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Born and raised in Hermosa Beach, California, Jon Seawright attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, after military serve in the U.S. Coast Guard. He temporary left school for two years to travel in Japan during the 1964 Olympics and then traveled on to Australia. After working in Hotel restaurants in Brisbane, selling pots and pans, door to door, in Sydney, picking strawberries and green beans outside of Melbourne, and apples in Tasmania, Jon was able to hitch a ride across the Nullorbar Plains and live for a brief time in Perth. Upon returning to the U.S., Jon moved back to Tucson where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Fine Arts, while opening a college beer bar near campus, named "The Einstein." For the next couple of years, he was employed as a production manager/ assistant director for various production houses that filmed television commercials in Hollywood. By 1970 he needed to get out and travel some more. This time he ventured to Brussels where he purchased a 1964 Volkswagen van and continued traveling through Western Europe and Scandinavia. Jon met a Canadian traveler at the Stockholm Summer Festival and the two of them drove together through parts of Russia, exiting into Poland, and then out through Eastern Germany. With funds running out, he discovered that he could readily pick up hitch-hikers, who were tired of being rained upon, and charge them half the fare of Euro-rail passes. This helped pay for gas and living expenses. He found that the most traveled route to be in a triangle---Munich to Madrid, to Paris, and then back to Munich. Two years and two new motors later, Jon had been able to drive through Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Israel (by bus), Jordan, Egypt (by boat), Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. The winters were always spent in warmer spots. Living out of his van, Jon waited out the first winter in St. Nicholas, on the island of Crete. Another winter he remained in the southern Spanish town of Fuengerola near Marbella. By the mid 70's, he was back in the United States spending most summers on Catalina Island, California as an electrician, and some summers in Aspen, Colorado, waiting on tables. The remaining parts of the years, Jon experienced jobs in Palm Springs as a framing carpenter, cab driver, liquor store manager, furniture salesman, casino maintenance manager, and technical coordinator for United Artist Theaters. In 1982 he became a merchant marine in the occupation of second-cook for Crest Tankers, a subsidiary of Apex Oil, based out of St. Louis. The tankers carried oil and jet fuel from the Gulf of Mexico and Florida areas, around to the eastern seaboard, and sailing at times through the Suez and Panama Canals. Work schedules mandated: three to four months at sea and then three months off with pay for vacation. Jon usually headed immediately for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, staying there for two of those three months. Bring Jon's life around to full circle; he currently resides in Tucson with his wife of 20 years, Gail, and their two Goldendoodles. He works part-time for Nabisco Foods and tries to write books by interweaving his various jobs with different parts of the country he has experienced. Jon's other works include "In Dire Need," "Early Bird Special," and "A Can Of Worms."
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November 01, 2009
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