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Carney, John Otis 1922–2006

Carney, John Otis 1922–2006

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born February, 1922, in Chicago, IL; died of cancer, January 1, 2006, in AZ. Journalist and author. Carney was a former advertising writer and journalist who later became a successful novelist and scriptwriter for television. During World War II, he served with distinction as a Marine Corps pilot, earning five battle stars as well as a Presidential Unit Citation. After the war, he completed a B.A. at Princeton University in 1946, and the next year joined the advertising agency Louis de Rochemont Associates in New York City. From 1948 to 1949, he was a reporter for the Minneapolis Star before returning to advertising, this time with the J. Walter Thompson agency in Chicago. Having published his first novel, Love at First Flight, in 1943 with coauthor Charles Spalding, Carney was already a published author when he quit advertising completely in 1954. He found success writing for such television programs as Zane Grey Theater and The Monroes, while he continued to publish novels. Among these are Yesterday's Hero (1959), The Paper Bullet (1966), Welcome Back Billy Rawls (1977), and Chihuahua, 1916 (1980).

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Los Angeles Times, January 9, 2006, p. B9.

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