Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Reid Stevens

I received this back in February but just noticed it today, sorry for the delay, Reid!:

Hey All, Reid Stevens here working late on proposals and needed some head space and mindless facebook relief ... somehow I ran across this BLOG. Nice work Jeff.

My blurb... I'm living in Pacific Grove Ca, Business Development and Enterprise Sales Director for Level(3) Communications, and running my own consulting company.

Life is good, connecting to the past is infinitely important.

Thank you Jeff for your efforts!

Reid has a blog here

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sathvik Krishnamurthy on Fox News

Here he is on Fox "news" talking about information encryption. Looking good Sathvik! Also, here's a picture of him from 1981 that I just found!

Sathvik on Fox

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jill Jacobs

Did my undergraduate at UCLA and loved it earning a BA in history. I spent my junior year at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and fell in love with Israel. I went back for more after graduating and taught in a kindergarten, led youth tours in the summers, and began my studies for my master's degree. After two years (three years in Israel total) I relocated stateside and finished up my Master's Degree in 1995. I got kind of an estoteric degree in Jewish education and amazingly enough, I've found ample and interesting work ever since graduation.

After graduation, I moved to Boston for a decade and LOVED the east coast. I loved the richness of culture, the public transportation and the change of seasons. I started out teaching and then moved into the Jewish Community Center world working as a Jewish educator. I loved the work and wrote on the side, eventually landing a job at a multimedia company and winning a book contract (Hebrew for Dummies; 2003; Wiley & Sons.)

After the book came out, I took another big leap, back to the San Francisco Bay Area where I thought I was home for good. I landed a great job at a JCC and continued to write on the side. I immersed myself in Bay Area life and then ... I met my fiance on a blind date. He's from Los Angeles (though he was born in Montreal and graduated from Cal, so he has some cache) and works as a sports writer for the LA Times.

After a year of long distance dating Bill Shaikin (that's the guy) put a ring on my finger and down to SoCal I went. We currently live a cozy life in Irvine and I teach middle school at the local Jewish day school, Tarbut V'Torah. We've been blessed with a healthy pregnancy and are expecting a baby in February 2010. I've been loving teaching, pregnancy and coupledom and am as happy as a clam.

In terms of NGHS connections, I saw Lisa Hamanaka a bit when I was in Boston, and have reconnected with Michele (Bockstein) Van Gelderen since being back in LA.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Northgate on Facebook

Right around the time that I started this, Facebook exploded with exponential growth. Many in our class have Facebook accounts, and it is an easy way to keep up with everyone. Future reunion information will likely be through that venue.

There is a
general Northgate High School group

and a:

class of 1986 group

Check it out.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mr. Gishe Retires?

Ken Mock went over to Northgate last week and noticed a "Goodbye Mr. Gishe" banner outside. We are assuming that means he retired at the end of the 08/09 school year. I think that Jeff Spoden would be the only teacher left who was teaching there in 1986.

Some updates from the Class Reunion Book

Few updates lately, I know, but here are some new ones from the reunion book, so they are current as of 2006:

Tiffany (Hogan) Preston: Living in Martinez, teaching Head Start preschool.

Kim (Torkington) Mitchell: After working at Nordstrom for 15 years, is training to become Radiologist, living in Seattle.

Louise (Bradford) Nguyen: BA in Poli Sci at Berkeley, living in Lafayette.

Cara (Mason) Wilfong: Graduated from Cal Poly, living in Palm City, Florida

Karen (McCarthy) MacDonald: BS from Chico State, working for a pharmaceutical company in Granite Bay, CA

Beth Schutz: Project manager for a construction company, living in Napa

Rodney Centeno: Ever elusive, he lists a spouse, Melanie, and no other information. Anyone know what he is up to these days?

Nici (Grace) Kammerer: Living in Fresno, working in marketing/sales

Laura (Potts) Page: A realtor in Discovery Bay

Rudy Oest: Sheriff's dept. detective in Walnut Creek

Susi (Haug) Farmer: CPA in Walnut Creek

Brigit Sanderson: Working on a wildlife biology PhD, was living in Washington state

Wendy (Wilk) Spence: Teaching 5th to 8th grade in Santa Clara

Charlotta (Johannesson) La Via: Plastic surgeon, Pacific Palisades

Michelle Stashyn: Sales rep. with McBee/Deluxe in Walnut Creek

Colleen (Sharapata) Huber: Living in Granite Bay, CA

Jodi (Matthews) Buie: Lawyer in Santa Barbara

Andreas Eckelmann: Doctor of general medicine in Dahn, Germany

Michelle (Hilverda) Rice: Sales Director, Pampered Chef, Bozeman, Montana

Spencer Williams: Insurance Underwriter, living in Concord

Kristin Hicks: Living in Brookline, Mass.

Blair Stientjes: Sales, Union Bank, living in S.F.

Lisa (Hamanaka) Ellsworth: Educational software design/development, Arlington, Mass.

Andrea (Lee) Carboni: Living in Coppell, TX

Christopher Gillis: PG&E/Schwab, Concord

Laurie (Lentz) Rades: Living near Milwaukee, WI

Laura (Moran) Wilber: Ad Sales for CBS Radio, El Dorado Hills, CA

Gretchen Schmidt: Applications developer for King County, WA, living in Seattle

Christy (Richardson) Mitchell: Dental Assistant, Lincoln, CA

James Doss: Finance/Accounting, RF Industries, San Diego

Neda (Mansourian) Whitney: Living in Concord

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Laura Wakefield Faulkner

Laura faulkner said... (in a comment on the "Everyone googles themselves eventually..." post)

Meg Smetzer just told me about this site but i see that I have a mystery last name :-)...I never married anyone named Howe so I am not sure where that came from. :-0 My real name is actually Laura Wakefield Faulkner. This will be a fun site to look at and find out what everyone has been up to all of these years. Thanks for doing this..especially for those of us who live too far away to come to the reunions..
Thanks for writing Laura, I'm not sure how the "Howe" got there either! Let us know where you are and what you have been doing these past decades. -Jeff

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Mr. Christensen’s 6th grade class at Castle Rock

Click on picture for larger version.
Note the increasing heights from top to bottom.
Many Northgate '86 folks including:

Rodney Centeno, Tina Cassano (NICE HAIR TINA!), Pete Rooney, Jody Matthews, Shannon Groh, Kevin Ballew, Karyn Dale, Future '49ers cheerleader Kristin White, Mike Radokovich, Lesley Chiu, Chrissy Winslow, Sharon Krejci, Kirk Mower, Beth Schutz, Nici Grace, Gary Voerge, Cindy Silldorff

Kristin (White) Slye

I’ve had a chance to reconnect with a lot of Northgate folks through Facebook, yet see a lot of new names on here. So, I thought I’d send the quick update for your blog and encourage everyone to create a profile on FB since it’s such a great tool to reacquaint with long lost folks.

Here’s my simple timeline update:
· Graduated NGHS
· DVC for 3 semesters
· 49er Cheerleader - we won two SuperBowls while I was a Goldrush girl!
· San Jose State University - was a Delta Gamma
· Interned at BBDO Advertising, Silicon Valley
· Moved to San Diego - Sales & Marketing Manager for Hospitality Company
· Moved back to San Francisco in ‘98 - Marketing Manager for various hospitality companies like Brendan Tours, Runaway Tours, and Kimpton Hotels
· Got married in 2003 to Jeff Slye - UCLA guy & eco-consultant
· Honeymooned for 6 months throughout South & Central America
· Started my own hospitality branding company called Slye Marketing (thank goodness I didn’t have to use my maiden name because White Marketing sounds like a Dave Chappelle skit)
· Have created brands for over 50 hotels, plus worked with various other hospitality companies - it’s likely some of you have stayed overnight in my creations
· Had a baby - Jake Fredrick Slye 11/5/06
· Bought circa 1893 house in the USF/Panhandle district of San Francisco - just finished a renovation

All throughout the 20 years, two constants: (1) lots of travel and (2) dancing - either performing, teaching, or learning (most recently fire-dancing)

That’s the snapshot. Bummed to have missed the reunion, but I was pregnant and had my attention on prepping for motherhood in 2006. Looking forward to the next one.

Lastly, thanks for starting this.

Kristin (Kristi) White Slye

PS - I saw that my old Castle Rock best friend, Jenny Randolph, with a truncated e-mail of cjlombard... commented on your blog. Jenny - if you're out there, drop me a line at kristinslye@yahoo.com - I have the best memories of listening to records (mainly Grease over and over and over) at your house after school - good times.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Future of the NGHS 1986 blog

Regardless of the book issue (see previous post), I'm not sure if it makes sense to keep going with this until the next reunion.

I could keep it up on the web so that people can check in.
I can take it offline until a year before the next reunion (25 year in 2011?). I do think this would be a great way to publicize and plan for the next reunion. I know that most people really enjoyed the reunion, but many didn't hear about it, and a lot of folks thought the venue was too small and the time allotted was too short. So those planning the next one could use this site as another way of broadcasting the details of the event. In any case, we do have an updated email list.

I could keep it up as more of a community bulletin board, making it easy for others to post questions and comments. Perhaps a listserv would be better, but then people get inundated with emails. The bulletin board issue is that I would probably need to keep track of possibly inappropriate postings.

I could turn it over to someone with more time than me to keep it going in whatever format.

Regardless of the future state of the blog, I think it has already had its intended effect of letting everyone know what we have been doing, and in many cases getting some folks back in touch with each other. Not to mention clearing up some of the Northgate Mysteries (though much still remains murky!).

So let me know in comments what you think.


The Reunion Book

Hi everyone,
I know it's been awhile since I've posted, but now that the semester is over I can think about this site again.

I was recently sent a copy of the Reunion Book. I was wondering if you think I should post some things from the book, from people who haven't sent in their info. My guess is that most people by now have heard about the site but haven't emailed because they are not willing to have their personal info on the web.

On the other hand, they did publicize their current (as of 2006) status.

I have had a few requests to take down information, and I have complied with every one, even if the info was already someplace else on the web.

I could scan and post the book as is, but the quality isn't that great to begin with. I could post the bios of the folks who have not yet posted. I could ignore it altogether.

So, for those of you who check in occasionally, let me know what you think.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Inland Empire

Northgate-related trivia of the day: the main character in the David Lynch film "Inland Empire" is named Nikki Grace.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Kurt Arnlund update

I am a video game programmer living in Irvine, CA: Double Helix
is the name of the company I currently work for, and Silent Hill:
Homecoming is my latest game that was just released Sept 30th.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Kevin Plazak

We had some sketchy details about Kevin earlier, but he wrote in to comments and I'm posting them on the main page with his permission:

In answer to your invoked "spill" -- first wife didn't take (11 years-- it was a good run), currently living with my fiance -- making it official soon. There was a gap in there where I was unattached -- we shall call that Kevin's age of bad, bad choices and eventual enlightenment. "No kids that I am aware of" as the poets say.

I currently go by the handles of "Pilaf", "Bert", "Ernesto", "Kevicchio" and "Veeks". Never had a nickname until the last two years -- been an interesting two years.

I am learning to cook from a chef friend in his restaurant -- it is a cultural shock -- a lot of fun too. I have about 2000 gallons of water in my basement full of fish. I own my own business selling the aforementioned fish. I am working on trying to garden (first year mostly a bust) but a few veggies did okay.

I lecture on tropical fish throughout the west coast, write articles for tropical fish magazines every few months, consult for folks with tropical fish businesses and generally know too much about teleosts from tropical climes.

Got a degree in Biological Conservation, living in Portland, Oregon (excellent food, wonderful culture, fairly good beer, perfect weather), starting to become not awful at frisbee golf and enjoying myself nearly every day. Been happy for a couple of years and I think I am going to stick with it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Nicole (Mathewson) Scott

Nicole wrote in today. Many thanks for the photos and the update!
Here's my story:

I earned a BA (Int'l Business/Finance) at Howard University in Washington , DC . I stayed in DC after college working and traveling for a professional association. At the same time, I opened a coffee house/art gallery with my husband-to-be (Bruce). We closed the store in '96, but I am still working in IT consulting. I'm an Oracle DBA, but also design and implement data warehouse/business intelligence solutions.

I've been married 13 years and have a 10 year old daughter.

Photography has always been my passion. In 2005 I had an exhibit in the Governor's gallery at the state capitol in Santa Fe , NM and I do some freelance work when time allows. I loved taking photos for the school yearbook and have great memories of Mr. Schwerin's photography class. He seemed to have a perpetually full coffee cup in his hand and threw erasers when he was angry (usally when kids kept exposing whole rolls of film and tossing coins in the fixer).

I've attached three photos: one of Kim Vietch (circa'85), another of me, Sydney Abram and Jeff Keys at graduation, and one of my daughter a few years ago when we were overrun by millions of cicadas.

NGHS ‘86 Connections:
· I have kept in touch with Kim Vietch Hauxhurst by snail mail for years.
· Sydney Abram Taylor earned a BA at Rice and MBA at Michigan . She's moved around the country, but currently lives in Atlanta with her husband. She works for Coca Cola. She keeps in touch with Connie Gonzalez who I understand is married with 2 kids and living in Vacaville .
· Jeffery Keys did undergrad at Berkeley and earned his MBA at UCLA. He's been working in finance between LA and NY. Currently manages a private equity fund in NY and lives in NJ with his wife and 3 kids.
· I caught up with Kathleen McAuliffe probably 8 years ago in Charlottesville , VA where she was living at the time. She was an Episcopal minister; married with an infant son.

Interestingly two of my daughter's teachers have had a NGHS connection. One is Sandhya Rajan (‘91??) and the other is not a NGHS grad, but is a good friend of Bart Hummer. I've seen Shawn White ('85) and Kim Lassair (’87) each a couple of times. Shawn lives in North Carolina with his wife and kids. Kim is here in DC.

Thanks again Jeff for doing this!

Best Wishes,

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Bernd Martini

Hi Jeff!

I happened to come across the NGHS86 site purely by chance. I wasn’t even trying to look up anything NGHS, Walnut Creek , etc, related, yet some how I ended up there. I have to say it’s been a blast reading all the posts from everyone. Thanks for the memories!

Just a quick summary of my life the past 22 years.

After high school, I also ended up at UC Berkeley (along with 40 or so other people from our class, none of which, ok there were 3 or 4 exceptions, I ever ran into during my time there). In 1991 I graduated with a BA in Political Science. About a year after graduating from Berkeley , I ended up working in a town just north of Venice, Italy. My dad knew the managing director of a company that manufactured fractional horsepower motors (the kind that operate washing machines, dishwashers, etc) and he suggested that I write to him to see if I could spend a year working there. Well, I ended up working for the financial controller looking through ream after ream of printouts trying to pick out anomalies in the data.

At the time I thought I’d just spend a year in Italy and then go back to the Bay Area but as my year in Italy drew to a close, I decided to go teach English and German in Central Europe. Having studied Political Science, and since it was the early 90’s, Central Europe was too hard for me to resist. So, I ended up in Budapest teaching English and German at a technical high school. At the time most schools in Central Europe were transitioning from mandatory Russian lessons to English or German. It wasn’t that the school I worked for was looking for qualified teachers to teach English but rather that they wanted somebody that the Russian teachers, who were being retrained to become English and German teachers, could practice with. Although I did have a full class load, I can’t say that I was a very effective teacher for the kids. Couple the fact that I was not a qualified teacher (and didn’t speak much Hungarian at the beginning) with the fact that during this transition period, the grades the kids earned in English or German didn’t get calculated into their GPA’s (ie, most, not all, didn’t really care about whether they learned something or not)…..well, you get the idea.

Again, I thought that I would spend a year in Budapest and then go back to California , but as the year drew to a close I decided to pursue an MBA in Hungary. I ended up studying at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences (formerly known as the Karl Marx University of Economics) for 2 years and had the time of my life. I met an exchange student from the Netherlands while in Budapest and after my time at the university was over, I ended up moving to the Netherlands to be with her.

So, I lived in Amsterdam for about 11 years. While in Amsterdam I worked for a company called Trane where I did inventory management and ended up traveling throughout Europe . This lasted for about 6 years, the last year of which I spent shutting down about 13 warehouses and, surprise!, I worked my way out of a job! (Yes, I did see that coming!) I then ended up working for a San Jose based company called Novellus Systems where I also did the European inventory management. Both jobs were a blast and I learned a lot about logistics during that time.

After about 10 ½ years living in sin my girlfriend and I finally got married. Prior to getting married we were already contemplating our next step and finally, after considering many different places (yes, including the Bay Area) we finally decided that we would move to Australia . We have now been in Brisbane , Australia for a year this month and don’t regret coming here. …….and all I ever wanted to do was to go to Italy for a year!

I don’t see many people from high school and the ones I do, I don’t see very often nor have contact with very often, but contact we do have on occasion. When we do see each other it is like the years in between just melt away and that we haven’t been apart at all. They know who they are and should know that I miss them dearly.

Well, that’s part of my story. It’s been amazing to read all of yours and to read about where you have been and what you have done over the years. I see that at least 1 other person from our class is in Australia. Are there any others?

If you ever find yourself in Brisbane , Australia please drop me a line. berndmartiniATgmail.com I’d be happy to put you up for a few nights. Or just to meet up with old (class)mates and have a few stubbies one arvo!

Bernd Martini

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Caryn Gribbon

Hi! Yes, I am in Real Estate and I did make it to the reunion! It was a
great time and so nice to see everyone. I think it is great that you
started this Blog and thank you to Elizabeth Bacher for notifying me of
it! (and unfortunately, I am one of the mystery kids in the Castle
Rock, Mrs. Glenn's 4th Grade Class! scary!)

Monday, September 1, 2008

Everyone Googles Themselves Eventually

According to Mike S., "Everyone Googles themselves eventually." Based on this axiom, I'm going to bore everyone by posting the names, all 255, of those alumni who possibly do not know about this site. Perhaps they will also search terms such as:

Northgate High School, Walnut Creek, Class of '86, Class of 1986, Mrs. Thiele (kidding)...and then find us that way.

Remember, anyone who wants me to delete non-publicly available information from this site is welcome to send me an email.

Site Stats: We have 95 updates posted. There are 12 people who have either emailed or posted in comments but haven't sent in an update yet. There are about 7 who have posted on the NGHS Classmates.com site, but not here.

Of the remaining ~250 alums, I have email addresses for about 41, snail mail addresses for about 190, and no information whatsoever for about 25. Of those 25, I know at least one was at the reunion. I know a lot of people who have posted here are in contact with these folks, so I'm sure there are many who are not really interested in this, or at least prefer to stay behind the scenes, as it were.

Rebecca ABEND, Sydney ABRAM Taylor, Michael ALPHIN, Kris ANKAITAS, Holly ARNOLD Ehrhart, Barbara ASTER Washington, Anthony AVANSINO, Kevin BALLEW, Steve BANDUCCI, Beverly BEHM, Andrew BELL, Leslie BELL Regos, Deanna BENEDICT, Steve BERG, Mike BILUND, Mike BORKE, Louise BRADFORD Sloan, Andrea BRAIDMAN, Kerry BREEN, Nicole BROOKS, Joe BROWN, Kathleen BRUEMMER, Shanon BRUMFIELD Pascoe, Maria BULARAN, Bob BYLAND, Brian CALLAHAN, Dan CANTRELL, Steve CARROLL, Greg CASE, Rodney CENTENO, Ted CHAMBERS, Mary CHATSWORTH, Becky CHENG, Lesley CHIU, Nancy CHOI Hwang, Cristella CHU, James CLARK, Erin CORRIGAN, Karolyn COVIONE, John CRITES, Karyn DALE, Kris D'AMELIO, Mark DANIELS, Lora DEILY, Martina DENARDO, Jim DOSS, Laura DULL, Robert DUNBAR, Janelle DWINELL, Andreas ECKLEMANN, Karen EILER Roach, Monica FABIAN Lowney, Jay FALLON, Jill FARRENKOPF Kramer, Patricia FEGAN, Shelia FITZGERALD, Mike FLAMINIO, Christy FOK, Renee FOUST, Bill GASS, Evgenia GEORGE, Christopher GILLIS, Mike GIOMI, Steve GLASS, Connie GONZALEZ Hall, John GOOCH, Seth GOODMAN, Garth GOODRICH, David GRAJEK, Jeff GREEN, Pamela GRIFFITH, Jeffrey GRUBB, Jim GUENTHER, Ken HAAS, Jim HACKETT, Melanie HAGERSTRAND, Lisa HALL Tyrell, Audra HALLQUIST Morucci, Lisa HAMANAKA, Bert HAN, Jason HANCOCK, Kirsten HANSEN Foehr, Robert HANSFORD, Mark HARRIS, Tim HARRIS, Milton HARTOGH, Susi HAUG, Felicia HAYES Ponce, Jeffrey HERMAN, Amelia HERNANDEZ Vallejo, Mike HESS, Kristin HICKS, Lynn HODGES Thompson, Tiffany HOGAN, Ann Marie HOLM, Brian HOLMES, Michael HOUSE, Amie HUANG Aslami, Caren HULT Bodiot, Bart HUMMER, Mitch HUNTER, Martin Iglesias, Amira Issa, Jill JACOBS, Charlotta JOHANNESSON La Via, Tom JONES, Karen KANESHIGE Cortez, Linda Keating, Carolyn KEMPKER, Michael Kendig, Jeff KEYS, Martin KINDNESS, Rebecca KINZLER Fredrickson, Robin KNAPP, Eric KNIEP, Chris KNOX, Jennifer KRINER Herbert, Sylvia KUNG, Gerilynn KURPINSKY Borghelli, Dawn LAWSON Byrd, Angie LECAS Borgwardt, John LEE, Laurie LENTZ, Dave LINCOLN, Victor LOCASIO, Tracy LONG, Kimberly LOOMER, Clive LUI, Paul MACHI, Linda MACLEOD Mcdougal, Mike MANNIE, Neda MANSOURIAN, Kurtis MARTINEZ, Bernd MARTINI, Cara MASON Wilfong, Kristin MATHEWS, no MATHEWSON Scott, Jody MATTHEWS Buie, Kathleen MCAULIFFE, Karen MCCARTHY Macdonald, Jim MCCRACKEN, Barbara MCDONALD Mathis, Larry MCDONOUGH, Maureen McGhee, Jennifer MCGILLIVRAY Byrom, Jim MCMANUS, Colleen (Kelley) MESSEX, Katie Messner, Monty MILANO, Matt MONACHELLO, Danny MOORE, Laura MORAN Wilber, Jeffrey MORGAN, Jessica MORGAN Kinsey, Scott MUNCER, Kathleen NEUMAN Shipp, Mike NEVILLE, Mary Kay NIELSON, Karen NIESS, Lane OCHIKUBO, John O'CONNOR, Rudy OEST, Kelly O'KEEFE, Jeff ONDECK, Mark PAPINA, Bill PARIS, Lisa PATTERSON, Karen PAYNE, Jennifer PAZ Galligani, Lars PENDLETON, Kathy PERZEL, Natalie Pfeiffer, Scott Phillips, Kristine PLACHY, Michelle PLOURDE, Paul PLUMMER, Laura POTTS Page, Courtney POWELL, Chris Power, Leanne POYNTER Hile, Greg PROPHET, Jeff PROSSER, Michelle PUSICH, Krag RASMUSSEN, Martin RASMUSSEN, Tami RATHJEN, Don REEVES, Adam RICE, Christi RICHARDSON, Brian RILEY, Karen ROBIE Ivankovich, Bill ROGERS, Peter ROONEY, Leah RUBINSTEIN, Chris RYMER, Ludwig SALVADOR, Diptendu (Bobby) SAMANTA, Brigit SANDERSON, Jonathan SCHEELE, Heidi SCHEXNAYDER Goodman, Melissa SCHRAEDER, Colleen Sharapata Huber, Victoria SHARP Fiske, Greg SHAW, Flora SHY Pinnella, Cynthia Silldorff, John SNYDER, David SPERLING, Dave STAFFORD, Michelle STASHYN, Tracie STEPHENS, Reid STEVENS, Mark STIEFVATER, Justin STOREY, Joann SUGIMURA Wyman, Joyce TAN, Greg (Morgan) TAYLOR, Julie TAYLOR, Anthony THIELE, Tom THORPE, Joe TONDA, Kim TORKINGTON, Gayle TORNBERG, Tim TRICE, Carrie TUBB Fair, Patricia TURNER, Debbie VAN SLAMBROOK, Doug VELIKAN, Laura WAKEFIELD, John WALKER, Libby WALKER, Lynn WALKOWIAK Morphew, Celia WANG, Pam WATROUS, Scott WEBB, Katherine W., Jennifer WEED, John WEISEL, Kristin WHITE, Raquel WHITE, Darren WHITTAKER, Wendy WILK Spence, Karen WILKIN, Spencer WILLIAMS, Chrissy WINSLOW Anderson, Arnold WONG, Eric WRIGHT, Christine Yee, Lisa YEE, Andy YEN, Karen ZAWADZKI, Kim ZITTER Nunn, Brenda Zugar, Mark GRAHAM, Charlotte NG, Kelley MEER, Kathryn JOHNSON, Carmie ANDERSON, Teri ROSS, Deborah Hellman

Kevin Herney

Thanks to Google, Kevin found the blog. From comments:

I own a small contracting company. I have been married for 20 years. My wife Dana and I have two beautiful daughters, Amelia and Sophia. (11 and 9)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Chris Weiss

Chris Weiss writes in today, with bonus info on Pete Rooney and Gregory Morgan Taylor, among others...

Post Northgate, I meandered around trying to find my path, trying a
bunch of classes at DVC and generally pissing my life away. In a fit
of "getting my shit together", I went through the quick & dirty
educational path of technical school for electronics and got in early
as a game tester for Maxis. I spent 7 years there, working on games
like SimCity and the Sims and such, then on to Palm for 7 years
working on their handhelds and then a short stint at an industrial
chemical testing software company. I'm currently a producer at
Expresso Fitness, making interactive cardio bikes sold into places
like 24hr, Crunch, YMCA, and corporate gyms and living in San Jose.

I've fully embraced my inner geek and am a big social networking-web
2.0-lifecasting whore. You can find me on Facebook, FriendFeed,
LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr, Pownce, and just about any other "look at
me!" site out there either under my own name or as "stickyc". I'd say
'check out my blog', but it's not been updated in years.

I still keep in touch almost daily with Pete Rooney, Andrew Bell, and
Jon Hastings. Pete married Shannon Deverman (NGHS class of '88) and
works for San Joaquin College of Law (incidentally, Shannon became
a teacher who taught at Northgate for several years before moving
to Clovis with Pete where she teaches now). They live in Fresno with
their 5 year old redheaded son, Sean. Andrew Bell lives in San
Francisco and works for WestEd, writing standardized tests for school
systems in Kansas. He got married this June to a co-worker, Megan
Andrew. Jon's already posted here.

I keep in touch less regularly with Gregory Morgan Taylor. He lives in
Livermore with his wife, Tony and their 4 kids. As far as I know, he's
still working for FedEx and acting as a real-estate agent on the side.

Some asked about Jay Fallon - the last I heard of him, he was working
for an ISP in Walnut Creek (he.net?) as a customer service rep, that
was maybe 8 years ago.

It's awesome seeing where everyone's lives have taken them

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Interesting Yearbook Quotes

Some of my favorites.

Doug Alessio: "The time has come to crush the mouth that bites the hand that feeds it" -Spiro Agnew (Spiro Agnew???)

Barbara Aster: "And now for something completely different." -John Cleese

Chris Bowhay: "When it gets dark enough you can see the stars." -C.A. Beard

Don Dornblaser: "If you have been measuring the temperature of the water in your three test cups, you should have enough data by now." (who was this? Tippary?)

Brian Duckering: "You can lead a duck to water but you can't make him sink; which shows you can't keep a good duck down."

Seth Hansell: "As a circle of light increases, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it."

Jon Hastings: "It's hard being bean."

Anneliese Hopwood: "There are universes begging for Gods...yet he hangs around this one looking for work."

Andrea Lee: "I move my feet to the pop tart beat." -Kellogg's

John Lee: "Yes, I am a Senior!!!"

Mike Sela: "Hey, wait a minute! This is grass! We've been eating grass!!" -Gary Larson (pasted into the book, see below)

Ted Wait: "NO BRAINS NO HEADACHES" -Mazz (the music teacher, Tony Mazzaferro).

Raquel White: "Twelve years of schooling are coming to an end...come to think of it, I'll have a Heineken."

Some of the authors/groups quoted:

Music (yes, it was the '80s!):
Prince, Billy Joel, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, The Who, David Bowie, The Doors, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Monkees, Altar Boys, Steve Miller, Simple Minds, Asia, Bryan Adams, Flock of Seagulls, Hall and Oates, Styx, Judas Priest, David Lee Roth, Shriekback, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin

Spiro Agnew, Ben Franklin, Adolf Hitler (Tell me, they wouldn't let Mike Sela quote Gary Larson, but this one got in???)

Did Steve Scholz and Mark Schmidt really choose the same quote by Aristotle, or did the yearbook staff mess it up?

I remember being surprised that so many people chose Bible quotes.

Best Yearbook Photos

My picks, give yours in comments. I'm not addressing peoples looks (or haircuts: Dan Cantrell!), but looking for a quality of style or humor. Though I do question some of the decisions of the particular photography studio that was used...

Deanna Benedict: So overcome with sadness at the end of high school.
Diana Bertoldo: In a tux, with a red bow tie.
Jon Hastings: In a tux, with a white scarf and sunglasses
Matt Irvin and Jennifer Weed, who each have two photos for the price of one
and the winner is:

Paul Hohlt, with a crazy jacket, a green mortarboard cap, and a rose in his mouth!

Valle Verde 6th Grade

Megan sent me this awhile back. NG '86ers include:

Row 1: (1) Nerissa Taguba, (2) Chris Weiss, (3) JoAnn Sugimura, (4) Mike Borke, (5) Megan Smetzer, (7) Kathy W.

Row 2: (2) Joe Tonda, (3) Brigit Sanderson, (5) Robin Knapp, (6) John Crites, (7) Libby Walker, (8) Rudy Oest

Row 3: (1) Lisa Yee, (2) Blair Stientjes, (3) Nicole Mathewson, (5) Gayle Stansfield, (6) Dave Lincoln, (7) Gayle Tornberg, (8) Mike Giomi

Row 4: (1) Chris Knox, (2) Dan Moore

Posts With Recent Comments

For your convenience, I have set up a list of links to OLDER posts with recent comments. I won't put up the recent comments on recent posts. You'll find this on the right side of the blog. When comments are made, I get an email and can see them easily, but you might not be constantly revisiting posts from a few months ago that may have a new comment.

Comments welcome!

And take a cue from Elizabeth Bacher, who sent emails to her friends who might not have heard about this site. Also, encourage those who haven't written in to send an update. Thanks Liz!

The Principal

Is this true? The movie "The Principal" (starring Jim Belushi and Lou Gossett, Jr.) came out in 1987...so filming must have occurred within a few years of '87, or right around the time we were there. Maybe it was filmed right after we left, during the summer? Does anyone know anything about this?

From the Northgate Wikipedia Page:
The movie The Principal was partially filmed at Northgate High School. Northgate was chosen for the interior design of the school, having five foot walls around the classes creating an open environment. Northgate's former drama teacher, Ed Meehan, attended Northgate as a student at the time the movie was shot, and can be seen in the film during the classroom scene in the beginning of the movie. Another former drama teacher, Jack DeRieux, was also in the movie during a staff meeting scene at the beginning.[citation needed] Another teacher, Ms. Spring, can also be seen in the 5th scene of the film.

TAGLINE: At a high school where the students major in arson, extortion and assault, one man just might be crazy enough to turn things around...