J. D. Adams was born into a heritage of pioneers and educators. He grew to enjoy backpacking and photography, returning frequently to the Jefferson Wilderness. Science and reading were early interests, preparing him for degrees in Electronics Engineering and Microelectronics. The next 15 years found Jim in Oregonís high-tech industry, working with avionics, communications, computers, and consumer electronics. He broadened his topics from technical writing to include history, the outdoors, and travel. Mr. Adams has been published in newspapers and several websites.