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My Life, My Words: Remembering Jim Blevins

Jim Blevins, owner of Blevins Electronics in downtown Craig and a member of the Craig Coffee Party, died Saturday at The Memorial Hospital. A service is pending.

Editor's note: Jim Blevins, owner of Blevins Electronics in downtown Craig, member of the Craig Coffee Party, and a one-time member of the Craig Daily Press' Editorial Board, died Saturday at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. An official cause of death has not been determined. Grant Mortuary is handling the arrangements. As of Sunday, a service was pending. Mr. Blevins was featured in the newspaper's Locals special section in 2009. That profile reappears below.Editor’s note: Jim Blevins, owner of Blevins Electronics in downtown Craig, member of the Craig Coffee Party, and a one-time member of the Craig Daily Press’ Editorial Board, died Saturday at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. An official cause of death has not been determined. Grant Mortuary is handling the arrangements. As of Sunday, a service was pending. Mr. Blevins was featured in the newspaper’s Locals special section in 2009. That profile reappears below.

Editor's note: Jim Blevins, owner of Blevins Electronics in downtown Craig, member of the Craig Coffee Party, and a one-time member of the Craig Daily Press' Editorial Board, died Saturday at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. An official cause of death has not been determined. Grant Mortuary is handling the arrangements. As of Sunday, a service was pending. Mr. Blevins was featured in the newspaper's Locals special section in 2009. That profile reappears below.

Actually, I'm adopted.Actually, I’m adopted. In terms of blood family, I have no idea. In terms of blood family, I have no idea.

Actually, I'm adopted. In terms of blood family, I have no idea.

They were justThey were just phasing from vacuum tubes to transistors when I went to school. phasing from vacuum tubes to transistors when I went to school.

They were just phasing from vacuum tubes to transistors when I went to school.

TV breaks inTV breaks in the middle of the summer, you probably don’t care a whole lot. the middle of the summer, you probably don't care a whole lot.

TV breaks in the middle of the summer, you probably don't care a whole lot.

I suppose you couldI suppose you could call it a hobby — I like listening to foreign newscasts on my computer. When you came in, I had Al-Jazeera on. call it a hobby — I like listening to foreign newscasts on my computer. When you came in, I had Al-Jazeera on.

I suppose you could call it a hobby — I like listening to foreign newscasts on my computer. When you came in, I had Al-Jazeera on.

I first moved here whenI first moved here when I was about two months old and lived here until I was seven. I visited the place every year or two until 1992, when I moved back. I was about two months old and lived here until I was seven. I visited the place every year or two until 1992, when I moved back.

I first moved here when I was about two months old and lived here until I was seven. I visited the place every year or two until 1992, when I moved back.

I got intoI got into computers when they were a pretty much an unheard of thing. computers when they were a pretty much an unheard of thing.

I got into computers when they were a pretty much an unheard of thing.

I don't know ifI don’t know if you’ve ever looked at how a lot of the people in China live, but their homes are bunks. They live with a lot of other people and their pay-scale is a lot lower than ours. you've ever looked at how a lot of the people in China live, but their homes are bunks. They live with a lot of other people and their pay-scale is a lot lower than ours.

I don't know if you've ever looked at how a lot of the people in China live, but their homes are bunks. They live with a lot of other people and their pay-scale is a lot lower than ours.

We had one ofWe had one of the first Hewlitt-Packard computers at Montana State. The biggest thing was entering, by hand, the program that would allow it to load the other programs. the first Hewlitt-Packard computers at Montana State. The biggest thing was entering, by hand, the program that would allow it to load the other programs.

We had one of the first Hewlitt-Packard computers at Montana State. The biggest thing was entering, by hand, the program that would allow it to load the other programs.

The whole worldThe whole world has changed. has changed.

The whole world has changed.

Electrical engineering wasElectrical engineering was my education, and for how I could earn some money, it seemed like the best option. my education, and for how I could earn some money, it seemed like the best option.

Electrical engineering was my education, and for how I could earn some money, it seemed like the best option.

Two sisters, one isTwo sisters, one is adopted. The three of us are as different as can be. adopted. The three of us are as different as can be.

Two sisters, one is adopted. The three of us are as different as can be.

When China talks aboutWhen China talks about America, they will be pretty objective and when America talks about China, they’re pretty objective. America, they will be pretty objective and when America talks about China, they're pretty objective.

When China talks about America, they will be pretty objective and when America talks about China, they're pretty objective.

I can't even doI can’t even do the most primitive things in Spanish. I did take Latin in high school. the most primitive things in Spanish. I did take Latin in high school.

I can't even do the most primitive things in Spanish. I did take Latin in high school.

About as soon as I couldAbout as soon as I could remember, I was fiddling around with electronics. remember, I was fiddling around with electronics.

About as soon as I could remember, I was fiddling around with electronics.

The first integratedThe first integrated circuit computer was a support module. Really primitive. But, a computer on a set of chips. circuit computer was a support module. Really primitive. But, a computer on a set of chips.

The first integrated circuit computer was a support module. Really primitive. But, a computer on a set of chips.

They've discontinued it, butThey’ve discontinued it, but I used to like to watch the Australian breakfast program at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. I used to like to watch the Australian breakfast program at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

They've discontinued it, but I used to like to watch the Australian breakfast program at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

When I went to schoolWhen I went to school, they spent an equal time on vacuum tubes and transistors., they spent an equal time on vacuum tubes and transistors.

When I went to school, they spent an equal time on vacuum tubes and transistors.

All the televisions areAll the televisions are Asian these days. Our economy and their economy are totally tied together, even if some of our politicians don’t like to admit it, our wages and their wages are very much in conflict with each other. Asian these days. Our economy and their economy are totally tied together, even if some of our politicians don't like to admit it, our wages and their wages are very much in conflict with each other.

All the televisions are Asian these days. Our economy and their economy are totally tied together, even if some of our politicians don't like to admit it, our wages and their wages are very much in conflict with each other.

Just sort ofJust sort of eased into it. Technology has changed tremendously since then. eased into it. Technology has changed tremendously since then.

Just sort of eased into it. Technology has changed tremendously since then.

Still recovering,Still recovering, my parents lived into their 90s and just this summer, both of them died. my parents lived into their 90s and just this summer, both of them died.

Still recovering, my parents lived into their 90s and just this summer, both of them died.

Other thanOther than power supplies, if there’s a problem you have to replace a board. With older technology you could get in and replace components. power supplies, if there's a problem you have to replace a board. With older technology you could get in and replace components.

Other than power supplies, if there's a problem you have to replace a board. With older technology you could get in and replace components.

I was more intoI was more into radios at the time. It was more of an option back then. radios at the time. It was more of an option back then.

I was more into radios at the time. It was more of an option back then.

Simultaneously with thatSimultaneously with that has been the conversion to digital. has been the conversion to digital.

Simultaneously with that has been the conversion to digital.

Craig wasn't aCraig wasn’t a whole lot different, except it had grown. And it’s grown a lot since then. whole lot different, except it had grown. And it's grown a lot since then.

Craig wasn't a whole lot different, except it had grown. And it's grown a lot since then.

It gives a real good ideaIt gives a real good idea of what exactly is going on. I mean, there’s always built-in biases in any newscast, and if you listen to a lot of different perspectives you get a much better idea of what’s happening. of what exactly is going on. I mean, there's always built-in biases in any newscast, and if you listen to a lot of different perspectives you get a much better idea of what's happening.

It gives a real good idea of what exactly is going on. I mean, there's always built-in biases in any newscast, and if you listen to a lot of different perspectives you get a much better idea of what's happening.

It just suits me.It just suits me. I’m very much into engineering. My personality and engineering go together. I'm very much into engineering. My personality and engineering go together.

It just suits me. I'm very much into engineering. My personality and engineering go together.

There's no real separationThere’s no real separation between here and there. Now, it’s just a 30 second broadcast delay. between here and there. Now, it's just a 30 second broadcast delay.

There's no real separation between here and there. Now, it's just a 30 second broadcast delay.

I feltI felt personally and totally lost. personally and totally lost.

I felt personally and totally lost.

My sister gotMy sister got very curious, went through a lot of work and tracked hers down. They live up in Wyoming. very curious, went through a lot of work and tracked hers down. They live up in Wyoming.

My sister got very curious, went through a lot of work and tracked hers down. They live up in Wyoming.

It's usually aboutIt’s usually about their own country where each tends to be biased. their own country where each tends to be biased.

It's usually about their own country where each tends to be biased.

It gets into a hugeIt gets into a huge philosophical, religious system where different countries have different perspectives, different primary motivations. Those have now come into conflict. philosophical, religious system where different countries have different perspectives, different primary motivations. Those have now come into conflict.

It gets into a huge philosophical, religious system where different countries have different perspectives, different primary motivations. Those have now come into conflict.

My uncle TomMy uncle Tom, the sheriff, ended up having to take a good friend to prison. That’s when he stopped being the sheriff., the sheriff, ended up having to take a good friend to prison. That's when he stopped being the sheriff.

My uncle Tom, the sheriff, ended up having to take a good friend to prison. That's when he stopped being the sheriff.

I don't know ifI don’t know if its genetics or not, it may well be. We all developed our own personalities. its genetics or not, it may well be. We all developed our own personalities.

I don't know if its genetics or not, it may well be. We all developed our own personalities.

Summer? Tends to beSummer? Tends to be quite a bit slower. People are camping or fishing or boating or biking. They’re not watching TV. quite a bit slower. People are camping or fishing or boating or biking. They're not watching TV.

Summer? Tends to be quite a bit slower. People are camping or fishing or boating or biking. They're not watching TV.

It's cold this timeIt’s cold this time of year. You get to the point where going outside is an unpleasant thing. So, you spend a lot of time watching TV or listening to music. of year. You get to the point where going outside is an unpleasant thing. So, you spend a lot of time watching TV or listening to music.

It's cold this time of year. You get to the point where going outside is an unpleasant thing. So, you spend a lot of time watching TV or listening to music.

I had someoneI had someone working for me for a while, her name was Kathryn. I called her Kathy once, and boy, did she get angry about that. working for me for a while, her name was Kathryn. I called her Kathy once, and boy, did she get angry about that.

I had someone working for me for a while, her name was Kathryn. I called her Kathy once, and boy, did she get angry about that.

The more youThe more you use it, the more it breaks. use it, the more it breaks.

The more you use it, the more it breaks.

I sort of like the ideaI sort of like the idea of thinking I may belong to just about any nationality or ethnic group. (It) makes it much easier not to be prejudiced because I may be one of them.” of thinking I may belong to just about any nationality or ethnic group. (It) makes it much easier not to be prejudiced because I may be one of them."

I sort of like the idea of thinking I may belong to just about any nationality or ethnic group. (It) makes it much easier not to be prejudiced because I may be one of them."

— Interview by Ben Bulkeley— Interview by Ben Bulkeley

— Interview by Ben Bulkeley

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