My poor parents. First my sister Jan goes to Biola College, then Joanne does four years at Cal State Long Beach, then I get into Art Center College of Design. In 1977 my parents moved from Playa del Rey to Sunnyvale and my brother John started his senior year at Homestead High School, then onto Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Four kids and four colleges. How did they do it?

The Sunnyvale home in front of which this Volkswagon is parked was Dad and Mom’s final home, with their lives coming to an end in 2005 and 2012 respectively.

This1970 Volkswagon Bus with 3 College Decals 1970 Volkswagon “Bus” was the only brand new car my parents ever purchased. The month they bought it, we — Mom and Dad and the four of us kids — drove across the South from Los Angeles to Virginia, up the East Coast all the way to Niagara Falls, briefly into Canada, then across the North of the US, through Bryce Canyon, along the West coast, back home. That’s how Mom and Dad chose to spend my dad’s 3 or 4 weeks of accumulated vacation.

Photo: mid-to-late 1977, after they moved while I was at Art Center.