Playing Catch With Strangers

The Author

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Author: Bob Brody

Bob Brody is an executive and writer who lives in Forest Hills, Queens, in New York City. He and his wife, Elvira, have two children, Michael, a retail manager in Manhattan, and Caroline, a chef in Southern Italy.

Born in the Bronx in 1952, Bob grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, with a degree in English.

Bob is the author of Playing Catch with Strangers: A Family Guy (Reluctantly) Comes of Age (Heliotrope Books). His personal essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, among dozens of other major newspapers and magazines. He has contributed to The New York Times, The New York Daily News and Newsday every decade since the late 1970s. His articles have also appeared in Esquire, GQ, Reader’s Digest, Men’s Health, Family Circle and Glamour, among many other national and local publications. His coverage of the deaf community and hearing loss has received national awards.

Bob is also the author of Edge Against Cancer, profiles of 12 athletes who survived cancer to compete again. His blog,, urged parents and others to preserve personal family history in writing for the benefit of future generations, leading to interviews on “CBS This Morning,” Fox News and New York 1 News. He has given talks to promote the writing of personal family history and last year moderated a panel discussion about personal essays at the annual conference of the American Society of Journalists & Authors.

By day Bob is a senior vice president and media strategist at Powell Tate, a division of Weber Shandwick, a leading global public relations firm. He has practiced PR at agencies large, medium-sized and small for 26 years, representing clients ranging from solo entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to Fortune 500 corporations, federal agencies and Hollywood celebrities. His insights about the PR profession have appeared in PR Week, The Holmes Report and O’Dwyer’s.

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Playing Catch with Strangers | By Bob Brody © 2017