James Porter Big Daddy

Profile Updated: April 4, 2013
Residing In: Santa Cruz, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Barbara Bailey-Porter, Artist/Teacher/Art Therapist, wife for 30 years.
Homepage: View Website
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
Yes! Attending Reunion
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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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Jan 03, 2019 at 9:21 AM

Hey Ben, you are still the man. Happy birthday and thanks for all that you have done for the class of 62—GO WILDCATS!

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Nov 21, 2018 at 8:15 PM
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Nov 13, 2018 at 2:02 PM

Hi Pat,
I hope life is treating well. Happy Birthday and many more. Say hello to your husband (Peewater)

Oct
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Oct 23, 2018 at 7:32 PM

Happy birthday Lillie. I know it's early but I didn't want to forget. You know how it is when you get old. I am not saying you are old, but I am. I hope life is treating you well.
James Big Daddy Porter

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Oct 20, 2018 at 4:14 PM

Happy birthday Linda,
Wellington (James Big Daddy Porter)

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Oct 17, 2018 at 11:29 AM
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Sep 22, 2018 at 9:31 AM

Posted on: Sep 21, 2018 at 6:11 PM

Another year has gone by and we are still here. Hurrah for us!! And a special hurrah for you on your special day.
Happy Birthday Bill,
BIG DADDY Porter

Sep
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Sep 13, 2018 at 12:04 PM

Happy Birthday Lindy. I hope you have a special time on your special day.
James BID DADDY Porter

Sep
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Sep 06, 2018 at 11:42 AM

Happy Birthday Nancy and many more.
James BIG DADDY Porter

Aug
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Aug 20, 2018 at 10:23 AM

Happy Birthday, Tyrone,
I hope life is good. Are we senior citizens yet? My head says I'm still young but my feet, knees, back, hips, shoulders and a few internal organs keep telling me that I'm old. Let's keep listening to our heads.
Stay cool,
James BIG DADDY Porter

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Jul 24, 2018 at 7:50 AM

Happy birthday Michael. Keep it and maybe some day you will be an old man.
BIG DADDY

Jun
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Jun 02, 2018 at 9:52 AM

I hope you are still making music. Happy Birthday
James Big Daddy Porter.

May
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May 30, 2018 at 9:09 AM

What, another one!!! I hope your birthday finds you well. Take care of yourself.
James Big Daddy Porter

May
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May 20, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Happy Birthday Phil. One more year for a 'Drifter'. Have a good one,
James Big Daddy Porter

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Apr 28, 2018 at 9:31 PM

Posted on: Apr 28, 2018 at 2:53 PM

Hey Lady, you are still great and today should be your special day! I hope you enjoy your birthday. I quit growing older. I found out that I can't take it with me, so I'm going to stay.
Stay cool baby,
BIG DADDY

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Apr 23, 2018 at 12:03 PM
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Apr 02, 2018 at 9:40 AM

Hey Lee,
I hope life is going well for you. Here is an early happy birthday wish. One more year to celebrate. Good luck ,
James Big Daddy Porter

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Mar 24, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Posted on: Mar 18, 2018 at 12:10 PM

Happy birthday Frances. Keep on truckin'! I hope you are having a good life. I know it's another week before your b day but by that time I might forget who your are. Another benefit of getting old. See you next year.
James BIG DADDY Porter

Mar
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Mar 06, 2018 at 9:55 AM

Thanks Giffy for your wishes and love. I can use all the love I can get. Birthdays?—I have enough of those. I hope your life is good.
Big Daddy

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Mar 04, 2018 at 1:34 AM
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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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Barbara Bailey-Porter's portrait of Big Daddy
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