Among the journalists that I’ve known, I’ve never met one that is more versatile than John and as good as he is in so many fields.
— Nick Kotz, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
• Age: 81
• Home: Near Warrenton
• Work: Freelance writer, 1968-present; author or co-author of two dozen nonfiction books, 4 young adult novels; produced at least 200 book reviews and 100 newspaper and magazine stories.
• Family: 1 son; 3 grandchildren.
• Education: Master’s degree, English, Catholic University, 1966; bachelor’s degree, history and English, Marquette (Wisc.) University, 1960; Marquette University High School, 1955.
• Hobbies: Reading, listening to classical and jazz music.