About the Author
An accredited business communicator (ABC), Greg Niemann was a communications manager and publications editor with United Parcel Service for over 34 years, retiring in 1995. Niemann was president of both the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and was named Communicator of the Year by that organization.
He worked for UPS as a teenager in 1957-58, and then served in the U.S. Army in Germany. He returned to UPS as a Hollywood delivery driver, went to college at night and earned a BA in journalism from California State University, Los Angeles. Promoted into management, Niemann edited the company magazine in Southern California and later coordinated the editing of numerous company publications.
Since retirement, he has been a newspaper columnist and still contributes regularly to several publications. Presently Niemann is on staff of the San Clemente Journal, writing the award-winning South of the Border column and other articles, mostly travel- or Baja-related.
A long-time member of the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC), he served on that organization’s Board of Directors for several years. Niemann’s books include Baja Fever, Baja Legends, Palm Springs Legends, Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS, and Las Vegas Legends.
The memoirs brought out in Baja Fever: Journeys into Mexico’s Intriguing Peninsula created a loyal following of Baja fans. The popular Baja Legends: The Historic Characters, Events and Locations That Put Baja California on the Map won an award from the Outdoor Writers Association of California, and is currently in its fifth printing.
Palm Springs Legends: Creation of a Desert Oasis has been one of the top sellers in all Coachella Valley bookstores and is now in its sixth printing. Palm Springs Legends won the First Place award for Niemann in OWAC Book of the Year competition.
Big Brown is in several languages world-wide, and Las Vegas Legends was a 2012 finalist in ForeWord Review Book of the Year competition.
A popular speaker, Niemann has presented numerous slide shows and/or book signings at venues including: Barnes & Noble, Costco, Discover Baja Travel Club; Distant Lands Travel Club, BookExpo America, and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. He is a member of the Palm Springs Historical Society, the Las Vegas/Clark County Library Foundation, and the Friends of Classic Las Vegas.
He enjoys fishing and other outdoor activities, like hiking, bicycling, and rafting. Niemann is a fourth generation Californian whose great grandfather at one time published the Pomona Progress and Independent. He and his wife reside in southern California. They travel as much as possible and also have a weekend home in Baja California, Mexico.