Put “Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s” under the Christmas Tree for Someone Special!


Someone whose favorite store was G.I. Joe’s would love to receive a copy of the book for Christmas!  A reader can read the book through or focus on chapters of interest, plus enjoy all the historical photos – over 80 of them.

Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s is available at http://www.Amazon.com in paperback and as a Kindle e-book.  Probably the easiest way to search the book is to search my name (Orkney, Janna) as author.

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Time to Shop!


Here is the G.I. Joe’s watch – in case you needed a reminder to go shopping!

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Newspaper, NR Today of Roseburg, OR, tells G.I. Joe’s story

Read story about Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s by Craig Reed!  It was published on February 19, 2016:  http://www.nrtoday.com/sports/outdoors/20693008-113/founders-daughter-to-tell-story-of-gi-joes

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The Clackamas Costco Has the Books, Too!


Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s is in a great table location at the Clackamas store.

Thanks to Fred Rau for the photo!  Incidentally, you can find a story about Fred in the book.

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Costco in Wilsonville Displays Book For Sale


Thanks to Rob Barker for photo!  Rob is the moderator of the Facebook page, Joe’s Sports and Outdoor Alumni.

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“Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s” For Sale In Northwest Costco Stores


“Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s” is now for sale in 8 Portland/Vancouver area stores.  The stores are located in Camas, Vancouver, Wilsonville, Hillsboro, Tigard, Clackamas, Aloha, and northeast Portland.

Awesome, Costco!

Photo of book table at Tigard Costco.

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Thank You for Your Support in 2015!


I am looking back to last year with gratitude this New Year’s morning.  Thank your for your support while I was writing and putting the book together, and thank you for helping to let folks know about Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s after its publication date in November!

Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!

Photo of G.I. Joe’s Toyland in the late 1960s, located in either Store 2 or Store 3 in North Portland.

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Buy Signed “Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s” Online at ColumbiaPress.net to Give as Gifts


What an easy way to gift shop for Christmas! Just go to ColumbiaPress.net and order signed copies of Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s for friends and family.  Shipping is via USPS Priority Mail, arriving in 2 or 3 days, and the discounted shipping and handling cost is only $3 on no matter how many books you order (up to a quantity of 10.)

Growing Up… appeals to readers of many types of books, including business history and business practice books, Northwest history, nostalgic coming-of-age stories, and those focusing on the Greatest Generation.  Plus, I did new research in writing the book and discovered the role that war surplus stores played in the development of outdoor and sporting goods merchandise and general retail stores after World War II.  

The book is 231 pages with over 80 photos and sells for $14.95.  Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s is also available on Amazon, including as a Kindle e-book.  You can also preview the first few chapters of the book at the Kindle e-book page on Amazon,

Happy Holidays!

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“Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s” Will Be Featured at Book Event Sunday, December 6 in Downtown Portland


The Oregon Historical Society is putting on its yearly Holiday Cheer event this Sunday, December 6, from noon to 4:30 at their 1200 S.W. Park Avenue headquarters on the Park blocks in Portland.  Around 85 Oregon authors will be taking part, selling and signing their books.  And my new book will be sold at Holiday Cheer, too.  Just look for a display of Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s books in the OHS Museum store.

Holiday Cheer sounds fun!  Besides books and authors, OHS promises carols and hot cocoa to get attendees in a holiday spirit.

Link:  http://www.OHS.org

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What Fun! The Book Launch Party in the Portland area on November 14 Rocked


I so enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s book launch party Saturday, November 14th at McCuddy’s Island Marina on Hayden Island on the Columbia River in Portland!

I gave a short talk about the G.I. Joe’s story told in the book, and also introduced my brother, longtime CEO of G.I. Joe’s David Orkney, and Bob and Lila Schlecht of Bob’s Sporting Goods in Longview, Washington, along with their son, Bob, Jr.  After the talk, I happily signed many books.

Party host Mike McCuddy threw such a good party at his marina showroom, serving delicious appetizers and beverages, with a trio getting us in the spirit with Cuban music.  This combo of boats and books proved to be a winning one!

Thank you, Mike, and thank you Kathy McCuddy Johnson for planning the party!  What fun it was and a different and winning way to celebrate a book’s publication.

For more photos, go to the Facebook Page, Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s


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