Best, Don(ald M.)

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BEST, Don(ald M.)

BEST, Don(ald M.). Also writes as John Lawless. American, b. 1949. Genres: How-to books, Architecture. Career: Oklahoma Daily, Norman, executive editor and sports editor, 1967-72; U.S. Peace Corps, Washington, DC, volunteer in Caazapa, Paraguay, 1972-74; Brazil Herald, Rio de Janeiro, managing editor and business editor, 1974-75; DataNews, Rio de Janeiro, founder, 1975, editor in chief, 1975-77; Corpus Christi Sun, Corpus Christi, TX, associate editor, 1977-78; freelance writer, 1978-80; Solar Age (now Custom Builder), Harrisville, NH, senior editor, 1981-86; freelance writer and editor, 1986-; editor, Energy Design Update, 1997-. Publications: (with R. Trethewey) This Old House: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, 1994; (cont.) The Reader's Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual; a how-to book on home emergencies, in press. Contributor to books. Author of regular columns. Contributor to magazines and newspapers. Some articles appear under the name D. Minor Best or the pseudonym John Lawless. Address: Paz CP 232, 68005-080 Santarem, Para, Brazil.