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Author, broadcaster, political activist Bob Allen is retired on Florida's Space Coast, where he still occasionally writes and is president of Friends of Playalinda Beach, an eco-tourism group of naturists who advocate for the clothing-optional beach on the Canaveral National Seashore.

Bob served for 17 years as assistant to the president of Nassau Community College on Long Island, an institution that annually awards the largest number of Associate degrees in NY State and the third largest number of Associate degrees for two-year public colleges in the US.

Prior to his long career in public education, Allen was a media relations specialist for the chief executive of Hempstead, America's largest suburban town and later in a similar capacity for the county executive of Nassau, a municipality of 1.5 million people adjacent to New York City.

Bob was also active in local and NY politics, as press secretary on the 1970 campaign of Jerome Ambro for Lt. Governor, a Democrat who later was elected to the US Congress. Bob was also press secretary on two Republican US Senate campaigns, including Alfonse D'Amato's successful 1980 primary race against Jacob Javits and subsequent general election contest against Javits and Democrat Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, as well as many Republican congressional and local election candidates on Long Island. During the 1992 primaries, he was NY State Coordinator for Presidential Candidate Pat Buchanan.

Before entering public service Allen was the award-winning news director of the Long Island (radio) Network, the culmination of a broadcasting career that began in 1959 at KSBK on the Pacific Island of Okinawa. He also worked on-air and as a programming or news executive at stations in Hawaii, Ohio, Pennsylvania and upstate New York, including two years in the state capitol of Albany, most of it on 50,000 watt WPTR.

During the early "90s, Bob produced the Songwriters Showcase, an hour-long weekly program syndicated to dozens of radio stations nationwide. It included one-of-a-kind interviews with most of the greatest popular songwriters of the 20th Century or their living relatives and/or biographers, including Sammy Cahn (All the Way), Burton Lane (That Old Devil Moon), Mitchell Parish (Stardust), Betty Comden & Adolph Green (Just in Time), Aaron Schroeder (It's Now or Never), Alan & Marilyn Bergman (The Way We Were), Bob Merrill (People), Carl Sigman (Ebb Tide), Carole King (Tapestry), Don Black (Born Free), Eddie Eliscu (More Than You Know), Ervin Drake (It Was a Very Good Year), George David Weiss (What a Wonderful World), Gerald Marks (All of Me), Hal David (Do You Know the Way to San Jose?), Harold Rome (Wish You Were Here), Henry Mancini (Moon River), Hugh Martin (The Trolley Song), Jay Livingston & Ray Evans (Mona Lisa), and Hy Zaret (Unchained Melody), as well as close relatives of such well-know songwriting greats as Irving Berlin, Richard Rogers, Larry Hart, Oscar Hammerstein, and Yip Harburg. His collection of hundreds of hours of interviews will soon be housed at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Museum in New York City.

In 2007, the Florida Writers Association selected Allen's unpublished 180,000 word time-travel/alternate history adventure, Fear Itself, as the best science fiction novel of the year. The tale develops from the actual 1933 attempt to assassinate then President-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Bob lives in a condo on the Indian River in Titusville, directly across from the launch pads of the Kennedy Space Center. When not on the beach, Bob spends his time fishing and reading, mostly mysteries and biographies. In recent months, his physical activities have been curtailed by 24/7 oxygen therapy, made necessary by a case of chronic pulmonary fibrosis contracted when he lived in Brooklyn Heights, across from the World Trade Center in the plume of the smoke and airborne debris from the rubble of the 9/11 disaster.

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