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Carl J. Sawicki

Profile Updated: July 29, 2018
Class Year:
1967
Spouse/Partner:
Sara
Occupation:
Musical Instrument Specialist
Military Service:
Navy  
Martial Status:

Married

Children:

None

Grandkids:

None

What did you want to do or think you were going to do when you finished high school:

Something related to music.

Still have family around Dearborn Heights:

Yes

Which Classmates are you still in touch with:

None

What are your favorite memories of high school:

Leaving

Favorite Teacher(s):

Mr Remington

What street(s) did you live on in the Heights:

Colonial

My Siblings:

None

What other schools did you attend in Dearborn Heights:

Brainard
Haston

Biggest thing you would do differently if you went back to your time at CHS:

Nothing

What are your worst memories of high school:

Spanish Class

Favorite Song(s) from back in the day:

None

First concert you attended and location:

Detroit Symphony at Ford Auditorium

Comments:

After Crestwood I went to Henry Ford CC for two years. Then was accepted to Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music in NYC. After a short time in NYC my Wayne county draft board screwed up and I ended up in the Navy (Band) for four years. After discharge I was planning to continue my undergrad studies at Juilliard and then do my masters at Yale ... but, my teacher was killed and there was no one in NYC that I wanted to study with. So, I started my own musical instrument repair business, and within two years I was world famous (no joke). Spent many years (off and on) working in Scandinavia and traveling to Paris. I have lectured at Juilliard, Yale, Univ. of MI, Univ. of OK, plus schools in Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. Moved to upstate NY in 1980 and married the love of my life, Sara (an oboist) in 1984. The two of us have written/published two books and one poster about the oboe (it was smart to marry someone that was in the top ten of her graduating class, can spell and knows grammar). We both took up ultra cycling in the late 80's and in 1989 I did a fundraiser- 'solo' bike ride (150 mi. per day, avg.) for Hospice...San Francisco to Atlantic City in 21 days...Sara was my only crew. Later the same year we both did a cross-country 'fast ride' (also 150 mi. per day, avg.) with a group...San Diego to Jacksonville, FL in 21 days (Sara was one of only two women riding). Finally got tired of the NY cold weather (and the taxes) and moved to Austin, TX (to ride more), then Fredericksburg, TX (to ride even more), then Alpine, TX ...each time trying to find better roads to ride on and reduce the business clientele. No luck with clientele reduction. Now, I am in my 46th year of business and have finally reduced the clientele to a half a dozen. Live mostly in Alpine in a canyon on 14 ac. with a real Indian cave (with pictographs), still have the Fredericksburg house and another piece of property near McDonald Observatory (where we both volunteer at star parties). I am very much involved with astronomy, Sara with microscopes and biology. My astronomy 'hobby' has lead me to astronomical spectroscopy and I collect data for a specialized database at the Paris observatory (data is used by professional astronomers). I am co-author of one (so far) scientific paper that is published in prestigious journal 'Astronomy and Astrophysics'.

And to think... I left Crestwood with a 2.002 grade point average.

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