CAROLINE "KAKI" ALLEN BRENNEMAN
Wow! 40 years dna I llits nac etirw sdrawkcab! Thanks to Marc Blau for reminding me of my useless skill. That's not the only one, however! I can French braid like a champion, but I had two boys, so what's the good in that?
1969 to 2009 have been good: college, meeting my husband of 33 years, teaching sixth grade, retiring to raise two boys, volunteering in schools and our Portland community, playing competitive tennis, traveling, skiing, and enjoying good health and great friends. There you have it: 40 years in 40 words! The time seems to have gone just as quickly!
It's been a 40-year adventure since the Old Brown Castle. I attended Lawrence University in Appleton Wisconsin, where I majored in French of course. In the 10 years between 1970 and 1980, I spent 3 years living, studying and working in France, 2 years in the Peace Corps teaching English in Tunisia, and almost 1 year in Italy. In those 10 years I learned German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Italian which, added to French and Latin (wonderful Paul Martin at Stadium!!) makes 7 foreign languages. Too bad I can't learn Computerese, although I did teach myself Finale, known to those musicians out there. Jutta wanted me to reveal delicate details about my adventures in Europe before I got married, but let's just say that like many, I enjoyed some of the freedoms the Hippies brought us.
In the Peace Corps ('75 to '77) I discovered that I love teaching adults, so when to everyone's surprise I came home after that, I enrolled at the UW Seattle where I earned my Master's Degree in French while teaching innocent Freshmen and no-longer innocent Sophomores as a TA. Since no French jobs surfaced right away, I taught English as a Second Language for a while, then French at several community colleges.
This bio is rapidly becoming too long and boring so I'll switch to fast forward: I got married in 1981, proceeded to have 4 wonderful children over the next 8 years (only the youngest went to Stadium, for one year, then moved on to SOTA), learned to do water colors, began composing again (seriously this time) during my years in a church choir, then branched out to compose for flute ensemble, continued to travel to Europe taking one child with me at a time, made 100's - no probably over 1,000 - greeting cards using a mixed media collage technique, got divorced in 2002, quit church and joined the PLU Choral Union, taught in local private high schools as a long-term substitute, composed more and more pieces for different instruments like the bassoon, studied and taught Native American philosophies and customs, continued to paint and travel .... whew.
All that water under the bridge. Now I am happily single, a home-owner and reluctant gardener, proud part-time Mom of 4 adult children living in Seattle and Tacoma, sing in the Choral Union, still an incurable traveler, doing yoga and pilates to keep the old body flexible, still composing and astonished to report that 12 pieces have been published so far. Looking forward to our 40th reunion.
NANCY ANDERSON HOWELL
I married right after H.S., husband joined the Air Force, we moved to Idaho & then to Alamogordo, NM. In 1973 he returned to Tacoma while I stayed in NM. I love the desert and the dry hot weather. Although I do miss family & people in Tacoma, the beautiful country & lakes in the NW, I do not miss the cold weather & rain. I have a wonderful son who is now 32, 3 beautiful grandchildren Hannah 6, identical twins Joseph & Paul, 5. I have work at New Mexico State University, as an Administrative Secretary. My favorite thing to do is spending time with my son & playing with the grandchildren. I also enjoy playing pool, cards, bowling, dancing, karaoke & swimming with my husband. I am an active member of the Women of the Moose, also a member of the Elks & Eagles Lodge.
I am so lucky - if there had been no Viet Nam or I had a high draft number I never would have gone to college - too much fun to be had. Quick 40 year recap - 4 years WSU started in pre med realized I was only in it for the money. Graduated with a BFA in Painting, freelanced for a year, got on at Sumner High School (most recognized high school art program in the state). Next year will be my last if we escape the great depression.
I married the most beautiful girl in Sumner 28 years ago (yes she may have been in my classroom at one time). Lived in a barn while we built a 3200 sq. ft. home on the Carbon River with a view of the Mt. Did the horse. sheep, huge garden, John Deere sort of thing. Laurie had a herd of 17 Pygmy goats. Environmentalists (of which I'm one) made it impossible for the County to get in the river and take out gravel bars.
So the writing was on the wall - we sold after 20 years and now it floods. We had an annual volleyball party every year. Lots of you made it one time or another. My parents are gone - dig yours if you still have them. Dad went in '86 and I got his golf clubs. I've never been the same. I love the game. It is the only one where you assess a penalty on yourself. I live on a golf course and play every day. We have a full view of Mt. Rainier and are waiting for the lahar. I've been to Europe twice (once as a Fulbright Scholar). I got to shake Muhammad Ali's hand and sit down with Vincent Van Gogh's nephew in the Rijksmuseum Museum and hear stories of his uncle. I learned Bonsai from Dan Turnbull's dad and have a great collection.
I've been in the right place at the right time it seems all my life. If Bill Kowalski doesn't date Maggie Walters and lone her the Hendrix Experience and Fresh Cream albums I could have missed the most dramatic music of our times, and maybe never got to know Rick Warren. Being one of the few kids to be yanked away from their Jr. High friends at Mason to be reunited with the Lowell elementary kids who went to Jason Lee was just one more example. At Mason we wore cords and wing tips. Our Jason Lee counter parts wore tight pants and Beatle boots. At Mason we mastered The Twist. The first dance at Stadium opened a whole new world. Most of us north enders had never seen how brothers and sisters danced. They had perfected the "slow grind" and some seemed to be joined at the hip which kept the chaperones very busy. It was a riot seeing the white kids try to learn to dance. I'm sure I supplied plenty of laughs trying to do my best James Brown.
I smoked cigarettes at the time and carried a spare pack of menthols for all the guys that would want to bum a smoke. I smoked in the bathrooms all the time. I remember the can off the lunchroom was next to the janitorial closet and had a 1 way mirror so Wheeler and Buffalo could try and catch us. I haven't smoked for years but would dearly like to throw back a beer with all those guys who did.
TWILA ANDREWS SLIND
Hi, this is Twila, and I only spent my last two years of high school at Stadium. My dad was a preacher, and like military kids, we PKs never lived in any one place much longer than a couple of years. So I envy you guys who have known each other since grade school and have sooo many memories together.
Most of you probably don't remember me. There are a few I remember - Steve Foss who used to take me to school in his cool car until we got into an accident. Sharman Hayley who seemed to be friends with everyone, Kyle Annis whose brother I married a few years after graduation and many faces that are familiar, but I can't quite remember why.
I remember a History teacher who used to make us spend 5 minutes in silence at the end of every class so we could "contemplate the meaning of your existence." The principal who suspended me for wearing shorts to school telling me, "You look OK in shorts, but we can't let the fat girls wear them." The great French teacher who refused to let us speak English in her class. And being in the school plays - that was my passion. My most memorable memory of high school was accepting the Drama Cup Award.
I went to the UW to become an actress, then changed my major to recreation, then dropped out altogether when the most life changing event of my life took place. My mother, a teacher at McCarver Elementary, died from injuries from a car wreck in Tacoma a few months after I got married.
After living through the darkest time in my life, including a divorce from my high school sweetheart, I remarried, had two boys, and went back to North Seattle CC to get an associates degree in Early Childhood Education.
After having a licensed childcare center, and teaching in co-op preschools and childcare centers for 20+ years, I retired in 2002 and switched careers. I am currently a union organizer for SEIU 925.
I have not traveled much, but have had many rich experiences writing, singing, fighting for justice, and living with loss. I feel blessed to be in a beautiful place in Gig Harbor with my wonderful husband of 31 years, and be able to go out in our boat fishing and drinking in the beauty all around us. I have two children – Adam Slind and Nicholas Slind – and three grandchildren ages 5, 3, and 1 ½ years. My special interests include singing, gardening, bicycling, and playing guitar. An accomplishment was writing a song for my son's senior class, organizing a parent choir, and singing it at graduation.
It has been great reading your bios! I hope to connect again with some of you and maybe for the first time with a lot of you.
SUSAN AYERS CISCO
40 years ago... Started with the Crown Beauty School, graduated and received my cosmetology license. But a fun job first, Mount Rainer at the Longmire
lodge for the summer. Did everything but cook. On days off went camping or hiking. Then back to reality. My mom said that I had to get a real job. I worked as beautician a short period time and found out it was not for me. Next on to Clover Park Vocational School. Attending a Commercial Art class and working evenings at JC Penney's. After finishing art school I did a few freelance jobs. But still not it. On to Portland Oregon where I attended Western School of Floral Design. Finally found my niche. First stop was Brown's Flowers on South Tacoma Way. And Mr. Brown hired me and there I stayed. Was nice to work at a job I enjoyed and my co-workers felt like family. I even won some ribbons and was 1st runner up to the masters cup at the Puyallup Fair. It was held in the professional florist building. I was a florist for 13 years.
In 1981 my life changed. I met Lonnie Cisco from Shoshone, Idaho--the nicest man I ever met. And in 1982 we were married. Life became an adventure. I married a cowboy, a real cowboy folks. And it was off to Toponas, Colorado, elevation 8,300 ft. right in the heart of the Rockies. We lived on a cattle ranch. Lonnie was the cowboss and at times I was his 2nd hand. The ranch had 8,000 acres of private ground plus BLM and forest permits total about 200,000 acres. Darn, to get to be with him I had to ride with him, that was not too hard to take! We rode to check cattle and move them when needed. And we camped out with them sometimes. Just like the old west. My best friend Betty Reber Rees came down for a visit and we rode the "range' together. Yahoo!
Just a couple of cowgirls out for a ride. We still talk everyday, thank god for cell phones.
Since then we have been on several cattle ranches, Lonnie went form cowboss to manager. That made me a rancher's wife with a second job in town. Still riding on days off. We have been on ranches from the mountains to the high desert of Idaho. And on a ranch on a island on the Columbia River 7 miles long and 3 miles wide. But my favorite one was in Central Oregon at Prairie City on the Ox Bow ranch. I love the rural life.
Now we live in Vale, Oregon and own a small cattle ranch of 74 acres. I've retired. And Lonnie works in Vale, as the foreman at Producer's Livestock Marketing Association and on our ranch. In 1991 I was diagnosed with MS and I have been blessed that it is in remission. With the support of my family and friends I do well. I still can ride my horse with help to get on. But I just mosey along now. It's good therapy. Teddy Roosevelt once said, " The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man." ( or Woman) So true.
And I also have 2 stepchildren. Lori and Jay they are grown and have families of their own and live in Idaho. Lonnie and I have the furry and hairy 4 legged kind of kids 5 horses, 3 working cowdogs, and Bonnie Lou the cat. Also, the 35 bovines and their calves.
P.S. Is there anyone else in the class of 69' that has MS? It is very prevalent in the NW.
NANNETTE BAILEY AND MERLE THAYNE
It's been fun to read the bios- here's ours:
Merle and I married in 1969…yes –he's still the one I kiss good-night! We've had a wonderful 40 years together. We have 4 children- 3 sons, ages 37 (school superintendent, Idaho), 35 (construction, Bellevue), 32 (electrician, Idaho) and our daughter is 29 (accounting, Seattle). We have 9 grandchildren -8 in Idaho and one in Washington.
After high school Merle and I married and moved to Idaho where he attended college, then moved back to Washington to work and start our family. Merle spent 20 plus years in the chemical industry, I was able to stay at home raising our 4 children. We had several rental properties in Washington and a college housing unit in Idaho. When we tired of being 'landlord and lady' I went to work for the City of Federal Way and worked in Parks/Recreation for approximately 12 years, and also managed an antique mall in Puyallup. We were 'empty nesters' at the age of 50 and not ready to retire so we determined to re-invent ourselves. We moved back to Idaho where Merle returned to BYU for 18 months to earn his teaching certificate with a special ed. endorsement. I returned to college to learn ASL and we currently work for the Tacoma School District. While at McIlveigh Merle has enjoyed his work in special education and coaching, he has also been actively involved in the Washington Special Olympics program. Having been at McIlveigh for 6 years he will move to Mary Lyon Elementary this fall; I continue to work in the Deaf/HOH program at Birney Elementary.
We built a much smaller home at Lawrence Lake in Yelm and both of us enjoy retreating to our quiet get away after a long day in Tacoma. We are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Merle enjoys golfing, bow hunting, fishing and thanks to him our yard is the envy of all our neighbors! I enjoy the piano, gardening, Australian smocking, golf and reading. We both enjoy traveling and celebrated our 40 th anniversary in Europe. We're also perpetual students… we're currently learning how to obtain our amateur radio operators license.
We regret that we won't be able to attend the 40 th reunion but send our best wishes to all of you.
With kind regards, Merle Thayne and Nannette Bailey.
married right after H.S., husband joined the Air Force, we moved to Idaho & then to Alamogordo, NM. In 1973 he returned to Tacoma while I stayed in NM. I love the desert and the dry hot weather. Although I do miss family & people in Tacoma, the beautiful country & lakes in the NW, I do not miss the cold weather & rain. I have a wonderful son who is now 32, 3 beautiful grandchildren Hannah 6, identical twins Joseph & Paul, 5. I have work at New Mexico State University, as an Administrative Secretary. My favorite thing to do is spending time with my son & playing with the grandchildren. I also enjoy playing pool, cards, bowling, dancing, karaoke & swimming with my husband. I am an active member of the Women of the Moose, also a member of the Elks & Eagles Lodge.
NAOMI BAIRD SHOOK
I have been married for 39 years and have four children – Bonnie, Angela, Melanie, and Brian. I also have six grandchildren, ages 15, 13, 10, 5, 1 ½, and 10 months. After high school I was employed by Sparkle and Shine Cleaning, Inc. and I was the owner of G & N Rentals. I have also been self-employed as a seamstress. My special interests and hobbies include walking, working out, events with the grandkids, Bible study, and reading.
Life in Alaska has been a perfect fit for me. It's a quirky and challenging place to live. Following graduation from Western Washington State College with a B.A. in urban and regional planning, I joined the VISTA Volunteer Corps. I took my degree in Urban and Regional Planning to the rural parts of Alaska with expectations that I could bring planning solutions to the newly organized communities. After facing numerous humbling experiences, it became clear that that I had more to learn than impart in this culturally diverse land. I spent over 30 years in public service and eventually retired as the director of Planning for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Just for the record, our corporation was one of the good guys. We didn't contribute to the nation's mortgage meltdown. In fact, part of my job was utilizing the corporation's profits to build homeless shelters, housing for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
I met my husband, Jim, in Alaska and we have been married for 15 years. He found Canada too crowded and came looking for the last frontier. We spent the first ten years running rivers, fishing and hiking throughout Alaska, and rebuilding a cabin. Currently, we have a 14 yr. old daughter, Monica, who keeps both of us occupied with comp. soccer and numerous other sporting events. I also continue to give back to the community by serving on municipal boards and commissions, volunteering in the schools, as well as, community gardening projects.
I'm looking forward to the reunion and reconnecting with people who I spent my formative years with. I will also be willing to give any one curious my opinion of our soon to be ex-governor, Sarah Palin (as I said, Alaska is quirky!).
DEBBY BATINOVICH ZILLMER
I have been married for 28 years and have a daughter Jana (35) as well as two grandchildren ages 11 and 8. My education after high school has been Life! I am retired/disability from Qwest Communications.
As for a biopic, I'm going to defer. Cathy Williams would hurl if I said anything at all about myself and I've kept up with many of my classmates, especially Greg Witt and Jim Shaw, with whom I spend every Super Bowl weekend on a ski trip.
I did appreciate my one line of fame in your book about Tacoma Sports. It was indeed a very special Turkey Day, considering Jim Tyner was in jail and I made my first start at QB for that game and can't remember if I ever even attempted a pass. But I was in the right place at the right time when Jim Gallo put a hit on the Mt. Tahoma QB--Rod Bolek and his pass fluttered out into the flats and right into my arms on the Mt. Tahoma 15 yard line. I can still see that ball hanging in the air like a big, fat birthday present!!
Classmates both near and far. Harvard Beats Yale 29-29! Remember it? I sorta do, barely. However, I just today I heard a fascinating interview with the maker of the soon to be released documentary about that game. Fascinating because he interviewed only the players. No coaches. And he didn't choose to pepper it with gratuitous scenes of late 60's cultural and college campus rebellion. Apparently, just football. Some of the players remembered that game like it was the high point of their life. My interest was really piqued, though, by the mention of the second string quarter back, an Italian kid named Cioffi (I think) who came off the bench when Harvard was down 29-0 and led them to a come back miracle. In the months of celebrity that followed for him he went on the Dating Game (lost.---I can relate to that!) and did a few other gigs, but then suddenly dropped out of media sight. When interviewed years later he explained that he didn't want to be type cast only as the guy that won the football game. He didn't want that image to be the only thing for which he was remembered. Got me thinking......
I've been living in Spokane for 22 years where I have remained married to my one and only wife, Maria Yurasek, and raised two daughters, Christine, 25 and Francesca, 22. Neither married. No grand kids. and both, though employed full time, are not able to get totally unhooked from the Bank of Mom and Dad. Both live afar and I miss them terribly. Being a dad has been truly the most enjoyable and rewarding aspect of my life. My mom died in 1985 and my dad, Aldo, was remarried two years later to Maxine Drost, Lisa's mom. I've gained new respect and understanding for how great they are for each other in my recent trips to Tacoma to be with my dad during a couple of hospitalizations. Maria and I met when I was a Resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado and she was my boss. Still is, I think. I continue to enjoy the privilege of working as a kidney doctor and also have some administrative duties of our medical group, Rockwood Clinic. Still enjoy most of what I do and can't see any reason to do anything different. Besides, I'm waiting for the phone to ring and Obama to ask me to be part of the health care system that will rise from the ashes of this mess that we currently suffer. After years of trial and error, I've learned how to make my Nona's gnocchi, how to enjoy sports without competing, and am trying to quite my mind and hear the voice of all that is holy.
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29! Hey! if you add that up it's pretty damn close to the age that we all are. Hmmm...got me thinking!
BONNIE BIGLEY HODGKISS and LES HODGKISS
Soon after graduation in June of 1969, Bonnie married Mark French who had graduated from Mt. Tahoma, worked at Frisco Freeze and attended TCC in law enforcement. Our son David was born in December. He will be 40 this year!
It was also my ambition to become a dental hygienist. In March 1970 I began taking pre-requisite courses at the new Fort Steilacoom Community College and later that year at TCC. I graduated from FSCC, now Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom, Dental Hygiene Program in 1976. Thirty-three years later, I am still a practicing dental hygienist, wife and mother of three grown children.
Mark and I divorced in 1974. We have kept our friendship through the years in the interest of our son, David. I married Les Hodgkiss August 18, 1978. Our first daughter Joanna was born August 3, 1981 and Gina was born 15 months after Joanna on November 17, 1982. Les' 15 year old niece Whittney joined our family in 1983 giving us two teenagers and two toddlers. We were living in a big house in University Place. It was a challenging few years. Whittney moved on to start her own family at age 17. David went to live with Mark at age fourteen.
Les and I adjusted to our smaller family and moved to a smaller house in Puyallup. The girls graduated from Puyallup High School. Joanna graduated in accounting from SPU, and Gina received her bachelors in theology from Life Pacific College. Gina is married to John, and they live near Denver. Joanna married Lee in May of this year, and they live in North Las Vegas. David works as a program developer and director at two non-profit agencies that provide support services for people who deal with drug addiction and aids.
Les has worked for City Electric of Tacoma for twenty-five years and thinking about retiring or going part-time in 3 years or so. I work a steady 2 day a week in dental hygiene and an occasional third day. We love to ski in the winter and ride our Harley Road King in the warmer months. We hope to ride and see the sights in all 50 states. As of summer 2007 we had traveled some of the back roads on the Big Island of Hawaii, in Idaho, Montana, including Yellowstone, Wyoming's Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole and most of Washington. This summer we took three weeks to ride 5,000 miles. Our destinations were Las Vegas; to visit our oldest daughter, just married, and her new husband Lee who is a Captain in the Air force and stationed at Nellis AFB; Grand Canyon; Zion; Bryce; and our younger daughter Gina and her husband John who live in Lone Pine near Denver; Cody, Wyoming to see the Wild Bill Cody Museum; and beautiful Glacier Montana. We had a wonderful trip and made memories with our young adult children.
I played slo-pitch baseball and soccer on women's and co-ed teams. Later I coached our daughters in indoor soccer. We rode bicycles for family outings and camped in the summer. In the winters we began teaching our daughters to ski at Sun Valley's Dollar Mountain and then at White Pass where Les joined the Volunteer Ski Patrol. We also joined Olympia Ski Club and have enjoyed many close friendships through the years with members of both organizations.
Les may like to tell about what he was doing between 1969 and 1978…….
Well lets see, I joined the navy and signed up for submarines in Oct. 1969. (Which we in the navy know is the top 10% of the navy). Sailed around the Pacific Ocean quite a bit, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Viet Nam, Hawaii, Mexico, Alaska, and hung out most of the time in San Diego, Ca. While in the navy I ran into several classmates, George Brown, Joe Walls, Jim Nelson, Mike Price. That's when I found out it really is A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL. I got married in 1973, and divorced in 1975 it just didn't work the way it was suppose too. Worked in the shipyards in Bremerton for 2yrs. After the divorce Tommy Peterson and I lived together for a while we had some well lets just say some interesting times.
Bonnie and I started dating for a 2nd time (1st. time was 9th grade) I was a little gun shy so it took a while for me to decide I wanted to get married again. But with lots of patience and a little prompting from Bonnie I got over it probably the best thing that ever happened to me. That is the short and sweet version ask me sometime and I will get into some of the more fun/ funny things that may or may not have happened to me or someone I may or may not have known.
One of Bonnie's best memories of Stadium was marching in parades with Tigerannas. Also, Bonnie enjoyed being an alternate song leader.
We look forward to retirement from our present careers and the beginnings of new avocations. Bonnie is writing fiction and non fiction short stories and may develop a novel eventually. Both Bonnie and les still enjoy snowskiing, motorcycling (and praying, says Bonnie!). Bonnie also plans to learn to play piano again and sew. Les was named Outstanding Volunteer Ski Patrolman of the Year for 2004 and is in line for Director of Volunteer WPSP for 2012-13. They look forward to grandchildren. Bonnie says, "We will continue to support and encourage our children, grandchildren and others to thrive and achieve their goals and dreams."
Married 31 years to Cheryl who is a Fife ‘69 graduate. I retired from Pierce County Parks & Recreation Department in 2004 after 31+ years with them. For the last four years I have been working for Winning Seasons—a screen print and embroidery company. Need caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets for your sports teams, business, church, golf tournament? That’s what we do and it’s lots of fun. I have officiated HS and college volleyball since 1973 and I also assign all of the officials in Tacoma-Pierce County—done that since 1974. I also assign officials for a college conference covering Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. I am a sports memorabilia collector with a passion for anything having to do with Tacoma-Pierce County and baseball in particular. My baseball collection goes back to the late 1800s and includes bats, balls, gloves, championship rings, baseball cards, over 1000 vintage photos, about 75 jerseys and jackets, caps—and no, my wife does NOT make me sleep with it all. In 2005 I co-authored a book called “Playgrounds to the Pros: An Illustrated History of Sports in Tacoma-Pierce County”. That was fun but lousy for my health. Our daughter is 26 and a kindergarten teacher in the Auburn School District. She loves sports, played volleyball and fastpitch in high school, referees with me and share with me a dislike for exercising. Our son, now 24, is a PLU graduate with a degree in Exercise Science. He is the health nut taking after his workout crazy mother. He wants to be a strength and conditioning coach for a football team. Currently bartending at The Haven Pub near PLU (not exactly within his major but it pays some of the bills and I pay the others, I guess) and working at Bally’s as a Personal Trainer. He was a three –year defensive starter on the PLU football team, loves to hit people and just signed a contract to play Arena Football for the New Mexico Wildcats in Albuquerque this spring. If he makes the team he will be with them for about 4 months and THEY can pay his bills. HS memories---gee, who shall I embarrass—besides myself? Well, I do remember Caroline “Kaki” Allen send me notes using her backward writing method......I did take Carol Collins Brown to an opera once upon a time. I have no idea what it was all about—I am really not sure what in the hell possessed us to go to an opera in the first place. Even free tickets nowadays couldn’t convince me to go to one again...Oh, I am sure I was trying to impress her parents with my cultural approach but it snowed like crazy on the way home and I am sure they were holding their breath...Um...I’m thinking this would be a good place to stop....maybe I will do chapter 2 after some of you share your sordid memories. Ok, ok, I give...I had a crush on Teri Beck Nist. Took her to the Barn Dance our Junior Year. Still have the photo from that dance. I am pretty sure that was our one and only date but I love her anyway.... Now she’s my reunion co-chair. Can’t get much better than that.....;-)
MARCY BOCK CUMMINS
Well, as a lot of you remember, I got married when I was 18 and still at Stadium. Andy died exactly 6 months after we were married. It was hard, but I got through it. Quite awhile later, While I was in California, I met Mike. That was a bust also. He was a mama's boy. So, we got an annulment, and I stayed single for quite awhile. Then, when I was in Reno, I met Al. I thought he was the right one!!! Wrong again!!! He did give me 2 beautiful children though. Joy, who is 34, and Eric who is 33 as of now. They are my pride and joy. And Joy has given me 2 granddaughters, Bailey, and Alecia. We were together for 8 and a half years. I wanted to make it for the kids, but that was not the right way to go, so the kids and I left Florida, and came back home, and stayed with my father for awhile. Then, we got our own apartment, and everything was great.
Now, I'm single, but that's ok, and I am retired. I have a lot of medical problems, but as long as I keep taking my meds, I'm ok. Right now, I am taking care of my friends daughter until next Jan. There were a lot of problems, and I took her so she has a roof over her head, and I love her so much. It's almost like she is my own.
I miss the Old Brown Castle, and soon I will go see it since it has been remodeled. I have good memories of Mr. Margelli as a teacher. He was something else. These days I enjoy reading, walks on the beach, loving my cat, horses, karaoke, and life!
I can't wait until the 40th year reunion. Want to see a lot of my old friends.
BERNICE BONDS HOPKINS
Hi, this is Bernice Bond (Hopkins). I do not plan to come down for the 40th Reunion, but here's my history. Mike, who graduated from Lakes, and I got married 33 yrs ago in '76. We have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Our family is very active in church and would love to go back to Israel someday. Our first trip was in 1998. People often ask us about Gov. Sarah Palin. We attend her church on special occasions; it is about 50 miles from Anchorage – almost in Russia?? I was a hockey mom, too.
Mike and I met at TCC. Mike received an accounting degree from UPS. I graduated from UW with a Geology Degree; who ever thought I would love science? We have lived in Alaska since 1977. My first Alaskan job was working for NOAA in Juneau studying whales – exciting! After Mike's job transferred to Anchorage, I worked for USGS at the Volcano Observatory with Dave Johnston who died on St. Helens in 1980. That job was research based - monitoring and mapping 40 active volcanoes and doing reconnaissance flights over Prince William Sound. Our team measured uplift/fault features of coastlines and studied geo-hazards such as mudslides, earthquakes and tidal waves. Cook Inlet is our closest large body of water. The local beaches are filled in with 800 feet of quicksand. One summer I took over 1000 mud samples via helicopter.
In1990, I worked at our local children's museum for over 10 years as an outreach science teacher. In Jan 2001
I attended an NASA astronaut training for teachers in Houston, TX - presenting simulated space programs for all ages statewide. I taught a variety of science classes and took live reptiles (25 ft snakes, turtles, iguanas, alligators) in bush planes. We often rode snow machines down the Yukon, Kuskokwim and Noatak Rivers. Later my friend and I co-presented 'Wild About Alaska' at the National Assn. for Education of Young Children in Anaheim, CA. Adventure has always been part of my life. Maybe Stadium was the beginning of that thrill seeking part of me.
In 2001 I slowed down and started working for the Anchorage School District so I could be close to our 5 grandkids. Last year 3 moved to Bellevue – what an economic shock is that. We had not visited that area in over 30 years. Issaquah, Redmond, Puyallup, etc, have all changed tremendously. We also saw the New Narrows Bridge; Mike's dad lives in Steilacoom.
We attended Stadium's 100th Anniversary with my brother and cousins. That was well worth the trip – my friends parents graduated in the 40's and we visited with the 90 year olds too. The next reunion will probably be the 50th – very scary!
EDITOR'S NOTE: When this email was received it was sent from "Bea" Hopkins. I inquired about the name "Bea" and received the following explanation: Bea is my family nickname. Most people up here call me Bea including my husband. Bernice is my formal name, and in education back in the day we attended school – you dare not use a nick name. So my formal name is Bernice. At Stadium they put me in a boys gym class because the 'c' was dropped off. My name looked like "Bernie." My brother got a kick out of that. I felt like a fool, and quickly backed off from the situation. That was my first day at Stadium.
EDITOR'S SECOND NOTE:
After viewing the Ford commercial Bernice sent this response: My family is related to Henry Ford on my mother's side. Her Aunt Winnefred is Henry Ford II's wife. Not by blood but through marriage, we are distant relatives to the Ford family. When my mom was alive, she received Christmas letters from the Ford family mansion. We enjoyed browsing through a thick manual of family news every year. The cover showed their winter home. My mom recognized some of the names and talked about their personalities. May be some of that influenced my interest in science. My father was a gold miner in Colorado in the 20's and 30's – my degree is in Geology. In 1929 my grandpa died in a mining accident in Cripple Creek, Colorado. His picture is at the entrance of the Denver Museum – he is the first driver of the mule train. Most of the relatives on my father's side did not want me to study rocks. They feared that it was too dangerous, especially for a woman.
DAWN BOOTH DEGROOT
I have exceeded my own expectations. I am a recovered hippy that is traditional but not conservative. I love seasonal slip covers. After graduation I expanded my mind in ways that education was not responsible for. Hitchhiking in Europe for six months coming home wasn't enough moved to Miami then to New York in l980 to work for the Winter Olympics as head of Protocol.. Back to the Northwest. Moved to Italy for five years to experience La Dolce Vita. Returned to the Northwest and married my husband of 20 years. I have a fifteen year-old daughter who is in China as I write this note. She goes to Holy Names Academy. It is the closest thing to a castle in Seattle. Two years ago she won a trip to meet J.K. Rowling in London for the Finale Harry Potter book release. One lucky kid, oh
she has me for a mom. She is really lucky and so am I.
I had bone cancer in l995 can't remember any of it because my daughter was one year old and I wanted to take care of her. I am doing great and have been for years.
Currently I have a business in Seattle "Wallingford Charm" it is a school that teaches etiquette to children, and young adults. I am also the wedding planner at St. Anne Church on Queen Anne in Seattle. Life is Good. I am grateful for all my sweet memories of Stadium High in the 60's.
Who am I? Dawn Booth DeGroot Peace
KATHY BROCK WENDELL
I have been married for 37 years and have three children: Nicholas, Megan, and Jonathan. I also have one grandchild, Hailee, who is 10 years old. After high school I went to college and got my masters degree, and I have taught in both Bethel and Tacoma school districts. We love to ski as a family, and we still camp. I love gardening!
I have been quiet amused by the musing of classmate respondents and have wonder what the quick wit and acerbic Jim Curtis would have said If he were here today or better yet "The king of rank" Mister Shag Nasty himself Chris Spice.
Now listen up, we should all give thanks that we are able to attend this benchmark occasion, I am.
I have been with the same lady Ardith Pearson Brown happily for some thirty eight years and we have been fortunate to have two Boys Miles (23yrs) and Zach (16yrs). Ardy and I met at Wazzu where we both graduated and hatted up for Seattle upon completion
The wheel of Life has been quite a enjoyable ride and we look forward to seeing how it plays out! I want to give a shout out to the Stanley Gang Julie, Brian, Chet, Ricky, Bev, Karen, Byron, Cosmo, Joyce, Ann.
BARBARA BUTLER TAMAYOI have been married for 36 years and have two children – Matthew (34) and Kasie (27) – as well as one granddaughter, Stella Grace (2). I am a registered nurse and have worked in women's health for the past 30 years. I love to travel and spend time with my family.
Here is my War and Peace bio:
When reading the bios on how we lived the last 40 years, all I can think of is how lucky we are to be here now and what a wild ride some of us took to get here.
Classmate remembered: Best memory from high school was sharing senior prom with Kathy Staatz. Her mother cooked steaks, her father took us around Brown's Point in the rumble seat of his neat, old car (Stutz Bearcat?) and we double dated (I only had a bicycle, no car) to reach the prom. We later drove to Seattle, rode the Mad Mouse in our prom outfits and ate a late breakfast at Denny's.
After my parents divorced my senior year, I weaseled my way into the Air Force a couple days before the moon landing. Tours included Neah Bay, twice to Ubon, Thailand and once to Georgia.
Classmate remembered: While taking my car from Georgia to Washington before flying overseas again, I stopped to visit Kathy at her college in Oregon. If I remember right, I slept several hours on a floor there before speeding away.
After returning home with the flood of GIs in December of 1973 thanks to Nixon, I found myself at Tacoma Community College trying to learn math, philosophy and photography.
Classmate remembered: While taking a darkroom class on Proctor, I tried pushing through a load of laundry across the street. When I returned a bit later to put clothes in the dryer, Marion Hill's mother had done so and paid the dimes required, too. That was so sweet of her.
I earned AAS and ALA degrees at TCC and BA in Cinematography and BS in Physical Science at WSU.
Classmate remembered: My first year at WSU I shared an apartment with Russ Frye. While I was in the service, he chided me about never going into the military. Circumstances changed and he made a career in B52s.
In my last year at WSU, I married my college sweetheart, Dee. Our son, Doug, is 20 and a senior on the Cougar campus majoring in music (plays trumpet during the week; any instrument you want in metal bands on weekends). We could not be prouder.
Dee and I moved to Okanogan after college where she was hired as a reporter for The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle. A couple weeks later I started working there in the darkroom.
We both still work there, with her always being my superior. I've advanced sports editor than to news editor. I write mainly sports and crime (winners and losers), photograph and work on our Internet site.
I took up acting a little more than 20 years ago, appearing in mainly musicals in Omak, Chelan and Tonasket. I was Monsieur D'Arque (head of the insane asylum) in Beauty and the Beast last fall.
I've shown my fine art photographs in a few galleries – see seeinglight.com. Some of my newspaper photos are at sportsshooters.com.
A few years ago, I started playing old-man softball. In the last 10 years, my team the North Country Pub, has won a few titles (T-shirts included).
Teacher remembered: While in Los Angeles around 1991, I was on a bus to a Kiwanis convention when I spotted Everett Bedford, my typing teacher. It was great talking to him
KAREN CASTLEMAN SEDLACK
After graduation, I met and married by first husband who was is the Air Force – we were assigned to a base in Hawaii for 6 years. While there, I joined the Air Force for 6 years and had my first son, Jason who is now 33. Divorced and remarried, moved to Oregon, back to Hawaii, had 2 more sons, Gavin 27 and Troy 25 and then we moved back to Washington in 1984. I joined the Air Force Reserve in 1986 and worked at McChord AFB 2 weekends a month for the next 13 years. My husband couldn't be happy with one woman, so we divorced in 1989. I was forced to go to work full time to support my kids, so I went to work for Kelly Services, working all over the northwest region in sales and marketing and managing several Kelly branches. Met and married my husband in 1993, 3 rd time is a charm J . I retired from Kelly Services and the AF Reserve in 1999 and went to work part-time managing a friend's travel agency and booking travel for friends and family on my own time….My husband and I have had the opportunity to travel to Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and enjoy many cruises. I retired from the travel agency in 2006 and now I handle the administrative duties for our aviation consulting business. We have 4 beautiful grandchildren ages 16, 10, 7 and 2 – they are the light of our lives! For entertainment we have a show car (1939 Ford Standard Coupe) which keeps us busy traveling to different shows locally and around the country and lots of house remodeling projects. That's my life in a nutshell! I'm looking forward to visiting with all of you.
LAURA CHADWICK FAGERNESS
Wow! KP, I have to say I really enjoyed your random 'stream of consciousness' style of writing. I can tell you, YES, Proctor Theater was 25 cents when we were little and there were always two movies back then and a cartoon!! We would go armed with 50 cents..25 cents to get in..15 cents for treats first movie ..10 cents for the second...we were in heaven! When it went up to 35 cents we were stricken, and not long after, it went to 50 cents and things were never quite the same. Do any of you remember the 'manager', Mr. Spencer, who would walk up and down the aisles with his flashlight??
Mrs. Sincock did have foul smelling perfume but you and Kathy Scott were always in that back side section working on art for her and did not have to go through her teaching while popping those beads she wore everyday! I was sooo jealous of you two! Remember the party we had for her at the end of the year at Pete Wonder's house? What did we get her...PERFUME!
Does anyone remember Miss Anderson teaching us square dancing and all the boys had to come up to the girls and ask very politely for a dance??? All the boys would race to Terrie Mattingly and we were just the leftovers! She also made us MARCH around the room on rainy days...taught us different signals and verbal commands...I think I liked it?! Rob B. would get mad at her and write mean things and tape it to his desk so she could see it...remember Rob?? Your eyebrows would go down and I would think...here we go!
I remember going to the gulch entering right below Mark Haley's house. Pete Wonders, John and Bob Winskill, Pierre Venture, Kathy Scott...we would go down there and go to the Clay Banks? We were young...can you imagine letting your kids do that today??
Does anyone remember going to Point Defiance Elementary School for a short time because Nell Hoyt wasn't finished? Hands down the best playfield EVER...the wooded area in the back...we had so much fun. Then we went to Nell Hoyt that had literally no play area. I remember the lunchroom that had one entire wall that was all window and we were told never to run but of course I didn't listen and in the first week I crashed my hand through the window ...blood everywhere...Mrs. Myers was so mad but she wasn't too hard on me because I had injured myself...VERY EMBARASSING. By the way KP, I have our second grade class picture with you standing right next to me...you had been out with the measles but wanted to come back just to be in the picture...I get the measles and missed the big end of the year beach field trip...YOU OWE ME!!
I could go on and on...great memories...great neighborhood...great people.
I left Stadium and went to WSU where I earned a teaching degree and taught for 30 years in University Place ... 5th grade and then went to the high school and taught English and History for the last 7 years. I had the honor of having 5 of Mr. Eastley's children in my 5th grade classes....they were always the most motivated and brightest students and this kept me in contact with Jay and Naomi for years. I have been married for 30 years and have two sons. My oldest graduated from Western in Graphic Design..interned at Hornal-Anderson in Seattle and now is working for Microsoft. My youngest has yet to determine his life goals. I am working in the Tacoma School District as a Graduation Support Specialist...a retire- rehire situation...pretty sure this position is long gone next year.
I hope all of you are faring well in this rather hectic time...the best to you all, Laura
JAN CHRISTOFFERSON TRUAX
I have been married for 17 years and have two children (Jennifer, 34, and Julie, 31) and also two stepchildren (Michael, 42, and Sarah, 37).I have four grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and another grandbaby due in December. An accomplishment of mine has been working as a Senior Customer Service Assistant in the city of Tacoma/Finance for 31 years. My interests include gardening, reading, sewing, travel, and grandchildren.
MARYANN CONKLIN CROSSMAN
Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me; Other times, I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me ... What a long, strange trip it's been. --Grateful Dead
How can 40 years pass so quickly? Life has been good even with all it's ups and downs. Divorced for 9 or 10 years from fellow classmate Bill Crossman. I have watched my three children grow into respectable, responsible human beings with aspirations and no jail time. Maggie and husband Ben teach in Highline School District and have a great little boy, Henry. Ryan and partner Amy live in Edmonds. He is still in custom home building and Amy just made partner at the law firm she has been working for. Andrea--well, as Bill and I call her--our Zen child--has traveled the world teaching English. After a year stint in Malang, Indonesia she has settled in Australia for a while and is going to school. I had to laugh when I opened up a Facebook message and she had posted pictures of a rally she had attended--The posters of the event said--UNF__K the World. I hope it works.
I continue to teach high school in Vancouver, Washington. My current assignment is Health and Nutrition. Still have a few years until retirement. I share my time with Mike Willis, a great man I met some time ago through the wonderful world of internet dating. He puts up with me and we enjoy just spending time together. We do a little traveling etc. I have had a few health issues--eww just what you all want to hear--and now have a bionic heart (6 stents). Believe me, life is good when the alternative comes to visit.
Miss Helen Sohlberg (was that her name) the evil senior counselor also informed me--this one is for you Bev Johnson--that I would be a pretty mediocre person. I can say that has not been the case. I have been living my life to the fullest and love hearing about all you have done in yours. Now is the time to kick back and really enjoy it all. Regards—MAC
C.J. CONRADI have been married to Lanna for 20 years. We do not have children or grandchildren. After high school I attended the University of Washington, after which I became the owner of Action Auto Glass. I enjoy handball, golf, tennis, and my Harley.
After reading all my classmates stories, I feel somewhat like Rip Van Winkle, only I've slept for 40 years instead of 20. Between Rob Benedetti's " Al Bundy football moment", Tom Hayward's never ending watermelon struggle with Jerry Brown (Tom, Have you ever seen the "Duelist" with Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel?) and Al Davis' poignant remembrance of a true hero, Don Campbell, it is difficult to respond with musings of equal interest. The following will have to suffice:
After graduation I went to the U of W majored in history and joined Phi Kappa Psi fraternity where my pledge brothers included George Pilant, Alan Washburn and Mike Drew and several Stadium upperclassmen. To me, it was a great time and many of my experiences seem to have been replicated in the movie, "Animal House" even though the Udub was a lot bigger than Faber (Knowledge is Good) College.
With a history degree your employment options are limited, so I went to U.P.S Law School in 1973 located on beautiful South Tacoma Way, under the McChord flight path and next to a peacock farm. Most of the law school experience was as painful as Miss Bair's 8th grade algebra class at Jason Lee. 42% of my fellow law students either bailed or flunked out.
I did pass the bar exam in 1976, however, and worked first with the Pierce County Prosecutor and then in June of 1977 moved to the Tacoma City Attorney's Office. My boss was Bob Hamilton (Mark Hamilton's Dad) and he was great guy to work for. After 22 months of prosecuting drunk drivers and shoplifters and meeting my future police officer wife, Catherine as a witness, I joined the civil side and with the unexpected transfer of another attorney became the land use attorney for the city. I'd like to think some of the renaissance, which Tacoma has experienced over the last 20 years I played some small part in. Catherine and I were married in 1981 and built a house in upper Brown's Point in 1984 and then acquired Blitzen the Samoyed and Pushkin the Blue Russian. My daughter Elisabeth was born in 1985 and my son Cameron in 1987. The dog and cat were an excellent transition to the children.
Catherine and I went our separate ways in 1992, which was a bad year all over, but we have remained friends over the years and she went on to become an assistant police chief for Tacoma. I moved back to the North End, the Proctor area to be exact. George Pilant is three blocks away and Laura Chadwick is 5 minutes. I've remained at the same address for 17 years, a record unfortunately the down side to that is having a "Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe" home interior. A minimalist I am not. Anyone need a full set of Road & Track magazines from 1963 to present?
In 1995 after several years of doing "The Weekly" match maker ads (what is with people not knowing what height-weight proportional means?) I met Jane the Curtis grad and banker whose idea of political action was not merely writing a check. Besides two national political conventions in San Diego and Philadelphia we have gone to innumerable chicken and peas banquets together. Also, I did finally make the pilgrimage to Germany with her in 1999. She ran the Berlin Marathon and I handed her a small American flag with which she ran across the finish line. Berlin is a fantastic city and I could visit there and Potsdam with its palaces and gardens for weeks. We also made it to Dresden, Nurnberg, Ingolstadt, Salzburg, Austria (where the payback for the all my military museum visits was the Sound of Music tour along with great apple strudel.) and finally Munich where we made the last day of Oktoberfest. In some respects it is a Puyallup Fair on steroids and beer.
In my 30th year with the city, with my daughter attending Arizona State University and my son in a private school it dawned on me that I could actually retire and find some other job in the legal field. So in September of 2006 I went to work for the Attorney General, Rob McKenna, in an office in Tumwater just beyond the old Olympia brewery. Other than the 39 mile, each way, commute; I enjoy the work, representing 13 different state agencies and divisions. One client is the Energy Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) which does the location placement for major power plants in the state and more recently processes applications for wind turbine power projects. In fact, my first full week on the new job was spent in Ellensburg (lots of flies after the rodeo), on a wind farm case that eventually ended up successfully in the state supreme court. When and if this world financial crisis ends and my kids no longer need handouts, perhaps I can really retire and go back to Europe again.
I've enjoyed being on the reunion committee, every five years (it helps that I worry less than Bill Elford the treasurer about registrations coming in). It's a great way to stay in touch with hard-core Stadium alums. Speaking of which, there are two fellow alums I wish to salute in this stream of consciousness, one for his service to the local community and one for his service to the nation. Not only does he work his tail off every 5 years for our class so we can avoid the cookie cutter professional reunion services but Marc Blau also promotes the Pierce County sports community in a big way. He has worked with the Tacoma Athletic Commission for the last 4 years to honor local sports individuals and team legends from the past and present at the Banquet of Champions an event attended more 900 people this year. Marc keeps the flame burning for local sports history by his chairmanship of the Shanaman - Pierce County Sports Museum located at the Dome and has made many an old jock feel appreciated long after his or her glory years were over. It's a hoot, that he is doing exactly what he loves, earning the admiration of hundreds if not thousands of citizens of Tacoma and Pierce County along the way.
On the national scene, (yes, I know, I know, he went to school, graduated, went to school, graduated and now works) Eric Thor Olson (what a great middle name, even better than Tiberius) has become a "rock star" in his chosen field, the defense of America. I joined the Navy League in 2001 in part to follow Eric's career as he moved up the chain of command. I saw him on CSPAN several months ago testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee and started calling my friends to tune it on and watch the former student from Mrs. Amundsen's 6th grade class mesmerize the senators. Mike Nelson of "Sea Hunt" fame would have been very proud of the kid who used to watch his show in swim goggles and a pair of flippers.
Finally, the report that Jim Shaw had written book triggered my thoughts back to an age (without the help of Mr. Peabody's Way Back Machine) when a boy's major decision in the spring, was between U.S. Keds, Red Ball Jets or P.F. Flyers. The future author got his start early as poet laureate of Mrs. West's 4th grade at Lowell, where he penned the following immortal words:
" J.P Patches is a nut.
He lives in a house
I call a hut.
He has potato chips and
I wish he would get something
good and new."
Thanks to everyone for sticking it out to the very end of this.
See Marc, you kept saying to write something and of course you know, that lawyers in the past, were paid by the word. At least there were no footnotes.
After high school I served in the US Army in Korea. Upon returning I attended Western Washington University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. I earned my master's degree at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. For a few years I enjoyed living in the northern Kentucky area and working as a counselor for people with physical and psychiatric disabilities. Later on I completed my doctoral studies in Counselor Education and Supervision at Oregon State University. I was Director of the Counseling Center at Eastern Oregon State College in LaGrande, and lived there for seven years. During that time I married (wife Jill) and became a father (daughter Bess). In 1993 we moved to Billings Montana and I accepted a position as a professor in counselor education at Montana State University-Billings. After 12 years Bess left for college (she will graduate this spring from the University of Montana). Jill and I wished to avoid becoming self-pitying empty-nesters, so we decided it was time to start a new adventure. We moved to South Dakota to help establish the new graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling at South Dakota State University in Brookings. I’m currently a professor and coordinator of the program. I have a standard appointment with the university that divides my time more or less equally between teaching, research, and service. We see Steve Foss a lot, as he lives just up the interstate in Wilmot (pop. 500). We enjoy living in this area because it is great for fishing, golf, and motorcycling (my wife is a motorcyclist too). I pass the time profitably with music, reading, and travel. We are regular attendees at regional jazz and blues festivals, and recently I have enjoyed writing for publication on the topic of fly-fishing.
40 years – the making of….My life in a nutshell.
After my one year appearance as Germany’s Wannabe Good Girl at Stadium with the diploma in my hands, tears in my eyes for leaving my perfect production which included my dear host families and my friends, but hot for a four week unchaperoned trip with 11 other exchange students as a hippie time revival in San Francisco, LA etc. and finally New Orleans, The Big Easy, my second American persona...Atlanta and New York....
End of liberty: I had to go back to school for another year to have my European diploma, just derisive grins for my Stadium academic accomplishments! Things took up speed in 1970 when I studied Biology and English at the Technical University of Braunschweig and took my Master’s in both in 1975.
My thesis was on the Ecology of Hippopotamus at Lake Naivasha, Kenya. That meant six months in the Kenyan countryside (I did not meet Obama to my knowlege) judging hippo tracks, hippo damages, hippo carcasses, hippo faeces (I see your smirk!). This way I found out I didn’t like to be all by myself and lead a wildlife photographer’s life as had been my dream until then. (Believe me, it looks much better in a movie with a monkey on your shoulder than when you are stuck in the middle of nowhere and jack up your jeep under the blazing African sun. For me it was satisfactory enough to know that I c a n do it but don’t h a v e to do it for a living!)
From the jungle into the jungle I went into teaching in Germany and I am still in it. From 10 year old to 20 year old students, all the German secondary education offers including counselling and organizing mainly the equivalent to junior college: English and Biology AP level. Recently even in combination: we teach science at school partly in English (well, this i s Germany!)
No retirement for me till I’m 65! Us Germans have to work hard and long for our 6 weeks of holidays a year, full health care, social security during working life and the stupidity of managers in the global crisis!
In 1982 Lothar and I married after four years of “wild marriage”( thanks to the hippie age) and had two kids in 1983 and 1985 (quite conformist), who are partly off our payroll by now, Jonas doing his doctorate as a robotics engineer and Viola as a construction engineer building bridges as an intern at the moment. (Being basically German I missed out on calling my children beautiful, though they are!!! Being proud of them, though I am!!!! Saying that things went really well, though they did!!! And I am basically very happy, yes, I am!!!)
I live in Hamburg, for me the most beautiful German city, in a house with a big garden. I love the theaters and all the culture, the outdoors, the two seas, that are only an hour’s drive, the lakes, the forests. I love my bike. I work out three times a week and go jogging on Sundays (as I did on the Ruston Way as well), I love to go skiing in the Alps and have just started to enjoy Nordic Skiing. I have traveled a lot in Europe, mostly the “hard way”, walk, bike, hike, canoe etc. I still feel uncomfortable in a pampering top hotel.
Throughout my life I have always had and was able to keep the contacts to many precious friends who have accompanied me, and my year at Stadium was one of the important cornerstones: I am grateful to Betsy Brodsack, Nancy Jones, and Deborah Anderson and their families (in order of appearance in my life!) and to Marc Blau, whose activities have brought us together again physically as well. I love to come to the reunion!
After high school I attended the University of Washington and I am now self-employed as an executive search consultant (Jeff Dodd Executive Search Consultant). I have been married for 11 years and have two children at home (Cooper, 7, and Rowan, 4). I also have four children who are out of the nest (Leslie 34, Liz 31, Scott 28, and Mike 26) and three grandchildren (Riley, 2, Pearl, 12, and Dominic, 8). My most memorable moments at Stadium involved anything I ever did with Dayton Maltby. I enjoy fishing in my spare time.
I am a partner in the Seattle office of Grant Thornton, a large accounting and consulting firm. Among other responsibilities, I am the U.S. director of quality control over a specialization referred to as "fair value for financial reporting." I am also an adjunct professor and member of the accounting advisory board at Seattle University, where I teach advanced accounting in the graduate business school. Cathy and I have been married for 29 years and have three grown children, Steve, Ryan and Jenny, and two completely untrainable beagles, Luigi and Cosmo. We live in Renton.
I got married right after graduation. I didn't work out, but I have a son, Jeff, who lives in Las Vegas with his wife and my two grandchildren. After spending a few years in the grocery business (at the K-Mart on 6th and Orchard), I joined the Air Force, spending my last two years at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs. Returning home afterwards, I finished my BA in 1979 at the UW, majoring in accounting. I met Cathy at my first accounting firm, and went back to school. I received an MBA in finance at the Wharton School (U. of Pennsylvania) in 1983. After six years as a corporate banker in Minneapolis and Seattle, I returned to accounting, but with a focus on a niche specialization, business valuation. I became a full-time appraiser with a Seattle firm in 1997. We later joined Grant Thornton.
In addition to my Seattle University activities, I guest lecture from time to time in three different programs at the UW, including the Law School and MBA program. I serve on two AICPA national efforts – the Business Valuation Committee, and a task force that is revising the rules in an arcane area referred to as acquired in-process research & development. Within Grant Thornton, I head up a U.S. program that trains auditors in valuation topics, and I have also taught classes for our international affiliates in Asia and Europe.
Cathy has spent most of this time being a mother, chauffeur, nurse, and executive assistant to me and the "kids" and is now ready to do something for herself. She never finished that BA, and is going back this fall to get going on her junior year. Steve (24) has "taken a few years off" but is going back to school "soon;" Ryan (22) is a chemistry pre-major working through his sophomore year. Jenny (20) is in Olympia, "finding herself." For fun, Cathy and I enjoy, in no particular order, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Maui, the Seattle Opera, and traveling. Cathy is great at various crafts. I have tried to learn to play harmonica, guitar, trumpet, and piano; there is no danger that I will be giving up my day job.
After graduating from Stadium, I got a BA in English from the University of Washington and did a 5 th year in Education at Western Washington University. I have been married to Kay for 25 years and am currently a writer and game designer. One of my best memories of Stadium is making the baseball team.
MARIANN FORTSON MALONE
I attended vocational school after graduation and I work as a dental assistant. I have been married for 33 years and have two children - Tiffany (31) and Jennifer (28) as well as one granddaughter (Kelsey, 13). I enjoy spending time with my family, bowling, and shopping with my granddaughter.
ANDY FRIEDLINE (Passed away 6/5/2010)
After graduation I attended Central Washington University where I received a BA in Education in 1973. I work as a substitute teacher. I consider it an accomplishment that I have lived to age 59, and my words to live by are: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is the present. That is why today is a gift."
Note: John Winskill shared the following thoughts after attending a memorial service for Andy.
I attended Andy's memorial in Yakima on Saturday the 26th of June. Andy grew up in Yakima and it was from there that he came when he showed up at Washington Elementary in fifth grade. Andy's health had been lousy for a number of years but it didn't keep him from being loved and admired by many in Yakima. I was especially touched by a banner made by students from one of the local high schools. It was covered by rememberences to him from over a hundred of his former students. It turns out that even though his health precluded him from working full time he was the favorite temporary back-up for a number of teachers and students. He took great joy in the accomplishments of his students and his friends. He was also a history buff and loved to talk politics. In fact, he was known on a local talk-radio station as "The Professor" for his timely and thought-provoking input. I came away from his memorial service knowing that even though he was afflicted with serious health issues of his own he none-the-less made a real difference in others lives as he loved and encouraged them to do their best. Andy was a great guy and will be missed by many.
After Stadium I went to TCC for several years. It started out full time, then went to whatever I could afford and finally my lottery number came up big and I skipped a year. I finished the last two years at WSU where I reconnected with an old friend and Mason/Stadium grad Al Camp. I graduated in 1975 and began working for the WSU Veterinary College until a family situation called me home.
Now there I am at the tender young age of 25, unemployed and searching for work in 1976 Tacoma. Desperate and starving –déjà-vu just like being back in college – I reached out and the Air Force said yes, so I enlisted. I trained in far-flung and exotic locations such as Texas, Florida, and California (twice) before being stationed back in Washington at Fairchild AFB near Spokane. Oh yeah - join the military, see the world and there I was back in the Palouse. I was a crewmember on the venerable B-52 bomber and it was there in Spokane that I met and married my wife Sandy. We were dating during Mount St. Helens and married the following year. From Washington the Air Force moved us back to California, then here to Nebraska where we stopped long enough for Sandy to finally complete her degree. She works for the US Army Corps of Engineers here in Omaha. I retired from the Air Force in 1995, did a little plumbing for a local company for a few years before coming back to Uncle Sam as a civilian employee. In 2001 Sandy’s Mom suffered a debilitating stroke. The family decided to move her from Spokane to a nearby assisted living facility here in Nebraska. Later we decided to move her in with us to protect her small nest egg and improve her quality of life. So for the last seven years I have been the house-husband and caregiver to the aging parent while Sandy has set her sights on 2013 when she gets to join me in retirement. Vacations have been scarce but quality time at home with loved ones is, and has been, priceless.
We live near Plattsmouth, a small community of just over 7,000 about 20 miles south of Omaha - eat your heart out Tacoma/Seattle commuters! I was back there in 1999 and hit rush hour from SEATAC to Tacoma and could not believe that five-lane parking lot you call I-5. We’re not used to that here in Nebraska where during football season the sold out UNL stadium becomes the third largest city in the state. No kids for us, but there have been many pseudo children through the years. Currently we are down to one Greyhound (there were three a couple of years ago) and a cat that somehow managed to finagle its way into the house. We live on a small acreage with plenty of room for both vegetable and flower gardens, a raspberry patch, a small orchard and tons and tons of weeds. Needless to say gardening is one of our interests, as well as feeding and watching birds, walks with or without the dogs, and loooong timeouts from yard work on the patio.
I’m hoping to make the reunion, visit my long neglected family and friends there in Tacoma, and enjoy some northwest steamed clams.
I graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. I was a semester abroad student to Rome my junior year. I tried to find relatives in Italy when I was there and when I looked in the phone book while in Rome, there were about 5 pages of Gagliardis so my searching ended rather abruptly! We were able to travel to different countries which was a great experience for me because I was truly a "Tacoma Native". Those were the "Europe on 5 dollars a day" times.
I have worked in many different areas i.e. banking, admissions, the school district, but found my calling in the pharmacy area and remained in the medical field for 15 years. I also volunteered with the Puyallup School District while my children were students there.
I have two children - Carin, 18, who is a freshman attending Tacoma Community College and working 2 jobs at the same time. Christopher, 23, is a heavy equipment operator, who really enjoys what he is doing. I am proud of both of them.
At the Stadium 100th Year Reunion in 2006, I was fortunate enough to run into Jim Yates in the hallway. We had dated towards the end of our senior year and into our freshman year of college. We then went our separate ways only to meet again 37 years later at the Reunion. We decided to go out to dinner and the rest is history. We got married on August 7th, 2008 (which would have been my parent's 65th wedding anniversary). We were married at Katy Stone Cheney's parents home with Judge Stone officiating which made it very special. We are now living out in Victor which is near Belfair, WA. It always amazes me the different paths our lives take and sometimes, we end up where we never would imagine. I feel very fortunate in my life that I was given the opportunity to meet Jim again, have 2 great children and keep in contact with my old childhood friends and new friends as well. A sidenote: I tried to do a forward roll the other day and became very dizzy. I guess the days of roundoffs and backflips are over (but I won't admit it!).
PATSY GLEASON--NOW PATRICIA FARROW-BOWEN
Well – 40 years – sheesh – where has the time gone. I started my 5-year education/career plan at TCC in 1969. I was in love with Biology and the world of medicine so had decided that a Medical Technologist was the way to go. .2 yrs ,TCC, 2 yrs., UPS, 1 yr. at Tacoma Gen. I made a good start, but soon I met some people from Franklin Pierce (friends to this day) that led me toward more of a social education. It was during this time that I saw the draft lottery, got involved in SDS, and followed and fed my "head" into the hippie culture where I met and married my first husband Dexter Farrow. In 1971 we had our son Timothy Robert Farrow who went to Rock Festivals, baseball games and basketball games – they had a league of hippies – was a riot. I also got to spend a great deal of time with him as a stay at home mom. It was delightful. We were renting a place above a garage for $76 a month when Tim was born and my dad found us a house for $15,000 ($75 a month) which we bought while Dexter was a student and we were on food stamps – obviously before Ronald Reagan took office. Dad had lots of time to spare while program director at channel 11 and weatherman – so he dabbled in real estate. Anyway, through some memorable events my family of three found our way to So. California, renting out our house in Tacoma, and became beach hippies, although Dexter was a medic in the Navy, he could hide his hair under his cap. Most of the folks in the service that we were drawn too were of like nature. We lived inland in farm/ranch land for some time, but mostly we lived across the street from the ocean in Oceanside CA in NW San Diego County. After 3 years there my husband and I had a parting of the ways. I stayed on another year and then returned to the high seas and green trees of Washington. I decided on business school as a fast track to earning a living to support my son and myself and keep our house. Before school even ended – although I did graduate – in 1976 I entered the world of the gainfully employed as a single mother with all that entails. My first jobs were as Exec. Secretaries for Union Offices. Over time I worked for insurance companies, where I eventually became licensed to sell life, health and disability insurance. This was a great job as I could spend more time with my son and was able to sell the house I bought with Dexter and buy my first home alone on 32 nd and Stevens in No. Tacoma. In 1979 I decided that Seattle was where the action was and rented out my home again and moved to a rental in Magnolia. The first night I spent in my new home, I went out to a favorite hang out – the Rio Café, which used to be at 5 th and Denny Way. Maybe some of you remember it – Robert Cray was a regular there in those days. Anyway, it was there that I met my now husband, Kenneth Bowen, who has been my boyfriend for nearly 30 years and husband for 24. In 1985 we had our beautiful daughter, Katherine Sara Bowen. She, like her brother Timothy, decided to be a musician. Let's see there was my dad, my sister, my uncle, - always music – all the time – could it be genetic. We bought a house in Greenwood where we lived for 7 years before moving to the suburbs of Brier in 1991, which turned out to be a wonderful place for our little girl to grow up. Son Timothy, then 20, stayed in the city
I worked for about 16 years in employee benefits, but the hi-light of my working life was the last 5 years that I worked as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Trustees of Food Lifeline and Administrative Secretary to the CEO and CFO. These two people are good friends to this day and were so amazing to work for. They know how to make work fun and empower people to be the best they can be. Food Lifeline, if you don't know is a non-profit Food Bank Agency. They are the largest distributor of food to food banks and meal programs in Western Washington – moving 28 million pounds of food last year. I had to retire due to a disability and I miss it still.
Shortly thereafter my hubby, Ken thought maybe it was time to leave the burbs and go rural. Our daughter Kat was going to a ridiculously expensive but fabulous music school in Hollywood. Right on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams – the Musician's Institute of Technology (or MI). We began looking, first putting an offer on a house on Storm Lake, which another buyer beat us out of. I am glad of that – as it was east of Monroe on the hill and we ended up at Kayak Point, where the storms blow over and the sun shines as it rains on Storm Lake. We have two very beautifully cleared acres – with stands of old cedars and some pines and firs. Tons of serviceberry & elderberry trees – a bird watcher's delight. It's 9 miles to the town of Stanwood, which also leads to Camano Island, and 18 miles to Marysville. We are very close to Warm Beach, Lake Goodwin, (7 lakes area), and Smokey Point is fast becoming our shopping haven. Each year we wonder what we were thinking – don't most people down size at our age. We have trees, lots of trees - 5 types of apples, 2 types of cherries, 3 types of plums, ever-bearing strawberries, good eating grapes, currents, blue berries, pears, and of course all the forest berries. We see Osprey, Eagles, Hawks, and Hummingbirds regularly. We have deer and bunnies. The birds yell at me when I forget to feed them. The doe with her 2 new fawns come up to the back deck for apples each year – and they like the grapes next to the hot tub too. I came here to heal and I have. On foggy days you can smell the salt water and on hot days you can smell the cedar.
In 1995 we lost our dear 24 year-old son Timothy. Our now 24 year-old Kat is and always has been a musician. We have a full house now as she and her fiancé, Wes, have moved in for a time – economy and all. He is a guitarist and they are working hard on a new project that sounds pretty damn good to us. Along with them come a now 2 yr. old tortoise (my first grandson), their 1.5 years old lab/shepherd (my 2 nd grandson) and their just turned 1 husky/aussie (my first granddaughter). I have a 20 year old cat and a house rabbit – although since the pups came she has been a bit restricted, along with the cat.
So…. I've not traveled far – Mexico and Canada are my two countries, and Cape Cod, Kona, and Cape Disappointment are my 3 coasts, but my life has been full, rich, sad and joyous. I remember so much from high school with these e-mails – thank you all for setting all this up and the web site. I have dial-up and don't go on line as often as I used to so I thank those who have contacted me from facebook or myspace and apologize for not responding I am so looking forward to the reunion. Although I worked on the 10 year, made it to the 20 th and 25 th , I skipped the next few now here we are 40 years later Wahoo - See ya soon!! v
Sorry to have missed the big bash, but I have been preoccupied with the newest addition to my family. My grandson Jaden Thomas Hylton was born right on schedule, Friday July 31. This is my second time around: my granddaughter Kemani Cleveland will turn three next month.
To catch you up a bit, after college I moved to Juneau, Alaska for ten years, followed by an eight year interlude in graduate school in Berkeley, before settling into work as research faculty at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage. I am not married, but I adopted my daughter Maggie in 1989 and her sister Ricáriça in 2005. They are now 20 and 21 respectively, one child and one boyfriend each. I love my work, but there is too much of it: my greatest ambition is to semi-retire and spend more time back in the GNW with family, friends and Puget Sound. I will experiment with this later this month, coming to stay for four weeks. If anyone would like to brief me on the reunion I missed or to show me your favorite new places, please get in touch!.
TERRIE HARD HURTADO
After Stadium I continued my education for 4 years. I am now retired from the banking business. I have been married for 38 years and have two children – Michael (36) and Nicholas (33). My best memories of Stadium are of being in the concert band and in the marching band as a majorette. An accomplishment of mine is that I owned my own business at one time.
JOYCE HAWTHORNE WYDNER
Well, first of all I want to say to Billy Hyatt, (I get to call him Billy 'cause I've know him since kindergarten) that I think about our 9th grade graduation trip every day of my life. We had not been in the water 30 minutes when I fell off a skin board and broke every bone in my right foot. I spent the entire summer before going to Stadium in a hard cast from my toes to my knee and Mike Harris, Martin Kenney and others took turns carrying me around piggyback all over Westport, for which I'm sure they have suffered permanent back injuries. Billy's mom, Virginia, had someone radio the only Doctor in Westport (he was out on his fishing boat) and he said he wouldn't come in unless the bone was sticking out! Anyway, I have some pretty serious arthritis in that foot now, which is my daily reminder of that graduation trip. So on with my life story.
After graduation I attended Highline Community College, (didn't graduate)and then worked for a few years. In 1973 I moved to Bakersfield, CA and went to work for Buck Owens as a back up singer. I stayed with Buck for 5 years and he taught me a lot about the music business including music publishing, and I also married a news director at one of the network TV stations. Had a son, Josh, who is 32. We then moved to Nashville in 1978 and I went right to work mostly in the studio, singing backup on records. Had a daughter, Lindsey, 29. Signed a record deal with Epic records as lead singer of a Trio called Nightstreets. We recorded an album and released several singles, won a Billboard award for most singles sold, (beat out the group Alabama), go figure. We opened shows for Tammy Wynette and George Jones. We broke up the group after a couple of years, but we still remain friends today, and it was then I decided my first love was not as a lead singer but as a backup vocalist. I did a lot of traveling with a lot of famous country music stars singing back up on their live shows and on their records as well. I also started writing songs and started my own music publishing company. Got divorced. Just kept working and raising my kids. Stayed single for many years, then in 1998, I retired and I married a hillbilly from Alabama. We live out in the country outside of Nashville and have a pig farm.
My son Josh, is an entertainer and lives in the San Diego area, my daughter Lindsey,is married and lives near me and works with at risk children and parents at a mental health center. My love of my life is my 8 year old granddaughter, Riley. I love to garden, cook, crochet baby blankets for needy children and I also enjoy sending packages to our soldiers in Iraq.
I'm still best friends with Sandy Mathes and we visit each other every chance we get, and by they way, I would like to set the record straight, I did not lead Cindy Neuser astray, Sandra did that, I was a total angel and never did anything bad in my entire life until I met Sandra Mathes in the 7th grade. She taught me every bad habit I ever had, I remember the first time I smoked a cigarette was at Hyla Nelsons slumber party in the 7th or 8th grade, Sandra had brought cigarettes(of course) and I felt very cool and wicked. It was Sandra alone, who corrupted Cindy, and I'm sure Bonnie Bigley and Susan Becker will back me up. Hell, anybody who went to Meeker will back me up! She's gonna kill me for this!!! Sandra, you know I love ya more than my luggage!
Can't wait to see everyone at the reunion. To Carolyn Van Marter, I sure wish I had known you had moved to Kentucky, we would have gotten together. It's not often anyone I know gets that close to Tennessee.
Oh yeah, just kidding about the pig farm (gotcha) but I'm still married to the hillbilly, and I do live way out in the country. If ya'll ever get down south be sure "ta holler at us".
Life continues to be a blast. I feel like the most fortunate person on earth.
I initially went to college at the University of Redlands 65 miles east of Los Angeles, but returned home to graduate from the U of W in 1973. I worked in a warehouse for a year, working nights and skiing days, while I tried to come up with a plan. I got a break. Kathy Pearson's father, then a judge of Washington Court of Appeals, persuaded me to try to get into law school. When I decided to give it a shot he then, I suspect, used his substantial influence to get me into UPS Law School. I lived in the Stadium district for about half of my law school tour. I rarely saw anyone I knew. I graduated in 1976 during the late 70's recession, when jobs were hard to find.
I ended up in a two-person practice with an older lawyer who later became a US Congressman from Spokane. Since he left I have been on my own, doing business and real estate transactions and estate planning work. I no longer do any trial work. I tell people that being a lawyer is like doing home work for a living. I have had the privilege of representing successful and creative Stadium graduates and even some of their children as well.
I moved to Bainbridge Island in 1978, long before it became expensive. I spent my first 4 years living in a small cabin on Agate Pass, surrounded by a deep forest. Back then some power outages lasted 10 days. I wish that were still the case. It would result in a more humble population. After a about 4 years on Agate Pass (spent catching and releasing salmon caught from the beach with trout gear), this lady, with a smile to die for, moved into another cabin on the beach and in the woods right next door me. She was scared to death of my dog (harmless retriever) and came over to talk to me about it one day. Sara and I were married a few years later - when I was 35 (Chief Justice Pearson performed the ceremony). In about 1986, we bought a modest home on the water on the west side of Bainbridge near Battle Point. We still live there with no plans to go anywhere else.
We have two kids: Gretchen (Greg Witt is her God Father), who goes to Santa Barbara City College and Willie, who heads off to the University of Arizona (Tucson) next fall. We are very lucky people. We have great health and our kids have been nothing short of a joy to us since the day they were born. Sara still has that smile. Tradition runs strong. We have had Christmas Eve dinner with the extended Witt family every year since I was about 5 years old.
My house is about 60 feet above the water. I arranged a personal golf driving range when I built a deck (2 four foot gates that open on the front of the deck toward the water). During summer, I anchor a 4 x 4' wooden green with a huge flag (mom makes them) about 120 yards out and we hit golf balls at the target. The balls are all retrieved at low tide. Great fun and many people have enjoyed it.
From late May through late September I commute to work in Seattle in a 17' open outboard motor boat. What a way to start the day – row my canoe out to a buoy then travel about 15 miles to downtown Seattle over some of the most beautiful water on earth. I dock at a small Port of Seattle marina just north of the Seattle Aquarium then walk about a mile to my office. What a ride! Evenings can be a little rough but there is no such thing as a traffic jam -just me, the cruise ships, the ferries, and occasional black fish (type of porpoise) and view of the Cascades and Olympics.
We spend a good bit of time in Sun Valley, Idaho, where, through sheer luck, we have a condo. Jerome Brown gave my kids signing lessons on a chairlift ride one day maybe 10 years ago. It will be a long time forgetting that day.
Aside from a wonderful marriage, great health, 2 great kids and a passion for snow skiing, my biggest accomplishment is that, after about 45 years of insulin dependent diabetes, I have no complications – nor are any ever expected. Life's good. I am a lucky guy. I wish the same for you.
For the hundreds of my classmates that have wondered whatever happened to old what the hells his name, I'm alive and well and living in Fircrest. After graduating in June of 1969 I loafed around until August 19 th, then reported to the U.S. Navy. Received a first hand tour of the Orient. Hong Kong, Japan, Viet Nam, and the Philippines. Also crossed the International Dateline and went through the ritual (you navy peeps will understand what that entails). After getting out of the Navy I returned to Tacoma and worked some token jobs for a few years. In February of 79 I started working for Tacoma Power. The first few years I worked as a Meter Reader. The last 28 years I've been a Field Investigator, which is a fancy name for a collector type person that turns off Electric and Water services for non payment of bills. There is a lot more than that to the job but that's the backbone. To break the monotony I've been the assistant supervisor the last 12+ years. It's nice to stay indoors sometimes away from the blood and guts of the field work. I may have run into some of my classmates doing my thing in the field, hope not. But if I did, there are no hard feelings. Don't take it personal, it's just business. LOL.
I met the love of my life, my lady of the eighties, in early 1981. Her name is Nila Himmelspach (graduated 1970 from Wilson) we were married soon after that. Ironically we had met in the mid 60's at Amvets dance hall on 38 th & STW and dated briefly.. Both of us had been married before, she had 1 son I had 2 (my 3 sons part 2). Now Nila and I have 6 grand children. 3 boys and 3 girls. 2 spend the night about twice a month and have since they were little 2 year olds. The other 4 live quite a distance and we don't see them nearly as much.
In 1988 we opened up "Steve's Sports Cards", a Baseball Card shop at north 26 th & Adams in the proctor district. We moved the store to north 26 th & Pearl shopping center and were there for another couple of years. It was great fun at first, later it demanded a lot of time, kind of like trying to feed a tank full of sharks. In 1992 I liquidated the contents of the card shop and just settled for going to work during the day at Tacoma Power. Freeing up a lot of time for the important things in life like metal detecting with the kids etc. We've lived in Fircrest for 13 years and remodeled our house to the point that we're never moving again. We are quite happy here with no kids at home, just our 2 cats Beanie & Cecil. Looking forward to retiring soon so we can travel and do some gem and treasure hunting. And, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion. And to Marc I just want to add something I've heard for 30 years on the job, the check is in the mail for the reunion, I swear to you……hehe
CATHY HESS OTNESS
After graduating from Stadium I got an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene, and I currently work for Dr. Jim Janakievski. I have been married for 37 years and have two children (Kirsten Conrad, 31, and John Otness, 27), as well as a son-in-law (Isaac Conrad, 34) and a granddaughter (Ella Conrad, 21 months).
My best memories of high school are of singing in the choir with Mr. Margelli – unforgettable - and of the Pep assemblies. They were so fun yet challenging with the pep band speeding through the school fight song and we song leaders could hardly keep up. I also remember Mr. Ramos' Spanish class with headphones. He was quite charming!
These days Ienjoy music, gardening, cooking, photography, and family times. I love our church and church family and the joys of being a wife, mother, and now a grandmother – so special!
These Bio's are great! Finally learning what I missed while being safely whisked away by family to hike the mountains, adventure the seas, and summer in Gig Harbor. (No dances or movies!)
After graduation from PLU 1973, in Nursing, started the work 'til you can afford a trip: Trip until you run out of money cycle. It blissfully went on for quite a few years. Still the rule is not to ever work more days then play. I currently work as an RN at St. Joseph's Hospital.
My wonderful son Cameron is 25, and he, Mother Helen and Sister Sara all live in B'ham. My current boat is a wooden double-ended Columbia River Gillnetter named "Precious" made into a pleasure boat. Fave travel so far is the Isle of Bali, after 5 trips it seems like a second home, at least in thought. Life is good in Bellingham. I'm one of those private types so you are spared the juicy details.
I have good memories of singing with the Madrigals at Stadium, and I now enjoy traveling, boating, diving, hiking, camping, gardening, and photography. "Anxious" to see you all. Very double meaning, found the "Tahoma" and will try to do some studying.
After graduation in '69, I attended TCC for two quarters and then left for a 2-year LDS mission in Germany. After returning from the mission, I finished my AA degree at TCC and also got married during that time. I transferred to Brigham Young University and received my BA in communication with broadcasting and advertising as my main areas. After working in radio for 5 years here in the state of Washington, we returned to school at BYU for my MA so I could someday teach college. That didn't happen right away.
I worked with a book publishing and marketing company in Utah for the next 1½ years, but returned back to the Tacoma Area in 1984 after discovering that my dad had cancer. Since that time, I started and managed an advertising agency, Highstreet Advertising & Promotion and ran a national seminar company (which allowed me to travel all over this great country of ours). I also taught part-time at Pierce College, which I believed was the fulfillment of what I wanted to do with my master's degree. In the 1990's I found myself helping national authors promote their books and seminars and was involved with 3 national bestsellers. Since about 2002, our small advertising firm (located on South Hill, Puyallup) has shifted gears and concentrated more on helping local, area businesses with their advertising and marketing needs.
In 2004, I was invited to spend a year teaching at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho. I turned the reins of the company over to my son, Jeff and left behind friends, family (including my wife, Debbi) to teach college for what I thought would be for just one year. That was five years ago. We now live in Rexburg. I am a full-time faculty member, teaching advertising, media strategy and planning, mass media and sometimes even interpersonal communication. It's a lot of work, but I enjoy what I do and hope I'm contributing to the lives of these great young people around me.
Over the years, I've had the wonderful privilege of serving others through church work. I have served in various capacities in the LDS Church, including as a bishop in the Spanaway Area and in a stake presidency, helping oversee about 12 congregations, which we call, wards. I have done a lot of things including officiating at many Sunday services, performing weddings and conducting funerals and speaking in more meetings than I can remember. I also worked extensively in church youth programs, volunteered in the Boy Scout organization and coached youth sports, which I continue to do to this day. Some of my greatest joy comes from serving and helping others. Debbi has also served in numerous capacities over the years and still does so today.
My wife Debbi is a class of '70 graduate of Bethel High School. We met as teenagers at a youth dance and eventually got back together after my church mission. We married in December of 1972 and had our first child, Jeff (35) in November of 1973. We also have Brooke (33) and adopted two children, Aaron (23) and Sonya (22) who had been our foster children since infancy. 12 grandchildren have now been added to the clan and we love them all. Luckily, Brooke and her 4 children moved close to us so we have some of them nearby (I help coach some of their sports teams.) We've also been raising one of our little granddaughters, Abby (3) since she was 13 months old. She keeps us hopping. Needless to say, we visit Washington as often as possible to visit family members and our friends.
It's been an interesting journey so far these past 58 years. I know I've learned a lot, tried to serve a lot and hopefully loved enough to make a difference. Thanks for being a part of the memories.
I have been married for 40 years and we have four children - Gina (39), Courtney (35), Dalin (29), and Chace (26). We also have grandchildren including Drake (21), Qeirria (18), Samantha (21), Breann (13), Brise (6), Skylar (4), Masin (13), Adden (3), and Adylae (5 weeks).
After graduation I attended welding school and truck driving school and have been employed as both since then. My most embarassing moment in high school was when my car was parked across the street in the parking lot across from Stadium. The Police came and I ran from class because my friends were in the car.
My special interests includebike riding, camping, and serving as a volunteer fire fighter. I lived through a brain injury which was close to death.
Hi,,,classmates!!! I am Marleen (Hosfield) Glenn.I have been married three times. Learned the HARD way to stay away from marriage. After and during those times,,,,,I raised my sons two boys,,,,,,,,,,one is handicapped. Both boys,,,,men... are going good. I now have grandkids and am blessed. Have gone back to my roots,,,,,,where my Jesus is-----to serve him as best I can (considering I am disabled). Hoping you all have a wonderful time at the reunion (as I can not attend):):):):):):):) Marleen
Following graduation I attended college and I am now semi-retired. I am not currently married and I have two children -Shelby (31) and Jeff (28). My interests include boating, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, old hot rods, the beach, and RV-ing.
I have many memories of Tacoma, and being part of the "other" side of the water group........... Browns and Dash Points, we lived in a little bit slower lifestyle. Having three grade schools, blending into Meeker, we only had the one jr. high, were most of the other Stadium crowd had more. We were a tight group back then, with our friday night "teen night" at the school, with the gym activities and of course the dancing in the 9th grade wing...........I knew where I wanted to be!!!!!!!! LOL. At the end of jr. high, my parents invited all of our 9th grade class to a over night trip to our beach place near Westport, after all, I think there were only 39 of us in the class. Dad was involved in the leasing business, and had a fleet of rental trucks, and took one of the larger ones, put some hay in the back, and after getting permission slips from the parents, off we went......... can you imagine doing that today? It was not without some problems, as some of the kids snuck off to smoke, drink, and even managed to try and shop lift from our little market down there, but all in all, was a good time. Going off to Stadium was a new experience, as we faced the long trip into town on the ever so slow buses, I could not wait to get my driver's license. After only a few bus rides, I found it much easier to ride into school with my dad and hitch hike home. My car in school, some of you may remember was a 57 ford, retractable hardtop, it had the continental kit, and had the easy to remember license plate of BBB-000, my dad sold the car brand new to Aldon Woodworth, of the construction company, at the new car show of 1957. Stadium brought more sports into my life, as I became a member of the swimming and gymnastics's teams. OMG, the early morning swims in that horrible pool, we were ashamed to hold swim meets there, after going to the likes of Wilson, Mt. Tahoma, and Lakes..........how many of you remember the scum?????? Gymnastics's was fun, but I did not fit the mold, as I was always the "big guy" who could do things. Remember Trish? We did pretty well as a team, and had a lot of fun. Singing in Margelli's choir, and being selected to join the Madrigals was also a special time in my life, men in tights, that was us..............John, can you still fit into your's?????????? I sure the hell can't. Do any of you in choir, remember the April fools joke that Margelli and I pulled on you? It was no secret that I was one of his fav's, and we devised a plot for me to get thrown out of his class, something that was un-thinkable, and everyone knew of his firey temperment. I chewed gum, talked in class, put my feet up,,,,,,,,,, all no, no's in the world of Mar. He casually told me to stop talking, then more sternly told me to put my feet down, then blew up when he saw me chewing gum, I yelled back at him, and all hell broke loose. He flew out of his seat, flew up and grabbed me by the back of the neck and marched me out the door. I can still see the look on all of your faces, as you ran to the door to see just what the hell was going on, and us outside his door laughing our asses off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bet he is still smiling about that up in heaven. We had some good times back at the old brown castle, hard to believe it has been 40 years.................... My best to everyone. Bill
OK, you asked, so here it is.
I graduated from Willamette U in 1973 with a B.A. in Music. While there, I
· Discovered my singing voice
· Dropped the oboe for the choir and madrigals
· Found a home on the theatre stage
After college I really had no plan so I hung around in Salem for a couple years working as a travel agent and doing theatre at night. Eventually, I felt the call of the big city, aimed for San Francisco and wound up in Oakland (which I love – it reminds me a lot of Tacoma). Anyway, after a couple of regrettable forays into the world of cabaret, I went back to theatre. Here in the Bay Area, especially the East Bay, local theatre is hugely popular and there's no shortage of opportunities for people who have talent (and even those who don't).
And so that's where I've stayed, pretty much, ever since. The 80's and 90's were a constant whirl of musical theatre; everything from Man of La Mancha to Sweet Charity; No, No Nanette to Evita. I've had to dial it back a bit as I've gotten older and the demands of my "real job" have increased. I've been trying my hand at Shakespeare lately. Last fall I played Shylock in The Merchant of Venice . I've also directed and choreographed. In a month or so, I begin work as Director on a production of The Women .
Somewhere along the way I hired on at Kaiser Permanente and learned the workers' compensation claims business. Currently, I'm a Sr. Consultant in work comp and occupational health -- still with Kaiser after almost 22 years.
My mother passed away in 2000, after living for years at The Broadview, right across the street from Stadium. Visiting her, it was always a little eerie to have the old castle staring me in the face through every window. It was hard not to feel a bit sad watching the students grow younger each year. Shortly after Mom moved out, they tore down The Broadview to make room for more school development. My brother, Gordon (Class of '65), still lives in Tacoma.
I've enjoyed reading others' memories of our old neighborhood back in the day (I mean WAY back). Those Mom-and-Pop grocery stores at 21st and Oakes were frequent haunts. Nobody mentioned Franzen's (sp), though. That place was not so kid-friendly and you had to really want something they had (like black cherry soda) to endure the disapproving gaze of the dreaded Mrs. Franzen. At "C&M's" (or Carl & Mary's as I think everybody called it) we were always greeted warmly and it was really the preferred vendor for penny candy and popsicles. "Slipps" was where my Mom shopped on a regular basis. John Slipp (the son) would deliver and you could run a tab. He remained a family friend for many years after the grocery store closed. I spent a lot of time in those days at the Eubanks' house on East Road. Three Stadium grads in that family, Mark ('64 maybe?), Ellen ('67) and Scott ('70). We occasionally ventured into "The Gulch" (strictly off-limits) and for a while there was a big, abandoned Victorian house right next to ours at the top of Yakima hill (sometimes called "Pill Hill") which was also forbidden territory but we sometimes found the courage and a way in.
Alright, I've done my bit for nostalgia. See 'ya later.
I wanted to make the reunion this year, but since I won't be able to, I thought at the very least I would send something in that might help to connect me to my old friends. Reading all the bios has been fun and inspiring.
It was great to hear from Jay Eastley, my favorite teacher at Stadium. I find that I have used more from his Advanced Physics class than from any other course I took in high school. Thank you, Mr. Eastley.
After high school, I went to UW, and there roomed with Jeff Dodd, and later shared a house with Michael Drew and Bill Schadt for a few years. Michael and I made an educational film on sailing.
Much of my adult life has involved sailing and the boating business. I lived aboard for 15 years, and I have had several boats that I cruised and raced, both sail and power. I taught sailing in college. In the early 1980's, I managed retail stores in Portland and Seattle for the marine supply retailer Windward Mark, a company later purchased by West Marine. In 1993, I joined Elliott Bay Yacht Sales, where I am manager and a partner in the business. I work too many hours but at a job that I love, having fun with cool boats and meeting interesting people. The brokerage business has taken me to Italy, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Mexico, and to ports on both coasts of the United States.
When I am not working, I spend time with guitars, the bass, and motorcycles.
In 1993 I met my wife, Sharrey Doré, and so I moved off my boat. We have a good life--no kids but two spoiled cats. Sharrey left the corporate world in 2000 to work on her art full time—she is a jewelry maker. We have a new home in Magnolia, which allows Sharrey to have her studio there, on the first floor. On the weekend of the class reunion, I will be at an art show in Big Fork, Montana, where Sharrey will be exhibiting.
My parents still live in the same house in Browns Point that I grew up in. It has been especially good to hear about the Browns Point and Jerry Meeker folks, many good friends from a distant past I lost contact with ages ago. I hope to get a chance to reconnect with some of you again. When you are in Seattle, stop by. My office is under the bar of the Palisade restaurant in Magnolia--happy hour is 4-6. Hope to see you soon. Life is good.
BEVERLY JOHNSON GRANT
I graduated from U.W. School of Law in 1969. All I knew is that I wanted to find out if I would enjoy practicing law, could be proficient at practicing it and could make a living at it. I found that I had a passion for representing the underdogs . I practiced at the Old City Hall and later at my 1101 Fawcett Bldg until 1988. It was the not until, at age 38, that I married an extremely good handyman (he owns every tool known to mankind and knows how to use them!); smart (Harvard law grad) and handsome attorney, Art Grant, Jr. I relocated to L.A. and from time to time occasionally ran into old Class of 1969 classmates, Walt Shannon, M.D., and Attorney Theresa Britt. Within a month of our marriage I was pregnant and later gave birth to our firstborn, a son. I stayed at home with him and took six cases a year from Washington. A lot of my clients never knew I was living in L.A., as I kept yellow page ads in Tacoma, Seattle and Bellevue and traveled often to Washington. In 1991, our family grew by the birth of our daughter.
As the years flew by, I had many interesting experiences including the swaying buildings during earthquakes, the Santa Anna fires, pollution, traffic congestion, Rodney King riots, and of being robbed at gunshot at a beauty shop ; experienced; successfully litigating against Fred Savage (Wonder Years) and Will Smith (Fresh Prince of Bellaire) and others. My point is that after being in LA, I realized that happiness was not in the tinsel town where the sparkle and glitter did little to encourage neighbors to know each others' names; or the land where all one needed to know was where you were working and what you could do for them. The lure of "pasture with the greener grass" being LA soon became a fallacy. Tacoma had a lot of attributes that I not only missed but wanted my children to experience. The art of being "real people" without pretense, just being yourself and genuine were experiences I wanted our children to know and have. Since my departure, Tacoma had grown immensely as a city.
Art and I practiced in downtown Los Angeles until our return to Tacoma in 1997. We bought the Geodesic dome off of the backside of the Tacoma Mall on 48 th & Junett Streets. Art still practices law in the areas of catastrophic injury, employment litigation & professional liability law. I became a Pierce County Superior Court judge in April, 2003. The role is much different than being a lawyer. I lost my privacy but not my compassion for people. Currently, I am one of two judges at Remann Hall. My work includes hearing dependency cases where parents have neglected or abused children, or babies become parents for their siblings, foster and shelter care cases. At the end of each workday, I treasure each hug and kiss I can get from my kids and husband. I will be at Remann Hall until the end of 2011 when I return downtown. Governor Gregoire has made it a priority to ensure consistency to have one judge assigned to the same family. I hope to make a difference in making the lives of our children better and encouraging them in every way I can to excel. Nothing even comes close to what we all considered as being "bad" to the current status of our youth today. There are just too many killings and too many children from Hilltop in prison.
I still remember the days when the Stadium H.S. college counselor told me that I could not aspire to be a doctor or lawyer and that if I am lucky, maybe I could be a teacher at most because that is what some of "your people" have done. I knew if she was telling me this, that it had to be much worst for those who were not in the top 30 of the class or in her mind were mediocre students.
On a happier note, I am so very proud to have lived long enough to see our son grow into the young man he has become. He will complete his sophomore year at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. I am extremely pleased to have a bright, independent and lovely daughter. She has been offered admission to every college she applied including the Ivy League. I will miss them. My husband and I look forward to being empty nesters. Art loves to bike, ski and golf. I enjoyed skiing regularly at Whistler, until this past MLK when I took a bad fall. For some reason, even though I had done no preconditioning or regimented exercise, I answered "yes" when I was asked if I wanted high performance rental skis! I also neglected to rent a helmet as well. The rest is history and I am now reassessing my desire to ski with recognition of my limitations. I am enjoying our new kitchen! (Editor's note: Why would anyone end a bio about their kitchen? I am going on record by telling you that she must love her kitchen SO MUCH that on Friday nite, July 31 we are all invited to Bev's home to see her kitchen and to see what array of fantastic appetizers and libations she has in store for us--Thanks Bev. We'd love to see your new kitchen!!).
I graduated from WWU in 1973 with a BA in Ed. Began teaching elementary school in the Tacoma School District in 1974 after one year of subbing. Those of you who went to Lowell might remember Gary Larson - I taught with him for several years! I also had Patty Price's son Shaun in class, as well as George Pilant's nephew, and Sam May's (class of 1970) son! I received my M Ed from UPS in 1991. I supervised 10 student teachers and was a mentor teacher to new teachers for several years. While teaching I met my husband, Tom, a band teacher in the district. We married in 1985. We have no children - just the furry kind - right now 5 cats. We settled in Puyallup where we lived until March of 2008. After I retired (after 31 years!) I worked as a receptionist at a retirement/ assisted living home in Puyallup for a year and a half. In 2007 we decided we had had enough of the gray and rain and put our house up for sale. We moved just south of Bend, OR in March of 2008. We are 5 miles from the resort community of Sunriver. We found a wonderful brand new home on 1 acre just 16 miles from Mt Bachelor! I am presently working part time for Sunriver Resort as an office manager for a time share condo complex the resort manages. The pay is great and the perks amazing (can you say free skiing, free canoeing, kayaking etc..). We have taken advantage of much of it. We were also very lucky to have sold our house in Puyallup in August without taking a loss!
In our spare time we enjoy bike riding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and just being outdoors. Tom works part time for REI in Bend so we get some nice perks from that too. Helps keep us outfitted for the things we love to do! We have so much to explore down here. We still need to get down to Crater Lake, just 2 1/2 hours south of us. It's going to be a fun summer!
We have a wonderful guest room (an entire wing actually!) so would love to see classmates come down. There is so much to do down here, truly a destination spot! We have an average of 300 days of sunshine, very few gray days, temps not too hot (mid 80's) in the summers, chilly in the winters and lots of snow.
Looking forward to seeing many of you in August - already told my boss I needed that weekend off!
An abbreviated story of my last 40 years:
After graduation I went to TCC and received an associate degree. From there I went to UPS and got a BA in economics. I chose econ planning to continue on at law school, but I became disenchanted with the idea of law as a profession. I found a job as an economic development planner while trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. After about a year of that I decided to try to find a technical job in something electronics related to see how that fit. It turned out great and I was soon back at school (U of W this time) as a fifth-year student in the Electrical Engineering department.
Things could not have worked out better and I have enjoyed a fulfilling career ever since. I have worked at several companies over the years and somehow migrated into medical electronics. I had been working at Philips medical (formally ATL) designing ultrasound machines when I was invited to join a startup. A team of engineers were coming up with a method of killing abdominal adipose tissue - tummy fat - using only high intensity focused ultrasound. It sounded too good to be true, but I thought I had to give it a try. About three years later our little company was acquired by Medicis Pharmaceutical and now we are selling into Europe and have just been approved in Canada. We hope to be approved in the US soon.
I have been with my wife Moon for about 20 years. She was born in South Africa, moved to London in her teens and immigrated here about 25 years ago. We built a house in beautiful Index Washington almost 8 years ago. We too are empty nesters. I commute to Bothell every day and Moon runs a bed and breakfast.
Joined the Wash. Natl. Guard in 1970, spent 20 years running Landing Craft up and down the Sound. What a way to do what you love and get paid for it. Pulled out of that in 1990. Went to work for Tacoma Public Utilities in 1972, at entry level of course, made it as far up the ladder as Assistant Water Distribution Manager of Operations, retired after 30+ years in 2002. Married my wife and life long partner Cathy (class of 1971) in 1972. We have two daughters, both are married. Our youngest Traci has two daughters of her own, My oldest has the furry type only. After I retired I joined the Wispering Firs Golf Course’s Men’s Association and golf every Tuesday and more if time allows. Started doing Handyman work for elderly people who couldn’t or shouldn’t pay the high prices others ask. It keeps me in toys and tools. Cathy and I love going to Seaside Or. We have a Wyndham time share which allows us a week every three months. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.
It seems like such a short time ago that we left Stadium and now when I talk to college students, I am forced to acknowledge that it was 40 years ago and my stories can't possibly be relevant!! I had dreams of veterinary medicine and chose California State Polytechnic in Pomona CA. because the school offered pre-vet medicine, the Kellogg Arabian Horse farm, plus it was close to my sister's veterinary hospital and my boyfriend's college!
Working for my sister, I discovered that vet medicine is really human sociology and I lack the careful nature to be a vet, but I feel in love with environmental issues at school. Switched majors with the idea that I could major in English with an environmental focus. The smog and the crowding of LA made a lasting impression, especially when it was clear and you could see how beautiful it once was. Imagine my dismay to return to Washington and realize that the California developers were here! I transferred HOME to the University of Washington and the last quarter, I discovered "Wildlife Management" buried in the College of Forestry. I enrolled for another year as a working student in the wildlife science program and then entered the Master of Science Program. Wildlife Science and Forestry were desperate for women in those days!! The ratio of flannel-clothed waffle stomping men to women was great! Hunting and fishing was a must for any wanna be wildlife biologist,and I still love those sports.
I studied seabirds on Destruction Island off the coast and Protection Island, then a summer in Alaska on the Semidi Islands where I worked for USFWS. You live on canned goods and what you can catch when you are in remote field camps and it was about 20 years before I enjoyed rockfish again! It seems like a short time ago, but I started working for Washington Department of Game in 1977 on the Columbia River project and I still work for the agency that is now Department of Fish and Wildlife. Wildlife science is a wonderful field, but hardly any funding, so state biologists are "jack of all trades" and I worked on mountain goats, peregrine falcons, seabirds, waterfowl, swans, spotted owls,bald eagles, deer,shorebird, elk, turtles, bats.... I still love seabirds and stay involved on international seabird issues. Mid-management work is a little dull and I have been the Wildlife Program Manager for North Puget Sound for 20 years and ready for a change, but I still love working with people on wildlife and land management issues!! I supervise the wildlife biologists and the wildlife land managers and I lead several controversial estuary restoration projects.
Met my husband, Bill Hebner, in 1980 and we have a 22 year old son named Bryce. a welder who plans to be a rock star drummer. Bill was a game warden in Oroville Washington when we met and we spent a lot of time hiking and riding horses in the wilderness areas. he is now the Captain of the enforcement program in North Puget Sound. You may see him occasionally on TV as wildlife agents chase bear or cougar through the streets of Seattle! We work in the same office and often on the same issue and it is always fun when new people don't know that we are married! One perk of keeping your name! We still enjoy hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and horses but we have down-sized to one horse, a few chickens and ducks on our farm near Arlington, WA. I feel like I am 17 again as I face decisions and questions about "what's next?!!!"
I was inspired by everyone else's stories and to see how our lives have merged and diverged over the years. Thanks for sharing.
After graduation from Stadium I worked at Puget Sound Plywood on the tide flats. I was a hot press operator on the graveyard shift, 11PM to 7AM each day. I thought I was making pretty good money, $3.22 an hour which worked out to nearly $450 a month take home. In the daytime I took classes at Tacoma Community College. This went on for about two years until I realized that I didn't like factory work or going to school. I quit both.
I did several odd jobs then went fishing. Anyone remember Matt Vodanovich, Stadium class of 1968? He and his dad had a 65' salmon purse seiner named LaTouche. A beautiful boat on which classmates Dennis Wahlen and I believe John Winskill served before me. I worked four seasons on the LaTouche and I'm sure Dennis and John would agree that Matt (Mikey) and his dad Matt were demanding of their crews. They were good at catching salmon though and were highliners; fishing jargon for top producers in the fleet. We always had above average catches of salmon.
I got on a king crab boat in 1975 called Viking. If you've seen Deadliest Catch on TV, you've seen crab fishing. You stack pots, set pots, and retrieve pots – in all kinds of weather. I don't think it is as glamorous as they portray on TV, do it 16-20 hours a day and it gets pretty monotonous.
I found my career in 1977. I went to work for a company called Mathers Controls in Seattle. Mathers was a family owned business that manufactured engine controls for commercial boats and large yachts. I spent a lot of time on the waterfront and boats and did this for 30 years. Commercial fishing turned out to be the start of my education for understanding propulsion systems on boats.
I got married in 1988 to Jeanne Dorigan who was a career Safeco Insurance Underwriter. She grew up in Eugene, Oregon and started with Safeco when she moved to Portland. We met at the Tacoma Bar and Grill in the old police station building on Pacific in Tacoma one night. We have a house in Brier, north of Seattle and share it with three cats; Alex, Katie, and Panda.
Two years ago we got tired of the corporate life. We were both traveling a bit for our companies, working long hours, and just longed for a little more freedom. We left our jobs and kind of downshifted.
Jeanne was able to take care of her mom during her last two years of life and also volunteers for a cat adoption agency called Purrfect Pals. She does Yoga and Curves each week, takes a drawing class, and manages the Lind household.
I went to work for a small local company called PPC that services marine control systems. They were one of my customers when I was at Mathers. So now I work on the controls of tugs, fishing boats, and yachts part time in the fall, winter, and spring. I take most of the summer off so Jeanne and I can go out on our own boat, a 32' powerboat we keep in Edmonds. Not only do I work on boats, but am foolish enough to own one.
Jeanne and I are enjoying the new lifestyle we have found and just celebrated our 21 st Anniversary. My mom is 95 now and still lives in the house I grew up in on North 19 th and Cedar. We feel very lucky to still have her and I see her nearly every week.
I feel fortunate to have a good marriage and also to have found work that I enjoy and find interesting. Over the years in my travels, it has been fun to tell people who don't know it, about Stadium High School. "Our high school looked like a castle but was actually an old hotel. The football field was in a large bowl alongside it and the school itself looked out over the Bay in Tacoma. Some of our classes were up in the towers." Sometimes I would get this look like I was making it up. I'm sure many of you have had the same experience.
I look forward to seeing everyone in August
June of 1969 I graduated & married in the same month (classmate from class of 1968 Sandy Homiak) and we had 2 sons-Christopher born in November of 1969 (ok so you do the math J ) and Jeremy in March of 1973. I have worked as a mechanic for my entire working career, and as in most jobs you need to follow the jobs to provide for your family. We moved from Tacoma to Puyallup and Bonney Lake during the early years of the boy's lives. We lost our son Chris in 1992, and Sandy passed away in 2007.
I divorced in 1988 and on the second adventure of my life met a wonderful woman, Cathi who pushes me very hard to travel and live life to the fullest. Our blended family became 3 and I gained a wonderful daughter who we married off in 2007, and gained a son in law.
We have traveled the West Coast area (California, Oregon, Idaho & Nevada) New York and surrounding states on the east coast, Florida, The Caribbean, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Italy during our 19 years of marriage. We have accumulated many good friends and memories along the way.
Summer finds us camping & jeeping. Fall finds us wine tasting the good grapes in the Eastern part of the state, and Winter is full of snow mobiling from our Cle Elum hideaway. Spring we are always busy with house maintenance and getting ready to start off the summer.
We have lived in Puyallup for the past 21 years and love the Valley. Old Glory is on our Flag Pole proudly displayed every hour of every day.
I have seen my name mentioned a few times lately on your forum. I'd like to set the story straight with what's left of my memory...Here goes!
I remember Stadium as being a magical time, a time of youth and innocence. Bad things were happening all around us, the war, assassinations, the Soviet Union, yet we were still
optimistic and exited about our future. After all, we had just landed on the moon, gas was 28 cents a gallon and James Bond was taking care of the Russians! Where was I? OH yah, youth and innocence. I have fond memories of the people I knew from Jason Lee and those I soon met at SHS.
I have just recently remembered fun times during quite an array of classes. Remember "Boy's Foods"? We made a cake but it blew up in the oven. Mrs. Obert said we used too much baking powder in the mix. Four teenage boys baking a cake was a recipe for disaster! The meatloaf wasn't bad though. How about typing class? The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog...all the letters of the alphabet, amazing!
Remember the boy's pool? Talk about shrinkage! It was like swimming in Norway! Then you would be taking a shower and someone would "nail" you from behind with a large tongue depressor of Tiger Balm. There you were, naked and jumping up and down with a butt fire like Mr. Bojangles. The next day you couldn't wait to try it out on some other victim. Priceless entertainment!
Jack Lloyd was a great mentor. He put me in Concert Band up from the dregs of Cadet Band. He told me later it wasn't because I played the clarinet well, but because I played it loud! Thanks Jack!
Like most of you, I had no clue about what I was going to do after SHS. Sure future
plans college but what about later? My parents didn't have a lot of money so it was up to me to come up with a plan. As luck would have it, I had a great imagination and I had developed a great talent for "day dreaming" I perfected this talent in Mrs. Karsh's English
class. It was after lunch at one o-clock. The room was always too warm, the perfect environment for dreaming/sleeping/dreaming. I dreamed about a lot of things, some I can't share as they were x-rated, but most were of things I knew would probably never come true.
I thought of being a commercial diver or even a Navy frogman, someone else beat me to
that dream. I think he became an Admiral or something. An Admiral with fins, who could
dream such a thing? I dreamed about being an airline pilot or even an Air Force jet pilot.
Guess what? It's a funny thing about dreams, they sometimes really do come true. I became both! I've flown six different jet aircraft and logged over 23,000 hours. I have flown all over the world and seen sights that many times blew my mind. I have seen thrills and great tragedies in the aviation world. One of the most exciting times I had in the last 40 years of flying, was my time in pilot training, when I got to fly the T-38 Talon. They called it the "White Rocket", and it truly was. It was faster than the speed of sound and it took 10,000 feet to do a loop! Google T-38 Talon and you will see what a sexy machine it was. Sadly It is old and soon will be replaced.
During the past 25 years, I have flown in and out of the state of Alaska. After hundreds of flights I still cannot take the beauty for granted. It's like seeing those mountains and glaciers for the first time, every time. If you ever get a chance to take a trip to the state of Alaska, you will understand what I mean. It is truly the last frontier.
Did I mention that I got married? I was on a layover in Drambue on the Barbary coast.
I was sitting at the magumba bar having a drink when she walked in. I couldn't believe
my eyes. I asked the guy in the next stool to pinch me 'cause I thought that I was dreaming again! She said she worked undercover for the CIA! I found out later that she was really an Irish Catholic Princess from Normandy Park and really worked for Nordstrom at South Center! I told her no more fibbing! We got married a short time later. We live on the west slope of Tacoma in a house I recently built above my old house of 23 years.
Our home has a great view of the Olympics, Fox Island and the Narrows. Ever day I
look down at the ferry landing at Titlow Beach. Sometimes I think back 40 years to the
times when I used to go diving with the Admiral. Back then, he let me call him Eric! We
had some exciting times fighting octopus and spearing ling cod. Like I said, an Admiral with fins...who could dream such a thing!
Well that's about it. I hope I didn't ramble too much. Oh by the way, I'm attaching a
couple of pictures. They're what dreams look like when they come true! See you all
in August. THE END.
My most memorable time in high school was singing with the Madrigals. I am currently retired and am not married. I enjoy boating, fishing, travel, and golf.
TERRIE MATTINGLY HANSEN
After graduation I used a semester of my scholarship at UPS and quit in January of 1970. I married my Mt. Tahoma boyfriend in n Sept of 1970. After living in North Carolina for a year we moved back to Tacoma and I started working for Walker Chevrolet, while the he finished school and joined the Tacoma Police Department. Ten years later, after a very well published review of his infidelities, we were divorced.
I promptly made another horrendous mistake and married a man with three children which I thought would compensate for lack of having any. That lasted less than a
year, so I went back to school to finally get my degree. In 1983 I met and married my soul mate and husband Steve. We have been married for 26 years. How time flies.
After working at Walker's for 13 years we had a parting of the ways. Just as I was getting used to being unemployed I went to work for Boeing in 1984. Finally finished college and received my degree in Business in 1990. For 24 years I commuted to Seattle, and most recently Tukwila, and worked in their Facilities department as a planner and project manager.
Last year was a very bad year for me. I lost my Mom in February and in June learned that a had two herniated discs in my back. Had back surgery in September, and had planned on a two month recovery. Because of complications the two months became six months and I returned to work in March to be laid off at the end of April. Hopefully I can find work in the fall, but practicing retirement can become addictive. I enjoy sewing, gardening, and walking.
It doesn't seem possible that FORTY years ago my fellow classmates, we graduated for high school......wow. It will be so fun to see all of you on Saturday, especially after I read all of your stories about the high school years. I think I missed many of your experiences because I was going with someone from another high school - to my deep regret. (I do have good memories of the style show in senior year.) But thank you for sharing and catching me up.
EDITH MCBEANI have started this crazy bio at least 5 times, and find it difficult.....I can't imagine pursuing writing. My respect goes to those of you who do. This has taken entirely too much of my time just anticipating the outcome. How do you tell your peers, who you were, and what you are now, when you are still trying to figure it out? Ashliegh Brilliant said, "My life has a superb cast, but I can't figure out the plot." We are getting closer to the end.....and, I'm still looking for the apex to this story.
Children were not mine to be conceived. However, I taught and worked with children for 25 years after receiving my BA from UPS and my Masters from Michigan State University. I still keep in contact with many of my students from around the world. I have two weddings to go to this summer. I can only hope that I made a difference. Retired from teaching, I'm now living in Bend, Oregon. I love to golf, play tennis, garden, dabble in photography, canoe, sew, knit and cook. Whew, I'm busy for a retired gal. My first husband David Mamlock, whom many of you knew, taught me to travel. I was forever grateful to have him in my life. He was my dear friend until his death at 40 from MS. My teaching took me overseas to live. When working in Nigeria, I was introduced to Bill Jackson at a running club called the HASH. It's a crazy event that took place weekly through the streets and surrounding villages of Lagos. We enjoyed each other's company, and he became the rock in my life. We just celebrated 14 years of marriage. Originally, he was from New Orleans, and is a wonderful, shy character. We suit each other well. We share our abode with our old dog Bear, who is a Chow acquired in China. He is bilingual, just in case any of you wanted to know.
I sent this picture to share as it is one of my favorite spots in the world....Baraloche, Argentina. It's a couple of years back, but Bill and I had just finished a round of golf at a fine course in Argentina called Llao Llao. After that, we took a little trip up the side of a lookout to gaze on the Andies and the interlaken. Sometimes, I feel so blessed to have seen, and experienced, so much of the world. There will always be people who have seen and done more, without a doubt. But, to give myself a bit of credit, I have lived on 3 continents, & traveled to all but Antarctica. I experienced living under a monarchy, military dictatorship, and communism. I awoke to the sounds of Muslim's morning prayers, given food to monks at my door, and was told not to speak of Christianity. I climbed in the Himalayas, dove in the Great Barrier Reef, and have placed my toes in the Nile. I nod to myself often, and say life has been good.
I do remember some embarrassing moments from high school: 1) Caught drinking at a Bellarmine High School dance….sorry Michelle….forever. 2) George Brown chasing me up the stairs to see if he could peek up my mini-skirt. I took those steps two at a time. I'm not sure about many other Stadium grads, but I could hardly wait to get out of high school and get on with my life. I look back now and know that it was the foundation of who I am today. Grant, Jason Lee and Stadium introduced me to a small part of our American society that I'm proud to say were my roots. I look forward to touching base with some of you at the reunion. Let's share a few laughs, a joke or two and dance together again. Maybe we can figure out the rest of the plot to this story.
After Stadium, I went to the University of Colorado for a year, then found a June-December job as a nanny for a New York family who spent summers in Switzerland. Eight months of domestic service was a humbling experience, and eventually I made it back to the UW, and graduated in 1974 (Business & Communications). I worked full-time in healthcare communications for various organizations for 12 years, then did freelance work after that. In 1981, I met Wayne in the Bellevue YMCA pool; we were married in 1983. Wayne was an acoustical/software engineer (but he is really a musician and sailor).
We’ve had a good time: Gwen is 21, a college senior; Ross, 19, is finishing his freshman year. (Greg and Patti Witt live up the hill from us, and their son Connor, and our Ross played on the Newport High School basketball team together and remain good friends today.)
Wayne and I have an old sailboat that we enjoy as often as the weather permits. I do non-profit grant-writing, but am more focused now on the ‘green’, hands-on work of Ship to Shore Slipcovers…and more. I am still in touch with my childhood friends from Lowell, Jason Lee and Stadium: Caroline Allen, Deborah Anderson, Carol Collins, Trish Gagliardi, Katy Stone and Cathy Williams. We get together about once or twice a year, and celebrate ‘decade’ birthdays together. Through life’s ups and downs, it has been wonderful to stay close to friends who already know ‘your story’ (and don’t hold any of it against you).
JAN MULHOLLAND FOX
I am still in Monroe-a town many people in Washington know little about, Northeast of Seattle. Monroe is a great place to raise a family, but, as many smaller towns, it is getting too big. Scott and I celebrated 35 years by venturing to Ixtapa Mexico for a week in late March.
Our daughters, Heather and Kara, 29 and 26 both live near by. Heather will celebrate 7 years with her hubby, who is a High School biology teacher in the Lake Washington School District. I have been a nurse for 35 years and have been in my current position of Clinical Manager with Providence Home Health, based in Everett for the past 22 years and can honestly say, I am as passionate about what I do now as the day I started.
Scott is now a Regional Inspector for FDA and based in Bothell, after putting in 26 years with WSDA; did someone say "peanut butter", it is never boring.
After graduating from Stadium, I received my BS from Huxley Environmental College at WWU. I am content.
Have been wanting to join in the fun with the bios for a while but have just been too busy and it is a lot of brain cells to have to use to remember everything I have done since High School so here it goes. but first a response to Cindy Neuser--we really knew 3 songs but only played the one we knew the best more often to drive everyone crazy.
After High School I was given a nice present from Uncle Sam--a very low lottery number. So, not wanting to be drafted into the Army I made the rounds from the Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy Recruiters. Of the three only the Navy could take me right away so on the day I was to report for my first Induction Physical I completed my Navy Physical and was sworn into the Navy.
As a reminder of just how small our world is, after completing boot camp in San Diego I am off to Submarine School in Groton Connecticut when one day while walking back from the chow hall I hear someone call my name and turn around and there standing before me is Les Hodgkiss who is about 2 weeks ahead of me in Submarine School.
We talked a bit and planned a few trips to the Big Apple. No details given here just that we saw lots of things and mainly a lot of empties but it sure was a blast.
I was stationed in San Diego and then Hawaii all in submarines. Then I got out of the Navy and went back to Tacoma. But, the job opportunities were not very bright so after about a year I went back into the Navy and completed just under 24 years and retired as a Navy Chief Yeoman. I did tours at Whidbey Island, Wa; Alameda, Ca.; New Orleans. La.: NAS Lemoore, Ca. (by Fresno) two tours, and then completed my Navy time in San Diego just where I started it.
During this time I married for the first time while in Hawaii and we divorced after about 4 1/.2 years, I am currently married to my second wife and it will be 30 years at the end of July, we have one daughter (Jamie age 26) together and Lynne had two girls from a previous marriage, Tina age 42 and Nicole age 39. We have seven grand children (2 girls and 5 boys), all of our kids live in Hanford, Ca. all within about 2 miles of us so we get together quite often.
After the Navy I went to work in the Advertising/Promotional Product Industry specializing in Military Sales. I worked for a couple of companies before I started my own company and after almost six years was approached by a very large company who asked me to merge with them, Vanguard Industries (anyone who has served in the military knows the name Vanguard because they do Military Insignia, they are not the investment people) so I accepted their offer and now work for them.
During my active duty years I completed my BA in Social Sciences from Chapman University, and have done some teaching, I have my teaching credential from the State of California. Lynne and I are empty nesters and busier now than when we had kids at home together. With our kids and grandkids we enjoy boating and jet skiing, time with the family and all of the usual grandchildren events, i.e., baseball, football, cheer, and such. I am looking forward to attending the 40th Reunion and getting to see old friends in August.
After graduation I attended TCC and Bates and am currently self-employed in the auto repair business. I have been married to my wife Kathleen for 32 years, and we have two children – Kelli Michele (30) and Andrew Thomas (29). We are still waiting for grandchildren. I have good memories of high school that include Mona Erwin and Patti Brown, as well as a memory of smashing Nathan Waddell up side the head with is orange. Seniors ruled!
CINDY NEUSER BARKER
Wow the memories are all flooding back. In 9th grade my family moved out to Dash Pt, so I was a new kid the last yr at Meeker. I do remember that trip to Ocean Shores in Billy Hyatt's van. I had told Sandy and Joyce that "of course I smoked" and then had to "borrow" some ciggies from my Aunt and practice all week before our big trip. Behind the dunes I proved that I was a smoker being able to inhale without coughing.
Unfortunately I continued this filthy habit for many years after. Remember the early morning coffee and smoking at the restaurant right up the hill from Stadium? How convenient that both a pack of smokes and a school lunch were both $.35. Ahh, Frisko Freeze, I remember ordering fries with tartar sauce, yum. I also remember all the "band" practices at Jimmy Nelson's house. I swear the only song they ever knew was "GLORIA". Cruising 6th Ave in my 62 Plymouth that had the push button transmission.
After graduating I went to work as an operator for Ma Bell. It gave me enough spending money to buy my Opal GT sport car. I didn't know how to drive a stick and would practice on the 11th Ave hill at 3 in the morn. I was bored after 4 yrs of operating and went back commercial fishing with my Dad. In 73 I married fellow fisherman Dave Barker. The first months of our married life we lived on a sailboat while redoing the inside of the commercial fishing that became our first home. In 75 we welcomed our first son and after staying on the beach the first 4 mo of his life, I decided that wasn't for me so I packed up and we made the boat kid friendly. We fished salmon and tuna from Mexico to Alaska.
Deciding we needed roots we bought a house in Coos Bay, OR where we had our second son. The Judge Bolt decision put an end to our livelihood fishing on the coast, so we decided to move to Alaska. In Homer, AK we had our third son (each kid has their own state, WA, OR, & AK, thank God we didn't have to move again). We have lived in Homer the last 27 yrs. With my husband fishing I did everything I could in order to have the same days off as my boys. I drove school bus for 4 yrs (not fun in the ice and snow) and then got a job as the Lunch Lady in a small K – 8 school in Anchor Point. When the boys were growing up we crabbed Kachemak Bay and salmon seined in Kodiak. Our oldest son came back for summer after his second yr at Rochester Institute of Tech and was complaining about Homer not having internet access (this was in 97) we told him he needed to do something about this, so he did. After doing some research finding that the internet companies in Anchorage weren't interested in coming to little old Homer, he started Homer's first internet company in his old bedroom of our house. Locals referred to him as Homer's own Bill Gates, and after the bigger companies moved in Davy
still ended up with 80% of Homer's customers. A few years later he was bored, sold his company and moved to Atlanta where he lives with his wife Jeanie and daughter Julia. Middle son Adam, lives in Homer, has his own salmon seiner is married to Jess and have son Max who is not quite a year old. Youngest and wildest son Zak does construction and fishing. I am still the Lunch Lady nine months of the year, Dave is a third mate and does tours on ships. Dave and I sold our seiner and now gillnet salmon
in Bristol Bay where we can run the operation just the two of us. I will be leaving for the bay in a couple of days.
I have enjoyed reading what has been going on with fellow 69ers.
BETTY NICHOLS OHLEN
I have a daughter, Melissa Martinez, who is 29 years old. I work as an optician and have been married for 10 years. I am especially interested in computers and would consider myself a computer geek.
I graduated and graduated again and worked and got married and had a couple of kids and worked some more and am still working. Now you can't make anything up because I covered it all. (Editor's Note: This last comment was in response to me making up a bio if one was not submitted).
I went almost straight from the Brown Castle to the Naval Academy. Somehow, in the 40 years since then, I've managed to work/luck my way to the top position in the U.S. special operations forces and still go to work in uniform. I don't have any expertise of particular value to classmates, but I have been fortunate to collect a few worthwhile experiences.
I've been married to Marilyn (a New Yorker I met while on United Nations duty in Israel) for almost 28 years and we have a couple of great kids in college. We've moved quite often but can claim Florida as our home for the last 6 years - the longest we've been anywhere. As Kyle Crews noted, I spend a lot of time testifying to Congress and dodging the media. The other side of it is the easy pride in the people I've been allowed to serve and serve with over the years.
I'm wearing John Lisicich's Skull Candy headphones and looking at a signed/framed photo of Lloyd Bridges/Mike Nelson that Kyle gave me. Dayton Maltby, Tom Pinckney, Jim Yates, Bill Elford, Dave Shaub and mostly Marc Blau keep me grounded during my too-infrequent visits to Tacoma (I was once described in a newspaper as a "Taco-man," as if I overeat Mexican food).
I'm convinced that no kid had it better than I did, going to Stadium with such a fantastic crowd. Driving my car ("Purple Hayes") into the Stadium Bowl bonfire (Shaub jammed his knee into the steering wheel), getting pinned on just about every wrestling mat in town (except Stadium's), freezing off Owens Beach on Senior Skip Day (Cathy Williams stole my clothes, though she'll deny it), trying to explain to the Fox Island cops that I was worthy of just a warning (Gayle Longstreth's dad, surprisingly, vouched for me), hunting rats at the garbage dump (Marcia Blum outshot me), near-drowning while tubing the Tieton River (Elford, Shaub and Blau ended up on the right side of the river), getting thrown out at the plate as a 6th Avenue Colt, skipping a few days of school to drive to San Diego with Glenn Nakashima, diving for octopi with Dayton (and serving it to most members of the I Can See My Feet club) -- all faded memories (okay, okay... my wrestling career still vividly haunts me).
It's all about the people.
I look forward to the 1st.
After starting out studying engineering at UW, I graduated with a BS in Molecular Biology. I then worked for a couple of years as a lab tech at UW where my boss encouraged me to pursue graduate school. I went to Univ. of Wisconsin in Madison, WI where I earned a Ph.D. Then I saw more of the country doing three post-docs, at Princeton, Caltech and Penn State. Just when I was despairing about getting a real job, I got a chance to come back to Washington State with a job at Wazzu (we're not supposed to call it that, though). I've taught a range of courses from genetics to introductory biology. If any of you have children who attended WSU, maybe I had them in my class? I co-authored a text for my genetics for non-majors course called Genes and DNA. I've enjoyed two sabbaticals, one in Japan and another where I traveled to, of all places, Nebraska! It's a real trick to do research while dodging tornadoes! I live in Palouse WA, less than 10 miles from Idaho where I met my husband over 20 years ago, who worked for the US Forest Service, but we just got married last April. We have no children but have had a series of dogs, first Airedales (we've had a couple of litters) and now Labs (we recently had a litter of 14 puppies, see photo). We enjoy the outdoors; fishing, mushrooming, bird watching and looking for wildflowers. I also enjoy growing orchids, though its a challenge to keep the house humidified in Eastern Washington. I still travel often to Tacoma to visit my father who still lives at the same house. I went to Stadium for the 100th Anniversary but missed going to the right room at the right time so missed most of my classmates :-(, so I hope to see more my classmates this August.
After Stadium, I felt my work would be in humanitarian service. I went to Mount Hood College and Multnomah Seminary in Portland for five years. I then returned to Tacoma for a few years to a position helping kids in Hilltop – lots of stories there.
Then one hot August day in '76, I got on my Harley Sportster and rode to dusty Moses Lake, where there was a ministry position open. This was a check-it-out trip. On my first rumbling pass down the main drag, it didn't do anything for me. It seemed so tired. I was going to tell them "no." But, I was thirsty and there was a big A&W handy, so I pulled in. For 31 years now, I've been glad I did. I saw a very nice waitress, so went to her section. She liked Harleys and me. That was Carol and six months later we were married. We still are. So, Moses Lake is okay.
The next 10 years were about ministry activity in Washington, Oregon and California. Two kids came along, Sara and Joel. They are turning out well – I haven't had to send money for awhile. Sara is a Pepperdine grad and is the lead writer for Ecosalon in San Francisco. Joel is with a nice tech job by the Space Needle. I'm waiting for checks from them to start coming any day now.
Then came an opening in '88 to principal a private school in Gig Harbor, which I did for four years. Lots of fun. From that I joined up with Business Computer Training Institute in Southcenter for a few years as a director. Lots of fun there, too. During this time, I wrote a couple of inspirational books that did pretty well, published by Women's Aglow. I also did a radio talk show for some time on a country station – good times.
From that I somehow slipped into insurance, which I'm doing now. Not sure how. I have an agency in Bremerton, and am told I'm having more fun than should be allowed, but it is allowed. Carol got tired of teaching at Clover Park Tech a few years ago, due to the bridge, and decided one morning to sell cars. I said, "why not, we all drive them." She does awesome at it in Poulsbo - I've bought three from her.
So far so good. I enjoy fishing, Harleys, planes, most sports, Clint Eastwood movies, travel, and Sheltie dogs. I have one particular memory of Stadium where someone bumped me in the 4 th floor stairwell and my books dropped all the way to the basement!
PS – And yes, I still do weddings/funerals free of charge for Stadium 69ers.
KATHY PEARSON OLIVER
KP here...Kathy Pearson Oliver...have to respond to "THAT HAYWARD"...that experience of being picked up below the football field that night and being in the back of a police car...were we painting the
bowl, the old section that night?..it was going down as my "most embarrassing moment" especially since dad was a prominent attorney and I had to go before one of his best friends in court as I recall. The
whole gulch thing...yeah, it was strictly forbidden, but we all did it with such freedom and abandon didn't we? It was just outside our back door on 24th and the cases of beer could easily be stashed and picked up later...I remember several great weekends partying at our family beach cabin with Hayward, Benedetti ("Mr. Stanford"--that was written on the back of one of the pictures I found, Rob), also along on those trips were Wonders, George Brown (Chucker??), "D" Witt, and Teri Beck. And then carpooling to school all those years with Terrie Mattingly and Diane Sitts, sharing eye make up and finishing homework in the car. Does anyone remember movies for a quarter at Proctor or am I dreaming that? Who gave me their basketball pin and I was so thrown off that I gave it back even though we had been kissing in the back row the entire movie???? I just can't remember who that was, sorry. I remember buying nylon stockings for the first time at the 10 Cents Store and they were the kind you had to hook on a girdle...that must have been junior high! I remember walking to school then...did I walk with you, Benedetti? I know we were neighbors then and we played alot together as children. Do you remember calling me the strongest girl in the world in the second grade? I lifted a very large snowball to put on a snowman we were making...you were pretty small back then. So I am really being random here, but does anyone remember at dances where the guys would get on the floor and "gator" or did I get that from some movie? I think Chris Spice was the one that was so amazing. And then the incredible boredom of study hall. I do remember having quite a bit of fun on yearbook staff with really good people...some stiff deadlines to meet, but lots of good laughs. Do you remember teaching me to drive a stick shift Tom (Hayward)??? In my brother's little red sport's car? Teri...we were up to all kinds of mischief, was I too intoxicated to remember??? That is not good. And Marcia, we sat next to each other every year all our lives in homeroom and I was always sorry we didn't know each other better. I'm glad we do now. Does anyone remember Mrs. sincock's really bad smelling perfume from 5th grade? How can I remember that and not remember things from High school...I'm one of those people allergic to smells. She also used lots of rouge and had really red cheeks. I do remember Mrs. Martindale---she appreciated my writing which was nice because she was hard and the rest of my teachers are a blur---no one stands out. That is bad. Especially since I am a teacher in Idaho---2nd grade--let's see, teaching since 1975 with time out for kids...married 35 years, Al is a fundraising consultant, two girls in committed relationships one in Phoenix and the other in Seattle and son is a successful videographer/photographer in Sun Valley...life is good. No tattoos, no tall tales or wild stories to tell---pretty tame...normal ups and downs of life. Hangin' in and hangin' out. LOL KP
MARCIA PEARSON VAUGHAN
Looking back to myh time at Stadium, there are so many embarrassing moments to choose from! For me, it's a tie between the time Mr. Muse made me stand on a chair in Biology and say the word "sperm" ten times loudly because I stumbled over it while reading from the textbook. Then there was the time Bud Cairns invited me to read my paper in front of the class in creative writing. I was really excited because only the best examples were read aloud…..or so I thought……I'd barely started reading my dramatic, suspenseful scene when people started laughing! I realized Mr. Cairns was using it as an example of "bad" writing. It was a long walk back to my desk. Despite these 2 embarrassing moments, I got a teaching degree AND became an author. I never made a student stand on a chair, and I always read my stories out loud before I send them off to a publisher.
Photo caption: DARRIN, MARCIA & MARY.
Darrin (Krewson ) Jayne, a world famous reunion infiltrator (and folks, this is Darrin's fouth Stadium reunion -Go Rams) will be joined this year by newby, Mary Hause. Anyone who sent to Washington Elementary or Mason Jr. High knows they were two wild women. If you ask them, they will sing a rousing version of Skitta-marinka-dinka-doo, although they sing better after a chocolate martini!
Marcia (Pearson) Vaughan, Darrin (Krewson) Jayne & Mary Hause
July 27, 2009……..90 degrees
I'm standing in the kitchen door listening in on a conversation between Darrin and Mary. They're trying to identify classmates from an old 6th grade class photo and reminiscing
about Woodstock and feelin' free, cruising the Ave, JFK, the first moonwalk, Dick Civitanich's junior high make-out party, etc…. "I can't think of another generation I'd want to be in," Darrin is saying, as one happy memory leads to another and another….
While they do the stroll down memory lane I'll give you a quick update on what I've
been doing since 1969. After graduating from Central (yee-haw) I landed a job as elementary school librarian on Bainbridge Island. Great school, great kids, I loved it. But after five years it was time for a change. My future husband and I quit our jobs, sold our stuff and set out in January 1981 looking for a warmer island on which to live. We spent six months in a paradise called Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, then moved on to another island, New Zealand, finally coming to a stop the really big "island" of Australia. We got our first jobs in the Sydney airport. A stunt coordinator for a movie being filmed in Queensland was sleeping in the baggage carousel. We woke him up seconds before a suitcase clonked him in the head. Impressed with our skills, he got us jobs as extras on a moved called "Turkey Shoot". It is possibly the worst movie ever made, but we had a ball and made friends we kept for the ten years we lived Down Under.
While living in Sydney in the early 1980's I started writing children's books and was thrilled to get one published. (Wombat Stew). I was hooked. I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do. That was twenty-five years ago and I still love writing. Our son, Sam, was born in 1986 and we moved back to the states in 1991. We've been living on Vashon Island ever since. Although some things change – Sam is off at college, and I'm on the road to being single – other things, like spending time with great friends like Darrin and Mary, stay happily the same.
I look forward to seeing all my BFF's from yesteryear.
After Stadium I attended vocational school and I am currently a flagger with AGS. I have been married for 18 years, and have two children (Corey, 33, and Renee, 30) as well as two grandchildren (Whitney, 12, and Amelia, 9). I enjoy working with N-scale trains
After graduation I continued working at Frisko Freeze for two years. With $2,000.00 of my own money and my Dad's signature I was in my own fast food restaurant in the Puyallup South Hill area called the Brown Cow Drive In, of course I had Perry Smith, original owner of Frisko Freeze come out to Puyallup and give any advice he felt was necessary (Perry was a great man, and a great mentor). I eventually had two locations and after eight years I found out I was making more money with one location so I went back down to one location. I married my wife of 36 years about a year after I had the first location. We started having kids two years later and ended up have two boys and two girls. We ended up doing an upgrade from 4 kids to 4 granddaughters; life just doesn't get any better. After over 23 years I sold the last restaurant took a year off and went to work computerizing restaurants. That didn't work out so well so I moved on to working at Bargreen-Ellingson a reputable local restaurant supply business. I worked there for 9 years and took a year off to try something different. I am currently managing the family business which is renting commercial office and warehouse space, and practice rooms to the music industry. My wife Jenny and I have lived in the Eatonville area by NW Trek for almost all our married life, where the tree's are taller, the air is cleaner, and we don't have to do emission testing on our vehicles. God has blessed us beyond our wildest dreams.
After Stadium I continued my education at WSU, graduating in four years. I am self employed and have been married for 33 years. My memories of Stadium include being in the water ski club and having the Yearbook refer to me as "Mr. Woodshop." I enjoy hunting, fishing, and golf, and I provide rental housing for UPS and PLU students.
SUSIE POWELL WELLING
Hi, this is a bio of sorts... I am not the person I was in High School and wouldn't change who I am or the life I have lived for anything.
I don't know how to write a bio without my family in it but first let me say that I really came to life and began the journey of who I am when I met Jesus for real. Not the Jesus I heard about in church. But that is another story.
I met Steve at Whitworth in 1972 and knew he was mine and though our stories are different, the ending is the same. We have been married for 33 years and plan on a lot more. We find it fun, comforting and funny growing old together.
We have a motto: Life is hard but God is good and have found that to be very true.
Between graduating from Bethel Seminary in St.Paul Mn in 1979 to moving onto our dream property last October and Steve having the best job ever for him, we:
have had 4 children
lost one child at age 3
ministered in 4 churches
lived in 3 states
visited a few countries
married off our son to a wonderful woman
gained one grandchild with another coming in October
bought more books than we have read
moved a lot
built our dream house on the sound
have a life we love
love spending time with out kids and family.
I like to write (though you'd not know it by this bullet point summary)
take pictures, dabble in art mediums, read, garden, visit with friends,
do nothing, watch the wildlife from our deck, watch NCIS, and on it goes.
Here are my loves. I can't tell you who I am without showing them to you...
PATTY PRICE MARKLUND
After becoming a young Mother, I was blessed with three beautiful boys (Jeff, Shaun, and Jonathan).
Jeff is the oldest and lives in Sitka, Alaska where he is a successful Fisherman and Boat Builder. He loves to hunt, play sports, dive, hike and bike. Sitka is a wonderful place to live and he is very happy there, but I do miss him very much, seeing him only once or twice a year. I can't believe he just turned 40.
Shaun is my second son and lives in Tacoma where he works for a Demolition Company called Nuprecon. He is a Senior Account Manager in their Re Nu Recycling Division. Shaun, who will turn 39 in September, has two terrific boys (Julian – 16 and Bailey – 12). They all enjoy boating, camping, and walks with their dog Cocoa, a Chocolate Lab. Oh, Shaun had Nancy Jones Foote as his Kindergarten Teacher. He was quite the class clown, but being the great teacher she was, she understood his personality and gave him the guidance he needed. I'm so glad Shaun and his boys live near me. Shaun has a boat, so loves to take the boys out on the water to enjoy wakeboarding and water skiing.
Jonathan was my youngest son. We lost him nine years ago at the age of 25 and part of my heart left with him. He was a very special young man whom I loved and miss every day. He has one son, Rian – 10, who lives in Ketchikan, Alaska, so I only get to see him once a year, buy I do talk to him often. Rian is adorable and very intelligent. His Daddy would be so proud of him! Jonathan had so much kindness and was a very giving son. I miss his hugs and kisses. Before moving to Alaska, he was a hard worker in the lumber industry down on the Tide Flats. Later, after moving to Ketchikan, he first worked in a saw mill, but later really enjoyed working as a diver for Sea Urchins.
In my 30s I decided to attend Beauty School and then Barber School where I received my Cosmetology License. I remained in this field for 7-8 years, and then decided to change my profession. I worked for Prescription Optical for 7 years, followed by a short tenure with an Eye Specialist, Dr Yeh, and then at Allenmore Optical. I have since retired and am enjoying my free time.
It was while working for Prescription Optical that I met and married my love, Jon. We will be celebrating our 19th Anniversary on July 26th. Jon, an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel when we met, was a Fighter Pilot (flew F-4s in Viet Nam and later F-5s and F-15s) and was doing some civilian flying to earn his Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate prior to retiring. He wanted to get some lineless bifocals and I just happened to wait on him that fateful day. We began dating 3 months later and after 6 more months we were married. Jon was retired and going through a 727 Training Program with UPS in Louisville, Kentucky when we decided to marry. Right after we married, Jon resigned from UPS so we could live and work in the Great Northwest. He was hired by Boeing and first worked for 4 years in Flight Crew Operations, within the Commercial Airline Group, flying the 757/767 Simulator and working aircraft-related technical issues, but in 1995 he transferred to the Military side of the business and has been working for the F-22 Pilot Training System ever since.
Jon and I love to travel and have been on a few Carribean cruises, visited parts of Mexico and a few of the Hawaiian Islands. Maui is our favorite vacation spot, which we hope to revisit next year for our 20th Anniversary. We also love going to the Ocean, especially Cannon Beach and Ocean Shores. We also like nature walks, bird watching, and taking our two dogs (a Yorkie and a Cocker Spaniel) to the park near our home in Northeast Tacoma. Our newest addition is Jackson, our 5 week old kitten.
P.S.: It was great talking to George Brown, Jim Shaw, and Steve Foss. They all sounded great and it will be good to see them at the Reunion!
Hi Tiger fans. After the brown castle I went to Everett CC for one year and one year at TCC where I ran track. Then came good ole work – I worked for two big companies. The first one was at a foundry in Tacoma making street gutters and anchors out of steel. I did that for 15 years. For the last 21 years I have been helping people get from point A to point B by building planes for Boeing. Meanwhile, in the middle I got married. My wife Linda and I have been married for 20 years this December. Linda has been working at Weyerhaeuser for the last 20 years. Together we have five kids ranging in ages 18 to 40. We have one left at home. Our son Joey will be a senior at Puyallup High School in the fall. He lives to play basketball. We have 3 grandchildren. The oldest is 14 and will be going to that school on Pearl Street, I think it is called Wilson. Then we have a five year old grandson in Auburn who will be starting kindergarten and a 7 month old granddaughter in Jacksonville, FL. For fun times we like to camp, play softball and recreational basketball. But now I am breaking down. I had a total knee replacement and I have tons of gray hair. That is the story of my life.
BETTY (CALL ME BJ) REBER REES
First of all I'd like to say I've really enjoyed reading all the bios and I'd like to thank the committee for putting so much time and effort into this!
Now, what have I done since 1969? Well…. Right after graduation, I went to work for "Ma Bell" as an operator. Then, in 1970, I married Steve Wight (class of 68) and was promptly uprooted the next year and began the adventures of an Army wife. We lived in Alabama and took advantage of that by spending time traveling in the Great Smokey Mountains among other wonderful places in many of the southern states. Then it was off to El Paso, Texas and in 1974, we landed back home in Tacoma where we divorced.
I began classes at TCC in the hopes of eventually heading to UW, and while I did get an Associates degree from TCC, I didn't make it to the University. Instead, I took a job with an advertising company which turned into a fun 9 year career in that field. During that time, I traveled to Europe and Cancun for vacations paid for by the company (advertising has its perks!) After 9 years though I suffered from 'burnout' and changed to a totally unrelated field. I also met and fell in love with a wonderful man 22 years my senior while I was still in advertising. We had so much in common, fishing, boating, and more fishing! We even had a commercial fishing license and fished out of Westport and Neah Bay for a few years and loved every minute of it. We became very active in the boating community, joining the Port Orchard Yacht Club and upgrading to a 30 ft. cabin cruiser named "MY BOAT" with the dinghy called "HER BOAT". Sadly, George passed away in 1995.
My next career started in 1986 with NCR Corp. which was later bought out by AT&T. My role there was a call center manager with up to 100 employees. This required much traveling to places such as Dayton, Atlanta, Boston, St. Louis, LA and Chicago nearly once a month. George took it all in stride, calling me his "jet-setting wife". In 1995, I lost not only my husband, but my job, as AT&T "outsourced" all of their call centers and shut us down. I decided to take a couple of years off at that point and devoted the next few years taking care of my dying mother.
Currently, I am a Fleet Manager for a medium sized trucking company where I met "hubby number 3", Brian, who is 8 years my junior! (Just gotta try everything once!) Brian is a long haul driver which means he is away for sometimes weeks at a time. I try to go on the road with him at least once a year, and we take at least a week every year to visit his family in Ontario, Canada. (He's a Canuck, eh?) We are still members of the yacht club and Brian makes it home for most all of the functions, we just attended the Commodore's Ball in June, in fact. We still have the boat and enjoy it as much as we can. I'm very active in the club as Entertainment Chair, and Editor and Publisher of "The Chart" our official yacht club publication.
I've kept in touch with a few classmates, Martin Kenney who's 'big sister', Nancy, is one of my best friends and who just finished her year as Commodore of POYC! I have also kept a long and 'closer than sisters' friendship with Sue Ayers Cisco and have managed to visit her nearly every place she's lived since leaving Tacoma.
We live in the Proctor district in a 99 year old house that I bought 35 years ago! No kids just 3 cats: Miss Boo, Howard Huge, and One Spare Cat. I had 7 stents placed in my heart (note to Maryann Conklin Crossman: I beat you by one!) in 2006 which slowed me down a bit but other than that I can't complain. Well, I've rambled on enough, hope you enjoy the pictures I'm sending along. (hey, "Bea", I've always gone by "BJ" not Betty J )
Graduated from Central Wash University in 1974 then pursued a Masters degree in Social Work from Eastern Wash University in 1978. I married Catherine Ruvo (Ridge) in 1975 who graduated from Stadium in 1971 and is an LPN. We have a 25 year old son Chris. I currently am employed as a Psychiatric Social Worker at Eastern State Hospital and have been for the last 22 years in Spokane WA. I also have a private practice doing individual, family and adolescent therapy. I am a dedicated audiophile and classic car buff.
Since graduating from Stadium I became a LPN (10 yrs) and worked at Tacoma General Hospital. In 1980, I graduated from PLU with a BSN (degree in nursing) and continued to work at TG in the critical care department. Then in 1996, I again graduated from PLU with a double masters in nursing. I am still working for MultiCare Health System at Allenmore Hospital as a Nurse Manager for critical care services. I have been with MultiCare for a total of 38 years. I am about ready to retire.
I was married to Thomas L. Johnson, Jr (Lincoln HS grad) for 18 years. We had three children Tamara (34), Aaron (30) and DeAndra (24). Tamara lives in LA and is pursuing an acting & singing career. Her short film has been accepted in the African American film festive to be presented this February. Aaron sells Toyota on South Tacoma Way and also in a entrainment promoter. DeAndra graduated from Bethune –Cookman U in 2007 relocated to Atlanta and works in the advertisement industry.
Thomas and I divorced in 1989 and I remarried in 1992 to Derwood Wilson, who is retired Air force and worked for TAM engineering and a Elder in the church. Derwood is currently retired from all jobs but is very active in prison ministry. Derwood and were foster parents and over the years have raised 10 ( 2 girls & 8 boys) foster children from various countries (Viet Nam, China, Sudan, Mexico and good old USA). These foster children are still very much a part of our lives. We have two grandsons (Tevon 14 and Zyere 3) of course there are the joy in our lives.
We love to travel. Last year we went to Alaska. We have seen Costa Rica, Philippines, Virgin IS, Panama and much more. My current hobbies include sewing, knitting, reading and I am a technie nut. I love all new technology ( I share this with my son). I still sing and praise God everyday for the wonderful life he has given me.
I was married for 38 years but am recently divorced. I have two children – Brett Tuson, 35, and Nikole Milliken, 30. I also have four grandchildren (Cade (6), Grady (3), Kennedy (3) and Asher (newborn). After high school I attended TCC for two years and am currently a business account executive at Sprint.
One memory I have of high school is whenI asked John Winskill to a tolo and my Mom and I bought our matching shirts and I was so excited. He told me at school – in the hall – that he was asked by someone else to go – so he went with her.
An accomplishment of mine is that I havegone to high-performance driving school and have driven my Porsche and BMW at 130 mph on the race track. I was on a couple TV commercials to advertise for the Puyallup Fair. Also, I have gotten the "Most fun Gramma" award.
BARBARA SENTER ATHANAS
I have been married for 23 years and have two children – Chad, 29, and Danny, 25. I work for Windermere Real Estate and am President of Rotary. I am a Board member of several companies as well as the Mill Creek Senior Foundation. I love gardening.
I had so much fun partying in my senior year I just decided to keep on keepin' on for a while. (My parents loved this idea!) When that got old, I took my dad's advice and joined the Air Force. Despite my hippie personality and general lack of respect for authority, it went well. I was stationed near San Francisco, where I met my husband. We traveled to Japan and ended up in Blaine, WA. Moved back to Tacoma, where both our sons were born. My dream of becoming Mother Earth Farmer became reality with our move to 5 acres in Olympia. We raised most of our own food, and I had a place for my beloved horse. In between, I went back to school for 4 yrs at night to get my degree in Early Childhood Education. When my youngest got to middle school, I went to work for the Olympia School Dist where I have been for 22 yr. I love my job helping kids with reading and math who just didn't get it the first time around. My school, Madison Elementary, serves two homeless shelters, so there are some real challenges. When we got divorced, I moved to a little house in Lacey, where I reside with my dog and 3 cats. I still love classic rock and blues and concerts at the Gorge. I go camping with family and friends every chance I get in the summer. Both my sons are married to great girls and live in Lacey. I have one granddaughter, who is 10 mos. old, and hope for a few more. That's about it. I'd love to hear from other classmates who have lost touch.
After 3 great years at Stadium, I got the chance (after taking a special test) to further my education at that fabulous school in Pullman . I had the most fun in my life for the next 4 years, I should have taken longer 6 year program but my parents said no more money!! I did get my degree in Business Admin and came straight back to Tacoma and went into the family business. Education money well spent right??
I got married to a great lady in August of 1973, Sheri Thomasian from Clover Park and WSU. I met her while she was dating my older brother at WSU. Our marriage lasted 27 years and we are now divorced. We have two great kids Andrew 31 years old and Katie 29 years old. Both are NOW great kids but
Andrew is my hero because he has a job is in the golf industry and he plays golf 3 or 4 times a week.
I spent 13 years in the family business before my two brothers & I were forced out (still BITTER!!) but life went on. My family & I took a week's vacation and that next week I started off on a 21 year journey at my second career.
I married a wonderful lady Jan and she has one daughter Lisa (she is going for her masters in Anthropology) and I have no clue what she is going to do with that degree. But what the heck do parents know!!! I would share more of this fabulous life but I have a tee time in an hour and the cooler isn't packed yet. Have a great 40th reunion and I promise I will be there for the 50th!!
PS : Kyle Crews that is a great picture of our " Star Studded " 6th grade class at Lowell.
PSS : Eric Olson must have forgotten it was picture day because he normally dressed better that that !!
Briefly/ worked hard-labor summer of '69 building a railroad yard south of Seattle with a few Stadium boys/missed seeing the moon landing because of it/ after two years at U of O in Eugene, transferred and graduated from Boston University/ went on to medical school at B.U. and residency training in internal medicine and dermatology in Portland/ married in 1982/ wife is Wendy Levinson, a successful academic doctor/ her research discussed in Gladwell's Blink/ raised three kids in Portland/ moved to the University of Chicago in 1996/ became the head of the dermatology division and residency program there while Wendy was head of general internal medicine/ relocated to the University of Toronto Division of Dermatology one week before Sept 11 th , 2001/ now teach residents and students while taking care of the skin diseases of organ transplant patients/ wife Wendy became chair of the department and, technically, my boss/ how do you like that?/ gradually became more interested in non-medical writing/ published The Quotable Robertson Davies in 2005 under the name James Channing Shaw/ hurry, almost out of print/ took a sabbatical in 2007 to write more/ published numerous columns in the health section of the LA Times over the last two years/ available at URL below/ enjoy writing for a public readership instead of medical articles that sink without a trace/ working on multiple writing projects now/ hope to make this my life's work for what is left/ just started a blog to defile public walls now and then/ we'll see what happens/ feel very fortunate/ email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Since I graduated I have:
1971-Received a Degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting.
1971-Worked for Pat O'Day at KJR Radio Station in Seattle.
1972-Got married to Hayden Bud Blair.
1973-Bud and I purchased a local radio station-KUPY in Puyallup, WA.
1975-We had a son-Anthony Ellis Blair in November.
Bud was the radio voice of many high school football and basketball programs all over Washington, as well as the voice for PLU's football and basketball program.
His broadcast career ran from the late 60's until his untimely death in 1978.
Bud also broadcast local Hydro Plane races in Seattle and the Tri Cities.
Bud did the play by play broadcasting while I did the statistics and handled the technical part of making sure his voice was heard loud and clear over the air waves.
After Bud passed away, Anthony and myself found ourselves single in Puyallup.
It was hard, but we got through it. I sold the radio station and considered myself lucky. Sounds funny huh? I really did consider myself lucky. Bud's sudden death did not cause us to lose our home or require me to go back to work. Anthony and I were going to be OK. We had been well taken care of.
One afternoon I called an old friend to invite him over to dinner.
His name was Bill Messing. You might remember him. He graduated from Stadium in 1968.
Bill and I were best friends all through high school but never "romantic". Just friends. We had kept in contact all those years and he was regularly over visiting Bud and myself. He accepted my invitation. It was good to talk to someone over the age of 2 ∏.
Bill kept in contact with me about once a month from then on. One day though, I noticed a difference. Oh my goodness, I thought, I realized I was looking at my old friend in a different manner. No, this cannot be happening. Well, it was. One thing led to another and we were married 1 year later in March of 1979. I rented my home in Puyallup and moved to Bremerton as that is where Bill's work was. He was a Washington State Patrol Trooper, (WSP).
1979-Bill and I attended my 10th reunion.
1979-Bill adopted Anthony.
1980-We had a son, Joseph Richard Messing in October.
1983 - 1987-Organized the Washington State Patrol Memorial Foundation annual fund raising dinners.
1986-Went back to school to become a Travel Agent.
1987-Cut my teeth in the travel business at Puyallup Travel Service for 6 months.
1987-Hired on as a Travel Agent with Tacoma AAA Washington Service Center.
1989-Bill and I attended my 20th reunion.
Like the radio business, the travel industry also gets into your blood and excites you beyond belief. It is a fast paced job that has a different challenge every day. I have traveled the world while enjoying every bit of it.
1999-Bill and I attended my 30th reunion.
Bill retired from the WSP on September 6, 2001. Just prior to 9-11-01.
2001-WSP rehired Bill as a Property and Evidence Officer. He works out of the Bellevue WSP District office.
I am now in our Bellevue AAA Service Center, so we commute.
We now live in Auburn. We sold the large home in Puyallup in 2005 and have a smaller Condominium. We love it.
Oops...Almost forgot about the kids.
Anthony and Jennifer have 2 girls, Hayden and Macie Messing.
Anthony is a chef.
Joseph and Erin have 1 girl, Addison Messing.
Joseph is a local semi truck driver and delivers Genie High Lifts to construction sites.
After graduating from Stadium, I continued my education and received a BA, an MA, and a D. Min. I currently work as a pastor, a contractor, and in the prison ministry. I have been married for 40 years and we have three children – Stacey, 39, Tracey, 39, and Marcus, 32). We also have grandchildren - Breauna (13), Jasmyne (9), Ravynn (7), Niah (7), Elijah (2), and Javonte (16). My hobbies and special interests include computers, carpentry, and Bible study.
LORRAINE SIMS SYLVESTER
After high school I married Milton Turner and we had two handsome sons, Milton Jr. and Donnell. We have 3 grandchildren: Whitney, 17; Aranessa , 16; and Adam, 12. They are all extremely talented and we feel blessed. Milton and I have been divorced more than 25 years but we are still good friends and talk frequently. He and his wife send congratulations and greetings to all and regret that they won't be in attendance due to prior commitments.
I'm currently studying for my doctorate in ministry at Faith Seminary in Tacoma, I was ordained in 2003 and serve as a part of the Associate Ministry Staff at Greater Christ Temple Church, also here in Tacoma.
KATHY STAATZ ABERLE
The summer of 1969, I became an exchange student to Bolivia where I spent an entire year. I lived with a family and went another year to high school, but since I'd already graduated, the pressure was off. It was so different from anything else I'd ever done that it pretty much marked me for life, but in a good way.
I came home in August 1970 and went to Oregon State University. Graduated in 1974, worked a little and then went back to OSU to get teaching credentials. I met my husband Doug Aberle there and we married in 1976. I worked as a substitute until Doug finished school, and then got a job teaching Spanish in Naches, WA. After the birth of my 2nd son, we moved to Portland where Doug got a job at Will Vinton Studios and I became a full-time mom. I did a lot of volunteering--schools, scout leader, etc. In 1991, we moved our 3 children and 3 dogs to Battle Ground, WA. Doug continued working for Will Vinton and I continued volunteering for schools, scouts, etc. but I also began substitute-teaching again.
In 2001, Will Vinton Studios was bought by Laika and all the talent was fired, so we decided to open our own business. Our first day open wan 9/11. After a year or so we refocused the business to doing mainly animation (Doug is a master animator and director) and that's what we've been doing ever since. One son lives with us, another is married and my daughter is slowly working her way through college while dealing with some medical issues. Stuff that I do: I have a garden because I love to play in the dirt and I now have 5 dogs because mutts are just the best! In between times, I keep writing this novel and trying to get it published (it keeps me off the street) and I still do the volunteer thing. For the past 8 years Doug and I have worked on the Battle Ground Rose Float--it is the only float in the Portland Grand Floral Parade that is entirely built by volunteers. I also organize fund-raisers for the church and I read a lot--mostly young adult fiction, a few mysteries and even fewer sci-fi. Some days I look forward to having grandchildren and other days I would really rather go to the beach. I would still like to be rich and famous, but I would be willing to settle for having someone else clean the mold off the toilet for me.
I currently teach at Bates Technical College. I have been married for 33 years and have four children (Ben, Jeff, Colleen, and Mary) and one granddaughter (Tula).
VICKY STRATTON MCDANELD
I am currently a housewife and loving every minute of it. I worked for Amvets (Tacoma) for almost eighteen years until Rich's job took us to Alameda, CA. I worked for Alaska Airlines, (Oakland, CA) until 2000, and then had to move to Hawaii. We lived there for two years, and then landed in Bellingham in 2004. My husband's job takes us to many places around the world. He is a Supervisor for a ship repair company. He mainly repairs Coast Guard Cutters, that is why we travel so much.
We have been married for forty years....right out of high school! We have three children, Rich Jr 38, Bryan 35, and Roxanne 33. We also have five wonderful grandchildren. Mackenzie 13, Kyle 12, Cain 11, Payton 8 and Mary 6. (Editor's note: She married a Mt. Tahoma T-bird of the class of '69 but don't hold it against her).
SUZIE TAFT McCLELLAN
After graduating from Stadium I attended WSU for two years and then graduated from UW in 1973.I have been married to Bob McClellan for 31 years and we have two boys – Matt, 28, and Kevin, 26. We also have one granddaughter born in September. I currently work as a dental hygienist for Dr. Charlie Croasdill. I enjoy snow skiing, reading, cooking, and light kayaking, and am proud of raising two good kids.
After Stadium I attended college and received my BA. I am a retired district manager from First Interstate Bank. I have been married for 40 yearsand have three children -Stacey (39), Tracey (39), and Marcus (32), as well as six grandchildren - Breauna (13), Jasmyne (9), Ravynn (7), Niah (7), Elijah (2), and Javonte' (16). I enjoy reading, cooking, and raising my grandchildren. A good Stadium memory is ofsinging in the Madrigals.
Well, 40 years! That's a lot of water under the bridge. Where does the time go? Sometimes you wonder where to start. I guess I'll start from the beginning. There was always the uncertainty of what's next after high school, but you all know that America was involved in Viet Nam at that time. So rather than going over there, I decided to join the Coast Guard. That was a good choice because a few weeks into my basic training, my mother received a notice that the Marines had accepted my draft physical, which I took before going into the Coast Guard. (That was close). I went to boot camp in Cal. Went to electrical school in New York for the Coast Guard and then back to California and was stationed on a ice breaker in Long Beach. The last time I can remember, there wasn't any ice off the coast of California. During my time on that ship, we did travel up north to the Bering Sea to break ice for scientists and for shipping. We did manage to travel to Japan, Russia and end up in Hawaii. So I did get to see the world to some degree. To make a long story short, I was trained as an electrician and when my enlistment was up I immediately went into the work force doing just that. In the spring of 1975, I got married and have been married to the same wonderful woman now for 34 yrs. I have 2 boys and by the time we have this reunion, there will be 3 grandchildren. Boy does that make me feel old. The body is getting older, but I try to keep a young mind by keeping up with my boys. I play a lot of softball in the spring and summer and enjoy hunting in the fall and winter. I look back, and I think we all will try to tell stories of how we are successful, but God has been good to our family and has blessed us with good health. He has always provided and for that I feel that I have been successful. I, along with my number 2 son, enjoy having a home repair business and working together. I have had the business now for going on 19 years. Boy how time flies. Not to promote my business, but you can look me up on the web at www.randrhomerepair.com . One day the business will be his and maybe my wife will let me retire. Ha Ha! My only claim to fame is that I was on the first gymnastics team in the city of Tacoma. Oh well, so much for rambling on. I look on the list of names of classmates and recognize some of them, but the trick now is putting the face to the name. But at our age, they say that the mind is the first to go. I think mine left me quite awhile back, but I look forward to seeing you all in August, it is August, right? See, what did I tell you. The mind!
To all my classmates and old friends. I regret to tell you all that I will not be coming to the reunion. For some time I have been trying to sell my home in Spanaway. A few years ago I purchased some land in Montana with the hopes of moving there some day. Well wouldn't you know it, my house sold just about the time I was going to send in my money for the reunion. With that said, I am in Montana trying to convince the bank to lend me money to build a couple of homes on my 157 acres outside of Billings, Mt. I am also trying to rebuild my business here after transferring it over here to the "Big Sky Country". I was really looking forward to the reunion and it saddens me to not be. I have been keeping up on the "bios" and that has been interesting. But as this new adventure starts, I feel the need to be here. So, enjoy the boat cruises and the motorcycle ride and of course all the goings on at the reunion. Take care all and if any of you get over this way, look me up.
R&R Home Repair, LLC
Well, not so much a bio as a ramble through the last 40 years:
"Sweet bird of youth, no easy keeper, flown with the season all too soon…" – Tom Russell
Steve "Mother" Angel, Sandor Schuman, Got That Swing, Rex Fowler & Neil Schulman, The Pelican, Cytation Bey, Alberto "The Torch" Torchinski, U-Halls, Robert Lansing's apartment in Manhattan (Bob wasn't there, but he let us use it anyway), Joe Leonardo, Donna Pattee, Mark Mercer, Jimmy Hoffa & his two bodyguards, Terpsichore, Joe Pelle, Peter Schacknow, Francois Cevert (or what was left of him), The Andrew Memorial Tear-Jerker, Captain Zorro, Barry Langerlan, Mindy Bower, Dandee Bar Jinx, Bubba George & the Children's Alcoholic String Band, Dickie Smothers, Tuff Shit Farms, Ken Fauss, Dunbar the Dog, Bill Downing, Del Reeves, Bob & Eloise Joder, Father David Connor, Brad Kalbfeld, the Christmas 1975 La Guardia bombing, …
"Well there's one in every crowd, but for crying out loud, why was it always turning out to be me?" – Waylon Jennings
Eddy Street Truckers, Steven J. "My Voice Is My ID" Goldfinger, Marty Butley, the Tree Brothers, Justin Hersh, Randy "Swamp Rat" Wells, Bill Steele & Chocolate Chip Cookies, Stop Sign Theater (with apologies to Proctor & Bergman), Julie Fredricks (who moved to Harare), John William Peters, driving on the sidewalk in Harlem at 2 a.m., Andy "Gump" & his fish calls, Suhtaf, J. Thomas Marchitto (aka J.. Pompous Mosquito), Oscar Kovaleski & the PRDA, Bertolin's Barn, Larry Kleinman & "Sweet Bludy Jue-eyes", Palm Sundays, Robin Williams (the one married to Linda), Chris Economaki (my engine puked, Chris), William B. Wolf, Dick Geer, Lois Kamrath, …
"The things that used to matter, they don't mean much anymore, when the easy of the disease is more seductive than the cure." – Paul Geremia
the Ugly Brothers, WR Rigel, WTKO, the St. Clairsville jail, Old Rusty, Patrick Wable, "The Meadow" & "Fencing the Sky", Acromegaly, Hank Williams, Jr., The Golden Voice of the Great Southwest, Miss Poco Penny, the de Graff Clan, Simpson Linke, Gene Talbott, Ed "Wiz" Wirzulis, Phil Shapiro (Bound for Glory for how many years now?), Lucille Toleno, Don Oberbeck, the Mayor of Hog Island, Victor M. J. Ryden, Denny Rodebaugh, Dan Gurney, Harlow W. Gage, WVBR, Cecil's Kat, Rudy Baga, Adrian Card, Ricky Jay, Johnny Tweetman, Doc Watson, Bettina Gregory, Leon Coffee & Eddie Hatfield, Dr. Banjo, Charlie Crane,…
What a long, strange trip it's been –
MARY THOMPSON UDMAN
I also remember cruising 6th Avenue from Frisko Freeze to A&W. One thing my friends and I tried to do was to make it from FF to A&W without stopping – there were a lot of lights on 6th Avenue - and it's harder than it sounds. We actually did it a time or two. When my sister was in Tacoma General for cancer surgery a couple of years ago, I was spending a lot of time at the hospital and had to go across the street for some comfort food at Frisko Freeze – it was still good and it looks like it is still a hangout for high school kids.
Another memory was when Margie Taylor and a couple of others that I can't remember and I decided to go to Point Defiance park after hours. We decided that since the "arm" was down and we couldn't drive through the park starting at the entrance we'd see if we could get in the exit. We were excited to see that we could – well . . . . that was until the police decided to see what we were up to (I don't think we were the first teenagers that tried it as they were waiting just inside the exit). To top that off Margie had brought her purse, but left her wallet at home so consequently she had no license. The policeman asked if there was anyone else with a license – that would be me – so I had to drive. The problem with that was Margie had a little VW bug with a stick shift and I had only driven a stick once prior to that night. But I had to drive so we hiccupped out of the park with the police on my bumper. I drove straight to Margie's house, we got her license and back out we went. I had a lot of fun cruising around – our kids sure couldn't do that – times have changed.
I see that Edith McBean has dropped a note. In high school Edie and I met in clothing, our senior year I think, and became friendly then, but when we went to Western we became friends. She and Susie Powell roomed together and lived down the hall from me in Kappa. We spent most of the first quarter at Western playing pinochle rather than studying. Edie was in my wedding a year later. We pretty much lost contact after that – I married a guy in the Navy and moved around a lot, so I was hard to keep track of. What the heck are you up to Edie? I've thought about you often and my girls have asked me about everyone in the wedding.
Since I've lived up here in Burlington, I've run into people who knew people I knew. I met a lady who is the daughter of the German teacher (whose name escapes me right now), but she didn't go to Stadium. And then when my youngest daughter was in high school band and we were doing a fund raiser at the rest stop serving coffee a guy came through that did his student teaching with Mr. Lloyd. I don't have fond memories of him, that's for sure. For some reason or another he and I just didn't get along. In my junior year I was sitting first chair in the flute section in cadet band. He told me as long as I was in first chair no one would be moved up to Concert band. I went to the office the next day and quit band. Within a week he moved a flute up. Oh well.
My husband was in the Navy for 30 years so we've lived in quite a few places – Alaska, Hawaii, San Diego, Pacific Beach, WA, the Philippines, back to San Diego, Whidbey Island (that's when we moved to Burlington) then he finished his career in Everett and we stayed in Burlington. We have 2 daughters and the 2 best grandkids ever, Zak is 5 and Kyra is 2. I was a stay at home mom until we came back from the Philippines and the girls were both in school full time. In San Diego I worked in a CPA office, since we've been up here I've worked in CPA offices, a bookkeeper at a retail store and am now working at the YMCA as the finance director – it's the best job I've had with the best boss ever. It will be my last job – I'm not ready to retire yet – I'm still having fun!
I've rambled on long enough – I've enjoyed reading what everyone is up to – keep them coming. My email is correct in the list that was sent out if anyone wants to contact me.
Wow, where to begin…I graduated from Whitworth College in 1973 with a degree in English and secondary education. I went back the next year and got my elementary certification. I taught in Colville for 5 years, then moved back to the west side and taught in Carrolls/Kelso. I was selected for a teaching exchange to Australia and spent 1982 teaching in Brisbane. I went back in the summer (winter?) of 1985 and traveled extensively in Australia and New Zealand.
In late 1985 I met my husband Rich, and we were married in December, 1986. Jeff was born in 1988, and a year later Rich quit his job as an accountant and we moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he went to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where Stephen was born. Our first church was in Blackduck, Minnesota, where Tom was born. Our next church was in Ponca, Nebraska, where Kirstin was born. I told Rich I wasn’t moving again until I was past childbearing age. I figured Washington didn’t count, because I’d already had a baby there. We moved back out here in 2002, where Rich is pastor of the Presbyterian church in Mountlake Terrace. I homeschooled all my kids until at least 8th grade. Jeff, 21, is a student at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, majoring in piano. Stephen, 17, is a junior at Mountlake Terrace H.S. and already studying to be a chef. Tom, 15, is a sophomore. Kirstin, 13, is in 8th grade and is still homeschooled. I subbed for a couple of years and it was SO not me! Now I teach part time at Sylvan, and I love it. I keep busy with church activities, quilting, and trying to keep up with three teenagers! Life is good.
TERI VONDETTI NABER
WHERE I LIVED…After graduating from Stadium I attended Tacoma Community College for several quarters intending on getting a Liberal Arts degree. In November, 1969, I married Bob Naber and the following year moved to Iowa where my husband grew up. The cost of living for college students was much better than Tacoma at the time. Bob attended college full time and I attended college part-time and both of us worked full-time. My husband planned upon working for the forest service and I was going to be a graphic artist. Upon advice from several professors who insisted that forest rangers and artists couldn't possibly make enough money to live well, we both changed our majors to business.
After living in Iowa for about five years, we returned to Tacoma, bought a house on North 8th Street, and began our family. Several years later we bought a home on Lake Whitman near Kapowsin. In 1978 we bought a home in South Hill, Puyallup and lived there for 23 years raising our children. In 2001 we bought a large home in Auburn and in 2004 we bought a smaller home in Auburn's Lakeland Hills community and plan to stay awhile.
CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN: David Lee was born in 1974 and Autumn Nicole was born in 1977. In January, 1979, we brought home our youngest son, Cory Aaron. Of course, they are all now grown and we enjoy five grandchildren ranging in age from 9 year old twin girls named Faith and Trinity, two 2 year old grandsons named Dominic and Cory Jr., and our newest grandson, Bryant, is 9 months old.
CAREER: I started working at Weyerhaeuser Company in 1973 and left in 2004 as a Director in the Information Technology organization. Since leaving Weyerhaeuser I worked internationally as an outsourcing consultant and most recently as a service level manager for a small company in Bellevue. The current economy has left me involuntarily retired. My friends and family say I should appreciate and enjoy having the time off but I am a bit bored with gardening and looking for a second career. I have continued my art ('Vondettii Originals') in several mediums including acrylics, pen & ink and collage which sustains my creative side. My husband was general manager of several furniture stores (Carriage House, Van's in Puyallup and Block's in Tacoma) for many years and made a big career change to commercial & industrial real estate about twenty years ago. He was with Flannigan & Ewing and Collier International for many years and has been with Kidder-Mathews for about ten years now.
RECREATION: Over the years we spent a lot of time boating on Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands on progressively larger boats starting with a 21 foot wooden boat (our first in 1969) to the last boat which we sold three years ago. It was a 50 foot Spindrift (Taiwanese) yacht named Negotiator. We had intended to buy another boat but never found exactly the right one. However, after about a year we missed boating and our annual trips to the San Juan and Gulf Islands so much, we started leasing a boat each year to make the trip.
We started snow skiing when our children were very young just to have something to do in the winter season. Our favorite ski haunts are White Pass and Crystal Mountain.
My husband is an avid fisherman (salmon and steelhead) and enjoys fly fishing as well. He is also an avid golfer. He is passing on his love for fishing and golfing to our grandchildren as they get to the appropriate age.
MILESTONES: This year is not only my 40th high school reunion; it will also be my 40th wedding anniversary.
I will probably regret this but I won't be attending the reunion on August 1st. I only spent my senior year at Stadium after transferring in from Taipei (Taiwan) American School where I spent my freshman, sophomore and junior years. I only made a handful of connections at Stadium but I am sincerely hoping you all enjoy yourselves and appreciate that you can go home again. The people I went to high school with the first three years are scattered to the winds internationally and the school in Taipei was flooded in several monsoons and had to be rebuilt. Stadium High School has a long history and will have a rich future – what a proud alma mater!
After graduating from Stadium I attended TCC, (MSU), the USMC, and LH Bates where I received training as a dental lab technician, which is my current profession. I have been married for 33 years and have two children – Marisa, 30, and Dylan, 27. We also have two grandchildren – Elisa, 8, and Emily, 4. My special interests include martial arts, snow boarding, and biking.
After graduating from Stadium I received a BA in Business Statistics from Central Washington U and I am currently self-employed. I enjoy the outdoors, water-skiing, travel, and riding my dune buggy through the "Dunes" at Glamis, CA.
I am alive and way to busy with business at this time, but It's time to respond to a couple of the remembrances here before I don't remember.
High school senior year, spring quarter. Dayton Malt by and I were in Mr. Marquez's Spanish class. I had then, and now, enough problems with the English language, and it was becoming apparent that Spanish was not going to be my second language. Dayton was following suit. Dayton and I did some research and found out thru Ms. Forbes ( another story on her in a second) that we each had an extra credit and we didn't need Marquez's Spanish class to graduate. Now if you think we were happy, you should have seen Marquez! He was very polite, but as we exited the door for the last time he referred to us both as belated chimpanzees and wished us well in life. Now Dayton and I had lunch hour, and the hour we gained from leaving Spanish class before we had Concert Band. Once in a while, not to terribly often Dayton and I took advantage of this time ,and drove to my mom's house ( she was not home) and commenced honing our bartending skills. I believe they were screw drivers. Drive back to school and sit in band half drunk and "stupid". Now as band president I was probably the least musically inclined/talented student in the whole entire music program. Mr. Lloyd gave me the Tuba to play in my senior with one minor flay. I never learned how to play it. Jack must have known that I was musically challenged by the terror in my eyes when he looked at me to play a piece or solo, and would ask Neil Adams next to me ( whew!) Now if you ever remember the ass chewing Jack could lay out, you know what I'm talking about. More less sitting there half tanked!
When I got my SAT scores back., Ms. Forbes announced to me that I was definitely not college material and that my scores showed that I would excel as a Russian speaking farmer, that was my destiny ( no joke). Of course my spectacular score had nothing to do with the fact that Steve Foss, myself and a couple of other rat hunters had spent the prior evening at the Purdy garbage dump shooting rats and drinking who knows how much beer all night long, We never went to bed, we went straight from the dump to the SAT tests at TCC.
I bet John Winskill doesn't remember ninth grade Halloween when he and I went around after the treaters were in bed stealing pumpkins and rolling them down 30th. street hill at cars. Pete wonders and I in 89th. grade at Halloween would make up a dummy out of and old pair of pants, shirt, hat and stuff it with papers, cover it in ketchup and hide between the house ( Mrs. Coates' ?) across from Kathy Scott's house on 30th. street. We would wait for a car to drive by, toss the dummy in front of the car, listen for the brakes to screech and run like hell. One time we hid in the "Monkey Tree" that was in Parson front yard to get a better view of our work. Well a police car comes skidding up, slides sideways and all heck breaks loose. They get out, grab the dummy, cuss like heck because it's covered in ketchup and throw it into the trunk. They then walk directly under the tree Pete and I are in and never shine their flashlight up. I would have thought the body fluids dripping from the tree would have given us away.
Pete again, Bill Lunke, maybe Eric Kerrin, and myself ,Jr. high school again, sneaking into Winskills basement on a Friday night. John's dad had brewed a cask of wine ( 55 gallons or so) about 20 years earlier, and just left it there because he knew better. We would siphon a gallon or so out and then go sneak into the "gulch". ( I would like to refer to it as the Wahlen, Winskill, Wonders, Gulch. We also entered at Mark Haley's house at the foot of Puget Sound Street) The "juice" would get us primed for the action at the bowling alley or Proctor Theater in the Proctor District. It always meant trouble. For the next couple of days, I'm try to explain to my mom that the purple stains on my clothes, face and teeth that won't wash out are a new high fiber health drink. John's dad being a dentist must have had a patent on dental floss, because getting the sediment unstuck between your teeth was arduous. That was an evil brew.
Senior year. I had just got back from Alaska fishing, Puyallup fair Day, and the guys are playing tackle football at Jefferson Field. First or second play, I'm running with the ball, I believe Shaw and Elford tackled me and down I go with them on top of my head and my nose into the grass ( probably pay back for my mouth). I roll over and Terry Estvold states " I think you broke your nose" and I go what makes you think so? Terry responds, well it's on the left side of your face. Eric Olson jumps in, gives me a ride to the ER room, gets to face my happy mother, and Eric is well off on his extraordinary Naval career as a leader and warrior.
Last little tribute to High School. Fall senior year. I believe it was the Homecoming Rally around the bon-fire in the bowl. I had just bought my new car from monies made in Alaska ( easy come, easy go). Eric Kerrin, Terry Estvold, Glenn Nakashima, Bill Lunke, and myself are to cool to attend so we are cruising around in my new car. I had also brought back from Alaska some Everclear ( 190 proof grain alcohol) and Seal Bombs ( water proof m-80 firecrackers) . Great combination for some stupid seniors. We park atop of the bowl, look down and see the bon fire going great, and toss a couple of the M-80's over the side. We take off around the block and come back just in time to see Mr. Muse, I believe Eric Olson, and a bunch of other helpers, running up the inside of the bowl to put out the grass fire we had started! To this day I can still hear Glenn screaming how as class president he was going to get kicked out of school and would never hang around with us again like that!!
Cheers, good onto you mates! Dennis
After Stadium I continued my education, receiving an AA from Green River CC. I am a supervisor at Lockheed Martin. I have been married for 34 years and we have four children -
Leasa (30), Stephenie (28), Becky (26), and Joey (24). We also have three grandchildren including Joshua (9), Hannah (6), and Ben (2 ½). My hobbies are hunting, fishing, and ballroom dancing.
After graduation I went on to college and received a BA degree. I am currently self-employed (Warren's News and Gift). I was married for 32 years and am now widowed. I have one son, Marques Warren, and I enjoy photography, travel, and women.
PEGGY WHITMORE MORRIS
After graduation, I went to Western Washington State College (University now) and graduated in 1973 with a bachelors in Education and Home Economics. I have taught middle school, junior high school and high school since February 1, 1974!! My first students have grand children, they were just 5 years older than me, how scary is that? at the time I was too dumb to know the difference, I thought I new all I needed to know to teach!! Boy have I learned a lot since!!
I married my college sweetheart in 1975 and we raised a son. We lived in Snohomish for more than 20 years. Tadd, attended Snohomish schools, did a 2 year stint at the U of W before going over to Gonzaga to complete his BA in Music Education. He returned to Snohomish school District to teach and, is now the band director at the new Snohomish High School, Glacier Peak and loves it. He is married to a choir director. No grand kids, yet! they've been married 2 years.
After almost 27 years of marriage, unfortunately my husband and I divorced. I now live in South Everett, in the "burbs" and have a nice little house with dirt so I can keep a garden. I worked out at a gym where I saw Barb Senter often. I'm now working out at the YMCA just 2 blocks from my home. I retired from teaching in Everett School District, where I spent 24+ years of my career, because I could! I continue to teach, because I can!! I have had short term contracts in Shoreline, Snohomish, Lk Stevens and just finished a year in Mukilteo school district. It's been a great learning experience and they pay me!!
I got bit by the travel bug many years ago, it started with a motor cycle trip we took in 1972. 3 months around the western US. After we got married we travelled in a Chevy van in 1976 and went to Philidelphia for the 4th of July. While raising my son, we did more local things, camping, hiking, mountain climbing and such. In 1984, I left my family for the summer and travelled extensively through Europe.
The travel bug bit hard after that and I've travelled through Europe 2 more times, and I"m not done yet!! Next summer I'll spend 1 month or so in the South of France. I got my certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language in 2005 and travelled to China to teach ESL in summer school and have spent some time in Argentina where I have friends who lived with me while doing a Fullbright teacher exchange at the high school in Everett where I was teaching at the time. When I really retire, I have on my agenda to go to the Galapagos Islands, and many parts of the Southern Hemisphere. Or I might join the Peace Corps!!
I'm footloose and fancy free! right now and am enjoying the opportunities to travel, teach and putter. I also work at a fun little kitchen shop in Seattle, where I assist well known Seattle area chefs. Although I've been teaching cooking for 30+ years now, I still learn something new from them.
Along the way I've had many ups and some downs. I lost my mother a few years ago, and my 2 brothers, one just recently. I have good friends and good times and more to come. And I look forward to seeing all my friends from Stadium High School real soon!!
CATHY WILLIAMS ELFORD
After graduating from Stadium I continued my education, receiving a BA from WSU and an MBA from PLU. I recently retired from a career with Weyerhaeuser. I have two children – Stephanie, 26, and Michael, 24. A special memory of high school is working on the senior yearbook with the best yearbook team ever!
Upon leaving Stadium, I spent two years at TCC and didn't get it. I spent 2 more years at UPS double tracking a bachelors and masters in Guidance and Counseling. I didn't get that either. I worked at Ted Brown Music. I married Cindy Sanford from Lincoln in 1974, or better put she married me, and I still to this day have no idea what the hell she was thinking about. Cindy is a flight attendant (stewardess then) with Northwest Airlines. Amsterdam is my favorite city. In the spring of '76 I left my cozy confines at Ted Brown and UPS to work for an amplifier company. I rented an apartment in Studio City Ca. and commuted back and forth to Kent. I lived every single dream, I had ever had, in my life by the time I was 29. Cindy experienced every nightmare.
Cindy (oh so gently) explained to me one day, why it was a good idea for me to move back home. My company was being sued by some rock bands, The Stones, Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, and get in line. Herby took pictures and was going to sue me. I sent pictures to Magnavox (parent company of Selmer and Ampeg…bunch of dopes in suits) who decided Rod Stewart would love to have his album cover characterized and plastered in the center of Rolling Stone in a four page fold out. Herby was pissed. Warner Bros. were pissed. Everyone was pissed so I went home like Cindy told me I should. Cindy continues to fly with Northwest. Amsterdam continues to be my favorite city. Cindy likes to travel to places she hasn't been which leaves only Nome Alaska and I'm not going.
I worked for Panasonic in the video business and did exactly nothing but have a martini lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I decided it was a good idea (since I was doing nothing but eating lunch) to produce Ron Gardner and lost what was left of my ass in Seattle, LA and New York. I was told (by my always thinking, (because I don't) wife) that I could no longer come within 50 ft of a musician, or 500 ft of a recording studio. So now I was pissed. I spent the last 20 years in the wireless business telling people what to do, and not to do. I had no idea if I was right or wrong; they thought I knew what I was doing for a while. Cindy continues to fly for Northwest. We moved to Dallas in 1989 (I like Amsterdam better). Tried the MBA idea for a couple of years…I still didn't get it. I'm creating an interactive multi-media training program for a company in Virginia so I get to go back in the studio. Cindy continues to fly for Northwest (thank God someone can hold a job) and I'm starting to like Rome but miss Amsterdam's aroma.
Our son Josh wouldn't entirely move out of the house so we sold it, kicked him out and gave the dog to the A/C repairman. We are building a condo (we aren't actually building it, I am not allowed to own a hammer, but building has slowed). Cindy thought I had grown up enough so we are planning a mastering lab and mix down suite in the condo (she has no idea). Stuff is really cheap now, other than those stupid microphones everyone spits all over, and building a rubber room. I plan to teach kids in H.S. the technical side of the recording arts after I go back to school to learn a lot of things I don't know. Then I'll retire and hang around musicians, maybe visit Amsterdam some more and go to Peru. My hearing is still acute but I can't see shit. Cindy is cute and can see, and now works for Delta…the two merged.
Kids….Our 32 yr old daughter Brandi moved to New York after college in 1996 and worked as an actress, waitress, and fake Porsche Mechanic. She built a creative recruiting business. She was married 6 years ago in front of a broken down castle in Dingle Ireland on the ocean. Joshua Channing (chronological age 25) named after Josh Shaw with Jim's middle name. I don't know how, it just worked out that way; I never really liked either of them (the doctor coats always spooked me...I have nightmares about Jim with rubber gloves). John did make a hell of a martini though. Josh, oh yeah Josh. He moved to New York and works in the TV & film business being a butt boy for his brother in law. He's been drinking beer with a fuzzy guy named Sheldon. We pray that he sticks so we can go visit Josh and Brandi, rather than have him visit us. The days he stays, are usually a couple years too long. Josh will get married in Amsterdam at some point in time….I'm sure. Right now, he's in Woodstock with his sister on vacation. Curiously…That makes sense, some how.
It's been fun reading about the halcyon days of our youth.
Jan and I have been married now for 32 years. We met in '74 at PLU and were married in '77. We have two boys, Matthew, the youngest, is only eleven. Our post-mid-life surprise. He thinks his Old Man grew up in the dark ages. He's got Jan and I exhausted but we are having alot of fun.
Christopher, our nineteen-year-old, is still in our home on a ventilator aith around-the-clock nursing. He continues to be a truly remarkable young man and is an inspiration to Jan and me.
You are all to be commended for your recollections. I can hardly remember anything about high school classes or teachers. I was a lousy student, no physics, chemistry or AP classes for me. I don't have a single memory of ever doing my homework and so I had little in the way of relationships with my teachers. The exception to this was Paul Margelli. I honestly believe, even after nearly twelve years of college, that he was the finest instructor/teacher I ever had. I admired him immensly.
Does anyone remember the english teacher who wore those spiked heels? She was a little thing who bopped when she walked. She was about half my size but she still scared me to death. I learned the word "crass" from her. It was a watershed moment.
I do remember the "extra curicullar" events though. Parties, ball games, cruising 6th Avenue from the Freeze on up to AW and Herfys and back again over and over.
Kathy P and others have mentioned the Gulch. As kids we grew up in Puget Park. I still walk the trail from the Proctor bridge on down to the water now and then. A couple of years ago I left the main trail and checked out the Clay Banks and the surrounding area. None of it exists anymore. All of the old trails and haunts are overgrown with trees - really big, old trees.
Laura, yes, Saturday matinees at the Proctor Theater were twenty-five cents. What's more, for twenty-five cents Brand's Grocery would sell you six five-cent candy bars. I tell Matthew these stories and he thinks I grew up in utopia.
Mrs. Spencer, the former owner of the theater, was a patient of mine for many years until her death. (This, even after figuring out that it was my twin brother Bob that she busted sneaking in the emergency exit.) She remembered the Winskills but for all the wrong reasons.
Laura I too remember Point Defiance Grade School. We spent the first half of the second grade there and when Nell Hoyt was finished we spent the second half of the year at Hoyt and then moved on to Washington Elementary for third grade. (When I get kids in the practice who are going to Nell Hoyt I tell them I was in the first graduating class.) What I remember about Point Defiance was playing in the woods and floating on logs in a big puddle/pond in back. It was pretty cool.
Mrs. Myers (aunt Elaine) was my grandmother's brother's wife. I had Mrs. Wright but Bob was in your class with my aunt. I remember it was weird that he/we had to call her "Mrs. Myers".
Laura, you'll get a kick out of this: Aunt Elaine had an identical twin sister Eleanor. It was hard for me to tell them apart, even in their seventies. They were a couple of real characters. In the very early seventies, 1971 or 72, it came out that they were really curious what the big deal was about pot. My Uncle was long gone by then and Elaine and Eleanor were sharing an apartment in some retirement complex up in Seattle. Through a series of events beginning with their request, Bob, his then wife Sue (Becker) and I went up to their place and got stoned with them. They coudn't figure out what the big deal was - though the five of us did all clean out the refrigerator.
Maybe Matthew is right. Those years do recall a type of utopia.
Apologies for being tardy with this; I've really enjoyed reading everyone's bio's and I think it's time I chimed in as well. Where to start? At the beginning I guess. Well not the beginning beginning…but let's start after I left Stadium. I began my college career at Pomona College, and while I had a great time and made some friends for life I could feel the world changing and me with it. After 2-1/2 years there I took a leave of absence; my plan was to go to summer school (Art History) with Steve Anderson in Italy. Bad timing; Boeing had laid off their 60,000 th worker and finding a job to fund this little endeavor was impossible. So what does one do then? Well, of course, you hitchhike around the west seeing friends, and places you're curious about (down to California, out to Colorado, and then back home). When I returned to the Puget Sound I hooked up with Peter Wonders and some other pals and moved out to a lovely little corner of the earth in the Orting Valley. On a 55 acre spread on the banks of the Puyallup River we lived in a little house and moved closer to the earth, growing our food, growing our hair, and (in the parlance of the times) expanding our minds. It was, in short, a wonderful little era that lasted for 3 years; we lived a great life, learned a lot, and moved on with our lives richer for the experience.
NOTE: Several of my Stadium compatriots had a chance to visit our little "Eden" in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. Rob Benedetti, Jim Shaw, Jerome Brown, the Walters kids (Charlie, Maggie, and Katie), and others can share with you a bit about what a great place it was.
From Orting I then took off on what was my greatest (or at least my longest) personal sojourn. I hitched my way to Montreal, flew to Brussels, and then traveled by train to Greece. After some prompting from another traveler much wiser in the ways of the world than I, it was off to Istanbul, then across Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. Trekked in Nepal for nearly 3 months and then headed back toward Europe. In the totality of the trip – some eight months in length – a couple of things became very apparent; (a) travel is a great teacher, and (b) if you stay long enough in that part of the world your health is at risk. A friend in the Peace Corps flew me home from Tehran because he feared that I would be diagnosed with hepatitis which would result in a 90-day quarantine. His diagnosis was correct (partially…along with the hepatitis I had also contracted a good dose of typhoid salmonella). I arrived @ Sea-Tac weighing 159 lbs. and in need of some serious medical attention and R & R.
Luckily I completely recovered from all of that and began a life that has included living/working in Seattle, Tacoma, Alaska, Sun Valley, and Bellevue (current) and a career revolving around some sort of sales. I returned to college, graduating from PLU in 1983 (the 14-year plan). I met my wife Patty while vacationing with my family on Maui and we were married in 1987. Our one and only child, Connor, was born 18 years ago and has provided us with indescribable joys and a truly great life experience. Parenting is the ultimate adventure. He just graduated from Newport H.S. and will begin college this fall at Santa Clara University. I feel remarkably blessed in life (both Patty's & my parents are still with us) . I reflect often on my experiences growing up in Tacoma – the times we lived in, the schools we attended, & the people whose paths I've crossed – and am awed by the richness of it all. I'm lucky to get to see Tom Hayward, Dan Turnbull, Jim Shaw, Lindsey (Moore) McDonald, Steve Anderson, Les Hodgkiss, Rob Benedetti, & Jerome Brown with some regularity…and look forward to seeing all the rest of you very soon.
After graduation I went straight to work. I am not currently married and work as a medical receptionist for Dr. Larry Stonesifer. I have both children - Lynne Hayes (40), Heather Fountain (31), Isiah Hellems (17 ½) and grandchildren - Garrison Hayes (16), Jordan Hayes (14), Jaelyn Hayes (4), A'onna Fountain (11), and Dreashawn Fountain (8). In my spare time I enjoy bowling and dancing.
Graduated from TCC with an Associates Degree in 1971. Graduated from CWSC (now CSW) with Bachelors Degree in history in 1973 which included a studies abroad quarter in Guadalajara, Mexico, going to the University of Guadalajara and living with a Mexican family. Worked at Cablecraft from 1973 until 1990. Worked as a manufacturers representative from 1990 to 1995 with a former employee of Cablecraft and eventually bought his business. During the previous 10 years I was also involved with the creation of several businesses that made retail store fixtures and display cabinets. In 1995 I sold the rep. business and concentrated on Pacific Coast Showcase and the display fixture business and building our corporate and manufacturing campus in Puyallup. Sold our manufacturing businesses in 1999, but kept the buildings and semi-retired. I remain active in real estate development with my current project in Lake Chelan. Attended the Stadium 100 year anniversary in 2006 and got reacquainted with Trish Gagliardi. Built a new home in the community of Victor on Case Inlet and married Trish in August of 2008 where we are enjoying our retirement together.
Marc, I am thoroughly enjoying reading all of your messages to classmembers,
and their responses. You and your fellow committee members are doing a
terrific job to encourage attendance and participation in the reunion
process (not an easy task). Your collective enthusiasm truly is infectious.
I am very pleased to now have the list of names and current addresses of
most class members of the Class of 1969, and have started sending notes
out--hoping, of course, to hear back from many former students (who may,
erroneously, think that I have forgotten them).
I am reminded of the moving speech in "Chariots of Fire" (1984) by the Caius
(pronounced "keys" as you will recall) College Dean, which I take the
liberty of paraphrasing, below:
"I take the list of the Class of 1969, and I run down it. Name after
name which I cannot read, cannot hear, without some emotion. Face after
face, full of honesty and goodness, zeal and vigor, and intellectual
It has been gratifying to read something of your collective lives as you
prepare to celebrate your 40-year reunion. I cannot presently foresee being
in attendance (although I would love to be) as you renew acquaintance, but
will notify you if circumstances change.
Please convey my very best wishes to this outstanding group of Stadium
graduates. I shortly will be attending my own 50-year (cough) high school
reunions--yes, two high schools--so I sense your anticipation (and other
emotions?!) as you prepare for this important occasion. I send my love and
respect to all of you.
Jay Eastley (SHS Class of 2003)