Hal Lyon is a graduate of West Point, a former Ranger-paratrooper officer, former US Director of Education for the Gifted, and a project officer for the development of Sesame Street. He has served on the faculties of several universities including the Universities of Massachusetts and Munich, where he currently teaches physicians to be more effective teachers. An award winner in film and television festivals, Lyon is also the author of seven books and more than 150 articles. His book, Angling in the Smile of the Great Spirit, won the New England Outdoor Writers Association "Best Book of the Year Award."