James Porter Big Daddy

Profile Updated: June 19, 2019
Residing In: Santa Cruz, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Barbara Bailey-Porter, Artist/Teacher/Art Therapist, wife for 30 years.
Occupation: Teacher, Special Education-Moderate/Severe Retired
Children: Joshua Yadin Porter, 37 years old U.S. Legal Support, Inc. General Manager S.F. Bay Area. MBA , Finance More…S.F. State University who is father of my 3 year old granddaughter, Maya

Shaneen Dyani Porter, JD, 35 years old, Self-Employed Attorney. Monterey Law School who is mother of my 15 year old grandson, James

Geneva Rose-Emma Porter, 27 years old, Teacher Kaplan University, and Fleet Science Center, B.A Architectural Design, Hampshire College in Amherst, MA
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Here's what I've been up to:
1962-1963 San Jose State
1963-1964 Oakland City College – AA Liberal Arts
1964 – 1966 U.C. Berkeley
1966-1968 U.S. Peace Corps Nigeria
1969 U.C. Berkeley – BA Political Science
1989 Cabrillo College – AS Electronic Technology

I played football at San Jose State for a year and part of the season at Oakland City College. A knee injury at OCC ended my football career. I wrestled for four years in college. At OCC I took 2nd in the state, loosing once in the state finals to a wrestler I had pinned twice.

In 1969 I entered a period of wild abandonment. My jobs included: Warehouse Manager, Landscape Gardener, assisted living aide, Sanitation Equipment Worker (garbage man) Electronic Technician and substitute teacher. My great adventures included taking off from Santa Cruz to Mexico on my bicycle and also being incarcerated for 6 months for sales of marijuana.

On Jan. 1, 1993, following our 30 year class reunion, I had my last drink and toked my last joint. In the same year I began performing on stage. I have been in several plays including one I wrote, produced, directed and in which I acted.

In 2005, after 12 years of sobriety, I earned a California Teaching Credential from Chapman College and in 2006 began teaching in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. In 2008 I earned a Special Education Credential for moderately to severely disabled students at San Jose State University. On June 8, 2012 I retired and I am now substitute teaching in Santa Cruz county.
What's new? My new titanium alloy knee. I can't until my next air flight so i can set off alarms.

School Story:

One thing I really enjoyed at OHS was the banter between Mr. Nelson and Mr. Preston. I remember the day Mr. Preston came to class with a set of bright red lip prints on his bald head. Mr. Nelson had a field day, very funny. I also remember Mr. Nelson talking about Alan Watts. The writings of Watts have had a great influence on my life. What also had a great influence on me in high school was my involvement in sports. Competition taught me that when I thought that I had given all that I had to give and I was ready to give up, I could find something from somewhere that kept me going. I was very lucky to have had so many friends at Oakland High and I hope to see many of you at the reunion.

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Jul 17, 2019 at 12:56 PM

Hey Mike, it's almost your birthday, but at my age (which will be your age)I tend to forget things so—HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Have a great special day and keep up your occupation.
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Jul 17, 2019 at 12:51 PM

Happy Birthday Heather. Keep it up! 9 grandchildren! You go girl!
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Jun 06, 2019 at 12:11 PM

Hey Horatious, I hope special day is special. Happy Birthday and many more.
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May 26, 2019 at 10:01 AM

Hey Bortney, what are you doing by getting another year older? You know at our age we need to put a stop to this birthday crap. Seriously, I hope your special day is special. You will always be young in my heart. Remember, even though you are in one of those East Coast places, I still have your back!
Hugs and happy birthday,
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May 21, 2019 at 9:54 PM

Hey Phil, I hope the the years have been good. Happy Birthday. From one Drifter to another.
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Posted on: Apr 28, 2019 at 10:50 AM

Hey Lindi,
Another year bites the dust. Congratulations and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Keep it up baby.
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Apr 14, 2019 at 8:51 AM

Happy belated birthday. I hope your life is going well.
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May 04, 2019 at 8:59 AM

Posted on: Apr 08, 2019 at 9:41 AM

Happy Birthday Lee. I hope that life is good for you.
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Posted on: Mar 28, 2019 at 11:23 AM

A great big happy birthday Helen! I hope life is treating you well.
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Mar 27, 2019 at 8:48 AM

Happy B Day Dan.
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Posted on: Mar 25, 2019 at 11:37 AM

Way to go Frances! I hope it's great day for you. A big Happy Birthday!

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Big Daddy Porter and Family - 1992
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I wrote,produced, directed and acted in this play.
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Duende Makes a House Call - 2004
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