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JIM was born around the turn of the last century in Rockford, Illinois - about 45 miles NW of the city of Chicago.  He had a love of the water and in the late 1920's, sat for some 20 minutes at the bottom of the Rockford Boy's Club swimming pool, breathing from an air bottle he had stuffed into a rucksack - and that was the beginning of SCUBA technology.

He became very wealthy in later life and donated much to his native town of Rockford, including a large city park.

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