Christopher Hodapp is the author of Freemasons For Dummies, the best-selling introduction to the Masonic fraternity; Solomon’s Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C. ; and he is the co-author with Alice Von Kannon of The Templar Code For Dummies and Conspiracy Theories And Secret Societies For Dummies. In 2008 he became the Editor in Chief of The Journal of The Masonic Society and is today the Editor Emeritus.
He spent twenty three years in advertising as a commercial filmmaker for Dean Crow Productions, shooting and editing close to 1,000 commercials, music videos and feature films. He has written scripts for corporate and non-profit clients, and his voice has appeared in many television and radio commercials.
Chris has attended Indiana University, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles Valley College, California State University at Northridge, and Indiana/Purdue University at Indianapolis.
As a Freemason, he is a Past Master of Broad Ripple Lodge #643 and of Lodge Vitruvian #767, Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana; and a member Internet Lodge #9659 in the Province of East Lancashire of the United Grand Lodge of England. He is also an honorary member of Vincennes Lodge No. 1, Plymouth-Kilwinning Lodge #149, Ancient Landmarks Lodge #319, Garfield Lodge #569, and Logan Lodge #575 in Indiana; African Lodge #459, Prince Hall Affiliation, in Boston, Massachusetts; and the Grand Lodge of New Mexico AF&AM.
Chris is a 33° Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Indianapolis Valley. He is a founding member of Levant Preceptory, a medieval Knights Templar period recreation degree team in the York Rite, and he is an officer of the Indiana College of the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis. He is also member of numerous other Masonic appendant organizations, including Shriners International Murat Oasis in Indianapolis.
Chris is a Founding Fellow of The Masonic Society. He is a member of Indiana’s Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research U.D., Iowa Research Lodge No. 2, the Scottish Rite Research Society, the Philalethes Society, the Grand College of Rites of the United States of America, the Bristol Masonic Society, and the Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle.
He was the editor and a contributor to “Laudable Pursuit: A 21st Century Response to Dwight Smith” by the Knights of the North, a Masonic leadership think-tank. He has written for Indianapolis Monthly, Masonic Magazine, Templar History, the Scottish Rite Journal, the Knight Templar Magazine, the Indiana Freemason , the Phylaxis, and numerous other publications.
Hodapp and Alice Von Kannon developed episode outlines for the History Channel program, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded in 2010, and contributed material on conspiracies and secret societies for TruTV and the American Heroes Channel. They have both appeared on National Public Radio, the History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and the American Heroes Channel – most recently in 2017 on America: Facts vs Fiction.
Hodapp’s most recent book, Deciphering the Lost Symbol, was published in 2009.
He and Alice live in Indianapolis with their very French poodle, Wiley.