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Jon Roland was born March 27, 1944, in San Francisco, California. In 1949 he moved with his mother to live in Seguin, Texas, with his grandparents, and in 1952, he and his mother moved into their own home there.

In 1962, Roland graduated from Seguin High School as the high-ranking male student, and went on to college at the University of Chicago, supported by a National Merit Scholarship. Along the way, he visited the Tetons where he took up mountain climbing. During his first summer break in 1963, he toured by bicycle and motorscooter through France, Spain, and Portugal. During the summer of 1964, he took up skydiving and flying, earning his pilot's license, and during the summer of 1965, he received training to become a martial arts instructor. During the summer of 1966, he flew a light plane to Paraguay, from where he went to Brazil and looked for ranch land for an investment group to purchase. During his last two years of college, he taught classes in the martial arts to other students, and at the local YMCA. He graduated in 1967 with a B.S. in mathematics, and minors in physics and philosophy. After college then entered the U.S. Air Force, receiving a commission as an officer, and served until 1970 with the specialty of air traffic control, when he was honorably discharged.

From 1970 through 1972 Roland lived in Washington, DC, working as a volunteer for various causes, including environmental protection, resource conservation, population control, and international federation. He was one of the co-founders in 1972 of the International Association for Federal Union, formed with the sponsorship of about 20 percent of the members of the parliaments of the 12 democratic NATO nations. Following the organizing meeting of the IAFU in Ditchley, England, he toured Europe, visiting sponsoring members of parliaments to encourage the formation of national chapters.

In 1972, Roland returned to his home in Texas to run a write-in campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives against the incumbent, Abraham "Chick" Kazen, Jr., and in 1974 formally filed in the Democrat Primary to ran against Kazen again, receiving 37 percent of the vote. During this campaign, a number of witnesses came forward with evidence of wrongdoing by Kazen and his associates, and Roland directed them to the appropriate authorities. Following the election, some of Kazen's associates were indicted, and their political machine collapsed, leading to the victory of a reform slate in the next election.

Following the election, Roland was lured into a bad investment in an apartment complex, which led to the loss of most of his real estate holdings, especially when combined with a will contest following the death of his mother in 1976. Financial and legal difficulties continued to plague him for the next decade as he liquidated the remaining holdings and paid off his inherited debt.

To survive during the financial and legal difficulties, in 1976 Roland co-founded the first computer store in San Antonio, Texas, and, after splitting from his partners in that venture, founded the third such computer store, which he continued to operate until 1983, when he shut it down and went into business as an independent consultant, mainly developing computer software.

In 1988, Roland moved to Redwood City, California, and set up a computer consulting practice there. Since then computer contracts have taken him to Iowa, Connecticut, North Carolina, Texas, and back to California.

in the early morning of May 1, 1999, following a heart attack, he had a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) operation to install five bypass grafts and an artificial mitral valve. During that procedure he had a vivid experience reported at Mysteries.

In 2001 he moved his business to Austin, Texas.

For his scholarly CV see where there is also information about his work on web design and editing.