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34 Olympians, 16 Olympiads, 1 High School

Woodrow Wilson Classical High School

School of Olympians

February 1, 2013, Wilson celebrated "A Great Night To Be A Bruin!"  They honored all of our Olympians since Helsinki 1952.  We have had at least one summer Olympian in every Olympiad, that's 16 Olympiads and 34 Olympians.  More that any other high school. and that includes Polly High.


Paul Williams, 1958

Singer, Songwriter, Actor

Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning songwriter, Paul Williams is recognized as one of America's most prolific and gifted lyricists and composers.  A 'Hall of Fame' songwriter and recipient of the National Music Publishers President's Award, Williams standards have been recorded by such diverse musical icons as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Johnny Mathis, The Carpenters, Luther Vandross, REM, Mel Torme, and Diana Ross. His songs have also found favor with Country legends including Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Pride, Crystal Gayle, Anne Murray, Lynn Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio and Neil McCoy


Melvin Dumar 1962




Melvin Dumar is mentioned in the hand written will of Howard Hughes.  He was disgraced in court by high paid attorneys representing the Hughes Family Trust.  In 1980 a film named "Melvin and Howard" examined the story.  In 2005 a Retired FBI Agent found employees that remember Hughes entering the Sands that morning and stating he had been picked up by Melvin in the desert.  Furthermore it is noted that Hughes owned mines in the area he was picked up by Melvin.  At this point Melvin doesn't care and he is enjoying life in Utah.

Laura Baugh 1972

Laura Baugh is an American Golf Champion where she earned 66 top 10 finishes as a professional golfer and was Rookie of the Year in 1973.  Today she operates the Laura Baugh Golf Workshops for women.

Paul Goydos 1981

Paul Goydos is a big time golfer with 21 years on the PGA Tour.  Most recently he won the 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii.   Not quite Tiger Woods, but we will claim him as a Bruin.  In 2010 Paul shot a 59 at John Deere Classic, only 1 of 5 people to shoot a 59 in PGA Tour history and Tiger has never done that.

Bobby Grich 1967

Robert Anthony "Bobby" Grich (born January 15, 1949 in Muskegon, Michigan) is an American former Major League Baseball second baseman and right-handed batter who played for the Baltimore Orioles (1970-76) and California Angels (1977-86).

Jeff Burroughs 1969

Jeff Burroughs was the nations first draft pick in 1969 and he joined the Senators at age 19.  In 1974 he won MVP honors and had carrier batting .261 with 240 homers and 881 RBIs.  Today his son Sean Burroughs is following in Jeff's footsteps.

Sean Burroughs 1998

Sean Burroughs signed with the Padres rather than accepting a scholarship from USC. Won a gold medal in Sydney Olympics.  As a third baseman, he is a career .280 hitter with a .340 on base percentage in 439 games. 

Swen Langeberg  / Nater 1968

Swen Langeberg, now Swen Nater, was a big man that taught Bill Walton to be a better center at UCLA.  Apparently he was not good enough as a Junior to play for Wilson but he was a first round draft pick in the NBA as a UCLA redshirt and played for Milwaukee Bucks, Buffalo Braves, Clippers and Lakers, 1983 -1984 and was a One Time NBA Leader in Rebounds (1980).  Today Swen is a Speaker, Writer, Poet and Big Man Coach in Washington and runs a Playing Big Post Camp for students.

Dr Art Costa

Arthur L. Costa, Ed.D.
is an Emeritus Professor of Education at California State University, Sacramento and Co-founder of the Institute for Intelligent Behavior in El Dorado Hills, California.  Dr Costa developed an approach to education named "Habits of the Mind" which is used in many schools throughout the world.  His method of education has had a significant influence in education and his books are widely available.

Malcom M. Lucas 1945

Chief Justice Malcom M. Lucas, 26th Chief Justice of California, 1987 to 1996, Malcom was appointed to the position after his predecessor, Rose Bird was removed by the electorate in 1986 because of her constant opposition to Capital punishment..  In stark contrast to the Bird Court, the decisions of the Lucas Court tended to adhere to the textualist approach of interpreting the law in strict accordance with its written meaning and precedent.

During his tenure, the California Supreme Court issued landmark decisions on reapportionment, insurance law and employment law, among other issues. Widely heralded for bringing order and efficiency to the entire judicial system and restoring confidence in and respect for the Supreme Court, he was responsible for numerous administrative reforms in the high court's internal operations that have improved procedures and streamlined the decision-making process.


Bruce Brown 1955


Bruce Brown, Filmmaker
  In 1964, film maker Bruce Brown decided to follow two surfers around the world in search of a perfect wave. On a budget of only US$50 thousand, with a 16mm camera, he captured the essence, the adventure, and the art of surfing. Hence the renowned The Endless Summer. From the waters of West Africa, through the seas of Australia, to Haiti, two surfers from California achieved their great dream: to try the wildest waves in the world.

With The Endless Summer, Brown broke the mold. Born in San Francisco, Brown grew up in Southern California. He started surfing at 11 on the green rollers that formed in the entrance channel to Alamitos Bay before the Long Beach breakwall was completed.



Astronaut Bruce McCandless 1954
 

Bruce McCandless is one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. He was a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 14 mission and was backup pilot for the first manned Skylab mission (SL-1/SL-2). He was a co-investigator on the M-509 astronaut maneuvering unit experiment which was flown in the Skylab Program, and collaborated on the development of the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) used during Shuttle EVAs. He has been responsible for crew inputs to the development of hardware and procedures for the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS), Space Telescope, the Solar Maximum Repair Mission, and the Space Station Program.

A veteran of two space flights, McCandless has logged over 312 hours in space, including 4 hours of MMU flight time. He flew as a mission specialist on STS-41B (February 3-11, 1984) and STS-31 (April 24-29, 1990).

Jeff Severson 1967

Jeffrey Kent Severson (born September 16, 1949 in Fargo, North Dakota) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He played college football at Long Beach State University. Severson played in Super Bowl VII.

Bob Bailey 1961

Bob Bailey was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 14, 1962, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bob Bailey baseball stats page.

Bob Lemon 1938

Bob Lemon played 18 seasons from 1938 to 1958, 15 in the Major Leagues (1941-1942; 1946-1958) and six in the minors (1938-1942; 1958), losing three years to the Military. He graduated from High School at Woodrow Wilson High in Long Beach, CA in 1938 and was then signed as a Free Agent for the Cleveland Indians by Jack Angel. He served in the United States Navy for three years during World War II (1943-1945).  The story of Bob Lemon is the tale of three careers: as a mediocre infielder prior to World War II, as a star pitcher during post-war era, and finally as a successful major league manager.

Camryn Manheim, 1979

Camryn Manheim is a television and film actress, best known as co-star of The Practice" and, "Ghost Whisperer".  In 1998 she won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and in 1999 she won a Golden Globe for her work in the same role. She was named one of the "Most Intriguing People of the Year" by no less an arbiter of popular taste than People Magazine, one of the "Most Fascinating Women of the Year" by Ladies Home Journal, and one of Glamour Magazine's "Women of the Year"

Don Coscarelli  1972

  • Birth Name: Don Coscarelli Jr.
  • Birth Place: Tripoli, Libya
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 02/17/1954, Aquarius
  • Profession: Director; screenwriter; producer; cinematographer
Don Coscarelli Fast Facts:
  • As a teen in the early '70s, he won many awards for his short films, which aired on local TV.
  • At 19, he was the youngest director to ever have a movie distributed by a major studio: 1976's Jim, the World's Greatest.
  • Breakthrough film was the 1979 sci-fi/horror cult classic Phantasm, which spawned three sequels.
  • Screenplay for Bubba Ho-tep, his 2002 collaboration with horror icon Bruce Campbell, won the Best Screenplay Award at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Film Festival, as well as a 2003 Bram Stoker Award.
 

Tony Azevedo, 1999

Anthony Lawrence Azevedo (born November 21, 1981 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is an American water polo player and a graduate of Stanford University. Nicknamed "The Savior" at one point, he is considered to be one of the best American water polo players in recent memory.

During his four years at Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, California, his team won four California Interscholastic Federation championships and he was named MVP all four years. Azevedo led Stanford's men's water polo team to two NCAA championships (in 2001 and 2002), and he represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. At the 2004 Olympics, Azevedo was second on the tournamentís goals scored list with 15. He set a school freshman scoring record (68 goals), a single-season school record as a sophomore (95, or 3.4 goals a game) and, scored a school record 332 career goals in four years at Stanford. For each of his four years in college, Azevedo was honored as the most outstanding male player of the year with the Peter J. Cutino Award Ė water poloís version of the Heisman Trophy.

In 2004 after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations, Azevedo signed a professional water polo contract with Bissolati Cremona (Italy) placing him among the top 10 paid players in the sport. Playing with Team Bissolati for his third season in 2006, he scored 63 goals with a 2.62 average per game. Azevedo will rejoin the rest of the US menís national team at the 2007 Melbourne World Championships.[1]

 


Sandy Jones Hutchinson 1973

Sandy Jones, now Sandy Hutchinson, is the new Orange County Sheriff replacing the former Sheriff Mike Corona.  Sandy is a 27 year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department.  I am sure we will be adding more to this story as it develops.

Richard Bach 1954

Richard Bach is the author of that wonderful book Jonathan Livingston Seagull where a seagull tests the limits of flight.  Richard is a pilot and loves flying like seagulls.

Dr Andrew Ordon 1968

Dr Andrew Ordon is a specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  After leaving Wilson, he attended USC Medical School and works for UCLA School of Medicine.  Andrew is married with two children in college and maintains homes in New York City and Los Angeles.  Recently Andrew has been a star on The Doctors, a CBS program.

Gabriel Iglesias 1994

Gabriel Iglesias -- unbelievable, electrifying, and gifted are just some of the many words used to describe Gabriel Iglesias, star of the 2007 Comedy Central stand-up special Hot & Fluffy. The high-octane comedian from Long Beach, CA. has been selling out comedy clubs from Los Angeles to Bangor, Maine and everywhere in between. Gabriel has an ability with voice effects and impressions that is absolutely breath taking. Whether he's telling a story about hanging out with his friends, or telling the audience about his dream of former President Bill Clinton, Iglesias blends his impeccable voice abilities with an uncanny knack for story telling that keeps the crowds on the edge of their seats.

Bradley Nowell 1986

Bradley James Nowell (February 22, 1968 - May 25, 1996) was an American musician who served as lead singer and guitarist of the popular band Sublime.  He died at 28 from a heroin overdose shortly before the release of Sublime's self-titled major label debut.

Barbara Barry 1970

Barbara Barry is a renowned designer of interiors and home products celebrated for their everyday elegance.  At the heart of her design work is a desire to bring warmth and tranquility into our homes.  Fragrance plays a large part in realizing that desire. Barbara believes that "scents draw us into a room and create a gentle background upon which our lives unfold"

These clean fresh fragrances are named for the rooms of the house because this is where we return to be restored and renewed everyday.  With living room, dinning room, power room, and bedroom Barbara takes us on an evocative tour through the home.  Making our familiar surroundings feel fresh and alive.=, and while she named the line after specific rooms, Barbara hopes that you "let your intuition guide you, and that you use the fragrances where ever you like.


Jerico Poppler 1970

Huntington Beach International 
Surfing Museum.

Jericho Poppler raised in Long Beach California, considered ballet and jazz her passions. She danced for years prior to getting into surfing which contributed to her graceful surfing style.
Poppler dominated the surfing scene with a decade of championship titles from all over the world. This helped her earn her own "Jericho Poppler" model surfboard with world famous shaper Robert August.
She was co-founder of the Women's International Surfing Association in 1974, and co-directed the first Women's International Professional Surfing Championships and developed the Women's Professional Surfing Coalition.
Jericho is an active environmentalist, she served a five-year term as a board member of the surfrider foundation during the 1980s and created "Jericho's Kids for Clean Waves" in 1993, a surf contest for children under 16 that features environmental outreach and educational programs. And still Jericho still finds time to be a trustee of the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum.

Kate Schmidt 1970

A graduate of Wilson class of 1970 and UCLA Kate is a former record holder and is a 3 time Olympian with two Bronze medals  in throwing the  the women's Javelin,  Shattering previous American Records of 198.8 and 9 American Records still stand with a 227' 5" record in Furth Germany for the world record.  Kate is in the Wilson Hall of Fame, CSULB Hall of Fame, National Throws Coached Hall of Fame, and the USATF National Track and Field Hall of fame.  Currently se is coaching for Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Joan Lind 1970

 

In 1976 Joan Lind became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in rowing when she finished second in the single sculls in Montreal. Lind was also a member of the 1980 Olympica team, which boycotted the Moscow Games, and the 1984 team, which boasted the first American quadruple sculls teams to win an Olympia medal (a second silver for Lind). Ranked the No. 1 single sculler in the United States from 1973 to 1980, Lind has won 14 national titles. She was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame in 1985. She married Olympic Rowing Coach John Van Blom in 1984. A part of the CENTURY CLUB'S best moments in the City of Long Beach in February, 2006.

 


John Dykstra 1965

 

 

John Dykstra holds 2 Oscars, another 8 wins and 16 nominations.  He is one of the leading figures in modern film special visual effects,  John may be most important for his contribution to the unprecedented level of "realism" achieved in such 1970s sci-fi landmarks as SILENT RUNNING (1971_ and STAR WARS (1977), SPIDERMAN (2005) & (2002), STAR TREK: The Motion Picture (1979), BATMAN FOREVER (1995) BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (1978) and many others


Jon Jerde 1957

Jon Jerde (b.1940) is an American architect based in Venice, California, Founder & Chair≠man of The Jerde Partnership, a design architecture and urban planning firm that pioneered the concept of place making and experience architecture; and has created multiple award-winning commercial developments around the globe. Jerde has grown into a multi-disciplinary firm with offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Shang≠hai, Seoul, Amsterdam, and Dubai. The firm is sought after for its ability to create destinations and memorable experiences for people that attract millions of visitors through its innovative design and planning approach. To date, nearly 1 billion people visit Jerde designed places each year. Jon is also a graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California.

Stuart Rosen 1957

Stu on Dusty's Treehouse

Stu Rosen

Title
Professor, Film/Electronic Arts Dept. at California State University, Long Beach
Demographic info
Broadcast Media | Greater Los Angeles Area
Current:
Adjunct Professor, Film/Electronic Arts Dept. at California State University - Long Beach
Education:
California State University-Long Beach.
Actor in "Dustys Treehouse" and many other movies as sound director and various crew positions

Chuck Bittick 1957

Charles Greene "Chuck" Bittick, Jr. (November 2, 1939 Ė April 28, 2005) was an American water polo player who competed in the 1960 Summer Olympics.

He was born in El Reno, Oklahoma and died in Yorba Linda, California.

Bittick was a member of the American water polo team which finished seventh in the 1960 tournament. He played five matches and scored three goals.

Chuck also held the World Record in the 200 M Backstroke and held and broke 35 American records in various swim events including the 100 and 200 backstroke and relays

 


Bob Ctvrtlik 1981

Playing for Pepperdine, Bob Ctvrtlik was the Most Valuable Player in NCAA volleyball in 1985. He also played for California State University, Long Beach in 1983-1984, where he earned all-league honors. In 1982-1983, he was a member of the Long Beach City College Vikings Men's Volleyball team, playing under Viking's head coach Gary Jacobson, where he and longtime friend and doubles partner, Allan Treffry, won the volleyball championship for the State of California. They would eventually be ranked number one in the United States. Ctvrtlik earned all league honors and was awarded the most valuable player in the state championship tournament.

After a successful college volleyball career, Bob followed his Pepperdine coach, Marv Dunphy, to the United States national team where Ctvrtlik quickly earned a starting position. In the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, Ctvrtlik, playing opposite of volleyball legend, Karch Kiraly, earned a gold medal by defeating the Soviet Union in the finals. For several years, Ctvrtlik played professionally in Europe, including winning the well-respected Euro-professional league championship. He returned to the United States Olympic team in preparation for the 1992 Summer Olympics during which time he was awarded the most valuable player in the world on two separate occasions. Competing as team captain in Barcelona, he became one of the colorful "bald eagles" as all of the U.S. men's team players shaved their heads in protest of alleged officiating misconduct. The U.S. team defeated Cuba in the consolation match to take home the bronze medal.


Tom Wilkes 1957

Tom Wilkes and his Grammy Award, taken a few weeks
before his death in
Pioneertown, CA.

Thomas Edward "Tom" Wilkes (July 30, 1939 Ė June 28, 2009) was an American art director, designer, photographer, illustrator, writer and producer-director.

Born in Long Beach, California and raised in southern California, Wilkes attended Long Beach City College, UCLA and the Art Center College of Design in the 1950ís and 1960ís.

Graphic designer Tom Wilkes created some of the most iconic and influential images in pop music history, masterminding covers for landmark recordings including the Rolling Stones' Beggars Banquet, Janis Joplin's Pearl, and Neil Young's Harvest. Born in Long Beach, CA, on July 30, 1939, Wilkes funded studies at Long Beach City College, UCLA, and the Art Center School in Los Angeles by painting elaborate illustrations on friends' cars. He initially entered advertising, and was running his own agency in 1967, the year he designed his first album covers, including the Rolling Stones' Flowers and Sagittarius' sunshine pop classic Present Tense. Wilkes' design for the Mamas & the Papas' debut, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, introduced one of his recurring motifs -- a lavatory (cropped out on re-pressings of the LP) -- and also brought him into contact with band frontman John Phillips and producer Lou Adler, then in the early stages of planning the Monterey International Pop Music Festival. Wilkes went on to create all the graphics and print materials for the festival, including a celebrated psychedelic promotional poster printed on aluminum foil stock. "Most of the artwork in that particular culture was coming out of San Francisco, and what Tom did was he took a San Francisco look, or niche, and made it international,"

 


Scot A. Breithaupt 1975

Scot Breithaupt is the founder of BMX Bicycle Motocross, a sport which made its introduction in the Olympics in Bejing, China.  A little known fact is that BMX started at the corner of 7th and Bellflower in 1970

The pressures placed on Scot as a young entrepreneur, led to addiction and a host of problems for Scot.  Scot now appears to have that part of his life under control and is using his reputation and influence to encourage young kids to avoid the mistakes he made -- Good work Scot.


Carol White Breithaupt 1947

Carol Faye White Breithaupt is the first Miss Long Beach in the Miss America Pageant of 1950.  Carol is the mother of Scot Breithaupt who founded BMX Bicycle Motocross listed above. Carol has many accomplishments and recently received her teaching credential in 2008.  Carol was a founding owner of Century 21 Sparrow in Long Beach and is currently a retired Realtor living in the Palm Springs area.  She plays the piano and tap dances for exercise


John Kahler, 1967

John Kahler, Football 
John Kahler was one of the outstanding football players in 49er history. A three-year letterwinner (1969-71), Kahler was a standout on the defensive line. He was a two-time first team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Association selection (1970 & 1971) and after his senior season he was named the the Kodak All-America Coaches' College Division second team. He was drafted in the 1972 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round. Kahler led the 49ers to a 9-2-1 mark in 1970 and a first place finish in the PCAA. The 49ers played in their only bowl game in school history in the 1970 campaign, a 24-24 tie to Louisville in the Pasadena Bowl, a game which was played in the Rose Bowl. The 49ers finished second in the conference in 1970 in total defense, anchored by Kahler on the defensive line. In 1971 the 49ers were 8-4 and finished first in the PCAA at 5-1, but the league's council selected 4-1 San Jose State to represent the league at the 1971 Pasadena Bowl. Including an 8-3 mark in 1969, Kahler's sophomore season, the 49ers were 25-9-1 (.735) during his three years, the most wins over a three-year span in school history. He played in the East-West All-Star Game as a senior, leading the West to victory and finishing second to DB Willie Buchanon for Defensive Player of the Game honors. Kahler played one year at Long Beach City College before coming to the 49ers.


George Chakiris, 1952 est.

George Chakiris, American dancer, singer, actor

Chakiris made his film debut in 1947, in the chorus of Song of Love. For several years he appeared in small roles, usually as a dancer or a member of the chorus in various musical films. He was one of the dancers in Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), and appeared as a dancer alongside Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas (in the "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me" number). He can also be seen in the "Chop Suey" number in the musical film Flower Drum Song and the funeral dance in the MGM musical film Brigadoon.

His biggest success came with the film West Side Story (1961), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Bernardo, leader of the "Sharks". Prior to the film, he'd appeared as "Riff," leader of the "Jets," in the West End (London) production of the same musical. He starred as a doctor in the film Diamond Head (1963) opposite Charlton Heston and Yvette Mimieux, and appeared alongside Gene Kelly in Jacques Demy's French musical Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967).


Akira Endo, 1960 est.

Akiira Endo - Conductor 

Arira Endo is a Japanese-American conductor and music educator.  He studied under Nicolas Furjanick at Wilson High School in Long Beach and went on to earn a Bachelor/s and Master/s degree from the University of Southern California.  Maestro Endo has held conducting post with the American Ballet Theater, Westside Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony and the Hamilton Philharmonic in Calgary, Canada

 


Gene "Skip" Rowland 1945

Skip Rowland was a student, coach and teacher at Wilson

Skip Rowland starred as a multi-sport star athlete at Wilson in the 1940s, and served as a highly successful coach in the decades after that. Itís difficult to measure the impact of his life Rowland in just his on-field accomplishments, though they were many.

He played football, basketball and baseball for the Bruins in the 40s, and would coach multiple sports at the school, most notably baseball, where he helped establish Wilson as one of the premier baseball programs in the country. 

Rowland is a member of six different Halls of Fame for his accomplishments, including three located in the city of Long Beach. He had been inducted into the Wilson, Long Beach Century Club, UCLA, UCLA Baseball, Long Beach Baseball, and CIF Halls of Fame. 

As a player, he was All-City, All-League, and All-CIF in both baseball and football, and was All-City and All-League in basketball. In 1943, he captained Wilsonís football team to their first-every victory over rival Poly, and earned Long Beach Football Player of the Year honors.


Geoff Sheppard 1962

Geoffrey C. Shepard:  Lawyer, Author, Political Historian

Geoff Shepard is a retired corporate lawyer, whose avocation is preserving the legacy of President Richard Nixon.  After graduating from Whittier College in 1966 and Harvard Law School in 1969, Geoff was one of fifteen young Americans to be selected to spend  a year in Washington, DC, as a White House Fellow.  He then joined the White House Domestic Council, the counterpart of the National Security Council, where he stayed for almost five years--serving as Associate Director for General Government for both Presidents Nixon and Ford.  He also worked as principal deputy to J. Fred Buzhardt, President Nixon's lead Watergate defense lawyer--an effort that ended rather badly.   

Since 1977, Geoff has arranged and hosted annual reunions of the policy planning staff of the Nixon/Ford Administration.  He authored a book, published in 2008, on the politics behind the Watergate scandal.  Since 2009, he also has produced over twenty Nixon Legacy Forums, which feature Nixon alumni discussing various policy initiatives of our 37th President--many of which have been broadcast on C-Span's American History Channel. 


Herb Halling
1962

A. Herb Halling: Engineer, Businessman, Author, Skipper

Herb is a 3 time National Champion in two sports, 2 in yacht racing and one in truck driving. Graduating from USC in Business Administration, he spent 25 years as an electrical engineer and was a key player in developing diagnostic ultrasound for the medical industry. spent 5 years developing video Disk which is now viewed as CD technology. Then at Rockwell contributed to the development of GPS satellites. Not wanting a Management career of older engineers, became a Realltor and owned 60 apartment units until the recession of 1993 and a bankruptcy. Elected to purchase a truck and drive 48 States which was a fun time with a new adventure in a new town every day. After a fog accident on Interstate 5 he stayed home to care for his elder father and wrote the book Bear Traps On The Interstate and became a webmaster developing web sites like Beartraps.com and Burgees.com. Recognizing a need for classmates and reunion committees to have a means of communication, developed the WilsonHighReunion.com which has provided a great opportunity to reunite with old classmates and help all reunion committees at Wilson High School find classmates.

John Vittal 1965

John Vittal

John Vittal was a computer programmer working at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute. He was responsible for transforming the old email system into the highly user-friendly tool of today. MSG was the first modern email program.

There is a whole range of functions that have been added to email since Tomlinson's first version. Vittal improved on the older version called BANANARD and later called the new program MSG. MSG has powerful features like message forwarding, a configurable interface, and an Answer command that automatically created properly addressed replies.


To countless users, the Answer command was revolutionary. It resulted in an outburst of email use over a 6-month period. Another highlight is that email changed from just sending independent messages into having a real conversation.

Shortly after the development of ARPANET and the Unix program the first email program was developed. Since that there have been many successful attempts to upgrade the early email program to increase its functions and technology.


Carl Peterson 1961

Carl Peterson was a 20 year coach and General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs and is currently the Chairman of USA Football

A successful football scout, coach and NFL team executive for more than 40 years, Peterson holds a key leadership role within the independent non-profit organization.
    Peterson, best known as one of the NFL's most successful team executives with the Kansas City Chiefs (1989-2008), cut his teeth in the game as a high school coach before advancing as a coach on the college Division II and Division I-A levels from 1966-75. After serving as receivers coach at his alma mater UCLA (1972-75), Peterson followed Bruins head coach Dick Vermeil to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976 to become the team's director of player personnel. Peterson helped the Eagles earn their first Super Bowl berth in 1980.
   In 1982, Peterson was hired as the general manager and president of the United States Football League's Philadelphia Stars, where he led the team to a 7-1 postseason record and two league championships before joining the Chiefs in December 1988. The Chiefs had made just one playoff appearance in the 15 seasons prior to Peterson's arrival. Under his leadership, the team enjoyed 13 winning seasons, advanced to the postseason nine times and earned four AFC West divisional championships.
   Peterson presides over USA Football's Board of Directors and offers insight toward USA Football initiatives.


Ken Overman
1965

Adverturer, free spirit, student oflife, MBA, entrepreneur, man of faith, author.

Ken Overman has spent his life balancing marriage, family, and international business with the call to adventure. The quest for the next big thing has taken him to distant countries, helped him start companies, conquer ski slopes, and sail across oceans.  Wherever a challenging wind blows, youíll either find him there, or discover traces of his past.

Kenís earlier books explore the inner workings of a man in search of peace, and the extent to which he travels the world to find it. His experiences are both glorious and heartbreaking. Many involve philanthropic ventures, whether in the USA or abroad. Follow along as Europe, the Middle-East, Asia--all come alive for you.  Live in a bohemian world. Sail the ocean in all its grandeur and fury.  Adventure through anotherís eyes. Discover some of life's insights. Learn how to take risks--and trust God.

Ken's first novel captures the wealth of experience gained from his life in Europe. This can't-put-it-down international action/romance saga is based on a true event that took place in Nazi-occupied Greece. You'll be thrilled by the international cast of characters as they deal with a legacy of corruption that lasts to the present day--and discover love in the process.


 

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