After graduating from South, Jackie Courson got me a job at Wyatt’s Cafeteria. I worked there as a Bus Boy then Store Room Manager while attending BC. In 1970 I transferred to what was then known as Cal State, Bakersfield and started working at Colony Kitchen thanks to Dan Hellyer. Dan , Linda Brownlee Valenti as well as Julie Oranbaum who was a few years behind us at South was working there at the time. After a while I became a cook and later head cook. I receiving a BA in History but I could not find a teaching job in California. I visited my parents in Oklahoma, put in four applications and received three offers. I later received a MA as a Reading Specialist from Central State University. I taught for 31 years before retiring.
Teaching in Oklahoma does not pay very well so I delivered appliances for a year, then mowed lawns after school and during the summer for the next three years to supplement my income. I started selling Real Estate in 1978 and became a Real Estate Appraiser a few years later. Apparently retirement is not my thing since I am still selling. My business website is http://www.mikegilbertopenhouse.com if you would like to view it. You will be amazed at the difference in home prices in Oklahoma compared to California.
I was married for 28 years to a lady from North High. We divorced in 1999. I am now engaged to Ronell Talley who grew up in Tecumseh, OK. She is a florist and owned a wedding shop for several years.
I have three daughters, Jennifer Lynn in California, Holly Edwards in Oklahoma and Crystal Smith in North Carolina. I have nine Grand Children, and three great grand children.
A good friend who I taught with for several years was a part time professional Bass Tournament Fisherman. He taught me how to fish and it became my hobby. I have a Bass Boat and fish one of the many Oklahoma and Texas lakes whenever I can. I am in the process of finding a House Boat on Lake Eufaula, OK. In lieu of retiring I am going to start slowing down.
Since I live so far away I have not kept in contact with many Rebels, but I am looking forward to our 50th. I hope to see some old friends and talk to some of the people I attended school with and did not have the opportunity to know. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to talk about anything. I specialize in selling foreclosures so I have a lot of computer work and spend a large portion of my day at my desk. You can generally find me here from 9:00 to 7:00 CST. If I am not in leave a message and I will get back to you.