Jim Petersen
Jim Petersen
400 Chesterfield Place
Franklin TN 37064-3291

Brief Biography:

I spent the first four years after high school at Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College. I graduated in 1960 with a B.A. in English Literature. I went directly to the U.S.Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. I was commissioned in January of 1961 and spent three years aboard a ship out of Long Beach California. Since I was an English Literature major they, of course made me the engineering officer on my ship. I soon learned every piece of machinery on the ship, and the result to the ship's capacity if that machinery was damaged. I was able to visit Japan, Hong Kong, Bangkok the Philippines, Okinawa and Christmas Island. During the Cuban missile crisis my ship went through the Panama Canal, and I went into Port Au Prince, Haiti, and into Guantanamo Bay. I spent the summer of '62 in San Francisco, and the summer of '63 in Seattle. I then extended two years and was stationed for two years at the Naval Air Station in Meridian Mississippi. I was an administrative and personnel officer there, and essentially had an empire, since all other officers were pilots.

I left the Navy in September of 1965 and entered Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville. The first summer I went back on active duty and was the company officer of a class coming through O.C.S. in Newport. The second summer I worked in West Helena for Gene Schiffler.

I graduated from Vanderbilt in 1968 and came directly to Franklin, Tennessee. I practiced law with an older lawyer for about 2 years, then started a solo practice. I began adding younger lawyers to the practice, so that when I left my firm in 1998, it had grown to 8 attorneys. I sold my interest in the firm, and in the building on the public square in Franklin, and came home. I'm essentially retired, though I do a little work for old clients and friends. I am a traffic court judge in the nearbyTown of Nolensville, Tennessee. I hold that court the third Saturday morning of every month.

I met my wife, the former Ann Puckett of Magee Mississippi, at a wedding in Greenwood, MS in June of 1965, and we married in December of 1965. Ann was a national merit scholar who had just graduated from Ole Miss, and was starting to teach at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. She left MC mid semester and came to Nashville and taught in high school in Nashville as I finished law school. She then began teaching at Columbia State Community College. She took out about 5 years while our two sons were born in 1971 and 1973. Jim, Jr. is the oldest, and Allen is the youngest. Jim is now here at home and is trying to get a book published. Allen is a computer programmer in Boston MA. Allen went to Haverford College in Philadelphia and Jim to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg Florida. Ann continues to teach at Columbia State. Her primary subjects are calculus and statistics. She does teach some college algebra from time to time. She plans to continue to teach until she reaches 65 years of age, which will be in 2007.

I have become something of a computer geek (thus this web site )and spend a lot of time on the computer doing various things. I'm also a news hound and a C-span junkie. After I left my law firm in 1998 I joined my church choir. So every week now I sing a little bass. I also have learned a few chords on the guitar and can play "Don't Be Cruel" and "Love Me Tender". I have always been active in the Presbyterian Church. I just chaired a committee to find a new pastor. It took us two years but we are very happy with the decision we made.

When the Houston Oilers came to Nashville and became the Tennessee Titans we bought permanent seat licenses and now attend all those games. I enjoy the games, but Ann is a radical fan. Ann also likes Vandy Basketball, and still roots for Ole Miss in football. I'm still partial to the Razorbacks in football. We had Vandy football season tickets for many years before the Titans came to town. But Vandy football is perpetual suffering so we dropped those when we bought the Titans season tickets. We went to the super bowl in 1999 and were seated right up above the spot where Kevin Dyson strectched out one yard short of the goal line on the final play.

Here is a photo made this Christmas of my sons, Jim and Allen. I admit that I cannot deny either one of them.