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consultant , publicist , speaker , trainer , writer

Cliff R. Sakry, American writer, publicist, film writer, speaker, trainer, consultant.


Sakry, Cliff R. was born on August 27, 1914 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States. Son of Paul Edward and Monica Sophy (Thomalla) Sakry.


Student, St. Cloud State University, 1932—1938. Student, University Minnesota, 1942—1943. Student, Harvard University, 1944.

Student, St. John's University, 1947. Student, Stanford University, 1951.


Public relations director College St. Benedict. Co-founder & executive secretary Midwest Conservation Alliance, 1933—1934. Reporter & proof reader St. Cloud Daily Times, Minnesota, 1935—1937, columnist, special features writer, regional and farm editor, public relations director, 1946—1951.

Special features writer & editor Associated Press, 1937—1938, regional news correspondent, 1938—1941. News writer, editor, announcer Station KNSI, 1938—1941, station manager, public relations director, commentator, 1946—1951. Co-founder, organizer & executive director Minnesota Conservation Federation, 1952—1955.

Radio-television director Olmstead and Foley Advertising, Minneapolis, 1954. Founder Minnesota Youth Firearms Safety Training Program, 1954—1955. Creative director, sales, script writer, film director & musical coordinator Promotional Films Inc., 1955—1966.

Director Benedicta Arts Center, 1966—1971. Programming marketing research sales & program coordinator Personnel Dynamics Inc., Minneapolis, 1971—1976. Free-lance writer, from 1975.

Consultant, incentive training & marketing Central Minnesota Group Health Plan, from 1975, board directors, from 1986. Served to lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1941-1946, European Theatre of Operations.


  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author (editor): Boondocks Baseball, 1980. Author: History of Farming in Stearns County, 1988. Editor (founder): Minnesota Out-of-Doors, 1953-1955.

      Author (composer, producer): (stage musical) Minnesota, 1949-1951, 1958, 1976, 1983. Author: (director) over 80 documentary films. Author: (poem) The Titan Lake Encounter, 1986.

      Author: (co-producer) Kimball Centennial Stage Pageant, 1986, composer (lyricist) songs tributing central Minnesota. Contributor numerous articles to newspapers and magazines. Plays, Bohemian Girl, 1937, Treasure, 1939, Pirates of Penzance, 1940, opera, Mikado, 1940, Student Prince, 1941.

      Host television talk show Lifespan, since 1987.


Founder, 2 scholarships St. Cloud State University. Co-founder & organizer St. Cloud Blood Donors Guild, 1939—1941. Delegate conventions, 1954—1955, 1958.

Television panelist Sportsmen's Round Table and Minnesota Outdoors, 1958—1963. Co-founder, 1st president St. Cloud Community Arts Council, 1970—1971. Senior advisory Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud, from 1981, member, advisory board, 1981—1988.

Volunteer Retired Srs. Volunteer Program, from 1984, member, advisory board, 1984. Member St. Cloud's Human Rights Commission, from 1983, Stearns County History Society.

Active member National Wildlife Federation. Member of Minnesota Film Producers Association (co-founder, president 1966), Kiwanis Lodge (Golden K president 1983-1984, Senior Year Citation award 1986).


  • Other Interests

    Music, literature, poetry, golf, politics.


Married Donna Cecilia Barthelemy, October 11, 1946. Children: Michelle Marie, Donna Lynnelle, Clifford Mark, Brian John.

Paul Edward Sakry

Monica Sophy (Thomalla) Sakry

Donna Cecilia Barthelemy

Michelle Marie Sakry

Donna Lynnelle Sakry

Clifford Mark Sakry

Brian John Sakry