JIM VOSSEN'S STORY CONTINUED
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MY FIRST MARRIAGE 1970
It was around December 1969 that I was at a friends, Jim Whereat, house out on 44th Avenue, in the Sunset District of San Francisco, when we were sitting around talking about girls and decided to exchange names and phone numbers of girls we knew. I got the girl down the street, Carol Lee Stahl. Carol and I got married on July 4th, 1970. I was 20 and Carol was 17. Most of my friends thought that we had to get married. The fact is that our first child, Lisa Marie, didn't come along until 1981.
When we first got married we lived in a loft above a parking garage, 64 Golden Gate Avenue, in downtown San Francisco, where we operated my delivery business, Vossenova Trucking. More about the marriage later.
SUING THE IRS & WINNING
My delivery business grew very fast. Within less than a year, I grew from '1' pickup truck and a bicycle to '2' small trucks, with 2-way radios, '3' motorcycles and '2' bicycles. I was under capitalized and when my growing business hit a sudden bump in the road it took a traumatic toll on finances. While I was able to pay most of the bills, I ended up with a problem with owing the IRS about $7,000 in employment taxes and penalties. At the time I didn't have the $7,000 and for about six months the IRS would send out levies to a few of my customers like IBM and Pacific Telephone. By late 1971 the $7,000 IRS debt got down to about $3,500. Having these levies by the IRS took a toll with my customers and my business started going in the tank.
By the end of of 1971, my wife Carol took a job with Crocker Bank. When I contacted the IRS and told them that I was getting out of the delivery business and was going to go back to my car burglar alarm business, they told me that they would give a '2' month grace period. I had moved to a small spot in a parking garage at the top of California street near the Fairmont Hotel. At the end of the '2' month grace period the IRS came by and padlocked my little office and seized my Honda Motorcycle.
I didn't know exactly what to do, so I went to a Lawyer I had known for some time named Grant Winther. Unfortunately this was not one of his areas of law, so I went to a referred Tax Attorney. He didn't have any real good ideas either. I then went to a library located in the Federal building at 450 Golden Gate Avenue, in San Francisco. I found a book and learned that the IRS could not seize 'tools' of one's trade. As it turned out, my tools were locked up in my small shop/office.
I proceeded to inform the two IRS agents, working on my case, about the rule of what the IRS could not seize. These two agents rejected my claim. I went to their supervisor and got the same response and the same happened with the supervisor's supervisor. Upon that rejection I went to a U.S. Court and searched files of various IRS Court Suits and came across one that was similar to my situation and used it as kind of a template for me to use for filing a suit against the IRS. When I filed the suit I proceeded to serve the IRS through the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Upon serving the U.S. Attorney I was quite surprised when the U.S. Attorney asked me to wait while he proceeded to call into his office the two original IRS Agents and basically cut them down to size. The end result was that I was told that my files were going to be put to the bottom of their files and that were not going to engage in any efforts to collect the $3,500 balance that I legitimately owed. They told me that if I was to come across a bunch of money, I could come in and pay on my account. About 7 years later I was able to take advantage of a statue of limitations rule and I was able to get a release of the judgment for the balance of $3,500.
WESTLAKE MUSIC 1974
In 1974 I had the opportunity to get into the retail music store business. For quite a few years, my buddy George Sanotsky worked at West Portal Music in San Francisco on West Portal Avenue. He started working there when he was in high school, Lincoln High. It was either in the late part of 1973 or early 1974 that the owner, Ross Harris, moved the store to a side street next to the Westlake Shopping Center, in Daly City. At the same time, Ross became a partner in an old established record store on Geary Street in San Francisco called Doughty's. Ross was getting nervous about the '5' year lease with the Westlake Shopping Center. I made an offer to purchase Westlake Music from Ross and he accepted. The deal was that I wrote Ross a note that I owed him $9,000 and he handed me the keys to the store.
During the first few months a gentleman came by to try and sell me some advertising on a local community television channel in Pacifica. It turned out that this gentleman was an old school mate of mine from Giannini Junior High by the name of Dave Zimmerman. For about six weeks I paid for and produced a weekly 'live on television' dance show called the 'Vossenova Teen Show'. There were various problems with the 'Teen Show', but I soon fell in love with community television concept. I ended up trading the 'Teen Dance Show' for my own television/radio show. This became 'The Vossenova Show'.
THE VOSSENOVA SHOW
From around 1975
through 1978 I did 'The Vossenova Show' every Friday and Saturday night from
7 to 11, playing 'Oldies But Goodies', some new stuff and giving away prizes galore. The show
became so popular that I was able to build a fan base club of over 2,000 members in Pacifica, California.
ARCADE IN PACIFICA 1976
Somewhere in late 1975 I moved Westlake Music to Eureka Square in Pacifica. Unfortunately, the music store didn't do as well as I had hoped and to help bring some extra income I invited an amusement device vending company to bring in five amusement devices, three pinball machines and two video arcade games like Packman. On one side of my store was a pharmacy owned by the then Mayor of Pacifica, Stan Farber. On the other side was the very popular Muffin Mine Restaurant. Because of the closeness to Pacifica City Hall, quite often, almost every day, City Officials would walk by my store on their way to the Muffin Mine. One day a City of Pacifica financial officer, Jackie Brockway, stopped by to inform me that there were license fees due for each of the '5' amusement devices I had. I went ahead and paid the '6' month fee of $95 for the '5' devices. About a week later I received in the mail '5' Amusement Device stickers numbered '001' through '005'. Yes, I was the first and only one to have purchased such a license. To be continued...
CAR ALARM BUSINESS TAKES OFF 1979
My car burglar alarm business, which I kind of started in 1966, took off in a very big way in 1979. I had started doing alarm systems for a couple of custom van building businesses. One was Bizi Body Vans in Newark and Classic Vans in South San Francisco. I received a call one day from a BMW dealer in Emeryville who informed me that one of their mechanics accidentally broke one of my alarm sirens. I immediately went to the BMW dealer and replaced the broken siren. The service advisor asked me what the charge was going to be, I replied "No Charge".
I strongly believe that my actions led to my being their car alarm guy and from there, within 6 months, I gained '6' more BMW dealers and was soon, with a little help from some independent contractors, installing between 150 and 200 car alarms every month. To be continued...
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION 1980
EDD OF CALIFORNIA 1981
MY DAUGHTER 'LISA' 7/11/81 IS BORN
JUDGE DeLARIOS 1982
A LITTLE BIT OF THIS - A LITTLE BIT OF THAT 1983 - 1987
MY SON 'CHRISTOPHER' 2/2/86 IS BORN
MY MOM PASSES AWAY 10/25/87
COMMUNITY ACCESS TELEVISION 1988
MOBILE-TRON 31 BEPLER, DALY CITY 1990
25 YEAR MARRIAGE ENDS 1995
Somewhere around the end of 1994 and the beginning of 1995 I believe that I was getting into a state of depression. Maybe it started earlier, I couldn't tell you. Like an alcoholic I couldn't recognize what I was going through, but, it definitely had a terrible affect on my marriage. To explain the whole thing would probably take about 5 chapters to do so. The bottom line is that it took a big toll on my marriage and by the middle of the summer of 1995 my wife Carol asked me to vacate our marriage. It was not a fun part of my life, but, on the other hand, if that didn't happen I probably would have never met my Mary Lou.
MOVING TO WALNUT CREEK 1995
When my wife Carol asked me to leave I had really only one place to go and that was my sister Carole's home in Walnut Creek.
GETTING A JOB DOING COURIER WORK 1995
When I left the marriage I had about $40.00 in my pocket and my Dodge Caravan. I lucked out and got a job doing courier work for company called Eastbay Mail & Delivery, owned by a beautiful lady named Gemma.
GETTING INTO RADIO / THE VOSSENOVA SHOW 1995
With my marriage ending and a new job I had one more thing to do to further help get me out of my depression and that was to seek out something that I had always wanted to do, get into radio.
"YOUR TOWN" RADIO PROGRAM 1998
ON HIATUS FROM RADIO 2000
MOVING BACK TO DALY CITY 2001
"YOUR TOWN" RADIO PROGRAM 2003
In September of 2003 I came to Monterey to get involved with radio station KNRY, owned by Joe Rosa. I started by brokering a weekly radio program called 'Your Town'. It was on Monday nights at 7:00 for an hour. My first guest was the Sand City Mayor David Pendergrass. My second guest was Seaside Mayor Jerry Smith. I had a variety of guests after that. Within a couple of months the program became a regular 5 day-a-week at 5:00 PM station program and I came on board as an assistant station and sales manager.
MEETING MARY LOU 2003
At the beginning when I was coming down to Monterey, once a week, I signed up with an online company called America Singles, where I connected with a lovely lady named Mary Lou Tedder.
MOVING TO MONTEREY 2003
GETTING MARRIED TO MARY LOU 2005
"YOUR TOWN" RADIO & TELEVISION PROGRAM 2005
LIVING IN PARADISE
In 2004 Mary Lou and I bought a brand new mobile home in Seaside, right next door to Monterey. While our home is not the largest home either of us have ever lived in, it seems to be perfect for us. Like a lot of our neighbors here on the Monterey Peninsular, we too believe we live in 'paradise'. Here in Seaside we really are in 'paradise'. Within less than a mile, walking distance, we have a 'Costco', a 'Target', 2 McDonalds, a Jack in the Box, a Kentucky Fried Chicken, A Church's Chicken, a Taco Bell, a Panda Express, a Denny's, 3 Starbucks, a Jamba Juice, a Subway Sandwich place, a Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors Ice Cream Store, a Round Table Pizza, a Domino's, a Pizza Hut, a Buffalo Wild Wings, a great German restaurant, money other different ethnic restaurants, a Smart & Final, a Home Depot, an Orchard Supply, an Office Depot, a Staples, Highway 1 and of course the great big beautiful Pacific Ocean.
SEASIDE SAND CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2010
FROM RADIO TO TELEVISION 2011
10/5/13 - 45 YEAR LINCOLN REUNION
On Friday, 10/4/13, Mary Lou and I took a trip up to San Francisco to attend my 45 year Lincoln High reunion on Saturday night. The reunion was held at the Irish Cultural Center near the San Francisco Zoo. Mary Lou, I guess because she attended my 40th reunion, opted not to go and instead relax at our Double Tree Hotel room in Burlingame.
So late Saturday afternoon, after starting the Saturday morning at the Tanforan Shopping Center and visiting a couple of old friends, we came back to the room and I proceeded to get dressed up to go 'stag' to my reunion. I asked Mary Lou if I should wear a 'tie', she said yes. I think I was the only one there in a 'tie'.
The reunion consisted of the Spring Class of 67, my Fall Class of 67 and the Spring and Fall Classes of 68 and 69.
6/24/15 PHONE CALL FROM EDD - CELLEBRATION
To be continued.....hopefully soon....
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