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 - Dec 04Big brothers and little sisters; are they compatible? When they are young and going through the difficult teen years, maybe not. But in the long ...
By John Pierre - Nov 20A few weeks ago we, in Edmonds and other nearby communities, experienced some fairly dense fog for several days running. Driving in it, though I ...
By John Pierre - Nov 25What's happening with this once proud country of ours? It would seem that our various federal elected representatives are more interested in ...
By John Pierre - Nov 14A while back, I wrote about Grandpa Thomas, a hard-working man who raised his family tending his small, rented farms as one outside job led to ...