Westside High School Class of '57 -- Omaha, Nebraska --Memories and Life Stories
We can count our class of '57 as having 96 classmates (89 are pictured in the '57 yearbook and 7 others were in the clsss but moved and graduated from other highschools). As of September 2007, sixteen of our classmates have passed away and thirteen can not be located.Of the remaining sixty-seven classmates, sixty five of our "stories" are below.
From Al Nielsen
I want to start with thanking Gregg Millett and the group of classmates he put together to make this all happen.
I was raised in my early years at 90th and Maple Street on my Grandfathers Dairy Farm (Underwood Dairy). In the late 40s Roberts Dairy decided they wanted it more than we did.
After it was sold we moved to the Benson area and I attended my first to years of high school at Benson High. I started my junior year at Westside. It was a great school with a super staff of teachers.
After college, I went to work for Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. I was with Firestone for 35 years and had a great career. I started in Grand Island, Ne, transferred to Lincoln and then back to Omaha. During this time my first wife, Linda, and I became avid trap shooters. Linda became one of the top trap shooters in Nebraska.
I was then transferred to Milwaukee, where I ran a retail store and later a large all commercial store (the first for Firestone), We wrote most of the policies and procedures for this type store during this time (since it was something new) that are still in place today.
I was then promoted to Manager of Commercial Products for the state of Wisconsin. During this time my wife Linda and I kept on trapshooting.
This was a job I truly loved, but as big companies go they never leave you alone.
The company had a group of stores in upstate NY that had never made money. The president of Firestone personally picked me to try and straighten the mess out. Off I went. Approximately three years later I had them making money. I went to New York with the good old Midwestern work ethic which those boys had a hard time understanding, but I finally got through to them. During this time my wife Linda and I took up sailing, which I truly love. I would rather sail than eat. We started out with a 27ft Catalina and moved up to a 30ft C&C Redlinewhich was one of the finest sailboats made. I did not want to go larger because a 30ft is about as big as you can go and still single hand itI used to like to sail by myself once in awhile.
After New York, I was in the fast lane with Firestone and was promoted to manager of the New Store Opening Division in Akron, Ohio. From there I was promoted to Manager of Commercial Products. In reorganization I was promoted to manager of Sales for Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Louis. At this time I had the boat in Cleveland on Lake Erie. When we were transferred I had a chance to sell it and did.
I was in Chicago for 10 years. During this time Bridgestone Brought Firestone and that ended my fast lane to the top. We loved Chicago and had a great time. We purchased an Art Gallery and had a lot of fun with it. We specialized in wildlife and western art. I still have about 300 Robert Bateman and 100 Bev Doolittle limited edition prints left after we closed it down
The Firestone line of tractor tires were always produced in Des Moines, Iowa and in 1992 Bridgestone decide to make this a separate company. So I was transferred to Des Moines to set up the sales and marketing office world wide for this new company. In 1997 my job was done and I negotiated an early retirement. In 1998 we moved to Scottsdale, AZ, stayed 9 months and moved back to DesMoines. We just liked the Midwest. In 1999 Linda, my first wife of 35 years died from cancer. This was a real had time in my life. My wife and I were best buddies and did everything together. We were fortunate to have been able to travel and see the world together. With the help of a great group of friends I got through it. But it was tough.
In the spring of 2003 I met Helen and we got married in December of that year. We felt we were destined to get married so why wait. We have been married for almost 4 years and have had a ball. Its like we were meant for each other
Since our marriage we sold two homes, built a new one and have taken two great trips. Last year we took an Alaskan cruise with an extended 10 day land excursion. This year we went to Scandinavia and Russia.
I started about a year ago collecting Classic Cars. We now have a 1955 Thunderbird and a 1971 Mach 1. These cars have had a complete body off frame restoration. The house we built has a five car heated garage. At the time we built it, I was not into the cars, but now we need the space.
Well guys you can tell Ive had a great life with a lot of great experiences and memories.
See you all next week.
From Bernie Grabow (Passed away April 9, 2011)
From Bev Marvin Havlu
I met Don Havlu at the University and we were married in 1963 and from that time on, our travels began as he was in the Army. Our first stop was Ft. Riley, Kansas where we lived for two years. During that time, we had twin daughters, Elizabeth and Laurie born in June of 1964. Ft. Riley was a good assignment as it was close to Omaha. In June of 1965, we went to Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey for 6 months, and then to Stuttgart, Germany for 2 ½ years. Don had to miss his graduation from the Signal School at Ft. Monmouth, as they offered us transport to Germany on the SS United States. We couldnt pass that up, and boarded the ship in New York City with a large suitcase full of diapers (before Pampers).
We traveled to Bremerhaven and from there to Stuttgart by train. What an experience with 2 ½ year old twins. It was a wonderful time, only to be cut short by 6 months when Don received orders to Viet Nam. So, back to Omaha in December of 1967, where we bought a house on 104th and Valley. It was comforting being back with family and friends during this time.
Don returned from Viet Nam to Travis Air Force Base, California in January of 1969 and I flew out to meet him there with our now 3 ½ year old twin daughters. We flew to Los Angeles to visit his grandmother, and back to Omaha to pack up for his new assignment at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Janet Voss Golden was living in Northern Virginia, and we got together frequently and she and Bill were the Godparents to our son Bob, born in 1970.
In December of 1970, we moved to New Jersey for the C.E. Systems Engineer Course at Ft. Monmouth. The following December, we again traveled to Germany where we spent 3 years in Heidelberg. Fortunately, Pampers had came on the scene which made traveling a little easier, even to changing a diaper in a Gondola on a visit to Venice, Italy. While in Germany, we lived on the economy so as to gain the most from our tour there. Liz and Laurie went to an American School in Heidelberg, made many German friends and learned to speak German fluently.
In December of 1973, Don received orders to Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. From Heidelberg to the desert and we wondered what in the world were we getting into. We spent Christmas with our family and friends in Omaha and then made the long drive to Ft. Huachuca. Three kids, and also a dog. No SUVs or Vans at that time. The closer we got to Arizona, the browner the terrain was and the towns were few and far between. We saw more tumbleweeds than people. But, as my Dad always said, everything works out for the best.
We spent seven years at Ft. Huachuca/Sierra Vista. Don left active duty in December 1976 and became a Department of Defense Civilian Employee.
In December of 1979, Don was assigned to the Defense Communication Agency in Arlington, Virginia, so we packed up three kids, and now two dogs (a Poodle and Golden Retriever), and two cars and drove back to Virginia.
I have always done needlework, and took up quilting while in Virginia. Ive designed a dozen or so patterns which have been published in various quilting magazines.
Don retired from the Pentagon in 1994. When he retired, Laurie was working and living in New York City, Liz was married and not planning on staying in Northern Virginia, and Bob had just completed one year at Virginia Tech and wasnt sure what he was going to do, or where hed be. So, we made the decision to move back to Arizona. Were now living in Sun City Vistoso in Oro Valley which is just northwest of Tucson. We square dance, bowl and enjoy all of the activities here.
Now, all three of our children are married, we have 6 grandchildren and, guess what ---- they are all living in Northern Virginia. As long as they keep coming west for their vacations, we shall remain here. In fact, Laurie came out in July with our four 7 year old grandchildren. She has twins boy and girl, Liz youngest of 3 boys is 7, and Bobs daughter. We drive back to Northern Virginia at least twice a year and when needed, always going through Omaha until this time as my mother passed away a year ago at 97 years old. Our trip for this fall is planned for the month of September and many things have been scheduled for us to do, so I regret to say we wont be at the reunion. I wish to say hello to everyone on the list.
Gregg, Ill be looking forward to hearing from you about the activities and hopefully some pictures. Thank you for organizing this and my best wishes to everyone.
From Bud Walling
I spend the winter in Scottsdale and would love to visit with any of the class who are in Arizona. I attended WHS the first two years it was open and then went to Military school for two years and played football and kinda went to class. I went to Troy High School in Troy, NY for my senior year and again played football and flunked Chemistry. They graduated me so they wouldnt have to deal with me another year and my parents said they would pay for NU if I didnt play sports and studied. I didnt play sports and kinda studied. After 4 years I was prepared to be drafted which I was and had two years in the Army and a great time. Hurt my back jumping and, after two years working for Uncle Sam, I decided to go back to school. Medicine sounded good so I took all the classes necessary but had failed to realize that four years of having fun at NU would not compete with really good students. I then went to Grad school. One day I went to the Dean's office to see if they had any jobs posted. The Deans secretary told me her husband was the superintendent in Waterloo and needed a teacher ..what else a Chemistry teacher. That was a fun year (7 of my 11 students majored in Chemistry) and then I decided I needed a job (I had taught on an emergency certificate) so I went to work for a large Chemical Company. I did that for a couple of years and started my own Chemical Company (www.wallingwater.com) which I have run since March 1969. We sell products to treat water where water is used as a heat exchange medium.
Over the years I have enjoyed motorcycling. I just rode out to the Sturgis Rally for the 37th year and hope to make 40. I started flying when I was young and used that mode of travel to cover the fourteen states in which we operate. I raised two step children, one of whom flys jets for Warren Buffet's company. I live in AZ in the winter and my annual New Year's resolution is to play golf, but I have never been good at resolutions. Since the early 80s I have spent time each summer in Door County, WI. I have enjoyed living in South Dakota the last 40 years.
Looking forward to seeing the "Omaha Gang," the golfers, and any other early arrivals.. My best wishes to all.
I am going to be having dinner with my 104yr old step mom Thurs and will be in Omaha Fri and can set up another lunch as I said latter the the next week and certainly anyone who would like to come would be welcome. The 4 of us had met last year and with the 53rd looming I thought it might be a time for a repeat. I get to the Omaha area to monthly to work and to visit my Mom so can set it around a specific date if I have lead time. For a group of 8+- or less the Pasta Amori is great but for a larger group I could set up a special lunch at the regency Motor Inn. It is centrally located as well and would be great for 8+ folks.
I will be heading for Scottsdale mid October and then on to Sarasota for most of the winter in case any folks want to get together. I guess we are all getting older and health is beginning to take its toll. I have the normal problems a 70+ year old has but was still able to ride my motorcycle to the 70th annual Sturgis Rally for the 40th consecutive year.
Looking forward to talking and or seeing anyone…………God Bless……Bud
From Carol Eaton Johnston
From Carolyn Evans Kalinski
It is always good to see how everyone is doing and really hope there will be a 55th reunion.
Life is good for me. Just getting older with more aches and pains as age creeps up. Went to Omaha for the past Christmas and, of course, there was the blizzard of the century. Have been cured of ever going there again in the winter. I really prefer sunshine, thank you. We were in Omaha again in May for our oldest granddaughters' graduation from Millard North. April is now a freshman at UNL. Then back again in September for my aunt's 90th birthday. Seems like there is never enough time while I am there to see everyone. Hope to be there sometime when you all get together like you did last year.
My best to you all and prayers go out to all who are facing challenges in their lives at this time. Who knew getting old would be like this!!!! I sure didn't.
Carolyn Evans Kalinski
2011 Update -- Carolyn Evans Kelinski
Hope this year finds all well with you and yours.
My year has been pretty uneventful. The highlight of the year was a curise around the Hawaiian Islands in December. In May we went to Colorado for our second granddaughter, Shelby's, graduation from Highlands Ranch. It was held at Red Rocks with temps in the 40s and raining. Needless to say, this cold blooded transplant Arizonian froze!!! Shelby is a freshman at University of Idaho. Our oldest granddaughter, April, is in her second year at Nebraska. The next, Kelsey, will be graduating from Millard North in May and we will be coming to Omaha for that, for sure. Planning on going to Orlando for the youngest 2 grandson's gymnastics meet in February. Will be having knee replacement surgery, soon.
I keep busy playing Bunco, Mexican Train Dominos and Hand and Foot (typical retirement community activities). I also volunteer at my church and a local hospital.
If anyone is on Facebook, look me up. Have spoken to Margy, Thulin, and Jeanne this past year.
Wishing you all the very best. Hoping for a 55 or 60 year reunion. Looking forward to seeing all your updates. Thanks, Jo Ellen, for getting this ball rolling.
Carolyn Evans Kelinski
From Charlotte Schroeder Zampese
I received my degree in Interior Design and worked in the field for 15 years. We retired in 1997 and have since enjoyed the fruits of our labor.(play golf, do volunteer work, and travel in our R.V.) Todd and his family live within a few blocks. We have enjoyed the grandchildren,total of three. Beth, is the oldest; she is a junior at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Brett, a senior at Boerne High and Michael a sophomore.
After a busy summer , time doesn't allow another vacation. Sorry we will miss the reunionI send my best to all and if you come to the city of the "SPURS" let us hear you cheer GO SPURS GO!!!
From Dale Slunicko
I came to Oakdale School in the 8th grade from St. Margaret Marys. At the time my family home was on south 105th and it was too far for me to travel, and I was too young to drive. Mike Williams picked me up in his jeep many mornings so that I could attend Westside beginning my freshman year. During high school I attended 1 year at Wentworth Military Academy, but did complete my senior year and graduate from Westside. After graduation, I went back to Wentworth and received my junior college degree and then on to UNO.
My career started when I decided to go into business with my mother, who was a land developer. I ran her construction company for many years. This was a fabulous time to be in the real estate business in Omaha. The interstate was being constructed through Nebraska, and Western Electric was building a plant at 120th and L. Throughout most of my career we continued developing and building (8 sub-divisions). During those busy years I did meet and date my companion, Kathleen Stinson, a former Benson Bunny. In the mid-sixties we went our separate ways, but always stayed in touch. Fourteen years ago she moved back to Omaha, went to work for one of my companies, and the rest, as they say, is history.
When my mother died in 1976, I decided that I had about 20 years of land ahead to develop, then to semi-retire and manage Bel Air Plaza, the last piece of property that I still own.
Today, Kathy and I keep busy in the office, but do devote time for travel. We are veterans of cruising, both large and small vessels. Also, we enjoy exploring the world on land.
I am on my third term on the Board of Trustees at Wentworth, plus secy/treas of the Wentworth Foundation. Having served on many boards over the years, I find that these two are all that I want to do.
Look forward to seeing everyone later this month.
From Darla Bennett-Schwarzenbach
After graduating, I went on to business college and did
some modeling. I was trying out for Miss Auto Show in 1958 and ended up
being Miss Cadillac. I made no money but remember the sore feet as I stood
for hours. I then worked at the corporate offices of Omar Baking Co. and
later at Provident Loan Co. (Remember their ad on the radio?..."We're
the Provident Loan Arrangers George and Chet.")
I married my dear husband Carl in 1959. Janice Oliphant,
one of my dear friends and our classmate, who was to be a bridesmaid in
my wedding was tragically killed in an automobile accident just 4 days
before our wedding. What a blow that was to both her family and mine.
The first 3 years of our marriage I helped put Carl thru college. Though he majored in business, he loved music. Before our marriage he played in the Marine Corps Band. After his discharge in 1958, he joined the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. He was in the percussion section for 17 years along with the Omaha Opera Orchestra for 8 years. However, his full time job required a move to the Chicago area in 1975. We later moved back to Omaha as I missed my large family of 4 brothers and 3 sisters and wanted our children to be closer to their aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc. Their grandmother, my mother, is 90 years old and thankfully still pretty active.
I feel very blessed to have been able to be a "Stay
at home Mom" for our 3 children. I have never looked back and wished
I had done it any other way. Nothing could be more rewarding than to know
we raised our children to be caring, giving and God fearing adults as
they are today. I have also been blessed to help with our six grandchildren
after they were born.
From Dave Humphry
I am among the group of classmates that arrived at Westside in the eighth grade, the year it opened, coming up the grades from Loveland and then Underwood schools. After really enjoying my years at Westside, and graduating, I attended Grinnell College, a good smaller liberal arts college (I had no idea of my career plans at that time) where I would be able to participate in sports. It was an excellent educational experience and I did play baseball, but after two years, I transferred to the University of Nebraska, from which I graduated in January 1962. At NU, I affiliated with Beta Theta Pi social fraternity. Upon graduation, I taught mathematics for two years at Bellevue High School (Bellevue, our old rival -- Can you believe that?) I had an offer from Westside Schools, but, as much as I loved Westside, I wanted to experience a different school system. While teaching at Bellevue, I heard about a new thing called computer programming and, while looking for part-time summer work, received offers to work full-time in the new world of computers. NCR Corp. offered me a job teaching computer programming that involved some travel. I liked teaching, programming looked interesting, and being young and single, the travel sounded good. So, in 1963, I left public school teaching, joined NCR Corporation and spent more than 25 years with that company, starting out in Omaha, then moving to Dayton, Ohio in 1966, Hartford, Connecticut, in 1967, Columbia, Maryland, in 1970, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1972, and Dallas, Texas, in 1979. During that career, I managed Education and Training Centers, and taught a variety of computer and business-related courses to NCR and customer personnel. I traveled quite a bit inside and outside the U.S., which provided variety and was interesting and educational.
In 1993, I took early retirement from NCR, returned to school to complete a masters degree program (University of Texas at Arlington), and looked for another career. I found it in the financial services industry, joining Northwestern Mutual in 1994 as a financial representative, training consultant, and, later and at present, a compliance supervisor (Registered Principal). For the past 13 years, I have been associated with The Texas Financial Group, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Dallas.
I met wife Jan while living in Hartford and married in 1970. Our son, Will, was born in Atlanta. We have lived in the Dallas area since 1979 and currently live in Cedar Hill (suburban Dallas), in a lakeside setting at Lake Joe Pool. Jan has been a paralegal with a Dallas law firm for many years. Our son lives in Dallas.
We are active members of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. I am a Church Elder, and frequently teach adult Sunday school. Hobbies include reading, both fiction and nonfiction; compiling and maintaining several family histories; interest in sports, participating throughout high school and college in baseball, and in later years slow-pitch softball and tennis. Currently, Jan and I enjoy using our tandem kayak on the lake right beside our home, giving us exercise, relaxation, and terrific views of wildlife. We enjoy regular dinner outings with friends; and a few years ago, got hooked on cruises, and have greatly enjoyed the several we have taken, and plan to take more of them.
I plan to join the ranks, in a year or two, of being semi-retired, as many of you are. That will be great. Many thanks to Gregg and many others of you, who are making possible what will be, I am sure, a fun reunion. I look forward to seeing all of you in September!
Jan and I are in the middle of a two week vacation with brother Jim and his wife, at Jan's family cottage in Connecticut -- situated about halfway between Hartford and New London. However, at the moment, we are staying for a couple nights with Bob Kvaal & his wife at their summer home on Martha's Vineyard. Bob was three years behind us at Westside (classmate of Jim's) and also a fraternity brother of Jim & me. As Buzz knows, we talked about the possibility of hooking up with you also on this trip, but it just didn't work. Buzz, I hope we can connect in a year or so, as we plan to visit Connecticut on a more frequent basis in the future.
Gregg and Classmates,
Thanks Gregg for keeping our class connected. It's appreciated.
I have finally retired. In October 2008 I retired from full time work with Northwestern Mutual, but for the next two years I maintained my licenses and registration and continued working on a part time basis in financial services. But March 1 of this year, I terminated my licenses, having finally felt I could give it all up and am now enjoying full retirement. I am involved with about five on-going volunteer activities which keep me "engaged," but also, leave me with enough time to just be retired!!
In January, Jan and I enjoyed a 10-day cruise with my brother and his wife, out of Ft. Lauderdale to the Panama Canal, with stops at Aruba, Curacao, and Puerto Limon. We recently returned home from a two weeks' vacation in Connecticut, where we caught the force of Hurricane Irene. It did no damage to our lakeside cottage, but we had to adjust to having no power for 6 days. The weather was sunny with mild temperatures after Irene went through, and we were able to do most of the things we had planned, including several days of paddling our tandem kayak around the lake – much fun! We spent our evenings playing gin rummy (something I hadn't done in years) by candlelight! Of course, the entire Atlantic seaboard from North Carolina to Canada was hit hard by this hurricane, but we were affected far less than many.
The highlight of the year for us was the June wedding of our son, Will, to Charlotte. The wedding was in the New Orleans area and was just a wonderful occasion in every respect! Will & Charlotte will be living in Dallas, where they each have been working and living.
Some of you know my mother, Carrie, now 98. Last November she finally gave up her home of 62 years on Hickory Street and moved to Maple Ridge, a "Resort Lifestyle Community," just off 167th street in Omaha. She is healthy, gets around OK, and very much enjoys her new friends, food, and activities of her new home. My brother Jim lives just a few miles away.
If we have a 55th reunion I'll certainly try to be there.
From David Bronn
I remember when C. L. Retelsdorf kicked somebody off the cast of a play and pulled me in with only one week to go! I dont remember how it went; I just know how hard I worked to learn all those lines.
In general I wish I had studied a bit less and paid more attention to all of the wonderful girls in our class!
After Westside I went to Iowa State majoring in physics. After a year I transferred to San Jose State and majored in geology and then switched to police school and finally graduated in 62 in political science.
After college I joined the Air Force and was first assigned to the Lincoln Combat Defense Squadron as a flight commander and operations officer. Next stop was France as an air police operations officer were we built up a reconnaissance wing. But de Gaulle ordered us out and we had to disassemble the efforts of our hard work. Still being single, I was selected to stay behind until we drove the last truck off the base and on to the UK. In England I was a base commander at an old airbase and lived with an RAF unit. After that I spent a year in Vietnam at a nice quiet base, at least up until the time I arrived. During my year here we had 28 attacks.
I was a bit shell-shocked after Vietnam and got married. My wife Patty was an American who was teaching in various European countries and I met her while in England.
After our marriage I was transferred to Malstrom AFB in Great Falls, Montana where I was a minuteman launch crew commander. While in Great Falls we had our son, Justin.
After my Air Force duty was completed, we looked around for the best place to live and picked Bellingham, Washington. Where I got a job with the US Post Office.
I took early retirement in 92 and have been enjoying life immensely since then.
We still live in Bellingham; Patty is still my wife; and our son, Justin, just got married this year.
Sorry we cannot attend the reunion but I send my best wishes to all. I hope to get a report on the reunion and to hear from some of my classmates.
From Deanna Eurich Fergusen
Dee Eurich Ferguson asked me to send her news to everyone. She enjoyed reading news of the class members but her computer is refusing to SEND emails right now!! Dee has spent many summers in Ottertail, MN in her home on the lake. (We had great fun visiting her there this summer.) The rest of the year she lives in Midwest City, OK (near OK City) with her kids/grandkids living nearby. Sadly, her husband John passed away in January following a bout with cancer. She keeps busy with church activities, sewing, & amusing her 2 cute dogs.
JoEllen Conley Elliott for Dee Eurich Ferguson
From Deana Grimm Jones
Thinking of you and will keep your of you in our prayers. It's so worrisome when our kids are in harms way. Thinking of you and your St. Barnard too. Thanks to you Greg for keeping us posted. Deana Grimm jones.I always was a lousey typist.I need to get on this computer more. This has been a health proble year.I'vd had breast cancer but the prognosis is good. It is ama zing the number of women who have it. I consider myself lucky that I had no nodes involved. I elected to have a bilateral mastectomy more as a precaution. The surgery was somewhat offputting but my peace of mind was good. Enough of the health news. Just get your regular mamograms and do monthly breast checks.Deana.
Suanne and Gary. I was so sorry to read about your house. You're right it's the small things and memories that you miss. I've been thinking of you and remembering you in my prayers.Love Deana
From Ed Zschau
I look forward to being with many of you at the Reunion
and to staying in touch with all of you. Please let me know when you are
near Los Altos, Nantucket, or Princeton.
Dear Gregg and WHS '57 Classmates,
From Gail Gray Anderson
Not too many Omahans settle in the South, but my family and I have been in Knoxville, Tennessee, near the Smoky Mountains, for nearly 30 years. It's a beautiful area of the country. My husband and I have two fine sons, two delightful daughters-in-law, and three grandsons. We enjoy their company immensely. One family is in Knoxville; the other is in Atlanta. I get to Atlanta very frequently and am writing from there now.
In our era, it was rather unusual for a young woman to graduate from college without snaring a potential husband, but my single status inspired me to move to New York City (where I shared an apartment for a time with Sherry Johnson Lourie -- Judy Youngman Wigton had lived there previously). I later moved on to San Francisco, Paris, and eventually to Greece, where I stayed for two years teaching English to Greeks. That was a glorious adventure for me.
When I returned to the U.S. I started graduate school in San Francisco and soon married a young architect I'd met on a blind date set up by Judy Youngman Wigton. We just celebrated our 40th anniversary. We lived in Lincoln, Tampa, and Roanoke, Virginia, before coming to Knoxville where he taught at the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee before retiring. Meanwhile I pursued high school and college English teaching and then branched into technical writing and editing.
I value the safe and solid background we experienced in Omaha in the 1950s. On the other hand, I've relished the diversity of the wider world. Jerry and I still travel a lot -- most recently a nostalgic return to Greece, which I love.
If your travels should lead you to the Southeastern U.S., I'd love to offer you warm hospitality -- maybe even some grits and moonshine. Have fun together!
Hello Classmates! The deadline spurred me on. Hearing from members of the class of '57 has been heartwarming even when the news is sad. It's good to keep in touch,
In hopes that a picture will be worth 1000 words I'm attaching a photo of our family taken at Hilton Head during the summer. You'll notice that Gail and Jerry are old, our sons and daughters-in-law are in their prime, and our four grandchildren are just as adorable and charming as the children in your families are.
I want to mention that I've gotten interested in genealogy and am doing some work on ancestry.com. Actually, my nephew (my brother Bruce's son) took the trouble to fly all the way from Petaluma, California, to Tennessee to get me going. I'm the oldest living "Gray" and thus have a lot of memories, photographs, and detailed information that should be recorded before I lose my marbles. The effort is fun, and ancestry.com is an amazing site.
You are invited to visit us in Knoxville if you travel in the southeastern U.S. Tennessee is verdant and mountainous -- very beautiful. Nancy Trester Hardman has been here a number of times, and we've had such fun.
Thanks to Gregg for shepherding folks through the e-uniting process and to all who have written. It's fun to think about Omaha and the days of youth. From here on in it's all about health, health, health and grandchildren, grandchildren, grandchildren for me!
Jerry and I continue to enjoy living in Knoxville, Tennessee, close to the Smoky Mountains. A green and beautiful area. One son and his family live fairly near us, and another son with his wife and two sons live in Atlanta -- where I'm visiting as I write this. We had a scintillating visit to the High Museum today and will watch several soccer games tomorrow. Now I'm being asked to accompany a 10-year-old to do some fishing at Piedmont Park -- hot dog chunks on a line.
I'm rather dreading knee replacement surgery in a month but have friends who have recuperated quickly. I need to get strong before a planned trip to Cabo San Lucas in January. I often think about Miss Joyce, our Spanish teacher. I got about a million dollars worth of benefit from those two years of Spanish; have been able to locate bathrooms all over Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, and South America.
All the best to each of you, and please contact me if you pass near the southeastern U.S. I'll cook up some grits for you!
Gail Anderson, 865-588-2235
From Gene Utterback
So, in the fall of 1959, I entered an apprentice program
at Western Electric to become a tool and die maker. I completed my training
and enjoyed working at Western Electric/AT&T/Lucent for the next 30
years. However, five years before I retired from Lucent in 1989, we started
an automotive parts store (Champion Auto) and then a few years later we
became involved in a second Champion store. We found out that owning our
own business meant putting in lots of hours, and not much time to do anything
else. But I really liked working to help the customers, and we were involved
with the stores for 15 years. In July of 2000, we finally decided we were
ready to take it easy, so we sold both stores.
Arlene and I were married in 1962. We have three sons,
and two grandsons. Our oldest grandson just returned the end of June from
serving 15 months in Iraq. We also have three step-grandsons, and these
three have made us step-great-grandparents of three boys and two girls.
Since retirement 7 years ago, we are enjoying playing golf and traveling. We enjoy getting away from Omaha for six weeks or more in the winter, but plan to keep spending most of the rest of the year here. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion - it should be a fun time!! See you soon.
From Glen Burbridge
I have enjoyed the messages from our classmates. It is great to stay connected.
From Gregg Millett (Link to photos of four Millett Children at Underwood -- 1950)
This morning I finished a "film" on the Miao People of Yunnan China. I think you'll be pretty amazed at this cultural holdout deep in the mountains of SW China:
http://www.greggmillett.com/Near_&_Far.htm (it's the first in this list of my video projects).
A highlight of every week is working with my companion Ann (as her technical director) on "The Schenectady Today Show." We just finished our 12th year of doing this -- that's 637 live one-hour shows). You can take a peek at: http://annparillo.com/ (we also just finished our 24th year of being "best buddies."
And another joy in my life is working on our backyard park. You can see what fun I have at: http://www.greggmillett.com/Pond_Diary.htm.
A sad piece of our lives is that my dear son-in-law, Robin, has been suffering for two-years from ALS. My daughter Kim is his full-time caregiver. You won't believe this but Robin, Kim and I are embarking on a caregivers video series. Robin can only communicate by blinking his eye, but with the assistance of modern technology, he can actually read and respond to e-mail as well as "talk" using a machine called ERICA. You can see a couple of our videos at: http://www.greggmillett.com/Everyday_Life_With_ALS.htm.
Much love to each and every classmate, Gregg
Dear WHS '57 classmates,
I hope each of you sends a message to the class. In addition to forwarding the messages, this year I will post them on http://www.greggmillett.com/WHS_Memories_and_Life.htm. You might check this page to see what you wrote four years ago.
Also, I have updated the information on our class contact list: http://www.greggmillett.com/Westside_Classmate_Contact_Info.htm. I hope you check the list and send me any corrections or additional information.
Since our 50th Reunion I have enjoyed a "phone-buddy" relationship with Nancy Hanks and a "Facebook" relationship with Carolyn Evans Kalinski. They have helped me keep up with some of the happenings of our class:
-- We have lost three of our dear classmates:
Jolene Smith Dunn, Bernie Grabow and Jerry Vaad (my sister Mollie is married to Jerry's brother Glenn).
-- Omaha has a new public park -- the "Lawrence Youngman Lake Park." northwest of 192 Street and West Dodge Road.
From the Omaha World Herald: "The park is named after Lawrence Youngman, who died in 2003 at age 98. A former World-Herald reporter and World War II correspondent, he founded the travel company Travel and Transport. Youngman's daughter and son-in -law, Judy and Jim Wigton, provided nearly half of the funding for the development."
-- Pat Fischer was selected for induction into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame.
-- Ed Zschau was made an honorary member of the Princeton class of 2011.
-- And, Dan Olson, WHS Class of '61, sent me a bit of a treasure -- The District 66 Yearbook "Lariat" from 1950. This yearbook includes photos of the 5th grade classes from Loveland, Oakdale and Underwood. I have posted these photos on the front page of our class web-link: http://www.greggmillett.com/Westside_High_School_Class_of_1957_Omaha.htm (what a precious bunch of kiddos!). What a day it was in my life when you kids from Loveland joined our little class at Underwood! And also on the personal side, this issue of the "Lariat" has photos from Underwood of my brother Gary in Kindergarten, sister Mollie in 2nd grade; me in 5th grade and sister Martie in 8th grade (Martie went on to Benson High).
And here's my personal update (please send yours!):
My weekly highlight is being the technical director of my companion, Ann Parillo's, weekly public access TV show, "Schenectady Today -- In and Around the Capital Region." This week we completed out 685th show and Ann has been named the "Woman of the Year" by our local business and professional women's association. Your can check Ann's website at: http://www.annparillo.com/. This TV connection has lured me into doing documentaries called "Near & Far." I have completed one show a week for the past 64 weeks. You can see some of my shows at: http://www.greggmillett.com/Near_&_Far.htm.
A difficult and sad part of our year has been my daughter Kim's dear husband Robin's third year of battling with ALS. He passed away a month ago and his passing was actually a celebration of life which was somewhat captured in a chance 2-minute video I shot of him a month before he died: http://blip.tv/greggmillett/robin-s-smile-5135836.
As you know, our part of the country was ravaged by Hurricane Irene. One of our family members was taken from their home in a boat and some of our small communities were devastated, however, most people, including us, were spared any major damage. And our family member is back home with minimal damage to her home.
From Hugh Morrison, Coach
I have been putting this off hoping things might change but it's time to let you know that I will not be able
to attend the reunion. I find my two boys can not take time off from their work and I just do not feel secure to travel by myself. Time catches up with old people and we find that we cannot do the things we used to. I will be with you in spirit and be thinking about all the things going on at that time. I will miss seeing everyone and I must tell you I have enjoyed reading about the lives of the students that have been sent out. I have printed the stories out and have taken time to look up who they were in the 1957 WHS Yearbook. Hello to everyone and if any of you get down this way please stop in and see me. To you folks that live in Surprise and other parts of Arizona, please give me a call and give me a report on the reunion. Gregg, It was great to get to see you when we were in Omaha. I must tell you I think you have done a super job in organizing this with all your helpers. Sorry I will not be with you. My love to everyone. You people gave me some happy memories and good years of my coaching career. Thanks for the memories. Enjoy the time with your friends; they are precious. Words of an old one that can say I have had a great life and Westside High School has been a big part of it. Thanks again and have a good time. I will be thinking of you all. WHS old coach of many years ago.
From Jackie Lippold Tillotson
I married Neil Coffey (class of 57) & moved to Phoenix.
Two sons later (both still live in Phoenix), I was playing a lot of tennis,
involved with a womens volunteer organization & doing "stuff",
but felt like I needed to do "something". Not knowing quite
what that was, I decided it would be fulfilling to go to college, but
still didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I ended up with
a BA & a Masters from Arizona State University & went on to teach
high school in Phoenix for 25 years. I taught at one school, Moon Valley
High School, the entire time. I started my career as a Home Economics
teacher & later went into the History Dept. I ended up teaching U.S.
History & teamed with an English teacher who taught American Literature.
Teaching was a good fit for me. Along the way, I earned a second Masters
degree from Northern Arizona University. In counseling; just in case I
might be bored in retirement I could work for some company in their human
I retired in 1995. Mitch had retired in 1993, & in
'93 we built a house in Tucson in an "active adult retirement area".
It was perfect for us as we were RVing for six months each year after
I retired. We have pretty well covered the U.S & Canada over the years.
We lived in Tucson for 8 years, however decided that we preferred cooler
weather & smaller towns. We also had a summer beach house in Washington
during this time, which was fun, but too far away. Condensing a long story;
we ended up moving to Flagstaff, Arizona, which is in the mountains at
7000 ft. elevation, small town, & loved it. You are probably wondering,
"How then did you end up in Prescott, AZ. Another story, but this
is probably the last AZ. move for us.
I like variety, so I am pretty good at several hobbies
& interests; but not great at anything. I enjoy photography; I paint
& sew. On the more physical side I include Pilates, Tai Chi, Water
Aerobics & work out with light weights. I like to walk / hike, but
currently do more walking the old dog than anything. And, if you know
what speed a 14 yr. Ol dog walks, you know it isn't aerobic.
I would love to see you all & could have been there with some advance planning.... You snooz, you loose as they say. I will be there for the next one!
From Janet Voss Golden
From Jeanne Skeans Taylor
From Jerry Vaad (Passed away May 10, 2011)
From Joan Stolley Stamer
Its been a while! I was a serious and studious person, so I mostly did my work and didnt participate too much although I did play volleyball and sing in the chorus and it was a good time. Alice Gallogly was especially nice to me and I remember her fondly.
After WHS I went to Hasting College in teacher education. I married and had two children and now have five grandchildren and Im very happy with my life. My daughter lives nearby and my son lives in Rodeo, New Mexico.
I live on the family farm and grow beautiful flowers and garlic -- actually you name it, I grow it! My e-mail is garlicandmore. And I sell at the local farmers market, however this years crop was not too good root rot! I still work and Im the lunch lady at Northwest High and Im glad I can still throw dishes around.
Best to all; see you soon.
From Joan Wolfgram Neubauer
One thing I found out about myself this summer is that as long as things go smoothly I'm fine. Get a blip and I don't do well. I needed to have a new water well drilled this summer at my home here in Wisconsin. Anything that could go wrong did. But now that I have Culligan the water is soft and free of iron. Electricity is back in the garage and the basement is again dry and the leaks have been sealed. I can't believe they didn't seal things up in the first place.
Took a drive to Minneapolis to see friends I haven't seen since the move to Omaha three years ago. Went on to Omaha for a week to visit my sister and her daughter and son and their families. I haven't been to my apartment there in the summer and found the grounds to be maintained beautifully with flowers and the pond outside my apartment has a fountain in it. Will be going back to Omaha mid November for the winter. Hope we have a better winter than we did last year. Couldn't believe how much snow we had.
The Wisconsin River is in flood mode right now. The area of Lake Wisconsin where my house is is very wide and the water has a huge area to spread out. Up and down river are not so lucky. Many homes have been flooded. I can see by my jet ski lift that the water is higher. My house is about 10 steps up from the water so I feel safe from flooding.
My thoughts and prayers go to those of you who have had losses of your spouses. Those who have had health problems. And to those of you who have had other set backs and sadness.
I guess the most exciting thing I can talk about is the Nebraska-Wisconsin game to be played in Madison on Saturday. On the news last night it was reported that 30,000 of the Nebraska fans who are here don't have tickets to the game. The hotels all the way to the Dells are filling up. The economy is really being helped by the wild anticipation of this game. Don't even know where my loyalties lie. All I can say is GO TEAM!
My heart goes out to those who have had big challenges recently & I appreciate reading all of the updates.
After Lonnie's health issues in '07-'08, we are perking along again! Most of our travels center around visiting kids/grandkids in Atlanta, Kansas City & Ft. Collins. A cruise out of Boston last fall up the east coast & into the St. Lawrence with stops several places in Canada was a highlight. We have scheduled a trip to Hawaii in March with several friends.gre
This summer we enjoyed a delightful visit with Dee Eurich Ferguson at her lovely home on a lake in MN. She spends summers there and winters in OK.
As to trivia............... My 3 nephews all graduated from Westside. The facility certainly has changed since our days & the classes are huge by comparison!
Warm thoughts to all!
JoEllen Conley Elliott
Hi Gregg & Classmates,
So you don't feel your efforts are in vain Gregg, I'll send a brief update.
Lonnie & I retired in 2000, moved to Hot Springs Village, AR & are still enjoying it here. Lonnie received his second hip replacement June 27 so we are getting ready to take our "summer vacation" this fall. We have planned stops in Branson, MO, KC, MO (daughter & family), Ft. Collins, CO (son) & southern Utah to visit the National Parks. Our older son lives in Hilton Head, SC & we hope to visit him later in the fall.
Our highlight of the year was a nearly-3-week trip to Hawaii in March. We had a fabulous time! Yes, we were there during the tsunami which was exciting to say the least. Our trip was not disrupted to any great degree but certainly got everyone's attention!
My brother still lives in Omaha & his 3 sons all graduated from Westside. My, has that school changed since our days there!
Last summer we visited Dee Eurich Ferguson at her lovely summer home in MN. She enjoys summers there & the rest of the year in OK.
Warm greetings to all,
JoEllen Conley Elliott
From Jolene Smith Dunn (Passed away March 1, 2011)
Hi fellow classmates
I came to WHS in my sophomore year from Irvington High School and soon made many friends and Im looking forward to seeing them again. Some of us have been talking by phone already.
I met my husband Ron Dunn in that freshman year. We were married June 21, 1957, just a few weeks after graduation, and this year we celebrated our Golden wedding anniversary. We were very fortunate to have all of our original attendants plus all of our family at our party. Lots of great memories were shared.
During HS, I worked at Skyview Drive-In theater, where I sold admission tickets (and sometimes let my friends in free). Then I went to Bradeis store part-time and after graduation, I worked there full-time until our first child was born and I became a stay-at-home mom and had 3 more children. In 1973 we moved to Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska to an acreage where we lived for 12 years. We raised farm animals which our kids showed at the country fair every year. Cedar Bluffs was a small school and the kids were fortunate to be able to participate in a variety of activities and sports.
By now, I was working full-time for Valmont Ind., until I was hired by the U.S. Post Office in Omaha in 1984, where I worked until I retired in 1999. When I went to the P.O., we moved back to Omaha since we would both be working there. Ron retired in 1997 after 35 years of working in many jobs in the P.O. and ended as a Post Master.
We have traveled some (wish it was more) and actually wint to Hawaii a few years ago. I love it and would go again in a heart beat, but we usually travel to see family and dont have any in Hawaii.
Now our family Our eldest Mike is an over the road truck driver for Zeitner (Margie, maybe you know him?). He absolutely loves it. He lives in Omaha with his wife when hes home. He has an adult daughter in Fremont and his son just got out of the military after 2 tours in Iraq. What a relief to have him home! Dan lives in Omaha with his significant other and he has an 8th grader who lives in Omaha with his mom. His other son is grown and lives in Fremont with his mom.
Daughter Kim lives in Wahoo with husband Gale and their 4 kids, all in school. Kim followed in the family footsteps and also works at the Post office in Wahoo. Must be something in the genes!
Our youngest, Tom lives in Blair with wife Patty and their 3 kids, all still in school Samantha is in track and anything musical at school. The 2 youngest play sports, anything with a ball.
In January we made plans to spend the first week of October at our Time Share in Branson and we leave that Saturday morning to drive down there for a week. But Im anxious to see as many of you as I can. I wonder who will recognize who???
Bye for now.
From Julia Harvey Appell
Janet Golden and Mary Hoeppner came for a four day visit last October, and I sometimes manage to see them in other areas as well. My sister Meroe comes regularly and I get out to Omaha at least once a year to spend time with her. In August Meroe and I went on a Holiday Vacations tour of the National Parks in the upper mid-west.
What a wonderful time we had visiting places we had been to 50 years ago with our parents. It was especially fun to spend two weeks in an area of the country that I love and often miss a great deal.
I am grateful that my health is good and I am still able to do most things I want to do. A big thanks to you Gregg for keeping us all connected and in touch with one another. I have so enjoyed reading all the updates. If anyone is in New England please give me a call I have and extra bedroom and will meet you any where you land.
To Gregg and all my classmates from the class of "57,
From Judy Kovar VanDeripe
Along the way, we adopted two daughters; one in Mpls.
through Catholic Charities, and one in Omaha, a private adoption. They
are the light of my life. While in Phila., it became apparent that my
marriage was falling apart so I went back to school, got an Associate
Degree in Medical Records tech. passed the certification exam in St.Louis
and began working in a hospital. The hospital needed a tumor registry
to participate in a NIH cancer study and my boss said, do a Cancer Registrty".
More education ,another certification and I managed to get my hospital
certified as a Community Clinical Oncology Treatment Center by the American
College of Surgeons. I learned so much and loved my job. I was divorced
in '91 and in '96 met a truly wonderful man. Happy at last! He also has
two daughters and between us we have 8 grandchildren. They all live here,
except for my older daughter who lives in Louisville. We are traveling
there the weekend of the reunion to see baby #3, born July 2.
From Judy Youngman Wigton
It has been wonderful reading what you all have written. Its amazing to learn of the huge range of great experiences among the members of one not very large class.
Apart from four years at college in Virginia, living a few months with Sherry in New York, 10 weeks of Bug Camp at the UNL Biological Field Station near Ogallala, and quite a bit of travel, I have been in Omaha. I found life here to be far more interesting than I ever would have dreamed possible when at Westside.
In 1962 I came back to Omaha and decided to start a shop with merchandise like I had seen in other cities and countries when I had been working with my father conducting tours. A couple of weeks later I ran into someone whom I had only once met for a few minutes. He asked me what I had been doing, I told him and he said, That sounds great. Lets go into business together. I agreed.
We started with an art gallery and a design store selling crystal, china, silver, furniture, and many other things. Before long we added the first gourmet cookware department in this part of the country. We met a lot of wonderful people through the store, which we called The Afternoon (since we planned to only be open in the afternoon). After a year or two my partner, Cedric Hartman, thought we would have more business if we were in an area of other shops. Down in the old fruit and vegetable market around 10th & Howard there were quite a few vacant buildings because the big chain grocery stores had taken over and they did not need these small independent wholesalers. People were afraid to go to the area. Almost always some drunks were lying on the sidewalks. But the cast iron storefronts were still there and the high-ceilinged spaces inside, lighted by the tall windows, were very beautifuland to us they looked promising. A For Rent sign was on the building which in now Nouvelle Eve.
I wrote down the number and made a call to the Mercer Management Company. A Mrs. Illsley told me that the owner, Mr. Sam Mercer, who was a lawyer in Paris, would be coming to town in a couple of weeks and that he would be happy to show it to us then. He did, and thus began about three years of discussions and meetings about the possibility of trying to get something going. At first I think he thought it was a mad idea, but he had a number of empty buildings for which he needed tenants. Sams grandfather, who had been a surgeon in the Civil War, came to Omaha and acquired quite a lot of property. Sam conveniently had a membership at the old Omaha Club, which we used for luncheons to which we would invite newspaper columnists, people from the Chamber of Commerce, etc. Sam would come to town and charmingly tell them about the possibilities in that area. Even though many people thought the idea was crazy, those meetings were persuasive. Finally at a dinner party I found the first tenant, The British Import Shop. Then another came and then Sam and Cedric thought they should start a restaurant to anchor things. So Cedric designed The French Cafe and Sam had a wonderful place to eat and entertain.
There was a special free opening night dinner to which we invited the mayor, the city councilmen, the county commissioners and all kinds of people that we felt would become customers and spread the word. Robin Axtells mother (who later started Ms Pub) helped me make the calls. I think that was the fall of 1968. It became a huge success. I remember meeting Gail Gray for a lunch there that lasted until 1 AM. It was very open and loose in those days with people coming and going all during the afternoon. Friends kept walking in and sitting down for a while at our round table near what used to be the front door. It was a special time in the life of the Market.
In those days there was an area in Chicago which was called Old Towne. People had begun to refer to us that way and we didnt want that. I thought we should call it exactly what it was, the Old Market. The following week a political friend was holding a press conference. He encouraged me to come along and tell the press what we wanted it to be called. I did and from then on everyone DID call it the Old Market. Im still amazed at how simple it had been to change the name.
Not long after that I received a call from a tenant who had learned the city was planning to do us a favor by covering our brick streets later that day with modern pavement. I just barely got that stopped.
Another thing that got stopped was the tearing down of the building where the French Cafe is now, along with some other buildings. When we were first inside that building, there was an enormous orange and blue S U N K I S T sign, which covered the entire length of the west wall of the building (where the photographs are today). This warehouse had been owned by Solomon Gilinsky who was an important man in the market. In his building an area remained where there had been a number of telephones, apparently for making bids on things like trainloads of grain. This building was not the Mercers, but Mr. Gilinskys, and in the 1960s it belonged to his widow and his daughter, Peaches. Sam and Ced learned that it was going to be torn down and on a Sunday afternoon they met with Peaches in the lobby of the Blackstone Hotel, where she and her mother lived. When she heard what we were trying to do she said, Mr. Mercer, its the eleventh hour and the 59th minute. Theyre to start tomorrow morning at 7 oclock and, if necessary, I will lie down in front of the bulldozer and you can give this project a try . I think it was about that time when Sam acquired the building from her, which became the French Cafe.
I remember a day in the late sixties when Sam said, Maybe someday well even have parking meters on these streets. Only the Mercer family could have made all of that happen. There were some years, before the zoo expanded, when it was the top tourism site in the state. Of course its played a role in establishing the park which goes from the library down toward the river. . . and more recently in the riverfront development.
Im grateful to have had a happy, interesting and exciting time staying here in Omaha.
And Im especially happy to have married Jim Wigton in 1973.
It will be wonderful to see so many of you this weekend!
Earlier this month I spent a week at Sherry's wonderful house near the southeastern coast of Nantucket during Hurricane Earl, which was exciting, but turned out not to be so violent as expected. One of the great experiences there was seeing Buzzy and Jo at their unbelievably historic house dating back to before the Revolutionary War. Their house is where the famous whaler Joseph Starbuck was born. It's an amazing place and of course it was great to see the Zschaus again. And that was the second time I got to see them that week because on the previous Monday I had lunch with them and Larry Myers when they were driving back after spending the summer at their house in California.
My new is that in Omaha this month the city will be opening a new park with a lake at 192nd and Dodge which will be named for my father, Lawrence Youngman. Yes, it's way, way out west, but there's even a big new hospital just across the street. The growth into the country has been amazing here. There will be an opening with Halloween events for children at the playground with hayrack rides down to the lake where they'll have equipment for a children's fishing derby. I invite you Omahans with grandchildren here to bring them out on Saturday, October 23rd.
All best wishes to everyone,
Judy Youngman Wigton
From Karen (Flavell) Neemann
From Karen Nebergall Morgan
My husband Dick just passed away yesterday from cancer. It was a long hard battle but he is now in heaven. My entire family is here....there are so many of us we are using the next door neighbor's home. We are celebrating his life, now. Karen Nebergall Morgan
Loved hearing from Nancy. I just returned from a mission trip to Haiti. A very enlightening and fun, fun trip.Karen Nebergall Morgan
From Kathy Murray Eccles
After graduating from Westside I headed to Lawrence College, a small liberal arts school in Wisconsin. Thats where I learned I should have been more focused on my studies in high school. My parents were transferred to Milwaukee that fall and consequently I did not return to Omaha. I transferred to the University of Wisconsin in Madison after 1 ½ years and got a degree in elementary education.
The lure of California took me, and a good friend, to Stockton, CA for my first teaching job. It was not the most desirable town, but the location was good and we saw a lot of Northern CA. After one year I returned to teach in Madison.
In 1964 I married Bill,an art teacher, and we had three children. We moved to a more rural location outside of Madison in 1973. For a city person it was indeed very dark at night and a new experience since occasionally neighbors cows encircled the house. I still live here and love it.
In 1972 a friend and I saw a small one bedroom home for sale and we wanted to buy it and fix it up. Since we were unemployed we had to have our husbands take out the mortgage which was not really the idea but the means to an end.
We worked daily for a month to get it fixed up with the idea of eventually trading it into larger units. We only got as far as trading into a new duplex and that duplex we sold last week. Lots of interesting people lived there in the 35 years. During that time I did get a real estate brokers license but that was not the field for me.
Then in 1982 I saw an ad in the paper by Mattel Toys. They hired me and I worked in the retail service division part time for ten years. Then I became a District Manager. I had my office in my home and I managed people in 13 states. I traveled to those states working with people at least twice a year, to the headquarters in Los Angeles twice a year and yearly to Toy Fair in New York. I spent ten years doing that.. It was an absolutely wonderful company to work for. However enough nights sleeping in the Chicago airport, late flights and lost luggage and I retired in 2002. It seems like just yesterday. I love retirement.
My husband died in 1995 of an asthma attack. My children all live in the Madison area with my 5 grandchildren. I see them just the right amount.
I am a Wisconsin Badger Fan and have season tickets for basketball and try my best to go to every game.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone and becoming reacquainted after these 50 years.
From Kathryn Rydberg Gaver
The best part of this job experience was that I met John Gaver. I joined the design studio at J.L. Brandeis and was working there when John and I got married in 1965. John graduated from UNO with a civil engineering degree and was working for Gibbs ,Hill, Durham and Richardson and we intended to stay in Omaha forever but his draft board was closing in on him.
He joined the Air Force and after officers training we went to Japan for three years where our first son was born. After Japan, John had a year,s tour in Vietnam and I came back to Omaha. Our next move was to Scott AFB in Illinois. Our daughter was born in 1972 while we were at Scott. We liked the area and John decided to resign his commission and we moved to St. Louis. Our third child, a son, was born while we lived in St. Louis.
We loved St. Louis and John was working as a general contractor. My brother was in FL, and the construction business was booming in FL and he kept encouraging us to move. In 1983 we did move to Tampa and we're still living there. I've continued my interior design interests when my kids were in school, and off and on when opportunities came along, and I'm still doing a project. I've been a volunteer at The Tampa Museum of Art since we moved here and I'm in a group of women artists that raise money to give scholarships to women majoring in the arts. I'm busy with neighborhood clubs and play bridge when I can.
John's always been a Big Red fan and all our kids are Gators so on the occasions when they've met on the footbal field it's gotten ugly for a bit. Fortunately for us all of our children live in Jacksonville and we have five grandchildren which we get to see often. Great fun!
From Leon Engelbart (teacher)
From Marny Meyer Yenzer
Well here I am late again. Have not been able to check E mails for quite sometime(dah). Jim and I finally retired on May 18. We are really enjoying our time here in beautiful East Tx. The summer has been really hot in our area but now that its
Hello Greg and Fellow Classmates, As always it is so good to hear how everyone is doing. Sorry to hear about the ones we have lost this year. Not alot of news from East Tx. Several of you are having floods while we are having fires. We have had a couple fairly close to our home. In the past year we have had two grandaughters graduate from highschool, one grandaughter get married, two new great grandchildern added to our family. In May of 2010 Jim and I retired and really enjoyed our time at home and
grew some really beautiful big tomatoes in the small garden we had this summer. In August we decided to start on a new ADVENTURE. We bought a RV and new pickup and became security gate guards on a new oil/gas rig in South Central TX. We have really learned alot about the new drilling process and have met alot of really interesting people. We are both in good health, just getting older and what goes with that. Jim had neck surgery in March and is doing great. Hope to hear that we are going to have a class reunion in the near future. We had such a great time at the last one. Greg, like so many others I want to thank you for keeping us in touch with what is going on with everyone. Hope ya'll have great year!!!!! Margy and Jim
From Mary Akin Hoeppner
From Mike Eisenhart
From Mike Williams
Sorry dear classmates but I dont remember much except those were good times with all of you. I did love the dances and the sports, especially Coach Hugger was an inspiration to me he was tough, demanding but fair. A couple summers I worked at Happy Hollow Country club, sometimes I worked all night long watering the fairways and greens.
I do remember driving down Dodge Street with crazy Phil Brown in his big, old Chevy. He said, Watch this Mike, and stopped the car right in the middle of the road, blocking the traffic. He got out and put up the hood. Another driver came over to help and asked Whats the matter young fellow? And Phil said, Im having trouble with my Johnson rod! The fellow looked puzzled. Then Phil said, OK, I think I have it fixed and we got back in and drove away.
After Westside I went one year to Lincoln and then several years to night school at UNO. Meanwhile, I went to work with the family business (steel fabricators for buildings and bridges) where I have worked my whole life.
I was married relatively late, at age 35, and my wife Betty and I had one son and just had our first grandchild, a boy named Brian.
We are lucky to have a home on the big Island of Hawaii where we spend the winters. And in my leisure time I enjoy golfing, hunting and fishing.
See you all in a few days.
From Mike Wolfe
WOW! Has it been 50 years?
I began my time in District 66 at Loveland in 3rd grade as a transfer from Rosehill in Benson. Then on to Underwood for 6th & 7th grades and then to Westside for 8th grade. High School was full of great friends, activities and the mentoring of wonderful teachers and coaches. After graduation from Westside I attended Nebraska and Omaha U.
In 1962 I married Susie Heusner, the girl across the street. We have three daughters and 4 grandchildren. Shortly after we married, I went to work for Kellogg Company as a District Sales Manager in Omaha. Transfers then took us to Sioux Falls and Sioux City.
In 1971 Kellogg moved us to Battle Creek, MI were I was manager of sales promotion and package advertising. Over the next 10 years I held positions as product manager, administrative assistant to the president, manager corporate development, and vice president market development. In 1981 we moved to Pottstown, PA were I was EVP of Kelloggs Frozen Foods Unit. Then in 1985, it was back to Battle Creek as President of Kelloggs Yogurt subsidiary and then another stint in corporate development. After taking early retirement in 1992 I joined with a group of package goods guys in expanding a regional retail merchandising company into a national company. Headquartered in Chicago I had responsibility for 8 Midwest states. After the company went public in 2000, I decided it was time to make retirement a permanent thing.
Susie and I are enjoying retirement; traveling, golf and taking in all the sporting events of the grandchildren. We also are season ticket holders for Nebraska Football, so we travel to Lincoln from Chicago for football weekends. For the past six years I served on the Chicago Presbyteries Committee on Ministry as an elder representative. Beginning this year I have joined the Presbytery staff on a part-time basis as one of 3 Area Coordinators of the Presbyteries Committee on Ministry. It is challenging work but very rewarding.
It has been fun reading what everyone has been doing the past 50 years. Thanks to Gregg for all his work. I look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.
From Monty Andrews
After reading the accomplishments of the Class of 57 I cant help but think what an extraordinary group of achievers Westside turned out into the world. I am really proud to say I was a member of this class.
I transferred to Westside from North High midway through my sophomore year. It was quite an adjustment coming from a class of 500 to one of about 90, but I dont regret a minute of it.
After graduation I spent a couple of years, one at UNL and one at UNO, trying to find some direction and purpose. It was at that time I decided to enlist in the Army and attend Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Ga. After receiving my commission I was rewarded with such plush assignments as Ft. Wolters, Texas, Korea, and the pearl of the Midwest, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. Its funny how ones attitude and priorities change. Upon my discharge I promptly reenrolled at UNO and received a degree in Business.
After a number of years in the food industry where I held various positions including industrial engineer, maintenance manager and project engineer, I retired from ConAgra in 1996. Jan, my wife of 46 years, and I moved to Venice, Florida to enjoy the surf and year around good weather.
I will admit I retired too early. After a few months I was climbing the walls. Volunteering and keeping busy with various projects satisfied my urge to get back in the game. A few of the projects I have gotten involved with is the construction of a 10 mile paved multi-purpose recreational trail, obtaining Master Gardener and Master Conservationist certifications, writing a weekly column about conservation in the local newspaper, currently serving a second term on the city parks and recreation board, and my favorite the construction of an arboretum in one of the citys parks. Currently there are over sixty different palms and trees in place with accompanying informational signage. Presently I am working on obtaining Bicycle Friendly Community status for the city. One other fun activity was the formation of a local walking group which meets every Saturday morning. Thus far we have walked a cumulative total of over 5,500 miles.
Jan and I are blessed with two great sons, Lamont and Steve. Lamont lives with his wife here in Venice where he owns a computer consulting business. Steve resides in Kearney with his wife and three children where he owns a microfilm business. We are very proud of both families and their accomplishments.
Unfortunately Jan will not be able to accompany me to the reunion, but I look forward to seeing you all again. It should be great time, and we can all personally thank Gregg and his team for making it happen.
From Nancy Hanks (passed away July 2012)
What I remember the most, what I had the most fun with, were the dances at Peony Park and the parties at peoples homes. I even think we got together at someones barn and had a party. I know NOTHING about any TP-ing trees or an outhouse that was placed next to the flag pole at the front entrance to WHS. I do know about the sailor hats that were turned inside out and the long braids running down from the hats. I remember going to south Omaha for Spanish food long before Taco Bell and Chinese food in downtown Omaha on a second floor where no one spoke English. We went there until one of us had a band-aid in their food and that ended that.
I remember co-ed golf lessons where we were goofing off. We drove our golf balls directly to the third tee and we just went on from there. In general there were so many fun times, which I remember more than the classes. I did faithfully take my books home every night, but I dont remember ever opening them.
I had a beautiful pair of red Capizio shoes, which I sometimes wore to school. After school a bunch of often went over to the Westside Pharmacy for a soda or something, and this one particular day, it began pouring outside. The Sheriff came in and I said I cant get these pretty shoes wet; could you take me home? and he did and saved my pretty shoes.
After WHS I graduated from Chamberlain College in Boston and audited economics classes at Harvard. I returned to Omaha because my mother was dieing of cancer and, after she passed away, I had many interesting jobs that included the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, State Government in Oklahoma and administrator for the affairs of three wealthy individuals.
I retired at fifty and helped manage my fathers farm in Iowa and, after he passed away, I decided to enjoy the rest of my life. I have been diabetic for 48 years.
I keep busy backing a lot of local charities including the Omaha Food Bank, the Nebraska Humane Society, Methodist Childrens Hospital, various Omaha churches, The Omaha Library and libraries in Logan and Missouri Valley, Iowa.
Im addicted to counter-cross stitching and live with two beautiful kids -- one named Sky, a six pound Siamese, and Cuddles, a fifteen pound Himalayan.
If I can get my current bout with my diabetic medications under control, Ill be at the reunion really looking forward to seeing the many of you who are coming.
I have a new baby -- a blue spruce and he's the most beautiful tree in the world. I'm serious; he's so cute! And I planted two tomato plants -- that's it -- and they're gigantic -- 6 feet tall and they're staked up with shovels to prop them up. I have enough tomatoes to feed the whole class!
I've fought two cancers at once. I'm through with surgery. I'm through with radiation. I'm doing great but I lost too much weight that I'm trying to regain.
My phone buddy, Gregg, has kept me up to date on all of your precious e-mails. They've been such a comfort at this period of time when I might have been feeling sorry for myself. They are much appreciated.
I'm busy cross-stitching Christmas ornaments for an extra large tree that's I'm putting up this year. I bought a new laptop but I haven't found the on button to start using it. Ha!
Best to all; take care of each other, Nancy
Well today's my birthday so I'm not going back to the dentist until tomorrow to have two fillings in the two root canals that I had last week and two filling on the backsides (as in my mouth).
And tonight I'm going to share a bunch of white Russians with a friend (as in drinks).
PS: Dear God, if you're going to give me a fourth cancer please make it on the left side -- my right side can't take any more.
Love to you all, Nancy (isn't it great fun getting older!)
From Nancy Lucas Vogel
I remember writing my own excuses to get out of school (mostly to get out early) and I was really afraid, because my Aunt was a teacher there the French teacher, Lois Lucas but I never got caught!
I had fun hanging out with Carolyn Evans, Thulin Danielson and Jolene Smith. We really never caused any trouble; we were good girls and we a lot of fun together.
After WHS I went to work at the World Insurance Company. In 1958 I married Ron and we had five children and now have ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.
For several years we traveled all over the country because Ron was a midget racecar driver and also a pit crewmember for race cars. We also enjoyed camping.
Were now retired and mainly enjoying family; its a great joy to us that all of our children, grandchildren and grandson live in Omaha.
See you all soon!
From Nancy Trester Hardman
Today is Sunday, July 15. While reading the Denver Post,
I was very surprised to see an entire page in the travel section devoted
to Omaha. It is in section T on page 5. It is very well done so take a
peek. I have not been to Omaha for years, so was very interested in all
the great information.
He set up a microphone in another room, but it just didn't
work. So, I had to take speech the following year. I started out at the
back of the room and no one in the class could turn around to look at
me. I was never very good or confident at public speaking until my master's
program which was mostly presenting projects.
When I moved to Texas, Nancy and Don lived in Dallas,
close to us for a while. Don was doing his internship at Parkland Hospital
in Dallas. We even took a family trip to Wyo. together with our husbands
and two young sons, Greg and Trip. I was able to talk with Nancy this
winter and relive some of those good times.
Greg et all,
From Pat Fischer
The second day I forgot the belt and Alice sent me home again to get a belt.
The third day, really, I forgot the belt. This time Alice took me into her office, opened a drawer, took out a belt, and gave it to me. She said, If you cant remember a belt, just come and see me! We were great friends after that.
I also remember Mrs. Joyce our Spanish teacher because it turned out that a few years later I married a Spanish teacher and I still cant remember if I ever passed Spanish.
And where is Jim Shelly? I had a lot of fun with him, and his brother Gene, over at their house watching Gun Smoke. And Gene Bridgewater -- he had a car! And even if we went out in my Dads pickup truck, Gene would drive.
We had some great football seasons at Westside all I can say, to have a winning team you have to have the right kind of coaching and Hugger was the coach.
Basketball was great too. One day Coach Koch invited me over to his house. Turned out he just wanted to cut my hair, which he did. Then we both had crew cuts!
I figured I was a good enough football player to play at Nebraska but I figured that was about it. I was really happy to be picked in the 17th round of the professional football draft (there were only 18 rounds). I went to training camp with two ideas. One was just to enjoy being with some great football players; and second, Id tackle the great all-pro running back John David Crow, and be able for tell about that tackle for the rest of my life.
My opportunity was near. I was playing corner back. John David Crow was coming at me. He was supposed to block me. Instead he threw a hard tackle on me. We got into a fight, which was quickly broken up. He had ruined my opportunity for me to complete my story.
But we went back through the rotation, again. My adrenalin was as high as a humans could stand. John David Crow came out and I ran right over him. Now my story was complete. Now I could go back to Nebraska, finish my nine hours, and tell my great story!
But then at dinner, John David Crow came over and said, Hey Pat Fischer, thats quite a tackle you made on me. Wow, he knew my name, and I guess my professional football career had begun.
And I had a wonderful career in the NFL. Im well aware that theres a lot of randomness in this some people get injured; some dont. People you never expect, give you some help. I had a couple of injuries late in my career, but it was in my 17th season, when the game was over and the pain in my back was intense, I thought, If I can just make it off the field and to the locker room without someone having to help me, then my career is over. And I made it.
Along the way my wife and I were divorced but I have two great kids, a son, Martin, and a daughter, Allison and I am real lucky and happy that they live near me.
Looking forward to seeing all of you at our 50th reunion.
From Wikipedia (with Pats permission)
Patrick Fischer (born January 2, 1940 in St. Edward, Nebraska) is a former American football cornerback in the NFL for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1961 to 1967, and the Washington Redskins from 1968 to 1977.
Fischer attended Westside High School in Omaha and the University of NebraskaLincoln. Fischer joined the NFL as the 17th-round draft choice of St. Louis in the 1961 NFL Draft. He then signed with Washington as a free agent in 1968. He was a 1969 Pro Bowler. Fischer then helped lead the Redskins to Super Bowl VII in 1972. He finished his 17-year career with 56 interceptions, and ranks seventh all-time in Redskins career interceptions with 27 and fourth all-time with 412 career interception return yards. At the time of his retirement Pat Fischer had played in 213 NFL games, then a record for a cornerback.
During his NFL career, Pat Fischer was well known to opposing teams as a vicious hitter and a tremendous competitor, despite his reputation as an affable person off the field.
In the late 1980s, NFL Films named Fischer as the Redskins All-Time Neutralizer sponsored by Tums. After retiring from the Redskins, Fischer worked as a stockbroker and owned a successful real estate business.
From Phil Hansen
I remember when the guys started dating and left me to defend the shack (that old chicken house). I remember Conrad Bastow made a go cart and so did I. I drove all over the countryside to Waterloo, Elkhorn and Papillion. Sometimes Id go up at night and help Mike Williams water the golf course. I remember being in the "telephone both" at Gregg's house, when he got me to call a girl! Then there was my 51 Chevy convertible. What I remember most about that well, Im not gonna tell.
During highschool I worked at Tasty Treat and drove a truck for Jones Automotive and cut a bunch of firewood. When we couldnt split the logs with an axe I tried black powder. The lady at the house up the street wasn't too happy about the log that landed on her roof.
Then for six years I was out on the road selling for the family company Dultmeier Sales. Weve come a long way. Check out www.dultmeier.com. Weve expanded from a farm equipment disribution company to a multi-faceted manufacturing and distribution company. We sell "stuff" all over the world most recently eight of our customized industrial pumps to Antartica.
I got married in 1962 and I must admit that life got so hectic it became a blurr. But I remember I got a pilots licence, bought a plane and flew all over the place and met up with Susanne Reichstadt Townsend and Gary Townsend in an Omaha flying club.
In 1986 I bought a place on the Platte River and since then Ive built a home there, a couple of airboats, garages, sheds -- never a lack of work to be done out at the river, not to mention the peace and pleasure of that ever changing landscape.
In 1994 I got really lucky when I met Barbie Zach and, after she learned to put up with me, she became my wife.
Looking forward to seeing you all at the reunion. If you show up at the Thursday Gathering at the Marriott, I'll buy you a drink.
I'm working hard and our business is expanding. If you want to see what we sell go to www.dultmeier.com.
I have a new e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbie and I still have our three little puppies and are enjoying life (except for the pain in my back!)
Well wishes to all, Phil
PS: the flooding has been really tough on some of our farmers and farmland.
From Rex E. Rehnquist
It doesnt seem that long ago. As the years go by they become compressed .perhaps a blessing. September 1957 I started at NU Lincoln College of Architecture. After almost two years of partying and low grades my parents yanked me back home and with the rest of my college fund bought themselves a new car.
October, 1959 I was in TODDs Drive In talking to Todds niece who was working the counter. She said Boy have I got just the girl for you and that is how I met Carol Haub, a 57 North High graduate. We were married August 20, 1960. I was working in a local architects office and we decided that I would return to school in Feb, 1961. I graduated in May 1964. We decided to not have children until I finished school. Carol could not go to my graduation as she was in the hospital having our third child. Our 4th was five years later.
June, 1964 I went to work for Leo A. Daly Co. and in 1968, after a four year apprenticeship, passed the exams and was licensed as an architect and a structural engineer.
Fall, 1969 We moved to Orange County, California for more opportunity and no snow.
In Omaha we had a garage under and there were times when you could not tell that we had a garage, as the snow was up to the windows above.
By 1971 it became apparent that contractors were doing better than architects & engineers, so I took the general contractors exam and started a business doing the wood framing, exterior siding & trim on small office buildings, restaurants, shopping centers, churches, etc. When our children were old enough, summers & weekends were an opportunity for them to earn money and learn about the business by cleaning up the job sites. In 1976 we began framing Carl Jrs Restaurants. We completed 108 of them in California, Arizona, and Nevada.
In 1983 Carls announced that they would build 400 restaurants in Texas. This was an opportunity for us to get away from California. We started to work in Texas and in 1985 we moved to Burleson, Texas on the south edge of Fort Worth. We moved everyone in the family, my father, brother Jeri, 3 nephews, the two of us and our four children, our son-in-law, and some of our employees that wanted to travel. After 25 restaurants, Carls decided that Texas was not their market and left. The Dallas- Fort Worth Metroplex is a huge area so it wasnt long before we had plenty of work. The framing business grew (at one time over 150 employees) and our son-in-law started a drywall business (metal stud, drywall, insulation, & acoustic ceilings) and also building office buildings and warehouses to lease out.
It has been 22 years since moving to Texas, our businesses have flourished and life is good. Carol and I have been married 47 years. We lost our first-born son to a brain aneurysm in 1990 at a family reunion. We moved to Arlington (between Dallas & Ft Worth) and our children and ten grandchildren live within five minutes. We are expecting our second great grand child in February. I keep busy doing the estimating for the boys wood framing & drywall projects. We also spend a lot of time with our Sunday school group playing bridge, dominos, and going to dinner. Our youngest son is a computer whiz with American Airlines so we are able to travel to any place that American flies.
The last fifty years have been great and we are looking forward to seeing yall at the reunion.
PS: For those of you that knew Carols cousins: Ron, Donna, & David Barnhart: Ron died in a freak accident in March of 2001. Donna just passed away on August 16th after a five year battle with cancer.
Greetings from Texas!!
Sorry I'm so slow getting this done. I never get tired reading all your messages. With the years flying by so fast, I hope we can make plans for another reunion in 2012.
Haven't completely retired yet because I love what I do. Our son, Todd, runs our construction company and our son-in-law, Jim Tally, has a commercial drywall company. I do estimating for both of them. Interesting how things have changed. I haven't touched a set of paper plans in a couple of years. Almost all estimating is done on screen. Our son, Eric, is a computer whiz at American Airlines which allows us to travel and lets me yell for help when I screw something up on my computer.
We spend much of our time with our family in that our children (the Big kids now) and the eleven grandchildren, three of them now married, and three great-grandchildren, all live within about twenty minutes of each other. We all shared in our 50th wedding anniversary this August at our favorite Mexican Restaurant with everyone including my brother, Jeri and his wife and Carol's brother and his wife which gave us a total of thirty.
Jeri, by the way, just got back from Omaha as his Westside class (1960) just had their 50th reunion. He said there were about 103 attending (several siblings of our classmates).
We had an enjoyable trip in May. Went to Bella Vista, Arkansas and spent time with friends at Branson, Missouri then on to Omaha for a few days visiting friends and relatives. Left there and went to Rockford, Il to visit Carol's aunt who will be 100 yrs old in November. The highlight of our trip was spending time in Memphis at the Heartbreak Hotel, the tours of Graceland, Elvis Presley's home, the museums and so many memories of the music and memorabilia of that time. The antique car show on the grounds was something new this year. Sure takes you back to the "good ol' days". If you haven't visited there - - it's a fun time. And guess what? most of the people there - - are our age so you will most likely find a friend everywhere you look.
Both Carol and I are enjoying this time in our life, even if it is a slower pace along with more aches and pains, but, we are both well.
Gregg, thanks again for all your help!!!
We are looking forward to our next gathering whether on-line or in person.
From Rita Benesch Glass
I STARTED TEACHING HUMANTIES AND ARTS IN EDUCATION AT THE COLLEGE OF SAINT MARY AND HUMANITIES AND ACTING AT CREIGHTON. HAD TWO GIRLS, MOLLY AND EMILY, AND DECIDED TO GET BACK TO FULL TIME TEACHING. DURING THIS TIME I DIRECTED TWO OPERAS AT THE ORPHEUM, DIRECTED AT THE PLAYHOUSE, CHANTICLEER, SEVERAL DINNER THEATRES, FINISHED MY MASTER IN THEATRE AND OUR GIRLS MARRIED WONDERFUL HUSBANDS. DESIGNED COSTUMES FOR THE FIREHOUSE DINNER THEATRE, JCC, SEVERAL COLLEGE PRODUCTIONS AND FOR THE CARAVAN AT THE OMAHA PLAYHOUSE. DURING THIS TIME OF TEACHING AND DIRECTING, I WON SEVERAL ARTS EDUCATOR AWARDS:THE BUFFET AWARD, ARTS EDUCATOR FROM THE CHAMBER OF COMERACE AND ARTS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR IN NEBRASKA.
MY HUSBAND BECAME DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS FOR THE MEDICAL SCHOOL AT CREIGHTON FOR 20 YEARS AND WE BOTH JUST RETIRED. SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH OUR 3 GRAND CHILDREN -- MADELINE IN OMAHA AND LOGAN AND SKYLAR IN DALLAS. WE TRAVEL A LOT ... RECENTLY TO CANADA WHERE WE HAVE WHEAT FIELDS AND IOWA WHERE WE FARM CORN AND GROW 10 THOUSAND HARDWOOD TREES. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE REUNION. WESTSIDE HIGH HAS CHANGED A LOT AND SO HAS OMAHA. IF YOU HAVN'T BEEN BACK YOU WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THE SCHOOL OR THE CITY.
From Rod Fosler
From Roger Fellows
We were lucky to go to such a great, and not too big, school as Westside. I remember football and track and basketball and baseball. On the academic side David Wells was a particular influence on me. He really turned me on to math.
I went on to the University of Arizona and majored in chemistry with math and physics as my minors. I applied to several medical schools and went back to Omaha for my MD degree then went to internship in Ogden Utah; to Salt Lake City for a residency in partial surgery and then went to Denver and switched to radiology. During this time I crossed tracks several times with Fred Sample who was on similar tracks as mine.
I married in 1962 and within a few years we had three girls and one boy and now have seven grandchildren. The kids and grandkids live in Minneapolis and Ogden.
Back to medicine -- I was drafted after my residency and stationed at Bassett Army Hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska as chief of radiology.
After my thirty-month tour, I returned to Denver where I ran a residency program. During that time I was thinking about being a professor but was more drawn to being a practicing doctor. I looked all over and ended up back in Fairbanks, Alaska where I practiced, mainly diagnostic radiology, for the next eighteen years.
In Alaska we loved the wilderness and the fishing in Prince William Sound. During the summers we would often spend every third week of the month on our fishing boat.
Then came a difficult period of separation and divorce. My ex moved to Ogden, Utah and awhile later I moved back to Ogden and practiced radiology at the Ogden Clinic.
About three years ago some land investments in Hawaii paid off and I semi-retired and moved to Hawaii but kept my home in Ogden. My new lifestyle includes golfing, walking the beaches by the coral reefs, world travel and fine restaurants.
Along the way I used my family heritage (my dad was in the lumber business) and built five grandfather clocks, one for each of my children and one for myself, as well as a variety of furniture. I love working with exotic woods such as koa, mango, myrtle, cherry and walnut.
As I write this, Im in Minneapolis helping my son build a granite tile kitchen.
Best wishes to all of you in our class of 57. Sorry I cant make reunion.
Nancy, Great to hear from you and sorry to hear about your fight with the Cancer. I assume you are in remission at this time. I see lots of people with long term remissions. My mother had breast cancer diagnosed when we were in high school and lived to age 97 free of disease so I send this message feeling you will do great with modern medicine.
Jo Ellen, I agree with you. It is fun to hear from the class members but I have no interest in visiting the school. I drive by it every now and then but never have a interest in stopping. I get to nebraska occasionally on business and still have family in Omaha that I visit.
Most of the time I'm on the big island of Hawaii where I live and practice.
Roger Fellows : )
This is not my style to go back in life but I think Gregg is doing a nice job keeping us in touch and it is fun hearing some of the stories. When I drive past Westside I never stop as I'm sure I won't know anyone and it is not the same school we went to years ago when it was new.
I'm living on the big island in Hawaii and also have a house in Utah. About 80 % of the time I'm in Hawaii as I work at the Kona Community Hospital about 25 weeks a year. It's a nice change going back and forth. I do really enjoy my trips back to Nebraska and still have family in Omaha. I've played Happy Hollow twice in the last two years and have worked in Bergen Mercy hospital as well and Good Samaritan in Kearny several times. Good Sam is a very nice and up to date hospital with direct connections to U or Nebr. Medical School. This fall I spent time meeting my children in the Black Hills for a camping trip. Rafter J Bar Ranch if any of you know the place. Near Hill City.
I'd like to say: "Go Big Red" I hope you beat the badgers but I'm not too optimistic about it after reading the stats.
Much Aloha to all of you.
From Ron Mertens
So, what has happened in fifty years? After graduating from UN-L, I did a tour in the Army as an infantry officer stationed in Georgia, Munich and Berlin. Tough duty but someone had to protect the free world from the red hordes. Returned to Lincoln for a Masters and then to Denver with Exxon. Back to the University to set up an economic development research program for the Tiemann administration and director of the engineering extension program. Then I moved to the Capitol as Director of Economic Development in the Exon administration.
The next move was to New Orleans as the Director of Economic Development for the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce. After eight years in the bayous and as the kids were ready to start high school it was time to find a more normal community. We relocated to Wichita Falls, Texas where I was President of the Chamber and Marilyn was a political science professor at Midwestern State University. I also taught economics and management at Midwestern.
The working years were great, as I had the opportunity to work for and with many major companies and in many areas of the world. But retirement has been better. Six years ago we both retired and moved to Hot Springs Village in the Ouachita Mountains of southwest Arkansas. For any of you looking for a place to retire, this is a twenty-six square mile gated community of 14,000 with nine golf courses, seven lakes, and more entertainment and social activities than you can keep track of.
We also now have the time for the travel we always seemed to put off until next year. Our next trips are to Peru, Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands next spring; Africa and Asia a year later, which still leaves time for visits to and from our son in Dallas and daughter in Portland.
Even though we cant be in Omaha next week we will be at the Oklahoma State game. So if any of you are there, stop by and say hello or at least wave. Well be the ones in the red jackets.
From Sandy Schoular Marshall
During our 5 year stay in Omaha, I somehow managed to get extremely involved with numerous volunteer organizations, i.e. Clarkson Hospital Gift Shop, Assistance League of Omaha, Symphony League, etc. This was a very enjoyable time for me. Our son was off to Arizona State University and later our daughter became a CORNHUSKER which left me with lots of time and opportunity to pursue these interests. Eventually we remembered it snows here so when Jim had an opportunity in 1985 to relocate to Austin, Texas, we headed south. We originally built a home on Lake Austin, which is virtually in town and later built a home on Lake Travis which is in Spicewood, Texas about 40 miles from Austin. These last 22 years I still seem to be involved in the same volunteer organizations that I was in Omaha, just a different city. We still spend lots of time on the water and enjoy working with our landscaping and ponds. We also (at our age) have a new Labrador puppy we are attempting to train. It is not easy.
Gregg I wish to thank you for all the information and input you have sent to us regarding this reunion. I am so sorry I am not able to attend, but if you ever get back to Austin, please look us up. That goes for anyone else that might be heading this way. Please thank Julia for the phone call. It was wonderful talking with her.
From Sandy Vosler Fortner (Passed away, November 5, 2011)
From Sharon Eoff Goff
From Sherry Johnson Lourie
2011 Update -- Sherry Johnson Lourie
Thanks Gregg for all class info. You're always on top of it and provide such interesting reading...... Greetings from Nantucket (which Irene skipped except for some high winds, not even any rain which we could use - we lucked out -- this year!
I bought an apartment in Marco Island, Fl. This winter. It has
Haven't been to Hong Kong for a year and a half. The family has come to US
From Sherrylrae Wicker
I have lived in Colorado, Iowa and of course Omaha and now reside in Columbus Georgia.
I decided that my daughters were not going to surpass me in education so went back to school and graduated in 1986 with a BS degree.
I retired from AFLAC (yes, the duck company) where I was the Director of Compliance Advertising for 13 years. My staff and I reviewed all of the advertising for the AFLAC Corporation as well as all agents advertising to assure that it met with all of the 50 states advertising regulations.
I am the current MS. Senior Columbus. This is the equivalent of a Miss Omaha title except for women over 60. We have the same pageant requirements (EXCEPT SWIM SUIT) can you imagine women between the ages of 60 and 90 competing in swimsuit?
I also am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Order of the Eastern Star, and a committee member of the Keep Columbus Beautiful Council.
I have 3 beautiful daughters and three grandsons, one granddaughter and one great granddaughter. My oldest daughter is a teacher at a college in Madison, Wisconsin, my middle daughter works at Mutual of Omaha and my youngest is in sales in Denver, Colorado.
I am divorced and have found that the best companion a woman can have is a dog.
I intend to be at the reunion to see old friends and make new ones.
Thank you Greg for going to the trouble of in finding this old Georgia Peach.
See yall soon.
Ok, I am probably the last to write. Not much news from Columbus. GA. My Mom (Who was at the last reunion is still doing exceptionally well for someone 97 years old). My brother Vaughn is visiting today from Portland Oregon and the main reason for the visit is to try and convince Mom to move into assisted living here in Columbus. If any of you have dealt with elder dementia you know it is a rough row to hoe for the caregiver. So we are hoping she will give up and move out of her own home and into assisted living. After all she is almost 98. My middle daughter shocked us all by having a heart attack the week of Thanksgiving but thank the Good Lord it ended up being a serious wake up call not a final journey. She is doing well at this time. I am still entertaining singing with the Golden Diva's and working part time at Weightwatchers and Talbots.
Gregg again I will add to all of my classmates when I say thank you for all you have done and hopefully will continue to do for the class of 1957. God Bless to all my class mates.
From Skip Blazek
I am a product of a District 66 education starting at Underwood School in first grade and finishing with my four years at Westside. I attended UNL for a year watching Pat Fisher play football on Saturdays in a nearly empty stadium. I finished school at UNO, married Judy Church (Central High class of 58), and settled down at 78th and Dodge helping my family run the New Tower Inn - now the Tower Plaza shopping center. I remained in the hotel business for the next 47 years. We expanded our hotel operation to include a Fremont, Ne. hotel and two hotels at the airport. Our final property was sold several years ago to the airport for their expansion. The office park to the west of the New Tower location, home of the P.J. Morgan company, is now my little corner of the world. I have an office with P.J., one of my closest Westside friends, where I now have a hospitality consulting business. I am also serving on the boards of several volunteer organizations.
Judy and I devote most of our time to our family. We have
three daughters, all married and living in Omaha. We have 5 grandsons
and 2 granddaughters ranging in age from 16 months to 18 years! They are
a very important part of our very busy lives. This summer we spent a week
in Jackson Hole, Wy. (our favorite vacation place) with all the kids and
their families. Life is good!!
From Stan Arp
When I got back to Omaha there was a letter waiting for me telling me to report to Fort Omaha. You have just enlisted in the US Army. Oh well, maybe I would get to see Germany or some other new and interesting place. Not to be. I went to Basic Training at Fort Carson, CO in November and it was cold in the mountains. I was then assigned to Fort Hood, TX where it was hot and dry. The most important thing I learned in Advanced Training in Texas was, Dont sleep on a grassy, shady area Chiggers! The closest I came to traveling overseas was a long train ride to Florida to prepare to attack Cuba. Thankfully, after many days of amphibious landing practice, peace was restored and we returned to Texas heat and mesquite trees. Even green weeds looked good when I got back home.
After I got out of the service, I went into partnership with my dad in a masonry and cement construction business. After he retired, I took over the business and was busier than ever. I am mostly retired now, only taking on a few jobs when I get bored and am ready for a new challenge.
I married my wife Mary, a Bennington HS graduate, in 1965. We have 2 great kids, Tracy and Brian who have given us 5 wonderful grandchildren including 8 month-old twin boys. We are so thankful that they all live about 5 minutes away.
In 1997 we bought a motorhome and have done a lot of traveling mostly in the winter months when I wasnt working. We especially enjoy South Padre Island and have also wintered in Phoenix and Florida. In the summer we spend our spare time at our trailer on the Platte River south of Gretna where we enjoy airboating with our neighbors Phil and Barbie Hansen.
These 50 years have gone by quickly and they have been good years. Im looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.
From Suanne Reichstadt Townsend
A wrinkle in time describes the past 50 years since Westside. The time has flown by like the Chinook winds in Boulder.
Westside I married Gary Townsend, class of 55, after finishing at the University of Nebraska. Moved to Neenah, WI, then to Ft. Knox, Ft. Benning and back to Wisconsin. Taught in a one room country school and then moved to Chicago. Back to Wisconsin and on to Connecticut. In that 10 years had three children. You can imagine the many culture shocks we had especially coming from our small Midwestern upbringing.
In 1970 we decided the NY lifestyle wasnt working well for our family so moved back to Omaha where we lived for another 11 years. Its quite an experience to move back to your beginnings but it worked well for us and new horizons opened up. Our kids went to the same Dist 66 schools as we had attended. They got to know their grandparents and great grandparents. Gary and I started flying and met a great group of new friends in that flying environment. We have owned many airplanes over the years and are now flying a Cessna 180 which works well here in the mountains.
In 1981 we were transferred to Colorado and have been in Boulder for 26 years. Our kids all graduated from U of Colorado schools, married and we have 12 grand kids. In 1989 Gary and I started our own business as Mfg Reps for medical and food packaging. We retired a few years ago and now spend winter months in Tucson playing with old folks.
I Tim 6:7 says For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out. In between we owe everything to God, family, friends and others. I can only say Amen to that.
I plan to drive to Omaha on Thursday and look forward to seeing you all for one of the events
What a year! Gary and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with our entire family in Estes Park. It was a wonderful occasion with 21 adults and kids galore.
The sad news is that our Boulder house burned down with 167 others in this latest fire here in the foothills.
We are alive and well but our memories of so many things are forever gone.
In the book of Job it says: " The Lord will restore to them what has been taken away." We know that the material things are of no consequence but it's the small remembrances that we will miss.
We send our greetings to you all.
Suanne Reichstadt Townsend and Gary
From Ted Hicks
I went to college at Stanford. It was there I got involved in politics. In my Junior year, 1959/1960, I was president of the Stanford Political Union. We had a number of guest speakers including Senator Barry Goldwater, Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Richard Nixon.
My degree was political science but I was also in an honors program in social thoughts and institutions. I briefly tried law school. It wasnt for me and I went on to get a masters degree in political science. I was thinking about a Ph. D. but being a conservative Goldwater-type republican, being a college professor was out of the question!
I then got involved in the family business, which in California was known as an escrow company, which generally involves the handling of real estate sales transactions. Our specialty was handling the paper work for the sale of business such as liquor stores, car washes, laundries, etc. I did that until I retired a few years back.
During that time I gave classes on various aspects of the escrow business and I got intensely involved in Republican politics. Being from Nebraska I was on familiar ground.
I was involved in with the Young Americans for Freedom and worked with many young people. We were often accused of being a front for the Republican Party so I went out of my way to get a Democrat to come and speak to us. This Democrat was a famous movie actor by the name of Ronald Reagan. Because of this I became friends with the Reagans and they often invited me to visit their home where we talked politics. One evening I said to Mr. Regan, Based upon your thoughts, sir, I really think you out to consider becoming a Republican, and Nancy said, You know, thats what Ive been telling him all the time.
Then one day Nancy called me and said, Ive got really good news. Ive gotten him to re-register as a Republican. It turns out she called the County Registrar of Voters and they sent a deputy registrar out to reregister him. Damn it; Damn it; I didnt mention to them that I was a deputy country registrar volunteer; so some other volunteer got the job.
Another interesting story -- once when I was at a Republican
Congressional nominations meeting -- there were lots of people there,
but I noticed one of the fellows , and I yelled out, "Hey Buzzy."
The fellow turned around and said, "Hey Ted!"
In 1984, after a number of years, I was Republican Central County Chairman of Los Angles County. We did a lot while I was chairman; we registered a lot of people like 200,000, and Regans margin of victory in LA County increased from 8,000 to over 400,000. This was a real highlight of my life. Ive been coasting ever since!
Best wishes to the WHS Class of 57; All I can say is, get involved in politics! Preferably as a Republican!
From Terrill "Terry" Ross Meyer
Will Rogers said that half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. Obviously he didnt know the class of 57. I loved reading your life stories which make it abundantly clear you have little trouble finding plenty to do.
After attending Beals Elementary School, I arrived at Westside as a ninth grader. From Westside, I went to NU for a year and then to Lindenwood College near St. Louis. I returned to Omaha after graduation and worked at WOW as a music librarian for a year. I met my first husband there and we moved to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in the first few years of marriage as he worked in various radio and television stations.
Ive been in the D.C. area ever since then. After receiving a Masters degree at American University, I worked toward a doctorate at the University of Maryland and was employed by the Montgomery County Public Schools for thirty years, as an English teacher, curriculum specialist, principal, director, hearing officer, and community superintendent. In semi-retirement, I worked for Maryland University and Salisbury State College. My favorite educational experience was studying one summer at Seoul National University in a program the South Korean government provided for North American educators. My favorite job was being the principal of a high school very much like the Westside of 57. My last principalship was of a high school that resembles Westside today. In 1979 I married Clem Meyer, a civil engineer who worked in environmental research at the Army Corps of Engineers headquarters. Clem grew up on Long Island, studied architecture at Iowa State and worked for the Nebraska Highway Department prior to getting his PhD at North Carolina State. We have no children, but I was responsible for thirty-some thousand of them in my last job acting as community superintendent for thirty schools in the neediest part of our county. Little at Westside prepared me for some of the complexities this role presented, but it was a fascinating and challenging job.
Rewarding as work was, we both are adoring retirement and time to pursue other interests. We are very involved in our church. I am active in the National Capital Area Garden Clubs and just completed two years as director of the 30 garden clubs in Montgomery County. Rotary, Ikebana, Hospice and book clubs keep me busy. Architect/engineer Clem loves to build stuff. He designed and then oversaw construction of our house twenty-one years ago and recently spent ten months overseeing construction of a carriage house after assuring me every man needs a five-car garage. He returns today from a two-week, 3000-mile motorcycle trip through five western states with fourteen friends. We look forward to our upcoming reunion and sharing memories.
From Terry Bell
At the reunion, I hope my wife (Judy) and I can have a moment of your time, to learn about you and your familys life, and careers over the last 50 years. I would like to spend our time together, hearing about you. I will share now share some of my history with you.
After Westside I attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln NE. I put myself through college, by buying and selling cars personally from my fraternity house and college dorm. After college I worked eleven years as General Manager Gotfredson Chrysler Plymouth and Owner of Terry Bells Auto City, both located in Lincoln NE. Next I was President of Down Town Chrysler Plymouth of Omaha and Council Bluffs and then President of Frontier Dodge of Kansas City, MO. I owned an advertising agency for my dealership and created my own adds and did all the on air radio and TV adds for all of the above businesses. Then for ten years I worked as Vice President of Raiders Business Interiors (Office Furniture) of Omaha before the sale of the business to an investment group. Finally I founded Auto Buying and Leasing Corporation (autobuylease.com). We were among the first to help clients buy new vehicles from new car dealers without the client having to negotiate with the dealers personally.
For my family life I was married for 18 years my to first wife and had two great children and had custody of my children after the divorce. I remarried again (for the wrong reasons) and divorced after 10 years. The good news is that my present wife, Judy, and I have enjoyed the last 20 years together. Judy was a lead teacher for St. Paul, MN. ECFE public school system for the 33 years prior to her retirement
During the summer Judy and I enjoy our home in Burnsville MN. (Suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul) and in the winter we live in a new home we built in 2003 in an active adult resort community" called Pebble Creek in Goodyear, AZ. a suburb of Phoenix).
Hope to visit with all of you soon.
Judy said, " Wow what a wonderful, intelligent, kind, and interesting group of people to spend time with". I felt that way also. It was a wonderful experience.
So sorry to hear the sadness in the life of many. I guess I need to accept that it will happen to all of us at some point.
I feel guilty writing to you about Judy and my happy, healthy life together. We have a great time working in our yards in MN. and AZ together.
We enjoy life doing what ever we want, when we want, for as long as we want. We also enjoy our occasional travel.
Since we have seen you, we have enjoyed trips to Spain, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Turkey and Malta.
We also visited friends Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
We enjoyed about 10 days in Victoria Island , and Vancouver.
From our home in AZ we will be spending some time at the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica resort in Cabo San Lucas.
One negative in our life could be a positive in your or a friend's life: About 3 years ago we purchased (as an investment) a beautiful 1 acre, 333 ft wide water front lot. It is on a crystal clear lake that is 1040 miles around the shore, with 2 18 hole golf courses and country clubs. It is a well planned and controlled beautiful community.
Smarty pants Terry thought we would double our money quick. Now (due to real estate crash) we will probably loose 1/2 or more than we have invested.
We bought the lot when people were standing in line to buy lots like this, but now we are going to loose a lot of money on it. If you, or someone you know is interest in my mailing or e-mailing the lot brochure, please let me know.
What ever we loose on the investment is nothing compared to what some of you have experienced. Ones love ones are more important.
Best wishes to all. You are wonderful people.
Hello Dear Classmates,
Thank you Gregg, for your continued support of our Class of 1957.
I too, am saddened by the death of one of our class mates. He was a person
I enjoyed being with.
Judy and I both enjoyed visiting with all of you during the last reunion
and look forward to what I hope will be our 55th reunion.
Judy and I enjoy working together taking care of our home and yard in
MN. We have a very happy, busy life together. We enjoy each other and are blessed
for many reasons, including our good health.
This past winter we did have time to take one very enjoyable trip away from our
AZ home for a very enjoyable stay in Cabo San Lucas at the Pueblo Bonito Pacifico Resort.
The rest of the winter spent trying to sell our AZ home in a very tough real estate market.
We got it sold the week before we returned to MN. without losing too much money.
Owning two homes involves too much work. It was fine when you were
making money on the value of a home. That is not the case now.
This coming winter we are going to enjoy two months at Savannah Lakes Village in
South Carolina, a week at the Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral Florida, then
a month at Vacation Village at Bonaventure Resort at Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Then we will fly from Tampa to Auckland, New Zealand. After a few days there
we board a 36 day Princess Cruise ship, with 16 Ports of Call and tours including New Zealand,
Australia, China (Gregg thank you for pictures of China), South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong.
Glad to see that so many of you are happy and healthy.
Best wishes from Terry and Judy
From Terry Hill
What I remember about all of you, and our teachers and coaches at Westside, is the base of friendship and encouragement that you gave me to explore my creativity. I had some talent and plenty of doubts. Our class had some great athletes but Pat Fischer, with his unbelievable level of athletic ability, demonstrated to me that athletics was not my forte. But from Hugger to Koch to Rettelsdorf and other teachers, and from all of you, I gained a faith to explore. As kids go, I think we were innocent and we were happy we were happy at school, happy at home and, in general, happy with ourselves. The innocence, contentment and encouragement gave us a base to go out and be the best that we could be.
Thank you Westside. Thank you class of 57.
PS: Gregg asked if I would add the link from Wikipedia that describes a bit of my acting career, so if youre interested, here it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Kiser
From Thulin Danielson Wiemer
From Wendy Wood Pfeifer
To the Omaha Westside High School Class of 1957
I, Gregg Millett, propose that we create the community of Huggersville.
16 of us have passed away and 13 classmates cannot be found the remaining 67 of us live in 27 different states.
With our broad experience of the USA (and the world for that matter), we should find a Shangri-La for Huggersville.
I propose that we designate Ron Mertens as our site consultant and city planner (hey, he was a city planner in New Orleans in the 90s and strongly recommended raising and strengthening the dikes!).
JoEllen Connelly will be our Mayor. Deanna Eurich and Jeannie Skeans will be in charge our communitys financial affairs. Glenn Burbridge will handle all legal matters and Gail Gray will write our reports.
Dale Slunicko will plan our housing and Stan Arp will build them. Charlotte Schroeder and Kathyrn Rydberg will assist us with interior design. Monty Andrews will make sure our community is eco-friendly by building recreation and bike trails, parks, and an arboratorium.
Phil Hansen, Bud Walling and Buzz Zschau will create our industries and Rex Rehnquist and Mike Williams will build them. Mike Wolf and Terry Hill will sell our products. Sherrylrae Wicker will be our compliance officer (hey, if AFLAC needed one, well need one) and Margaret Steinbacher will transport our products to their destinations. And hey again, you might ask (especially if you're Phil or Bud or Buzz) what is this use of OUR? Well, its simply a very cooperative community.
Onward to building OUR community. Dave Humphry will build our high-tech communications infrastructure and Dave Bronn and Jolene Smith will make sure our mail gets delivered the old fashioned way. Joan Wolfgram will handle our infrastructure utilities such as gas and electricity.
Well build the most wonderful school with Terry Ross as Principal. Nancy Lucas will be Assistant Principal in charge of discipline (especially checking excuses) and our teachers will include Gail Gray (English), Jackie Lippold (history), Marny Meyer (biology), Sharon Eoff (psychology), Sherry Johnson (art history and drama), and Nancy Trester (teaching our gifted kids, too bad, I guess there will be no other kids for the other teachers to teach). AND, well have great athletic teams with Pat Fischer and Jerry Vaad as coaches
Integrated with the school will be an arts/performance/crafts center directed by Judy Youngman. The staff will include Julia Harvey (needlework and weaving), Rita Benesch (performing arts), Bev Marvin (needlework and quilting), Karen Nebergall (modeling and fashion) and Roger Fellows (woodworking).
Also attached to the school will be a child-care and pre-school for our grandchildren run by Sandra Vosler and Deanna Eurich (they have 17 great-grandchildren between them). Kathy Murray and Thulin Danielson will take care of the toys.
Well also have a volunteer center run by Sandy Scholar, Nancy Hanks and Wendy Wood.
Joan Stolley will run our community farm (volunteers needed!) and Phil Hansen can supply her with all farming equipment.
On the transportation front Suanne Reichstadt will operate our charter airplane and Karen Flavell will advise those of us who need to ride the rails. Terry Bell will sell us our cars and Al Nielsen and Gene Utterback will run our full service auto parts store. Bernie Grabow will run our stable and Bud Walling will rent us motorcycles.
Skip Blazek will run our hotel and Carol Eaton can run the community bar and grill (where Phil Hansen can by us all drinks). Well have a golf course built by Bernie Grabow and Gene Utterback will be our golf pro.
Janet Voss will be in charge of internal security (Hugh Morrison, alias Coach Hugger, says in a recent e-mail that youll have to keep a close eye on Kiser and Fischer).
Roger Fellows, Judy Kovar and Mary Akin can try to keep us all healthy.
Ted Hicks can get some of us elected to public office beyond our community and we can take a shot at Zschau for President.
For diversion Rod Fosler can guide us on trips to the mountains of Colorado and Utah; Sherry Johnson can lead us through the streets of New York City and Hong Kong; Deanna Grimm can give guided tours of Japan; and Gregg Millett can take us to the back woods of Nicaragua, Honduras and China. Also Al Nielsen can take us sailing and I still want dance lessons from Marny Meyers.
Carol Evans can run our community events and Darla Bennett can run our spiritual center.
Mike Eisenhart and Carolyn Evans can advise us on retirement options.
All spouses and partners are welcome to join this community, but if you are or become single you should join Gregg Milletts local branch of Singles Outreach.
We should have a council of elders composed of Hugh Morrison, Leon Englebart, Jim Tangdall and Rene Hlavac.
Finally, Terry Kiser can make a movie of our adventure and, dead or alive, he gets the starring role.
So what are we missing? Opps, we dont have an undertaker.