Waco Town Crier – February 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on
January 28, 2018.

Thank everyone so much for responding to the prayer requests for Jack Martin. Many graduates have contacted both Jack and me. Those sent to me, I edited and forwarded to Jack. Jack said it is heartwarming to have heard from so many and he is going to make a folder on everything.

Please keep Jack on the top of your prayer requests. It turns out that doctors were unable to do the Whipple on Jack due to the fact that there was a spot on his liver. The Dallas doctor recommends chemo treatment for Jack’s health issue. An explanation of the Whipple surgery is explained in the Medical Corner section of this publication. We have not had many new procedures for our Medical Corner lately so I felt this was a good time to explain the Whipple.

We have such a caring class of graduates! Many of us are ill, will be having procedures or new body parts, and many of us are experiencing overall pain from previous procedures and ailments. After all, we are either 75-76 years old and like old cars, need tune-ups and new parts when the old ones play out. Unfortunately, we cannot go out and purchase a “whole new body-person” for ourselves…(oh, wouldn’t that be nice).

Also, please pray for others who have faced or will be facing health issues or surgeries: Allan Myers, David McPhail, David Peeples, Jeanne Holland Harman, Norma Cissell Smith, Gayla Miller Webb, Kay Phillips Sparks, Phyllis Brooks, Ken Baker, Jeannie Dickerson, Robert (Little Red) Wilson, Randy Turner, Terrell Reagan, David Walsworth, Scott Horne, Mickey Lade Perkins, Gene Carson, Nancy Lehman Kehl, Glenn Hurta, Linda Phelps McKee, Kay Albright Hofer, Tim Lasseter Latta, and so many others of whom I may not be aware or have perhaps overlooked. It is so comforting to know others are thinking of us and praying for us when we are not feeling our 100%. Our class is so caring! All thoughts and prayers that our graduates extend are so appreciated by everyone with health issues. WHS 1960 is JUST THE BEST.

From Our Graduates

From Clara Sue (Griffis) Arnsdorff
I received the (January) update and was so pleased to catch up.

Greetings to Phyllis Brooks—and thanks for the memory of my grandmother’s piano students. Bill and Phyllis were especially talented, as were Sharon and Noah—and I remember recitals with them. I also remember our ‘Saturday classes’ held at my Grandmother’s home—just across the street from Sanger Avenue Elementary. I still have some of the teaching tools she used—please don’t ask me why I have kept them–just a memory of an earlier time I guess when life was simple.

We are freezing in Nebraska—-it has been below zero for the last 4 or 5 mornings—and we haven’t ventured out except to feed our birds. Today (Jan. 2) will warm up to 20, and we can’t wait for the balmy weather. We have snow on the ground, but I am already ready for Spring—first time we have had this extreme cold in several years.

Happy New Year to all….hope we all enjoy a blessed New Year!

From John Ferguson
It’s freezing (literally) in Galveston. We here don’t know how to deal with such a strange phenomenon.

Updates

Barton Zachry and his wife Carolyn have moved to Waco. They are in Independent/assisted living on Lake Shore Drive. Welcome to Waco, Barton and Carolyn! We expect to see you at the quarterly luncheons now.

David H. Walsworth
After 75 years, my old knee has finally given up the ghost, so I am having knee joint replacement surgery January 9. Hopefully I will be much more mobile after that!

Tim (Lasster) Latta will be having shoulder/rotator cuff surgery the first part of February.

Gayla (Miller) Webb recently had neck surgery.

Jack Martin – battling pancreatic cancer.

Medical Corner: The “Whipple” Procedure for Pancreatic Surgery

For some pancreatic patients, a complex surgery known as the Whipple procedure may extend life and could be a potential cure.

The classic Whipple procedure is named after Allen Whipple, MD, a Columbia University surgeon who was the first American to perform the operation in 1935. Also known as pancreaticoduodenectomy, the Whipple procedure involves removal of the “head” (wide part) of the pancreas next to the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). It also involves removal of the duodenum, a portion of the common bile duct, gallbladder, and sometimes part of the stomach. Afterward, surgeons reconnect the remaining intestine, bile duct, and pancreas.

Only about 20% of pancreatic cancer patients are eligible for the Whipple procedure and other surgeries. These are usually patients whose tumors are confined to the head of the pancreas and haven’t spread into any nearby major blood vessels, the liver, lungs, or abdominal cavity. Intensive testing is usually necessary to identify possible candidates for the Whipple procedure.

Some patients may be eligible for a minimally invasive (laparoscopic) Whipple procedure, which is performed through several small incisions instead of a single large incision. Compared to the classic procedure, the laparoscopic procedure may result in less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery, and fewer complications.

Who Should Perform the Whipple Procedure?

The Whipple procedure can take several hours to perform and requires great surgical skill and experience. The area around the pancreas is complex and surgeons often encounter patients who have a variation in the arrangement of blood vessels and ducts.

Because the Whipple procedure continues to be one of the most demanding and risky operations for surgeons and patients, the American Cancer Society says it’s best to have the procedure done at a hospital that performs at least 15 to 20 pancreas surgeries per year. The organization also recommends choosing a surgeon who does many such operations.

Pictures

Our Website Guru, Elizabeth Bentley, took a cruise to Hawaii. I asked her to send me a picture or two for the Town Crier. She did….but they were not the pictures that I expected to receive and certainly not the ones she expected to send.

This first picture was actually on the ship. On the third cruise day, I stepped awkwardly … not realizing that my leg was partially asleep … and POP! My fibula cracked. The ship’s doctor fixed me up with this “moon boot”.

After returning to Dallas, I saw a ortho Doc last Friday. He put me in this more fashionable boot that I can actually walk on. Probably another month in this one, assuming that everything heals properly.
Your awkward friend …
Elizabeth

 

Regarding North Junior Class Picture
Judith (Hamff) Murphy sent in the signatures from the back of the picture below; however, there are still 3 who cannot be identified. These are the ones we think we know:

3rd row, l-r:
L.O. Rutherford, Al Ctvrtlik, Guy(Mickey)Collins, John Justice, John Anderson, Joe Ratcliff, Stanley Parsons, Carl Moffett, Larry Thomas, David Herbert, Gene Carson
2nd row:
Don Matkin, Mickey Lavy, Edgar Gatlin, Babs Wester, Sharon Barbee, Sue Welborn, Wanda Sue Mahoney ? Judith Hamff ? Jane Rogers
1st row:
Betty Craig, ? Delind Kirkpatrick, Sandy Urich, Paulette Todar, Carey Ann Smith, Lana Neel, Kay Phillips, Robert (Little Red) Wilson

Judith (Hamff) Murphy also furnished us with the photo below. She said most likely it was Miss Hubbard’s class—an 8th grade endeavor of using several classes. Productions were held in the evenings in the school auditorium. In this particular picture, Judith said her cousin, Guy Collins, was in the lead with Judith having a strong secondary role. Judith’s whole family came—-aunts, uncles, and her Grandmother Autrey who made the rear end of the dragon costume that a couple of the students wore.

Pictured, l-r: David McPhail, Donna Hay, Anitra Harrell, Guy Collins, Sandy Urich, Bobby Cathy, Jane Hatchell (moved before WHS), Bill Alexander, Judith Hamff, Sharon Marsh, Susan Stringer, Scott Horne. Nancy Guggolz was the dragon on the floor in front.


Here are some pictures of cute Linda Sue (Shelby) Lyons and her grandsons at Christmas.Linda looks like a little “grade-schooler” compared to these big ‘ole boys.
We all need to learn Linda’s secret of looking so young!!!

A Bit of News from Stan Lennard

I recently asked Stan Lennard for some pictures to share with us in the Town Crier. Wow! To my surprise I was given the MOST WONDERFUL TREAT and am thrilled to share it with all of you. Our good friend and classmate is still busy doing what he loves! Stan is a man of many talents…(not to mention he was ranked #1 in our class of 424 graduates). Smart, talented, and still nice-looking!!

First is a picture of Stan in his “research” position. Second is a picture of Stan with his wife, Judy, as they were celebrating a recent wedding anniversary in one of their favorite restaurants on a lake.

Lastly, are pictures of some of Stan’s works of art. WOW! What talent!!! I never knew that Stan was an artist! Of course, when Stan mentioned that he liked to paint for a hobby, I asked many questions. I wanted to know how he became interested in painting, what were his inspirations, had he ever taken any art classes, and would he please share some of his art with us.

Thank you so much for uncovering this part of your life, Stan. I am sure many of our graduates will be as impressed as I am.

Here are Stan’s answers to my questions:
I have done research over an 18 year period during my retirement. The research has resulted in a number of articles on the web and now a book that is in the production phase. When all this work is done, I’ll return to my art hobby and create some works in oils, pen and ink and charcoal. I haven’t done that for quite some time, and I’m missing it. Got to get back to it while I can still SEE!

I’ve drawn all my life and am self-taught in charcoal, pen and ink and more recently in oils, which I prefer over acrylics. I watched my father make meter faces using India ink and very fine tipped pens which he dipped in the ink. I learned to use pen and ink in this manner. My technique is representational and realistic, so detail is included.

I have only done my artwork for my family and what appeals to and is significant for me. I have considered selling my artwork, but I learned from a good friend who managed a nice art studio that if you sell your work, you have to do the work to sell, not for yourself. It is therefore hard for me to place my work up for sale under this circumstance. So, it’s a hobby for me, and I look forward to picking up on it again after my writing is concluded.

The Dog – a charcoal pencil image I drew of a trail dog I knew in Vietnam. I don’t know his name. He was a member of the Recon Platoon in our battalion and visited me twice on firebases I was on. Pat Payne was the leader of the Recon Platoon in his battalion, so he understands the role such a dog played in the “bush.”


The Landscape – an oil of a footbridge in the Arboretum near the University of Washington campus. It preserves all the natural flora of the PacNW.
Now, are all of you as impressed as I was with Stan’s talent????
What is your talent? Share it with us. We can always have a “show and tell” section of the Town Crier.

4- Al Ctvrtlik
5. Russ Keeling
10- Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler
16- Kay (Phillips) Sparks
18- Norma (Cissell) Smith
25- Jeanne (Holland) Harman
27- David Peeples

Thoughts & Prayers – Jack Martin

Jack Martin really needs your prayers and thoughts right now. Jack has recently learned that he has pancreatic cancer and is in need of surgery and chemo. Jack’s cancer is the type that can be operated on with a procedure called the Whipple. Jack’s Waco doctor has suggested that Jack have the surgery either in Dallas or Houston. Jack has chosen Dallas as his daughter lives there. Only 20% of pancreatic patients are eligible for this type of surgery as it can only involve patients who have cancer in the head of the pancreas that has not spread.

Please lift Jack up in prayer as well as his doctors as this is a very complicated surgery. I will give you more details as we learn more…but for the time being, please put Jack on all your prayer lists. He has not been feeling well and of course, with all the testing, has had to skip meals for each and every test. When one deprives Jack of food … that is like taking a bone away from a dog … Not a happy camper! We wanted to give Jack a good “Waco Welcome” but surely did not want him introduced to his doctors in this manner.

UPDATE: Jack Martin met today (January 18th) with the Dallas surgeon who specializes in performing the Whipple. The doctor told Jack that he is a candidate for this type surgery. Jack is scheduled for surgery on February 7th at 10:00 a.m. at the Methodist Liver Institute in Dallas. The surgery should take about 5 hours, the doctor will do it robotically, and Jack will have to remain in the hospital for approximately one week.

Please, everyone, keep Jack on the top of your prayers lists!

Jack said all the responses he has received from everyone is heartwarming. Keep up the good work, graduates. You are the best!

— Jeanne (Holland) Harman

Waco Town Crier – January 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on January 2, 2018.  

I hope everyone was able to have some wonderful holidays and I hope this coming year will be good to us all. We, of course, are aging—and more often than we like, we are going to be receiving some bad news now and then. That bad news can rear its ugly head at the most inopportune times. I hate to be the one who reports it … but better to know than remain ignorant.

Again, I want to say how very blessed our class is to have Elizabeth Bentley taking care of our website and for the generosity of Pat Payne’s financial help towards its continuation. I hope each and every one of you will go to our site and take a look. If someone you know is not receiving the Town Crier, Elizabeth is putting each issue on-line; therefore, our graduates will have the opportunity to read an edited version. She is editing out certain personal information in order to protect us from the forces of evil in cyberspace who would love to get ahold of our information. We were so lucky that Elizabeth “stepped up to the plate” for us after Rayburn’s death. She has done an AWESOME job.

Also, thank you Tim (Lasseter) Latta for taking on the task of organizing our 58th reunion. It is a huge undertaking! She will need your help- it is not a one-woman job. And Sissie Blair– thank you for organizing our WHS 60 quarterly luncheons. It is so great to see 35+ graduates get together every 3 months to laugh, reminisce, and break bread with classmates of long ago. We are a special class….no brag; just fact.

Let me give each of you something to think about. We have many graduates who live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area….in the Austin area….in the San Antonio area…and in the Houston area. Maybe someone in each of those areas would be willing to find a restaurant- once or twice a year- that would be able to seat several of us for a luncheon….just like what is done in Waco. Those individuals from other towns who are unable to travel to Waco for the quarterly luncheons or the reunion would at least be able to attend lunch in their own area to meet up with some graduates from their own area. Just a thought. We have a close-knit class and thank heavens for the internet, others who live far away can enjoy vicariously some of the memories and adventures our graduates are able to make. Just let me know if you plan one of these luncheons and I will get the news out to everyone. There is no telling who might be able to attend. Also, ALWAYS send me photos for the Town Crier so we all can enjoy.

Please, everyone, try to stay healthy this year … and I am speaking to myself as well as everyone else. I know several of our graduates have been struggling with some health issues. I do so hope you will plan to come to our reunion on October 16-17 of this year … maybe we can again get a picture of everyone on the steps of the old WHS building. Wouldn’t that be a hoot some 58 years later?

Thank each of you so much for your participation in sending me items and pictures of interest to post in “The Town Crier”. YOU are the success of “The Town Crier”. Without you and your input, I would have nothing of which to share with others. Let’s have a wonderful year, stay healthy, and make some happy memories.
Jeanne (Holland) Harman

From Our Graduates

Norma (Cissell) Smith
Wayne and I had our 56th wedding anniversary on November 11, 2017.
For Thanksgiving, we went to Atlanta, Georgia for about four days. There was so much good food. It was an unforgettable trip
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Russell Keeling lives in Redlands, CA and had this to say about the fires around the Los Angeles area. I worried that Russell might be in some danger. Below is Russ’s report to my inquiry:
Redlands is about 65 miles from LA, so, for now, we’re in no danger from the present blazes. More importantly, the Santa Ana winds blow from east to west, which means we still have good air. However, brush is all around the community out here; so, anyone could start a fire and change matters quickly.
Merry Christmas and blessings to all WHS friends.

Phyllis Brooks
Went for my yearly checkup with the cardiologist and pacemaker check at Baylor in November and found out I had a heart attack March 2. Glad the defibrillator is working. Otherwise, I am doing okay. Spent Christmas Eve and Day with nephews, nieces, and great nieces and nephews in Plano and Frisco.

Phyllis Brooks reports on Mickey Ann (Lade) Perkins
Mickey is doing okay. She still has some pains in the back and rib area but after having an attack and being administered CPR while in the hospital the early part of the year, it took the starch out of her.

Ken/Scoot Baker and Janie/David McPhail recently made a trip to El Paso, Texas where Ken’s son is UTEP’s ladies basketball coach. While in the city, the couples decided to go to the original Rosa’s Cantina. Marty Robbins sang a song about El Paso and this Cantina … (click on the photo to hear the song.)

WHS 60 Quarterly Luncheon

December 5, 2017 – The weather was a little “iffy” – damp and cold – but there was still an ample group for the December quarterly luncheon.

We welcomed a new face to the group this time: John Thomas Davis. So wonderful to see John … We hope he had a good time and hope he will return.

A new feature was added: a drawing, this time for a cash prize. Sissy says it will be continued. The inaugural winner was Tim (Lassiter) Latta.

Tim announced the reunion for October 16th and 17th, 2018 and encouraged everyone not only to attend but consider volunteering to help. The venue is The Phoenix Ballroom with plenty of room for lots of tables (and chairs!!). Delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served on the 16th and dinner on the 17th. The caterer for both nights will be TCP Catering, as they have served us well in the past. There will be a cash bar both nights. Costs will be kept as low as possible to make it easy on everyone’s pocket book. If anyone desires tours or other events such as golf, card games etc., please let Tim know.

Memories

This picture was taken at Fishpond in the early 1950s. These are the ones who can be identified:
l-r Pat Payne, Jack Martin, Ann Kimbriel, Tom Mayfield, Noah Appleton (in the center looking at us), Patsy Stevens dancing with Harold Jobe? Looks like Sue Golden might be behind Harold Jobe… Do you recognize any others???
JoAnn Carson (Gene’s wife) ran across this picture from 9th grade at North Junior High School.
I recognize a few….can you? I think some of the folks are:
1st row–Betty Craig, ….Delind Kirkpatrick, Sandy Urich, Paulette Todar, ……….Kay Phillips..
2nd row–Don Matkin, …………… Judith Hamff, ..Jane Rogers
3rd row–Stan Lennard? Al Ctvrlik, Ralph Klatt, …. John Anderson, Joe Ratliff,….. Larry Thomas, …Gene Carson
Help fill in the blanks…..
Bob Easter sent in this picture—North Junior 1957. He is the Monster in the middle. Can anyone identify any of the others?
Maybe one person is Sissie Blair (second from the right)? Help, please!

Noah Appleton

I am sad to report the death of another one of our graduates.  Although Noah died in November, it was only published in the Waco paper today.

I do so hate to report deaths during the holiday season, but there really is no good time to report the passing of any graduate.  However, we can look back on the fun times and memories that were shared so long ago when we were all young.

Noah attended our reunion in 1985 – I have included a photo taken of him at that time.

Back in 1960, Noah was the Scarecrow in the Senior Chorus Production of  The Wizard of Oz.

Rest in peace, Noah.

— Jeanne Harman

Betty (Buckler) Thompson

Friends…..Christmastime does not always bring jolly news to everyone. Unfortunately, I have bad news for the Buckler family/friends and our classmates.

Our dear classmate, Betty (Buckler) Thompson, lost her battle with MS on December 22, about 9:00 a.m. Her loving husband and family were by her side. Tim, her husband, was holding her hand as she drew her last breath. Betty knew how much she was loved by him because as he was telling her of his love for her, she was able to gently squeeze his hand. What a way to go! Betty is being cremated and there will be a memorial service the first or second week of January. I will post the obit and details as they become available to me.

Since Tim (Lasseter) Latta moved to Ft. Worth, she had been able to visit with Betty and Tim about every other week. Those visits were enjoyed by all.

Please keep Betty’s dear family in your prayers.

— Jeanne Harman

Below are a few pictures with Betty that might bring back some memories.


5th grade May Fete at Crestview Elementary-
Betty Buckler is first row, first on the left 

6th grade at Crestview elementary: October 1953
Betty is third from the left on the top row
Others in the picture are: John Pearce, Anna Louise Logan, Margaret Baker, George Compton, Bob Willingham, Gaelyn Corbin
Sharon McCarthy, Ralph Gray, Leon Meadows, Karon Shinault, Donna Grisham, Randy Turner, Mary Ann Wilson, Barbara Williams, Randy Farrar 

5th grade at Crestview- Betty is at the blackboard on the left.
Other classmates pictured are Bob Willingham, Charlie Sligh, Mrs. McCarthy, Betty Luedeker, Poppy Early,
Sharon McCarthy, Linda Shelby, Roy Marlow, Gaelyn Corbin, Robert Boatman, Ralph Gray, John Pearce, Barbara Williams, Mary Ann Wilson 

Save the Date!!

 

Dates: October 16th & 17th, 2018

Venue: The Phoenix Ballroom

Catering by: TCP Catering

There are hotels in the area (Hilton, Indigo) plus several motels.  It’s not too soon to make your reservations!

Waco Town Crier – December 2017

Reminder of WHS 1960 Quarterly Luncheon

Casa de Castillo
December 5th
12:00 Noon
Reservations to Sissie Blair Shandalow- elizabethshandalow@yahoo.com or 936-425-1373

From Our Graduates

Pat Payne is surely a patriotic citizen, ready to jump in and help everyone. Three cheers to Pat and congratulations on the award. The story about Mr. Wise was interesting too. He had a big heart. Good to hear from David Pettus, Jerry Causey, and the Bakers and McPhails. It’s good to see that, even though we are 75, we are enjoying life!
Tommye (Blair) Toler

I loved Mr. Wise. He was one of two teachers that even noticed me and spoke directly as a friend instead of an authoritarian. Study Hall was two things to me ….1) a place to do my homework and never take a book home and…. 2) where everyone was equal because of Mr. Wise.
Steve Mercer

We just returned (October) from a visit to Door County, Wisconsin—enjoyed the beautiful fall foliage and the perfect fall weather. Our son, who lives in Chicago, went with us and kept us hopping and focused. We enjoyed visiting local antique shops—made purchases for our antique space here in Omaha. We find so many ‘different’ antiques/collectibles in that area, and we always enjoy shopping. We had beautiful weather in Wisconsin, but when we returned to Chicago for a quick visit with our son, we had constant rain and much cooler weather. We returned to Bellevue (Omaha, NE suburb) to find the first freeze of the season. When we left our air was on—now, heat is on.
Clara Sue Griffis Arnsdorff
cyberma609@aol.com

December Birthdays

9 and 10- Sondi (Nelson) Pace (remember this story?)
13- Jerry Causey
14- Peggy (Wake) Thyfault
16- Chinky Johnson
24- Howell Johnson
26- Jack Martin, Howard Dudgeon, Joan (Beaty) Settle
28- Gayla (Mille0r Webb
31- Elizabeth Bentley, Gwen (Ewing) Hodges

Pictures

Judith (Hamff) Murphy and husband, Tom, recently spent six weeks in Italy–part of a recovery/escape from their “Annus Horribilis” in 2016/early 2017. After a few days near Rome, they spent nine days in Sicily with a group tour, then four weeks in Tuscany split between Siena and Florence. There were some wonderful day trips, wine tasting, and the visiting small Tuscan-hill towns. Judith reports this was one of their best trips ever as they spent time just relaxing, people watching, and enjoying the Italian ambiance. She reports that not having any TV news in English also helped.
Judith sent two photos: One was taken near San Gimignano during a day trip to the countryside. The other was their anniversary celebration at the Tre Cristi Restaurant in Siena.
Janet and Glenn Hurta spent a week in New England in mid-October with friends. The perfect weather and fall color was a great backdrop for some new photos! They visited the Lake Winnipesaukee area in New Hampshire, Kennebunkport, Maine, King Arthur Flour and the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory in Vermont. Glenn braved the stream on the Kancamagus scenic highway route through the white Mountains State Park.
Jack Martin and Jeanne (Holland) Harman have just returned from WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma where they enjoyed seeing/hearing Willie Nelson. Willie’s famous guitar, Trigger, is really showing its wear and tear of being “on the road” with so many performances. Trigger was purchased in 1969 and Willie says he guesses he and Trigger will play out about the same time. Below are some pictures of Willie & Trigger…. and Jack & Jeanne…. at the performance.
Also included : an 11 minute link on the story of Trigger and an 8½ minute link on keeping Trigger alive.
Willie tells about Trigger
Keeping Trigger alive

Quarterly Luncheon – December 2017

The quarterly WHS Class of 1960 luncheon will be on Tuesday, December 5th at noon.  We’ll be meeting at:

Casa De Castillo
4820 Sanger Ave
Waco, TX 76710

Please R.S.V.P. to Sissie Blair Shandalow.  You can reach her by email or phone (936-425-1373).

Hope to see you there and be sure to mark this on your calendar!!

Waco Town Crier – November 2017

An Interesting Story

We, as high school students, were so often totally wrapped up in ourselves. We were engrossed in having fun, trying to pass tests, and obsessing on how “mean and strict” some of our teachers were. The following is a story that was shared with me about Mr. Wise, our study hall monitor:

“One day Mr. Wise noticed a student who was not eating during lunchtime. It dawned on Mr. Wise that the student probably did not have the money for a tray of food. So, Mr. Wise spoke to someone behind the serving line to have a tray prepared. Mr. Wise told the student that for the rest of the year to get into this particular line and a tray of food would be provided–no money would ever be an issue. The student was too proud and never accepted the offer– but the opportunity was there.

Also, on the day of graduation, Mr. Wise told the same student that attendance to college was possible—tuition and fees would be taken care of by Mr. Wise. This was money that Mr. Wise had been setting back for his daughter to attend college. The only strings attached to this arrangement: when this particular student graduated from college and got a good job- the favor would be returned to Mr. Wise’s daughter. Pride again got in the way of the student and the offer was not accepted. The student never said any words of gratitude to Mr. Wise for his generous offer and felt Mr. Wise probably went to his grave thinking the student was ungrateful.”

The person who told this story to me did not intend this to be a commentary about a nameless, directionless teenager who had no advice, but rather about Mr. Herb Wise…the big guy on the podium in the front of Study Hall….the one who we all took for granted but the one who was silently an angel with a heart bigger than he was.

Congratulations to Pat Payne!

As you will remember, on September 10th Pat & Patty Payne remained in Naples to ride out Hurricane Irma which made a direct hit on Naples, FL. Pat was the only Board member to be in Naples during the event. After the wrath of Irma and because of all the damage that the storm caused, Pat rode his bicycle around checking on everything and everyone in his area. He kept all of those in the Wyndemere community and those who had evacuated abreast of the situation. No one can possibly imagine the work that he and others did in order to get everything back in shape. It seems as though Pat became known to everyone as “Man on the Ground” because of the many reports he sent to northern Wyndemere members. Pat was presented with this memento to signify his participation in the aftermath of the storm.
This is an excerpt from Pat’s letter to the staff members who stayed with him:
This memento with the accompanying appreciation message presented at the Town Hall was really beyond special. First, the artwork is so very perfect with the depiction of Irma captured in glass. Talk about classy! But the words of appreciation will live with me longer than any physical symbol. Beyond all of that, may I say the most special part of all of yesterday was to stand along with you in front of the Town Hall meeting. As some of you know I spent two years in Vietnam fighting what we now realize was an ill-advised war. However unwise that conflict was, the men and women there represented the best of America and I have always been very proud to have stood with them. Well, today I was equally proud to have stood with you during Irma and the aftermath because you are indeed the best of America as well. I believe even better days are ahead for our terrific club and I look forward to sharing them with each of you.
Thank you so much!
Pat Payne
“Man on the Ground”

In the midst of the storm’s recovery, Pat had a birthday. On September 21, while everyone was still hard at work getting things back to normal, the staff of Pat’s great community gave him a surprise 75th birthday party. Pat’s three children had planned to fly to Naples to surprise him but the aftermath of the hurricane made that impractical. Below is a picture of Pat enjoying his big day with the club staff. Pat does not look– nor act– like a 75 year old!!!

November Birthdays


3 – Jim Monnig and Sissie Blair
6 – Barbara (Brunette) Hunt and Gary Roberts
7 – Gene Carson
12 – Carolyn (Wolf) Lloyd
18 – Bob Easter
27 – Nena (Hunt) Wallace

News from our Graduates

David Pettus
“Aloha
Sorry we haven’t been making it to reunions; but our welcome mat is out for classmates coming to Hawaii… The news here is that we are busy with our fall harvest of macadamia nuts. A few of our classmates are on our mailing list, but not all, so here is the message we are sending out to see who would like some!
Our 2017 macadamia nuts are ready! This year’s harvest is early, in plenty of time for the holidays. Better order early, though, because last year we ran out!
As always, our nuts are grown naturally in our orchard, right across the street from Hawaii’s very first macadamia trees. They are lightly roasted and lightly salted in small batches by local macnut wizard Bob Yurth.
Just tell us how many pounds you’d like and the address(es) you want them sent to. We’ll email you a PayPal invoice for $24 per pound (including Priority Mail shipping) that you can pay easily whether or not you have a PayPal account, and your nuts will be on their way. Or you can send a check if you’d rather. Nice and easy!
It’s always a pleasure to be part of your enjoyment. Let us hear from you today, to make sure you get all you want!
In Gratefulness,
Dave and Sherry”
Note: David’s contact information can be found in the Class Directory

Pictures

Jerry Causey – “I was cleaning up my hard drive and ran across a couple of newish photos (2016) that might be of interest to the Class of ’60.

Our town, since July 2012, is Walla Walla, which is a Native American term meaning “Many Waters.” It is also the home of Many Wineries, 140 and growing. One of the photos is of my wife “Pamela Darling” and me sipping a fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon in our teeny tiny back yard along Garrison Creek. The other is a night out of dancing in one or Walla Walla’s many downtown tasting rooms that feature live music on weekends.

Pam actually works occasionally as a tasting room associate at Zerba Cellars, just over the state line in Oregon. We also own a very small interest in another much larger Oregon winery, Willamette Valley Vineyards. We are “Industry,” as they say here, which means all of the other wineries give us a 25% or 30% discount when we buy their wines. I absolutely LOVE retirement life!”

The McPhails and Bakers – New England Trip – Summer 2017

David/Janie & Ken/Scoot in Vermont Ken, Scoot, David at Lexington
David and Janie near Hyannis David, Scoot, Ken at Plymouth Rock

Waco Town Crier – October 2017

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on September 27, 2017.  

WHS 60 Quarterly Luncheon – September 13th

We surely missed all of you who were not able to make our quarterly luncheon. There were 41 in attendance. This is truly remarkable. Other classes who get together may have approximately 6 people to attend….and those are usually women. We had about as many men at our luncheon as we did women. It is so great that our graduates care about being reconnected with one another that they make the special effort to travel from wherever their destination. Our organizer, Sissie Blair Shandalow, has to travel from Rockwall, Tx. Our fearless leader, Tim Lasseter Latta, travels from Ft. Worth. We had others from Georgetown, Cleburne, Dallas, San Antonio, Arlington, Harker Heights, and Temple—just to name a few of the towns.

Sissie announced that our next luncheon will be in early December–probably on a Saturday. We still have some graduates who work and are unable to attend during the week. Therefore, in the future, the day of the week may be alternated to allow everyone a chance to attend. Tim announced that approximately mid-October 2018 will be our next reunion. Keep this in mind when you start scheduling things for next year. The exact date will be announced later as Waco must always obtain the Baylor Football schedule prior to any decision being finalized. However, with BU football as it is right now, that may not be much of a problem–the hotels may be most willing and able to give us a good room rate if no improvements are made with the Baylor Bear football team.

I was humbled as I was presented a cute ‘grape-themed’ card  from the “whole bunch” and a lovely gift certificate for my part with the Waco Town Crier. I am most grateful to have received this but feel very unworthy. The Waco Town Crier is successful because of all of YOU who send in items of interest, photos of yourselves making happy memories, and all the other information that you report to me so that I may pass along to others. My gratitude to everyone is unable to be put into words. Please, please keep up the good work with your participation in being an active part of our wonderful WHS class of 1960.

Our Website

Elizabeth Bentley has our website, www.whs60.org, completed. Things look fantastic. You must go on-line and check out all the tabs. There are pictures from past reunions since our 40th….our directory is current thanks to Janet Hurta (hurtagj@aol.com),…. our IN MEMORIAM section is absolutely unbelievable, and other tabs with most interesting items. Other WHS classes will be so jealous when they see our website. I will include Elizabeth’s contact info as I am sure many of you will want to send your appreciation to her. Our website is most valuable to keep everyone connected–for our graduates who live far away, for those who are unable to attend our quarterly luncheons, and for those who seldom, if ever, get to a reunion but want to keep up with all of us. Also, our heartfelt thanks to Pat Payne for his generosity in financially providing this for us. Without these two people, we would not have our website.
Elizabeth’s email address: lizzieb@designwiz.com
Pat Payne’s email address: patpayne64@comcast.net

Regarding Hurricane Harvey

Thank everyone so much for keeping all of us in the loop about our graduates who were in harm’s way with Hurricane Harvey. I feel our graduates built their lives and homes “on solid ground” because our graduates fared very well, indeed, in the midst of all the flooding and destruction that we witnessed with this storm. We have not heard from everyone but so far all reports we got were good. That says so much because things could have been so bad. The Lord has truly blessed our class. The last people who reported were:

Cynthia (Copeland) Studenko – Katy, TX
“Rode out the storm at Lake Limestone. My neighbors said water came within 2 ft of the door but did not enter the house. However, no one can get out of the subdivision because of high water at the entrance. I won’t go back till next week because of all the problems and lack of groceries and gas. My daughter’s house escaped flooding from storm but might flood because of controlled release of water from the reservoir by the city. It has been unbelievable and will cause problems for months to come. Appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”

Gayla (Miller) Webb – Katy, TX
Gayla reports that her Houston home stayed safe and dry.

Charlotte (Suttle) Kleibrink –
“I came to Waco for 6 days to see my sister so I was high and dry. I had a little water in my garage, but that is all.”

Mickey (Lucy Caperton) Nelson – Conroe
“We are fine and our children are fine…many friends not so good.”

Regarding Hurricane Irma

Again, our graduates fared well–at least, from those who have reported to us. I would imagine Pat Payne will write something about his experience with the storm as soon as he is able to take a breath and recuperate from all the work he has been doing since Irma raged through his area.

October Birthdays

6 – Randy Farrar
7 – Gregory Howell
9 – Marvin Schutza
16 – Charles Edward Wilson
17 – LuAnn (Hanna) Lund, Beverly (Summey) Gritter
18 – John Ferguson, David Walsworth
21 – Ken Baker
26 – Anitra (Harrell) Henrion
29 – Tim (Lasseter) Latta

Out & About

Jim Monnig has been busy this past summer. He and his wife, Mimi, went to a yoga place in Rhinebeck, New York. At the left is  a picture of Jim with the teacher of the course.

Earlier in the summer Jim and Mimi traveled to the Red Rocks park near Denver, Colorado. The picture (right) is of Jim and one of the kids. He said they had “a few”…which we can tell by the bottles in their hands. Hmmmm…hope they had a designated driver. However, Jim would probably know of a good lawyer who could come to his aid, (if necessary), don’t you think?

Rik Spencer, Judy Spencer, Bev Murphy Wells at Time and Again Restaurant in Greenwood, Indiana, (left) tried to connect via FaceTime with the Waco quarterly luncheon group who met at Casa on September 13. There were 41 graduates at Casa that day and things were just too loud for either end to hear. It was a wonderful idea and maybe the second time around will work better. Bev says she will bring her laptop and hopefully be at a quieter location when the connection is attempted. It is always so special when our graduates can get together…be it 3 in Indiana, 41 in Waco, or a few in other locations. The idea is get together and make some happy memories. Have you thought about getting a group together in your town???

Ken Baker and David McPhail attended a baseball game at ‘The Depot’, the new baseball stadium in Cleburne. The game featured the Cleburne Railroaders against the Wichita Wing Nuts…I believe the visiting team won the game.

 

 

From Our Graduates

Betty (Barrett) Reaties:
“I really enjoy hearing about old friends. Bill and I just completed a 64 day RV Trip from Midwest City, OK to Washington DC, down the coast to Florida and then cross country home. I’m so glad we got home before Hurricane Harvey.”

Cynthia (Kirkland) Mazza asked her 102 year old mother the secret to her longevity. These were some of Mrs. Kirkland’s secrets:

  • Have a relationship with the Lord God ( doesn’t mean religion)– Try to please God –(Faith got me through the trying times)
  • Good habits and Good decisions
  • Love my family
  • LOVE

To enhance my mind:

  • Read newspaper daily front to back
  • Read devotional books
  • Work crossword puzzles and Word search puzzles
  • When going to sleep , count backwards 100, 99, 98
  • I Love to watch football and basketball

Things I never did:

  • Smoke
  • Drink
  • Exercise
  • Watch what I ate

Oh boy, do I like the part about no exercise and eat what you want. I think I can handle that!

Blast From The Past

Linda (Shelby) Lyons was doing some cleaning out and ran across these pictures. Some were taken at Sanger Elementary, for a hint. Maybe others at Fishpond? Some have been recognized; do you recognize any others?


Aubrey Stringer, Penne Percy, Virginia Rushing

SuEllen Golden, Howard Dudgeon, Pat Payne

George Karahal, Harold Jobe (background left),– John Davis, Randy Turner (center),— Ken Lipscombe, Tommy Carter (in background between John and Randy)

Kathleen Bates, Howard Dudgeon Spring 1949- May Fete- Sanger Elementary

Sanger Ave. Mrs. Ashworth’s 3rd grade class…Spring of 1951-
some known classmates are: Jenny Hall, Karon Shinault, Madeline Rudolf, Ken Butts, Joan Williams, James Monteith,
Carl Moffet, Haridene Johnson, Allan Myers, Kay Albright, John Pierce, Eleanor Tullock, Sandra Wooten, George Karahal, Howard Dudgeon, Ronnie Morris