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My next guest is Peter Quinn, who joined Time Inc. as the chief speechwriter in 1985 & retired as corporate editorial director for Time Warner in 2007. He received a BA from Manhattan College (1969), an MA in history from Fordham Univ (1974) and was ABD.. He was awarded a Ph.D., honoris causa by Manhattan College  (2002). In 1979, he was Governor Carey's chief speechwriter, continuing under Governor Mario Cuomo;  he helped craft the Governor’s 1984 Democratic Convention speech & his address at Notre Dame University. His 1994 novel Banished Children of Eve won a 1995 American Book Award. Looking for Jimmy: In Search of Irish America was published in 2007. Colum McCann summed up Quinn's historical detective novels -- Hour of the Cat (2005), The Man Who Never Returned (2010), and Dry Bones (2013) -- as "generous and agile and profound." He co-wrote the 1987 television doc "McSorley’s New York," (NY Emmy for “Outstanding Historical Programming”). He was a commentator in PBS documentaries “The Irish in America;” “New York: A Documentary Film;” “The Life and Times of Stephen Foster,” s the Academy Award-nominated film, “The Passion of Sister Rose.” He was an advisor on Martin Scorcese’s  “Gangs of New York.” He helped conceive/script the 6-part doc “The Road to the White House,” which aired on TG4 in Ireland (2009). Quinn was editor of The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society (1986 to 1993). He has articles/reviews in The NY Times, Commonweal, America, American Heritage, Catholic Historical Review, Philadelphia Enquirer, L.A. Times, Eiré-Ireland. He is on the advisory boards of the American Irish Historical Society, NYU's Gluckman Ireland House, and the Tenement Museum. He is a co-founder of Irish American Writers & Artists.

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