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Tarzana, CA BHHS Principal 1950-59, BHUSD Superintendent 1959-81 ;l.. Le Reve is a pleasant stroll from the excite- ment of Sunset Boulevard, the glamour of Beverly Hills, and many world famous restaurants. We are dedicated to the fine art of selwice and appreciation of hospital- ity in the French country tradition. You can enjoy room service in your suite or on the rooftop garden. Relax in the pool or mineral spa. This charming 80 suite hotel is almost too good to be true. It offers all tile comforts and person- al attention w)u would expect in a luxutT hotel. I 2516 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica (Just West of 26th Street) Sales: (310) 582-8230 Rentals: (310) 582-8231 822 CYNTHI STREET, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069 (800) 835-7997' (310) 854-1114, FAX (310) 657-2623 Q: How, in your opinion, is the district different now? A: People in my kind of job face a number of problems we didn't face in my day. There are many more restrictions on the kind of money you spend. They equalized the funding of schools by taking away the primary source, which was for Beverly Hills property taxes. Also, there's still a big problem with the relationships between the school board and administrators. Q: Do you feel the students have changed over the years? A: I haven't been around the students enough to know. But I do know that the Beverly Hills students still do exceptionally well academically, and even athletically they do well now. In my time we couldn't compete athletically, we were too easy for other teams. Q: You currently live in Tarzana? A: Well, I never lived in Beverly Hills. When I took the principalship, I assumed I'd be moving there. But I found out in a right big hurry that educators could never live in Beverly Hills. Q: What led you to a career in education'? A: The economic times of the day. Everyone was starving in the 1930s when I fin- ished USC with my bachelor's degree in business and one year of law school. I thought I should make some money so 1 signed a pro-baseball contract. I had played at USC, but 1 really wasn't a very good pro player. I decided it wasn't for me. Someone suggest- cd I get my teaching credential and try that for a few years. Q: What brought you to Beverly Hills'? A: I started my career in education in Montebello. I taught for three years, then got involvcd in administration and wound up principal of Montebcllo High School. Then Bcvcrly Hills called to interview me for the principal position at the high school. I was happy in Montcbcllo, but it turned out to bc a great move for me. Plus the position paid $1,000 morc a year in Bevcrly Hills, from $5,8(X) up to $6,800 a year. Q: What have you been involved in since your retirement in 1981 ? A: 1 retired 20 years ago, that's a hmg time. 1 go to Dodger ball games when they're in town. I go to USC football and baseball gamcs. I've taken two cruises a year for the last 12 years. I'm going on one to Alaska next month, it will be nay fourth time there. But I'm 86 years old, and though I dearly love the Mediterranean, the long flights are the problem. I would enjoy going back to the Great Lakes area- Montreal, Quebec- or the Panama Canal. In World War Two, I was on a carrier and we made four trips through the Panama Canal. l've been through there so many times, I practically own thc Canal! cont. on page 10 I I 'In the Finest Jewish Tradition With the Greatest Respect... At our Lowest Possible Prices One call for all arrangements Services in all Jewish cemeteries Specializing in burial in Israel CHEVRA KADISHA MORTUARY CEMETERIES CASKETS MARKERS 7832 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 653-8886 (800) 654-6772 License No. FD-1326 Serving The ('ommunity For Over Twenty Years Children & Adult Costumes For Sale Adult Costume Rentals Masks Wigs Make-up Fog Machine Rentals A Supermarket of Accessories & Costumes - Alterations and Accessories - Tailoring & Dressmaking May 31 - June 6, 2001 * 9