09-05-2012 - Life has become a 'Beach.'
Hi, all. ¬†Two years already since our 45th.! ¬†I've been retired (kind of) for 14 years now, thanks to the United Food & Commercial Worker's Union and Alpha Beta/Ralphs, where I spent 35 years and I love it. ¬†I did work a short segment for U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, as a mid-level manager...loved it! ¬†Then I did a part-time stint as 'Hospitality Administrator' for Trinity Church on Reservoir Road for five, plus years until fiscal conditions called for my dismissal. ¬†I loved that job too! ¬†Since then, we have had to sell our house in Redlands, as I was no longer able to be responsible for everything which property entails. ¬†So we live in an apartment home in Oceanside and we just love it there! ¬†I'm 60% disabled as a result of Vietnam but the VA is taking good care of me. ¬†We have three children and four grandchildren. ¬†Hobbies include photography, jewelry making and reading. ¬†My wife and I are active at North Cost Church in Vista, where my ministry leanings are toward aiding Vietnam Veterans at various levels. ¬†My goal in life at this time is 'to finish well.' [From Olaf DeKonig]
01-28-2009 - One thing and another [from Ken Umbach]
I took an early retirement from State of CA in 2003 (tired of the commute and creeping overhead of the job and wanted to do other things). I returned for a year+ as a retired annuitant (or what we in the trade call 'retired irritant').
I'm self-employed (self-underemployed is more like it) editing, formatting documents (including books for print-on-demand/digital publishing), and, lately, writing a column (see www.senior-spectrum.com -- I'm accumulating the columns for a book, which I might publish later this year). I've also done some small-scale publishing (see http://publishing.umbachconsulting.com), with more planned (one book definitely on tap for this year, by Frances H. Kakugawa, on journaling and poetry-writing for caretakers of people with Alzheimer's and similar disorders).
Living in Citrus Heights, CA. Married, four kids (in their 30s), two granddaughters (age 5 and almost 6).
Major claim to fame: helping to get the book Dandelion Through the Crack, by Kiyo Sato, to publication. After selling out its first edition from Willow Valley Press, Nevada City, CA, it is coming out in a new edition as Kiyo's Story: A Japanese-American Family's Quest for the American Dream, from Soho Press, NY. Kiyo is becoming something of a celebrity, and will be speaking at a Smithsonian Institution museum on Feb. 19, 2009. She also was featured in the independently produced documentary Passing Poston, released last year.
I'm active in the local branch of the California Writers Club and in Northern California Publishers and Authors (board member of both, newsletter editor and membership chair of NCPA).
Recently I heard from classmate Dick McHenry. Phone conversation was like Old Home Week, and we'll get together over lunch this week. Anybody else from RHS '65 in the Sacramento area?
My business home page is www.umbachconsulting.com. (An old, unmaintained personal site is still out there for archival reasons.)
01-14-2009 - Still alive, and still working [ Larry Lewis]
Still teaching part-time in the American Indian Studies Dept. at Palomar College in San Diego for the past 30 years. After 23 years as a history/government teacher and librarian at St. Augustine High School in San Diego, I joined the San Diego County Library where I have been ever since as a Librarian in the Technical Services Dept. and Inter-Library Loan Supervisor. After raising 5 kids, my wife Cheryle of 25 years and I adopted our 2 granddaughters two years ago (Emilee, now 12 and Serena now 3 1/2) and started all over again. Keeps us young and crazy. Emilee has already started her political career to be the first woman president with being her Elem. School ASB Pres. She told me to start saving money because she intends to go to Stanford. I gues that means that retirement for me will be a ways off. Check out my website if you're inclined: http://daphne.palomar.edu/llewis