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Debi-Ellen Beckett

After much procrastination, and some more urging from other classmates, (Thanks, Mark!) I finally decided to quit berating others about not doing something I wasn't willing to do....write my own BIO for all to see.

So, here I am, in all my glory. You'll see the pics above are my high school yearbook pic from 1974, and a pic taken on 09-26-2014. What a difference only 40+ years make. Sigh...............

The week before we graduated, I got a job at Amy Joy Donuts, (Thanks, Sandy Boggs!), down where East Market St. and Mogadore Road come together.

That job was the most fun!!
Or maybe I was just young and stupid... I enjoyed everything about it, even the cleaning!
But, eventually, I left there to work in MANY restaurants, almost always cooking.

Restaurant work is long hours and hard work, but I enjoyed most of it. After a while, though, an opportunity to get out of food service presented itself and I took it.

I went to work for Fotomat. Yes, I sat in one of those little glass booths, waiting for you to drive up and drop off your rolls of film. I opened that store the first day it was in business, and I worked there on the early shift for thirteen years until Konica, who owned Fotomat, decided to close it, 13 years later.

I was promoted to the Mini-Lab in Hudson, to become Night Supervisor. There, we did our own film developing and picture printing. It was no longer a drive up booth, it was an actual store. I didn't know how to act, what with customers WALKING in, and not aiming their cars at me!!

I worked at that location, loving every minute of it, for about 18 months, when an until-then unknown birth defect in my back let go, and I became disabled overnight.

I was going to Akron U to earn a degree in Interpreting for the Deaf, but upon becoming disabled, I had to quit, with only two semesters left to go.

I have never felt the need to leave Akron except for more than a day or two. I have always been happy here. I have lived on all sides of town. Currently, I am living on Akron's near East side.

I am a crafter, dabbling mostly in Rubber Stamps and Paper Arts. I have been doing this since 1995. I try to attend Akron's Rubber Stamp convention at the John S. Knight Center every year, to keep current with trends and products, and to keep close ties with Stampers I know through the internet who come from out-of-town to attend.

I spend a great deal of time on the computer, working on various projects -- including trying to keep this website up-to-date, and chatting with my Beloved Classmates, on Facebook, all the while tracking down our missing classmates and getting them added to the class databases so we can reach them next time we have a party or reunion!
It's work, yes, but it is MOSTLY fun to me, so I don't mind it, a bit, really.

I love the time I have spent working with my fellow classmates, these last several years. Thank you for all the positive feedback, and for your contributions. I couldn't do ANY of this without you!

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d-e b   02-10-15