Steve Grant

Profile Updated: August 6, 2020
Residing In: Bethesda, MD USA
Spouse/Partner: Sharon Sforzini Grant
Occupation: independent scholar; retired US State Department
Children: Elliot, born 1970; died 12/24/2017 (Obituary in Knights' Forum)
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Gainfully unemployed.

Taught for a few years (GWU), became a research associate at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (Smithsonian's Wilson Center) and published a couple reference works. Became a freelance researcher/writer, then joined the US Information Agency's Office of Research. Spent three years in Moscow - 1982-85 - with family, at the embassy as a cultural affairs officer (fun to be there after Reagan's "evil empire" speech!).

Returned to head the Russia and Eurasia branch of the office and began conducting public opinion polls in all of the former Soviet Union in 1989. Retired in 2004, not long after USIA was folded into the State Dept. Have returned to my first love - history. My first monograph appeared in 2012 (see photos).

Love tennis, golf, poker, travel, anything life affords. Joined a "men only" book club in 2016 -- reading (alternately) nonfiction and fiction. Keeps the grey cells from dying off too quickly!

Our family is getting through a rough patch health-wise with the love and support of family and friends. Thanks.

School Story:

One fond memory is that we were the first class allowed to hold our senior prom in San Francisco.

Life-shifting insight at LAHS: taking Latin freshman year, meeting instructor James Marshall who taught up a storm -- and then some; learning he made $16 an hour (!!!) tutoring Latin outside of school; realizing one could actually make a living teaching.

Life-changing moment at LAHS: walking into the classroom of the sweetest faculty member at LAHS -- Ernie Carleton -- for elementary Russian sophomore year, with Jerry Hearn, Sylvia Salassi et al.; getting acquainted with the language, culture, and people of "the enemy;" and falling in love with all of it. I was hooked and that's been my life.

What's the farthest you've been from home?

probably Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia

or Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia

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Bravo, Mike, on the covid-19 survey. The results should be fascinating. Cheers

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Posted on: Apr 17, 2020 at 12:55 PM

Since humor is the only thing that will get us through this, safely and together, I offer the following (not of my composing):


* Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks.
The other half will come out with a drinking problem.

* I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on wheel of fortune.
Now I
turn it like I’m cracking a safe.

* I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.

* Every few days try your jeans on to make sure they still fit. Pajamas
will have you believing all is well in the kingdom.

* Homeschooling is going well. Two students were suspended for fighting
and one teacher was fired for drinking on the job.

* I don’t think that anyone expected that when we changed the clocks
we’d go from Standard time to the Twilight Zone.

*This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she
thought her cat understood her. I came into the house and told my dog.
We had a good laugh over it.

*So, after the quarantine, will the producers of My 600 Pound Life find
me or do I find them?

*Quarantine day 5: Went to this restaurant called The Kitchen. You have
to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue
how
this place stays in business.

*My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I
pee it cleans the toilet.

*Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb
threat.

*I’m so excited—it’s time to take out the garbage! What should I wear?

*I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to “Puerto Backyarda”.
‘M getting tired of “Los Living room”.

*Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeking woman with hand
sanitizer for good clean fun.

*Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said “I hope I don’t have the
same teacher next year.” I am offended.

*Better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under.

*REMEMBER: NO STORMS LAST FOREVER. HOLD ON, BE BRAVE, HAVE FAITH. Every
storm is temporary and we never face the storm alone.

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Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 at 9:44 PM

50th anniversary family gathering, Pigeon Forge, TN, 2018
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Posted on: Feb 10, 2020 at 8:48 AM

Happy Birthday Steve! Have a great day!

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Posted on: Sep 23, 2019 at 5:53 PM

Hello all. This message is not occasioned by any major event -- like a birthday, anniversary, or another sad passing in our extended family. It's just that I got a call from out of the blue from one of our classmates that I've stayed in touch with since graduation -- a link that would never have remained had it not been for this grand forum. And I'm prompted to put in writing what I have thought a thousand times over the past few years. THANK YOU MIKE -- AND SYLVIA -- FOR OUR WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC WEBSITE.

I don't always mark the passing milestones, happy and less so, that others share here. But I pay heed and take note. And I see our numbers dwindling and our times together shortening and I feel grateful to be able to share some part of your lives, as we shared and still share the memory of our times at LAHS. Thank you everyone for all the messages and warm thoughts that are a never-ending source of pleasure and camaraderie and comfort. Cheers

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Jun 03, 2019 at 9:33 AM

The only time I shared a classroom with Delos was my first year in Los Altos, in Mr. Hill's 8th-grade class at Covington.  His infectious good humor and smarts were on abundant display then.  With the passing of both Carolyn Somers and now Delos it feels like everything about that wonderful time is diminished. So very sad. 

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Welcome to the club, Pat! Nice to have you join us. Haven't taken up pickleball yet -- still playing tennis. But one of these days . . .

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Mar 12, 2019 at 9:33 AM

When I moved to Los Altos in 1957 and entered Covington for 8th grade, it was into Mr. Hill's class I was put. Carolyn was in the class. As I got to know her, her sweetness, kindness, and beauty stole my heart away.

She was great pals with Joanne Griffin (Holland), and I was so happy being around both of them and feeling free to talk about anything and everything with them. The summer after graduation was one of the happiest I can recall, thanks to my friendship with Carolyn and Joanne.

So sorry Carolyn couldn't make it to recent reunions. I had so wanted to renew our friendship, spend some time together, to get a round of golf in with her. With fondest memories, Steve

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Posted on: Feb 14, 2019 at 1:18 PM

To all my wonderful well-wishers on "my" day, a million thanks and my own best wishes for a happy Valentine's Day! It's amazing to me -- and a never-ending source of awe -- that the fires we banked in 1958-1962 are still burning and offering us so much warmth and comfort even after all these years.
P.S. A special shout-out to John Raymond, whose day we're also celebrating today.

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Dec 06, 2018 at 9:33 AM

I never had the pleasure of knowing John up close and personal in our school days but feel I'd gotten to know him very well through the joy of his website writing. With his passing, things have grown a little dimmer down here because there's another star in the firmament.

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Oct 06, 2018 at 1:33 AM

When I think of Julia there is just one word that comes to mind: vivacious. She was one of the sweetest and kindest girls of my memory. I always smiled whenever I drove by her house. Fare thee well, dear friend.

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Old Course @ St. Andrews, the Swilcan Bridge, 18th hole, 2011
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