About the Author
Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Dick Gentry began his professional career in 1962 as sports editor of the Artesia Daily Press in New Mexico. He was executive editor of The Birmingham Business Journal in the mid-1990s. In between, he has been city editor of the Ocala Star-Banner in Florida, a staff writer for the Spokane Daily Chronicle in Washington State, executive editor of Hawaii Business Magazine, and editor of the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the San Diego Business Journal. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1980. While working for the Beaumont Journal in the early 1970s, he penned an impulsive letter to the managing director of the only newspaper in a tiny, Caribbean nation. To his surprise, he received a reply. Thus began the adventure of a lifetime in The Cayman Islands, recorded in this book, At the Foot of the Southern Cross. Dick Gentry is an outspoken journalist with 50 years of writing and editing experiences. Much of his success in journalism is his skill in telling stories that readers love. He has searched for treasure in the Guadeloupe Mountains in New Mexico. Explored caves. Been a game warden. Climbed Mount Vesuvius. Gotten lost and almost froze on Mount Egaleo near Athens. Gotten drunk in Spain and was almost court-martialed. Busted flat in Baton Rouge. On and on. What he gained with these experiences is a rich understanding of regular folks. He knows what they like, because he's one of "they."