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Allan T. Duffin

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Allan T. Duffin served 11 years in the U.S. Air Force; five on active duty and six in the reserves.  In 2003, he received a Bronze Star for outstanding leadership in a combat zone. Allan Duffin holds an M.A. in History from Northeastern University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering & history from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  In addition to being and adjunct professor at Los Angeles Valley College and Pasadena City College, he is the founded or Duffin Creative, a company that provides television production and print, and web, design services.  Allan Duffin is the author of The 12 O'Clock High Logbook; Tow Truck Kings: Secrets of the Towing & Recovery Business; Tow Truck Kings 2: More Secrets of the Towing & Recovery Business; TheatreBook: A Compact Guide to Staging Your Play or Musical; and a co-author of Catch the Sky: The Adventures and Misadventures of a Police Helicopter Pilot and History in Blue: 160 Years of Women Police, Sheriffs, Detectives, and State Troopers.

 

According to the book description of The 12 O’clock High Logbook, it is “the definitive biography of the World War II events leading to the novel, plus a history of the novel, film, television series (including complete, detailed log of the show), and enough behind-the-scenes information and pictures to keep a whole squadron happy.”

 

According to the book description of Catch the Sky: The Adventures and Misadventures of a Police Helicopter Pilot, “Darryl Kimball always wanted to fly. This is the story of how he accomplished his dream. It's the story of how a small town country boy found his way to San Diego, California, and eventually into the helicopter unit of one of the largest sheriff's departments in the country. In many ways it's a success story, a story of perseverance -- one that says when the odds seem to be stacked against you, or when your mind tells you that you're not smart enough or good enough, or tells you to quit and go home, you don't listen. You stick it out, you move forward . . . and you persevere. As a helicopter pilot with the elite air support unit of the San Diego Sheriff's Department, Darryl Kimball has hunted for missing children, extracted captured drugs and other contraband out of cramped locations, medevac'd injured hikers from valleys thick with boulders and brush, directed deputies during gun battles, and tracked carjackers as they tried to escape pursuing officers through heavy freeway traffic. Catch the Sky is the first in-depth look at the life of a police helicopter pilot. Kimball pulls no punches, unfolding his nail-biting personal story in enthralling detail. From death-defying rescues to stories both bizarre and humorous, Catch the Sky puts you inside the helicopter cockpit for a breathtaking ride you'll never forget.”

One reviewer of History in Blue: 160 Years of Women Police, Sheriffs, Detectives, and State Troopers said, “Allan Duffin writes with a vivid, broad lexicon making the history leap from the pages and compelling to read. A History in Blue... is the grit behind glitzy dramas like Law and Order, Saving Grace and The Closer. The book seemingly covers every cultural aspect women faced with emotion and professional restraint and maintains historical relevance. A possible woman authorship shortcoming is overcome with respect to documenting situations, actions, and results in a historical context. A man's authorship adds dimension to the women's history by capturing accounts from interviews and research while realizing the complicit and implicit behavior and implications for both women and men. The subjects and stories are real, yet told with more pitch and range than the monotone on Cops. Women and men readers who lived through many of the periods covered in A History in Blue... will easily identify local and national historical events like the Los Angeles Rodney King riots and 9/11 seeded through the history like landmarks along a journey.”

According to the book description of Tow Truck Kings: Secrets of the Towing & Recovery Business, “An exclusive collection of incredible secrets, stories, tips, tricks, and information about the towing and recovery business. Great reading for people already in the business, or as a primer or textbook for anyone interested in the towing & recovery industry. Includes chapters about accidents, different vehicles that are towed, attacks on towers, business practices, sales, storage, fuel prices, designing business websites, traffic incident management, legislation, import/export, recovery techniques used around the world, plus humorous stories from the road.”

According to the book description of Tow Truck Kings 2: More Secrets of the Towing & Recovery Business, “A follow-up to the popular Tow Truck Kings: Secrets of the Towing & Recovery Business. Tow Truck Kings 2 is an all-new, exclusive second collection of incredible secrets, stories, tips, tricks, and information about the towing and recovery business. Includes chapters about legends of the industry, towing efforts following natural disasters, bill collecting and credit card processing, working with customers, GPS tracking, overtime, effective use of computers in a business setting, legal issues, repossession efforts, motor clubs, towing associations, and advertising, plus more humorous stories from the road.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the book description of TheatreBook: A Compact Guide to Staging Your Play or Musical, “If you're preparing to stage a play or musical in your theatre, or you're trying to decide how to upgrade your facility, TheatreBook can help. Whether you're a lover of theatre, a theatre manager or staff member, an instructor, a student, or part of the cast or crew, TheatreBook is for you. TheatreBook is packed with exclusive behind-the-scenes information about everything from marketing to safety, lighting to audio, special effects to costumes. TheatreBook also makes a great textbook or supplemental reading for theatre classes.”

 

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