Sally Howe - Editor, Owner of the Campbell Express
Here's HoweAs a Campbell resident for fifty years, publishing the longest running Campbell area newspaper is a fitting expression of the love that I have for my community. I've been the Editor of the Campbell Express for five years and as of 2003, I'm the owner too. The previous owners wanted to move on and after the many years that I've worked for newspapers and magazines, owning my own paper wasn't that big of a jump.
My first newspaper job was for a paper called the West Valley Times, which didn't have a long life in the area, but led me to start writing for the Campbell Press when I was a mother with two small children. Throughout the years, whatever paper came to town (and there were several of them) I ended up writing for them. I also spent a number of years doing publicity and public relations for the adult education department which served San Jose, Eastside, Milpitas, Santa Clara and Campbell.
One of the more interesting publications that I've worked for was a magazine called Good Packaging, which was dedicated to the industry of product packaging. If you think about it, almost everything you touch is in packaging at some point.
I've been deeply committed to the community my entire life and was honored as Citizen of the Year in Campbell in 1990. For thirteen years, I directed the Campbell Progressive Seniors program, one of the most innovative and successful assistance programs in the county for seniors. The program no longer exists today as an independent organization, but many of its programs such as Transportation, Food, Home Visits have been spun off and live on as programs of their own through-out Santa Clara County.
Prior to becoming the owner of the Campbell Express, I bred and exhibited Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs for more than 40 years. Owning a newspaper is a big responsibility and I retired from breeding to focus on running the paper.
Bob Sneed - Campbell Historian
Putting a Human Face on Downtown CampbellBob Sneed is a native California who graduated from UC Berkeley after serving in the military. He and his wife (Fran) came to Campbell in 1957 where his two daughters were born & graduated from Campbell High. He's worked as a research engineer and has two patents on microwave resonant cavities.
Locally he led a successful referendum campaign to have a tract of land designated as "R1", which translates to single family housing. He published the Campbell Historic Museum's newsletter from 1989 to 1993, was president of the Campbell Historical Museum Association, and published Jeanette Watson's book, Campbell, the Orchard City. From 1992 to 2002 he published the Downtown Campbell Business Association Newsletter. He and Fran were the 1996 Campbell Citizens of the year. Presently he is a member of the Board of the Friends of the Heritage Theatre.
His weekly column in the Campbell Express was started in 1993.
The Real Estate Connection
Dorene Shirley was born and raised in the Santa Clara County. Dorene has been a Campbell resident for the past 18 years. She married and raised two children and is the proud grandparent of five beautiful children.
She started in the real estate industry in 1980. The interest rates at the time were double digits. For most, the only way to purchase a home was through creative financing. Unfortunately, this was also very risky for the buyer as well. Dorene states she has pretty much worked every angle of the industry including the position of a foreclosure officer. “I can remember my first job in foreclosures. I was the foreclosure set-up girl. I had to contact the investors on the delinquent loans asking for funds to start the foreclosure process. Most of these investors had been seniors who were scammed by brokers in the Southern California area. The investors were promised that their investments would be to borrowers for first and second mortgages. For most of these investors the loans ended up being in third and fourth position on the property. There was no equity for many of the investors to recoup their losses when the borrower quit making their payments. The devastation it caused these seniors will forever be branded in my memory.”
Dorene has owned and operated a mortgage and real estate business for the past 11 years. She is an active member of the community by volunteering her time to many local organizations.
Her life and business experiences give us the opportunity
for expert advice on real estate issues.
Success Boosters for KidsBrent and Arlene Evans have been married for 52 years, have 8 children, 24 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. Brent has lived in the Santa Clara Valley since early childhood and has lived in Campbell for the last 48 years. His weekly Success Boosters is a regular feature of the Campbell Express.
He served on the Campbell Civic Improvement Commission for seventeen years from 1975 – 1992 and was chairman for one year. He often wears a button with the words Promoting Community Success to remind himself and to encourage others to contribute to each other’s well-being.
He has been an educator all of his adult working life and has had experience at the K-6, junior high, high school, and adult education levels, including six years as a teacher-counselor and 19 years as a resource specialist working with learning disabled children and their teachers and parents.
Believing in the importance of parent power to boost school and life success, Brent has been an active writer of learning books and developer of educational games and programs. For some years as an educational consultant for the Quaker Oats Company he created and wrote learning programs for Life Cereal boxes that introduced habits for parents that would build their children’s intelligence and promote reading skills.
Brent has written books on Reading Success, Writing Success,
Math Success, Character Boosters, and is currently finishing
up a book on Boosting IQ with Parent Power to be published
later this year.
For more information and a wealth of learning ideas and
tools, go to http://www.learningsuccess.com.
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