Jack T. Scully, author of Mianus Village, and Chris Davala, longtime WGCH Radio Personality, will present the history of post-World War II GI housing for veterans in Riverside and its place in literature. Chris will focus on why Mianus Village was built and the rise of the Baby Boomer population; Jack will relate boyhood experiences and read from his stories about growing up there in the 1950s and 1960s.
Jack was born in Greenwich in 1947. During his formative years, he was greatly influenced by an inner circle of strong-willed, nurturing women including his mother, aunt, and renowned local novelist, Anya Seton. They instilled in him the importance of education, perseverance, and compassion.
Educated in Greenwich’s Catholic school system, he graduated from Vermont’s St.
Michael’s College (BA, 1969) and went on to serve as an officer in the U.S Air
Force. His Master’s thesis at the University of Vermont (1984) was on Anya
Seton’s historical novels.
In his career, Jack has been employed in both the newspaper and high-tech
industries. His newest venture is developing Smartphone-enabled personal safety
devices. He has also served as a selectman for the town of Colchester, Vermont.
In 2021, Antrim House Books, Bloomfield, CT, published Jack’s collection of
free-verse stories, Mianus Village. Its publisher Rennie McQuilkin describes the
book: “Mianus Village tells vivid stories about the people, places, and events in the
years the author was growing up in the rough and tumble atmosphere of
‘hardscrabble’ government housing, established in the late 1940s for World War II
veterans their families.”Today, Jack and his family live in Colchester, VT.
Chris Davala was born in Bronxville, NY in 1947 and
moved to Greenwich in 1955. Educated at St. Mary’s
parochial and high schools, he considers Greenwich
his “home town” and has had a lifelong love-affair
with the town and its people. Growing up along
Lafayette Place, he loved biking all over town and had
a route delivering Greenwich Time newspapers.
He was mesmerized as a teen, when WGCH Radio
signed-on-the-air in 1964. By 1967 he had convinced
program director Burt Steere to give him a tryout on
Sunday afternoons. That led to hosting the afternoon
show and the morning show.
Chris graduated from Fordham University in 1969 with a BA degree in
Communication Arts. Following a four-year stint as an officer in the U.S. Army, he
returned to WGCH in 1973 and was its morning news anchor until 1976.
Chris had a 25-year career as a broadcast executive, investigative reporter, and on-
air program host in Oklahoma City, New Haven, New York, and Atlanta.
In 1986, he became a media consultant, as founder and president of SMARTALK,
Inc. It has conducted customized media and speech training workshops and
consultations for high-level executives across the country and abroad to improve
their public speaking and media communication skills.
Today, Chris and his family live in Atlanta Georgia.
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