Harmon, Daniel E(lton) 1949-

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HARMON, Daniel E(lton) 1949-

(Dan Harmon)

Personal

Born December 6, 1949, in Lexington, SC; son of Harvey J. (a law enforcement officer) and Mertie K. (a waitress) Harmon; married; wife's name Patricia C. (a social worker), August, 1976 (divorced, July, 2002); married June 6, 1997; second wife's name Sherie C. (a respiratory therapist); children: Courtney. Education: University of South Carolina, B.A. (journalism), 1972. Religion: Associate Reformed Presbyterian. Hobbies and other interests: Folk music, nautical history, correspondence chess.


Addresses

Offıce Hornpipe Publications, P.O. Box 18428, Spartanburg, SC 29318. E-mail [email protected]


Career

Author and editor. Sandlapper: The Magazine of South Carolina, Lexington, SC, assistant editor, 1971-73, associate editor and art director, 1989; Dispatch-News, Lexington, reporter and editor, 1973-83; RPW Publishing Corp, Lexington, editor, 1983-97; freelance editor, beginning 1997.

Awards, Honors

Excellence in Technology Communications Award, Acer Group/Computer Museum, 1989; awards from Computer Press Association and South Carolina Press Association; various other press awards.

Writings

FOR CHILDREN

(Editor, under name Dan Harmon) Edwin P. Booth, Martin Luther: The Great Reformer, Barbour Publishers (Uhrichsville, OH), 1995.

(Under name Dan Harmon) Civil War Generals, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 1997.

The Tortured Mind: The Many Faces of Manic Depression, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 1998.

(Under name Dan Harmon) Fighting Units of the American War of Independence, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 1999. (Under name Dan Harmon) Life out of Focus: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 1999.

(Under name Dan Harmon) Anorexia Nervosa: Starving for Attention, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 1999.

(With Tamela Hancock Murray; under name Dan Harmon) More Clean Jokes for Kids, Barbour Publishers (Uhrichsville, OH), 1999.

(Under name Dan Harmon) Juan Ponce de Leon and the Search for the Fountain of Youth, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2000.

Nigeria: 1880 to the Present: The Struggle, the Tragedy, the Promise, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2000.

Schizophrenia; Losing Touch with Reality, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2000.

West Africa, 1880 to the Present: A Cultural Patchwork, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.

The FBI, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.

Jacques Cartier and the Exploration of Canada, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.

Egypt: 1880 to the Present: Desert of Envy, Water of Life, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.

La Salle and the Exploration of the Mississippi, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.

The U.S. Armed Forced, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.

(Under name Dan Harmon) The Titanic, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.

The Attorney General's Offıce, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.

Sudan: 1880 to the Present: Crossroads of a Continent in Conflict, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.

Jolliet and Marquette: Explorers of the Mississippi River, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2002.

Lord Cornwallis: British General, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2002.

The Food and Drug Administration, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2002.

The Environmental Protection Agency, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2002.

Davy Crockett, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2002.

Defense Lawyers, Chelsea House Publishers (Philadelphia, PA), 2003.


OTHER

(Editor, under name Dan Harmon) S. D. Gordon, Life after Death, Barbour Publishers (Uhrichsville, OH), 1998.

The Chalk Town Train, and Other Tales (first volume of "Harper Chronicles"), Trafford Publishing, 2001.

Bible Challenge: Small Facts from the Big Book, CrossAmerica Books, 2002.

(With others) Taught to Lead: The Education of the Presidents of the United States, Mason Crest Publishers, 2004.

Editor, The Lawyer's PC, 1983.


Work in Progress

Biographies for "Amazing Americans" series; Volume 2 of the "Harper Chronicles."

Sidelights

Daniel E. Harmon told Something about the Author: "At about age thirteen, I determined to become a professional writer. School career counselors directed me to obtain a journalism degree, which led to ten agonizing years as a newspaper journalist after college. Although I hated the work, journalism matured my writing and taught me much about the publishing industry.


"Eventually, the Lord gave me more agreeable writing and editing work to do and, in 1994, opened the door to authoring books. After compiling several joke books and performing abridgement projects for Barbour Publishing, I was engaged by Chelsea House in 1997 to begin authoring educational books for different grade levels. The subjects were gloriously diverse, from history to foreign culture. Today I have the privilege of researching and writing books for several juvenile publishers.


"Meanwhile, as time permits, I relish crafting historical mystery short stories, the kind of writing I REALLY wanted to do from the very beginning, forty years ago. I continue to enjoy my long-term work on the editorial staff of Sandlapper: The Magazine of South Carolina. Since 1983, I've also edited The Lawyer's PC, a national technology newsletter now published by Thomson/West.

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

School Library Journal, February, 2001, Daniel Mungai, review of Nigeria: 1880 to the Present: The Struggle, the Tragedy, the Promise, p. 132; March, 2002, Genevieve Gallagher, review of Egypt: 1880 to the Present: Desert of Envy, Water of Life, p. 251; April, 2002, review of Defense Lawyers, p. 172; October, 2003, review of The Environmental Protection Agency, p. 43.


ONLINE

Daniel Harmon Web site, http://www.danieleltonharmon.com (January 3, 2005).