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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Daniel Brannan  

Pen Name: Dan Brannan

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Brannan graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. He currently resides in Glen Carbon.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dan Brannan is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL with degrees in Journalism and Psychology. Currently, he is the Content Director of RiverBender and He previously served 17 years as the Executive Editor of ''The Telegraph'' in Alton, Illinois. Under his leadership, the paper won over 350 awards including several General Excellence awards in the Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press, Freedom Communications, Southern Illinois Editorial Association and Journal Register Company contests.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Diabetes Doesn't Have to Be a Death Sentence
ISBN: 0965022811

Psp Pr. 1995

Diabetes Doesn't Have to Be a Death Sentence is a personal, detailed account of the author's struggle and triumph over diabetes. The book also details the battles and successes of several others with diabetes and has medical recommendations about the disease.

The Courage to Live: Donna Gustavel's Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy and Deafness
ISBN: 0965022846

Dan Brannan Publications. 1997

Book by Brannan, Dan

Boy Giant
ISBN: 0965022854

Alton Museum of History and Art. 2003

"Boy Giant" is a biography about Robert Pershing Wadlow, who grew to 8-foot-11½ inches and was the tallest man to ever walk the face of the earth. "Boy Giant" is written by Dan Brannan, executive editor of The Telegraph newspaper in Alton, Illinois.

Robert was the world’s tallest man, but also a kind, thoughtful, spiritual person. He was a successful student, a Boy Scout, and member of the Order of DeMolay, Main Street Methodist Church, and Franklin Masonic Lodge in Alton. He attended Shurtleff College for one year but realized that the campus in the winter was to difficult to navigate. While on a tour with the International Shoe Company at the age of 22 Wadlow developed an infection in his foot and one week later he died in Manistee, Michigan. Wadlow’s funeral was attended by some 30,000 people. Wadlow’s parents buried their son’s body under a vault of concrete because of fears his body would be taken and examined for medical research.

Wadlow, an Alton, Illinois native, became an international phenomenon after his death on July 15, 1940. He became the Guinness Book of Records’ tallest man in 1937. In 1980, the Alton Museum of History & Art opened an exhibit on Robert Wadlow. Three years later, a major community effort to build a statue for Robert Wadlow began and on Oct. 20, 1985, it was unveiled in Upper Alton.

In 1996, Oprah Winfrey did a segment on town oddities that featured Robert Wadlow. Winfrey stood next to a life-size cutout of the world’s tallest man, which dwarfed her and talked of how Robert was born and lived in Alton.

The Robert Wadlow web site today is one of the most visited in the world. The web site was established in 1996. Since that time it has had thousands of visitors. The Wadlow web site went on to be named as one of the Yahoo Picks of the Year and was voted fourth out of 52 top weekly Picks of the Year in 1998.

On Aug. 18, 1998, Wadlow’s life was center stage on "Guinness World Records: Primetime" on FOX Channel 2. In late December 1999, "Ripley’s Believe It Or Not" television series did a taping for the TBS Network in Alton about Robert Wadlow.

In May 2000, the British Broadcasting Company came to Alton to shoot footage on Wadlow. The BBC was taping for a segment on the Discovery Channel, which aired in the fall 2000.

Damn Cold and Starving: A Soldier's Reflection As a World War Ii Prisoner
ISBN: 0965022862

Brannan-Ray Publishing. 2006

The true account of Sgt. Marion Ray, a prisoner of war during World War II, drawn from a personal diary he kept at the time of his confinement, along with his reflections and memories.

You Can't Kill The Dream: People Living The Dream
ISBN: 0965022870

n/a. 2013

"You Can't Kill The Dream: People Living The Dream" is a book by Ande Yakstis and Daniel Brannan. Award-winning journalist Ande Yakstis walked with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the historic voters rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Yakstis, who had a memorable personal experience with Rev. King, is co-author with acclaimed newspaper editor Daniel Brannan in a remarkable new book titled: "You Can't Kill the Dream-people living the 'dream.'" The two prize-winning writers tell the amazing stories of people who are living King's dream today, in 2013, 45 years after the civil rights leader's death on April 4, 1968. King's prophetic voice is alive today in the personal stories of people in the book, said James Polk, a retired CNN senior producer who won a Pulitzer Prize in national reporting. "A remarkable and evocative series of personal portraits of ordinary people, many of whom met and knew Martin Luther King Jr., and whose lives were changed forever by his dream and his death at a critical crossroads in our nation's history," Polk said in his review of the book The compelling stories of people, many who overcame hardships in life, unfold before the reader in the pages of the book, "You Can't Kill the Dream-people living the 'dream.'"

A Life in Parts
ISBN: 098308002X

Stonebrook Enterprises. 2012

On an ordinary winter day, Loretta Goebel was wrapping Christmas gifts in her basement when the doorbell rang. She rushed to answer the door, and in her haste, she hit her hand on the banister as she ran up the stairs. This seemingly innocuous injury eventually resulted in the amputation of both her legs, her left hand, and most of the fingers on her right hand. Through all her pain and loss, Loretta never gave up her quest to live a full life, and her story of triumph can inspire anyone struggling to adjust to difficult circumstances.

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