Forty years ago, yesterday, John D. Fitzgerald left this life. In memoriam of this anniversary, here is a brief overview of his incredible life
John left this world on May 21, 1988. He was a man of many interests. Though writing topped the list from a young age, he also loved music, politics, and travel.
He traveled all over the world with United Foreign Press. Serving as a foreign feature editor in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
He covered the police beat in New York City, alongside Damon Runyon. He was a publicity agent for Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. He was a member of Wendell Wilkie’s Presidential Campaign Staff. Later he became an efficiency expert for Triangle Steel in California.
For us he was the astute author whose stories inspired our lives from the moment we read them. Forty years later, I am in the waiting game for my memoir Finding Fitzgerald to find a publishing home. As I think about John’s works I am reminded of YA author, Richard Pecks statement to writers, “we write by the light of every story they have ever read.”
As I wait for my manuscript to find it’s landing spot, I hope that my story will light the way for other readers and writers to find John’s amazing books.
Mr. Fitzgerald – Thanks for 40 years of wonderful of reading.