Annette Knapp Caforio

Profile Updated: January 2, 2015
Annette Knapp
Residing In: Downey, CA
Spouse/Partner: Scott
Occupation: chef, maid, accountant, chauffeur, gardener, confi
Children: ...wait, I wasn't through with Occupation!....confidante, banker, secretary....oh yes, wife, mother.....a More…son....who's my heart; Scotty, who changed his name to Knapp since Caforio is an adopted name for my husband...Scotty wanted a blood name....oh well......He has two beautiful children, Madison 11 and Brandon 8...who happen to be my grandchildren!...neat, huh.
Military Service: nope....I didn't like the clothes...
Yes! Attending Reunion
What is your first instantaneous memory of Parkview?

those windowsssss...........

Who was your favorite teacher and/or class and why?

I loved my Latin class...didn't like history, no matter who the teacher would have been....but always looked forward to going because David Martin sat by me...: )

What was your most embarrassing moment at Parkview?

you really want to know thisss???.......ok...here goes......taking showers after PE when I was the only one with the chest of a boy......I tried using the excuse my mom sewed my clothes on me every morning....."there was a button shortage".....and, "metal was scarce, so zippers were too expensive"......nothing worked...: (

What was your favorite song and who sang it?

ohsomanyyy.....I loved the rock 'n roll songs then. The Platters, Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Elvis, Big Bopper, Roy Orbison, Johnny Mathis, Jay and the Americans....many more...'loved our music then....there hasn't been an era like that since, imho.

Describe your car and favorite destination:

I didn't have my own car.....but I will never forget that big, beautiful bronze and mostly chrome new Buick that belonged to Kay Stone's parents....who often allowed her to drive it to my house, pick me up and we would cruise Fisher's and Taylor's.....we were so full of ourselves...and KEWL !

How have you changed since Parkview?

Lordy, I hope so.......

What careers have you pursued?

North American Space Division 1960's (executive offices)
Kaiser Foundation Hospital 1970's (administration)

What has been your most exciting or interesting experience?

North American Space.....being a part and in the hub of one of our most important historical events.

(..a funny.... if I don't bore you .....One quiet afternoon at North American, I thought I'd try out my poo cushion on my boss.....sewwwww...put it under his seat cushion......Suddenly, he, another vice president, our President, Harrison Storms, three astronauts (Wally Schirra, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee) and Wernher von Braun came rushing into my boss' office....closed the door before I could sound the alarm, telling me, "not now, Netty".........then, complete silence....until.........yep, yew guessed it....."loud and clear" it was........I just knew that was the end of my North American career........no one was laughing....'cause they really weren't surrrre..........my boss came out with a red face.....told me to get rid of that THING.......and he never let me forget it.)

The people at North American were like a "big family"...everyone pulled together...there was a wonderful blend of levity and seriousness (astronauts included).....many times my boss would burn the midnight oil and sometimes I would come in to discover he was still there from the day before..to get the project done.....that's the way things were ....the morale was high.......until January 27, 1967, when Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were killed on the launch pad when a flash fire engulfed their command module during testing for the first Apollo/Saturn mission. North American took the hit, but there was much more to that story.


I loved the experience at Kaiser Hospital....such a different view from the inside. .....stories that would curl yer toes...and others that would warm your heart....

It was the best of times at both North American and Kaiser....when you worked hard and had fun at the same time.......and, there was room for the human condition....

What do you do these days to have fun?

sit on our patio and sip a Dr. Pepper......


orrrrr.....go parasailing.....ride a roller coaster.........nahhhhhh.....the patio/Dr. Pepper thing sounds jussssst fine...........

What is it you still hope to do/accomplish?

see my grandchildren grow up and be happy...

Comments:

I enjoy hearing and reading what each of my classmates are doing...have done....the years have passed so quickly. I would imagine most of us would change some things along the way had we been able to look into a crystal ball and see our lives unfold to today......My wish for each of you is your choices have been mostly good ones.

I have enjoyed living in Los Angeles.....and still, "I LOVE LA !!" : )))

School Story:

My school story is the typical 1950's school years....just like you see in the movies...my boyfriend, Jim, whom I went steady with....got engaged my senior year.....broke up after graduation and I came to California to go to college....he still has a special place in my heart. I will never forget my school pals....Conita Cole (I used to tote Conita on the back of my bicycle when we went to Sunshine....when we rode the school bus while at Jarret, I would give her the Indian burn and she would sink her fingernails in my arm....we got kicked off the bus), Pat Crone, Patty Van Hook (at Sunshine, I would always copy all their artwork ideas...since I had no originality whatsoever and they were such incredible artists), Kay Stone, Shirley Casteel, Deanna Justice, Kathleen Krebs, Jonna Hooper, Connie Pauls, Jeresa Moore, Sherry Evans, Beverly...uhhhhh..... forgive me, it's late and my brain attrifies after 11........such neat friends...all of 'em....

I also note that Dave Smith became a close and dear friend to me in recent years....he and his sweet wife Ann. I miss him.

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Mar 21, 2015 at 4:03 AM