To help you understand where I’m trying to take this story, I’ll start with my bio.
Unfortunately, I don’t feel comfortable writing about my present self in first person, so I wrote my bio in third person; Jason would have hated that.
Jason Partin co-founded two biotech companies, and served as an executive in medical corporations and consultant for venture capital firms. He co-authored national standards for healthcare safety that’s used by the FDA to evaluate safety on spine implants, and motion-preserving and life-saving medical devices, and led international studies on the effectiveness of spine surgery on the health and happiness of people.
He’s taught at two universities, and created project-based learning programs for a Bill Gates funded charter school.
As a volunteer, he’s been a Big Buddy for at-risk youths, served on Habitat for Humanity committees standardizing construction methods, and as a CASA, holding healthcare and education rights for youths trapped in the foster system.
He’s a decorated combat veteran, and held a diplomatic passport as a Middle East peacekeeper.
He currently lives in San Diego, California, and feels awkward writing in third person. He’s doing it anyway, because book authors seem to always write in third person, and he wants to practice.
Like everyone, he had a remarkable childhood. He hopes to use his write a memoir that tells multiple stories simultaneously, so that a reader is entertained, and is able to hear complex concepts shared through metaphors of childhood. Jason’s stories are unique: he was abandoned by his parents. The state of Loiusiana placed him in protective custody, and at the age of 16 he emancipated from the foster system, and was a legal adult. He joined the army five years before being able to legally buy a beer.
Now, I can transition to writing in first person. I prefer writing like this, as if it’s a letter from me to you.
I’d like to write a book about global healthcare and education, and what we can do today to improve it gradually, effortlessly, so that our children and their children inherit a better world. But even I wouldn’t read that book, because it doesn’t sound entertaining. I’ve decided to write a memoir that shares my experiences and view for the future of education and healthcare by writing an entertaining book that millions of diverse people would want to read, share, and discuss. I’ll do that by sharing the experiences that led to my bio, and the choices I made along the way.
You may have seen my grandfather portrayed in movies. Craig Vincent portrayed Eddie Partin in Martin Scorcece’s “The Irishman,” but he was only a small part in that film; he guarded the door against mafia hitmen and FBI agents. Brian Dennehy portrayed Edward Partin He was a central character in the 1985 “Blood Feud,” and he was portrayed by Brian Denney, who looks a lot like my grandfather.
Edward Grady Partin’s son, Ed Partin Junior, is my father. My dad was ten years old when my grandfather went to jail the second or third time, and I was 12 when my dad went to jail for the second or third time. It runs in the family; my great-grandfather, Grady Partin, was a drunkard who abandoned his family in the 1930’s. As far as I can tell, I was the first Partin male to graduate high school and not go to prison.
On my mother’s side, she came from a line of single teenagers who became pregnant with boys who did not love them. She abandoned me, and singed the emancipation papers when I was 16, absolving herself of any responsibility of me.
I began making my own choices after I was emancipated, and ever since then, I’ve wondered how much my choices have been influenced by my family, and how much was my environment.
I’ve studied my Nature vs. my Nurture all of my life, and I’ve tried make choices based on a combination of what feels right, and what I know to be true based on empirical evidence. But, because a combination my nature and childhood nurturing – or lack thereof – my emotions and feelings often collided with what I had learned in school or work as an adult.
By understanding my choices, I hope a reader sees the metaphors I’m using for global healthcare and education improvements without getting bogged down in legal terms and scientific jargon.
This a prototype, a way to start a conversation, and a rough draft for what I hope becomes an internationally best-selling memoir. It won’t be about growing up in abusive households, or the consequences of being taught to lie as part of daily life, or even about any of the Edward Partins in my family tree.
It won’t be a war story, or a story about overcoming odds to succeed, or even about financial independence. Nor will it be about loving relationships or purpose-driven work, or the 10,000 other things that make life enjoyable. There are many memoirs that tell those stories more vividly than I could. Thank God other writers put down their wisdom, so we can learn from them and improve ourselves. If my book is published, I’ll include a list of the books that have been the most useful to me. For now, I’d like to focus on my work.
This is a long-term plan. Our children, and our children’s children, will inherit a process that hopefully grows with them. This book is a part in that process.
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