Paid trips resume as search continues

Paid trips resume as search continues

There are 74 comments on the Bakersfield Californian story from Jul 28, 2007, titled Paid trips resume as search continues. In it, Bakersfield Californian reports that:

Search and rescue teams continued looking Saturday for a 63-year-old man presumed to have drowned during a commercial rafting accident in the lower Kern River.

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Joyce Miles


#61 Aug 8, 2007
Marvin was an great inspiration to me. He was a 'second' father, mentor, friend and most of all a true gentleman. He made such positive impressions on so many people both professionally and personally. I will never forget the walks to Burger King during lunch and the four words he wanted to hear when I appeared frustrated. Of course I would say, "I love my job". He would smile and say, "That's what I want to hear". Marvin made me the administrator I am today. I will always be thankful to him for that. My condolences to the Silver family. Marvin will always be loved and greatly missed.
Karen Jaye

Northridge, CA

#62 Aug 8, 2007
Everything that has been said is absolutely true for this outstanding individual who stole the hearts from all of us by giving his own so generously. I will always treasure the time I had working with Marv and especially remember him for standing with me when my own father passed away. He is truly an inspiration to all of us. I consider myself blessed for having known him.
Friends In Belcaro

Encino, CA

#63 Aug 8, 2007
You didn't shake Marv’s hand, you hugged him
You didn’t shake Marv’s passions, you joined him
You didn’t shake Marv’s love, you loved him in return
And, you didn’t shake Marv’s lust for life, you shared his journey
I looked hard for Marv’s strengths and found an unrelenting compassion
I looked hard for Marv’s frailties and found only love and kindness
I looked hard for Marv’s selfishness, but couldn’t find it
I looked hard for Marv’s limits, but he was boundless
But, when I looked for Marv’s hand, it slipped away
terry fisher

Rancho Mirage, CA

#64 Aug 8, 2007
Marv, the principal I worked with at Selma Ave Elem. was an inspiration to me. I remember sitting in his office as he explained about first graders, classroom traffic patterns, bulletin boards & all types of management wisdom which I have passed down to many new teachers throughout the years. He was always accessable to the teachers, students & parents & he enjoyed talking to everyone. A professional filled with warmth & a sense of humor, he often spoke of his love of teaching & his family. Throughout the years, I have remembered Marv & often smile at the things he said & did. My husband & 2 daughters also have fond memories of Marv & we want to express our sincere condolences to the Silver family. Marvin will always live in our hearts.
Praweth Wess Nuchit

Los Angeles, CA

#65 Aug 8, 2007
I was very lucky to meet Mr.Silver at Coldwater Cyn. Elem.It was on July 23,2001 the day that Mr.Silver gave me an opportunity to be the part of his coldwater family. He was the man who hired me as his Building and Ground Worker.That day he walked with me around the campus and showed me what to do to make this school clean to be the best place for the students and teachers.While we were walking around the campus I noticed that he was greeted by many students and the staffs and he stopped to say hi with them with his friendly manner.It made me think that he was very nice man and very kind.I will miss him forever.
Praweth Nuchit (Wess)
Coldwater ES.
Bonnie Roth

Garden Grove, CA

#66 Aug 9, 2007
I had the pleasure to work as a teacher with Marvin at Coldwater Canyon. Two memories come to mind: One was him observing my lesson for a Stull evaluation. He entered the room, sat down with the children during my lesson, and participated as if he were one of the children. He turned what could have been a stressful experience to one of joy. The other memory is from our many staff meetings when our teachers would be complaining or worrying about class and track selection for the following year or the many bureaucratic restrictions and demands being handed down to us by the district. Marvin would patiently listen and then comfort us by saying, "My dear teachers, don't worry. At the end of the day you'll all have a job and all will be fine." That's who he was; A very caring, kind, protective, and intelligent man who will always be remembered and greatly missed. My most sincere condolences to the Silver family.
Cathie Johnson

Los Angeles, CA

#67 Aug 10, 2007
Just a short time ago my son and I ran into Marv at the yogurt stand in Valencia, and as usual, he had a huge smile and warm words to share - the glow of retirement on his face! I had the pleasure of working with Marv as his program specialist when he was principal at Coldwater, again on the 25th floor at Beaudry, and then back together in Local District 2. I can not think of a nicer man, always cheerful, always ready to make you laugh, and always ready to lend a shoulder when you were down. He also could surprise you with his wit & charm! He will truly be missed by many.

My condolences to your family. As you read the many comments about Marv, I hope it brings you all comfort. I lost my only daughter 10 years ago and I know how devastating a sudden loss can be to a family, so my thoughts are with all of you. I can only guess that the person who wrote the hurtful comment must be someone who has suffered a loss, and that was one way to vent his anger, it's just sad that you were the recipients. Hang in there - and hold on to the wonderful memories of Marv!

Santa Barbara, CA

#68 Aug 16, 2007
Mike Mc's questions lacked tact; however, he raises a good point. Maybe the Kern River has forever taken [not returned] the body of someone he loved. Mr. Silver seems to have been a fantastic man and comments to that effect are vast, but I seriously doubt that his mourning family and friends are surfing the web for comments from various/random people. Why was the river flow lowered in this particular tragic drowning?
Kathy Vargas

United States

#69 Aug 19, 2007
The comments listed here are not from "random people". They are from those who knew and loved Marvin Silver. In fact, his own son has posted a comment here, giving thanks for the many kind words and the show of support for their family. Surely, we can all sympathize with someone who has lost a loved one to the Kern River. And the river should be lowered for all drowning victims. However, that is not the point of this site. We are sharing our thoughts and feelings for a great man that meant a lot to all of us---and sending our love and support to his family. Please understand and respect this and refrain from making non-supportive comments. Thank you.
Gloria Hewitt

Los Angeles, CA

#70 Aug 30, 2007
This is a beautiful site! I've been following
Marvin's tragic accident from Spain (I live and teach
here now). I too, was convinced he'd be found alive
and I'm so sad to find out otherwise. But, as I said,
this site is very comforting, as I've read all the
inspiring stories and they all ring so true in my
memories of Marvin. He was my first principal at
Coldwater Cyn. in 1998. He hired me right out of Art
School with no classroom experience! I always think
back to that interview with him and the impression he
left upon me. His last (and most important) question
to me was," Do you love children?" I'd never heard
that question before in any other job interview and
never did again. His priorities were clear and this
very simple question set an indelible standard for me
in my teaching career. He was truly an amazing man
and his memory will always be with me.
Gloria-American School of Barcelona, Spain
Nathan Kempe

Los Angeles, CA

#71 Sep 5, 2007
I got to know Mr. Silver taking my son to school everyday at Mountain View Elementary, in Tujunga. While he first came off as having strict attention to things like being on time; behind that lay a truly compassionate heart. He took time once a week to meet with all the kids, in an Assembly, and he called it their "Mountain View Time."

The week of the Virgina Tech shootings, I happened to attend such an assembly. He asked the kids if they had seen the reports on the news. And then he turned it personal, relaying to the kids on their level how the assailant had suffered from "really bad feelings", and this is why when you (the kids) don't feel okay about yourself or your day or ......, it's imporant to speak up, to talk to him or the teachers or a grown-up.

It reminded me of when in 1968, after MLK and RFK were shot, and Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood land of make-believe, Daniel Tiger asks, "What does assination mean"? And how Mr. Rodgers challenged all the parents on that episode to provide for their children a sense of security, even if the parents didn't neccesarily feel it.

Mr. Silver "got" how Mr. Rodgers talked directly to kids, respecting their intelligence, treating each one as a person, and giving them tools on their level so they could be part of the world, and not shielded from it.
Valerie Dahl


#72 Feb 27, 2009
I just learned of this NOW. I am crying as I write this, Marv was one of the most inspirational people I have ever known. He was funny, smart, witty, and WONDERFUL to work for. I had the pleasure of having him as my first, and favorite pricipal as a teacher at 36 th st Elementary in LA. God speed Marv. See you later!
Valerie Dahl


#73 Feb 27, 2009
Beverly, Michelle and David, I am belatedly SO SORRY for your loss. He was a GREAT man, and loved by so many people. I am in Minnesota, and was looking for him. This is such a shock, I can't even believe it. I am so sorry for eveyone that knew him. I will cry until we meet again. You rocked Marv! xoxoxox
Michelle Hernandez

Monterey, CA

#74 Jul 1, 2012
Marvin was my best Boss ever! Michelle

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