Bill Diebold

On the right you can see the result of my 50 years since high most proud accomplishment;  my sons, Jimmy and Casey.  How I ever pulled that off I will never know.

After high school I spent three years in college majoring in accounting. Hated it. But I did not know what I wanted to do with my life. Big mistake in 1967. Got drafted and spent two years and three months as a photographer in Vietnam. During that time (at Khe Sanh in 1971 actually) I figured out what I wanted to do. Three years later I graduated from Art Center College of Design in 1974 and was hired by Leo Burnett Inc. to manage a studio they owned in Chicago. I was there one year and went out on my own as an advertising photographer for 25 years with studios in Chicago and Dallas. You can see my photos from Vietnam and my professional advertising work at my website, (see the examples below)

I am currently teaching digital imaging at Cleveland High School in Reseda. It is one of California’s very best high schools and I am proud to be teaching there. I have to say that with all my career as a photographer (almost 30 years), and as exciting and successful as that was, I love my present work as a teacher more than anything I have done. You can actually see some of my student’s work on my website.

Over the course of this year and mostly last summer I wrote a book. "Thap Cham" that you can currently purchase on Amazon. It is an adventure, love story, full of intrigue and surprise turns.  The first 100 pages are based on my own experiences in Vietnam and later Chicago...but it is pure fiction beyond that.  I have been fortunate to have good reviews from those who have read it. 

I owe my love for reading and writing to the wonderful English teachers we had in high school at St Monica’s.   Kids today in our schools are really struggling with those skills as they are confronted by the instant gratification of electronic media in its many forms. They lack the patience to read and thus are missing one of life's great pleasures.  Thank you, Brother Anselm, and yes, I can now proudly say that I have smelled ‘new mown hay.’ We need more passionate English teachers like you. With the perspective I now have as a teacher in high school I can see how lucky we were to go to St. Monica's.  We were given a good foundation for our lives whatever we chose to be.

What a crazy wonderful life I have had. I have been very lucky and I think it is a positive attitude that began at St. Monica's that carried me ever forward through the difficult times.

I have had a great time working on this reunion and talking to many of my classmates.  I am amazed of what many of you have done.  Who would have thought that a bunch of knuckleheads such as we could come this far. I welcome your comments.  Write me and say hello.

  Bill Diebold