After going on to graduate from
UCLA in 1975 with a Masters in
Photography and Design I continued
to live LA for the next nine
During that time I started
to get phone calls for another
Jeff Gates! Over the years I
was able to follow his career
by quizing these misdirected
callers, from being student body
president at USC, to law school,
and, proudly, to passing the Bar.
Once, very late one night, I got
a call from an irate mother who
wanted to know where her daughter
was! Sadly, I didn't have a clue.
In 1984, I got an offer to teach
at the University of Washington.
Before I left town, I called this
other Jeff Gates to say good bye.
When he answered the phone I said:
"Is this Jeff Gates the Lawyer?
Well, I'm the other Jeff Gates and
I've been getting your calls for
years!" "Oh," he said, "you must be
I invited him to lunch in hopes of
seeing our connection. But he didn't
look anything like me.