James Porter Big Daddy

Profile Updated: December 23, 2019
Residing In: Santa Cruz, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Barbara Bailey-Porter, Artist/Teacher/Art Therapist, wife for 30 years.
Homepage: jjbooks.space
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

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
2018—Published a science fiction novel, "BLOOD NEXUS" by JJ Porter

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 was a substitute teacher in Santa Cruz county until 2016.
What's new? My new titanium alloy knee. I can't wait until my next air flight so i can set off alarms. In 2017 I got another new knee and new bifocal lenses for my eyes. I published a novel, BLOOD NEXUS. I am currently writing my next novel.

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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Apr 08, 2020 at 9:54 PM

Posted on: Apr 08, 2020 at 3:05 PM

Hey Lee, I hope your special day is special. Happy Birthday. how is life treating you? I hope things are good in this time of turmoil.

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Mar 30, 2020 at 6:32 AM

Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 at 8:49 AM

In these troubling times, I hope you can find a bright spot on your special day, I remember us dancing with both of your feet on top of my feet. That brings a smile to my face. I hope you have plenty of smiles today.
James Big Daddy Porter

Mar 24, 2020 at 4:59 PM

Happy Birthday Russel. Are you still in Santa Cruz?

Mar 04, 2020 at 1:36 AM
Feb 14, 2020 at 9:13 AM

Hey Gene, I hope life is treating you well. And I hope your special day is special. Happy Birthday!

Jan 21, 2020 at 6:36 PM

Happy Birthday Honey,
I hope it's as special as you are.
James Big Daddy Porter

Jan 01, 2020 at 5:43 PM

I know you are not getting older. I can tell by your radio voice. You know I'm getting older, I forgot about New Year's Eve (and your birthday) until the fire works started. Anyway, here's a belated Happy Birthday—You da man!

Dec 23, 2019 at 7:14 PM
Nov 07, 2019 at 8:56 AM

Happy birthday Pat. I hope life is treating you well. Big Daddy Porter

Oct 17, 2019 at 1:52 PM

Hey Hazel, sorry for the late birthday wishes but happy birthday anyway. Say hi to Jeff.

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Oct 17, 2019 at 1:33 PM

A beautiful lady. May she rest in peace.

Oct 17, 2019 at 11:15 AM

We are still so let's keep enjoying life. Happy Birthday my man.

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Sep 24, 2019 at 1:02 AM
Sep 23, 2019 at 12:08 AM

Happy Birthday! I hope life is treating you well.

Aug 28, 2019 at 1:33 PM

My condolences to thoes Carol left behind. I will always remember the light hearted times we spent together and how she called me Wellington. May she rest in peace.

James Wellington Big Daddy Porter

Aug 13, 2019 at 12:31 PM

Hey Tyrone, are you getting tired of getting older like I am? I guess we don't any other option. So, I hope you have a Happy Birthday.
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Aug 06, 2019 at 9:49 AM

Happy Birthday Perry. I hope your special day is special.
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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.
James Big Daddy Porter

Jul 17, 2019 at 12:51 PM

Happy Birthday Heather. Keep it up! 9 grandchildren! You go girl!
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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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