Max Beauregard

Profile Updated: September 17, 2019
Residing In Houston, TX USA
Occupation retired government professor, Houston Community College
Yes! Attending Reunion
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AC, Univ Texas Austin Bach Architecture, MS UT Austin Community/City Planning.

I have had numerous career paths, each morphing into the other; and some periods of unemplyment when I tried small businesses.

Planning jobs in Houston were difficult to find, but I worked for numerous engineering/planning firms for highway expansion. That evolved into population forecasting, so I morphed that into being a demographer and Census expert. I worked for my State Rep. Jessica Farrar [the most liberal os all] for five years because I saw the deficiencies of state government.

I have been a voter and gay activist since moving to Houston. I have been to most Pride parades across the country and created floats and banners for events here. Pride Parade here is led by the Mayor and other elected officials, so it is nice to be recognized as legitimate members of society. The Arc school graphics background comes through for that! I am currently Precinct Chair and Election Judge at the HS in my historic Heights neighborhood. I plan to register everyone this year, since the County Clerk expanded voting on E Day to include anyone. We did not have this advantage in 1969 because the law was not changed until 1972 during Viet Nam. Texas ranks 51st (behind Puerto Rico) in voter participation which is disgusting.

Observations on Amarillo from a City Planner:
* the idea of garbage pickup twice/week is a complete waste of money when most cities have weekly.
* the sophisticated traffic signals downtown are massive overkill for such a meager traffic volume.
* it is unconscionable not to have a recycling program, although I realize the isolation of the city makes it cost prohibitive. I felt guilty about tossing a cereal box or jar. It is amazing how much we can reuse and how large our carbon footprint really is. Don't get me started on climate change!
* the poverty in Amarillo is staggering! I was there last month and was appalled at the east side of town. State average is 17%, but Amarillo is over 25%. I penned an op-ed a few years ago to dispute a false profile of food stamp recipients by the Globe-News. They consider them to be 'moochers', when the reality is most are elderly, children, and disabled. G-N was ashamed of the poverty, but at least identifying them gets benefits. G-N could also not understand it is not only of a personal value, BUT it is a tremendous economic benefit to the business community, esp. grocery stores who receive millions of extra $$ they otherwise would not get. If food stamp benefits are not claimed by a state, they are passed on to other states who will claim them. It is economically foolish not to identify eligible recipients and help them claim their benefits to improve the community. My largest charitable donation now is to High Plains Food Bank even though I no longer have ties to Amarillo. Trump just cut more food stamp appropriations, exacerbating the problems locally.

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I really did not have that many friends until AC, so I am not coming to the Reunion. Almost anyone I would want to see died in the plague of 80s&90s or is also not coming. Of course I have survivors guilt about the plague, but you carry on.

Key Club was important to help me to mature, work with others, and give back. The convention one year was i Houston, so I was amazed there were green places in March when Ama remains so brown and dormant.

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Where's those photos you told me you were going to scan?--haha I am only now completing mine.

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How did Baucum get 8 kids and how does anyone afford to raise them in beautiful Newport Beach? wow

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Posted on: Sep 17, 2019 at 10:49 AM

Who would know that Mama Honiker's biology lab would be the catalyst for you to become a pharmacology titan and master of international trade. At least you got out before this opioid crisis. What greed that is!

There is a Shipley doughnut store near my house and I usually think about your midnight runs to get the goods. Who can't resist that? And whoever made that red apron you gave me sure had me figured out--yep, gay as a goose! How difficult was that?

Good luck and carry on!

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Sep 17, 2019 at 3:34 AM

I am saddened to see Steve's name here but not surprised.  Most of my friends died in the plague of the 80s&90s.   We became good friends in Austin working in the drafting dept of an environmental engr firm.  This was immediately prior to the Clean Air & Water Acts of 1975 that Trump is rolling back now.  OMG, how unbelievable.  It was also before collating copy machines and the firm produced huge reports that we collated manually by 'dancing' around the conference table laying out the pages in order.

Last I heard Steve and his lover [no marriage equality until 2015} transferred to the Atlanta office and adopted a Black boy. We lost touch after that.

I first knew Steve when we were in JrHi and we rode the city bus to AHS for typing lessons in summer school.  It is a skill I still have not done well with and that makes it really tough as a college prof as I 'hunt & peck' here.

Steve and my boyfriend threw me a surprise birthday party in our own apartment and I had no idea.  That is the most surprised, speechless, and loved I have ever been or felt by anyone.

It is odd this message has custom formatting and it is no where else.  It is as funky has the software used by HCC.

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Posted on: Sep 17, 2019 at 1:23 AM

I [vaguely] remember some wicked poker games at your house!! I don't think I played, but I hung out. ALSO when you got the Challenger!! I still think of that when I see 'Fast & Furious' reruns.

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Sep 16, 2019 at 5:33 PM

I don't really remember you from HS, but I did see on the news and recognized your name. I thought at least someone from Ama made it big. Where is quality local journalism now when we need it most?

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Posted on: Sep 16, 2019 at 4:53 PM

Cathy~~ThanX so much to you and the Committee for organizing this event, even though I am not coming. I have done similar events and know how flaky people can be. The website is a great idea despite its low level of participation. I enjoyed the map because I use GIS mapping to analyze voter/election data. it is enormously powerful. Yall have fun!

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It is disappointing that more people are not contributing to the site with text or photos. There is a serious lack of detail for those who did; and unfortunately no humor or reference to our current plight. I know I cannot be the only one trying to navigate the frustration of the "doughnut hole" to get diabetes meds. haha

I do not understand why no one posts captions to their photos. This site is kinda tricky, but not that difficult. I taught 3 different Online classes for 5 yrs at the college using 3 different platforms, so I got pretty good with technology. I also use GIS mapping to analyze election and voter data, so I have a bit of data processing under my belt too.

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