Well, my agent wanted me to update my bio for a new project so test drive the bigger, bolder, badder, brighter, 2009 Tom Wrona bio.

Tom Wrona is a successful author, journalist, technical writer, corporate trainer and Web developer. He's been explaining computers to people since 1978, when he introduced the Tandy TRS-80 to members of the fledgling Westchester (N.Y.) Computer Club on behalf of a local Radio Shack store.

In the years since, he's written for computer magazines that include Windows Sources, PC Resource, MacUser, MacWorld and Computer Reseller News, where he was the reviews editor and wrote a column on the Macintosh.

As a partner in Computer Coach, of Boca Raton, Fla., Wrona taught more than 10,000 students how to use Windows, Macintosh and popular applications like the Microsoft Office suite. He was also the company's vice president and chief instructional designer.

Wrona’s byline was first seen in his contribution to William Safire’s bestseller On Language, (Times Books, 1980) a collection of Safire’s New York Times columns of the same name and letters his readers sent him. Safire included a letter Wrona had sent him correcting the language maven’s English (127K PDF).

Wrona’s first book, How to Run a Hard Disk PC, was published in 1988 by Scott, Foresman and Company. Bay Area Computer Currents said it was, “Required reading for ‘Hard Disk Management 101.’”

His second book, Build a Web Site in a Day: An 8-Hour Plan for Launching & Promoting Your Site was published in 1997 by Ventana Communications. The Education and Training Academy Online Review wrote, “I recommend that you read Build a Web Site in a Day. Sorry, you cannot have my copy even at twice the price.” (emphasis added)

Thomas Wrona is also the author of Globalisierung und Strategien der vertikalen Integration. Analyse, empirische Befunde, Gestaltungsoptionen but ummm... that's by some guy in Germany who happens to also be named Thomas Wrona.

Tom Wrona's corporate clients have included A.P. Moller - Maersk Group, Baker & McKenzie, Borland International, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dow Jones & Company, IDG International, KPMG, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Nortel Networks, Racal Telecom, Telecom Library, and Ziff-Davis.

Wrona's writing and editing experience extends into practically all areas of business communications. He's written direct mail pieces, press releases and press kits, marketing collateral, Web site copy and more. For six years he was the theater critic for The (Surf City, NJ) Beachcomber, for which he reviewed local summer stock productions. In the spring of 2007 he became a contributor to the dining supersite Chowbaby.com with his lists of the the Top Ten Restaurants, The Top Ten Best Buys in Restaurants, The Top Ten Delicious Hideaways and the Top Ten Most Romantic Restaurants in Atlantic City. In 2009 he became an editor for eHow.com, writing search engine optimized (SEO) how to articles on topics that range from Making Chicken Soup for 150 People to How to Date Women of Your Dreams (stop snickering wiseguy) to How to Build an Electronic Weather Station, among others.

Wrona has also produced, written and directed a short independent film, The Loescher-Hall Effect, now in post production.

Wrona's journalistic experience is equally broad. He's written for audiences that range from the soccer moms who read the consumer affairs and employment columns he wrote for Woman's World to the Wall Street movers and shakers who read Barron's.

What's the common thread in these uncommonly diverse audiences? Wrona is a professional explainer. He takes arcane concepts and complex ideas and translates them into plain English anyone can understand.

Wrona has appeared on PBS's Nightly Business Report, WABC-TV's Eyewitness News and he has been interviewed on radio talk shows from coast to coast.

In his spare time Wrona scans the heavens with his 200 mm Meade LX-90, a computer-controlled Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. He also holds amateur radio license KC2QFG.


Tom Wrona's agent is Lynn Haller of Studio B.