About Our Authors

George V. Hart (1910–1992)

George was an electrician most of his adult life. He worked on projects all over the world. When his health prevented him from working, he decided to fill a need in the industry—a useful, pocket-sized, one volume electrical toolbox library. When he was a young man, his boxing nickname was “Ugly”. He decided this was the perfect name for his book.

Chris Benson

Chris Benson spent his entire life in and around the electrical industry. As a second generation electrician he began working as a summer helper when he was sixteen years old. Several years later he became an apprentice in Chicago’s IBEW Local #134. On his first day he received a copy of Ugly’s Electrical References. Chris attended the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute where he became a journeyman electrician and eventually earned an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Construction Technology. Chris went on to serve as a journeyman, foreman, and general foreman working on commercial and industrial projects throughout the Chicagoland area. Chris has completed educational programs at DePaul University and the University of Chicago; he is currently working on a master’s degree at Harvard. After more than twenty years as an electrician Chris left the field and began working as a writer and editor of trade related textbooks. He now serves as the product manager updating the entire line of Ugly’s electrical reference products.

About Ugly’s

For more than 35 years, customers have turned to Ugly’s for all the information they need, where they need it most: in the field. Updated regularly to meet the latest Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and the National Electrical Code® (NEC), these convenient pocket-size guides deliver quick, accurate answers in a unique, one-volume “tool-box library” format to ensure electrical and plumbing jobs are completed safely and correctly every time.


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