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MINI - REUNION 2008
Subject: Mini-Reunion 2008
Date: 7/17/2008 12:30:24 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
 

 Fellow classmates:

 
    This is just a reminder of our annual gathering after the game on October 11th. If you are planning on staying over on the 11th, you may wish to make reservations soon, as the hotels fill up fast for home games. Football season will soon be here. The Buckeyes kick off their first game on August 30. Hope you can attend. Let me know.
 
Ron

detail follows...

To: 1954 Central High School Classmates

From: Ron and Nancy Cook

Subject: Mini-class reunion – October 11, 2008

 Plans have been made for our annual mini-class reunion to be held after the Ohio State-Purdue game in Columbus. Mark your calendars. Also, if you are planning on spending Friday and/or Saturday night in Columbus, you need to make your room reservations early (Lima Central High School Class) or contact me and I can make the reservations for you. I have blocked six (6) rooms with king size beds. The base room rate without taxes is $130.00 per night. This is $9.00 less than last year (this was the best I could do).

Game time -  To be announced during the season.

We will meet after the game at the University Plaza Hotel, located at 3110 Olentangy River Road. Their toll free number is 1-877-677-5292. If you plan to make your own reservations, tell them you are with the Lima Central High School reunion. Other hotels close by are the Red Roof Inn, 800-733-7663 and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 614-267-1111.

We will meet in Baxter’s restaurant (just to the right of the lobby) on the 3rd level.  Drinks and dinner will be on your own. Afterwards we will adjourn to our suite and continue the party, as we have done in past years. Last year we had around 35 people attend. Everyone had a great time.         

For those of you who do not have or can’t get game tickets, some of the classmates plan to watch the game on the big screen in the lounge of the hotel.

             I need to let the hotel know by no later than October 1st as to how many plan to stay at the hotel and approximately how many of us will be meeting after the game so they can set up in the restaurant.  Our address is 2835 Riverwalk Blvd.,Lima, OH 45806 and the phone number is 419-222-9086. You can also e-mail me at pcicook@kc.rr.com. I can also be reached on the cell phone at 913-568-9206.  Either way we would like to hear from you. Sure hope you can make it.

Ron and Nancy

E-mail From Classmates
Let's hear what you are doing ....
still enjoying the work world or retired and just enjoying life doing???
 
Just want to say "hello", or feeling low or want to talk  ...e-mail an old friend 
use the class list page...just click on the e-mail address.
 
Send me your e-mail addresses to post on the class list.
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Subject: fodder
Date: 10/11/2006 1:47:38 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
From: Shofr
To: ROLLYK
 
Hi Rolly -
Found an old shoebox, and among many treasured photos, found one that may be of interest to some of the mates of '54. How many might know who (the class - will settle for the grade), where (which school) and when (what year?) Ah, so easy. And from there, try to identify at least some of the folks in the pic - I can figure out about half of them...maybe.
 
How are you and yours? Hope not too many sad folks in Findlay as Big Ben is getting roughed around a little this season.
 
And so it goes. Life is good - always is when one awakens to the light of another day.
Take care,
 
Frank Romaker
 

WHO, WHERE AND WHEN

Frank found this treasured photo and thought you all might help him with the names.

Rolly,
    Thanks for the e-mail. Nancy said that is fourth grade class picture at Lowell. She picked out and named over half the kids in our class. (She also was the smart one, Ha). An update of classmates planning to attend the mini-reunion are Tom and Pat Burkholder, Jim Gross and his wife, Rob and Sally Ludwig, and Marv and Amy Watkins. Hope that you will be able to attend.  Ron Cook
Hi Rolly;

Looking forward to #55.

Talk to Toby and see Tom Burkholder about once a week, but that's not enough of being with our classmates.

Looking forward to 2009.

Jerry D Hance

                                                                             from Gloria Smith 12/10/2007

11/21/2007 9:29:49 P.M
 
Rolly, so good to hear from you.  Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner.  As soon as I got home from work, we went to dinner and a movie for my birthday.  Just got home.  My e-mail at work is miriam@wtlw.com, and at home miriamrardin@hotmail.com.  Looking forward to hearing from you about the reunion.  If there is any way I can help, let me know.  I know there will be a big hole to fill with Nancy Jo's death.  She did so much to make the reunions successful.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving. 
Love & Prayers, Miriam
11/21/2007 4:09:15 P.M.

Thank you for the info re the proposed 55th Class Reunion.  I doubt that I have any memorabilia left of that era.  One does tend to weed out the past when moving long distances multiple times. 

 
I lost my beloved husband to cancer in 2006.  I never had birth children, but when I married Vic, I acquired two absolutely wonderful step children, a super mother-in-law and a great sister and her family.  Vic's mother is long gone, and the children have married.  With their love and support and that of their families and with terrific neighbors and other friends I have in Sarasota, I am managing to hold my life together, but it never will be the same.
 
Best wishes for good holidays and a fine New Year. 

Roberta (Bobbi) Hume Eggert

September 1, 2006
 
Hi Rollie,
 
Kay Thomas just called me to tell me the sad news that one of our classmates,
Tom Reynolds (class of '55),  passed away.  Hope not to hear anymore such
news, as our classmate's memoriam list is getting to be way too long!  Kay
receives the news from her good friend Dianne Hauenstein.
 
Arlette Holman Griner  '55
Subject: Fw: CLASS REUNION
Date: 7/7/2006 5:34:45 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
From: roncook@kc.rr.com
 
 
Subject: CLASS REUNION

THOUGHT YOU MAY WANT TO PASS ON TO OUR CLASSMATES

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

THE CLASS REUNION

Every five years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.

I'll never forget the first time we met;
We tried so hard to impress.
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
And wore our most elegant dress.

It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel.
We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.

The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.

The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.

No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon.

The boy we'd decreed "most apt to succeed"
Was serving ten years in the pen,
While the one voted "least" now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.

They awarded a prize to one of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least.
Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to attend the feast.

They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.

At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.

It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
Then most of us lay around in the shade,
In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.

By the fortieth year, it was abundantly clear,
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in time for their pill.

And now I can't wait; they've set the date;
Our fiftieth is coming, I'm told.
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.

Repairs have been made on my hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.

I'm feeling quite hearty, and I'm ready to party
I'm gonna dance 'til dawn's early light.
It'll be lots of fun; But I just hope that there's one
Other person who can make it that night.

Author Unknown

 
Subject:
Mini-reunion - Update
From: roncook@kc.rr.com

October 5, 2005

Fellow classmates:

    Gametime for the homecoming game against Mich. State is set for 12 noon on October 15th. The game should be over around 3:30 p.m. and we should be back to the University Plaza around 4:00 to 4:30 p.m., depending on traffic. Those that don't have tickets to the game can watch the game on the big screen in the hotel lounge.
    Those classmates and spouses that I know so far that plan to attend are as follows:
Tom and Donna Greenland,Marjorie (Roeder) White and Gene, John and Ann Bercaw,Shirley(Lambert) Daley and Chuck,Mary(Rossfeld) Wolfe and John, Martha Jo(Davis) Backstrom and Don, Bob Ludwig and Sally,Tom and Pat Burkholder,Steve De Weese and Sadie, Sandy Glazer and Cherry, Carol (Guyton) Goodell,Jerry Milbourn, Kay May, Ed Berthold,Lee(Dally) Martz, Nancy Jo (Smith) Greer, Ron and Nancy Cook, and maybe Sharon(Croy) Edwards and Ed.
    There are some I have heard from that can not attend and others that I have not heard from that may attend. Looks like a good turn out and it will be a fun time.   GO BUCKS

 

 

September 20, 2005

 

REMINDER

 

To: 1954 Central High School Classmates

From: Ron and Nancy Cook

Subject: Mini-class reunion – October 15, 2005

 

 Plans have been made for our annual mini-class reunion to be held after the Ohio State homecoming game in Columbus. This year the homecoming game is on October 15 against Michigan State. Mark your calendars. Also, if you are planning on spending Friday and/or Saturday night in Columbus, you need to make your room reservations early due to the big football week-end.

 

Game time is unknown. It will be either at noon or 3:30 p.m. Will let you know as soon as it is announced, which may be a week before the game.

 

We will meet after the game at the University Plaza Hotel, located at 3110 Olentangy River Road. Their toll free number is 1-877-677-5292. If you plan to stay there you need to make reservations ASAP. Tell them you are with the Lima Central High School reunion. Other hotels close by are the Red Roof Inn, 800-733-7663 and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 614-267-1111.

 

We will meet in Baxter’s restaurant (just to the right of the lobby) on the 3rd level. Drinks and dinner will be on your own. Afterwards we will adjourn to our suite and continue the party, as we have done in the past. Last year we had around 35 people attend. Everyone had a great time.    

 

For those of you who do not have or can’t get game tickets, some of the classmates plan to watch the game on the big screen in the lounge of the hotel.

           

             I need to let the hotel know by October 12 approximately how many of us will be meeting after the game so they can set up in the restaurant. You can let us know by mail at 10985 Rosehill Rd., Overland Park, KS 66210, or by e-mail (roncook@kc.rr.com) or by phone at home, 913-469-5028. From October 12 we will be at our new condo in Lima. That address is 2835 Riverwalk Blvd.,Lima, OH 45806 and the phone number is 419-222-9086. I can also be reached on the cell phone at 913-568-9206.  Either way we would like to hear from you. Sure hope you can make it.

 

                                                                                   

Ron and Nancy

 

 

Dear Rollie,
   Thanks for your reply.  I enjoyed hearing from you.  Why am I not
surprised that you made photography your career?  Do you also display
your work--lots of interest up here in photography.  The art school has
classes among others and photos are often part of the art shows.  Door
County has an extensive art community.  Where did you go in Italy?  I am
seriously considering a trip to Rome this fall.  Did you encounter much
anti-American feelings?  Norm and I took an Elderhostel to Italy several
years ago spending a week in Verona and a week in Venice.  Great trip. 
Then just after 9/11 we went to Florence, loved it so much that we went
back four months later on an Alitalia special deal.
   I thought I would tell you a little about what I have done in the past
51 years.  I met my husband my first day of class at Ohio State
University and we were married two years later.  We have two daughters: 
Siobhan lives in Evanston IL and is the production manager for
Northwestern University Press and she is also a cellist.  Keven lives in
Cleveland where she is the partner in a law firm and races sailboats in
her spare time.  They each have two sons.
   Norm was a city planner but his greatest love was painting and when we
moved up here he painted full time.  His work is in a lot of collections
and he is represented by a good gallery up here.  After the girls were
born I went back to school, got a masters in library science and spent
25 years as a "media specialist"--fancy name for a school librarian.  
After our second trip to Florence, Norm (who had never been sick in his
life) was diagnosed with brain cancer and given nine months to live.  We
made it through a  heartbreaking but sometimes inspirational year and he
died in August 2003.  He was my best friend and I miss him dreadfully.  
For someone in my position, this is a good place to be--lots going on
and I have a wide circle of friends.  Only downside is that I am a
little far from the girls.
     I just read the notice of the mini-reunion.  Perhaps I'll try to make it.

Gloria (Smith) Drummond

gdrummond@dcwis.com

 

Someone sent me the flyer for your website and I have really enjoyed seeing the photos and reading the correspondence.   

I have always sort of meant to get back for a reunion.  We went to my husband's first and second which marked 45 and 50 in  Charleston, West Virginia and always had a good time.  However, the timing just never seemed to work out.  My younger daughter and I are planning a nostalgia road trip this summer to track some family history and will be in Lima for a day.  She lives in Cleveland.  I visit her once or twice a year and always feel like I am coming home when I cross that state line. 

I live in a beautiful area--Door County, Wisconsin--called the Cape Cod of the Midwest.  I love it but I am really at this point sick of shoveling snow. 

 Gloria (Smith) Drummond

gdrummond@dcwis.com

Hi, Rollie,  You are doing a great job with the web site.  I really enjoy seeing it and
hearing about everyone especially since I couldn't come to the reunion.  I really wanted to but since I had surgery on my foot I didn't think I could handle it.  I felt kind of sorry for myself, but your web site cured that.  Thank you so much. 

Anyway, I have a new address.  I recently moved to a condo.  It is 669 Cherry Ridge Road,
Columbus, OH  43228.  My e-mail is still the same.

Hi, to everyone!!  Thanks again,
keep it up.                                      

Jeanne Anderson Trask

Hi Jeanne,

Sorry it too so long to make a change on your address...we took a little vacation and just got back...

It's good to hear from you...and hope life is treating you good,

My daughter Allison and family live in Columbus... a city I really enjoy.

Keep in touch,

Rollie Smith

 
Rollie;
Got a call this afternoon that Louis Patton passed on.  Can not tell you much the E.R. was called and he was dead when they took him out of his home.  You may be able to pick it up on www.limanews.com  if not let me know and I will give you info from paper.  
  
Nancy Jo
 
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Hi Rol,

I just looked at the "54 Site" and noted
that you have the wrong address for Don Romig

You have his old office address... he retired
in August 04. 

His home address is:

Don Romig
709 Copita Lane
Sante FE, NM 87505.
 
Rich Potter
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December 25, 2004

Thanks so much for the greeting.  It was a beautiful wedding, and I'll send photos as soon as they are developed.  Saw several of our classmates, and that was fun!  They had to bring folding chairs into the sanctuary!  Then, we had the blessing of getting snowed in at the Dayton Marriott (what perfect timing!)  All in all, a memorable wedding and honeymoon!  Have a blessed Christmas and a fun-filled new year.  
Love & Prayers, Miriam
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Rolly,
I'm not sure what info you have.  Miriam's wedding is
Tuesday at 7:30, December 21 at Shawnee Church of
Christ 1600 Jo Jean Rd. Lima.  She has invited
everyone she sees.  She is so happy it is
unbelievable.  His name is Roy Rardin.  You can put
the info up any time.
Her e-mail is wildmimi1@juno.com  
 
Hi, Shirley Nutter's new address is                 
9848 Cattail Ct                                    
Ft. Myers, Fl 33905                                 
239-690-5560
I will ask if Jill Selby has e-mail.  I know her husband
has a site.  Let you know.                   
Jane M
        
Merry Christmas  
Jane Mc Ritchie Miller    
 
Thanks Jane   
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December, 2004
Nancy Jo has sent a new address for Barb McBride...send her a note.
 
BARBARA MC BRIDE POIRIEZ
907 West Apache Ln.
Lakeside, Az.  85929
1-928-367-4070
 
Thank you Nancy 
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October 12, 2004
 
I asked Ginny Lhamon if she had time would she please name the persons in all the reunion photos.  Ginnys speedy reply contained a complete list of names...thus the following thank you to Ginny. 
 
Ginny....
You have now become a "senior 1954 web editor"....sorry about the pay....
I will post them ASAP.  I think there are a lot of people who don't recognize the persons in the pics....this will surely help.
Thank you, thank you,
rollie
 
Note: most browsers ... if you touch the cursor to the thumbnail photos in the Reunion Photos 
a description of the photo should appear.
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Subject:
  amazing '54ers
Date:
  9/24/2004 5:50:36 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:
  suewkelly@yahoo.com
To:
rollyk@aol.com
 
The site you've established is wonderful.  It must have taken you a great deal of time, but what a beautiful job you've done.  There were so many people at the reunion that I wanted to talk with and there was just enough time to get only a face and scanty information established in my head after a 50 year time lapse.  We seem to have weathered well.  Gray hair and/or no hair, wrinkles and the pear shapes of our age don't seem to have  dampened  our spirits or friendship for each other.  This gives us a chance to talk.  What a great gift you've offered to us.  When this election season is over I'll take a look at the photos I have and send any I find that are worth sharing.  Hope all is well with you and with all our class members. 
 
Sue Weisenbarger Kelly
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Subject: Class of 54
Date: 9/19/2004 4:30:08 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: edwallen@bright.net
To: rollyk@aol.com
 
Great job!  Wonder if there is a way to expand it to include a little more information about what is going on within the lives of the class, such as family and etc.  This way when the class meets for 55, it will almost be like being in class with each other each day.
Ed Wallen
 
Ed,  I would like to put up more information on the class list page... like who, what, how many, where, now, and so on about our lives.  Put together a couple paragraphs and we'll get this thing started...thx rollie
 
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Subject: reunion pictures
Date: 9/19/2004 4:09:10 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: meltino@bright.net
To: rollyk@aol.com
 

Hi,

 
As a person who only went to Central during my senior year, I'd like to say, I wish you had put names with your pictures.  It is impossible for me to pick out very many faces and put names with them.  I do know a couple, so all is not lost.
 
The site is great.  For those of you who know each other it has to be even greater.  For the rest of us, it is like looking at strangers.  Is there any way to put names with your pictures.
 
La Fern Hamlin Melton
 
La Fern...I haven't had the time to get names attached to the photos but that is a good idea and I think someone is getting those names for me and they will eventually be attached.  Keep the ideas coming,
rollie

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Subject: Re: Class of '54 Lima Central High Reunion
Date: 9/16/2004 9:51:51 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: WhidbeyD
To: ROLLYK
 

Thanks Rollie, for your E, and thank you for forwarding my request to Nancy Jo.  Punta Gorda is about 35 miles south of Sarasota.  It is unbelievable that our immediate area was spared from Charley's wrath.  We were fortunate enough to be in a dry area between the bands of rain and wind.  Just a fluke, really.  We were in Seattle visiting Vic's son and daughter-in-law when Frances came through Florida.  On Sunday, I picked up four trash bags of oak tree limbs branches and that was just in our front yard.

 
Yesterday and last night our beaches took a real pounding of storm surge waves of water. Roads have been washed out and there is flooding of homes on the beach. The Weather Channel never mentioned that we could have storm surges this far south of Ivan's landfall.  I am so glad that we moved off Casey Key and are on the mainland, although Vic misses the Key and the water.  We now live within about four miles of the Gulf, so a storm surge like that in the Mobile/Pensacola area would hit us too.  Of course, we probably wouldn't have a roof left by then, anyway, and we probably would have trees crashing into our house.  I do hope that your brother-in-law and family are okay and that they evacuated the area.  

Best regards,  Bobbi Hume Eggert

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Subj:    RENNEE  
Date:     9/18/04 10:31:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time   
From:    meltino@bright.net (Don and LaFern)
Reply-to: meltino@bright.net (Don and LaFern)
To:    rollyk@aol.com
   

Hi, again.

 
We had a classmate, Rennee Hammel, that died long ago.  You don't have her name on your memorial page. 

Just thought you would like to know that.  I can't remember her married name.....sorry.
 
La Fern Hamlin Melton

La Fern,
Thank you for the information on Rennee Hammell...her name and photo have been 
added to the Memorial Page.   Also please note that Glen Skelton's name is also listed on 
our Memory page.  At the time of the Reunion it was not known that Glen had died.
rollie

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Subject:
Re: Holy Cow - it's the class of '54
Date:
9/15/2004 10:19:09 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:
jaes@wcoil.com
To:
ROLLYK@aol.com
 
Hi Rolly & Carol,
What a great idea! Thank you for organizing a web page. Those of us who forgot our 
cameras can now take advantage of technology.
Heres to you1, Ann 
 
Ann Edman Schneidhorst

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Subject:
   thanks
Date:
9/16/2004 5:45:27 AM Eastern Standard Time
From:
bpalin@verizon.net
To:
rollyk@aol.com
 
 
Thanks so much for the website!!!!! What a treat.  
We enjoyed looking at all the pictures and regret not being able to attend the reunion.  
We were a great bunch and still are.  Greetings from Barbara Holmes Palin in Florida.
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Subject:
Class of '54 Lima Central High Reunion
Date:
9/15/2004 8:47:29 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:
WhidbeyD
To:
ROLLYK
 
 
I was happy to read your E stating that the Class of '54 Lima Central High Reunion was a lot of fun.  
My husband and I spend time in the Seattle area each year during August/September 
visiting his son and daughter-in-law.  I received only one notice about the reunion -- "I will be attending, 
 will not be attending" type of form.  I did return it indicating that I would not be attending.  I really 
expected to receive more information, asking for donations for the reunion, etc., but received no 
further information.  I would have been happy to donate to the reunion costs and also to have paid for a 
picture of the group.  Do you know if there is anyone I can contact to receive and pay for the group reunion picture?  
Best Regards from that Hurricane-prone State -- Florida. 
Roberta (Bobbi) Hume Eggert
 

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Subject:
Re: Holy Cow - it's the class of '54
Date:
9/15/2004 2:55:20 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:
JShep710
To:
 ROLLYK
 
 
Holy Cow is right!
 
What a wonderful idea.............let's keep it alive.
 
Joan Shepard
 
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Subject:
   CHS Class of '54 WEB SITE
Date:
9/13/2004 9:59:47 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:
djoback@juno.com
 
Hi Rollie,  Just read through the web site you have set up for the class.
What a major task you under took!!  Thank you so much for all your hours
of work and effort you put into setting this web site up for us all to
enjoy.  Great way for us all to keep in touch.  
 
Martha Jo Davis Backstrom

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Subject:   way too cool
Date:  9/15/2004 6:13:46 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:
To:
ROLLYK
 
Hi Rollie -
    Oh my goodness...this is way too cool. What a great idea, and who better to put it together than you.
    The gathering last month to celebrate 50 years of friendships was really a lot of fun. I guess that's one of the aspects of our class that makes these very special - a kinship of sorts that can, and does, continue over this long a period of time. Kind of amazing when you think about it. And the folks in Lima who put this all together did an outstanding job. One sort of sad aspect is that with so many folks to visit with, I found it difficult to get around and chat with everyone - at least to the extent I'd like to. Seems to me the weekend whizzed by very quickly, and the next thing I knew, I was headed back east to a different world. Anyway, I felt badly that I didn't have...or perhaps find...the time chat with you. I hope all's well, and that you're enjoying your retirement years.
    Anyway, thanks for taking your time and effort to put this together. Not only will it be fun to stop by the site from time to time to see what's new, but will give us foreigners from places like Pennsylvania (and beyond) a chance to feel somewhat connected during the lull between reunions.
    Hmm, now where's that shoebox of B & W's...
 
Frank Romaker 

 

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