J.F. Pirro


BSR Contributor Since December 31, 1969

J.F. Pirro is a nationally recognized journalism and English teacher at Emmaus (Pa.) High School and a widely published writer.

J.F. Pirro, a nationally-recognized journalism and English teacher at Emmaus (Pa.) High School, is a widely-published and regarded writer. For the last 25 years, he's written in nearly every journalistic genre, and has been published in 75-plus national and regional magazines as well as dozens of daily and weekly alternative city newspapers. He's particularly interested in profiles, social trends, religion, historic preservation and 18th-Century America, agrarian culture, canine curiosities and sports and recreation topics.

Pirro, born in 1965, earned his bachelor of arts in English from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. and his master of science degree in print journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill. A Journalism Education Association Certified Journalism Educator (CJE), he's also been on the summer-session faculty of Northwestern's National High School Journalism Institute as well as the faculty of Penn State University's Summer Journalism Workshop.

He has painstakingly restored a 1780 log and stone farmhouse and property in Quakertown, the heart of historic Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There, he lives with two German Shorthaired Pointers, Braxton Brag Underwood (B.B.) and Miss Maudie Atkinson, as well as the saintly spirit of an English Chocolate Labrador, Dolphus Raymond. Each hound has been named after a character in To Kill a Mockingbird, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee that Pirro has taught throughout his career. He also raises Olde English Babydolls, descendant lambs of the original southdowns in Colonial America, and deals in baseball memorabilia, antiquarian books and early rustic, country antiques and furniture from his homestead and farm.

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Esherick's Chester County studio: Inspired by cattle.

Wharton Esherick: American original

Innocence or experience? The man who refused to choose

Wharton Esherick, the dean of American craftsman, was a renaissance man who defied pigeonholing in an age of narrow specialists. His continuing coming-out party has been remarkable for those who don't know his work, and plain gratifying for those who do.

J.F. Pirro

Articles 7 minute read
Starting out (1966): Why play into a sixth decade?

The Who across the generations

Adolescence revisited: My lifelong journey with The Who

For more than 30 years the legendary British band The Who has guided me through the vicissitudes of adolescence and adulthood. Now The Who is preparing to play the Super Bowl. Can I share my personal heroes with the rest of the world?

J.F. Pirro

Articles 5 minute read