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*********** SPHS Class of 1963 55-Year Reunion Coming Soon ***********
Our 50th reunion was a great success a few years ago. We had a good time, but we missed a lot of people. If you did not make it to the reunion, or if your contact information has changed, please register on this site, and we will keep you in the loop for as plans for our 55th continue to develop.
2/28/2018 Stewart Field Fundraiser
We understand that Bob Carter (’65) has been heading up efforts to fund a new and improved SPHS Stewart Field Sports Complex, and a fundraiser/all class reunion will be Saturday, March 17th
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6/8/2017 SEND CURRENT PHOTOS PLEASE!
We are putting our current photos next to our high school photos in the Class List. If you have not already done so, please email a (recent) photo to [email protected] Don't worry if
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5/17/2017 55th REUNION - COMING FALL OF 2018
Green Devils: Just to let you know, your reunion committee is gearing up to plan for the 55th reunion. It will be Fall of 2018, probably Columbus Day weekend as is our usual time.
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Assistant City Mgr. & Plng. & Zoning Administrator, Pinellas Park, FL (1969-73). Whistleblower on the "Sewergate" scandal that resulted in the arrest of three county commissioners for bribes, the mayor of Pinellas Park and City Manager for profiteering on sewer permits (hence "Sewegate"). Doing the moral and ethical thing in this culture usually ends a career; and, so be it with mine. Honesty is not the best policy in politics sadly in America anymore. Nobody wants moral and ethical people on staff because they might turn you in for breaking the law or counter someone rationalizing unethical behavior. For example, a city attorney told me once that in government you can break the law on anything. It's up to the "other guy" to prove it's not illegal. Seems to be the MO of America today.
Went back to college for post graduate studies at USF in mathematics and a graduate degree from San Diego State University in public administration. Admin. Analyst for city of Chula Vista, CA, and County of San Diego. Assistant to the President of Pacifica Companies (a financial investment firm in land development), vertically integrated into moving multimillions around on short term predatory loans and high stake Cap Rates.
Like to read historical novels, especially like Colleen McCullough's Great Men of Rome Series (from Gaius Marius, Lucius Cornilius Sulla, Spartacus, to Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony and Cleopatra). Reading includes Alexlander Dumas, Dickens, Tolstoy, and Doestoevsky. I like long books.
Interested in the metaphysics of string theory and quantum mechanics. M Theory, multiverses, parallel universes, mirror universes, etc.) and all those other quarky things. After all, the only metaphysics in philosophy today is being done in theoretical physics. The rest is just a rehash of the same 'ol thing (a rose by any other name is still a rose).
Brian Greene's "The Fabric of the Cosmos" is a great read at the layman's level on how the universe works. Michael Talbot's "The Holographic Universe" puts forth the theory that creation is but a hologram (much like as depicted in the movie, "The Matrix"), and if one can orient one's mind to think such, more than miracles are possible.
If economics is one's forte, try either Naill Ferguson's "The Ascent of Money" (explains the Crash of '08) and/or Michael Lewis's "Flashboys" (explains how Wall Street is RIGGED and how).
"Flashboys" has to do with fiber optic, dedicated lines that front run stock orders, to make steal someone else's purchase a millisecond before that order reaches Wall Street, and then sells it to the buyer at a profit. "Dark Pools" and alogirithm programs account for the mathematics to intercept those orders by banks (like Goldman Sachs, Bank America, jP Morgan, etc.). It's not a theory; it's now a proven fact through hundreds of test runs. All this is done in milliseconds and through special routers. Billions of dollars are being pulled out of the economy into the pockets of these high frequency traders (HFT's) annually. In 2014, 100% of all stock transactions were front runned on $6.2 billion shares per day. At 5 cents a share, $310M daily or at minimum 1 cent, $62M. A real eye opener book!
Authored the trilogy, "The Return of Elijah," a supernatural thriller with political, social, and economic intrique that weaves past current historical events into the storyline to point the way to the second volume, "The Return of the Ancient Ones." In it, Jeremiah's Journal chronicles the formula for how to divide by zero through the general mathematical equation of deriviatives and using time as a derivative (the f(t)=dy/dx where f(t)=186,000 mi/sec). Time travel is possible.
Music interest runs from Led Zepplin, the Beatles and the Moody Blues to Neil Young and Bob Dylan. The female group, Heart ranks as the best, but male cultures do not like to give equal credit to phenomenal female bands like Ann and Nancy Heart have had. Could it be male envy?
I'm the proverbial soul "who dances to the tune of a different drummer. Even in religion: Messianic Jew after the order of Y'shua HaMachiach and the original Jewish apostles out of Jerusalem in 33 AD.
Favorite teacher at SPHS was Mr. Taylor, English. He was a bit stuffy, but knew his literature and was inspiring for a free-thinker in the vein of Jack Kerouac ("On the Road"). It's amazing the amount of trouble one can get into by thinking outside the box!
Favorite quote is from the book Mr. Taylor had seniors read: Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities." The quote (so classic) is: "It is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go than I have ever known."
Military Service: USAF 1965-68, Lajes Field, Azores, as aircraft radio operations for mid-Atlantic SAC bombers and other aircraft crossing the Atlantic. The proverbial "top secret" of the assignment meant, if you told someone what you did, you'd have to kill them. I suspect though by now the "Sky King" message system has been declassified with the end of the Cold War. The Sky King system was the fail safe message system sent hourly to SAC bombers, encoding either attack or turn back. Yet, it all couldn't have been that "top secret" since the top brass allowed Portugese nationals without clearances to enter the"top secret" area to empty the trash and clean the floors during the 24-hour duty shifts; and read all the carbon copies of messages sent and received. Some what like the proverbial "swatting at gnats and swallowing camels."
I guess one may see from this that the yearbook should have had a category for the most "antisocial, antiestablishmentarianism, Gump-like classmate. I could have qualified as a finalist.
Life is the quest for truth and what lies behind reality and those who epsitomologically control elements of culture and society. After all, Socrates gave up his life rather than condone an illegal war (sound familiar to Vietnam) and searched the streets of Athens with a candle looking for an honesty man.
Obviously I've been influenced by Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hegal, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, and, of course, Y'shua HaMashiach (that translates Jesus Messiah in English from Hebrew).
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