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John Charles Alexander Edit Profile

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John Charles Alexander, American editor, writer. Recipient award for short story, Writer's Digest, 1960, 61, Gold award, The Festival of the Americas, Houston International Film Festival, 1977.


Alexander, John Charles was born on January 25, 1915 in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. Son of John Merriam Alexander and Helen (Abbott) Boggs.


Student, University Nebraska, 1933-1937;student, Chouinard The Art Institute of Chicago/Ben Bard Playhouse School, Los Angeles, 1937-1938;student, Pasadena Playhouse, 1939-1942;student, University of California at Los Angeles, 1945-1947.


Aircraft assembler, N. American aviation, Inglewood, California, 1941-1942;engineering writer, Lockheed-Vega Aircraft, Burbank, California, 1942-1945;production mgr/actor, Gryphon Playhouse, Laguna Beach, California, 1947-1949;assistant producer/writer, Young & Rubicam/ABC, Hollywood, California, 1949-1951;editor-in-chief, Grand Center Aircraft, Tucson, 1952-1953;senior writer/editor, various companies, California, 1953-1960;senior editor/writer, secretary Science Guidance Research Council, Stanford Research Institute, United States Army Combat Development Command, Menlo Park, California, 1962-1966;editor-in-chief, Litton Science Support Laboratory USACDC, Fort Ord, California, 1966-1970;editorial director/secretary, The Nelson Company, Film and Video Production, Tarzana, California, since 1971. Editorial consultant, director Human Resources Research Office, George WashingtonU., The Presidio, Monterey, California, 1960-1962. Book editor The Dryden Press, Hinsdale, Illinois, 1971-1972.

Book editor/adaptor General Learning Press, Silver Burdette Company, Morristown, New Jersey, 1972-1974. Contributing editor West Coast Writers Conspiracy magazine, Hollywood, California, 1975-1977. Contbg.editor/book reviewer Santa Ynez Valley Times, Solvang, California, 1976-1977.

Participant Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Montecito, California, 1974,75.



Member National Cowboy Hall of Fam, National Geography Society, National Society Literature and Arts, Society Technology Writers and Publications, Western History Society, California Academy of Sciences, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Air Force Association, University Nebraska-Lincoln Alumni Association, Stanford Research International Alumni Association, Sigma Nu, Alpha Phi Omega.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: scale model building, environmental/wildlife conservation, aviation, science, foreign affairs, intelligence.


Married Ruth Edna McLane, August 20, 1955.

John Merriam Alexander Boggs

Helen (Abbott) Boggs

Ruth Edna McLane