Steve Grant

Profile Updated: February 26, 2021
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)

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 (al

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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Jul 06, 2021 at 11:04 AM

While I did not know Susan at all during our high school years, I will never forget her contribution to the 50th reunion.  It was almost like a competition among Susan, Mike Erickson, Liz Bubb Wilson, Sylvia Talarico, and me to locate as many classmates as possible.   She was amazingly successful in these efforts.  Her energy, resourcefulness, skills, and persistence were evident in this -- as they clearly were in all she tackled in life.

Feb 14, 2021 at 9:58 AM

Happy Birthday Steve and a Happy Valentine day too!!

Feb 14, 2021 at 6:27 AM

Happiest of B'Days, Steve! With Valentines for your family, gung hay fat choy for yesterday, and Presidents Day tomorrow, this is an epic time!

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Feb 13, 2021 at 1:34 PM

Dear Claire,

I've been seriously remiss -- not writing in the past year. And what a year! Being homebound has not been fun, but it's been safe. I finally got my first shot this past week and will have the second on the 28th.

What I miss most is being cut off from the libraries, especially the LOC. It means I can't engage in any serious research and writing. I was able to keep up with tennis and golf all year, however -- till early November, when I had surgery on my left shoulder to repair a torn rotator cuff and bicep. I am rehabbing like mad and should soon be back out on the courts and greens.

I hope all is well with you and yours. Looking forward to seeing you in a year at our class's SIXTIETH REUNION!

Love, Steve

Feb 08, 2021 at 6:23 PM

this website is brutal to navigate, but the Santa Clara base South Bay (Calif Writers Club)
- based "Writers Talk" starts in 40 minutes! See: yes, the Managing Editor is Marjorie Bicknell-Johnson, my Fibonacci colleague co-author who was one of the founding members of the
Fibonacci Association, a prior 99's Lady Pilots club out of San Jose President and creative writer about Maya civilization...
see: , that has a Zoom monthly meeting of the San Clara-based South Bay Writers club
that meets at 7:00 just now!, if you are on line, it would be very cool to zoom there...

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Posted on: Aug 19, 2020 at 1:04 PM

Calling all Californians, only -- HELP!

Sharon and I own some commercial property out there. We have not boned up much on the new Proposition 15 that, as I understand it, will greatly affect property taxes if it passes. So we would greatly appreciate it if some of you who have studied Prop. 15 can enlighten us on several questions.

First, does this proposition affect both residential and commercial property or mostly just the latter? Second, is it true that the annual increase in the taxes for any commercial property is limited to 2%? Third, I've read one oppositional opinion piece that argued taxes could increase 10-15 times over what they are now. Can that possibly be true?

Many, many thanks for any clarity you can provide on all this. Cheers, Steve

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This crossed my desk(top) today:

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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
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

*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.

storm is temporary and we never face the storm alone.

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