John F. McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966, serving originally as a field coordinator for several New England states. In 1968, he was transferred to a position at the Society’s national headquarters.
In 1973, Mr. McManus accepted appointment by Robert Welch, the Society’s Founder, as the organization’s Director of Public Affairs. In this post, he became and remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. He is one of the Society’s few authorized spokesmen.
Mr. McManus has written and produced numerous audiovisual programs, including the popular DVD Overview of America, which is a moving tribute about America’s Constitutional roots. He has also written several books including "Financial Terrorism" (1993), "Changing Commands: The Betrayal of America’s Military" (1995), "William F. Buckley, Jr.: Pied Piper for the Establishment" (2002), and The Insiders 5th Edition (2004). He is in wide demand as a speaker.
In addition to being a regular contributor of articles to The New American, he serves as its publisher. He is also publisher of the Society’s member-only monthly Bulletin. Mr. McManus was named president of The John Birch Society in 1991.
Born in 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, he is a graduate of Holy Cross College in Massachusetts. He served on active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years. For six years before accepting a staff position with the Society, he was employed as an electronics engineer.
The father of four and grandparent of several, Mr. McManus has been married to the former Mary Helen O’Reilly of Boston since 1957.