Tiger Tracker: Anthony Effinger
Current career: magazine writer
Year graduated: 1983
Anthony Effinger is a 1983 graduate of Summit High school. Effinger has always wanted to be a journalist. Following his high school graduation, he studied at the University of Colorado in Boulder before transferring to Brown University in Providence, R. I. His first job in the field was at “Metals Week”, where he worked as the copper editor. He earned a promotion to aluminum after six months, and worked from an office in midtown Manhattan with a partial view of New Jersey.
Effinger now lives in Portland, Ore., and writes for Bloomberg Markets, the monthly magazine of Bloomberg News. He writes about hedge funds and other big investors, and does occasional pieces on oil wildcatters, Hollywood fraudsters and diamond mining in the Arctic. He said his diamond mining story was “a ton of fun.” He flew in a float plane to the middle of nowhere and landed on a tiny lake in the tundra, which was full of Arctic char. He suggests visitors to the area bring their fly rods.
Effinger is married and has two kids. His wife, Diana, is a lawyer who works on health policy. His son is seven and loves legos and books. His daughter, five, loves animals and convinced them to adopt two guinea pigs from the Humane Society. They keep chickens in their backyard, like everyone else in Portland. They have four: Liesl, Fluffball, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sorrel. His daughter recently made a terrarium for a snail found in their yard. Effinger said he wants to name it Lord Nelson, but his daughter is sticking with “Snaily.”
When asked if he has any interesting memories of his time at SHS, Effinger lists many. He said he remembers driving through blinding snow in his Chevrolet Nova to get home from ski practice and play rehearsal. He remembers Tony Tostin, who, along with Bill Wallace and Wendy Moore, Effinger said taught him tons about the world. He remembers giant bonfires for homecoming that “must have violated the Clear Air Act.” He remembers being a “dance captain” in “Oklahoma!”, which he said is ironic because he can’t dance. He remembers running for student council president and winning only because his opponents had gone to Hawaii the week of the election. He said he remembers graduating and being terrified.
Effinger said his love of skiing has morphed into a surfing obsession. He said he feels lucky that his 85-year-old mother is still spry and cheerful and as in love with his wife and children as he is. He said he is fortunate to be in touch with old friends from Summit High, who are still among his closest: Alex Miller, Tom Jones and Scott Hurlbert.
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