I was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1954, and spent my adult life working in major event productions and the motion picture business.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Ithaca College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree, I relocated to California in 1978, and in 1979 began my career working at Billy Jack Enterprises. For 35 years I have had experience in every facet of the motion picture business at Billy Jack Productions, starting in post-production, then becoming an editor, screenwriter and finally a producer. I was business partners with Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor until Tom's death in 2013.
I was Tom (Billy Jack) Laughlin’s writing partner for over 33 years, and am co-author of The 9 Indispensable Ingredients in Every Hit Film, TV show, Play and Novel by Tom Laughlin. I also have “Assisted by” credit on Jungian Theory and Therapy, Vol 1 & 2 by Tom Laughlin; and did all of the editing and research for The Psychology of Cancer by Tom Laughlin. I also have a homage published in the “festschrift” for Dr. Marie Louise von Franz, CG Jung’s closest associate, The Fountain of the Love of Wisdom: An Homage to Marie Louise von Franz.
My first book, Sgt Reckless: America’ s War Horse, is a biography of the famous Korean War horse, Reckless, whose heroics were so incredible she is listed in Life Magazine’s “Celebrate our Heroes,” as one of our all-time great heroes. Published by Regnery History (Salem Communications), the book was a categorical New York Times Bestseller in September and October 2014.
My second book,War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II about the incredible heroes that served with our armed and allied forces in World War II was also released by Regnery History.
Currently I am the President of Angels Without Wings, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation that spearheaded the development and dedication of five national memorial monuments to Sgt Reckless by artist Jocelyn Russell. The 1st monument was dedicated at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in July 2013; the 2nd in October 2016 at Camp Pendleton, CA; the 3rd on May 12, 2018 at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY; number 4 is at a horse park in Barrington Hills, IL that works with veterans with PTSD, and on November 13, 2019 the fifth monument was dedicated at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, TX. In 2021, a sixth monument will be placed at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, FL, and then hopefully South Korea is next!
On November 13, 2019, I was humbly awarded the inaugural Sgt Reckless Award that the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame instituted in 2019. This award recognizes animals, individuals, or groups who risk their lives for the betterment of others, and who stand courageously in protection of others.
The following day, on November 14, 2019 on Capitol Hill, Angels Without Wings awarded the very first Animals in War and Peace Medal of Bravery honoring eight animals that have served our country heroically from World War I to present day. Read about the ceremony on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animals_in_War_%26_Peace_Medal_of_Bravery or go to https://waranimals.com/medal-of-bravery to learn more.
Our next Animals in War & Peace Medal Ceremony was originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, 2020 on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC., but has been postponed until 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Inspired by the heroes in my second book, War Animals, Angels Without Wings, Inc is now in the process of spearheading a new international museum to honor animals that have served in war and peacetime throughout history. The Animals in War & Peace Museum will be a place for people to learn all about these great heroes for generations to come. The proposed site is the Washington, DC metropolitan area, but smaller exhibits will be made awailable as we develop the museum.
National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
November 13, 2019
Dickies Arena, Ft. Worth, TX