night of this 53rd SSHS class of 1957 reunion was an evening and dinner at
our hosts Sharon (Seaman) & Jerry Hoffman's home in Pebble Beach.
Much to everyone's surprise, the "light" dinner Sharon had listed turned
out to be a fancy catered event! So how did they end up in Pebble
Beach, which is well known as one of the pleasant & scenic locations in
all of California?
A long, long
time ago (in the previous century in fact) Jerry was an Army dentist.
He was transferred from Washington, DC to Fort Ord near Monterey in the
mid 70's. They bought this lovely home in Pebble Beach in 1976 and
most importantly were smart enough to keep it and rent it out, once Jerry
was subsequently transferred to New Jersey in 1979. In the early
80's Jerry retired from the military & took a job
as Associate Dean of the Loyola Dental
School in Maywood. Then some years later he retired for the 2nd
time. Eventually, the Chicago Dental Society talked him
out of retirement #2 and he was appointed the Director of Scientific
Programs. He was the guy responsible for The Dental Society's annual
convention at Chicago that brought out 32,000 people to McCormick Place.
Did I mention it was always held in February! Part of his job every
year was to seek out & evaluate potential speakers and then sign up 200
for next years Conference. Jerry would have to fly all over the
planet to do that task. Poor little Sharon was forced against her
will (well.. maybe not?) to accompany Jerry to far away places like Paris,
retired for his third time in 2003 after which he & Sharon moved back out
West to Pebble Beach. They rented a nearby condo while they had
their home renovated and upgraded. It took 9 months to achieve their
new millennium desires. Quite a fascinating trip from being a young
teacher at our own South Shore High School to retiring in Pebble Beach.
They should write a book!