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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jerry Klein  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1926 in Peoria, Illinois

Died: 2017 in Metamora, Illinois

-- Jerry Klein on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Klein was born in Peoria and grew up in the city's East Bluff. He graduated from Spalding High School in 1945. After the war, he received a bachelor's degree in music from Bradley University in 1950 and completed two years of graduate study at the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jerry Klein was a journalist and the author of several books. He joined the Peoria Journal Star in 1953 as an editorial writer. During his 55-year career at the Journal Star, Jerry Klein wore many hats. He edited copy, wrote editorials, covered the local arts scene and reviewed hundreds of performances. He also wrote a Sunday column on a number of topics — a favorite was the beauty of the ever-changing weather in central Illinois. He spent most of his professional life as music and drama critic for the Peoria Journal Star and author of the Journal Star's "Once over Lightly" column.

After his retirement from the Journal Star in 1992, Jerry continued to write opinion articles for the Peoria Journal Star and the "It Seems to Me" column for The Catholic Post.

Jerry was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from Spalding Institute in 2010 for his exceptional service and dedication to the principles and values of Peoria Notre Dame.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Played in Peoria
ISBN: 0933180144

Kickapoo Pr. 1980

Mylar protected dustjacket is edge worn and price is blacked out.

ISBN: 0933180306

Ellis Press. 1981

Jerry Klein has written a novel about Peoria, Illinois, about Anytown, U.S.A., about the world and its ways, about our time, about time.

ISBN: 0961575905

Visual Communications. 1985

Book by Time

Lusts of the prairie preachers
ISBN: B0006QJ14E

Riverbeach Pub. 1996

This is the story of the Methodist minister who left his wife and children to run off with a vivacious widow and launch a new religion which was largely based on fleecing and seducing the flock.

Naked Came the Farmer
ISBN: 0962461377

Mayfly Productions. 1998

"A human head crashes through a window. A naked woman zooms by on a motorcycle. A sleazy lawmaker gets an arrow in the back. "That's life in central Illinois--or at least the twisted version of central Illinois concocted by 13 writers collaborating on a tongue-in-cheek mystery." So writes Christopher Wills of the Associated Press in his recent article covering the new serial book, NAKED CAME THE FARMER. Building on the success of NAKED CAME THE STRANGER--a collaborative effort of 20 Newsday staffers back in 1969--and on the success of NAKED CAME THE MANATEE--a suspense thriller cooked up by 13 Miami-based writers in 1995--now comes NAKED CAME THE FARMER, a satirical, round-robin murder mystery drawing on the talents of some of Illinois' top writers.

Peoria industry: A pictorial history
ISBN: 0943963591

G. Bradley Pub. Inc. 1997

This publication offers but a sampling of Peoria's industrial history. Another book not to be missed by anyone connected with the Peoria community. The handsome, digitally designed and colorized dust jacket is very impressive. 8-1/2 X 11 inches, 160 pages, hardbound, laminated full-color dust jacket, sewn binding for durability, matte-finished paper for easy reading, classic gold leaf design on cover.

ISBN: 0961575905

Visual Communications. 1985

Book by Time

The Very Best of Old Peoria
ISBN: 0943963613

G Bradley Pub. 1999


A Century of Music: Peoria Symphony Orchestra 1897-1997

Peoria Symphony Orchestra. 1997