Rocco Martino to Discuss New Book “Cancel Christmas!”

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Rocco Leonard Martino, Ph.D., local author and entrepreneur will speak about his latest publication, “Cancel Christmas!” on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 4 p.m. in the Social Room, Fournier Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the College’s Business Department.

“Cancel Christmas!” (Infinity Publishing, 2009) looks at the intrusion of government on the lives of people, using the example of government canceling the Christmas holiday due to the influence of a powerful, greedy businessman’s whim. “Cancel Christmas!” is about character, and the conflicting emotions and forces that permeate human life - greed, fear, love, tradition, duty, and conscience. Following the lecture, Dr. Martino will offer a Q&A session and will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.

“I wrote this book to be an important message for people who cherish freedom and tradition,” says Martino. “I chose storytelling with humorous interludes to present a gripping possibility. “Cancel Christmas!” will make the reader laugh and also angry. The idea presented in the book could happen. Greed, ambition, and the misuse of taxpayer money are nothing new. This book depicts the classic struggle between might and right; and between raw power and thoughtful evaluation.”

Dr. Rocco Leonard Martino is a pioneer and international authority in the planning and use of computers, and originated many of the methods in use today. He is the founder and chairman of the board of CyberFone Technologies Inc, and most recently the founder, chairman, and CEO of XRT, Inc., the world leader in complete global treasury, cash and banking relationship management solutions.

Dr. Martino is the author of 18 published books as well as scores of papers, and numerous corporate monographs. He is a popular guest speaker at functions in the United States and abroad, and has participated in numerous interviews and broadcasts speaking about foreign affairs, information technology, innovation, and national security. Martino has been knighted five times, most significant, his Papal Knighthood in the Order of St. Gregory the Great awarded by Pope John Paul II in 1991. He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards, including Gregorian University Consortium Foundation, Saint Joseph’s University, The Vatican Observatory, and the MBF Foundation.

Martino graduated summa cum laude from the University of Toronto. He earned a Ph.D. from the Institute of Aerospace Studies for his work on the re-entry of space vehicles.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact John Gerace, Ph.D., P.E., assistant professor and chair of the business program at 215.248.7180 or e-mail geracej@chc.edu