Local writer assists in winning an Emmy for Bold and the Beautiful

Published 3:57 pm Monday, September 27, 2010

Dr. James Richard Booker, Ph.D. in business administration from Lacrosse University School of Business Administration, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, recently had a dream come true.

According to Dr. Booker, a Tryon resident, he recently received word that one of his manuscripts that he composed while attending Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga., and attached to the U.S. Army at Fort McPherson, Ga., from 1981 to 1984 was guaranteed to win an Emmy. The freelance writer says he helped compose the television script for the daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful.

Booker worked for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and the Penn Central Railroad in urban Atlanta, Ga., for several years to finance his education. While attending Georgia State University, Booker passed the required Graduate Registered Entrance Exam, the GRE, with a grade that placed him in the top 10 percent of his class.

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In spite of his decision to major in business administration, Booker continued to pursue the liberal arts curriculum and often won awards in music, art, English seminary, theology and published several manuscripts composed in creative writing classes. He also earned credits from the University of North Carolina – Asheville campus in mass communication, journalism and statistics. He transferred credits from the University of California – Berkeley in drama, acting and cinematography.

He frequently attends summer school and is a State of North Carolina Notary Public appointed by the Secretary of State. He has earned his certified nurse aide diplomas, medical aide technician and is currently studying for his administrators license.