Richard Wright

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Question Answer
Your name Richard Wright
If you're bringing someone to the reunion, please describe your guest My wife, Damiana Wright
Alhambra elementary school(s) attended Garfield School
Current occupation (e.g., retired, working full/part time, volunteering, caring for family, other) Retired for four years, after working as a commercial real estate appraiser.
Describe your family/extended family My wife, Damiana. A daughter, Michelle, in Brownsville, Texas. A sister, Judy, in Huntington Beach. A sister, Dottie, in Saddlebrooke, Arizona.
How have you gained knowledge or continued your education after high school? Pasadena City College, UCLA.
What would like to share about your life's work? I worked for many years as a commercial real estate appraiser for lenders in Southern California. This work was well suited to my personality and temperament. I enjoyed working hard as part of work teams and as a supervisor and reviewer.
What special interests and/or activities have you enjoyed during the last half century? My wife and I have lived in Encinitas, California for almost 40 years. After our daughter reached school age, my wife worked as a computer programmer until three years ago. Though we have had health problems, we are fortunate to live comfortably for so many years. Before retirement, I played golf occasionally with friends. After retirement, I have played regularly with a group of retired friends. Also, I now play golf with my wife, who started playing after retirement. Mr. Weatherholt was right. Golf is a game that can be played at almost any age. Also, I enjoy attending lectures at UCI and UCSD with old friends, and following current events on the internet on nature trails.
Please share the highlights of the places you've lived or traveled We have traveled to various places over the years. Several years ago we sailed on our first cruise, to Alaska, and briefly visited Glacier Bay National Park, on a beautiful day. In 2012, we traveled to Florence, Italy, for a small gathering of old friends who, long ago, all worked in the same college dorm cafeteria, clearing tables and washing dishes. Paul Loizeaux from AHS, and his wife were there. Also, an old grad school roommate of mine, who had introduced me to my future wife, then a student at a nearby college. It was good to see these old friends again, to listen to their stories, and to reflect on their positive influences on my life.
Looking Back Favorite AHS perk: Senior Coffee. I can see I was very fortunate to grow up in north Alhambra, to be with a good group of kids at Garfield School, and with good teachers like Mr. Valdez. And at Alhambra High School, to be with such an interesting mix of people. Growing up in Alhambra, I experienced many small kindnesses from classmates and friends. Often as not, I didn't appreciate them at the time.
What are your favorite books or movies? Books: A Moveable Feast. Love in the Time of Cholera. The Right Stuff, and many more. Movies: The Fugitive. Snow Falling on Cedars. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and many more.
Looking Forward We hope to stay connected to our good friends and family as we get older.

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