About the Author – David Venditta

David Venditta grew up in Downingtown, Pennsylvania – a dozen miles down Route 30 from Malvern, his cousin Nicky Venditti’s hometown. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he was a newspaper writer and editor for forty years. Starting in 1984, he worked at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he wrote a series of interviews with war veterans called “War Stories in Their Own Words.” http://www.mcall.com/news/local/warstories/ He interviewed more than 100 veterans. In 2011, the newspaper published a collection of his work in a book of the same name, http://store.mcall.com/war-stories.html. It earned him the Allentown Arts Commission’s award for outstanding achievement in the literary arts. He was also project co-editor and one of four writers of Forging America: The Story of Bethlehem Steel, which The Morning Call published as a book in 2010. A ten-part series on a World War II POW’s struggle to survive won him an award for enterprise reporting from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors in 2005. His interview with reclusive WWII Medal of Honor recipient Alton Knappenberger is posted on the Arlington National Cemetery website, http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/awkappenberger.htm. He also wrote about how the French and Indian War was fought in the Lehigh Valley, and about WWII soldier/gangster Werner Schmiedel of Lehigh County, who was executed by the U.S. Army for a violent crime spree that ended with the murder of an Italian civilian. David retired in 2016 and lives in Allentown with his wife, Mary.



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