JOHN LIONHEART'S RESUME (short)

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Born: 1949, in Huntington, W.Va., USA at St Mary's Hospital
** my birth name: John Porter, see 1989 note below
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1954-1963 - Grade School: Wheelersburg Elementary, Wheelersburg, Ohio
1963-1967 - High School: Wheelersburg High, Wheelersburg, Ohio
John Lionheart and son Julian Sept 1967 - March 1969 - undergraduate studies at Ohio State University in Columbus
- majored in engineering and architecture
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June 1969 - May 1970 - computer programmer for William Lewis and Associates, electrical engineers, Portsmoth, Ohio
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June 1970 - Sept 1970 - assistant financial analyst, Compu-Serve Co. Columbus
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Sept 1970 - present - work as a professional carpenter, union carpenter, and building designer
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June-July 1972 - hitchhiked with a friend to the first Rainbow Family summer gathering which was held in Greely, Colorado before and after July 4, 1972 (link1)
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July 1972-1974 - lived in a communal household at hip old Dr. Elwood Hansen's home in Gardenia, CA - hitchhiked up to Sonoma County to see friends at Steven Gaskin's. Also discovered primal therapy in Berkeley - hitchhiked back to Ohio
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Sept 1976 - Dec 1977 - attended Ohio Univerity Southern, branch campus, majored in art and phychology.
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Diaster Handbook cover May 1984 - moved to Berkeley to do primal therapy. Moved to Marin County, got married, then back to Berkeley, worked as carpenter, union carpenter, and in 1988 became a licensed general contractor, and still enjoy building and design (license# 539705)
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October 1986 - 1998: I was hired "On-Call Part-Time" by FEMA subcontractor "Suncoast and Associates" of Gulf Breeze, Florida as a housing inspector for the federal disaster relief program, and later I worked as a reviewer of other inspector's reports and then as a trainer of new inspector hires. Note: in 1986 FEMA was a brand new creation, and the old mom and pop, "Dept of Civil Defense" company, Suncoast and Associates, (think Mary Smith and John McKeever) was the first subcontracting housing inspection company hired by FEMA while I was the 13th inspector hired by Suncoast. All us contracting inspectors worked on-call, part time, and in subsequent years there have been other contracting firms that hired us freelance inspectors: Scientific Service and Parsons Brinkerhoff are two I remember working for.
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<1989 - Joined an acting troupe in Fairfax, California where I lived, and adopted the name "John Henry Lionheart" in honor of my father. The highlight of my career (to date) was starring as "Roy" in the play, "Lone Star. A Comedy in One Act" by playwright James McLure.
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Sept 1990 - Nov 1991 - massage classes at Alive and Well in San Anselmo, Calif. I soon found genteel employment as assistant manager of "Relax in Fairlax": a hottub, sauna, and massage salon in woodsy Fairfax, Calif.
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In 1994 I wrote a book, The Disaster Relief Handbook, self-published but carried by Berkeley legal books publisherNolo Press online and in their bookstores.
Treehouse Interior
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1995 - When the internet came along I discovered that the popular webpage programming language, HTML, was quite similar to the Basic and Fortran programming that I learned in high school and with which wrote electrical engineering related computer programs in the early 70's, so I quickly found myself fondly writing HTML and becoming a hobby programmer and domain name collector.
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1998 - I learned to meditate, starting with attending a 10 day silent meditation retreat in October 1997 at a Vipassana center - see dhamma.org
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1998 - I started a not for profit poetry website, the Homeless Poets Cafe, initially to showcase the work of the many homeless poets who peddled their handwritten poetry on the street corners of SF and Berkeley, and then to include the poets and poems of olden times that celebrated adventurous travel, such as Homer and the Odyssey; Walt Whitman and his Song of the Open Road, etc. The site is still up.
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2000 - 2003 - employed full-time by Tom Lawrence Construction of Berkeley as a custom cabinet maker. Retreat Center designed not built yet
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May 2001 - Sept 2003 - volunteer webmaster for Flashpoints.net, a KPFA Pacifica Radio Network daily news show, and, at Berkeley Public Access TV, I learned to perform all the crew and directorial functions necessary to produce a professional in-studio TV show, or to shoot and edit documentaries.
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Oct 2003 - Dec 2006 - full time contracting residential property claims adjuster for Haig and Lewin, investigators and adjusters of El Sobrante and Sacramento.
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Einsteins Castle Jan 2007 - present - Found a paying hobby, Fine Treehouse Building, not a particularly well-paying hobby, but a fun, spiritually rewarding hobby that allows me sufficient time to stay home enough to do a really important job, primary parent / home school teacher of my incredibly talented teen-age son.
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2012 - Building into the future... I get many inquiries about treehouse construction though my website, http://www.FineTreehouseBuilding.com . In the past five years I have also designed and contructed three neat play structures for the Make a Wish Foundation, SF. One, a treehouse, that won recognition (see page 6) at their yearly dinner; number two, a train theme structure much appreciated; and the third, an "Avatar themed" "rocket ship", renamed, "Einsteins Castle" in honor of Albert Einstein's own quaint rented garden house he nicknamed, his "Spandau Castle", which turns out to be a very attractive versatile template for a reproducible custom manufactured backyard living space or mini-home.
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Update: April 2019 - Living in Mt Shasta area with my son, with his help I created a number of "endangered animal" postcards to better elucidate the receiver about the myriad number of fine and holy creatures that are facing extinction and what we can do to help. And working right now to design and build butterfly gardens and help others to do the same.