Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Here is an example of the stories Chris covered.

Another college classmate has passed away.  I knew Chuck Hiatt.  We had gone out one time and I had seen him at several EWU reunions for our class of 1965.  As a result of this loss I began to think about my wonderful life and all that had happened in college and beyond.

EWU highlights for me include the talk with Dr. Fretwell about my future as a psychology major.  After my failure in my descriptive statistics class she advised me to change my major.  I had my best grades in PE thanks to Pat Whitehill and Mary Jo Tracey.  With wavers from Dr. Leighton of all team sport classes I was able to graduate the summer of 1965.  Chris and I were married that August.

With a year as the commander of the EWU ROTC Sponsor Corps, and several other honors under my belt, and Chris having been EWU yearbook and Easterner photographer and Easterner editor (taking over from the editor who flunked out with a .007 grade point average), as well as mentors Dick Hoover and Pat McManus for Chris, we had plenty of background for future employment. 

With our degrees in hand we set out to look for work in Santa Barbara, CA. After a 3-month stint we returned to EWU to prepare to become teachers. We looked for work in Spokane.  I was hired to teach first grade. Chris transitioned from the color dark room for the Spokesman Review to news photographer for the Spokane Daily Chronicle.  Chris became famous in Spokane for his photographs in the newspaper.  My grandmother Stowell clipped and saved them all.  He did some guest teaching for EWU at the extension in Spokane.  He also was on the board for the Spokane Falls Community College. 

But we were a couple of kids who didn’t want to settle down.  Our dream was to live on a boat.  After joining the United States Power Squadron and taking seamanship classes we bought our first boat-- a 14-foot C -Lark sailboat.  After that we upgraded to a 17’ Thistle, and then a 21’ San Juan.  We bought and sold 3 houses, God blessed us with 2 kids, and then we set off for Seattle to begin sailing in Puget Sound.  We lived in Seattle from 1978 until 1982.  Then it was off for Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi for Microwave Electronics school.  Then to California from 1983 until 1985.  Then off to Arlington, WA, Kirkland, WA, and Woodinville, WA. 

The rest is history.   If you have been reading my blog you read about our sailing adventures from 1997 to 1999.  I published these memories on my blog for September 9, 2014 to September 16, 2014. 

Now we are in our “Golden” years.  Time to start on our new adventure.  So far we have tried a digital photography business and next will be publishing e-books.  Only God knows how many days we have but with His help we will make them count.


  1. Looks good, Bobbi! As an observer of all that and participate in many I do remember. My life didn't continue as I'd expected earlier but it has been good overall, and the best is having good friends like you and Chris. We've had many good times together over the years.

    1. Yes, we appreciated you finding us our first apartment in Santa Barbara right next door to you. Enjoyed meeting the friends you made down there and for your help packing us up to move back north and leaving our broken down car behind.