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"A No. 1" is Leon Ray Livingston (1872-1944) one of the most famous hobos who ever lived. He wrote and self-published many books on hobo culture and train travel.

He is the author of The Mother of the Hoboes, Coast to Coast with Jack London, Hobo Camp Fire Tales, The Ways of the Hobo, The Adventures of a Female Tramp, The Curse of Tramp Life, The Snare of the Road and The Trail of the Tramp.


Daniel J. Blackburn has been a journalist most of his professional life -- with brief forays into the bowels of government (for educational purposes only) where he spent time as an executive in California's water industry; a lobbyist; and a legislative aide. He's also an author; co-founder of a daily news website in California, CalCoastNews.com; and a fairly competent videographer. He's dad to three sons, Patrick, Alan, and Joey, and lives with his wife Maria amid SOME of the world's great producers of fine wines.

He is the author of Human Harvest: The Sacramento Murder Story.


Mykel Board has written dozens of freelance articles and seventeen novels under pseudonyms. Maximum Rock'n'Roll has been printing his column for more than 20 years. I, A Me-ist, a book of those columns, is scheduled for publication in 2005. His essays have appeared in several anthologies including Bisexual Politics, Hayworth Press 1995 and Good Advice for Young People, Last Gasp Press, 2005.

He is the author of Even a Daughter is Better Than Nothing.


Emmett Dedmon was vice-president and editorial director of the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News. He authored six books.

He is the author of Fabulous Chicago.


Hugh Downs, longtime anchor of ABC Television’s primetime news magazine 20/20, is one of the most familiar figures in the history of the medium. He left the program and regular broadcasting in September of 1999 to write and lecture and to pursue other activities: travel, flying, science studies, riding, sailing, composing. Downs has enjoyed a distinguished 66-year career in radio and television as a reporter, newscaster, interviewer, narrator and host. In 1985 he was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the record for the greatest number of hours on network commercial television. In the course of his career he has broadcast from every continent and both poles.

He is the author of Yours Truly, Hugh Downs.


Common Folk started off as the name for a small collective of graffiti artists but soon evolved into a philosophy for everyday life and everyday people. It's an ideology that binds together all people that approach life in creative ways, breeding a common folk atmosphere of inspiration amongst artists, writers, painters, graffiti writers, journalists, photographers, odd thinkers, d.i.y.'ers, doodlers, etc. It's about igniting a thought or sparking a smile on common people, just trying to disrupt the monotony of the all too common daily grind.

Common Folk are the creators of Common Folk Illustrated Journal.


Alison Fensterstock is a New Orleans-based music journalist. Her work has appeared in Paste, MOJO, Q, the Oxford American, Vibe, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune and Spin.com.

She is the co-author of The Definition of Bounce.


Brandon Gentry was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and raised in nearby Rochelle. Having lived in D.C. for nearly a decade, he now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two small children.

Capitol Contingency: Post-Punk, Indie Rock, and Noise Pop in Washington, D.C., 1991-1999 is his first book.


Syndicated columnist Georgie Anne Geyer is the author of several books on Latin America, Russia and the Middle East. She is the winner of numerous awards for distinguished journalism. She lives in Washington, DC.

She is the author of Guerrilla Prince: The Untold Story of Fidel Castro, Buying the Night Flight: The Autobiography of a Woman Foreign Correspondent and Americans No More: the Death of Citizenship.


Guy Gugliotta is a former national reporter for The Washington Post and foreign correspondent for The Miami Herald. He is currently based in New York, where he writes about science, history and Latin America for magazines and newspapers, among them Smithsonian, Wired, Discover and The New York Times. He is the author of Freedom's Cap, the Building of the U.S. Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War.

He is the coauthor of Kings of Cocaine: Inside the Medellin Cartel -- An Astonishing True Story of Murder, Money, and International Corruption.


A legendary magazine entrepreneur, T. George Harris turned Psychology Today from a wobbly startup into a publication widely recognized as the lifestyle magazine of the '70s. Later he launched American Health, which became the Bible of the health movement in '80s. He served as Washington correspondent for Time and as Time-Life-Fortune bureau chief in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco.

He is the author of Romney's Way: A Man and an Idea.


Richard A. Hawley is a lifelong teacher and writer. For nearly four decades he taught English, philosophy, and history and at Cleveland's University School. For seventeen years, until his retirement, he served as the school's Headmaster. He has published twenty five books, including several novels, selections of poetry, an opera libretto, and a number of non-fiction books, principally about children and schools. He lives in Ripton, Vermont, with his wife the painter and fabric artist Mary Hawley.

He is the author of The Headmaster's Papers.


Robert Helms has been volunteering the use of his healthy body for medical experiments since 1995. He is a self-taught historian who has worked as a house painter, a factory hand, a helper of mentally retarded adults, and a union organizer. As editor and publisher of the zine Guinea Pig Zero, he has appeared in the national media as a voice for human research subjects. In 1997 he was sued for his criticisms of a research unit near his home in Philadelphia. Helms also writes about the early anarchist movement of that city.

He is the editor/author of
Guinea Pig Zero: An Anthology of the Journal for Human Research Subjects. He is also the onlined editor of Dead Anarchists.


Peter Hernon lives near Chicago with his wife, Janice, and two daughters. An editor for the Chicago Tribune, he has written five books and was co-author of a bestselling look at the Anheuser-Busch dynasty: Under the Influence. He worked as a journalist in New Orleans.

Hernon is the author of A Terrible Thunder: The Story of the New Orleans Sniper and 8.4.


Mickey Hess taught part-time for several universities in Kentucky and Indiana before moving to his current position as Assistant Professor of English at Rider University. His books include The Nostalgia Echo, Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Music, Movement, and Culture (Greenwood, 2007), and Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America's Most Wanted Music (Praeger, 2007). His writing has appeared in Ninth Letter, Punk Planet, and Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: Best of McSweeney's Humor Category. He lives in Philadelphia. Follow @mickeyhess

Hess is the author of Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory.


Abram Shalom Himelstein is the co-founder of New Mouth from the Dirty South and author of the underground hit, Tales of a Punk Rock Nothing. In 2003, Himelstein published What the Hell Am I Doing Here? The 100 T-Shirt Project with Garrett County Press.

Himelstein is also co-founder of the Neighborhood Story Project, a community documentary program in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Marlon Buck Horton is responsible for hits such as "Drop and Gimmie 50," and "Faster." He is co-owner of Finger Lick'N Wings.

He is the author of The Definition of Bounce.


Lucky Johnson is CEO of Biggface Muzik and Lucky Johnson Productions. He will be appearing in the movie "Contraband." He is co-owner of Finger Lick'N Wings.

He is the co-author of The Definition of Bounce.


Jeff Kelly is a native of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin. The editor of Temp Slave! Zine, his freelance work has also appeared in Isthmus, FS, In These Times, Alternative Press Review and various other publications. He is currently employed (maybe temporarily) as a process operator in a dairy ingredients plant. That's all you need to know. Thank you very much.

Kelly is the editor of Best of Temp Slave!.


Wayne Klatt has worked as a broadcast editor and reporter for the City News Bureau since 1962. He lives in Chicago.

He is the author of Freed to Kill and I Am Cain.


Gera-Lind Kolarik was a TV journalist for CBS and ABC as well as a crime reporter/investigative reporter with the City News Bureau in Chicago. In 1984, she won an Emmy Award for her coverage of the shooting of Judge Henry Gentile. Kolarik is the founder of Evidence Video. She lives in Chicago.

She is the author of Freed to Kill, I Am Cain, Prisoners of Fear.


Irv Kupcinet (1912-2003) was a top-ranked columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and the star of the popular TV discussion program, At Random.

He is the author of Kup's Chicago.


Bill Lavender is the proprietor of Lavender Ink press, and author of Guest Chain and Look the Universe is Dreaming.

He is the author of Transfixion.


Jeff Leen is the investigations editor for The Washington Post. As a reporter or an editor, he has worked on investigations have have been honored with seven Pulitzer Prizes. He is also the author of The Queen of the Ring: Sex, Muscles, Diamonds and the Making of an American Legend.

He is the coauthor of Kings of Cocaine: Inside the Medellin Cartel -- An Astonishing True Story of Murder, Money, and International Corruption.


Bill Libby wrote numerous books on sports figures, including Reggie Jackson, Jerry West and Richard Petty. Libby was a sports editor at the Yonkers Herald Statesman and later worked at the New York Post.

He is the author of The Coaches, Parnelli, and Catfish.


Pete May is an author and journalist. Having finally clambered on to the property ladder in 2004 he now lives in north London with his wife, two daughters, a dog named Vulcan and a large collection of football programmes. As a journalist he has contributed to the Guardian, Observer and Independent and numerous other publications. He is an associate lecturer in sports journalism at the London College of Communication. Among his publications are: There’s A Hippo In My Cistern, Ageing Body Confused Mind, Hammers in the Heart, West Ham: Irons in the Soul, Football and its Followers, Sunday Muddy Sunday and The Lad Done Bad.

He is the author of Rent Boy: How One Man Spent 20 Years Falling Off the Property Ladder.


Josh Neufeld is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist who works primarily in the realm of nonfiction comics. He is the writer/artist of the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, and the Xeric Award-winning graphic travelogue A Few Perfect Hours (and Other Stories from Southeast Asia & Central Europe). He is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Influencing Machine: Brook Gladstone On the Media. He was also a longtime artist for Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, and his art has been exhibited in gallery and museum shows in the United States and Europe.

He is the coauthor of Titans of Finance.


Alan Pistorius is a writer and naturalist living in Leicester, Vermont. He received his A.B. from the State University of Iowa and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Country Journal Book of Birding and Bird Attraction, co-author of several books, and co-editor of Treasury of North American Birdlore. He is also the author of numerous magazine articles and reviews.

He is the author of Cutting Hill.


Lawrence N. Powell is professor of history at Tulane University, where he has taught since 1978. His specialties are the Civil War and Reconstruction; Southern history; Louisiana history and politics; and the Holocaust. Among his publications are Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and David Duke's Louisiana and <New Masters: Northern Planters During the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Professor Powell wrote the introduction to the New Orleans City Guide.


Harvey Rachlin is the award-winning author of thirteen books. He has written for the New York Times and numerous other publications.

He is the author of Lucy's Bones, Sacred Stones & Einstein's Brain and Jumbo's Hide, Elvis's Ride, and the Tooth of Buddha.


Jamie Schweser is the co-author of Tales of a Punk Rock Nothing.


Vaclav Smil is the author of over 20 books and is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy) and the first non-American to receive the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology, he has been an invited speaker in more than 250 conferences and workshops in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa.

He is the author of Oil: Resources, production, uses, impacts.


Richard Martin Stern (1915-2001) is the author of Brood of Eagles and the Johnny Oritz mystery series. The Bright Road to Fear won the 1959 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He passed away on October 31, 2001 in Santa Fe, NM.

He is the author of Murder in the Walls.


Philip Van Doren Stern (1900-1984) was a Civil War historian, editor and author. His story, "The Greatest Gift," formed the basis for the classic film, "It's A Wonderful Life."

He is the author of Secret Missions of the Civil War.


Kevin Stone graduated with honors from Pratt Institute in 1994. He has been published in numerous periodicals and books. He runs the blog Good Design Is Good.

He is the illustrator of the Christian Conservative Coloring Book and Flatland.


Rob Walker was born in Houston, Texas. He has a B.S. in Radio-Television-Film, Critical-Cultural Studies Sequence at the University of Texas -- Austin. He has held miscellaneous reporting jobs in Texas and New York, and worked as an editor for American Lawyer, Money, and The New York Times Magazine. In 1999 he quit all that, moved to New Orleans and became a freelancer. Walker also has written for Slate, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, GQ, Details, The Nation, Fortune, and many others.

Walker is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, a regular contributor to Design Observer and author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are (Random House).

He is the author of Letters From New Orleans and coauthor of Titans of Finance.

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