild award). From there, he collaborated with director David Lynch to create Twin Peaks,
one of the top-rated series of the ‘90s and an instant cult classic.
Eventually, Frost added publishing to his diverse resume. He’s written eleven books, with national and international bestselling success. All the while, he’s continued writing for the big screen, with writing credits on Storyville
, both Fantastic Four
films, and The Greatest Game Ever Played.
Hollywood has been very good to Frost, but all the time he’s spent sitting down while writing has not.
“Years of sitting− an occupational requirement, which, we now know, can hasten one’s demise− has left me with a cranky back,” Frost told me.
Indeed, a bad back is one of the most common complaints of those who stay seated all day. And as Frost points out, sitting cuts a significant amount of time off your lifespan (22 minutes per hour of sitting, in fact). Unfortunately, even going to gym every day doesn’t reverse the negative effects of sitting.
“For many years I enviously watched film editors working at these beautifully designed, futuristic, multi-screen horseshoe-shaped workstations,” continued Frost. “Assuming they were some kind of inside-industry secret issue, I never asked the obvious question: Who makes those, and how can I get one?”
Eventually, Frost asked the question, and got the answer he was looking for: Anthro Corporation’s Elevate Wrap sit/stand desk.
“From the moment it arrived a few months ago, fully assembled− with its on-board 'elevation' engine, allowing me to raise or lower the platform with the touch of a button− my own Anthro has transformed my working space and experience,” Frost said.
“The Anthro has liberated me from the tyranny of the chair. Whether standing, using a physio ball and, on occasion, still in a chair, the Anthro is an evolutionary leap in desk technology. Clean lines, aesthetically appealing, it provides me with a rewarding feedback loop of function, tactile feel and responsiveness that feels akin to the best Apple products. This is a desk for the 21st century. I just wish I hadn't waited so long to get one. Thanks, Anthro: job well done."
Thank you, Mr. Frost. Everyone loves a story with a happy ending, and we’re glad we could help you find yours. We’ll be on the lookout for your next masterpiece, and the one after that, and the one after that…
Head over to our new MoveMore site to learn more about standing desks, and other ways to get up and get moving during the day!
Unfortunately, Mark Frost’s Anthro Elevate Wrap was discontinued last year. But don’t worry: We’re sure you’ll love one of our Elevate sit/stand desks. See them all here.
Maggie Summers writes about educational technology, healthcare IT, and healthy living for Anthro Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of furniture for technology in Portland, OR.