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Christopher Hodapp

In his very own words

Christopher Hodapp is the author of Freemasons For Dummies, the best-selling introduction to the Masonic fraternity; "Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C."; and he is the co-author with Alice Von Kannon of "The Templar Code For Dummies" and "Conspiracy Theories And Secret Societies For Dummies".

In 2008 he became the Editor in Chief of "The Journal of The Masonic Society" and is now the Editor Emeritus.

He spent more than twenty three years in advertising as a commercial filmmaker for Dean Crow Productions, shooting and editing close to 1,000 commercials, music videos and feature films. He has written scripts for corporate and non-profit clients, and his voice has appeared in many television and radio commercials.

Chris is an alumnus of Brebeuf Jesuit High School in Indianapolis. He has attended Indiana University, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles Valley College, California State University at Northridge, and Indiana/Purdue University at Indianapolis.

As a Freemason, he is a Past Master of "Broad Ripple Lodge #643" and of "Lodge Vitruvian #767", Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana. He is an honorary member of "Vincennes Lodge No. 1", "Ancient Landmarks Lodge #319", "Garfield Lodge #569", and "Logan Lodge #575" in Indiana, and "African Lodge #459", Prince Hall Affiliation, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Chris is a 33° Mason in the "Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite", Indianapolis Valley. He is a founding member of "Levant Preceptory", a medieval Knights Templar period recreation degree team in the York Rite.

He is also member of "Shriners International Murat Oasis" in Indianapolis, as well as numerous other Masonic appendant organizations.

Chris is a Founding Fellow of The Masonic Society. He is a member of the "Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research", the "Iowa Research Lodge No. 2", the "Scottish Rite Research Society", the "Grand College of Rites of the United States of America", and the Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle.

He was the editor and a contributor to "Laudable Pursuit: A 21st Century Response to Dwight Smith" by the "Knights of the North", a Masonic leadership think-tank.

He has written for "Indianapolis Monthly", "Masonic Magazine", "Templar History", the "Scottish Rite Journal", the "Knight Templar Magazine", the "Indiana Freemason", the "Phylaxis", and many other publications.

He has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery, and the American Heroes Channel. Hodapp and Von Kannon also developed episode outlines for the History Channel program, Brad Meltzer's Decoded in 2010, and Chris contributed material on conspiracies and secret societies for TruTV.

His most recent book, "Deciphering the Lost Symbol," was published in 2010.

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