Few Campuses are as beautiful as the College of Mount saint Vincent

IN May of 2001, I was hired at the Director of the Teacher Learner Center at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in RIverdale, NY. The job was funded by a Federal Title V Hispanic Serving Institution grant of 1.1 million dollars over five years. I was to install land maintain 24 Smart Classrooms and…

The Summer of !967

In the summer of 1967 I took my young wife and two year old son and drove from Springfield, Mass. to Los Angeles, Calif. to complete my Masters field work for my degree in Outdoor Education. I had just purchased a 1967 VW Camper on credit. It took us 7 days to make the trip…

After the battle of Okinawa the Jap Snipers still remained

In my novel, “Autumn Winds Over Okinawa 1945,” my father, Chief Petty Officer Ken Mead and three other sailors got off the USS Antietam CV-36 Aircraft carrier to return home after the war on Aug. 31, 1945.  Unfortunately, they  were stranded on the island for a month and 1/2 facing Jap Snipers, Jungle diseases, a…

Jap Snipers on Okinawa in 1945

On August 31, 1945, my father Chief Petty Officer Ken Mead and two other sailors got off on Okinawa in hopes of returning to Hawaii and then back home. Unfortunately, with the Japanese treaty signing all the ships were going toward Tokyo instead of Hawaii. They were stranded on Okinawa Island without food or shelter….

Teacher Strikes in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s

Teacher Unions provided a platform for negotiations between the teachers and the Board of Education. Without the Unions the Boards of Education would have the teachers working for practically nothing in salary. When local boards of education and the local politics take hold of a district very little good can come from it in teacher…

Mrs. Lee the kind Home Economics teacher at Cucamonga JHS

Mrs. Lee was the Home Economics teacher at Cucamonga JHS in the 1960’s and 1970’s. She taught Cooking and Sewing skills classes. When every any teacher wanted to go to China Town in New York City, they first went to Mrs. Lee. She would write Mandarin on the back of a business card of a…

The Junior High, TV script and the novel

Last summer I went to Las Vegas to do a movie pitch for my novel, The Junior High, based on the years I was a teacher in New York State 1960-1990. The movie producers liked my book pitch for a movie or TV script and gave it highest honors with the suggestion that I make…

Birth Tourism By Mengru Zhao

Mengru interviews me in this movie toward the end. She did an excellent job filming this movie and editing it by herself. Dr. Mead