About

Russell Drumm was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on Feb. 8, 1947 during a mammoth snowstorm. He was raised in Levittown, the original one on Long Island, which is where he got his rather dark sense of humor. He lived through two years of high school there, but his parents thought better of it and sent him off to the Trinity-Pawling School, he graduated from TP with the class of 1965. Years later, Mr. Drumm received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and a master’s degree in filmmaking from Columbia University in New York City. Throughout the early ‘70s, Mr. Drumm worked as a cameraman and assistant editor in documentaries including Barbara Koppel’s “Harlan County, U.S.A.” which, despite Mr. Drumm’s amateurish involvement, won. Tired of the city, Mr. Drumm moved to Montauk, N.Y. on the East End of Long Island, a place he had discovered years earlier as a wave-seeking surfer. There he got a job on an off-shore, commercial fishing boat. After two years at sea, he founded the Sweet Crab Company, a seafood processing plant based in Montauk. When the supply of Jonah Crabs, the plant’s primary product, was interrupted in 1982, Drumm decided to try his hand at print journalism. He took a job as a reporter for the East Hampton Star, the area’s weekly newspaper of record for over one hundred years. He has been at The Star ever since writing feature stories, covering the waterfront, environmental issues, and winning numerous press association awards. In 1996 his book, “In the Slick of the Cricket” was published. The non-fiction account of Capt. Frank Mundus, the shark fisherman on whom Peter Benchley based his “Jaws” character, Quint continues to enjoy a cult following. “Slick” won the annual Pushcart Prize in 1997, and received excellent reviews from The New York Times, Newsday, Kirkus Reviews and Publisher’s Weekly. In 2001, Houghton Mifflin published Mr. Drumm’s second book, a history of the Coast Guard’s sail training ship and her people. “The Barque of Saviors – Eagle’s Passage from the Nazi Navy to the U.S. Coast Guard” has drawn very positive reviews. Mr. Drumm lives in Montauk with his wife Kyle, and surfs whenever the waves beckon. His daughter, Melissa recently graduated from the University of Hawaii and has put down roots in Honolulu.

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