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Class of 1959
Jack M. Miller
Jack M. Talsky
Richard W. "Rick" Gonser
Stephen G. Headley
John Eldred, e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHOOL SUMMARY: Graduated 1959. Pretended to run track in Senior year,
Sophomore and Varsity Cheer. Member Alpha Theta Chi. Fun
times...sometimes too much fun. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND BEYOND: Attended
LBSC. Graduated 1963. Intended to teach but military wanted me. Joined
Navy. Went to OCS. Assigned to different duty stations. Left
active duty in 1968 and joined Navy Reserves retiring in 1989. After
leaving military active duty, went to work with Telephone company
mostly in HR positions. Retired from telephone company in 1996.
During early days with company, went back to school and finally got a
teaching credential. Taught over the years at various Community
Colleges. After retiring from telephone company, taught at Sacramento
Job Corps-10 years- a Charter School and Sacramento County Jail.
Currently do Employment Oriented Seminars at various
Schools-Middle/High Schools, Colleges and Jails. FAMILY: Found my one
and only wife while out of the country with the Navy. Married 50 years
plus. Two boys. Five Gkids-1 girl and 4 boys. Three are now in college.
HOBBIES/FUN: Moved to Sacramento area in 1989. First 16 years played
farmer...horses, goats, fruit trees, etc. Finally gave it up!!!!!
Mostly drive the wife crazy and drive Gkids around and go to their
various activities, but I am really a bum. CLOSING :Really sorry
to hear about Susie Applequist.....really a super lady. And my old
YMCA/fishing buddy Gary Tidwell. See everybody in 5 years! Bye for now.
Need Help finding a '59 classmate
Hi my name is Debbie I'm looking for my husbands father James Byron Fletcher.
He graduated in 1959 he also was part of the serfs service club. I
didn't know if you had any ideas or maybe someone that might know him.
Please email the webmaster at email@example.com if you can help.
E-Mail: Richard Charlton/59 Charlton3@home.com
for address or more info
Life Update: Richard Charlton/1959 and Allen Campbell
were best friends from kindergarten in Artesia, CA. He was at
Millikan until 1958.
Barbara Kelley -
Message to Classmates:
Life Update: After graduation I joined the Navy and be came
a Corpsman. I was assigned to Camp Pendleton Navel Hospital for
2 years then was assigned to the Fourth Marine Brigade at MCAS
Kaneohe Hawaii for the last few years of my service time. I got
out in June 1963 and became in employed in emergency medical
transportation for Adams Ambulance in South Gate Ca. where I
met my wife Karen a graduated of Jordan Hi. We raised three boys
over the next 30 years together until she died in 1993. I have
had a rewarding life and still look forward for more rewards
with my work with the Boy Scouts of America as a volunteer by
sharing in the development of our young generation.
School Activities: I was on the original
Corydon Staff in the school Print shop. Setting type for the
first edition and working with the printing staff daily. In my
days at Millikan I became the pressman that printed the paper
until I left in June 59 along with Cliff Johnston and Ralph Owens.
My Junior year was busy working on the Corydon staff and playing
JV Football and was the Manager of the track team taking pictures
and giving First aid to the track team when needed. In my senior
year I was on the Varsity football team and did the same with
the track team again along with working on the Corydon staff.
My favorite activities was working on the paper and learning
more about the Graphic Arts industry Which I did not pursue.
Hobbies/Fun: In my retirement I have plans to travel a
bit and love to camp and have developed a knack of cooking as
our pioneers did in a cast iron pot called a Dutch oven.
Jack M. Miller
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Occupation(s): I worked for the federal government
from 1970-94, retiring as a member of the Senior Foreign Service
with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which
is responsible for the administration of U.S. foreign assistance
programs in developing countries.
Message to Classmates: I hope we have a great turnout
for the reunion. I look forward to seeing you there.
School Activities: Varsity football and tennis. Varsity
Life Update: After leaving Millikan, I attended
Cal State Long Beach, where I met my future wife, Patricia (Ellis),
a 1961 graduate of Long Beach Poly. We married in 1963 while
still in school. After graduation, I worked for a couple of years,
and then joined the Army in early 1966, heading off for nine
months at Fort Knox, Kentucky. I left there as a first lieutenant
and was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington, where I was lucky enough
to spend the balance of my enlistment.
Following my three-year stint in the Army, I headed
to graduate school back at Cal State Long Beach, obtaining an
MBA in 1970. One of the jobs for which I applied was with USAID.
A couple of months later, I received a call from USAID's Washington,
D.C. headquarters offering me a job in Rio de Janeiro. So off
we went on the beginning of a foreign service career, which ended
with my retirement in 1994. My wife - an ESL specialist, son
(beginning in 1974), and I spent 21 years abroad, living in Brazil,
Korea, Sri Lanka, Honduras, Pakistan, and Mozambique. I had an
extremely rewarding career, trying to help those in a number
of developing countries, while having the opportunity to travel
and live extensively overseas.
After retirement, we returned to our home in Takoma
Park, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. I am now tending
to the home front while Patricia seeks her Ph.D. in Linguistics.
We are the proud grandparents of a two-year old girl and a two-month
old boy. And, lastly, I am just about completely mended from
open heart, by-pass surgery that I underwent in early 2000.
Hobbies/Fun: Travel, walking and exercise.
Car - Millikan Days: A 1956 Chevy, two-tone Bel Air, hard-top
convertible. I loved that thing.
Life Update: After retiring from the Navy 1980. I decided
to live the life of Riley or at least for awhile. My wife and
I went fishing almost every day. If we weren't fishing we were
traveling in our motorhome. In 1981 I went to work for the Navy
Exchange as an Refrigeration mechanic. Nineteen years later I'm
the facilities Manager looking forward to my second retirement.
My wife and I will celebrate our 30th anniversary next month.
We are looking forward to full timing in our RV.
I have postponed my second retirement at least for now. I'm
the Facilities Manager for the
District of Japan. In Yokosuka Japan. We maintain all of Navy
Exchanges in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. It has enhanced
my career as well given my wife and I the opportunity to travel
and to see other parts of the world.
See MillikanVets page
Your Occupations: (Truck Broker) Owner for 20 Years
School Activities: BTD
Message to Classmates: If we only knew then, what we know
Life Update: Living on North Lake in Irvine, California
across the water from "Waters Restaurant" with my wife
of 14 years," Sharlene" two children, Trent, age 31,
and Tricia, age 26,- one granddaughter, age 7. We travel twice
a month. Work 3-4 days a week shipping freight all over the U.S.
Hobbies/Fun: Fishing, Boating and Vacationing
Car - Millikan Days: 1955 Chevy. Photos
and more info at "Cars of the 50s"
Richard W. "Rick" Gonser
Your Occupation(s): Software Engineering Section Manager
- Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
Web Site: http://www.iechome.org
[L-3 Communications/Interstate Electronics]
Message to Classmates: "You're never to old to learn"
School Activities: Gymnastics, 40th Millikan Reunion2000
The 60s - AA Degree, Most Valuable Gymnast LBCC, US
Naval Reserve/Naval Aviator-Served in Viet Nam. Photos and more
info at Updates on Class 1957-60, Vets, divorced, no children.
The 70s - BS Degree CSULB, Apollo Associate Engineer
Space Systems Division of Rockwell International (Downey), Engineer
Quality/Reliability Marine Systems Division of Rockwell International
The 80s - Programmer/Analyst GPS User Equipment
Magnavox Advanced Systems (Torrance), Senior Engineer Specialist
Space Surveillance Programs Aerojet ElectroSystems (Azusa), Who's
Who in the West, remarried, no children.
The 90s - MBA Degree University of LaVerne, CBEST,
K-12, Multiple Subjects, ESL, Software Quality Assurance Manager
Unisys Corporation (Camarillo), currently employed at L-3 Communications/Interstate
Electronics Corporation (Anaheim).
Hobbies/For Fun: Restore Old Pontiac Musclecars, Raise Siberian
Huskies, Sr Technical Advisor Pontiac-Oakland Club International
(POCI), Chief Judge Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).
Car - Millikan Days: 1955 Pontiac Chieftain Sedan (Big
Chief), 1959 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible (Bonnie) Photos
and more info at "Cars of the 50s"
Occupation: Semi retired
Message to Classmates: Would love to see everyone again.
Life Update: Based in Walnut Creek, CA about 24 mi. east
of San Francisco. 3 grown sons, real estate broker, hospital
volunteer, fundraiser for health, animal and environmental issues.
Hobbies/Fun: Love travel and meeting people.
Millikan Days:US NAVY Click to see Vets
Currently retired from CBS News in Oklahoma where I wrote, produced,
and was talent on air in Oklahoma City for years.
Class of '59 - the first class to attend Millikan for three full years.
I still have my 1st edition of the Ram Pages.
I wish the Class of '59 were having a reunion. Probably not too many of us left.
(Gilmore, Class of '61) and I have been married for 45 years and have 5
children, all grown and out of the house for many years. After a
year at the Free University of Berlin in '65-'66, we moved to Gilroy,
CA, where we lived for 36 years rearing our kids. I was a high
school English teacher for 20 years, and Nancy owned a private
school. We also had our own theatre (Center Stage) we I directed
and Nancy produced plays for about 18 years. We retired to Oregon
to a home on a lake three miles from the ocean in 2003, but after a
year of doing little, we got into real estate eventually buying the
office (Lakeside Real Estate) in '07.
I sure would like to hear from
anyone who might remember me (positively). I have no claims to
fame from my three years at Millikan. I sang bass in the glee
club, and I was president of the Key Club. Otherwise, I was
pretty invisible. But Millikan was (and is, I presume) a great
school, and I have many happy memories.
P.S. Paul, I don't believe I ever met you. I thank you for your efforts with this webpage.
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