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Jim Hamilton is the author of The Writing 69th and The Black Cats of Amherst. He is also the publisher at Green Harbor Publications. Born in 1956, he graduated from Wilton (CT) High School in 1974. A German major who spent a year in Munich, Hamilton graduated from Amherst College in 1978 with a BA in German. Following a year as a VISTA volunteer in Jamaica Plain (MA), he worked as a freelance graphic designer for book publishers like Houghton Mifflin and DC Heath. In 1988, he earned a Master of Science degree in Printing Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.
He worked for seven years at Linotype (later Linotype-Hell) as an applications analyst and author of a series of technical articles on topics related to prepress and printing. In 1995, he joined InfoTrends (formerly known as CAP Ventures), a market research and consulting firm that focused on digital printing and digital documents. He edited the InfoTrends' book, "The Print On Demand Opportunity." He is also the author of many InfoTrends articles, reports, white papers, and blogs. His social media activities can be followed on his Twitter account (@jrhinfotrends) and you can find his job history overview on LinkedIn.
In 2017 after more than 22 years in market research he left InfoTrends (now part of Keypoint Intelligence) to focus on his historical writing. His most recent book is an annotated transcription of the wartime diaries of Reverend Stoddard Lane (one of the members of the Black Cats of Amherst ambulance unit). It is entitled We Unite to Serve. He is also working on a graphic novel based on the incidents described in the Free Fall Research Page. You can see some of the early draft drawings here.
He lives with his wife in Marshfield, Massachusetts. They have two grown children.
"A passionate amateur historian"
- Documentary filmmaker Steven Ives
Reporting America at War
"Without his strong encouragement it would not have been completed"
- 44th Bomb Group Historian Will Lundy
(in reference to the revised edition of The 44th Bomb Group Roll of Honor and Casualties)
"A guy who's obsessed with people who've fallen from great heights"
- Kelly Ryan and Cameron Phillips
Hosts of the CBC program Freestyle
"The clear and readable explanations you provide are one of the great virtues of your site"
- Margo Schulter
(commenting on the Questions page of the Free Fall Research site)
"Your site remains one of my favorite places to have been published."
- Novelist David Carkeet, author of The Unplanned Freefall
"I loved your use of first person accounts - was impressed by your wide-ranging search for source material - and enjoyed the illustrations."
- James M. Schmidt, author of Notre Dame and the Civil War
(about The Black Cats of Amherst)
"Congratulations on this wonderful volume...I admire and appreciate your work illuminating the extraordinary life of Rev. Dr. Stoddard Lane '09."
- Biddy Martin, President of Amherst College
(about We Unite to Serve)