About the Author
Jim Reding was born and raised in San Jose, California.  When Jim was
sixteen-years-old he left high school after finishing the first half of his junior
year.  On his seventeenth birthday, with his father's signature, he joined the
Navy.  Jim went to recruit training at the United States Navel Training Station at
Farragut, Idaho.  From there he was assigned to the USS Fergus (APA 82).  He
sailed aboard the USS Fergus until he was discharged from active duty in the
summer of 1946.  

While in the Navy he received his General Educational Development (GED)
high school diploma.  He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Jose State
College and a Masters Degree from Stanford University.

While in college he received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air
Force Reserve.  In the reserve forces, he attained the rank of Major.

As a civilian, he taught school for twenty years and has been in the real estate
investment business for over forty years.  Jim is married and has five children
and five grandchildren.