John was born and raised in New York City-the South Bronx to be exact. He grew up playing stickball on the streets, basketball and softball on the playgrounds and football in the park. His little league and Babe Ruth league played baseball in the shadow of Yankee Stadium and he grew up a fan of the Bronx Bombers. John was a vendor at Yankee Stadium for several years, including 1961, when Mickey Mantle chased and Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's home run record. He went to high school (Stuyvesant) and a city college (Hunter College in the Bronx, now Lehman College), which was part of the City University of New York (CUNY).
After graduating, John went to work for the Federal government with the Civilian Personnel Office of the Department of the Navy in New York City. After spending a summer in San Francisco he decided to go back to school. John started graduate school at Florida State University in 1972. He received his M.S. in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education in 1974. That same year he entered the doctoral program in Counseling and Human Systems. After going through a series of major professors who passed away, went on sabbatical, or left the institution, John settled for his Ed.S. in 1981.
During his years at FSU, John was the coordinator of training and interim director for the Orientation Office, a trainer of crisis line volunteers and director of an outreach counseling program at the University Counseling Center, and an advisor and coordinator of advising for the College of Education.
After leaving FSU for Bradenton, FL, in 1983, John worked at the Manatee County Mental Health Center as supervisor of crisis services and director of employee assistance programs. After two years away from Tallahassee, John returned and married his bride, Meredith. Since then he has had a business for himself as a management training consultant, and is an adjunct faculty member for Florida State University, where he regularly teaches "First Year Experience," Tallahassee Community College, and Flagler College, where he teaches business management and psychology.
John's interests include traveling (he has been in 47 of the 48 contiguous states), with special affection for the Rocky Mountains and the west coast, and spectator sports, especially professional and college football and baseball. He resides in northeast Tallahassee with his wife and two cats.