Today's Featured Biography
Diana Hurley Johnson
In July, 1962, I went to work for Sacto. City Unified School District at the district office. In early 1963, I met my wonderful husband, Richard, who is 12 years my senior, & was the supervisor in the district's computer department, next door to the main district office. We were married in 1963. We have two sons, & three grandsons. Richard J. was born in 1964, & Ronald T. in 1966.
In August we'll celebrate our 49th anniversary. Richard had purchased a home in North Highlands at about age 23 when he worked at McClellan. We bought our first home together near Sacamento State College in 1965.
During our sons school years, I was a stay at home mom, but made pottery as a hobby. But turned my hobby into a small, home based business, teaching & selling my pottery for 17 years; until an injury forced me to quit throwing pots in the late 80's.
At which point, my Aunt, asked me to manage her small gift shop. I also took up photography as a new hobby.
During the 90's we took a few great trips & cruises mostly after my husband retired after 32 years with SCUSD ending his career as a programmer anaylst.
In 1999, we began building a new home, & moved to Folsom in 2000, which we love.
Loving music, I finally decided to try singing, out loud. LOL Till then, I only sang while no one was home. LOL Now, I sing all the time & wish I had started years ago, and followed a dream I'd never told anyone about. Singing has become an absolute passion. (Didn't everyone our age want to be Doris Day or Brenda Lee or Elvis?) LOL
I have been a part time DJ & KJ for several years. I've entertained at parties, & was invited to sing with 4 bands over the past several years. I sang with, Daja Blue, Just Us, & two other bands who's names escape me at the moment. LOL I was the soloist at a friend's wedding. I sing at retirement homes. The seniors are wonderful audiences; they love the music I love to sing.
I get many compliments, but one of the sweetest compliments I've had, was when a manager told me I'd made her 'resident grouch,' tap his toes, smile, & come up & talk to me & shake my hand. She told me, he never smiled, nor talked to any of the entertainers before!
Music fills my soul, makes me happy & the many compliments of people asking me how many years I've sung professionally is one compliment I never tire of.
In 2011, I fulfilled a life long dream of singing in a lounge/bar, when I was asked to sing in a small bar & restaurant in Folsom, on Sat. nights. I entertained there from April, until I had to have surgery in August, 2011.
I'm back singing again, having finished my chemo & radiation, in April, 2012. However, I've opted to not entertain weekly, so we might travel again as we had in the 90's.
However, if you dine in Folsom on a Friday night, you may see & hear me singing! Make sure to say hi. (Oh, you may not recognize me. If you remember me, you'd remember a brunette. I was born a blond, so in 1997, I decided I'd go back to my roots, pun intended. LOL However, since my chemo, I now have VERY short, blond, silver & brunette hair. LOL
By the way, my medical outlook is extremely favorable. My cancer was tiny & luckily found fairly early.
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