Vic Coelho at Disneyland's Disneytown in Anaheim, California June. 3, 2015
Hello! My name is Vic Coelho.
A retired Research Analyst. Researched the economies of eight counties assigned and reported the results of my research to Sacramento, the colleges and universities within these counties, and to the news media every month while working for the State of California's Labor Market Information Division.
My job was to research the natural resources, industries contributing to the economy, population make-up, ethnicity, education, resources, and all else effecting the economy of each of the counties assigned, from Amador up by Sacramento, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Monterey, Kings, Tulare, and down to the Central Coast of San Luis Obispo county. Also backed up, when needed, Fresno, Merced, Madera, and Santa Barbara Counties.
With this background, became fascinated with the question: "What constitutes personal success?...what IS it?...how does it come about?
Have a deep desire, actually a need, to see people do good in their lives. It is a want that exists in the center of my being.
Know what it is to struggle, to help my father, and mother provide food on the table in my young years. Worked from the age of12 years in 1955. As a newspaper boy, up at 5:00 a.m. to deliver newspapers along Pioneer Boulevard and its adjacent streets from Artesia (Just a few miles from Disneyland) to Norwalk.
In my young teen-age years, 1957, worked in the fields outside Arroyo Grande moving string up to the top wire above my head, and then down to the bottom wire by my feet, stringing lines between thousands of poles so the string-bean plants could grow up-right for later picking. From that task, grew so limber, that with legs standing straight, could almost touch the ground with my elbows. Also, developed calluses from the outside end of my forefingers, down and round to the opposite side of my thumbs from the constant unwinding of the ball of string against my skin. Then, when they were ready, we (me, and the braceros) picked them, carrying on my shoulders 75 pound baskets full of string-beans, along quarter-mile long rows. Was just 14 years old then, and grew strong from the work.
Following that, throughout the remaining years in high school, worked after school in Carlock's Bakery in Arroyo Grande cleaning up after the bakers left for the day. On Saturdays, and during the summer, would arrive to work at 2:00 in the morning to help make bread, and also prepare the flour into donut dough, deep-fry the donuts in a grease kettle, and then coat them with different flavored frostings.
Undefeated in the inter-class wrestling, even though the youngest in my class at Arroyo Grande High School (I16 throughout most of my senior year, and turned 17 on March 15, 1960), invited by Mr. Miller, our high school coach, to be on the wrestling team.
Wanted to be on the team, however, had to turn Mr. Miller down in order to help my dad, and mom provide a living for us and my two younger sisters. Didn't consult with my parents on this. It was my decision.
These were my formative years, and excellent preparation for the years to come.
The desire for education was driven into me by my mother. This drive flowed over into my 4 years in the Air Force as a Radar Technician, took college classes on each base assigned, and acquired courses from the University of Philippines, Wesley College in Dover Delaware, and the University of Delaware, Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, and lastly, San Joaquin College of Law.
Fortunately, persisted, made my mistakes, learned from them, worked hard, and received my degrees. These degrees were then stepping stones to career opportunities in my life that subsequently unfolded.
The moral of my story is this: opportunity exists for ANYONE who has the drive to Try For It!
Hence this website.
My email address is: email@example.com