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 - Jul 31Another kid story? Aaaarrrggggh! Oh well, what the heck. Why not? Nobody is obliged to read it. I usually write about my brother Dan and me. ...
By John Pierre - Jul 17I can only wonder if there is such a thing (person) as an honest politician. Are they all crookeder than a dog's hind leg? I suppose there must be ...
By John Pierre - Jul 24The Fourth of July is past and gone. With a few exceptions, like driving down to Edmonds beach to watch the experts blow up some fine fireworks, ...
By John Pierre - Jul 10Football season is almost upon us! Yeee Haaawwww! For those of us who love football, the first pre-season game in August will be a happening. Our ...