§04-16 Wayne Lazarus

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[Picture of the Wayne Lazarus and Audre Claire Gallant as bride and groom.]
Before the altar of Temple SInai, Audre Claire Gallant and Wayne Myron Lazarus recited their nuptial vows to Rabbi Stern. After a two weeks honeymoon in Southern California, the couple will make heir home at 390 Estudillo avenue, San Leandro.

Couply Marry in Temple Sinai

Wednesday, April 9, 1952 -- News Observer

Before the altar of Temple Sinai in Oakland, Audre Claire Gallant and Wayne Myron Lazarus repeated their nuptial vows with [illegible] officiating [illegible].

The bride [illegible] sating gown, with [illegible], and a net yoke [illegible] a satin bonnet, [illegible] pearly trimmed, with a fingertop veil, and carried a white camellia bouquet with white satin ribbon.

Her father, David G. Gallant, proudly escorted his daughter to the altar.

Maid of honor was [illegible] Jean [illegible] of Fairfax. Brides maids wre Miss Beverly McLeod of Richmond, Mrs. Merton Peatners, oakland, and Miss Sue Feathers, Piedmont. All attendants wore identical costumes, ballerina length, strapless white tulle with stoles, white tulle headpiece, and carried white camellias with satin ribbon, thereby carrying out the "all white" wedding appointments.

The groom was attended by Merton Feathers, best man, and the ushers were Shanley Gohd, Nathan Lazarus, and Harold Pearl, all of Oakland.

Mrs. Donald G. Gallant, mother of the bride, wore a rose [illegible] silk shantung, street length dress, rose beige straw height, and brown accessories. Her corsage was of yellow roses.

Mother of the groom wore a lovely purple taffeta, street length, with a flowered lavender hat [illegible] accessories and [ilegible] corsage.

[illegible] in the [illegible] baskets of white [illegible] altar, poles of [illegible]decorated with [illegible]ribbon bows and lavendar orchids. White satin bows were tied to the pews on the bridal aisle.

Reception was held in Covenant Hall, 28th and Webster [illegible] Oakland.

[illegible] is the daughter of Mr. Donald G. Gallant, Richmond, and is a graduate of the Ursuline College in Santa Rosa, class of 1948.

Wayne is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Myron H. Lazarus, 390 Estudillo avenue, graduated from the San Francisco College, and studied music conducting under Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood, Mass.

A honeymoon of two weeks will be spent in Palm Springs and Las Vegas, after which time the young couple will be at home at 390 Estudillo avenue.


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AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WAYNE LAZARUS

My father, Mickey Lazarus, was a musician in the Bay Area where I was born in 1927. I lived in oakland until I was seven and then we all moved to southern California so my father could pursue his career as a musician. This was a very volatile time because of the economic situation in the depression but life for us was pleasant since we lived near the Warner Brother's studio, which became a favorite playground.

A few years later we returned to the Bay Area and my father retired from performing music and opened up a music store in San Leandro where I worked after school. After graduating from high school, I attended San Francisco City college. Music became my pursuit with additional attendance at the Berkshire School of Music in Massachusetts, the summer home of the Boston Bymphony[sic]. I studied conducting under Leonard Bernstein. When I realized my musical limitations, my direction changed to business.

Business started at age 21 with my favorite pursuit, automobiles. The year was 1949. I opened an automobile sales business which was quickly successful. I met my wife, Audre Gallant through a friend and we were married in the early 1950's. We lived in San Leandro where our son Craig was born in 1952 and our son Brett was born in 1954.

I closed the automobile business to pursue a variety of other opportunities that were not long lasting. I decided to travel. I took the family to Barbados, West Indies, and then to Lisbon, Portugal. We decided to come home because of too severe a cultural change. Audre and I later separated.

After some thought, I decided to continue my education. I spent twelve years in and out of school, culminated by earning my doctorate in educational psychology from Walden University in Naples, Florida.

I have worked at this profession locally in the Bay Area and in Barbados, Puerto Rico, and in the Bahamas. I now live not only in Oakland but recently built a beach house on Cat Island, in the Bahamas, as well.


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[Photo of Craig Lazarus with big hair.]
CRAIG LAZARUS AROUND 1981

CARA MILLER LAZARUS: As of September, Cara was working on a Masters Degree in English from California State University in Hayward, California. Starting in the Fall of 1988, Cara is teaching there in the "Intensive Learning Experience Program", to improve the scores of the English part of the "Student Aptitude Tests" for those students who had previously scored low.


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BRETT JAY LAZARUS

I was born in Oakland September 22, 1954. At that time, we lived in San Leandro. We remained there until I was 6. We then moved to Alamo and bought an apartmen bulding. My father was motivated to want something new and exiting [exciting] for our family so he started thinking about moving. The thought of the Caribbean came to mind and the rest was history. At the age of ten, we sold the apartments and moved to Walnut Creek for a period of one year. It was then decided to move to Barbados. We packed some things and stored some things and got on a 12 passenger freighter bound for South America. Our stay in Barbados wasonly for 1 month or so until we decided to move to Portugal. Our stay there was for only 2 weeks, but by that time we had gathered enough information to know what we wanted to do...go home. We found an apartment in Lafayette where I attended 6th grade. One year later...back to Barbados again. My father was always looking for a different lifestyle and since at 11 years old your voice isn't very influential-we went. After about two months, my mother decided that we couldn't last there so we came home. By this time I was 2 months behind in Junior High School which had a detrimental effect on my personality. Just the year before, I was the most popular guy in school. Now, I found myself alone and not part of the crowd anymore. So I became introverted and only associated with one or two friends. In the eigth grade I met a good friend Bruce Bjorkman. Bruce had a lot of ideas, one was to start a rock and roll band. One thing lead to another and the "What's in a Name" band was born. We played for the dances and parties and even a car wash opening. When I went into high school, Bruce moved to Oregon and the band slowly faded away. I became preoccupied with motorcycling, working on cars, and working in a gas station while attending high school. My interests were Wood Shop (4 years), doing odd jobs (door-to-door car washing), and riding my motorcycle. I rode from Lafayette to Nevada one night, just to do it. Another friend and I rode to Yosemite together for 3 days.

I attended Diablo Valley Community College where I received my "AA" degree. This allowed me to attend the University of California-Berkeley. I was originally going to study Journalism, but the major had just closed. My next preference was Dramatic Art. I learned Lighting Design and studied theatre for 2 1/2 years. I practically lived in the theatre. I was a "yes" man. Anytime someone asked for help, I said "yes". This consumed my time, however, I learned and experienced a great deal. By 1978 I was ready for something new. Graduation was coming and I was getting anxious for something. I wound up riding my motorcycle to Los Angeles, where I stayed with Leila Levi for a week. I then made the decision this was for me. I rode back to Oakland where I used to live with Mickey and Louise Lazarus, my grandparents. Mickey had just passed away a short time before that and I was ready for the real world. I drove my car back


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down to Leila's where I lived for one month. I subsequently found a bachelor room below a house in Glendale where I reside today.

When I arrived in Los Angeles, I worked for a brief time in a theatre doing lighting and odd jobs. After a few months I was called into Ralph Edwards Productions by Gary Edwards. I had met him previously through Hillel and Barbara Lazarus. I was hired on as a gopher for "Name That Tune". I became a Production Asistant of "The Cross-Wits" and then finally a Production Coordinator for "The People's Court". During this time, I was not satisfied with just doing the television production, so I started Lazarus Lighting Design. I would work full time for Ralph Edwards and then at night and on weekends I would design lighting for small theatre in Los Angeles. I received an award for my efforts in 1980 for "The Miracle Worker".

Once the pilot was done for "Peoples Court", I was faced with a sabbatical for 3 months waiting for that show to sell. During that time I stumbled onto a company called Lighting Concepts. They were tinkering with a new product called Fibre Optics. I was hired on and became an integral part of the company while I extensively learned about Fibre Optics. After 2 years I was moved up to a management position. I had already learned the fibre and now I was learning the business. After a total time of 4 1/2 years, I resigned and took my Lighting Design company and turned it into a Fibre Optic Display manufacturing company, which is where I am today. So far I have been running my own business for a little over 4 years.

My goals and aspirations- I want to be married and have at least 2 children. I want to live in the Glendale area in a large house. For my business, I want a large building wiht 40 people working in a varietyof areas all pertaining to Fibre Optics.


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