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 - Mar 06Most of the good folks in Edmonds know about Claire's. If not, I would be surprised in that the restaurant has been around since Moses was a pup. ...
By John Pierre - Feb 19What ever happened to "truth in advertising?" Or was there ever any such honesty in radio and television ads? The ads in question are repeated ...
By John Pierre - Feb 27What's all this talk about "climate change?" First it was "global warming" and then, because there wasn't any warming trend, it became climate ...
By John Pierre - Feb 13Congratulations, Edmonds. Our government, in its custodial brilliance, keeps frittering away money we don't have and ignoring areas where moderate ...