James F. Colaianni was an American Catholic lay theologian, author, publisher, lawyer, and activist. Colaianni campaigned against napalm manufacturing in Redwood City. He took on the US military’s use of the jelly-like chemical firebomb napalm in Vietnam in the article “Napalm: Made in the USA, a Smalltown Diary,” which “Ramparts Magazine” published in August 1966. It was described as the first nationally circulated article denouncing napalm. He also published books on clinical nutrition and other subjects. He was passionate about music, played jazz piano, and produced two successful musical shows.

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