Thank you for coming. Glad to meet you. This is my personal page.
You know, some of the usual stuff...philosophy, favorites, personal and business history, other blah, blah, blah...merely click on the links...take care, Jeff
This page is just a fun page to
kind of see how much we have in common. Here are
listed some of my favorite things to do, to eat, to listen to, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
It is of absolutely no importance whatsoever. There is no way that I have done or read
or seen everything and this is not what I think are the best of anything, simply my favorites.
The individual items may or may not be listed in actual favorite order.
Places & Activities / Musical Groups / Albums Etc. / Songs / Musicians /
Literary Works / Sports / Movies / TV Shows / Comedians / Miscellaneous
|Aspen, Colorado for skiing||Amsterdam, The Netherlands for hanging out and museums|
|Manhattan, New York for 24 hour city excitement||Malibu/Zuma Beaches, California for sun and fun|
|Rocking Out at a Live gig playing my bass||Paris for women and art|
|Berchtesgaden for alpine splendor||Balboa Park, California, pitching for a city softball championship|
|London, for history and English culture||München for beer|
|Jethro Tull||The Doors||X||The Who|
|REM||Jimi Hendrix||Cream/Clapton||The Moody Blues|
|The Beatles||The Clash||Bob Dylan||The Animals|
|Pink Floyd||Bruce Springsteen||Santana||Wishbone Ash|
|Los Lobos||The Blasters||Emerson, Lake & Palmer||Traffic|
|Queen||Joe Jackson||Jefferson Airplane||Rush|
|Elvis Costello||The Kinks||Alice Cooper||Deep Purple|
|Southside Johnny & Asbury Jukes||Graham Parker & the Rumour||Creedence Clearwater Revival||Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers|
|The Beach Boys||The Go-Gos||Husker Dü||Uriah Heep|
|The Allman Brothers||Simon & Garfunkel||Steppenwolf||Black Sabbath|
|Frank Zappa & the Mothers||Green Day|
|Born to Run||The Doors||Surrealistic Pillow|
|The White Album||Are You Experienced?||Disraeli Gears|
|The Blasters||London Calling||Killer|
|Almost all of Jethro Tull||Wild Gift/Los Angeles||The Jukes|
|Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys||Get the Knack!||Bare Trees|
|Toys in the Attic||Dark Side of the Moon||Look Sharp/I'm The Man|
|My Aim is True/This Year's Model||Jesus Christ Superstar||Argus|
|East Side Story||Boston||Woodstock|
|Rubber Soul/Revolver||Blood on the Tracks/Desire||Sticky Fingers|
|Quadrophenia/Who's Next?||Winwood/John Barleycorn Must Die||Blows Against the Empire|
|Squeezing Out Sparks||Sgt. Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour|
|All Along the Watchtower||Hurricane||Crossroads|
|Tales of Brave Ulysses||Because the Night||Born to be Wild|
|What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Understanding?||Fall On Me||Eve of Destruction|
|Light My Fire||Wind Up||Incense and Peppermints|
|Chestnut Mare||Do You Believe in Magic?||It's Alright Ma|
|Thunder Road||Thick as a Brick||Question|
|Windy||Whiter Shade of Pale||White Rabbit|
|Mississippi Queen||Soul Experience||Warrior|
|Cruel to be Kind||El Paso||Cliffs of Dover|
|Stairway to Heaven||Whenever You're on My Mind||Radio, Radio|
|Piece of My Heart||You're the One|
J. Hendrix, E. Clapton, M. Barre, C. Santana, G. Thorogood, A. Lee, R. Blackmore, E. Van Halen, P. Townshend, R. Kreiger, E. Johnson, B. Zoom, J. Satriani
I. Anderson, R. Daltrey, J. Morrison, J. Kay, A. Cooper, I. Gillan, G. Slick, B. Springsteen, E. Burdon, D. Alvin
J. Entwistle, J. Bruce, G. Mabe, P. McCartney, J. Doe
G. Baker, K. Moon, C. Palmer, M. Weinberg
S. Winwood, K. Emerson, R. Manzarek
I. Anderson, B. Dylan, J. Lennon/P. McCartney, J. Croce, J. Mitchell, J. Prine, E. Costello, B. Springsteen, P. Townshend, T. Lehrer
|Atlas Shrugged||King Lear||Hamlet|
|Stranger in a Strange Land||Great Expectations||The Source|
|The Phantom Tollbooth||Lord of the Rings (Hobbit etc.)||The Decameron|
|Les Miserables||Hamilton's Mythology||A Tale of Two Cities|
|Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas||One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest||Animal Farm/1984|
|A Clockwork Orange||Childhood's End (et al)||Catch-22|
|Johnny Got His Gun|
|Baseball Team (AL)||New York Yankees|
|Baseball Team (NL)||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Baseball Player (all-time)||Mickey Mantle|
|Baseball Player (current)||Derek Jeter|
|Football Team (NFL)||Green Bay Packers (since 1967)|
|Football Team (college)||Notre Dame|
|Football Player (all-time)||Bart Starr / Joe Montana|
|Basketball Team||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Basketball Player (all-time)||Wilt Chamberlain|
|Favorite Team Sport to Play||Softball|
|Favorite Individual Sport to Play||Racquetball|
|Favorite Sports Activity||Snow Skiing|
|Favorite Team Sport to Watch||Pro Football|
|Favorite Individual Sport to Watch||MMA/UFC|
|Summer Olympic Event||Track and Field|
|Winter Olympic Event||Ice Hockey|
|Wizard of Oz||Aliens||Alice in Wonderland|
|Rocky Horror Picture Show||The Ten Commandments||Braveheart|
|The Time Machine||Rocky||Easy Rider|
|Damn Yankees||Games||The Princess Bride|
|The Old Man and the Sea||The Cincinnati Kid||Forrest Gump|
|The Shawshank Redemption||Animal House||The Nightmare Before Christmas|
|Star Trek (all incarnations)||Kung Fu||MASH|
|Man from UNCLE||Twilight Zone||Outer Limits|
|Mission Impossible||Jeopardy||The Tonight Show|
|Robin Williams||George Carlin||Steve Martin|
|Steven Wright||Jay Leno||Johnny Carson|
|Jonathan Winters||Monty Python||Marx Brothers|
|Gallagher||Rodney Dangerfield||Cheech & Chong|
|Tom Lehrer||Don Rickles||The Three Stooges|
|Richard Pryor||Dan Ackroyd||Phil Hartman|
|Pizza Topping||Mushrooms & Extra Cheese|
|Classical Author(s)||Shakespeare, Dickens, Aristophanes, J. S. Mill|
|Modern Author(s)||Rand, Bradbury, Asimov, Heinlein, Pickover, Clarke|
|Booze||Chivas Regal, Jack Daniels, Frangelico|
|Classical Artist(s)||Rembrandt, Bosch|
|Modern Artist(s)||Dali, Escher|
|Game||Chess, Poker, Monopoly|
|RPGs||Witcher Series, Might & Magic (and Heroes of), Bard's Tales, Ultima, Wizardry and most of the genre in general|
|Beverage||Ice Tea, Lemonade|
|Comic Book Hero||Element Lad, Metal Men|
|Scientists||Einstein, Tesla, Bearden|
|Comedy Routine||Who's On First (Abbott & Costello), Baseball vs. Football (G. Carlin)|
|Favorite Class to Teach||Chemistry|
|Favorite Class to Take||Physics|
|Book||The Bible, Atlas Shrugged|
Allow me to say I am most grateful to everyone
who purchased my fractal
products. My professional life now centers around my teaching career,
and it is a most engrossing and fulfilling vocation. And because of my
40-year devotion to my real career, in combination with a successful
musical sideline career, I do not have the time to continue any type of
retail operation. Hopefully, when I retire from teaching, I can open an art
gallery featuring large editions of this work for public and private consumption.
Thus whatever products remain in my stock
will be used as samples or gifts in
order to continue licensing my imagery for commercial advantage and for
the general dissemination of mathematical art in general.
It is unfortunate, however, that many of
the fractal "artists" who have followed
me decided that making a commercial venture from one's work was not acceptable
to them, that this venture was sacrosanct in a sort of way...in truth, the past
commercial success of my fractal art has certainly laid the foundation for all
those who wish to continue in my stead...but such is the nature of human beings...
In any case, if your firm wishes to license
my imagery for whatever commercial
venture you have in mind, please understand that I am, by far, the most
successful and experienced fractal artist in America and represent well over
$15 million worth of licensed fractal art products just in America alone.
I would be most helpful to your staff and am efficient and knowledgeable
and have worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies in the past. You will
profit by your association with me, my company, and employment of my art.
Please review the artwork and contact me at your convenience.
Jeff Berkeley, M.S.
Lifesmith Classic Fractals
(661) 316-7359 (cell and text)
History (in 3rd person)
Jeff Berkeley (aka Berkowitz), M.S., was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 12, 1955, to a
low-to-middle economic class stock brokerage clerk and his wife, both second generation Americans
of European descent.
After moving to southern California in 1961, Jeff distinguished himself by winning awards for
mathematical excellence and becoming chess champion of his school. He majored in math/science
in high school, graduating in 1972 with high honors, just before turning age 17.
He joined the U.S. Army shortly thereafter and served a tour of duty in Frankfurt, Germany. After
returning home, he started at California State University, Northridge, where he, thru 31 semesters,
earned a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in physical education, and finally a master's degree
in physics in 1990. It is during this last period (1988-90) he began producing fractals at the
CSU Northridge workstation laboratory.
He has taught high school and college chemistry, physics and mathematics in the general LA and
Portland metro areas, both private and public, for about forty years, teaching AP Calculus, AP and regular
physics, AP and regular chemistry, AP statistics, physical science, Earth science, computer graphics, yearbook
and general mathematics, top to bottom.
Recently he left teaching physics and calculus at Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, CA, after his
students set all-time school records for AP test success and is currently teaching honors chemistry
college prep chemistry, and honors calculus BC at New West Charter High School in Los Angeles, CA.
He also sponsors the Christian, ski and chess clubs.
He unfortunately divorced his first wife but raised five children, Zachary William, 30, Erol Rochelle, 24,
Montana Pearl, 22, Xenon Alexander, 21, and Antimony Rose, nineteen years old. He just got remarried
to his high school sweetheart four years ago this past June.
He enjoys spending much of his free time playing music and currently plays bass guitar for a local LA rock
and roll cover band, Full Throttle, and has years of experience with other local bands Out of Order and
The Go Katz (thegokatz.com). He is very happy to be playing out again and lucky to have revived
his playing career with a new project of fun geezers, let alone glad to back in the southern California area.
Retired from playing softball (after a long career), he enjoys skiing, racquetball, stringed instruments, science, computer
role-playing games, graphics/fractals, Shakespeare, Jethro Tull, Bible study, ice cream and puzzles of all kinds.
He can be reached at either firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com or by writing to him
at the Lifesmith address listed on the home page of this website. For anyone with a Facebook fancy,
reach him at simply Jeff Berkeley.