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Phil Jaffe studied journalism and printing at Beverly Hills High School in California. In 1951 he graduated for Beverly High and entered the University of Southern California (USC). At USC he continued to study journalism and business administration. He was a member of the Coast Guard Reserve and was activated to full time duty in 1953. After 14 weeks in boot camp Phil was assigned to the icebreaker Northwind. In 1955 he completed his tour of duty and returned to USC where he continued his education.

During his professional years he owned a printing company in Los Angeles where he printed and published a variety of magazines, books and travel guides. One of his accounts was the Los Angeles Lakers. During six years with the Lakers he had an opportunity to write and publish books with and about Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West. Phil also assisted in publishing a book written by John Wooden and Bill Sharman called A Guide to Winning Basketball. His friend Jerry West once told Phil that one of his best assets was that “he helped make things happen”. This stuck through the years as Phil was very active in many civic activities including the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, and various fund raising projects. He also served for 10 years on the board and was an officer of the Printing Industries Association of southern California.

His publishing and printing career extended over 40 years. During the last 15 years of his career Phil was publisher of the Mountain News newspaper at Lake Arrowhead, CA. He retired in 1998 and in 2000 moved to Port Ludlow, WA. where he and his wife Susanne enjoy living on the waters of Puget Sound. They spend their summers cruising local and Canadian waters through the Inside Passage, and their boat is named Northwind. Phil still enjoys writing and photography and continues to “help make things happen”. 


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