The Water Cooler – Where Were You Born?

June 11, 2019 12:00 pm · 77 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we will ask you a question or provide a topic, and you will talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

We have people from all over the World who now live in Claycord, so this should be fun to see where everybody’s from.

What city & state were you born in? If you weren’t born in the United States, tell us the city and country. Also, if you were born outside of the state/country, have you ever been back to your birthplace?

Talk about it….

Dawg June 11, 2019 at 12:13 PM

I was conceived in Seattle and born in San Francisco at Saint Mary’s Hospital.
My dad’s ship, the USS Nashville, was heavily damaged by kamikaze aircraft during the war and was in Seattle for repairs. My mom who was living in San Francisco flew up to Seattle to see him, they got a hotel room, popped open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate and that’s when I was conceived.

Ricardoh June 11, 2019 at 12:47 PM

Looks like you should thank the Japanese for that. They should have named you after the kamikaze pilot.

Cowellian June 11, 2019 at 1:07 PM

That’s a great story, Dawg! USS Nashville has a lot of pretty remarkable history to go with their 10 Battle Stars.

TraumaRx June 11, 2019 at 12:16 PM

USSR and go back on business every year for the past 20 years.

Cowellian June 11, 2019 at 1:05 PM


Roz June 11, 2019 at 12:19 PM

Alhambra, CA

Noj June 11, 2019 at 12:23 PM

Aberdeen, Washington USA

Dorothy June 11, 2019 at 12:33 PM

SF – wile it was still a great city.

Mike June 11, 2019 at 12:42 PM

It still is a good City. It is definitely broken right now and needs a lot of repair but it is a beautiful place. It has so many wonderful parks and shoreline and countless restaurants and entertainment options

anon June 11, 2019 at 1:39 PM

Well said Mike- I agree with you.

iKrissy June 11, 2019 at 12:39 PM

Concord, California, 1959 and proud of it!!!

Mike June 11, 2019 at 12:41 PM

Alta Bates hospital in Berkeley! Berkeley isn’t all as insane as people make it out to be. It’s actually a very beautiful city with lots of unique gems. I think the bazaar politics sometimes outweigh all of the beautiful and great things in Berkeley. It’s sad to know that Alta Bates hospital will be closing in a few years. It is such a critical facility for the community.

Dawg June 11, 2019 at 2:55 PM

Did you know that Alta Alice Miner Bates was the founder of Alta Bates Hospital? She was the first nurse anesthetist in the Bay Area and was director of the hospital from 1905 to 1949.

Silva June 11, 2019 at 3:38 PM

I hadn’t heard about Alta Bates hospital’s closing. That’s really very sad.

S June 11, 2019 at 12:41 PM

don’t tell ’em… it’s a trick…. to get the answer to your online security questions….. Danger, Danger Will Robinson….

Gittyup June 11, 2019 at 2:14 PM

And, while we’re at it, “What date was that?”
“So, what’s your mother’s maiden name?”
“Last four of your Social Security Number?”

Turn n Burn June 11, 2019 at 12:43 PM

Concord 1968

Foonman June 11, 2019 at 12:49 PM

Bellevue, Washington…spent 30 years there and eventually had to get out of the drizzle…no regrets..

JU OL June 11, 2019 at 12:51 PM

Born in New London, Connecticut (coast guard base)
Haven’t been back since would like to return.

AnonZ June 11, 2019 at 12:51 PM

Born in Oakland
Lived entire life in Concord

anotheranon June 11, 2019 at 2:03 PM

Think again: You haven’t yet lived your entire life.

Jojo Potato June 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Merritt hospital Oakland CA. March 1952, Kaiser in WC opened in June 1952, too late for me. I do remember going into the big clubhouse at Kaiser for my appointments. And the giant pile of paper that was my chart until it all went electronic.

Kirkwood June 11, 2019 at 1:26 PM

I was also born in Merritt Hospital – 1939. When I applied for a passport a decade ago it took them 2 weeks to find it.

Simonpure June 11, 2019 at 1:02 PM

Covina, CA

TOB June 11, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Nuremberg, Germany. Dad was in the Army and met my mother there.

AJM June 11, 2019 at 1:07 PM

Born in Guildford, England. Go back to visit family every couple of years. Been living in Concord since 1971.

Michael Langley June 12, 2019 at 12:30 AM

We used to visit my wife’s auntie in Godalming. She took us to High Street in Guildford, lovely town.

The Mamba June 11, 2019 at 1:12 PM

I was born on Long Island, NY, and go back east every couple of years to visit family or for work.

Anonamel June 11, 2019 at 1:18 PM

Dover, New Hampshire

GRX June 11, 2019 at 1:21 PM

Manila, Philippine Islands…. in an insane asylum. The hospital wing was where my uncle, a doctor, worked in the emergency room.

Been there, done that. It’s a disgusting and corrupt country.

wave June 11, 2019 at 1:23 PM

Born in Canton, China in 1948. Came to the US with my parent and lived in a cenral valley town call Visalia…..Boy, it gets hot there as well!

Went to college at UC Davis and finally found a job in the Bay area.

Lo June 11, 2019 at 1:25 PM

Kaiser in Oakland.

Mimi (original) June 11, 2019 at 1:31 PM

Born and raised in California!! Birthplace: downtown Los Angeles. Lived there 24 years then hightailed it to NorCal. Hoping to retire out of state.

Nature Lover June 11, 2019 at 7:20 PM

Mimi: Were you born at California Medical Center? ( formerly California Lutheran Hospital)

Eric Yung June 11, 2019 at 1:34 PM

I was born in Hong Kong. I was in there in April to visit my elderly siblings. Going back again at the end of this year to my daughteras wedding 😃

anon June 11, 2019 at 1:38 PM

San Francisco- St. Luke’s Hospital.

tired of taxes June 11, 2019 at 1:38 PM

(Tondo) Manila, Philippines. Where the pinoys at? I do believe there is a large population of Filipinos in Concord (hence the Seafood City grocery).

Silva June 11, 2019 at 3:45 PM

Seafood City Supermarket is a new one on me! I’m gonna have to check that out.

Gittyup June 11, 2019 at 9:50 PM

Checked out Seafood City recently myself. I don’t need 400 kinds of soy sauce.

ClayDen June 11, 2019 at 1:39 PM

In the Bay Area, the day before my wife was born and just a few miles away from where she was born (in the same city). We didn’t meet until we were 22 and were quite surprised when we got to know each other. Her parents were married a week before my parents, also in the same city in which we were born.

Dumdum June 11, 2019 at 10:26 PM

Sounds like incest

MLiss Gillen June 11, 2019 at 1:47 PM

Elmira, new York

LDS June 11, 2019 at 1:56 PM

New Bedford, MA, 1943. Dad was at home because he was too old during WW2. Served as Civilian ambulance driver, and military ambulance driver in France in WW1. Get back once in a while.

JazzMan June 11, 2019 at 1:58 PM

Born in Fukuoka, Japan. Ituzuke AF base. Raised mostly in San Diego.

JJ June 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Montebello, CA

BOOYAH! June 11, 2019 at 2:07 PM

Concord Community Hospital, Concord, CA – Eisenhower administration.

Edi Birsan June 11, 2019 at 2:22 PM

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York.

Lived in NYC, Antwerp-Beligum, England and then California since 1981 *Walnut Creek 1 yr, Martinez 1 year/ and then Concord since 1983

Sandy G June 11, 2019 at 2:32 PM

Oakland, Ca 1956

The Wizard June 11, 2019 at 2:51 PM

The far away planet of Zoosumsick.

Steph June 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Morristown New Jersey

Silva June 11, 2019 at 3:25 PM

Herrick Hospital, Berkeley.

mtzman June 11, 2019 at 4:57 PM

Long Beach, California 1956 …

Hanne Jeppesen June 11, 2019 at 5:19 PM

I was born in Copenhagen Denmark 4 months before Denmark was liberated from the German occupation. I grew up 30 miles south of Copenhagen in the country. I came to the. US as an au pair in early 1967 in Westport Ct, where l stayed for 2 years ( and had a wonderful time, it was the sisixti. 67 and especially 68 and 69 was magical years) l then moved to New York city. I moved to San Francisco in 76 when l was married. I have since divorced, l live in Concord, have also lived in Marin, Foster City and Benicia. I like Concord, but Benicia is my favorite, love the small town feeling and being close to the water and the wine country.

ZZ June 11, 2019 at 5:21 PM

Not here. But then I moved there, then over that way then back to there and that’s where I met them…

Dr. Jellyfinger June 11, 2019 at 5:45 PM

I was not going to answer this question but I lost a bet & this is my punishment….

Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek waaaaay back in 1957….
I’m a Libra, I enjoy sunsets,beer,fishing & Go Go Dancers.

Kelly Anne June 11, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Bremerton Washington

Michael June 11, 2019 at 5:52 PM

Hayward, Ca

Ctown June 11, 2019 at 6:12 PM

Mount Diablo Hospital. Right here in Concord,CA in the early 70s. Still live here and still love this wonderful town.

Hill June 11, 2019 at 6:39 PM

Paradise Ca.

Alleycat June 11, 2019 at 6:58 PM

Born in Oakland Kaiser, raised in Pleasant Hill

Ancient Mariner June 11, 2019 at 7:35 PM

Workington, Cumberland, England, many moons ago, but lived in London till I was 19.
I go back every 10 years or so.
The weather’s better here!

palermo June 11, 2019 at 7:41 PM

The clue is in the name

Nokeem June 11, 2019 at 9:08 PM

Phila PA

Kerrie June 11, 2019 at 9:43 PM

San Francisco

Abbie R. June 11, 2019 at 10:15 PM

Pittsburg California 1953….I think the old Hospital was near the School District’s Creative Arts Building?

db coop June 11, 2019 at 10:23 PM

Kaiser in walnut creek when the pediatrics building was an old two bedroom house at the corner of newell and main 1966

Ilovepopcorn June 11, 2019 at 10:28 PM

Altadena, California July 10, 1948

Selkie June 11, 2019 at 11:07 PM

San Francisco CA

Mountainside Jay June 12, 2019 at 8:09 AM


Antler June 12, 2019 at 8:44 AM

Born at home in Columbia, NORTH Carolina.
Grew up in Raleigh, NC..
Married a Californian, and we moved to Concord in 1960.

Isaac June 12, 2019 at 10:01 AM

San Leandro Memorial Hospital

Tod Souza June 12, 2019 at 10:29 AM

East Oakland Hospital in 1952. Live in Oakland for 20 years until my Uncle drafted me and made me live with him in various parts of the world

jose June 12, 2019 at 12:44 PM

Los Angeles, Ca…….Class of ’48.

Alyssa June 12, 2019 at 1:15 PM

Concord, CA at Mount Diablo Hospital 1974.

anonamiss June 12, 2019 at 8:27 PM

I was born in Dartford, Kent England. I lived in the small village of Longfield on New Barn Road just outside London. I go back every couple of years to see family. I have family in Wales and Australia too. I love California and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!!

Deirg O Broin June 13, 2019 at 8:55 AM

Hollis St. Hospital, Dublin Ireland.

SpclK June 14, 2019 at 12:32 AM

San Francisco, then in Magalia (Paradise) before returning to the Bay, for high school. YV Class of ’88’

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