Joe Simonetta

Joe Simonetta holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado. He also studied architecture at the University of Southern California. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. He also studied at Yale Divinity School. He holds a B.S. in Business Logistics from Penn State University.


Born November 22, 1943 in a World War II housing project in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he is the second of three sons of an immigrant blue-collar steelworker and his wife. He was raised in the shadows of the blast furnaces of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. He has since lived for significant amounts of time in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Greece, New Zealand, and Ecuador. 


His rich life experiences encompass many fields. He has been an Army officer, professional athlete, entrepreneur and businessman, architect, real estate developer, home builder, environmental activist, author, senior editor of the World Business Academy, twice a nominee for the U.S. Congress, and once a nominee for the U.S. presidency (Democratic Party National Convention, New York City, 1992).


His last book, 7 Words That Can Change the World, The Simple Truth and The Death of Sacred Cows, is based on his lecture series, “Astonish the World, Tell the Simple Truth.”


He is married to Susana Rojas Simonetta. They have a son, Russell, born April 22, 2013 (Earth Day), and a daughter, Fiorella, born October 12, 2015.


OTHER BOOKS BY Joseph R. Simonetta

The Heroes Are Us: A Call to Rescue Our World

Russell, Alexandra, and John, A Story of Personal and Planetary Change

The Book of Observations, Life on Earth

Religion, An Obstacle to Human Progress

The Skeptic’s Book of Religious Quotes and Anecdotes

ONE, A Third Millennium Belief System

(an earlier version of 7 Words)

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