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King's Captain

King's Captain

USS Bennington

26 May 1954

Deborah K Adams



Femmes Fatales

Tall Ships Books

About the Author

Dewey Lambdin is the author of seven previous Alan Lewrie novels: The King's Coat, hailed by Kirkus Reviews as "fast-moving at sea, nicely lewd ashore, a hugely likeable hero,

A "Navy Brat," he spent a good deal of his early days being lugged about both coasts, and overseas duty stations, with his father, who enlisted as a Seaman Recruit in 1930, "mustanged" from the lower deck (from Yeoman chief Petty Officer) at Notre Dame in '42, and was career Navy until May of 1954, when he was killed at sea aboard the USS Bennington, CVA-20, where he served as Administrative Officer, 5th in line-of-command (posthumous Lieutenant Commander).

Lambdin attended Castle Heights Military Academy, graduating in 1962, and was destined to be the family's first "ring-knocker" from the U.S. Naval Academy, 'til he realised that physics, calculus, and counting higher than ten were bigger than he was.

He studied at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, majoring in Liberal arts, and Theatre, where he was published in The Theme Vault in 1963, reprinted also in a national textbook, which whetted his appetite for writing. He also flunked out with a 0.94.

He graduated, finally, with a degree in Film & TV Production from Montana State University, Bozeman, in 1969. This was considered at the time to be the McHale's Navy of the academic set, so the nautical influence was still at work, d'ye see.

He has worked for a network affiliate TV station as a producer/director for twelve years, an independent station as production manager and senior director/writer/ producer for three years, all in Memphis, and as a writer/producer with a Nashville advertising/production facility, or in free-lance camera, lighting and writing.

He is a member of the U.S. Naval Institute, a Friend of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England; Cousteau Society; the former American Film Institute; and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He spends his free time working and sailing on his beloved sloop Wind Dancer.

Mr. Lambdin has thus far resisted the temptation to trade his beloved typewriter for a computer. He may be contacted the old-fashioned way at 141 Neese Drive, Apt. G-20, Nashville, TN 37211.