Bruce Mardar, Midlothian, VA (1968-1969)

After Ohlone, I attended Cal State Hayward. Later I became a Marketing Representative for Mobil Oil, then owned and ran an Auto Parts business. I have been in a number of national executive sales managerial positions for auto parts manufacturers for the past 25+ years.

I did not grow up or go to high school in the Fremont area so attending Ohlone gave me the opportunity to meet and connect with people who lived in the area. Being part of the 1st year of Ohlone, there was a real feeling that we were all part of something new and different. Many of the professors were not much older than the students and it was easy to connect with them.

I was part of the first Ohlone radio show and we were on KFMR, which was a small independently owned Fremont radio station that donated time to the college. This was a time of a music revolution and the songs that were popular were by The Beatles, The Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and others, so I naturally wanted to play these songs during our show. I remember getting a call from the station owner, while on the air, explaining how these groups did not fit the station’s format and I was no longer to play them.

Ohlone holds very dear memories for me: besides getting a great education, I met the person who would become my best friend for life and I fell in love for the first time. If I had to do it over again I wouldn’t change a thing…

Craig Jackson was the faculty adviser for the show and I originally worked on the air with Gloria Villasana. At some point, (sorry but I don’t remember how long), I ended up doing the show by myself and invited other students as guests.