Clifford B. Hicks served as a U.S. Marine in the South Pacific during World War II, where he earned the Silver Star. After the war, he joined the writing staff of Popular Mechanics, eventually serving as Editor-In-Chief. Mr. Hicks also wrote science, health and technology stories for several other national magazines. He penned 16 books for children, including the Alvin Fernald and Peter Potts series. He and Rachel, his wife of more than 60 years, had three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He died in 2010 at the age of 90.