Class of 1959. After college 2 years at Pacific Lutheran University and my last two years and graduate work and degree from University of Portland I taught HS at Hudson's Bay and Columbia River in Vancouver. Coached Basketball and Intra-Murals. Joined the Army Reserves and retired after 28 years as a Lieutenant Colonel Personnel, Administration and Finance. Worked 30 years for Georgia-Pacific Corp in Oregon, Connecticut and Atlanta, GA in Sales and Marketing of Pulp and Paper. After early retirement I worked in Personnel Staffing sales in Atlanta, GA for six years, owned and later sold my own business working with Corporate Executives on their leadership and personal development skills, served as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Later I went back into teaching in Arizona teaching English/Language Arts, Social Studies and Creative Writing. Still teaching HS English & Creative Writing. Played lots of tennis over the years. Elizabeth and I are trying to learn to play golf. We at least know how to drive our golf cart well. Currently writing a five book fiction series with my wife, Elizabeth, called The Eric English Chronicles which start in locations in and around Washougal, Camas, Carson, Stevenson and the Columbia Gorge. We also have a movie we are working on, called "Girly Girl" about a little girl who helps make a difference during the Civil Rights Movement in 1956. I have five children-4 boys and a girl and six grandchildren-3 and 3. Elizabeth was one of the original "surfer girls" having been a surfer in Santa Barbara, CA. Her daddy was a stuntman in the movies rolling cars and doing car chases and crashes. Elizabeth and I have just been married since January, 2008 so we are still newlyweds and we travel a lot. So far we have taken five honeymoon trips, in less than two years, with a sixth planned as a cruise in September 2009. Both of us are at the 1959-50th Year Washougal HS Reunion July 2009. Love to travel. Live in a resort like living retirement community--Sun City Festival in Buckeye, AZ. 20582 N. 266th Avenue-Buckeye, AZ 85396 (928) 252-3100 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary (1959) and Elizabeth Shaw at Sedona, AZ June 2009.
Thanks Gary for the comments! You've really peaked my interest in the book series, and can't wait until it's available. Not much fiction set in and around Washougal, so it should hold particular interest for the WHS Oldtimers, and even moreso because of the era in which it's set.
Dick Schaefer (class of '55) has been setting up a table at the last two oldtimer's picnics and selling his non-fiction book Mill Town, that recounts many wonderful stories of him and his classmates from their elementary years through high school. I've also made info available on the main page of the website, for others who missed out, to get the book by mail from him.
We can do the same for you here. We could do coverage on the main page, or even link from the main page to an entire page of its' own with cover photo, author's photos, excerpts, reviews....we're simply wide open in what might go on it. Anyway It would be a wonderful for your classmates and other oldtimers to see your work. This, of course, means that you must get busy and write, write and write some more...right now!
Thanks Gary for joining the site and for uploading the photos and for adding your wonderful profile, recounting your really interesting life....so far. Did I understand you to say that after all of that, you are teaching again?....besides authoring several books? When the books go to print, we can give you some free publicity here amongst the Washougal Oldtimers. It will not involve large numbers, but will certainly involve old friends who will be interested.
Gary Shaw, Washougal Class of 1959 is in the process of authoring a set of 6 books, titled The Eric English Chronicles, set in and around the Camas-Washougal area from the early 1960's through the present. I have attached a file that he sent me prefacing information about the books as well as introducing and relating a little about the main characters.... Also included is an outline of the happenings in the 19th Chapter of Book 1 intended for the publishers. It is not the chapter itself. Here now is the author. Click on the orange to open. Eric%20English%20-%20Ch%2019%20-%20Happy%20Bday%20Angelique%20060813.docx
Dick Schaefer (WHS '55) has written a new book that he has published on Amazon. Its' title is The Final Conflict, and a download to your Kindle is available for $4.99. If you do not have a Kindle, a free Kindle application is available for downloading to your PC that will allow you read the book on it. Simply click on this link to get to Dick's book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AJB3SD6
Here is a brief synopsis of the book.
A small town man is thrust into 11 days of conflict over Christmas of 1972, against the best air defense structure ever faced by strategic bombers to achieve President Nixon’s "Peace with Honor" exit strategy against North Viet Nam.
This is the Viet Nam "12 O’Clock High" told from the standpoint of the crew force flying the mission: telling the TRUE story----not the written history documented in the archives of the Strategic Air Command.
Dick informs me that his earlier book Mill Town is still available by mail for $15 including shipping from his address. Scroll down to the bottom of this main page for more information.
The following has nothing whatsoever to do with Washougal senior alumni or nostalgia. It is a small widget that connects every 10 seconds with a random webcam across the world. Some will work, some will not, but when they do, they work well, delivering real time moving images of sights around the world.
Simply click on the lettering name just below the image (not on the image itself as that will open an ad) and the webcam will open in a new larger window. It may take as much as a half minute to begin but when and if it does, it can be very rewarding....it does require a Java application which, if you don't have already, will be offered as a download right then and there.....it also works better with the Firefox browser than it does with Internet Explorer.