Growing up in a Victorian country town in the 50's was fascinating for Graham Jones - the challenges of post war economics and lifestyle of an ordinary family who shared a passion for music and entertaining. Graham lived in the shadow of his older, more talented brother, who would later commit suicide. This sibling rivalry instilled in him the drive to succeed in anything he turned his hand to. Four years of catholic boarding school hell - bullying by students and priests saw Graham Jones physically and mentally abused. After plastic surgery on his "jumbo' ears, Graham gets a new start at a new boarding school - his ‘connector’ personality soars. At 16, he is seduced by a 23 year old Scottish house maid at St Bede’s College over a 6 month period. He mentors a young Alphonso Muratore, the son of Melbourne’s Calabrian Mafia cell assistant director, after his murder in 1964 - Alphonso later becomes “Don” and is also gunned down outside his Hampton home in similar circumstances to his father. Joining a singing trio with his brother, Graham has a career as a professional entertainer under the management of Col Joye & Kevin Jacobsen working with Johnny O'Keefe, Little Pattie, John Farnham and a host of other music icon's. His largest live audience was 22,000. With appearances on BANDSTAND and IMT during the late 1960's, the "PRINCETONS" become a popular club act around Australia. As an entertainer living in Kings Cross, Graham dabbles in drugs including Marijuana, Cocaine, Speed and LSD. His dealer is hit and killed by a Manly ferry while swimming out to a drug drop in Sydney Harbor. A famous associate's house is raided the night after Graham is there - his 16 year old mistress takes the drug possession rap for payment of $6,000 and 9 months in prison, to save the famous entertainer from prison and ruination of his career. Sex orgies, excessive drinking and drug taking are a big part of Graham Jones’ scene in the late 60's and early 70's in Sydney. His torrid on-off relationship with Ella van Zetten would blossom into one of life's most wonderful and enduring love stories, which still rages today. They married in 1971 after her parents refused Graham's request for Ella’s hand in marriage! In her late teens, Ella suffers from anorexia, almost losing her life. In 1972 she is badly beaten in a Sydney street by 5 female skinheads. In 1979, Ella's world comes crashing down - she becomes one of the victims of Australia's most notorious sexual predators dubbed by the press the "Silver Gun Rapist" - the Australian public was aghast when he was released on parole after serving just 17 years in prison. Ella's fight with depression and lack of self confidence has been a battle which she has endured for most of her life - Graham’s deepest possible love for his wife has helped her overcome enormous hurdles to live a happy and fulfilling life. From 1972 to 1975 Graham works for the US European Command Military Headquarters in Stuttgart Germany. A highlight being his association with General George S. Patton IV, son of World War II hero George S Patton Jr.and the Mayor of Stuttgart, Manfred Rommel, son of Field-marshal Erwin Rommel (The Desert Fox). Graham also had an association with Colonel Charlie Kern, one-time co-pilot of Garry Powers, shot-down in his U2 spy plane over Russia during Kruschev's reign as USSR Premier. Scotty Shambeck, arms dealer and head of the Howard Hughes Aircraft Corporation for Europe became great friends to Graham and Ella during this time. Upon his return to Australia in 1975, Graham managed hotels, retail shoe chains and manufacturing company Windsor Smith Shoes. With no marketing experience he became national Marketing Manager for US Consulting firm ODI under Dr. George Labovitz professor of management and organizational behavior at Boston University's School of Management. Graham’s erectile dysfunction and impotence problem came to his notice during his mid 30's. His honest and witty account of having to inject his penis each time he wished to have sex, would make most men cringe at the mere thought! In 1988, with no experience in design or construction, Graham and Ella begin a design practice GRAHAM JONES DESIGN. Over a 20 year period, the company wins over 80 industry awards of excellence and becomes almost a household name. Designing and building their boutique resort VILLA SASOON in Bali after the first terrorist bombing, provides great insights into this island and its people. Being kicked-out of Villa Sasoon by extortionists for a 2 year period was gut wrenching. After selling Graham Jones Design in 2006, Graham becomes design consultant to the Abu Dhabi Royal Family in the United Arab Emirates - his stories of life in the Middle East are compelling. At the age of 65 he leaves the UAE behind in October 2013, settling back into Melbourne and a new career as a writer, entrepreneur and part-time retiree.
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Growing up in a Victorian country town in the 50's was fascinating for Graham Jones - the challenges of post war economics and lifestyle of an ordinary family who shared a passion for music and entertaining. Graham lived in the shadow of his older, more talented brother, who would later commit suicide. This sibling rivalry instilled in him the drive to succeed in anything he turned his hand to.
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