ROBERT L. HECKER was born in Provo, Utah but grew up in Long Beach, CA. Graduating from high school just as the US entered WWII, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He flew B-17s in thirty missions over Europe, earning five Air Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the French Legion of Honor. After the war, he became a member of the WGA, and began writing screenplays, radio and TV dramas, then moved on to writing and producing more than 500 documentaries and novels with fifteen novels published, as well as short stories and articles published in numerous magazines. A graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse School of Theater and the Westlake College of Music, lately he has also been writing stage plays and the book, lyrics, and music for Off-Broadway musicals. Several of his plays have been performed throughout the United States. His musical, Honestly, Abe, ran for three years Off-Broadway and his WWII musical Flak House recently completed an Equity Showcase Off-Broadway and is now scheduled to open Off-Broadway this spring. His screenplay The White Stallion is schedule to begin production this spring. His wife, of 58 years, but now deceased, the former Frances Kavanaugh, was a legendary screenwriter of westerns. She has a permanent exhibit in the Cowgirl Museum in Texas. They have two children. four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.