Russ Coon

I started with Sav-on Drugs in February 1964 in Norwalk, California. The store had seven pharmacists and one clerk.


We were paid in cash for the first several years. On Friday, the office clerk would sit outside the office with a card table, with each employees weekly pay in a small envelope. We would count the money in front of her and sign for the contents.


I was a staff pharmacist for seven years, promoted to pharmacy manager in South Torrance, CA in 1972 then on to regional pharmacy manager in 1979. I worked in that position until retirement in 1998. Two weeks after retirement, I lost my wife of 38 years in car/truck accident. I remarried two years later.


In retirement, we keep busy with family. Combined family of 9 children, 25 grand children,1 great grandchild. I reside in Queen Creek, AZ and have three married children and their families nearby. I can walk to two of the family’s homes in 5 minutes.


I keep very busy and enjoy Church activities (L.D.S.), fly fishing in the western states, motor home travel, (several cross-country trips) golf, and international traveling. We have visited Africa 3 times, (Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya.) Also, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Canada, and most Caribbean islands.


I have very fond memories of my time with Sav-on. Great friends, great working conditions, a great company where I spent a 34 year career with.


My daughter-in-law has been taking film classes, and for her "final", she needed to choose a subject, write a script, select a location, and get two actors that would work for free. Well, she found two somewhat willing, out of work actors, who could give her a few hours of our valuable time. We went to the "shooting" location, and were given explicit instructions on how to stand, how to walk, where to sit, etc. She went thru the script, and had us memorize our lines, (this was the difficult part, given our ages), but she worked with us until we knew our stuff. One of the actors was always wanting to ad lib, thinking that his dialog was better than the script, but he was finally brought into line with the threat to throw him off the set. (I will leave it to you to decide which actor was not cooperating; Hint- it's not the father.)




We went thru the filming several times before we finally got it right. A good time was had by all, but the burgers were really cold by the time we ate them, but the Coke Zero was still OK. A fun experience for all of us, and my daughter in law passed her final with flying colors. I never did get my residual payments for the over the top acting that was performed.

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