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John McNamara
John McNamara was born and raised in Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan and New York University. In 1982, his play, “Present Tense,” won the first annual Young Playwrights’ competition and was produced off-Broadway at the Circle Rep Theatre. With its companion piece, “Personal Effects,” it was later produced at the Manhattan Punchline Theatre and has been performed internationally ever since.

McNamara is also the author of two children’s books, both published by Delacorte Press while he was a student at NYU, as well as an original teleplay for the CBS Afternoon Playhouse, the rewrites of which caused him to be late with his Art History homework that quarter. He’s not sure but he may still owe a paper on Caravaggio.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1984 and began a career as a screenwriter, eventually working for Disney, Warner Bros. and Paramount. In 1992, he became a staff writer on the Fox TV series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and in 1993 joined ABC’s Lois and Clark as a writer and producer for three years.

In 1996, he co-created and Executive Produced the critically-acclaimed thriller Profit, followed by Vengeance Unlimited, The Fugitive, Fastlane and Eyes.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Julie and son David. His personal interests include reading slowly, running quickly and scuba diving deeply.

Blog Entries by John McNamara

"And Brad Pitt as Lou Dobbs"

Posted July 30, 2009 | 13:54:02 (EST)

Dear Lou Dobbs,

You're a journalist. And you believe there's something not quite right about the whole Obama birth certificate thing.

Okay. Go with your gut on this one.

I have a couple ideas:

1) Watch...

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Blue Dogs, Stop It

Posted July 28, 2009 | 21:14:59 (EST)

Just stop.

Because right now, you don't represent the majority of Americans on health care reform or even the majority of constituents in your district.

And you certainly don't represent the majority of Democrats.

You represent yourselves and all the...

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I Have A Dream -- About Washington Vacations

Posted July 23, 2009 | 12:40:05 (EST)

Dear Members of Congress and the Senate Who Don't Want To Pass the Health Care Bill Before Vacation,

You're right.

What's the big rush?


Seriously. You've earned it, God knows. And I know how hot it gets in Washington. The...

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Palin: Idiot? Genius? Or Something Else?

Posted July 15, 2009 | 14:31:00 (EST)

She's too cunning to be labeled stupid.

She doesn't read, write or speak well enough to be called intelligent.

She loves the camera and the camera loves her right back.

She has the ability to constantly surprise and unsettle -- kind of like a stalker, appearing...

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Dear Sarah, Please, Please, Please Sue Me

Posted July 5, 2009 | 18:31:47 (EST)

I know how victimized you feel about the lies being spread online and in the media. I know you believe it's your right to threaten and silence those who would question or disagree with you. So let me offer my help in giving you the grounds to sue me for...

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How Obama Upended My Life of Diminished Expectations and Cynical Regret

Posted November 6, 2008 | 12:08:21 (EST)

I have to say, I've been disgusted by most presidential candidates in my lifetime, bored by the rest and only impressed by one, Clinton. But with Clinton, you sensed calculation was the primary motor and everything else -- his compassion, leadership, et al -- were all in service of that....

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Why It's Essential That History Sees Bush as the Nadir of American Politics

Posted July 9, 2007 | 16:37:14 (EST)

I just sent this letter to the White House:

Dear Mr. Bush,

I have a four month old son. I want to teach him everything I know about the United States in general and your presidency in particular, starting with this day, when I finally reached...

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