Playing It Well: The Life and Times of Jack O'Leary, Part 1

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Trafford Publishing, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 628 pages
"Playing It Well, The Life and Times of Jack O'Leary" is a book in two parts about a man who was born into poverty who rose to become a successful Engineer, an elected and appointed government official and a much exhibited Photographic Artist. It starts with Part One and his birth in 1932 and his early days on the streets of New York, his misspent early years, and his later service in the Navy during the Korean War, after which he spent 35 years in the Aerospace Industry, helping to put a man on the moon while playing a key role in assuring the nations defense. It tells the story of the tragic loss of a wife and son and the subsequent remarriage and raising a family on Long Island. Part one ends with his introduction to New York politics when he is enlisted to seek the Conservative Party nomination to run for Governor of the State of New York in 1966 leading to his eventual elevation to the highest levels of party leadership on Long Island in 1972. Part Two follows Jack's adventures through the end of the twentieth century to the early years of the twenty first.

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About the author (2011)

Jack O'Leary is a man of many talents. Emerging from a dissolute life on the streets of New York, he has gone on to lead parallel, successful careers in aerospace engineering, in politics as a leader of the Conservative Party and as an elected and appointed official in local government, and as a renowned photographic artist.As an Engineer he has played a key role in the lunar landing, the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO), the F-14 Navy fighter aircraft and more.In 1994, after the election of Governor George Patacki, he served on the new Governor's transition team to help organize the new administration.After sixteen years as a member and Chairman of the town's Zoning Board of Appeals, he served six years as the elected Receiver of Taxes for the Town of Oyster Bay followed by service to the town as Commissioner of General Services and Deputy in the Human Resources Department.His photographic art, featuring much of his international travels from the jungles of Panama to the mountains of Tibet, has been featured at many public exhibits on Long Island.He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War where he was the recipient of numerous service awards.He has lived in Plainview on Long Island for 49 years where he and his wife, Jean, have raised two daughters; Patricia and Eileen.

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