The Author – John R. "Jack" Hubbard, PhD, MA, BA
Probably best known as the colorful president of the University of Southern California's during the 1970s, Jack lived during the years when the world at large was undergoing many of the most significant geo-political, socio-economic, and industrial changes in world history. Born days after the official end of World War I, he grew up during the roaring 20s, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. During his teenage years, the Spanish Civil War raged, Hitler came to power and began expanding the German empire as did Mussolini in Italy, and Japan waged war against China.
Jack commenced his formal career as a historian and educator after World War II during which he became a decorated naval aviator. The evolving Cold War in Europe and the “police action” in Korea (aka Korean War of 1950 - 1953), pitted the burgeoning Soviet Union against the United States. Jack had a passion for pursuing historical understanding wherever it could be found, and these endeavors and their related travel quickly made him a recognized international figure. It was inevitable, therefore, that the major movements of his time – the Viet Nam War; the civil rights movement; the race to the moon; the Yom Kippur War; Watergate; the Arab oil embargo; the advent of the birth control pill; the women’s liberation movement; the Iranian Revolution and the Iran Hostage Crisis; affirmative action; the Soviet-Afghan War; nuclear proliferation; the development of the silicon chip, semi-conductors, and rapid expansion of high technology as both a new and separate industry, and high tech innovations revolutionizing virtually all other industries; and the widening gulf between developed and under-developed nations – all impacted Jack’s career to varying degrees.
Jack's academic career - as an educator, innovator, and administrator - can be traced from The University of Texas to Louisiana State University, Tulane, Yale, to Dean of Sophie Newcomb College (Tulane University), around the world to India, then culminating as president of the University of Southern California. When he retired as President of USC, he did not retire as a history professor. He continued teaching British History at USC until he was 91 years old taking a one (1) year sabbatical to serve as U.S. Ambassador to India from December 1988 – November 1989.
As a historian, Jack Hubbard understood the importance of incorporating personalities, activities, and interpersonal relationships into his story for it is only through this integration that the audience can begin to grasp the enormity of the world stage on which his story is played out, where the dichotomy of the invincible champion of freedom and the mantra that there may be no tomorrow belie the caliber of men with whom Jack served. Besides telling a gripping story that makes for fascinating reading, his memoirs also provide a helpful understanding of the times and events beyond that found in most history books.
John R. “Jack” Hubbard passed away on August 21, 2011.
The Editors –
The contents of this book were written by John R. “Jack” Hubbard on a manual typewriter as he sailed around the world on a freighter in the 1990’s. In the twilight of his life, Jack handed his rough manuscript to his brother, George, with the request that it be edited and published under George’s direction. Every effort has been made to check names, titles, dates, events, and locations as recorded by Jack for accuracy in order to avoid claims of incompleteness, inaccuracy, libel, etc. However, just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so too is truth in the eye of the observer for each observer may view the same incident from a different position or line of sight.
Elizabeth A. Hubbard, MBA, BA
Elizabeth Hubbard is one of George Hubbard’s daughters. The majority of Elizabeth’s career has been in the research and development of new technology-based products, most recently in the field of technology-based education. She co-founded Synaptic Gaming & Simulation, LLC to teach life, professional, and academic skills through gaming and simulations. Elizabeth is the owner of Punaluu Data, LLC whose mission is to provide research, writing, consulting, and training assistance. She has developed seminars/workshops utilizing gaming and simulations for public and private enterprises including Texas Workforce Solutions, State of Texas Department of Rehabilitative Services, The University of Texas at Dallas, and Utah Valley University. She also serves as Executive Director of 1 $ Wiser Consumer Education, Inc., a non-profit organization approved by The U.S. Department of Justice as a provider of budget and credit counseling and personal financial management education in which she incorporates gaming and simulations into the curriculum. Elizabeth has co-authored several journal articles on the use of gaming and simulations in the education of the Instant Media generation.
Elizabeth lives in Krum, Texas with her three-legged cat, Meowmow.
George U. Hubbard, PhD, MS2, BS
George Underwood Hubbard spent his life as an educator in the fields of computer science and mathematics. After completing his tour of duty in the United States Army during the Korean War, George taught Junior High School mathematics briefly before being recruited by corporate America at the dawn of the computer age. IBM lured him away from Lockheed, but after 32 years teaching and training both IBM employees and clients, he retired to focus on his true passions – historical writing and academia.
George continues to teach statistics at Texas Woman’s University, and is the author of numerous magazine and journal articles and the following books:
Computer-Assisted Data Base Design
IMS (DL/1) Data Base Organization and Performance
The Humor and Drama of Early Texas
Which End of A Buffalo Gets Up First?
The Last Man to Die by Creek Law
Images of America Krum
When the Saints Came Marching In
George and his wife of 63 years, Billie, live in Krum, Texas, where he is active in the Lion's Club and Krum Historical Society. They have 4 children, 15 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.