Jackson Warren Goss was born on October 20, 1923 in Lamar, Missouri. He was born in
    historic site in memory of President Harry Truman.

    My Parents, Clinton C. and Mary Ellen Goss moved to Paola, KS in 1933. Our family included
    my brother, Clinton Mynatt Goss and my sister, Martha JoAnna Goss. Our move to Paola
    was the result of my Father being made manager of the new Kroger Grocery store on the
    north side of the square.

    Over the years, my Father worked for several grocery stores in Paola and his last business
    in Paola was Clint's Market, located on the street, north of the entrance to the Ursuline
    Academy
    I graduated from Paola High School in the class of 1941.

    After graduation, I moved to Nevada, MO to work for the A&P grocery. That is where I met
    my wife, Anne, whom I married in 1946 upon returning from WW II. We have been partners
    for 64 years, as of January 23, 2010.

    With the beginning of WW II, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, I enlisted in the Army on
    July 23, 1942 at age 18. Over the next ten months, I was sent to several communication
    schools and was trained as a control tower operator. My control tower training was used in
    North Africa to develop the first air-ground communication system.

    During this period, I was selected to attend Officer's Candidate School at The Infantry
    School, located at Ft. Benning, Georgia. I graduated from The Infantry School in May, 1943
    as a Second Lieutenant. I was one of the youngest Second Lieutenants to be
    commissioned, at age 19, from The Infantry School.

    After being commissioned, I was assigned to Camp Wolters, Texas to train new recruits in
    basic training. A few months later, I returned to Ft. Benning, GA to attend Officer's
    Communication School. After graduation from Officer's Communication School, I was
    assigned to the 42d Infantry Division, known as the Rainbow Division. I was assigned ,a
    short time later, to the 99th Infantry Division which was in the process of being shipped to
    England. From there, we landed in France, then to Belgium and we were in the
    Hofen/Monschau, Germany area when the Battle of the Bulge hit us with the first German
    attack. At that time, I was a rifle platoon leader with Love Company. One of the men in my
    platoon, at that time, wrote a book, titled "Infantry Soldier" by George W. Neill, This book
    describes the experiences of our platoon during this period. George Neill's book is now
    required reading in all courses taught about WW II. Our battalion held the Hofen/Monschau
    area and never gave up one inch of ground during the Battle of the Bulge. For this action,
    we were presented with the Presidential Unit Citation.

    While we were still in the Hofen/Monschau area, I was promoted to First Lieutenant and
    became the battalion communications Officer, serving on the staff of Col. Butler, who was
    the commanding officer of the 3rd Bn.--395th Regiment- 99th Infantry Division, also known
    as the Checkerboard Division.

    In addition to The Battle of the Bulge, our battalion participated in the Ruhr Pocket
    campaign, we helped capture the Remagen Bridge, which gave us passage across the
    Rhine River, and we were the first unit across the Danube River toward the end of combat
    in 1945. I remained in the occupation forces in Germany and was transferred to the Big Red
    One-the 15t Infantry Division. I was assigned to the security of the War Crimes
    Commission in Nuremberg, Germany and to other occupation duties.

    I returned home in January, 1946 as a Captain, Infantry. I had been awarded the Silver
    Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, French Fourre de Guerre,
    Belgian Fourre de Guente and the Presidential Unit Commendation badge.

    I went to work for The Kansas City Star in March, 1946, in the national advertising
    department.

    The Star moved us to their Chicago office and later to their New York office. While in New
    York, among my many assignments, I developed relations with the financial community in
    New ,York and Boston. I became very interested in a new approach to individual investing,
    called "mutual funds". As a result, I was offered a position with The George Putnam Funds
    of Boston. I became President of Putnam Fund Distributors and a partner of The Putnam
    Management Company.

    While at! Putnam, I was given a leave of absence to attend the Advanced Management
    Program at 'the Harvard Business School. I was one of the very few permitted to attend
    this program, having not graduated from college.

    'When The Putnam Funds were sold to Marsh McLennan Co., I resigned and became
    President of Investor Mortgage Insurance Co . I helped build this in to a $6 billion
    insurance operation which was eventually sold to Tiger International. At that time, I joined
    an investment management organization in Boston and we managed over $1.6 billion for
    institutional investors.  

    I decided to retire in 1989 and we moved to Florida. Very quickly, I became bored with
    retirement and went back to the investment management business, working only for our
    family and no outside accounts. I still continue to operate a full scale investment business.
    In addition, my wife and I operate a charitable foundation, which we fund entirely by our
    contributions.

    The primary focus of The Foundation is to provide help for the elderly who try to survive on
    fixed incomes that are never adequate to cover their basic needs. We currently provide
    food, on a daily basis, for over 200 seniors living in this area of Florida.

    Growing up in Paola, Kansas provided an environment that measured your character and
    integrity on a daily basis, inasmuch as you were known by most of the people in the area. .
    I always worked two or three jobs, at the same time, so I never had much spare time. I
    played in the High School band, participated in some sports and was selected to attend the
    Sunflower Boys State.    

    Our family doctor in Paola was a member of the Army Medical Reserve. He talked me in to
    attending the Citizens Military Training Camp at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas for a month of
    military training during the summer in 1938 and 1939. When I enlisted in the army in 1942,
    I quickly adapted to the environment as the result of my training.

    The training, discipline and responsibility the army provided, prepared me for the
    opportunities that developed after I left the service in 1946. While in combat, at a very
    young age, you were forced to grow up in a hurry when you have the total responsibility
    for the many lives under your command.

    The most important lesson I learned from my experiences in the army, particularly in
    combat and later in many business situations, was to immediately evaluate the "individual
    person with whom you had to interact on a daily basis. In most situations, your life and
    personal success depended on that individual.

    I quickly learned that the low key and "quiet" individual was the one upon whom you could
    depend under most circumstances. The big personality with all the wit and charm, never
    measured up to the "quiet" one. I strongly believe that "Actions Speak Louder than Words".
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