I did not live a life of extraordinary events. My beginnings were strictly middle class growing up in Newburgh, New York. That’s about sixty miles north of New York City (a place I love to visit but only for a reasonable period of time).
My Dad was a banker back when banking was a very honorable profession, and my Mom was strictly stay at home (Donna Reed, Harriet Nelson, June Cleaver). The most unusual thing was their respective ages (45 and 44) when I was born in December 1949.
I had a brother Bob who was 21 at the time of my birth and a sister Betty who was almost 20.
There must have been a cold snap, a power failure, or something out of the ordinary in March of my birth year because both of my parents were way too practical to have planned a baby at that stage of their lives. Anyway they always indicated to everyone that I was not an accident and for years I actually believed them. One day I went exploring in my father’s top dresser drawer and discovered a cartoon with a pregnant grandma rocking away on the front porch yelling to her husband: “You and your one more for old time’s sake.”
Can you say mistake? Case closed.
John Hutton was born and raised in Newburgh, New York where he attended public schools, graduating from Newburgh Free Academy in 1967. He received his BA degree from Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) in 1971 and embarked on a 35-year career in banking, taking time off in 2002 to earn a MS degree in Education from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh.
Since 2007, Hutton and his wife Bonnie have resided in Tampa, Florida where he has been an assistant teacher at the elementary and pre-school levels. Together they have three grown children and a total of nine grandchildren.
A Daily Dose of Innocence is Hutton’s first book.
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