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My Venture into School Administration   A couple of weeks later I got a call at home from the Principal. He asked if I would be willing to be the Dean of Students effective Monday. The school was built for a maximum of 1,100 but housed more than...

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Settling into a routine - To be a Doctor A couple of weeks later I got a call at home from the Principal. He asked if I would be willing to be the Dean of Students effective Monday. The school was built for a maximum of 1,100 but housed more than...

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Back to Education Besides Mr. Pike, the limo business in December and January was pretty dead and I was now a married man with no income – living off my savings and Patti’s generosity. I was still on leave of absence for the rest of the school year...

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The Pike who was a whale  Patti and I married in mid-December. However, since my leave of absence from the school district was still in effect I drove limo full time and planned to do so the rest of the school year. The previous summer taxis in...

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Europe and a Hawaiian Honeymoon By this time I was teaching Psychology during the day, teaching driver education after school, and driving limo nights and weekends. My marriage ended after five years and Sherma and the kids returned to Utah. I kept...

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From taxicab to limousine Jim Bell and I had become friends. We were about the same age and both worked hard. He spent much time at the Taxi office and I was teaching school and driving taxi. By this time I had given up working at the 7-11. On the...

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Las Vegas, the early days.... It was fall 1968 and I had just moved to Las Vegas with my wife and month-old adopted son. My apartment complex backed up against Industrial Road on which many businesses stood, including Whittlesea Taxi. Since I...

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Bought one and built one: Once I was settled in Las Vegas my friend Momir Baich, the tavern owner from Pocatello, put his tavern in Idaho up for sale. The place sold and he and Ann packed up their two children and headed for Las Vegas. I helped...

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Hookers and Dealers We mentioned some parts of the underground economy in Las Vegas in our last blog. Other parts of the underground Las Vegas economy employed people who received no formal paychecks. Prostitution is banned in only two counties in...

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Taxi, Taxi! I had accepted a contract with the Clark County School District (Las Vegas) in spring 1968 and had been assigned to Rex Bell School, sight unseen. Rex Bell was a famous cowboy and actor married to the "it" girl, famous actress Clara...

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Pocatello to Las Vegas I had moved my wife to Pocatello and she had gotten a job as a secretary in the Admissions office at ISU. We only had one car so I'd drop her off in the morning, teach, then pick her up after work. I usually got there before...

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Two years in Idaho - continued...   Another benefit to working nights at is there is plenty of free time. Aside from the occasional flat tire, people rarely came in to have cars serviced at night and there was plenty of time between gas fill-ups...

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  First year teaching winds down The Christmas holidays were juxtaposition from my college days to my first year teaching. Instead of visiting my parents as I had done as a student, I returned to Utah to see what was happening on that front....

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  My Next brush with the military  The $4800 annual salary that sounded like such a huge amount of money during my conversation with the superintendent turned out to be not quite the financial bonanza I had anticipated. After all deductions...

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  From college kid to manhood Well, here I was, a college graduate with a degree in Psychology, almost. Turns out I did not finish a Physics 137 class – Astronomy. Remember that I did very well in lecture classes and not so well in courses...

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College days end – but now what? By April 1964 I was getting desperate as I had no solid job prospects. I was a Psychology major with a bachelor degree and no desire for the pursuit of an advanced degree. That combination qualified me to sell cars,...

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Dating in college I had not dated anybody seriously for any extended period of time throughout my college career. There was Margie, the nurse from England whose father sold fallout shelters, and whose best friend Vickie became Geno’s wife. Margie...

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Future career in the military? Sometime during the final semester of my senior year, 1964 the Viet Nam War was just gearing up and  Sandy said that Mrs. Allen had called and invited us to one of her Sunday parties – as GUESTS! She said that she was...

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Wayward John One of our former family neighbors from Clairton, PA who had moved to a more upscale part of Greater Pittsburgh had a son with some challenges. The son had been in and out of trouble in high school, bounced from the military, and had...

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Senior year My senior year in college was the most fun from a curricular standpoint. I had completed nearly all the required subjects and saved classes in my major field of Psychology for my last year. My schedule included several upper division...

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The return of the native The summer of 1963 I returned to Clairton to spend my first full summer since high school graduation. I got a job in the U.S. Steel mill – a miserable but well paying job that convinced me to return to BYU and finish my...

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BOYS AND THEIR TOYS: Part of every boy’s life in the 1950s and 60s was a car. Back east many schools, for lack of parking space, forbade underclassman to drive but at BYU there were no such restrictions. Many a lad and gal loaded up their...

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SWIMMING IN THE DORM: Before heading for Hawaii I had left Provo for Pittsburgh early as my finals were completed. Before I left Provo, on my last night in the dorm Sandy and I and a few other miscreants decided we would have a swimming party in...

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GOODBYE CALIFORNIA, HELLO HAWAII The flight was so inexpensive because it was a charter. In those days, entrepreneurs would often charter a plane then sell the seats and make a profit – much like I did with the delivery of cars between Provo and...

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The trek begins By the end of summer I left Provo for Seattle to see the World’s Fair of 1962, then and on to Hawaii. I’d found a very cheap airline ticket to Hawaii but to get from Provo to Seattle and see the Space Needle I decided to try my...