Angeles Times - February 5, 2010:
Jack Hamilton Bailey
May 7, 1923 - January 28, 2010
Bailey, 86, died at home in Studio City after a battle with cancer.
Happily married for 56 years to his devoted wife, Wanda, he also
leaves son, Matt, and daughter, Madeline.
An Oregon native, Jack joined the Navy at 17, and served in WW II
aboard the aircraft carrier Lexington, until she was sunk during the
Battle of the Coral Sea. He graduated from USC with a BA in English
and then spent 16 years in aerospace during which time he wrote two
novels loosely based on the industry. Critically praised, they
unfortunately cost him his career.
A lifelong car enthusiast, Jack later went into the automotive repair
business and continued writing, earning distinctions in the
prestigious Chesterfield and Nicholl screenwriting competitions.
Jack was admired for his wit, intellect, talent and kindness. He will be missed.
Photos: on wing, in suit;
Number Two Man: A Novel of the Aerospace Business
(D. McKay Co.; 1968; 370 pages; LOC;
"They turned the weapons race into a battle for profits and power."
From Kirkus Reviews:
Acid indigestion and amatory athletics in the aircraft-electronics biz, as one
man goes through the mangle. Marc Banion, technical representative of Stellar
Aircraft, moves to Electronautics, a firm turning out radar systems for the Stellar
aircraft F-114, given the nod for delivery to Europe for "European Defense."
However, Marc suspects that bugs in the system are being covered up to expedite
and clinch the Defense Department O.K., through the ruthless machinations of
Pete Maxwell of Stellar and an enterprising General Geiger, who had been
culling some green and favors hither and yon. When one pilot barely escapes
death, when another pilot and the honest and courageous Bill Cobb, the Test
Director, die in defective planes, Marc makes his move, releasing the scandal
for publication. Leaving Electronautics, Marc joins a rival firm and calls
the turns with his former boss. Meshed among the dealing-wheels are affairs
of the heart or rather groin. Marc, with one humble secretary, married Tracy,
finds respite from the battles with his "frigid" wife but nobly considers the
responsibility to his children. The sex is frequent...
The author's first book, a novel based on the aerospace business of the late 1960's -
specifically an F-114 fighter plane - the competition for contracts, fighting
over quality control and design specifications, union contracts, and dangerous test
missions. While this is called fiction, the author was an executive with North
American Rockwell for 15 years at the time he wrote this book, and so
it is based on his own personal knowledge of the industry.
The Icarus Complex
(Dodd, Mead; 1972; 281 pages; ISBN 0396065392; LOC;
"The aerospace industry and the corruption that fuels it--from steno-pool whores
to the elegant suites of Washington's power elite!"
From Kirkus Reviews:
Collusion and anteroom sex lubricate deals in high places as senators, generals,
middlemen and even the President set up Pacific-General Aerospace Company for another
contract in spite of the tragic failure of spacecraft "Icarus." Integrity surfaces
in the persons of Judd Holloway, ill but still head of PGA, who puts down a partner's
efforts to play dirty pool; widower Ross Madden, a consultant who sorts through
the scandals; and Amanda, longtime PGA employee, believed by Judd's daughter Lisa,
who is after Ross, to have been her father's lover. Ross cuts through the interweaving
blackmail to tighten the noose and find true love. ...
From Bowling Green:
Jack H. Bailey is from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He served in the United States Navy
for six years. In 1947 he sold a five minute radio script for five dollars.
Bailey attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. In 1950, he moved to
Los Angeles, California, to attend a now-defunct writer's school in Hollywood.
He enrolled at the University of Southern California, receiving a B.A. degree in
English in 1953. Also in 1953, he married Wanda, a fellow student majoring in
geology. They have a son and daughter. ...
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Safe journey, Jack. --Alan