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Sam Greenlee was born in Chicago, attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He served in the military (1952-4), earning the rank of first lieutenant, and subsequently worked for the United States Information Agency, serving in Iraq,Pakistan, Indonesia, and Greece between 1957 and 1965. Leaving the US foreign service after eight years, he stayed on in Greece. on the island of Mykonos, where he began to write his first novel published in 1969 as "The Spook Who sat by the Door", the story of a black man who is recruited as a CIA agent and having mastered the skills of a spy then uses them to lead a black guerrilla movement in the US.Other works by Greenlee include Baghdad Blues, a 1976 novel based on his experiences traveling in Iraq in the 1950s/
Emma Young the Chicago Ad Lady and a product of the city' southside like Sam,
discuss her memories Professor Grreenlee and the Chicago Black Screenwriters.
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