John F. McManus
The Birch Log
John F. McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966, serving originally as a field coordinator for several New England states. In 1968, he was transferred to the Society's national headquarters.
In 1973, Mr. McManus accepted the appointment by Robert Welch, the Society's Founder, as the Director of Public Affairs. In this post, he became and remains the Society's chief media representative throughout the nation. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, including C-SPAN, the Larry King Show, and the Pat Buchanan Show. He is one the Society's few authorized spokesmen.
Mr. McManus has written and produced numerous audiovisual programs. He is in wide demand as a speaker. Books he has written include Financial Terrorism (1993), Changing Commands: The Betrayal of America's Military (1995), William F. Buckley, Jr.: Pied Piper for the Establishment (2002), and The Insiders 5th edition (2004).
He is the Publisher of The New American magazine, as well as a regular contributor of articles. He is also the Publisher of the Society's monthly Bulletin, which is sent to all members and subscribers. Mr. McManus was named President of The John Birch Society in 1991.
Born in 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, he is a graduate of Holy Cross College in Massachusetts. He served on active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years. For six years before accepting a staff position with the Society, he was employed as an electronics engineer in New England.
The father of four and grandparent of several, Mr. McManus has been married to the former Mary Helen O'Reilly of Boston since 1957.
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