Liberal, Very Left Leaning Democrat
It’s in my DNA. My great grandmother and her sister were socialists who were frequently contacted by the U.S. government for their “suspicious” activities including setting up soup kitchens for the poor and bailing political prisoners out of jail. My great aunt, after whom I was named, left $32 million to charity.
I put this first to warn off people who would be offended by my blogposts which are often “political in nature.”
However, the very idea of what it means to be a liberal is at the core of my being and infuses most everything I do. I help others before I help me. I support causes, NGOs, political candidates with both time and money.
I am a writer. Sometimes Sardonic. Sometimes Sweet.
Most of my professional life I have written for other people. My writing has appeared in a variety of local newspapers and a couple of national magazines and journals. I have also written advertisements and television and radio commercials, copy for websites, events and more.
Now, I am writing for myself.
My very first mini opus was typed on my Father’s Smith Corona typewriter when I was ten years old. It was a short, several paragraph biography of my family which ended “The mother of these children always bragged about being able to fit into a dress she wore on her honeymoon. The kids eventually tired of hearing this, and one of them moved out.” I used to have a copy of this gem, but it is currently lost.
The next piece of writing kept by my mother was a ten page letter excoriating my parents, which ended “God is on my side.” To the day she died, neither my mother nor I could figure out what I was defending myself about.
I was an English major in college, mostly because it allowed me to read good writing. I have, like every other aspiring writer, wanted to write the great American novel. I seem to be pretty good at short essays, but the novel escapes me. Should I ever decide to go for it, I have plenty of material. I come from crazy.
Shortcomings/ Strengths :Opinionated. Outspoken. Often in trouble.
*Third grade: thrown out of class for telling teacher she shouldn’t attack communists because she didn’t know any. (channeling my great grandmother).
*Sixth grade: thrown out of class because someone else swore. teacher assumed it was me.
*Seventh grade: caught passing nasty notes. losing teacher’s respect = big lesson.
*High school: turned myself in for smoking cigarettes. It was boarding school. It was 1966. Restricted to campus for six weeks.
*College: was told by house president I was bad influence on my roommate.
*Lifetime membership in the Peanut Gallery
I was born in Evanston, Illinois ~ actually, I think it was Cook County Hospital ~ and lived at 1240 Hinman Avenue for two years. I suggested to my father that he should get a promotion and we should move to Denver, which we did in 1952. We lived at 2255 Fairfax Street for six years. I loved Red Rocks Theater and Christmas at the town hall (?).
I did not learn to ski.
Done with Denver, we moved to Towson, Maryland. We lived at 16 Aigburth Road. We had to take a bus to school. We moved in the middle of my fourth grade year. The first day, a kid named Gary Eggers sat on my desk and kissed me. I pushed him off and pushed the desk over on top of him. I got in trouble (not included in list above).
We “summered” at Gibson Island. I hated it. I “do not know” what I thought of Towson, because my mother said you had to live somewhere for two years before you passed judgment. I do know I loved the Baltimore Orioles, especially Hoyt Wilhelm and Gus Triandos. I loved the Baltimore Colts, especially Alan Ameche and Gino Marchetti. I did not like Johnny Unitas’ crew cut. In Towson, my Dad and I went to the car wash and drank chicken soup from a machine. We ate fried chicken at Alan Ameche’s. We ate french fries from Gino Marchetti’s. The bowling alley had good pizza.
I liked all of this pretty much, but I couldn’t tell my mother.
In 1960 we moved to Riverside, Connecticut. My brother and I could walk to school again. We lived at 4 Druid Lane. Although I went to boarding school in 1964 and college in 1967, I lived longer in Connecticut than anywhere else. Except for Hawai`i. I moved here in 1971 and have lived here ever since. In Riverside, I met my best friend Mac in seventh grade at Eastern Junior High School. We went to boarding school together and there we met Goodbody. The three of us have been friends ever since. In college, I met Cow ~ the aforementioned person on whom I was a bad influence.
I have had three husbands, many children (my own and other people’s), grandchildren, birds and dogs. I have been married to Mark the most wonderful man in the world for just short of 22 years. One of our birds, a brilliant eclectus named Charlie just drowned in our pool. He lived with us for nine years, spoke English and Korean, and liked especially to say “I know. I know.”
This is where I did my writing for others: speeches, articles, op-eds, radio and television commercials, press releases, advertisements…you name it, I wrote it.
The Brand Strategy Group, 1990 – 2010
Senior Vice President, Milici Valenti Ng Pack 1986 – 1988
Senior Vice President, Starr Seigle McCombs 1980 – 1986
Sheraton Hotels, Hawaii & Pacific 1972 -1976, 1978 – 1980
American Red Cross Pusan, Korea 1976-1978
Punahou School 1971 – 1972
BA, English Literature
1967 – 1971
Politics, sports, new media, opinion and commentary writing
Groups and Associations
Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu
Kailua Chamber of Commerce
Hawaii Convention and Visitors Bureau
Honors and Awards
Clara Barton Award, American Red Cross
Ad Woman of the Year, Hawaii Advertising Federation
Carol McNamee Award, MADD Hawaii Chapter
Ed Faison Award, Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu
Gloria. Circa 1955.
Gloria. Circa 2012.
Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.