Born in Oregon during the Great Depression, my family moved constantly in search of work for a day, week or, if lucky for a month. We lived for varying periods of time in just about every state between Oregon and Florida (where we lived in a tent) and back again.
I joined the Navy on my 17th birthday, during the Korean War, and served on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier loading and fusing bombs and rockets on the AD-1 Skyraider prop driven planes of my squadron.
I was honorably discharged just before my 21st birthday four years later.
My wife and I were married in 1952 and have three grown children plus many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
I spent almost 40 years with a highly successful car rental business where I started as car washer and, though I never graduated from high school, retired as Executive VP and GM of 33 offices in Washington and Oregon.
During those years, in addition to my other duties, I wrote, edited and caused the publishing of a monthly in-house newsletter.
Writing a weekly column for the Edmonds Beacon is pure joy for me.
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By John Pierre - Apr 17Congratulations Washington. We have the dubious distinction of being one of only two states in the Union, at this writing, to have legalized the ...
By John Pierre - Apr 03By popular demand, another kid story. As I mentioned in a previous column, my brother Dan and I were incorrigible scamps. While we had our good ...
By John Pierre - Apr 10I'm guessing that a large percentage of us consider ourselves to be winners. But... are we? I ran across a piece a few years ago that pretty well ...
By John Pierre - Mar 27Do TV broadcasters care about the consequences of their various presentations or are they simply motivated by the need for a story? I listened ...