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magazine editor , playwright , writer

Clifford Byron Hicks, American magazine editor, writer, playwright. Decorated Silver Star. Served to major United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1942-1945. Member Society Midland Authors, Sigma Delta Chi.

Background

Hicks, Clifford Byron was born on August 10, 1920 in Marshalltown, Iowa, United States. Son of Nathan LeRoy and Kathryn Marie (Carson) Hicks.

Education

He graduated cum laude from Northwestern University, then served as a U.S. Marine during World War II, earning the Silver Star.

Career

In 1945, he joined the staff of Popular Mechanics magazine, and became a special projects editor in 1963. He wrote the magazine's Do-It-Yourself Materials Guide and edited the Do-It-Yourself Encyclopedia. The next year, he wrote The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald, the first of a series of books about a boy who relies on his "Magnificent Brain" to solve problems.

The books inspired a pair of two-part Disney television movies: The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at Riverton (1974), and The Whiz Kid and the Carnival Caper (1976). Hicks wrote one non-fiction children's book, The World Above (1965), which discusses the Earth's atmosphere and the universe beyond. In 1971, he began the , which follows the misadventures of a small town boy who often gets into trouble "by accident".

Hicks also wrote a two-act play, Alvin Fernald, Mayor for a Day (1992), which was based on one of his Alvin Fernald books. On September 29, 2010, Hicks died at his home in Brevard, North Carolina at the age of 90.

Works

Membership

Served to major United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1942-1945. Member Society Midland Authors, Sigma Delta Chi.

Connections

Married Rachel G. Reimer, May 12, 1945. Children: David P., Douglas L., Gary R.

father:
Nathan LeRoy Hicks

mother:
Kathryn Marie (Carson) Hicks

spouse:
Rachel G. Reimer

children:
David P. Hicks

Douglas L. Hicks

Gary R. Hicks