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Local Theater and Movie Reviews

C. Michael Traw began his journalism career on his high school newspaper at Bosse High School in Evansville, Indiana, and rose from second page editor to managing editor.  He continued his studies at Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana, by writing a column on the college newspaper, THE TRIANGLE.  He spent his senior year taking photographs for the 1962 Yearbook and continued his studies in journalism at  Indiana University.  Moving to Phoenix, Arizona in 1963,  Mr. Traw began his master’s degree at Arizona State University in Tempe and completed it in 1965 in English/Education, while teaching English and Drama at Alhambra High School.  While there, Mr. Traw participated in plays at the Phoenix Little Theater, Phoenix Musical Theater, Arizona State, and the Scottsdale Players.  He even appeared with Ray Milland in MY FAIR LADY at the Phoenix State Theater.

Moving to San Jose in 1968, Mr. Traw soon established himself as one of the directors for the Saratoga Drama Group, now South Bay Musical Theatre.  His first show was HELLO, DOLLY! in 1971 and he has continued to bring Broadway musicals to the Saratoga Civic Theater. He will be directing FIORELLO for SBMT, opening in September 2015.  Along the way, he has directed for West Valley Light Opera, Lyric Theater, Cabrillo Stage, Foothill Musical Theater, Palo Alto Players, Santa Clara Players,  and American Musical Theater. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for South Bay Musical Theater.

As an actor, Mr. Traw has appeared opposite Judy Kaye, Tyne Daly, Molly Picon, and Martyn Green.  In 1982 he directed Chita Rivera in AMT’s “Anything Goes.”
He has been honored through the years with outstanding teacher awards as well as local theater awards.

0006_Pamela_-2686493759-OPamela Spahr

Pamela Spahr, the Founder of Inspired Caregivers and the author of the eBook, ‘Caregivers Survival Toolkit’ is the leading expert in behavioral techniques designed specifically for caregivers to those with cognitive impairment.

When her husband suffered several strokes and was diagnosed with dementia, nothing had prepared her for her role as caregiver. Eventually, she discovered techniques that became her survival toolkit. Now she teaches those techniques to other caregivers. She also speaks nationally on care giving.

Visit her website at or email her at [email protected]


Brent Evans

Success Boosters for Kids

Brent and Arlene Evans have been married for 52 years, have 8 children, 24 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. Brent has lived in the Santa Clara Valley since early childhood and has lived in Campbell for the last 48 years. His weekly Success Boosters is a regular feature of the Campbell Express.

He served on the Campbell Civic Improvement Commission for seventeen years from 1975 – 1992 and was chairman for one year. He often wears a button with the words Promoting Community Success to remind himself and to encourage others to contribute to each others well-being.

He has been an educator all of his adult working life and has had experience at the K-6, junior high, high school, and adult education levels, including six years as a teacher-counselor and 19 years as a resource specialist working with learning disabled children and their teachers and parents.

Believing in the importance of parent power to boost school and life success, Brent has been an active writer of learning books and developer of educational games and programs. For some years as an educational consultant for the Quaker Oats Company he created and wrote learning programs for Life Cereal boxes that introduced habits for parents that would build their children’s intelligence and promote reading skills.

Brent has written books on Reading Success, Writing Success, Math Success, Character Boosters, and is currently finishing up a book on Boosting IQ with Parent Power to be published later this year.

After years of studying learning principles and the factors that promote school success, Brent is convinced that parents hold the key to boosting school test scores and making every child a winner. He points out research that indicates parents have 80% or more of the power to promote academic achievement in their children. One of his major goals now is to help parents understand their tremendous power, learn what it takes to boost their children’s success, and become familiar with the readily available tools that could make it easy. He believes that parents will then become true partners with their children’s schools and we will see a dramatic increase in achievement scores well beyond anything we have seen so far.

For more information and a wealth of learning ideas and tools, go to

Beloved Editor & Owner of the Campbell Express
Jun. 1, 1931 ~ Jan. 14, 2015


As a Campbell resident for over fifty years, publishing the longest running Campbell area newspaper is a fitting expression of the love that Sally had for her community. Sally was the Editor of the Campbell Express for 5 years and in 2003 became the Owner and Publisher.

Her first newspaper job was for the West Valley Times, which didn’t have a long life in the area, but led her to start writing for the Campbell Press when she was a mother with two small children. Throughout the years, whatever paper came to town (and there were several of them) she ended up writing for them. Sally also spent a number of years doing publicity and public relations for the adult education department which served San Jose, Eastside, Milpitas, Santa Clara and Campbell.

One of the more interesting publications that Sally had worked for was a magazine called Good Packaging, which was dedicated to the industry of product packaging. If you think about it, almost everything you touch is packaged at some point.

She was deeply committed to the community her entire life and was honored as Citizen of the Year in Campbell in 1990. For 13 years, she directed the Campbell Progressive Seniors program, one of the most innovative and successful assistance programs in the county for senior citizens. The program no longer exists today as an independent organization, but many of its programs such as Transportation, Food, Home Visits have been spun off and live on as programs of their own throughout Santa Clara County.

Prior to becoming the owner of the Campbell Express, Sally bred and exhibited Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs for more than 40 years. Her last two corgis, Leonard and Question, were often found sleeping under a desk at the Campbell Express office.

Sadly, Sally passed away on Jan. 14, 2015. Her adult children Roberta and Matthew have decided to keep her legacy alive. There is a void in the community with Sally’s passing. Her memorial brought together hundreds of people who all have a special and unique “Sally” story.  We would love to hear them and learn what Sally Howe meant to you. Please share your Sally stories with us!