Monty Tam

Profile Updated: July 10, 2014
Residing In: Santa Ysabel, CA USA
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Homepage: www.trailjournals.com/monty
Occupation: Long Distance Marathon Backpacker Pacific Crest Tr
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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.

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

At New Trier, 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 orientation?

exclusively heterosexual

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.?

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 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

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

Wilmette

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.

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

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