White male. Born August 30, 1926, in Mountain Home, Idaho. An enterprising child, took a job selling newspapers at age nine. High school age during the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, remembers reading about anti-Japanese sentiment in Boise, Idaho. Attended the University of Idaho and taught in Orofino, Idaho, for three years before pursuing doctorate at the University of Washington. Taught at Renton High School and then at Tacoma Community College. A prominent local historian, Ron has published several books, including The Working Waterfront: The Story of Tacoma's Ships and Men, and Furusato: Tacoma-Pierce County Japanese, 1888-1977.