Disneyland, fishing for yellowfin tuna and had a whole bunch of new experiences. The smog in Los Angeles was horrendous.
I remember at NCEL a recent high school graduate like me, Gary Chamness, who clearly had a better mind than mine, went on to CalTech, and in our second year at this lab, related to me that he was having a really tough time, which reassured me that Stanford was the better choice for me. I always wondered what happened to him, so I went to Google, and there he was, a Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Kind of looks like how I remembered him, except that was 54 years ago.
Silicon Valley had not yet formed, for the name was invented in 1971. Thousands of high tech firms began here, many linked to Stanford professors and their graduates...Google, Apple, eBay, Intel, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard.
David Packard, Jr., was on my floor in the next building, and he gave all of us an opportunity to invest in Hewlett-Packard, which was not quite yet known. If I did, I would be very rich today, for they did not start selling their stock until about the time we graduated.
Silicon Valley itself has more female than male technical level employees, with an average salary of $144,800. The total population is around 4 million.
I probably took and audited more art than chemical engineering courses, here with some of my charcoal etchings to the left. Best as I can remember, there were, maybe 75 of us in ChE at the beginning, and I found myself scoring around the midpoint in exams. Over the next few years the bottom kept changing majors into economics, psychology, sociology and the like.
article from Stanford about a crisis with this problem today, and specifically at Wilbur Hall (left), where I lived in my freshman year. Each floor had a resident assistant, a super nice guy, plus a faculty family for each wing of the dormitory, also really pleasant, who are there to prevent these incidents.
In our junior year, David Mason, chairman of this department, barged into our classroom and proudly announced that we were just accredited. None of us knew we were until then not accredited. However, in ten years, the Stanford Chemical Engineering Department was ranked #1 in the nation. Today, it is #3 to MIT and CalTech. Back to 1962, there were only around ten of who actually graduated in four years, and I was still in the middle.
classbook on our doings, and I responded to the question:
MOST VALUABLE THINGS I LEARNED AT STANFORD:
Upon graduation I observed tht my high school classmates were better engineers from their education at the University of Hawaii. However, I was able to communicate at a higher level--better appreciated music, art and culture in general--had a more worldly view of things--and, most important of all, had the confidence to be innovative and enterprising.
As none of my close classmates chose to participate, neither did I, but we did subsequently have our personal mini-reunion towards the end of My Ultimate Global Adventure last year in Napa Valley:
President John F. Kennedy's creation of the Peace Corps, but I just could not see myself being sent to some impoverished developing nation for $99/month. My arts interest had me leaning towards attending Sophia University in Tokyo to study art, for the classes were taught in English.