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Bruce Lester Felknor, American publishing executive, consultant, writer.


Felknor, Bruce Lester was born on August 18, 1921 in Oak Park, Illinois, United States. Son of Audley Rhea and Harriet (Lester) Felknor.


Student, University Wisconsin, 1939—1941.


Reporter, Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin, 1937-1939;freight brakeman, Pennsylvania R.R., New York City, 1941;assistant yardmaster, Pennsylvania R.R., 1942;production coordinator, Highway Trailer Company, Edgerton, Wisconsin, 1943;radio officer, United States Maritime Service, 1944-1945;flight radio officer, Air Transport Command, 1945;member public relations department, American Airlines, 1945;writer public relations department, ITT, 1946;Southeast regional public relations director, Ford Motor Company, Chester, Pennsylvania, 1946-1948;free lance public relations, New York City, 1948-1949;public relations executive, Foote, Cone & Belding, Inc., New York City, 1950-1953;vice president, Market Relations Network, New York City, 1954-1955;executive director, Fair Campaign Practices Committee, Inc., New York City, 1956-1966;assistant to, William Benton (chairman public Encyclopedia British), 1966-1970;director marketing information international division, (Encyclopedia British), 1970-1973;director advertising and promotion, (Encyclopedia British), 1973;director public information, (Encyclopedia British), 1974-1976;executive editor, (Encyclopedia British), 1977-1983;director yearbooks, Encyclopedia British, 1983-1985;editorial consultant, since 1985. Visiting lecturer Hamilton College, 1966, 75, 82.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Fair Play in Politics, 1960, State-by-State Smear Study, 1956, You Are They, 1964, (with C.P. Taft) Prejudice & Politics, 1960, Dirty Politics, 1966, reprinted, 1975, 2001, (with Frank Jonas et al) Political Dynamiting, 1970, How to Look Things Up and Find Things Out, 1988, Political Mischief: Smear, Sabotage, and Reform in the United States Elections, 1992, The Highland Park Presbyterian Church: A History 1871-1996, 1996 (Robert Lee Stowe award 1997), The United States Merchant Marine at War 1775-1945, 1998, The Great Witch Hunt of the Presbyterian Left, 2001, Of Clubbable Nature: Chicago's Tavern Club at 75, 2005. Editor: The United States Government: How and Why it Works, 1978. Also various newspaper, journal and yearbook articles on politics.

      Contributing editor (with Clifton Fadiman) The Treasury of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1992. Contributor Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, 1993.


Chairman Citizens Committee for School Centralization in Armonk, New York, 1957-1961;board directors, member Executive Committee Fair Campaign Practices Committee. Member of national advisory board Amigos de las Americas, 1982-1989, American U., Washington, since 1982. Member Illinois Literacy Council, 1984-1986.

Member board advisors, academic advisory coun.Nat. Strategy Forum, since 1987. Member board education Lake Forest (Illinois) H.S. District, 1989-1993.

Member American Legion, American Merchant Marine Veterans, Navy League, American Political Science.Assn., Authors League American, Authors Guild, Society Midwest Authors, Tavern Club (Chicago, Bonifex Maximus award 1995), Dutch Treat Club (New York City).


Married Joanne Sweeney, February 8, 1942 (divorced January 1952). 1 child, Susan Harriet Felknor Pickard. Married Edith G. Johnson, March 1, 1952.

Children: Sarah Anne Felknor Ragland, Bruce Lester World War II.

Audley Rhea Felknor

Harriet (Lester) Felknor

Joanne Sweeney

Edith G. Johnson

Susan Harriet Felknor Pickard Felknor

Sarah Anne Felknor Ragland Felknor

Bruce Lester World War II Felknor