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A Short Bio


I grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, went to Archbishop Ryan, and graduated in English from Penn State, with a specialization in writing. I got a Master’s in Computer Information Systems from Boston University, and to round out my education, I spent nearly 5 years in the army with a bad haircut.


I travelled all over Europe, lived a year in Japan, maintaining electronics equipment, spent a month in Turkey teaching computer maintenance to the Turk navy, and two weeks in Finland teaching computer maintenance at a nuclear power plant. I had many adventures.

I live in Sykesville, Maryland, now with my wife, Andrea. My first novel, The Keeper of the Ferris Wheel, won the Grand Prize in the Writer’s Digest National Self-Publishing Awards, and ended up with Penguin books.


The Carroll County, Maryland, library and school systems recently chose my book about Warren Dorsey as their first ever "one book," and we did talks all over the county and surrounding area.

What’s with the McBride?

McBride is my mother’s maiden name. My grandfather’s name was Jack McBride.


He was cool and unusual, a bit of an oddball, and very entertaining. When I published my first novel, I added McBride to distinguish me from any other Jack Whites who might come along.


There are thousands of us, but I never expected one would get famous and actually hang out with Neil Young. And that it wouldn't be me.


No, I'm not Jack White the rock star.


Sorry. Interestingly, I've always been a huge Neil Young fan, and Neil and the other Jack White are good friends. I was actually born John White, but no one calls me that. And when I was a kid, everyone called me "Jackie."

Although I love books and writing creatively, whether it's fiction or non-fiction, and recently spent five years running a history museum, I've always been fascinated by technology, and that's how I've made my living over the years.

I like fixing it. I like teaching it. I like writing about it. I've  worked for a few famous organizations, including Dell, WebMD, L3, Ford Aerospace, Singer-Link, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Mantech International. 

What I'm up to Now


I've taken to writing a different sort of book. I recently published a collection of stories about the town of Sykesville. During the Covid years, I published In Search of Helen from Two Locks and a few years before that I published In Carrie's Footprints, the Long Walk of Warren Dorsey.


A couple summers ago, Inspired by my book, the town of Sykesville named a park in Carrie Dorsey's name.


About Jack McBride White


Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia

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