About Author Walter Parks
Hi! Thanks so much for your interest in my books!
My principal interests are true stories of the unusual or of the previously Unknown or unexplained. I occasionally also write fiction.
I was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Saltillo, Mississippi, a small town near Tupelo, Mississippi. High School life was dominated by watching the rise of our local Elvis. I was editor of my high school paper and had plenty to write about. I guess this was the beginning of my writing career.
After graduating from Mississippi State University as an aerospace engineer I moved to Orlando Florida and worked for Lockheed Martin for 24 years. I advanced from an aerospace engineer to a Vice President of the Company and President of the Tactical Weapons Systems Division.
I continued my education throughout my career with an MBA degree from Rollins College and with Post Graduate Studies in Astrophysics at UCLA; Laser Physics at the University of Michigan; Computer Science at the University of Miami; Gas Dynamics at MMC and Finance and Accounting at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
While at Mississippi State University, I was on the President’s honor list and in the honor societies of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Gamma Tau, and Blue Key.
I received a scholarship from Delta Air Lines based on my academics and performance.
I was in ROTC and the Arnold Air Society where I participated and toured as a member of the precision drill team. I also attended the summer survival training at Hamilton Air Force Base in California. I was selected for Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
I was a speaker for several technical organizations, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
After retirement from Lockheed, I formed Parks-Jaggers Aerospace Company and sold it four years later.
After selling my aerospace company I formed Quest Studios, Quest Entertainment, and Rosebud Entertainment to make films at Universal Studios. I produced ten films, directed seven films, and wrote five film scripts produced at Universal Studios.
I won the National Association of Theater Owners Show South Producer of Tomorrow Award.
I then formed UnknownTruths Publishing Company to publish true stories of the unusual or of the previously Unknown or unexplained. These include books about past events so unbelievable that most people have relegated them to myths.
I have published 37 books in eBook format, Paperback format, and as Audio Books. I have an additional 12 books in development.