John Gascoyne cut his writing baby teeth as the ship’s journalist on the guided missile carrier USS Topeka. His biggest night was in 1962, in Hong Kong, where he printed out a shortened version of JFK’s Cuban Missile Crisis speech—while the crisis was just beginning.
John was editor of the Colorado State University Collegian newspaper in 1966-67 where he, Bear Gebhardt (another writer for Writers With No Borders), and other upstarts attempted to “wake the sleeping giant” as they affectionately referred to their alma mater.
In 1968, John edited the Northern Colorado Star, a giveaway grocery store paper, seasoned with provocative stories and editorials.
He and his family returned to Fort Collins, Colo., in late 1972 where he began practicing law in a small partnership.
John never lost his passion for writing, however, and wrote a weekly column for two years for the Fort Collins Coloradoan. One of those columns resulted in his being condemned to hell by his former church of choice.
In 2000, John retired from the law and began teaching high school—mostly wood and metal shop—and, later, editing and participating in writing 13 hiking guides for Colorado Mountain Club.
After the 2016 election, John felt a calling and re-activated his license to practice law, focusing on civil rights, civil liberties, immigration, and other threatened areas. He lives in Fort Collins in a perpetual state of high tension and still writes, in part as a tension-relieving exercise.