David Fairbank White was educated at Milton Academy, Milton Ma., and Harvard College. Following graduation, he lived in Paris, France and wrote a syndicated newspaper column for a group of American newspapers. He went to The New York Times in 1974, where he became a reporter, writing about maritime and naval subjects. He has also been a reporter on the maritime desk of The Journal of Commerce and written for national magazines including Fortune, Parade, Reader’s Digest and New York. Mr. White has been to sea aboard U.S. Coast Guard cutters, freighters, passenger ships, tugboats and other types of vessels. He is a recognized naval and maritime authority and has written two books about the sea and naval matters, True Bearing; a novel; Andrews & McMeel; New York; 1980; and Bitter Ocean: The Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1945; Simon & Schuster; New York; 2006. Mr. White lives and works in New York City with his family.