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Charles Cobb

Profile Updated: May 11, 2010
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Residing In:
Santa Clara, CA USA
Spouse/Partner - wedding date:
barbara, 1969
Children:
jennie 1967 chris 1970 natalie 1977
Current Occupation:
retired from 40 years at lockheed missile & space
Which Branch of the service did you serve in?
Regular Army , Naval Air Reserve  
Yes! Attending Reunion
Grandchildren:

brittani, barbara, virginia, charles jarin, mabel.

About My Career:

lockheed missile and space co. 1960 to 2000. machine shop helper. prod. control dispatcher, tool dispatcher, elec. assy inspector, expeditor, receiving inspector, elec. tester/ inspector, material review board investigator. part time toys r us 6 yrs, montgomery ward 2yrs, de anza college bookstore 2 yrs, great america amusement park 2 summers, wedding photographer 6 weddings.

Redford Memories:

barbas drug store, stayed out of the old mill. giving cigarettes to tough guys. hanging out uptown, band, foot ball games, marching in parades, rotc, field days, other schools with black people doing marching drills more like dancing, marching in parades in rotc uniform , junior achievement meetings, rosedale brushcuts and my elvis vaseline haircut. no blue jeans allowed after ninth grade, college prep classes. my poor handwriting, my c+ average, friday night drop in dances,(i go to senior drop in dances now), a prom, a trip to new york and washington d.c. ( where i was born ) martha griffiths and soapy williams at the democratic meetings at carpenters hall with my parents where i met and danced with a girl named grace. co-op meetings for groceries with my parents. picking tomatoes at a farm north of town for my mother to can. my friend having postum for breakfast. getting yelled at for mischief my friend wayne james did when i was nearby as we both wore a band uniform and the teachers thought i looked like him. once he called a lady teacher an old biddy and she started a vendetta against me. one man teacher got after me for being in favor of teachers unions and i had no idea what he was talking about. i spent all morning with my mother riding the bus downtown, where she worked as a legal secretary for miller canfield paddock and stone law firm in the penobscot building, memorizing 100 wagons for my english class, took the bus back to school, and the first thing, the teacher sent me out into the hall with some girl cause he did not want to hear it. when the teachers are insane its hard to fix it. well i got to move to california when i was 16 so there you are. one time the head of the engish department gave me an A as a final grade. he said i had potential. i enjoyed rifle shooting for a while but i couldn't squat for 4th position so i had to quit. i still do some rifle shooting. i still feel bad about mary anderson. the guy was a coward. i hope she is a success. getting harrassed prepared me for my life in a corporation so i never thought of bringing in a gun and shooting up the place like some people. i always know people do bad things out of envy, like jimmy stewart said in the movie 'harvey'. i think bad people like that are funny except for the damage they do. karma takes care of us good guys. we make mistakes but they come out ok.

Education after Redford:

2 years at kemper military school in boonville missouri for high school diploma and not enough college for a degree. 15 years at de anza college getting 3 associate degrees in liberal arts, quality control and geography with a minor in economics, a partial teaching credential and a certificate of proficiency in quality control while working full time. a 6 month school in air traffic control for an faa certification in army aviation at keesler afb, ms, 24 units in usafi fundamentals of air traffic control just for fun, asqc certified quality technician for mechanical inspection, electrical inspection and electronic technician.

Military Service - When and Where

in jan 1962 8 weeks ft ord ca basic, 4 months ft lewis wa 124 signal corps 4th infantry division, 6 months keesler afb ms, air traffic control school. 2 years boscomantico, italy 110 aviation company army aviation. out dec 1964 viet nam era veteran.

Family/Travels/Events:

life member of mensa, and nra, ordained minister in universal life church authorized to perform marriages, baptisms, funerals, preach and conduct church meetings, and ordain new ministers into church. member society of automotive engineers, and international association of machinists and aerospace workers. traveled on bus to matzatlan mexico and back, flew to whitehorse yukon territory canada and back including a bus trip to dawson city to see the gold mines. drove with my wife to east coast and detroit several times and up through oregon washington and montana, including usa side of glacier park, drove up to canada from west coast to edmonton and calgary and saw several parks and a glacier and big shopping mall in edmonton and went up in towers in seattle vancouver edmonton and calgary went up in several lighthouses and saw 25 covered bridges in oregon. saw barry manilow and went in eiffel tower in las vegas. we have visited both sides of niagara falls. we visited punsxatawney phil and bought a life sized stuffed animal replica. we rode a boat on the erie canal through two locks we visited bob fellers museum and john waynes house and the john deere original shop in de tour and the rock island arsenal where you can also watch boats go through locks. lots of places i can't recall.

States/Countries:

while in italy i climbed to the top of the tower of pisa and went in st marks cathedral and saw opera twice at the arena in verona. i visited romeos house and juliets house in town and their castles outside of town. of course every day for 2 years i was going to some historical place in northern italy. i visited finland sweden and denmark on vacation

What grade school did you go to?

francis willard school in highland park for nursery school and kindergarten holcomb elementary first through eighth grade.

Did you attend any of our 50th Reunion Weekend Events September 25 - 26 - 27, 2009?

I did not attend any of the Reunion Weekend

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There is a guy in the ghost town of holy ghost in the Santa Cruz Mountains nearby that works with glass and has quite a set up. I am glad you are having fun with it Chas

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Jan 27, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Hi. I just noticed your name and thought I would tell you that I was Howard Cobb at Holcomb and I thought you were one of the prettiest girls in my class. I had to leave Detroit and come to California in 1960. Its like a whole different world out here. We are having a drought now and the rain and snow and cold weather are in a whole other part of the state. I am so glad for you that you have had a very successful life. Chas

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Jan 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Happy birthday and smooth sailing. We just had the Maverick surf contest at Princeton by the sea in the Half Moon Bay. 40 to 100 ft waves. Spectacular. Monterey Bay is full of sailboats, and Pete's Harbor was full of live aboards , but you are a long distance traveler. Good for you. Chas

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