Artwork by Reba Sawyer
So, who is John Sawyer, and why do you care what he thinks?

Lawyer? Watch your language. Ivy League graduate? Close. John attended Lansing Community College. Scion of a wealthy family, with an unlimited trust fund? No such luck. Lawyer? No. Professional politician? Huh uh. Lawyer? For the last time - no. 

I started working when I was twelve, arising at 5 AM every morning of the year for 6 years to deliver the Detroit Free Press (I walked). At 15, I took a second  job after school in a pharmacy. I still make the best ice cream soda in the world (e-mail me for the secret)

While I have a monster work resume including Regional Vice President for a Fortune 500 retailer, District Manager for the U. S. Census Bureau (Dade/Monroe Counties), Social Worker (Michigan) Recreational Director (Lansing) Hurricane Shutter Co. Owner(Ft. Myers), Plant General Manager - manufacturing (Dade County), Assembly Line Worker (Oldsmobile), Retail Manager (Walgreens, JiffyLube, 7-Eleven), I'm what they used to call an Entrepreneur. After serving in Vietnam, I found returning to college boring (come to think of it, I always found college boring). Starting with nothing, I opened 27 retail stores in Michigan Indiana, Florida, iowa, and Germany, selling out after 17 years.

Although I don't have a fancy degree, I'll tell you with nary a hint of modesty, I know everything. A voracious reader, who possesses an obsessive antenna for history and current events, I will debate anyone, any time, any place, on ANY subject - except Abortion, Gay marriage and Religion - extemporaneously. Bring it. The leaders of this country attended mostly prestigious universities and received a degree. I attended Lansing Community College and received an Education. Thank you Shell Point retiree, LCC Founder/President Phillip Gannon

As for abortion - if my mother or yours had chosen to have an abortion, we would not be here - period. In your case that may have been a good thing, but in my case - not so good. Gay marriage? No. Religion? I believe in God, and I don't care if you do or you don't. Bore someone else with your questions on these three subjects (mandy connell).

A member of three Labor Unions (UAW, AFSCME, and SAG), employed by local, state, and federal governments, and owner of several businesses, I have managed as many as 1400 employees, and have employed as many as 150 people.

Why bring it up? Experience and knowledge are absolutely essential for handling a job such as LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONER. Sadly, we currently employ SOME people for that position who, to our collective chagrin, have neither.

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ABOUT JOHN SAWYER
Picture taken just before my deployment to Vietnam. Reba never let me know that she was afraid I would be killed - and she wanted this to remember us by.

In fact in November, 1967, I fell and hit my head on my surfboard in the South China Sea,  But the Army didn't award me a Purple Heart.
Justine Hurley  moved to Lansing, Michigan, during the Great Depression with her father, sister and four brothers, and married John Sawyer, II in 1939 just before John was drafted into the Army.

John was scheduled for discharge from the Army in late December, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and John fought four more years in such places as the Phillipines, Saipan, and Okinawa, before being discharged, and allowed for the first time to see Justine and his twin sons born in June of '42.

In the early 1950's, when few married women had a career outside the home, Justine went to work as a Secretary for the Carpenters Union and The Sheet Metal Workers Union in Lansing, Michigan, and became a card-carrying member of the Secretary's Union.

Justine, who bore a startling resembalance to the Actress, Betty Davis, put up with the bantering from the union members and managed to get along. One union member, who did not get along was running for local president, and assured Justine that when he was elected, she would be replaced as Secretary by that new president's wife.

Sure enough, loud mouth was elected president of the local, and the next day marched in with his wife and fired Justine on the spot. 

Justine got on the bus; went home; picked up her protest sign; called the Lansing State Journal; got back on the bus, and walked up and down in front of the Carpenters' Union, carrying her sign, picketing the union.

The smart-ass local president's wife was sent packing that day, and Justine worked there six more years.

 
CONSERVATIVE?

Wait. I support Unions. I'm against reducing Capital Gains taxes to create jobs (it doesn't), and against the death penalty. How can I call myself a Conservative

I don't give a rat's ass what is good for the Republican or Democratic Parties; or for that matter what is good for Progressives or Conservatives. In fact I take umbrage with alleged Conservatives who take a stance based on potential political gain. 

Because I believe that my views on these subjects and a plethora of other subjects on these web pages are  best for America and in accordance with the Constitution - and I defend all of my opinions on these pages and I  challenge anyone to come up with better solutions. 

I take a stance based on principal, even if personally wouldn't benefit from that position (click here). American first; Conservative second, party hack - liiiiiike nneeeeeeever.
This page was last updated: April 10, 2015
Freedom is neither free nor dumb: In 1962 the Defense Budget was 14% of the GDP. Today, with war on two fronts  the Defense Budget is 4.9% of GDP. Can you say Carter and Clinton?
JULIE-KITTY 1974
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John W. Sawyer III
jwsawyer88@gmail.com



VITAE

Employment:

2014                       Candidate for Congress - 17th District Florida.

2011 -  2012           Registered Candidate for Lee County Commissioner.

2003 - 2010           President/CEO - Shutter Authority, Inc. , Ft. Myers, Florida. 

1998 - 2003    General Manager, Marketing Manager, Sales Representative - Atlantic Shutters, Inc., Miami, Florida; 

1989 - 1990    District  Manager - U. S. Census Bureau, Dade and Monroe Counties, Florida.

1987 - 1989    Regional Vice President, Retail & Restaurant Division - Dobbs House (Memphis, TN), 

1973 - 1980           President/CEO (Owner - Cook) The Troubadour Restaurant - Kalamazoo, Mi.

1969 - 1987    President/CEO/Owner - The Book Company, Michigan, Indiana, Florida, and Germany (27 Stores).

Other Employment:

Oldsmobile Div. General Motors (Assembly Line Worker)
Walgreens (Management)
Jiffy Lube Int’l. (Management)
Southland Corporation (Management)
Greyhound Corporation (Retail Div)
City of Lansing, Michigan (Youth Recreation Leader)
State of Michigan (Social Worker)
U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau)

Other Stuff

Two years college - Lansing Community College (And the better for it).

U. S. Army; Vietnam Veteran

Married - Two grown children, two cats.

Worked for City, State and Federal Governments.


Skills:

Public Speaking. I can discourse on ANY subject, ANYTIME, without notes, with little or no preparation, without           saying aah . . . er . . .or awesome, like, and rarely “you know” (a small habit upon which I am successfully working).

Architectural and Engineering

Working Knowledge and considerable practice (pro se) of Criminal and Civil Law.

Problem solving - I have a solution for everything.- 

Piano Player (not to be confused with “pianist”). - self taught in all disciplines (except polka and rap).

Affiliations:

Member: American Booksellers Association.

Vice President, co-founder - Lansing Area Booksellers’ Association.

Member: Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Member: VFW; American Legion.

Member (Past) - UAW;  A.F.S.C.M.E. and Screen Actors Guild.
JOHN SAWYER'S EPIPHANY # 1
(How I stopped being stupid, and became a Conservative)

I chose life.

In November of 1967, I was playing poker with some of my friends, in Vung Tau, Vietnam. This guy in our outfit, old of face and low of rank, stood observing our card game. I didn' know much about him, other than that he was humorless, and had no friends, and that he had a foreign accent, and having previously concluded that he was Polish - not having given it much thought why a Polish guy was in the U. S. Army.

Showing off my liberal, college boy, know-it-all polemic skills, I opined (in a discussion on the merits of Communism), that "At least people in Communist countries are not starving." Whereupon, confirming my previous observation about his lack of humor, Polish Guy leapt to his feet, and sticking his livid face within inches of mine, spat out "my mother starved to death in the Ukraine under Communism." (college boy).

Whereupon I had a choice to make: (1) Continue my ignorant (college-boy-you-can't-tell-me-anything) defense of Communism, and get killed, or (2) Mumble an apology, and get on with my life. I had an Epiphany. I chose Door # 2. As he stormed out, I snickered self-consciously, as my friends called him a weirdo or whatnot, but I made a promise to myself:

NEVER AGAIN WOULD I ASSUME ANYTHING. IF I DIDN'T KNOW THE FACTS, I WOULD KEEP MY THOUGHTS TO MY SELF.

THEN WHEN I STARTED LEARNING THE FACTS,  I NO LONGER COULD RATIONALIZE BEING A LIBERAL. 

MISS LUDWIG

You may attribute the impeccable grammar and near-perfect spelling displayed in each and every article on these pages to the memory of my high school English teacher, Miss Ludwig, who positively would cringe upon hearing bad grammar, and would have set me back a grade if I had written such as this (editorial from the March 2, 2010 New York Times): 

“The logical part of the amendment to base incorporation on is the privileges or immunities clause, but a terrible 1873 Supreme Court ruling blocked that path and the court has relied since then on the due process clause.”

And this dreadful headline from the Times, August 2, 2010:

"French Special Effects Find Audiences in U.S."

However, Miss Ludwig did approve of compound sentences, well written (so there).

2010
Vung Tau Vietnam 1967
Princess Leia - 1978
ABOUT JOHN SAWYER
OF COURSE, IF YOU TICK OTIS OFF, YOU'LL SPEND 3 DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL WITH THIS HAND.

IF YOU TICK MORRIS OFF, HE'LL BADMOUTH YOU IN HIS NEXT BOOK
REBA, JULIE, JOHN IV, - LANSING, MICHIGAN
Julie - 1974
MY FIRST RESTAURANT - THE TROUBADOUR
KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN
My Last Bookstore ( No. 27 ) - Falls S.C. - Miami