Michael A. Luna, a non-academic historian and writer, is a nine-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a former Security Police Lieutenant at the Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Brevard County, Florida. An avid student and reader of American History and an enthusiastic proponent of NASA and the American space program, he was a member of the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster Recovery Team in Hemphill, Texas in 2003.
Born in Dover, Delaware, the son of a true Coal Miner’s Daughter, he spent most of his early childhood in Europe, residing in England, Spain and Italy. Returning to the United States, he grew up in the West Virginia coal fields of Logan County, in a small town named Man in the heart of ‘Hatfield & McCoy’ country.
He enjoys researching about the rich history of Williamsport, Pennsylvania and his home state of West Virginia. He is currently writing his first book, a work that traces the 250-year history of coal in America from its first use in the mid-18th Century to the rise of coal mining in Logan County, West Virginia in the early 20th Century, and how on a winter morning in February of 1972 that history culminated in the destruction of a way of life in his hometown along the Buffalo Creek.
The father of three daughters - Jordan, Bailey, & Reagan - he lives with his wife, Lori, in Montoursville, Pennsylvania.