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NOVEMBER 4, 2012 GUEST: PJ (PETE) GRONDIN
PJ Grondin started writing his first novel about the McKinney brothers in the early 1990s, and finally finished A Lifetime of Vengeance in 2005. It took over twelve years to get the first half finished, and only about six months to finish the second half. His second novel, A Lifetime of Deception, was written in twelve months. The third novel in the McKinney Brothers series is A Lifetime of Exposure and the fourth title is A Lifetime of Terror. The fifth and final book in the series is tentatively titled A Lifetime of Betrayal.
Grondin enlisted in the US Navy 1981 and was sent to Florida for boot camp. In April of 1981 he was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Training Center for Electronics and Electricians A School. In November 1981 he was again transferred to Orlando for Nuclear Power School. Upon completing Nuclear Power School he was then transferred to West Milton, New York near Saratoga Springs at a Nuclear Power Training Unit where he learned how to operate submarine reactors. After completing his qualifications at the S8G prototype, he was transferred to Charleston, South Carolina, Sub Group 6 and stationed on USS John Adams SSBN 620b. After five patrols with the John Adams, he was again transferred back to Nuclear Power Training Unit in West Milton, New York for instructor duty where I completed his Navy career in May of 1989. PJ Grondin now works at a civilian commercial Power Plant, along with writing detective novels.
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Tonight we are happy to welcome back author Pete ‘P.J.’ Grondin. Pete was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1956. He is the seventh of twelve children born to Nicholas and Patricia Grondin. The family moved around a number of times when Pete was young; from Sandusky, Ohio to Bay City, Michigan, then to Maitland, Florida. They finally settled in the small rural community of Zellwood, Florida. At age 22, he moved back to Sandusky and worked at a retail department store at the Sandusky Mall where he met his wife, Debbie. They were married in January, 1984 and have two children.
He joined the US Navy in the Nuclear Power Program and served on the ballistic missile submarine, USS John Adams (SSBN 620b). After being discharged from the US Navy in 1989, he moved his family back to their hometown of Sandusky. He was elected to the Sandusky City Commission, serving a single term from 1993 to 1997. In addition to writing murder mystery/suspense novels, he works as an application process specialist in the IT department of a major electric utility.
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This week our guest is Dr Thomas Neff, our listeners may recall Jack from China as he frequently checks in with our program. Who is Dr. Thomas Neff ( A.K.A Jack)?
At age 17, Tom joined the Naval Reserves, and remained in the regular Navy for 10 years before getting out. He served aboard USS Tusk, the USS Patrick Henry SSBN 599 Blue Crew, the USS Will Rogers Gold SSBN 659 Crew, and finally the USS Thomas Edison SSBN 610 Gold Crew.
Dr. Neff also worked as a chief environment chemist for Mohegan College in Connecticut, flew for Pilgrim Airlines, then continued working as a pilot in Africa, moving on to the Seychelles Islands. From there he went to Guam worked for the Air Force Satellite Program. Eventually moving to Saipan where he worked at the American Language Institute, then ended up purchasing the Institute, and continued teaching English as a second language. Finally settling in Chongqing, China as a history Professor at Chongqing University teaching The History of Western Civilization – a course covering Phillip of Macedonia up to the end of WWII in England.
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Joining a Chamber of Commerce or business association is one of the best ways to connect a business to the community it serves. On this week's show, The Biz Chicks are talking with Sarah Lanphier, board member of the Susquehanna Sustainable Business Network serving the Lancaster and York, PA area. "SSBN is a non-profit network of businesses and social entrepreneurs who have made a commitment to managing business for the triple bottom line: People, Planet, and Profit." states their website. The focus of the group is truly the ultimate goal for green businesses! SSBN has a "Green Pages" business directory that received an upgrade recently, with many new features and links. They are using social media with a Facebook Page, Twitter account, and have a blog as well. Sarah will chat with Jill and Bonnie about the history of SSBN, current projects and how this vital business organization is supporting sustainable business growth in the region. Join us for this important wrap up of our June #Green Business focus!
Update: Kathryn Troutman, Federal Resume Expert, was unable to make the interview so we rescheduled her for 20 Nov 07. In this show we talk about the Billy Blanks foundation and their care packages to the troops, our Health Corner, the new Nicholas Sparks book and more.
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Tonight Sarah Smiley joins us and we are sharing highlights from our LIVE event. We are taking your calls! Join the conversation, we can't wait to hear from you!
In Shared Courage, Michelle Keener gives her firsthand experience as a Marine wife during wartime: Her husband is a Marine officer with two tours in Iraq including time in Fallujah. From their meeting in the years before the events of 9/11 through his deployments into the Iraq war zone, Michelle brings readers into the homes of those left behind—those who also serve. Join us for a fascinating conversation!
Tonights show we are giving all the details on our upcoming event. It’s your last chance to register! We are talking location, agenda, guest speakers, special guests, dress code, giveaways, door prizes, the menu and more. Join us to hear all about it! Plus, we will have Julie Negron the creator of the mil-spouse cartoon Jenny Spouse. She is celebrating her 100th comic strip. Come Celebrate with us!
On today's show we are joined by Katee and Megan who blog over at the site www.submarinewife.com. We are talking about writing, journaling, blogging and how it can help when dealing with a deployment and just everyday life. Plus, from USAA we have Tom Shaw, Assistant Vice President for the Fraud and Anti-Money Laundering units at USAA, dropping by to talk about how to avoid Fraud Schemes. It's going to be a fun & informative show!
Join us for a candid, no script conversation with Air Force wife Terri Barnes who lives in Germany and Army wife Jan Wesner from Tampa, FL. They both write for their local newspapers. Terri for the Stars and Stripes and Jan for TampaBay.com We're talking moveable careers, "A Day in the Life of a Military Spouse" and we're remembering the anniversary of Sept. 11th. Join us!
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