From a young age, Alan Henry knew what it felt like to be left in the dust. Abandoned by his father after his mother’s death, eight-year-old Alan was passed around from relative to relative, from Brooklyn to Cincinnati, until later in his teenage years.
Despite finding some normalcy, security, and a comforting home life in Cincinnati with his uncle, aunt, and cousin, Alan was forced to return to his father in Queens, New York. The strained relationship and lack of direction in life led Alan to one goal: to enlist in the army and attend college.
During a serendipitous mishap that forced him to spend time in a Pennsylvania hospital, Alan began working as an Armed Forces Radio announcer at Valley Forge, a job that would forever change the course of his life.
Through persistence and an unquenchable curiosity to go beyond the confines of what had been tried before, Alan Henry finally found his place in a world that had mainly shown him estrangement and pain. He ultimately found his dream and made a lasting impact on the world around him.
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About the Author
An indomitable spirit who has had to overcome obstacles both personally and professionally, living legend Alan Henry has thrived in the constantly changing world of media and has been a pioneer in broadcasting since the 1950s. From personalities like Ed Schultz to Bill O’Reilly, Henry made the careers of leading news and talk show hosts possible by creating what would become the modern model for talk radio and television.
In his memoir, Henry and writer Gordon Hastings explore the history of how he forever changed the media by which we share and spread information.
Gordon Hastings is a writer and the founder of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. He lives in Connecticut.
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