History of Anarchy » John Teller was born in Modesto, California on May 5, 1940. Raised in a post-depression era, John didn’t come from much and had a simple upbringing. From a young age, JT was restless; he yearned for more than schooling offered him and at 16, he dropped out, packed his bags, and set out on a trek to search for a deeper meaning and better understanding of life. His journey of self-discovery took him to the Shoshone caves near the Nevada border where he came across a quote, painted in red under an abandoned aqueduct, from rebel writer Emma Goldman. The epiphany lit a rebellious fire under John and he applied the doctrine of anarchy and rebellion throughout his life. John ultimately learned that true freedom would require sacrifice, so he joined the Army and did two tours in Vietnam with the 25th infantry Airbone division.
John was a thinker and it was in Vietnam where he did most of his thinking and reading. His experiences observations during war brought about a newfound consciousness, ultimately becoming a big part of John’s motivation to live outside society. In his platoon, he met Piney Winston, who became his closest and dearest friend. They talked about forming a motorcycle club, a band of brothers who shared the same ideals, and vowed to ride cross-county if they made it out of the jungle alive. John Teller returned from the war, a decorated hero, but nobody seemed to know it judging by the reception he and his fellow soldiers received in the states. John was itchy coming back from the war; he knew something had to happen. He called up Piney and they hopped on their bikes and never looked back. Over the next few years, they rode through Redwood County, up and down the coast, eventually forming the Sons of Anarchy. John Teller was their President.
Years later, JT met his match; Gemma Madoc, a free-spirited, sexy brunette who was wise beyond her years. It was Gemma who brought SAMCRO to Charming after getting knocked up, forcing SOA to settle in the town she had grown in. They had two kids together, Jackson and Thomas. John started a downward spiral when his youngest son, Thomas„ died after complications from a heart condition in 1993. Afraid that he let his deeper goals of freedom and camaraderie be corrupted by greed and violence, he began repenting and ruminating in a detailed journal. That journal ultimately became a manuscript entitled “The Life and Death of Sam Crow: How the Sons of Anarchy Lost Their Way.” Things were changing: the club he and Piney once formed as an alternative to society’s box and a love of the open roas was turning into a dark, lonely place where blood and bullet were the way of life. One night, while riding on 580, John Teller lost control of his Harley and was struck by a semi, his Panhead mangled and stretched across the westbound lanes. He died two days later, but left a legacy with the club. That 1949 Harley Panhead FL Hydra Glyde was reconstructed by his son Jackson and his son’s best friends, Opie Winston, and it sits in the SAMRO clubhouse as a reminder of here the club came from. John Teller was the original Son of Anarchy.