Steven Fortney



Steven Fortney started life in Rogers, North Dakota, and was born on January 2, 1937, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father was an Army Chaplain (and later Pastor); the military family lived all over the U.S. and, after WWII, in Germany and Austria.

Steven’s military service includes Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Reserve Navy, and Army ROTC. His post-secondary education includes graduation from UW-Madison in Classics and Philosophy (1959); one year at Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota (1960-61 term); and graduation from the School of Education at UW-Madison (1964).

His varied employment includes as a newspaperman (adman, reporter, columnist, and printer) for four years; a high school teacher for 31 years; a union negotiator […]

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Terry Barnhart


terryTerry L. Barnhart first lived in Greensburg, Pennsylvania—a suburb of Pittsburgh. When Terry was thirteen, his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Terry attended Arizona State University and the University of Colorado, majoring in business administration and electrical engineering. In 1974, Terry founded Barnhart Advertising & Public Relations.

In early 1980, Terry first took flying lessons at the Centennial Airport in Denver and became familiar with Jeppesen navigation charts. He went on to get his license and flew high performance, single engine aircraft for over fifteen years.

In the 1990s, Terry and the Jeppesen Corporation’s affiliation began, and so did Terry’s interest in writing the story of Elrey B Jeppesen, “Capt. Jepp.” Over lunch one […]

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Rocky Lang


rockyRocky Lang has been involved in the motion picture and television business all his life. Growing up as the son of veteran producer and Universal Studios executive Jennings Lang, Rocky knew early on that he wanted to write, produce, and direct.
Lang set himself on a track that has seen him produce and direct five documentary films including the award-winning “The Making of Tootsie.” He produced “White Squall” for Disney/Hollywood Pictures, starring Jeff Bridges. He also produced the Emmy-Award winning “Titanic,” a 4-hour mini-series for CBS, and recently Executive Produced “Racing For Time” for Lifetime Television, starring Charles Dutton, which received a Best Picture nomination at The Image Awards.

Lang is […]

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Robert Barr Smith


robertRobert Barr Smith is a Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma Law Center. His specialty areas are legal writing and trial and appellate advocacy.

He entered the U. S. Army as a private in 1958 and was commissioned in the following year. He served in Vietnam with 4th Infantry Division, twice in Germany—a total of more than seven years—and with troop units and on posts throughout the United States. He is a Senior Parachutist and holds the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Bronze Star, and other decorations. He retired from military service as a colonel.

He attended Stanford University, where he earned a BA in History and a Doctor […]

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Olaf Danielson


olafOlaf Danielson was born and raised in the small northwestern Wisconsin town of Falun, a town named for Falun, Sweden, where all of the first settlers originated. Olaf grew up amid the stories and folklore of Sweden, and some of that folklore can be found in his Defenders of the Earth Series. His interests in world history, bird watching, and travel have guided him on a somewhat nomadic lifestyle that greatly enhance his stories.

Olaf attended Ripon College, where he graduated summa cum laude, and received his doctorate at the University of Minnesota. Licensed to practice medicine in five states, Olaf now runs a successful emergency room staffing business. He […]

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Nan Wisherd


nansonoraI grew up in the community of Brule, in northwestern Wisconsin, surrounded by the friends and relatives who gave me a deep sense of belonging. On Sunday afternoons, story telling about our ancestors and others who settled in the area was often my family’s entertainment.

Those tales plus my Grandma Jennie’s love for history gave me the desire to learn more about our region’s pre-settlement history.

I knew voyageurs traveled on our local Brule River during the fur trade era, but where they originated from and what their destinations were remained a mystery until I began researching for my first book, Pathways, The Earliest History of Northern Wisconsin’s Brule Region. My […]

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Larry A Ball 1931 – 2005


ball2Larry A. Ball took his first flight in a Bonanza over half a century ago, not knowing that he would later work for Beechcraft for nearly forty years. Beginning as a Bonanza Service Engineer and ultimately becoming overall Program Manager, his association with the Bonanza stands today as the longest at the factory in Wichita, Kansas—so long, in fact, that he was frequently referred to as Mr. Bonanza.

After working in Wichita, Larry transferred to Indiana Beechcraft, in Indianapolis, which he managed from 1973 to 1988. He was also Vice President and General Manager of Ohio Aviation (in Dayton, Cleveland, and Cincinnati) and Hartzog Aviation (Rockford, Illinois) during 1986-87.

The idea for […]

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June Werdlow Rogers


june3When interrupting her undergraduate studies at Wayne State University for what turned out to be a short stint as an officer with the Detroit Police Department (DPD), June Werdlow Rogers, PhD, realized she loved policing. Waiting to be called back to the DPD after a layoff, she worked as an officer at Central Michigan University and while there earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Resolute in her decision to work in law enforcement, she next turned to the federal government, becoming a special agent in 1983. She earned her PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Maryland in 1997.

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Jim Zervanos


jzJim Zervanos was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He attended Bucknell University, where he was an Academic All-America baseball player and, upon graduation in 1992, won the William Bucknell Prize for English. After receiving his Master’s degree from Bucknell, he interned as a journalist while attending law school but settled on careers of teaching and writing fiction.

Since 1995, Zervanos has taught high school English in the suburbs of Philadelphia and recently began teaching creative writing at Drexel University. He has been a contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and his short stories have appeared in numerous magazines. In 1999, Folio recognized his short story, “Church Camp,” as the […]

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Jackie Boor


jackieJackie Boor began her freelance writing career in 1968 as a teen correspondent for two newspapers in Northern California. Currently an aspiring screenplay writer, she has worked as a reporter, ghostwriter, and forensic speech and debate coach. Long fascinated by the dynamics of human communication, she has also built a multi-level career as a dispute resolution expert specializing in large group facilitation, problem solving and civic engagement. A resident of Sacramento, CA, since 1975, Jackie is the mother of three and grandmother of two, and enjoys playing golf.

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LTC Gene T. Boyer


geneLTC Gene T. Boyer (Ret.) was born in Akron Ohio, in 1929. Following graduation from Ohio University, he began a distinguished 22-year career in the U.S. Army and earned three Legion of Merit Awards for service to Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Ford as a White House pilot between 1964 and 1975. Currently residing in Huntington Beach, CA, Boyer led the restoration of the Last Flight Helicopter now on display at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. The father of two and the grandfather of two, Boyer stays active walking his dog Amber, advocating for Veteran benefits and doing presentations on the history of Army One.

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Gary Nei


garyGary Nei is chairman of several publishing companies. He is an aspiring screenwriter and an avid walleye fisherman who resides in Wisconsin and Illinois.

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Flint Whitlock


FlintFlint graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois in 1964 and followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the U. S. Army. While sailing on the last troop carrier transporting military personnel across the Atlantic by sea rather than air, Flint spent the ten-day voyage reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich—a book that greatly influenced his life as a military historian many years later.

Flint served as an officer in Germany for two years before being reassigned to what he calls the “tropical paradise”–Vietnam. After one year in Vietnam, Flint’s final military assignment was at Fort Carson in Colorado. Flint liked the area and planted his roots […]

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Evelyn Gathman Haines


EvelynHainesEvelyn Gathman Haines grew up during the Great Depression in the small town of Appam in northwest North Dakota. From an early age, she filled notebooks with rhyming verse. While attending college at North Dakota State University, she discovered writers like T.S. Elliot and felt as if the top of her head had been blown off.
After raising her children, teaching, working for a local newspaper and in the social work field, Evelyn moved to Portland, Oregon. There, she rekindled her love of writing, and Thistle Wind, her first book, was published in 2000.
Evelyn and her husband, Henry, now live in a retirement community that bustles with activity in Portland.
Evelyn’s second […]

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Del Staecker


Del-21At the height of a successful career in fund raising, Del Staecker resolutely left the not-for-profit world to run an Idaho white water rafting company and write the stories crammed in his head. In a two-room cabin with no phone, no television, and radio reception only a few hours a day, Staecker penned his first novel, The Muted Mermaid, by hand. The day he finished his first book he began the sequel, Shaved Ice.

In 2008 the two suspense novels were published in quick succession by Cable Publishing (Brule, WI), and were critically acclaimed. The Midwest Book Review (MBR) gave both books its highest rating. MBR calls […]

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Dave Schmidt


schmidtBorn and raised in rural Wisconsin, David Schmidt has always
has an aptitude for artistic endeavors. Upon graduating with
honors from high school, Schmidt moved to Colorado and
joined the National Guard as a means to pursue an art degree.
After returning home from a deployment with his unit for
Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1991, Schmidt
worked for a Denver-based children’s book fair company. It
was in those elementary schools and working with the kids,
teachers and parents that he found himself drawn to creating
his own children’s books.
Meanwhile, Schmidt moved into a position for the Colorado
National Guard as an illustrator, then military journalist and,
finally, as historian. These occupations honed his skills and
guided him further down his path […]

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Daniel J Meador


DanMeadorDaniel John Meador, James Monroe Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Virginia, was born in Selma, Alabama, in 1926. He attended The Citadel, was graduated from Auburn University and the University Law School, and received the degree of Master of Laws from Harvard University.
He served in Korea during the Korean War and was then a law clerk to Justice Hugo Black on the U.S. Supreme Court. After practicing law in Birmingham, Alabama, Meador joined the law faculty in 1957 at the University of Virginia, where he spent most of his career.
In 1965-66, he was a Fulbright Lecturer in England and from 1966 to 1970 was dean of the […]

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Clifton Meador


meadorClifton K. Meador was born in Alabama in 1931 and attended Vanderbilt School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating with top honors, he moved to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York for his internship and first year of residency. Two years in the Army medical corps followed before his residency and a fellowship in endocrinology were completed at Vanderbilt.

Meador’s varied medical career includes practicing with the physician who delivered him into this world, directing the N.I.H. Clinical Research Center in Alabama, serving as dean at the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, returning to Vanderbilt to create the teaching service at Saint Thomas Hospital, and […]

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Sharon Darby Hendry


sharonSharon Darby Hendry’s first manuscript, An Element of Truth, is a true story about a woman con artist. It was translated into a made-for-TV movie, starred Donna Mills, and first aired on CBS in 1995. Glensheen’s Daughter, The Marjorie Congdon Story, is a regional bestseller and is in its ninth printing. Hendry is working on a screenplay based on her latest book, SoLiAh, The Sara Jane Olson Story. All three stories feature fascinating women who chose to live outside the boundaries of the law.

Hendry and her husband divide their time between Minnesota’s Twin Cities and northern Wisconsin.

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