American City Flags is a wonderful panoply of civic symbolism...in an engaging style backed by sound scholarship. -- Dr. Whitney Smith, executive director, Flag Research Center, The Flag Bulletin, March 2004
About the Author
John M. Purcell, Ph.D., a NAVA member since 1969, sits on Ravens Editorial Board, and has also served as NAVAs Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, and President. His vexillological writings appear in such publications as The Flag Bulletin, Raven, NAVA News, Banderas, and Banderín. He has been co-editor of FlaGWAVer, the journal of Great Waters Association of Vexillology, since its inception in 1996. In 1999 he received both the Whitney Award from NAVA and the New Directions in Vexillology Award from the Canadian Flag Association. He is Professor Emeritus in Spanish and Foreign Language Education at Cleveland State University (Ohio), and the author of numerous professional publications.
James Croft, NAVA News editor in 1996-1997, has been a NAVA member since 1969. Founder and director of the Institute of Civic Heraldry since 1980, his vexillological interests focus on city flags and coats of arms throughout the world. He has written extensively on municipal flags, including The Civic Coats of Arms of Mozambique and many articles on Canadian and U.S. civic flags. In 1975 and 1976 he lived in Johnannesburg, studying South Africas civic flags and coats of arms; his paper "South African Civic Flags" won NAVAs Capt. William Driver Award in 1981. He chaired the organizing committee for NAVAs 37th annual meeting in Montreal in 2003.
Rich Monahan, currently serving as NAVA Secretary, has been a member of NAVA since 1995. He has an associate degree from the University of Akron with aspirations to a higher degree. He is the Vice President of the Great Waters Association of Vexillology and contributes to its journal, FlaGWAVer. He is also belongs to the Canadian Flag Association, the Flag Institute, and the New England Vexillological Association. His interests lie primarily in how flags relate to the broad political and historical movements they represent. He is a sergeant in the Ohio Army National Guard, having served four years on active duty in Europe and at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Edward B. (Ted) Kaye, managing editor, is advisory editor of The Flag Bulletin. A member of NAVA since 1985 and an organizer of the 12th International Congress of Vexillology in San Francisco in 1987, he serves as the chief financial officer of a small technology company. His articles have appeared in Raven, The Flag Bulletin, NAVA News, and FlagMaster. He recently compiled and published NAVAs guide to flag design "Good Flag, Bad Flag".