A Conversation with Author Richard Sand

“Everybody I interviewed – I would get 20 minutes into it, and they would cry.”

Richard Sand, historian and award-winning author from Pennsylvania, shares some of the emotional and compelling moments he experienced writing his book, “Edison 64: A Tragedy in Vietnam and at Home.”

64 students from Edison High School in North Philadelphia were killed in the Vietnam War — the largest number from any school in the Country. Sand’s book tells the stories of those who were tragically affected and illuminates the life-long effects of war. It received the Military Writers Society of America’s gold medal for military history.

Though he was not personally in the service, Sand details some of the heart-wrenching moments that lead him to his “calling” to tell the stories of these individuals, including experiences from his time serving two Pennsylvania governors as a member of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

In addition to writing Edison 64, Sand is a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. The State Senate has honored him for his contributions to the arts, including starting a chain of martial arts schools in several colleges. He is also a practicing attorney.

Some of his other books include “Girard College – A Living History,” “Tunnel Runner,” and “The Lucas Rook Mystery Series.” Despite many titles, though, Sand was compelled to share Edison 64 as a way to service veterans.

All of the proceeds of Edison 64 go to charity, mostly to the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC). He also started a scholarship at Edison High School which is now in its sixth year.

Learn more about Sand and Edison 64 in the interview above and stay tuned on America250PA’s social media pages for a chance to receive a free copy of his book.


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