Waco Town Crier – August 2022

Waco has been hot, hot, hot. In 2011 (our hottest year), Waco experienced 90 days of triple digit temperatures of which 44 days were consecutive. So far, we are only two days behind the 2011 record and the prediction is that we may surpass it. Surely nothing to brag about…. just fact.

Attached is the August issue in document form. I am pleased to say several have been sending items of interest for the Crier. You will enjoy Howard Dudgeon’s “brief history” after graduation in this issue. Also, you will be pleased with a surprise that I announce. I know it has excited me.

Stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay in touch with others. With the pandemic and isolation that so many have experienced over the past few years, with the extreme heat we are now enduring, the monkey-pox and frankly, just older age…. you never know when someone might really be lonely or experiencing health issues or other problems that might need attention. Just knowing that someone else cares or shows concern can often mean so very much. So, do your part if you can.

Be kind to one another and remember:
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless. ”
– Mother Teresa

Your August Town Crier:

  • News Item
  • From Our Graduates
  • Regarding Don McGown
  • Whatever Happened To … Studebaker by David Dibb
  • Did You Know?
  • Show & Tell: Howard Dudgeon
  • Updates
  • August Birthdays
  • A Neat Idea
  • Blast From The Past
  • Humor

Happy Birthday, Class of ’60

 

On July 12th, a Birthday Party was held for WHS Class of ’60. Since most of the graduates will turn (or have already turned) 80 this year … and it had been a while since there had been a class gathering … it was a great excuse to get together. Thanks to Robert Wilson for hosting the gathering.

And, if you’d like to see pictures of the event, you’re in luck. You can download them by clicking here.

Waco Town Crier – February 2022


Wow, the first month of 2022 has flown by!

Hope all of you out there are staying free from covid.  Hope you will continue to have electricity during the cold spells that come your way.  Texas still remembers our Great Texas Freeze of 2021 that occurred in February of last year.  

Attached you will find the February 2022 issue of the Town Crier.  Remember, if you have any items of interest, send them to me and I will share with our graduates.  Do you have some pretty snow pictures?  Have you gone some place interesting?  Have you run across any interesting memorabilia while cleaning out?  

Stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind to one another.  

Here’s the February 2022 Waco Town Crier.  Contents include:

  • Updated Directory
  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • Eat This, Not That
  • Some things you might learn while living in Texas
  • February Birthdays
  • A Neat Idea
  • Pictures
  • Blasts from the Past
  • Jokes

Updated Class Directory

 


From our “Keeper of the Directory,” David Dibb:

I hope you enjoy using this directory, and that you are able to reach out to some of our old classmates. It can be printed out with a modern printer, but the 3-prong notebook hasn’t changed over 60 years … just like the ones we used for our science projects and English compositions.

The names are alphabetical by last name, using the “maiden name” of the ladies. Please let me know if you discover any updated contact information for anyone.

Thanks
David Dibb
dnadibb@dibbfamily.com

To open the directory, click on the image above.

 

Updates

Crozier Brown

First of all let me say: DO NOT TRY TO CONTACT CROZIER. His family has requested that please, no one try to call, email, or text Crozier. He needs all his strength to battle his current issues.

This is the latest report:

Crozier has been moved to the ICU but is not on a ventilator. In the ICU he has his own nurse. Unfortunately, he had a heart attack yesterday but his heart is strong and he sustained only minor damage. Some of his heart problem is from stress and anxiety and that is one of the reasons his son is requesting that his friends restrain from contacting him.
The good news is that his oxygen levels are being maintained in the low 90’s and no longer jerking up and down.

Remembrance Service for Randy Turner

 
From Kathy Turner:
Next Saturday, January 30, we are going to have an informal service for Randy in Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, at 11:30 a.m. at the Columbarium where his ashes will be entombed. It will be outside and masks required so if anyone would like to attend they are welcome to come. We would love for any of his Waco friends to be there that feel comfortable attending with the Covid still looming. I don’t have Aubrey Stringer’s or Jim Monnig’s contact information, but if you could notify them and any others you think might want to come I would appreciate it very much.

Changing of the Guard

Sometimes in life mere words cannot express true feelings of gratitude. That is the case with our thanks to Janet Hurta. Janet is not a graduate of our class but instead the spouse of our graduate, Glenn Hurta, although we made her an honorary graduate many years ago. Janet has kept our directory current for more years than I can remember. I would say she started that task around 1980/1985. We have been a very mobile class and it seems as soon as Janet brought it “up-to-date”, in the next hour or so, we would get yet another change.

The old saying, “All good things must come to an end” is so true as Janet is now ending her artistic and professional work for us. Janet’s computer crashed and she no longer has access to her software. She put our directory into a word document and PDF file making it easily transferable for her replacement. Janet said it is not fancy but it is time for someone else to take over the reins.

Thank you very much, Janet, for all the hours you have donated to our class. Please know that our hearts are full of gratitude for all your efforts. Good luck in your retirement–have fun and stay healthy!

Now, an Exciting Announcement!

I am proud to announce that David Dibb of Florence, South Carolina has agreed to take over the responsibility of our directory. All this “techy stuff” is not new to David at all. He writes two columns for Golden Life, a Seniors’ newspaper in Florence. I have been lucky enough to receive a copy for the past year or so. Rest assured that our class directory is in most capable hands! David was featured in the SHOW and TELL segment of the Town Crier in the January 2019 issue. Also, he is the one with those beautiful Japanese Maple trees!

Please do not hesitate to let us know of any contact changes you have. We are indeed so lucky to have graduates willing to give their time and talents to our class. We have got to have the best class ever.

Health News

Our graduate Phyllis Brooks really needs our prayers right now. As you are aware, she has been battling cancer for quite some time. She was unable to continue with the infusions, so that was stopped in March. Phyllis had new scans this week and an appointment with her oncologist on Friday. This is her report:

Pam and I returned to the oncologist yesterday and the news was not good. Three months without chemo caused the mass to grow and may grow into the bronchial tubes. So he recommended GOOD SHEPHERD HOSPICE. The rep called and Pam and I will meet her Monday afternoon to go over the all of the material. i know it could be six months, a year. We do not know. Thank you again for your prayers. My love to you all. Phyllis

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Also, Larry Thomas informed me about the health issues for Dave Walsworth and his wife. They also need our thoughts and prayers. The following was posted on Dave’s Facebook:

Richard Tooker – Update

 

We need some good news so I wanted to pass this along to you now.  This is the latest update from Richard Tooker:

“Here’s the update: after two separate biopsies a week apart, including a three-hour one this morning February 6th, the diagnosis is in – I DO NOT HAVE CANCER!!!!!

I have vasculitis. A rare and serious disease that can take many forms, restricting blood flow to the part of the body it invades. But it is not a death sentence. Not really curable either, but evidently it can be controlled with medication. And sometimes, it goes into remission all by itself. It will likely take me a while to get it under control, but the upshot is, I dodged a bullet. The prayers everyone said for me worked!

Today was a good day!”

RNT