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Portrait of Paul-2

Paul was a seventeen-year-old who had just graduated from Quartz Hill High School and was planning to attend Antelope Valley College in the fall to study in their Airframe & Powerplant program.

After graduating from community college, Paul hoped to get a job “at Northrop Grumman Corporation or one of the other local airplane manufacturing companies.” He wanted to be an mechanic and “maybe even an engineer,” in which case he would attend either UCLA or or Cal Poly after completing an Associate’s Degree.

In this picture, Paul studies the engine of a restored Cessna 190 historical aircraft. The twin engine Cessna 190 was built in 1947 with  “Shakey Jake” 300 horsepower Jacobs supercharged, just carbureted engines.

All this fascinated Paul because he was originally from Antelope Valley and grew up watching airplanes and the intense quest for innovative aircraft research, technology and manufacturing that transpires in the area.


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Portrait of Jacky

Jacky Long boarded and longboard danced. She was just a beginner and was not competing at the time we had met. She was studying this form at her secondary school, Sylmar High School and once a week she went to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she improved via their informal type lessons. She never formally studied dance.

Jacky liked the Peter Pan move, she said, “you lose your balance a lot.” She didn’t wear any protective gear except for sliding gloves which she put on the ground, “and then you could drag your hands” to manipulate movement.

Jacky was 15 years, born in Usulután, El Salvador, but raised in San Fernando Valley, California.

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Portrait of Bryan-1

Bryan was a Senior Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He was from East Los Angeles, California, USA, but went to Azusa High School in Azusa, California. He was 27 years old and had been forklift driver at a warehouse and in a chocolate factory, in addition to a part-time LVN in Hospice care.

Bryan was an LVN for three years, but his job at UCLA was his first full time job as an LVN after completing his studies at LAUSD – East Los Angeles Occupational Center, located specifically in Boyle Heights.

Bryan liked working at UCLA. It was the best job he had in his life, not only in terms of workplace, and not only because it was intellectually stimulating, but also because the people he worked with were wonderful. “This is such a blessing, Bryan admitted. “Never did I think i would work here. I get to meet interesting people, interesting characters, like you.”

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