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In Memory of James W Huston

Written by: James W. Huston Published: April 21, 2016

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James W Huston

James Webb Huston, age 62, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2016 at UCSD’s Thornton Hospital. He was surrounded by his family. Jim was born on October 26, 1953 in West Lafayette, Indiana to James and Florence Huston. Jim was a loving husband, son, brother, father of five, grandfather of three, and friend to many. Jim attended New Life Presbyterian Church for 30 years where he was a member, ruling elder, teacher, and leader to many. His profound Christian faith was immensely important to him. A true Renaissance Man: he practiced law, wrote nine best-selling action novels, was an active musician, a patriot and a scholar of American history, especially of World War II. His sharp wit and infectious humor endeared him to all who knew him. His warrior spirit, dogged determination to live life to the fullest, and abiding faith were profoundly inspirational.

Jim Huston attended the University of South Carolina on a Navy ROTC scholarship, majoring in history, with a minor in English. He did an exchange cruise on a French Navy destroyer, and also attended the University of Warwick in England to study English Reformation history and English literature. After college he flew F-14 fighter jets with VF-84, the Jolly Rogers, on the USS Nimitz. As a dashing young fighter pilot, Jim swept Dianna off her feet and married her when she was just 19. While in the Jolly Rogers, he participated in making the movie “The Final Countdown,” filming several scenes with a Panavision camera in the back seat of the F-14. He did two Mediterranean cruises and other cruises to the Caribbean and the North Atlantic. He graduated from TOPGUN before his second cruise. After his tour with VF-84, Huston taught Seapower and Maritime Affairs at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He left active duty to attend the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he continued flying in the Navy Reserves, ultimately transferring to Naval Intelligence.

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Strand Magazine Posts Q&A About the Writing of The Blood Flag

Written by: James W. Huston Published: December 17, 2015

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AFG: Tell us what the Blood Flag is?

JH: The Blood Flag was the flag carried during Hitler’s attempt to overthrow the government of Bavaria on November 9, 1923. He and three thousand others marched on central Munich to start the revolution Hitler thought was inevitable. A shootout followed with the state police, and sixteen Nazis were killed, two of whom fell on the Nazi flag that led the procession and bled to death on it. Thereafter, Hitler said the flag contained the blood of the first Nazi martyrs. It became his holiest symbol. It was last seen in late 1944, and its current whereabouts are a mystery.

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My Stand-up Desk

Written by: James W. Huston Published: September 19, 2010

Another word on how I work. One thing I started doing last fall was writing and editing on a stand-up desk.  Here’s a photo of the one I use at my law office.

I can’t really remember where I started thinking about it. I think it was probably a fellow at my office who I saw working at a stand-up desk. I had a brief conversation with him, but didn’t think that much about it. Somehow I started encountering articles about the use of stand-up desks, and in particular figures in history who have used them. I’m always a sucker for a historical reference, so when I heard that Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Jefferson used stand-up desks, I was automatically intrigued.  Here’s EH at his stand up desk.  

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Alaska–My First Encounter with Grizzlies

Written by: James W. Huston Published: August 29, 2010

In early August I was in Alaska, fishing and kayaking.  Every time I go there (now a grand total of two) I remark how unspoiled it is.  Alaskans probably think it’s plenty spoiled.  But to those of us in the lower forty-eight, we are so accustomed to a denser population and what goes with that that we are surprised to see what the earth looks like when there aren’t many people around.  But the real story from this trip is how I encountered a couple of grizzly bears, or as they’re called in Alaska, brown bears.

I was fishing with several other people and a guide on Chichagof Island, a large island across the Icy Strait from Gustavus Alaska, where I was staying.  To say it is beautiful doesn’t capture it.  It takes your breath away.  There are large snow-capped mountains and rivers, and marshes.  There are birds everywhere and wildlife.  Salmon in the rivers and Dolly Vardens—large, silvery fish from the trout family.

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