Jim was born in Shamokin, PA. His grandfather and father were mine workers in the coal mines. In the late 1930s and early 1940s the miners attempted to unionize and the mines were closed. Jim’s father, looking for work, moved to New Jersey in 1941. His mother baked cakes and pies to help support the family.
At age 14, Jim went to work and became a heavy equipment operator. He worked for only three men for the next 51 years.
Jim shot his first 100 registered targets in 1970. Jim started his trapshooting career at the Climax Gun Club in Bridgewater Township, NJ. Sorry to say that the Climax Gun Club went the way of many clubs in New Jersey and is now closed. Jim has shot a majority of his targets at the Bucks County PA club. He states that many times he was on the same squad as Pat Comly who will be inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame with him.
Over the years, Jim has won numerous trophies in the New Jersey Northern Zone. In 2006, Jim won the New Jersey State Senior Veterans Singls Class. In 2009, he won the New Jersey State Senior Veterans Singles Class with a score of 199, which to date is the highest winning score of any Senior Veterans has optioned. He also was the HAA Senior Veteran in 2009. In 2006 and 2009, Jim as the Senior Veterans Doubles Champion. Jim has been on seven New Jersey State men’s teams and four New Jersey State Senior Veterans teams.
Jim has shot at the Pennsylvania State Shoot in Elysburg, where he shot 99s to win the Open trophies in Senior Veterans. Jim has been awarded the 27 yard line three times in his career. Jim states that when he began shooting his Beretta automatic, all his shooting came together.
Jim’s wife, Marilyn, who supported him throughout his career, unfortunately passed away in 2009. Jim has two sons, James and Mark.
At the end of the 2013 shooting year, Jim has 145,000 single, 74,975 handicap and 41,000 doubles targets.