John Oliver earned Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1969. In the 1970's, he discovered his passion for homebuilding, and has spent most of his life as an artisan building contractor in California and Hawaii. In a chance encounter with Bishop Nichijo Shaka on the rural Big Island in 1983, he found a direct use for his liberal arts education. His collaboration with Rev. Shaka resulted in the biography, "Nichijo", copyrighted in 1986, but never published. In 2014, living in semi-retirement in Sonoma County, California, he finally found the time to complete the thoughtful rewrite that was begun nearly 30 years before. "Nichijo: The Testimony of John Provoo" was released in October of 2014.
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Anti Gravity Device Company
by John Oliver
My son and I attended the Santa Barbara, California premiere of The Search for Animal Chin, May 7, 1987. What happened next is the subject of this book; describing our times in the professional skateboarding world of Powell-Peralta and the evolution of our ramp-building, leading up to the construction of Powell’s SkateZone skatepark in 1990, and the fabulous SkateStreet skatepark in Ventura, 1997
Nichijo: The Testimony of John Provoo
by John Oliver
In 1940, John David Provoo, a young American Buddhist studying in Japan, was urged by the U.S. Embassy to return home. In 1942, as a US Army Sergeant in the Philippines, he was among those captured on Corregidor. After years of POW camps on Taiwan and Japan, he was forced to make propaganda broadcasts from Radio Tokyo. He was convicted in a 1952 NYC treason trial, the decision overturned in 1954.
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