William Goman

Profile Updated: August 18, 2014
Residing In: Portland, OR USA
Spouse/Partner: Janet
Children/Grandchildren/Great-Grandchildren: Charlie, born 1986
Bob, born 1989
Still working? What's your occupation? Executive Transportation Manager, Goodwill PDX
Yes! Attending Reunion
Bring us up to speed.

Janet and I married in 1983, right after graduation from UWM. I was mowing lawns for her little brother at the time. Got a job three weeks later in supervision in the trucking industry, and stayed in that field for 25 years. Moved around Wisconsin (Shorewood, Glendale, La Crosse, Mequon, Appleton), and took a job in Portland, OR. The job didn't work out, but the city did. We have been here since 1997. I'm now with the largest Goodwill in the world, and run the donation, distribution, private fleet, outlet store and salvage operations. We take in 150,000,000 pounds of donated goods a year, and have 40 stores in the Portland area.

Janet runs a furniture upholstery business, and has for over 25 years. She is very successful at it, and has a loyal client base that continues to grow. Her work is exceptional.

Charlie just graduated from Portland State, with a degree in history. Bob is studying communications at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Charlie is a distance runner, Bob is a rugby player. Can't get more opposite than that.

We have a vacation planned for early October, so will not be at the reunion. I'll be there in spirit.

Any favorite high school teachers? What do you remember about them?

Random thoughts: Brown pinto, orange Courier, white T Bird. Dan's Buick Apollo. Chuck's car named "Bird Shit". Chris Martin's basement. Dan Pollock's basement. Marathon ping pong games. The Commodores at the Arena. Supertramp at the Arena. Outlaws, Dave Mason, and Elvin Bishop at Alpine Valley. Outlaws and Molly Hatchet at the Varsity. Maynard Ferguson every chance I got. Peaches Records with Billy almost every Sunday. Basketball games at the old U School gym. Many hundreds of games of ultimate, football, three on three softball at Henry Clay, strikeout. Finishing Brad's paper route with him so that we could make an early tee time. Red, White and Blue parties. My folks going out of town. One party where we greeted the Sunday paperboy with refreshments in hand. A friend banging on the door of our neighbor, thinking that it was my house, at 12:30 am. The resulting visit by the police. Cornish game hens on the grill. Turkey on the grill. A poker game where my neighbor threatened Doug with a five iron. My red painted wooden stool as a cocktail table. Battling Tops as a new drinking game. Band trips to Michigan and Florida, where Miles, Simba and I acted as Kentucky Gentlemen (or perhaps Turkeys?). A roadie to La Crosse when I got Dan's Apollo up to 105, but only got a ticket for 72. Hanging our heads out the back of the tailgate of Dan's station wagon on the way back from Germantown at 55 mph. Jamaica, and my four roomates. A flying cockroach getting behind Jeff's glasses at the bar. Eddie's sunburn, one for the ages. The best charter flight, EVER. Vulcan Mindprobes. Glass boots. Zoom, Schwartz, Befigliano, and Cardinal Puff. Driving a motor home to the bar on my 18th birthday (what was my dad thinking?). School bus rides to away football games as a freshman. Barnaby's pizza, and sandwiches coming out of a hole in the wall at Suburpia. Stopping at Schwartzmans with Kortie after practice for junk food before dinner. The creepy as hell tunnel under the fieldhouse. European team handball. Full fieldhouse games of ultimate in gym. Falling down over a hurdle. Hugging my teammates. 1.5 liters. Second period off at my house with Tony and Okie, and my mom serving us breakfast. My mom loving all of my friends. My dad putting up with them in deference to her. Mauthe Lake and Jean's Island in Hustisford. The backyard at Todd Kiehm's party. The signal that was Billy's bedroom shade. Up and light on, good to go. Gunville's vs. Montezuma. George Benson at the PAC. Y Not. Ski Lodge and a birthday party run amok. Pool hopping. Washing apartment windows with the Lux boys. Spaceman falling off the ladder. The Ball Park Special at Pig N' Whistle. Garlic fries by the bag. Max, the coolest dog ever. Barfy and Shithead, the most hyper. Freshman year Turkey Bowl next to Perl's house, in the snow. Turning 18 at Krilly's house, on the night of graduation. Billy's Dasher, Doug's Vega, Janet's LTD, Okie's Cutlass. Whistling Moon Travelers with Report. The party we had at Dan's when Dan wasn't home. Scratchy, the three footer. A Minoqua roady with a trumpet mouthpiece at the bottom of the lake. Dor Dor, the waitress at Ma Fishers. The Avalance and Angelo's. Pizza eating contests at El Caldarone, while the owner stood in the shadows. Wearing a dress to Mike Rater's costume party. Not considering that Janet lived next door, and the response I would get from her father when he saw me wearing a dress. Seeing the pictures later, and thinking that I looked great. Still convinced that I was right. The heart attack that happened when a parent came home unexpectantly. The Northway. Echo Bowl on a snow day.

To those of you that were involved in any of these events, thanks.

ps. Lesson learned for the youngsters - if you are using date night as an opportunity to impress a young lady, "A Clockwork Orange" might not have the desired effect.

List two (2) favorite present songs and (2) favorite songs from high school.

Just To Be With You - Spinners
Atlanta June - Pablo Cruise

OK, Others have posted more than 2, so here goes:

Stick Around - Outlaws
Already Gone - Eagles
Mister Magic - Grover Washington, Jr.
L Dopa - Maynard Ferguson
Bloody Well Right - Supertramp
24 Hours at a Time - Marshall Tucker
Super Freak - Rick James
Love Machine - Miracles

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:38 AM
With Janet, Charlie and Bob at Charlie's graduation from Portland State, June 2009
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:38 AM