Keith Conning

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Gender MALE
Industry Education
Occupation Retired Berkeley High School Business & Economics Teacher and Track & Cross Country Coach
Location Pleasanton, California, United States
Introduction Born SFO 3/16/41. Children: James, born SFO 3/6/66; Sarah, born OAK 3/5/69, Social Worker Cancer Center, UC Davis Hospital, SMF; Andrew, born OAK 11/14/71, EdD candidate Harvard. Father: Major Daniel Ralph Conning, born OAK 8/20/1897, Spotnails salesman. Mother: Veda Beresford Young, born SFO 3/7/02, Secretary SF Rec. Dpt. Brother: Ralph Stanley Conning, born SFO 9/29/35, Fastener salesman, Arlington Heights, IL. Married Marian Gail Barr, 6/5/64, born Wash.D.C. 3/8/42. Education: Lincoln HS 1956-59; U.S. Naval Academy Prep, Bainbridge, MD 59-60; U.S. Air Force Academy 60-61; UC Berkeley 61-64; San Francisco State 64-65, BA World Business; Hayward State 67-68, Secondary Teaching Credential. Career: Pan American Airlines Salesman 65-67; Castlemont HS, OAK student teacher/coach 67-68; King JHS, Berkeley teacher/coach 68-73; Berkeley HS teacher/coach 73-99. Political Affiliation: Democrat. Religion: Protestant. Life member: Sierra Club, California Academy of Sciences. Grandchildren: Jacob Schaal born 3/23/05, John Schaal born 7/6/07, Jasmine Conning born 3/24/13, twins Jackson and Jaeden Conning born 6/11/17.
Interests Driving my granddaughter home from Quarry Lane pre-school, track and cross country, editing my blog, surfing the net, reading newspapers and magazines, playing bocce ball, walking, listening to internet radio: BBC, KQED; TV news; Vineyard Estates Mobile Home Park Coffee Club & Cheers; drinking coffee in the morning and Cabernet Sauvignon the afternoon.
Favorite Movies Chariots of Fire is a British film released in 1981. Written by Colin Welland and directed by Hugh Hudson, it is based on the true story of British athletes preparing for and competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture. McFarland, USA.
Favorite Music Chariots of Fire (album) Although the film is a period piece, set in the 1920s, the Academy Award-winning original soundtrack composed by Vangelis uses a modern, 1980's electronic sound with a strong use of synthesizer and piano among other instruments. This was a bold and significant departure from earlier period films which employed sweeping orchestral instrumentals. The title theme of the film has become iconic and has been used in subsequent films and television shows during slow-motion. The film also incorporates a traditional work: a British choir singing "Jerusalem" at the 1978 funeral of Harold Abrahams, the event which 'bookends' the film and which inspired its title. Gilbert and Sullivan also features heavily. I played it many times for my cross country and track teams.
Favorite Books Unbroken. Three Cups of Tea One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Co-founder (Hardcover) Kenny Moore (Author) Highlights of the State Track Meet 1915-1975, Donn B. Kirk, David M. Cooper, and Keith R. Conning. The Bowerman Book by Kenny Moore. The California State High School Track and Field Meet 1915-2006 by Tom Casacky and Bill Peck. Igniting the Flame by William Taylor, the coach at Sir Francis Drake High School, San Anselmo, CA.