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Charles W. Bailey II
(April 28, 1929 – January 3, 2012)

3001 Albemarle St. NW, Van Ness neighborhood, DC.

A celebrated journalist, editor and novelist, Bailey spent most of his creative life living in DC serving as the Washington News Correspondent for the Minneapolis Tribune from 1950 to 1983 and later an editor at National Public radio from 1984-1987.

He authored three popular novels with his colleague Fletcher Knebel: No High Ground (1960), Seven Days in May (1962), and Convention (1964). He also authored The Land Was Ours: A Novel of the Great Plains (1991) and a non-fiction book, Conflicts of Interest: A Matter of Journalistic Ethics (1984)

Seven Days in May was adapted into a celebrated 1964 film starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Ava Gardner with a screenplay by Rod Serling. The story of an attempted military coup of the US government at the height of the cold-war was filmed in and premiered in DC. According to the director, John Frankenheimer, the production received support from the White House; Kennedy had read the novel and believed the scenario a possibility given the tone in American politics at the time.