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Bill Davis (Teacher)

Profile Updated: October 17, 2017
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Residing In:
Alamogordo, NM
Spouse/Partner:
JoAnn
Occupation:
Retired Educator
Children:
Darin Davis, born 1961
Yes! Attending Reunion
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I left Alamogordo High School in the spring of 1973. It had become increasingly obvious that I was not a very good teacher at all.

That summer, TV Cable of Space City hired me to be its Program Director for local origination programming. That job was eliminated after one year.

Jerry Watkins (I hope you remember him!) felt sorry for me and hired me to go to work at New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped in the fall of 1974. I spent 21 years there, mostly as Director of Media Services. The role included being involved in cutting-edge technology for visually impaired students and establishing a statewide instructional resource center responsible for the identification, acquisition and sometimes actual production of alternate format materials, e.g. braille, large print and audio textbooks. I retired in 1995, but spent most of the next year working for the school's board of regents in conducting a nationwide search for someone to replace Jerry Watkins as superintendent.

I have proven to be good at retirement. Golf is on my agenda only six days a week. I used to be competitive, winning a few local tournaments and nailing down the solo spot from New Mexico in the 1998 U.S. Senior Amateur qualifier. Can't hit the ball out of my own shadow anymore, however.

JoAnn and I both read a lot (We each have Kindles and love them!) and still love to go on movie dates, often traveling to Las Cruces, El Paso, Albuquerque or Santa Fe to find a flick that probably won't make it to Alamogordo very soon at all.

A Honda Valkyrie motorcycle brought me back to that lifestyle last summer after having been away from the two-wheeled look at the world for about a decade. Love it yet again. A friend who rides a Harley joined me on a ride to Big Bend National Park in early March. I fantasize about longer trips into the West, but most often I just get on and take a ride around the perimeter of Alamogordo and perhaps into La Luz and back to the house. Sometimes, JoAnn gets on the back to join me in a ride up into the nearby mountains.

We just returned a week ago from our first-ever cruise taking the Inland Passage to Alaska. Still recovering from sensory and culinary overload.

School Story:

Larry Clark, Ray Vincent and I used to irritate Faye Lee tremendously by tossing around a small rubber football in the hallway during the part of the lunch period before students were allowed back upstairs. She somehow surmised that we were less than totally serious about our jobs.

Truthfully though, I remember being often engaged by minds and spirits in this class far superior to mine. So many of you taught me much more than I ever taught anyone. Thank you. The times of the very early 70s were most interesting ones to be alive. It will be a hoot for me to learn at the reunion where some of your minds have traveled since then.

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Feb 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Hey, Bob. Make today a really good one. You deserve it.

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Posted on: Dec 08, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Hey, Pat. Make a putt or two. Happy birthday!

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Posted on: Oct 17, 2017 at 10:04 AM

I am celebrating your news along with the birds. You deserve the excellent results.

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Posted on: Jul 20, 2017 at 7:41 AM

Be ye well, Bobbie. Hummingbirds need your love, too.

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Mar 03, 2017 at 7:35 AM

Happy birthday, Jeff! Hope it brings you some smiles and giggles.

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Feb 21, 2017 at 7:12 PM

Posted on: Feb 21, 2017 at 8:04 AM

The Davises offer happiest of birthday wishes to a fellow colleague from days way back when. Your quality has continued to shine ever since.

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Nov 05, 2016 at 9:09 AM

Posted on: Nov 05, 2016 at 9:07 AM

I love to remember the good ones. And you are one of themยก

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Oct 01, 2016 at 12:24 PM

Posted on: Oct 01, 2016 at 8:48 AM

I'm smiling a HAPPY BIRTHDAY your way, Jan.

Sep 02, 2016 at 10:39 AM

Happy birthday, Jack! Hope you are still throwing some fastballs and maybe a few curves when needed.

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May 20, 2016 at 11:28 AM

Posted on: May 20, 2016 at 7:37 AM

Hope your birthdays are just getting better and better. You deserve good ones.

Mar 03, 2016 at 7:21 AM

If you play golf today, I hope the game's fates give you a shot or two that please you mightily. You deserve 'em.

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Posted on: Feb 18, 2016 at 8:40 AM

When I see you happy, I'm happy. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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Apr 17, 2015 at 10:50 AM

I hope the day finds you grinning a lot. Light 'em up!