• 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.


    When I began discussing hitchhiking to South Africa, Her Majesty's Immigration Service arranged for me to go to Florida via a redeye to Amsterdam. I then sailed the Caribbean on an historical vessel, a 1920's Grand Banks Schooner. Thanks to a couple Isla Mujeres Jews, I concluded I ought to have a real job. Because the National Security Administration wished to waste a large portion of my life in Japan, I had to study Japanese, and continued during law school.


    I worked on the JET Programme at a girl's high school in Ishinomaki, which suffered on 11/3/11. Spring vacation was spent 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.


    In 1996 I sat for the New York Bar in the City, worked as a project attorney, and was invited to work for Squaresoft in Los Angeles. I was not called to the Virginia Bar, but successfully sat for the California Bar on the second raffle. In 2001 I worked at what is now the largest law firm in Japan. In 2005 I worked for a boutique firm in Osaka, where I adopted my legally registered Japanese alias: Masahisa Minamoto. Minamoto is a surname for royal offspring who did not ascend to the royal line. The Japanese ideographic characters for Masahisa approximate my former American nickname.

    In 2012 I returned to Tokyo with my Kashihara spouse, Kanako "Kana" Yoshida Allen. She is writing a book, How to kill Steve 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.


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    McIntyre was my mother's father's 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 McIntyre owned a "ventilating apparatus and hardware specialities" manufacturer. Sidney 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 mother's mother, 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, Doris told me she hiked to the bottom of the Canyon, though she could not recall with whom. Doris, sporting fur and bouquet, is photographed with McIntyre on the Canyon's rim in 1928.

    They kept 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 was not released until his death in 1944, when 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 other grandmother, Ethel May Dennis, was born a Canuck in 1898. 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). Her live-in servant & man about town, 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."

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