Writer/novelist Gary Ludwig's career highlights include writing novels, historical narratives, and a best selling biography. His latest book, The Death of Dr. Gilmore's Wife is the true-life account of the 1980 death of Patricia Gilmore, wife of Pennsylvania doctor Irvin Gilmore, and his subsequent trial for her murder.
Writer/novelist Gary Ludwig was born into a family active in country music and motorsports. His mother was a country music singer, his father a guitarist, and family members were competitors in championship automobile racing for many years.
A week after graduating from high school he left home to work on the state and county fair circuit, spending months meeting and working with carnies, roustabouts, clowns, and famous and not so famous entertainers. He befriended the aged and legendary strongman "The Mighty Atom", who gave him lessons about human nature and show business.
Ludwig started his career in radio, eventually working as a producer, copywriter, news and sports writer, marketing manager, morning radio host, and on-air country music disc jockey. Because of his resonant voice he was selected to read the daily morning announcements on the public address system in high school. In the military he learned broadcasting skills when he was assigned to create, write and produce radio programming while in charge of re-activating an army cable radio station. Prior to leaving the military he wrote, produced, and anchored syndicated radio sports programming on numerous radio stations for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.
He began working in advertising, and before that was a columnist for the weekly auto-racing tabloid Illustrated Speedway News and at the same time wrote and anchored Speedsport Commentary Radio Network sports segments.
Later he founded a small regional magazine in Central Pennsylvania, writing news, commentary, lifestyle reports, plus feature articles and 19th century American history narratives, while serving as publisher.
He wrote a series of magazine articles about a famous 19th century Pennsylvania murder. Six men conspired to insure and then murder an old mountain man. When it was noticed that all six defendants had blue eyes, they became known as The Blue Eyed Six. Later the magazine articles were titled "The Blue Eyed Six: A Historical Narrative" and published in booklet form. Ludwig appears in the Kreider Brothers produced documentary film about the crime.
He has performed on stage, and has produced entertainment, auto racing, and other sporting events, working with nationally and internationally known entertainment and sports personalities. He has held marketing, media and public relations executive positions in a variety of entertainment, sports, and business venues.
Ludwig appears before groups speaking about the Blue Eyed Six, Pennsylvania German culture and humor, the history of American automobile racing, and ethics in marketing.
Ludwig's gritty crime and romance novel Mexico Road was published in 2006, followed by his fantasy novel The Angels and Demons of Hamlin in 2008.
His best selling biography of Indianapolis 500 auto-racing legend Tommy Hinnershitz was published in 2009.
His latest work, the true-life crime book, The Death of Dr. Gilmore's Wife was published in 2012.
He continues to reside in Pennsylvania and works as a writer of fiction and non-fiction.
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