Fred Watson

Our current Newsletter Editor

He was born in Kalamazoo, MI. His family migrated to California when he was 10, and he spent much of his time in Southern California before coming to Reno over 35 yrs ago. Fred spent 4 years in the Air Force. Soon after marriage, came the kids and all the responsibilities that come with fatherhood. While working full time for Douglas Aircraft Company he started collage at 29 years old and earned a BA degree in psychology from Cal State Long Beach. He went to work as the Assistant Director of the Orange County Employee Assistance Network, OCEAN. In this position he worked with several large companies, counseling their troubled employees who were about to be terminated.  During this time he was able to earn a MA in Management and Business Administration from the University of Redlands. And after a few more years, he received a PhD in Management and Human Behavior from University of California, Irvine.

The year was 1979 and this became a new chapter in his family lives. They moved to Reno and found that despite his education and experience, he was blackballed from any position in Reno. Back then Reno was still a small good old boy town. He had done picture framing as a hobby for years, and his wife Cherie was an art consultant. They now turned their skills into a successful business selling art and doing custom picture framing at Vision Quest Arts. Even though he has now officially “retired”, he still operates Vision Quest Arts from his home on a part-time basis. His work adorns the walls at several businesses and homes in Reno and board room across the U.S. and even the White House under President Reagan.

He and his present wife Karen have been married close to 13 years. Between them have 7 children, 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Karen is an avid doll collector and has over 2500 dolls on display in their home. Fred has built several doll houses for her and they have been featured in national magazines.

He is a man of much education and many talents. Now he spends several hours working on his and his wife’s BMW’s. They both have 1999 BMW’s. Her favorite is a 323i convertible which was purchased to match his convertible. Well that lasted for a while, but his as totaled by the insurance company. Not to be discouraged he bought another, but this one is a 1999 328ci M-Sport Convertible. Another hobby that he loves and like all older BMW’s is a money pit. BMW’s are fun to drive and a challenge to work on. They both love the companionship and the friends that they have made with members of the Sierra Chapter of the BMW CCA. We hope to meet you at the next event.