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What was the best year of your life?

Asked by Josh Board

December 30, 2008

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Dave Lathrap

From Pacific Beach (Graphic Artist)

It was 1996. I got hired by the best company I’ve ever worked for. We did these children’s interactive games. We did games for Batman, Superman…a whole bunch. Also, it was the first time I traveled with a group of people I run with. We went to London and did this amazing run in Cyprus, an island in the east end of Greece.

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Phyllis Ann-Marie

From Leucadia (Sales)

My favorite year was 1992. That was the year I got divorced. I met a lot of great friends and fun people that I ended up traveling with. They were like family, and the whole year was filled with such wonderful times.

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Liz Clause

From Rancho Bernardo (Manager)

Nineteen eighty-eight. That’s the year I graduated from San Diego State University. And I traveled the whole year. I went to Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. I think traveling after you spend so many years going to school makes the experience that much more enjoyable.

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Jeff Finkel

From Mira Mesa (Sales)

It was November of 1987. I was on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine with 11 other people. I was listed as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country. I came up with something called the Sunsponge, which was a hat that you could soak in water and cool off your head. Through a licensing loophole, I was able to sell them at Padre games. Sometimes people would recognize me in bookstores, and I signed a few autographs.

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Valena Coulter

From Serra Mesa (Health Care)

I can think of so many. Maybe I’d pick 1977. That’s when I became a mother. I always wanted to be one, for so long. There was a time in third grade when I had a stomachache. The nurse asked what I thought was wrong, and I said I was pregnant. I told her I’d really been trying. That got me a talk with my mom, who explained what actually happens to get pregnant. I finally did become a mom and had three kids. Now I have grandchildren. But 1977 is when I had my first son.

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Bernie Worell

From Electrician Santee (Electrician)

It was 1967. That was the Summer of Love, when the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper, the Doors and Jimi Hendrix released their debut albums. I think there were a few great music festivals like Monterey Pop. Great movies were out, like The Graduate. But what really made the year the best for me was that it was when I came into this world.

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