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Susan Gaede aka Newsy Suzie, an identical twin, talks to Brea Jr. High’s multiples

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Would you believe the Brea Junior High has 14 sets of twins and a set of triplets?

    I am an identical twin (Sue and Lou), so it was fun interviewing these students. Ironically, I interviewed 12 sets of twins in 1979 at the Brea Junior High.
    1979 Brea Junior High twins photo taken by Susan Gaede. (Courtesy of Judy Wedemeyer)

    1979 Brea Junior High twins photo taken by Susan Gaede. (Courtesy of Judy Wedemeyer)

    Brea Junior High School has 14 sets of twins and one set of triplets enrolled. Most of them in an interview said they enjoyed being a multiple.

    Brea Junior High School has 14 sets of twins and one set of triplets enrolled. Most of them in an interview said they enjoyed being a multiple.

    I met the current students in the school office and I kept hearing the twins comment to each other “I didn’t know you were a twin.” The students are: Gagleen and Loveen Bajwa, Dakota and Dillion Ford, Faith, Grace and Hope Geraldiez, Justin and Zachary Glomboske, Catherine and Christina Grattan, Alessandra and Gianna Horvath, Annika and Leah Johnson, Jessica and Jonathan Kim, Joshua and Katelyn Kim, Garrett and Thomas Long, Karen and Sophia Madamba, Eleanor and Sally Min, Emily and Meghan Patrick, Cassidy and Caylle Phillips, and Dylan and Evan Vo.

      Asked if their handwriting was alike, all twins and triplets answered “No.” Did they like doing things together? About half of the group did. Most of them enjoyed being a twin, but eight sets said they did not.

        None of them ever switched classes. Several were on crutches, but none of them ever felt each other’s pain. Half of the group could read each other minds, and liked same thing. Most of them said they did not like to dress alike. Only one set of twins out of the group were dressed alike.

          Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at (714) 529-8561 or e-mail her at suzgaede@aol.com.

            Since I've known Sue Gaede her fascination about twins (being an identical twin) is evident. Her stories about she and her identical twin never get old. As children (Sue and Lou) were a tad mischievous and certainty assertive, and yes I agree with Sue, two of them in one city would have been too much. Forty-five years reporting Orange County news and still going strong! Carolyn Campbell

              Susan Gaede:

                Left to right: Sue Gaede and her children: Lisa on her lap, Jon, and Laura, Lou Webb and daughter Patty only-child.

                Left to right: Sue Gaede and her children: Lisa on her lap, Jon, and Laura, Lou Webb and only-child Patty.


                  My mom strived to make my twin and I individuals. She even had sweaters that said Sue and Lou made.

                    We had a lot of fun being a doubleton. I dominated because my mom said I was 5 minutes older. After my mom’s death we found our birth certificates and Lou was 5 minutes older. Lou was pretty unhappy about the discovery that would have changed our lives.

                      I took advantage of being a twin. I hated my senior photo so I used hers in the yearbook. Everybody said we really looked alike in the yearbook, but they knew the difference.

                        We both had columns in local papers and I still do. Hers was in the Saratoga paper. She didn’t have a column as long as I did because she liked to write about celebrities and the paper wanted her to write about local weddings, etc.

                          Speaking of celebrities, Lou attended the Oscars for many years. We sneaked into the governor's ball and had a ball. We have both always been interested in famous people. I have a famous people wall and she has a photo and interviewed zillions of famous people.

                            We both taught fourth grade at different schools that were hundreds of miles apart. I don’t think one town could handle both of us.

                              In college we had to take a routine required test with no credit to graduate in reading. I passed with flying colors, but Lou didn’t. She talked me into taking it. I did and failed it. That’s another twin story because we got caught....
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"Thank you" for visiting Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON). First & foremost, I am a proud mother & wife. I am also a well-rounded freelance consultant. But you can call me an enthusiastic cheerleader, supporting and promoting the city of Brea and its historic iconic Charlie's Clock turned "Charlie the Clock!" Click on the front page illustration to read about the beloved time traveling cartoon clock!

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