After attending the University of Michigan, and becoming a newspaper reporter, he married Angela Pizza in 1970 headed to Vermont to try his hand at living simply. Angela gave birth to a daughter, Emily, in 1974 and a son, Jason, in 1978. John tended cows, pigs, and chickens, and backpacked his young kids to the river to fish. He was a newspaperman, photographer, carpenter, organic farmer, and new father of two. It proved complicated.