Jim Stark Blog


It was called the SERE Course (Survival, Evasion Resistance and Escape). All Navy, Marine and Air Force combat pilots went through the course during the Vietnam years. The Navy had two school sites, one in California on the west coast, and the other in the wilderness of northern Maine. I received orders to the Maine […]

Call Me Lucky

I don’t remember the impact when my motorcycle collided with the deer at 70 mph but assume the deer must have hit the bike broadside rather than me hitting it, because I wasn’t thrown forward. Instead, the bike was knocked out from under me. My first recall of the accident was sliding, not tumbling, down […]

Best Round Ever

When reflecting on my day’s unbelievable round of golf, Yoweee! I thought scoring par at 82 years of age was beyond reach, and certainly not being under par. I remember the day I had my previous lowest round, a 70 at the Indiana University golf course in 2008 at age 70. That day standing on the […]

Underground Railroad

Sparked by an old obituary saved by my Grandmother Stark about my great, great, great grandfather, Ebenezer Stark, launched me on a research project involving 15-years of hours spent in university library stacks and trips to Cleveland where Eben settled as a pioneer with his family from Connecticut in 1814. That was just a year […]


I listened to a recent podcast about prehistoric Neanderthal habitation on the Rock of Gibraltar 50,000 years ago and found it to be fascinating. Birth rates among Neanderthals couldn’t keep up with their death rates and the ancient race disappeared 10,000 years later. However, it was discovered that the caves of Gibraltar in which stone tools, fire hearths and animal bones were found […]