Bob Biederman

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Bob Biederman
Residing In: Long Beach, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Carol Lane
Homepage: www.robertbiederman.com
Occupation: Publisher
Military Service: army medical corp  
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Posted on: Oct 08, 2019 at 7:03 PM

Here’s a thought. Roger’s hope to connect with 5 new classmates might not be a lost cause just because of his family obligations. It could just as well be accomplished by five of us reaching out by email (or if you still have a telephone. Be prepared- -he now talks kind of ‘funny’. He’s developed just the hint of a gentle southern drawl with a generous sprinkling of ah sounds direct from his Boston roots. It’s kind of entertaining to hear).
If you were to share with him your own efforts at reconnecting, your experiences on October 12th, he’d be sure to offer a valued response. That’s kind of the way I found him. And he’s consistent. Who knows what your note or call could develop into?
   I’m quite certain that Roger’s wish was to somehow enrich his own life by being able to appreciate yours, and make your thoughts and memories a part of his own catalogue. That’s what we each have, and at this point, that mental reference barge can bring much comfort in a world growing both smaller and larger to our own detriment.
   My visit with Roger and David Bliss showed David moving too quickly down the road that Alzheimer’s demands. Roger’s immediate experience with the hospice of his sister in law accents that perspective. Just so you are clear, hospice is a celebration of life, albeit a bit late, but it’s not about death and dying. Roger’s wife Pat knows this and Roger will come to embrace it all that much more as the months pass. He’ll grow richer.
   With that in mind, he will most surely appreciate any of you reaching out to share your thoughts about the reunion he will miss. Make it all about you, because that’s what he’s good at and appreciates.
   You just never know what might come from it. Just reliving your own evening’s experience ought to be a plus. If it’s not, maybe you shouldn’t bother, though I’m certain Roger wouldn’t agree with that last.

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Classmate Steve Glenn died today in LA. He endured Parkinsons Disease for nearly 10 years. You probably didn't know him at NHS. He was a bit low key, but as an adult, he was as an incredibly hardworking gregarious guy. He was very much a people person.

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Going on and on. This mustn’t turn into some kind of cliché Best Bro exchange. Not one of you could spend a day with David Bliss and have anything but a loving response. Just not possible. Some folks make you angry. Others do the opposite. The point of my lengthy entry was to encourage you to find out what could be possible for YOU on October 12. You already know what a lovely man Roger is by reading his ongoing contributions here. It escalates when you give a farmer his first matzoh ball. Take a chance. At least sign up for the reunion. Whether you go or not you can decide then. Did you know that Helen Boyd rides motorcycles? Seriously. There’s lots of good stuff for you to discover. We’re 73. How many more years of Discovery do we have left? That’s the last of this little back and forth.
can't resist adding just this last snippet to share.
On a Sam Harris Making Sense podcast he was discussing the likelihood of life after death, consciousness, the multiverse etc.
   His guest was asked specifically about what he thought death was like. He dodged the question only to say it was the end of life. Kind of like when you are watching a dance and the dance ends. What happened to the dance?
   It was my thought that the essence of the dance was the tune to which you dance. You could always retain the tune quite clearly in you mind, just as we all can recall the beginning to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony or any number of overly familiar melodies. The tune still survives in our head. The tune can easily be remembered or recreated and another dance begun. The dance is the visible dynamic animation of life.

   The tune is what we think of as somebody’s life; easy enough to remember and recall in our head anytime we really try. That tune is what animates us and each of us has his own tune. You can draw out this metaphor to include certain specifics of music such as key, instrument or harmony to place against personality traits that are inherited, or acquired.
   Life is just a tune. We are all composers. Tunes end. No big deal.

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Posted on: Jul 26, 2019 at 1:08 PM

Jesus wants me for a sunbeam and Matzoh Ball Soup. Dave Bliss provided the prayer. I brought the soup and Roger Watson got us together at Bliss’ house in the near foothills of San Diego overlooking a beautiful valley with the cityscape just visible. Roger had maintained as much of a friendship as you can with Bliss given that Bliss had spent most of the last 30 years doing missionary work in South Africa. Roger was at his wedding about 35 years ago and then caught up at a reunion. He regretted missing a trip with Dana Mills, Frank Grant and David to visit Norm Walker before he left this world. That’s the kind of story you might hear at a 55th Reunion. Wonder how that trip went?
I had not spoken to either Roger or David almost ever. I played football with Bliss and certainly knew there was a big guy named Roger Watson back at NHS, but we never intersected until we collided on the NHS Class of ’64 Web Page and we’ve been swapping thoughts. This was our makeshift reunion of sorts. I wonder if you’re planning on coming to the 55th on October 12th?
   I took a two and a half hour drive down the California freeways for this one. It was well worth it if for no other reason than I had a head full of wonderful thoughts on the two and a half hour drive back to Long Beach at day’s end.
   Yes, it’s true. Dave held my hand and Rogers and sang “Jesus wants me for a sunbeam”. He has a gentle voice for a gentle thought and ate two bowlfuls of the now blessed Matzoh Ball soup. You may know that Dave is entering the Alzheimers journey and conducts himself with grace and love as he always did, just at a slower pace. He was an excellent focus for us as whenever he chose to speak Roger and I listened quite closely to get what we could out of a guy we always remembered as a genuine class leader for all the right reasons.
   If you go to a reunion looking to reconnect with old friends, it ain’t happening. The friends you knew at 17 years old are long gone with two or three lifetimes stretched between then and the 73 year old folks we are now.
I don’t much care for old people. Listening can be tedious, and talking a challenge because we’re all half deaf. But it can be good work if you can find it.
You may have some very old memories to share or listen to, but you do have the opportunity to meet a new person far removed from Elm St. and Building 3. It can be worth it.
The three of us shared a few of the usual stories about the First Wife, the Second Wife and the First Wife who became the Second Wife. Life does have its twists. We spoke a bit of our children and our expectations of them growing up as well as recognizing their expectations of us as Fathers. I think we all kind of broke even. I hope we did.
That’s what reunions can be, you know, expectations that need managing. Listening to Dave or Roger’s is far more pleasurable than spouting. It takes some work.
Roger is a respectful curious listener, showing he has spent time as a Minister as well as a Marine. He’s still got both of those people living inside a life as a Father, Husband, farmer and insurance agent. If you give him the opportunity, he shares, carefully, not wanting to offend sensibilities and much more interested in what you might have to say. That’s a plus. If you choose to come to our 55th on October 12th you will definitely see Roger. He’s making the trip because he has a few individuals he really needs to reconnect with
When that business is taken care of he’ll surely have time to listen to what you’d like to share, just no grandchildren stories, okay? That’s my thought, not Roger’s. It’s the kind of thought he’s gracious enough to filter out of conversations. But everybody has the most wonderful grandchildren stories. The three of us avoided that topic in favor of other more diverse mountaintops.
So how do you think life was like living a ministry serving broken men in one of South Africa’s largest prisons? Did Dave by chance contact you back in the 80s when he was founding an orphanage in that same country? Roger and his kids decided to help out as their Christmas present to themselves and the world. These are things you can find out at a reunion. Not really what you anticipate. Most folks avoid reunions because of the expected Boredom Quotient. If you come with a listening strategy it might work out better.
I heard we have about 45 people signed up so far and hoping for quite a bit more. I’m not sure why. You’ll probably only get to really meet 3-4 real people and have more than a hi, howyadoin? and get a refill at the bar; but don’t do that.
It’s a chance to meet some new people who might turn out to be a friend. Really.
Our classmates each have stories and you ought to try and pry them loose. It will be to your benefit, make you feel better. I think there are a few sane people left in this world and they’re mostly around 73 years old and hard of hearing, but see if you can get one or two of them talking about what they had hoped for over the last 55 years and what they actually got and how they feel about that. It’ll give you something to think about on your ride home.
Plan B is to hope that Carol Spurlock comes and graces us with a few songs, because you can be sure if she does, Dave Benjamin will be there to check things out. Then maybe we can have our own new episode of Forensic Files to consider. October 12th, right? Roger will be there. David isn’t able to make the trip, but I’ll share this with you. When you strip away all of the tumult and challenge that has brought David Bliss through this world and his memories seem to be fading, all that’s left is a heart full of love, just the way he started.
   So maybe attending our 55th at the Woodland Golf Club in Newton on October 12th might be a good choice. It will probably be a long trip for just 3-4 hours of opportunity. What else is going on in your life right now that would have you choose to miss this chance? The real payoff is not the 3-4 hours, but the good feelings you might get for many more days later. Can you travel? Take a chance. Make the trip. It won’t be a regret, unless you just skip it and go on with the same ole same ole.

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Posted on: Apr 15, 2019 at 11:32 PM

I am afraid that some of you may not have seen the last part of the Michael Fischler thread, the part where he includes his reminiscence of meeting with Victor Frankl. I am also afraid that if you saw it, you may not have read it through to its conclusion.
This is well worth your time, even if you didn't care much about Mike's struggle with Plymouth State.

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This is an excerpt from the obituary of Richard Meacham. You can read the whole thing if you go to the "In Memoriam" page and click on him. I would have loved to include it in the comment section Roger Watson has worked so hard to create and Helen is bringing along. This is a self-portrait of the man who led us.
"My change from private to public school work is symbolic of my social views," Mr. Mechem wrote in the 25th anniversary report of his class at Harvard. "The current generation looks at me as a tired representative of the establishment, and it seems to be of little help that I had many of their ideas 25 years ago."

He wrote that he never trusted the capitalist system and worried about the establishment view of war in 1942. "Poverty amidst affluence, cutthroat business practices by churchgoing citizens, the obvious artificiality of a Wall Street-based economy, the arrogance of privatism [including, alas, Harvard and St. Paul's ], are but a few of the sociological factors which caused me to move first into education, and then into public education," he wrote.

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