Kareem's Memoir & Bio

1984

Dr. Don, AM Radio 610, KFRC
During the decade of the 80s, AM radio was starting to become more popular. And this was primarily due to Dr Don Rose, KFRC DJthe emergence of a popular radio disk jockey named Dr. Donald Rosenburg, or  Dr. Don as he was known. He was the coolest disk jockey ever and has now become a true legend to American DJ's on radio. I was loyal listener to his morning radio show on the station of 610, KFRC. It was voted "Station of the Year" four times by Billboard Magazine, with Dr. Don as the DJ. His morning program was #1 for a solid decade! Dr. Don kept you laughing with his unique gags, jokes, and trademarked sound effects. When he reported the local weather, he used a jargon of his own creation when naming the various bay area cities. Names like, "San Panny-Hosay" for San Jose, "Sacra-tomato" for Sacramento, "San Raqeaaaal" for San Rafeal. I awakened every weekday morning with anticipation that I would listen to Dr.Don just before leaving for school.

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TV's Best
TV commercials started becoming more musical and catchy. The mid 80s brought us some real memorable tunes from television ads that helped us remember what product was being featured. Nestle's Chocolate came out with white chocolate bars. I didn't eat as much candy as my sister did. But the white chocolate was pretty good. Here's the Nestles ad.

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Time magazine was also coming on strong and selling tons of their magazines since there was so much news going on at the time. They came out with this TV ad.

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Diet Coke also stayed with the jingle game

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as they came up with this tune.

Weekdays, I would come home and watch a little TV while I did my homework. Spiderman was one of my favorite television shows of that time. The theme song is one of the best recognizable themes of the 80s decade.

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TV shows were getting better and better. We didn't have American Idol yet but we had the best contestant, talent show ever on television. Star Search was the beginning of watching celebrities go from nobodies to making complete stardom.

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Many popular vocalists, comedians, and models of today got their start on this show. We used to watch Star Search on Sunday evenings. We never missed it. Another TV series involved the best short fantasies, mysteries, and sci-fi thrillers from the creativeness of Stephen Spielberg. It was called Amazing Stories.

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While nobody else watched it, it was usually my number one show of the weekend. This show usually Star Search Ed Mcmahonfollowed Ripley's Believe It or Not which was hosted by Jack Palance.

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I couldn't get enough of these shows. During the weekdays, my sister and I were restricted to watching TV news rather than other tv shows unless the entire family was watching together. My mom, sister, and I enjoyed a local show called Evening Magazine which was a channel 5, KPIX production.

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It was nice to watch because the two hosts talked about local shops, events, and happenings. As for kids shows, Voltron was also entering another season on TV and my brother and I often watched this animated series.

Every kid in America has probably seen the movie called Goonies. It was the best movie at the time.The Goonies My sister, next door neighbors, and other family members saw this movie at the theatres and would watch it on TV any time it was rebroadcast. Goonies showed us that we could always escape from the craziness of the home life and just spend time going on our own adventures with our buddies.

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JuMe at age 14nior High School, aka Pinole Middle School
I ended my two years at El Sobrante Christian School and survived with good grades. Then it came time for middle school. I started 7th grade at Pinole Junior High (nowadays, it’s known as Pinole Middle School). Some of my most favorite teachers there included Mrs. Donnelley (Art), Mr. Mueller (History), Mr. McCormick (English), and Mrs. Yamamoto (Science). The school was relatively small and is situated along Appian way across the street from Pinole’s Doctor’s Hospital which is no longer occupying that building. The library was in a octagonal shape surrounded by classrooms and the multipurpose room. Today, these buildings have been demolished and replaced with all newer buildings. The fields nearby were often dry and weedy.

Ms. Gee
I frequently visited the library where I met a very kind woman named Mrs. Gee. She was the school librarian and had been with Pinole Junior High for many years. Mrs. Gee also worked with someone named Mrs. Clouse. Mrs. Clouse was a very soft spoken and reserved but very helpful woman. Mrs. Gee on the other hand was very expressive, spoke very fast and also willing to help in just about everything. I was very interested in nature and loved finding Blue belly lizards (actual name, Western Fence Lizard) and snakes which would occasionally find their way onto the school campus. Several buddies and I usually shared with Mrs. Gee the critters that we found and we loved seeing her reaction. One such day was when I needed someone to “baby-alligator lizardsit” a paper bag containing a very large Alligator lizard. Mrs. Gee volunteered to take responsibility of watching over the bagged lizard. The folded-over paper bag was placed on the table behind Mrs. Gee as she sat at one of the round tables in the library with me. Occasional noises kept coming from the bag as the large lizard moved about. Mrs. Gee jumped every time she heard these noises. I wanted to show her what the lizard looked like, so I grabbed the bag. I supported the bottom of the bag with one hand as I slowly opened it with the other. Mrs. Gee was already evaluating the way I was handling the bag which made her all the more fearful of seeing what was inside. But she reluctantly and fearfully, assisted me with opening the bag. As she peeked into it, I accidentally jerked my hand causing the lizard to suddenly lurch toward the bag’s opening. Mrs. Gee let out a high pitched shriek startling me and causing me to drop the bag onto the floor. When she saw this, she jumped over the table and ran for safety behind her desk. I swiftly grabbed the bag, secured the lizard and sat down at the table. I'd never seen a librarian move that fast before.

My buddies at Pinole Junior High School
I became really good friends with several other crazy guys from Pinole Junior High, Jason Lehman and Robert Kuhl. All of us kept our lunch periods occupied with mischief. Even though we managed to keep very good grades, we loved excitement and drama. During PE, we watched the Sugar City cement trucks as they drove by on a nearby busy street (Appian Way). The availability of gravel and pebbles on the school grounds invited many opportunities for rock throwing. Jason had the best aim. He could nail a truck long after it passed from in front of the school while the driver never knew what was going on. But the fun didn't stop there. Next-door to the school was a complex of doctor's offices. Using tanbark, Jason would take aim with his ammo to try to hit the rooftops. He also found himself throwing tanbark at the windows of the offices. This feat became all the more challenging when an elderly woman would come to the window in response to noise caused by the tanbark. She would just stand in the window and look, trying to figure out where the noise was coming from. All of us just laughed and laughed because this woman was apparently clue-less. When she left the window, Jason would take aim again and launch a series of rounds of tanbark-throwing toward the window. We thought it was hilarious.

Spit-wads 
One of many favorite classes at Pinole Junior was my history class with Mr. Mueller. Mr. Mueller was actually a very cool teacher. He was tall, balding and spoke in a very distinguished gentleman-like manner. When he spoke to us in the classroom, he would look over the rims of his glasses at us. While videos were being shown in Mr. Mueller's history class, my buddy Jason was thinking of other things to do rather than watch the video. He had mastered the art of spit-wading. He would wait until the classroom lights were turned off for the video and then start planning his deeds. The chalkboard was the primary target. Jason wasn’t alone in his endeavor. He would later be joined by Robert Kuhl, one of my other partners in crime. They aimed their soda straws and fired. The did this over and over again while Mr. Mueller never noticed.  When it was time for the lights to come back on, the once cleaned chalkboard was now riddled with little white specs of spit-wads. I was too “skerd” to do this myself so I enjoyed watching someone else do it.

Morgan Hill Earthquake
One warm afternoon while I was at school, I was watching a film that was being run by a now vintage projector called a filmstrip projector.  There were no VCR's or DVD players in classrooms then. The filmstrip Film strip projectorprojector was a device that required someone to roll or advance to the next slide, except the slides weren’t actual slides but rather a single roll or “strip” of images. The film was about drug and alcohol awareness. Morgan Hill Quake Damage The show opened with music and I began to dance. It was 1:15pm. Suddenly the room began to roll and sway. My 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Willis yelled, "stop dancing Kareem you're shaking the room!” I really liked my 5th grade teacher and so I complied with her request at once. The room continued to sway. The other teacher in the room was Mr. Hare, who suddenly jumped to his feet and yelled, "that's an earthquake man!"
I don't actually remember feeling the quake but I did recall the commotion that it started. The class was unaware that they were experiencing an earthquake from an area some 30-40 miles away. It was the Morgan Hill Earthquake.  It measured 6.2 on the Richter Scale. I was not terribly excited by earthquakes then and was even a little frightened by them. We had no damage up in our area.

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