John grew up in Seattle and spent his professional career practicing law, initially in Washington D.C. and then in Seattle. He was a lawyer in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, a trial lawyer for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and in private practice for many years specializing in trial work and criminal defense in federal court. He received the highest ratings from his peer group and was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as having one of the best regional law firms in criminal defense, general and white collar. John also has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, worked in the areas of land use and environmental law, served on boards of non-profit corporations, and was the long time legal counsel for the Seattle Audubon Society.

John considers himself to be “on sabbatical” from the law as he pursues his interest in history and writing, splitting his time between Seattle and Sun Valley, Idaho. He has participated in sports his whole life and is a life-long skier and a long-time sailor and rower.

John is a proud product of the West where his family members were early settlers and pioneers, drawn initially by hard rock mining. He has done in-depth research into his family’s history for books he is writing, and has written extensively about early skiing history. A number of John’s history essays are available on, the on-line encyclopedia of Washington history, Central Washington’s website site for local authors, The Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho, and other locations.

John and his family spend summers exploring the mountains around Sun Valley. His wife, Jane E. Lundin, is a wildflower expert who has published a book about wildflowers in Idaho with A. Scott Earle, Idaho Mountain Wildflowers; a laminated Idaho wildflower field guide with A. Scott Earle, 265 Images of Northern Rocky Mountain Wildflowers; and a laminated Washington wildflower field guide, Mountain Wildflowers of Washington : 265 Images. They can be purchased from many bookstores or at Amazon.


NOVEMBER 29, 2018

  • Book talk/Power Point presentation:
    Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Pass

    Nordic Museum, Seattle, Washington

JANUARY 31, 2019, 6:00pm

  • Presentation with Florence Blanchard, Robert & Carrie Adell Strahorn, Union Pacific Publicist, Developers of Railroad Towns, Writers of the West. The Couple Who Convinced UP to Build a Branch Road into the Wood River Valley, 1882. Community Library, Ketchum, Idaho

March 21, 2019, 6:00 pm

Presentation at The Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho

The Beginnings of Radical Unionism

Conflict Between Labor and Capital in Idaho’s Silver Mines

Miners’ Strikes in the Wood River Valley in the 1880s & Couer d’Alene in the 1890s

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