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Gregory C. Randall was born in the summer of 1949 in Traverse City, Michigan to a very young couple, and during the following years with brothers and sisters added, his journalism father and housewife mother moved and moved, always bettering the family’s financial condition. In the early 1950’s the family found Park Forest, Illinois, where Randall was raised. Dad was the quintessential Organization Man, commuting every day the thirty miles to Chicago’s Loop by train. Always a drawer and sketcher, Greg Randall studied architectural and industrial design at Kent State University and completed a B.S. degree in landscape architecture, with honors, at Michigan State University. In the space of a month he graduated, married his college sweetheart, packed up the car and trailer and moved to California, vowing to never to look back. From 1971 until the present (2013), he has worked as a professional urban and community planner and landscape architect. His work in the Bay Area of California as well as in other regions of the United States involved him with many of the best planned communities in the region. Since 1993 he has served as principal and president of Randall Planning & Design, Inc. in Walnut Creek, California, a landscape and urban planning firm that specializes in large-scale master planned residential communities. He has designed over one hundred communities throughout California. He is still married to his sweetheart, now for more than forty years, and together they have started numerous businesses, written four books on the gardens of England and Scotland, sit on non-profit boards, and been involved in national business associations. They are owners of the Windsor Hill Publishing Company located in Walnut Creek, California. Mr. Randall has had a lifelong interest in the history of planned communities in the United States and Great Britain.
Greg is also a fiction writer whose scribblings fall into the categories of mystery/detective and literary fiction. In the fall of 2010 his first book in the Sharon O’Mara Chronicles For Death series, Land Swap For Death, was published followed by Containers For Death, Toulouse For Death and 12th Man For Death. His literary story of a youngster’s coming of age and awareness in the summer in 1956, Elk River (Benjamin Franklin Award finalist), was added to the catalog – all are now available through Smashwords.