Geoffrey Andersen

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  • 2005: Geoffrey Andersen loaned quarters to his neighbor, who used them to photocopy her suicide note, which she tossed from the roof of Oakland's Tribune Tower before leaping to her death in front of a crowd of horrified onlookers. "After scattering hundreds of copies of her suicide note from the seventh-floor ledge of a downtown building, Mary Jesus held her nose and raised an arm in the air. Then, like a swimmer taking a plunge, she leapt to her death. [...] 'She was a really good manager,' said tenant Geoffrey Andersen, 27. 'If there was a plumbing problem, she’d get on the maintenance guy.... She took the whole building very seriously.' But her demeanor intimidated some. In her black outfits, black lipstick and parasol, she often talked -- with a laugh and flourish -- about having been raped or about her occasional work in the sex industry, Andersen recalled. 'If you were friendly, her attention to you became oppressive,' he said. 'If you ignored her, she was hostile.'" (Los Angeles Times, | June 10, 2005)
  • 1994: Geoffrey Andersen was suspended from high school after leading 400 students in a walkout to support striking school employees. "About 400 students at Canyon High School and 30 teachers at El Modena High School joined striking Orange Unified School District workers on picket lines at the two campuses Wednesday, throwing their support behind hundreds of non-teaching employees who walked off their jobs eight days ago. At least three students at Canyon High were suspended for organizing Wednesday’s two-hour demonstration, school officials said. But a majority of students returned to class under pressure from school administrators who threatened the protesters with an hour of detention for every hour they were out of class. 'We think the classified workers are being dumped on by the board,' said Geoffrey Anderson, 16, one of the students suspended for organizing the walkout." (Los Angeles Times, [ | May 12, 1994)