I am one of the Mature Davisites and one of the newer "old timers." We moved here in 1973 and lived in West Davis. Now we live in Central Davis, though we still live in the same house. That's how big Davis has grown in the intervening years. We raised five children here, two of whom are buried in the Davis Cemetery. At one time they were familiar figures at the Veterans Memorial Theatre because they performed with Acme Theatre Co., Davis Senior High School and with The Band Lawsuit, which was quite popular around here for about 10 years. Two of the kids performed with Davis Musical Theatre Co. in its early years. Most of our kids, at one time or another, worked at the Veterans Memorial Theatre. My husband retired from the US Agriculture Department, and, at one time, volunteered with the Davis Comic Opera Co. as its Technical Director, before DCOC became defunct.


Years ago, I worked for The Secretariat and the now-defunct Typing Company. I've also worked for Sutter West Women's Health and Caring for Women. Now review shows for The Davis Enterprise and volunteer, bottle feeding orphaned puppies for the Yolo County SPCA.

I can occasionally be found at the Toad Hollow Dog Park with our two dogs. I also served for two years on the board of Davis Community Network


I love computers and do a lot of basic (not complicated) web design. I'm also into digital photography and am currently obsessed with learning PhotoShop and video blogging

In my spare time, I do continuing battle with Davis' ever-present ants

On the Web

I have a personal web site at http://dcn.davis.ca.us/go/basykes, have kept a daily on-line journal at http://www.funnytheworld.com since March of 2000, (with the addition of a mirror site at http://airypersiflage.blogspot.com/.

A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.
--The Wizard of Oz

You can only make a difference if you care.
--Steve Schalchlin, The Last Session


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I'm really glad to see someone on here who's not in the 18-25 age range and is a long-term resident of Davis. Welcome! - KenjiYamada

2004-12-14 15:49:50   You didn't list "This is Spinal Tap" on your bit about the Christopher Guest movies. Another classic :) - KenNeville

2004-12-14 16:52:05   Believe it or not, I've never seen Spinal Tap. - BevSykes

2004-12-14 17:27:36   It's a good movie. There are many inside music jokes, but it's accessable, similar to Best in Show having jokes that are dog lovers or dog show jokes but also being very accessable. - JabberWokky

2004-12-27 06:51:34   Hey Bev, I love your additions to the Mount Rushmore page. It amuses me that Gary Saylin and Bob Dunning have a feud going on. Dunning has mentioned Saylin in a recent column in a reference to Saylin's letter to the Enterprise. —RobRoy

2005-01-12 08:49:25   Hey, Bev - thanks for the updates. I was curious about the GSA. Is that a statewide organization? —JabberWokky

2005-03-22 22:33:10   Thanks so much for the recommendation of Midtown Animal Clinic. A previously paralyzed mouse can walk now. :) —JabberWokky

2005-03-24 10:04:45   hi bev! did you mean for that photo to become one of the random photos? if so, I'll fix that up for you. —CarlMcCabe

2005-03-25 15:50:53   Your puppy photo is completely adorable! —PhilipNeustrom

2005-03-25 16:56:33   I added your pups photo to the photo randomizer. Great photo! —CarlMcCabe

2005-10-31 22:11:54   Come back to the wiki, we need you! And bring more older townies with you. —KenjiYamada

2005-11-01 01:25:37   wiki misses bev sykes —TravisGrathwell

2005-11-01 02:51:34   I agree, I think Bev and other non-students make some of the most valuable contributions. —MikeIvanov

2006-03-25 14:41:22   A Steve Schalchlin quote?! Wow, this is the first Last Session reference i have heard since moving out of LA. my uncle is the producer of that amazing musical. how did you come across it? —AdamGerber

2006-06-21 22:48:50   yeah, I think a better word than haunted to describe the Varsity is.. inhabited. Its not like theres anybody like trying to scare any employees or anything, but just it always feels like someone else is there, hanging out. I really love looking at old pictures of the varsity, back when lawsuit used to play there and stuff. It makes me wish I lived here (im davis) in the 90s. You should definitely come by sometime. I would love to hear some cool stories about the Varsity! —JulienBiewerElstob

2006-10-24 13:29:44   I just "rediscovered" Lawsuit's music through their website. My family went to St. James with you all and I will never forget the first time I saw Lawsuit playing at Picnic Day. When I downloaded the MP3's from the Lawsuit Graveyard website, and "North Dakotachrome" came on, I was bombarded with so many happy memories of Davis at once. "Picturebook Pretty" is one of the most joyful songs I have ever heard. My sister went to DHS with Paul and I was saddened by his loss. I just wanted to tell you that I am so glad he continues to live on through his music. I hope all is well! —AdamFlowers

2006-12-03 22:02:51   like adam (hi adam!), i grew up around the sykes kids and was a big fan of lawsuit, i just discovered the lawsuit page and bev's tribute to paul last friday. i had no idea the downtown plaza stage had a mekmorial for paul, so i went there this afternoon and remembered paul. his music got me through a lot of jr. high and high school agnst, and his concerts were truly a thing of beauty. thanks for raising him to be such a good person, bev, it's good to see you building things on the wiki. —SeanMarsh

2007-01-01 01:43:16   Thanks, both Sean and Adam, for your nice comments. —BevSykes

2007-03-16 19:10:20   Don't let problems on Recent Changes drive you away from the wiki. The community of editors that make positive contributions is much larger than the few who cause problems. It would be a shame too be without your input. —JasonAller

2007-06-21 09:57:09   Is there a way to get the Lawsuit Graveyard back up? —JamesSchwab

2011-02-16 21:45:37   It's great to see you editing again! —WilliamLewis

2011-03-18 12:44:00   I forwarded your review to Eva, wife and co-owner of the Little Prague Restaurant and hope that you will all be able to sit down and discuss this issue. I know that the Riggity Jig band will be playing again at Little Prague shortly and hope you are able to visit to see them play once again. I believe they will be playing at the Little Prague Bar (not the restaurant). —Wes-P

2011-03-18 13:03:48   Oof! What a mistake on their part! You can stay at home for food (my wife and I had lamb chops at home for St. Patrick's Day). People go out for a variety of reasons, and the band was there specifically to draw customers looking for live music and a meal. The problem is simple: they did not provide what they were advertising and that you specifically ordered well before you arrived. It's as if you ordered shepherd's pie and they brought you mashed potatoes. Best of luck in catching them in the future. —JabberWokky

2011-08-04 17:14:53   Bev's kids were (and are) the coolest, most talented people I've ever had the pleasure to have met and admire. —OldDavis73