Livermore Stories

“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of home, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break. “ Chinese Proverb

About the Project Founders

Barbara Jessing moved to Livermore in 1959 when her father, Richard Jessing, was hired at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory where he remained until his retirement thirty years later. She attended St. Michael’s Elementary School and Granada High School, leaving Livermore in 1968. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972, and completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1976. She earned a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas, in 1989. She is a psychotherapist and writer in Omaha, Nebraska. She publishes her work on Radio Free Omaha

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Julie Winkelstein moved to Livermore with her family in 1952 when her father, Alan, was hired as a physicist at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Julie attended Fifth Street School, Joe Michell Junior High and Granada High School. She moved to Cambridge, England, in 1967 and lived there for one year, returning to the U.S. in August 1968. Julie graduated from UC Berkeley in 1975 with a BA in Dramatic Arts. In 2005 she earned an MLIS from San Jose State University and in 2012 she received her PhD from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Julie is a postdoctoral researcher, teacher and writer in Albany, California.


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