Walt Filkowski


Walter John Victor Filkowski was born in the Nepera Park section of Yonkers, New York, in 1939 and grew up in nearby Hastings-on-Hudson, where he graduated from high school.  He spent three years in the United States Navy and several years in various colleges in California playing football, and eventually graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Secondary Education with a minor in cheating.  He completed a one year post-graduate program in Physical Therapy at University of California San Francisco while frequenting the nearby Haight-Ashbury District in the late 1960”s, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in the mid-70’s.  After a two -year career in Physical Therapy, he was recruited into Hospital Administration and spent the next twenty-five years fighting unions and Doctors in the San Francisco East Bay.  His life was interrupted by a California divorce in 1979, after which he quit his job and toured the United States and Canada on a motorcycle. He resumed his Healthcare career and retired at age 55, after moving up to the wine country with his second wife, to become a house-husband and pursue their dream of owning and operating a Bed and Breakfast.  Together, they owned and operated a fifteen guest room, 1909 25,000 square foot country inn, with a 60 seat upscale restaurant, in Pennsylvania, for eight years. They retired from inn keeping in 2004 and moved to Big Canoe, Georgia, where they currently reside.