While he was in his delinquent teen years, John was sentenced to two years in the Boys Republic of Chino.
Many years later, he became the president of Chino's Board of Directors.
Then it was 3, then 2 and now they think they're doing a favor by covering one story." John retired in 1995 and was active writing and running the Boys school.
His wife of 17 years was principal of the Dubonoff School for "kids at risk." Their daughter attended the Peabody Music Conservatory in Baltimore. Former KFWB newsman Al Wiman said unequivocally that John "was the best news person EVER!
In 1973 John joined KABC television as a writer/producer and eventually went into news management.