Philanthropist and businessman Paul David Pope is a third-generation Italian-American. Throughout his childhood, Paul heard stirring stories from his father Gene Pope, Jr., about their family legacy—especially the remarkable rags-to-riches saga of his grandfather, Generoso Pope, Sr. Gene planted in Paul the seeds of pride in his Italian heritage and encouraged him to keep alive the memory of his ancestors.
Pope was born in New York and raised in Florida's Palm Beach County, where he attended Pope John Paul Catholic High School. He then attended the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London, where he studied acting and singing. Groomed by his father to run the Enquirer, he worked in the paper's distribution, editorial, and business departments, learning the ropes from the bottom up. Following Gene’s death in 1988, when Paul was not named publisher of the National Enquirer, and the paper went up for sale, he mounted a bid to acquire it that fell just short. Soon after, he embarked on the writing of this revelatory book.
Pope has also formed his own company, Pope Entertainment Group. He was an associate producer of the Broadway musical Rent and produced the critically acclaimed motion picture Manny & Lo. He sponsored the U.S. premiere of Quentin Tarantino's Curdled for the benefit of the Film Society of Miami.
In the past decade, Pope has undertaken the organization of major events in the Italian-American community. He was chief sponsor of the New York Historical Society's exhibit "The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle and Achievement." In recognition of his efforts to promote Italian-American causes, he has received awards from the Consul General of Italy in New York, the Italian Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New York, the New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators, the Italian Welfare League, the Columbus Citizens Foundation, and the Order Sons of Italy in America. Pope has given his time, energy and support to such groups as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Kids in Distress, and Best Buddies, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with mental disabilities. He also has given his support to the University of Miami, the Miami Heart Institute, and the Miami City Ballet. He has received numerous awards from civic and charitable organizations for his philanthropic efforts.
Photographs and documentary materials from the Pope family archives have contributed to such notable volumes as The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle and Achievement, edited by Philip V. Cannistraro and Big Town Biography: Lives and Times of the Century’s Classic New Yorkers edited by Jay Maeder of the New York Daily News.
Paul David Pope lives in Weston, Florida, near the towns of Lantana and Manalapan, where his father relocated the National Enquirer and his family from New Jersey and New York in 1971. THE DEEDS OF MY FATHERS is his first book.