Stefanie Clark Eskander

Profile Updated: January 13, 2019
Class of 1969
Residing In: Springville, UT USA
Spouse/Partner: Bruce Eskander '72
Children, Grandchildren: Son Ian born 1979
Daughter Amy born 1982
Son Alec born 1985
Daughter Annie born 1991
Grandson More…Aidan Eskander born 2005
Grandson Jackson Eskander born August 2009
Granddaughter Sofie Eleanor Eskander born November 2012
Granddaughter Lucy Viola Young born March 2013
Grandson Pete Aaris Young born July 2015
Grandson Lincoln Eskander born November 2015
Occupation title: Toy Designer/ Illustrator/ Graphic Designer
Occupation/Career(s) Details:

I worked as an advertising illustrator for 10 years after high school, then I accidentally discovered the toy industry. I had long done children's illustration, so it was a natural fit. I have worked full-time for the following companies: Mattel (twice) Hasbro, Playskool, Tonka, Fisher-Price, and now Spin Master Toys. I design dolls and girl's toys. For those of you who are into girl's toys, I have contributed to the following lines: Cabbage Patch Kids, Lady Lovlilocks, Rainbow Brite, Popples, Jem, Maxie, Moondreamers, Dolly Surprise, Cupcakes, Strawberry Shortcake, Sky Dancers, Barbie Princesses, WWF Wrestling Buddies, and too many more to remember. (And many are very forgettable!)

Different places I have lived:

I lived in Provo, Utah for 5 years after high school, where I attended BYU. During that time I served a mission for our church in Texas- I spent most of my time in the panhandle (Lubbock & Amarillo) and also spent brief times in Dallas and Brownwood.
I moved home to So Pas for a few years, and had my own apartment on Huntington Drive until Bruce & I were married in 1978. We moved to Hollywood, where we lived for 8 years. The Toy Industry called- we moved a bit for my toy jobs. First to Rhode Island, where we lived for 4 years while I was working for Hasbro. Then the Minneapolis area (Eden Prairie) for 2 1/2 years while I worked for Tonka Toys, then East Aurora, NY (Near Buffalo) when I was working for Fisher-Price. We moved back to Southern California in 1995 when I went back to Mattel. In 2013, Bruce and I moved to New Jersey where I went to work for Toys R Us, then Madame Alexander Doll Co. in NYC. I was downsized in 2016, and we moved to Utah, where we live today.

Family history living in South Pasadena:

Our family moved to South Pasadena in 1956, just before I started kindergarten. My oldest sister Lynne was just starting her junior year at SPHS, sister Leslie entered 8th grade at SPJHS with a splash, and brother Gene was in the 5th grade at El Centro with me. My parents lived in our house on Meridian Ave. until the late '80s when the upkeep just became too much for them. They moved to an apartment on Park Ave. near Garfield Park. My Dad passed away at the South Pasadena Convelescent Hospital in June of 2002, and my Mom left South Pasadena for good the following year. Nearly 50 years of having family in South Pas sadly came to an end. However, some good news: one of my cousins has a married daughter who recently moved to South Pas. I guess I DO still have family in our dear home town!

Family members who also went to SPHS:

Lynne Clark Hopkins '58
Leslie Clark Lewis '61
Gene Clark '64
Joannie Johnson Clark '63 (Gene's wife)
and my dear husband Bruce Eskander '72
Mother-in-Law Betty Gore Eskander '49
Nephews Michael Collins and Jamie Yager also attended SPHS in the 1990s.

Other SPHS graduates I keep in touch with:

Dee Mouri Whiting '69, Robin Ferrer '69, Mary Bowers Silverstein '69, Nancy Johnson Halpin '70, Terri Stimpfel Hall '70, Carole Liu Kincheloe '69

School Memories:

I pretty much loved every minute of growing up and going to school in South Pas. I attended El Centro School, and I was proud to be elected Student Body President in the 6th grade. I had wonderful teachers, my favorite was Mrs. Lillian Boyce. I had her for two years, for both 2nd & 3rd grades.
I loved SPJHS, except the adolescence part. I didn't do well with growing up, and getting into the whole make-up, boys, teen angst thing. But I fell in love with the beautiful building itself, to the point where I am currently (and possibly forever) writing a book about it. Feel free to send me your SPJHS memories! I loved the sports program especially, and I eventually made a lot of good friends.
SPHS was wonderful for me too- I had lots of friends, was very active in clubs, student government, etc. I was a Bengal, Tigerette, Commissioner of Publicity, and was on the Copa staff. I think I was pretty much a goody-goody, but you know, I'm proud of it. During very rebellious times, I was pretty conventional.

Organizations, clubs, sports groups, and other groups I (did or do) participate in (in high school and/or now):

In high school I was pretty involved in clubs and organizations. I was a Bengal, Commissioner, on the Grad-nite committee, on the Copa staff, cartoonist for the Tiger, a member of the Soroptomist Club, and others.

Today I'm very involved in my church, as well as a part of a women's art group called the Art Collective Utah.

Milestones & Epiphanies:

The following is an account of an epiphany I had in high school:
When I was a senior, I went on a date with Steve Czerkas. He invited me to go to the 'Farewell to the Cream' concert at the Forum in Inglewood. I didn't know Steve very well, but wanted to go to that concert. It was quite a long drive to Inglewood from So Pas, so I got to know him a bit as we drove. He told me that his hobby was building dinosaur dioramas. Literally, that information changed my life! (He doesn't know this). A little door opened in my brain, and I realized that some people's lives DIDN'T revolve around high school! Some people had interesting secret lives! Some people didn't care to be like everybody else! It was a true revelation, and I never forgot it. Years later, I discovered that Steve is a world famous paleontologist, and builds/ designs/ sculpts dinosaurs. He is a true artist & scientist. His work is found in museums all over the country, including the Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, where I stumbled on them in the mid 1980s.
(Edited 2019: we stopped by his museum in Blanding Utah last fall, and I was saddened to hear of his death in 2012)

[Date] What's happening in my life now:

Bruce and I are pretty busy enjoying grandparenthood, and watching our children grow up and leave the nest.
We are enjoying living in Utah, where we never intended to live! But it's great to live near our daughters and two of our six grandchildren. I've just started teaching drawing at Utah Valley University in Orem.

Pastimes & Hobbies:

Photography, music, design work of all time.

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Glenn was my campaign manager when I ran for Commissioner of Publicity in the spring of 1968- his senior year, my junior. Since my last name was Clark, I ran with a “Clark Bar” campaign, handing out Clark candy bars, and using the Clark Bar logo on my campaign posters. I can still see Glenn, loping down the corridor behind the auditorium, with his long legged gait, throwing candy bars and shouting “Vote for Claaaaah-k!” in his South African accent. He’s not forgotten!

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Taken at the time of my graduation from SPHS, June 1969
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Bruce & I at the time of our engagement, 1977. We were married July 8, 1978.
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Celebrating my birthday in Santa Barbara, January 2009
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The family gathers for our son Alec's wedding in January, 2008. Brother Gene '64 is on the far left. Sister-in-Law Joanne Johnson Clark '63 in the gray jacket. Sister Lynne Clark Hopkins '58 is in the red jacket. Sister Leslie Clark Lewis '61 is in the black dress.
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Our oldest son Ian graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University San Marcos in May, 2009.
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Bruce with our son Alec and newest grandson Jackson. August 2009.
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Our youngest daughter Annie graduated from Somis Academy Charter High School in June, 2009. With us is my amazingly youthful 97-year old Mom, Vi Clark
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Me with Ernie Ernshaw '61 at the Alumni Picnic, 2008.