RALPH ZIMMERMAN

Profile Updated: August 18, 2015
Residing In: Sandpoint, ID USA
Spouse/Partner: Mary Thiele Zimmermann
Homepage: www.zimmar.com
razimmermann.net
Occupation: medical writer
Children: Rachael, 1982; Max, 1987
Yes! Attending Reunion
Who was your favorite East High Teacher? Why?

Florin Nielsen. The James Lipton of his day. It was like Inside the Actor's Studio in his class, but without the blue cards. Flexible scheduling made it possible for me and others (and you know who you are, Redford and Center) to hone our gin rummy skills ... an asset as valuable to me later in life as all the algebra I almost learned.

What is the funnest thing you have done recently?

Travel. Drove a GMC cargo van loaded with excess furniture from Milwaukee to our house in La Manzanilla, Mexico. Dicey times at the Nogales border check.

Spent two weeks alone in Paris digging up and reveling in medieval history (the trip was a Father's Day gift from our kids; a kind of "thank you" for college and taking them to all the places they wanted to see rather than imposing my own self-serving travel agenda on them.)

Went to Denmark to watch my son play in the Dana Cup, an international youth soccer tournament.

Spain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, England, Ireland, Luxembourg, Holland, China, Japan ... we've made Expedia the travel giant that it is today.

If you could have a "do-over" for one year or event in your life, what would it be, and why"

I'd have quit smoking the day before I started.

How have your priorities changed in the last 10 years?

No. Pack as much life as you can into every day.

Who would you most like to have lunch with?

Willy Revada Allen. I'd like to apologize for not being a more worthy opponent in Mr. Jackson's 8th grade boxing class. Yes, Greek-godish Jackson inflicted boxing on his gym classes. I got paired up with Willy. In the ring, he bounced around like a welter weight (then) Cassius Clay, murder in his eyes, wings on his feet, lightening in his gloves. I stood, slope-shouldered, mayonaisse white, gloves at the end of my skinny arms like june bugs on a Q-tip.

I went down in the first round. But Willy never landed a punch.

Glad to see you doing so well, Willy.

Summarize the most important things you have learned since 1969.

Laugh hard. Laugh hardest at yourself. And, to paraphrase Mark Twain: It's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

What question would you like to answer that hasn't been asked? Please answer it.

If everybody else jumped off a cliff, would you?

No.

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Wouldn't it be a hoot, we hooted, if one of our kids wound up on the west coast, the other on the east coast, and us in the middle. Well, Max is the west coast one ...
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Rachael's the east coast one ...
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and Mary and I are in the middle ... here, adrift on a Wisconsin lake.
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In NYC visiting Rachie.
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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Our house in La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico. Time for a cerveza? I believe so.