About Chris

Christopher L. Hodapp is the author of Freemasons For Dummies, the worldwide, best-selling introduction to the Masonic fraternity, and the world's most popular Masonic news blog site.


His second book, Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding fathers, and the Secrets of Washington, D.C. was released in 2006, and was the basis of the History Channel program, 'Secrets of the Founding Fathers.'  


His most recent work, Heritage Endures, was published in January 2018.


Chris is also the co-author with Alice Von Kannon of The Templar Code For Dummies and Conspiracy Theories And Secret Societies For Dummies


Chris is an alumnus of Brebeuf Jesuit High School in Indianapolis. He received his higher education at Indiana University, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles Valley College, California State University at Northridge, and Indiana/Purdue University at Indianapolis.


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 countless television and radio commercials. 

As a Freemason, Chris 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 an honorary member of Vincennes Lodge #1,  Plymouth-Kilwinning Lodge #149, Ancient Landmarks Lodge #319, Garfield Lodge #569, and Logan Lodge #575 in Indiana; Ancient York Lodge No. 89 in Nashua, NH; 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 (NMJ), Indianapolis Valley. He is a founding member of Levant Preceptory, a medieval Knights Templar period recreation degree team in the York Rite, and In 2010, he was made a  Knight Commander of the Temple by the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States. He is an officer of the Indiana College of the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis, a Past Sovereign Master of Imhotep Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees, and a member of numerous other Masonic appendant organizations. 


He has been a member of the Indiana Grand Lodge Technology, 200th Anniversary and Masonic Education Committees, the Grand Lodge Historical Commission, the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Board, and the Grand Lodge of Indiana Library and Museum Board.  In 2013, he was appointed as Grand Representative for Indiana to the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon. He has also served nationally on the Masonic Renewal Committee of the Conference of Grand Master Masons of North America.


Chris received the Grand Master of Indiana's Award for distinguished service in bringing the Masonic Angel Fund program to Indiana in 2003; the President's Award from the Philalethes Society in 2003; the Distinguished Service Medal from the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of Indiana in 2006; and the Duane E. Anderson Excellence in Masonic Education Award from the Grand Lodge of Minnesota in 2006. In 2012, he received the James Royal Case Fellowship Award from the Masonic Lodge of Research of Connecticut No. 401.


In 2011, he ran for a seat on the Indianapolis City/County Council on the Libertarian ticket. He is a member of the Rosslyn Chapel Trust, the Heartland Film Festival, the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana Historic Landmarks Foundation, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, and a lifetime member of the Indiana Railway Museum, where he learned to drive a train before he could drive a car.

As a Masonic author, in 2012 he was named as Friar No. 101 in the Society of Blue Friars. Chris is a Founding Fellow of The Masonic Society, and was the founding Editor in Chief of The Journal of The Masonic Society. He remains a regular contributor today, and its Editor Emeritus. 


He was the editor and a contributor in 2004-5 to "Laudable Pursuit: A 21st Century Response to Dwight Smith" by the Knights of the North, a Masonic leadership think-tank focussing on modern lodge solutions. 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. And between 2005-08, he wrote a monthly humor column for the Texas-based Living Natural First Magazine, A Pilgrim's Progress: True Tales of an Organic Greenhorn.


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


Chris and Alice have been married since 1978, and live in Indianapolis with their very French poodle Wiley. He has them both answering to basic commands.