I live in Ojai, California.  It’s about 30 minutes from Ventura (ok, so you never heard of it either.)  I’m also about 45 minutes from Santa Barbara (where the elite meet and eat.)  My precious wife of 57 years, Ila, died in August, 2017.

Shortly after Ila’s passing, I was lucky enough to meet a lovely woman named Jackie. We were married in March, 2020 just before the pandemic struck. I consider myself very lucky to have her share my life.

Jackie and Fred

13 Responses to “About us”

  1. 1 Judie September 1, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Well, I’m one of those that will not have a website or whatever.
    I wanted to leave a response. I’m enjoying all the hullabaloo over McCain and his choice of veep. The girls on The View are soooo vocal. Only one is for McCain and it gets quite heated at times.


  2. 2 Karen McAuley September 1, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Love this picture and your breezy tone. Jim and I are so happy to have you in our lives. When the dust settles at our house, we can play together here. Thanks for feeding us, entertaining us and linking us to your blog. Karen & Jim


  3. 3 captnharry September 1, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    What a great looking couple.

    Another subject: I bet the senior Paulin thinks her daughter is still a virgin and G-d has intervened as a sign to her. G-d bless America. We will truly need it if M/P get elected


  4. 4 Shed September 1, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    In your “About Us” item you neglected to mention your favorite neighbor. P.S. This is the first time I ever blogged.


  5. 5 Anne Shrage September 8, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Many thanks for sending me Fredila’s Weblog..Great photos,thoughtful dialogue, beautiful couple…


  6. 6 Linda Zane September 16, 2008 at 4:37 pm


    When Nancy told me you started a blog I pushed her for the address. Firstly, you both look amazingly rested, vibrant and happy. I expected to see glazed eyes, slouched posture and a “I shouldnt’ have retired sign in the background.”

    As far as the politics go, Ira and I are in total denial regarding this election. How could anyone in their right mind, whether they be republican or democrat, separate McCain from the last eight years of financial and moral decline. As far as character and judgement, McCain’s decision to pick Pallin as his running mate reeks of diminished capacity. His premise that vaginas are interchangeable and that the general public would see similarities between Hillary and Pallin is NUTS and INSULTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LZ


  7. 7 RAndi Weber Drasin May 22, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Is this “the” Fred and Ila Rothenberg???
    this is Randi Weber (Drasin)…Marsha and Leonard Webers oldest daughter… i just found David on Facebook..and he sent me here.

    How are you… Think its been about 25 yrs or more??

    Good to see you on here. To be honest, I have not read this blog yet… but I will… I was just excited to to see you on here.

    take care…
    I am on facebook, or my email is Randi@randisfitness.com


  8. 8 doctorblue July 31, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I figured out there are two kinds of people in the world. Those who have experienced chronic illness or that of a loved one and those who haven’t. Those who haven’t don’t have the experience to realize the dire need there is for health care reform not just insurance reform. It is really sad to see so many people clinging to melting icebergs. The reality is that the private insurance they have and hold high and mighty may well not be there for them when they need it most.

    While under CIGNA comprehensive care, I became disabled not because the insurance denied anything — the doctors didn’t give the insurance a chance. The doctors all downplayed my ailments for insurance purposes, making it impossible for me to get proper care and surgery!

    My experiences with doctors are chronicled in my blog http://doctorblue.wordpress.com. If you want to read about how corrupt the whole money-politics-insurance scandal is, check out my latest entry, “Are Medical Insurers Sacred Cows?” Court case after court case sites insurers for doing everything from ignoring member complaints to ripping off doctors, patients and shareholders and the government doesn’t enforce one of the laws that it created to protect us from this type of scandal.

    I wonder if it has anything to do with political contributions?

    Good post.


  9. 9 mackay crampton August 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Aryna Swope told me about your blog–please add me to your list! Mackay


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  11. 11 Les Kromer November 15, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I’m looking for David Roth that graduated from Von Steuben in 1964. I was a classmate and friend of his. If the David Roth in your blog is the same I can be reached at leskromer@gmail.com Thanks
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  12. 12 William Hall May 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    There will never be another Tim Shamroy, not even close. I too attended the small gathering at Tim’s home to celebrate his life. I saw Scottie, Fred, Ken and Priscilla Mui, all played a major role in Tim’s life. Prior to his death I used to visit Tim about every six weeks. How he loved to reminess about our days at Blue Cross. Tim myself and Bobby Patten took a fishing trip to Alaska. For seven days we fished for Halibut and Salmon, what an event. It was a wonderful experience that will never be equaled in my lifetime. Tim loved shotguns just as I do. I took him to my in-laws cattle ranch to dove hunt, he was the shooter and I was the “chaser”, what a talent, he did a masterful job of cooking the doves. I took him for a drive on the ranch, he was overwhelmed maybe excited is a better word as we drove among the cattle.

    How well I remember the building on Ventura Blvd. Myself and another close friend David Collins would meet with Tim for lunch monthly. We would cringed as Tim fired off his inventory of experiences laced with the “F” word.
    Tim and I visited Santa Anita together many times, sometimes he would partner with Bobby, we had a grand time losing money.

    What a life he lived and he did it handicapped. Tim was special, a character, he was a smart guy, a great friend is an understatement.

    Bill Hall


  13. 13 jackielakshmi September 7, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    How beautiful 😍
    I’m honored to be your wife❤️


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