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William Anton Christopher Lee

Turning Points:

  • The day my 2-year old bro, Rick, directed traffic on the French highway
  • The day my bro, Rick, and I realized being 13-months apart wasn’t so bad after all
  • The death of my 3-year old bro, Norman, a pioneer in pediatric open-heart surgery
  • My “Nanny” taking care of us while Mom and Dad got away for a while
  • The day my youngest bro, Michael, was born and we found out he wasn’t a girl
  • The day I said no to my Mom with Dad unexpectedly home for lunch, ouch!
  • The day we chucked mud balls into the neighbor’s bathroom window, ouch!
  • Learning as a 3-year old that playing doctor with the girl next door was not a good idea
  • Being a trusted neighborhood newspaper carrier at age 9
  • This 11-year old flutist consoling my adult “jam partner” after her husband committed suicide
  • Meeting Senator Hubert H. Humphrey in his Capital office at age 12
  • M.L.K. marching on Washington, DC and giving his “I have a dream” speech
  • Collecting and giving the Washington, DC marchers food and bedding and welcoming them to our city
  • The assassination of President John F. Kennedy
  • The assassination of Martin Luther King
  • Nearly drowning in the Glen Echo Public Swimming Pool
  • The 1964 New York World’s Fair
  • Summer 1964 vacationing at the Catskill Mountain Lake Hotel, a living ‘hommage’ to Dirty Dancing
  • Holy Redeemer Elementary School, Kensington, MD
  • Teacher Sister Rose Bernadette taking noticing of a quirky kid
  • Michelle Nys and Mary Anne Clark awaking the sleeping lion
  • Michael Toussaint being a great childhood friend
  • Sadly losing the best choir director ever in 1965 simply because he was Gay
  • Summer vacation in Germany and our last visit with my “Opa”
  • Vatican Council II throwing the baby out with the bath water
  • Dad leaving us for a tour-of-duty in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Mom learning to drive, scary!
  • Moving to Sacramento, CA from Kensington, MD 3-months before the family joined me
  • Mr. and Mrs. Hilliard being wonderful “parents” for 3 months
  • Christian Brothers High School, Sacramento, CA
  • Teachers Br. Thomas, Br. Ed, Br. Claude and Mrs. Frascinetti
  • John Morton and Tom Santiago being great high school buddies
  • Summer vacation in Fullerton, CA and our last visit with my “Grandpa Lee”
  • The day I realized my Dad was more than ten $20 bills on the buffet
  • My parent’s finally divorcing
  • The day my Dad sold me his nearly new 1968 VW Bug for a promise
  • Carl Keech teaching me that friendship has no age limit
  • Diana Trumble teaching me girl “friends” are about more than a kiss
  • LaVonna and Charles Trumble trusting Diana, ok me
  • My early career with McDonald’s Restaurant
  • Greg Kuster telling me his sister was, well frankly wrong headed
  • Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church Youth Group
  • Nick Gladysz teaching me to relax and how to be a friend for life
  • John Zimlich bringing me to my senses about love
  • Randy Langan teaching me to laugh
  • Dawne Leslie Wood saying YES and never wavering
  • Robert and Lois Wood trusting me with their daughter
  • American River College, Sacramento, CA
  • Professor Whitmer and Professor Williams
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Professor Art Sherman hiring me as his test writer
  • The day I learned politics trumps pragmatism, particularly in local government
  • The day Ken Kruger validated my dream to be an educated, professional working stiff
  • Carl Seymour being there every time I call, even months later
  • Sacramento Employment and Training Agency
  • Norma Johnson trusting me, a slightly obsessive-compulsive white guy
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Sheila Wright (now Vickers) picking me off the ground, regularly
  • The birth of my kids, Michelle and Robert
  • The birth of our “adopted” kids, Allyson, Nicole, Stacy, Nick and Michelle
  • The amazing strength of character and kindness of all our kids
  • Carl Andonini teaching me government bosses are blind to invention and genius
  • Cullinet Software, the best job I ever had
  • Debra Stacuzzi showing me Boston and more
  • The day the doctor’s told me my Mom had ALS and three months to live
  • My bro Michael taking Mom home to Germany and caring for her for 2 years, wow
  • Jim and BJ Wagner teaching me that family can be your best friends too
  • Sierra Photocopy Services
  • Shane Balkowitsch being a loyal and exceptional young co-worker
  • Shane Balkowitsch tracking me down years later to say hey, wow!
  • The day my kids celebrated their acceptance into the OC High School of the Arts
  • The day my daughter, Michelle, announced she was going to be a teacher, not a psychologist
  • The day my son, Robert, announced he was going to be a professional dancer, not a soccer layer
  • Each of the days when the kids announced they were engaged
  • Each of the days when the kids went through with it and wed wonderful partners
  • Realizing our children’s spouses and new families considered us family
  • Each of the days my godchildren married their sweethearts
  • The day we buried Dad at Arlington National Cemetery
  • The day my grandson, Matthew, was born
  • The day my grandson, Anthony, was born
  • The day they diagnosed me with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome
  • The day Dr. Harward, vascular surgeon extraordinaire concurred
  • The day the Law Judge reversed 5-years of Social Security admin hell
  • The day Mayor Pulido gave the OC High School of the Arts a permanent home
  • Today, as I awoke six feet up and ready to rock and roll

Born:

  • Fort Huachuca/AZ (Army Brat)

Baby Years:

  • Fort Huachuca/AZ to San Antonio/TX to St Louis/MS

Childhood:

  • St Louis/MS to Verdun/France to Kensington/MD

Teen Years:

  • Kensington/MD to Carmichael/CA

College Years:

  • Carmichael/CA

Adult Years:

  • California including Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Sacramento, Anaheim, Los Alamitos, Running Springs, Lake Elsinore and Aguanga

Travel:

  • USA, Germany and France

Academics:

  • Philosophy, Psychology, Research Methodologies, Applied Statistics & Business Management

Post-Academics:

  • Project Management, Information Systems Management, & Certified Compensation Professional

Work:

  • Government
  • Private Sector
  • Laborer
  • Crew Leader
  • Manager
  • Personnel Officer
  • Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Consultant
  • Business Executive
  • Community Volunteer

Passions:

  • Humanity
  • Family
  • Constructive Conversation
  • Children’s Education and Maturation
  • Art and Arts Education
  • Photography
  • Bettering Community
  • Systems Improvement
  • Conservation and Sustainable Eco Systems
  • Refurbishing and Repurposing
  • Writing
  • Self-Actualization

7 thoughts on “…about”

  1. Bill – you’re an impressive guy – I’ve enjoyed getting better acquainted with you here (other than on Facebook KTW). Somehow your photograph told me that you are a sensitive and uncommonly intelligent person.

    Every good wish,

    Gerry

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Gerald. This chapter in our lives looks to be the most promising I think. My wife and I are getting ready for Christmas this week so my development and writing time is restricted. I hope after the holidays I can gather some time and push on with the K-T projects. I’m really looking forward to conversations with you. Take care.

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  2. William, your site has been most helpful. My husband, born in 1959, also has K-T, but we can find no one to address his health concerns/problems in relation to this syndrome. The whole medical thing is a nightmare…just trying to find help. Where did you find a physician who was knowledgeable and willing to listen as well? Do you know of any in Idaho or Utah?

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    1. Bonnie … Please accept my humble apology. I thought I had set triggers to notify me when folks took an interest in this new think called blogging. I’m so embarrassed. I highly encourage you to consider a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In the meantime I will ask around for more local doctors. We have a sizable group of K-T folks getting together this weekend in Portland, Or and the coordinator shoildbe able to help us with running down more local doctors.

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  3. Bonnie, I’m back working on updating the medical contacts listing. Many more doctors are being referred, although I don’t recall any in Idaho or Utah. But don’t give up yet. I’m old and my memory is bad. :-/ I’ll follow up with you in a few in the next week or so. In the meantime, look into the cost of going to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The 2012 K-T Conference is being held in July and they try to set things up so you can come in ahead, during, or just after the conference. I don’t know if they have a cash price. You’ll have to work through those details directly with Mayo. Many folks coming to Mayo have tests done at home and forwarded to Mayo. Try getting your GP to call Mayo and ask for a consult in order to prepare you all for your visit. Being prepared ahead of the conference is the key to a constructive visit. I caution you, so often K-T is not fixable, per se, but never, never presume or give up. Let them do the deep testing first so that every chance is given. Some of us, although not me, are surgical candidates. Do feel free to call me if your husband wishes personal contact. I can be reached at 562.225.0326 pst.

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  4. HI – I just found your website today – so sorry for the late notification – but Dr. Clair from Cleveland Clinic is hosting a live web chat today at noon EST on rare vascular diseases – it provides an opportunity for you and others who have K-T to ask questions to an expert. Go to http://www.clevelandclinic.org/webchat for more information. Good luck in your quest for information. Let us know if we can help you in the future with information or resources. Betsy RN

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  5. Thank you… I was not diagnosed until I was 29/30. It was hidden all those years minus a bump on my right foot which was blown off as a fatty cycst to be left alone….. Then something sent the ball in motion. The symptoms started and so did the pain. A year back and forth to doctor after doctor . No one knew what was wrong with me. Cut me open, don’t cut me open… Find a doctor who can deal with high bleed risk! Are you kidding me. Then I started cold faxing all my MRI/CAT reports to doctors in NY. Thats when I met Dr Rosen. Amazing Dr. Sat us all down and explained everything. Although the surprise was more on him as I do not harbor the outward characteristics, my insides very much do. Those darn scans never show the BIG picture. My last “surgery” they went thru my heart and never made it to my pelvis and leg as planned ( Robert Wood in NJ, Dr. Nosher) due to the rather large replication of the venous structure that housed an aneurysm. That was my last. Since my first surgery the coils have moved and the pain is worsening. Wounds that wont heal. Ugh starting over sucks. You gave me hope.

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