I have lived in Carlsbad, California since 1979 and
Southern California since 1966. I started my career in
1966, after serving active duty in the Navy. When I
was single I lived in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach
and Marina Del Rey. I continued to live in the South
Bay area of Los Angeles after I was married and then
Los Angeles, before my company transferred me to San
Diego in 1976. Spent three years in Point Loma prior
to moving to the La Costa area of Carlsbad, where I
lived for twenty-five years. I moved into a new house
in Carlsbad in 2004.
My Mom is 94 and going strong and lives in Cerritos,
Ca. My Dad was a victim of a auto accident in 1990.
He was a passenger and died at the age of 78. They
lived together in the South Bay area where my Dad
finished out his career at TRW. He was part of the
Engineering Teams that designed the heat guided missle and the Lunar Excursion Module.
My brother Bob, CHS Class of 1961, is a CPA and lives in Marina Del Rey. Other than two years in
Scottsdale, he has lived along the coast since 1966.
I was fortunate to meet and marry Bonnie Haider from
Downers Grove, Illinois. We had a beautiful marriage
that ended after thirty years in 1999, when she lost a
fifteen year battle with breast cancer. She enjoyed
meeting many of you at the 25th reunion.
Bonnie and I raised two sons. Vincent, born in 1979
graduated from Grand Canyon University, where he
attended on a baseball scholarship. Vincent is presently the Director of Sports Information at his Alma Mater.
Andrew, born in 1984, has completed three years at the University of Hartford's Hartt School, where he attends on a Musical Theater scholarship. He took a leave of absence from college to be part of the National Tour of THE BOYFRIEND, Directed by Julie Andrews. The run ended in March 2006.
I now have a new and beautiful life. I married Dru
Young in 2004 and we bought a great home in Carlsbad
overlooking the Pacific. Dru has a remarkable
background. She hails from Virginia, worked for
Hubert Humphrey on Capital Hill, but headed west in
1960 to seek her fortune, but learned of the glass
ceiling for women. She then went out selling
encyclopedias door to door, raising to the level of VP-
Sales for the Britannica. Since 1996 she has been an
Independent Product Consultant for Tahitian Noni
Juice. The April 2006 issue of SUCCESS AT HOME is
dedicated entirely to Tahitian Noni International and
hails it as the next great brand. Dru was the 15th
person to sign up.
Education and Career:
I graduated from the University of Arizona in 1963 with a BA in Economics and then went on active duty with the US Navy. I served aboard the USS Purdy DD-734, a WWII
vintage Destroyer ("Tin Can"), home ported out of
Newport, RI. Second and Sixth Fleet operations took me
to the North Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea, the
Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and
the Persian Gulf.
We hit many ports along the way in
Spain, France, Italy, Crete, Saudi Arabia, Aden,
Dubai, Bahrain, Iran, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Bermuda.
We transversed the Suez Canal twice. We spent six
weeks refresher training at GITMO. We also operated
out of Key West and followed a few Russian Trawlers to
Havana. While the PURDY was going through an overhaul in the Boston Shipyard, I enjoyed the Freedom Trail and over twenty Red Sox games at Fenway Park. In Boston I also saw Jackie, Bobby and Teddy Kennedy closeup--that was big in April 1964. Also saw games at Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium. Saw Mantle hit the facade with a drive. It was a fun time. I learned to love the sea in all her beauty and fury.
I started a marketing career with Shell Oil Company in
1966 and had various sales and management positions in Southern California. I was a charter member of
Shell's Laurel Society, awarded to the top 4%
performers and was one of three to be awarded it for
the third time. When the huge promotion came in 1979,
I turned it down to stay in San Diego. Being a goal
oriented person, the same job got old and I left Shell
in 1980 and became an Independent Shell Dealer with a
24 Hr. AutoCare Station in Ocean Beach. After seven
years I got burned out and sold the business. The
shock of Bonnie's cancer also took the toll on me too.
I hooked up with a Los Angeles Independent Oil Company as VP-Marketing, but it kept me away from the family and when a new opportunity came up to work out of the house, I took it. I helped a small athletic uniform
company grow and I am now a minority owner.
Being born in Brooklyn, I was always a Dodgers fan,
but switched to the Padres in 1983. Had season
tickets with both the Rams and Charges for many years.
Enjoyed many Lakers games in the West-Baylor years,
but the biggest sports event that I witnessed was
Sandy Koufax's perfect game against the Cubs in 1965.
Watching my sons perform on the field for one and the
stage for the other always will be fond memories.
Now it is travel and making Dru the happiest woman
alive that is important now.
Humble Oil Company (Now EXXON), flew me into LA for an interview and put me up at the Beverly Hilton the night of the 1966 Academy Awards, where the Ball was
held. Guest of the hotel were able to watch the stars of the era exit the ballroom. I was a few feet from them all. I do remember how great Liz Taylor, Sophia Loren and Kim Novak looked. Also was surprised the Gregory Peck, James Stewart, Paul Newman and even John Wayne were shorter than me. Lee Marvin was clutching his Oscar he received for CAT BALLOU.
The biggest story to tell is what I have learned about Tahitian Noni Juice from Dru., who was one of the original Distributors for Tahitian Noni International (TNI). When I met Dru in 2003 I had not heard of noni. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that this exotic fruit from Tahiti would change my life.Drinking Tahitian Noni Juice daily has given me the same energy I had when I was in my thirties.