Born in the South, raised in the East, and educated at four different colleges (BA at Harvard), Whittum left his comfort zone to teach at the experimental Whiteman School in Northwest Colorado in 1963. The final story recounts the school’s tumultuous 7th year in which its students defiantly march away in a “Lord of the Flies” episode. The 25-year teacher/headmaster, and long resident of Steamboat Springs, tells humorous stories of his community’s passage from cow town to resort metropolis and reveals his own immersion in the beauty of its natural surroundings.
John”s book Reflections from Northwest Colorado will be on sale in May 2016 at the local bookstores. It’s a collection of true and fictional tales, essays, and poems, coming out of his 50+ years in Steamboat Springs.