Monty Tam

Profile Updated: July 10, 2014
Residing In: Santa Ysabel, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: none
Homepage: www.trailjournals.com/monty
Occupation: Long Distance Marathon Backpacker Pacific Crest Tr
Children: none
Monty Tam

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Yes! Attending Reunion
Did you attend New Trier East, or New Trier West?

New Trier East

Comments:

I missed the reunion.

School Story:

I cannot tell you, but I am convinced my written story was used to create the movie "Risky Business". Prostitution, however, was not the money maker. Seriously.

Who was your favorite teacher at New Trier? Why?

Freshman year, Roy Etnire. He was just a good guy with a very big heart teaching math above the gym. Algebra was too easy for me, so he let me sit and do other class homework during his class. I believe his title was Athletic Director, but he did teach an Algebra calaa and was good at it.

Did you inhale?

Yes

What is your favorite memory of New Trier?

Falling in love.

What is your LEAST favorite memory of NT?

She fell out of love.

Who was the most attractive girl in our class (other than yourself)?

There were so many, but I was too shy to talk to them.

Did you learn anything at New Trier that later proved to be useful? If so, what?

Everything was useful. We were blessed whether we knew it or not.

Were you at the flag pole in front of NTE on the day that a group of students attempted to lower the flag to half-mast to protest the war in Viet Nam?

yes

Can you name any of our classmates who have gone on to become well-known actors of stage and screen (both big and small)?

I starred in a National Geographic Documentry on the Pacific Crest Trail?

What was the make and model of the car you drove in HS? Do you ever miss it now?

1961 Mercury Comet and 67 Impala

What did the protesters in Grant Park chant when charged by police during the 1968 Democratic National Convention?

Hell no, we won't go.

Which of the following can be found in a dark corner of your closet?

none of the above

Did your father attend New Trier?

No

Did your mother attend New Trier?

No

In recent years, New Trier has increasingly been described as "too big" and "too competitive." Has NT changed?

I would not call it either.

If you could go back and do high school all over, what would you do differently?

Do all the things that scared me to death. Get more involved socially. Play Soccer.

How do you describe yourself politically?

Other

What are your vices?

none of the above

Do you believe in God?

Yes

Can you recite verbatim the "wash-that-special-area" and the "we- don't-poop-in-your-living-room,-so-don't-pee-in-our-pool" speeches by Swimming Coach Dave Robertson? If so, can you recall and perform the artful hand gestures that made these homilies so repulsively unforgettable?

Freshman year first day of PE at the pool Dave Robertson opened saying "Here at the pool boyssss, you get to know a little bit about the other boyss." He also did a monologue on "Gaboon Hockey" (coughed up snot and flem)

Did you ever listen to WNTH?

No

During your years at New Trier, were you described as a "jock," or a "freak"? Was the label accurate?

Probably a Freak. If so I was a capitalistic freak who got good grades.

In response to criticism of the "jock" or "freak" question as too narrow, we provide additional labels to choose from. At NT, I was labelled (rightly or wrongly):

A brain

Unless you think it's none of anybody's goddam business, how would you describe your sexual preferences?

exclusively heterosexual

Were you a member of the Trevian Numismatic Society? Are you willing to admit that and explain what you did?

no

Who was the most memorable coach you had in a sport at New Trier? Did Coach Kruempelstaedter teach you how to dislocate a shoulder? Can you recite Coach Fly's "they put their jockstraps on one leg at a time" speech? What inspirational "this is your day" speech can you recall?

Dave Robertson and his "Here at the pool boyssssss..." speech is forever stuck in my head.

Please explain why boys swam naked in gym class at NT. Include in your explanation why girls, by contrast, wore bathing suits. If you need some inspiration, see http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=55 and http://voices.yahoo.com/the-demise-high-school-nude-swimming-8669909.html.

I was 14. I was scared. They told us we had to. I highly suggest swimming nude for those who have never tried it.?

What exactly is a Trevian? How does a Trevian compare to a cowboy, an Indian, a badger, or a buckeye? What makes a Trevian a good mascot?

?

Describe a moment of supreme happiness in your life that did NOT involve sex, drugs or rock and roll.

In 2007 I hiked the entire 2600 mile long Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada with less than 5 pounds of backpacking gear setting the standing record for lightest weight to complete that wilderness hiking trail. Google Warner Springs Monty without quotes for many pages of similar moments.

Are you still basically the same person you were in high school? If not, and you have changed, how have you changed? Have you changed for the better?

I became more human yet retained IQ.

HELLO MY NAME IS . . . Are you comfortable with the process of aging?

Yes, I am Dorian Gray

How did you feel about New Trier during your attendance there?

I loved everything

What is the most embarrassing thing that happened to your during high school that you would never, ever want anyone -- anyone at all -- to know? (We promise not to tell.)

Only for private conversations.

How did you perceive New Trier after your first year of college? Did you feel that by going to college you had taken a step up, or down?

College was easy compared to New Trier

Which Junior High did you attend?

Howard (Wilmette)

What higher formal education have you completed?

Bachelor's Degree with major in: Business

What institutions of higher learning have conferred a degree upon you?

Southern Oregon State College

In which Village did you reside at the time you graduated from New Trier?

Wilmette

While at New Trier, did you participate in the Center for Self-Directed Learning?

No

What happened to the idealism that was so prevalent in the late 60s and early 70s?

Other: "If you don't likethe people running this country, BUY NEW ONES!"

The best thing about growing up in the North Shore was . . .

Other The quality of the people. Manors and respect for others I took for granted until I saw outside the North Shore.

Which New Trier West athletic teams distinguished themselves in 1973?

Both of the above

My innermost circle of close friends at New Trier included, and I would often be seen in the company of . . .

The following classmates from New Trier East: I was a loner who knew lots of stoners

Do you remember the first time you slow-danced with a girl/boy/forest nymph at a New Trier party? If so (don't lie to us), who was he(she)(it)? Did he(she)(it smell of fresh-cut grass, open skies, and warm wool-sweater? Will you ever forget that moment? Who was it? (We won't tell.)

Yes! I will never forget! It was: a horizontal samba. We fell deeply in love. No names.

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