My middle name should have been Serendipity it has been a true force in my life.
I attended UCSB from 63-67 with a major in recent American history, had visions of teaching until I realized I was terrified of public speaking. The odd thing is that if you put me in a room full of strangers I am the one to start up a conversation, so go figure? Instead of graduating with my class in 67, I moved to Westwood, got a job and transferred to UCLA to study art. Bought a VW bus, lived in a log cabin in Beverly Glen Canyon and pampered my free spirit for 2 years.
Got my BA in 70 and moved back to Marin County for a short time. Mom and Dad had already sold the place and hit the road in their motor home. In Spring 71, a friend and I decided to sell some stuff at the Flea Market at the old Marin Motor Movies in San Rafael. A man bought my old dining room table and asked if we would consider delivering it to Guerneville in Sonoma County. Having a VW bus and time on our hands we said sure. He had a small cabin on Hulbert Creek he said we could have for free if we wanted to fix it up. Why not we said? So what if there were silt lines (from flooding) six feet up the walls? It worked for summer though and we ended up spending two rent-free years on the Russian River house sitting for two different families. Started a small business and did everything from cutting and delivering firewood to bookkeeping. Decided I needed to move on with my life so I got a real job in Santa Rosa (made good money but these guys were total pigs) so I left my name on file at the Unemployment Office.
Serendipity steps up to the plate in 1973. Friends staying at my house for a few days happened take a message from the Unemployment Office saying that had a new listing at the Bodega Marine Lab that sounded like it was right up my alley. The Business Manager interviewed 34 people for the job and I asked him what put me at the top of the list. He told me he just had a gut feeling I was the one, but it was my resume that cinched it, all my references had gone out of business and he felt that was a good sign! I am still there after 30 years. I work on a beautiful 360-acre biological reserve, only footsteps from the ocean. Many of us have been there over 20 years, growing up and older together. I am now the Business Manager and oversee all things financial. College prepared me little for the real world (though I wouldnt trade the experience for anything) and learning by the seat of my pants has been the best teacher.
While on a trip to Colorado with a friend in 1976, we spent a couple of days in Crested Butte with a friend of his who grew up in Berkeley. When she found out I was from Sonoma County she told me I really needed to check out the Fort Ross Volunteer Fire Department Picnic a music festival that happens in May each year. I filed the information in the back of my brain and there it sat for 5 years. Then one sunny May afternoon in 1981 my neighbors came over and said were going up to this shindig in Cazadero, you want to meet us up there? Being the shy person I am I hesitated for about 20 seconds and decided to go. It was out in the middle of nowhere at a wooded ranch high in the hills, music and laughter (among other things) wafting through the trees. Couldnt stand just sitting and listening so I just got up and started dancing by myself. There was this really cute hippy boy in my vicinity and we exchange glances and smile. An hour later we are still dancing, 4 hours later the bands played on and so did we. His name is Rod, and in May we celebrated 22 years together. We were married at the Gold Hill Hotel in Gold Hill, Nevada on 12/21/86 and 12/21/96 (just for fun), Steve and Barbara Novacek were our witnesses for both events, even braving a blizzard for the one in 96. We dont have children, but are the proud godparents of Casey Marina Lurtz, who graduated from Arcata HS in June and is off to Harvard this fall. I may see the East Coast yet.
Rod worked in high tech for 20 years and then got laid off (blessing in disguise) in 2000 with a nice little severance package that allowed him to take a few months off. We found out through a friend that the Sonoma State Childrens School needed a cook. Rods degree is in early childhood education and he is a gifted cook who always wanted to run a little restaurant and now he does, he cooks for 40-60 1-5 year olds. He is a very happy camper and so are the kids.
We both work full time, but in the early 90s we started a small business called Sticks and Stones. Rod makes walking sticks, quarterstaffs and canes and I make jewelry. We do a few craft fairs each year. It keeps us in tools and beads and off the streets. Rod is getting more and more orders from elders and members of our generation. Looking towards retirement, we relish the idea of having time pursue our crafts.
We live in Sebastopol. Our little old 1950s stucco house is on 1.5 acres on a hillside. Long before we found this place, I drew a picture of what I wanted (house on a hill at the end of a road, room to garden, trees, a place for dogs and cats). I was exploring back roads on the way home from work one April day in 1988 and saw a for sale sign on a place that looked interesting. I had somehow transposed the number, but I did reach a real estate agent. We started talking and we decided to work with her. The last place she showed us was up this steep, dead end road with an apple orchard in full bloom, there was all this space, and a little house with a sun porch. Rod and I just looked at each other and said this is it. We got the keys to the place exactly 7 years to the day after we met in Cazadero, May 26th (hum the tune to the Twilight Zone).
Life has been good to us. We plan to retire 2005, and take a year off to hit the road. Shared interests include road trips, chasing winter storms on the Oregon coast, exploring Canada, gardening, fishing, reading, swimming in warm oceans, and all things creative. Looking forward to not seeing life through the old 8-5 perspective for a change, but we plan to work part time and do some volunteering in our community. This boxes we came in are getting a little frayed around the edges, but at 58 we are all still 22 inside - never give up on your dreams!
Here is my very very quick biography.
I am leaving in a few hours for Europe.
A dream of mine for over 50 years is coming true.
I am married to Prince charming.
A dear friend of over thirty years.
I was married to another for thirty years.
As the old toaster and he wanted new.
We were divorced.
I got the home, he got the retirement.
I got Prince charming five years later.
I am retired as a Registered Nurse Master's prepared.
Had a great 30 year plus run in Nursing.
First loves are still Oil Painting, Watercolor painting, Dancing and seeing our children.
I have four wonderful, delightful, independent women daughters.
With a collection of degrees in Politics, Economics, Marine Biology, Biology, Interior Design and teaching credentials in Health Sciences.
Jim has a fine son and a wonderful daughter who is the mother of two beautiful grandchildren a boy age 4, and a girl age 1.
I have lived all forty years right here in Marin.
Went from Mill Valley to Santa Venetia in San Rafael.
God has treated me very good.
Have a great Party, this will be the only one I ever missed.
Love to each of you.
Shortly after high school I married the guy most likely to piss off my father. While my marriage to Tom Alger didn't last long, I have no regrets. Out of that marriage came my two smart and beautiful red-headed daughters, Shelley and Kim.
As a 24 year old single mother in a prefeminist era, it was a struggle making ends meet. I'd been given the message that I could be a secretary or a teacher. What I really wanted to be was a dancer. Recognizing the impracticality of such dreams, I ventured out into the business world. I hated scraping to get by, so I worked hard to figure out how to work smart. I ended up making a career for myself in the real estate lending field. In 1982, I started First Security with one partner. We are now a corporation with many shareholders. It's been an interesting and unpredictable journey with many highs and many lows. I still haven't figured out how to stop but I'm working on it.
Even though my business makes up a big piece of my life pie, it is by no means how I define myself. I don't think it makes me that interesting.
I've been deeply defined by my life in high school and times I grew up in. Inequality of opportunity and social and racial injustice incense me. In my heart I a wanna-be social worker. In my business dealings and home life, I've always received more out of helping others and sharing what I have than anything else. I've always been moved to help children in need. I suppose that is why my daughters had to share their childhoods with a myriad of "foster" children and "adopted" kids who needed some help and a home.
It is difficult to relay 40 years of a life in a short bio. Upon reflection, I'm most proud that I was able to raise my daughters, see them through college educations and maintain close relationships with them after they ventured forth into their life adventures. I'm grateful to have a wonderful connection with my 87 year old mother. I haven't remarried. After reflecting upon some of those I've dated over the years, phew!! I love books and reading, politics and social causes,art and fashion and I have recently been bitten by the travel bug, but now this is beginning to read like a personals ad . . .
I love being part of our class. There are so many amazing stories and accomplishments from you all. We are part of an exciting generation; the music from our youth, our ideals and our stories that have led to the compromising of our ideals and then back again. I'm looking forward to this reunion and to reconnecting with you.
Life after Tam.
I joined the Air Force that summer and spent four years working on airplanes. Three of those years were at Travis with the SAC unit. Unlike Stan I never left the States. During the last few months in the service I met my one and only wife to be, Andrea Pansini (Marin Catholic class of 63) at a beach party (Muir Beach). We have been married for 35 years.
After the A.F. I went to work for United Airlines at SFO working the Midnight to 8 AM shift. This only lasted a few short months. Mainly because on the drive home Id get to wave to my future bride as we passed each other on the Golden Gate Bridge, as Andrea worked in S.F.
I took a job with Savoy Auto Parks & Garages And wound up managing their Rain Tunnel car washes(anyone remember San Rafaels). After a few years I went to work for Jandy Industries, and that job only lasted 29 years. I am presently retired and looking for something low stress Id enjoy doing.
We have three great children, Richard 33, Kevin 31, Samantha 27 and the pride of our life Avery soon to be 4 (Sams Daughter).
After living in Larkspur, San Rafael and Petaluma we settled in Penngrove in a 1920s craftsman. Weve been here twenty-five years.
Andrea and I are both avid golfers and spend most of our free time trying to hit that stupid white ball.
Looking forward to the reunion.
Sometime in my junior year at Tam, when I realized the girl inviting me to go parking was not interested in driver training, my feeling about High School, till then a bit depressed, brightened considerably.
After a year at San Jose State, remarkable mainly for discovery of Beatles music and hearty burgundy, I set out across country with a buddy in an old Fiat. After a wreck in Richmond that forced us to plug up the radiator with chewing gum, we were on our way on an auto journey where we used as much oil and water as gasoline.
Abandoning the car in New York, my cousin and I hitchhiked around Europe from Ireland to Warsaw. Got briefly detained by the police in Venice for reckless boating, and in Poland for trying to exchange money on the black market, but mostly fell in love with traveling.
In the Fall of 1964, joined some other journalism students sharing an apartment in a sleepy student backwater of San Francisco called the Haight Ashbury district. Within a year it seemed like being liberal, casual, and out of the mainstream was sexy and in and I was living about three blocks from the center of the universe.
Despite distractions, picked up a journalism and Poli Sci degree from SF State. In 1968 the travel bug hit again and I worked for a while picking apples on a Kibbutz in Israel. Although there wasn't supposed to be any war going on, every few days we could hear artillery fire up at the Lebanese border. Once walked up the road at night, which I'd been warned not to do, and found myself facing down the barrel of a rifle. Somehow or other blurting out "Amigo!" seemed to work.
Later, on a hill near an oasis above the Dead Sea I had what I still regard as a religious experience. I eventually wrote and illustrated a very short book to try to capture the essentials of it. Also, wrote an article for the old Berkeley Barb about visiting Czechoslovakia which was a very upbeat place in the summer of 1968 and was just about to be invaded.
In 1969, I was back, doing public relations work and living in Tam Valley. The Viet Nam war was in full swing. I had a low draft lottery number and had run out of deferments. Uniforms and recycled jungle colonial wars were clearly not my thing, neither was jail. It's a much longer and funnier story than I can tell here, but basically I spent two days in the Oakland Induction Center playing entirely by my own rules while the draft apparatus played by theirs. They wound up telling me I was temporarily deferred and asked me never to return. In once sense I did anyway, and starting 1974 and for the next several years I worked as a civilian for the Navy in Alameda. I have to admit I developed a higher degree of respect for the Naval officers than most civilians I have ever worked for.
Skipping numerous jobs, addresses, girlfriends, sweethearts, and Kilo, (a large furry mongrel dog), and a decade or so: In 1984, I decided to get active within the Sierra Club, and one day up at their lodge at Donner Pass volunteered to help put out a newsletter for a group of anti-nuclear-weapons activists. A woman who also volunteered, Lara, became co-editor, later co-weditor (I am still under Mr. Wallace's influence when it comes to puns).
We got married in a small town in Scotland where our paths managed to intersect with parents and inlaws who were also traveling that summer. Lara is a scientist doing research on the chemistry of air pollution. Our son David is now 14 years old.
I got involved in a group called the Tamalpais Conservation Club that, among other projects, was working to dismantle the derelict old Air Force Station on the ridge of Mt. Tam just below the radar domes. The Station consisted of about 30 abandoned and dangerous buildings on one of the most spectacular scenic points of the Bay Area.
I got the group behind a petition drive, and worked with Senator Boxer's office to procure federal money to take the old wooden buildings down to their foundations. The place has sort of classical ruin feel to it. Go visit. Also helped raise private money for some open space purchases on the ridge between Mill Valley and Corte Madera.
Deciding to fulfill an old ambition, I went to law school at nights, and passed the bar in 1999. At the start of 2001 I took an early retirement from the government, and I have been working full time since as a civil lawyer in association with two other solo practitionersmostly real estate law.
For the present, my office is adjacent to our house in Berkeley and looks out into huge old pine trees.
For those of you who know my brother John Piehl, (class of '60), he's living happily up in Bandon, Oregon.
Pete contributed his fifth-grade photo from Homestead School. How many of these people can you name?
Well, its the 11th hour and I will type up a bio. Thank you so much for all that you and the others have done to make this reunion happen. I appreciate it. I will be brief since I have to leave this morning to fly to Kansas City where my father lives. His wife fell and broke her hip so I am going to spend 2 weeks with them.
In a years time my husband will retire from teaching psychology at Nova Southeastern University and we will move north from the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area to be closer to our sons.
After I left Tam I attended Sonoma State College for two years. I met my husband there, got married, and had our first son, Matt, in 1966. We moved to New York in 1966 where my husband started graduate school at State University of New York at Stony Brook. Our daughter, Melody, was born on Long Island in 1967.
My husband continued his graduate work in Morgantown, West Virginia. He completed his Ph.D. in 1971, the year we moved to Florida. Our youngest son, Ken, was born in Plantation, Fla. in 1973.
I stayed home and was involved in their schools and activities until around 1980 when I started working at a childrens science museum, The Discovery Center. I worked there for 10 years first as a teacher and later as tour coordinator. I also completed a college degree (A.S.) from Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) with a major in Sign Language studies. I worked in an elementary school with deaf children, and later as a sign language interpreter for the deaf students at MDCC. I have done some freelance sign language interpreting, but mainly have worked as a freelance interpreter for a deaf-blind women for 10 years. This is brief, but it is an overview. I look forward to seeing some faces from the past.
June of '63 after graduation from Tam my twin sister, Judy, and I joined Shipstead & Johnson Ice Follies. We fulfilled a childhood dream. Traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada for 48 weeks a year for four years. Judy and I skated in a featured twin/pair number and did numerous radio TV, movies and commercials publicizing the Ice Follies. Our "claim to fame" was being two time Losers on "The Dating Game". We met many wonderful people that we call friends and keep in touch with to this day.
When our contract was over we moved to New York to try commercials and modeling. The bad news was Double Mint had stopped using twins in their commercials and we weren't 6 feet tall. We did have a GREAT time and loved Manhattan. Auditioning for a Broadway musical, skating in Rockefeller Center christmas tree lighting show and in the window of a bank on Madison Ave. to name a few fun experiences.
During our second year on tour with Ice Follies Judy & I took a vacation to Jamaica where we met a fellow from Montréal: Michael Abelson. We communicated regularly and dated over the years when our paths crossed.
While living in New York we saw more of each other and got to know each other enough to become engaged. In the Spring of 1968 Mike and I were married. I broke up "the act" and retired from skating. I started a new life. Moved to a new country, new city, new language, new family, new religion, new sport (tennis) and SNOW. I had NO idea what I was doing! To this day I'm wondering why a native Californian would move to Québec---I'm probably the only one here. I have spent the last 35 years trying to turn Mike into my twin---I have failed at every level, especially dressing alike, which Judy and I did until I got married. (It didn't seem so unusual at the time, it was the 60's!)
Mike and I have two sons, Scott 32 and David 28. Scott lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is an insurance broker Monday-Friday. and is a commercial pilot on weekends. He flies for a small charter airline that flies throughout the Caribbean. In his spare time he is a triathlete. Last year he made me very proud by participating in the "Escape from Alcatraz" triathlon finishing in the top 15%. David went to Miami University (Ohio) on an athletic scholarship (tennis). Upon graduation he traveled around the world competing on the pro tennis tour for 3 years. He is still traveling on the ATP tour in a coaching capacity. Both boys are single and enjoying life to the fullest.
Over the years I have dabbled in many artistic endeavors. Photography, weaving, quilting, designing beaded clothes, jewelry, and shoes. I worked for a few years with a sock importer as a socksologist ( designer of socks). Since losing a very close friend to breast cancer nine years ago I have been a part of the organizing committee of an annual golf tournament to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research. We have raised over a million dollars to date.
Mike and I bought a condo on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale 25 years ago to escape the Canadian winters during the children's school breaks. The last eight years we have spent 6 months in Florida and 6 months in Montréal. The best of both worlds. He retired from the textile import and manufacturing business 15 years ago. Mike has been involved in real estate and now tries to pick WINNERS in the stock market. (not an easy job!) I have managed to travel to California a minimum of once a year to visit my friends and family. Our two sisters Carol (Tam '52) and Donna (Tam '55) still live in Marin. For fun we play tennis, golf. travel, and I enjoy working in our large garden.
Looking forward to the long flight West to see everyone after 10 years----or 40!
This is Judy Denterlein Thompson writing the other half of this "Twin Act". Ice Follies gave us the stage name, "Denton Twins" for P.R. reasons, (easier and shorter then Denterlein) and we used it throughout our career. I am grateful for having a twin sister to trade classes with and take my final exams. Just ask Mr. Chavez who caught Vicki taking my history final while Suzi Cook and I "cut" Vicki's class to stalk and spy on Rocky Caravelli and Katrina Shippey (class of 61). Crazy girls! After graduation, I turned the "Three R's" into "Four F's", Fame, Family, Friends and Fun.
Fame; Skating with Shipstads & Johnson Ice Follies and modeling as the Denton Twins until Vicki's marriage in 1968. After Vicki traded a twin for a husband, I went solo to Europe and skated internationally until 1970. I returned to San Francisco to act as Directress of The Barbizon Modeling School at Union Square.
Family; Vicki and I never competed in the Olympics but I have a "Trophy Husband" (and you guys thought there were just "Trophy Wives") and two "Gold Medal Daughters. I met my husband, Tom, on a blind date in San Francisco in 1970. He was practicing law in Beverly Hills at the time and after ten months of commuting to see each other, we were married at the "Star of The Sea Church" in Sausalito October, 1971 and thereafter moved to Los Angeles. I taught skating for five years, moved to Laguna Beach and then we had Kimberly now 26; she graduated from San Diego State University in 2000 and is now working in real estate. Then came Lindsey, age 25, who graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2000 and is now living in Hollywood working in the film industry. Tom retired from law after ten years and became an entrepreneur allowing us to travel and play more. My family is my greatest asset and joy.
Friends: I feel very fortunate to have many friends all over the world. Our home has always been like a hotel with better rates and meals included.
Fun: Our family has "Gypsy Blood" and we love to travel. We especially like adventure type travel; river rafting the Zambezi River in Africa, sailing the Greek Islands and coast of Turkey in a home made sailboat, bungy jumping where it originated in New Zealand, enjoying the Montreux Jazz Festival where we saw George Duke in concert, climbing Machu Picchu, flying up to "Angel Falls" in Venezuela, cruising down the Amazon in Peru, driving the Amalfi Coast, watching the Iditarod dog race in Alaska, and lots more over the past forty years. We travel much of the year and still enjoy it. I feel very fortunate to have good health, strong ankles, traveled the world, having lived in Sausalito, Laguna Beach and now in Rancho Santa Fe, California. I am blessed with the "Good Life" and thank all of the Gods of the world each and every day.
I am looking forward to this reunion and reconnecting with my friends in the class of '63. Wishing you all a safe journey back to Mill Valley. See you soon. Attached is an early photo of the Denton Twins and a photo of Vicki, Suzi and I last year.
I'd like to start by thanking the people at Tam who were most helpful to me and had the greatest influence on my life. Print shop teacher Jules Chourre (who had the "62 Pai dedicated to him) and his assistant John Schroeder taught me how to organize my thoughts and my work. I spent three years working with them and didn't realize how valuable that time was. I learned all about metals working with "Dino" Volandri. And about the restaurant business working with Mrs. Jensen in the cafeteria. She was the best natural cook I've ever met. Does anyone remember her chocolate marble cake? I hope the students today have great teachers that they will remember 40 years from now!
And now for the family history - After graduation I joined the Merchant Marines and spent three years visiting seven countries, from Japan to Midway Island. I saw lots of places I never want to visit again!
In 1968 I married Karen Carlson (Tam '66). Last winter we celebrated our 35th anniversary! We have two grown daughters and two little grand-daughters. We spent 22 years owning and operating Rick's Sunrise Donuts in Mill Valley and San Rafael. It was really great being a part of downtown Mill Valley, having old friends and teachers as regular customers. By 1992 our girls were grown and out of college and we were very tired of working six days a week! We sold the business and our home and spent the next ten years traveling. We traveled throughout the US and Canada, spent three winters living in Mexico, two winters in Australia, two springs in Italy, with short visits to Costa Rica, Honduras, Bermuda, and Bahamas.
In 2000 we decided it was time to settle down for a while so we bought a house at Lake Tahoe, which was our favorite spot even after all our travels! Now we spend our time playing with the grandkids and waiting for the stock market to recover! We also Volunteer for Thunderbird Lodge and The Tallac Historic Site. They are both historic homes here at the lake. I do restoration and maintenance and Karen is a docent.
We are both looking forward to the reunion and renewing some old friendships.
Some events in my life seem like yesterday, but 1963 does rather seem like eons ago. Hmmm. Let's see. I went off to Sonoma State College that same year as rather naïve girl and got a teaching credential six years later. Childhood in Mill Valley was rather idyllic. Nobody taught me that the whole world was not as same as my friends and family had been. Not sure how this happened, but I managed to do very well in college while that naivete led me, blindly it seems, into a relationship with a pretty scary man who nearly ended my life. I was blessed with a precious daughter, Amy. I taught second grade in California for 3 years. With my eyes opened this time, I married Paul Rattray in 1970, a man who gathered this little family as his own.
We enjoyed the beautiful setting with creeks on the property and wild creatures nearby. Plus we acquired: goats, chickens, a pony and 2 horses. The kids enjoyed riding the pony and hitching her to her cart. We milked the goats, drank the milk and made cheese and butter. We definitely lived the rustic life in our barn as the house took years to build while Paul was also busy as director of a residential adolescent treatment center. Our new home was ready for occupation in 1981 about the time Paul got diagnosed with cancer.
I continued to teach kindergarten at a private kindergarten in Applegate. Poor pay, but lots of fun. I taught there for many years until the Lord blessed us both (in ways I cannot describe without writing a separate book) with visions of adopting a little baby girl from India. We felt as if we had jumped on a fast train with the Lord as the conductor. Hang on and look up! She was assigned to us at 2 months of age and it took 2 years to get her out of the Indian government court system. This was a test of our faith; but what a joy she has been since her arrival in 1990. Even then she was tiny at 17 pounds and is still small in her own way, about 5 feet and 15 years old. And driving. Ulp! Actually she is doing quite well. Anna will be a freshman this year and looks forward to class leadership experiences and singing at a local Christian high school.
Our older girls, Amy and Joce both happen to live in North Carolina. I have decided this country of ours is too large! Amy is an accomplished medical transcription and Joce does advertising for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and editing for the Templeton Foundation newspaper, Research News. Amy's husband does software stuff for Krispy Kreme. Amy and her family blessed us with a visit here in June. We had fun at the Applegate river and doing a jet boat trip on the Rogue. Amy and Irv have a loving, active four year old boy named Zach who is a lot of fun. Joce's husband , Devon, is getting his doctorate at Duke doing some exciting research and the development of a piece of new x-ray equipment with funding from GE. Joce and Devon will have a baby girl in September. I think I will be going to North Carolina this fall! We also go every other year to rent a beach house in North Carolina where we all get together and spend our time hanging out and boogie boarding. Ah the warm waters! Nothing beats the Oregon coast for beauty, but when it comes to plunging in... brrrrrrrr!
Other family fun includes summer trips to the San Juan islands off the coast of Washington for a biking vacation with our church. David decided after one of our trips doing this that biking was a neat way to stay fit. Now I can't exactly keep up with him, though he will take me along at a slower pace sometimes. He does things like sometimes doing 70 miles treks up Mt. Ashland. I try my best to keep active, but having fibromyalgia with some sore muscles and a bit of fatigue slows me down just a bit. I have the heart to keep active though and manage to do so with the gardening on our one acre place here in Jacksonville, Oregon. Oh, and keeping up with a 15 year old's activites!
We moved off the 15 acre property in 1998 and closer to town (Medford) and David's work in Ashland, which made life a little easier. We miss the beauty and privacy of the Applegate River area, but it is simpler to live here in Jacksonville. We have some great neighbors. The 2 horses remain in our life and are a couple of miles away.
Hope to see you at the re-union on the 9th!
Hello to my 1963 Classmates,
This is Suzi-Cook-Caravelli-Levesque telling you how I spent the past forty years.
From a Song-Leader at Tam to a Cheerleader in life. I have had a roller-coaster ride from '63 to now, 2003. I've done "Blood, Sweat 'n' Tears to "Happy 'n' Cheers"!!!!
I married my "high school sweetheart" Rocky Caravelli (class of '61). We had Rocco Jr. then, a baby girl, Tanya. A family of four, who could want more? To live happily ever after, but that really didn't happen. I found myself on my own, to stuggle and strive.....
I went from Bank of America, to personal computer analyst. Traveled the world to inspire and teach and to keep up to speed.
I found Paul Levesque and have kept it high tech. He brought a daughter to the marriage, and we pushed a third baby carriage. Together 24 years as Mr. and Mrs. Levesque and it's the best husband yet!
I'm a proud grandmother of two and that keeps me young with all that they do. We travel and play the days and nights away.
I've stayed best friends with the "twinners" (Vicki and Judy), and we've all turned out to be three winners.
Now, an interior designer in San Francisco, the city can't get any finer. I have followed the C's from Cook to Caravelli, to Cool and Compulsive, Cheerleader to Chic, and so greatful to God for each experience in my life which has been so unique. I am happy and healthy, what more can you ask. I can't wait to see you and the whole class.
After I graduated from Tam, my family moved to San Bruno, California. I graduated from College of San Mateo with an AA in 1965. I then moved to San Jose and got my BA from San Jose State.
While at SJS I met an Engineering Student, Ed Taylor, who became my husband in June of 1968. We got an apartment in San Mateo and had our first child, Jonathan in 1972. We then bought a house and had Matthew (1976) and Stephen (1979). The next years were filled in PTA (Honorary Service Award), Sunday School teaching, various church committees, Cub Scout den mother for 6 years, and Boy Scouts until all 3 sons were Eagle Scouts.
I enjoyed being a school librarian for 5 years and then went to work in the District before-and-after school enrichment program, The Childrens Annex. I am Lead Teacher with 35 children and 2 aides. Ed is a Senior Professional Engineer with PG&E.
Now that all 3 sons are college graduates, Ed and I got to have fun. We went on a pilgrimage to Israel in 1999 and have made many short trips around the country. We play in the Bell Choir at church, are in a weekly Bible study class, and carious church offices. We have a cabin in the Gold Country of California where we enjoy hiking, fishing, swimming, antiquing, visiting wineries and entertaining our many guests.
I'm still here! I live in Orinda and run an advertising media planning/buying business out of my house. My husband works in Information Systems, and my 2 children have almost flown the nest. They keep trying and I keep grappling with it. It looks like they'll be OK. They both have bands, and if your children are into the East Bay Hardcore Punk or Heavy Metal Scene in the Bay Area, look for "Time For Living," "Pains of Sleep," "Boof," or "Hacksaw to the Throat." Or not.
So into the new phase of life, I am doing research on the internet and following a few interests I studied for in college. More art exhibits, operas, musicals, and some genealogy. Boy, I really sound old now. I "fit the demographic profile" as they say in my business. What I like about being an early Babyboomer is that we can get all our retirement money first, before it's gone. Or not.
I think of you all from time to time, and in my mind, you're all 16.