Justin Glenn PhD ’63 vol 1 on President Washington

Dr. Justin Glenn’s first volume of his multi-volume series was recently released on Amazon, entitled: The Washingtons: A Family History, Volume One: Seven Generations of the Presidential Branch.

    1963 glenn, justinThis is the initial volume of a comprehensive, multi-volume, fifteen-generation history traces the “Presidential line” of the Washingtons. Volume one begins with the immigrant John Washington who settled in Westmoreland Co., Va., in 1657, married Anne Pope, and was the great-grandfather of President George Washington. This volume continues the story of John and Anne’s family for a total of seven generations, collecting over 5,000 direct descendants. Future volumes will trace eight more generations with a total of over 63,000 descendants. Although structured in a genealogical format for the sake of clarity, this is no bare bones genealogy but a true family history with over 1,200 detailed biographical narratives. These in turn strive to convey the greatness of the family that produced not only The Father of His Country but many others, great and humble, who struggled to build that country.
    The Washingtons includes the time-honored John Wright line which in recent years has been challenged largely on the basis of DNA evidence. Volumes one and two will form a set, with a cumulative bibliography appearing at the end of volume 2. Volume two will highlight the most notable descendants and spouses from the later volumes, including such luminaries as General George S. Patton, the author Shelby Foote, and the actor Lee Marvin.

After leaving Brophy, Dr. Glenn graduated from Stanford University (B.A., Classics, 1967; magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton University (M.A., Classics, 1969; Ph.D., Classics, 1970). His career as a professor of Classics at the University of Georgia and Florida State University spanned thirty-five years, and he has served as Registrar General of The National Society of the Washington Family Descendants since 2002. He and his wife Jody reside in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Jaime Clarke ’89 publishes novel

1989 Clarke, JaimeRoundabout Press will publish Clarke’s novel “Vernon Downs” in April 2014. Clarke wrote in an email, “I’ve always been a proponent of small press publishing and as a co-founder of the literary magazine POST ROAD, I know how hard it is to be a publisher.”

Clarke is giving all pre-order royalties directly to Roundabout to aid them in their mission to discover and promote writers and their work. “So many small publishers fail after a couple of books because they run out of money and so I’m really trying to get the word out.”

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About the Book…

“Vernon Downs is a gripping, hypnotically written and unnerving look at the dark side of literary adulation. Jaime Clarke’s tautly suspenseful novel is a cautionary tale for writers and readers alike–after finishing it, you may start to think that J.D. Salinger had the right idea after all.”
—Tom Perrotta, author of Election, Little Children, and The Leftovers

Jorge Franco ’09 writes his first play

Jorge Franco IV ’09 graduated from the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts (“AADA” – New York City campus) in the spring of 2011, with high honors. [AADA is the oldest English-speaking acting conservatory in the world.] At graduation, he was presented AADA’s Award for outstanding voice for theatre by James Lipton of “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” Jorge was then one of only 16 graduates invited into AADA’s exclusive third year “Company” where he performed as the lead in numerous of AADA’s 2011-2012 season of stage productions.

After completing AADA’s Third Year Company, Jorge was signed by a couple of New York’s elite talent agency and management firms who have helped him publish and open his first written play, “Atiya,” and land numerous modeling jobs. As of August 2012, Jorge has moved to the heart of Paris, France where he is enrolled as a transfer-sophomore at the American University of Paris (“AUP”). At AUP, Jorge is pursuing a major in Creative Literature, a minor in International Journalism, studying French and continuing with his writing, modeling and acting abroad.

Jorge’s younger brother is Christian L. Franco, Brophy Class of ’15 and Varsity Tennis (2012 State Champs.)

Chris Benguhe ’86 begins new project “Writing your Life: American Stories”

Internationally published Phoenix author Chris Benguhe kicks off his national projects tour aimed at helping everyday Americans realize the value of their lives by teaching them how to write their life’s story.

PHOENIX, AZ, June 25, 2012 / PRESS RELEASE / Former tabloid writer, Chris Benguhe, aims to change the world through teaching individuals to value their own lives – by writing about them.

A Phoenix native, Benguhe gave up his past life of covering the glitz and glam of Hollywood to write self-help books, endorsed by notable figures such as Deepak Chopra. Now, he wants to help everyday Americans find the value in their lives by learning to put it on paper in his next book, a multi-faceted compilation called “Writing your Life: American Stories”.

Benguhe’s mantra is that everyone has their own story to tell.

“Our media today is saturated with sensational tales of fame and fortune. But the everyday stories of hardworking hopeful Americans who are living the real American dream by making their lives meaningful through their faith, families, friends, and communities are lost,” Benguhe stated.

The Writing Your Life Project is Benguhe’s response for a country divided and confused by mass media’s focus on the rich and famous, or what he calls the “special people”. His solution will be to find and help real tried-and-true Americans tell their stories.

Stories like the schoolteacher who figured out how to feed her students by getting local food banks to contribute weekly. Or the immigrant who came to this country with 25 dollars and turned that into a successful business employing dozens of others and becoming the backbone of his community. Or the veteran pushed to the brink of suicide by PTSD who gets a new lease on life when asked to help build a community center for underprivileged children.

Benguhe will travel to 10 cities in America, finding five writers in each who will participate in one-on-one writing classes aimed at developing story points, character development and self-realization. Then they will write their life into a short story that will be included in a book called “Writing Your Life: American Stories”.

Find out more at The Humanity Projects.

Santiago Azpurua-Borras ’09 Publishes First Book

How Do I College?

Currently an Editor at The Middlebury Campus, a student weekly publication at Middlebury College, Santiago Azpurua-Borras ’09 recently self-published his first book of tips and advice for a successful (and fun) freshman year.

His book differs from the myriad college books on the market in that it’s about transitioning and surviving the freshman year of college. Santiago admits the difficulty, “especially if you’re attending an out of state school. Everything is just one giant torrent of change and it can be difficult to keep it all in check.”

Santiago has been working on this project for some time now and finally discovered the means to self-publish after talking with his mother’s colleague, Professor Danny MacIntyre, at Glendale Community College.

MacIntyre gave Santiago the encouragement he needed and challenged him to finish this book by the end of 2012. Seems he made that goal.

Santiago wrote in an email today, “Being a published author has also been a dream of mine since I was in the 8th grade, and knowing I could make it a reality with my own hard work only pushed me harder.”

How Do I College? at Amazon.com

Read more from Santiago at The Middlebury Campus, online student weekly publication