Where am I Now?
Like everybody, I think, I am very curious about where my "old" friends are now, and what they look like, after all these years.  Well, here are a few pics of myself and what I am doing.  On January 3, 2002, I retired after 25 years as a Firefighter with the Long Beach Fire Department.  Now most of the of my time will be devoted to Short Track Speed Skating, as a Coach and an Official. 
I also develop and maintain several websites (a few links to these at the bottom).

Fire and Ice!
{click on a picture for a larger version}
yearbook.jpg This picture was taken in 1998, for our LBFD Yearbook, which gets done about every 10 years.  Lots of hair left (actually, all of it), but lots of gray, too. naplestired.jpg A day at the office:  Taking a break during  a working house fire.  You can't tell here, but I am soaked to the bone and dead tired, having just gotten my ass kicked fighting the fire!!  Gettin' too old for this kind of stuff!
meba.jpg A day IN the office!  This was taken at a house fire in the spring of 1999.  I'm on my way out for more air and a short break. 280z3.jpg We don't really get that many fires, the majority of our responses are for medical aid, and in this case, extrication of accident victims from their vehicles.  I'm at the top of pic.
gale2.jpg I still am involved with photography, and for the first 10 years I was a Firefighter, I went to many fires off duty and took pictures for our Union magazine.  This is a ruptured oil pipeline buried under a street in a residential neighborhood.  Several houses were on fire when we arrived. sidefire.jpg This is how 55 gallons of lacquer thinner looks when it goes BOOM!.  This was a company with many barrels which were going off about once a minute.  Definitely had our attention!  Amazing how bad fire is, and at the same time how photogenic it can be.

aliceprint.jpg More photography, but this is for the sport.  Here a skater I coach is winning a race at the 1999 National Championships. alicemed.jpg My first National Champion, Alice Kim won the 1999 Nationals in her age group, Midget Girls, ages 10-11.
aranme.jpg National Champion number 2, Alice's younger sister, Aran Kim.  She won in Pony Girls, the 'under 10 year old" age group. aranpeptalk99.jpg A pre-race talk with Aran Kim.
One of the kids I coached, Rusty Smith, qualified for enrollment in a "Resident Training Program" at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY.  Rusty went on to become a member of the 1998 U.S. Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Team...And skated in the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
He also skated in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, where he set an Olympic Record in the 1000 meters, and won a Bronze Medal in the 500 meters.  Since then, Rusty has been on the U.S. World Team 8 years in a row, competing at the World Short Track Championships and other World Level meets in several different countries.  He now lives at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
An Awesome Honor:  In May, 2001, I was inducted to the Speed Skating Hall of Fame 
of the United States, as a Contributor to the Sport.  Click the photo for details.
RETURN:  Which way did you come in?
BORED?
USS Neptune

USS Traverse County

Air California

Southern California Speed Skating Association

A Picture Guide to Speed Skating

Amateur Speedskating Union of the U.S.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


since 1/8/01
 

Updated (retired) 3/4/02
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