EL CAJON, Calif. — Philadelphia native Bob Paul Guthrie opens his cell phone to pass along the telephone numbers of his brother in San Diego and his sister in Riverside.
He meanders freely about the Internet, using the social networking site Facebook to find friends without hesitation.
The longtime East County resident has no reservations about speaking with politicians about issues that matter to him.
He has wonderful recollections of his 27 years on the job at Doetsch Enterprise Suspension Systems in El Cajon and speaks lovingly about his first job, working as a janitor for the defunct Valley News.
You’d be hard-pressed to believe that the 68-year-old spent seven years of his youth fearing for his safety in a Washington state mental institution and being bullied at two foster homes in California.