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cont. from page 9 Q: Have you continued to be involved in education'? A: I was very active up until two or three years ago. I overscheduled myself knowing I was going to retire and worried that I wouldn't have enough to do. For the first 10 years after my retirement I was busier. I served for eight years on the state board of education. I also served on a number of other boards. I started Briner & Associates with two other colleagues, working with school boards doing educational consulting. For the first year after I retired I served as the executive vice president of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. I enjoyed it. Q: You said that your decision to take the principal position in Beverly Hills turned out to be a great move for you. Why? A: I give Beverly Hills a lot of credit. Because I was principal of Beverly Hills High School and then superintendent of Beverly Hills, I was invited to speak throughout the country. I taught at the graduate schools at Stanford and Harvard. Beverly Hills attracted a lot of attention. Q: What do you miss about the job? A: I miss, of course, the excitement of public education. Q: Do you ever visit Beverly Hills? A: I go back to Beverly Hills almost every Monday for the Rotary Club meetings. I've been going there since 1953. I've grown very fond of that club over the years. Q: What do you enjoy about those Monday afternoons? A" It's a familiar setting. There are 15 or 20 Rotary members who have been around a number of years. Retired members visit. It's always been great for friendships and excel- lent programs. I can always see something entertaining or informative. Q: What is a special memory you have from your time in Beverly Hills'? A: About a year before I retired, the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce named me Man of the Year or Citizen of the Year or whatever it was they did. I remember they held a big function, dancing and dinner, and they brought me into the pressroom before it began. There were a lot of cameras and reporters, but they paid no attention to me when I came in. Here I am thinking this is my night to be honored. But it turns out that on those nights they usually also honor another person at the same time, usually someone from the entertainment industry. And it turns out that on the night they were honoring me, they were also honoring Bob Hope. So I quietly left after about 10 minutes. with NITZA NIEMANN TECHNIQUE- REPERTOIRE COACHING Performed on the Opera and Concert Stage in America, Israel & Europe. Conducts Vocal Seminars at the Centre Le Ph6nix Fribourg in Switzerland. Director of Several L.A. Choirs. Vocal Coach to over 70 BHHS Madrigal Singers since 1971. Beginners - Advanced Nitza Niemann Vocal Studio Beverly Hills, CA Q: Do you keep in touch with anyone in the Beverly Hills schools? A: Most of the superintendents since me have been in Rotary. But I'm not around the school board at all. Superintendents don't want to be bothered by the guy who used to be superintendent. Interview by Marjory Garrison Are you wondering whatever became of a Beverly Hills friend or colleague ? Call (310) 688-6764. Beve Hi s High Schoo Prom May 26, 2001 Beverly Hills High School Promgoers / You The Professional Solution for your business or company! must have a website working on the Internet! Your webslte must successfully draw trafflc! Professional Design and Technical Performance is essential! Clockwork Websites, LLC provides graphic design, technical direction and project management. We employ a team of professionals who will give you and your company the highest value for your dollar. Contact Us Today] InfoOclockworkwebsltes,com 310.576.5100 CLOCKWORK WEI~ITES, LLC hl a d|vlllorl of CLOCKWORK INTERACTIVE. 10 Beverly Hills Weekly