An Earthquake Jolted Me to Act

Sometimes it’s better not to drop, cover, and hold

Paul Yee
Human Parts
Published in
5 min readNov 17, 2023

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An ID card was the closest I got to attending Cal. All photos by author

I tell my kids they wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for an earthquake.

It was May 1990, mere weeks before my high school graduation. I was bound for UC Berkeley — school ID and dorm assignment already in hand — when I unexpectedly received a letter from Stanford. The 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta quake, which…

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Paul Yee
Human Parts

I’m a CFO and runner who's a coach at heart