Richard Rosenthal, a writer and TV producer/host in East Hampton, New York was the 2010 winner of the Alliance for Community Media’s Jewell Ryan-White Award for the quality of non-mainstream programming on his local television program, ACCESS. In 2006, he published The Dandelion War, a well-reviewed humorous novel on class warfare in the Hamptons.
Born in San Francisco in 1925 and raised there during the depression, he fought in Europe during World War II. The first of many serendipitus twists in his life, a snafu by the Major commanding his Combat Engineer Battalion resulted in the dispatch of a different unit to plug a hole in the Battle of the Bulge - half of those dispatched were killed or wounded. “I was an awkward young man,” says Richard, “and probably would not have made it.”
After the war, he attended Oxford on the GI Bill of Rights. En route, at a stopover in New Foundland he watched the American Airlines flight he’d originally intended to take, crash into a mountain. There were no survivors. Richard was 23 when he graduated from Oxford, and flabbergasted he had reached that age. He vowed never to be held back by fear of being unpopular or unemployed.
After returning from the war, Richard registered as a conscientious objector, opposed the Korean and Vietnam wars, became a reporter for Women’s Wear Daily and, after moving to East Hampton in 1991, an advocate for affordable housing and people with disabilities. In addition to The Dandelion War, he has authored two well received books – To Market To Market, reviewed by the New York Times as one of the years best mystery novels, , and The Hearing Loss Handbook, a controversial guide for coping with hearing loss and the deafness treatment system.
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