John Anderson is a grandfather, father, retired schoolteacher, and longtime political activist. Over the years he has been involved in ultra-distance running, skydiving, motorcycling, long­-distance bicycling, wilderness backpacking, and mountain climbing in the Middle East. He is a student of Spanish, has motorcycled alone through most of Mexico, and traveled in Cuba. John has written for Rolling Stone magazine, managed a congressional campaign, written education legislation, and done nationally ­cited education research.

He is part of a large extended family in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, and is the descendant of Revolutionary War veterans and 19th century immigrants. He was a volunteer firefighter and medical First Responder for many years and currently serves on the Bell Buckle Park Board. He was named Bell Buckle’s 2015 Citizen of the Year.

American heroes John admires are Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, George Washington, and John’s parents, who braved the 20th century with courage, energy, and love.