Herbert C. (Herb) Easley Jr. was born in 1933 in the small oil town of Taft, California. He grew up in Los Angeles and San Francisco before moving to Phoenix, where he graduated from North Phoenix High School. Herb served in the United States Navy from 1953-57 as an Aviation Photographer’s mate with his final 18 months aboard the USS Valley Forge (CVS- 45). He attended Phoenix College and Arizona State University before going to work at Easley’s Fun Shop full time in 1963. He is now semi-retired, playing with magic and enjoying his hobby, World War II History.