2012 Guest Author, J. Earl Bowden

Excerpts from Pensapedia, J. Earl Bowden was born in Altha, Florida. Bowden attended Florida State University, where he studied journalism and wrote for the Florida Flambeau newspaper, before joining the U.S. Air Force. He was a military journalist stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho during the Korean War, after which he moved to Pensacola to begin his journalism career at the Pensacola News Journal in 1953, where he worked as a sports writer, editor, editor-in-chief and vice president of the paper. He was the main politician cartoonist until 2007 and he remains a columnist and occasional cartoonist for the opinion section. He has taught journalistic writing at the University of West Florida, which awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1985.
As editor of the News Journal, Bowden began campaigning in 1965 to establish the Gulf Islands National Seashore, which was authorized on January 8, 1971, and signed into law by President Nixon. For his efforts, Bowden was named an Honorary Park Ranger by the Secretary of the Interior.
Mr. Bowden has highways and buildings named for him in honor of his outstanding contributions to Northwest Florida.
He has authored 12 books so far most of which can be found on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Jesse-Earle-Bowden/e/B001KC9JWM
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