Author Chris Pittard

Chris is a former Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer. After a hard-charging, 13-year military career, Chris graduated cum laude from St. Mary's University School of Law, and is a noted employment law attorney. A past legal writing professor, Chris has received wide acclaim for his truly unforgettable non-fiction book, Transmanaut Chronicles, A Coming of Age Story from 1977. Not one to rest on his laurels, look for the first of Chris' soon-to-be-released children's book series The Puppies, The Continuing Adventures of the Carrot-Top Kids.


Someone once argued with me that leaders are born not made. I had to think about that. And I found myself taking note of our young men who seem lost. Is it simply a case of a lack of opportunity? A poor work ethic? A lack of appropriate role models? Or the age-old oppressor - racism?

In looking back, it seems that the great ones always knew they were special - no matter the odds. They have a certain je'nai se quoi. You can't buy it and you can't fake it; it must be deep within. After meeting Chris and Dana Pittard, and their cohorts Tony and Hector through the written word, you will be convinced, as I am, of the secret of their success to transform lives and change the world!

These young Brothers, three of whom are members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., knew what they wanted in life and set out to accomplish their goals. Dana, in particular, a West Point graduate, has had an influence on events on the world stage. He led the efforts to save thousands of starving Kurdish refugees desperately clinging to the side of a mountain top in Iraq. He turned back the threat of ISIS as the recent overall commander of American forces in Iraq. Major General Dana Pittard is currently the Deputy Commander Army Forces Central Command, and as a lieutenant colonel served in the White House as a senior military aide to President Clinton. Dana's big brother Chris Pittard is himself an impressive leader - a former Army Ranger and honors graduate from St. Mary's University School of Law, repeatedly named as one of Texas' Best Attorneys in the field of employment and labor law, and a partner in the firm of Forte & Pittard, PLLC. Tony, a Texas Tech alum and ROTC scholarship recipient, is a systems engineer with a major defense contractor; and Hector, who went to New Mexico State University on a track scholarship, specializes in internet security programs.

How did their journey begin? "The Transmanaut Chronicles," is the true coming of age story of four African-American males just out of college and high school. The Chronicles features the two brothers from El Paso, Chris and Dana Pittard, who with their two friends, Hector Cooley and Tony Nelson, embark on an exciting road trip to California in Chris' college graduation present - a brand new, 1977, black and gold, special edition Trans-Am - to unleash their own brand of Texas bravado! The self-named Transmanauts take on all challengers to their manhood, encounter bodacious women, test the envelope at speeds over 120 mph, face off with L.A.'s finest with guns drawn to their heads, encounter gun-toting gang members, and survive dangers of the deep blue sea to return to Texas with incredible - but true - tales of their journey from boys to men!

Flashbacks, jaw-dropping dialogue, unabashed in-your-face attitude, and rolling humor diffuse tense and sometimes heartbreaking episodes. Set against a backdrop of vibrant Disco fashions, heart-thumping R&B funk and synchronized dancing, the story opens in California - surprisingly with one of the Transmanauts chained in jail! And that's just the beginning!

The story is told after 30 years when these young men have grown into successful professionals - Chris, the attorney; Dana, the general; Hector, the computer expert; and Tony the air defense systems engineer, learn how their Road Trip, and their unbreakable bond, changed the life of the beautiful Aurianna, the girl they met on the Road Trip - forever. A twist of fate that nobody could have foreseen!

"The Transmanaut Chronicles," is a great read, full of humor, and drama with important life lessons that would make a great Christmas gift for the men in your life. Check it out on,, or the Prosperity Publishing website at

Remember, "Life is not a journey, it's a Road Trip!" Enjoy the ride! And after you finish reading this amazing story, you tell me which side of the argument you believe. Are true leaders born or made?

Author's Work

  (a Coming of Age Story from 1977) The Transmanaunt Chronicles, by Chris Pittard, publication date, July 2013. Attorney Chris Pittard has written a delightful and entertaining story about four young men who decide to take a trip from El Paso, Texas to California.  

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