Jack Shinn (Patriot Guard Riders) transcript

After talking to a few of my members, here is what I found out.
The rock back in 1987 was covered with graffitti. A short time after that, the rock was cleaned off and was painted as an American Flag. Since that time, many Patriotic groups, including some of our Patriot Guard Riders, have adorned it with American symbols, to include flags. Many of the people who left things want to remain anonymous, so it is really hard to pin down one group or one individual. That’s all I was able to find out. Hope that helps you out a bit at least. Be well and if there is something else I can help you with, just email me. I’ll do what I can.

John Calu notes

(I thought I posted this earlier, but the system screwed up)


Woven in together tightly, the characters are fictional, the locations and original painter are real, based in research


Tour de Pines is real


Part of a series of several books, YA fiction novels about mysteries in NJ

First was Treasue of Tucker’s island, second was jersey Devil, this was the third, Spirits of Cedar bridge, Carranza, Riddle in the Sand

Last location of a land battle in the Revolutionary War, Cedar bridge Tavern

Dave and him go back almost 30 years, musician thought they’d have a good chemistry together as writers, dave’s a historian and he’s a dramatist

They took turns writing the story, they care about the story and the writing

They spent lots of time in the area, talked to the locals, got to know people, they knew some people in the pines and shore community, and got to know more.

Lines on the Pines, annual event for writers and artists

Featured speakers there next year

Had hands on experience visiting the place

Followed a lot of what Rahn had to say

Vicky ford

Wanted to do screenplays instead of books, people suggested it would be a book

We got a great deal of love for the pines and the jersey shore itself

Both have daughters, their central character Kelly is supposed to be like their daughters

Promote environmental awareness


This was an interesting project. To take on this monumental task of interviews, field reports, and academic journal searches at the same time as a full semester of work and other classes to worry about was a tall order. Actually, it was more like ordering the largest size possible (Big Gulp or Super Size). It was very overwhelming at times, but eventually I found ways to conquer it.

My subject matter had been of great interest to me since I was a young child. It took me a long time to find interview subjects.

Notes from Interview with Jim Rahn

Lives on LBI

Used to have another house in Fairless Hills, wife taught at Philly Biblical University, drove up 539, went there 3 days a week

Earliest photos on website are from 1999

Believes one guy was the first one that started it, he painted it monthly, always fit with the season, saw him going by

He used to own a paint store, retired, used leftover paint in garage

Doesn’t know if he’s still alive

It changed every month

Now wife is retired, he doesn’t go by there often, but he takes his camera

In 2006 or 2007, it wasn’t the flag, it was a smiley face

He thinks that guy was the only one who did it

The rock section is part of the personal section on his website. He’s an educational consultant.

He found a tree in IL with cups on it

Talked to people on the phone about it because they saw the website and thought he was an expert

Met somebody in 2006 about it

It’s almost exactly between 70 and 72

The rock jetties weren’t there before the 1962 storm. He always wondered why it was laying there.

The original painter lost his wife, so some of his paintings were memorials of her (Millie).