I am retired, once an R & D engineering executive, professor, and editor of an international trade magazine. Now I paint and take photographs, take my kids fishing, and mess around with Internet marketing. Lot's of grand kids and great grands.
I grew up in SLC on the wrong side of the tracks. I didn't graduate from high school but took a test in the army when in reserver from the line and the high school I went to sent me a diploma. The U of Utah could have cared less and said I had to make up my deficiencies, most of which I was able to jump over or ignore.
I was at Fort Sill after the Korean War broke out. I learned some math and physics, how to survey day or night and how to detect enemy artillery by sound waves. I was shipped off to Japan and nobody knew what my MOS ratings were (Military Occupational Specialty). I was sent to the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. Division didn't know what I was so they sent me to the 17th Infantry Regimental Combat Team which was in the attack. After the Regimental commander told us that half of us would die, I was sent to the First Battalion. The closest think they had to artillery was the heavy weapons company, Company "D". I was made a forward observer for the 81 mortars and Field First Sergeant. When our platoon sergeant got hit, I was made Platoon sergeant. I was 19 years old.
After the war, I worked at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, CA during the summer. I entered the U of Utah in the fall. I graduate in ceramic engineeering in 1957 after five years. Meanwhile, I got married to my wife, Pat, and we had our oldest son.
I worked at the Coors Porcelain Company in Golden, Colorado for just over 5 years creating materials for the military such as nose cone ceramics, nuclear ceramics and mechanical and electronic ceramics. I returned to the U of Utah in 1962, graduating with a Ph.D. in Ceramic Engineering and Metallugry in 1965. Technically, metalurgy was my miner but I had three times as much course work in Metalurgy than I did in ceramics.
We moved to Pittsburgh after graduation where I was Asst. Dir of R & D at the Vesuvius Crucible company, working on ceramics for the steel an other metal industries. I became an Asst..Prof at Iowa State University in 1966. I left there to return to industry in 1974 becoming the Director of Process Development for the Interstate Company, then Director of R & D at the Pfaltzgraff Company (York, PA) and then V. P. R & D for Lenox China in NJ.
I retired in 1994 and became editor of Ceramic Industry Magazine. I published four novels after I retired (Taylor Jones). Earlier I had published three engineering books.
I have traveled the world, still have about a dozen web sites, have published many hundreds of articles in magazines and on the Internet.
I am 84 years old (and senile). My wife is under full-time care for ALZ.
Our grand kids and grandkids are strung across the country so we don't see them as often as we would like to. Two of my sons are MDs as is one sion-in-law and two grandsons. My daughter is a professional artist and an RN. My number 3 son is a vet and an expert on herbs here in Buhl, ID. My youngest son is an attorney.
I do a lot of bird photography, sometimes with my sons. I do some painiting of landscapes and wildlive. I am self-taught and I have an awful teacher.
John T. Jones, Ph.D.