Jim Holman was born in Pasadena, California on July 9, 1946,
one of nine children. He graduated from Carleton College,
Northfield, Minnesota with a bachelor of arts in government
and international relations in June, 1968. Holman received
an Earhart Fellowship to study intellectual history.
Instead of going directly to grad school, Holman spent three
years and four months in the U.S. Navy. He served as river
patrol boat patrol officer in South Vietnam, where he was
awarded two Bronze Stars and Purple Heart (wounded in combat).
On returning to the U.S., Holman served as an instructor in
counter-insurgency at the Naval Amphibious School, Coronado,
After getting out of the navy Holman worked at the inception
of the Chicago Reader in 1971, taught English at the Centro
Colombo-Americano in Manizales, Colombia in early 1972. He
returned to San Diego as a graduate student in philosophy
at the University of California, San Diego in the fall of
While attending graduate school Holman started the San
Diego Reader, October, 1972, now one of the largest alternative
papers in the U.S. In the 1990s he started Catholic monthlies:
San Diego News Notes (1990), Los Angeles Mission
(1994), San Francisco Faith, and La Cruz de California
San Diego Reader
San Francisco Faith
Los Angeles Mission
San Diego News Notes
La Cruz de California
Holman has served as a member, board of governors, Thomas
Aquinas College; as president, board of trustees, Adoremus,
Society for Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy; as president, board
of trustees of International Theological Institute-U.S.A.,
and as a member, board of governors, Ave Maria University.
Holman is presently involved in a citizenís movement to place
pro-life propositions on the California ballot. The first
one, to require parental notification in the case of a minorís
abortion, should have collected enough signatures (900,000)
by April 14, 2005 to place on the California ballot in 2006.
Holman has been married (wifeís name Claudia) since 1981,
and they have seven children, ages 7, 9, 12, 14, 17, 21, and
Holmanís hobbies are foreign languages, music, backpacking,
fly fishing, and small farm work.