It was the 1960s. The place was Hudson County, New Jersey…a tunnel ride away from midtown Manhattan. Jon was first published at 10. A story he’d written about the Civil War was transformed into a mimeographed book and distributed throughout the county school system. He went on to write for the school newspaper. Also at that time the pre-teenager began studying the guitar, leading him to hone his love and knowledge of music…and the art of composing.
In a logical progression, he graduated school, played in club bands, opened for touring acts and by his mid 20s was traveling cross-country as a session musician.
While touring during the 1970s, Jon was also a feature writer for New Jersey’s 3rd largest newspaper, The Herald News, simultaneously allowing him to enjoy the best of his favorite worlds; Playing rock & roll…and writing.
In 1985, Jon found a different side of life. He said, “Goodbye and it’s been a slice!” to the music business and got a job in the corporate world.
By 1999, another change was about to take place. For more than two decades Jon knew that within him there was the desire and ability to write…it’s just that New Jersey wasn’t the place to do it.
So he drove to Los Angeles…and stayed.
He started writing as soon as he arrived…and didn’t stop until the manuscript and screenplay for “The Boss Always Sits In The Back” were completed.
Though he claims he’s not an actor, Jon has appeared in several independent shorts and feature films, and co-starred in the play “Two Nowhere Men” at the 2002 Can Festival (yeah, that’s right. The “Can” Festival).
Along with “The Boss Always Sits In The Back,” he’s written the screenplays “Mad Avenue” and “The Delivery Man,” the stage play “For What It’s Worth” (to stellar reviews at the award winning 2001 Can Festival), co-wrote the feature scripts “Rubdown” with Laura Fuino, “Deadfellas” with Steve Barr, and “2022” with Brian Evers, and the short, “Women Are Pigs” (titled by the co-writer, Kelli Crawford).
Jon’s writing has received rousingly enthusiastic industry response, and he is currently waiting for the check that’s supposedly in the mail.
Jon continues to write all the time…and still listens to rock & roll.