Sunday, June 6, 2010

Chuck York, Class of 1959

Graduation photo, 1959


1959: Off to Santa Rosa Junior College for 3 years. Journalism major soon became music major, but the real learning came in mopping cafeteria floors and pulling greenchain during summers.

1962: Off to Humbolt State University. Continuation of music major along with a physical education minor. After 4 years, I had enhanced my cafeteria mopping skills and chain pulling. Band/Music teaching positions were available in profusion. Choice time reared it's head when the Humboldt people asked me to coach the JV basketball team. Opted instead for a music position at Overfelt High School in San Jose. Met first wife Kathleen.

1966: San Jose- Taught music, math, English and physical education for 4 years until San Jose became too big for this country boy. Filled out many applications for places north--signed a contract with Santa Rosa City Schools. During this time in San Jose I was blessed with a son and a daughter, and my mopping and chain pulling summers were replaced by recreation work and Boise-Cascade container factory shifts.

1970: Comstock Middle School--taught music, English and physical education again while spending lots of summer time at Schultz Bros. Bekins, and the Sonoma County Fair and worked recreation for the City of Santa Rosa. Opted out of music in 1987 for something with less pressure- math, as Department head with the responsibility of raising scores. Retired from teaching in 2000. While at Comstock I met second wife Mickie in Russia. Mickie moved to California when we married in 1989 and Mickie's 2 children (both in college at the time) followed her to California from Pennsylvania.

2000: Off to Tucson, Arizona. Mickie and I procured realty licenses---she loved it, I hated it. She became very successful; I spent 8 years sub-teaching, taking care of Mickie's folks, helping Mickie with her business, and running in the wonderful Arizona sun.

2008: Off to Stallion Springs, California (near Tehachapi), where we are now centrally located as far as 3 of our children and our grandchildren are concerned. Son, Michael, lives in Toronto, Canada. Life here is great, mostly because Mickie and I are now enjoying complete retirement. Gardening, fishing, grandchildren, traveling, viola/fiddle playing (M), banjo playing (C), model trains and a little snow are some of the things that keep us busy and happy.

2010: Point Area High School Reunion!

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