Susan Johnson Baer

Profile Updated: August 28, 2009
Residing In: Portland, OR USA
Spouse/Partner: Katherine Wolfe
Homepage: www.thumbby.com
Occupation: Musician, Massage Therapist, Entrepreneur
Children: No kids of my own; instead we live with a truly bizarre "Cresty-Doodle" - a Chinese Crested/Poodle/Muppet/Klingon More…mix who we *think* is a dog but who may actually be a strange visitor from another planet.
Yes! Attending Reunion
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I'm coming to the Friday event but won't be there on Saturday. I'm looking forward to seeing old friends from Leslie & meeting new friends.

If anyone is interested, I'm tossing some "cosmetically imperfect" but fully functional Thumbby™ massage cones into a box in my car. If you want one, I'll give you a good deal. :-)

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I originally posted a lengthy description of things I've done since HS. However, this is the most important part:

Twenty years ago I met my soul-mate Katherine. We "jumped the broom" in 1992, and we were couple #22 when we married here in Portland in 2003. (You probably saw us on TV singing The Star-Spangled Banner while being heckled by protesters.)

In late 2007, Katherine and I applied for a patent on the Thumbby™ Soft Massage Cone, which Katherine invented because existing massage tools are too hard.

The Thumbby™ massage cone lets *anyone* give a good massage regardless of hand strength or skill level. It's fantastic for self-care because you can stick it to a door frame and press trigger points on your own back. You're invited to visit our website: www.thumbby.com.


After briefly attending 3 colleges, I went to England in 1971 for a 2-month vacation and stayed 4 years, playing music (I did a BBC radio show on cowboy music in 1972) and learning Neuromuscular Massage Therapy in 1973. Back in the USA, I got my Oregon massage license in Feb 1977 - I'm #872!

I got 3 Associate degrees from Lane CC in 1979, including an ASci in Electronic Engineering. I went to work @ Tektronix in 1979, first as a technician (first woman tech in my department!) and then as a technical writer. I got laid off in 1982 and was a successful freelance tech writer until 1994. I then worked 10 years at nCUBE, maker of massively-parallel-processing supercomputers turned video servers.

I recorded an album "Welcome Sweet Pleasure" with my band, Susan Arrow and the Quivers, in 1985.


In late 2007, Katherine and I applied for a patent on the Thumbby™ Soft Massage Tool, which Katherine invented because existing massage tools are too hard. After several setbacks due to ill health (we each had major surgery in 2008), the Thumbby™ massager is beginning to take off.

The Thumbby™ massager lets *anyone* give a good massage regardless of hand strength or skill level, and it saves wear on the hands of LMTs. Check it out at our website: www.thumbby.com.

School Story:

If you've been wondering "Who IS that? I don't remember her," it's because I was at South only a short time. I went to Leslie for 3 years, then my mom sent me to St. Helens Hall my sophmore year. After I was asked to leave (I wasn't expelled) for being "a bad influence on the other girls," I went to South for Spring term 1967. I was definitely a misfit among the various cliques, so I was back in boarding school my junior and senior years.

I've kept in touch with friends from Leslie over the years. I'm enjoying reading people's profiles and I'm looking forward to meeting new friends at the reunion.

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