“There’s no such thing as a bad kid. Only a bad situation.” – Tim Moellering
Tim Moellering was a VERY loyal Cal Alumni. He had 3 wishes before he died (and these wishes were expressed full heartedly before he got pancreatic cancer).
Wish #1: To see the SF Giants win the World Series. This wish was fulfilled just two months before he died. Immediately after the game he was taken to the ER for a blood clot.
Wish #2: Get the “Derby Field” on Martin Luther King Jr Way in Berkeley California built. Tim worked 13 years on this which required a ~$5mm bond voted on by the city. A few minutes after he died, in a Berkeley City Council meeting, a Council Member read a proclamation in honor of Tim Moellering and they voted to speed up the building of the field. The TV was on in our living room where he died with the public meeting broadcasting and I think Tim humbly decided to go before he was talked about. Today, the field is named Tim Moellering Field and it’s the only grass baseball field in Berkeley (other than the one Cal plays on).
Wish #3: See Cal go to the Rose Bowl. But Tim understood this wouldn’t ever happen in his life time so he was in acceptance. Cal Football Team and Coaches, if you can hear this, when you get to the Rose Bowl, think of Tim Moellering. In the movie, Dash Mihok, playing Tim mentions it to Mills (playing me). Like in the movie, Tim would take me to Cal football games instead of sending me to detention. He saved my life by teaching me how to be honest and have faith in humanity again. May Tim’s spirit help all of us have faith in humanity again and may he watch down on Cal going to the Rose Bowl one day.
Tim went 38 years without missing a Cal Home Game. He scheduled his chemo therapy sessions around Home Games. When his pancreatic cancer metastasized, he got a blood clot and had to watch from home. On one occasion, he had to miss a game and all his friend visited the house before the game. It was just Tim and I and we never laughed harder together. This was a few days before he died and he was on a lot of medication at the time, and he kept thinking he saw a cat in the window. But we both knew there was no cat (he was hallucinating). Yet even though he could still process that he was hallucinating, he was still so convinced and made me prove it to him! All we could do was laugh. It was one of my favorite moments with him. Soon after, he could no longer speak and I still miss him.
After graduating from Stanford and moving to NYC, Tim decided to paint the house Blue and Gold. For holidays, I would always come home to be with him. So maybe he painted it in part to make sure I knew whose house I was in after going to Stanford!?
We filmed Quest here, in our real home. Tim and I bought a different house together which he bought with me so that I would be safe when he was gone. I sold it in order to make Quest. If you could share the website and help spread the message of love, that would be very generous and greatly appreciated. If there’s any extra money gained, I will be sure to share it with programs/projects that support the kids that need it the most. The website can be shared via the button on the bottom right of each page or please watch the movie/become a member/donate here:
Where I’m sitting in the living room is exactly where Tim died. I was holding his hand when he took his last breath and I whispered in his ear that he was deeply loved. That the baseball field would get built and that one way or another I was going to make our movie for him. We wrote the first drafts of Quest together and worked really hard on it.
Tim never broke a promise to me and I was not going to break that promise to him. This is why the opening of the movie is “Based on Promises Never Broken…”
Here Mr. Moellering is teaching his Berkeley High School Junior class why he thought Cal was better than Stanford, singing, and having fun as part of a Cal Fan of the Week recording that he was selected for. This was recorded in 2010, several months before he died. The movie takes place in 1995 when he was still a junior high school history and english teacher & coach. At BHS, he was the Varsity Baseball Coach. Tim used to perform karaoke for his students after tests. There is a lot more in the Members Section. Please join us:
This poster was always in our house. When Tim was a student at Cal, he and his friends hung a “Go Bears” banner down Stanford’s Hoover Tower before the Big Game. Even during Tim’s final days, he still could not admit he was proud I went to Stanford. I tried to force him to admit it, but nope, he just would not! hahahaha. He was so loyal to Cal like that! But in all seriousness, I know he was VERY proud (even with all the mistakes I made). I NEVER would have gone to Stanford if not for Tim. And I never would have been able to make Quest without some of the opportunities that opened up through Stanford. And I never would have lived this story without Cal. So long as we are doing our best to give back and be of service, we are on the right path. If all of us can do a little more giving, then together we can shift humanity. Tim taught me this. Through his actions. Tim Moellering was a beautiful example for all of us. He was incredibly grateful to have gone to Cal and he was the most generous person I ever met growing up in Berkeley. I am deeply grateful for his lessons and blessing.
UC Berkeley was very kind to let us film on the campus. This is a frame from the movie when Tim goes running. Truth is Tim didn’t ever run, but he rode a bike everywhere. Since we didn’t want to show modern cars in the movie (it’s 1995), it was very difficult to have Tim ride a bike. Tim also didn’t like waking up early in the mornings… those are admittedly the two things in the movie that are least accurate about Tim’s character.
We filmed at a live Cal Game:
Actual screenshots from the movie Quest – The Truth Always Rises
Greg Kasyan getting ready for the scene with the hot dog vendor.
The Plaque at Tim Moellering Field on MLK Jr. Way & Derby Street in Berkeley, California:
Before Tim died, he left me with his Top 10 Rules to Live By. He wanted me to share them with the world. Please help me spread them.