• 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 Andalucia. Also, I 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 world champion silver medalist.


    I returned to Florida 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 in 1997, I worked as a project attorney, 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 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 MacIntire matronymic. The ideographs for Skye's Japanese name, Maka, mean Full Essence. We moved to the Tennoz Isle neighbourhood of Tokyo in 2012. In August 2017 I moved back to Florida. In May 2018 I moved to Denver. I’ve now lived in nine states, and visited 39.


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    After her parents emigrated from Germany, my maternal grandfather's mother was born Margaret Anne Evans in Nova Scotia in 1833. Her third son Sidney Chester McIntire was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1871. In 1894 her husband, Sidney, and another son owned a "ventilating apparatus and hardware specialities" manufacturer in Boston. In 1915 Sidney continued to work full time when he started attending Northeastern Law School. According to Massachusetts Bar records he interned 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. McIntire 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 McIntire 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 McIntire 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). After college, my paternal grandfather, Harold Brainerd Allen, started as a trust officer in a bank. He helped found the local NAACP Chapter, and the first Goodwill Store in Kalamazoo. After college he was a trust officer in a bank. He served on the board of the bank and as General Counsel. Beginning in 1949 he served as Secretary on the Board of Directors at the Upjohn Company. Photographed in 1958, Harold is seated on the far left in the back. A Utah website calls Upjohn "one of the largest ethical drug manufacturers in the United States."

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