Jim Stark Blog

A Funny Thing Happened … on the Water

During my early Navy years, I had a four-week assignment in a nuclear weapons school in Norfolk, Virginia. The training was top secret, so no training materials were allowed to leave the base. Most of my friends spent those free evenings at the officer’s club, but I decided it would be a wonderful opportunity to […]

The First Sale

When I first joined the family electrical supply company in Lafayette, Indiana, I didn’t know a volt from a watt. The language of the business with its single-phase/three-phase, motor starter, and load center terms were a complete mystery to me. It was thought that the best way for me to learn the business was baptism […]


                                                                   Canadian Argus in foreground, U.S. Navy Neptune in background Our goodwill mission to the Canadian Air Force aerodrome in Nova Scotia, included a demonstration flight in the […]

Memory Lane

It was 1955. Jim Stark came from a good family, but he was a “rebel without a cause,” at least according to the poster in the theater’s display window. That movie made me famous among my seventeen-year-old high school friends. That poster had a place of honor on my bedroom wall. I wasn’t really a […]

Veteran’s Day: A Proud Moment

The small town of Amherst, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie just west of Cleveland, has an exceptional veteran’s mural painted on the wall on one of its downtown buildings. The mural has four sections depicting the WWII flag raising on Iwo Jima, a Korean War mosaic, a Vietnam Wall illustration titled “Reflections,” and […]