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1976 - TUSTIN AREA MAN OF THE YEAR
 
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A.J. (Tony) Coco

A.J. (Tony) Coco has served the Tustin Community for many years in numerous capacities.

Bio:
- Born in Rochester, New York.
- Spent 4th grade year in Denbigh, Virginia
- 3 ½ years of high school at Aquinas Institute, Rochester
- Graduated high school at Salpointe, Tucson, Arizona
- Odd jobs as curio store clerk, TV antenna installer, news reader for Tucson radio station.
- Earned First Class Radiotelephone ticket, FCC
- Entered University of Arizona, interrupted program to spend 2 ½ years aboard USS Iowa as Electronic Technician. Ports: Europe, Africa, Asia, South & Central America.
- Upon discharge, bought first (and last) motorcycle, took off same day from Norfolk to Tucson, traded for Ford in Dallas for remainder of trip across desert.
- Graduated University of Arizona, BS in Electrical Engineering [TAU BETA PI]
- Married, 2 kids born in Newport Beach, California - Moved to Tustin, California in 1962 - Worked in aerospace as EE and program control specialist. - Graduated Cal State Fullerton, MBA [BETA GAMMA SIGMA] - Life member of MENSA

- Elected Tustin City Councilman, then Mayor (eight years).
Conceived idea for putting message on reverse of all “Welcome to Tustin Signs” : “Work where you must, but live in Tustin”. At suggestion of Frank Greinke, then Chamber President, added “…live and shop…”

- Elected President of the Tustin Area Historical Society.
- Named Chairman of Tustin Chamber Legislative Committee
- Officer and member of Tustin Host Lions Club (current)
- Graduated Western State University School of Law, Juris Doctor degree
- Passed US Patent Office bar and California State bar exams (first time)
- Lost life savings in First Pension fraud [3,000 investors lost 99 million dollars]
- Awarded outstanding alumnus honors (Louis Slonaker Award), University of Arizona
- Retired as Lieutenant Commander from Navy, full benefits
- Operated small patent, trademark, copyright practice; now retired
- Member, Orange County Bar Association Administration of Justice Committee
- Chairman of Orange County Patent Law Association Legislative Committee
- Have owned current residence in North Tustin since 1978
- Awarded Gold Star member of Orange County Sheriff’s Department
- Appointed to sheriff’s Professional Services Reserve

- Currently have 7 grandchildren
- Currently volunteer as reader/director for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RBD)
- Currently taking bagpipe and Hebrew lessons, traveling and kayaking, not simultaneously.
- Practice Tai Chi Quan and do weekly NY Times Crossword just to keep mind and body active.

Links:
http://tonycoco.blogspot.com/

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