Frank Kolars was born in Le Center, Minnesota in 1899. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he taught briefly before joining the faculty of Hunter College in New York in 1928. He married Jean Davis, a native New Yorker, in 1931. Besides Mr. Kolars’ experience in the academic and literary field, his background included time spent as a gunner, surveyor, machine tool operator and tutor, all of which certainly contributed to his writing. At the time of Sea Tiger’s first publication in 1963, Mr. Kolars had already written verse, over 25 short stories for Catholic magazines, a series of radio adventure scripts, educational “comic books,” syndicated comic strips and monthly humor columns for bridge magazines. Among his books for young readers, a few of which may still be available, are Prisoner of Lost Island, The Long Trail (a biography of Buffalo Bill), and Leif Ericsson.