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John officially retired from Santa Monica College in February of 2011. He is enjoying his retirement and emeritus status as much as he enjoyed teaching math at Santa Monica College for 35 years.

"All knowledge resides in 0 and NAND!  Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Man is incredibly slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. The marriage of the two makes a captivating force beyond both calculation and conception."


Short Biography:

John Robert Kennedy was born in Plymouth, Indiana. When he was 7 years old his family moved to Hammond, Indiana where John attended school from 3rd grade through his junior year in high school. (HHS is still the Best!) In the summer of 1965 John moved to San Jose, California where he graduated from Lincoln High in 1966. John then attended UC Santa Barbara from 1966-1970 where he earned a B.A. degree in Mathematics. John was accepted to start graduate work in Mathematics at UCLA in the next year, but his draft board had other ideas. While waiting for a decision, during 1970-1971, John earned a Secondary Teaching credential from UCSB. He was then drafted for the Vietnam War, but instead, served as a Conscientious Objector between 1971-1973. From 1973-1975 John attended UCLA where he earned an M.A. degree in Mathematics. John then began teaching math at Santa Monica College in 1975. John is a co-author of two math textbooks used at SMC. His hobbies include writing about math and computer science and doing software development. He has developed math software primarily for students at the undergraduate college level. Outside of education he has developed small database and imaging applications including precision label printing. His musical tastes are primarily in classic Rock and Roll from the 50's through the early 70's. His favorite singles include White Rabbit and Somebody To Love, both on the all-time classic 60's album, Surrealistic Pillow, by the Jefferson Airplane. Another favorite is The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. His favorite book about education (and its subtle philosophy) is Jonathan Livingston Seagull.