Greetings once again, Class of 60 and friends. We have lots of news from classmates, a few links to sites of interest, and the usual pleas for pictures and more updates. So, with that, let's start.
As you all probably know, Sarah Holland passed away on March 31st following a short illness. She was a spirited woman who touched a lot of lives, and there were lots of good memories of her among the classmates.
And now for something completely different:
As we all are aware, Facebook has completely changed the social media landscape. Whether for good or bad, well
there's lots of opinions about that. In any case, one of the kind of cool things is the availability of FB groups for special interests. For us, there is a rather interesting group titled "You know if you're from Chappaqua if you remember..." It has posts from people from many eras, including ours, with memories, discussions, and pictures on a wide range of topics, all related to Chappaqua, especially growing up there and attending Chappaqua schools. Worth your time. If you are on FB, just type the group title as above into the search bar at the top of the menu, and you will then be able to "apply" for access to the group. (It's a closed group, so there is an admin function to grant access. About1600 members right now.)
NOTES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY
Let's start with the news from John Viscomi, who like so many of us has done some relocating. (It's never easy.)
Patty and I have moved around some since I last wrote you. We left our retirement home in NH (up for sale) and moved to Monroe GA. Patty’s only brother and father had lived there for several years. We were so tired of the snow and bitter cold we thought a warmer climate would be nice. Also, Patty’s dad was 91 years old and had health issues so we thought it would be good to be nearby.
Our house and rental property were on the market for months without even a nibble so we continued to drop the prices but still nothing. Finally, at a huge loss, we sold both just to get out from under the debt. Well, shortly after Patty’s dad had passed her brother decided to retire after 34 years with Travelers Ins. Co. and packed up everything and moved to, you’ll never guess, NH. So, here are Patty and I wondering what are we doing here in GA? No family here, few friends, what the heck? So, we moved again back to CT where we had lived for 20 years. Our children are here, all our grand children are here, even a great grand baby, so back we came to CT. We live in a brand new Senior Housing Development in Stafford Springs CT. It’s really the only affordable way to live in CT when on Social Security. It’s been nice being close to all our family again. Going to ball games, soccer games and swim meets. The holidays are great celebrating with everyone too.
Not much more to tell you. I still have and enjoy my Ham Radio license. We are very restricted as to having any antennas outside but I manage with a indoor antenna homebrew kind of thing and it works. Patty is licensed also. Before moving here to CT we have had outdoor antenna arrays and have talked to “hams” all over the world.
I still have and maintain two licensed drones and a couple of radio controlled cars. I don’t have any problem keeping busy.
Best regards to all. Stay well and be safe.
Debby Moslander Baxter sent a nice picture of her and husband George. She's still happily living in the St. Petersburg area, and as you can see still working with flowers, and still has that great smile!
At the Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg. I interpreted a black and white photo entitled “One Who Watches”. Ikebana has been my hobby for the past eight years. Now you understand why I love flowers!
And here is a nice note from Karen Reagan --
I hope this note finds you all well. Don't know when I last wrote, but it was probably eons ago.Since then, I've had adventures, walking on the Camino de Santiago, in France. It's a long walk; I completed a small portion, walking for 8 days from Le Puy, which is south of Lyon, to a tiny town called St. Chely d'Aubrac. I chose the French camino because I still have my high school French. I met people from Germany, many French, and from Morocco,
Canada and a few Americanos! It was a thrill to eat cheese and see the cows & goats that produced
it, and to be in the gorgeous pasture land of southern France.
I continue with my life in Albuquerque, and invite folks to call when they're in this area. I have 3 cats, a yard; I take art classes at the local senior center. Am taking Spanish, as it's almost our 1st language, here.
Ed. note: Several folks from our church did this walk too, but on the Spanish portion of the trail. Sounds like wonderful experience in both countries. On my bucket list.
Sandy (Wallin) McGinniss reports in with a lotsof family information---
Thanks for organizing & putting these newsletters together..it’s always good to hear from our classmates!
I get together often with two of them often...Suzanne (Wilkinson) Meldrum and Evelyn (Sheldon) Shirzadi. Lots of fun!
My husband Ed & I are hanging in there... Ed had a stroke 3 years ago & is presently ok...but frustrated as he cannot drive, write, plow the driveway or mow the lawn... but, we are managing with so much help from our children & we enjoy being with our friends & family.
Thank God our children are all 10 minutes or less from us. We are so fortunate! Our eldest, a daughter, Carol, 53, & her husband have 2 sons..one graduating from Bucknell next year & the other from high school also next year. Our next three are sons, Michael, 50 & wife, Patrick, 48, & Timothy, 43 & wife & 8 year old daughter, Teagan. Teagan enjoys basketball, Girl Scouting, & her very favorites...softballl & Irish step dancing. And being grandparents..we have a great time watching them all grow up in their own directions!
Sandy (Wallin) McGinness
Old buddy Nick Bowen sends this.
So what's happening with me?
Pat and I are enjoying our 3 great grands. One lives in England so we don't see her as much as we'd like but the 2 boys are just an hour away so we have cuteness overload.
I'm having shortness of breath which keeps me from riding my bike, my favorite exercise because it makes me feel 18 again (uh oh, remember that?) Probably a lung biopsy in the very near future.
I've been playing pedal steel guitar for a couple of years. It's such a fascinating instrument, it will provide a lifetime of learning. I'm not a good student though, as I'd rather just make music than practise. It's a heavy machine, and I have 3 other weighty pieces of equipment to haul around with it, so it's a workout whenever I take it somewhere.
Ed. note: Nick always has been a very musical guy, and after some coaxing from me, sent me a pic with his new pedal steel guitar.
Here is the news from Sue McKinley Carpenter:
Since I always love seeing what others have written, I guess I should do my part. Charlie and I are in the middle of Maple syrup season... so far the weather has not cooperated enough (30 gallons bottled) ... hope the season is not over. We need freezing nights and warm days. This year we are making maple cream too... totally delicious on warm English muffins.
Probably the biggest happening in my life was the diagnosis of a melanoma on my left temple... After extensive surgery (s) the miracle was that the nodes were not involved and I did not have to have chemo (the best possible outcome). While visiting a friend on the Cape, I had lunch with Bonnie Ray Phelps. She looks fabulous and we laughed as we reminisced about our Colorado reunion. I also continue to be in touch with Sandie Gardner... and now that I am writing this, I will get in touch with Carolyn Grieco. Charlie and I head to Ireland with our extended family to celebrate our 50th. We will stay in the McKinley Family farmhouse that is now a B and B.
At the reunion, Nick Bowen gave us all a copy of his book The Ride of My Life.... I have finally begun to read it and it's terrific... I will forward it to someone as Nick requested. All the best to everyone. Sue
Dick Prezzano (Class of '61) has been following our newsletters for some time, and often has comments about Chappaqua on the FaceBook page I mentioned above. He was good enough to send a nice update and a (very nice) picture of his family --
Although I was one class (1961) behind you, it seems that over the years they blend together. Both classes had lots of terrific people. Great job in your pulling together an updated status sprinkled with some memories.
Like yourself, I’m an original Chappaquaite. Started out in kindergarten at the Kipp Street school (I believe it was Ms. Wakelee) and then the adventure began.
Below is a family photo taken at our home on Thanksgiving 2018.
In 1992, our family relocated from Darien, CT to Westlake Village, CA. Still live in the same house which fortunately survived those recent fires.
I retired from Nestle USA in 2002.
“Nothing like good ole Chappaqua” ………. back when life was simple and just good clean “Happy Days” fun.
Thanks Dick. Welcome to the newsletter!
Here's a short note from Jean Dare and a really cute picture from one of her hobbies. She's kind of modest about it, but I sure think it's a nice input.
I haven't shared what I've been doing because it seems kind of boring compared to what other Greeleyites have been doing, but I have been doing something kind of fun that keeps me busy. I paint and hide rocks for people in the city where I live. I started about two years ago and have hidden about 300 rocks. There is a Facebook group called Bellflower Rocks that has displayed some of my creations.
Once again, Richy Kuriger checks in with a very upbeat report:
My grandson, Richard Charles Kuriger IV will be graduating from Pepperdine university in California . He made national news on abc tv as he was interviewed after he left Malibu one day before the forced evacuation due to the fire . Safe and sound and lost nothing. Grandson number 2 is at regents college in London England . A sophomore looking for a real princess to marry And earn a title. Granddaughter number 3 graduating high school and has been accepted into 3 colleges. The balance of our 13 grandchildren continue to pass school and soon off to college. My wife Joni retired for one year, finished her honey do list and received a phone call from my first ex wife wanting her to come back to work in a law firm she is associated with. Now my first ex and my current and hopefully last wife see each other on a regular basis!!!
Son Chad has moved to Grand Cayman. Been there 4 years living the good life on 1.5 acres on the water. Daughter Melinda is office manager for a finance firm whose minimum loan is $50,000,000. She lives in houston , 10 minutes from Joni and me. Her two children are computer nerds and have to show me how to use the iPhone and tv’s. I Am still in the life insurance business and picked up an expert witness case that I was the expert on vs three other experts and life insurance company lawyers. We won!!! Of course.
We hope to see every one at the next reunion that did not make the last one.
Jack Duncan sends a particularly nice update of life since Greely, and several pictures, as you will see.
I have been on this new website for a while now (Jack is referring to the FB page I described near the beginning of this newsletter) but my insight is that the majority of folks posting are way younger than you and I! My wife belongs to “Katonah Kids”, and she sees the same thing!
However, I always look forward to the class news you edit! I have posted in this new website that I was only at Greeley, and lived in Chappaqua for less than two years, before going off to the University of Maine, where my favorite teacher, Sylvia Kurson, went. And of course, as you saw, there was always “Blackie”. As I recall, I did better on the Regents than his (un-named) pet! Then at Maine I was asked to take a semester off because I was really struggling with the Chemical Engineering I was enrolled in. Went back, after working at Reader’s Digest until the start of the next semester, and finished my degree in Business Administration. After graduation I went back to the Digest until Uncle Sam called me to active duty in his Navy in 1966. After discharge it was a career with RD for 24 some years, then time as a tax consultant working with a friend, and finishing in our local True Value when technology dried up a lot of my opportunities. They wanted younger kids, or the software applications were so easy nobody needed tech support.
Long time now. We have settled in a new home about two years ago, after leaving the first home we had here for 12 years just south of Easton, PA. We are really very happy here, still missing New England a bit, but have all we need here - the golf course, lots of restaurants in a re-developing downtown, theaters, etc, and good friends, all of us retired and having fun. And, my son and his family are only a half hour away over in New Jersey, so we see them often.
For me, I am going through a thorough medical exam to see how I am doing with the prostate cancer I have been dealing with for over 12 years now. I have been doing very well after radiation, surgical and hormone treatments. Have been off all meds for 6 months, so I am having a battery of tests to assess how I am doing now. Had the tests, but it is frustrating to not have any results yet. Going to my Sloan-Kettering oncologist next Tuesday, so I should know more then. Still living happily along thinking all is well. Spouse has had a five vertebrae fusion and is after five months still in some pain, with a few months to go before she will supposedly be much better.
I guess the statement should be that we are all getting older, and seeing the things that happen to older folks. But, I am not ready to admit that, and I am still having a pretty good life. I have a hobby making note cards from my photographs, which I truly enjoy and keeps me busy. I will send you a few one of these days soon, as soon as I get my act together!
Ed note: And I will put it in the newsletter for all to see!
Joan Kather Henry and her hubby Bill have been doing a lot of traveling, and also watching those life milestones for kids and grandkids. Here's what she has to say:
This last year has been full of milestones for us: my husband turned 80, our daughter (our ‘baby’) turned 50, two of our granddaughters started college (one at Oxford Brooks in England, and one at UC Santa Barbara.) Our third
granddaughter, will go to college next year
and our two grandsons started high school. What a lot of celebrating we’ve been doing!
We love to travel and have had some wonderful travel adventures this past year. A friend, with whom I used to teach, is currently living in Athens and invited us to visit her. It was our first trip to Greece, and we had three wonderful weeks in May visiting Athens, Delphi, Meteora, Naflio, and the islands of Hydra, Crete, Santorini and Milos. Since we were flying home over Spain, we had to stop there to visit friends in northern Spain. While there, we spent a week exploring some small towns in southern Spain.
Bill and I had never visited Glacier National Park so in August we took a road trip. Driving to Glacier, we saw great scenery. We stayed at Many Glacier Lodge with gorgeous views over the lake and hiking trails nearby. We took the ‘Red Bus’ on the “Road to the Sun” and enjoyed looking at the views while our driver negotiated the bends and curves. In October/November we took a 10-day trip to northern AZ. We hiked in Sedona, enjoyed walking the Rim Trail at the Grand Canyon, and visited friends in the Phoenix area. This trip was our way of having a little more summer before coming home to fall and winter in the Northwest.
You may recall that a few years ago I reported that Andy Adams was a crewman and engineer on the 1976 Freedom Train touring the country as part of the celebration of the Centennial Celebration. That seemed pretty interesting, and for some time I have been bugging him to send me some more information about his role and how he came to be part of this historic venture. He came through recently, so I have some pictures and his account of what he did as part of the project. He also gave us a summary, (or as he likes to call it, "The Reader's Digest" version) of all that he has been doing since Greeley. By the way, if you are interested in more information about the Freedom Train itself, you can click here.
Where do I start... Fall of 1960. November I left Chappaqua and went to Tucson Arizona to be with my grandparents for the winter.. I came back in the spring of '61 to spent the summer with my Dad in his electrical business. That fall I enlisted in the United States Air Force. and became an Airborne Instrument Navigation Tech.. I spent one year in Mississippi at Keesler AFB. Then off to Dover for a year with MATS. I was then sent TDY to Travis AFB in California and spent two years there. I was requested to "re-up" but got out and spent two years in the reserves. In December of 1961 I went to work for the Xerox Corporation as a Copier/ High Volume service Tech. Worked for Xerox at IBM. Pepsi, and American Can for 5 years as a corporate repair rep. Then became a roving trouble shooter in Westchester county. In the fall of 1969 I got involved with a group of Wall street commodities investors and began volunteering to build and repair live steam engines to run steam excursions through out the north East. This was a hobby. At the same time I became a partner in a company called Windom Springs ski homes, in Vermont. We built 7 ski homes near Magic Mountain Vermont. I also spent several winters on the ski slopes as a Ski patrol member. In early in 1969 a friend an I drove my Chevy 2 wagon across the United States chasing a Steam train to Promontory Point Utah for the Driving of the Golden Spike ceremony. (On Vacation from Xerox at the time. ) In 1971 I took a leave of absence from Xerox for one year and attended Letourneau College in Long View Texas. Was unable to stir up enough money to continue so I want back to Xerox.
In 1974 I was working for Xerox as a tech when I got involved with the steam engine people again. I was part of a 4 man team to find a Steam engine large enough to pull a 14 car display train through out the United states for the American Bicentennial. It was called The American Freedom Train. I wound up heading up that engine project and because Corporate Pepsi was one of my service accounts for Xerox I was requested by them (at the approval of Xerox) to take a leave of absence from my position at Xerox and hire on to the American Freedom train as part of the concept group and locomotive crew. (Pepsi was one of the sponsors of the train). On my birthday September 5 1974 I went to Portland Oregon to inspect a locomotive in a city Park called Oaks Park. It was a huge 600 ton Steam locomotive with 80" drive wheels and 6000 horse power. The engine had been sitting on display in Oaks park outside of Portland for nearly 30 years. With a friend, Allen Phillips, we went over the engine and made notes of what it would require to rebuild and run. I returned to Katonah where I was living, I wrote my estimate and made copies with pictures for the people at the American Freedom Train Foundation. That week I drove to Washington, DC and made my presentation. In less than a week, I got permission to find a crew and go back to Portland. By early December we removed the engine from the park and prepared it for its journey across the country for the Bicentennial. The project was a $20,000,000 adventure. The train visited 145 cities all over the US. Today my only claim to fame is my name on the wall of the Oregon Rail Museum. It would seem I was one of the only persons most responsible for the 4449 Daylight locomotive being chosen for the trip. The engine is still operational and runs several excursions a year.
After the train was over in the fall of 1976, I returned to Portland and after a short time went back to work for Xerox as a successful new business copier sales rep. I worked as a sales rep in several cities through out the pacific north west, and Arizona for 12 more years. I left Xerox in the fall of 1987 after 22 years. I was now married and had a young son. I moved to Kingman Arizona and opened a Copy shop called K-Max copy I lived in Kingman 10 years. In 1999 I shipped my kid out to Humboldt County to go to college. In July of '99 I went to Humboldt county to see him and wound up in a messy car wreck. I spent 11 weeks in the hospital. I was unable to return to Arizona and my K-Max copier business. It was closed that September of 1999.
In the fall of 1987, After several years of study and lots of money I achieved my FAA private pilots license. I am still current. In 2001 at an air show in Arlington, Washington, I became a member of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Shortly there after I began building a (home built) Coot amphibian aircraft. I also opened a Volvo car repair center. I retired from that business in 2018. Unable to sustain a reasonable place to live at a price we ( my new wife, Debbie and I) wanted, we moved to Palestine Texas on a chunk of land, a large barn and a nice home. I am still building my Coot and travel in my motor home to air shows through out the US.. Oh.. I still spend time with the steam locomotives at the Texas State Railroad.
There's Andy with that BIG engine back in 1976, and more current pics with the Coot he is rebuilding (and wife, Debbie.)
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