Bob Huntington

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Bob Huntington

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Residing In: Kailua Kona, HI USA
Spouse/Partner: Kathleen (met in 10th grade. We've been married 52 interesting years!)
Occupation: Laughing and pondering
Children: Grandchildren: Laura (b. 1977, married & lives in Kailua Kona, HI) and Jon (b. 1979, single and lives in Portland, More…OR.)
One grandson by Laura, Leo Kainoa Walmsley, b. Oct 2017. plus a second g/son due in later June 2020.
Military Service: US Air Force  
School Story:

Details pending, but I can say this with conviction: I immensely enjoyed virtually all aspects of my high school experience and somehow I felt a meaningful connection with almost every member of our great class. So many of my treasured memories and friendships were formed at our school.

Where else have you lived?

Texas, Arizona, Oregon, with occasional visits to the State of Bliss (no, NOT Ft. Bliss, thank goodness.)

Not lived in, per se, but extended visits to Hawaii, the Cayman Islands, most of our western states, the Carolinas, coastal Georgia & Florida, most of the Atlantic seaboard states and much of British Columbia.

What do you do nowadays?

I am retired (between careers and endeavors) We now live in Kona, Hawaii for the cooler months (i.e., highs of "only" 82-84 degrees) and May-October in the Mt. Hood, OR region, east of Portland. I handle the house repairs and do almost all of the cooking (which I love) and most of the food shopping, plus other household duties while Kathleen relaxes in retirement after working all of her adult life.

Tell us about past jobs you've had.

Civil law lawyer (18 years), Construction assistant, Inside sales, Limousine and tour bus driver. Property investor (Re-furbished & enlarged a 1948 Portland house, took it down to the studs, then restored and rented out, and eventually sold.)
I sense I could have made a more interesting life for myself. But, I'm counting on a strong finish.

What is the farthest you have been from Santa Rosa?

On Earth: Arequipa and Cuzco, Peru (about 4,600 miles), Other-world: Occasional jaunts via temporal wormholes to reconnect with my "homies" on Alpha Centauri and Cirrus.

Where is your favorite place to go in the world? Also, where else have you always wanted to go?

I liked visiting my wife's relatives in Westchester County, NY and points north 20 years ago (only in Spring and Autumn, please) and also in the Hilton Head Island, SC and Jacksonville, FL areas (but only between late September and early June. I'm really negative on humidity.)

Quaffing a micro-brew on a warm afternoon on our cabin deck at Lake Siskiyou near Mt. Shasta City.

I always wanted to enjoy an espresso and a croissant at a sidewalk cafe in Paris, and eat authentic, homemade Italian food in a charming country restaurant somewhere in Italy. Kathleen and I will get there someday.

How do you see yourself in 10 years?

Alive and happily married, for starters. Still perplexed by, and marveling at, the mysteries of the universe, and awe-struck by the utter beauty in our world and the inscrutable perversities of humankind. (Composing an intelligible report for my home planet is going to be a real challenge!)

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Posted on: Jul 18, 2020 at 8:15 AM

The Party That Didn't Happen: Hello, fellow readers. Until a virus blew in from the East, today the more vain among us would be thinking about what magic we might pull out of a hat to look 15 years younger and 20 lbs. lighter as we convened tonight for the 55th Class Reunion, out at the bucolic Wild Oak Saddle Club. But alas ... t'was not to be, and I applaud the difficult "call" made by Sylvie Moore and her Reunion Committee back in March to postpone the event. I realize there is a variety of opinions about this novel virus, including even some who doubt its existence (perhaps based on the fact that it has yet to be isolated and deeply studied) but those who "play it safe" - and at 73 years of age, who among us is not encouraged to play it safe? - convening tonight for cocktails and delectables would likely not have been consistently accomplished with 6 feet between every one of us, nor would be want to wear masks and miss the chance to see all the beautiful wrinkles accumulated by our fellow classmates from years of worthy and/or exuberant living. One downside: We'd not have the change to wish Paul "Q-man Bean" Quistgard a happy birthday in person. But that is easily remedied by scrolling down to the notice today and penning some gratulatory notes to that shining example of a man who's in charge of his health, emotions, and life itself and who I have been honored for at least these past six years to call a friend.
So, stay healthy my dear fellow classmates ... at least until next July when we get to celebrate the 55th+1 Reunion and really witness first hand what old age is all about.

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Hello, Professor. I reviewed your Profile and photos of a handsome lad - way back then and even more recently. Those recent ones surely, to my eyes, display a physiognomy of a learned and polished professional - could easily pass for a surgeon or ... oh yeah, a college professor.
I see you had your one child at about 42 years of age. May I ask ... did you marry a younger lady. Any grandchild to boast about? Kathleen and I had our two between 30 and 32 years of age (us, not the kids when they were born) and our daughter just delivered, at age 43!, our second grandson. Keeping up with Leo and, during the coming next several years, newly-arrived Seth will continue to tax our enfeebled strengths and endurances.
I'd like to make it out to the Commonwealth - to see my niece in a Pittsburgh suburb and to visit with you a bit. I remember you fondly from high school and sincerely hope your birthday and the coming year are filled with good health and enriching memories.
- Bob H.

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Hello, Professor. I reviewed your Profile and photos of a handsome lad - way back then and even more recently. Those recent ones surely, to my eyes, display a physiognomy of a learned and polished professional - one who could easily pass for a surgeon and ... yes, a "man of letters." Retired? Where did you teach, Bill?
I see you had your one child at about age 42. May I ask ... did you marry a younger lady. Any grandchild to boast about? Kathleen and I had our two kids between 30 and 32 years of age (us, not the kids when they were born) and our daughter just delivered, at age 43!, our second grandson. Keeping up with Leo and, during the coming next several years, newly-arrived Seth will continue to tax our enfeebled strengths and endurances.
I'd like to make it out to the Commonwealth sometime - to see my niece in Moon Township and to visit with you a bit. I remember you fondly from high school and sincerely hope your birthday and the coming year are filled with good health and enriching memories. Send us some news, if you care to, o.k.?
Your friend,
- Bob H.

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Posted on: May 25, 2020 at 10:42 AM

Hello, fellow subscribers.
I don't know if any of you have recently experienced any issues with the functioning of our class website. I received this notice from ClassCreator - the parent company managing all class sites: "Class Creator is live after an extended down time. An unplanned connectivity issue occurred at our current Data Center. "
(The unfortunate fact is that I've used - to no avail - the "unplanned connectivity issue" many times with Kathleen to explain instances of my curious behavior, flagging memory and inattention to her questions.)

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Daughter Laura and the brand new Leo.
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Leo and dad, Kevin (owner of Elite Pacific Properties, Kona, HI and long-time "Big Island" resident)
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Leo at 5 days old.
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Me: "Hey, why ya wearin' a fake beard, Santa?"

Santa: "Get the f -- off my lap, you annoying little twerp!"
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Me in Marjorie Cavalerro's 4th Grade class.
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My late bro. Greg, our dad and me on our return from a back-packing trip to the Sierra, the summer of my 14th year. Greg was only 13 months younger, but grew very slowly - note the height difference. He was the BEST in so many respects, and his early death at 59, from cancer, still puts me in a funk!
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A wild Cathi Raneri, befriending that weird, bearded beggar that used to haunt the campus. Did security ever catch that guy?
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