|Born||San Diego, California|
|Occupation||Computer book author, Idaho politician|
|Notable work(s)||DOS For Dummies, Android Phones For Dummies|
Dan Gookin is the author of the first ...For Dummies books including DOS for Dummies and PCs for Dummies. Writing the first Dummies books, he set forth the design to be used in the future Dummies books, incorporating humor and jokes into an easy-to-use format for beginners of any subject. He had written before and has continued writing since to a total of over 130 computer books. He has his own website with computer help sections and a computer-related forum.
Gookin was editor for ComputorEdge Magazine, a local San Diego computer periodical from 1987 to 1989.
Gookin is divorced, has four sons, and currently lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he has been active in community theater and local politics. He is the former Vice-Chairman of the Idaho Libertarian Party. In 2007 and 2009 he lost bids for the Coeur d'Alene City Council.
He won a Council seat in a subsequent run in November 2011.
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