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Harrison Lapahie Jr.

Dad
Harrison Lapahie
Mom
Lillie Todychini
Daughter
Krystal Nizhoni Lapahie

Dad and Dondo at Aunt Yellowhorses trailer in Shiprock NM during World Series, October 1977 Mom and Dondo during summer of 1975 having a barbecue in Provo Utah

Dondo wearing Indian Headdress in 1959 or 1960 in Southern California

Nickname : Dondo
Clan : Bitahnii T1chiinii (Navajo)
Bitahnii (Folded Arms People) blood from mom Lillie Todychini.
T1chiinii (Red Running into Water People) blood from dad Harrison Lapahie.
Birth Date : September 28, 1955
Born Where : El Huerfano Mesa (Dzi[ N1oodi[ii)
San Juan County, New Mexico
Stories : Grandfather And Me
Grave Of A Friend
Kill Me Please!

Life Profile School Profile College Profile Work Profile Extra Photos

College Profile of Harrison

Catching a plane from L.A. International Airport to Salt Lake City Utah for BYU. Harrison was the first in his family to attend college, and the second in his Bít'ahnii Clan to graduate from college. His cousin, Charles Cambridge Jr., was the first to attend college in about 1964, to graduate with a Ph.D. in Anthropology at Colorado University in Boulder, Colorado in the 1980s. Charles Cambridge Jr. (known as Jr., Charlie, or Chuck) is now a Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Metropolitan College in Denver.

Harrison attended Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah from 1973 to 1979 getting a BA in Mathematics. Going to BYU from Belmont High was a cultural shock the 1st year. Belmont had about 10% white kids while BYU was almost 100% (probably 99.7%) white! Non-whites were foreign LDS (less than 100 students) and American Indians (550 to 875 students) students! First roommate and best friend was Felix Garza, Mexican from Monterey, Mexico. Harrison hung around with BYU's International students from Latin America (about 40) and BYU's American Indian students. During those years (1973-1979) BYU had the second highest number of American Indian students going to school in the nation. Harrison's best friends were Felix Garza (Mexican), James (Jimmy) Chimin Wei (Taiwanese), Marilyn Todacheene (Navajo), and Rebecca (Becky) Helen James (Navajo). Becky was his girlfriend from 1975 to 1978 having a distant friendship from 1979 to 1982. Harrison (Harry) is still in contact with James Wei (married and living in Taiwan) and Marilyn Todacheene (married and working at UC Berkeley). Felix now lives in France (married a French girl at BYU) and Becky lives in Phoenix, AZ.

Dondo heading to classes at BYU. What did I do for fun at BYU? Initially Harrison followed Felix with all his Mexican and South American friends who mostly went to the Pizza Palace across the street from BYU to eat Pizza, talk and socialize, on Friday and Saturday evenings. Other times they would go onto BYU campus when events would happen. When Harrison had a girlfriend, they mostly went to the movies, to eat-out, or went to see Becky's foster parents in Park City, Utah. Or Felix Garza, Jimmy Wei, Ken Barrett (another friend) and Harrison would play ping-pong for hours at Deseret Towers, even around Sunday afternoon to the disapproval of few BYU Deseret Tower dorm students. Most BYU girls where enchanted and loved being around Jimmy Wei because of his personality, charm and English accent. The rest of the guys weren't as interesting as Jimmy and didn't attract BYU girls.

Harrison Lapahie Jr. & his first car, a Ford Maverick, 1976 The Navajo Tribe, BYU, and Harrison's parents, were good to him financially while at BYU. Harrison's last year in Provo, he lived upstairs in a home and paid $20 a month to the family. Yearly Harrison received a Navajo Tribal Scholarship, initially $300 up to $2500 yearly. Weekly Harrison would go to BYU's Brimhall bldg, walk to the American Indian Services office and get from $60 to $65 in cash to spend (usually used to take Becky on dates to movies-restaurant). Harrison would also get a bi-weekly check for working part-time at BYU (initially $1.60/hr in 1973 and ending with about $2.80/hr in 1978). Harrison brought a blue Schwinn 10-speed bike and a guitar while at BYU, and his parents brought him a 1977 Ford Maverick. Harrison also had a 1966 Plymouth Fury he brought in 1975 which he called his one-eyed Plymouth, bought from Jimmy Wei, who crashed it into a tree (reason for the 1 headlight). Harrison gave the one-eyed Plymouth to his mom's brother, Frank Armstrong, and their family who lived in Salt Lake City, Utah to use when Harrison returned to Los Angeles in 1979.

1977 sample BYU graduation portrait of Harrison Lapahie Jr. Harrison's years at BYU were the best school years of his life, he learned to love and cry. Harrison really misses those years.

Harrison's (now known as Harry) years at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), Cal State Los Angeles (CSULA), and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), were different, characterizing it as part-time and always commuting. Harry worked full-time while attending these schools. Only at CSULB did he make memorable friendships.

1977 passport photo of Harrison Lapahie Jr. to visit Felix Garza in Mexico At CSULB, Harry received a BSEE (Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering) in 1985, and got to know many Vietnamese students. The Electrical Engineering Department was almost all Vietnamese. Filipino girls at CSULB thought Harry was stuck-up or shy because he didn't socialize with Filipinos (they thought he was Filipino). School friends were all EE students and were brothers Lap and Nam Nguyen, their cousin Thanh Nguyen, Thanh's friend Minh Nguyen, and Chi-An Cao (Harry called his cat Yashie Cao). Harry has been slowly losing contact with these friends even though he have the ability to see them.

Harry didn't make one friend at Cal State LA (CSULA) or UCLA. Harry mostly thought of getting an "A" in each course he took. Harry just went straight to school and came straight home. At CSULA, Harry received a MSEE (Master of Science in Electrical Engineering) in 1990. Taiwanese and Chinese nationals were its EE graduate students and classes were small, 5 to 15 students. At UCLA Harry studied for his Ph.D in Education (emphasis in Curriculum Theory and Teaching Studies). At UCLA, mostly Whites represented its Education students and classes were large (30 to 50 students). Harry discontinued his pursuits because of a busy and sometimes hectic schedule.

Harrison Lapahie Jr. interviewing for IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY, Jan 1991. Out of the blue, Harry was surprised to receive a $2000 scholarship from the Golden State Minority Foundation while going to CSULA. What strange about this is, Harry then got into a car collision the week after he received the $2000 check. Harry used the $2000 to repair the smashed in front and side of his car!

Harry characterizes his school life as worthwhile, hardwork, and fun at BYU, commuting at all the others, and that he always studied.

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Dad
Harrison Lapahie
Mom
Lillie Todychini
Daughter
Krystal Nizhoni Lapahie

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