• steven McIntire Allen

    Bits and pieces of  memory

  • born 22 August 1963

    Rangoon, Burma

    After a couple summers working at a girl's camp in Maine, and graduations in Western New York, in 1986 I strapped my sleeping bag to my 1976 Kawasaki 400 I'd bought for $300, and drove to The Rustler Lodge in Alta, Utah to find work. I toured the West by motorcycle, worked for American Express in the San Francisco Bay area, then went to Europe. I packed Ikea products at a factory in Sweden, worked as a ski guide in the Tyrol, and migrant labourer in Nerja, and taught waterskiing on a small island in the Aegean. Next I worked as a motorcycle courier in London, and in England's West Country as a waterski instructor for a slalom waterski world's silver medalist.


    I returned to America briefly, and then sailed the Caribbean on an historical vessel, a 1920's Grand Banks Schooner. I eventually concluded I ought to have a real job, and decided to go to law school. Before starting law school in Connecticut, I began studying Japanese to ensure that my legal career would continue my interest in international affairs.


    I worked on the JET Programme at a girl's high school in Ishinomaki. I spent spring vacation hitchhiking in Malaysia, and visiting family friends in Yangon, and Singapore. After a semester of law school in Tokyo, I worked at a think tank in Akasaka Mitsuke.


    After being admitted to the New York Bar, I worked as a project attorney in 1997, and was invited to work for Squaresoft in Los Angeles. In 2000 I was admitted to the California Bar. In 2001 I worked at what is now the largest law firm in Japan. In 2005 I began work at a boutique firm in Osaka, where I adopted my legally registered Japanese alias: Masahisa Minamoto. The Japanese ideographic characters for Masahisa approximate my former American nickname Mak, short for McIntire.

    In 2012 I returned to Tokyo with my Kashihara spouse, Kanako "Kana" Yoshida Allen. Our daughter's American name is Skye Maka Intireina Allen. Intireina is a MacIntyre matronymic. The ideographs for Skye's Japanese name, Maka, mean Full Essence. We moved to the Tennoz Isle neighbourhood of Tokyo in 2012. In 2017 I moved back to Florida.


    My autobiography is available for free below.

    been there, done that, got the t-shirt

    McIntyre was my maternal grandfather's family birth name. Sidney Chester McIntyre, born in 1871, changed the “y” to “i" while attending Northeastern Law School in the 1910s. McIntyre's mother was probably German-Alsatian Ashkenazim, and her family name Anglicized to Evans when emigrating to Halifax, Nova Scotia before her birth in 1834.


    According to Massachusetts Bar records, before practicing law my grandfather owned a "ventilating apparatus and hardware specialities" manufacturer. He continued to operate his business while attending law school and interning at a law office in Boston. He was called to the Bar of the City of Boston on 11 March 1919.

    My maternal grandmother, Doris Currey Martin, born in 1900, married an M.D. for her practice marriage. Her spouse died of hepatitis within a year. McIntyre and Doris met and drove to the Grand Canyon in his Cord. In her nineties, she told me she hiked to the bottom of the Canyon, though she could not recall with whom! Doris, sporting fur and bouquet, was photographed with McIntyre on the Canyon's rim in 1928.

    They kept driving on to San Francisco where she nursed one of the Wright brothers in hospital. Married in California, they honeymooned and settled in Hawaii. In 1930 my mother was born while they lived at 2066 Lanihuli Street. In 1936 McIntyre was working as an assistant district attorney until taking up private practice on King Street. Felled by a stroke in Honolulu on the Emperor's birthday in 1941, he never again resided at their home at 1937 Kakela Drive. He died in 1944, and the Honolulu courts closed for a day out of respect. His obituary called him a kamāina, a child of the land. Doris died at 103 years, having lived in three centuries.

    My paternal grandmother, Ethel May Dennis, was born a Canadian in 1898. After marrying my grandfather she was active in the Kalamazoo Chapter of the United Nations Association as well as a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). My paternal grandfather Harold

    helped found the local NAACP Chapter, and first Goodwill Store in Kalamazoo. He was a trust officer in a bank, and served on the board of the bank, and as General Counsel and, from 1949 to 1962, Secretary on the Board of Directors at the Upjohn Company. A Utah website calls Upjohn "one of the largest ethical drug manufacturers in the United States."

  • The B log

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

  • more junk about me, me, me


    my Political History course w/video

    enter the enrolment code: D7Z-RWD-P8C

    in the iTunes U iOS app




    my resume




    my online law office

     oBook: Zeroing Out: my autobiography

    also available in PDF

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