Vincent Scuro

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Vincent Scuro (born 1951) is an American author and musician.

Scuro's first book, Presenting the Marching Band, was published by in 1974. Scuro then wrote three science and nature books in the Dodd, Mead and Company Wonders series. He also co-authored eight books in the same series with Sigmund A. Lavine. His first novel was published in 2001. Scuro also was a staff correspondent for the Twin-Boro News from 1974-1975, a columnist for the Southwest Orlando Bulletin from 1992-2010, and has been a contributing writer to Satellite Orbit magazine and the Los Angeles Times.

Scuro played trumpet in the first McDonald's All-American High School Band (1967), participated in demo record recording sessions in New York City, and performed at clubs, colleges, and banquet halls throughout New York and New Jersey during the 1970s. Since rebooting his music career in 2012, he has performed at the Patriot Day ceremonies at the Orange County (FL) Convention Center, at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, and at other Central Florida venues.

Early life[edit]

Scuro was born to an Italian-American family in New Jersey. He grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey , graduated from Bergenfield High School[1] and later lived in Hillsdale, New Jersey[2] His post-high school academic work included degrees from Saint Peter's College (now Saint Peter's University), where he played varsity baseball, wrote for the newspaper, and performed with the concert band, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he received a master's degree.

Books[edit]

- Presenting the Marching Band (1974)
- Wonders of the Bison World (1975), with Lavine
- Wonders of Donkeys (1979), with Lavine
- Wonders of Elephants (1980), with Lavine
- Wonders of Goats (1980), with Lavine
- Wonders of Cattle (1980)
- Wonders of Pigs (1981), with Lavine
- Wonders of Mules (1982), with Lavine
- Wonders of Sheep (1983), with Lavine
- Wonders of Zebras (1983)
- Wonders of Turkeys (1984), with Lavine
- Wonders of Dairy Cattle (1986)
- The Logan Factor (2001)
- Blue Diamonds (as Spencer Dane) (2007)
- White Gold (as Spencer Dane) (2008)
- Red Emeralds (as Spencer Dane) (2010)
- Rhinestoneland (2010)
- Dreaming of a Light Christmas (2012)
- When I Said Plastic, I Really Meant Paper (2014)
- Potholes on the Information Superhighway (2015)

Films[edit]

- GoFish, main title and end credits design (2015)
- The Reckoning, composer, story (2014)
- A Conversation with Mr. D, composer, (2009)
- Divine Souls, sound effects (2007)
- Entering Wendy, sound effects (2004)
- Inside-Out, sound effects (2003)

Awards, Citations, & Selections[edit]

2010 Florida Writers Association, Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist (Published) Thriller, RED EMERALDS
2008 Florida Writers Association, Royal Palm Literary Award, First Place (Published) Thriller, BLUE DIAMONDS
2008 EPIC Dick A. Wolfe Honorable Mention Award in Book Cover Design, BLUE DIAMONDS
1991 Children's Catalog Books for Children 16th Ed. WONDERS OF TURKEYS
1991 Best Books for Junior High Readers 1st. Ed. WONDERS OF TURKEYS
1990 Best Books for Children 4th Ed. WONDERS OF DONKEYS
1990 Best Books for Children 4th Ed. WONDERS OF ELEPHANTS
1990 Best Books for Children 4th Ed. WONDERS OF MULES
1985 Kansas State Reading Circle Quality List WONDERS OF TURKEYS
1985 Kansas State Reading Circle Quality List WONDERS OF ZEBRAS
1984 New Jersey Institute of Technology Authors Citation WONDERS OF SHEEP
1984 Illinois Reading Service Library Book Selection WONDERS OF MULES
1983 Child Study Association Book Committee Books of the Year WONDERS OF MULES
1983 New Jersey Institute of Technology Authors Citation WONDERS OF MULES
1982 National Science Teachers Association Recommended Children's Book WONDERS OF PIGS
1982 Child Study Association Book Committee Books of the Year WONDERS OF PIGS
1982 American Association for the Advancement of Science Recommended Children’s Book WONDERS OF PIGS
1981 National Council of Teachers of English Selected Children's Books WONDERS OF CATTLE
1981 American Association for the Advancement of Science Recommended Children's Book WONDERS OF CATTLE
1981 American Association for the Advancement of Science Recommended Children's Book WONDERS OF GOATS
1981 National Council of Teachers of English Selected Children's Books WONDERS OF GOATS
1981 National Science Teachers Association Recommended Children's Books WONDERS OF ELEPHANTS
1981 Child Study Association Book Committee Books of the Year WONDERS OF ELEPHANTS
1980 American Association for the Advancement of Science Recommendation Children's Books WONDERS OF DONKEYS
1980 National Science Teachers Association Recommended Children's Book WONDERS OF DONKEYS
1978 National Council of Teachers of English Selected Children's Books WONDERS OF DONKEYS
1976 American Association for the Advancement of Science Recommended Children's Book WONDERS OF THE BISON WORLD
1976 N.Y. Public Library Suggested Children's Books WONDERS OF THE BISON WORLD

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vincent Scuro, "Scuro gifts schools with book copies," Twin Boro News, October 30, 1974. "Bergenfield's 23-year old author, Vincent Scuro, recently paid a visit to three of his former schools - Bergenfield High School, Roy W. Brown Middle School, and Lincoln School to present each school with a copy of his new book, "Presenting the Marching Band," published by Dodd, Mead and Company."
  2. ^ Vincent Scuro, "Resident Publishes His Sixth Book," Pascack Valley Community Life, November 12, 1980. "HILLSDALE - "Wonders of Cattle," a new book for young adult readers by Vincent Scuro, a resident here, will be published by Dodd, Mead and Company. This is Scuro's sixth book and his third to be published this year. "Wonders of Elephants" was published in January; "Wonders of Goats" was published in April."

External links[edit]

Vincent Scuro on IMDB.com [1]