About the Author

John J. Geoghegan

Mr. Geoghegan specializes in reporting on unusual inventions that fail in the commercial marketplace despite their innovative nature. He coined the term, "white elephant technologies," to describe these inventions and writes a weekly column about them for the Huffington Post.

Mr. Geoghegan also writes regularly about white elephant technologies for the New York Times Science section, WIRED, Smithsonian Air & Space, Popular Science, Sail, and the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine among other publications.

Mr. Geoghegan's non-fiction book, Operation Storm: Japan’s Top Secret Submarines and Their Plan to Change the Course of WWII tells the true (but little known) story of a squadron of underwater aircraft carriers purpose-built by Japan to launch a surprise attack against New York City and Washington, DC as a follow up to Pearl Harbor.

Storm grew out of a cover story Mr. Geoghegan wrote about Japan's I-400 subs for Aviation History magazine. His article also served as the basis for the PBS documentary, Japanese SuperSub, on which Mr. Geoghegan served as Technical Consultant and writer. Japanese SuperSub was produced by PBS-TV, National Geographic International, and Britain’s Channel Five, and continues to be rebroadcast in the U.S., Great Britain, Europe and Japan. The New York Times called it, “fascinating history.”

Mr. Geoghegan began his career as a Special Correspondent for the New York Times. After nearly twenty years in the advertising/marketing industry he serves as Executive Director of The SILOE Research Institute's Archival Division in Woodside, CA.

Many thanks to Jonathan Williams and the USS Iowa (BB-61) Museum for preserving an important part of our military heritage, and providing a wonderful location for shooting an author's photograph.