Taylor Scanlon

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Taylor Scanlon
Taylor Scanlon

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Taylor Scanlon

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Taylor Scanlon

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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In The Villages, FL USA
Spouse/Partner Lucy Godoy Scanlon
Homepage www.taylorscanlon.com
Occupation retired
Children Sean, age 23
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Worked in high tech for over 40 years - computers and semiconductors. Loved my work. Helped change the world in space exploration, medicine, communications, computing and entertainment. Accumulated 4M airline miles working on international business.

Met a most beautiful and intelligent "40 year-old virgin" in 1988. Married Lucy Godoy a year later in Carmel Valley. Adopted first child, Sean, at age 45. At age 60, I could throw a baseball better than I ever had in my life, as Sean became a superb player.

Recently retired and moved the "Disneyland for Old People" - The Villages, Florida. Happy to be healthy. Even happier that my wife and son and dog are so wonderful to me and are doing well themselves.

School Story

For many years, I viewed my time at Tucson High as the happiest time of my life. With relentless pressure from my mother, I was incredibly busy with school clubs, sport, chasing girls and studying. By the time I entered the UofA, I wanted nothing to do with outside activities (including fraternities) and devoted my full attention to engineering school.

Because I was deaf in one ear (from pre-school measles), I did not pay much attention to the Vietnam war. I later regretted being so self-absorbed, but have since forgiven myself, realizing that none of us "can be everywhere."

Patti got a scholarship to the University of Utah with the hopes of becoming a professional ballet dancer. We were best friends and soul mates, but were so busy and so broke, we were able to see each other only occasionally during the four years of college. We also respected each other's career goals over our desires to be together.

So sure enough, my mind got clouded when a beauty queen at the university took me to bed for the first time. Concurrently, I was telling myself that GE would want its future executives to arrive at work with a settled (ie, married) status. So I suddenly get married on the day of graduation from the UofA and move to Phoenix to join the nascent computer industry.

Life kept moving at a fast pace and I thought all was well, until I realized every other man found my wife's beauty intoxicating. As our tenth high school reunion approached, she fell in love with her boss and left. I experienced the first real failure of my life. I was 28, exceptionally smart about computers, but surprisingly unprepared to deal with these realities of life.

I abandoned my highly structured life, became totally spontaneous, misbehaved, and began exploring the lunatic fringes of relationships. Business took on a heavy international flavor and I got to see the world. My views on religion and politics became much more liberal and forgiving. I remained best friends with Patti as her life also took on an international scope and her husband liked me.

I spent 14 years and what seemed like $1M looking in all the wrong places for a "new proper wife." Finally, I met Lucy in Menlo Park, a beautiful 40 year old, with her head screwed on straight and no baggage.

As the years have gone by, I have been more and more impressed with the classmates I had in Tucson. We had a special high school.

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BRUCE - VERY INTERESTING LIFE - look forward to seeing you again. Taylor

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Aha - I found your photo at last, and I am right - still beautiful.

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Rick - you look good - I am looking forward to seeing you again. Taylor

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Denis - I look forward to seeing you. I still remember how kind you were to give me the skateboard at the 40th. Taylor

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Judy - are you coming to the reunion?? I would love to see you. I bet you are beautiful as ever. I still have not forgiven you, however, for dumping me at the 8th grade prom. Love, T

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Mary Ellen - I am looking forward to seeing you - Taylor

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Sharon - I look forward to seeing you. Taylor

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Vicki - I look forward to seeing you. Is Richard coming?

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Paulyne - it is great that you will be coming to the reunion - I look forward to seeing you. Taylor

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Molly - I look forward to seeing you! Taylor

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Posted on: Sep 04, 2015 at 12:30 PM

As I approach my 50th high school reunion, I am reminded of some really "good ol' days." Here is one that I am proud of. While most of my friends were thinking, "There goes Taylor with one of his crazy inventions," I knew that I was training my good friend, Howard Kline, for something important - how to sail.
Since we lived in the Tuscon desert, this was not easy, unless your neighbor was the General Manager of the Tucson airport. No security concerns, he just gave me use of a "spare" runway.
This "land yacht" used my childhood bedspread as the sail and my highly valuable soap box derby wheels. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, I used a simple nail for the cotter keys on the axles, and had no washer protecting it from the turning of the wheels.
The Arizona winds were strong that day and as we approach 30 mph, the nails burned up and the wheels flew off. We crashed hard, leaving me with a large scar on my elbow that I admire today.
But more importantly, Howard was so inspired that he went on to being accepted at the US Naval Academy. Howard was a great leader and very smart guy, and retired at the rank of Captain after a very successful 30 years in the Navy.

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Posted on: Sep 04, 2015 at 9:57 AM

Jeff - I am looking forward to seeing you at the reunion. This photo of you and Garnett is one of your best ever! She must be good for you> But I must admit, I am most curious about where you guys call home as it sounds like you have places in Southern Cal, Florida, Germany and Missouri?? I envy you for still working.

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