John Allen Johnson was born at Westline, Arkansas June 24, 1933. His father, Murray California Johnson was a noted veteran of World War I and his grandfather James William Johnson was a highly esteemed cattleman in Western Arkansas. His mother, Carrie Maxine Laster was from a large Oklahoma family. John's six sisters and a brother plus a legion of cousins, attended the one room Westline School where they learned to read and write. Later he attended public schools in DeQueen, Arkansas, Eagletown, Oklahoma, Texarkana, Texas and Prineville, Oregon. John's only brother was a career Marine. Numerous cousins served in the US Military in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. John served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1953. He was stationed on Okinawa during the Korean War.
Following his military service John attended Texarkana Junior College and later earned a BA Degree from Ouachita College, Arkadelphia. John was also commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation. In 1959 he was awarded a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Arkansas. in 1997 he earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Pacific Western University. The author also holds a Clear Education Specialists Credential through California State University, Sacramento.
John retired from teaching in 2006 after decades of service in public education in the San Francisco Bay Area. His other publications include California Handbook For School District Mapping; Haley, A Novel; California Valor and American Valor.
eople Like You, John’s first stage play, is about Mrs Marty Mann who was the first woman to get sober and stay sober in Alcoholics Anonymous. She founded the National Council on Alcoholism and was responsible for Alcoholism being classified as a disease rather than a moral problem. Mrs Man was also a Lesbian who lived on Fire Island with her life partner, Precilla Peck.
John is the father of two daughters. He has five grandchildren and two great grand children. John and his companion Joan spend much of their retired time traveling and playing scrabble.
You can contact John at Ptolemy1@aol.com.
on May 18, 2012 :
While this book was intended to be a memorial to a Medal of Honor winner, it winds up being largely a chilling account of racist propaganda and indoctrination, how a young man with no prior history of hating Japanese was trained to think of them as less than human and worthy only of death and concentration camps.
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