Across the Berkeley Hills by taffy

Across the Berkeley Hills

This was the view from the University Club at the top of Cal-Berkeley's stadium, as the sun sets. It was the site of the kick-off event for a weekend of celebrating my graduate school mentor's retirement. He has been one of the most significant contributors to the field of literacy education -- instruction, assessment, policy -- and is much beloved by his former students, colleagues, friends, and family. It was a unique weekend of celebration where over 200 of us gathered to honor him and celebrate all he has done. A truly joyful experience and fun from the perspective of my having been his last student to start working with him (in 1977) before he became famous. We've collaborated for over 40 years, starting by my photocopying his class materials and working as his research assistant.
If curious, google P. David Pearson or for twitter users #pdpfest
I'm woefully behind on 365 obviously, but will catch up over the coming week. Thanks for putting my frog on TT -- and to those of you who let me know while I was away!
It must have been a great occasion Taffy. He sounds a wonderful man who leaves a worthwhile legacy. Beautiful scene, great colours and lights on the stadium. Fav
July 2nd, 2018  
What a beautiful image Taffy to record your wonderful weekend celebrating with your mentor. I Googled him and what an interesting man who has done so many things towards education and obviously made a great impact in many lives. It sounds like many people wanted to wish him well as he is much loved. Fav for this gorgeous view!!
July 2nd, 2018  
This image deserves an A plus—-!
July 2nd, 2018  
Beautiful image, wonderful layers of colours, mountains and city
July 2nd, 2018  
Such a magical image, and more so because of the special occasion, Fav
July 2nd, 2018  
Wonderful shot and dreat edit.
July 2nd, 2018  
Beautifully captured and only 2 hours from where I live in California. Glad you had a wonderful time!
July 2nd, 2018  
Wow what a lovely sunset!
July 2nd, 2018  
You were so honoured to have been taught & inspired by this unique man, I expect he was rather overwhelmed, he is no doubt a humble & gracious man as so many of our peers tend to be. Lovely night view & a memory made last night.
July 2nd, 2018  
A spectacular photo. That sky color! Oh my! I can only imagine the people who have benefited in a great way because of this good, no great, man.
July 2nd, 2018  
Wow... just Wow!
July 2nd, 2018  
Beautiful sunset
July 2nd, 2018  
just fabulous
July 2nd, 2018  
Wonderful tones and shot...Fav
July 2nd, 2018  
Stunning and tranquil image :)
July 2nd, 2018  
Beautiful colors.
July 2nd, 2018  
Wow. What a magnificent view. Great glowing skyline.
July 2nd, 2018  
Beautiful. Fav
July 2nd, 2018  
Incredible picture.
July 2nd, 2018  
This would have been just wonderful even without the tower. The tower itself adds so much!
July 2nd, 2018  
A fab image
July 2nd, 2018  
Gorgeous photo and I love all the layers of intensity.
July 2nd, 2018  
It sounds like you had a wonderful celebration. An amazing capture
July 3rd, 2018  
Beautiful capture with gorgeous layers of colors
July 3rd, 2018  
This is beautiful and I love the tones. It sounds like you had a really nice
retirement celebration with your former mentor.
July 3rd, 2018  
Beautiful capture Taffy! Love the colors!
July 3rd, 2018  
Wow what a great view and congratulations on the TT. Here is another one for the TT I am sure.
Thanks for the link, so interesting. Must have been an emotional weekend for all.
July 3rd, 2018  
Beautiful photo! Sounds like a wonderful weekend.
July 3rd, 2018  
Wow... stunning!
July 3rd, 2018  
Perfect exposure and composition
July 3rd, 2018  
Amazing!
July 3rd, 2018  
Beautiful sunset scene - and he sounds an interesting and amazing man!
July 3rd, 2018  
Beautiful photo! Hope you enjoy some of SF's amazing food while you are there.
July 3rd, 2018  
Stunning view of the approaching night across the city. The retirement celebrations sound like a fitting tribute to a notable scholar. Do you do a Festschrift in the US for a scholar of that calibre?
July 3rd, 2018  
@golftragic Both the occurrence and the nature of Festschrifts vary considerably. Not every scholar has one, and I've never known of one this elaborate. But this really fit David so well. He is unique in the field. While I know I'm biased, I think there would be substantial agreement that he was one of the most significant figures in our field. He's been dean at two major institutions, an endowed chair at a third, and while doing all that, never let up on his scholarship. He's very inclusive -- has had over 200 coauthors (or maybe that's half the amount -- I remember being pretty amazed). Other ones I've attended have been much smaller (for example, one with 14 colleagues who flew in, organized by his graduate students, and a surprise to him). I don't think there is a particular pattern here, other than the person honored has been a significant person in the field and also, realistically, that they are open to having the event.
July 3rd, 2018  
@taffy Crikey Taffy, what did he do in his spare time. Sounds like a truly great man who made full use of a fine mind. What a treasure, and to have studied/worked with him. Wow.
July 3rd, 2018  
@golftragic Yep, I was quite fortunate...and you'll like this -- he helped mentor me in golf as well when I finally took it up about 20 years ago! He shot in the 70s, but was very patient and really enthused about bringing a new golfer on board.
July 3rd, 2018  
@taffy I've just watched the first part of a lecture Pearson gave in 2014, and it's not hard to see exactly what you mean about the man and his professional skills. Very impressive. Not my field so not much point in watching the whole thing but his ease of communicating well with his audience tells it all.
July 3rd, 2018  
@golftragic So nice of you to do that! If you're interested, I can send you the link to the Festschrift and the 10 minute talk I gave in his honor. It was fun to do, but nerve-wracking getting it together! Anyway, email me if interested. Heading to sleep so no rush either way.
July 3rd, 2018  
Outstanding as always
July 3rd, 2018  
Awesome, so beautiful.
July 3rd, 2018  
This is gorgeous Fav
July 3rd, 2018  
what a privilege you have had knowing him and working with such a remarkable man. Lovely photo
July 3rd, 2018  
What a beautiful glow on the horizon
July 3rd, 2018  
Amazing
July 3rd, 2018  
Definitely a fav. Terrific capture of this wonderful night time view.
July 3rd, 2018  
Super shot and so interesting about your mentor.
July 3rd, 2018  
What a very beautiful skyline and light colours. I just googled him - what an amazing privilege to have had such a man as your mentor and to collaborate with him for so long. I am sure the celebrations will raise a smile at the memory for some time to come.
July 3rd, 2018  
An amazing picture, as always, and what for an happening. If the greatness of a person is measured by the greatness of the persons surrounding her/him... oh well, are we privileged to have you on board in 365!
July 3rd, 2018  
Beautiful tones and composition. Fav!! 😀
July 3rd, 2018  
@taffy Oh gosh, a real polymath! I somehow missed this post yesterday. I can shoot in the 70s too sometimes and that's just on one nine!
July 4th, 2018  
Oh the lovely layered colors. What a view
July 4th, 2018  
Magical perspective of a most unique city. There is a special feeling in that city.
July 4th, 2018  
What a beautiful image to mark the end of your time with a Mentor who sounds inspirational to say the least. Fav
July 4th, 2018  
Fabulous shot.
July 4th, 2018  
Beautiful capture! fav
July 4th, 2018  
Really beautiful image. I enjoyed reading about your mentor. Some people have such an impact on those around them. Your were fortunate to have worked with him (and he with you, I imagine:)
July 4th, 2018  
Wow! Such beautiful image - cityscape against a mountain backdrop with the stunning light quality at the horizon as night draws in.
And once again for luck - Wow!

@joemuli LOL!
July 5th, 2018  
Beautiful dusk shot. It sounds like a fitting tribute and celebration for the work he has done. But I imagine his greatest achievement is students like you who have gone on to make their own impact as well.
July 5th, 2018  
What a beautiful shot... gorgeous layers and colors, glowing against the skyline. Your mentor sounds like an amazing, accomplished and generous person, I'll try to google him. Good for you, to get through an important talk in honor of a person whom you value - those are the most difficult! Fav for your lovely image.
July 5th, 2018  
Wonderful standing out against that gorgeous sly. Fav
July 5th, 2018  
My thoughts summed up by @domenicododaro
July 5th, 2018  
What an exquisite view! That's surely an image the school would love to put in their alum magazine, I would think! Clearly you had exceptional mentoring, but you seized the opportunity and made your circle proud as well!
July 6th, 2018  
Wowzier
July 6th, 2018  
Congratulations on TT #1 spot - a lovely marker for your mentor's retirement:)
July 6th, 2018  
Number one TT again Taffy! Congratulations!
July 6th, 2018  
Once again...a #1 winner! Congratulations to you!
July 6th, 2018  
@gardenfolk @pamknowler @fbailey Wow!! Thanks for alerting me! On Beaver Island, I lose track of what day it is! Pretty amazing to me to end up there again but so exciting!
July 6th, 2018  
A number one hit - many congratulations - well deserved.
July 7th, 2018  
Wow, I missed this one! Amazing shot.
July 7th, 2018  
Congrats——Well deserved- !💕
July 8th, 2018  
@taffy Congratulations!
July 9th, 2018  
awesome colours! i could look at that scenery all day.
July 9th, 2018  
Beautiful evening shot. Sounds like a wonderful retirement celebration. How time flies, right? FAV
July 10th, 2018  
Congrats on #1 of the TT. Fabulous image and great reason to celebrate.
July 11th, 2018  
Congrats on TT Taffy. I just saw this on TT, it's wonderful..
July 15th, 2018  
This is such a nice shot
August 4th, 2018  
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