So what have you been doing for the last 50 years?
B.A. UCLA, Mathematics/Education 1970
M.Ed. University of Alaska Anchorage, Adult Education and Learning 1996
Married Lindsay 1983. We met at work, but didn’t go out till both of us had left our jobs. Our first date was to the Unemployment Office. No kids.
First job out of college: Special Ed teacher, Pasadena, California. This was also the most difficult job I’ve ever had.
Last job: Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage. I mostly taught high-school math to 40-year-olds. That’s right, the same math we learned from Paul Barthel, only without the spitballs. Retired 2007.
Places I have lived: Harvard, Los Angeles CA 1966, Pasadena CA 1970, Salem OR 1972, Klamath CA 1973, Pedee OR 1973, Ninilchik AK 1974, Anchorage AK 1976, Sequim WA 2007. (You can see that I prefer the extreme upper left hand corner of the country.) Sequim is the driest spot in Western Washington, in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. It is the Lavender Capital of North America.
Years I spent living off the grid out in the woods: 1973 – 1976 (The Hippie Years)
The most awesome things I have seen with my own eyes: The Redwoods (Redwood National Park); Denali National Park; The Grand Canyon; the Oregon Coast; Yosemite National Park; volcanic eruptions in Alaska, twice.
Hobbies: Something that vaguely resembles Golf. Photography. Gardening. Cooking. Smoking. (Meat, that is – I smoke meat.)
Major earthquakes I have survived: too many to count
Brush with greatness: I played pool a few times with Kareem Abdul Jabbar (Lew Alcindor at the time) in college. I also had dinner with author Tom Robbins at his housekeeper's home in LaConner WA in 1981.
If you want to buy me a drink: red wine, beer, coffee
A few other photos from Gerry!
Gerry in Ninilchik - 1974
Gerry at Denali National Park 1993
Gerry & Lindsay at Lavendar Fields in Sequim in 2012