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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Aleck Loker is a ninth-generation St. Mary's County, Maryland native who knows and loves local history. After graduating from Ryken High School (now St. Mary's Ryken), Aleck attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. Aleck returned to Leonardtown and began a thirty-three year career at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland. In his Navy Career, Aleck achieved recognition for innovative work that was widely published. His collaboration with Naval test pilots and engineers spanned virtually every facet of the work at the air station. Aleck served as the Executive Director of the air station for his last three years with the Navy.

Along the way, he studied local history and published numerous articles in magazines and in the Chronicles of St. Mary's, a publication of the St. Mary's County Historical Society. Aleck's last book-length work was the popular A Most Convenient Place, Leonardtown, Maryland 1650-1950.

His new book, which is his first novel, reflects his strong affection for the important work done by the Navy at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and the equally important work of the archaeologists, historians, interpreters and staff at Historic St. Mary's City.

Aleck and his wife Ann divide their time between Williamsburg, Virgina and Leonardtown, Maryland. He is currently working on a series of children's stories and a biography of Captain John Smith.
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