Greetings once again. Thanks to all who made inputs, both text and pictures. It's kind of a special year in that it's the year where most of us turn the big Eight-O. Several folks have included pictures and/or comments about that. I had some incisive observations about advancing age and sage wisdom to share, but I seem to have forgotten it all....
Oh well, we can just continue with all the news from classmates and friends.
But before that, I just want to remind you that if you have news to share, but didn't quite get around to it, or if the news from others stimulates you to participate, by all means send it to me. It's super-easy to add to this page, and I love to do it.
So, here we go.
First off, a nice note from Dick Howe, et.al. as the Vero Beach gang checks in.
Hello all --
The Chappaqua contingent in Vero Beach, FL. is still going strong! Last night, Bill and Lisa Holmes, Bob and Judy Holmes, Tom and Sue Stephens, Dick and Patsy Howe all had a most enjoyable sunset dinner on the Indian River Lagoon in Vero Beach. Even though we’re all basically snowbirds, we make a point of getting together several times while we’re all in Vero. All of us guys are either pushing or are in our 80’s, the girls, a little younger. Kind of amazing the four of us all went to Greeley together!
As you may recall, Joan Kather Henry and her hubby Bill, moved last year from Washington to the Denver area. Reid Reynolds and "The Gang of Several" there in the Denver/Boulder region arranged a great welcome for them, and Reid was kind enough to include a picture.
Izzy Miraco tipped me off to Joan Kather Henry’s impending move to the Denver area last summer (with husband, Bill). I rounded up the local HGHS ‘60 crew (Lydia Morrongiello, Gay and Mary Mayer and Steve and Marie Blue) for a welcome-to-Denver gathering. Pam made a sumptuous paella and a good time was had by all.
A short note from Gay Mayer and a nice picture.
After a tough day off skiing at Snowbird, Utah- my sister Laurie and I were enjoying a bit of fresh snow before heading to “the showers”
In keeping with the idea of “old” - my sweater dates back to 1962!
Reid Reynolds reports on some of his various other actitivies:
This is a photo of the annual gathering of the HGHS ski team (or at least what’s left of it) — Reid and Izzy Miraco — at Vail, February, 2022.
Next year’s meet is scheduled for Big Sky, where Izzy reports lift tickets are free for those 80+. See you there? Update: Reid reports -
False news alert! Turns out octogenarians DON’T get to ski free at Big Sky. Anyone who wants the latest on ski deals for old folks should contact Izzy.
Hoping to get in a few more turns before the slopes close for this year and I turn to the less risky pastime of pulling weeds from my garden,
The photo from warmer climes is from part one of my 80th birthday celebration— a week sailing in the U. S. Virgin Islands with my daughter, Lily, her husband, César, my wife, Pam, and my cousinee, Sue.
Part 2 will be a weekend in NYC with Pam, my sister, Louise, and her husband, Will. We’ll be taking in an opera at the Met and other delights of the city.
George Flink makes his appearanceWhen Dave asked me if he could post my birthday picture, I said yes with some ambivalence. I have not had any communication with Greeley class of 60 but maybe it was time.
My 80'*. Birthday, and 50th. Anniversary occurred within a week of each other, February 27th. And March 5th. It's hard to wrap my mind around those numbers. My wife Tres, and I have been living in a cohousing community in Tucson now for 12 years. For those who don't know, cohousing is intentional communities across the US and Europe. Started in Denmark in 1973, it meets the needs for community at a time when many people feel very isolated. Kind of a cross between a condo ands commune. You own your own unit but share many amenities in common and do a minimum of 5 hours a month on upkeep and other community projects. Granted Covid put some restraints on the community but life was still manageable thanks to good weather for outdoor connections and Zoom for meetings. Tres is very active in the community and is discovering her inner leader capabilities. I am less active in the community but very active in the old time music community in Tucson. I played banjo and banjo uke for many years but during 2 years of covid,, I focused on playing rhythm guitar which is now my instrument of choice. I play in 3-4 jams a week and am a member of a band that plays at contra dances,
farmer's markets and other venues. I go to Mars Hill, NC for music camp each June and Centralia Washington for an old time music gathering in August. We also have an old time gathering in Tucson in early March.
Before moving to Arizona, we lived in Maine from 1973 2010. We both have MSW degrees from the U. of Michigan and had a private practice out of our home from 1977 to 2010. We both had training in Transactional Analysis and Gestalt therapy and had a wonderful and very satisfying practice.
We move up to Munds Park near Flagstaff during the summer where at 7000 feet, its 20-25 degrees cooler which really matters when Tucson is 115 degrees.
We are both very healthy and active and just got our second boosters. We have had a number of dogs one at a time since 1971. Hope you are all well and staying safe.
Carlos Ballantyne reports on his travels and the untimely passing of his girlfriend, Bonnie.
I've also include a picture of those knees he keeps reporting on, from his FaceBook page.
I'm alive and well in Sedona Arizona where I've lived for about 5 years. My late girlfriend Bonnie brought us here from Florida which she hated due to the heat and high humidity. Unfortunately, she had a major stroke within minutes of us arriving in Sedona proper (actually after taking one bite of a McDonald's cheeseburger), was air MedicVaced ($43,000) to Barrow Neuro in Phoenix where she was revived. Bonnie passed at home a few months later with me as her caregiver.
I have been hiking in the lovely mountains here 3 to 5 times a week, tempered only by occasional hiking injuries to knees, feet, hips, or abrasions. In the last 4 years I've made 2 six week trips hiking in Nepal near Mt. Everest, the last time getting a case of pulmonary edema at 14,500' altitude, which was exciting. I was having a dream at night I couldn't breathe, woke up and found I, in fact, couldn't. Last summer and fall I made a 4 month, 25,000 mile road trip with a girlfriend to New York Thousand Islands, then 5 National Parks including Yellowstone, Glacier and Yosemite taking "the long way" back.
Mary Ellen Walsh visiting Natalie and me in Charlottesville! She looks and is terrific following the loss of Larry last year. We have been best friends since Miss Radley's 3rd grade class-70+ years ago!!we are so happy to see her here. (R-L, Natalie, Peter, Mary Ellen.)
Ed. Note: Larry grew up with us in Chappaqua, attended private school. Here is a link to his obituary.
Anita Lindholm Smith sends us lots of good news and some nice pictures too.
Another reunion with my Greeley girlfriend, Kristina (Olsson) Sachs, at my house today. She drove up from her Florida home to her home in Newton, Mass., and on the way stopped by for lunch.
At least we still recognize each other and can reminisce about the “good ole' days”
Anita continues her dedicated work teaching piano, and here's a clip of two of her students, brother and sister, playing something called "Ghost Dance" but they preferred to call it "Black Cat Boogie."
Just click on the little arrow.
And last, but not least, she includes a pic with hubby Ed.
Anita reports that"Sherman, Connecticut (3,000 population winter 4,000 summer) is located on the most northern point of Candlewood Lake.
Living in a small town has so many benefits
because everyone knows everyone (sort of) and we look out for each other. Ed’s paintings of local spots of interest, pets, portraits and art shows, my piano teaching, and our singing and membership in the local church warms our hearts and brings us peace of mind."
Ed is a well-known regional artist, and recently had an art show at the Sherman Library. He has an impressive body of work, and here is a link to his website, which includes a very interesting bio
and a few representative paintings and view of the art show.
Denny Joy checks in with a short and pleasant update: Dibbon (Cornell) and I are doing great. She continues to sell advertiisng space for Maptech boating guides and nautical charts while I grow plants, cut firewood maintain buildings and maintain our mini farm. Keep on trucking.
Ed.Note - Dibbon was (I think) Class of '62.
I added a couple of images of some Maptech products.
Swede Murphy sends us an update:
It has been a busy year. We sold our Md. home that we lived in for 48 years. We will spend about 1/2 of the year in New London, N.H. , and the cooler Months in Amelia Island, Fla. We have 2 Children, Todd and Melissa, and 4 Grandchildren in Fla. The oldest, Finn is a Freshman at Georgetown and the next oldest will be a Freshman next year at the U of Fla. Julia will be a Jr. at the Boles school in Jacksonville, Florida, and Murphy will be in 10th grade at Fernandina Beach School . Our oldest, Harris, has 2 children , AnnaJayne who will be in 10th grade at the Mc Donna school and her brother will be a Freshman at McD. Hope all is going well for everyone.
And here's a little update and some pictures from me...
Here in Washington, it's feels like a late spring, as it's been cooler than normal, but we're finally starting to get some warmer weather, and the winter rains are abating.
Our big Rhody in the back yard has graced us with its annual show. The blossoms only hang around for ten days or so, but it's worth the wait. We planted that tree back in 1994.
On Memorial Day Jan and I made our usual trip to the Orting (WA) Old Soldiers Home Cemetery. The final resting place for military folks who died at the home, it's not only a fitting way to honor our all our veterans but, like so many cemeteries, it has lots of stories to tell if you just listen carefully. There are a couple of Medal of Honor recipients from the Civil War, and in one spot there is a father from WWI, and his son, WWII, buried next to one another. There are survivors of all of our nation's conflicts back to the Civil War, including a member of the Army Balloon Corps from WWI, and several married couples interred next to one another. As you can see, it's a lovely setting, and altogether a touching place to see.
Steve and Marie (Barkman) Blue have a whole bunch of stuff to tell us about. As usual, Steve reports in a thorough and entertaining narrative.
News highlights from Steve Blue and Marie Barkman Blue in sunny/snowy/rainy/parched (take your pick) Colorado. The Colorado branch of the Horace Greeley Alumni Association grew last fall with the arrival of Joan Kather and Bill Henry, relocating from the Puget Sound area to Castle Pines in Douglas County, south of Denver. In November Reid and Pam Reynolds celebrated their arrival by hosting a sumptuous dinner in their Denver home, attended by Gay and Mary Mayer, Lydia Lockridge Morrongiello and Steve and Marie Blue. The nine of us were able to rewrite history and solve most of the problems of the world in one evening - another testament to the pedigree of the Class of '60.
Last July we welcomed our first GREAT granddaughter, Chesney as a new resident of Kemmerer, Wyoming with parents Katy and Cody. She is cute as a bug (unbiased opinion) and Katy keeps a timely update on her rapid progress from infant to - walking pretty soon! It’s a sobering experience to reflect on the fact that your kid is a grandmother!
Those of us still upright are painfully aware that memorial services are becoming a more common yet still unwelcome fact of senior life. Last August Steve and Marie, Lydia, Reid, and Gay and Mary attended what must have been one of the more memorable memorials of our time. Albeit a year late, we honored Ann Bliss - it was a "celebration" of her life in every positive way. Several generations of family were represented, as were older and younger co-workers from her days in legal practice and with the Boulder County District Attorney's office. Younger brother Jonathan and family were there, and the Greeley Alumni squad spent a few moments taking the assembled crowd back to high school days. Ann’s sons Chris and Brian Mygatt hosted the affair at Ann’s favorite venue, the Hotel Boulderado and provided music, scads of photos, tall tales and poignant stories, ample adult beverages and munchies, and everyone left with fond memories.
We are almost done decompressing from a 31-day, 5,700-mile odyssey through three time zones and fifteen states - a road trip. Younger daughter Laurrie graduated last April from Regis University with a Doctor of Pharmacology and was awarded a one-year fellowship with the American Pharmacological Association in their Washington, D.C. headquarters. What better way to celebrate Spring than a quick trip to D.C.? Given that most of you have visited DC over the years, here’s the short version of our trip:
St Louis to visit Nina Wagner, friend since the mid- ‘60’s in then West Germany when husband Clank (Clarence) and Steve were standing guard ready to repel the Russian hoards poised to roll across the Czech border. Four kids and seventeen grandkids, several already in college or getting ready. Met a bunch at a buffet dinner then next day toured Nina’s vacation lakefront cabin outside St Louis, visited son Joe’s 300-acre farm (he directs three private secondary schools; farm is a “maybe one day…” and visited Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery where Clank is memorialized in a marble plaque on a wall overlooking the Mississippi River.
On to DC – Tysons Corner – via Kentucky and West Virginia, Arrived in time to take in dinner hosted by Laurrie’s boss at his mini-estate west of DC – a belated Christmas party for the class of Fellows. Then the touristing began – National Mall memorials, Hillside Mansion and Gardens, National Cathedral, various Smithsonians, Library of Congress, China Town, Alexandria Old Town, excursion to Jamestown/Yorktown, excursion to Annapolis and the Naval Academy (accompanied by Nina, who was visiting her daughter Nina, an oncologist at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore; met grandson and Academy Plebe Leo in between classes for all of two minutes). I visited the Vietnam Memorial to check in with a couple of troops from the 36th Engineers who didn’t make it home, spent time at the Seabees Memorial remembering my Dad in WW II, and we had a great tour of Arlington National Cemetery, complete with guard mount and wreath dedication ceremonies.
Departing DC we meandered south through some Civil War Battlefields, caught a piece of the Blue Ridge Parkway, toured Lexington Virginia, continued southeast to Ashville and on to Savannah, then on to Daytona Beach for a quick visit with Penny and David Long, friends from Pueblo days. David is ex-Royal Navy jet-jockey and retired Continental Captain so we could continue our international name-dropping competition – his stories have mine beat six ways from Sunday. Enjoyed the beach, getting knee-deep and acknowledging that the water was still chilly.
From Daytona Beach we crossed Florida to Cape Coral to spend a few days with Mike and Joan Ingram, friends from college and beyond. Visited some of the local attractions, got wet on the Gulf side of Florida, and enjoyed a wonderful seafood dinner to celebrate my 80th birthday (as Dave has so graciously reminded us).
Eased our way north and west along Florida’s panhandle, finishing with a short stay in Galveston to get a final taste of the Gulf (salt water is so scarce in Colorado) before heading north to wrap it up. It was a good trip.
Kelly and Scott are nearly recovered from a bout of Covid19 and assessing what changes in the landscape will result from the recently announced nuclear power plant planned for Kemmerer, a Bill Gates sponsored venture that comes on the heels of the planned closing of the coal fired power plant and coal mine. On Monday it’s “Grapes of Wrath” and on Wednesday it’s “North to Alaska” – this will be a long-running story.
Kelly and Scott, along with Kevin, were here for Thanksgiving last year. Then Kevin returned to San Marcos, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala last November to continue teaching yoga classes at the Yoga Forest and get their farm back on track. That venture will go on autopilot for a few months while he returns to Peru to visit friends and participate in some native ceremonies.
Peter Corbino sends us this poem. Kind of a companion piece to the Toby Keith song, "Don't Let the Old Man In" that Dick Prezzano contributed to one of our earlier newsletters, so I've included a link to that video.
In the morning
After taking a cold shower
-What a mistake-
I look in the mirror.
There, a funny guy,
Grey hair, white beard, wrinkled skin,
-What a pity-
Poor, dirty, old man!
He is not me, absolutely not.
Land and life
Fishing in the ocean
Sleeping in the desert with stars
Building a shelter in the mountains
Farming the ancient way
Singing with coyotes
Singing against nuclear war-
I’ll never be tired of life.
Now I’m seventeen years old,
Very charming young man.
I sit down quietly in lotus position,
Meditating, meditating for nothing.
Suddenly a voice comes to me:
“To stay young,
To save the world,
Break the mirror.”
And, finally, for those of you who, like me, have become addicted to Wordle, here's one for you designed especially for people who attended Chappaqua schools.
If you aren't familiar with Wordle, but want to give it a try, here's a link to the rules.
That's it for now. As always, if you have further inputs, by all means send them in. It's easy to add a second page to the site and I am only too happy to do it, and classmates will be only too happy to read it.
Contact info remains the same:
14801 110th Ave E,
Puyallup, WA 98374