MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Ray Millar, 78, Alta Sierra |

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Ray Millar, 78, Alta Sierra

How long I’ve lived in Nevada County: Since 1988

Why I like living here: I was born in South Dakota and raised in the northern part of Idaho, it looks a lot like this area.

What I do in my spare time: Gardening and woodworking – I used to fish but I can’t get around as well now. I grow tomatoes and squash.

My family: I have a daughter, Kathryn, who lives with her family in Antioch and a daughter, Bonnie, who lives in Florida. My wife, Bette, passed away several years ago.

Friends: I used to work for FREED. I stop by there every once in a while; the people there are very nice. I was friends with my neighbor, Peter Sera, who now has Alzheimer’s.

Favorite food: Porterhouse steak or baby back ribs.

Pets: Mandy, a Queensland heeler mix. I got her from a vet the day before she was supposed to be put to sleep.

Job: I was a computer repairman in San Francisco for Monroe Calculating Machine Company

What I liked about my job: I went to service calls all around San Francisco and met lots of interesting people.

What I would change about my job: The company was bought out and then everyone started working from home. I was 62, so I retired.

If I won a million: I would travel, take my offspring and relatives on a vacation. Maybe spend a week in Hawaii.

My favorite vacation: My wife and I had a travel trailer. We would go up the coast to Oregon and fish.

My dream vacation: I would go to New Zealand just to bum around. I’ve heard there is good fishing there.

My greatest accomplishment: Raising two daughters

What I’d change about the world: No matter what our problems are, they always relate to overpopulation. Somewhere in the Good Book it says ‘go forth and populate the earth.” It doesn’t say, “go forth and overpopulate the earth.”

The most important lesson I’ve learned: To treat others as you would like them to treat you.

The best book I’ve read recently: I like Westerns and mysteries. My daughter gave me two books by Dan Brown. They were a little bit far out for me.

Favorite TV show: Westerns. On Saturday afternoons, I watch them all – “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza.” They’re more down-to-earth and realistic than all of the other shows.

A movie I’d recommend: “San Francisco,” a movie about the 1906 earthquake, and “Boys Town.”

What you should know about me: I volunteered for FREED for seven years, fixing leaky faucets and helping out.

Why I came to Nevada County: I was raised near Boise. I liked the area. It’s much like it is here. When I was discharged from the Navy after World War II, I met my girlfriend in Portland. I didn’t have enough money to go home, so I found a job manufacturing luggage. We lived in San Francisco in the Tenderloin district. We used to camp up near Auburn. When I retired, we looked the area over and found a house.


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