In 1969, the family moved to Sunnyvale, California, the heart of Silicon Valley. In those days, the valley was still filled with Apricot and Cherry orchards. Both the public and the private grammar schools were merely a block away. Once again, there were lots of kids, BBQ's and pool parties. Even on rainy days, the temperature was (usually) warm enough to play outside. In 1975, after Jim's parents were divorced, his mom moved the family a few miles away to Santa Clara, California, where Jim graduated high school.
Jim attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He graduated in 1984 with a degree in Finance. In 1988, Jim moved to the San Diego county area, and currently resides in Carlsbad, California.
Jim is pictured here with his mom, Lois, at a recent book signing.