Tom Waits: Asylum Records promo picture - 1972 or early 1973.
Tom Waits: Asylum Records promo picture - 1972 or early 1973.

TOM WAITS
Hilltop High, Class of '68 
Musician & Songwriter


Grammy award winning songwriter and musican, Thomas Alan Waits, was born on December 7, 1949 in Pomona, CA. He and his two sisters grew up moving around from city to city in California. His parents who are both school teachers divorced when he was 10. They then moved to National City.

Known for his deep, gruff voice and melancholy tales of life's losers, Tom Waits began performing in the late 1960s. His early recordings were later released on The Early Years and The Early Years, Vol. 2. Waits signed with Asylum Records. His debut, 1973's Closing Time, received mixed reviews but did contain "Ol' 55," later covered by the Eagles. The Heart Of Saturday Night began a series of acclaimed, cult albums featuring Waits on piano with cabaret jazz backing, including Nighthawks at the Diner (1975), Small Change (1976), Foreign Affairs (1977), Blue Valentine (1978), and Heart Attack and Vine (1980). The latter contained "Jersey Girl," which would become a mainstay of Bruce Springsteen's live show. In 1982 he wrote the music for Francis Coppola's One From The Heart. In 1983 Waits moved to Island Records and the experimental Swordfishtrombones marked the beginning of a new sound that he would continue to pursue. The use of unusual instruments and rhythms, and purposely raw recording techniques was even more pronounced on 1985's Rain Dogs. It was his first album to chart in the UK, reaching the Top 30, as most of his subsequent albums would. In the US, Waits would continue to lurk in the Billboard 100s, as he did in the 1970s. Rain Dogs also included "Downtown Train," which Rod Stewart would later have a hit with. Waits released Frank's Wild Years in 1987, featuring songs written with his wife Kathleen Brennan for a play of the same name. 1988's Big Time was the soundtrack to a concert film. In 1992 Waits released the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's Night On Earth and a new album, Bone Machine. 1993's The Black Rider featured music from a play co-written with William Burroughs. He also wrote songs for Robert Wilson's stage adaptation of Alice In Wonderland, Alice, but they were not released until 2002. Waits didn't release his next album until 1999's Mule Variations on independent label Epitaph Records. It was his highest charting album in both the UK (#9) and US (#30). Another new album, Blood Money, was released on the same day as the Alice soundtrack in 2002, and both reached the US Top 40. Tom Waits Discography - 1970s Tom Waits Albums & Tom Waits CDs 1973 Closing Time Asylum 1974 The Heart of Saturday Night Asylum 1975 Nighthawks at the Diner Asylum 1976 Small Change Asylum 1977 Foreign Affairs Asylum 1978 Blue Valentine Asylum Tom Waits Discography - 1980s Tom Waits Albums & Tom Waits CDs 1980 Heartattack and Vine Asylum 1982 One from the Heart Columbia 1983 Swordfishtrombones Island 1985 Rain Dogs Island 1987 Franks Wild Years Island Tom Waits Discography - 1990s/00s Tom Waits Albums & Tom Waits CDs 1992 Night on Earth Island 1992 Bone Machine Island 1993 The Black Rider Island 1999 Mule Variations Anti/Epitaph 2002 Alice Epitaph 2002 Blood Money Anti- 2004 Real Gone Anti-
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Chuck Day
Chuck Day
Chuck Day
Hilltop High, Class of '75
President & CEO of Ronald McDonald House


In November 2010, Ronald McDonald House named Hilltop High's ASB President of 1975 Charles "Chuck" Day as their new president and CEO.

A veteran non-profit executive in San Diego, Day previously served as Vice President and Senior Director of Philanthropy for Rady Children's Hospital Foundation and Associate Vice President and Director of Development at Scripps Foundation for Medicine and Science. He also was founding clinic director of Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders. - Biography Compiled by Carole George -
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Tim Nader
Tim Nader
Tim Nader
Hilltop High, Class of '75

Attorney, Former Mayor of Chula Vista, CA


After growing up in Chula Vista and graduating from Hilltop High in 1975, Nader went on to UC Berkeley and got his undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1979, graduating magna cum laude. Four years later in 1982, he received his law degree. He worked for the state Court of Appeals between 1982-1984 and then for the California Attorney General as a prosecutor between 1984-1991. Nader was elected to the Chula Vista City Council in a special election and then re-elected to a full term in 1987. He left the Attorney General's office when elected Mayor of Chula Vista in 1991. While in city office, he focused on environmental protection and public safety issues. Highlights of his term as mayor included the defeat of the binational airport proposal and a significant decrease in city crime.

In 1994, rather than run for re-election, he ran in a special election for State Assembly, but lost by only 28 votes. He then decided to leave the political arena and focus his attention on affordable housing development, first in Ocean Beach and then as executive director of two non-profit housing corporations in Colorado. In addition, Nader served as a foreign aid volunteer in Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Central Asia for six months after the 9/11 attacks. Returning to the San Diego area in 2002, he now works for the County as a child support attorney. - Biography  compiled by Nadine (Linder) Sandauer -

Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson
Dr. Mark Nelson
Hilltop High, Class of '75
Tubist
 
In the world of tubas, Dr. Mark Nelson is king. He is currently a music professor, performer and conductor at Pima Community College where he has been tenured since 2000. Before that he was associate Professor Music at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and before that at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. Altogether he has been teaching tuba at the college level for over 30 years.

Mark holds the Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, the Licentiate Performer’s Diploma in Tuba from Trinity School of Music, London, the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and the Master of Education degree in Administration and Planning from the University of Vermont.
   
Mark has been a pioneer in the development of new solo literature for the tuba.  He has commissioned and premiered over thirty new works and has appeared as a soloist, clinician, lecturer, and judge for many national and international music festivals in the United States, Austria, Canada, Japan, Australia, and England.  His book, The Tuba as Solo Instrument: Composer Biographies, was published in 1995 by the Tuba-Euphonium Press- Biography Compiled by Carole George -
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Reid Nuttall
Reid Nuttall

Reid Nuttall
Hilltop High, Class of '75

CIO - OGE Energy Corporation


In addition to capturing several industry awards for personal performance - including CIO of the Year - as Chief Information Officer for OGE Energy Corporation, Reid led the IT organization to extensive accolades for industry-first innovations. He played a crucial role in directing a $345 million program to launch a Smart Grid implementation that was widely recognized (including a feature on Good Morning America) as one of the best in the industry and fueled OGE’s achievement of many of its corporate performance goals. These included the highest five-year return in the electric utility industry, $160 million growth in net income, multimillion-dollar cost savings, near-perfect system uptime, deep energy savings, and world-class customer satisfaction ratings.

Reid has sustained a career-long record of innovation and bottom-line business improvements with strong academic and industry credentials. He holds an M.B.A. and B.S. in Economics from Brigham Young University, has been mentioned in numerous industry publications, and has served as an invited speaker at several industry conferences. He also offers global business experience having lived in multiple countries and managed international teams from around the world. Read more at his website- Biography Compiled by Nadine Sandauer -
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Fernando Roth
Fernando Roth
Dr. Raul Fernando Roth
Hilltop High, Class of '75

Cardiologist


Fernando is a cardiologist in Pasadena, California who specializes in cardiovascular diseases. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Huntington Memorial Hospital and Methodist Hospital of Southern California . His medical training includes the University of Calif. Irvine School of Medicine (1983), Residency at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education (1983-1986) and the Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (1986–1988). He has been in practice for 31 years & been honored with awards, honors, & recognition, including

Top Doctors: LA Area, Castle Connolly 2013
Top Doctors: Southern California: Castle Connolly 2012
Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification: Ctrs for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2012

- Biography Compiled by Nadine Sandauer -
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