Stephen McKenzie

Profile Updated: February 11, 2020
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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I seem to remember Ms Puette trying to help us develop ‘rhythm’ and music appreciation. She must have been ahead of her time in believing that (left to our own devices) “white men can’t dance,”

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Hey Dave: you are well connected and in the know. So what are the chances we'll have a picnic get together this summer? I'm making plans for August now and would like to include a visit to the Farm to see all the folks. BTW, here in Montana, most people view the whole Covid/CCP virus reaction with skepticism. I had it in November and had minimal discomfort beyond loss of smell/taste for several weeks. Anyway, I would very likely attend if the picnic isn't canceled, but the steering committee needs to drive a stake in the ground pretty soon, in my opinion. Thanks for all your work and your creative journalism.

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I was in Gary’s class with Mrs Pierre. I got paired up with Joan Boling who later became my sister in law. I liked Gary a lot but was in awe of the gang of five. Gary and his pals were very creative and one day decided to make some nitroglycerin. Not sure if they got things fully nitrated or if their parents ever found out, but it was an awesome undertaking for a group of 9 year olds.
In high school Gary distinguished himself and I receded into the unwashed multitudes, but I always had a lot of respect for Gary DeBardi.

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Happy belated Birthday! May you enjoy many more. Thanks for being such a good friend for all these years!

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