Jim Stark Blog

Death Valley’s Mysterious Moving Rocks

The dry lake beds found throughout Death Valley, called playas, are known for the mystery of its moving rocks. The large rocks, some buried several inches in the lake bed, have left a trail of their movement hundreds of feet long revealing the turns the rocks made. There are no footprints around the rocks to […]

Western Reserve

My historical novel, Great Lakes Skipper, is based on the life of my great, great, great, grandfather, Ebenezer Fletcher Stark, who became one of the early settlers of a region south of Lake Erie known as the Western Reserve. Back in 1620, after the establishment of the colonies in North America, the English Crown formed […]

The Legend of Irving H. Glick

Irving Glick was the creation of my favorite Commanding Officer, Commander John Orrill. CDR Orrill used this fictional character to illustrate his squadron briefings. “Lt Irving might screw up and do this …” or, “I hope you don’t make a mistake like Lt. Glick.” Soon others in the squadron adopted Irving as their own. His […]

Uncle Henry & Uncle James

  My great, great, great grandfather, Ebenezer Fletcher Stark, was the subject of my historical novel, Great Lakes Skipper. Eben died a hero when saving sailors following a shipwreck. He had three sons, Henry, Lewis, and James. The middle son, Lewis remained in Cleveland his entire life, managing the extensive property left to him by […]