I graduated from Bellevue High School in 1961. The president then was John F. Kennedy and I remember photos on the front page of the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer of the Kennedy’s vacationing at the Kennedy Compound in Palm Beach.

I also saw a photo or two back then of  Merryweather Post’s “Mar-a-Lago” estate. She was heir to the Post cereal fortune and many other businesses.

Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, is about as far away as one can be within the United States from Palm Beach. Bellevue is a very interesting town. Jeff Bazos of Amazon, grew up about two miles from my home, and about three miles from my childhood home is the estate of Bill Gates. Amazon is based in Seattle and Microsoft is based in Redmond which was our arch rival in athletics 

Fast forward three years from my graduation I was inside the Kennedy home in Palm Beach and went on a public tour of the Post estate, Mar-a-Lago. I was there because my father was a vice-president of Boeing (also has headquarters in Seattle) and was named Chief of Flight Test for the Chinook Helicopter division which was based all the way across the country in Philadelphia.

One day when I was on my way to the train in Philadelphia after a boring days work at Chilton Publications in downtown Philly I stopped into a book store and opened up a magazine which featured photos of girls in bikini’s partying on the ocean in front of the world-famous Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.

A few days later my astonished parents watched as I pulled out and aimed my MG toward Palm Beach about 1,100 miles away. I drove for hours and then pulled up at The Breakers. I got out of my car and looked at the sparkling blue ocean and thought to myself:  “I like it here.”  I opened my own marketing, publishing, advertising and public relations firm on Royal Palm Way in Palm Beach in December, 1966 at the age of 23 and lived in the Greater Palm Beach area for 44 years.