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Post  MichaelaSJ Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:45 pm

My Wife, Dianne, first met Drew when she interviewed with him to be his executive assistant. That was 1977.

Until Drew's passing last Thursday she had been with and continues, to be his assistant, wrapping up his estate and managing the future of his firm. We don't know what will happen to his small real estate development and holding company. His long-time business partner is my age and has his own health issues.

We often watch TV shows where real estate developers are shown as greedy, destroy everything for a Dollar business folk.

Drew was the antithesis of what we watch on TV. Drew was the fairest of the fair, the smartest of the smartest, the one held in the highest esteem in the San Jose area. He, and his business partner, built and managed well over ten million square feet of office and apartment space. They processed over 10,000 residential lots for nationwide and regional builders in The Bay Area. They did this, fairly, taking into account the impact of the local environment, the financial impact of their developments.

If someone can hold another in high regard - then list me as someone who saw in Drew a true human with all of the skills required to be at the top of his field.

Drew leaves a Wife, two adult Daughters, and an adult Son. His children learned well from their Father and have gone on to live productive and fulfilling lives.

To give you an idea of who Drew hung around with: my Wife and I once attended a party at Drew's home with Isabel Allende as the center of attention. He once gave me his tickets to his private booth at Candlestick Park to watch the 49ers and Dianne and I had the joy of talking for a couple of hours with the then Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, the CEO of Wells Fargo, and the senior partner of the largest law firm in San Jose. Dianne and I once attended a 'Man of the Year' award for Drew where there were over 1,000 friends and associates in attendance.

He spent the last years of his life around Pebble Beach and Carmel, CA where he, and his Wife Katie, literally knew everyone. While we were attending golf tournaments at Pebble, Dianne and I would often be invited to lunch with the little-knowns such as Chuck Schwab or Clint Eastwood. He attracted those types of people and they wanted to know Drew.

He put my daughter through her last two years at Santa Clara University - full ride. My Son on one of his forays to South America met a youngster (12 y/o) who when he was an infant was bit by a snake and that caused his leg to grow in a horrible fashion and was basically unusable. My Son told Drew about this boy and Drew, whose own sister was married to a pediatric orthopod in the Sacramento, CA area, brought this boy up from Iquitos, Peru to the UC Davis Children's Hospital in Sacramento and paid the TOTAL bill to have the very best surgeons put the leg back into shape - the procedure took nearly 9 months. The cost to Drew was well into the hundreds of thousands of Dollars, yet Drew didn't even ask for a thank you before sending the boy back to Iquitos with a straight usable leg and a brand new Apple laptop.

Drew was a force to be reckoned with, and while he was ostensibly a conservative (in the truest of senses) I doubt if he had voted for a GOP candidate in decades given the current atmosphere of Tr***petteers. He and his Wife were very much LGB...T aware and accepting and while I did not come out to Drew and Katie (at my Wife's request) I am certain Miki would have been welcomed with open arms.

I will miss him.

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Post  Lesley Niyori Thu Sep 16, 2021 5:57 pm

The most I can hope for in my life, is to be remembered as well.

Sounds like a good person to have known.

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Post  MichaelaSJ Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:24 pm

I have no need for a god in my life and I do not believe there is anything beyond death - except for the value of your memory of me.

I will never meet any of you face to face (sorry, Celia) so you will only know me by my comments here and in PMs. What you read here is who I am.

The same goes for my real life. I am who I am and that's all that I am (Popeye). I hope the memories of who I am survive, at least the good ones.

So the soul that ends with my death is what my soul is - simply memories.

...and yes, Drew's soul will live on for a long time. If you are into art, and ever have a chance to visit the San Jose Museum of Art, as you walk in the first thing you might see is the Katie and Drew Gibson wing of exhibits.

Drew was instrumental in getting the Whitney traveling collection to San Jose and he also brought a collection of Rodin's, including a couple of the Thinker (le Pensuer) works. His personal art collection, while small, is very, very well chosen.

One of the classic tales about Drew was when the SJMA was be rebuilt 35 years ago, Drew met with David and Lucille Packard and when Drew's spiel was over, the Packards' agreed to a $100,000 pledge. Drew thanked the Packards for their generosity but said the museum needs a $Million for this new work. He got it.

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"Disobedience in the eyes of any one who has read history is man's original virtue. "—Oscar Wilde.
If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the Government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it is all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag.
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Post  Lesley Niyori Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:18 pm

My heart wants there to be something more, but my brain tells me there isn't.

You would be missed Miki. All on the strength of how you present yourself here.

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Post  MichaelaSJ Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:32 pm

Not ready to go yet, but the future is dimming.

I at least need a new left lung, but at 75 the chances are going away for a transplant, even with what my cardiologist says is a good enough heart. Right now I will take a very used, but in good shape lung to reduce the impact of a failed transplant.

My pulmonologist is referring me to a Pulmonary Interventalist unit at Stanford. I will keep the group informed.

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"Disobedience in the eyes of any one who has read history is man's original virtue. "—Oscar Wilde.
If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the Government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it is all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag.
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Post  Celia Eriksson Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:28 pm

Hi Michaela and Bunny,

I had never heard of this man before, so I looked him up and there are quite some results upon google. He appears to have been a wonderful man and I trust your judgement so.

I do not believe all the religions can be right, for clearly they are so different. They are man made after all. From Jupiter to Buddha, from Ares to Ganesh.

Yet, I simply cannot believe that we are here for nothing. Such a universe would be too cruel beyond words.

It would also be a complete waste of time. It shall either implode upon itself, all destroyed, else it shall expand forever into a dark void of nothingness. For why should it exist at all?

We could not know of afterlife whilst we dance upon this earth, else, if we did, we should all throw ourselves off a cliff tomorrow! But, for sure, I sincerely hope you are upon this earth for quite some years yet Miki.

Celia xx

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Post  MichaelaSJ Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:11 pm

This is somewhat dated, ( https://entitledopinions.stanford.edu/drew-gibson-corporations ) but Drew looked pretty much the same when he passed as he does in the image preceding his talk. Simply read the introduction and skip the hour-long dialogue. It is certainly a worthwhile listening to, but long...  

And yes, he was truly one of the very good, honest, loving, friendly people I, or anyone, would have met.

Celia, I have found the best way to lose friends is to discuss politics, religion, and economics. I am down to just a handful of friends, so I will not discuss religion. I do, heartily respect your position and I will never challenge anyone's belief in anything...well, don't even try to make me think Tr**p is an honorable person...

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"Disobedience in the eyes of any one who has read history is man's original virtue. "—Oscar Wilde.
If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the Government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it is all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag.
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Post  Celia Eriksson Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:27 pm

Hi Michaela,

I somehow missed your kind and understanding words here.

I did not listen to the whole. I admit, I listened to around half. Thinking back, about us all being tied to corporates and his eloquent manner of speech upon the subject, he seemed switched very much on to my thoughts in such matters. Also he appeared to have been quite handsome, by the by.

As for my belief. There is an oft used English saying about what one should never talk of in 'pubs'... that is to say Public Houses or the American equivalent of bars..... (you see, bars here in England, for the most part and traditionally, lay within an establishment that sell alcohol and do not describe the whole, be it a pub, Hotel, Nightclub, Inn or even the old term Tavern, probably only used at Lord's these days..... )

I do, I say again, I do, digress!!!!.... the saying goes that there are two things that one should never discuss within a bar. Politics and religion.

But, personally i have no qualms discussing these subjects online. With the proviso that any discussion does not include derogatory bent towards any person/people/kind, without the discussion and does not involve any nastiness to those involved within the discussion....

Well, Trump..... I wish he had not done 1,000 things, least of all tweeting, building walls etc.. The only thing in his favour was that he was pro-British.... Joe made an error not giving Britain the trade deal she wanted so badly this week. I am disappointed with that.

I was never easy of Trump, far from it. I don't dislike anyone though, it's who I am.

Was I an American, I would certainly favour a Republican such as a Bush or a Reagan, over Joe, any day, ... sorry Miki!

Celia xx

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Post  Lesley Niyori Sat Sep 25, 2021 8:55 am

This sums up my feelings nicely.

A Reason To Stop Worrying - Watch This Whenever You're Stressed Or Anxious
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tm6Z1y3h94

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Post  MichaelaSJ Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:36 pm

Celia Eriksson wrote:Was I an American, I would certainly favour a Republican such as a Bush or a Reagan, over Joe, any day, ... sorry Miki!

I am unabashedly progressive, but I like to add a 'pragmatic progressive'. I am generally in favor of all of the current progressive proposals on the table in the U.S.

But, and this is an effing BIG but, we need to pay for our progressive ideals and currently, we have a split Congress that doesn't understand that concept. The Dems say to hell with paying for the moves and the GOP says, simply, no!

I believe we need a reasoned, conservative voice in our Congress who will act like a 'sea anchor' when the progressive in Congress want to let the ship of state simply float around.

Reagan was a great POTUS who simply did not do great things. Bush #1 was a better choice but he ran so FAR to the religious right trying to get re-elected that he fell ever so hard on his nose.

Bush #2 was a weakling who let the ultra-right control his agenda during his first term. His second term was a bit better simply because he put his VPOTUS, Cheney in his place.

Obama, during his first candidacy, was going to be my savior. But, alas, he dove right to the middle and spoiled what could have been a very successful turnaround for the U.S. Instead, we get Clinton's candidacy and a perfectly miserable Tr**p.

Biden, so far, is doing as much as he can - with a very fractious Congress.

Stay tuned. The very last thing you in the hinterlands want is an alt-rightwing xenophobic yet aggressive U.S.

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If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the Government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it is all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag.
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Post  MichaelaSJ Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:41 pm

Lesley Niyori wrote:This sums up my feelings nicely.

A Reason To Stop Worrying - Watch This Whenever You're Stressed Or Anxious
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tm6Z1y3h94
Thanks, Bunny.

Everything, in the end, is relative. The Earth while it may seem all of everything to us mere mortals is really anything but what may be a mistake in the making of the Universe.

But, it is what we have and we should be better gardeners, at the very least.

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"Disobedience in the eyes of any one who has read history is man's original virtue. "—Oscar Wilde.
If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the Government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it is all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag.
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