Chip Bishop is the author of The Lion and the Journalist: the Unlikely Friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop, published by Lyons Press in the fall of 2011. The book artfully relates the tale of the 25-year friendship of Roosevelt and Bishop — the author’s great uncle — through 600 letters which they exchanged between 1897 and 1918.
A Yankee farmer’s son, Joseph Bucklin Bishop was an influential and supportive newspaper editor for the New York Tribune, the New York Evening Post and the Globe & Commercial Advertiser. TR summoned him to Washington in 1905 to serve as Secretary of the Isthmian Canal Commission, and in 1907 Bishop went to Panama to serve as Roosevelt’s eyes and ears during the construction of the Panama Canal. Ultimately, Theodore Roosevelt selected Bishop to be his authorized biographer. Theodore Roosevelt and His Time was published in two volumes in 1920.
The book also is a fascinating inside look at Roosevelt’s pioneering practice of befriending journalists during his public career and his early use of public relations strategies to advance his programs and goals.
Bishop has also written A Letter from Grandpa, a touching account of his father’s years as a B-24 Liberator crewman during World War II, as recalled in a 6,000-word fictional letter to his grandson, Joe. A Letter from Grandpa was selected for public viewing by the World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Prior to launching his writing career, Bishop served in Congressional relations and public communications in Washington, DC. He is president and CEO of Chip Bishop Communications and Management, Inc., based on Cape Cod. He makes his home on Cape Cod with his wife and business partner, Jane, and their excitable black cats, Benjamin and Sabrina.
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