Terry McAteer et al: What’s up with Bear River principal resigning on the first day of school?

Longtime educator Terry McAteer, whom I enjoy hearing from, is back in town — this time as a retiree. He writes regularly about education for The Union’s editorial board, including a tome on “senioritis .”

I’d like to hear what Terry (and The Union’s editorial board, for that matter) think about the Bear River High principal resigning on the first day of school. (Hint: You can’t make this stuff up!)

“(She) will be joining the Elk Grove school district — the largest such district in Northern California — as the director of secondary education,” The Union is reporting, adding: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for her, but a loss for us,” said Nevada Joint Union High School District superintendent Brett McFadden.


Revisiting Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit statue at Santa Anita

I love America literature, so I’m excited that Mitchell is reading Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit as the first book in his 11th-grade English class at Ghidotti Early College High School with Mr. Bishop. I am a lifelong L.A.-area thoroughbred horse racing fan; lover of California “place names” (from historic Santa Anita to the owner’s ranch in Willits, California); and lover of Laura’s good writing — and this book is all of that.

As kids growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, we used to ride our Schwinn Stingray bikes out to Santa Anita Racetrack from our homes for the ninth race (it was free).

We’ve been to Santa Anita numerous times since, and stood beneath the wonderful Seabiscuit statue there. Laura herself is a champion, suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Center at Stanford University.

I found our copy of the book on the bookshelf this afternoon, and its bookmark was a Passport Declaration Form from when Shannon and I first read it: On a trip to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and our friend Jan D’Esopo’s The Gallery Inn. Ha! All told, an exciting and memorable beginning to school. I hope Mitchell and his classmates like the book as much as we did.

Reconnecting with friends from 47 years ago, thanks to Facebook

Never sell Facebook short. I learned this week that Tim Fraker, a teammate of mine in San Marino Little League 47 years ago, died last week. As the news spread on Facebook, those of us who hadn’t talked for decades reunited on social media.

One of our Little League pals in the L.A. suburb, Jim Gott, made it to the majors as a pitcher for the Dodgers and Giants. (I hooked up with Jim when I worked at The Chronicle in the ’80s and ’90s, and we caught up).

Now we are all friends again on Facebook. As it turns out, one of them, Tom Sheehy, lives nearby in Sacramento.

So here’s to you Tom, Jim, Gary Driver, Jim Rellas, Bill Becker and others. Here’s an article about our team in the San Marino Tribune in 1971. As it read in in the third paragraph: “Tim Fraker homered for the Angels.” Yep, he did. I remembered that. RIP, Tim.

Career fair at The Holbrooke this weekend

Editor’s note: Jordan Fife, who is leading the group that is purchasing The Holbrooke Hotel, forwarded this email to me for posting:


The Holbrooke
212 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA
Saturday and Sunday, August 11th- 12th , 2018, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Interviews and job offers will be made on the spot.
Career opportunities include:

Hotel Manager
Room Attendant
Laundry Attendant
Night Auditor
Front Desk Agent

Equal Opportunity Employer