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Jiggs was born into a litter of kittens in 1927, at the Pigeon Point lighthouse in Northern California. He immediately endeared himself to the Lighthouse operator’s son, 6-year-old George Henderson, by his unusual personality.

In 1930, the Hendersons moved to the Point Sur Lighthouse where Jiggs continued to gain recognition from his crazy antics. Jiggs died an untimely death in 1936, and was interred in a crypt on the Lighthouse grounds.

When the Hendersons moved again, they couldn’t bear to leave their beloved Jiggs behind. So they dug up the crypt and established a new burial site at Point Pinos Lighthouse, in Pacific Grove California. The gravesite head stone has been viewed by thousands of visitors ever since.

Point Pinos Lighthouse was established in the 1850’s by Act of Congress after this land was ceded to US by Mexico. It is currently the longest continuous operating lighthouse on the West Coast. If you should ever visit this area, the Lighthouse is a must see side trip. Be sure to ask the docents about their story of Jiggs.

A Lesson For Jiggs book cover

About The Author

Murray and Carol SmithMurray M. Smith was born in 1934, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He spent his early years on the East side of Detroit. Murray received a BS degree from Michigan State University, after serving a tour of duty with the US Marine Corps. With sheepskin in hand he headed west, and in 1967, Mr. Smith founded a consulting engineering company in Sacramento, California. He served as president and CEO until 1992. The Company, now known as “MSA Engineering,” celebrated its 50th year reunion in 2017, and is still active today. Murray now resides in Hawaii, on the Island of Maui, with his wife Carol of fifty years.

The idea of the book came to Murray while playing golf at the Pacific Grove Golf Course upon learning the story of Jiggs. The mix of a fictional story about a real cat intrigued Murray, and eventually led him to write his first children’s book. Murray’s search for an illustrator led him to Jonathan Wilson. Jonathan is a recent graduate of the Art College in Hilo, Hawaii, and now resides on Maui. The two of them worked together on a suitable image for Jiggs, in a comedic style. Jonathan’s work on the illustrations show a unique talent, which is sure to please the reader. The colorization and artistic touch was added to Jonathon’s drawings by Darice McGuire, a local Maui artist, and friend of the Smith’s. We hope you enjoy the concerted effort of our team.

Where To Buy

A Lesson For Jiggs: For the Young and Old is currently available to purchase online at these fine retailers.

Available on Barns & Noble

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