Craig Hubbard – O’Connor Woods

Craig Hubbard - OConnor Woods

At age 19, O’Connor Woods resident Craig Hubbard moved from Nebraska to California to serve his country during World War II. He was in the middle of studying for his journalism degree at University of Nebraska but when moving to California, he transferred to the University of California at Berkeley. Hubbard studied at Berkeley for nine months while training to serve. In those nine months, Hubbard became fluent in Chinese and he was ready to be stationed. Hubbard was a part of the 13th Armored Division, that was stationed in Germany, and while there he lost all his fluency in Chinese in about one month, but he picked up German to replace it.

“I don’t have many memories, good or bad,  but the army was an interesting experience,” Hubbard said.

Now at the age of 94, Hubbard says that he is grateful for the good life that he has lived. Since he was born in 1923, he has certainly needed to adapt to the changes. Hubbard doesn’t remember much from his teenage years but he knows for certain that he used pencils instead of computers when he was in school.

One area that has particularly impressed Hubbard in the technology field is photography. With 107 framed photos in his room and 9,000 on his computer, he has a passion for photography. Hubbard said  he is “pleasantly surprised” at how much the quality of cameras has evolved, including the fact photos have changed from Polaroids to 35mm film to digital and one pixel to 16 pixels. He is also amazed at the fact that children are now so advanced in learning and their use of computers and ipads.

Along with the innovation of technology, Hubbard has also lived through dramatic changes in government.  Hubbard finds the situation today, not only in the U.S but the whole word, to be terrible and unusual.  He is appalled by the Commander-in-Chief and says President Trump is the biggest disappointment. Hubbard is scared that the United States is placed in the hands of what he calls a “juvenile, incompetent man.”

Hubbard moved to Stockton in 1946 after the war and has lived here ever since. The city has grown so much that he has been trying to catch up. After his enlistment in the army, he worked as a real estate appraiser and mostly appraised special property in San Francisco, a career that taught him how to make a good living out of logic, an important skill to have. At 94, he still finds time to exercise at the gym.

“I am just an average guy who worked hard and is fortunate enough to experience many things,” Hubbard said.

The best advice he can give is to be honest and to be hard working because it pays off in the long run.