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James Douglas Morrison was born on December 8 1943 in Melbourne Florida His father George Stephen Morrison was in the US Navy and had just returned from duties in the Pacific After Jim was born his father left to go back to war For the next three years Jim spent his life with his mother Clara living with Steve Morrisons parents in Clearwater on the Gulf of Mexico Sugarman 10 In 1946 a year after the war ended Steve returned and was posted to Washington DC for six months Clara accompanied him along with Jim From Washington he was posted to Albuquerque in New Mexico While in Albuquerque Clara gave birth to another child Anna giving Jim a sister History homecainet While traveling by car with his parents on a road from Santa Fe to Albuquerque Jim witnessed an event in which he would describe as the most important moment in my life They came upon an accident involving a truckload of Indians Many were hurt badly Sugarman 11 Jim always claimed that the spirit of an ancient Indian medicine man possessed him Jim never forgot the tragedy The accident haunted him for a long time after the event although his father finally told him that it had never happened that it had been a dream Sugarman 11 Later the family moved to California Jim enrolled at George Washington High School Jims grades were very high much to the surprise of his teachers His behavior was bad and his parents were continually fighting with him Jim began to keep a journal and developed an interest for poetry Jim Morrison World Book Encyclopedia Jim eventually graduated and went on to the college at Florida State University He began to drink and refused to shave or cut his hair He began to live his life exactly how he wanted to He got to be too wild and was kicked out of his dorm so he transferred
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