John R. Beyer spent nearly a decade in a Southern California law enforcement agency as a traffic officer, a training officer, and as a member of the elite Special Weapons Assault Team (SWAT) before moving into the educational field. In that capacity, he served as a teacher for both regular and special education before moving into school and district levels of administration for a total of over twenty-five years in education. He is currently the founder and head writer for the J & L Research and Exploration blog along with his lovely spouse Laureen, chronicling their research and travel adventures. He has been published in dozens of magazines and finished his Doctorate in Educational Management from Pepperdine University in 2001. He divides his time between a small ranch in the High Desert of Southern California and a cabin in Big Bear.