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Janet Kay Craner Jensen

Profile Updated: June 16, 2019
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Logan, UT USA
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Miles Jensen, Attorney
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Author of two published novels and a literary cookbook, retired speech-language pathologist and faculty, Utah State University.
Children
Kevin, born 1978. Graduated University of Utah and Wright State University School of Medicine. Practicing More…in SLC area in OB/GYN.

Benjamin, born 1979. BS in exercise physiology from Utah State University and MA, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Employed by First Beat athletic technologies in Jyvaskyla, Finland.

Jeff, born in 1984. Associate's, Santa Monica (CA) Community College, BS and MA, UC-Berkeley, CA in Computer Science. Employed by robotics startup in San Francisco, CA. Their current product is making waves in the fast food industry. It's a fancy robot that makes custom gourmet hamburgers from start to finish, right in front of the customer's eyes. For this we paid his tuition to Berkeley.

Note: When oldest reached the milestone of delivering his 300th baby, youngest celebrated his 300th skydive. I think that pretty well describes the two of them. Middle son hates blood and guts and jumping into thin air but is a certified scuba diver. There isn't much opportunity to scuba in Finland. And he's the son who went to Dixie to avoid another Cache Valley winter. I believe in karma.
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Graduated from USU, married, completed MA at Northwestern University. Worked as speech-language pathologist in private and public school systems, part-time faculty at USU's Department of Communicative Disorders. Raised three active, strong-willed sons. We all survived. Retired. Published author of three books and Grammy J to seven remarkable grandchildren. We've been fortunate to live in Logan since grad school. It's my adopted home town.

Debate was great preparation for marriage as I attended USU on a debate scholarship and met my future husband, a Logan High grad who was also on USU's team. We each have totally opposite memories of a particular high school debate tournament at Weber State University, when we probably debated against each other. We didn't make lasting impressions of each other, though, but we do know we were both there. Although the outcome of the tournament was technically a tie between Logan and Skyline, Maj told us we'd really won, and Logan High's coach told his team the same thing, too. But I know the truth.

Maj Sylvester was a great lady who would give you the evil eye if a judge cited you for sarcasm, always wore a classy hat to tourneys, and taught me to swear. Yep. When we'd arrive at a tournament, our "huddle" chant was "Give 'em hell!"

She also taught me a simple outline for any speech or essay, which I 've passed on to my sons:

1. Tell 'em what you're gonna tell 'em.
2. Tell 'em.
3. Tell 'em what you told 'em.

School Story

I remember a leaky roof and water buckets in the hallways; Mr. Middleton on the PA system every morning, warning that cars in the front circle were about to be towed; taking State in debate with my excellent partner, John Absolom; writing (and skipping class) for the school paper; learning how to use the semicolon under the adept guidance of Mrs. Jacobs.

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My favorite class, too! Good to hear about the past 50 years,
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