Edward Packard was born in 1931 in Huntington, Long Island, and grew up there. He graduated from Princeton, served in the U.S. Navy, graduated from Columbia Law School, and practiced law before becoming a full-time writer. He conceived of the idea and wrote the prototype and first book for Bantam's classic Choose Your Own Adventure series, wrote many other books in the series, and created four other book series and diverse works of fiction and non-fiction, including Big Numbers, cited by Newsweek as one of the best children’s books of the year, and Imagining the Universe, cited by NPR’s Science Friday as one of the best science books of the year and recipient of a Scientific American book award. His latest book, It's a Miracle It Wasn't Worse, a memoir of his years growing up on Long Island in the 1930s and 1940s, was published in December 2016.
After reflecting on the results of the November 2016 elections, Packard decided to write a Daily Blog focusing mainly on politics. He began posting it on this website December 6, 2016.