Mary Tomita and Her Son Toyoji

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When I first met Toyoji he was known by his first name, Peter (his brother’s name was Paul). We were friends from the sixth grade until the summer of ’68 when I moved from Oakland to San Diego. But by then, his commitment to music had begun to take up much of his time (his talent had been noticed and he played in what I think was called the San Francisco Bay Area Youth Orchestra).

In junior high we went to the same parties and in ninth grade we joined the Sea Scouts. It was great. Along with learning all the nautical type stuff and playing with heavy machinery, Continue reading