John Robinson

Profile Updated: July 1, 2017
John Robinson
Residing In Severn, MD USA
Spouse/Partner Mary Robinson
Occupation Retired
Children Emily 1981
Yes! Attending Reunion

Finally achieved BA and MA at NIU, missed PhD, taught English in grad school, Technical Writer for IBM for 15 years, programmer writer for Discover Card for 12 years. Retired. Experienced a lot of Modern Medicine but survived.

I should elaborate on some of the above, if only for my own mental health. I finally majored in English, since I already spoke the language it seemed the easiest, and then didn't use any of that knowledge at either IBM or
Discover card. I was part of the team that implemented online documentation at IBM, and have a number of amusing stories about upper management which I can share if properly motivated. I wrote a lot of code at Discover, but since a lot of people much younger than I am could do it better and faster they decided they needed my desk so I retired.
I got along pretty well looking after my mother (Ruth '37) until my cardiologist convinced me to have my valves tweaked. This led, indirectly, to a heart attack, arrest, stroke and some quality time with the paramedics and emergency room staff. I got out, but am back in cardiac rehab walking the treadmill and being thankful I am not worse off. My mother died a year later at almost 99, so I have something to shoot for.
In July 2016 I moved to Severn Maryland, both for the warmth and to spend more time with my grandsons. So far so good. It is amazingly hot here and I see a lot of the kids, so I guess my plan is succeeding.

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John Robinson has left an In Memory comment for Richard Wilson.
May 15, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Rick and I went to the same high school, and were the only two people to be admitted to Oberlin. Given our histories it is probable that we remain the only people admitted. He dropped out, sort of, junior year and lived in my closet for a while. He was trying to memorize Ulysses, I wound up with his copy full of interlinear notes, and went out with Liz’s roommate Beth Pearson briefly. A very funny guy, but carried some very difficult issues. 

John Robinson has left an In Memory comment for Richard Hallock.
May 15, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Pepe was his name. Rick lived in the next section from us, maybe. He was the one who uttered the Immortal phrase as we were leaving Presti’s: in an intelligence contest between Ralph the cop and an oak tree the SM is on the OT. 

John Robinson has left an In Memory comment for Walter Lee.
May 15, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Walter and I shared an apartment, very briefly as it was in a bad part of Chicago and he and Bill King got beaten up the first night we were there. He was already slipping into the problems that eventually took his life. 

John Robinson has left an In Memory comment for Elizabeth McLaughlin.
May 12, 2018 at 8:33 AM

Thank you both for the nice words. However, I am told that assuming omniscience is both unbecoming and the prerogative of politicians and the religious. I didn’t know you were a cheerleader, but was in fact referring my old girl friend, who had a picture of her in a cheerleading costume kicking her leg up over her head. Sorry for the confusion. 


John Robinson has left an In Memory comment for Elizabeth McLaughlin.
May 10, 2018 at 12:33 PM

I think the point of this site is to share memories.  Going that far back leaves you open to unearthing all sorts of things that you had purposely buried. However, time and memory prove to be mellowing agents, so you smile at the good, frown at the bad, and sometimes you are very sad. I forgot to mention that Liz was a cheerleader in high school. 

John Robinson has left an In Memory comment for Elizabeth McLaughlin.
May 08, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Liz, thanks for the prod/nudge. I have been working over what to say ever since the previous comments showed up. I think the best way is simply to relate what I remember and take the change out in potential bad dreams. Liz and I went out for about a year and a half, sophomore and junior years. She was tall, blonde and discontented, as many of us were although I was darker. She was a cello major to begin with, performance I think, but realized that she should have been a voice major. For some reason she couldn’t switch and wound up a music education major. She had perfect pitch, which helped us tune our guitars, but really didn’t like the music we listened to in the dorm. She was in the Oberlin College Choir, but suffered from some form of performance anxiety which handicapped her singing. On a personal level we managed to establish and maintain a fairly rocky relationship, for which I take full responsibility. Her roommate one year was Beth Pierson, also a cello major I think. We parted badly and I haven’t thought about many of these things in years, so the events  are as true as I remember but memory is often not the truth. 




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Feb 26, 2017 at 8:18 AM

I have now moved to Maryland to be closer to my daughter and grandchildren. It's warmer than Chicago, but what isn't.

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May 31, 2016 at 7:12 AM

Hi Tom, glad to see that you have it this far. With luck we will see each other at the reunion.