Flat Stanley Author Dead

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Jeff Brown, author and creator of the highly popular Flat Stanley series, died on Dec. 3, 2003 of a heart attack in New York City at the age of 77.

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NEW YORK (Dec. 4, 2003) - Jeff Brown, author and creator of the highly popular Flat Stanley series, died on Dec. 3, 2003 of a heart attack in New York City at the age of 77.

Born and raised in New York, Brown seemed committed early to a theatrical career. An actor in his teens (radio, several Broadway shows) and a graduate of the Professional Children's School, he went on to Hollywood to become an associate of independent producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., and later a story consultant for Pennebaker Productions, Marlon Brando's company at Paramount. Brown then moved back to New York, where he served on the editorial staffs of The New Yorker, Life, The Saturday Evening Post and Esquire. His own stories were published in these and other magazines.

In 1964, Brown created the classic children's book Flat Stanley, which was inspired by a chance bedtime conversation with his sons J.C. and Tony. Flat Stanley is currently published in many languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Hebrew, and the series made Stanley an international traveler, his fame due in great part to the efforts of Canadian teacher Dale Hubert, creator/manager of the website flatstanleyproject.net.

In schools all over the world, children make their own paper Flat Stanleys and send them to other children, to friends and relatives in distant places, asking that they keep a journal of Stanley's sightseeing adventures and then return him, along with the travel journal, to the sender. Flat Stanley has become a cultural icon, appearing on network television programs such as "The West Wing" and "Third Watch," and has even visited the White House. Other Stanley books include Stanley In Space (1991), Stanley's Christmas Adventure (1993), Stanley And The Magic Lamp (1996), Invisible Stanley (1996) and Stanley, Flat Again! (2003).

Brown is survived by his wife Elizabeth; three sons, Tony, J.C. and Duncan; and a brother, Robert, of New York City. A memorial service will be held at All Souls Unitarian Church on Jan. 17, 2004 at 11 a.m. Donations in Jeff Brown's name may be sent to The Stonington Free Library in Stonington, Conn. as well as The Allen-Stevenson School in New York City.

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