David Arken

Profile Updated: June 1, 2018
Residing In: San Jose, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Katie
Occupation: Retired Engineering Manager
Children: Mollie (11-8-78) and James (3-8-82)
Grand Kids Mollie - Katelynn 4-25 2007 and Elezabeth 12-31-2009: More…James - Zachary 12-6-2009

Left "A" the day after graduation and have been in San Jose Ca for all but a few years hear and there, Cal Poly Grad Mechanical Engineering 1970 and came right back here to SJ to live and love.
Have been with Katie for 45 blissful years, married for 41, 2 kids Mollie the CPA with 2 girls, James the Civil Engr with 1 son, they all live with in 100 yards of me, they say it's to keep me under control.
Worked in computer disk drive business for 36 years, mostly in management of Equipment Engineering and various other management roles, retired 3 times and made it stick in June 2006. Spent my last 6 working years traveling in Asia working with disk manufactures, I'm one of those million mile guys. Spent 9-11 in Penang Malaysia, had quite an experience getting home.
Have enjoyed life since leaving HHS, great loving family. Enjoy fishing, hiking, walking and my long time love car racing. Still build and drive a single seat road race car, coach drivers, teach high speed competition driving. We have season ticket to the SJ Sharks and the SJ Rep and belong to several of the San F arts programs. We love road trips and spent 2 weeks around my 65th around Zion and Brice, doing 3 weeks in July (2013) into Canada around Banff.
Like to judge grade school science fair because they always teach me so much.
Still keep up sorta with Linda Peterson Chapman, Jack Groves, David Roberts and Norman Ely.
Went through the big "C" and I'm 5 years into the 5. Every day I wake up is a bonus day and I do my best to enjoy it. I'm a vegetarian, 2 days a week, walk 3-4 miles a day.
I have an actual e-mail address arkend@sbcglobal.net
Books enjoyed recently:Art of Racing in the Rain (it is not about racing):Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption biography of Louis Silvie Zamperini an Olympic runner’s and his story of survival in WWII as a prisoner of war in Japan; Steven Jobs biography: Michael Moore, Here Comes Trouble
Play enjoyed recently:Monty Python in search of the Holy Grail
Musical treats: Rosanne Cash in Santa Cruz; Musical theater; Million Dollar Quartet

School Story:

Hated high school, it was the worst time of my life and it has all been great since then. There were fun times for sure and friendships and memories and I'm looking forward to seeing people again. I'm sure there was no better high school in Albuquerque and I'm proud to be a grad.
My shop teacher at Wilson Jr, Mr Wayne Trump stood watch over me and made me learn trades I could use to make a living; he went on to HHS when we did and he kept looking after me and made sure I did not drop out. The trades he taught me put me through collage he was the person I called when I graduated from Cal Poly and when I get to "A" I call him to say thanks. A real teacher can change a life, he changed mine and I'll always be grateful.

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Jan 15, 2021 at 3:08 PM

Happy Birthday Jack, hope you had a good birthday, how about writing up a little history.

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Jan 14, 2021 at 8:56 PM

Thank you for your military service and your service as a Nurse. Happy Birthday and hope you have been able to enjoy the day!

David Arken has left an In Memory comment for Larry Berg.
Jan 14, 2021 at 5:18 PM

Larry and I were not friends, acquantces yes, our circles did not really intersect in HHS except for classes. The thing I can say about him is he treated me with respectl, we talked in class, before and after chemistry and he revieled himself in some personal ways as I did to him. He was a bright spot for me at HHS at a time when my life was mostly dark, and I'm sorry he is gone and that he had such a difficult time for the past few years. Thank you larry for the kindness you showed me.

David Arken posted a message.
Jan 12, 2021 at 1:02 PM

Sounds like you have had a very interesting career(s), how many languages do you speak?

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Jan 11, 2021 at 11:50 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Norma, hope you have a wonderful day!

David Arken posted a message.
Jan 10, 2021 at 7:56 PM

Nice looking motorcycles, nice looking fish. I would love to ride motorcycle but learned in my late teens that when I get on a bike there is total disconnect with control and want to have the thing a full throttle all the time, last time I rode was in LA area when I was 21, never got one one again, IF I got one it would be a Ducati, love the sound a bit more than potato, potato, spent 8 hours in the Harley Museum in Milwaukee, needed another 8 to see everything.

David Arken posted a message.
Jan 10, 2021 at 7:42 PM

So I looked you up and you have quite a great history as a writer and director, what was your favorite directing opportunity and is for favoriting experience?

David Arken posted a message.
Jan 10, 2021 at 7:12 PM

No idea when your birthday is but HAPPY BIRTHDAY and wishing you a good 2021

Jan 10, 2021 at 7:10 PM

Happy Birthday and how about posting a profile and history since HHS.

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Jan 08, 2021 at 8:00 PM

Posted on: Jan 08, 2021 at 4:35 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dave, I know I wrote something yesterday but it’s not here. Anyway thank you for years of friendship and fun! Also like Phil that you for keeping up this website.

David Arken posted a message.
Jan 08, 2021 at 4:31 PM

Happy Birthday, and a safe 2021.

David Arken posted a message.
Jan 03, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Hope you had a great birthday and were able to do something fun.

David Arken posted a message.
Dec 29, 2020 at 7:45 PM

Happy Birthday Ray! You know I got blamed over and over for the gates and rightfully said 'I didn't do it" and no one believed me! Nice, actually I always wished it had been me.

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Dec 29, 2020 at 3:55 PM

Posted on: Dec 29, 2020 at 1:31 PM

Holly cow you are having another birthday! Another solar lap checkered flag and soon to be the checkered flag on 2020!
We are wishing you a really great birthday with all the love and friendship you can stand.
Thanks for being a friend for all these years.

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Dec 20, 2020 at 4:46 PM

Posted on: Dec 20, 2020 at 11:39 AM

Of Course HAPPY BIRTHDAY and Thank you for your service I have a few regrets in life but not having served in the military is one of them. And I know another Peter Krause he lives in Virginia and has a love of sailing must be something in the name. Hope you’re staying safe and enjoying your retirement.

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Dec 18, 2020 at 10:33 PM

Posted on: Dec 18, 2020 at 1:14 PM

Hope your are healthy and had a great birthday. How about posting some of your life history after HHS, you can always send it to Phil or Roberts and they can help you get it posted.
Be well.

David Arken posted a message.
Dec 18, 2020 at 1:10 PM

Hope you had a great Birthday, your career sounds very interesting.

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Dec 18, 2020 at 1:09 PM

Hope you were able to have a safe HAPPY BIRTHDAY with your loved ones. That is some very nice jewelry you make, it has always fascinated me to see how clever and imaginative designers are, you are fortunate to have such wonderful skills.

David Arken posted a message.
Dec 16, 2020 at 9:03 PM

Happy Birthday!

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Dec 08, 2020 at 1:41 PM


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