A nationally known and award-winning columnist, editor and writer, Jack Behrens founded the journalism program at Utica College of Syracuse University New York in 1972 and continues to teach as a Reader’s Digest Foundation Magazine Professor at several eastern universities. Columbia Scholastic Press Association awarded him the coveted Gold Key Award in 2000 for his efforts and devotion to student press issues.
He has authored or edited fifteen books and written more than 11,000 magazine articles for national and international publications. His popular public affairs radio program is broadcast weekly in Central New York.
His work with Roots author, Alex Haley, in the 1970s produced three books on writing including a popular text, The Writing Business (Steffen, 1991). An earlier book, Typewriter Guerrillas (Nelson-Hall, 1976-77) was chosen and Editor & Publisher best seller.
His big band days, however, were a special six years in the late 1940s and early 1950s when he played and met bandleaders and musicians he never forgot. And he never forgot hauling a Slingerland drum set through Midwest towns and cities.
This book is dedicated to the more than eighty musicians, bandleaders, dancers, entertainers and music lovers who participated by remembering their involvement in the "swing era" and playing music that has never died.