John is a public historian and former adjunct instructor of history at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois. He holds an A.A.S in Hospitality Management from LLCC, a B.A in American History from St. Olaf College, an M.A in American History from Northern Illinois University and an M.A. in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University.
John also served for a combined 24 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and in the Army National Guard retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. John and his wife, Diane, live near Madison, South Dakota, where they grow Christmas Trees and enjoy the company of their grandchildren.