Bernard Ryan, Jr.

Biography/Resume

Member: Authors Guild

Articles published: Private Pilot, Notre Dame Magazine, Boys' Life, American Way, Air & Space Smithsonian, Atlantic Flyer, Your Money, Elks Magazine, Country Home, Advertising Age, The New York Times, Parents, Look, Fairfield County magazine, others.

Books published:

SIX TO FIVE AGAINST: A MISCELLANY. Some 103 descriptive essays and fiction pieces, 318-page trade paperback published by CreateSpace June 2011.

THE SECRET SERVICE. In series on Law Enforcement Agencies. Chelsea House, imprint of Infobase Publishing (formerly Facts On File). Published January 2011.

A BOY AT THE FOUR CORNERS: LOOKING INTO SMALL-TOWN AMERICA IN ITS PRIME. A spirited evocation of Western New York village life many decades ago, with a roster of fascinating people who extend its radius in far directions. 170-page trade paperback published by CreateSpace June 2009.

THE POODLE AT THE POODLE. Novel set in the advertising-agency world in the 1960’s. “This well-made book,” says Publishers Weekly, “re-tells the Dr. Faustus legend as it might have played out in American business . . . .The story offers believable dialogue and a good hook . . . ” Midwest Book Review says, “Genuine authenticity . . . deftly crafted from first page to last . . . very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library American fiction collections.” Semi-finalist in 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. 300-page trade paperback published by CreateSpace October 2008.

TYLER'S TITANIC. What happens when an enterprising boy and his dog find a way to visit the great wreck on the ocean floor. 104-page children's chapter book published by RDR Books, 2003.

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: INVENTORS OF THE AIRPLANE. The lives of the brothers and how they did what nobody else had been able to do. 128 pages. Published by Scholastic Library Press, Franklin Watts imprint, in its Great Life Stories series, 2003.

Six biographies published in Ferguson Career Biographies series (imprint of Infobase Publishing, formerly Facts On File), each 156 pages: JEFFREY BEZOS: Business Executive & Founder of Amazon.com, May 2005. STEPHEN HAWKING: Physicist and Cosmologist, November 2004. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: First Lady and Senator, April 2004. CONDOLEEZZA RICE: Secretary of State, 2005 as revised edition of CONDOLEEZZA RICE: Educator and National Security Adviser, December 2003. WARREN BUFFETT: Capitalist, November 2005. JIMMY CARTER: U.S. President, published summer 2006.

GREAT AMERICAN TRIALS, Gale Group, Detroit. (2nd edition, Jan. 2002; 2 vol's) trial descriptions, each 750 to 2,100 words; one of 20 co-authors producing 1,675 pages totaling 378 trials. (1st edition, 1993.) My 67 assignments ranged from Sacco-Vanzetti to O.J. Simpson to Clinton Impeachment.

Community Service for Teens. Eight books for Ferguson Publishing: CARING FOR ANIMALS...PARTICIPATING IN GOVERNMENT...HELPING THE ILL, POOR, AND ELDERLY...PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT...SERVING WITH POLICE, FIRE, AND EMS...PROMOTING THE ARTS & SCIENCES...INCREASING NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICE...EXPANDING EDUCATION AND LITERACY. All published 1998.

GREAT WORLD TRIALS: Famous trials throughout history. Visible Ink Press, division of Gale Research. (A New England Publishing Associates Book). 23 trials, including Socrates, Florence Maybrick, Madame Joseph Caillaux, Mata Hari, Mohandas Gandhi, Pierre Laval and Marshall Petain, Steven Truscott, Adolf Eichmann, the Tiananmen Square Dissidents, Gary Powers; others (total 100) by co-authors. Also trade paperback. 1997.

HELPING YOUR CHILD START SCHOOL, Carol Publishing (Citadel Press). Introduction to kindergarten, for parents. 1996.

ADVERTISING FOR A SMALL BUSINESS MADE SIMPLE, Doubleday. 1996.

SEX, SIN AND MAYHEM: Trials of the Nineties, Visible Ink Press. Woody Allen-Mia Farrow, Baby Jessica Custody, Baby Maranda Custody, Lorena and John Bobbitt, Bambi Extradition, Malice Green, Tonya Harding, Dr. Kevorkian, O.J. Simpson, Tailhook Association, others by co-authors. 1995 (published 3 weeks after Simpson verdict).

SIMPLE WAYS TO HELP YOUR KIDS BECOME DOLLAR-SMART by Elizabeth Lewin and Bernard Ryan, Jr. Walker and Company. Collaboration with established financial planner (see below). To help parents teach children, ages 7 to 18, how to handle money. 1994.

HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD START SCHOOL, Soundview Books, 1980. Parents Book Club selection. Paperback, Putnam Perigee, 1981.

THE POISONED LIFE OF MRS. MAYBRICK, William Kimber, London, 1977 (U.K. only; U.K.'s Biography Book Club; Penguin, U.K. only, 1989; iUniverse, 2000). Principal in one of history's great trials.

YOUR CHILD AND THE FIRST YEAR OF SCHOOL, World, 1969.

SO YOU WANT TO GO INTO JOURNALISM (with Leonard Eames Ryan), Harper & Row, 1962.

SO YOU WANT TO GO INTO ADVERTISING, Harper & Row, 1961.

Condensations: More than two dozen business books for Soundview Summaries' subscription series (e.g., George Gilder WEALTH AND POVERTY, B. Aubrey Fisher SMALL GROUP DECISION MAKING).

Misc.: Corporate brochures, other collateral materials.

Ghost-writer:

Six books with Certified Financial Planner Elizabeth S. Lewin: YOUR PERSONAL FINANCIAL FITNESS PROGRAM. New York: Facts On File (FOF), 1983. Revised editions 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997.
FINANCIAL FITNESS FOR LIVING TOGETHER, FOF 1996. FINANCIAL FITNESS FOR NEW FAMILIES, FOF 1989. FINANCIAL FITNESS THROUGH DIVORCE, FOF 1987. FINANCIAL FITNESS FOR NEWLYWEDS, FOF 1984.
KISS THE RAT RACE GOOD-BYE. New York: Pharos, 1992. "A Step-by-Step Program to Achieve Financial Independence Within 15 Years." Trade paperback, Walker, 1994.

Related background:

American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) – Senior V.P./​Public Affairs. Press relations, publications, speeches; writing/​editing staff of five. Seven years.

New York City Partnership (and predecessor, Economic Development Council of New York City) – Director, Public Information. Non-profit organization led by David Rockefeller (blue-ribbon management consulting services to the Mayor and the city). Six years.

Wilson, Ryan & Leigh, Inc., Westport, Connecticut – Founder and Creative Director. Advertising and public-relations agency: local, regional and national clients. AAAA member. Six years.

Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn (BBDO) – Creative Supervisor. Advertising agency; major national brand packaged goods and services. Fifteen years.

Broadcasting and Theater: TV-radio staff announcer & director, WHAM-TV & WHAM (50,000-watt clear-channel NBC affiliate), WGR (5,000-watt CBS regional affiliate), WCTC (250-watt independent); Equity Library Theater, Rostand's "L'Aiglon"; Southern touring company, "Janie"; Margaret Webster's "Othello" (Paul Robeson, Jose Ferrer, Uta Hagen). Six years.

Education: Albion (NY) public schools. The Rectory School. Kent School. A.B. in English, Princeton University.

Selected Works

Fantasy
104-page chapter book for all ages: How a boy and his dog manage to visit the shipwreck, what they do, and whom they meet.
Biography
Two who (in their own words) "lived together, played together, worked together, thought together"
Life of the principal in one of the world's great murder trials, who may have been the wife of Jack the Ripper.
Life story of the U.S. Secretary of State in the administration of President Barack Obama.
Finance/Parenting
125 Dollar-Smart Tips for Today's Busy Parents
Parenting Guide
A practical and thorough guide that gives parents a preview not only of what happens in kindergarten but why it happens.
Teenage Volunteering
Eight books covering opportunities for teens to perform voluntary community service
Trials
Three major works reporting courtroom trials throughout history and in our time

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