From the Ground Up: The Life and Times of Jack F. Hooper
By Debra Salonen
Published: Dec. 06, 2011
Words: 53,860 (approximate)
Pilot, cowboy, Ph.D., Jack Hooper has worn many hats over the course of his seventy-five years, but, always, at the heart of his endeavors was a deep abiding love of the land and the historic home he and his late wife saved from destruction to turn into Merced, California's premiere Bed and Breakfast.
Jack Hooper has been many things in his life: pilot, cowboy, international economist, a college professor who holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, farmer--at one time producing a million tons of tomatoes, inventor, entrepeneur, husband, father and, presently, inn keeper of the historic home that he and his wife--the love his life, Mona Briand Hooper, saved from demolition and restored to its current beauty. A self-made man who was born into the Great Depression, Jack spent much of his childhood straddling two worlds--agriculture and business--and found a way to incorporate both into the businesses he founded and ran. He came of age to shoulder the weighty responsibility of caring for his younger brother after losing his parents within a year of each other. His unique life story mirrors the title of this biography because Jack truly built every aspect of his success...from the ground up.
, bed and breakfast
, prince edward island
, berkeley california
, central valley of california
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Raymond O. Kechely
on July 20, 2012 :
Very interesting and diverse life. Anyone would enjoy reading this book.
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