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 - May 16Are you as tired of the "politically correct" requirements that we are faced with hour by hour? It has become thoroughly disgusting in my view. Som...
By John Pierre - May 02This writing is about guns!! I won't mention my thoughts on the controversy though some of you may have detected my carefully hidden (heh heh) ...
By John Pierre - May 09Do government officials care about what they divulge to the media and, consequently, an eagerly listening public? No? These motor mouths always ...
By John Pierre - Apr 25They're still at it. "They" being the chronic complainers taking shots at the inevitable coal trains slated to run through our Edmonds By the ...