JMB Vita

I was born the first of five boys and two girls in Sanish, North Dakota, in 1936 and was raised all over the western United States until the age of ten. In the late 1940s, my widowed mother moved to Alexandria, MN. I was graduated from Alexandria’s Central High School in 1955.My nearly ten year Cold War military service was with the Army Security Agency in the U.S., Far East and Europe.

I worked in retail management for a number of years and earned a BA in Technology Education at Central Washington University. During my teaching years, I earned my MS in School Administration at Portland State University.

My first writing was developing classified technical documents for the Army Security Agency as a GS-5 civilian.Before retiring from teaching in (Kelso, WA), several of my vocational education articles were published in national journals. I was contracted to write a series of technical manuals for Tektronix of Beaverton, OR. I presented several of my papers at state, regional and national vocational conferences.

My writing for Tektronix turned into other technical writing opportunities at
Weyerhaeuser, Cascade Microtech, Bottom Line Technologies (BLT), USNR, Clark College of Vancouver, WA, and several others.

My wife since 1959 and I live in Vancouver, WA. We have three adult children, seven adult grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

An Odyssey of Illusions, my first published novel, was a 2013 Eric Hoffer Award finalist. 
Nescient Decoy 
was published the end of July 2018.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard released in November 2018 included my “Good, Very Good, Best” story.
Echoes of Nam: Absence from war is not the same as peace of the soul was published in January 2019.
Before Grandpa was Thirteen: Stories I told my Grandchildren was published in July 2019.