John R. Price
Message to Classmates: Hi to everyone out there....thanks for all the e-mails; they have been the "bomb." We truly grew up in the golden era and I too am proud to be a part of OUR generation. I guess for the past 40 years I have been a KISS kina guy trying to "keep it simple," get to the "bottom line" and "telling it like it is." In my profession those are priorities, and most people are not concerned with rhetoric; but they do watch your performance. Like the author Robert Fulghum says, "All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten." Things like taking a nap, eating cookies & milk, brushing your teeth, sharing your toys, keeping the toilet seat up and holding hands when you cross the street." My crew of firefighters had adopted the "5 L's" as our motto. Each shift we....labor, learn, laugh, love and leave!!! Looking forward to seeing you at the reunion!! Until then remember....you can't unscramble an egg, tomorrow's another day and fifty years from now it won't make any difference. Take care & God bless, jp
School Activities: Varsity football, Varsity basketball, Varsity baseball, Lettermen's Club, CSF, Key Club, FTA, Junior Statesman, French Club
Life update: After graduation I attended Long Beach City College, Whitworth College (Spokane, WA) and then what was called Long Beach State College. After graduating I taught and coached at Brethren High School and then went to work for Douglas Aircraft in their engineering/lofting department at the Long Beach facility. The remaining 34 years have been spent with the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Married to my wonderful wife Anne and live just behind the "orange curtain" in Brea. We have 7 children and 12 grandchildren; with another in the "oven." Our five oldest are married with their own families, our youngest daughter just graduated from Naval Recruit Training and assigned to Pensacola, Fla. for intelligence training and our youngest son will be a senior at Servite High School next year. I have been on staff at East Los Angeles Community College for the past 27 years and currently chair the Fire Technology Department. I also served 10 years on the executive board of our firefighters union as the lead advocate for all internal affairs before Civil Service and the Employee Relations Commission. I have held all the training positions within our department and currently teach tutorial classes on supervision, mangement and how to be successful at an oral interview. Just returned from Fire West 2000 in San Jose where I was chosen to make a presentation on "Leadership in the New Millennium."
Hobbies/Fun: Still actively involved in sports activities. Life for me has been fun, and right now my "hobbies" revolve around FAMILY, kids and grandkids; boating, sea-doos, snowmobiling, etc. Enjoy working in my yard and rose garden. Our latest fun adventure was taking our four oldest grandkids to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.; WHAT AN EDUCATION!!!!