Chuck Holly

Profile Updated: July 1, 2017
Residing In: Fountain Hills, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner: Jeri Ellen
Occupation: Realtor
Children: Edward Holly, born 1961..lives in Gilbert, 4 kids
(Mitch-24, Brad-22, Hannah-19, Shane-17)
Chris More…Holly, born 1962...Lives in Awatukee, 2 kids
(Stepan-22, Ryan-20)
Richard Holly, born 1972, Redondo Beach, single

New comment Dec 2012--Go to the Travelogue (on the left side) to see a couple more of my trip pix of 2012. If anyone wants to know about the upcoming 2013 trip, give me a call or email. 30 days of cruising is easy and more affordable than you might think. No, I'm not a travel agent.
New comments Oct. 2012: I've found that there's an annual luncheon and program in October call Tempe Old Settlers luncheon.
It's for Tempe families that have been in the Valley for more than 25 years. My family came to Tempe in 1948, but I left in 1965. But, I've attended for the last 2 years, and will again this year. Maybe I don't really qualify, but the group is very inclusive and know my heart is with the early Tempe way of life. If you want to know more about this fun get-together, call me.

MORE NEW Stuff: You can see some of the photos of our South Pacific cruise in 2012. We had such a good time that we are signed up to do it again in April 2013. Best Wishes to all you Buffaloes.

Taught 4-6 grade in Redondo Beach, CA for 35 years. I retired in 2000 with more than 1 year's worth of unused sick-leave which gave me "extra credit". I took up real estate sales in the beach cities 6 years before I retired from teaching.

When Jeri retired from teaching in 2003, we decided to move back to Arizona. We both have lots of family here.

Living across the street from the beach, I learned to surf soon after moving to Redondo Beach (made popular when the Beach Boys sang "Surf'n USA), played lots of beach volleyball, swam, and did a few rescues from the rip tides. Some of you will remember that I was a swimmer and lifeguard at the Tempe Beach and at ASU.

I'm a Realtor in AZ, but find more time to travel and enjoy life than chasing after the next sale or listing. However, I do appreciate getting referrals.

I've found lots of my old classmates, and try to keep in touch since so many of us live in the area. This website is a wonderful way to stay connected. I hope we can keep it for a few more years, and that people will continue to add to their profiles.

My current hobbies include kayaking, fishing, hiking, and traveling. Jeri and I have enjoyed jaunts to Singapore and Bali, London, all over Ireland (staying in B and B's and Dromoland Castle), skiing Banff Springs, Canada, and several cruise trips including those to Alaska several times, one through the Panama Canal, one to Hawaii, and one to the eastern Caribbean. One memorible trip was to cruise the rivers in Holland on a long, flat riverboat. It highlighted the tulip season. Where ever we go, I take my swim suit.
Our next trip (March, 2012) is the 30 day cruise on Holland America Cruise Line from San Diego, out to Hawaiian Islands, south to Bora Bora, Tahiti, and several other south Pacific Islands. I'll be doing a lot of snorkeling.

I look forward to hearing from anyone who wants to get re-acquainted, or just say "hey, we made it this far"...who would have guessed.

School Story:

Due to my close relationship with water sports, I have always suspected that I'd die from drowning.
And I've come close a few times. The "near drowning" that I experienced while playing football at the old Goodwin Stadium on the ASU campus, occured when we played in a rainstorm. With deep puddles on the field, I was handed the football for a run through the hole that Dick Erickson opened. Well, I was tackled, face down below the water line (muddy, grassy water). The occasion produced quite a dogpile which seemed to take forever to disarrange. I remember thinking "how ironic that I should drown while playing football".
I was just about to the end of my breath-holding ability when the brutes were finally pulled off me. I think the pile of players thought they would use the situation to rest.

What have you been doing since the 40 year reunion in 2001?

Retired from 35 years of teaching, continued my part-time RE sales into full-time in the beach cities of Southern California, sold my last surf board, moved to Fountain Hills, AZ in 2004, licensed RE salesman in AZ, have spent more time on travel, hobbies and visiting with friends and family.

How many careers have you had in the past 50 years? Did you have a favorite or most rewarding?

While in college ASU, I had a variety of jobs: I worked at a slotcar track which I eventually bacame manager. I cooked chicken for Kentucky Fried Chicken at Harmon's Barn on Apache Blvd. I worked nights in a gas station, worked for Bill Wolfe's dad at Property Control at ASU, life guarded at ASU, Phoenix Country Club, and Tempe Beach. I managed the Tempe Beach pool in 1964. Then in 1965, I taught swimming lessons and lifeguarded at Dick Smith's Swim Gym in Scottsdale. During my years of teaching, I had a number of part-time jobs to supplement my salary.
I worked for GTE as 411 operator, managed a slot-car track that the City of Redondo Beach Rec. Dept. provided on the Redondo Beach Pier. I worked as an after-school playground leader and arts and crafts specialist, coached basketball, flag football, volleyball and track teams. Besides my RE sales, I owned a small business which stored Realtors' signs, and put them on our gallows type sign posts when they had new listings.

What career did you always want to try but never did?

Farming (always a green thumb) or chef (love to cook) addition, I would loved to have the courage (and material) to be a stand-up comic. Before dozing off at night, I often come up with a lot of comedic thoughts, but would not even have the nerve to go to "Open Mike" nights with my grandson, Brad, who does stand-up now and then.
Maybe in another lifetime.

What are you most nostalgic about from your Tempe High School years?

My friends from grade school and THS, of the many shared moments and common experiences living in a small town. I'm so happy to have been smart enough to move back to the Valley area, to be taking part in the Tempe Old Settlers' annual luncheon, to visit with classmates, friends and relatives who remained in Tempe. I can watch with amazement the changes in Tempe and ASU's geographical footprint. I'm amazed at the Rio Salado project, and remember fondly the old Tempe Beach pool that was so much a part of my youth.
This so cool that when updating our profile, there is a way to know which part was updated. Re: Tempe Beach pool...I was recently contacted by Sally Cole and Daphnie Livingston who were on my Tempe Beach diving team which I started in about 1962 or '63. They had wonderful memories of their experience with learning to dive, the competitions throughout the summer, and the whole wonderfulness of so many hours at Tempe Beach. They interviewed me with tape recorder going for nearly 2 hours. Sally is writing a book about fun at Tempe Beach and wanted to a little insider perspective. It was great to see that the skinny 12-13 year olds had grown into women.

Favorite Music, Then and Now?

Then: Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many others that we danced to.

Now: Broadway show tunes, Meat Loaf, Rod Stewart's recent treatment of old songs, Lady Gaga, Madonna.

Favorite Movie(s), Then and Now?

South Pacific then. Now I don't see more than 5 or 6/year, enjoy them about the same, but not a movie buff by any means.

Favorite T.V. Program(s), Then and Now?

Then: American Bandstand, westerns, and surely there were others, but I don't remember.

Now: Doc Martin, Squak on the Street (stock market stuff), 60 Minutes, ASU football, Phoenix Suns, Diamondbacks and Cardinals televised games, Jon Stewart, and the Cobert Report. Sometimes I enjoy the Tosh.O show, and The Simpsons.

What teachers stand out most from those Tempe High School days? Why?

Glen Huish-Spanish and August Kanoche for the many math classes I took from him. I'll also never forget football coach Mitchell for a variety of reasons. I'm updating my comments about coach Mitchell: He could be pretty hard on players when they didn't perform to his standards, and let you know that you may have done less than your best.
When we lost a game, he didn't want to see us dancing in the gym after the game. We should be too tired to dance. My apologies to all our Buffalo football fans...I was never too tired to attend the dance afterward.

What would you like to share about what you've learned from life the past 50 years since Tempe High School?

I learned that "when in Rome, do as the Romanians do". So I guess I've learned not to take myself too's not all about me. And if you've read all this that I've written you might wonder. I've learned that perseverance is a good thing, and that no matter how tough things get (or how good things get), all will eventually come to an end. Also, I've learned to allow myself to re-examine my political views from time-to-time, and listen carefully to those with other party opinions.

Are there any embarrassing moments that you are interested in sharing? Strictly optional.

It was a little embarrassing to be paraded around in green tights during Senior Slave Day. I felt like a cross between Robin Hood and Baryshinikov.

Who is that "one person" you would like to see and talk with from your days at Tempe High? Why?

I'd like to know who it was that went with me to the broadcast studio for the Arizona Bandstand. I don't think it was a "date", but there were 4 or 6 of us that went and danced. Maybe one of our parents drove us. The show came on right after American Bandstand. If you danced on the show, maybe we went together. Identify yourself.
(A post script): No one identified themselves, so maybe I went with people from a year older or younger than our class of 1961. Really ??
No one admits to it? In 2017, wife Jeri wants us to take dance lessons. Geezees !!

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Aug 27, 2018 at 9:27 PM

Happy Birthday early.

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Aug 16, 2018 at 9:14 PM

Happy Birthday.

Aug 16, 2018 at 9:11 PM

Happy Birthday, Jimmy. Looking at the other messages on your profile, I notice that you haven't responded to any messages. I hope you are well, and are connected to the internet. Just let us know you're still with us.

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Aug 16, 2018 at 8:11 PM

Happy Birthday

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Aug 14, 2018 at 6:11 PM

Jim, I hope you'll be able to join us at our next classmates' get-together in Sept or Oct. whenever it gets announced. I have something to show you having to do with the Carnation Milk company years past. My wife is a collector of old things....actually an antique dealer in Mesa. If I had your address, I'd just send a copy.

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Aug 05, 2018 at 4:43 PM

Happy Birthday

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Aug 04, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Happy Birthday !!! Still looking forward to seeing you and Herb at the 60th I mentioned back in 2015. We're getting there.

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Posted on: Jul 27, 2018 at 5:13 PM

Happy Birthday, Don. I re-read my b-day greeting from 2017 and find that nothing has changed with us to report to you. Just a few more aches and pains, but were always finding something fun to do. I missed your b-day yesterday as we were up at Canyon Lake with my brother, Alan and wife (and their 2 grandsons) riding the Dolly Steamboat. Hot but a very nice day. I hadn't been there since you and I took your 1st car (Ford) up there over 55 years ago. Do you remember that? Do I have that right....a little night fishing, I think.

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Jul 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Happy Birthday, old timer. We'll see you in October...time to buy my coffee?

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Jun 27, 2018 at 2:14 PM

Happy Birthday !! (early) we'll be up at Big Lake so no computer. Thanks for mentioning your place up in the Show Low area, and inviting me to call and stop by, but probably not doing that this time. Enjoy your special day.

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May 27, 2018 at 9:36 PM

Happy birthday, early. Stay healthy and happy, and stay in touch.

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May 13, 2018 at 10:43 AM

Happy Birthday...keep on keep'n on

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Posted on: Apr 04, 2018 at 12:50 PM

Happy Birthday. So glad I got you and Zenna interested in the Joys of Cruising several years ago. Enjoy your birthday party, enjoy the beer that Dick wished you.

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Happy Birthday !!!! Hope you're happy and in good health. Hope to see you at the get-together in March. I found a post card that you sent me from Germany when you cruised the Rhine River. You said the girls weren't much, but you hadn't gotten to Paris yet. That was about 60 years ago. I'll bring the post card.

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Love to cook. I sometimes I wear my chef hat when cooking for holiday dinners with family. Of course, Jeri is the head chef.
Posted: Dec 19, 2013 at 8:58 AM
Still love to fish. This is the cleaning station at Big Lake in the White Mountains of Arizona...about 9000 ft. elevation. I've come here almost every year since 1959. Great camping, deer, elk, bears, eagles and now Mexican wolves are introduced in the area. We made a rare wolf sighting a couple of years ago while kayaking on the lake.