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Peter Maloney graduated from Rutgers College and took courses in illustration and design at the School of Visual Arts in New York. While submitting children’s picture books to publishing houses, he worked at an advertising agency in New York City creating ads, jingles, and TV commercials. Around this time he also met a young college graduate named Felicia Zekauskas who he discovered shared his dream of writing and illustrating children’s books. Peter and Felicia went into business together, starting a graphic design and advertising company called Zinc, and collaborating on picture books. Their first book, Redbird at Rockefeller Center, is the story of a baby redbird stranded atop the world’s most famous Christmas tree. Their second book, The Magic Hockey Stick, is based on what happened to them after they won Wayne Gretzky’s hockey stick at a charity auction at Madison Square Garden. Peter now lives on the 37th floor of a skyscraper in downtown Manhattan. From his window, he can still see the distant woods he played in as a child.
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