Jim has lived in Bend for 73 years and is a graduate of Bend Senior High in 1955. Jim attended the University of Oregon, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1960 and a Master of Science degree in Journalism in 1966. In 1998 Jim received Bend’s Co- Citizen of the Year award for spearheading the restoration of the Old Bend High Gymnasium, the building the Boys & Girls Club resides in today.
A former assistant to the president of Central Oregon Community College, Jim is the author of four plays (three produced) that have been staged in San Francisco, Denver, Eugene, and Bend. He is also the author of Frontier Publisher a biography of George Palmer Putnam, the first editor/publisher of the Bend Bulletin as a daily newspaper. Putnam later discovered, managed, and married Amelia Earhart.
In 2009, Jim was inducted into the first Bend High Hall of Fame class.