Cape Cod Writers Center

Frank J. Adinolfi, Jr.

Author Frank Adinolfi.

I began my first novel while in Grade 1 at Naylor School in Hartford, Conn. Years later I shifted to the newspaper business with the Hartford Times. That was via my 1955 Columbia 3-Star Deluxe chrome-laden bicycle on my paper route in New Britain, Conn.  Later during college summers, I was an elevator operator in a building housing WPOP radio, and once lifted singer Brenda Lee up to the station studios.  Forswearing an English Literature major, I dropped out of the University of Connecticut at Storrs to pursue a broadcasting career at WTIC AM FM TV3 in the exalted position of mail boy.  After returning to and graduating from UCONN, WTIC hired me as a writer for radio news and television headlines.  From there I entered the U.S. Air Force to begin a 30-plus year stint writing for military newspapers and magazines, interacting with civilian news media and the public. I served in Korea, Vietnam, Panama, and the first Gulf War, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel.  I also wrote/produced/directed films and videos for the military and freelanced the same for corporate clients and public television.  Corporate newspapers and newsletters fell into my freelancing, too, along with opinion pieces, features, and book reviews for newspapers such as The Hartford Courant and The New York Times.  There were also stints as a deputy sheriff in Los Angeles County and an EMT in Boston. Reel War will be my first completed novel.