State Street Restaurant1118 S. State St.
James Mitchell (Jim) Stephenson was born in 1936 and grew up in Lockport. He attended Central Grade School in Lockport and graduated from LTHS in 1954. At an early age Jim discovered his love of music. He played the organ at the Congregational Church, accompanied the Will County Rural Chorus and the annual Lions Club Minstrel Shows and also playing in the Jimmy Stephenson Swing Band and the JJC Swing Band. While attending JJC, Jim discovered his fascination with “Electrodynamics”. In 1956 he began at Purdue University graduating with a BSEE degree and the next summer he worked at the Hammond Organ company in Chicago on its popular electric organ keyboard.
After graduation he had a full time job at Hughes Aircraft in Fullerton, California but in 1961 came back to Lockport to work at Argonne as an Engineer and then in 1969 worked at the National Accelerator Laboratory later called Fermi National Laboratory. By December 1, 1970 he and several others started Kinetic Systems in Lockport. For more information about Jim Stephenson go to his website