Weber High School
Jim Maynard Keller
|Last Updated:||June 9, 2012|
|Where are you living?||West Haven, UT USA|
|Children, Grandchildren and such?||While never a parent, I am the world's uncle..... ...and happily feel I've made a few positive differences in a few lives... ...tho' none with the intensity of being responsible for any from birth up...|
|Post-WHS Ed/Career training? (Schools, Degrees, Certificates, Licenses, Apprenticeships, etc. and so forth)||
U. of Utah 1962-66, HBA degree in Psychology
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1967-68 Experimental Psychology
U. of Utah Graduate School of Social Work, 1968-69 and 1970-71. MSW degree.
Various courses and workshops since in computing, photography, poetry and more.
|Occupations/Careers (Current or past):||Prop Mgm't (current)-Social work & Jewelry (past)|
|Personal or Professional Webpage(s)?||
|Hobbies and Interests?||
Fine Art photography (Semi-pro for a minute or 12 in the late '90's) and Performing Live Poetry (in 17 states to date. (See video below.)
Computing and internet (once a geek....)
Karaoke (Love it! '50's through '00's) and Drumming (Finally got a full-on drum kit this year!)
Cooking (simple dishes re-thought) and Dining Out (My fave dish is one I've never had)
Archiving/digitizing/restoring family photos and "artifacts."
Hosting live performing events (just like Assembly days, only rowdier!).
Science and tech (still fascinated by the universe and the ingenuity of people).
The Utah Jazz (I keep hoping...)
Financial markets, investing (just tryin' to read the tea leaves) and politics (something to keep our eyes on, as ugly as they've have gotten.)
Graphic novels. And....
|Comments about your life (or life in general)?||I was a psychiatric social worker and staff training director for a Children's Psychiatric Center in NY for 34 years.
And I will say, for all its ups and downs, periods of disability and wild rides, life's been an adventure and I can't really tell you what "old" feels like yet.
|Most unusual or favorite place(s) you've ever been or events you've been part of?||
Five countries in Europe (took my Mom in '97), by train and river boat (Eurail Multi-Pass), staying in old hostels and visiting medieval cities and art museums.
Performing at two National Poetry Slam Championships (Austin, TX, '06; West Palm Beach, FL, '09)
A SF Giants game with my Grandpa. Willie Mays hit a 3 run homer, Sam Jones pitched a shutout and I got a foul ball ('59 or '60). A perfect day!
Summer Stock theatre in Provincetown, MA, (tip of Cape Cod) '67 - where I worked with a still unknown actor named Al Pacino.
Democratic National Convention, Chicago '68 (on the outside - not inside, LoL).
Being an "exchange student" at the Intermountain Indian School was witnessing history. But glad those schools are long gone.
Doing a Light Show for a Jefferson Airplane concert in SLC ('68 at the Terrace Ballroom).
|What's still left on your 'Bucket List'?||
Forming a tribute band for rock classics that don't get the air play they deserve.
Setting up a foundation out of whatever estate I might leave (so many causes to choose from!)
Fitting into my favorite '60's clothes I've kept all these years!
Traveling around the world at my own pace (maybe by "tramp steamer"?)
Helping make this reunion and website a success!
|Favorite School Stories?||One highlight was a 'Viking party' at Kathy Hurst's (sophomore year?)! We fought with 'quarterstaves' we'd made, wore ridiculous costumes, and the party also featured a hot cherry pepper eating contest...|
|Favorite/Most influential teachers, advisers, coaches, bus drivers or other staff?||
Mr. Dabb (English), Mrs. Bindrup (AP English), Mr. McFarland (Bus driver for me, my sister and then my sister's kids!), Mr. Smout (Debate), Ms. Tolley (French, oo-la-la), Mr. Berlin (German), Mr. Nye (Music) - tho he was only my teacher at Wahlquist (Orchestra), and a shout out to Mrs. Evans (counselor who helped me keep my head on semi-straight - which took some work!)
And back at Wahlquist, I want to give big props to Coach Cottle who really helped me believe in myself. And Mr. Stallings who taught state capitals by turning the learning into a verbal "baseball" game.
Most "colorful" teacher: Mr. Carver (biology).
Also memorable (because he had a very "unique" approach to teaching, and because we all gave him a hard time which he smiled through, leaving me a little guilty about our behavior): Mr. Ashcraft (Plane Geometry)
|Favorite School Cheers, Slogans, Slang?||
"Has anybody seen that Tiger,
Has anybody seen that cat?
Where's that Tiger at,
"Let's make like a tree and leave!"
|Favorite School 'Activities' (official or otherwise!)?||
Debate, cheering my lungs out at basketball games, having a car Senior year, watching the Warriorettes perform, Key Club, passing in-class notes to girls (hey, I couldn't exactly TXT y'all!)
(PS: I'm pretty sure it was Sandy Garner who taught me how to fold the notes in the shape of an envelope and maybe another way.)
|Most important knowledge or life lessons learned at Weber (serious, funny or both)?||
1. You can get through almost anything!!
2. How to tie a tie in a single or double Windsor knot (thanks, Marlin Jensen!)
3. Some teachers really care enough to make a difference, and that's something worth paying forward to others all your life....
The first is a video of me doing one of my poems "Exceedingly Fine" in 2010. (See hobbies and interests above.)
The second is a clip from the TV show that gave a classmate the inspiration to start calling me "Maynard."
Hated it at first, but in the sense of someone who was gonna take that other road diverging "in the yellow wood," turned out it was more on target than he coulda' realized......
And the third is a music video I was in in 2010.... ...great fun!
Me great grandmum, grandpa, mom and some baby.
Great Salt Lake with my Mom....
My family lived and worked on my Grandpa's sheep ranch during the summers when I was small. It was near Hardware ranch. And this canvas-covered sheepherder's wagon with a wood-burning stove is what we lived in. Think about half-way between a Conestoga Wagon and an Airstream camper and you've got it.
The pan hanging on the outside served as our kitchen sink (and bathtub!). Our only light was a kerosene lantern, we had a radio which took batteries as heavy as a laptop computer which lasted for a few hours, so just used a few minutes a day at most. Our water came from a fresh-flowing spring (surrounded by fresh watercress!).
And the bathroom was a fruit crate with a cutout to sit on over a hand-dug pit that we would fill over and move to a new pit every day or so!
Sis (Karen), cat, Dad's restored bike and moi....
Chillin' in the Wahlquist hood with my homies...
I gave up playing the violin to be in this picture (had to choose either Athletics or Orchestra).
Do you have any idea how often I play tackle football these days? And how often I wish I really knew how to play my violin??
You makes yer choices and ya' lives with 'em....
Setting up some kind of prom....
1961-62 souvenir of a good time at Utah State....
My fave pic from the yearbook....
Back in my theater and Light Show days...
Circa 1980-83 at a family reunion picnic in "Joisey City, New Joisey."
Some of my "adoptive" family back East. (Basically, I got to know two of the brothers, and then "the family" adopted me and gave me 12 new brothers and sisters. We're still close to this day.)
My new gig (2004-present): Peforming live poetry.
I play with my hair (facial and otherwise).
2012: Hey, wha' happened....???
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