Douglas was born on Wilshire
Blvd. in downtown Los Angeles at the end if the 1940s. He began
writing history at age 10 and went into the family line of
teaching at age 25, having received his degree in education at
California State University Long Beach. After 15 years of
teaching in both public schools and industry, he started his
publishing business in 1990. During the past 26 years he has
produced over 100 books on America's history and has been
consulted on several documentary films. He lives in historic Old
Towne Orange, a frequent location for the film industry.
“Loss of a
cultural heritage is similar to an individual plagued with
amnesia.” —Michael Miniaci
Growing up in east Stockton, California, Michael was always
interested in History. He was interested in remnants of the past
such as old buildings and historic landmarks. He felt that
preserving elements of the past is necessary for stabilization
of our culture.
From his years teaching high school to three decades as a
Supervising Historic Ranger for Orange County Parks, Michael has
studied and restored all historic sites within the OC Parklands.
He now writes for The Paragon Agency.
Laura Neis lives in Orange County California and currently
attends The University Of Notre Dame out in Indiana. She then
discovered The Paragon Agency through her sister, a history
major, who attended a local university in Orange. Having worked
on two aviation projects, she fell into the story of the Pan
American Clippers and a personal story of a Flight Engineer —
that reads more like an Indiana Jones film script. Presently she
looks forward to returning to Orange County, where she shares a
home with her parents, sisters & a cat.
Ryozo (Kimi) attended the Tokyo Institute of Technology,
majoring in electronic engineering where he earned a BA, MA and
PhD degrees. in 1972, he moved to Los Angeles to work for Akai
America. Here he attended UCLA business school and received an
MBA then started his own business: Kimihira & Taylor Associates,
Inc., an International Consulting Firm in Los Angeles. He has
authored five books in Japanese and two books on WWII in both
English and Japanese.
With her B.F.A in Television and
Broadcast Journalism from Chapman University's Dodge College of
Film and Media, Nicole's work in media includes experience
in multiple newsrooms on both the local and national level - and
in mediums covering print, online, television, and radio. She
lives in London and is currently completing her second MA in
Kate Ruland-Thorne is an author, journalist, historian and
writing coach with more than 30 years experience in the field of
writing, editing and publishing. She has written,
edited and published nearly a dozen books and more than 1,000
magazine and newspaper articles.
Dr. Colleen Whyte
Dr. Colleen Whyte is a Marriage and
Family Therapist. She is also an RN and holds a Ph.D. in
psychology. She maintained a private practice in Pasadena for
the past 25 years and served as a Clinical Supervisor of Mental
Health Interns since 1987. Dr. Whyte’s husband John, a long time
practicing Pasadena attorney, died from the disease in 1998.
Debbie Roberts is an expert in Middle Eastern cultural and
political affairs. Her knowledge, training, and experience in
the U.S. military have provided her with the background to give
readers a rich understanding of events that have taken place in
the region. Her close interaction living among the people in the
region has given her a unique insight into Middle Eastern
The Paragon Agency Logo
Our Logo is the
edge of a book, impressed with an American Flag of 13
stars. It is taken from the first American Flag flown over
California, when this region was Spanish territory.
The flag was brought here in 1804c and this photo was taken in 1939 at
the Mission San Juan Capistrano. No one knows where the flag is
Not the usual pattern of a circle for a 13 star flag, the stars were in
rows like that of a modern American flag.
Our Catalog logo is the that of an open book.
13 Star American Flag courtesy
SJC Historical Society