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Perry Deane Young is the author of nine books and the co-author of three plays. The books are: 1. Two of the Missing, Remembering Sean Flynn and Dana Stone, 1975, 2009; 2. The David Kopay Story, with David Kopay, 1977, 1988, 2000; 3. God’s Bullies, 1982; 4. A Killing Cure, with Evelyn Walker, 1986; 5. The Insider’s Guide to California, 1989; 6. Lesbians and Gays and Sports, 1994; 7. The Untold Story of Frankie Silver; 8. Hanged by a Dream; 9. Our Young Family. The plays, all written with William Gregg, are: 1. Frankie; 2. Mountain of Hope; 3. Thomas Wolfe: Home Again.
Born March 27, 1941 on a hilltop farm in Woodfin just north of Asheville, NC, Perry Deane Young is the lone survivor of 13 siblings. His parents were Robert Finley and Rheba Maphry Tipton Young. He graduated from Woodfin Low School and Erwin High School. Although he entered UNC at Chapel Hill in the fall of 1959, he did not graduate until December of 1993. He had spent the intervening years rambling about the globe as a reporter or just rambling on his own.
Starting out on the Durham Morning Herald in 1962, Young dropped out of college to cover the 1963 NC legislature for UPI. In 1967, he went to work for UPI in New York. He was assigned to the Saigon bureau and arrived there the night the Tet Offensive began in January of 1968. He covered the fighting in Saigon, Danang, Khe Sanh and Hue during that offensive and afterwards.
After Vietnam, Young worked for the New York Post in New York, serving briefly in the Middle East, covering a highjacking in Jordan and the funeral of President Nasser in Egypt.
Leaving Newspapering behind, Young wrote freelance articles for Harper’s, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Saturday Review, and other publications.
Returning home to Chapel Hill in 1993, he wrote a weekly column for several years first for the Chapel Hill Herald and then for the Chapel Hill News. For more than a year, the column was also published in the Asheville Citizen-Times. Since July 4, 1993, Perry Deane Young has made his home in Chapel Hill, NC.
Perry Deane Young is available to speak to school and civic groups about the many aspects of his long and varied career.
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