Franklin Cox was raised in Atlanta and received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from Saint Bernard College in 1963. He then gained a commission in the United States Marine Corps and served as a Forward Observer in Vietnam. His dramatic experiences with his fellow Marines in combat led him to recently write Lullabies for Lieutenants: Memoir of a Marine Forward Observer in Vietnam, 1965-1966, his first book (McFarland and Co.) After his service in the Marine Corps he joined Wall Street and was a top-producing stockbroker for over twenty-five years with Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns. A few years ago he left the securities industry to devote his full time to writing. He is currently working on two other books. One is his memoir, Trust Me! How Stockbrokers Tried to Steal Everything You Had. The other is a book about what it takes to build a perennial championship high-school football program, The Long Blue Line: the Ghosts of Marist Football.