Collected Tales from our Life's Journey's




Joseph Engelman


Where have you been? and what have you been doing? - - - family, school, career, pastimes, good times, etc.

I saw a lot of Grateful Dead shows in my younger years, probably 250. Then I married at age 40 and had two children. I was the primary doctor at San Francisco's sexually transmitted disease clinic from 1985 -2016. I had a great job as the preeminent syphilis expert in California.  After retirement I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Keeping myself together is now my primary job in life but many with PD are in worse shape than me.

favorite high school memory

Who can remember back that far...

unique achievement

I eventually became a clinical professor of medicine at UCSF and won some praise as a teacher.

unforgettable trip

Going to Mumbai India for an HIV/STD research and teaching gig. I actually traveled there five times
My sister Rita wants my brother and I to travel back to Columbus and relive our teenage years, mainly by eating at Rubinos. I asked her what we were going to do after we ate their pizza which is probably not very good and drove by our old house on Broadleigh road. Needless to say, we're not going to make it.

You’ve come a long way in 55 years. Where are you going in the next five years?

I hope to be able to stay in my house for the next five years. It's got two flights of stairs so not ideal for an aging Parkinsonian, but I figure I'll live on the top floor and be like Mr. Rochester's wife in Jane Eyre, you remember, the crazy one trapped in an upper floor bedroom.