Then it was 3, then 2 and now they think they're doing a favor by covering one story." John retired in 1995 and was active writing and running the Boys school.
His wife of 17 years was principal of the Dubonoff School for "kids at risk." Their daughter attended the Peabody Music Conservatory in Baltimore. Former KFWB newsman Al Wiman said unequivocally that John "was the best news person EVER!
"Jim died July 3, 1989, of pneumonia at the age of 76.
He had suffered from Parkinson's disease for many years as the self-indulgent millionaire Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island for three seasons beginning in 1964.
While he was in his delinquent teen years, John was sentenced to two years in the Boys Republic of Chino.
Many years later, he became the president of Chino's Board of Directors.
"I appeared in an NBC Special with KISS, John Mellencamp and even George Harrison (BTW: He told me HIS favorite Beatle song was , George: KFWB, 1961; KABC, 1973.