PORTE, Joan. American, b. 1955. Genres: Plays/Screenplays, Essays. Career: Legislative assistant to Democratic Representative Robert Roe, 1976-79; Consumer Action Now, assistant to Lola Redford, 1979-81; National Society of Professional Engineers, political director, 1981-84; Associated Builders and Contractors, political director, 1984-86; Blue Horizons Travel Inc., president, 1986-. Card Pal Inc., founder. Publications: Fortyish: Lessons for the Ages From a Baby Boomer, 1996; The Sedona Switches (screenplay), 1996. Contributor to books. Address: Card Pal Inc., 2029 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22207, U.S.A.