Welcome to my new website. At the moment, I'm working on a three-book series about the aviation thrills, spills, records and disappointments of three specific years of the 1930's, as seen through the lens of the Universal Newsreel camera. These volumes are tentatively titled: Flying Feats of 1930, Air Parade of 1934 and Sky Patrol of 1938. If all goes well, the first title should be published in 2018, with the remaining titles yearly thereafter.
In other news, an article I wrote for the National Archives magazine Prologue titled The Reel Story of the Great War is due to be published in the Fall 2017 issue.
That's about all the news I have for now. Please investigate the site and enjoy!
Within these pages you will find descriptions and related information for each of my published books. In addition, you'll find links to articles that I have been fortunate to have had published.
I write non-fiction that generally falls into the history or reference categories. Thus far, all my published works have been related to the massive historic motion picture collections held in America's film vault, the U.S. National Archives. Why? Well that's a long story. The short version is that after decades of research I found a vast variety of subjects covered in the 360,000-plus reels of moving images preserved in the College Park, Maryland facility of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) unique. The wealth of visual information is almost overwhelming. Consisting of over 109,000 titles made by or for "Uncle Sam," along with a healthy sprinkling of donated films, they superbly document American activities throughout the 20th century. To me, a vast majority of the footage is Americana in motion. However, there is a problem. Most citizens of our great country don't know that these extraordinary collections exist, and those that do, rarely know how to find them. So I write to inform and educate.
Why you may ask? Well, after all these years of research, I've got a lot of knowledge stuck in my head and a ton of research papers in file cabinets. As I'm on the cusp of senior citizenship, I started thinking about what to do with it all. One answer was to do nothing--I would take the knowledge with me to the grave and my kids would take the files to the dumpster. Well, you can probably imagine my practical and emotional response to that idea. After much thought, the only viable option was to spread the word and I chose to write about it--in books. articles, and on this website. That's my motivation and now my mission.
Now that I've been doing this writing thing for a couple of years, I found that there is very little monetary gain in writing history or reference books. I do what I do purely out of a love for our country's rich collection of filmed history, its cinematic heritage, and a strong desire to ensure that it's preserved for future generations. These films are worth cherishing. It is also incredibly valuable to know what is in America's film vault and how to find a copy of it.