Bob Calverley has worked as a writer, editor, marketer and public relations consultant.
He was born in rural northern Ontario and moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan when he was 16. He graduated from Soo High School in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan, attended Michigan Technological University, Soo Branch (now Lake Superior State University) and graduated with a BA in Journalism from Michigan State University in 1967.
Calverley was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967 and served a year with the 187th Assault Helicopter Company in Tay Ninh, Vietnam. During that period, the 187th suffered heavy casualties and earned a Presidential Unit Citation. By the end of the war, it was one of that war’s most decorated helicopter units. Calverley, however, spent most his tour in Vietnam as company clerk, and occasionally flew as a door gunner.
For most of the 1970’s, Calverley worked as a newspaper reporter, first at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and then at the Detroit Free Press where he was the recipient of several awards for stories on a large environmental accident. His journalism career included stints as a medical writer, general assignment reporting, coverage of local governments and police reporting. He also reviewed books and records.
Since leaving newspapers, he has worked in public relations and communications, mostly for nonprofit organizations including the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, the Los Angeles County Medical Association and the University of Southern California. He retired as Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. After retiring, he has continued to work as a consultant and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit 187th Assault Helicopter Company Association. The main activity of the association is to stage reunions where the war stories get better every year.
Calverley lives in Southern California with his wife, youngest daughter and Lab mix squirrel predator.
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by Bob Calverley
Jimmy “Purple” Hayes’ psychedelic band is on the cusp of success. Drafted, he becomes a door gunner with a fondness for drugs and a surprising talent for combat. Back in the World, Gloria, his girlfriend, is running for her life. She has a photographic memory and secrets to die for, and Jimmy can’t help her. Mobsters, detectives, and the counter culture clash in this gritty look at the 1960s.
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