Frank Riley (1915-1996) was an author, and the travel editor for the
Los Angeles times and the
Los Angeles times magazine (1971-1988). His travel writings also appeared in other newspapers such as the
San Francisco examiner and
Chicago tribune. Riley also wrote screenplays, novels and short stories. The bulk of the collection consists of scrapbooks of his travel
columns and photo albums of various trips and cruises. There are copies of his books, a scrapbook regarding his work in advertising
and a few scripts.
Frank Riley was born Frank Wilbert Ryhlick on June 8, 1915 in Hibbing, Minnesota. He grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin and attended
college in Ripon, Wisconsin. He worked as a reporter for the New York Daily News. His first publication was Dixie demagogues (New York: Vanguard Press [c1939]), co-authored with Allan Michie. During World War II, he served in the Merchant Marine.
With Mark Clifton, and using the pen name Frank Riley, he wrote The Forever machine, which won the 1955 Hugo Award. This was later published as They'd rather be right (New York: Gnome Press, 1957). Riley also worked in advertising and continued to write occasional screenplays, novels and
short stories. He concentrated on travel writing for a good part of his life and was the travel editor for the Los Angeles times and the Los Angeles times magazine (1971-1988). His travel writings also appeared in other newspapers such as the Denver post, San Francisco examiner and Chicago tribune. He published several travel books, including Travel adventures in California (1976), De Anzas trail today (1976) and Olympic adventures in California (1983). He also published Death row chaplain (1962) written with Byron Eschelman, The Kocska formula (1971) and Jesus II (1972). He died in Manhattan Beach, California on April 24, 1996.