When I was getting ready to head off to college, back in 1960, a family friend told me, "The friends you make in college are the friends you'll keep your whole life."

One of the first people I met when I moved to the University of California at Berkeley was Charlotte Mitchell. She and I both were members of Newman Hall. She was the grad resident of the dorm where I lived, and I was terrified of her. Over the years, Char became a close friend. Through Newman Hall, I met many people (including Walt) and ultimately a group of 5 couples, all of whom met there, dated, and married there, formed a close knit extended family. We were attendants at each others' weddings, godparents to each other's children, neighbors, co-workers in our childrens' schools. More than 30 years later, we are all still close friends. We've laughed together, cried together, and traveled around the country together.

Our children (22 of them) have grown up as adopted siblilngs to each other. Now they are all marrying and having their own children.

We still get together socially several times a year, though we don't often have the kids break a pinata, like we used to when they were little. With our group now scattered from Maine to Hawaii, we keep up with what is going on in each other's lives by means of a newsletter I publish monthly, called The Pinata Papers.

Some of our group have links that might be interesting to follow.

Mike lives in Hawaii. Cam is doing research on potatoes. Ned works for Arrow radio. Andy's home page speaks for itself. Dana and Stan are parents of twins. Char and Dave work for the State Bar of California. Pat works for the California Integrated Waste Mgmt. Rich is a sci fi fanatic whose favorite TV show is Babylon 5. Bill and Jeri have a great time square dancing.

The wedding photos on this page were taken at the wedding of Jenny and Dave, who were married at one of the Napa Valley wineries. The photo of the kids when they were younger was taken at Tiny Tots nursery school in Oakland, California.


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