Class of 1960

Arline Kaplan
Dale Etheridge

Diane (George) Rodecker
Diane (Yager-Lehner) Willeford
Dorwin D. Gregory
Jack Jakubik
Judy Cross/Carroll
John L. Kelly
Marc Kashinsky
Miriam (Cohen) Goldberg
Patricia Ann (Pat) LeCour
Sharon Colenso Noice
William D. Kandler

Arline Kaplan
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Occupation: Have always loved print journalism and have stayed with it. Currently, I am a 'half and halfer'(working half-time as senior contributing editor for Psychiatric Times, a journal/newspaper for 40,000 psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, and half-time as a freelance writer, primarily in the health care and business fields. Past work included Action Line columnist and community news reporter at the Press-Telegram, medical book editor, Kern Valley Sun editor, public affairs specialist for a national health care corporation, etc., etc. Second career as a lay counselor has been equally rewarding and often inspiring (e.g., helping with a bereavement group).

Web Sites: under construction at my brother's site. Check; we have also posted some converted 8-mm film segments of my 16th birthday and high school graduationósome of you were in the film); lots of my articles on bipolar and other psychiatric disorders are posted at

Message to Classmates: I am having difficulty bullet-pointing 40 years of living since high school. Here are some things I am still learning:

Trust your intuition and believe in synchronicity.

Build in some kindergarten-playtimes into your week (e.g. a trip to the zoo, drawing with chalk, going for a walk with no destination in mind).

If you get into trouble, call in the troops (e.g., family, friends, therapists, support groups, prayer)

Don't wait until someone dies to express how much you care about him or her.

Be grateful for your life in all of its colors and shadings.

School Activities: Corydon, student council, Ramshack, Anchor Club, Spanish Club, CSF, NHS, drill team etc., etc.

Life Update: Graduated from USC with journalism major and then completed graduate year in political science. During college I spent a summer in India as an exchange student with the Experiment in International Living. Recently, I returned to India for a week and felt blessed to hear the Dalai Lama speak for several hours. Been married and divorced twice. Believe it or not, I still maintain a friendship with my first husband and his wife. My second husband died last year. Survived 12 years of single parenting. Have two compassionate and accomplished children 'my daughter, Alysha, is married and is an attorney practicing in international law in Washington, D.C.; my son, Rob, last year graduated from USC in international relations and cinema. He worked with Silver Pictures on 'the Matrix' and is now studying to be a digital artist. I also have a great son-in-law, Tom, who is an expert in computer networking. Besides writing, my passion is travel and exploration. I have traveled through most of Europe, China, India, Russia, and Bali(and love it.

Hobbies/For Fun: I am part of a group called Friday Night Alive. We get together once a month in Costa Mesa to sing, dance, and do readings for each other. Some of us, like me, are just-out-of-the-shower performers and others appear in community theater. Come join us! E-mail me for dates and directions. I also enjoy Sufi dancing, personal writing, traveling, ballroom dancing, and spending time just 'being' with family and friends.
Posted 5/30/00

Dale Etheridge
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Occupation(s): Planetarium Director
Web Sites:
Life Update: BS - Astronomy - USC - 1964; MA - Science Education - Cal. State Los Angeles - 1966; EdD - Science Education - UCLA - 1976; Taught Astronomy/Math at Mt. SAC 1965-1969; Computer Programmer - Xerox -1970; Curator of Exhibits - Griffith Observatory - 1971-72; Computer Operations Supervisor - Litton Data Systems - 1973-76; Planetarium Director/Astronomy Professor (including a web-based course) - Community College of Southern Nevada (Las Vegas) - 1976-present. Am looking forward to retirement in a few years and spending more time at our place north of Zion National Park in southern Utah (
Posted 5/18/00

Diane (George) Rodecker
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Your current occupation(s): Writer/columnist 6 years, for magazines & newspapers - received 8 national & local awards. Advocate & resource specialist for people with disabilities; public speaker. Also do acting in commercials and infommercials (yes, yes, those phony "testimonials" for face creams and food supplements!!) plus promotional films & radio voice-overs.

Web Sites: Local weekly column, Orange County Register:

Message to Classmates: I'm on the Reunion Committee - will be asking for your "Memories of Long Beach in the 50's" for a memorabilia booklet. More about this later - Be thinking!!

School Activities: Salus, Socii, Ramshack President (hey, is the Ramshack still around???), Student Council, Cosmopolitan Club, talent shows (flamenco dancing), CSF, NHS, and all that ...

Life Update: Graduated from USC, taught elem./jr. high. before and after having four fantastic children; one beloved son died 7 years ago (passenger in accident). Have traveled extensively. Lived in same Huntington Beach home 27 years. Past six years - devoted much time to helping people with disabilities become "empowered" and lead quality lives.

Hobbies/For Fun: I love adventure! Like to fly - private planes, ultra-lights, sailplanes, whatever! Hiking, biking, target shooting, anything outdoors. Was part of a team excavating at Calif. missions, spent some time on a Dude Ranch, backpacked throughout Europe. Enjoy a lot of Scrabble, Chess, dancing, restaurant-hopping, travel, dating...(divorced; gave up seeking Mr. Right, looking for Mr. Right Now - ha ha). Most important: FAMILY - kids/grandkids - we're very close & do a lot together!
Posted 11/5/99

Diane (Yager-Lehner) Willeford, I am retired from the medical field, having worked for two doctors for 25 years.

My Message to my Classmates: Hi All, Somehow Sherry (Bell) Kopp and I have found ourselves in charge of this reunion. We want all of you to know, it isn't the popular, or whatever crowd running this committee. We are a group of (ahem) middle aged people, having fun getting together and remembering our youth. For more reflections on those times you can also subscribe for free to our community site, where all topics are discussed by e-mail in a group setting. Many of the subscribers, I don't know, but we all have one thing in common. The 50's and 1960 at Millikan High School and some from Lakewood. Please e-mail me if you would like to subscribe:

Life Update: Having raised three children, Cathy 38, Rob 36 and Rory 31, my husband Richard and I are enjoying retirement and our six grandchildren. I'm not quite sure what keeps us so busy, but we are never bored for a moment. Retirement is great!

Hobbies/Fun: E-mail, sewing, crafts and putting together a Victorian doll house.
Time Line Story
Posted 11/1/99

Dorwin D. Gregory. I was known then as Greg or Greg Gregory.
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Your Occupation(s): I am the owner of a business, New Paradigm Productions which started out doing audio recording,and has now generalized out into many other directions including property maintenance and buying and selling antiques and audio equipment on the internet.

School Activities:
At Millikan I was active in the Drama Department acting and scenery design. Does anyone remember Antigony?

My Message to my Classmates: Congratulations! We made it. A lot of us didn't.

Life Update: After graduation I went attended Long Beach State College, and UC Santa Barbara majoring in Psychology. I changed my major to Drama and attended UCLA (great drama dept). I did graduate work in drama at San Francisco State College. My first wife and I moved into a sleepy little neighborhood near Golden Gate Park called the Height Ashbury dist. Then all these strange people started moving into our neighborhood and doing the most amazing things. This fabulous music scene started happening with groups like the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead and rock concerts at the Old Filmore Auditorium and at Winterland. Without ever making a conscious decision we became hippies. These were some of the most interesting years of my life. In the 70s we left our Victorian flat on Fredric and Stanyon and moved across the bay to Marin County where we eventually bought a house and remained throughout the 80s. My wife became a registered nurse and Me? Don't ask. I now live on a two acre farm way out in the country. I am sort of out of my cultural elementhere in rural Colorado, but the scenery is absolutely stunning! We grow organic vegetables and have a small orchard. I love cooking and had some classical and restaurant training in the 70s. I do all the cooking in our family.

My interests include Hi Fi, where I am deeply involved with single ended triode amplifiers and horn speakers and the wonderful kind of music the antique devises produce. I am enjoying life as a retired philosopher and ecstatic visionary, and I write poetry, some prose, and do active research in a number of areas. I am interested in, archeology, ancient history, early cultures like the Egyptians, Sumerians, and lately the Old Europeans of the Neolithic. I have been a UFO researcher for a number of years and I am very interested in the subject of alien abduction, UFOs and the alien presence on the planet. I was abducted from Camp High Hill when I was in elementary school in Long Beach, and a few years ago I met a lady my same age who was also abducted from school camp at that same time. Her father worked at Lockheed.

When I moved to Colorado about 8 years ago, I remarried a beautiful and very intelligent French woman named Monique. We have many common interests including nutrition, life extension, hiking in the beautiful Colorado outdoors (where else?) meditation. Monique does volunteer work for the Hospice program here in Montrose, and I have been helingher compile a cross cultural reference libruary on death and dying derived from many ages and cultures, Buddhist, Taoist, etc.
Car - Millikan Days: I used to drive a Austen Heily Sprite.
Posted 3/3/00

Jack Jakubik
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Occupation: Semiretired / Marketing Consultant

Message to Classmates: We grew up in the golden age. Our music is timeless and our cars are some of the most sought after collectibles. I'm proud to have been a part of that generation. Having met and worked with so many alumni during the reunion years, has been very rewarding for me. Our reunions are A living window of both past and present and I hope that "YOU" will be there so that I might say hello.

School Activities: Varsity Football, Varsity Track, Varsity Club Sgt. at Arms, Spanish Club Sec., Band, Letterman's Club, Senior Class Council, Inter-Club Council, Legislature. University of Maryland - Munich, CSULB '67, BA in Business Administration.

Life Update: Wife: Pat (Lakewood '62) 3 Children: Leigh Ann (St. Joseph '85 / CSUF '89), Bobby (St. John Bosco '88 / CSUF '93), Eddie (St. John Bosco '91 / CSUF '96). I sold my Sales & Marketing firm in '97 on a long-term buy out and moved to the Las Vegas area. I work a few days a month, but basically just have fun. I stay active with the American Legion and the Sheriffs' Association.

Hobbies/For Fun: Golf, Boating on Lake Mead, Broadcast Music, Videography, Travel, Gambling
Car: 1950 Pontiac, w/'57 Olds J2 engine, single 4 barrell carb, '51 Olds floor hydro, 16" Smitties & Olds Fiesta hub caps. Interior by Long Beach Naugahyde. See Photo at "Car of the 50s"

Military: U.S. Army Aviation - '61 to '64. Sargeant / Temporary Grade Warrant Officer. Rotary Wing Co-Pilot / Observer / Flight Inspector (JAFO), with tours in Europe and South East Asia. Sikorsky helicopter specialist.

Time Line Story
Posted: 11/99

Judy Cross/Carroll
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Your Occupations(s): Retired Flight Attendant, American Airlines

Life Update: Married to Captain David Carroll; Captain of Blue Angels" from 1982-1983. Moved 5 doors down from Richard Charlton/1959 (North Lake in Irvine) in October of 1999.
Posted 11/28/99

John L. Kelly

Occupation(s): I have been making my living as a professional Archæologist since 1967 and have been a full time Associate State Archæologist with California State Parks since 1976. I worked on General Plan Inventories for eighteen years and am the Archæologist of record on General Plans for more than seventy units of the State Park system. Parks I have inventoried in Southern California include all of the coastal units from San Diego north to San Simeon plus all of the Santa Monica Mountains units and several inland Historic Parks. I am currently involved in project review and planning for 203 park units stretching from the Tehachapi's to the Oregon border. I am a specialist in trails development and management, ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) handicap access retrofits and historic structure restorations. As you can probably tell I like my job and, barring unforseen circumstance, I will probably stick with it for seven or eight more years. By the way I will put my part time job background up against anybody. I have worked as a carnie, teamster, morgue attendant, editor, publisher, medical supplies salesman, bar tender/ bouncer, and about twenty other odd and unusual occupations. Web sites: Nothing personal. My department has a site http//cal-parks. which you might find interesting.
Message: Just have-fun, and visit California State Parks often!

School Activities: German Club, Cosmopolitian, drama, track-letter(manage), football-letter(manage), Gold and Jeweled "M" (both of the pins are currently in the possession of my ex-wife Donna {Ricketts} Kelly, Millikan '62), Physics Club, Ushers, YFC, CSF, NHS, National Merit Scholar, plus a bunch of other stuff I am having a problem sorting out (I can't figure out whether my wet ware memory storage is failing or if my finder is corrupted--probably both. Maybe by the next reunion my engrammitic memory will start to kick in. My 88 year old mother can remember the names of every student with whom she went through elementary school while I can't remember the name of a single one of my elementary school teachers. I do remember the names of a few of my sixth grade classmates at Cubberly, but then we went all the way through Marshall and Millikan together).

Life Update: Claudine (Young-Mater Dei '65) and I still live in the middle of an incredible clutter on our five acre place in semi-rural Orange Vale in the northeast corner of Sacramento County. Our menagerie has shrunk to one cat, an elderly burro, a geriatric pygmy goat and two King snakes. We tried waterfowl again last year and found that the Coyotes are still active in the neighborhood. We occasionally play host to skunks, opossums, raccoons and probably several varieties of rodent along with at least fifty species of wild birds. Claudine has changed employers and now works for Roseville Directories Company which is a division of RCC Communication which is the largest privately held telephone Company in the U.S..
Both of my sons live in the same house on Palo Verde Avenue I lived in from sixth grade until after I graduated from Millikan. Tim who is the younger is a supervisor in the Computer Services unit of Deloitt and Touche at their main offices in downtown L. A.. Tim is single and has no children of which I am aware. John is working in computer services for an HMO in Long Beach which specializes in health care for senior citizens. He and his wife Kim celebrated their tenth year together in June of '99. My grandson Robert will be ten in August of this year. He was born the Sunday following our 30th reunion. My granddaughter Ashly turned eight this past February. I am happy to say that all of them are currently healthy and the grandkids are doing very well at Cubberly. If my grandson Robert graduates from Millikan he will be third generation (his dad was class of '89). Robert will be the ninth member of my family to attend Millikan.

Hobbies/Fun: I had pretty much stopped Civil War reenacting by the last reunion. My current job has me out of town so much that it is about all I can do to keep my place from falling down. We have also curtailed the size of our vegatable garden because of our work schedules. We both still reenact at Sutter's Fort. I have been playing the same real character (Dr. John Marsh) at the fort for 17 years this April. The only other person who has played a character as long is an Engineer friend of mine who started playing James Marshall at the same event I began playing Marsh.
As I noted above we live amidst an incredible clutter. Claudine and I collect so many different kinds of stuff that I do not feel comfortable attempting to list the various categories in this overlong epistle. If any of you are collectors we will be happy to talk with you about our obsession at the reunion (question to Marc K., do we need help?) . If any of you are antique or collectible dealers please contact me now!

Car - Millikan Days: I didn't have a car through most of high school but could borrow my dads '50 Imperial sedan almost any time. The behemouth was so big that it was almost like a limo. It was great for double dates and you could easily quadruple date in it(single dating was the most fun since the back seat of this thing was about the size of a large living room couch). Miriam (Cohen) Goldberg apparently has fond memories of that car because she never hesitates to remind me about the time we got stuck in the parking lot at Java Lanes at 3AM when I couldn't get the old "clunk-o-matic" transmission in reverse. My dad had to drive down in his company car to rescue us. Late in my senior year I inherited an ugly green 1950 buick special with a three speed manual transmission from my oldest sister. What a clunker, she let it run out of oil and burned a valve. I drove it for two years and then junked it. Several years later I learned that it was the rarest of all post war buicks and that it was quite valuable.
Posted 3/2/00

Marc Kashinsky
Occupation: Clinical Psychologist, currently Chief Psychologist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, CA.

Message to Classmates: Given the collective wisdom I have seen expressed I don't think of anything profound to add -- just, good friends and good memories are treasures.

School activities: None particularly that come to mind but cherished memories of John Glover, Ken Johns, Helen Carter, Eleanor Weiherman and Joan Hansen.

Life Update: After changing majors more times than I care to think about, I graduated from Long Beach State in Feb., 1961 and matriculated into their MA program in Psychology. I had also had a wonderful experience working with Joe White and Walt Hunting, two psychology profs at LB, dealing with teachers and administrators in the LA school system after the Watts riots. This fueled my interest in community psychology. I went to Clark University in MA and earned my Ph.D. in 1972 figuring that after 25 years in school it was time to retire from academics and go to work in the real world. I worked at a community mental health center in central MA for a couple of years and then returned to CA. I worked in the state hospital system here (Norwalk and Camarillo) and also taught, briefly, at CSULB. From So. Cal. I took a job in Reno and was there for about 1 1/2 years, in a position that was part clinical and part administrative, before coming to Kaiser in Santa Clara, CA in 1980. I have been here since. I have had (and continue to have) a fairly rewarding career. I am Chief Psychologist here in a very large Department of Psychiatry (e.g., about 100 psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other therapists divided among 4 divisions). I am seriously considering retiring in about 2 years -- time will tell. My personal life has been a bit more tumultuous. I am sorry to say that I have been married more than once and am currently not married. I have one son who is the most wonderful part of all of my existence. He is about to graduate from UC Santa Barbara Phi Beta Kappa, with numerous honors, and with a double major in Theater Arts and Philosophy. He has written a couple of award winning short plays. And, he is a terrific kid!

Hobbies: Not as many as I would like but I enjoy books, movies and exercising (moderately).

Cars at Millikan: I didn't have a car while in school but hung out with older friends who did. My first car was a 1951 Pontiac straight eight (turquoise and cream for those of you who remember that color combination). This was followed by a 1949 Buick Super two door with a back seat big enough to hold a coffee table. The first car I really bought for myself was a 1960MGA. Although not particularly mechanically inclined, I have loved cars ever since.
Posted 5/24/00

Miriam (Cohen) Goldberg

Occupation: Division Secretary, Special Education, (LACOE) Los Angeles County Office of Education

School Activities: Drama, Chorus, Cosmopolitan, Ushers

Life Update: 3 children (Steve, 34, CEO of his company in Seattle, WA Lise, 30, Job Search Assistant, Gain, LACOE Shelley, 28, Human Resource Specialist, LACOE) Single parent since youngest was 7; ex-aerospace employee now involved in education.

Hobbies/Fun: Love country music, 50's rock/roll, Las Vegas and all my friends

Car-Millikan Days: (at college - 1954 Oldsmobile built by my brother for me)
Posted 11/29/99

Patricia Ann (Pat) LeCour
E-Mail: & Web Site:
Not yet - looking for a good, used computer, nothing fancy

Occupation: RETIRED! Hughes Aircraft, Sr. Procurement Price/Cost Analyst

School Activities: Omega Kappa Chi (gotta get a guy!), "Brigadoon", football games and dances - loved to dance.

Life Update:
Upon graduation at 17, attended airline training but found out real quick that it was no more than a glorified waitress job; next best indicated thing was marrying classmate R. Barkley Tackitt in 1961; one son, Mark Brian (I lovingly call him "hizzoner" as he is an Attorney and Judge Pro Tem, Municipal Court, Seattle, WA); Mark is married to my lovely daughter-in-law, Catherine; Barkley and I have one grandson, Turner Ashby, born 1994; before the first half of 1970 was over, I had divorced, remarried and divorced again; no more kids, thank God; been single 25 years ( my very own Silver Anniversary!) worked for the big three aerospace corporations 1967 through 1989 and retired, medically; love retirement and live each day ONE DAY AT A TIME.

Car-Millikan Days:
Rode in lots of COOL cars (Dad never found out), especially Doug Lucas' 1956 cherry red Chevy with white tuck 'n roll, which I'd give my left you-know-what for now!
Posted 5/17/00

Sharon Colenso Noice
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OCCUPATION(s): Office Administrator C-17 Program @ Boeing Long Beach. Hired in 1980 when it was still Douglas Aircraft. I just celebrated my 17th year. I was laid off from 1992 to 1995 otherwise I would have 20 years with the company.

Message to Classmates: Hi everyone! Somehow I have volunteered again to work on yet another high school reunion committee. This is probably my fourth high school reunion committee that I have helped support. Being on the committee has been rewarding, fun and a way to keep in touch with old friends from the past.

School Activities:Vice President of Adonis Welfare Club (off campus)

Life Update: After graduation I enrolled in Beauty College with Linda Harvey and Jolynn Holton who also graduated in 1960. After listening to old lady's wanting to look like some movie star they cut out of a magazine, Linda and JoLynn quit. But, I decided I was in too deep to give up and I graduated a year later. I met my husband Blaine during my senior year. He graduated from Wilson in 1960. We were married in 1963 and will be celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary in June 2000. We have two sons Vincent (35) and Brent (30) who both work at Boeing. My husband will be celebrating his 27th year with the company in October. We have two beautiful granddaughters Sarah (11) and Stephanie (8). We keep tossing the idea around to retire, but so far we haven't decided which is better having money and less time, or having more time and less money. It's a catch 22.
I have had numerous jobs in the past 30 years. Hair Stylist, Medical Receptionist for a Pediatrician and receptionist for Dermatologist. Loan Secretary in a bank, Blue Print Analyst here at Boeing now an Office Administrator for a Director of Production Systems. I just celebrated my 17th year anniversary with Boeing in March.
Hobbies/Fun: Internet Browsing, Crafts, Interior Decorating, Shopping, Gardening and my new adventure China Painting.

Car - Militant Days: I didn't have my own car until after graduation. I use to drive my parents brand new 1959 Old's to school in my Senior year. Of course you have to remember it didn't have power steering and it was huge. So, picture this (85) pound 5'2'' blond driving around this gigantic car and parking was even a greater challenge. After graduation from Millikan my dad bought me a '49 chevy. It was painted Metallic Green and it was a stick shift. My first experience driving stick shift after driving an automatic. I had it for two years until a friend of ours burn up the motor on the freeway.
Posted 4/30/00

William D. Kandler
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Your Occupation(s): Part-Time / Computer Software Guru
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School Activities: NHS, German Club, Gunning's Lab

Life Update: Got married twice; the second time (Gigi) stuck. Worked in the South Bay until six years ago.Then moved up to the Central Coast to SLO down. I oscillate between Arroyo Grande and Torrance to make money and the Torrance trip is getting less and less frequent.

Hobbies/Fun: Skiing, Woodworking, Computers, Flying
Posted 12/15/99

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