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Jim is a retired aviator, flying as a navigator during the Vietnam war, training to be a pilot and
subsequently flying for United Air lines for 33 years, then flying corporate jets out of Easton for several
years. Working as a volunteer on projects with UAL exposed me to the pros and cons of the real
corporate world. Among other endeavors since retirement has been my role as a founder and leader of
Easton Airport Day.
Around the 1950-53 timeframe my favorite cousins in our southern West Virginia locale moved onto a
farm that had a few sheds and outbuildings. We discovered one afternoon that in an abandoned
chicken house was a windup record player along with dozens of strange quarterinch thick records which
turned out to be Edison disks. We spent hours on rainy days digging through them and listening to early
American music, much of it jazz. I believe that is where my love for jazz originated. Fast forward to my
cousins moving to Fort Pierce, Florida a few years ago and immediately becoming involved with the
local Jazz and Blues society. Their jazz week celebration pulls me there most years in March. I hope to
be able to identify and help integrate many of their best features into Jazz Alive.
Board of Directors