John Thomason, born in St. Louis, Missouri, moved with his family to Memphis, Tennessee, when he was ten years old and except for the times he attended law school and was in the Army, has lived there ever since. On New Year's Eve 1954, Lieutenant Thomason, an Army lawyer stationed in Germany, met Sally Palmer, an exchange student studying in Stockholm, Sweden, at a ski lodge high in the Bavarian Alps, resulting in an unpredictable romance that culminated in a sixty year marriage. That story is included in Thomason's first book, Lieutenant, Your Cap's on Backward!
Thomason was educated in the Memphis public schools, Southwestern College (now Rhodes) and the University of Tennessee College of Law in
Knoxville, where he was later a visiting professor of advocacy. As a student at U. T. he was president of his fraternity (SAE) and of the class of 1952,
one of eleven Torchbearers and an editor of the Law Review.
Following graduation Thomason served in the Army JAG Corps in Germany, then returned to Memphis where he established a law firm thatcomprised thirty-five lawyers when he retired fifty years later. His legal career included frequent courtroom appearances involving significant cases in many venues. He also served as chairman of the 17,000 member General Practice Section of the American Bar Association. Upon retirement he received the "Lawyer's Lawyer" award, the highest honor bestowed by the Memphis Bar.
Sally Thomason is also an author. Her published works include The Living Spirit of the Crone an analysis of aging, The Topaz Brooch, and Delta Rainbow published by the the University of Mississippi Press.