Originally from Vermont and New York, John lived in California for almost 40 years. After receiving a Ph.D from UC Berkeley, he worked for 30 years conducting educational research for several educational institutes in Philadelphia and the Bay Area. The focus of his research was self-directed learning in the form of academic studying and then, more recently, project-based learning. He has also developed a number of instructional materials packages for adolescents and their teachers. Most recently, following the lead of his wife, Sanna, he has been trying to learn as much as possible about climate change. He also occupies himself with managing income property, traveling, skiing, sailing, and playing golf.