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I was born John Norris Brown on March 25, 1981, in Harriman Hospital, in a small town in east Tennessee called Harriman. In case you're wondering, Harriman is located about forty miles west of Knoxville. As a small child growing up in the 80s, I guess you could say I was semi-normal. I remember all the cool things of the 80s: Pinwheel (remember that show?), Diff'rent Strokes (I still get sentimental when I hear someone say "Whatchatalkinabout?!"), and all the other cool shows back then.

My parents were George and Patricia Brown. I was lucky to have parents who always supported me. My father is an insurance agent, and my mother is a college professor. As for my ancestry, we've traced it. I'm part English, part German, part French, part Native American, part Scandinavian, part Irish, part Spanish… to put it simply, I'm a mutt.

I started kindergarten in the fall of '86 at Bower's Elementary School in Harriman. It was probably the best school I ever went to until college. After that, the educational value of my schools seemed to go downward. That trend finally reversed in college, which I feel has been infinitely superior to my public education. But my negative feelings about public education will just have to be stated at a different time.

I guess you could say I was a smart alec in high school. I was not what you would call a model student either… I did very little. Why? I don't know. I was not impressed with my teachers at all. Granted, I did have a few of good ones, maybe seven or eight all the way through high school. Most were mediocre at best. Granted I wasn't a great student, but only a few teachers actually made an effort to reach me. Many of them just treated me like I wasn't worth their time.

I finally graduated in May of 1999, which ended a hellacious time. Not that I didn't have some good times in high school, because I did. But after four years, I was more than ready to leave.

The best picture of me ever.

After I graduated, I was kind of lost as to what I wanted to do. I had developed a decent grip on what the world was like from working jobs at Dairy Queen, and Family Dollar. I knew I wanted to continue an education but I had no clue as to where. I finally decided to stay at home and go to Roane State Community College (RSCC), a small, two year college in Harriman. Probably one of the biggest reasons I stayed was because I was dating a girl here at the time and didn't want to leave. I kind of felt pressured to stay, but I don't regret my decision. I've really enjoyed RSCC, and it has really given me a perspective on my life. For one, nearly all my teachers treated me like I was capable of doing well.

It was at RSCC that I decided that I wanted to major in history. Even in high school I was blessed with a good history teacher (Mr. Andrews). When I got to college, that trend continued with John Thomas, whom I have a great deal of respect for. He could make history come alive. He made it fun, much like Mr. Andrews did in high school. Both he and Mr. Andrews were big reasons why I decided to major in history.

When I get through college, I want to do one of two things: be a history teacher on the college level, or be a television writer. The latter is a long shot at best, but hey, I'll never know if I don't try. The history teacher part is due to my interest in history (obviously) and probably also partiall due to the fact that my mother is a teacher (though she teaches math… ugh!).

I graduated from RSCC in May, 2001, and am now attending Cumberland University, which is a small liberal arts school in Lebanon, TN (near Nashville). Next fall I will be at the University of Tennessee

I guess I could close by giving shout outs too the following people: First, God, for giving me a chance at life. My parents for always being there for me. To the great teachers I've had: you know who you are. To all my great friends: Chris (who I've known for the past eighteen years), Billy, Joey, Corey, Lisa, Whitney, Billy, Samantha, Lenny, Josh, P.J., Katie, Amanda, Mandey, Jesse, Yona, Kristin, Valerie, Rachel, Tiffany, Ganti, Arjanna, John R., Ray, Heather, Heather, Amy, Trevor, Tiny, Daniel, Rachel, Jeff and anyone else I'm forgetting. You guys rock!

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