Michael Ranville papers: 1953-2008
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Biography

Michael Ranville (born December 3, 1943), is author of the book To Strike at a King: The Turning Point in the McCarthy Witch Hunt. He is a native of Flint, Michigan and a former political consultant. Ranville received his bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University before joining the United States Air Force in 1966. He served in the Air Force until 1970, where he provided air-to-ground communication to the President of the United States and other high-ranking American officials from Andrews Air Force Base.

Following his time in the Air Force, Ranville returned to school to earn a master's degree in communications at Central Michigan University. He then began a career in public relations and free-lance speechwriting. In 1976, he accepted a research and speech writing position in the Michigan State Senate. Eventually, Ranville left this position to join the lobbying firm Karoub Associates.

Ranville has authored a number of magazine and newspapers articles dealing with history, politics, sports, and public relations, however, he is probably best known for his book To Strike at a King about Milo Radulovich.

Milo John Radulovich (October 28, 1926 -- November 19, 2007) was an American citizen (born in Detroit) of Montenegrin descent who served as a lieutenant in the Air Force reserve in the 1950s. In 1953, the Air Force accused him of being a security risk for maintaining a "close and continuing relationship" with his father and sister who had been identified as possible "security risks." The Air Force stripped him of his commission under the provisions of Air Force Regulation 35-62. Radulovich was eventually reinstated, but only after Edward R. Murrow brought Radulovich's case to the nation's attention on the television news program "See It Now" on October 20, 1953.