PXL -- XNGH 1989
Our 1989 Humbug, Jim Adams is an educator who has devoted much of his life to the progress of the young people of Kern County. Jim grew up in San Francisco but migrated to Kern in 1964 along with his new bride, Phoebe. They established their home in Bakersfield and raised two daughters as Jim pursued his life-long love and study of history. To this day Jim and Phoebe remain a devoted couple.
Until retirement, our XNGH taught history for 34 years at Arvin High School and served as Social Studies Department Chair at Arvin, as well as at the night division of Bakersfield College. He holds a Masters Degree from Northern Arizona University.
Jim Adams has been entitled to wear a redshirt for almost 30 years. Sponsored by friend and educational colleague, Don Burkett, Jim became enlightened at our 1980 doin's in Tehachapi, and was demoted to Humbug seven years later in 1989. During his tenure Jim presided over two doin's: our spring Clampout in Frazier Park and the fall Four-Way doin's and erection at Randsburg, described here on our plaquing page.
Now living on the central coast of San Luis Obispo County, Jim remains an active member of Peter Lebeck, but also proudly claims Charter membership in De La Guerra y Pacheco, Chapter 1.5 of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties; Branciforte, Chapter 1797 of Santa Cruz County; and our newest ECV California branch, Lassen-Loomis, Chapter 1914 of Tehama County.
While living in Bakersfield Jim was also a member for many years of the Fort Tejon Historical Association, which is instrumental in putting on living history programs and mock Civil War battle reenactments for the public. All things clampsidered, a most satisfactory kind of guy.