Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Jaime Escalante died today, March 30, 2010, at age 79. Never met the man, but our connection is James A. Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, California.

Escalante was a math teacher at Garfield High, where he turned gang kids into calculus scholars. More importantly, he motivated students to succeed who may not have otherwise. The movie “Stand and Deliver” was about his excellence in teaching at Garfield.

I was born across the street from Garfield High School, at 570 Woods Avenue. Grew up watching the goings-on at Garfield - including gangfights from our living room window, and in the alley behind our home. I'm a proud graduate of Garfield High, Class of Summer 50.

If Mr. Escalante had been one of my Garfield High teachers, I would be a lot better at math, and perhaps everything else, than I am now.


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