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Retired wood shop teacher reflects on his legacy

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 25th, 2013


Don Beeson describes one of his handcarvings, which is based on a picture of a soldier. (Photos by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian)


WATSONVILLE When Don Beeson finished his studies at San Jose State in 1951, the industrial arts major was worried about landing his first job.

His GI Bill was running out, and the World War II non-combat veteran had just gone to three different interviews and the positions were all filled. Beeson heard that Westinghouse was looking for a draftsman and made enquiries. When he learned that the position demanded a six-day, 60-hour-a-week commitment, he decided to accept a teaching position in Watsonville instead.

He would later learn the job at Westinghouse was for the company's first missile program, but the military industrial complex's loss would come to be Watsonville's gain.

Because in September, 1951, when bobby soxers were showing the nation what being a teenager was all about and Watsonville residents were sipping ice cream sodas and eating grilled cheese sandwiches at the Woolworth's lunch counter on Main Street, Don Beeson began his 37-year teaching career at E.A. Hall Middle School on Brewington Steet.

For the complete article see the 06-25-2013 issue.

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