Lee D. Zlotoff

Lee is a writer/producer/director among whose numerous credits is creator of MacGyver. He is also president of Custom Images Concepts.

Author of these Magazine Articles

Hot Water!
In the midst of a nuclear disaster, figure out a way to provide enough drinking water for at least one week.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 27: Robots page 154

Charge That Cell!

In MakeShift from MAKE: 26: Karts and Wheels page 152

Code 72
Meet the real-life MacGyvers who engineer life-or-death solutions while the clock ticks.
In Maker from MAKE: 25: Microcontrollers and Arduino page 30

Zombie Attack!
Battle your way through brain-hungry zombies to arrive - bite free - to a secure school two miles away.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 25: Microcontrollers and Arduino page 152

Hawk Rescue!
Rescue an injured mother hawk and her family.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 24: Space page 152

Crash! ... and Burn?
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to get an unconscious person out of a crashed car.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 23: Gadgets page 138

Snowbound!
The creator of MacGyver challenges you: Get to safety before a snowstorm arrives!
In MakeShift from MAKE: 22: Remote Control / Wireless page 146

Water Landing!
Legs are broken and time’s running short.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 21: Desktop Manufacturing page 150

MakeShift: Property Condemned
An urban spelunking misadventure.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 20: For Kids of All Ages page 154

Makeshift: Against the Wind
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to make your way back to shore after falling asleep in a kayak and awaking to rough seas.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 19: Robots page 152

To the Bat Cave!
The creator of MacGyver challenges you: find your way out of a pitch-black bat cave using only your wits and what's on your back.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 18: ReMake America page 152

Bomb in the Parking Garage
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to avoid being blown up by a subterranean bomb.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 16: Spy Tech page 184

MakeShift: Outbreak
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to use your skills to manage an outbreak on a passenger plane.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 15: Music page 30

MakeShift: Under Siege
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to signal for help from an isolated laundry room while three burly men wait to attack.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 14: Optics page 170

MakeShift: Broken Arm in the Wilderness
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to get your friend to medical help from an isolated fishing stream in a car with only three tires.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 13: Magic page 186

MakeShift: Impaled!
Decided to save some money on an tree guy and go DIY with it, did you? Impaled on a branch, with limited resources ... what now?
In MakeShift from MAKE: 12: Upload page 156

Hot Electrical Problem
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to stop an electrical fire from raging.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 11: Alt Vehicles page 162

MakeShift
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to retrieve your keys from the bottom of a 15-foot crevice in the desert.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 10: Home Electronics page 156

High School Lockdown
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to contact the outside world in a lockdown.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 09: Fringe page 162

Castaway
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to survive on a deserted island. (See previous MakeShift challenges and winning entries here.)
In MakeShift from MAKE: 08: Toys and Games page 158

MakeShift
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to save a man stuck in a fissure filled with toxic gas.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 07: Backyard Biology page 156

MakeShift
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to survive an earthquake, a flood, and a hungover neighbor.
In MakeShift from MAKE: 06: Robots page 172


MAKE: Online Extras

MakeShift 20: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; March 22, 2010

MakeShift 20: Jordan Mocaby's Most Plausible Winning Entry

by Lee D. Zlotoff; March 22, 2010

MakeShift 18: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; October 20, 2009

MakeShift 18: Maggie Widener's Most Creative Winning Entry
Maggie Widener's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for her solution to MakeShift 18.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; October 20, 2009

MakeShift 18: Daniel Bennett's Most Plausible Winning Entry
Daniel Bennett's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Plausible award for his solution to MakeShift 18.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; October 20, 2009

MakeShift 19: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; October 20, 2009

MakeShift 19: John Ashford's Most Creative Winning Entry
John Ashford's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for her solution to MakeShift 19.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; October 20, 2009

MakeShift 19: Kieran Baack's Most Plausible Winning Entry
Kieran Baack's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Plausible award for his solution to MakeShift 19.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; October 20, 2009

MakeShift 17: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; June 30, 2009

MakeShift 17: Frank Tipaldo's Most Creative Winning Entry
Frank Tipaldo's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for his solution to MakeShift 17.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; June 30, 2009

MakeShift 17: Andy Tran's Most Plausible Winning Entry
Andy Tran's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Plausible award for his solution to MakeShift 17.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; June 30, 2009

MakeShift 17: Jayne Johnsen-Seeburger's Honorable Mention Entry
Jayne Johnsen-Seeburger's entry was awarded an Honorable Mention award for his solution to MakeShift 17.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; June 30, 2009

MakeShift 16: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; April 15, 2009

MakeShift 16: Dave's Most Plausible Winning Entry
Dave's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Plausible award for his solution to MakeShift 16.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; April 15, 2009

MakeShift 16: Jeffrey Swan's Most Creative Winning Entry
Jeffrey Swan's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for his solution to MakeShift 16.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; April 15, 2009

MakeShift 16: Don Nelson's Honorable Mention Entry
Don Nelson's entry was awarded an Honorable Mention award for his solution to MakeShift 16.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; April 15, 2009

MakeShift 15: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; December 17, 2008

MakeShift 15: Dr. Robert Baker's Most Plausible Winning Entry
Dr. Robert Baker's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Plausible award for his solution to MakeShift 15.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; December 17, 2008

MakeShift 15: Nate Gatfield's Most Creative Winning Entry
Nate Gatfield's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for his solution to MakeShift 15.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; December 17, 2008

MakeShift 14: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; September 21, 2008

MakeShift 14: Jay L. Stern's Most Plausible Winning Entry
Jay L. Stern's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Plausible award for his solution to MakeShift 14.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; September 21, 2008

MakeShift 14: T. Daniel's Most Creative Winning Entry
T. Daniel's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for his solution to MakeShift 14.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; September 21, 2008

MakeShift 14: Sean Rhinehart's Honorable Mention Entry
Sean Rhinehart's entry was awarded an Honorable Mention award for his solution to MakeShift 14.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; September 21, 2008

MakeShift 14: Bill Dallman's Honorable Mention Entry
Bill Dallman's entry was awarded an Honorable Mention award for his solution to MakeShift 14.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; September 21, 2008

MakeShift 13: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; June 17, 2008

MakeShift 13: Stuart Conner's Most Creative Winning Entry
Stuart Conner's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for his solution to MakeShift 13.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; June 17, 2008

MakeShift 13: James Furmato's Most Plausible Winning Entry
James Furmato's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Plausible award for his solution to MakeShift 13.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; June 17, 2008

MakeShift 12: Nisse Taunt's Most Creative Winning Entry
Nisse Taunt's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for his solution to MakeShift 12.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; March 14, 2008

MakeShift 12: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; March 14, 2008

MakeShift 12: Max Lee's Honorable Mention Entry
Max Lee's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for his solution to MakeShift 12.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; March 14, 2008

MakeShift 12: Damon John Hoxworth's Most Plausible Winning Entry
Damon John Hoxworth's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Plausible award for his solution to MakeShift 12.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; March 14, 2008

MakeShift 11: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; January 04, 2008

MakeShift 11: Brian Lannon's Most Plausible Winning Entry
Brian Lannon's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Plausible award for his solution to MakeShift 11.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; January 04, 2008

MakeShift 11: Emile Daigle's Most Creative Winning Entry
Emile Daigle's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for his solution to MakeShift 11.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; January 04, 2008

MakeShift 10: Peter Davoust's Most Creative Winning Entry

by Lee D. Zlotoff; September 25, 2007

MakeShift 10: Mark Boyd's Most Plausible Winning Entry
Mark Boyd's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Plausible award for his solution to MakeShift 10.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; September 25, 2007

MakeShift 10: Ray Gibson's Honorable Mention Entry

by Lee D. Zlotoff; September 25, 2007

MakeShift 10: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; September 07, 2007

MakeShift 09: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; June 18, 2007

MakeShift 09: David Glass' Most Plausible Winning Entry
David Glass' entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Plausible award for his solution to MakeShift 09.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; June 18, 2007

MakeShift 08: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; March 30, 2007

MakeShift 08: Ben Bond's Most Creative Winning Entry
Benjamin Bond's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for his solution to MakeShift 08.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; March 30, 2007

MakeShift 08: John Hannan's Most Plausible Winning Entry
John Hannan's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for his solution to MakeShift 08.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; March 30, 2007

MakeShift 07: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners

by Lee D. Zlotoff; January 05, 2007

MakeShift 07: Erik Brown's Most Plausible Winning Entry

by Lee D. Zlotoff; January 05, 2007

MakeShift 07: Greg Hora's Most Creative Winning Entry
Greg Hora's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for his solution to MakeShift 07.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; January 05, 2007

MakeShift 06: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners
Lee D. Zlotoff offers his commentary and analysis about the MAKE 06 MakeShift challenge. Lee then announces the Most Plausible and Most Creative winning entries.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; August 25, 2006

MakeShift 06: Bobby Joe Snyder's Most Creative Winning Entry
Bobby Joe Snyder's entry was awarded the MakeShift Master Creative award for his solution to MakeShift 06.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; August 25, 2006

MakeShift 06: Vinny Forgione's Most Plausible Winning Entry
Vinny Forgione's entry won the MakeShift Master Plausible award for his solution to MakeShift 06.
by Lee D. Zlotoff; August 25, 2006