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Jan McCready answers:

1. Name five book titles that greatly influenced your life.

Greatly influenced: A Course in Miracles, Jampolsky's Love is Letting Go of Fear & Forgiveness: The Greatest Healer of All

Ones I have read/reread over and over...and have had multiple copies over the years:

The Fellowship of the Ring (trilogy)
Earth's Children Series, first five of the six planned volumes.

2. How many children do you have?

Two...a son 32 and daughter 21 in March. Plus step-daughter and step-son with whom I am still close.

3. How many grandchildren do you have?

None...and I would love to have them, being Earth Mother and the Christmas Queen and all.

4. How many addresses have you had since 1963?

Hmmmm...with 1st husband, Roosevelt Way in SF, after we divorced 18 mths. later (Hey! I was sixteen, fer cripes sakes...what did I know?) at least six different pads in SF with various and sundry (emphasis on the sundry) roommates including Sita Dimitroff (class of Œ61 back from Julliard in NY).

Couple of brief (less than 3 months) stays in So. Cal...hated it! Too hot & bad air!...but they don¹t count anyway. Then another relationship that took me to a house shared with another couple in Visitacion Valley location of my brief motorcycle riding/racing career. Back to Marin and Mill Valley...house on Sycamore, again had Sita move in as a roomie, then to her family home on Marguerite Ave., then another relationship and a house up on Mt. Tam, on Panoramic Hwy...my son was born at home there. By time that relationship ended, Mill Valley was too pricey for a single mom, so moved to Corte Madera, Meadowsweet Dr, and from there to Terra Linda and a rented Eichler, more roommates. Woke up one day and could not see Mt. Tam for the smog...decided something was very wrong with this movie, so bailed from Marin with then boyfriend...now husband of almost 24 years...and moved north to Gualala, California where I have lived ever since. Answer = 14 addresses that count

5. How many countries have you visited?

This is so embarrassing compared to some of you! Mexico...well Baja actually. Other states? (This is pathetic!) Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, Kansas.

6. How many passports have you had?

(reddening further) Do not own one.

7. Name five films that greatly influenced you.

Influenced being the key word here...I LOVE films and have a plethora of favorites in many categories, but my life was definitely affected by The Wizard of Oz, The Red Shoes and Hans Christian Anderson (ballet scenes especially) the Rogers & Hammerstein musicals Carousel and Oklahoma!...and many other filmed musicals. Dramatic films that affected me deeply at the time, and still do today, Lord of the Flies, Bergman's The Virgin Spring and Sophia Loren in Two Women. I love the great Disney animated films and fantasy, 1st Star Wars was the best...Willow, Legend, Labyrinth and LOTR (yes, a Tolkien fan)...just saw Two Towers...awesome!

8. List five things that really irritate you. (people who make left turns and hold up traffic; please reply post cards stuck into magazines)

The above AND...

Telemarketers who call in the evening and on weekends.

People who just show up at my house without calling first. (Surprise! I guess I musta' dropped in when your house is a total mess and you are naked.)

People who constantly interrupt...because they really are not listening to anything you...or anyone else is saying and just want to hear themselves talk.

Basic Golden Rule stuff; People who do not treat me or my property with the same respect as I have for them and theirs.

 9. If you went to rock concerts (Fillmore, Avalon, Winterland), what was your favorite performance/show?

I attended several stellar concerts, in various (altered) states of awareness or consciousness (or was it enlightenment?), and loved all the great locals...Quicksilver, Big Brother, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, etc. and saw (no one could hear for the din of the screaming) the Stones at the Cow Palace, but my two faves of all time were sitting almost at the feet of Eric Clapton in Cream and another night Jimi Hendrix. I could have reached out and touched him!

10. How many organizations do you belong to? List them.

Those whose meetings I run or attend:

  • Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce (CEO & Marketing Director)

  • RCMS Community Healthcare (Events Steering Committee)
  • Point Arena High School Booster Club (Secretary & Special Events Chair)
  • Gualala Arts & Arena Renaissance Company (local area arts orgs)

And because of our boat business Adventure Rents: America Outdoors, Professional Paddlesports Assn., American Rivers, American Canoe Assn., Pacific Rivers Council, NRDC, Wilderness Society, Friends of the River, Friends of the Gualala River, Redwood Coast Land Conservancy, Gualala River Steelhead Project. Some just get my $...some get my time and energies.

11. How many times have you been married?

Legally...two. To my way of thinking...three.

12. How many cars have you owned? What do you drive now?

Unlike most of you guys, I did not get my license until after I graduated from Tam. Once I did get a license (!) the station wagon my ex got in the divorce, Jezebel (VW Bug), Auntie Grizelda (can¹t remember what she was...but I do recall she died at some inopportune moment and was left there, a used gas VW Rabbit, then a brand-new, Yellow Diesel VW Rabbit (don¹t EVER buy a yellow car, unless you like lemons!) then a Toyota Corolla 4-door wagon (as the schlepping Carpool MOM) and finally...a semi-ancient Toyota Van that I also use as a shuttle vehicle for the business that has suspension not unlike the giraffe-chasing vehicles in the film Hatari.

13. What is the longest period of time that you have lived out of a suitcase? Why?

(More humiliation) One week...twice. Visiting my step-daughter in New Mexico and visiting an ex-boyfriend's family in Kansas.

14. Describe the most influential, impressive, important, etc. museum exhibition you have seen.

Van Gogh's paintings and Tutankamen Treasures exhibits in SF, AND...not a museum...but impressive...a rare public tour of Odiyan Nyingma Country Center, the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery on the coastal ridge in Northern Sonoma County. Happened about 10 years ago, but it has not been open to the public since.

From Charlie...Questions I would ask, but no one would answer:

What was the deal about you beating me up in gym class?

CK, What can I say. You were short (then) and they were bullies.

Are you still in the closet?

No.

Does your mom cut your hair, or what?

What!...and at great expense.

Didja see the size of that thing?

I'm VERY impressed!

And of course, the all-purpose question:

Whassup widdat?

I don¹t get out much.

Danny's questions:

How many pull-ups can you do?

Leaving the ground you mean?

Is the glass half empty or half full?

Half full...and can I have some ice?

Jan answers her own questions:

What is your birthdate? (For oldest and youngest)

December 9, 1946 (anyone born later than that?)

Person(s) you are most curious about and/or anxious to see at the reunion and why:

Friends from Choir and Tam shows: Terry McCue, George Duke, Sarah (Sally) King, John Leones, Biff Younger, Danny Smith, Jonne Golden. Most were good friends. AND those who I wasn't that close to then, but have so enjoyed their emails and bios, that I am really looking forward to seeing and reconnecting.

Favorite Teacher(s):

  • Mr. Greenwood

  • Mr. Schwarzbart
  • Mr. Wallace

Least Favorite Teacher(s):

Edna Rae Butler Kappelman

Happiest memories of High School?

Performing in Greenwood's shows and in Advanced Choir...singing at the 1960 Winter Olympics, and that UOP trip.

Most embarrassing memory of High School?

Performing a dance number with some other girls to "Sleigh Ride" at a rally in Mead right before Christmas Vacation. I was both choreographer and one of the dancers. It was not supposed to be funny, but EVERYONE laughed...LOUD...and someone was audibly heckling...and I remember being mortified that no one...no faculty or precinct captains or any of my friends told him to shut up! The laughter seemed to go on forever and was so loud it drowned out all other earthly sounds! I wanted a hole to appear in the stage so I could fall in and disappear.

That and having to wear those nasty cotton swimsuits (the color indicated the size you wore!) in PE in front of the boys!

(Here's some personal stuff/questions to share if you are brave/foolish enough)

  • Do you think your personality is pretty much the same?

  • Somewhat different?
  • Significantly different?
  • Unrecognizably changed? Explain.

Somewhat different. My friends will still know me.

But I have more confidence and am not as emotionally needy as I was in high school.

In high school, were you a Nerd? A Jock? A Rebel? A Loner? A Party Animal? Class Clown? Other, describe)?

Drama queen! (figuratively and literally)

Were you:

  • Intense and emotional? Some of the time.

  • Fun-loving and outgoing? Most of the time.
  • Shy and retiring? Not at all.
  • Angry and obnoxious? I hope not.
  • Abstruse...in the sense of recondite? Definitely!

And now...40 years older and wiser...you are:

Much more mellow and accepting of life...and relationships. I try to not take myself or situations so seriously and to smile and laugh a lot.

(Changes one's blood chemistry it does.) Live by the Golden Rule and forgive myself and others. Try to eliminate negative energy from my life space and avoid negative people. Oh...and I use The Force whenever possible!

Quality (or habit, vice, etc.) you would most like to change/stop?

My ability to procrastinate.

Are you planning to attend the reunion?

Wild horses (or the date of our August Moonlight Flotilla) couldn't keep me away!

Erica answers:

1. Name five book titles that greatly influenced your life:

Keri Hulme's The Bone People, Everything Wm. Faulkner and Flannery O'Conner ever wrote, Them by Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of the Lion, Coetzee, Ursula Hegi's Stones From the River, Toni Morrison's Beloved, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Allende's House of Spirits....

2. How many children do you have?

Two, plus three step children

3. How many grandchildren do you have?

Five, going on six.

4. How many addresses have you had since 1963?

Uh oh. Lots. When my son was 21/daughter 18, they figured they'd moved as many times as their years. My son will be 39 this year. After they both went off to school, I house-sat - sitting 3 to 4 months on three to four houses a year for three years, maybe moved another 9 or 10 times before settling down with Paul. I guess I'll say thirty times, but admit, I've lost count.

5. How many countries have you visited?

Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Turkey, China, Greece, Switzerland.... Do South Carolina, Alaska and Illinoiis count? How 'bout Texas?

6. How many passports have you had?

I don't know if I'd be playing fair. Every time I go looking for my passport, I've lost it & must get a duplicate.... maybe four.

7. Name five films that greatly influenced you:

Problem with this, Julia, is you're asking us to rely on memory.... gone, gone..... OK - I spent a quarter to see House of Wax in 3D - been scared ever since. Wizard of Oz, clickin' my heels together ever since; Lili with Anthony Quinn and his lovely wife with the big eyes, what was her name? Which reminds me of Zorba.... The Graduate, Caine and Connery in The Man Who Would be King, Tootsie, Psycho - All my sexual fantasies come from Lena Wertmuller (sp?), Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther, the first Star Wars, The Great Escape, and then, of course, Snow White, Bambi. The Love Bug and Please Don't Eat the Daisys.... Some Like it Hot. Which movie was it where Doris Day sings "Now I Shout it from the highest hill!" I used to stand out in the peach orchard and sing that at the top of my lungs... scary

8. List five things that really irritate you.

People don't signal anymore...

9. If you went to rock concerts (Fillmore, Avalon, Winterland), what was your favorite performance/show?

Favorite is hard to say. Hardly missed an Iron Butterfly concert for some reason.... Stoning with the Stones. Jefferson Airplane in the Park, Duke/Moitoza, Leones @ Dominics....

10. How many organizations do you belong to? List them.

Not too good at going to meetings..... I'm a highly disappointed Democrat, Marin Breast Cancer, Canal Alliance, UC Berkeley Re-entry.

11. How many times have you been married?

Lessee.... three?

12. How many cars have you owned? What do you drive now? -

 Do you mean simultaneously? or over my lifetime? Anybody remember Rosemary? First car - $50. I/we now have a '91 Toyota 4-Runner and a used Prius (very PC). Before that, I bought cars cheap, drove 'em 'til they died, left 'em where they died, then bought another one cheap - married and lived with a used carsalesman who I still adore, so probably as many cars as addresses. Sorry - didn't keep count.

13. What is the longest period of time that you have lived out of a suitcase? Why?

Homeless once - not long - just enough to understand that issue.... Housesitter for three years - China for a month....

14. Describe the most influential, impressive, important, etc. museum exhibition you have seen:

The Louvre. The Vietnam Memorial.

Erica answers CK's rhetorical questions:

What was the deal about you beating me up in gym class?:

Well, you looked weak. I only beat up weak people......

Are you still in the closet?

I cry there.

Does your mom cut your hair, or what?

No. I do.

Didja see the size of that thing? Jeepers.

No. Where?

And of course, the all-purpose question:

Whassup widdat?

You woulda had to know my mother.......

Judi Dexter Lewis responds:

1. Name five book titles that greatly influenced your life.

Name!! I don't remember!! but like Isabella Allende, Octavia Butler and if Harrison Ford ever writes a book, I'm there!

2. How many children do you have?

Two.. Heather will be 31 on March 9th and Robert was 21 last October 5th..

3. How many grandchildren do you have?

None yet.

4. How many addresses have you had since 1963?

Six to present.. Before marriage.. two apartments in San Rafael, one in San Anselmo. Then our first apartment was in Kentfield after we got married.. we were there 4 yrs, then we moved to an adorable two bedroom rental house also in Kentfield when Heather was just about 2 and finally when Robert was 4 mos. old we bought our current house in Novato in February 1982... Love it, just had it remodeled extensively about 3 years ago.. will be buried in it!

5. How many countries have you visited?

Mexico, Canada, England, France, Spain, Holland, Switzerland

6. How many passports have you had?

Two

7. Name five films that greatly influenced you.

There you go with name again! NOT! But LOVE movies with Harrison Ford, Cary Grant, most of Mel Gibson's, Goldie Hawn, most of Kevin Cline. My all time FAV is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

8. List five things that really irritate you.

I've mellowed, not much irritates me...People who drive with their high beams on is rude..

 9. If you went to rock concerts (Fillmore, Avalon, Winterland), what was your favorite performance/show?

Never went...

10. How many organizations do you belong to?

WOW (Women of Wealth) my Investment Club

11. How many times have you been married?

Once, Bob and I have been married since Dec 15, 1968!!

12. How many cars have you owned? What do you drive now?

Six... Mercedes

13. What is the longest period of time that you have lived out of a suitcase? Why?

Five weeks, 1st trip to Europe..

14. Describe the most influential, impressive, important, etc. museum exhibition you have seen.

The Louvre and the Riiksmuseum in Amsterdam.. although Madame Toussauds in London was a kick..

Stan McGinnis responds:

1. Name five book titles that greatly influenced your life.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, Tuesdays with Morry (everyone needs to read this if they haven't figured out what's important in life), Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Art of War, If Life is a Game, THESE are the RULES by Cherrie Carter-Scott and finally the Tam High Alumni Directory (to keep in touch......a line from the movie Shaft).

2. How many children do you have?

None.....but 16 nieces and nephews and three god children! That's quite enough thank you!

3. How many grandchildren do you have?

None

4. How many addresses have you had since 1963?

Fourteen.....approximately

5. How many countries have you visited?

Vietnam, Hong Kong, Philippines, Mexico, Canada, Virgin Islands (6)

6. How many passports have you had?

Two (just acquired my second one).

7. Name five films that greatly influenced you.

Dr. Zhivago, Schindler's List, Sophie's Choice, Malcolm X, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest!

8. List five things that really irritate you.

People who are not honest, Politics, politicians, Marketing calls at home, people who are prejudiced!

9. If you went to rock concerts (Fillmore, Avalon, Winterland), what was your favorite performance/show?

This is a part of my life I missed by going into the service, college, and business too young....I'm trying to catch up now! I have seen, Elton John, the Eagles, and Carlos Santana.

10. How many organizations do you belong to?

 National Speaker's Association, Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Fraud Specialist, National Cable Television Association, and the Satellite Broadcasters Communications Association (all related to my work).

11. How many times have you been married?

Three. I used the John Brody theory....if you throw enough shit against the wall, some of it is bound to stick. Or the Jennifer Lopez, theory...I married everyone I dated! I have been gloriously married to Kathleen for the past nine years! This is my last stop on this merry-go-round!

12. How many cars have you owned? What do you drive now?

The easiest part of this is my car now...2003 Porsche Carr era. The total number of cars (this is somewhat embarrassing because I am somewhat of a car nut)....is (I think).....close to 70!

13. What is the longest period of time that you have lived out of a suitcase? Why?

Three weeks.....business!

14. Describe the most influential, impressive, important, etc. museum exhibition you have seen.

Richard Avedon (NY)

Jared Dreyfus spells it out:

1. Name five book titles that greatly influenced your life.

The New Testament, Animal Farm, Les Miserables, Mere Christianity, The Space Merchants

2. How many children do you have?

Three. Adam, 33, Christian,31 and Katie 21.

3. How many grandchildren do you have?

One (step)

4. How many addresses have you had since 1963?

Sixteen. 3 Mill Valley, 3 San Anselmo, 1 Bolinas, 1 Stinson Beach, 1 Sausalito, 1 San Jose, 1 Orinda, 1 Phoenix, 1 Larkspur and (now) Sebastopol

5. How many countries have you visited?

14. Canada, Mexico, Chile, England, Sweden, Norway, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Greece and Thailand.

6. How many passports have you had?

Three

7. Name five films that greatly influenced you.

Lawrence of Arabia, On The Beach, The Godfather I & II, Hard Day's Night, Wages of Fear

8. List five things that really irritate you.

1. People who wait until the checker has completed entering and bagging their groceries before they start writing their check (or, indeed, looking for their checkbooks.
2. People who leave their grocery cart on one side of the aisle while they read the fine print on labels on the other side (am I spending too much time in grocery stores ?)
3. The smug, complacent hypocrisy of too many Republicans.
4. The installation of George W. Bush by the Supreme Court.
5. George W. Bush

9. If you went to rock concerts (Fillmore, Avalon, Winterland), what was your favorite performance/show?

If I went, I don't remember.

10. How many organizations do you belong to?

Eleven: Greenpeace, ACLU, Health Care for All (supporting single-payer health care). Cousteau Society, State Bar of California, National Notary Association, Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity, Second Amendment Foundation, Friends of the Earth, KWMR (90.5 FM in Point Reyes, 89.3 FM in Bolinas)

11. How many times have you been married?

Three. Valerie Wells, 1968-72, mother of Adam and Christian; Prudence Freeman 1976- 1992, mother of Katie and; Eugenia (Genie) Oicles 1994 to date.

12. How many cars have you owned?

17.

What do you drive now?

Toyota Prius

13. What is the longest period of time that you have lived out of a suitcase? Why?

Four months, trip to Europe with two small children

14. Describe the most influential, impressive, important, etc. museum exhibition you have seen.

An exhibit of VanGogh in San Francisco we were taken to in 7th or 8th grade.

Charlie Kelly answers his critics:

1. Name five book titles that greatly influenced your life.

Typical of a Librarian. By far the most influential would be the Phone Book, and anyone who says different is lying. Others might include, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Roughing It, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and my Address Book.

2. How many children do you have?

Easy. Too easy. Must be trick question. Uh. Mmm. Heyh. One? A girl named Dana, born 1990.

3. How many grandchildren do you have?

Zero. Do the math.

4. How many addresses have you had since 1963?

15 -- US Army Fort Ord (CA), Fort Sam Houston (TX), Fort Huachuca (AZ), Larkspur (1968), San Rafael (1969), Forest Knolls, a period of nomadic living, San Anselmo (1970), Colorado (1970), San Anselmo (four addresses from 1970 to 1979) Fairfax (two addresses from 1979 to 1993), San Anselmo 1993 to present.

5. How many countries have you visited?

Other than Canada and Mexico, only Japan and Italy.

6. How many passports have you had?

One

7. Name five films that greatly influenced you.

I can only think of the one where I copped my first feel... I don't remember what the movie was, but it apparently cemented my heterosexuality, and that has been a major influence ever since.

8. List five things that really irritate you.

Prit near everything pisses me off. I'm trying to think of five things that DON'T.

9. If you went to rock concerts (Fillmore, Avalon, Winterland), what was your favorite performance/show?

I went to a lot of rock concerts. A LOT of rock concerts. Two or three a week for ten years. How do you pick a favorite? The Orange Bowl, 1974, when the Sons of Champlin played with The Band, Leon Russell, The Eagles and Lynrd Skinnrd. The Avalon on my 21st birthday, (12-16-66) Sons, Youngbloods, Sparrow (Steppenwolf). Santana playing for free in Provo Park, 1969. The Band at Winterland, 1969. Stones at Winterland, 1972. Charlatans at College of Marin, 1965. Mahavishnu in Central Park, 1976. 20th Anniversary of the Fillmore private party, 1984. The night in Pocatello that Terry Haggerty streaked the stage while Three Dog Night was on it, 1975. University of Colorado stadium 1969, Byrds, Steve Miller, Buddy Guy, Sons of Champlin. Fillmore East, 1969, The Sons, Byrds and The Nice. Most memorable might be Fillmore West 1969 (Ike and Tina Turner, Albert King), when Bill Graham personally threw me out of the concert, or Sons with Grateful Dead at Nassau Coliseum 1973 (NY), when Bill Graham informed us that Bill and Dave Schallock's family had been murdered in Mill Valley the night before.

10. How many organizations do you belong to? List them.

There's...

Okay, there's...

I guess you got me there.

11. How many times have you been married?

Once, and it is current at 17 years.

12. How many cars have you owned? What do you drive now?

Two or three, and 25 years without one. A moving van.

13. What is the longest period of time that you have lived out of a suitcase? Why?

A year or two. On the road with the Sons of Champlin.

14. Describe the most influential, impressive, important, etc. museum exhibition you have seen.

Endurance (Shackleton) at the Burke Museum in Seattle, The Smithsonian, La Brea Tar Pits.

Kathy Bloom Remaley calls her shots:

1. Name five book titles that greatly influenced your life.

Too many to count and it depends upon what stage of my life ......

2. How many children do you have?

Step-son, age 39.

3. How many grandchildren do you have?

None

4. How many addresses have you had since 1963?

Volkermarkt, Austria; Berkeley - UCB; Dixon, CA - UC Davis; Mill Valley -3; Kentfield; Larkspur; Petaluma; Serene Lakes - 2nd home/mountain retreat; Point Richmond; Colfax; Auburn.

5. How many countries have you visited?

Canada (many times), Austria, Ireland, France, Yugoslavia (when it was Yugoslavia), Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Croatia, Cyprus, Mexico (many times), Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Falkland Islands, Costa Rica, Panama, Tahiti, numerous Caribbean Islands (favorites are St. Lucia, Barbados and Martinique).

So you guessed it ..... I majored in Geography and minored in History and taught both. I've been able to travel to places I studied. I still would like to see the Naga in Cambodia and Petra in Jordan.

6. How many passports have you had?

Three going on four.

7. Name five films that greatly influenced you.

Again, too many and stages in life have affected the choices.

8. List five things that really irritate you.

People who do not stop at stop signs or barrel through red lights - logging trucks are the worst. Out of state truckers who do 80 mph just because they see I-80 signs and think it's the speed limit.

9. If you went to rock concerts (Fillmore, Avalon, Winterland), what was your favorite performance/show?

Joan Baez at the Greek Theater at UCB. Ella Fitzgerald in concert at UCB.

10. How many organizations do you belong to? List them.

UC Berkeley Alumni Association, UC Davis Alumni Association, California State Railroad Museum Foundation, Lions International - 49er Lions Auburn

11. How many times have you been married?

Once, but for almost 25 years. I didn't settle down until I was almost 34 years old.

12. How many cars have you owned? What do you drive now?

An even dozen, we drive them forever. Currently we have a Chevy Tahoe and a Honda Civic.

13. What is the longest period of time that you have lived out of a suitcase? Why?

Three weeks vacationing in the Mediterranean.

14. Describe the most influential, impressive, important, etc. museum exhibition you have seen.

Van Gogh Exhibit (8th grade - thanks to Mrs. Robinson), the Louvre, Joux de Pomme at the Tuilleries - Impressionists, the Van Gogh reprise in SF in the 70's, King Tut in SF and Seattle, King Tut wing of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Selcek, Turkey - the Ephesus collection.

Along with geography and history, environmental science was a sure bet for me as one on my numerous ventures in my 21 plus years with PG&E. My initial concentration in Environmental Planning and Conservation took a turn to Marketing and then into the computer world before the management restructuring in 1993 (missed my class reunion that year). Yes, along with 3000 other management employees, I hit the streets. They haven't been the same since!!! However, I've had some fun along the way, including my passion for travel (owned my own travel company for a short while), played a lot of tennis and still am out on the courts whenever I can scare up a game and now that it is ski season, out come the boards.... No not a snow board, but the real good speed type of skis! I'm still working, but nothing serious at this point. It's a been there, done that time of my life and I enjoy dabbling with landscape design whenever I get the chance. So far I've done three properties and do a little consulting with neighbors on drought resistant plant materials - stick to the natives!!

 

Cheryl Saunders McDavitt ponders Jan's questions:

What is your birthdate?

12/31/45

Person(s) you are most curious about and/or anxious to see at the reunion and why:

Shonny Brown because we have been corresponding via email.

Least Favorite Teacher(s):

Didn't attend classes long enough to have one. All the teachers I had at Park Elementary, Edna Maquire and Tam had a profound effect on my life. In fact, my early education was of such quality that I was able to survive and succeed even though I dropped out of high school after I completed my freshman year. I have always credited the teachers.

My favorite teachers at Tam were Miss Stump, Mr. Wallace (head like a melon - face like a collie - also tolerant of a young girl who had morning sickness during first period English) and Mr. Beldon (who caught on quickly that I was doing Ron's homework after we were married)

Happiest memories of High School?

Just being there.

Most embarrassing memory of High School?

Wearing maternity clothes. They were even worse than the bathing suits someone else mentioned.

Do you think your personality is pretty much the same? Somewhat different? Significantly different? Unrecognizably changed? Explain.

Significantly different. I was so shy, introverted, scared and eager to please EVERYBODY. Now, I'm self confident and don't give a rat's ass about what people think about me.

In high school, were you A Nerd? A Jock? A Rebel? A Loner? A Party Animal? Class Clown? Other (describe)?

A nerd rebel?

And now...40 years older and wiser...you are:

At peace with myself and my life

Quality (or habit, vice, etc.) you would most like to change/stop?

Would like to be more physically active. I still fill lots of my leisure time with a book.

 Are you planning to attend the reunion?

Yes. Can't wait to see old friends.

Then Cheryl targets Julia's survey:

1. Name five book titles that greatly influenced your life.

It's easier to list authors: Reynolds Price (I'm hoping John (Biff) Younger can arrange an introduction - I think they teach at the same university.), Anne Lamott, Richard Foster - Celebration of Discipline, Kathleen Norris, C.S. Lewis, the Bible and of course - Charles Kelly's book on mountain biking.

2. How many children do you have?

One - Cheri who is married and lives in Pleasanton, CA and two lovely stepdaughters from my husband's previous marriage.

3. How many grandchildren do you have?

Four step grandchildren

4. How many addresses have you had since 1963?

Sausalito, Corte Madera, San Francisco, Seattle, Cotati, Salt Lake City, Hacienda (on the Russian River near Forestville), Franz Valley (in the mountains above Calistoga), Santa Rosa, Oakmont (Yes, the retirement community in the Valley of the Moon), Mandarin (near Jacksonville, Florida) and Middleburg, Florida (between Jacksonville and Gainesville - University of Florida)

5. How many countries have you visited?

 Canada and Scotland but almost all the states.

6. How many passports have you had?

One

7. Name five films that greatly influenced you.

I am a movie nut. Couldn't possibly answer this. Does anyone else know of and more importantly LOVE Le Grand Buffe? (spelled phonetically I don't do French or was it Italian)

 8. List five things that really irritate you.

I agree with Charles, almost everything irritates me. I even keep a list of ten things that piss me off the most but it changes so frequently, there is no point in listing them here.

9. If you went to rock concerts (Fillmore, Avalon, Winterland), what was your favorite performance/show?

I was too drunk and/or stoned to remember any of them. However, I do remember Bob Dylan at the Masonic. Joan Baez did a walk on. My boyfriend at the time (a drop out priest) gave me the ticket for a present. I almost married him just for that.

10. How many organizations do you belong to? List them.

Presbyterian Church, Quigley House (local domestic violence shelter) Board of Directors, WAV (Watershed Action Volunteers), Jacksonville Scottish Games, Inc., St. Andrews Society, Northeast Florida Collage Society

11. How many times have you been married?

Twice, my short lived teenage one and my current 24 year one.

12. How many cars have you owned? What do you drive now?

I drive them until they have to be shot. '58 Chevy Impala (with my teenage husband Ron), Corvair station wagon (We traded the Impala in on it), Volkswagen Squareback, Subaru, Taurus - now a Toyota minivan, a Saturn we tow behind the motor home and an ancient Toyota truck.

13. What is the longest period of time that you have lived out of a suitcase? Why?

I lived on the street for a while in San Francisco in the mid 60's. However, I didn't have a suitcase. That was for the upper classes of homeless people.

14. Describe the most influential, impressive, important, etc., museum exhibition you have seen.

Another hard question to answer. We love museums and galleries and visit them everywhere we go. We consider ourselves born again Southerners and we particularly enjoy the historic districts in many Southern towns such as Savannah and Charleston.

I have really enjoyed reading everyone's responses.

Greg Cory takes a few swings at the inside pitch:

1. Book Titles

Guess I'm a dull boy. Don't do much pleasure reading since it is what I do most of the day. Most of my reading is technical and targeted towards work. Even on vacation I gravitate towards things like The Millionaire Next Door, The Popcorn Report, Megatrends, etc. Drives my wife, who consumes fiction by the pound, crazy. I do, however, have a fondness for a certain well worn, grease stained, Austin Healey repair manual....

2. Children

Thought I had escaped the responsibilities (and as it turns out, the rewards) of being 'in the family way'. Started late, but have one great 11 year old son.

3. Grandchildren

Given the above, I should hope none.

4. Addresses

Sixteen that have had any traceable address. Don't know how to account for a year on a motorcycle and nearly three years on a sailboat.

American Express offices everywhere were my friend.

5. Countries

It's an occupational hazard...In Europe, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Sardinia, The Beleric Islands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Andorra, and Luxembourg. In Africa, Morocco, Egypt, a long hot summer in Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. Most of Canada. All of Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, and Brazil. All of the Caribbean except Trinadad and Haiti. Much of Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Don't get me started on states....Almost forgot the Conch Republic (Key West).

Generally, Europe and the Caribbean were low budget pleasure travel.

All else has been work related. My frequent flyer accounts resemble California's current deficit.

6. Passports

Consistently, including a quasi diplomatic one while in the military.

7. Films

None that have influenced, many that have made lasting impressions. I like the serious stuff (Apocalypse Now, Lawrence of Arabia, A River Runs Through It, etc.). My wife enjoys the romance/ comedy track (Bridges of Madison County, Out of Africa, The Big Chill, My Best Friend's Wedding). However, a house divided capitulates to the younger generation. Harry Potter plays BIG at our house....

8. Irritations

Tardiness, arrogance, selfishness, egos larger than life itself. All those characteristics Tom Wolff writes about, and which we all experience on a daily basis via the left turners, the double parkers, et al.

9. Rock Concerts

Tried to meet a few friends 'in the parking lot' at Woodstock, but we all know how that went. The only guy who made it had a VW microbus full of food and wine. Boy, was he ever popular. The rest of us got turned away ten miles from the border. Have not been a big fan of concerts because of crowds and being too loud. While others went to the Stones, I went to hear Segovia. Before kid, had symphony season tickets. Always been a little contrary that way...

10. Organizations

Mostly active in the Urban Land Institute, an industry organization trying to promote good stewardship in land development. Non-profit, educational in focus, encompasses both public and private sector in all forms of real estate land use. Nice intimate group of about 14,000. I've served on the program committee for the national conventions, been part of what they call the Leadership Circle, have been on the Recreation Development Council for over ten years, and just helped co-author a new book published last year. I am also the corporate representative to the National Ski Areas Association, Caribbean Tourism Organization, and the National Golf Foundation, but all that means is that I write the checks for the annual dues.

11. Marriage

Once, going strong at 20 big ones this year.

12. Cars

Don't get me started.... Never owned a new one, and for those who remember, I still have my father's 54 Austin Healey, currently under restoration. Other notables include a 59 Porsche C, a 67 Alfa 1750 GTV, a 59 Mercedes 190 (with a 45 RPM record player), a 67 Porsche 912, a 74 Porsche 914, a 79 Triumph 7 convertible, and a 74 BMW 3.0CS which was totaled five years ago. Current rolling stock includes a 67 Austin Healey BJ8, the 54 Healey, and a matched set of 73 3.0CS BMW's. Combined age of the inventory is 145 years.

Fortunately, the wife is pretty supportive of my habit, claiming she would rather have me in the garage where she can find me rather than at some sports bar. I'm trying to get her to let me take up vintage racing (racers as well as the cars are old), but she says if one more car moves in, she moves out. So I currently contain my Need for Speed to the occasional track day with the BMW club at Sears Point or Laguna Seca.

13. Suitcase Addresses

A year three separate times. Fortunately, swim suits and tee shirts don't take up much space on a boat.

14. Exhibitions

Agree with the nomination for the Vietnam Memorial. The sheer waste of those years is capsulated so well. Just hope G. W. doesn't give us another one to ponder in years to come....Whoops! Tried to keep politics out of this, but oh well....

Hanna (Helen Bandes) Geshelin answers the questions:

1. Name 5 books that greatly influenced your life.

I read a lot---light fiction, kids' books, and nonfiction on all kinds of subjects that catch my interest. Here are five that I still remember---a book on the history of the Jewish reform movement that I read my freshman year in college. It said that assimilation (eating non-kosher food, dressing like everyone, worshiping on Sunday instead of Saturday, etc.) would eliminate anti-Semitism. The book was published in Berlin in 1927, so I knew that the arguments were fallacious. This started my interest in my religious heritage.

  • ---Viktor Frankel's Man's Search for Meaning.

  • ---the Book of Psalms
  • ---Anne LaMotte's Bird by Bird
  • ---David Burns Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

2. How many children?

None of my own; two stepchildren.

3. How many grandchildren?

One

4. How many addresses since 1963?

California was the third state I had gone to school in, so I was already used to big moves by the time I reached high school. After graduation: 8 during college, 4 in 15 months living in Israel; my family had left California by the time I came back to the USA so I moved to Cambridge, where my brother and his wife lived. After 2 years I moved to Idaho, where my mother lived; lived in two places there in 5 1/2 years. Then two places in Salt Lake City, then back to Boston where I lived in 5 places in 15 years, then married and moved to Worcester and have lived in the same place since then (1995): that adds up to 23 places. When people asked me where my roots were, I said they were in a glass jar on the window sill.

My husband built our apartment complex between 1969-1971, and either his mother or he has lived in this apartment since then, so I married into roots.

5. Countries visited?

Three---Israel, England, and Canada. I've traveled a lot in the US and have told stories professionally in 12 states, including Alaska.

6. Number of passports?

Three

7. Five films that greatly influenced me?

None, I don't like the movies (or TV). Realized a few years ago that this is because my crummy eyes can't handle the movement and quick changes of light.

8. Five things that really irritate me.

Funny, the cards in magazines don't bother me at all since a friend taught me to remove them before reading; he called it deboning the magazine. I use the cards as bookmarks.

Injustice really irritates me. People who bring too many items to the 12-item-or-less lane at the supermarket. People who tailgate, who crowd me on the highway. Waking up to a raucus station on the radio. People who say they want world peace, then believe everything they're told by people who blow up women and children.

9. Never went to rock concerts.

10. How many organizations do I belong to?

Four:

  • Massachusetts Audubon

  • Association of Jewish Libraries,
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators,
  • Women in Green (an Israeli organization).

11. How many times married?

Depends on how you count; by American law, once. By Jewish law, twice (once in Israel for 5 weeks; he was from Uruguay and started to slap me around so I got out quickly. The marriage was never registered with the civil authorities so it doesn't count in America.)

12. How many cars have I owned?

Six. Three VWs, a Chevette (I agree with whoever said never buy a yellow car unless you want a lemon), a Buick Somerset, and presently a Ford Escort wagon. My mother got me the Buick. She was visiting and was with me when the Chevette died, a month after I had been laid off from a job due to a crash in the Massachusetts economy. She said she'd get me a used car, what did I want? I said I didn't care. I had just three requirements: it had to be a subcompact, because parking in Boston is at a premium; I didn't want a General Motors car after the Chevette, and I didn't want it to be red. So she got me a mid-sized red GM car.

13. What is the longest period I lived out of a suitcase, and why?

Five weeks, visiting in Israel in 1979.

14. Most influential, important, etc. museum exhibition I have seen.

Victoria & Albert in London. I spent hours in the textile collection, and was fascinated to see that many needlework kits that were then available in America were copies of needlework in the museum. Until then I'd thought modern-day artists had created the designs. It was very freeing to realize that it's okay for artists to use what other people have created in the past.

15. What's my birthdate?

3/3/46.

16. Person(s) I am most curious about and/or anxious to see at the reunion, and why?

Margaret Allen. She was as good a friend as I had during most of high school but we lost touch after graduation. I had a horrible dream about her many years ago and worried that something terrible might have happened to her; then when I contacted her recently I found she's been very sick. I would love to see her again.

17. Least favorite teacher(s)

I second Jan's vote for Mrs. Kappelman. In 8th grade in Massachusetts I had a really hard teacher for geography. We had to outline the subject and use the textbook only as a last resort. Then the next year in World History Mrs. K. told us to outline the chapter, and I approached this assignment the same as I had in junior high---using library references and the encyclopedia. I kept getting C's when people doing much less work got A's. I asked her why, and she said that I wasn't doing the assignment, which was to outline the _chapter_ in the textbook. I was putting in all kinds of information from goodness-knows-where instead of doing the assignment. Until I did the assignment I'd only get a C. I also remember that she said that Ireland had gentle valleys. The next day she called on me to describe the geography of Ireland, and I said it had rolling hills---in my mind I'd joined those gentle valleys. She told me I was wrong, it was gentle valleys. I asked her how the valleys were joined, and she sent me to Miss Dolan's office for smarting off. I've still never been to Ireland, and the few pix I've seen show what look like rolling hills to me.

Mrs. Kraft; she really disliked me, maybe because I was the only person who ever sat higher in David Hawkins' geometry class than Kris (I beat him I think twice--but I did plenty of time at the bottom of the class as well). She always called on me, then said my answer was wrong. Then someone else would say almost exactly the same thing and she'd praise them.

18. Happiest memories of high school?

Refereeing volleyball for GAA my senior year. Being in The Crucible senior year.

19. Most embarrassing memory of high school?

Wearing a bathing suit in one scene in The Pajama Game. Being interviewed because of applying to have a foreign student live with my family, and having Mrs. Kraft make horrible comments about my family. They may have been true, but she was cruel to say them.

20. Is my personality pretty much the same? Explain.

I'm not as shy as I was, but I'm still not very confident unless I'm on stage; then I'm fine.

21. In high school I was unhappy and lonely. My family was destructing and I was the point person.

22. Now, 40 years older and wiser,

I am more content, more confident, more outgoing.

23. Quality I'd most like to change:

I'd like to be taller, maybe as tall as 5'6" (I'm 4'10 1/2," down from 4'11"). Oh, you mean personality? I'm high-strung and would very much like to be serene.

24. Am I planning to attend the reunion?

I'd like to but right now it looks iffy; we'll see.

Biff Younger steps up to the plate:

1. Name five book titles that greatly influenced your life.

I gave up on reading (read everything on Mrs Kraft's optional list [the other day someone mentioned long books, and I said "Kirsten Lavrensdatter" which blew him away]) -- I love looking at things instead.

2. How many children do you have?

No human children; hundreds & hundreds of students; loads of dogs (including 5 at present)

3. How many grandchildren do you have? Rugrats

4. How many addresses have you had since 1963?

Palo Alto for college; Cincinnati for grad school; Athens, Greece for 7 years; Durham NC until last year (28 years in the south, gawd!); now Lawrence KS (wouldyabelieve?)

5. How many countries have you visited?

Most of Europe, most of the Middle East, most of North Africa -- gotta get to Latin America and see the Maya stuff.

6. How many passports have you had?

Four

7. Name five films that greatly influenced you.

Sister Act (that should tell you a lot), Aliens (all 4; which should tell you even more) -- oh, that's 5

8. List five things that really irritate you.

  • Old men drivers wearing hats

  • People who can't get over how awful things are today
  • Men who comb hair (any hair) over their bald spot
  • People who ask me what church I go to, or how many children I have

9. If you went to rock concerts (Fillmore, Avalon, Winterland), what was your favorite performance/show?

Janis Joplin at the Filmore (I was stoned, she was great) -- still have her poster, among others

10. How many organizations do you belong to? List them.

All academic, would bore you death

11. How many times have you been married?

Once, thank you ("I'm a one-woman man, and I've had mine" - line from "Butley" by Simon Gray)

11a. How many times have you been in a "committed" relationship?

Every night (joke) -- 5 (the longest for 13 years, then I kicked the do-nothing out)

12. How many cars have you owned? What do you drive now?

1, same one, a purple Tracker, love that car oh, and motorcycles -- always have had a motorcycle -- present one is a Harley 880 (small but tuff)

13. What is the longest period of time that you have lived out of a suitcase? Why?

For 3 months each summer when I was on archaeological digs -- had a bucket of water each week to wash me & my clothes in.

14. Describe the most influential, impressive, important, etc. museum exhibition you have seen.

Tomb of King Philip II (father of Alex the Great) at Vergina, northern Greece -- you go inside, it's all dark, then you make out the tomb (you feel like a mole), and go inside, and all his stuff is there, like totally cool.

>From Charlie...Questions *I* would ask, but no one would answer:

What was the deal about you beating me up in gym class?

  -- actually, that was after band rehearsal, and I deserved it

Are you still in the closet?

  No -- came out in 1974, shut the door with a bang

What is your birthdate? (For oldest and youngest)

Sept 1, '45

Person(s) you are most curious about and/or anxious to see at the reunion and why:

Friends from Tam shows: Sally King (my Mrs Snow), Jan McCready (still dream about her), Valerie M (does she still play the violin?), George Duke (love your email address), Jan R, Margaret (Peg) Allen, the Kelly's, Barry Jordon, Julia B (wonder if she still likes my leg...), Richard in Latin, and my hot date for Senior Prom ...

Favorite Teacher(s):

Wallace, Duddy, Kappelman, Schwarzbart, Pittinger

Least Favorite Teacher(s):

That fat Chemistry teacher-chucklehead who told me I was stooopid Fitzgerald in Latin, chain smoking ex-priest (grrrr!)

Happiest memories of High School?

Carousel, Senior Prom, Shakespeare Contest, writing plays with Pete Liederman, walking the Dipsea Trail with Peg Allen a billion times.

Most embarrassing memory of High School?

I have suppressed all memories of those ... although those floppy cotton swimsuits, whose idea was that?

Do you think your personality is pretty much the same?

I'm radically different; I gotta be, I can't imagine what I was like then, Front Parking Lot type with my Honda 50 motorcycle

Are you planning to attend the reunion?

You betcha

Julia Bergman answers her own questions:

1. Name five book titles that greatly influenced your life.

  • Maugham, Somerset. Razor's Edge.

  • Kerouac, Jack. On the road.
  • Nin, Anais. Diaries
  • Selby, Hubert. Last exit to Brooklyn
  • Brown, Claude. Manchild in the Promised Land.
  • The world atlas (any publisher, any edition)

2. How many children do you have?

None (never wanted any biological children); have 2 nieces and 2 more girls, 2 boys who I consider to be nieces and nephews (they are in my will as such).

3. How many grandchildren do you have?

None; 3 under the age of three from the above

4. How many addresses have you had since 1963?

18 (SF-many; LA-2; Michigan-3; Berlin)

5. How many countries have you visited?

42

I had never counted before this dumb survey question. I have many more on my list ...

6. How many passports have you had?

Six

7. Name five films that greatly influenced you.

  • Psycho (1960)

  • Hard Day's Night (1964)
  • Harold and Maude (1971; but I only saw it in 1993)
  • Deer Hunter (1978)
  • Alien (1979)

Currently: Frida !

8. List five things that really irritate you. (People who make left turns and hold up traffic; please reply post cards stuck into magazines)

People who talk in movies and the two above.

9. If you went to rock concerts (Fillmore, Avalon, Winterland), what was your favorite performance/show?

  • Beatles, at the Cow Palace, 1965

  • Otis Redding, Fillmore, Dec. 1966
  • Human Be-in, Golden Gate Park, Jan. 1967
  • Mariam Makeba & Hugh Masekela, Fillmore 1990

10. How many organizations do you belong to? List them.

American Federation of Teachers; Board Member & Secretary, Central Asia Institute

11. How many times have you been married?

One

(Sorry Biff, for not stating the question better, as you did with 11a)

12. How many cars have you owned? What do you drive now?

VW (2); Honda (2); Isuzu Rodeo (I went 4-wheel driving all over the gold country and the emigrant trail in my SUV); now, finally, Toyota Prius (I love it)

13. What is the longest period of time that you have lived out of a suitcase? Why?

Four months - Europe and Central Asia

14. Describe the most influential, impressive, important, etc. museum exhibition you have seen.

  • Picasso Retrospective, NY, 1980

  • Diego Rivera; Art & Revolution, LA, 1999
  • Johannes Vermeer, Wash DC, 1995
  • Jacob Lawrence, Univ. Washington, 1995
  • King Tutankhamen, SF, 1977
  • The Rosetta Stone in the British Museum

Now Julia takes on Jan's questions:

What is your birthdate?

Dec. 8, 1945 (I think Jan will be the youngest!)

Person(s) you are most curious about and/or anxious to see at the reunion and why:

Oh, everyone!

Kathy Heilbron (I'll try to persuade her - we were good friends and lost touch)

Jan Ringleman (we were College roommates for a short time (a wonderful, but wild, and then terrrible, time in my young life)

Biff

Favorite Teacher(s):

Mr. Wallace (could I have had him for 3 years???)

Mr Chavez (he didn't chastise me for writing a report about the John Birch Society) !!!

Least Favorite Teacher(s):

In an earlier email, I said that Hawkins also taught Spanish; I was very wrong. After Miss Stump retired, I had Mr. Witherow! I climbed out of his classroom window!

Happiest memories of High School?

Pep Club; going to that championship game in Oakland (in our white shirts); being the'campaign manager' for the Prescott IV, the cheerleaders for 1964-Steve Scott et al; Juanita's

Most embarrassing memory of High School?

At Juanita's; one night, after 11pm, the Mill Valley police came 'on board' and asked (I remember a public address system, or equivalent) "Is Julia Bergman here?" "We're looking for Julia Bergman".

Yes, I was there. My mother had phoned the police and insisted that they enforce the 11pm MV curfew.

Gawd.

(Here's some personal stuff/questions to share if you are brave/foolish enough)

Do you think your personality is pretty much the same?

My personality is the same. But then, it was buried, buried deep. Why?

Body size/image, everything; and my parents had no clue about who I was, or could be. So no help there. Took years (and therapy) to figure it all out.

Somewhat different?
Significantly different?

I'm confident; don't give a damn what people think.

Unrecognizably changed? Explain.
In high school, were you a Nerd? A Jock? A Rebel? A Loner? A Party Animal? Class Clown? Other (describe)?

I often felt very lonely, and very out of it.

And now...40 years older and wiser...you are:

Happy. Content. I sleep with a clear conscience every night.

Quality (or habit, vice, etc.) you would most like to change/stop?

None!

Are you planning to attend the reunion?

I've already altered my travel plans to Pakistan to come home early!!