8/16/2014 TESTA wins ClassReport Questionnaire Contest
Congratulations to Bob Testa, who was the first person to correctly identify the 10 classmates who fit the statements in the recent ClassReport Questionnaire. As his prize, Bob was given a $
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8/10/2014 Ploughman's Lunch Leads to Website Tutorial
The Sac High Class of 1958 reunion committee met at the home of Dick and Jeanne Baldwin for a 'Ploughman's Lunch' on Friday, August 8, 2014. As part of their quarterly 'Club 58' gathering, t
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Other than brief military leaves to return to California to visit, I was gone for five years from 1963-1968. Three months in Texas, two months in Panama City, Florida and Biloxi, Mississippi, 18 months in the southern Arizona desert, and three years in West Germany. The stateside assignments really made me appreciate California.
I attended and graduated from Sacramento Junior College and finished undergraduate school at San Jose State. San Jose was chosen on a fluke. I had planned on transferring to UC Davis. Howard Ikemoto and I had an art class together at SJC and Howard had been accepted to SJS. He asked me if I would like to drive down to San Jose with him after class one day to take care of some administrative details. I accepted and liked the fact that San Jose was far enough away that I would have an 'away from home college experience' whereas Davis was just a few minutes away from home. I was planning on teaching history at the time and thought where the degree was from was immaterial. I should have graduated from SJS in June 1962 but was several units short and was a student body officer so stayed another semester and graduated in January 1963.
I received my Pre-induction Physical Exam notice to report to the Oakland Induction Center about that time and the process was a chilling experience. It made me realize that I did not want to spend any time in the Army as an enlisted man. I joined the Air Force Reserve and was assigned to Officer's Training School in Texas. After receiving my commission I was assigned to a small Air Defense Radar Squadron in So Arizona. My fiancé, whom I had met at SJS, had a nine month clinical training program to complete after she graduated in June 1963. We were married in April 1964 and my Arizona tour ended in May 1965. I was posted to a small radar installation in West Germany for the next three years. Both our mothers were then living in North Hollywood and Pasadena so I applied to law schools at Hastings, UCLA and the Univ of San Diego and ended up in San Diego.
I love California. My wife and I thought about moving to the Bay Area or Northern California (I almost got an attorney job in Santa Rosa several years out of law school). My children are fifth generation native sons and daughter. I never thought of living in Southern California. It was just happenstance. I received a poverty law fellowship upon graduating in 1971. I passed the Bar that summer and worked with the Legal Aid Society in three of the four offices in the county.
I had always wanted to teach and was hired by the University of San Diego, School of Law in 1974. I was a full time associate professor for two years and an adjunct professor for two years. Both of these opportunities were due to contacts I had made in law school. In 1976 I decided I wanted to try my own law practice. Very few of my family members still lived in Sacramento after 1968 and I had made a lot of personal contacts through law school acquaintances and my wife's health care practice and the friends we made through our four children. San Diego just seemed to be growing a lot and offered a lot of opportunities. We had few contacts left in Sacramento and staying in San Diego occurred more by default than by planning. The adage "better lucky than good" comes to mind.
My wife and I planned on retiring to the Central Coast. In 1989 we bought a small house in Carmel-by-the-Sea (near Jim (Sac High '58) and Karen Baker (Sac High '60) with future retirement in mind. Fortunately, all our children completed college in San Diego and one in Los Angeles and found jobs in San Diego so we have our family here. Both our mothers moved here after they retired also.
We still enjoy visiting Sacramento but do not get back very often.
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