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Title Oral History of John Garber
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, John Garber recounts a life oscillating back and forth between sports and acting. Born in 1941 in Fresno, California to Armenian-American parents, John moved with his family to San Francisco at the age of 6. John describes the development of his passion for sports on the playgrounds of the schools he attended in San Francisco and later Los Angeles. John recalls going to Idaho State University to play sports, but then discovering drama there, and dropping out to pursue a theater acting career. In 1962 he moved to Mill Valley and established an extremely popular tennis program at Boyle Park, which led - after a sojourn in New York City to explore acting opportunities - to a job as recreation supervisor for the City of Mill Valley. John describes resigning from this position after some years, returning to New York, and then moving to Los Angeles, where he worked in the movie business for 11 years. In 1989 John returned to Mill Valley, where he was still living at the time this oral history was recorded.
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Dates of Creation 2015-08-27

Narrator's name Garber, John
Interviewer Perone, Stella
Extent and Medium Transcript: 9pp
Recording: 00:30:22
Search Terms Actors
Barnard, Jean
Boyle Park
Cacoyannis, Michael
Cmcich, Corinne
Coaches (Athletics)
Coaching (Athletics)
Cortland, Al
Cunningham, William
Dimitratos, Don
Enchanted Knolls
Film industry (Motion pictures)
Golyn, Rudi
Hope, Bob
Langhof, Dennis
Lieberman, Sali
Livingston, Jim
Mill Valley Center for the Performing Arts
Neff, Benny
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Parks - Mill Valley - Boyle Park
Peterson, Rob
Sankowich, Lee
Shaskin, Eddie
Smith, Gordon
Stanley, Kim
Strasberg, Lee
Tennis players
Tennis players
Track athletics
Object ID 2016.054.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.