Stephen McKenzie

Profile Updated: February 27, 2018
Residing In Hamilton, MT USA
Spouse/Partner Shimi
Occupation Retired; Food Technologist
Children Heidi 1979
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Shoreline CC -> UW -> Seattle Pacific College BS Biology-> Oregon State Univ. MS Food Science & Technology. Put myself through college working as Longshoreman/warehouseman (Local 9) in Seattle. Worked as tech at UW Med School, Developed new food products for General Mills (Minneapolis), then Clorox with a short stint making waxes, polishes & cleaners for Armor All auto care products. Ended my working career as a substitute middle school teacher and handyman.
I've been involved in volunteer activities my whole life. That has taken me to Thailand, Egypt, and Ecuador, in addition to local projects and events.
Lived in Lynnwood area until end of 1976, then on to Albany Oregon, Maple Grove, Minn., Dublin/San Ramon/Danville California and finally to Hamilton, MT.

School Story

Painfully enduring Mr Bergum's Chemistry class. He would waste half the period talking about the Minnesota Twins, then drone through a confusing lecture about electron shells or something. If he caught you nodding off or daydreaming he would throw a piece of chalk or an eraser at you. When we did a lab or a class demo, he would thrust some foul smelling concoction under your nose and ask what it smelled like, claiming that his own olfactory capabilities had long since been sacrificed on the alter of science.

Then there was Mr Ridge's world history or geography class. He arbitrarily assigned students to work together on a report on a South American country. My group was assigned to report on Argentina, and he gave me the task of teaching the class, presenting our work, once the project was finished. I tried to get him to make someone else do the oral presentation but he refused. So the day came and I taught the class. It went much better than I imagined. Afterwards Mr. Ridge complimented me then told me I would have received an A but because of my bad attitude he was only giving me a B. That was a pretty tough lesson in following orders and being a team player.

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Re: Woodstock 2-the picnic
Any details firmed up yet? Like location, time, activities? I was also at the Sky River event; what a traffic jam! Interesting but it didn’t turn me into a hippy...

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Al and I were acquaintances in HS, and had the same lunch period, sitting at the same table.

I had been to his house to see his motorcycle when we were Jrs or Seniors. When he died, I went to his funeral and gathering at his parents house afterwards. His father told me that he and his new wife went to the Wenatchee Apple Blossom festival that weekend. He was riding his wife's Bonneville when he came upon a stopped car and a young woman talking to the driver. As he went around them to pass, she turned around and walked right into the path of his motorcycle. He must have been going pretty fast, as it killed them both, throwing the young woman 90 feet.

After the funeral there was a motorcade of motorcycles that led the way to the cemetery, with his best friend leading the way on Al's Norton. He was probably the first one of our class to die.

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Posted on: Aug 11, 2017 at 5:57 PM

Here is a question to ponder: how many of you remembered or even knew that I was involved in a serious accident that put me in the hospital for over 2 months and kept me from starting our Junior year with the rest of you? I almost didn't make graduation let alone our 50th anniversary reunion.
Only one or two of you, I'd guess. Coming back to school late, with a brace on my leg didn't do much for my social confidence or dating record. But, like most traumas in life, I recovered and moved on with life. It did, however, make me a lot more sympathetic towards people in the hospital.

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