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Bob Athenour: Our sister city champ turns 80

Original post made by Jeb Bing, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly, on Jun 19, 2009

Having just turned 80, Bob Athenour won't be skydiving out of a plane as former President George H. W. Bush did--and again two weeks ago on his 85th--but he will keep making those frequent trips to Mexico and Latin America to deliver wheelchairs to the needy and build ever-better relations with our sister city of Tulancingo.

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:43 am

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Wow, sounds like an amazing man. I enjoyed reading about him.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 19, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Senor Athenour was my Spanish teacher for 3 years at Amador and was one of the best teachers I had! Feliz Cumpleanos!

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Posted by Jeb Bing
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 19, 2009 at 9:36 pm

In my comentary above, I listed Eric as one of Bob and Marilyn Athenour's children when I meant to write Tom. Eric is actually his daughter Ann's husband. Tom is married to Jill, they have two children and live in Evergreen, Colo. The second son, Carl, is Carl Vargas, Marilyn's son by her first marriage to Ralph Vargas. A highway patrolman, Ralph Vargas was killed on duty when Carl was just one year old. Marilyn and Bob married when Carl was 5 and was raised buy the newly-married Athenour couple. Carl, who with his wife Laurinda have two daughters, just retired as a high school teacher in Oakdale.

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Posted by LucyMcDonald
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 8, 2010 at 1:10 am

Wow! I only today discovered this wonderful piece on Bob Athenour -
or Mr. Athenour, as I knew him in high school. Mr. Athenour was my first French teacher at Amador, and so much of what I have learned about conscientious effort and high expectations came from realizing that in his class, I was not going to be able to coast along on natural aptitude & self-confidence, as I had in so many others. When I got my first exam back with a C+ on it, I was shocked. It still took a while for me to figure out that I might need to crack open the books and spend some time applying myself to the work at hand, but eventually the message did penetrate. I went on to earn a lot of outstanding grades in high school and beyond, but few were so precious to me as the A's I earned in Mr. Athenout's class. His relentlessly high standards, which were so unfamiliar to me at first, were enormously helpful to me in terms of learning to set standards for myself, and appreciating the value of achievement earned through conscientious effort rather than through luck, or charm, or unchallenged natural ability. I am extremely grateful for the role he unconsciously played in the development of my character. Merci, monsieur!

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Posted by Mike
a resident of another community
on Jun 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I had Don Roberto for my second year of Spanish 1 somewhere around 1963. Odd that I seem to remember more now than I could at that time. I can still remember the music from the old "Picaro es un burro" movies, which starred Juan y Maria. Muchas gracias to all my old teachers down there. I wonder if my reserved seat is still there in the detention room.