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The Professor and Mary Ann… and Jeff

Yesterday, when I heard that Russell Johnson had died, my first thoughts were of the time we met him and Dawn Wells – The Professor and Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island.

Jeff with Dawn Wells & Russell Johnson

Many years ago I was the editor of a local newspaper and as such was regularly invited to the Hollywood Collectors Show in North Hollywood. Jeff went with us the day that Russell Johnson and Dawn Wells were at the show and they graciously allowed me to take a photo of Jeff with them. It’s one of my favorite photos.

Atlantic City Marathon 10-13-13

Jeff, Vanessa and Maya ran the Atlantic City Half Marathon on October 13. You’ll notice in these photos that they were smiling all along the way. That, to me, is amazing.

Waiting for the marathon to begin. Smiling!

ready to get going

Jeff and Maya at Mile 8 – still smiling!

Jeff and Maya at mile 8

Vanessa at Mile 8 – still smiling!

vanessa at mile 8

Jeff crossing the finish line. Such a look of determination on his face!

Jeff crossing finish line

Here are the best marathon runners of the day (in my slightly prejudiced opinion).

Best of the AC Marathon runners

What an exciting day it was!

Family & Friends Get-Together – August 2013

family at veggie grill

Steven, Steve, Jeff

V in pool

Steven Leslie Steve

J&V in El Segundo

Stan & kids

Stan & Isabella

shopping in Manhattan Beach

J&V at C&O


Leo & Leslie

Alfred & Michelle

Steven & Leslie

Leo's birthday cake

J&V & bottle of wine

Steve photobomb

a walk on the pier

Stan & Mike


karina, vanessa, jeff

the whole gang

…and that was our weekend in Manhattan Beach.

Our son is currently in Afghanistan helping children in need. This is his first post about the center and the good being done there.

christmas 2010: san francisco

Once in a while you have a Christmas that you’ll always remember for whatever reason. I’ve had several in my life and Christmas 2010 was one more to add to the list.

Christmas morning six of us headed up to San Francisco to spend the weekend with Jeff & Vanessa. Mike and I hit the road shortly before Steve, Karina, Leslie and Steven took off, and about six hours later we all arrived in San Francisco at almost the same time, even though we went different routes. Most of the trip was bright and sunny, but as we got close to SF we were hit with rain and several accidents. We made it unscathed, though.

This was the first time Jeff and Vanessa hosted Christmas and they pulled out all the stops. When we arrived, there was a long table elegantly set with appetizers… spinach dip (my favorite), bread, veggies, vegan chicken nuggets… all so yummy. The living room, having been turned into a dining room, was very welcoming. Until dinner was served, Jeff and Vanessa never stopped buzzing around – fixing food, providing drinks and making us feel at home.

While they worked we ooohed and aaaahed over their apartment. It’s gorgeous to begin with, but with candles and the decorations, including a wreath Vanessa made, it was downright charming.

Christmas dinner was vegan, which concerned us at first, but I figured they wouldn’t let us go hungry… and they didn’t. Chef Vanessa prepared a feast with the help of her sous chef, Jeff, that could rival ANY top restaurant, vegan or not. She told us she practiced and practiced and practiced the dishes she chose to make (her co-workers were happy to be her test subjects) and it definitely paid off. She even took my most-requested dish, a non-vegan yam casserole, and turned it into a perfect vegan replica (pictured at left). She’s amazing!

Here are the various things we had for dinner: (the “biscuits” in the upper left photo were puff pastry filled with a dressing & walnut mixture, which was extremely yummy)

Did we miss having turkey? Not at all.  That right there is amazing to me. We had such good company and good food that the day was perfect without what we thought always had to be the main part of the meal. Go figure.

Oops, almost forgot… we even had a fireplace to gather ’round. 🙂

Finally, after a very long day, Jeff and Vanessa got to relax.

Thank you, Jeff & Vanessa, for a wonderful Christmas!