John E. Darling was in the Marines, the Air Wing, becoming a journalist in the pre-Vietnam run-up. He was delivered by kind angels to Oregon right out of college, from Michigan (MSU) in 1967 to cover the legislature for UPI. John fell in love with the state post haste, then covered Bobby Kennedy and Gene McCarthy. In 1969, he dropped out, turned on, tuned in and bummed around Europe and the US. He dropped back in as a TV journalist in Medford and worked inside Oregon politics which he found instructive, but mostly a ghastly, soulless business.
John then received his master’s in psychology from SOU and taught personal growth seminars. Formerly writing for The Oregonian, John now writes for the Medford Mail Tribune and the Ashland Daily Tidings. He had kids, a life-changer, and has written 60-plus e-books. He’s worn the letters off several MacBook keys. Luckily, he has them memorized.