I began in the Fall semester 1953.
I was very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. Because of the rapid growth of the College I was able to advance professionally in a way that would be almost impossible today. I was hired to start the Baseball program in 1954 and subsequently held a variety of positions including Men's Physical Education Department Chair, Student Teaching Coordinator and finally associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the school of Applied Arts and Sciences.
We were in the process of completing the Doctoral program at the University of Iowa. Dr. Peterson, Long Beach State President came to the campus on a recruiting trip. He interviewed me on a cold, snowy February day. It was a very brief interview and he kept checking his watch. I felt that I had not made a very favorable impression but found out later that he had a taxi waiting so that he could get the last train to Chicago. After Commencement in August my wife and I packed our car with our belongings and set out with our sons ages 3 and 6 months for sunny California.
It was a matter of Long Beach selecting me for a position and for that I will be forever grateful.
I am unable to point to any one experience but the many friendships developed over 32 years stand out in my memory. I have been involved in numerous reunions with former Baseball and Football players. Since 1995 I have been meeting with a group of retired faculty once a month for breakfast.
Yes, I serve on the Golden Graduates Committee. In addition, I am a member of the 49er Club Advisory Board and the Director's Circle. We have season tickets for all athletic events and attend Emeriti faculty luncheons.
Early in our retirement we traveled extensively. Highlights were trips to Hawaii and Alaska including the entire family, 12 in all. I have recently had a book published titled, Cooperstown by the Numbers: An Analysis of Baseball Hall of Fame Elections. My son contends I am the world's oldest first time author. I have been telling friends that the book is guaranteed as a cure for insomnia.