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Jim Holman

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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, California.


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 1972.


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 (1997).


San Diego Reader www.sdreader.com

San Francisco Faith www.sffaith.com

Los Angeles Mission www.losangelesmission.com

San Diego News Notes www.sdnewsnotes.com

La Cruz de California www.lacruzdecal.com


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. www.ParentsRight2Know.org


Holman has been married (wifeís name Claudia) since 1981, and they have seven children, ages 7, 9, 12, 14, 17, 21, and 22.


Holmanís hobbies are foreign languages, music, backpacking, fly fishing, and small farm work.