Steve Raymond

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Steve Raymond
Steve Raymond

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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Phan Thiet Viet Nam
Spouse/Partner: I have many boyfriends, but no 'partners'
Homepage: www.pandanusresort.com
Occupation: Retired but teaching English and helping my previous boss to create a new theme for and market his other resort.
Military Service: Air Force  
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Four days after graduation, I went in the Air Force. After completing tech school, I was stationed in Luke AFB, Arizona. I then applied for and received a presidential appointment to the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs. While there, I contracted strep throat which settled in my kidneys and then prompted my discharge from the air force with a service related disability retirement.

I then went through SRJC and SSU, graduating in 1970. During that time, I created the South Park Youth Organization and ran a summer camp for underprivileged children from around Sonoma County until 1980. In 1972 After two years working at Long's Drugs. I collected donations of drugs which I took to a Catholic school and clinic in Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico and in 1974, walked 1,800 miles from Santa Rosa to Guachochi, Chihuahua to raise funds for an orphanage.

Beginning in 1973, I started working in the tourism industry, first with an incentive company and then with a receptive company in San Francisco. In 1977, I began my own receptive company which grew to become the largest in San Francisco by the mid 1980's. In 1985, I started a destination management company in Bangkok, Thailand and in 1987, I moved to Thailand. In 1989, I was arrested in Thailand and spent over two years in prison both in Thailand and in San Francisco even though I did not commit a crime and was never convicted of anything, before a judge finally ordered that I be released immediately. The full story is in a book published in 1994. ("The Poison River").

I then returned to San Francisco and worked for Mari Zatman (Wife of Murray Zatman, Mayor of Santa Rosa in 1972), in her hotel reservation company. In 1993, I was project manager, and then later General Manager and Director of Sales for the Renoir Hotel, San Francisco. In 1997, rode a bicycle from Santa Rosa to Costa Rica, and then flew to Nepal and hiked the Annapurna Circuit. In 2000, I was hired to run restaurants and a hotel in Saigon, and then moved to Vietnam. In 2006, I began as General Manager of the Pandanus Resort (www.pandanusresort.com) which I ran for ten years and then retired to my farm in Phan Thiet with my adopted Vietnamese family. To keep busy, I teach English at my old resort and am helping the owner with his newly purchased resort. I'm also creating a website for Phan Thiet, working with CityPass.

Throughout my life, I have traveled through 69 countries around the world. The only one I have no desire to return to is India.

School Story:

On the first day at MHS, I was detained in Montgomery Village by upper classmen and forced to drink an entire bottle of tabasco sauce. I have hated tabasco sauce ever since.

In 1962, I was star of the school play, "The Winslow Boy"

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We didn't run in the same circles in high school, but that never mattered with Janet. She was nice to everybody and was the kind of person that didn't seem to have an enemy in the world.

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My brother and sister in law have just evacuated their house and it is just a few hundred yards down the street from Montgomery. Is Montgomery in danger?

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Cary was a great friend. I would contact him to get together for lunch often when I came back to the states and to Santa Rosa. Our last lunch was just three months ago. I'll never forget what he told me just before we graduated. He said that he was going to Hollywood to become a movie star and didn't expect to return to Santa Rosa. He was back two years later and instead didn't return to Hollywood. He had been living with his mother in recent years and my sincerest hope that she has survived his passing and is still in good health.

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So far, we're approaching 20 classmates and family members that have booked for the reunion in Vietnam.

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Some of you who are considering coming to our reunion next year in Vietnam have asked what else they can do in the area. For first timers, I suggest visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam, Hoi An, the old city in the center of Vietnam and Dalat in the central highlands.

Sep 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Happy Birthday Steve! If there's a prize for traveling the farthest to the reunion, you should be the winner. Looking forward to seeing you and all @ the reunion.

Aug 26, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Great new photo, Steve, and super tan!

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