About the Author

On August 11, 2004 on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” head carpenter John Harty, Jr. announced that he planned to fill his retirement days writing a book. The book he produced is a hybrid combining two of his favorite interests: colonial American history and the production of motion pictures. While Mr. Harty was employed as a stagehand at NBC for thirty years, he also pursued his interest in history by earning a BA at St. Bonaventure University and an MA in political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. ┬áMr. Harty was admitted into the PhD program at New York University where he earned an additional 32 credits in the field of Russian history with a secondary field in English history.