about jim

jim jewell has done many things and been in many places during his seventy-plus years of living: grave digger, disc jockey, sports editor, Navy Surface Warfare Officer, Leadership consultant and facilitator, executive coach, columnist, and director of programs for a tugboat company.

He had 11 Navy tours in 23 years. Only two were shore tours. Counting those Navy tours, he has had 30 jobs in 73 years and lived in 26 different places. He crossed the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans twenty-four times. He also has been a son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather.

Through it all, he has always been a writer. In 2013, he published his book, A Pocket of Resistance: Selected Poems. His last real job ended in July after The Lebanon (TN) Democrat published his 500th weekly column, “Notes from the Southwest Corner.”

jim is now retired and writing for the joy of it. He is working on several books, playing golf, working on home projects, and traveling to be with family and friends.

A native of Lebanon, Tennessee, he lives with his wife Maureen Boggs Jewell in Bonita, California (she’s a native). They have two daughters. Blythe lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Jason Gander, and their son, Samuel Jams Jewell Gander (named after his great grandfather), and Sarah who lives in Bonita.

2 thoughts on “about jim

  1. Thanks for your wonderful sea stories. I can totally relate as I spent 22 years in my Navy uniform, first in Supply and then as a Broadcast Journalist. As a seaman deuce I was sent to the galley for fifty feet of ‘chow line’. In the early ’60s, I was on a cruiser out of Norfolk, then on to WestPac on tin cans, gators and a carrier or two. The stories are endless. Thank you for bringing some of the greatest growing-up experiences to life. Now, as a genealogist, I’m always searching the past to find the future. Simply amazing.

  2. Morning……Your memories of Hair Cuts, brought back memories of this for me. The most vivid in the first Army. This was in 1951, I stood in line with about 250 new recruits at Fort Ord, in a damp fog. Good thing it didn’t take very long as there were 8 barbers and it took about 1 minute to get in the chair and have the drape put on. Then about 45 seconds for total hair removal and $2.00 removed from the wallet. Then for next 7 months the same every Friday afternoon, 2 barbers set up shop in the mess hall and every man in the company got to sit in one of their chairs. There we learned about “Inflation”, as the price went up to $2.50. Really didn’t have a problem getting the haircut as the Company Commander was first and the First Sgt. was second in line and if you didn’t show up, Sargent would give you your hair cut…using a straight razor and very little water. He said the water was for washing the blood off so he could see what he was doing. Since then except for a short period of time in the mid 1970’s, it has been either a “Buzz Cut” or a “Flat Top.” Now in my 80″s, the Buzz wins…so easy to live with. Thanks Jim……your cousin First Sgt. Bob

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