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James A. Fizzell, MS, January 1953

James Fizzell (Jan 53)At Taft, James was active in the band and orchestra with John “Pops” Rapier, and in a dance band that was started in his junior year.

He attended Pasadena California City College and California Polytechnic College, earned two degrees in horticulture from University of Illinois and completed advanced studies at various universities. He parlayed his interest in horticulture into a lifelong career.

He began his horticulture career in 1957 as an extension advisor for University of Illinois. He worked in the R&D division of Whirlpool Corp. As an independent contractor he developed greenhouse complexes through the country.

James has hosted the Saturday Morning Garden Show for WAIT Radio, Direct TV’s Garden Street USA, and has appeared on various other radio programs. He has written numerous articles and authored a dozens of books including, “Illinois Gardener’s Guide”, “Month by Month Gardening”, and “The Midwest Fruit and Vegetable Book”.