Jon initially did not intend to become an author, as his true interests were becoming a helicopter pilot. But only out of necessity was Helicopter Harry and the Copter Kids born.
Jon tried join the Coast Guard early in life but could not get in due to the competitive nature at the time. Jon then went to college in San Diego but dropped out after he got his Associate degree.
Jon tried to join the Apache helicopter program at thirty years of age only to be turned away when he found out the cutoff age was twenty-nine.