Jeff Pearson, a newspaper columnist and military veteran, is the author of the #1 Amazon Best Seller FOREVER ACROSS THE MARSH. He now practices law focused on helping entrepreneurs and inventors. Read his latest series at www.acrossthemarsh.com. Jeff lives near Savannah, Georgia. He grew up in Camden, South Carolina. Early on, sports consumed Jeff. After the NFL and MLB did not work out, Jeff decided to graduate from high school so he could focus his efforts on hunting and fishing. At some point, Jeff's parents convinced him to go to college. It was in college, at Clemson University, where Jeff really began to develop a talent for the absurd, likely because he was surrounded by some of the best in the business. This created an environment that encouraged somewhat of an arms race in humor. Fortunately, this occurred at a time when every human being did not possess a digital camera. Jeff ended his run at Clemson with a degree in mechanical engineering and an offer from a large corporation. With a degree and a lucrative offer in hand, Jeff moved forward to pursue his dreams. He promptly declined the offer, deciding instead to take a year off and live off wild game. After a successful year of not buying meat, Jeff received a letter in the mail accepting him into law school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Realizing that GW had mistaken him for someone else, Jeff quickly contacted admissions and let them know he accepted their offer. This seemed like the right and honorable thing to do, considering the fact that Jeff had recently convinced another human being—Megan, now his editor—to spend the rest of her life with him. After three years of law school, Jeff and Megan realized that they would be in debt for the rest of their lives. Then good fortune arrived—a prestigious law firm offered Jeff a job making more money than he had ever imagined. In a characteristic lapse of sanity, Jeff declined the offer and instead joined the United States Navy, thereby sealing his fate to remain forever in debt. The U.S. Navy sent Jeff to several exotic locations, including Afghanistan and Iraq, where Jeff had the luxury of serving in the Al Anbar province with the United States Marine Corps. Soon after Jeff returned home from a trip to Afghanistan, the young couple’s first child arrived. Then another. And another. And another. It was the experience of raising children that taught Jeff how precious and short life can be.Read more Read less
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