Stephen McKenzie

Profile Updated: September 4, 2022
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 remember looking for a secluded place where I and my friend Larry Price could enjoy some beer a fellow employee at the Enco gas station across from the Sno-King Drive in had procured for us. We headed out 196th East to Swamp Creek road(?) where I spied what looked like an overgrown gravel side road. It looked like the perfect place to pull off the road & remain out of sight while we enjoyed our suds. I turned down it and before even getting out of sight got stuck (I guess that was why they called it SWAMP creek). My blue 4 door ‘57 Chevy just spun its tires and refused to move. I immediately envisioned Chief Glandt or one of his deputies happening upon us and hauling us off to jail. After a few minutes I calmed down and went looking for a nearby resident. Luckily I found someone who believed our tale of looking for a place to turn around. He grabbed a rope or chain and soon had us back on tractible ground. We of course thanked him profusely and headed to Picnic Point to enjoy our beer in peace.

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Happy belated birthday Linda! Hope it was memorable and you got to spend it with your favorite people. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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Happy belated Birthday Dave! Hope we can get together this Summer. It would be great if you & Sandi came to the MHS 67 picnic, too. All the best!

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Posted on: Apr 20, 2022 at 7:52 AM

Happy belated birthday Pat. Remember the good old days riding the bus to Cooper’s Berry Farm with Sharon & 2(?) of your friends? Winter keeps hanging on this year in MT. Hope you are getting a few mild sunny days in PA. See you at the picnic.

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Apr 20, 2022 at 7:44 AM

Happy belated Birthday! Sounds like you have been having the granddaddy of all retirement party’s. See you in August at the picnic, Lord willing.

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Posted on: Nov 02, 2021 at 12:24 PM

Happy belated birthday! Deception pass is a great place to celebrate. Health & happiness to you & Don thruout the year.

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Happiest of birthdays to a stellar guy. Live long & prosper - you are a real asset to the class of 1967!

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Happy belated BD Scott! Hope it was fun and you were able to spend it with those you love.

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