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Jan 1, 2005 at 16:09:30 J. Polzin (SLO Home at last!)
Happy New Year to all. I am finally home, hopefully to stay for a while. My Julie is recoverying, got some good news Thursday, her tissue was sent to UCLA and came back clear. This means no KEMO! Wishing all of your a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year.
 
Jan 1, 2005 at 17:02:00 JimG (Tulare)
Happy New Year You all!::::Sorry Wayne and Bill, maybe that 5 year contract still had stars in Ted's eyes, but not the Stars over Texas. Dave I guess when you get up off the floor on that last minute, should I say last second TD, that it really happened. Bill I guess two rejections in one year, the dog and Cal's loss, is best to be forgotten and start a new year on the right foot. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!::::Jim G::
 
Jan 3, 2005 at 18:07:10 BillyC (In/Oh)
Well, the DL and I are back after our extended stay in Europe. It was pouring down rain (in buckets) when we got to London on my 65th birthday, the 17th) but the next day was fairly nice, cloudy but not raining. We went through Westminster Abbey finally. The next day we went to Paris, it was cold an rainy. When we left home, it was cold and rainy, but by now it was in the single digits back home and a monster snow had fallen. Then we went to Lucerne in Switzerland- It was really cold, but not rainy, On to Florence, Italy, it was cold, but no rain. Got to Rome, cold and rainy. Went to see that Vatican City, Saw St Peter's Cathedral and the Cistene Chapel and it's ceiling, and a few drinks of local red wine. On Christmas day, we flew from Rome to Athens, it was cold in Rome, cool in Athens. Very few people at the Airport in either place. The DL was po'd. She was looking through the pamphlet on the tour, said there were only two tour related transfers from the airport to the hotel. 10:30 am and 8:00pm. Actually we were met at the airport and driven to the hotel in a nice new Mercedes Cab. The DL was happy, our sons were in the room next to ours. We went all over Greece, it seemed in the few days that followed. Hey, Ellie, my wife found a Star of David in one of the floor tiles centered under the dome of one of the Orthodox Greek Chapels in one of the nunneries we went to, they said David was one of their icons, too. That particular nunnery was up on one of the hills near the monastery featured in one of 007 movies a few years back. We left Athens at 3:00 am on 1/2/05 to make it back here in time for the DL to go back and torture her students again, Boy am I tired from being on airplanes that long. I think I'll go to bed. It was 57 degrees above 0 in Cincinnati, but it was still raining.
 
Jan 4, 2005 at 04:24:35 BRAD (VISALIA)
WELCOME HOME BILLY, YOU ARE THE CLASS WORLD TRAVELER. IS THERE ANY PART OF THE WORLD THAT YOU HAVE NOT SEEN? CLASSMATES, PRAY FOR NYLON. HE HAS A HEART CONDITION THAT IS CAUSING HIM PROBLEMS. HE AND TJ STOPPED BY TODAY TO SAY HELLO. DAVID AND ROSEMARY, YOU ARE SO GENEROUS. IT MAY BE THE CLASS SITE, BUT YOU HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE. IT HAS DONE MORE TO KEEP THE CLASS TOGETHER THAN ANY OTHER THING THAT HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE. I AM THANKFUL FOR IT AND FOR YOUR TALENT TO KEEP IT OPERATING AND MANAGED FOR ALL OF THIS TIME. GOD'S BLESSINGS TO ALL. LOVE BRAD
 
Jan 4, 2005 at 08:15:08 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Corcoran Elementary School / The class of '56 started in Mrs. Gorden's Kindergarten class. / Crayons, nap blankets, paste, and scissors were ours at last / We had teachers named Boling, Newlove, Korsmoe, Gale and Spafford. / And never forget Filer, Huff, Ratkins, and Ford. / Remember the recesses, we never missed a start bell. / The monkey bars, they were so high, we always fell. / The swing was over 40 feet tall. / But now it is very small. / Remember the Halloweens, track events, games and drum and bugle corp. / The volleyball, football and baseball. The dancing, what a bore. / The summers were best with bible classes, and just playing. / With hikes to the reservoir, plus bicycles, camping and swimming. / The seven years of walking to and from the school grounds. / The fights with friends or foes plus the fogs, dogs, goatheads and ant mounds. / The alleys of Corcoran were the best. / With horses, cows and chickens on nests. / June of '50 the boys dressed in blue pants and white shirts. / The girls in with white blouses and blue skirts. / They had worked their way through Elementary school from South to North. / Graduation and across the alley, to start all over again for what it was worth. / We had completed our steady northern moves toward big high school / There was anticipation, laughter, sadness and maybe a little blue. / But first there is another summer to run around. / To look and smell and listen to the sound.
 
Jan 4, 2005 at 13:32:08 wcrow (palm desert)
Thanks David and RO for poetically recalling what was our most innocent years but maybe our most formative. Billy C I sit here in Palm Desert watching it rain for days now and read your message . I have been to all of those places but in the sunshine with warm days and nights. Dave , please send me a personal note and tell me again how to access the members emails. Thanks. Prayers are sent for Nylon. Luv you all WC
 
Jan 4, 2005 at 15:39:36 BillyC (In/Oh)
Hey, WC, I've been there in nicer weather also. We did have some sunshine in Swiss land, but we were above the clouds in the Alps. and was it cold up there. It was cold here too. We had 22 inches of snow the weekend before Christmas. It shut down Brookville for three days. Nylon, hang in there buddy, our prayers are with you.
 
Jan 5, 2005 at 12:24:28 Betty G (Visalia)
Happy New Year and good morning to everyone. We're back home and trying to get back to somewhat normal. We can't seem to find normal anymore. Billy C sounds like you and your family had a great trip maybe a little cold and wet, but your family was with you. Nylon, hope your feeling better and take care of yourself. Jackie, glad to hear the good news from you.::Yes, Wayne & Bill, so sorry about your game. Maybe next year. ::Has anyone heard from Bill Rose? If :: you have a update would you please let us know.::Frank Gomez & Shirley Dunehew sent me picture from the class reunion I will be forwarding to David to go on the website.::Stay healthy and fit in the new year.::::Betty G
 
Jan 7, 2005 at 17:54:14 Dave (Baton Rouge)
On 12/23, I received an email from Sharon Hollis. Sharon Hollis is the daughter of Nat and Shirley Toney Marshall. She gave me her mothers address and phone number. I had mentioned this email before, but it was part of the "Guess Who" notes that I dumbly deleted. Dumbly Is that a word? Before I could add Shirley's information to the site my computer had a major problem. I found the problem and it was me. Anyway, the computer man said, with a smirk on his face, as he stuck a hundred bucks in his pocket, "Don't do that again". What were we talking about? Oh Yes, I finally recovered Sharon's email and added Shirley's name and address to our list yesterday. Also yesterday, our daughter and son-in-law sailed for the Florida Keys to warm-up; then on to Bermuda.
 
Jan 8, 2005 at 00:52:49 wcrow (palm desert)
Hello good friends, I called Nylon to ask how he was and he assured me that the problem was not major but was related to the previous surgery he had a few years ago. With meds adjusted he said he was in ok shape. TJ said he needed to follow his doctors' advice better. I don't know about Bill Rose. I emailed him last week but have gotten no answer. I am soooo tired of this weather with the rain everyday. I don't like being housebound. When the storms stop and the roads clear we may head up to Truckee and ski for 2 weeks. I know my home up there is buried in snow. There is probably at least 7' around the house. Enough gripping from me. byby
 
Jan 8, 2005 at 09:48:02 Ellie (Fla.)
David, that piece on the past was lovely. I didn't know you were a poet, much less a writer of verse.::Wayne, Truckee made the national weather map. Wow! shades of the Yukon. Sargeant Preston and his Royal Mounted Police.::Nylon, take your pills!!::The week my daughter was here there were 4 hours of sun. This week is 80 everyday.::David, I have problem with computer. Cin set it up for me that I could burn cds so easily. The minute she leaves I'm in trouble. This message keeps coming up."Errors reported by output device." What the heck is this?::Billy, do you and DL have a permanent pass? It's truly incredible, the places you've traveled. ::Gotta get busy, company coming. Love this lifeline.
 
Jan 8, 2005 at 12:26:05 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Ellie, without more information, this message, "Errors reported by output device", means data isn't being provided to the CD recorder continuously or fast enough.
 
Jan 8, 2005 at 19:05:10 Jacque Polzin Thomson (SLO)
Well the creeks are rising and we've got the boats tied to the house incase we need an ark. At noon we'd had another 3 inches of rain since 6AM. One other year we got storms like this & the golf course at Avila was completely flooded. I've got pictures of the trees and the hole flags sticking out of the water and people kayaking on the course. Tonight is the highest tide of the year so it should be interesting at Avila.::I sent a note to Bill & Sonia and it reminded me that several months ago I suggested that we all stop a noon and think about Bill for 1 minute. ( Think, pray, meditate, send good thoughts, but do it for Bill) Now maybe we should resolve to do it again but for all our Classmates who are having difficulties of any kind and of course for Bill. It sure wouldn't hurt. You'll never know what kind of power all those combined thoughts might have, let's try it! Well my computer power pack just came on so I have 15 minutes to get this thing shut down......my power is out! I'm going to love cooking on the wood stove! bye for now.::
 
Jan 9, 2005 at 08:46:26 JimG (Tulare)
Hello everyone,::::Wayne this is just a thought . . . If you really get feeling cabin fever, maybe you could call and volunteer your time to your old work place. That should make you come back to reality. Ellie, get a new computer operator/technician and make sure he is rich for your high maintenance costs! Jacque, hope I don't hear anything about our place in Pismo like we did a year ago! We did see on the news a woman being rescued from the flooding river in San Luis Obispo. Sonia hope everything is going better with Bill, let us know. Betty . . . the next time your computer is on the blink call me and I will give you all my sympathy if that will help it get fixed. David I have an idea for extra income but the travel time might eat up the profits fixing all your classmate's computers. Nat, at least your Wesley will play dominoes with me . . . your next.::::JimG::::::
 
Jan 9, 2005 at 08:49:46 JimG (Tulare)
Nat . . . that was suppose to say your brother Wesley. I will proofread next time.::::JimG::::
 
Jan 10, 2005 at 07:50:57 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, WHAT BEAUTIFUL WEATHER WE ARE HAVING. EVERYTHING IS SO FRESH AFTER A RAIN. I LOVE IT WHEN THE BAROMETRIC PRESSURE IS LOW AND YOU CAN SEE FOR MILES. THE MOUNTAINS LOOK LIKE THEY ARE JUST DOWN THE STREET. LIFE IS GOOD, GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. IF ANYONE IS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO READ, I WOULD RECOMMEND THE BOOK OF JOHN IN THE BIBLE. GOD,S LOVE IS SO WONDERFULLY SHOWN BY OUR JEWISH BROTHER. I AM WISHING THE VERY BEST FOR ALL OF YOU. REMEMBER TO PRAY AT NOON EACH DAY (THANKS JACQUE FOR THE REMINDER). WE ALL NEED IT. LOVE BRAD
 
Jan 10, 2005 at 17:42:23 BillyC (In/Oh)
Hi Ellie, When the DL and I went through Passport control, the officer asked me if I liked to travel a lot. I told him, "Yeah, but check hers out!" I had two or three bland pages in the back of my passport, the Dl only had one blank page. She has to get a new passport before we cam go anywhere else. Jacque, we don't have as bad weather as you guys, but It's pretty bad here too. Saturday it was 20 here, 38 yesterday, 46 today, 56 tomorrow, 69 Thursday, 20 again on Friday, and colder on Saturday. The Ohio river is 5 feet above flood stage, before dropping later tomorrow morning when it starts raining again, before changing to snow on Friday. Some are expecting a snow as bad as the few days before Xmas. It's nice riding on the wx elevator. While I was in Switzerland, I came down with my first cough since my heart surgery in May 2001, It lasted until I left Greece. I came back yesterday, fortunately it is only a cough, no chest congestion though. We'll see about the weather as it comes by and accept it, I guess.
 
Jan 10, 2005 at 22:12:54 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Hey Billy, Sounds like they call her the DL because she's dragging you all over the world !!!
 
Jan 12, 2005 at 08:17:26 JimG (Tulare)
Hey Billy C/Dave/All Travelers,::::I want to know where I have to go to get a passport out of California. Boy do Arlene & I have a lot of catching up to do if we want to see some of the things that CUHS classmates have. All aboard for the next train or I guess it would be a plane. ::::JimG::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::JimG::::::::
 
Jan 14, 2005 at 16:15:06 Jacqueline P. Thomson (San Luis Obispo)
Hello to everyone, I have had to change my email address. I've been getting the wrong kind of mail. I had the old address blocked. I've sent David my new address, incase you want to send me an email. What a pain this is I have to send out messages to everyone in my address book.....individually!
 
Jan 15, 2005 at 11:32:08 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Jim, the California border hasn't been closed; has it? Now's your chance to get away. I've added the pictures from Frank Gomez and Shirley Dunehew to the Pismo pages. Great pictures. Thank You Shirley and Frank. A letter has been written about the Pismo Beach reunion and mailed to everyone without e-mail. Sometime very soon, I'll send the letter to those that have e-mail. I did forget to include in the letter the highpoint of our trip. Visiting the urinal at the Madonna Inn. Thanks to Brad, I was able to visit this astonishing masterpiece of construction. Keep in Touch Dave
 
Jan 15, 2005 at 11:39:57 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Pismo Beach Get Together !!!::The Pismo reunion was another good one. To start it off, a special thanks to Jacqueline and husband John. They opened their home for an early bird Halloween party. John tended bar and Jacque kept the food coming. It was a lot of fun with much laughter, talking and eating.::We especially want to thank Sid and Betty Grant for hosting this event and picking the location. The next morning, thanks to Betty, the hospitality room at the Spyglass Inn was opened early. They kept it stocked with snacks and drinks. Plus they cleaned up each night. Nat set up his trailer mounted Bar-B-Q pit in the park down the street. The park is on a high bluff over looking the ocean. The sun was bright and sky very blue, perfect for a picnic in the park. The meal was delicious. We should take lessons from Nat. After the meal, it was back to the hospitality room for some::intellectual discussion.::The next day was free and people went shopping, played golf or just sat and talked. Two missing classmate, Frank Gomez and Transito Solis, just showed up at the Inn unexpected. They were quickly made to feel welcome.::That evening we had a very good sit-down dinner. Of all the reunions, this was by far the one of the best meal.::The last day we made a bus trip to Morro Bay for lunch at the Coffee Pot Restaurant. After lunch, Chi Fa Lu, the owner closed the restaurant just for us to talk about growing up an orphan in China. If you get a chance, read “Double Luck”.::Classmates attending the reunion were: Frank & Jane Avitia, Wayne & Pat Crow, Barbara (Mitchell) & Bob Dunehew, Bob & Shirley (Alexander) Dunehew, Tommy & Shirley (Gibson) Denehew, Joan (Terry) Florence, David & Rosemary (Oldham) Gilbert, Bev & Brad Gilton, Frank Gomez, Jim & Arlene::Gonsalves, Sid &
 
Jan 15, 2005 at 12:26:23 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Pismo Beach Get Together !!!::Sid & Betty (Archibald) Grant, Maurice Jones, Melvin & Elaine Jones, Nat Marshall, Dorothy McDonald, Tommy Nevarez, Elinore (Taub)Ross, TJ & Nylon Scott, Transito & Minga Solis, Bill & Robyn Streshly, John & Jacqueline (Polzin) Thomson, Charlie & Becky Toledo, Barbara(Goodrich) Weaver, Konrad & Julia (Hirsch) Wedekind, Jerry & Dolores White.::To sum it up: It was a great time at a great place with some great friends.::We have two pages of pictures of this reunion on the site.::Keep in Touch,::David and Rosemary Gilbert
 
Jan 15, 2005 at 21:16:25 Sonia (Columbia, MO.)
(I just received this email from Sonia. Looks like we need to call or send an e-mail to Bill. Dave) ::Just a quick note to all.::Recently Bill went to the hospital in StL for some additional tests. After a few CT scans, we've made it back home to the hospital in Columbia.::Additional cancer was found throughout.::Bill will be coming back to the house with Hospice at the beginning of the week.::Please do not hesitate to call or stop by for a visit. A friendly smile and warm handshake would certainly be welcomed.::::Sonia
 
Jan 16, 2005 at 20:10:10 Joan (Bakersfield)
Hi everyone, I just logged on to wish everyone a Happy New year and read Sonia's update on Bill. That must have been a very hard one to write. My hopes and prayers are with them as they face this very difficult time. ::Joan
 
Jan 18, 2005 at 03:35:16 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, SONIA, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LETTER. WE ARE CONTINUING TO PRAY FOR BILL. GOD SEES YOUR SITUATION AND IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR SUPPORT. JOAN, GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU. DON'T BE SO QUIET. I HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE READING (OR HAVE ALREADY READ) THE BOOK OF JOHN. POWERFUL WORDS ARE WRITTEN THERE. EVERY THING YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE JOURNEY TO HEAVEN. THE PASTOR SAID SUNDAY THAT WE WOULD TAKE NOTHING WHEN WE GO. BUT, WHAT WE WILL TAKE IS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. BEVERLY AND I ARE HAVING SO MUCH FUN WITH OUR GGD GIANNA. WHAT A BLESSING. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. LOVE, YOUR BROTHER, BRAD
 
Jan 20, 2005 at 01:45:59 wcrow (palm desert)
Hi Good Friends, We just returned from Minnesota where we attended 2 wakes and 2 Catholic funerals for members of Pat's family. One was expected and one was not. God sure made it hard on the families when it got to minus 20. The sun was out, the sky was blue, and it was so cold it was hard to breathe. WE are now facing the loss of a dear friend of 25 years in the Bay area which will be very hard for Pat as they call themselves sisters. Now I read from Sonia the news about Bill, a friend of 62 years and I have to sit down and think about this state of being called life. I will do the noontime prayers and send good thoughts to all of you as we are all in harms way. luv2all::
 
Jan 20, 2005 at 07:22:02 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, PAT AND WAYNE, I'M SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS. TWENTY BELOW IS FAR TOO COLD FOR ME FOR ANYTHING. I GUESS IF YOU LIVE THERE, YOU GET USED TO IT. PAT, YOU ARE THE FIRST ONE WHO CHIMED IN ON THE IDEA ABOUT THE REUNION 2056 WHEN WE WERE IN BAKERSFIELD IN 2001. FEEL FREE TO INVITE YOUR ADOPTED SISTER TO OUR REUNION. I CHANGED THE TIME AND DATE AND PRESENTED THE IDEA TO MY FAMILY AT A GILTON FAMILY REUNION IN 2102. ANYONE MAY USE IT AS YOUR OWN FOR YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS. IF YOU CARE TO SEE IT, YOU WILL FIND IT BY GOING TO THE "HOME PAGE" HERE ON THIS SITE. CLICK ON MEMBERS, CLICK ON THE CONSTRUCTION SIGN AFTER MY NAME, SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM, CLICK ON "VISIT MY SITE", SCROLL DOWN TO THE LINK "2056 REUNION". WE HAVE AN EXCITING JOURNEY AHEAD. FAR GREATER THAN WE CAN IMAGINE. THAT'S WHY I AM ENCOURAGEING EVERYONE TO BE READY. IT'S NOT AUTOMATIC, WE HAVE TO DECIDE TO GO. JUST THINKING ABOUT IT MAKES ME WANT TO GO TODAY. OUR GOD IS SO AWESOME. LOVE BRAD::::::
 
Jan 20, 2005 at 07:30:26 BRAD (VISALIA)
CORRECTION: AT A GILTON FAMILY REUNION IN 2002. FOR A GILTON FAMILY REUNION IN 2102 IN HEAVEN. ....SOMETIMES, I HAVE TO DO IT TWO OR MORE TIMES TO GET IT RIGHT. LOVE BRAD
 
Jan 20, 2005 at 18:03:19 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Remember when "Guess Who" added some pictures in the guest book. I wrote a little note that detailed what I knew about them and said they had "FunWebProducts" in their computer, what ever that is. Being curious, I researched it and found an article by Mark Gibbs Network World Web Applications Newsletter dated 12/10/03. I don't think you want FunWebProducts in your computer. A lot of site visitors have it. Anyway, click on FunWebProducts on the guest book page.
 
Jan 21, 2005 at 16:01:49 Florence (Rose) Odom (Nipomo CA (SLO County))
To all of my dear brother's classmates:::I am in Columbia MO to be with Bill and Sonia in this most difficult of times. We do not know how many more days Bill has, but he is resting comfortably and is receiving the best of care.::He eats very little and is so weak. My husband, John, is a great help in moving Bill from bed to a recliner where Bill prefers to spend the day. Bill talks very little and sleeps most of the time. ::We are prepared as best as can be expected for what is to come.::We love him and will miss him dearly.::We appreciate your prayers.::Sincerely, Florence Rose Odom, Class of "55".
 
Jan 22, 2005 at 19:47:00 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES, I TALKED WITH SONIA THIS MORNING. SHE SAID BILL IS VERY WEAK AND IS EATING VERY LITTLE. THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT SHE SAID SHE HAS NO DOUBT THAT BILL IS READY FOR THE GREAT JOURNEY. IT IS SAD, BUT, WE HAVE THAT HOPE AND WE WILL SEE HIM AGAIN. OUR REUNION 2056 IS LOOKING BETTER ALL THE TIME. THE SPIRIT WORLD IS JUST A DIMENSION AWAY. I KNOW THAT GOD IS GIVING COMFORT TO BILL AND SONIA RIGHT NOW. GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME. LOVE YOUR BROTHER, BRAD
 
Jan 22, 2005 at 21:42:33 Dave (Baton Rouge)
To Bill. I have so many memory of you that I couldn't begin to cover them all in a year. I remember the last time when you and Sonia stopped by on your way to south Texas. I remember the 30th reunion in Visalia when you introduced me to Sonia. I tried to tell you that I met her in::San Francisco during the 20th reunion. It finally dawned on me she wasn't the same wife. I was embarrassed; you were laughing. I remember in Tokyo going with you in a staff car to the American embassy to deliver something. We::had a security guard and you had whatever in briefcase hand cuffed to your wrist. I remember the times you came to our home Tokyo. I remember going in his Ford convertible to see the state track finals at the LA Coliseum in '55. Watching Wayne and Jerry do their thing. I remember the donkey that you could ride anytime he::wanted you to and anywhere except across the Orange Ave. bridge. You could ride him across the railroad truss, but that was scary. The 12 years of school have all run together in my mine. The 1st grade was a long long time ago. Its been a long road, Buddy, a long old road. See you. Dave ........ Bill has been given his last rites by his priest, is sleeping::quietly and will soon be with God.
 
Jan 23, 2005 at 08:01:52 brad (visalia)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES.IT'S SUNDAY, OUR DAY OF WORSHIP. I CAN'T WAIT. IT'S SO EXCITING. OUR GOD IS SO AWESOME. DAVE, THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR LETTER TO BILL. MORE AND MORE IT IS CONFIRMED TO ME THAT GOD HAS PUT US ALL TOGETHER FOR A PURPOSE. THAT'S WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE FIND EVERYONE. WE HAVE SOMETHING SO UNIQUE. I HAVE NOT HEARD OF ANOTHER CLASS THAT HAS THE TOGETHERNESS THAT WE HAVE. EVERY MEMBER HAS AN IMPORTANT PART TO CONTRIBUTE. THE BOND OF LOVE IS GROWING MORE AND MORE EACH DAY. CLASSMATES, YOU ARE SO SPECIAL. YOU ARE SO EASY TO LOVE. GOD BLESS. BRO BRAD P.S, I REALLY DO REFRAIN MYSELF. I HAVE SO MUCH MORE I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE.
 
Jan 23, 2005 at 11:00:08 Ellie (Fla)
Brad, don't worry about it. You manage to put into words, at this most appropriate time, what some of us are unable to say. I,too, remember Billy; a very sweet fellow.::I've stayed tuned in from the beginning thanks to our group. Just think of the many people who have been holding his hand through this with Sonia. That's a lot of support and careing.::We'll be here for you,as well, when in need.
 
Jan 23, 2005 at 19:57:55 Rose (Columbia MO)
Bill Rose quietly passed away this Sunday evening at approx 5pm.::::Funeral service will be at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia MO, 65202. (573) 443-3173::::Exact date and time yet to be determined. Details to follow.::::Sincere thanks for all the prayers and visits,::
 
Jan 25, 2005 at 16:26:33 Patty (Chanute)
Sonia, ::Our deepest Love & Prayers go out to you and all your family at this most difficult time. I know Bill was a fine man and was a great Classmate both in our younger years and in these past few years of typing back & forth. I know your wonderful memories of him will be of tremendous comfort to you and that it will help to enable you to live on with this::sad loss. We send our heartful sympathy and please let us know if we can be of any help to you at anythime. The world and our Classmates have lost someone very special.::God Bless You. Forever, Patty & Darold
 
Jan 29, 2005 at 10:28:40 JimG (Tulare)
Hello again,::::Just wrote a note to Sonia and family to the sad news of Bill's passing . . . I was looking forward to seeing Bill and Sonia at Pismo because it really had been a long time since I saw Bill and to meet Sonia. Hopefully Sonia will come to the next one as Joan did when we lost Stan. As we all know Bill was a fine person and he will be well rewarded.::::JimG::
 
Jan 30, 2005 at 11:53:52 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, IT'S SUNDAY. OUR DAY OF WORSHIP. OUR GOD IS SO GOOD. LIFE IS GOOD. WE ARE SO BLESSED. TO GOD BE THE GLORY. LOVE , BRAD
 
Feb 1, 2005 at 01:00:48 Jacqueline (San Luis Obispo sunny & 65!)
Thanks David for the alert, I agree everyone should read Billy Rose's obituary. I wish everyone would read it and then get busy with their own bio. for the class pages. It's very sad to read about someone when they are gone. Bill had a wonderful, full life and accomplished so many things. I wished I had taken the opportunity to call him and find some of these things out in a conversation instead of reading about his life when he can't answer my questions. It does sound like Bill had loads of fun and didn't waste time thinking about doing something, he just did it! Except for a few emails I missed the opportunity to get reaquainted. Don't be surprised if you all get an occasional phone call from me. I don't want this to happen again.::Billy C., where are you hiding? Are you shoveling snow or just reading a good book?::Wayne how's it going? No skiing adventures to report?::David and Rosemary, no new project started. How about the Mardi Gras? I know Baton Rouge has a good one, what's going on with you two? I'm wearing my beads til the 9th of February!!!::Julia, what's up, are you back from your Christmas travels?::Ellie, I miss your quick wit! I owe you a note, it's coming!!::Jim G did Brad ask you about printing for the 50th? Don't do it if it means you would have to work instead of be there.::What happened to my 4th grade boyfriend? (how come I had boyfriends in grammer school and not HS?) Doesn't he ever leave a message. Now that he's lost 40# maybe he sunning on a nuddie beach!!!!! Can't be still drowning his sorrows because the Bears didn't make it to the Rose Bowl,or maybe that why Wayne hasn't check in also. I'll catch the rest of you the next time I check in, I'm off to Fresno, my daughter's having more tests and my Mom's 93rd birthday is Thursday.
 
Feb 1, 2005 at 13:08:25 Betty G (Visalia)
We just got back home after spending some time in Palm Springs and then on to Vegas for a few days. Sid was able to work in a few golf games and 80 was perfect weather. ::So sorry to read the news about Bill.::Sid & I remember him so well as though as it was yeaterday. I served him his very favorite meal at Nielsens drivein many times. At the time it was roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy. He did not want the meat and gravy on top of the bread. He always complained about that until we finally got it right. Many times he did not have the money to pay so we let him sign the ticket and he always came back the next day to pay. He was always happy. ::Sid remembers going out to his house in the wee hrs of the morning to feed animals. He remembers Bill did not always show up. All the games they played together.::Sounds like he has had a wonderful life here and it will only get better.::Sonia our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What a great life. We will miss him even though we did not see him or hear from him often.::::Sid & Betty
 
Feb 3, 2005 at 13:16:33 Dave (Baton Rouge)
I was just sitting here day dreaming and RO ask, "Where would I like to go for lunch". This is an older persons version of "What do you want for lunch". The first thing that came to mind was, "I'd like to go to Superior Dairy in Hanford and get a strawberry milkshake"! Oh well dream on. Jacque, if the road to Fresno is getting old, take a side trip to Hanford and have a strawberry milkshake for me.
 
Feb 3, 2005 at 19:11:44 Barbara G (Ventura)
Dave: I introduced my daughter to Superior Dairy in Hanford about two years ago. Now, we always stop there when we're in the valley. I also work with a gal from Hanford, so we often dream of taking a day trip to pick up some ice cream. It seems that you never forget the good things from your youth. Maybe one day of our 50th reunion could be spent "remembering".
 
Feb 5, 2005 at 08:49:41 JimG (Tulare)
Just sitting here at the computer at about 5:30 a.m. reading your comments about Superior Dairy . . . Maybe at the next reunion the class should have lunch there like we did at The Coffee Pot. You know Superior Dairy is just about the same in appearance and quality ice cream as it was in the 50's. Can you imagine what could have happened if there were such words as Franchises back then. Every time I go to Hanford I stop in to get a gallon of hand packed chocolate, or strawberry or . . . Dave wake up your still dreaming!::By the way a double decker cone costs more than 10 cents now.::::JimG::::
 
Feb 5, 2005 at 16:31:29 Dave (Baton Rouge, LA.)
*More than 10˘ for a ice cream cone!! I guess I'd have to get a FHA loan to swing a strawberry milkshake. Wow, I bet gasoline cost more than a buck 75 in California. Rosemary worked for a CPA almost next door to the Superior Dairy. When the boss was out of town...party time. The next reunion, I'm going. You hear Brad and Jacque. Brad it could be sinful, but ...to bad.*::*Jacque, we don't do Mardi Gras, people get stupid at Mardi Gras. They made a big deal about what happened in SLO. The same thing goes on here at every little town. New Orleans.. you couldn't pay me to go there during Mardi Gras. Bad enough during a normal day.*
 
Feb 6, 2005 at 16:05:13 Jacque (Locked down SLO)
David Mardi Gras is trying to happen here....but with an additional 400 police, Highway Patrol and various undercover agencies involved.....the only one's who are partying hardy are the Policing agencies, they are having BBQ's under a big top on the Cal Poly campus. They have the CP campus shut down, you have to show ID to get in, the police are standing shoulder to shoulder all night along the streets where the students had their riot last year, Downtown looks ghost-like Saturday night according to the newspaper and as usual even after all the warnings by the local police dept. to all high schools and colleges in almost all of Calif., they had a few idots arrested. There is a website, by a poly student promoting a Poly Gras next weekend. But they still held the Mardi Gras Ball at the Madonna Inn Satuday night.::I wore my beads Wednesday night and stopped at a store to pick up some supplies for the meeting I was going to, the clerk told me I would be smart to take my beads off until I got to my destination! ::What I can't understand is that at least 7 students last year got convicted of felony charges related to the riots....doesn't that really ruin their ability to get good jobs once they leave college?::Now back to Superior Daries.....they had a place on Higuera street in SLO that imported the ice cream for about 5 years but it just wasn't the same. Even MR. Arden Farms (my dad) use to take his family there anytime we were in Hanford. We celebrated my Mom's 93rd BD Sat., I'm back to Fresno on Wed, going to own the gas refinery soon. I have to put the high octane stuff in my car and it's $2.35 and going up! All gas is over $2 per gallon along the coast, there isn't that much difference in the Valley.
 
Feb 6, 2005 at 16:36:52 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Jacque, I guess I didn't make myself clear enough. Today's headlines in the Time-Picayune. (yes, that's the name of the New Orleans paper) "The final weekend of Carnival got off to a bloody start as eight people, six in New Orleans and two in Jefferson Parish, were killed within a 24-hour span that began Friday evening, officials said."
 
Feb 7, 2005 at 13:55:10 BillyC (In/OH)
I guess I was lucky when I got to go to Mardi Gras in 1963. I was stationed in San Angelo, Tx, and a friend was from Slidell, LA. I think we were still celebrating both George and Abe's birthdays, and a carload of the guys took off at midnight on the Thursday before. I drove the car all the way there - 14 hours. The guys told me I had a great time while there. They had a great time waiting for me to get out of the jail house, after getting thrown out of the Playboy Club. That's about all I remember of the trip, but I believe the guys. That was when Mardi Gras was still fun. When I was stationed near New Orleans ten years later, it had already changed to a much rougher crowd. I am glad I was there once before it got wild. I really liked that area, even not during Mardi Gras time.
 
Feb 7, 2005 at 16:15:39 Jacque
Hey Billy C welcome back, where have you been hiding? Did the DL give you a long list of "Honey Do's"?
 
Feb 8, 2005 at 09:26:46 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS. SONIA, I HOPE YOU ARE DOING WELL. I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT BILL. THIS MORNING, IN THE OBITUARIES, I SAW AN UNUSUAL POEM WRITTEN BY AN ART TEACHER. HE STARTED: CAN YOU BELIEVE "I" AM ON THIS PAGE? THAN HE WENT ON TO DESCRIBE WHAT HEAVEN IS LIKE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS GOING TO BE LIKE, I JUST KNOW IT IS THE GREATEST ADVENTURE EVER. IT'S WHAT WE ARE (ETERNITY) PREPARING FOR. THERE ARE TWO CHOISES. LIFE IS GOOD, GOD IS GOOD. I WANT TO KNOW HIM BETTER. IT'S GOOD TO SEE ALL THE CHATTER. LOVE YOU ALL. BRAD
 
Feb 10, 2005 at 12:42:05 wcrow (palm desert)
Hi Good Friends, WE have been busy just keeping up with life situations which seem to come at a faster pace than we can sometimes cope with. Deaths among family and old friends, sickness arriving at doors unexpectedly, a daughter who still needs our help. WE have been away dealing with these as best we can. I feel like I have been in bad weather since October. It is going to rain again here and that is great for the desert but bad for golf. I guess I will trade golf for great flowers in the spring when we hike more. It is good to read all of the messages which tell me that all of you are doing well. I will try to keep on line more often. luv2all
 
Feb 11, 2005 at 23:54:32 Jacqueline (San Luis Obispo)
ok David I decided to look around the site and went to the home page....what's the plug in/Java thing??? I havent had a s mail in a month and don't want to click on it if it isn't for the site. I had some spare time and thought I'd REALLY look at the pictures.....but I am going to wait til I get the OK from you!!
 
Feb 12, 2005 at 06:49:16 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Hi Jacque, The java thing is a drop down index for the most of the site. The index is written in java. On Rosemary's 995Mhz computer the index appears without seeing the jave spinning star. My computer will show the star for about 3 sec before the index appears. If you click on it while you can read java, it will take you to another site. It doesn't work on some Netscape browsers! Go to the home page and wait it out, but don't click on it. If the index doesn't show in 45 sec. Quit and let me know.
 
Feb 14, 2005 at 16:38:29 Betty G (Visalia)
Hello from Visalia,::Thanks Rosemary & David for the valentines. Real nice surprise. Sid gave me a box of chocolates and being the nice guy he is, he is helping me eat them. We are finally having good weather in our area but it is suppose to start raining tomorrow for a week. We are going down south this weekend for baseball games, hoping for good weather.::Hope everyone is doing well and planning for the 50th. We want no excuses.::::Betty g::
 
Feb 14, 2005 at 22:10:43 BRAD (VISALIA)
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO ALL MY BEAUTIFUL CLASSMATES. THANK YOU DAVE AND ROSEMARY. LOVE BRAD
 
Feb 15, 2005 at 08:09:34 Ellie (Fl.)
Loved the Valentine Faces. Brightened the whole page.
 
Feb 15, 2005 at 09:22:27 JimG (Tulare)
Couldn't find any Java, not even in my cup! ::::JimG::::
 
Feb 15, 2005 at 16:27:57 Patty (Chanute, Ks)
Hope everyone had a "Super Valentine's Day"!! You ALL deserved it. Love, Patty & Darold
 
Feb 19, 2005 at 07:48:59 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES. HOW IS EVERYONE TODAY. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN VISALIA. A LITTLT RAIN, A LITTLE SUN, ALL THE THINGS WE NEED. DID ANY OF YOU SEE THE PROGRAM ON TV THE OTHER NIGHT ABOUT THE MYSTERIOUS BLACK HOLES IN SPACE? I HAVE BEEN FASCINATED BY THEM. IT DEMONSTRATES HOW BIG OUR UNIVERSE IS. ONE IS 1.2 BILLION TIMES THE MASS OF THE SUN, 700 LIGHT YEARS AWAY, MULTI-MILLION DEGREE TEMPERATURES. IT'S AMAZING. I JUST CAN'T IMAGINE IT ALL. TO ME, THOSE NUMBERS APPROACH INFINITY. THEY ARE BUILDING A BIGGER TELESCOPE THAT WILL BE FINISHED IN 2006. I WONDER WHAT THEY WILL DISCOVER NEXT. OUR GOD CREATED IT ALL. HOW AWESOME AND WONDERFUL IS OUR GOD. BLESSINGS TO ALL. LOVE BRAD
 
Feb 19, 2005 at 11:49:03 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Jim, You need a some java in your computer. The quick way is to dump the cup into the computer, but that could be expensive. Go to http://java.com/en/ and down load it for free.
 
Feb 20, 2005 at 15:42:01 Dave (Baton Rouge)
BillyC's older brother, Jack is building a Corcoran High School site for the classes of 1952 through 1955. He made a mistake of emailing me a page that is in the works... So I stuck it on our site. The link is on the Guest Book page. Just reading the names brings back lots of memories. If you know any addresses, you can let Billy or me know and we can get in touch with Jack or give you his email address. I know Jack sent questionnaires to many of you.
 
Feb 21, 2005 at 06:13:22 BRAD (VISALIA)
DEAR CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, YESTERDAY IN OUR CHURCH BULLETIN, THE WORDS FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH FOUND IN 40:28. "DO YOU NOT KNOW? HAVE YOU NOT HEARD? THE LORD IS THE EVERLASTING GOD, THE CREATOR OF THE ENDS OF THE EARTH." IT JUST TIED IN WITH WHAT I HAD JUST WROTE. I THOUGHT IT WAS SPECIAL. I FEEL SO GOOD, GOD IS SO GOOD. LOVE TO ALL, BRAD
 
Feb 21, 2005 at 10:29:26 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Good morning to all the old class from Virginia.::::Must comment on the Valentines card. It was so different and lightened up the rather bland colors of the typed materials. It was a work of art!::::Sure looks like the S. Cal members should be wearing hard hats and waterwings... I can't remember that there was that much rain in S.Cal. or in Cal since 1950-52. ::::Stay Dry!::::::::
 
Feb 22, 2005 at 12:45:17 Ellie (Fl.)
Jacque, are you there? You want some galoshes? My father used to be big in golashes. How's the homestead there? looks awful on T.V. Here it's much drier. How dry is it, well, everything is parched like normal Fl. winter. But the weather is gorgeous. 80's, breeze, beautiful sky. Gulf is warming up. The door is open.
 
Feb 23, 2005 at 17:48:49 BillyC (In/Oh)
Wow, last summer It was Ellie we were praying for, now it's you guys on the West Coast. It only cost me $840.00 when my pipes froze while I was in Europe last December when it snowed 22 inches and the weather went down to the single digits. I don't mind a little rain, but when it rains a years worth in a couple of hours, that's not good. Tornadoes? I thought those were for the midwest and southeast. It's getting really wierd out there, isn't it. We were up to the 60's last week, tonight down to near Teens aging, with snow. I love Indiana/Ohio in the Winter/Spring. Stay dry all you guys in CA. BillyC
 
Feb 24, 2005 at 01:35:53 Jacque (High & Dry today in SLO)
The Sun was out, the temp was in the upper 60's, infact the hills warmed up so much that it caused sever thunderstorms & a 3/4" hail storms in Cambria, Cayucos, Atascadero and Santa Margarita, but the sun kept shining in San Luis Obispo. Our newspaper informed us that we have had more rain here for the year than Portland Or. and Seattle Washington! This morning John emptied the rain gauge for yesterday, 3", about an average day for the past week. The flowerbed from the drive to the front door is a small pond with stepping stones. I need to prune the roses but I would sink maybe to my eyeballs ( per my neighbors boy)in the flowerbed. My grass is so wet it feels like walking on a very wet sponge. It's easy to get cabin fever because it has rained for so many days. Last week they had a surfing contest in Morro Bay, during the rain, north of Morro Rock, talk about exciting waves!!! We have a favorite place to go for a cup of coffee if it's a big storm. Just north of San Simeon and the light house, just past the cafe the road turns inward and so does the beach. On a nice day at high tide the waves go across the road, So when it storms at high tide it is great wave watching out their big window! We sit and wait for tourists to drive past and through the waves, I know sick but fun! When the storm comes out of Alaska and rounds point Conception just south of us that's when S. California gets hit hard. It is something about the atmosphere and the pressure fronts meeting with a big bang. Fortunately most of their storms only come up from Mexico and head east right away. Not this year! We don't have the high range of hills/nountains so close to the shoreline like from Santa Barbara to Ventura. And we don't build large houses hanging over the cliff except on the hill above Pismo and our building dept requires more pilings and foundation reinforcements, than LA freeway bridges and piers. One reason it costs so much to build here. Believe it or not we keep ticking out the small earthquakes, rain or shine! I still don't feel them. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't have to drive to Fresno in the middle of one of these storms....so far I've made it between storms. We are scheduled for at least 2 more multi day rain storms, per the weatherman. The biggest news is that these weather patterns usually repeat themselves in 2 year batches with tapering off for approximately 12 to 15 years inbetween!::So Ellie,thanks I don't need the boots, but just in case John has the big boat tied off to the house, for emergency departure! It's packed with supplies at all times. All we have to do is cut the tiedowns, release the cable, start the engines and go with the flow!
 
Feb 24, 2005 at 21:04:48 Jacque (San Luis Obispo)
Hey Henry Spencer!!!! Welcome to the Guest Book!!! I was so busy writing about the rain (I AM getting old!) that I forgot to mention how nice it was to see you entering into the conversation!!!!!! Unfortunately, everytime I write something no one replys for days. I am going to have to write something more often because Bob loves to paw the panther while I'm typing. I'm off to Fresno before the next rain storm, my Mom is hanging on but is getting weaker. She is about 5ft. now and keeps shrinking. Henry keep adding your comments. Ellie I sure miss you. David it's nice to know John & I aren't the only parents fetching for their kids. Billy C. I looked at your brother Jacks list of classes..is everyone there?
 
Feb 24, 2005 at 21:17:32 Henry (Nokesvill)
Jacque:::::Thought you had gone on a long trip. Hadn't seen anything from you in such a long time.::Just got a hold of Ellie the other day and plan to see her next week when Marilyn and I are in her vicinity. ::Ho ho the weather! boy I really don't want to trade places with you now even if we are getting 3-4" of white stuff now.:: ::I look at the weather map and see all the rain down on Dave and Rosemary's area of the country and can't imagine what they go thru. ::::Hold on- more on the way!!!!::::
 
Feb 24, 2005 at 22:33:28 Dave (Baton Rouge)
I need some input about the java index thing on the homepage. I know RO, Patty and myself can see it. I know Jim and Jacque can't. It slows my computer down, but doesn't effect RO's. Tell me what to do. Leave it or dump it. It has been dry here this year. We have only had about 7 inches through yesterday. Today was only a couple of inches. But, that would only be 9 inches for the year. We should have had 12 inches by now. I might have to see if I can find a yard sprinkler. Good to see you are going to Florida Hank. Nice this time of year. Don't forget the sunglasses and to ask Ellie for her secret fudge recipe. We haven't been down since the sitting out a hurricane at our sons in Tampa. Jacque, Seems like your house is on a hill over looking SLO. I guess it would be Lake SLO if John has to untie the boat.
 
Feb 25, 2005 at 13:05:39 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Dave: I can see the cup and it's working great, but the e-mail segment is a no go on my computer. I like the index system you've put in it excepting for the email item. I have to go back to the guest book to be able to use the comment capability. ::::I'm for what works for the rest of the crew.::::HS
 
Feb 25, 2005 at 13:29:48 BillyC (In/Oh)
Hey Dave, Your java works on my computer, too, I don't have to go to Internet Explorer now to add comments. Thats how I got to "add comments" today. Hi, Jacque, glad your still dry, mostly. Hi, Henry, there is always room for more commentors here. Welcome aboard. An Alberta Clipper is headed this way. Thats a mini "Blue Norther" from Texas. It's a lot drier though.
 
Feb 26, 2005 at 13:14:09 Ellie (Ft. Myers)
What's a Java? do you mean that gray rectangle in left hand corner on the quill and notebook page? Well, It works for mewhatever it is. ::Henry, Do not look a gift horse in the mouth. See you soon. And do you know that all these years I've always thought that the song was Bringing in the Sheets. Nothing sacreligious here. Please don't be offended Brad, Now I know better. Oy!
 
Feb 27, 2005 at 17:19:26 wcrow (palm desert)
Hi good friends. Dave, the java whatever works for me on aol. I did not try the email yet. Well here is my weather report. Sun has arrived here in the desert and with it the flowers are starting to show off. We hiked yesterday in the Indian Canyons behind Palm Springs and the color was great and the waterfalls were just amazing. WE may have some more rain later in the week but for now it is just fine. Henry, it is so good to hear from you after so long. You must plan to come to our class party in 06!! Pat and I are going to Peru in April for 2 weeks. If I get good pictures I will see if I can post one or two. I have joined the valley camera club and hope to get some instruction about digital photography. It is so good to read the voices of Jacque, Ellie, Dave, Jim, Billie, Brad, Patti, Betty, and all. When I read, I can hear the voice of each . Brings back good memories. luv2uall
 
Feb 28, 2005 at 08:01:19 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING TO ALL MY BEAUTIFUL CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS. IT'S RAINING CATS AND DOGS OUTSIDE, BUT THE SON IS SHINNING ON THE INSIDE. DAVE, MY JAVA WORKS. THE TRAVELING SOUNDS EXCITING. BILLY, BETTY, DAVE, ELLIE, HENRY, JACQUE, JIM, PATTY, ROSEMARY, WAYNE, SO GOOD TO SEE ALL YOUR COMMENTS. LIKE WAYNE, I CAN SEE YOUR FACE AND HEAR YOUR VOICE WHEN I READ YOUR COMMENTS. THANKS AGAIN TO DAVE AND ROSEMARY. SOON, WE WILL ALL BE HEADING TO THE GREATEST ADVENTURE WE HAVE EVER KNOWN. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. OUR GOD IS SO AWESOME, WONDERFUL, ENORMEOUS. JEREMIAH SAID,"THE LORD, THE MAKER OF THE HEAVENS AND EARTH-- THE LORD IS HIS NAME-- SAYS THIS: ASK ME AND I WILL TELL YOU SOME REMARKABLE SECRETS ABOUT WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN HERE." HE HAS TIME TO TALK ANY TIME WE WANT TO TALK TO HIM. IT IS HARD FOR ME TO FATHOM IT ALL, BUT I KNOW IT IS TRUE. ELLIE, I AM NOT EASILY OFFENDED (BY CHOICE). GOD'S RICHEST BLESSINGS TO ALL, LOVE BRAD
 
Feb 28, 2005 at 10:21:54 JimG (Tulare)
Dave,::::I clicked on Java using the address you gave me and it came up. Maybe you can highlight some of the things Java can do. And I never look a gifthorse in the mouth!::::JimG::
 
Feb 28, 2005 at 10:28:08 JimG (Tulare)
Dave,::::Are you sure you built a guest room at your place or was it a railroad roundhouse for all your trains. By the way what size is the multi level unit "C" or . . . Sure glad you have an engineer's degree to build it. All aboard for Baton Rouge to see it.::::JimG::::::::
 
Feb 28, 2005 at 15:43:10 Patty (Chanute, Ks)
To All My Wonderful Classmates:::I just wanted to say a "Special Thank You" for all the great information and encouragement that each and everyone of you continue to send out in all your wonderful fantastic E-Mail Comments to all of us. It is simply great to know what is going on with all of you after so many years of always seeing each other day after day in the "Good Ole Corcoran High" times. It sure makes my day complete to click into our Website. All of you have so much flair and style with your comments and that makes it so-o-o-o-o entertaining. Keep up the good work, stay happy & healthy. It is 35 Degrees here, in Chanute, and snow flurries with a lot of heavy winds. The kind of day to stay inside!! Best wishes to ALL and hope to be able to see everyone at the next Class Reunion.::Lots Of Love, Patty
 
Feb 28, 2005 at 19:45:49 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Jim, The trains layouts are all in the past. They were in two 600 0r 700 sq ft rooms in RO's flea market. There were 5 different boards Christmas, Pre-1940, Swamp, Circus and New Orleans. Each board had two to three different theme areas. It took three years to build it with lots of help and three days for the two of us to tear it down. We could control the lighting so it looked like the sun was going down and the house lights would slowly come on here and there. It was a blast. The trains were all "O" gauge about 1/4 in = 1 ft. The layout you asked about had 7 layers of figure 8's on a slope that had one track 10 inches above the one below. Seems like there were 6 loops..or..60 inches high. At the top and bottom it bridged over to the opposite direction. There were two transformers. One set to take the train up and the other to bring it down. I went to Florida once and had set the transformers and told the guy who was going to operate the layout to just turn on the switch, it will take care of itself. Well he had some problem with the engine. Took it off the track and when he put it back had it going the wrong way. Anyway, it came downhill under full throttle like it was shot from a cannon, went airborne and landed in pieces 10 ft from the layout. Everyone was worried about what I was going to do. Until they realized I was disappointed because I didn't see it happen. Want to make a few million bucks? Stage a train wreck.
 
Mar 1, 2005 at 17:04:26 BillyC (In/Oh)
Well, Here it is March, and the Lion is roaring. It is going down to Brrrr territory here in the Midwest tonight, not as bad as the East Coast, we're only getting the edges of the storm that hitting them. It's still windy out, and feels a lot colder that it really is. The DL has decided to retire at the end of this school year. Everyone has told her that it was time to stop and leave the little kids alone, and go travelling a lot. She will travel a lot, I'm sure,and she wants to drag me along. too. Which means I'll be a lot busier trying to to spend all me money, if I can. We will be getting rid of the Motel sometime along the way, so I should have no problem get out there in 2006. Our last pre-retirement trip will be during her Spring break later this month, Central Europe is on her mind this time, starting in Munich, going to all sorts of wierd places we've never been before, execpt for Vienna. It should be fun. She tried to get our youngest to go with us again, but he's to smart to go again so soon after Greece. He's currently between jobs, and having a ball, at least when the weather clears up in Connecticut.
 
Mar 1, 2005 at 18:57:21 Ellie (Fla.)
David, so far there has been no word from Hank Spencer. He did call last week to say that he and his wife would be ringing me on Monday past. But no Ding Aling. Jim the gift horse made no reference to you. So ignore it. Just jabber.::::I love little trains. Had a Lionel set up when I was little. My father got it for me and he loved it. We set up a h.o ? set for Peder. Years ago mi amigos. As for the weather, it's great moderate, sea in the70's and sunshine and it's lovely.::::You all know about the canker problem on the citrus trees in Fl. Well, if you live within 1900 feet of an infected tree, the whole neighborhood's citrus trees have to be cut down by law. So they just finished cutting down my neighbors trees in the back and this is just heartbreaking. They had the biggest bestest grapefruit you ever did see. I'm next. They're going to cut my one and only Mineola orange tree tomorrow and I don't have the dreaded disease but my tree has to go anyway. Boo Hoo! I'm in mourning........ but never fear an orange tree will rise again, not in that same spot so they tell me, so I'll pick another place and it will be fed and nurtured and it will grow nice and tall and bear wonderful juicy fruit for all. That's how I see it.
 
Mar 2, 2005 at 17:03:57 Barbara G. (Ventura)
Dave, I'm enjoying looking at the photos of your trains. My dad and grandfather bought my brother one for Christmas when he was about 5. I think he finally got to play with it in July the next year. I really enjoyed seeing the carousel, as I have a small collection. I'm beginning to run out of space.::::I'm still looking for old school photos. If I find any, I will send them to you, Dave. I'm still looking forward to our next reunion in 2006. Hard to believe that we've been out of school 49 years.::::My "baby" sister retired in November at 55 (civil service, of course). I may do that one of these years, who knows!!::::Keep entering those comments....I enjoy them all. Look at the site almost every day (especially at work). My e-mail at work is Barbara.Weaver@ventura.org in case you want to add it to the list.::::Here's wishing all of you a Happy St. Paddy's Day.
 
Mar 4, 2005 at 09:06:09 ellie (Fla.)
ATTENTION::::Mr and Mrs. Henry Spencer will be arriving this afternoon at the humble abode of Elinore Ross-Pedersen Root.:::: Refreshments will be served::::::I'm thrilled to be first to see our classmates and I will be taking photos for you'all. This is so exciting!!!!
 
Mar 5, 2005 at 08:47:09 JimG (Tulare)
Hi everyone,::::Sounds like BillyC is off to another adventure to see. And Ellie we will be looking forward to see some pictures of you guys having a ball in Ft. Myers. Jacque is thinking about a houseboat named Noah. Hang on the rain is stopping.::::JimG::::
 
Mar 5, 2005 at 08:50:45 Ellie (Fla. Perfect)
Yes, Hank arrived alone due to his wife being called back home to conduct her ministerial duties.::Hank drove from Venice down to Ft. Myers and it took two hours due to the terrible traffic.::Our Hank Spencer is a wonderful man, very educated, Very kind. Two children and has traveled, 2yrs. in the service. Extremely interesting, humble, devoted to family, and passionate with his endeavors.::It was a pleasure to have him in my home. I look forward to seeing the Spencer's at our 2006 get together and you all will be too.
 
Mar 6, 2005 at 10:02:24 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, IT,S SUNDAY, OUR DAY OF WORSHIP. I AM READY. MY HEART IS FULL OF THANKSGIVING FOR OUR GOD. HE IS SO AWESOME AND WONDERFUL. WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE THE WONDER OF IT ALL. THE CREATOR OF EVERYTHING. THE UNIVERSE, 10 BILLION LIGHT YEARS IN RADIUS (I LIGHT YEAR IS 5.88 TRILLION MILES) TO THE END OF WHAT WE KNOW. I'M SURE WHEN THE NEW TELESCOPE IS FINISHED NEXT YEAR, THEY WILL DISCOVER MORE. AND YET, HE HAS TIME FOR A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH ALL OF US. HE IS NEVER TOO BUSY. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE GREAT ADVENTURE. MEANWHILE, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO REUNION '06. TO SEEING HENRY (DID YOU GET A COMMITMENT, ELLIE?)AND ALL THE REST OF YOU. I'M HOPEFUL THAT MANY MORE OF OUR MISSING CLASSMATES WILL BE FOUND AND THAT THEY WILL HONOR US WITH THEIR PRESENCE THIS SHOULD BE OUR BEST EVER. ANY INPUT FOR THE PLANNING IS WELCOME. WITH ALL GOD'S BLESSINGS, LOVE BRAD
 
Mar 8, 2005 at 08:23:15 Ellie (Fla.)
Brad, did you mean "Is he converting?", No, I don't think so or did you mean "is he attending our Next Reunion", I hope so.
 
Mar 8, 2005 at 09:37:27 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING ALL. ELLIE, I WAS A LITTLE VAGUE. I THOUGHT FROM WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT SEEING THE SPENCERS AT REUNION '06 THAT HENRY HAD GIVEN YOU THE IDEA THEY WOULD BE THERE. I AM HOPEFUL THAT THEY WILL AS WELL AS MANY OTHERS. I AM BELIEVING WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT TIME AND A GOOD TURN-OUT. DAVE, IS IT TOO EARLY TO START A SIGN-UP LIST? YOU CAN COUNT ME IN. A GOOD DAY WISH TO ALL OF YOU. LOVE BRAD

Mar 8, 2005 at 18:27:27 Dave (BR, LA)
Hey Brad, We have a page for the '06 reunion. We need to know when and where. Then we will start. We started on the Reno reunion about 18 months prior. I put the Panther Tails back on the site. Will start triming back on the pictures from Pismo shortly. We are running a little over 100 MB on the site. Henry, I hope you soaked up some sunshine. Everyone Keep In Touch. Thanks for the message Carolyn, Hope for the best. She was always favorite of ours.
 
Mar 11, 2005 at 23:02:16 wcrow (palm desert)
Hi Friends, this may seem weird to some of you but I do need to know soon the date of our 50th in Visalia. Now I know that most of use don't buy green bananas or super size cereals but Pat and I are getting some interesting requests for possible home exchanges for 06. These do have to be planned well ahead. How about it Brad and Jacque? What are we looking at? We have a committment for Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for April 06. We have never been to that part of the country so we are happy with that one.We finalized a two week exchange in Paris in Oct 05 which will tie into the end of our river cruise from Vienna to Amsterdamm. Sounds like we are on the move this year? Yes , this is our 25th year of marriage and we are celebrating it by lots of travel outside the USA. Next year it is stay home and see the USA so we may be coming soon to your backyard. I know, I know, you will leave the porchlight on. luv2all
 
Mar 12, 2005 at 04:41:36 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, DAVE AND WAYNE, I'M SPEEKING UNOFICALLY, I HAVE NIT SPOKEN TO JACQUE SINCE YOU WROTE, THE IDEA IS TO HAVE THE REUNION IN THE FALL OF '06. WE ARE WAITING FOR THE SCHOOL TO SCHEDULE THE '06 FOOTBALL SEASON SO THAT WE CAN PICK A WEEKEND THAT HAS A HOME GAME. PREFFERABLE THE HOMECOMMING GAME WEEKEND. THAT IS WHY THE DELAY. THAT BEING SAID, I WILL CONFER WITH JACQUE IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND SEE IF WE CAN GET THE INFO WE NEED. HOPEFULLY, WE'LL HAVE SOMETHING TO REPORT IN A SHORT TIME. LIFE IS GOOD! GOD IS GOOD! ALLLLLLLLL THE TIME. LOVE BRAD
 
Mar 12, 2005 at 12:57:37 Henry Spencer (Nokesville,Va)
We're back to the upper Mid Atlantic area again and it's certainly not as pleasant as N.Fort Myers. The temp. had dropped to 47 F before we got out of Fla. and were tempted to turn around for the warmer climes. It was a great event for me to see Ellie again after 50+ years and look forward to seeing her and all the rest of you soon.::Ellie- we found the ring in the washer- don't bother looking further. Dave- the sun was a little scarce but did get 2 days at the beach and a little sun burn on the arms. The Gulf was rather placid and quite pleasant. Hope the rest of the ugly weather for all is mostly gone and spring with the wild flowers is on the way. ::Sounds like the Crow family has itchy feet this year. The only way to lose the itch is to move them-right? The weather in the South East is good until about the end of April or end of May. ::Well, gotta go for now. ::Cheers.::HS::::::
 
Mar 14, 2005 at 16:41:28 wcrow (pd)
Thoughts for Brad and Jacque.. The football schedule will probably not be set until early in 06. High schools do not schedule far in advance like colleges do. What about looking at the past weekends for homecoming and maybe the Principal can give some reasonable advice when it might be. Will it be in Oct? When has it been been usually set? When is it scheduled for 05? Do they have the 05 football schedule set yet? If not that will tell you about the 06 timeline. Personally, I am not certain that homecoming is a big thing anymore but I haven't been around football games in the valley for a long time. I do know the sooner a date is set for our class reunion the more people we will get to attend. Good luck luv2all
 
Mar 14, 2005 at 18:26:22 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Henry, we were in Indiana last week. It snowed and had 14 degree temp. Got home and it was 75 with blossoms everywhere. Did a Google search for San Joaquin Valley high school schedules. Didn't find anything for '05, but noticed the Panthers are in the East Sequoia League and were 0-10 and scored 127 points to 350 in 2004!!! Hope we don't have to pay admission to see them play. We may not know the '06 schedule this time next year. You could pick any weekend in September or October and hope for a home game. Do we know a where in Visalia the reunion will be held? We can start the page with that information. Lets get it on.
 
Mar 14, 2005 at 20:51:22 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES. I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR. WE'LL GET THE BALL ROLLING. LOVE BRAD
 
Mar 14, 2005 at 21:15:41 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO AGAIN. I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH JACQUE. WE ARE GOING TO GET OUR HEADS TOGETHER ON FRIDAY AND HOPEFULLY HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION TO MAKE A DECISION. AT LEAST, WE'LL HAVE SOME ANSWERS. I'LL LET YOU KNOW THE RESULTS OF THAT MEETING. STAY TUNED. BRAD
 
Mar 14, 2005 at 22:43:50 JimG (Tulare)
Brad, Jacque::::You know who always goes to the Corcoran games is Bruce Flarety and Lew Florence. I can get a hold of Lew and he will talk to Bruce also or maybe you can call Bruce. It should be around October. Dave it is not the score that counts its the spirit! The last coach that said that is not coaching anymore, hah!::::JimG::::::
 
Mar 14, 2005 at 22:48:04 JimG (Tulare)
What I want to know is did anyone bid on the spoon on ebay? Did anyone find out who has the spoon!::::JimG::::
 
Mar 14, 2005 at 22:56:21 wcrow (pd)
0 and 10!!!! Holy Cow, we could suit up and do better! (slap-slap)wake up Wayne, you are dreaming again
 
Mar 15, 2005 at 01:25:25 BRAD (VISALIA)
WELL, I DID NOT THINK TO ASK LEW, BUT, I CALLED J.R.WILLIAMS, THE FORMER A.D. AT CORCORAN. HE IS GOING TO TALK TO THE PEOPLE THERE TO SEE IF HE CAN FIND OUT ANYTHING. IF I DON'T HEAR BY FRIDAY, I'LL CALL THE SCHOOL AND GO THROUGH CHANNELS TO TALK TO THE AD. IF THEY HAVE NO PLANS, I'LL ASK HIM TO SCHEDULE A HOME GAME ON THE WEEKEND WE CHOOSE. IT CAN'T HURT TO ASK. BRAD
 
Mar 15, 2005 at 11:49:42 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Hi Jim, The "spoon" was sold by someone in Kansas to some unknown person for $10.49. I only borrowed the pictures.
 
Mar 15, 2005 at 15:41:56 Patty (Chanute, Kansas)
Hi Guys,::Sure wish that KANSAS PERSON had been ME on that Corcoran Spoon. Love, Patty
 
Mar 18, 2005 at 17:29:23 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Hey Guys-- Does anyone know if the old McDonald/Rich Agency (insurance) still exists in Corcoran? I've got an old artifact from them and was wondering if they still exist.::The weather is just as one would expect for Spring time.. Lots of winter with a day or two of Spring thrown in as a tease. Hope you're all well and grumpy for a change.::HS
 
Mar 18, 2005 at 22:31:14 wcrow (palm desert)
Henry, I am just an outsider after all these years but I think the locals will say that the agency still does business and it is run by Jim Rich. Am I right classmates? More rain coming here in the desert. Enough already!! I was just reaching a higher level of proficiency at golf and now I have to start over again. MY muscles have very poor memory and less coordination than ever. I wish I had kept my old "drop can " I could take up marbles again. Henry, I thought maybe you had an old claim to file against McDonald Rich from the accident. I still remember that day . I bet you do too!! Hi to all the good folks online. luv2all
 
Mar 19, 2005 at 09:46:52 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES. AS PROMISED, JACQUE AND I TALKED YESTERDAY. WE AGREED ON 3 POSSIBLE DATES AS FOLLOWS: SEPT. 28-30, OCT. 5-7, AND OCT 12-14. ALL OF THOSE IN 1006. I HAVE NOT HAD ANY FEEDBACK FROM J.R. AS YET. BUT, WHEN I DO, I AM GOING TO TALK TO THE AD IN PERSON AND ASK IF HE WILL TRY TO MAKE A HOME GAME AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH FLEXABILITY THEY HAVE, BUT IT WON'T HURT TO ASK. I BOUGHT A NEW PAIR OF 501'S LAST WEEK AND WASHED THEM BEFORE I THOUGHT OF WEARING THEM (WITH THE CUFF TURNED UNDER, OF COURSE)UNTIL THE REUNION WITHOUT WASHING THEM. I DON'T KNOW WHO WAS THE CHAMPION, BUT IF MINE COULD STAND IN THE CORNER, MELVIN'S COULD WALK TO THE CORNER. ANYONE FOR THAT? MAYBE WE COULD WEAR THEM TO THE GAME. I HEARD BARBARA G. IS MAKING POM-POM'S FOR THE GIRLS. IT'S ALREADY GETTING FUN. HENRY, AS WAYNE SAID, JIM RICH IS STILL IN CORCORAN IN THE INSURANCE BUSINESS, BUT THERE IS NO M-R AGENCY IN THE PHONE BOOK. I TOO REMEMBER "THAT" DAY. GOD'S BLESSINGS TO ALL, LOVE BRAD
 
Mar 20, 2005 at 09:01:00 Ellie (Fl.)
How easy it is to get my attention. Brad, are those the ones with the button fly? Acme and Justin boots and Stetson hats and girls, the sock hops, circle skirts and angora sweaters, thick socks, saddle shoes, cinch belts, crenolines. Was that our time or am I confused with Happy Days. Pom-Poms oh Yes! I guess we should dress the part. You know if we dressed the part, the school could have us as an assembly, or at least half-time. Looking forward to a great celebration!
 
Mar 20, 2005 at 09:22:04 JimG (Tulare)
Henry,::::Yes, Jim Rich sold the insurance company and is still working for that company. We do the printing for them before. The company is now called Pacific Ag Insurance. I see Jim every now and then at sporting events, etc.::::JimG::
 
Mar 20, 2005 at 09:25:01 JimG (Tulare)
Henry, corrected version::::Yes, Jim Rich sold the insurance company and is still working for that company. We have done the printing for them before. The company is now called Pacific Ag Insurance. I see Jim every now and then at sporting events, etc.::::JimG::
 
Mar 20, 2005 at 19:35:17 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES, YES ELLIE, THOSE ARE THE ONES. AND, THAT WAS THE 50'S. THAT'S WHY "HAPPY DAYS" WAS SO POPULAR. SO MANY OF US RELATED TO IT. I AM TRYING TO FIND A CO THAT WILL MAKE US CLASS SWEATERS OR WIND BREAKERS WITH BLUE AND GOLD. MAYBE A "CLASS OF '56 REUNION" ON THE BACK AND THE CORCORAN PANTHER LETTER ON THE FRONT. ANY HELP OR SUGGESTIONS FROM ANYONE WOULD BE APPRECIATED. YES, THE EXCITEMENT IS BEGINNING TO FLOW. LOVE BRAD
 
Mar 20, 2005 at 20:55:55 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Ellie, I have a juke box from the '50 that is my last major toy. I purchased it because it looked like a '57 Chevy. It is full of 45 RPM records. I wear clean 501 Levi's. After looking for a week, I finally broke down and ask Rosemary if she knew where the pictures for the train boards where. She gave her lecture about me unable to find anything. She then picked-up a binder full of the pictures. Anyway, I have revised the page on the trains. I started thinking about The 100MB for the site. My file at home had only 40MB, so I started looking by asking my server why did I have an extra 60MB. He said it was in my email account. I told him I didn't have a email account. He said I did and it had 17,121 emails in it. They were all spam to an address I didn't know existed. I tried to delete them, but after two hours I was down to about 15,000. Gave up and requested them to dump the whole thing. What a mess. 17,000 !!! You know how much Viagra is in 17,000 email! Now I'm down to 45MB. Any Californians checked on Derek or Ann lately?
 
Mar 20, 2005 at 22:50:17 BillyC (In/Oh)
Hi Guys, It may not mean anything to you, but I found my class jacket several years ago, It is a little small for me now, but it was still in good condition. Still had it's old colors and emblem on it. I had my letter sweater also, but the DL washed it, and it ended up is a ball of junk. I haven't seen it in a while. I'll look for it when we get back from Europe.
 
Mar 21, 2005 at 11:16:38 BarbaraG (Ventura)
Brad, the "pompoms" I mentioned to Jacque were pompom corsages (the big yellow chrysthamums [flowers] with the blue "C" on them). Maybe we were freshmen or sophomores when we wore them, but I do remember having them for football games. I guess I could figure out the regular "paper" pompoms, but I think you can purchase them ready-made. I'm looking forward to our next reunion.::::If any of you remember my brother Richard (who now lives just outside of Sydney), please say a prayer or two for him. He was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Doesn't sound as though he's feeling too well. Hope to make it over to visit him in the near future.::::Better get back to work. Talk to you later.::::
 
Mar 21, 2005 at 19:22:26 Derek (Alameda)
Dave, I'm here... Just lurking in the background... Love to all...::
 
Mar 21, 2005 at 22:17:25 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, BARBARA, I DO REMEMBER RICHARD. I'M SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT HIS AILMENT. I'M PRAYING THAT THE LORD WILL SEND SOMEONE TO COMFORT AND CHEER HIM AND GIVE HIM PEACE. HOWEVER YOU DO THE POMPOMS WILL BE FINE. THEY WILL HELP TO IDENTIFY US AT THE GAME. DEREK, IT'S SO GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU. EVEN IF ONLY ONE SENTENCE. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. LOVE BRAD
 
Mar 23, 2005 at 08:33:39 JimG (Tulare)
Hi yall,::::I thought that cords were the thing with pincil writing all over them. Maybe that was before the 501s in our freshman and sophmore years.::::JimG::::
 
Mar 23, 2005 at 10:56:04 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Jim: I think the Levi Co. has done us in- the regular fits now are 505 s and unfortunately, the 501s are the "relaxed" fits for those of us who now need them. Pity!! The cords went to the "pegged" type even up in Chico so the culture on the West coast was pretty even.Wayne- I missed reading about the time of the accident you mentioned in your last note- yes I still remember it and hope that others don't have the same experience. ::Barbara- I'm sorry to hear that your brother (I remember Richard as a little guy) has his problem. I do wish him well and better health.::Seems like I'm getting comments to all. Enough- STAY DRY ALL. ::::HS
 
Mar 25, 2005 at 03:39:53 Patty (Chanute, Ks.)
HI all,::Well I'm off on a journey tomorrow. I have a close friend who lost a family member this month and the family wanted her to have one of their vehicles so she went to Florida last week to pick it up & visit awhile. So that she would not have to drive back to Kansas alone she wanted me to fly to Orlando, Florida & come back with her. I leave at 7am tomorrow and she'll pick me up at the Airport in Orlando. Since neither one of us know North from South I'm sure it will be a long journey back, that is if we even find Kansas again. Ellie, I look up on MapQuest your location and it looked like you are farther down in Florida than the direction we are suppose to head towards. Was hoping you'd be close to Orlando and we could have stopped by to see you. Although, who knows, since we really don't know what we're really doing we might end up going the wrong way and I'd still get to see you. I told Darold, he might want to take out more Life Insurance on me, just in case it takes us a few YEARS to get back!! Tee-Hee!! HOPE, to be able to write back again SOON. Patty
 
Mar 25, 2005 at 06:19:09 Ellie (Fla.)
Dear Patty, my door is open. I'm only 2 hrs. from Orlando on the gulf side. No one would mind if you had a slight delay. The guest room is available, comes with meals and a hot shower, pool is open. Anytime. 239-656-1793.
 
Mar 25, 2005 at 07:12:02 Dave (Baton Rouge)
O-Hum Didda La! Patty, don't forget your sunglasses. Florida isn't Kansas and its already summer there. I looked at a map and wondered why the never built an interstate from Kansas to Florida. To the embarrassment to those that haven't submitted a "Bio", I received Henry Spencer's and have placed it on the site. With all the talk about pom-pom, T-shirts and/or sweaters. I have some thoughts: 1) I'm not going to carry any pom-poms. 2) I'm not wearing a green sweater to a blue and gold football game. 3) I might wear a T-shirt under a jacket. Why not make it simple; wear a badge that says "Class of 56" or Hi My Names Blankiddy-Blank. Lets face it, if someone couldn't pick us out of a crowd, they need a new seeing-eye dog. We are all in the same boat. All-You-All know that this group hasn't agreed with anything since 1944. Keep those comments flowing.
 
Mar 25, 2005 at 07:37:35 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, IT'S FRIDAY, "GOOD FRIDAY" THE DAY OUR LORD WAS CRUCIFIED. IT STARTED LAST SUNDAY. PALM SUNDAY. THE TRIUMPHANT ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM. GOD'S PLAN FOR REDEMPTION BEING UNFOLDED. AND THEN THE CRUCIFICTION (JUST AS MEL GIBSON PORTRAYED IT). THEN COMES EASTER, THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY IN HISTORY, THE DAY JESUS ROSE FROM THE GRAVE AND FULFILLED ALL THE PROPHECY CONCERNING THE MESSIAH. IT IS SO AWESOME. THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE CARES SO MUCH FOR US. (JOHN 3:16) TODAY AROUND 1:00 PM, I WILL GATHER ALL OUR EMPLOYEES AND SPEND A FEW MINUTES RELATING THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS SEASON. I HOPE ALL OF YOU WILL JOIN AS WE PONDER IN OUR HEARTS AND THANK GOD FOR ALL HE HAS DONE FOR US. THANK YOU LORD! LOVE BRAD
 
Mar 25, 2005 at 07:51:23 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO AGAIN, PATTY, YOU MAY WANT TO LOOK INTO A GPS MAPPING SYSTEM. THEY ARE PORTABLE AND INEXPENSIVE. YOU MIGHT LOOK AT"www.megagps.com" FOR SOME IDEAS. YOU MAY HAVE A STORE IN YOUR AREA. OR, HAVE I JUST BEEN ZAPPED BY THE "DUMB BLOND" TRICK? ANYWAY, I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TRIP. BRAD
 
Mar 26, 2005 at 10:32:02 Ellie (Fla.)
David, Am I sensing signs of "OLD CODGER SYNDROME"? Bah Humbug and all that. Well then, Brad, I guess it's best to take it to the members. Anyone who is interested in the project of LETTERMEN SWEATERS AND OR JACKETS, make your mark on this site. We'll proceed from there.::Dear David, It's 85 here today, Solar blanket is coming off the pool, shutting off heater, 88 degrees. Tomorrow everyone in, Easter has arrived. Big dinner, friends and family. God bless every one.
 
Mar 26, 2005 at 11:41:42 "OLD CODGER" (Baton Rouge)
I like big Easter Dinners, but I wondered why bunny is never served? Baked Bunny on a Platter surrounded by Deviled Eggs would make a perfect Easter dinner.
 
Mar 26, 2005 at 17:22:02 Ellie (Fla/)
David, what do YOU have against the bunny? I'm serving fresh ham as in Pig. Sound kosher enough? With that there will be sweet potatoes, Mashed garlic spuds, a roasted chicken stuffed, a noodle kugel, veg, Someone is making french onion ala greyere croustade. Homemade apple pie, gravy jello mold and oh yes, DEVILED EGGS. Ya'll come now,ya hear!!!!
 
Mar 27, 2005 at 00:02:38 WC (pdesert)
David, I could supply you with lots of Bunnies that come and eat whatever I plant in the backyard. I feel like Farmer Magreggor chasing Peter Cottontail !!! I cheer for the roadrunners when they catch one. Ellie, I gained 3 lbs reading your menu. That would make a fine menu for our next class party. I would substitute your legendary brownies for the jello mold. I was really impressed reading Henry Spencer's bio. Would he have done as well staying at CUHS? I do intend to write a bio but I haven't finished my class in fiction writing yet. May you all be with good friends and family for Easter. luv2all wc
 
Mar 27, 2005 at 08:19:35 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING TO ALL, HAPPY EASTER. THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S PLAN. MY HEART IS FILLED WITH THANKSGIVING TO OUR KING. WAYNE, I TOO WAS IMPRESSED WITH HENRY'S (AND HIS WIFE'S) BIO. HENRY'S DAD ONCE TOLD ME THAT HENRY WOULD SOMEDAY BE PRESIDENT. I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN. I BELIEVE HE COULD HAVE BEEN(OR MAYBE WILL BE). GOOD JOB HENRY. AND, ELLIE, LET IT SIMMER A WHILE. BEVERLY AND I AND THE KIDS WILL BE RIGHT OVER. DAVE, WE HAVE TWO LITTLE COTTON TAILS IN OUR SUBDIVISION. I'M SURE THEY ARE PLANNING TO BRING EGGS. LOOKING FORWARD TO A BEAUTIFUL DAY OF WORSHIP. LOVE BRAD
 
Mar 27, 2005 at 09:49:42 JimG (Tulare)
Hi everyone,::::I agree with you Wayne but aren't those rabbits called Jack Rabbits. Dinner sounds great Ellie but remember a repeat performance like Wayne said. Henry it sounds like you are not too far away from where my brother lives. He is in Alexandria, VA. ::::JimG::::
 
Mar 28, 2005 at 07:29:58 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING TO ALL. EASTER IS OVER, BUT THE EFFECTS OF IT WILL LAST FOR ETERNITY. ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY OF RAIN IN VISALIA. ON THE LETTERMAN SWEATER/JACKET SUBJECT THAT ELLIE MENTIONED THE OTHER DAY, WE ARE RESEARCHING POSSIBLE SOURCESES FOR LETTERMAN WEAR WITH, PERHAPS, "50 YEAR REUNION CLASS OF '56" OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT ON THE BACK. PRICE RANGE AROUND $100. COULD WE GET SOME FEEDBACK. AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST, OR LACK THEREOF. THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY IDEAS THAT ARE FLOWING CURRENTLY THROUGH YOUR COMMITTEE. AND, DAVE, THEY WOULD BE BLUE AND GOLD. IT WOULD EVEN BE NICE TO GET THE PANTHER LETTER FOR THEM. LET US HEAR FROM YOU. LOVE BRAD
 
Mar 29, 2005 at 12:31:44 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Hello yall, from the soggy Mid Atlantic East. ::::Ellie-- I remember how you said you were the entertainer. I bet the dinner was sumptuous. I can imagine how warm it is there now. WOW! Hope the humidity hasn't made it yet. I think the OLD Codger has a good point. ::Wayne-- I don't know if things would have worked out as well if I had remained in CUHS, but I always am reminded of 2 different stories. 1. Moses Avitia (Franks brother) and a lot of others in Corcoran showed a lot of gumption in getting to COS when bussing first started and 2.After spending 2 years in the Army, seeing my leader (MSgt-E7) come in to lead us with a quart-a-nite of old Crow hangover and knowing there were better ways of spending your life, it gives one a boost in the pants to do something else. I'm not sure that my parents didn't think of the place we went to for opportunities for my sisters and myself which placed me just 6 blocks from Chico State. I walked to high school thru the college each day. My interest in school had always been in the area of science and that doesn't get very close to being the President!!!!!!! ::Jim-- Yes we live some 15 miles from the belt-way. However, Alexandria is a pretty spred out city. Does your brother live inside or outside the belt-way? Give a phone # and I'll give him a call. Gad, I think I need a dictionary!! My spelling ability seems to be going into a senior moment session.::Well, while I'm still able to type a little, I'll sign off. Take Care.::::HS::::::
 
Mar 30, 2005 at 00:03:02 scrooge crow (pdesert)
Brad, here is my feedback on the $100 dollar letter jacket for the class reunion. NONONONONONONO WAYYYYYYYY!. Can we be like the tough guys on TV and paint ourselves blue with gold C's. With our bodies no one would care to look but we do have some guys with large surfaces to paint including myself.Of course our lady classmates would have other choices of self expression. You asked for feedback Brad and this is mine.
 
Mar 30, 2005 at 08:55:04 Ellie (Fla.)
Dear Scrooge, Could you please repeat that last comment! I didn't quite get it.
 
Mar 30, 2005 at 21:14:23 Patty (Chanute, Ks)
Ellie: So Sorry that we didn't get down your way even though it was a couple hours in our opposite direction. Marge & I still got lost a few times, took the same roads twice, and never did know North from South, but we finally got home to Kansas. I'm sure if we could have traveled like "DOROTHY" in "THE WIZARD OF OZ" we would have made better time. Instead I think we were probably like that movie, "THELMA & LOUISE"!!! I hope that was a CLEAN movie, since I haven't seen it. Anyway, we had a good time, got her new car back safe and Thank God for Cell Phones. Darold just kept his ATLAS real handy so he could give us the correct direction answers each time we called him. Hopefully we'll be at our next Reunion so I'll get to see you and everybody then. But Thank You again anyway for the great stop-over offer. Love, Patty
 
Mar 31, 2005 at 08:58:29 Ellie (Fla.)
Patty, Glad you made it home with the help of Mr. ON STAR. You must have worn those sparkly red shoes. Don't worry about the movie, totally innocent. Like 2 nuns on a picnic. Talk about weather, It's 85 and HUMID.Got the AC humming. Had to mow my lawn already. It's going to be quite the summer here predicting more Hurricanes. I'm ready, just like last year. It's sushi time on ice out in the pool with a couple friends. Great day for it. Love to all.
 
Mar 31, 2005 at 12:25:57 Bill Streshly (San Diego)
Hello, friends. Robyn and I just got back from Ireland where we spent the last three weeks celebrating St. Patrick's day and bolstering the Emerald Isle's whiskey economy. It took a while to catch-up on class messages. A lot has been happening! Hello, Henry Spencer! I enjoyed hearing about your escapades. Where is Dorothy? Jacque, I lost your email address. Send it to me. My address is streshly@mail.sdsu.edu. In May, I will officially retire from San Diego State and limit my work activities to consulting jobs now and then. Currently, I am doing management audits of the Oakland, Salinas, and San Bernardino school districts (and getting tired of it). I'm looking forward to more reunions punctuated by visits with our old friends. Bill Streshly ("Stretch" to you guys)::
 
Apr 3, 2005 at 11:36:56 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, GOOD TO SEE ALL THE COMMENTS. BILL AND PATTY, GLAD YOU BOTH GOT HOME SAFTELY. BILL, THANKS FOR THE ECONOMIC BOOST FOR SOME OF MY ANCESTERS. WAYNE, THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT. I AM SHOPPING FOR SOME GOOD EPOXY PAINT FOR THE OCASSION. I AM IN THE PROCESS OF BUILDING A WEBSITE FOR OUR FAMILY. IT WILL , FROM TIME TO TIME, INCLUDE THINGS FOR OUR CLASS. THE INVITATION FOR OUR 100 YEAR REUNION IS THERE. YOU CAN FIND IT AT www.GILTONFAMILY.com. DAVE. I have more appreciation for all the work you and Rosemary do for us on the class site.THANKS AGAIN. IT HAS BECOME AN ENJOYABLE PART OF MY LIFE. I HOPE ALL OF YOU WILL SPEND SOME TIME TODAY IN FELLOWSHIP WITH OUR GOD. HE IS SO AWESOME. LOVE BRAD
 
Apr 3, 2005 at 11:44:03 BRAD (VISALIA)
SORRY ROBYN, I DID NOT INTEND TO LEAVE YOU OUT. I'M GLAD YOU ARE HOME SAFTELY ALSO. LOVE BRAD
 
Apr 3, 2005 at 15:54:18 BillyC (In/Oh)
Well. The DL and I are back from our latest excursion overseas. We got back home yesterday. I was a beautiful trip, it had a little bit of everything. We flew to Munich via Rome, big mistake. We had no baggage when we got there. The Lufthansa bag lady said Rome Bag Handlers were very baddddd. Fortunately it arrived the next morning, except we were on the way to Prague, so they shipped it to the hotel there. Prague was super, so was Budapest, and Vienna also. Saw lots of old churches and old buildings, ate lots of different foods, along with great weather. Our last night in Munich, went to the Hofbrau Haus, it was huge, but, although the beer was served in huge 1 Leter mugs, I would have preferred a smaller one. I've decided Spring trips are the best, not too many tourist out running around standing in long lines. The only long wait we had was here in Cincinnati - the luggage belt was broken in the customs arrival area and had to wait 45 minutes for it to be fixed. We go back to our house about 4;45pm, tired but glad to be home. The DL says we will be going to Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland next September. OH well.
 
Apr 11, 2005 at 14:20:17 JCONN (WESTMINSTER)
Hi, I am BillCs brother; the web site www.corcoran52-55.com is up and running. I would like to enlist your help in reaching your friends and siblings from the classes of 1952, 1953, 1954, and 1955 with this news. There are only 30 members with email addresses out of over 200 members. Their current information can be imputed on the "New DATA" form page. Thank you for your help. I would like to thank Dave for all of his help in making the web site possible.::::
 
Apr 14, 2005 at 21:09:50 Dave (Baton Rouge, LA.)
What Happen !!!! ??? Cat got all your tongues ??? Everyone quit talking !!! Hank, Patty, BillyC, Derek, JimG, Wayne, Jacque, Ellie, Brad, Barb, **ANYONE** Someone say Something even if its Wrong.
 
Apr 14, 2005 at 23:08:47 BRAD (VISALIA)
WWWWRONG! HELLO TO ALL. DAVE WE REALLY ARE WORKING ON REUNION 2006. IT IS GOING TO BE AWESOME. HAD DINNER TUES NIGHT IN CORCORAN WITH A BUNCH OF CORCORANITES. HAD A GOOD TIME. ANYONE INTERESTED IN GOING SHOULD LET ME KNOW. THOUGH I AM NOT THE FOUNDER OF THE PROGRAM, LOU FLORENCE SAID TO INVITE ANYONE I WANTED. JUST LET HIM KNOW. LIFE IS GOOD. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. LOVE BRAD
 
Apr 15, 2005 at 08:41:38 BillyC (In/Oh)
I thought that, between my brother and I, we had caused an instant drought of comments. BRAD, The DL and I will be there in 2006, SHE should be retired by then, unless she decides to go back to work and get her salary and her retirement both, which is possible in the Cincinnati schools after a 60 day period following her retirement - Wow, I tried that as Social Security and they laughed at me, they even changed to combination to the door locks a couple of weeks ago to keep us old goats out. I guess everyone is working on their taxes now and not feeling like sharing.
 
Apr 15, 2005 at 12:53:28 Ellie (Fla.)
Well, since you insist, I shall share with you a bit of news that might be pleasant to hear. ::I had another auto accident, not my fault and no one hurt. I rented a car from Enterprise and the courtesy driver picked me up literally and it's seems he's reluctant to drop me off. I'm crazy about him and I think he feels the same. So pardon me if I haven't been too prompt lately. But definitely set another place at the table for 2006. Ellie is coming equipped. Love you all.
 
Apr 15, 2005 at 16:08:31 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
::Wow! Dave, I thought I was the only one who thought there was something afoot! It looked like the longest lack of comments since I started reading them.. Beginning to think someone had done something wrong and everyone else was letting them know it..::::Well, we know where Dave was. The pics were pretty interesting and it seems that I'm most familiar with the senior class. I guess since they were in the band when I last knew them. Dave, I couldn't find any other sites and maybe its me- but how did one get the pass words for the addresses on the 52,53,54 seniors? I didn't find any mention how one could get the sign-ups and passwords.::::Ellie- you watch out for those drivers. Gotta keep your mind on the traffic. ::::I have only the suspicion that Wayne is now on the golf circuit with the good weather. ::::We know that Spring has finally gotten to the Mid Atlantic area because I've had to mow the lawns this week. More to do..::::Too wordy already!!!!!!!::::Hank::::::::
 
Apr 15, 2005 at 16:35:55 Patty (Chanute, Kansas)
Hey Ellie,::Not all our Insurance Claims end up that pleasant in our Agency. We use Enterprise as well in our office, it is a nice Company. Also, it sounds as though if I could have found my way to your house when we were in Florida, you may not have been home. And if he ever travels as far as Kansas to help insureds, be sure to come with him so I will get to see you. Love, Patty
 
Apr 15, 2005 at 22:08:23 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES. ANOTHER GOOD DAY IN PARADISE. ELLIE, I'M HAPPY FOR YOU. WE'LL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING HIM. LOVE TO ALL, BRAD
 
Apr 16, 2005 at 06:54:23 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, I JUST FINISHED WRITING AN ARTICLE ENTITLED "OUR GOD IS SO AWESOME" IF ANYONE CARES TO READ IT, IT CAN BE FOUND ON OUR NEW WEBSITE AT www.giltonfamily.com ALSO THERE, YOU CAN FIND THE INVITATION TO OUR CLASS REUNION IN 2056. WE ARE LIVING IN THE GREATEST OF TIMES. WE HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR. RICH BLESSINGS TO ALL. LOVE BRAD
 
Apr 16, 2005 at 16:28:20 wcrow (palm desert)
Pat and I just returned from Peru where we went to Lima, Cusco, and up to Machu Pichu. Wow! What a great trip for us. We went with Overseas Adventure Travel, group of 16 good travellers, excellent quide from Peru, lots of contact with local culture. We had wonderful weather all days. It is tiring to go to South America because of the air schedules. Up at 5 to get to airports. I could send some pictures but I don't know if I should. I took 212 on my digital canon with just one memory chip. Anyone ever have a guinea pig for a pet? Well they are a delicacy in Peru so we were served one at a Peruvian home. I called him Benny after my kids pet. Sounds like Ellie got "hooked up" as the kids say today. Good for you. Bring him along to 06. Good weather here so its back to my pursuit of the Seniors tour here in the desert. Oh yes, we are going to Acapulco and San Miguel Allende in June for 2 weeks and then up to Donner. Vaya Con Dios mis amigos.
 
Apr 17, 2005 at 03:45:40 Derek (Alameda)
Dang it, I thought you would have waited for me Ellie, oh well lost another one... BillyC - My sister, Donna. visited your brothers 52-55 site and asked me if I could find whether there was any interest in people like us who left before graduation. See wat you can find out and let me/us know... WC - Machu Pichu ? Air is a little rare up there,I couldn't make it...Dave - Sorry I haven't added to this tome more often, I just can't think of things to say. I'll try harder... Everybody else - I do enjoy reading your missives and hope to see you in '06...Love you all...Derek
 
Apr 17, 2005 at 09:08:38 JimG (Tulare)
Hi everyone,::::Henry I opened the 52-55 site and saw all the photos, missing, memory, etc. but could not find a place where any comments were made. The site looks good. Also did not know the password. Dave sounds like you got lonesome with no comments. I also noticed that! Ellie sounds like a Great American love story . . . Hollywood maybe! Congrats. Wayne & Pat are searching for some kind of lost treasure I think! Welcome back to the USA.::::JimG::
 
Apr 17, 2005 at 19:00:35 BillyC (In/OH)
Hi Derek, I'll ask my brother and see what he has to say about ur question. I have a few other questions also. I'll let you know as soon as I here from him. BillyC
 
Apr 18, 2005 at 08:13:18 Ellie (Fla.)
The weather is beautiful at this time of year. I'm happy to hear from all of you. Being that I've been more alone in my life than attached, I'm very thrilled with the events that have happened and it continues every day. ::We are selling Frank's house and as soon as the business end is concluded, we shall be off to other shores. Life is good. Thank you for all your nice wishes. Love
 
Apr 18, 2005 at 15:47:21 Dave (Baton Rouge)
There are people still out there!! Yesterday morning Nylon call us from Opelousas, LA. Nylon said him and his cousin were coming to Baton Rouge to visit us. We told him to bring it on. We spent a great afternoon with him. Ellie, go for it!! If your old friend Willie has a problem, I'll come and get him. Wayne, going to Machu Picchu is not a walk down the street. Why don't you tell us about your trip up from Cuzco. Train, Bus, Donkey Cart, Three Thousand Steps. I can understand if you can't pull yourself up to the computer. I found an image on the last 20 miles. I'll put a link to it on the guest book page. That place is what I would call... up and down. Keep In Touch. Dave
 
Apr 19, 2005 at 17:26:29 wcrow (pd)
Dave, I wish I could take credit for walking up the Inca Trail but that would have taken 4 days and I was on a tight schedule. We rode up on the train from a village called Aqua Caliente for one hour. This was a great ride along the river, then we took a bus up the steep road that shows on the left of the picture on the gallery. It still was a breath taking experience. Maybe in my prior life I could have walked the Inca Trail but not anymore. At the top we climbed over all the streets and went into most of the old houses and palaces. This is about 9000 feet up so we felt the lack of air. I will send you a picture and you can post it if you want. Will we ever see Ellie again? I hope she is happy forever. Happy trails to all WC
 
Apr 19, 2005 at 18:51:04 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Hi Wayne, Just got home from the river watching tug boats, oil tankers, barges and the Mississippi Queen. Got the picture you emailed and put it on the Machu Picchu page. I'll move it when I get you "Bio"!!! I get dizzy just looking at pictures of that place. Ellie's a survivor. I'm worried about her live in friend Willie.
 
Apr 21, 2005 at 09:16:58 JimG (Tulare)
I have been looking at the 52-55 website and it looks good. Does anybody know when the Class of '55 is having their 50th reunion and where?
 
Apr 21, 2005 at 14:19:33 Ellie (Fla.)
Hi all, Dare you think after all these years I'd leave you. Never! Frank and I will be there in 2006. Willy is another story. You said it, David, that dog has had the upset of upsets. Depression, loss of appetite, crying, I have to feed him by hand. New furniture He can't get up on. Too many feet to watch out for. But he'll get over it once the life calms down. We're selling his home, combining furniture, buying new, changing things. Wild! Love every minute of it. It's almost as good as Machu Pichu. Save me from all that walking. We're heading for a cruise soon and I truly don't care where it goes. Oh, to sit down again. Love to you all.
 
Apr 21, 2005 at 23:40:39 BillyC (In/OH)
Well, we are in quite a quandary here now. The DL is re-thinking her retirement! If the School Board will let her withdraw her application, she will wait one more year to retire. She may be in for a fight. At least her principal is on her side (Someone they both hate is the only applicant for her job). Derek, I think you should here from my brother, Jack. He said anyone who was in those classes are welcome to join in their site. He is still trying to get it up and going. He is trying to get a guestbook style page working fof them, too. Dave, he said he really appreciates your help, and is learning a lot of new stuff - not bad for a 70 year old guy with someone else's heart keeping him going. He has a new e-mail address and gave me the codeword and password for their addresses, you can e-mail me if you want that info. BillyC.
 
Apr 22, 2005 at 03:29:01 Derek (Alameda)
BillyC, got a nice e-mail from Jack and forwarded it on to my sister. Thanks for your help..::Derek::
 
Apr 23, 2005 at 07:27:03 BRAD (VISALIA)
DEAR FRIENDS AND CLASSMATES, WHAT IS VIAGRA? JCONN, YOU ARE DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB WITH YOUR SITE. YOU CAN FIND A GUESTBOOK EASILY ON THE SEARCH PAGE. I DIDN'T LIKE THE ONE I GOT WITH MY SITE. I WENT LOOKING AND FOUND SEVERAL. I HAD A NEW ONE IN A FEW MINUTES. NONE AS GOOD AS THIS ONE. YOU CAN CHECK OUT MY NEW ONE AT "GILTONFAMILY.COM" NEW GUESTBOOK. I WOKE UP THIS MORNING THINKING ABOUT HOW LITTLE I KNOW ABOUT GOD. THE THOUGHTS CAME TO ME. IT'S NOT HOW MUCH YOU KNOW, IT'S WHAT YOU DO ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW THAT COUNTS. I KNOW THAT ALL OF US HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION TO MAKE IT ON OUR GREATEST ADVENTURE. SEE YOU THERE. LOVE BRAD
 
Apr 24, 2005 at 03:54:51 Derek (Alameda)
Brad, I think the question is "What is a Viagra?". Derek
 
Apr 24, 2005 at 07:59:03 BRAD (VISALIA)
HI DEREK, THAT'S THE WAY IT GOES, I ALWAYS ASK THE WRONG QUESTION. BEAD
 
Apr 24, 2005 at 16:33:22 Polzin (San Luis Obispo)
Hello everyone, I've enjoyed catching up this morning. Thanks David & Henry S. for calling. Derek, Love you too. I've had family health issues keeping me busy. Julie is still waiting for a PET scan, (darn HMO) she had an additional surgery since her double mastectomy Her attitude is excellent, she calls this just a bump in lifes trail. She was here for the weekend, we celebrated Cassidy's 1st birthday (jason's), a big step driving over here alone. My Mom's still hanging on, she is down to 91 pounds. she's a little forgetful but can remember when I last bought her a box of candy. Ellie she wants another $50 box of "that Solvang candy" Next one I'll skip the aquavit & beer unless you want to come join me for lunch. She says See's can't compare with Solvang candy. I'm glad I didn't start buying her that 20 years ago See's is much cheaper. We have had a new addition to our medical equipment, John is now on oxygen at night along with his bipap machine.(scaring in his lungs is worse.) sounds like a milking parlor at night, chug,chug, choooooo! I'm fine, threw out 3/4 of my clothes, too old & too big, giving away junk I've kept for years, kept some for possible ebay sale. David I might be picking your brain. I have enough shoes to be in competition w/Imelda. It's time to start planting flowers again, my quail are back, paired up, 40 of them. We could have 3 hatches this year with all the rain. I'm looking forward to those little walnut size babies in the yard. Bob will be kept inside for the duration. I've blabbed enough, Bill S. you wanted my email, why? I haven't heard from U. bye!
 
Apr 25, 2005 at 14:14:59 Jacque (San Luis Obispo)
Is it happening again!!!! I write in the guest book and then it's silent for DAYS!
 
Apr 26, 2005 at 02:34:14 Derek (Alameda)
Jacque, it has been only one day!! Derek
 
Apr 26, 2005 at 08:55:13 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Pick my brain!!! Pick my brain!!! Pick my brain!!! Why would you want to do that?? There's hardly enough for me. Hi Jacque, You emailed me a couple of nice pictures.. So I guess it ok to put them on the site. Tell John they caught a 32 lb bass near here last month. I had mentioned I have a '50 jukebox. The record that is played the most is Judy In Disguise by John Fred and the Playboys. John Fred Gourrier's funeral was Friday. He was a Baton Rouge native. John Fred also wrote Baseball at the Box. LSU plays baseball at Alex Box Field. We lost a little more of our '56 heritage. Check Out http://indigomoon.us/
 
Apr 27, 2005 at 08:16:31 Dave (Baton Rouge)
We added a link from our home page to the home page of the Corcoran 1952-1955 site. Jack has their guest book up and running. JimG, We noticed the Class of 1955 is having their 50th reunion in October. ::
 
Apr 27, 2005 at 09:13:35 Ellie (Fla.)
Hello, And there I was, having turned into the real estate maven of the year, peddling Frank's lovely home to the highest bidder. A new wardrobe for the man, and other furnishings suited to our new life. Would you believe from that initial accident the car is still in the garage and I'm still in a rental that is not accustomed to my driving and already has a dent in one fender no doubt, made in a parking lot. There is some kind of rattle in the back. Good thing I have some pull at Enterprise these days. Life is hectic but I love it. This is just about as much fun as our reunions!::Jacque, I'm very familiar with pap machine and o2. Ear plugs would help. Lifting the head of the bed up. I put bricks under the headboard. Is John on a breathing treatment?::How's he accepting this?::It's raining here today but it will be better this aft. It's a lot of work combining 2 households. Guess I'll be having a very large yard sale. The first one Ive ever had. Have to recruit some pals for that.::As soon as the house is sold we're off for a vacation. It's either motorhome or cruise. New life, new interests, nevertheless,I can't help but share it with you and look forward to 2006 reunion. I still have my job right Jac? Love to all.
 
Apr 27, 2005 at 11:37:05 JimG (Tulare)
Dave, those are great pictures of the Indigo Moon trip to the Bahamas. Tell the kids to do as Mark Twain says. Jacque good to hear from you again. ::
 
Apr 27, 2005 at 14:08:32 JimG (Tulare)
Dave,::Send me your email address at jim@printingonline.com. Don't have it at my office. Thanks. Jim
 
Apr 27, 2005 at 17:52:24 Jacque (San Luis Obispo)
David, I UPS you some photos and stuff, what did I email??? I wish I could but I bought a new camera with a different size card reader. I have the new reader but have to move the desk to get to the connector......and the darn thing is too heavy so I have to clean off the desk first. You can put the family picture in and even the 1st cake one if you want. The others are of you and RO and are your's. It's raining and is suppose to through friday, which gives me a chance to finish 2 big projects. Ellie you never get to loose a job once you've volunteered, Frank can help! Derek, I need to verify your snail mail address.....will email U. Love to all!
 
Apr 29, 2005 at 06:01:16 Dave (Baton Rouge)
This announcement is on 52-55 site: All members of the Class of 1955 and other interested parties are invited to attend the 50th Anniversary of the Graduating Class of 1955 at the Lamp Lighter Inn on Saturday October 15, 2005 in Visalia, California... So make plans to attend now and reserve this date on your calendars. You may R.S.V.P. by mail to Una Boyett, 85 Orange Avenue, Corcoran, CA 93212
 
Apr 30, 2005 at 22:43:33 JACQUE (San Luis Obispo)
Not many voices on the pages again! I hate to write because then no one else does. But here goes anyone interested in seeing a picture of my whole famdamily it's on the site and that includes my Ace on the right and Mo (John jr's on the left) at one time I had more 4 legged grandchildren than regulars now it's about even. I keep dog biscuits in the trunk and the dogs come out to greet me when I visit their house."cookies from Grandma"!
 
May 1, 2005 at 08:48:19 JimG (Tulare)
Jacque . . . it happened with the photos, too! The have gone silent or invisible. Did not see them on the site. Where did you put them???::JimG
 
May 1, 2005 at 14:58:08 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Please Don't Read.. this is Private For JimG... Jim..since we don't have a "BIO" from you, Its understandable that you don't know where to go to see the picture of Jacques whole famdamily. To get there from here click the Back button and go back to the guestbook, click Site Index button, on the drop down click members, The top items on the table that list the members are NAME, "BIO" and CITY. Under name find "Polzin, Jacqueline (Thomson) & John" to the right under "BIO" click on the "Icon" ( in Jacques case it is a sun with a smile that winks at you ) From there you should be able to find where we "hid" the picture of the whole famdamily. Thank You All for Not reading this.
 
May 1, 2005 at 19:25:11 JimG (Tulare)
I want everyone to read this . . . Dave sounds like a teacher ready to get out the ruler to hit kunckles. The smily face was not on my computer . . . and thats my story and I'm sticking to it . . . ask my classmates!::::JimG
 
May 1, 2005 at 19:29:04 JimG (Tulare)
However, the smily face is there now and the photo looked great. And when Wayne writes his Bio I will wright mine!!!::JimG
 
May 1, 2005 at 19:35:40 JimG (Tulare)
Dave, one more little favor my computer never said mail was sent . . . so I keeped sending. I guess it is in the corner again. So if you could PLEASE take off the repeats it would be great! Thanks Jim
 
May 1, 2005 at 22:05:00 Dave (Baton Rouge)
The pennant on the guest book page is from Jacque. It is from class year of 1953. The names are members of the football teams. Please note that Gonsalves is stuck in the middle of the big "O".
 
May 2, 2005 at 00:34:58 Jacque (San Luis Obispo)
Classmates, read my entry on February 1, at the top of the guest book right now, about the first 12 lines. I'm urging you all again to get busy and fill out your bio's... JIM that includes you with or without Wayne. David needs to give everyone the lecture he gave you, since he won't I will, again!::Again I'll say, nothing is sadder than to read an obituary about a friend and learn all kinds of interesting things about your friend that you thought you knew so well. David the pennant looks good, better than it did when I sent it!! John is due for some nuclear testing at the hospital early in the AM, I have a feeling I'm going to be busy for a few days. PLEASE surprise me and write your BIO.
 
May 2, 2005 at 09:01:47 JimG (Tulare)
Dave, thanks for fixing my runaway mouse clicking. Jacque, we have some good friends whose daughter used to ride for the Riatta Ranch and her name is Buffy Duyst. She was always travelling to some show!
 
May 2, 2005 at 09:13:23 JimG (Tulare)
OK, OK, OK!!!!! I will do it!
 
May 4, 2005 at 13:51:15 JimG (Tulare)
Jacque . . . Great Banner and I do remember it. Wayne grabbed the C and where else could I go except to the O!::::JimG::
 
May 5, 2005 at 18:33:32 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Dave: Did you do anything to improve the pictures in the bios? They are really clean now. Good looking people!::::I saw the banner. Unfortunately, I don't know who played at what position. It would be nice to know.
 
May 5, 2005 at 20:13:48 Jacque (San Luis Obispo)
Happy Cinco de Mayo and Feliz Compleanos or is is Cumpleanos to Wayne! Can you believe it More rain in SLO another inch! We are doing well, John passed his test, not with flying colors but he passed! Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers, Grandmothers and can you believe it Great Grandmothers in the class. Off to the Trap and Skeet range, Who's written their Bio??
 
May 5, 2005 at 23:12:53 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, DOES ANYONE REMEMBER WHO JOHN GIDDINGS IS? I DO. HE IS AN MD NOW. IT'S RAINING IN VISALIA ALSO, BUT THE "SON" IS SHINNING TOO. MANY PEOPLE HAVE ASKED ME IF YOU CAN KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HEAVEN. THE ANSWER IS YES. I'M WRITING A LITTLE BLURP ON IT. IT WILL BE ON MY FAMILY SITE. I WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN IT'S DONE IN CASE ANYONE WOULD CARE TO READ IT. LOVE BRAD
 
May 6, 2005 at 02:54:22 Ellie (Fla.)
Want to hear the ramblings of a person who can't sleep? Well, I'm up at 2:30am. I would like to start tomorrow's work now. Did you ever have that feeling? Maybe if I'm quiet I can go out to the garage and sort through some stuff without the neighbors hearing me.::::Frank is in Philadelphia seeing his children for a week and I am still trying to sift through 2 households of stuff. Jacque, I'm thrilled that John passed. His new regimen may be helping. It has rained here for the past week. My car has now been in the shop for 6 weeks. You'd think they were rebuilding it. I have a rental. The heat pump for the pool blew, so that's being fixed and I have mole crickets in the front yard. The pest people are coming tomorrow. As you know it's buggy down here. Humidity is back and the ac is going full blast. Now that I've bored you, maybe I'll try it again, that is, sleep.
 
May 6, 2005 at 09:06:51 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, DAVE, I LIKE THE MEMORY ON THE ADD COMMENTS PAGE. HOW DID YOU DO THAT? YES ELLIE, I DO THAT ALMOST EVERY DAY. UP AT 3:30 THIS AM. FINISHED WRITING THE ARTICLE ON "WE CAN KNOW WE ARE GOING TO HEAVEN" IF ANYONE WANTS TO SEE IT, IT IS AT www.giltonfamily.com I AM TRYING TO DUPLICATE THE SUCCESS OF THIS WEB SITE WITH A WEB SITE FOR MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I JUST HOPE GOD CONTINUES TO GIVE ME INSPIRATION AND IDEAS. HE IS SO AWESOME. WHAT A JOY IT IS TO KNOW HIM. MY SPIRIT IS RUNNING OVER THIS MORNING WITH HIS PRESENCE. IT IS NEW EVERY DAY. GLORY BE TO GOD. WITH LOVE AND PRAYERS, BRAD
 
May 6, 2005 at 10:17:30 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Hi JimG, Bad news, I received Wayne's Bio and have added it to the site. Thank You Wayne and Pat. HenryS, I didn't do it. It wasn't me. Maybe someone cleaned your screen. BradG, I don't understand what you mean by "Memory" on the add comments page, but Thanks You anyway. Jacque, BradG and Ellie, Its not raining in Baton Rouge and hasn't rain in over a week. May have to try to find a water hose. Also a good time to paint the house. Good news here. Gasoline prices dropped below two dollars. Brad I remember John Giddings. John was our Freshman Class President and a good friend. He should be on our missing list. I need someone that has a 1953 to look and see if JohnG was on the Jr. varsity football team.
 
May 6, 2005 at 15:45:53 Dave (Baton Rouge, LA)
Opps, Last sentence should say "I need someone that has a 1953 Harvester to look and see if JohnG was on the Jr. Varsity football team." Sorry !!!
 
May 6, 2005 at 19:47:44 JimG (Tulare)
I believe I have a '53 Harvester. That reminds me when I went to Hanford High when the year book came out I found out that all year books were not named Harvesters. Janus through me for a while! By the way Wayne you just had to do it!::::JimG::
 
May 7, 2005 at 13:51:03 Patty (Chanute, Ks)
Brad,::I have a 53 HARVESTER and found a "Giddings", no 1st name = he was a short guy, with his picture listed on the Track Team, called "Robinson's Runners". The Coaches were, Clarence Robinson & Ruben Amerkhanian. Didn't see him listed as a Football, Basketball or Tennis player though.::And an EXTRA NOTE to say "Happy Mothers Day" to all you Great Mothers. Love, Patty
 
May 8, 2005 at 10:54:58 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL YOU BEAUTIFUL MOTHERS. BRAD
 
May 8, 2005 at 20:28:19 BillyC (In/Oh)
Hi. all you mothers out there,hope you have had a nice day. It was pretty nice here in Indiana, temp 80 and sunny. David, our oldest son, brought his new girlfriend home for the weekend from Boston. Interesting girl, graduated from UCSD, EDD from West Virginia, she's 5'9" which is okay since he is 6'!" (that's from the DL's side of the family, not mine). Writes Software for a small company in Boston. Now the DL has something else to worry about, Dave only has a BS. She is definitely retiring at the end of the school year (there are 10 others retiring from her school and 10 more leaving at the end of the school year voluntarily plus 3 riffed. We had a good visit with the kids from Boston this weekend, and the girl left her keys to her house and car here when then left, She'll fit right in with the rest of us, she is Irish, too. Went to high school in Walnut, CA, and her younger sister knows David's cousins from Walnut High, a small world afterall. BillyC
 
May 11, 2005 at 11:23:11 Dave (Baton Rouge)
There has been a lot of talk about the 50th anniversary of Disneyland on TV the last few days. Rosemary say the CUHS Band marched there after it opened, but she is not sure when. She thinks it was Christmas time. Do any of you know when the band marched at Disneyland? Thanks for the information Patty. John Giddings was the only person on the pennant that wasn't a member of a football team. Only Jacque knows the reason why!!
 
May 12, 2005 at 23:36:47 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Dave: Sure sounds like a who-dunnit. Will Jacque spill the beans?::
 
May 13, 2005 at 11:55:13 JimG (Tulare)
I don't know about the who done it . . . but I do know that Arlene and I went to Disneyland the 1st month it was open in 1955. It was before we got married, which I thought we were born married (18-16) so we drove there and back in the same day and walked all around Disneyland and it probable cost us about $3.00 each to get in. Gas was 24.9c a gallon and the whole trip probable cost us about $25.00 or so. Big Mac's were about 6 for a dollar.::::The Good Old Days 1950's.::::JimG::
 
May 13, 2005 at 20:23:03 wcrow (pdesert)
I have a` memory of going to Disneyland at Christmas time 56, I think, for some reason. Could have been the band trip. I remember going to an apartment where Fred Harris, and a Brown, maybe Bob or Bill, and one other guy were living. They had jobs at General Motors and were making good money, maybe $4 per hour. They had really trashed the place but were happy. The drinking binge is the reason for the fuzzy memory not old age. I don't know how I got to LA. Maybe Bill took us down there. Amazing what we could do with no money in those days. Did this happen in 55? Any help out there?
 
May 15, 2005 at 23:16:06 BRAD (VISALIA)
DEAR CLASSMATES. WHAT AN AWESOME DAY OF WORSHIP WE HAVE ENJOYED. OUR GOD IS SO GOOD. WE HAVE MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR. THIS MORNING IN CHURCH. BOB AND DORTHEY SCOTT'S DAUGHTER, JAMIE, CAME UP TO US AND ASKED IF WE REMEMBERED HER. SHE MARRIED STEVEN HAMMOND, JOE AND IDA LEE (JOHNSON) HAMMOND'S SON. OF COURSE, WE DID. IT WAS LIKE FINDING A LOST CHILD. WE HAVE STRONG TIES TO CORCORAN AND OUR FRIENDS THERE. WE DID A LITTLE JOB FOR TOM AND SHIRLEY DUNEHEW LAST WEEK IN THEIR NEW HOME. I TALKED TO THE AD @ CORCORAN--- STILL THE SAME STORY. NO DATE UNTIL NEXT FALL. WE'LL KEEP AFTER THEM. LOVE TO ALL. BRAD
 
May 16, 2005 at 15:18:51 JimG (Tulare)
I see Tom & Shirley about twice a week . . . Their grandson and my grandson are on the same team. Their son Thomas is the coach and I help assist him in trying to get 11 boys 9 to 11 years old to think about baseball at the same time. Not an easy thing to do.::::
 
May 16, 2005 at 15:54:48 BRAD (VISALIA)
IT'S A SMALL WORLD
 
May 17, 2005 at 03:08:29 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES, WAYNE, I WOKE UP THIS MORNING, READ THE LAST FEW DAYS COMMENTS AND REMEMBERED THAT OUR CLASSMATE, JERRY ALLRED, HIS BROTHERS HAROLD (WHO MARRIED CLASSMATE PATSY ROSE) AND JIM ALL WORKED AT GEN MOTORS. COULD IT HAVE BEEN ONE OF THEM? IT SEEMS LIKE FRED HARRIS WAS BUDDIES WITH JIM OR HAROLD. WE ALL LIVED IN THE SAME "HOOD" IN SOUTH CORCORAN. MELVIN JONES LIVED ACROSS THE STREET FROM ME. FRANK AVETIA, ONE BLOCK SOUTH, VIRGINIA RAMIREZ IN BETWEEN, BOB GRIFFITH EAST OF FRANK, ED HARRIS A BLOCK WEST OF FRANK, HENRY SPENCER 1/2 BLOCK SOUTH OF ED, FLOYD HANSLEY, EAST OF ME, JERRY ALLRED ACROSS THE STREET FROM FLOYD, ROY HAYNES JUST EAST OF FLOYD, JIMMY ROBERTS JUST SOUTH OF ROY, GEORGE DAVIS JUST EAST OF ROY AMD SO ON. THOSE WERE THE DAYS. BACK THEN, I COULD JUST ABOUT TELL YOU WHERE EVERY ONE OF US LIVED. BUT, THIS IS TODAY, ISN'T IT! SO MUCH FOR REMINISING. LOVE BRAD
 
May 17, 2005 at 09:26:39 BRAD (VISALIA)
CLASSMATES, I KNOW THE WORLDS GREATEST GRANDMA. YOU SHOULD SEE BEVERLY WITH LITTLE GIANNA. THAT LITTLE GIRL WOULD STAY WITH HER GRANDMOMMY IF THEY WOULD LET HER. WE ARE GETTING ATTACHED. SUCH A DEAL, WE SHOULD HAVE HAD THE GREAT GRAND KIDS FIRST. ANYWAY, GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. LIFE IS GOOD. GOD BLESS. BRAD
 
May 18, 2005 at 09:20:40 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, WHAT AN AWESOME DAY THIS IS. THIS MORNING, THE LORD IS MINISTERING. WILL YOU JOIN ME FOR A FEW MINUTES AND JUST ENJOY HIS PRESENCE. TODAY IS A DAY TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF BEING ONE OF GOD'S CHILDEREN. TODAY IS A DAY FOR HEALING. TODAY IS A DAY FOR FORGIVENESS. TODAY IS A DAY FOR CHANGE. TODAY IS A DAY FOR OVERCOMING. TODAY IS A DAY FOR WORSHIP. OH, HOW WONDERFUL IT IS. HIS SPIRIT IS MINISTERING TO EACH OF US RIGHT NOW. GLORY BE TO GOD. FATHER, I ACCEPT YOUR HEALING IN MY BODY AND SPIRIT TODAY. THANK YOU. AMEN
 
May 18, 2005 at 12:29:09 JimG (Tulare)
Where is Betty Grant? . . . can you hear us, we need to hear from you and Sid . . . It's baseball season and we need to hear about your grandson! How's he doing stat wise?::::::
 
May 18, 2005 at 14:00:32 Charlene (Prusso) Proper (Corona, CA)
Just stopped in to see what was happ'nin. Was so sad to miss the reunion last year, but we will be there, with bells on for the 50th. in '06, would love to see you all! I found out I live fairly close to Transito and his wife, so the 4 of us got together for lunch, they are wonderful! May the Lord Bless you all!
 
May 21, 2005 at 11:35:08 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Hi Charlene, Thanks for stopping and writing. We are looking forward to meeting you after all these years next year. I have plans of putting together a page for the Class of '55 50th reunion and add to ours with the information I have shortly. I haven't found any band member that remembers the marching at Disneyland in 1955. We are having the house painted and I'm glad we are not doing it. The temperature has been up in the 90's almost everyday with late afternoon thunder showers.
 
May 22, 2005 at 10:01:23 Ellie (Fla.)
Hi Y'all, New life has been wonderful. Can't wait til you meet my other half.Dave, I see you're into the hot stuff and it's coming our way too. Exactly when is our next reunion? Know anyone who wants to buy a house in Fla? We happen to have a beaut in a beautiful spot, with all the amenities and at a very good price. We'll even help you move. It's furnished and I'll be your cook and Frank will be your gardener for one month. How's that?? Anyway, I still read daily the website and we both enjoy it. We need to stir something up; It's just too calm right now. Where are Julia and Conrad? Where are Billy and the Dragon?
 
May 22, 2005 at 15:27:28 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Nothing like a good healthy disagreement RIGHT !!! On March 19, 2005 Brad said in capital letters the 50th reunion will be sometime between Sept 28 and Oct 14 during the year of 1006 ?? I think he confused this with 2056 !!! Jacque agrees with the dates, but not the year. Said it would be next year. Of the Who, Why, When and Where, we know Who and Why. Who's on 1st and Why on 3d. We don't know when or Where. Ellie, that's Bill and the Dragon Lady or DL for short. I'm relieved the DL isn't going to squat this year. I changed my email address again. Now it is DHGilb at cox dot net. A computer out hunting email addresses on the internet has a hard time making since out of this address. Hopefully the humans in my old classes can understand it. I'll keep the old address for a year or so. You can email Julia and get an answer right away. Ask her to be put on her mailing list. The national weather service says the Florida real estate is really going to move this summer. My daughter and son-in law are in George Town in the Bahamas. There is a link to their site in Rosemary's and David's "BIO". Good reading, good pictures. I'll make contact with Vera next week and see if she is at the same address as last year. Due's are due!!!
 
May 22, 2005 at 23:16:05 BRAD (VISALIA)
PICKY, PICKY, PICKY. ALL OVER 1 LITTLE NUMBER. THE REUNION WILL BE IN 2006. FUNNY IT TOOK 2 MONTHS FOR ANYONE TO COMMENT. AND, THERE WILL BE A REUNION IN 2056 ALSO. INFORMATION ON IT MAY BE FOUND AT WWW.GILTONFAMILY.COM. THAT'S THE BIG ONE. MY PARTNER JUST HAD HIS 50 YEAR REUNION IN TAFT LAST WEEK. THEY HAD ABOUT 60% TURN OUT. I HOPE WE HAVE THAT OR BETTER. I'M SORRY WE CAN'T CHOOSE A DATE YET. I GUESS WE COULD IF WE DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO A FOOTBALL GAME IN CORCORAN. SOMETIME IN OCT., NOV., DEC., WE WILL HAVE A SPECIFIC DATE WITH ALMOST A YEAR TO PLAN. IT IS GOING TO BE FUN. LOVE BRAD
 
May 23, 2005 at 11:43:07 JimG (Tulare)
Oh, Oh! Bill even sent in his Bio! Must be a conspiracy going on here. Still trying . . . ::JimG::
 
May 24, 2005 at 11:52:56 Dave (Baton Rouge)
The Voluntary Dues are Due !!! You need to send Vera $15.00 dues for 2005. I talked to Vera today. Her email and mailing address hasn't changed. You can get it off our address page. If you don't know how to access the address page, please email me. Jim !!! Did you notice the date on Bill's "Bio" is 9-24-04 !!!::Love..Ya!::
 
May 24, 2005 at 15:19:20 JimG (Conspiracy)
Dave . . . That's exactly right the conspiracy included changing Bill's date on the bio!::
 
May 25, 2005 at 01:06:03 wc (pd)
Jim,, the idea is to have Arlene write your BIO before she has to write your OBIT !! She wrote your term papers at Hanford so ask her nicely and she might do it. I feel such a relief after writing my BIO and getting Dave off my back. The pictures are still on the home page however. Thanks Dave for the dues reminder. $15 is not much to pay to belong to such a class like 1956. We are definitely a class act. Special hellos to all who write on this page, even to those who just read the news. Ellie I have noticed a definite rise in the temps in Florida. Are you to blame for some of that??
 
May 25, 2005 at 06:06:43 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
OK! OK!! MY DUES FOR BEVERLY AND I ARE IN THE MAIL. NOW CAN I WRITE AGAIN?
 
May 25, 2005 at 10:10:21 Patty (Chanute, Ks)
I was a "Good Girl" and got my Dues paid today. Dave, I also am glad that you remind us of these things. Darold has been having a lot of trouble with his Gallbladder these past few months and having a lot of test taken. We are going for a 2nd opinion in Kansas City before he makes any decisions. We are so hoping that all will work out for us to be able to come to the 50th Class Reunion. Even though I had to move 2 years prior, Corcoran is still my Class, and I feel that it is, and always will be, "My Home Town" Miss All Of You Lots.::Love, Patty
 
May 25, 2005 at 12:05:56 JimG (Tulare)
Patty you can take that to the bank . . . or what would have been the appropriate saying at Corcoran High. That's your class challenge for the week!::
 
May 27, 2005 at 09:26:37 Ellie & Frank (Fla.)
Dear Wayne, it's not only the temp. Love is grand!!!!!!! We're still hard at work sorting and moving stuff. The garage is now a warehouse. I just quit my little job of 4 hours a week. Frank is thrilled. We're leaving next week on a slow boat to the Carribean where we can have a break from packing, sorting, and real estate. We're off to the beach today. Weather is perfect for the whole Memorial weekend. Love to all and have fun.
 
May 27, 2005 at 10:43:24 JimG (Tulare)
Ellie . . . sounds like its time for some R&R, you two have a good time!::
 
May 30, 2005 at 15:29:15 Dave (Baton Rouge)
These three day weekends are sure long when you don't have anything to do anyway. Do You believe in reincarnation? If so, on the guest book page check out "Love is a good wordsmith" and find the true meaning of reintarnation !!!
 
Jun 3, 2005 at 23:40:00 wcrow (palm desert)
Hello Dear Friends, this is not a joyful message to send but it is one I need to do. Pat has been diagnosed with a recurrence of the endometrial cancer which she had in 02. It has come back. Today she had her first chemo treatment and is looking at 18 weeks of treatments and tests. So we will be staying here for the summer and not going up to Donner. She has a large extended family in Minnesota where prayers are being said, candles being lighted, rosaries said. This has worked because she avoided exploratory surgery just as the final test yielded the diagnosis. My extended family is my class of 56. So I am asking for prayers, rosaries, candles from you. Pat is strong and she will get through this. Thank you dear friends,-- my extended family.WC
 
Jun 4, 2005 at 01:14:05 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES, WAYNE AND PAT, THANK YOU FOR SHARING. MY HEART GOES OUT TO BOTH OF YOU. AS I BEGAN TO PRAY FOR PAT, THE SCRIPTURE CAME TO ME FOUND IN ROMANS 8:28 WHICH SAYS THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. I AM BELIEVING AND CLAIMING THIS FOR YOU. I WILL INCLUDE PAT IN MY DAILY PRAYERS STARTING RIGHT NOW. OUR GOD IS AWESOME. HE KNOWS WHERE WE ARE. AND, HE CARES FOR US. WAYNE, I OFTEN THINK OF MY MOM, YOUR MOM AND STAN'S MOM MEETING TOGETHER AS THEY OFTEN DID AT CHURCH FOR SO MANY YEARS AND NOW WITH STAN THERE WATCHING US AND CHEERING US ON AND PRAYING FOR US. GOD REALLY DID HAVE A PURPOSE FOR ALL OF US BEING TOGETHER. I SEE IT BEING PLAYED OUT IN OUR LIVES. PAT, TAKE NEW COURAGE TODAY FOR WHAT GOD IS DOING FOR YOU RIGHT NOW. MUCH POWER IS BEING DIRECTED TOWARD YOU AS A RESULT OF ALL THE PRAYERS FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WITH GOD,S BLESSINGS, LOVE BRAD
 
Jun 4, 2005 at 02:32:58 Derek (Alameda)
Wayne, my prayers are with you and Pat.
 
Jun 4, 2005 at 16:46:32 Dave (Baton Rouge)
I've removed March from this page and stuck it on prior 5 page. I've noticed signs that people with windows NT are trying to pull up items that were deleted months ago. The date on the guest book page is 6-4-05 if you read something else I can't help you. But, if they think an item on the guest book is still there after a month....Then maybe they can't read this and think no one has written for over a month. Wayne..Cancer Sucks!
 
Jun 4, 2005 at 22:06:00 Ellie (Fla/)
Dear Pat & Wayne, Pat has the same Cancer that I had and I'm due for a check up in August, Which can't come any too soon. I wish for you strength of spirit and mind at these difficult hurtles of life. MY sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Ellie
 
Jun 4, 2005 at 22:21:29 Patty (Chanute, Ks)
Wayne & Pat our Love & Constant Prayers will be with you at all times. We know that fear does overcome sometimes but we know that there is Glory to God and a great testment to His Mercy. Darold & I are believing that all things work together for good, that God can not lie, that He has promised us life, and life more abundantly. And Pats condition is just the kind that God loves to work and move in, the kind that when healing comes cannot be explained by man! We have been given the Power of Gods Word, and our connection as Classmates & Believers to fight, the good fight, of faith for Pat. Let us not forsake our assembling together, and do a Spiritual Warfare. God Bless you and your Family. Love, Patty & Darold
 
Jun 5, 2005 at 07:22:56 BRAD (VISALIA)
PATTY, BEAUTIFULLY SAID.... GO GIRL. BRAD
 
Jun 5, 2005 at 10:58:50 JimG (Tulare)
Pat and Wayne . . . Arlene just told me last night about Pat's new challenge. I have not been on the site for a couple of days but Sandy told Arlene. I know she is strong and can climb high mountains and we're sure she will conquer this one. We will be saying many prayers for her and already she is our mind many times during the day. God be with her. ::::Just another member of the '56 family.::::Jim & Arlene::
 
Jun 5, 2005 at 22:12:51 wcrow (palm desert)
Thanks to all of you for thinking of Pat and wishing her well. I will not fill the pages up with our daily news but I will let our dear friends know when a breakthrough moment comes along Your extra prayers are going to help.
 
Jun 7, 2005 at 13:48:49 Barbara (Ventura)
Pat, you have to know you have many, many friends praying for you. With this group, you're never alone (we're like the musketeers - no David, not Mouseketeers). Please keep us up-to-date. Our best to both you and Wayne.
 
Jun 7, 2005 at 15:21:20 David (BR, LA.)
Come on Barb! What do you take me for. I watch the Three Mouseketeers on TV all the time. 1910 Corcoran Post Card
 
Jun 8, 2005 at 16:58:02 Betty Grant (Visalia)
Just got home from a trip to Folsom. We have 2 grandaughters graduating, One last Thrusday from 8th grade and one form Kingsburg High School. Sid and I are working to get her to COS. Don't know if that will happen. She plays golf and we sure would enjoy having her close. Jim, Garrett's baseball season is just over. He had a very good season. We just caught up on all the news. Sound exciting while we were away. Ellie, sounds like a Romance Novel. Accidents are not always a bad thing.::Jacque & Brad, we're excited about all the 50th reunion news. Hope all is well with John.::Pat & Wayne, sorry to hear the news. We will certainly keep you in our prayers. Keep us posted.::We will be sending our dues today so we can continue to post.::David thanks so much for keeping our site and our computer minds together.::Hope all is well with everyone. Jim & Arlene we'll see you soon.::Betty G
 
Jun 16, 2005 at 22:11:39 Patty (Chanute, Ks)
Hi Guys,::Sure has been a long time since anyone has dropped a line or two. Guess everyone is on Vacation right now having fun.::This Monday June 20th Darold has to go to Kansas City to possibly have his GallBladder removed. We have lots of Faith that All Will Go Well!!!!::And also wanted to say "HAPPY FATHER'S DAY" this coming Sunday to ALL you Great Dads. Love, Patty & Darold
 
Jun 18, 2005 at 07:51:42 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO PATTIE AND DAROLD, YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS. WE ARE BELIEVING WITH YOU FOR DAROLD'S OPERATION. LOVE BRAD
 
Jun 19, 2005 at 06:57:21 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, I JUST LEARNED THAT THE FARTHEST KNOWN OBJECT IN SPACE IS 13 BILLION LIGHT YEARS AWAY. A LIGHT YEAR IS 5.88 TRILLION MILES. THAT'S ONLY THE KNOWN SIZE OF OUR UNIVERSE. I'M SURE IT IS MUCH BIGGER. OUR GOD CREATED IT ALL. HE IS SO AWESOME AND INCREDABLE AND, HE STILL HAS TIME FOR YOU AND ME 24/7. HE IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE. TO ME, IT'S SO EASY TO LOVE AND WORSHIP HIM. TO GOD BE THE GLORY. LOVE BRAD
 
Jun 20, 2005 at 17:34:24 JimG (Tulare)
Dave . . . I don't think that was me in the middle of that class picture . . . but I think I know who the one was in the picture underneath that one!::JimG::
 
Jun 20, 2005 at 18:07:51 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Oh! I guess all this modern technology does make a few mistakes. The picture they have of me is correct. I sure had a lot more hair back in those days. You can always identify someone by looking at their ears.
 
Jun 21, 2005 at 20:31:05 Jacque (San Luis Obispo)
Hi everyone, now I hope just because I'm leaving a few words you won't all stop writing. I've been on the merry go round between my home and the valley for so long I don't know how long it is going to take me to catch up at home. Brad, I will be going over to the valley again in the next 3 or 4 weeks to help go through all of Mom's stuff, When I have a firm date I'll let you know, and set a day aside to go to Visalia, maybe we can get some plans put together. Mom was hospitalized the first part of May, on June 5th she ate lunch, decided to take a nap and when the nurse went in to wake her she had passed on....such a nice way to go. ::Lookking forward to posting reunion plans in July if possible, more later!
 
Jun 21, 2005 at 22:58:46 JimG (Tulare)
Dave . . . I was clicking and clacking on the Find Your Class photo and while I was waiting for the computer to count down I said to myself, "wait a minute how did the computer know my name" then the pictures popped up. I got a big laugh out of it and so did Arlene. By the way maybe that was my picture in the middle with a couple of buddies. Jacque, sorry to hear about your Mom . . . but will all know how much care and love you gave her, and yes it was a perfect way to go to her place.::JimG::
 
Jun 22, 2005 at 00:02:12 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
JACQUE, I'M SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR MOM. IT WAS A GOOD WAY TO GO. YOU CAN KNOW THAT YOU GAVE HER YOUR LOVE AND CARE. THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL. LET ME KNOW WHEN, I'LL SET ASIDE SOME TIME. LOVE BRAD
 
Jun 22, 2005 at 02:14:17 Derek (Alameda)
Jacque, I too am so sorry. I'll always remember her. Oh, how frail is this life on esrth. Oh how glorious the life hereafter.
 
Jun 22, 2005 at 14:51:53 Barbara (Ventura)
Jacque: I was saddened to hear about your mom's passing. I know you will miss her a lot. My thoughts are with you.
 
Jun 22, 2005 at 22:24:43 Patty (Chanute, Ks.)
Jacque, Our Love & Prayers are with you & your Family in the sharing of your grief at this difficult time and there are no words to express our deep sorrow. You will find much comfort in your many special memories and in the thought of the happy years you shared as time goes on. God Bless You, Patty & Darold
 
Jun 25, 2005 at 19:46:11 Jacqueline (San Luis Obispo)
Thanks to all of you for your kind thoughts. Mom had a long life and lived every moment except for the past 3 years. She had traveled everywhere except Africa and lied about her age until she was 90!( she also wore a blond wig for the past 35 years, deciding that blonds had more fun).::Now as usual, I put a message on the site and everyone quits! It's been 3 days since the last entry...I just hope this doesn't jinx the whole month. Bill C, where are you? off again or have you retired from the site to write a book. Henry, how have you been? Long time no hear from you too. ROSEMARY I've been thinking of you, how are you doing? Are you the superintendent of a new summer project? Ellie, what's happening, all of us are dying to have another peak at new love and lust. So come on share a tidbit....just a few crumbs for the oldsters. Julia, I'm home most of the time now, if you're passing through with Conrad. Wayne & Pat how about a progress report? I now have a petition I speak out loud everyday at mass " for all my friends on Chemo and recovery Therapy, we pray to the Lord" (yes some Catholics go to mass 7 days a week). I'm also keeping you in my thoughts. Bill & Robyn remember if you're driving up 101, I'm not even 10 minutes off the freeway. I don't have any Charles Shaw but Gary Eberle has an excelent Zin and we also stock some other reds and a few whites in the wine captain. Plus John is back on the Margaraita kick and is out every day checking on how many limes are ripe on the tree (the darn tree has limes on it most of the year but May & June is when the new one are getting ripe and the old ones have all been used!) Jum G. I'm giving up on you, You must think pismo is in another state. Joan, you too. I know you all must get to Pismo and just enjoy the fog, the beach and having to put a coat on each night. When it gets too cold stop by. And everyone that I didn't mention ......if you are in town call me or stop by.::
 
Jun 27, 2005 at 08:49:58 Ellie (Fla.)
My Dear Jacque, may your many memories provide comfort for you. As always, you did a great job! I just got back from Toronto, had to make a quick trip(4days)to get my meds and see the kids. Very hard to be away at this time. It's busy here and we have lots to do. House closing this week, and we have some stuff being done to my house. But tomorrow we go to Beach. Beautiful romantic days, lunch out then we go to the Best Western Hotel, we have a pass, and do the pool and lounges, then walk on the beach, then we go for ice cream and watch a gorgeous sunset from the boardwalk. Right in our own backyard. We're happy. Planning some trips. Bahamas, Key West, and Mexico. Life is so exciting and we're so fortunate to have met at our ages. I write this for all of you. Look at each other and find what you saw some years ago. To be in love again is such a thrill.
 
Jun 28, 2005 at 14:05:35 Wcrow (palm deert)
Ok Jacque, thanks for the request for an update and thanks for the many prayers that are offered each day for Pat. She has a big network of friends and family across the country remembering her each day. Pat had chemo #2 Friday. She is recovering well but needs a shot, given by me, for the next 7 days to keep her white cell count up in the safe range.She had me shave off her hair rather than wait until it droped out so now we are look alikes! The local cancer support group has been great with advice and cosmetics including wigs and hats. She is still very beautiful. She has 6 rounds of this to go through. With the support of good doctors, prayers from loved ones, and her personal strenth of will, she will beat this and we will share a victory dance at the reunion in Oct of 06!!! I know that we all have had our share of troubles and illnesses along the way, but as we go into the "fourth quarter" they seem to be harder to defeat. We send our love and prayers to all of you for good health and fortune to you and your loved ones. WC
 
Jun 28, 2005 at 17:05:19 BillyC (IN/OH)
Wayne, you and Pat are in our prayers and thoughts daily. Jacque, I have been sitting around waiting for something to say, not much going on around here. The DL is down to two days before retirement. We went up to Wright-Patterson AFB to get all of our affairs caught up last week. Now on July 1st, we are all set up to be an Air Force retiree couple at last. Her next younger sister, the bubble head, was here for about two weeks, and brought two bhuddist priests with her. They looked at the motel but decided it was too far from Toronto for them to buy. So we will have to find someone else to buy it from us. Then we will be truly retired, finally. I did find out about another lady known as the "dragon lady" last week, an author, Anne McCaffrey, who happens to be one of my favorites. I have been reading her books close to thirty years and never heard her referred to as the Dragon Lady even though she writes about the "Dragon Riders of Pern." Oh well, we have had some wierd weahter lately, no rain in about 3 weeks, then about a weeks worth in about an hour and a half at noon today. It's all dry again now. Now I have to fold sheets again, bye for now.
 
Jun 29, 2005 at 19:43:59 JimG (Tulare)
Billy C, want to know how much more travelling can be done when you two retire. I think you have covered the planet pretty well . . . Maybe Jupiter or . . . who knows maybe some far corner of Earth is still left. I would have to use reverse osmosis starting to travel at 67 and go until I was 18 again to see as much as you guys!::JimG::
 
Jun 30, 2005 at 17:08:24 BillyC (In/OH)
Jim, We've just started, I still have New Zealand, Australia, Scandanavia, Russia, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Israel, and the Canadian Maritime Provinces to see yet. I'm putting off Israel to when it is more peaceful, but the DL doesn't understand the Israeli/Palestine conflict yet. I spent all of 1974-1976 trying to explain it to her, and she doesn't understand. There are a lot of more peaceful places to go, next she'll want to go to Iraq and Iran, I guess.
 
Jul 1, 2005 at 11:56:17 JimG (Tulare)
BillyC, Oh boy, the USofA sure sounds better than the last two you mentioned. Happy Fourth of July everybody. Happy hamburgers, hotdogs and the ol ball game!!!!!::
 
Jul 1, 2005 at 13:30:45 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Hello out there again. When I leave you guys for a while it seems that I always come back to sad news. ::Wayne,Pat and Jacque,our thoughts and prayers are with you each day. As Jacque once said- life has those bumps in the road. I really liked that quote by Derek. ::Anyway, I'll be off again for a while and hope that I don't come back to more sad news.::By the way- who and where are dues to be sent?::Hank.
 
Jul 2, 2005 at 20:38:51 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, HAPPY FOURTH. WE HAVE MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR. TO GOD BE THE GLORY. LOVE BRAD
 
Jul 3, 2005 at 19:04:16 Betty G (Visalia)
Hello to everyone. Hope all is well. Jacque, sorry to hear about your mom. I know you spent lots of time taking care of her and that is a blessing. I'm sure she could not have planned her journey any better.::Wayne & Pat hope everything is going well. I know Pat is one strong lady and I know she looks beautiful. ::I just finished 50 hrs of classes and was sworn in last wk. to become a CASA advocate. I'm excisted to something I have thought about for 10 yrs. ::We're anxious to hear about the class reunion date. We're hoping it is not on Oct 12-14. We have a big wedding at that time. Our grandson is getting married.::Billy C. I can not believe all the places you've been and plan to go. I have never been out of the States. What a very exciting life. I know you and your wife will enjoy retirement.::David can we find out how many couples were married in 1956 and will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next year? Maybe we can celebrate two big events.::A safe and Happy 4th to everyone. Enjoy//::By the way, Ellie, where are you and what are you doing? We need to hear from you.::::Betty G.::
 
Jul 5, 2005 at 09:38:20 Ellie (Fla.)
Hi Ya'll, Betty, I been busy enjoying life and having a ball with my Frank. Royal Caribbean to Mexico, Closed on his house. Now we're free of that. We go to beach often. We have access to one of the hotels so we can enjoy the pool and loungers and the gulf. Frank's son Tom has just bought a Silverton Convertible. Drop dead gorgeous. So looks like we'll be boating. I know nothing but the Messina family have had boats all their lives. So what does Ellie do. I'm the cook and bartender! My favorite things. Life has changed so much for me that I can hardly keep up with my housework. As they saay in Fl. what housework! Go to the beach! I went to Canada for 4 days to see the kids and to get my meds. Didn't want to stay longer cause I might miss something here. We will be going up north to the New Jersey shore. A place called Wildwood. Someone has a house on the water. I don't know the details. Frank has 5 grown children and they all seem to have various places for us to visit. So this takes place in early Sept. And before you know it, Christmas. I've never been out to dinner so much in my whole life, and so many treats. Wow! MY Friends, Life is good! Frank is anxious to meet you all! so we'll be there for sure. Love to you all.
 
Jul 6, 2005 at 07:08:12 David (Baton Rouge)
Billy, the week we spent in Israel was one of the best vacations we ever had. I did have a gun stuck in my face twice and we had our passports taken away once, but overall it was an fun experience. Has anyone told Henry how to pay his dues? Betty at this point, I would trade everything for a 50th wedding anniversary next year. When we get some dates for the class reunion, I'll email and write everyone with one item being: Any Y'all get hitched in '56. Hitched in '56 has a good ring to it.
 
Jul 6, 2005 at 19:23:56 JimG (Tulare)
Ellie . . . Did you tell Frank/Tom that we have a small class and we might all fit on the Silverton Yacht. I saw what the 48 footer looked like and you are right. Just looks fantastic! Happy yachting ya all . . . Sounds like you couldn't be happier . . . Congrats::::::
 
Jul 6, 2005 at 20:03:01 Patty (Chanute, Ks.)
Hi All,::Well, I finally got to bring Darold home from the Hospital after having his GallBladder removed. Right after surgery he had a real tough time with a lot of pain that they finally got under control. Later in the day he was feeling so-o-o-o much better that we thought we could go home, at least after he "Pottied". Well, naturally that never happend so they had to put his IV's back in and a Cather. They finally got the Bladder to where we were able to bring him home today with a Cather attached to him. Hopefully, this will be able to be removed this Friday and his life will be back to normal. Also, this week our area had Tornados, heavy winds, rain & large baseball hail and being in the Insurance Business didn't make this ordeal with Darold any easier. Thank God for wonderful secretaries, since we have had over 600 losses with homes & cars. Hope everyone elses health & weather has been okey. Love, Patty
 
Jul 8, 2005 at 13:49:25 JimG (Tulare)
Hello everyone, I did smile when I opened the Rockin Robin smily face . . . Also can anyone open the 52-55 Panther Guest Book? I use to be able to with a Password and now it doesn't show anything but the heading Panther Guest Book! Betty when someone ask me how long I have been married I tell them I was born married . . . That makes it sound like I'm 18 years younger!::JimG
 
Jul 9, 2005 at 09:03:08 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES, BEVERLY AND I WILL HAVE OUR 50TH MARCH 23RD, '06. PATTY AND DAROLD, GLAD YOU ARE HOME WITH THE PROBLEMS SOLVED. OUR GOD IS GOOD. LOVE BRAD
 
Jul 17, 2005 at 02:59:51 Lurker (Alameda)
Boy, sure is lonely in here...
 
Jul 17, 2005 at 19:47:18 Bubba (Baton Rouge)
There once was a man called Durker * Who hailed from the town of Alameda * Durker was known as a Lurker * And the guest book was his media * It came to pass in the mitts of summer * That the do'ers didn't do their do's * Durker cried,::"What a bummer!" * Put his arms over his head and shouted "Boy, sure is lonely in here..." and started looking for his shoe.
 
Jul 17, 2005 at 20:03:46 David and Rosemary (Baton Rouge)
We are home after a number of days in the hospital. We are both recovering and happy to be home and having the ordeal behind us. Love You All.
 
Jul 18, 2005 at 00:50:52 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
well dave and rosemary, don't keep us in the dark, what has happened? love brad
 
Jul 18, 2005 at 14:15:57 wayne c (palm desert)
Wow, Dave and RO what happened. Please tell us . I want to post an update on Pat. She has had her third chemo and today she feels really bad. This lasts for about 4 days and then she starts to gain her strength back. The Dr, said all is going as planned but it still will take at least 3 more treatments. She tries to keep up her spirits and is a good patient. She had to miss a family wedding in Redding where all of her family was this weekend and that was hard on her. We are learning why we don't want to be here in the summer. It is 120 in the back yard . Last night at 11 I opened the patio door and was hit with a blast furnace of heated air. Our plants are dried up. It is like having a hair dryer in your face. We really miss Donner Lake but need to be here for the medical services. Next year no way.Enough of this. It is nice to know good friends are out there and thinking of Pat. We send our good thoughts to all of you who are in need. Hi to everyone. WC
 
Jul 18, 2005 at 16:27:08 Betty G (Visalia)
Hello to everyone,::Sure is hot here in Visalia. Just got back from the coast yesterday. It was beautiful, just like our class reunion weather last year. We even stopped at the Spyglass and had breakfast. It was a good memory.::Yes, we are planning on a 50th anniversary party next year when we all get together. We just had our 49th last Thrus. Everyone married in 56 let us know, or even 55. I think Clarence and Shirley McDaniels were married in 55. ::Ellie, hope all is well with you and your friend. Hope the weather was kind to everyone living back in your area. Rosemary & David did hear news re: the weather conditions near you. Hope everyone is o.k. Share with us a update when you can. We need to hear. Hope & pray everything is o.k.::Wayne & Pat, what a struggle. Stay strong in your faith and each day will be better. ::Hope everyone can hold on and hang tough so we can meet next year.::::Betty G
 
Jul 19, 2005 at 01:09:02 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, WAYNE, THANKS FOR THE UPDATE. PAT, WHEN I FIRST RECIEVED THE IDEA FOR A REUNION IN 2056, YOU WERE THE FIRST TO RECOGNIZE WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT. THEREFORE, I KNOW YOU ARE SPRITUALLY AWARE. NOW IS A TIME FOR YOU TO DRAW UPON YOUR RESERVE. YOU WILL COME THROUGH AND WE ARE BELIEVING YOU WILL BE STRONGER BECAUSE OF THE TRIAL. GOD ALLOWS US TO GO THROUGH HARD TIMES SOMETIMES IN ORDER FOR US TO DRAW CLOSER TO HIM. I KNOW IT HAS BEEN TRUE IN MY CASE. WE ARE PRAYING AND BELIEVING FOR YOU. OUR GOD IS GOOD AND WE CAN RELY ON HIM. LOVE BRAD
 
Jul 20, 2005 at 10:31:04 Ellie (Fla.)
You wanna talk hot! Don't forget humid. Fla. right now is typical summer. It rains everyday at 4:00pm and then it becomes a swamp. But my Frank is out there this am mowing the lawn regardless. What a guy! We're trying to get the house ship shape because it needs it firstly and we're going to have some of his family over from Pa. We're still shopping for boat stuff. We're the outfitters. We need the galley to be Ellie friendly. Since I'm designated cook and bartender. Love it! We still go to the beach each week and do a fair bit of goofing off, having fun and living the life. I'm fully aware of the problems my fellow friends are experiencing at this time. Pat and others. My heart goes out to you. Life has a way of evening out things. The good times, they are not forever and eventually something happens. I've faced it several times. That's why this time we play and enjoy and do what we want to because there's never enough time to do it. So live to the max when you can.::Frank is 76 and believe me, I treasure the days. On a lighter note, we will be traveling shortly. Don't know by what means but doesn't matter,We're packed.::Regards to all and we look forward to next year and to be all together again. You know, One person we've not heard from in awhile is Julia and Conrad. Hey? Where are you? And furthermore, what are you doing?
 
Jul 21, 2005 at 01:19:10 Julia (San Francisco)
Having been properly chastised, I am moved to write a note! For no good reason, it’s been quite a while since I checked in -- and there’s an enormous amount of news going on in the guest book-- good and sad. I add my greetings to all. We had a couple of short trips this Spring and this summer have been going back and forth between San Francisco and Calistoga -- if it gets too cold in SF, we go 77 miles to Calistoga until it gets too hot and then we go back to SF. At the moment there is a 40 degree daytime temperature difference between the two. Big news this week is that we are getting a new roof in Calistoga -- and I’m on Jury Duty. Ellie, I need to know more about Frank. Jacque, I’d love to see you. Konrad and I will probably drive south in September for the 49th year reunion of the Carpinteria Union High School Class of ‘56! (Couldn’t wait until 50th)
 
Jul 21, 2005 at 11:03:59 JimG (Tulare)
Julia . . . if you really want to find warm weather drive towards Corcoran. You will really have plenty of sunshine.::I had to laugh in our camping days at Capitola State Park that everyone from warm areas camped under the trees and the campers from SF area all camped out in the open for sunshine. By the way one of the times we saw Leonard Thigpin who was living their.::
 
Jul 22, 2005 at 20:01:20 Dave (Baton Rouge)
What was I doing before spending 20 days at the hospital with RO and son Dennis? All the photo pages have been revised using a new format. That's the Reunions, Después, Senior Trip and Snapshots. There are three new pages about the class of 1955 50th reunion. Check out "SMILE" on the Guest Book page (need speakers). Also visit, "Find Your Class Picture". This web site is amazing. They actually have photographs of almost every School in the World. Unless you went to School before cameras were invented, you will find a photo of yourself or at least your classmates. Our 49th anniversary is in three weeks. I have answered questions about Rosemary via email to those who have asked. Buddy and daughter Melissa have taken their boat north and are in the Chesapeake Bay at this time. Said they would anchor off shore from the house we lived in and search for prehistoric sharks teeth. We still have some 3 and 4 inch found in 1974. Jim, we spent the night before 1976 SF reunion in Woodland, RO was ready to go, I went back and got my coat. It was hotter than ___, RO ask what was I going to do with that. I ask if she got hers. "No, I would look stupid in a coat." she said. Anyway the bottom line: I didn't argue with her, but did have to buy her a coat in SF. Who is the stupid one?
 
Jul 23, 2005 at 18:39:21 Julia (San Francisco)
Dave, I did notice the new photo format! Looks great and works slick! Congrats on your usual good work.::::
 
Jul 25, 2005 at 11:25:22 BillyC (In/OH)
All you guys talking about high temps really screwed it up for us back here in the Midwest. Now we have temps in the high 90's for a week in a row. Last year we had 4 days where the temps got up to 90 degrees, that was all, now it is the hottest summer in memory. Supposed to hit 96 today, maybe 98 tomorrow, and with 70 to 80's in the humidity column it feels pretty hot. At least no grass is growing. A cold front is supposed to bring us back down to the low 80's in temps again on Wednesday.
 
Jul 25, 2005 at 15:32:50 JimG (Tulare)
Dave, it still sounds like Rosemary is outsmarting you. I'm sure that was a perfect time for her to get a new coat that she had been wanting! I did leave Pismo this morning and it was 56 degrees and add 50 more to that and we knew we were back in Tulare today!::

Jul 25, 2005 at 17:49:04 Dave (Baton Rouge)
The Pentagon announced today the formation of a new 500 man elite fighting unit called the USRSF. US Redneck Special Forces. These North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Tennessee boys will be dropped into Iraq and have been given the following facts about Terrorists:*1. The season opened today.*2. There is no limit.*3. They taste like chicken.*4. They don't like beer, pickups, country music, or Jesus.*5. They are DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for the death of Dale Earnhardt.*6. Not my fault, came from Julia.::
 
Jul 26, 2005 at 16:26:48 JimG (Tulare)
Wow, that ought to make things start happening real quick. ::
 
Aug 1, 2005 at 08:43:11 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES. I AM OVERWHELMED WITH THE GOODNESS OF GOD. HE IS SO GOOD TO US. ALL OF US HAVE MORE THAN 80%-90% OF THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. WE LIVE IN A FREE COUNTRY. WE ENJOY ANYTHING WE WANT TO DO. WE ARE BLESSED. I AM THANKFUL FOR IT ALL. HOW COULD IT BE ANY BETTER? LIFE IS GOOD. YES, I KNOW, SOME ARE EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTIES, I HAVE BEEN THERE TOO, BUT, OUR GOD IS GOOD AND THEY WILL SOON PASS. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. LOVE TO ALL, BRAD
 
Aug 2, 2005 at 11:41:04 Dave (Baton Rouge)
There are some old photos of Corcoran, Kings County and the surrounding area that can be viewed ::Here
 
Aug 3, 2005 at 07:25:53 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES, DAVE, WHERE DID YOU GET THE PICTURES? THEY ARE VERY INTERESTING. I REMEMBER SOME OF THOSE BUILDINGS AND PEOPLE. EXPECT ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY. SATURDAY I WILL BE IN OAKDALE AT OUR GILTON FAMILY REUNION. AS FAMILY CHAPLIAN, I WILL HAVE A SHORT MESSAGE. IT COULD BE FOUND AT www.giltonfamily.com WEBSITE IF ANY WOULD CARE TO READ IT. LOVE BRAD
 
Aug 3, 2005 at 09:48:36 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Looks like we will go over 20,000 hits today. That has to be a heck of a milestone. Brad the site the photos are on are part of the Kings County Library. There has been a new segment issued in the adventures of our daughter and son-in-law. If you got time to read and view the beauty of the Bahamas, CLICK HERE.
 
Aug 3, 2005 at 12:44:03 JimG (Tulare)
Dave/Rosemary . . . Wow what great photos of the Bahamas and adventures of your family. It is great that they are sharing their adventurous life with us . . . Keep them coming. You suppose they need a cabin boy? Also the old photos from the library are great . . . I am going to sit down and really enjoy all of them soon. ::
 
Aug 7, 2005 at 14:51:02 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS. THIS MORNING AS WAS PRAYING FOR YOU, THE LORD BEGAN TO MINISTER TO ME WITH THESE WORDS. TO THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE HURTING PHYSICALLY, MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU. GOD IS OUR HEALER. PLEASE SEE ISAIAH 53;5( the stripes are the ones so vividly portrayed in “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST).TO YOU WHO ARE HURTING EMOTIONALLY, MY PRAYER IS THAT GOD WILL BRING YOU RESOLVE AND ASSURANCE. PLEASE SEE PSALMS 91: 14-16. AND, TO ANY WHO MAY BE HURTING SPIRITUALLY, GOD HAS THE ANSWER. PLEASE SEE MATT 11:28-30::28. Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.:: 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. WITH GOD’S BLESSINGS, LOVE BRAD::
 
Aug 8, 2005 at 19:08:57 Ellie (Fla.)
Boy, It's very hard to follow Brad but I feel the need to touch base with you all. How is everyone doing healthwise? Pat? and others? Here we are fine and the sun seems to be shineing everyday. We're making improvements to the house and waiting for the boat to be ready. In the meantime Frank went out and bought a motorhome and we're taking to the open road. I've never camped in this style before. Love camping but we used to do it primative. You know, tent, air mattress,camp stove frozen lake or river, ala Canada style. But I can force myself to enjoy this too of course. Frank has previously had 4 different kinds. So we're on to a new thing. I'm packed! What fun this married life is. So we'll be out to Calif. next year with it. In Sept. we're off to tour Florida since I've really seen nothing. While we're well we're going to stuff in everything we can that we've missed in the past. Love to you all.
 
Aug 9, 2005 at 15:39:20 JimG (Tulare)
Ellie, Sounds like a super way to start another chapter of life . . . Have fun you two! Looking forward to meeting Frank at the reunion!::::
 
Aug 9, 2005 at 16:31:51 Henry (Nokesvill)
Hooray for Ellie!!!!!::::Hank
 
Aug 11, 2005 at 08:28:31 Dave (Boat on Rouge)
Hey Hank, Did they change the name of Nukieville. Ellie primitive camping with a air mattress, tent and camp stove!! I would think thats a step up from primitive. Glad to see you get to do some camping again. I think my best trip was when we drove to Alaska in a motorhome. I also enjoyed walking off and leaving it there.
 
Aug 12, 2005 at 10:30:28 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Dave: Sorry- it's an original after a Marine Captain in 1865 and part of a family which owned significant lands on both sides of the rails which run thru the town. I,m not sure they would know how to change that name...::Primitive camping is something I would like to have remain in my memory about things I've done. But, not necessarily would like to do again. "Camping" in a motorhome is hardly primitive camping with running water and shower, propane stove, q-size beds, etc. But it's a different experience.::You left a motorhome in Alaska? Must be a good story with that.. ::I've been wondering what Baton Rouge means in french. Is it red stick? Oh well, more musings.. ::Has anyone heard form Jacque lately? Hope all is well. ::There seems to be a lull in the yacking lately or am I just not reading the silence correctly?::::Hank::::::::::::::
 
Aug 12, 2005 at 15:09:01 Dave (Istrouma, LA)
The party first saw the bluffs of Baton Rouge on March 17, 1699. D'Iberville and his men reached a small stream at the right of the river. This river separated the hunting grounds of the Bayagoulas and the Oumas Indians, living on the Istrouma Bluffs Its banks were separated by a reddened, 30-foot-high maypole with several heads of fish and bear attached in sacrifice and dripping with blood that the natives had sunk there to mark the land line between the two nations. Istrouma is the indian name for red stick and Baton Rouge is the French name for red stick. The red stick the French saw was probably used both as a boundary marker and for ceremonial purposes. The trip to Alaska was really simple. My daughter and I flew to Seattle, picked up a new motor home, drove it to Anchorage, delivered it to a motor home rental, rode the fairy boats (I didn't even know Fairies had a navy) back to Seattle and flew home. Arriving 21 days after departure. OK, the name is Noke, not Nuke and Jim for sure its not Nookie. Dave
 
Aug 13, 2005 at 02:13:45 Derek (Alameda)
Oh, the things you learn if you hang around long enough...
 
Aug 15, 2005 at 02:16:29 BEV GILTON (VISALIA,CA.)
I THINK YOU ARE ALL KOOKIE.......LOL
 
Aug 15, 2005 at 08:07:38 Ellie (Fla.)
At least you're not Ferrys. Just got back from the Everglades;our shake out first trip in the Motorhome. The Kamikassi mosquitos, swamp and on and off rain. And yet, we had a wonderful time. Frank actually rested and watched TV. I enjoyed cooking small style and just being in nature with no phone, no projects, and lots of peace and quiet. Lots to learn with the AC and generator etc. Next trip will be easier and that is to Ft. Lauderdale on the 24th. Then home for a Drs. Appt. and on to destination Pennsylvania. Trip will be a month long. I keep thinking about that old movie of Lucille Ball called the "The Long Long Trailer". Took Willie with us and he was better than he is at home. Thank God. So that means he can stay with us while traveling. Yes, it's quiet on the chat. Where is everyone?
 
Aug 18, 2005 at 15:10:28 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Ellie-- I'm sorry, but I didn't pick up on the word that You and Frank had tied the knot. In fact I went back to all the news items -even to June and couldn't find anything saying that we no longer have a Ross, but now a Messina.::::If so, the very best of congratulations to the two of you.
 
Aug 20, 2005 at 08:47:07 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Hank, you must have asked the question that stumped the class. Ellie, I don't know or care if yo'all tied the knot or not. I think marriage at 60 plus isn't important. You both have your own families. Companionship, at our age, is the key word. I really congratulate you and Frank for combining your lives. Disclaimer: This is only one of my many dumb opinion and I love and admire Hank and Ellie. Now, the rest of you write something. Please !!!!
 
Aug 20, 2005 at 12:50:53 Dave Again (Baton Rouge)
After-Though Before entering into a "Companionship" have an agreement written that spells out what belongs to who and what-ever else you feel is important. Like he has to mow the lawn even in the rain or we must go camping twice a year or she has to keep all that girly junk out of the bathroom or..
 
Aug 21, 2005 at 09:31:20 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
HEY DAVE, SOUNDS TOO COMPLICATED TO ME. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO SIMPLICITY. ANYWAY, ELLIE, I NOTICED THE COMMENT WHEN YOU WROTE IT. WHICH EVER WAY IT IS, SOUNDS LIKE YOU'VE MADE A COMMITMENT. CONGRADS TO BOTH OF YOU AND MANY HAPPY YEARS TOGETHER. TODAY IS SUNDAY. ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY TO WORSHIP OUR GOD. SOOOOOOOO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR. TO GOD BE THE GLORY. BRAD
 
Aug 21, 2005 at 13:43:23 Ellie (Fla.)
Gentlemen: I'm greatly appreciative of your concern. You are certainly my dear friends. The word "Commitment" is very appropriate and everything is in my name!!!!!!!! Many thanks for your wonderful wishes! It's a great life.
 
Aug 21, 2005 at 19:33:23 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Dave: I'm with you on that companionship comment. Life is really dull without that companion. As we all age a little more, it seems to become more and more a real prize in life.::Do I hear any amens?::::Hank

Aug 21, 2005 at 22:45:38 BRAD (VISALIA)
AAAAAAAMEN
 
Aug 22, 2005 at 04:49:34 Derek (Alameda)
Henry, I full well know the dullness of lost companionship, but somehow we learn to live despite the loss... By the way,I'm pleased to see my old friemd finslly participating in these truely cerebral exchanges...
 
Aug 22, 2005 at 09:50:16 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Derek: Sure glad to hear from you. Was sorry to have heard of your loss. Just know that I, (we) are here for you. What are you doing for yourself these days-especially now in the summer time in the Bay area. I can't imagine how warm it can get in Alameda, but I know for sure that it can get pretty chilly in the east bay. ::I hope the cerebral content doesn't get much heavier. ::I wasn't expecting such a response to my congratulations for Ellie. Hope everyone took it in the right way. I'm very happy for her to have found another person with a commitment capability.::::Brad: Thanks, I knew I could count on you! Life is great when things are going well and they tend to level out even when not so well. ::Enough musings.::::Hank::::::::::
 
Aug 23, 2005 at 10:09:33 Ellie (Fla.)
Hank, you can relax. Everyone knows I'm outrageous! Firstly, the fine man who found me is indeed a blessing. But being soon 67, one must be thoughtful regarding the future. The type of relationship we've created suits us very well, without loosing sight of the essentials. We are together for life and that's all that really matters. Love you all. Ellie
 
Aug 24, 2005 at 15:14:43 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Ellie: After meeting with you this past year, I've no doubt that you've found a right man. The use of the word "married" can mean a whole lot of things. But I'm sure that married in the spirit of each other is the only real thing that matters. I didn't realize I was treading on very sensitive ground when I congratulated you--but the congratulations still go- you deserve the best. Love and kisses- Hank.
 
Aug 24, 2005 at 15:46:15 Jacque (SLO! in more ways than one)
It's refreshing to keep up with my friends via the "guest book"! Ellie as I said, I admire you for not wasting one day of your life! Henry I am here but between quick trips to Fresno in 100+ weather to go through my Mother's things. Keeping up with my daughter Julie's latest medical crisis. trying to keep all the commitments I've made (I'm finally learning to say NO!)and keep up with my house and garden, I don't have any time for Jacque. In otherwords I am doing the exact opposite of Ellie. But come October 1, my last commitment will be completed (except for the Class reunion in 06) and I am thinking long and hard before agreeing to any more "community service"! Julia still looking forward to seeing you sometime soon. Same goes for you "Billy S"! Brad I should know next week exactly when I will go to Fresno in September and will set aside time to visit Visalia. Rosemary & Pat I still keep you in my thoughts and Prayers, hope all is well. David, you are one of the "rare" ones. Rosemary is a lucky woman! I will try to be more "active" on the guest book, but have to go right now ! A buck is eating the leaves on the mulberry tree outside the window, he's legal (3/2) and it is deer season. Just have to grab my camera and take a picture.....John is hunting 80 miles from home as I type!
 
Aug 26, 2005 at 09:05:43 Dave (Baton Rouge)
I have been told to revise my latest comments in the log. I had considered selling one of my train sets, but have also changed my mind on that. The train will remain on display for a while with a link from the Guest Book. The Buck and I both Thank You Jacquline. Ellie tomorrow will be a good day to look for shells on the beach.
 
Aug 26, 2005 at 12:29:42 wcrow (palm desert)
Hello Best Friends, I know it has been too long since I last posted news about Pat. Well, let me tell you the story. She is now taking her 5th treatment. The Dr. says he is pleased with all of the test results so far. She is strugling with the cumulative effects on her body but her spirits keep her going. Thanks for all of the support and prayers. Now, my update. The melanoma that I had removed in 03 has returned to my scalp. It turns out that it was never fully excised. So after many tests.exray,etc.I had surgery that has taken me off the 6'list. Now I can see eye to eye with Jim and Ed harris!! I had a nuclear dye injected to see if it has spread to the lymph nodes but that was not successful. I will now have a P-scan next week to see if it has metastasized. The waiting is part of the game . So now Pat and I are busy taking care of each other. I wish my problem had waited until she had recovered because she now worries about me instead of herself. So, we are house bound due to medical needs and the temp is 110. I look like a walking bees nest with my head bandages so I cannot go out. If this was Oct I would have a great costume. That's the news and I will not keep writing unless I have something positive to say. RO and David I think of you and wish you well. Jacques' daughter too. And to all of you I send my best wishes for good health.
 
Aug 26, 2005 at 17:29:19 JimG (Tulare)
Dave . . . The locomotive really looked different, and you put the photos there so my Grandson might see them (or probably me). That is a great looking matching set. Also Carl & Irving Printers used to print and die cut out thousands of bottle caps for all the creamers, milk bottles, etc. for the ceameries in the area. It use to run 24 hours a day . . . the good old days when you could get the caps off easy.::::JimG::
 
Aug 27, 2005 at 06:14:47 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS.WAYNE AND PAT, I DID HEAR SOMETHING POSITIVE. THE TREATMENTS ARE GIVING POSITIVE RESULTS AND PAT'S SPIRITS ARE GOOD. BOTH ARE THE RESULTS WE DESIRE. AND WAYNE, THEY HAVE REMOVED THE MELONOMA AND YOU STILL HAVE YOUR HUMOR. BESIDES, IT'S NOT ALL THAT BAD TO BE AS TALL AS OUR BUDDIES JIM AND ED. LOL. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. GOD KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE AND HE LOVES YOU. THAT I KNOW WITHOUT DOUBT. IT'S NOT A BAD THING TO BE HELD IN OUR CREATOR'S HANDS. SOME TIMES IT'S WHEN WE BECOME THE CLOSEST. I WOULD LOVE TO BE THERE WITH YOU. HUG BOTH OF YOU, PRAY TOGETHER, CRY TOGETHER AND FEEL GOD'S PRESENCE AS WE FEEL RIGHT NOW. OUR GOD IS AWESOME. HE IS AT WORK IN YOUR LIVES. LOVE BRAD ::
 
Aug 27, 2005 at 10:12:41 BRAD (VISALIA)
PS AND, FRIENDS, PLEASE ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT "ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE" ROMANS 8:28 BRAD
 
Aug 28, 2005 at 18:02:23 Dave (Baton Rouge)
OK Ellie, enough. Now call off your Hurricane. We are preparing for tomorrow by eating all the ice-cream in the freezer; assuming the power will go off. If the eye passes us to our east side it will be just another day. The west and it will be exciting. Isn't life just awesome?
 
Aug 28, 2005 at 19:19:59 JijmG (Tulare)
Dave, I'm not going to complain about the dry heat anymore . . . You guys take this on like a Tornado chaser . . . Are there any Hurricane chasers?::
 
Aug 28, 2005 at 22:24:34 Ellie (Fla.)
Well, you sweet things, we've just come back from Ft. Lauderdale visiting Franks relatives. Had a great time, tried to swim in the ocean but got pulled out by the undertow, both of us, and the lifeguard had to help us out. This was the day before the Hurricane which we seem to be sharing with a lot of you. Our visit wasn't for not because they needed to plug into our generator on the unit and it saved their freezer and fridge. I cooked a breakfast in the motorhome for 9 people. That was real fun! Now we're repacking to leave for Pennsylvania on Tues, stopping at state parks along the way. What a way to camp!! Just too much luxury.::I hope you all down in the south are OK. That's one big hurricane headed your way. Wishing improved health for my dear friends and praying that they get good care. Jacque, I send my love, 10/4 good Buddies.
 
Aug 30, 2005 at 09:56:35 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Dave: Hope you, Rosemary and kids are OK. It did go East, but what a mess. Looks like Ellie is just trying to get in its path. The dry arid areas of the West really do look inviting at times. ::::Hope all is well. Hank ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
 
Aug 30, 2005 at 11:36:54 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Say Jim: did you ever get into that bottle cap game in elementary school? I could never get too enthused over carrying all those caps. On top of that, I wasn't as good at throwing those things as others, so I really didn't have to worry over the carrying problem. That really flourished in the 5th and 6th grades out by the old add-on rooms. Think that Mr. Williams class was in one of them. Hank
 
Aug 30, 2005 at 13:07:19 Betty G (Visalia)
Hello to everyone,::Very concerned about everyone in the South. Mother nature is doing strange things. We have been glued to TV, hoping to get info about your areas. Hope everyone is doing ok and everything survived. Rosemary & David, maybe you should come out to Calif. and spend some time recouping, we have extra room, love to have you. However, sounds like you never have a dull moment in your life. ::Wayne & Pat, hope your getting good results from all your test and Pat is almost through with her treatments so she can recover. Your welcome to come to our house to recoup, we will be happy to take care of you.::Its good to hear from everyone. Ellie, I'm so proud of you for having so much fun. Jacque, you are so right, grab every moment.::We are going to Tahoe for labor with our kids and grandkids. Looking forward to coming back home with some BIG jackpots.::Looking forward to seeing everyone next year. Stay well and stay safe.::David after all that has happened, we will celebrate a big 50 anniversay for all our longtimers.::::Betty G::::::
 
Aug 30, 2005 at 17:51:42 JimG (Tulare)
Henry . . . the trick to the bottlecaps was to make sure they were wet. They really stuck that way. Betty, good to hear from you and don't forget to "LET IT RIDE." I tried to talk Arlene into going to Tahoe for our 49th on the 1st and we are going west to our Casa by the Osh. Have fun. Hope as is well down Louisiana way.::JimG::
 
Aug 31, 2005 at 11:14:24 Betty (Visalia)
Good morning,::We continue to watch all the news we can get. David & Rosemary, we are very concerned about you and your family. Let us know how your doing as soon as possible. Keep us posted, what your needs are and anything we can do to help.::Waiting to hear.::::Betty G
 
Aug 31, 2005 at 12:30:43 Dave (Baton Rouge)
We are OK. No problems. We got calls from Nylon and Dorothy McDonald. We just got our internet back on. We are very fortunate that's all we lost. We had a lot of wind, but the trees kept it above the house. ( trees also wrecked a lot of houses; catch 22 ) I'll put on some pictures of the yard just before the last big rain. This is like a war zone. Try to image leaving everything you own in your home and going to a shelter for the night. Then waking up the next morning without a home, your stuff, a job. You have nothing. School and about everything has been canceled. Have a feeling the taxes are going up. The town is packed with people. I hear the nearest motel room is Illinois. Betty, We need nothing. There are a bunch of people down here with nothing.
 
Aug 31, 2005 at 18:30:16 Patty (Chanute, Ks)
When ever disaster of any sort occurs our Prayers go out to ALL involved and we wish we could be there at that moment to help. This horrible ordeal with "Katrina" has been truly unbelieveable. I know there has been times when all of us have thought we were at the end of our ropes----But then all we have to do is look over our shoulders. Being in this type of Business of Insurance right now, we know how deeply serious this is. Even though we are in Kansas, you don't have to be in the State of needed help to feel the anxiety.::State Farm has already donated One Million Dollars for help to "Katrina" and they will also match any of us Agents & Secretaries that send help to them. But , as always, it is our Prayers, Beliefs and the knowing that God is definately there to oversee everything that will be required. May God Bless All Of You With Any Of Your Needs.Love,Patty & Darold
 
Sep 3, 2005 at 08:48:15 JimG (Tulare)
Dave & Rosemary . . . Glad to hear everything is OK your way. Hopefully all your kids were out of harms way. I know you have a daughter and son-in-law venturing the Carribean in the Blue Indigo. Keep us all posted on anything we can do to help. ::JimG::
 
Sep 3, 2005 at 13:59:11 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Ramblings: The Indigo Moon is in the Hudson river, tied-up in a marina on the Jersey side near the Statue of Liberty. The population of Baton Rouge has more than doubled during the last week. It is a no-fly zone. A helicopter flies over the house every five minutes. We are on a line from the airport here to New Orleans. The national news reporters are all on a witch hunt. Don't believe anything they say. A lot of people are hungary and own what they are wearing. Why don't they feed them. The aerodynamics of the superdome need to be studied. They will rebuild New Orleans in the same location, but it is a lousy location. When was the last time you fixed lunch for 250,000 people in a couple of days. Grandkid are not in school. Nobody is in school. The governor took all the buses to New Orleans. Last I saw they were still there. I took my bicycle to the post office yesterday and saw the main road in this part of town packed with cars. I saw a 1/2 mile line of cars waiting at a gas station with power. I saw lots of house without power. I talked to a power company lineman today. He and all the power company people working in this area are from Michigan. I have no plans of leaving the house, except by bike, until they get the power on at more gas stations or the price falls below $2.00. I can live in my neighborhood without a car with everything within riding distance. Every store is packed. Every restaurant is packed. All the drug dealers are out of business and the junkies can't get a fix. Good time to stay home. You could draw a triangle from here to Mobile, AL to Jackson, MS back to here and there is damage everywhere. I have friends in New Orleans, that I can't locate.
 
Sep 6, 2005 at 12:30:28 Betty G (Visalia)
Good Morning,::Hope everyone survived the Labor Day weekend. David & Rosemary, so glad to hear you and your family are all ok. Just can't believe the natural disaster. So many lives turned upside down. If anyone knows of someone that needs a home for awhile, let us know. I would gladly come down and help but I hardly know where to start.::Haven't heard from Ellie, how are you?::Pat & Wayne, hope things are going well with you guys. We need updates.::Our prayers are with you.::::Betty G
 
Sep 6, 2005 at 20:41:35 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Talked to Ellie on the phone Sunday. She called to see if we were OK. They had left Ft Myers bound for Pennsylvania. Somewhere in Florida they realized they couldn't buy gas and had stopped in a motor park. They have enough gas to get home. They also have a small car, they were towing. so they can go shopping or whatever. They are OK and not to worry. My guess they have moved on by now. I purchased gas today in Baton Rouge. The Indigo Moon has a new chapter out, The Southern Bahamas. Indigo Moon::I think and I'm not sure that "Nacho" Gomez lived in Slidell, LA. That town was hit hard. Anyone know how to find him?
 
Sep 8, 2005 at 00:12:19 wayne (pa;m desert)
Hi good friends, time to check in with you. David I read the great report from Indigo Moon. These are well written and fun to read. I emailed them and got a response. I feel part of their adventure now. Ellie, I bet you are having a great time with all of the new adventures Go Gal! I saw my surgeon today and she said the graft was not healing well in one area so she may have to do a patch job. Kind of like repairing the old bike tube after a goathead got it. I will know next week. My head may look like one of my old patched up tires when this is finished.I am having a Pet-scan on Sept 23. I found out I have to wait one month after surgery to have it done. Pat will have no6 next week and we pray that is the end of it for her. Her blood tests are good and her weight is holding steady. I know that many of you have had serious problems and have dealt with them bravely and I do admire all of you. It does help to know that there are people like you who care. Where is Elvira? Are dues due?I have lost track of the time. Are they yearly? Enough of this. Cheers for all of you and best wishes until I see you again. WC
 
Sep 8, 2005 at 15:24:37 JimG (Tulare)
Dave I tried last year to get info on Nacho . . . I see Chenie at Tulare Golf Course every once in awhile and I saw Reuben there once. When I see Chenie I will ask him about Nacho. I will look on the class roster for his phone number. Glad to hear from you Wayne and keep up the good reports about you two. ::
 
Sep 11, 2005 at 21:10:40 BRAD (VISALIA)
DEAR FRIENDS, TODAY, WHILE AT THE HOSPITAL IN TURLOCK, I SAW LOREN VINCENT AND MET HIS WIFE MARIE. SHE IS THERE RECUPERATING FROM AN OPERATION ON HER FOOT. WE HAD A GOOD VISIT. TALKED ABOUT OLD TIMES AND FAMILY. I'M HOPING I HAVE CONVINCED HIM TO ATTEND OUR 50TH REUNION. I HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE DOING WELL. LOVE BRAD
 
Sep 16, 2005 at 16:22:46 Dave (Baton Rouge)
It hasn't rained since the hurricane. I guess that has been good for a lot of people. They do have afternoon thundershowers forecast for today and tomorrow; 30% chance. (out of ten weathermen 3 think it will rain)::Rosemary is doing fine and is getting stronger every day.::Baton Rouge is loaded with people. ::Helicopters are everywhere. The state has a large area down the street from us that is full of motor homes and trailer houses for state police from about every state. There is a large military portable mess hall and everywhere there are satellite disks set up. At a large Home Depot there are tents set as offices for insurance companies in the parking lot. They are saying this disaster is 1000 times worse than 9/11. Only problem I see is TV network trying to make a soap opera out of a big act of God nightmare. The local Governor is lost. The Mayor of New Orleans blames everyone because he failed to follow procedures. The lady Senator and her Lt. Governor brother seem to have their act together. Too big for one person. Should have turn it over to the Armed Service first day. I heard there were 15 Admirals and Generals on the Carrier Iwo Jima yesterday.
 
Sep 16, 2005 at 21:06:12 Dave (Baton Rouge)
I guess to say the Iwo Jima is a Carrier is not true. It looks like one, but up close its packed with landing craft and helicopters plus 8 Harrier jets. The Navy calls it a LHD which means.. .something I guess.
 
Sep 18, 2005 at 05:44:41 BRAD (VISALIA)
hello classmates and friends, this morning, MY DAD, HUESHEL WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD. WILLIAM HURSHEL GILTON. 8/10/1917 - 9/18/2005. BRAD
 
Sep 18, 2005 at 18:21:48 Patty (Chanute, Ks)
Dear Brad,::We were so sorry to hear of your father's death and many of us will be grieving with you at this time of mourning. We know that your years of happiness and your many good memories of him will be of some comfort for you.Our Prayers will be with You and Your Family and as we all know, he is now in a far better place, "With Our Lord". May God Bless you in this time of need. Forever, Patty & Darold
 
Sep 19, 2005 at 01:21:42 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
DEAR CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, TODAY I MET WITH MY BROTHER AND SISTERS. WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE ALL THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR A MEMORIAL SERVICE ON THE 27TH AT 10:00 AM AT LAKEWOOD PARK IN MODESTO. THANK YOU PATTY AND DAROLD FOR YOUR PRAYERS. AND THANK ALL THE REST OF YOU WHO ARE UPHOLDING US. LOVE BRAD
 
Sep 19, 2005 at 15:10:52 wcrow (palm desert)
Hello to all of you. Pat and I hope you are well and happy We want to thank all of you for the good thoughts and prayers sent our way during this last summer. I know they did help. After my posting of what was happening to me I found out that 3 close people, a brother, a friend, and one classmate went to dermatologists and found that they too needed treatment. It has been over 50 years since we went bareheaded in the Valley sun and all got good sunburns. Remember our tanning salons,(baby oil and iodine). Now is the time our skin is asking for checkups. Don't wait. Pat just finished her 6th chemo and is recovering from that. I received good news that my skingraft was successful so no mmore surgery for me. We are ready to move on to good health.
 
Sep 19, 2005 at 16:46:39 JimG (Tulare)
Keep the good reports coming . . . Sounds much better about Wayne and Pat plus the report we got the Rosemary is doing fine also . . . ::::::::
 
Sep 21, 2005 at 04:59:01 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO FRIENDS. HOPE YOU ARE ALL WELL. LIFE IS GOOD. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. I WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT MY EYESITE---NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE VERY WELL. THEN, YESTERDAY MORNING I LOOKED OUT AND SAW THE MOON AND I WAS THINKING. THAT'S A 1/4 OF A MILLION MILES AWAY. AND I LOOKED AT THE SUN AND THOUGHT, THAT'S 93 MILLION MILES AWAY AND I CAN SEE IT. WE HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR. WAYNE, GOOD TO HEAR YOU AND PAT ARE MENDING. HEARD FROM BETTY BLANKENSHIP, SHE NEEDS OUR PRAYERS. SHE HAS HAD A BOUT WITH CANCER AND IS HAVING TESTS AND BIOPSIES. LOVE TO ALL. BRAD
 
Sep 21, 2005 at 05:32:31 BRAD (VISALIA)
CLASSMATES, IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE WORLD, GO TO http://earth.google.com AND DOWNLOAD THEIR FREE PROGRAM. YOU CAN ZOOM IN ON ANY PLACE ON EARTH. IT'S AWESOME. LOVE BRAD
 
Sep 21, 2005 at 14:16:50 JimG (Tulare)
Brad . . . Sorry to hear about your Dad, but I know he was well prepared for his future place in heaven. On the satelite map it is awesome. We have used it before. For those haven't try it!::
 
Sep 22, 2005 at 09:17:41 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING FRIENDS, THANK YOU JIM, YES, DAD IS IN A BETTER PLACE TODAY. IT'S ALL PART OF THE CYCLE OF LIFE. WE ALWAYS NEED TO BE READY FOR THE NEXT STEP. LOVE BRAD
 
Sep 22, 2005 at 11:59:00 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Thanks for the advice Brad, but I was considering taking a step back.
 
Sep 22, 2005 at 12:35:36 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Dave:(Snicker, snicker), That really is the only way to go at this time. The last time I heard of the circle of life was when we saw the Lion King. I don't think that's the way to go. Just don't walk on me when you take that step back!::::Hank
 
Sep 22, 2005 at 23:10:01 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
WHICH EVER WAY YOU GO IS STILL THE NEXT STEP. IT'S UP TO US. I'M HAVING SO MUCH FUN, I CAN'T THINK ABOUT STEPPING BACK. THE MARKET IS SLOWING DOWN NOW, SO IT WILL HAVE A BIG EFFECT ON ME SLOWING DOWN. I AM GETTING TIRED FASTER. LOVE BRAD
 
Sep 23, 2005 at 18:29:41 BRAD
DO WE HAVE A QUORUM? LET'S TAKE A VOTE
 
Sep 26, 2005 at 12:40:04 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Dave: Have you been able to take off your chest waders and get back to galoshes (sp?) yet? Hope you two and yours made it thru OK. Hank
 
Sep 27, 2005 at 11:04:53 Barbara G (Ventura)
Well, Sandi and I are off next Monday night to the "land down under" to visit my brother Richard and his tribe. He seems to be improving since his "t-cell transplant" last month. It's been 15 years since my last visit there, but doubt that too much has changed. They always seem 20 years behind the U.S. (at least in my opinion).::::Dave and Rosemary, hope things are okay with you and yours. All of you are in our thoughts. Dave, thanks for keeping our website going. It's fun to just look through things everyone has to say. The pictures are great.::::I'm really looking forward to our 50th next year. Hope everyone can make it.
 
Sep 27, 2005 at 13:05:01 Dave (Baton Rouge, LA)
Hey, The last hurricane seemed to be worst here than the first. We had more wind and it blew longer. We also had more rain. 10 inches in 24 hours. We were on the bad side ( East ) this time. Didn't have as many leaves or limbs in the yard. The first storm the wind was mainly from the North and from the South the second. We had minor power and cable outages. Looked like more large tree damage in the neighborhood. The local Power Co. Entergy, one of the largest in the world, declared bankruptcy because of the storms. We all weathered the storms with no problems. The deal to sell LoUiSiAna back to the French fell through. I had some brown spots removed from my forehead and were found to be cancer. Friday I go back so the doctor can do some more digging. Like I said Brad. I'm not taking the next step! Worst of all LSU lost. Hi Barb, Don't forget to drank some beer down there.
 
Oct 1, 2005 at 15:37:25 Dave (Baton Rouge)
I made some changes to the class home page by eliminating the drop-down index. I made an index page with all main pages listed with links to each. On the events page it finally sunk in that we had absolutely nothing for the 1966 reunion! No pictures, no writing, nothing. In 1966 we may not have had a camera or didn't have film. Anyway, I guess we could write something... or I could write something with some input. I remember it was in Corcoran, going to a pre-reunion meeting at the school cafeteria, don't remember who was in charge, a dinner was held at a bar on W. Whitley Ave kind of behind Squires Garage, a picnic was held at the swimming pool with our families, we played volleyball, there were little kids everywhere and they said we couldn't pee in the pool.::
 
Oct 2, 2005 at 00:37:24 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES. THE THING I REMEMBER MOST ABOUT '66 WAS A CONVERSATION I HAD WITH GAYLORD WESTBAY. HE WAS SO PROUD THAT HE HAD BEEN PROMOTED TO HELICOPTER PILOT. WE TALKED A LONG TIME. HE TOLD ME ABOUT THE WAR. WE WERE AT THE POOL. (YEARS LATER, IN D.C, I ETCHED HIS NAME FROM THE ENGRAVING ON THE VIET NAM WALL.) THE DINNER WAS AT "THE OFFICE" RESTAURANT/BAR. AFTER DINNER, PEOPLE TOLD A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE DOING. I PASSED. I WANTED TO TELL THAT I HAD BEEN BORN AGAIN 1/12/64. NO GUTS I GUESS. BRAD
 
Oct 2, 2005 at 09:15:26 JimG (Tulare)
Hello everyone . . . I think of that reunion every so often and always tell this story when anyone asks about our reunions . . . Arlene did not want to go to that reunion because we were going to be going to the Hanford reunion the following weekend. She said she wouldn't know anyone and just thought it just wouldn't be any fun . . . Well the minute we walked through the Office door and everyone would holler HOORAH for each couple coming in she was hooked on our class. By the way I think I got to dance with her 1 time that night! From that 1st reunion it is a whole different story now . . . The 1st thing she asks is when and where is the next CORCORAN reunion and doesn't care about the Hanford ones. You guys not only beat us in Football (26-13) but you also came back and won a new classmate named Arlene. Thanks again for always including us. This is a special class and always will be! Jim and Arlene
 
Oct 2, 2005 at 09:32:11 JimG (Tulare)
Hello again . . . The other event that night was when about 4 or 5 of us guys decided we would cook breakfast for the girls at Winfield and Barbara's house. I think we put 2 dozen or so eggs in one of those big cast iron skillets at once and stood there looking at each other wondering why the eggs weren't looking like they should. Of course at 2 or 3 in the morning we weren't sure what they were suppose to look like. I think the girls came to our rescue, but we had to clean up the mess! A camera would have been great to capture the "Idon'tknow" looks on our faces. But I think you are right Dave that I know that I did't have a camera with me and have to carry all the flashbulbs in my pocket. Hopefully somebody has some picture. Anyway the food at the picnic was much better the next day! And the master chefs weren't asked to do any of the cooking!
 
Oct 4, 2005 at 09:01:42 Dave (Baton Rouge, LA)
I remember Gaylord and the get-together at Winfield's. Don't remember the kitchen part, but I never went into a kitchen until I was 50 something. RO had to drive back to Hanford that night; I was unable to. Got to bed in time to get up and go back for the pool thing. Gaylord was promoted to an Warrant Officer along with helicopter pilot. I remember running into Gaylord at the Cotton Club after he had returned from San Salvador. At the time he was an infantry Sergeant and very Gung-Ho. Need to know who was at the reunion. We know RO, Dave, Bill N, BarbG, Wayne, Verdell opps.. Stan, Beverly S, Bob Griffith, Gary Gamble, Brad, JimG, Gaylord were there. With WE being Dave, JimG and Brad. There were a lot more attending. Need more names. I will start on a page today. Need a date other than summer of '66. Brad, seems like I knew you were born again from talks at the pool. Also, you told me you were going back to school. Sounded like a good ideal. I started taking night school classes at COS in September. Dave
 
Oct 5, 2005 at 05:23:17 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS. DAVE, IT'S TESTING THE METAL OF MY BRAIN TO GO BACK ALMOST 40 YEARS TO '66, BUT I AM TRYING. I'M FINDING A LOT OF "RUST". IT'S HARD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY. I DO REMEMBER YOU AND I BEING AT COS TOGETHER. I DIDN'T KNOW MY WORDS MAY HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGEMENT FOR YOU TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. I BELIEVE WE BOTH LEFT COS THE SAME YEAR. I WENT TO CAL POLY AND YOU WENT TO FRESNO STATE. YOU HAVE HAD SOME GREAT EXPERIENCES. I SOMETIMES WISH I COULD HAVE WORKED IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND HAD LEARNED OTHER CULTURES LIKE YOU, BILL, BILLY AND OTHERS HAVE DONE. IT'S MY DESIRE TO BE ENCOURAGEMENT TO ALL OF YOU MY DEAR FRIENDS. WE ARE FAMILY. MY MEMORY OF SOME OF YOU GOES BACK BEYOND KINDERGARDEN TO SUNDAY SCHOOL. LIFE IS GOOD, GOD IS GOOD. HIS GOODNESS NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME. LOVE BRAD
 
Oct 7, 2005 at 17:59:43 Barbara G (Ventura (via Sydney))
Gidday from the land down under. Sandi and I have been here since Wednesday (Sydney time) and finally have shaken the jet lag. Richard seems in pretty good spirits and is as gabby as ever (he should have been a history teacher/ lecturer as he enlightens you about anything and everything). ::::Sandi and her cousin plan to walk the "top" of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Monday, barring much wind. It's raining now (much to everyone's pleasure as they are in a drought) but the rain should clear up this afternoon.::::I forgot how much I was out of tune with "kids" as my niece has four children (5-15). I guess we fussed and fought as much as they do, but WOW! Featherdale Park was very interesting with the smaller animals (wallabies, Tasmanian Devils, small kangaroos, koalas and more).::::Will try to write again before we leave next the 15th.
 
Oct 11, 2005 at 20:15:03 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Oh Hum !! This must be the doldrums. No wind blowing. We're not moving in any direction. Think I'll check and see if we are still tied to the dock. Barbara don't forget to come home with a nice big opal.

Oct 13, 2005 at 05:02:45 BRAD (VISALIA)
OK DAVE, I WON'T GO THERE. IT IS AWFULLY QUIET THOUGH. MUST BE THE LUL BEFORE THE STORM. ANYWAY, REGISTERED FOR THE CLASS OF 55 REUNION. SISTER, ELAINE IS COMING DOWN. SHOULD BE FUN. SOMETIME SOON, WE SHOULD HAVE SOME DATES FOR NEXT FOOTBALL SEASON. THEN, WE CAN GET SERIOUS ABOUT OUR 50TH.LOVE BRAD
 
Oct 13, 2005 at 10:33:23 Dave (Baton Rouge)
That sounds like good news Brad. I've been updating my mailer list and ready to go when I get a date and place.::I was contacted by Sherri Bonnema yesterday. She gave me the address of her mom, Mary Ellen Mathis, who lives in Texas south of Dallas. We had three Mary Ellen's in the class, the one I'm talking about, coincidentally, is Mary Ellen Dallas.
 
Oct 13, 2005 at 13:12:52 JimG (Tulare)
Dave . . . I know you must be being squeezed by staying at home with the doubling of your population there. But we are getting a lot more words from you . . . Probably words of wisdom no doubt. By the way the 55 class is having their reunion this Saturday and we are having company from Reno and we will not be able to attend. It would be interesting for them to post the names of all the people who did attend. Barbara, bring some pictures from your trip for Dave to post on the site. I'm sure you are having a great time visiting your family down under.::
 
Oct 13, 2005 at 19:48:35 wayne (palm deeert)
Classmates! I got a call yesterday from the Mayor of Angiola aka as Fermin Espinoza. It was good to hear from him and we shared old stories and up to date health reports. When I mentioned the 50 reunion he froze up gave me excuses but I told him we would come to his house and roust him if he passed this up. He gets info from Frank so that is our contact. My doctor said today that my P.E.T. Scan was negative so I am at level zero and clear to go on living. He said I was 50 times more likely to get another melanoma than other people but I had an 80% chance of living 10 more years. That is better than the average guy driving on todays freeways here in Calif so I feel good about that. Thanks for all of the prayers and concerns sent my way from all of you. Pat has finished her 5 months of chemo and now has to wait for another review of the scan on her throat before any predictions are given to her. One vocal cord is paralyzed and the doctors can't find the cause of that. She was told to get rest and try to build up her immune system. She feels better each day but needs lots of rest. Thanks again to all of you for thinking of her in your prayers. I know we will both be at the 50th and in good health. Love to all of you. wc
 
Oct 15, 2005 at 02:29:37 Betty Wolf (Turlock)
Hi everyone, First time I have written in a long time.:: Dave, just wanted you to know I am trying to get Mary Ellen Dallas address for you. Her sister was my sister-in-law. She passed away several years,but she had several other sibblings ad nieces and nephews. Will let you know. I think Brad mentioned that I have cancer and could sure use any one that wants to pray for m. I will stat chemo soon. This is third time to have cancer but have never had chemo.:: Thanks to all of you who will pray.:: Betty ( Blankenship )Wolf
 
Oct 16, 2005 at 00:07:42 waynec (palm desert)
I will address this to Brad because he has the most influence in spirtual matters. It seems that most of our classmates have a need or will have a need for prayers to be said for losses or ailments. I know that Pat and I feel that we were supported by classmates and prayers offered these last few months. Brad, is there a way to set up a time where we could all join in an E-MAIL Prayer Group? I know we don't have a real chat room but we tend to use this site as a chat place. Dave what do you suggest? Betty Wolf, we do send our prayers out to you as you undertake this ordeal Stay strong and keep up your spirits. Rosemary, we hope you are doing well and getting better each day. God's blessings and prayers to all of my classmates and friends where ever you may be.
 
Oct 16, 2005 at 10:03:37 BRAD (VISALIA)
DEAR CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, WAYNE, WHAT AN AWESOME IDEA. I WILL FIND A WAY TO DO JUST THAT. WE DO NEED EACH OTHER. WE HAVE A GREAT CLASS.BETTY, I AM PRAYING FOR YOU. OUR GOD IS SO INCREDABLY WONDERFUL. I KNOW HE IS MINISTERING TO YOU AND THE OTHERS RIGHT NOW. ONE THING I AM THINKING RIGHT NOW, IS TO HAVE A PRAYER LIST THAT WE KEEP UPDATED REGULARLY. PERHAPS IN A SEPARATE SPOT WITH A LINK TO IT. THAT WOULD KEEP US REMINDED OF THE NEEDS. I KNOW, SOME DO NOT WANT TO BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT. GOD IS LOVE. ALL OF US NEED LOVE. ALL OF US CAN BE MINISTERS OF LOVE. WAYNE, THANK YOU FOR THAT WONDERFUL IDEA. WENT TO THE CLASS OF 55 REUNION DINNER LAST NIGHT. MORE IDEAS FOR OUR 50TH. THIS MORNING, MY HEART IS OVERWHELMED WITH GRATTITUDE TO OUR WONDERFUL GOD. LOVE BRAD
 
Oct 16, 2005 at 11:24:55 Dave (Baton Rouge)
I would suggest you open a room in the existing chat room.
 
Oct 16, 2005 at 16:21:30 BRAD (VISALIA)
dave, how could we do that? I WOULD NOT WANT TO DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD CAUSE AN ADDITIONAL COST TO YOUR ACCOUNT. BRAD
 
Oct 16, 2005 at 18:36:02 Dave (Baton Rouge)
The Tutorial on the entry page to the chat room talks about creating your own room. There are no extra charges. It is there if you want to use it. Ellie, you home yet?
 
Oct 16, 2005 at 19:51:08 Ellie (Ft. Myers,Fla.)
Yes, I'm home, We're home and even Willie is home. We have been in Key West for 3 wonderful weeks! My Frank took me out for my birthday and I had a 2 1/2 lb. Lobster that literally fell off the plate overlooking the water. Very romantic. The traveling is great and manage to forget about everything important. What a way to live from time to time. I'm current with chat. That bit from Julia was a ringer. How true. We just hooked up to satellite on the RV.. Maybe now we can be more current with what's going on in the world. On second thought...... Anyway, One must know what Bush is doing to us. We're home just to wash the house, clean the pool, do the laundry, and stock up then we're off again to Panhandle before it gets too cold for Frank. Got to take good care of him. He's very special. Love to all, Ellie.
 
Oct 18, 2005 at 05:59:14 BRAD (VISALIA)
By Dr. Robert Schuller::When everything is right God says, "Go!" Then miracles happen! Barriers tumble! Mountains are conquered! Problems disappear and heartaches dissolve! ::A hopeless alcoholic is set free! A drug addict is cured! A doubter becomes as a child in his belief! Diseased tissue responds to treatment, and healing begins! ::The door to your dream suddenly swings open, and there stands God saying, "Go!" . . . ::Try praying big, honest, clean, affirmative prayers, and you'll become the person God wants you to be! ::Thank you, Lord, for bringing me to the place ::where love can knock at the door of my heart. ::O Father, do not let me be afraid. ::I shall not resist your affectionate touch. ::Let me, O Lord, have the spirit of a little child ::and dare to respond and run with open arms to ::your call of love. Amen. ::::::
 
Oct 18, 2005 at 06:13:43 BRAD (VISALIA)
DEAR FRIENDS, THE ABOVE PRAYER BY DR ROBERT SCHULLER SEEMED SO APPROPRATE FOR TODAY. I GET A DAILY LETTER FROM HIM. BEVERLY AND I HAVE A MATTER WE ARE WATCHING. IT FELT SO GOOD TO READ THAT AND ACCEPT IT AND RECEIVE IT AS OUR OWN. OUR GOD IS SO AWESOME. I OPENLY AND FREELY ACCEPT HIS AFFECTIONATE TOUCH. SORRY TO TAKE UP SO MUCH SPACE, BUT, I COULD NOT RESIST THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE. LOVE BRAD
 
Oct 22, 2005 at 18:53:57 Ellie (Fla.)
We're home for the hurricane, not by choice, but for Dr. visit and other things needing doing. Weather is so heavy that it feels oppressive and I feel achy along with all the arthritics and migraines. The not knowing is the problem. I have people coming in case of and I don't know how much I should get at the grocery store. Yes, some of you would poo-poo that as so much falderah,but in my line a shelter need not be paper plates and beans. Seriously, this is getting to be a pain. We're leaving again to go to the Panhandle at the end of the month and we hope to stay away all of Nov. Life is so simple that way. Like snails in the forest we just drift around with our shell from beach to beach. We have to stick to Fla. now cause it's getting cold up there and you all know where. I got a new bicycle. It's purple with white flowers and a white basket and I decorated it with a lei and it's named Kalani. So there! It has three seats on it, for comfort. The original, a gel seat and a lambs wool. Yes, I need it and you might know why. Well, it's time for me to do my wifely duties. I love this part! Ellie
 
Oct 24, 2005 at 20:32:31 BRAD (VISALIA)
ELLIE, HOPE YOU ARE WELL. I SEE THE STORM GOING THROUGH FT. MYERS. BRAD
 
Oct 25, 2005 at 07:49:56 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Have some pictures of Barb does Australia on the Guestbook main page.
 
Oct 25, 2005 at 10:16:41 Ellie (Hurricane Central, Fla.)
Wilma wasn't so bad. We didn't even lose a screen. Just a lot of wind and rain. Some areas are flooded and some are without power. Last Fri. we had Direct TV installed. On Sat. it conked out. We took in friends for the hurricane and no Tv, survived on dvd's and videos. No dishwasher either. It decided to cease operating. It's warranteed so that's fine. It was like going back in time. Once a camper always a camper. No big deal. And today we're putting everything right again. Leaving for No. Fla. on Saturday for the month of November. Yahoo!!! Love to all, Ellie
 
Oct 27, 2005 at 17:57:43 JimG (Tulare)
Wow . . . I read Bob's schooling on how to become a hydraulic engineer. It also reminded me that when purchasing a shelter to make sure it already has indoor and outdoor plumbing. However it sounds like Bob was hellbent on winning the battle. Way to go Bob! Also the photos of Barbara's trip down under were really nice to see on the site . . . Way to go Dave!
 
Oct 30, 2005 at 06:40:14 Dave (Louisiana)
Many photo of Louisiana showing the damage and grief caused by Katrina.http://2theadvocate.com/multimedia/katrina.shtml I don't know how long this will stay on the internet.
 
Nov 3, 2005 at 10:54:32 Dave (Baton Rouge)
There are some new photos of our old friends from the class of '55 on the '52-55 site "CURRENT PHOTOS" page. http://corcoran52-55.com/page15.html I assume these are from their recent reunion you all. Also, I noticed, while on the "add" page, that poor old cat is still running. Been running for years. My cat Sal is still sitting there watching him run and Sal took the next step over a year ago. He stepped out into the road in front of something and became gone. Poor Sal. Poor Dave. Poor running cat.
 
Nov 3, 2005 at 20:33:43 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES, GOT A CALL FROM THE A. D. FROM CORCORAN HIGH SCHOOL. SHE SAID SHE WOULD HAVE THE SCHEDULE OF THE 2006 FOOTBALL SEASON FOR US TOMORROW. WHEN I GET IT, I WILL TALK TO JACQUE AND TRY TO DETERMINE THE BEST WEEK FOR THE "BIG" 50. I AM EXCITED ABOUT THE NEWS. MORE TOMORROW. LOVE BRAD
 
Nov 4, 2005 at 02:27:59 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
HI DAVE, THANKS FOR THE LESSONS FOR TODAY. I AM A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WITH HOPE. BRAD
 
Nov 4, 2005 at 20:06:33 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES, WE HAVE A DATE. SEPT. 22, 2006 IS THE FRIDAY NIGHT GAME. SO, KEEP THAT WEEKEND OPEN. JACQUE AND I WILL FLY INTO GEAR AND GET THE ARRANGEMENTS GOING. BY THE WAY, THE GAME IS WITH SHAFTER. LOVE BRAD
 
Nov 8, 2005 at 07:40:58 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES, LOOKS LIKE I AM TALKING TO MYSELF. MAYBE TIME TO START ANSWERING. OR STOP TALKING. I WOKE UP THIS MORNING THINKING ABOUT KINDERGARTEN. I REMEMBER GOING TO SCHOOL WITH ELAINE. CAN YOU IMAGINE, AT 3 YEARS OLD, THE TEACHER, ( MS GORDON) SENDING A 3 YEAR OLD OUT TO WALK HOME ALONE TODAY. YES, I WAS 4 WHEN I STARTED. AND, I WAS NOT THE YOUNGEST. WHOSE BD IS LATER THAN 11/4/38? I THINK THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO. ANYWAY, WHAT A LOWLY SUBJECT FOR SUCH A SCHOLARLY GROUP. LOVE BRAD
 
Nov 8, 2005 at 15:53:47 Barbara G (Ventura)
Brad, I was born in Dec. 1938. I believe Sue Rich was born in February 1939 and Julia Hirsch's birthdate was in 1939(?) We were all pretty young.
 
Nov 8, 2005 at 16:06:03 Patty (Chanute, Kansa)
Hey Brad,::I was a "December Baby" too in 1938.. December 25, 1938.::CHRISTMAS DAY!! Baby Jesus, Santa Claus & Me!! Love, Patty
 
Nov 8, 2005 at 18:44:33 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
HI BARB AND PATTY. I KNEW THERE WERE SOME. YES, WE WERE YOUNG. PATTY, YOU WERE SOMEONE'S CHRISTMAS GIFT. JUST THIS MORNING, I FINISHED A NEW BIO. IF ANYONE CARES TO READ IT, IT IS AT WWW.GILTONFAMILY.COM. LOVE BRAD
 
Nov 8, 2005 at 23:51:45 BillyC (In/Oh)
I'm sure glad to know that I wasn't the youngest, 12/17/38. I like the date in September for the reunion, I wouldn't be able to make it to the reunion on the first weekend in October due to Canal Days in Metamora.
 
Nov 9, 2005 at 06:14:28 BRAD (VISALIA)
HEY BILLY, YOU ARE STILL ALIVE. I THOUGHT YOU WERE SOME YOUNGER THAN ME. GLAD THE DATE WORKS FOR YOU. AND, I HOPE YOUR WIFE WILL BE ABLE TO COME WITH YOU. LOVE, BRAD
 
Nov 10, 2005 at 02:21:12 Derek (Alameda)
Brad, I was born Feb 6 '39. Everybody else, Hello. I'm still here, just in a quiet mood. Derek
 
Nov 10, 2005 at 06:49:31 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO DEREK, YOU ARE THE ONE. I KEPT THINKING THERE WAS SOMEONE IN THE 1939'S. I THINK YOU ARE THE YOUNGEST. IT'S GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU. HOW ARE YOU DOING? IS SEPT 21-23 GOOD FOR YOU? KEEP IN TOUCH. LOVE BRAD
 
Nov 12, 2005 at 16:49:08 Jacque (SLO)
I think Ellie's BD might be in 39 also. Check with her when she get's back from flitting from beach to beach (what a life!) David, Bob came home after being amoung the missing from June until the middle of September. We think the neighbors had him locked up. He is now sporting an ID tag with his name (Bob Thomson) phone# & DOB. In the meantime John felt bad about loosing Bob (he was sitting the animals) and gave me a Manx kitten at the end of June, something I really didn't want. Now Smokey and Bob both drive me crazy when I use my computer. I have to lock Smokey out when I use the printer or he's batting at the printing bar. They both love the running cat and bat at it constantly. ::I injured my good knee in September and am finally able to walk without the cane in the house. John's found some "new" remedy for arthritis ( calif golden raisins soaked in gin! but you only eat 5 per day). It does make him quite happy so who cares if it works or not. Talk to you all soon!!!
 
Nov 14, 2005 at 11:58:14 JimG (Tulare)
Hi everyone,::I believe Brad is trying to make all of us feel older . . . and by the way the Homecoming game will be AGAINST Shafter! Will have to get other grads at game. I know Bruce Flagherty and Lew Florence will be there.::

Nov 16, 2005 at 18:54:19 Dave (Baton Rouge)
I have two images that have been on the site for a long time. I was wondering if anyone has ever seen them. One is a picture of "girls" drinking beer and the other is called "FREE TO A GOOD HOME".
 
Nov 17, 2005 at 08:17:55 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
HELLO EVERYONE, DAVE, YOU HAVE ME STUMPED. WHERE ARE THEY? BRAD
 
Nov 17, 2005 at 08:43:25 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Hey Brad how you doing? Let wait and see if anyone knows. If nobody has a clue by the end of the month; I'll tell all and delete them shortly afterwards.
 
Nov 17, 2005 at 08:49:49 Dave (BR)
Thank You Jacqueline, I learned a new word. "flitting" Had to look it up in the dictionary. Anyway, you can't run off a well fed cat with a stick.
 
Nov 17, 2005 at 18:55:35 JimG (Tulare)
Dave . . . This sounds like a Program Book that has lots of ads in it and this is the enticement they use to make you read all the ads. What is the prize . . . You always have to have a prize to get everyone to read the ads.::JimG::
 
Nov 17, 2005 at 20:09:39 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Hey Jim, The Grand Prize (finds both images) wins a year supply of nothing in the color of their choice. First Prize (finds one image) wins a year supply of nothing. Doesn't get color choice. Final Prize (can't find anything) wins nothing and gets nothing else.
 
Nov 18, 2005 at 01:42:22 BRAD (VISALIA)
DAVE, FOUND THEM
 
Nov 20, 2005 at 10:10:48 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES,WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY. I JUST WANTED TO SAY HI. TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES AND IT'S THE ONLY ONE WE HAVE. I'M GOING TO TRY TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT. WORSHIP IS ON MY MIND. OUR GOD IS AWESOME. LOVE, BRAD
 
Nov 21, 2005 at 08:52:46 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES, JUST FOR A SMALL MENTAL EXERCISE THIS MORNING, I WAS CHECKING ON THE VOLUME OF THE KNOWN UNIVERSE. WE KNOW THE RADIUS IS 13 BILLION LIGHT YEARS AND 1 LIGHT YEAR IS 5.88 TRILLION MILES, THEREFORE FROM THE VOLUME OF SPHERE FORMULIA (4/3 PI R CUBED) WE GET: 4/3x (13Bx5.88T) CUBED = 595,526,061,312,PLUS 52 ZEROS. (CHECK MY MATH DAVE...JULIA...) I DON'T KNOW HOW TO SAY THAT NUMBER. THAT'S THE SIZE OF OUR KNOWN UNIVERSE. IT'S ALL IN ORDER. OUR GOD CREATED ALL OF IT. IT'S SO OVERWHELMING TO REALIZE THAT THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE HAS TIME FOR YOU AND ME 24/7. TODAY, WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF GETTING TO KNOW HIM BETTER AND HAVING A FRIENDSHIP WITH HIM. OUR ACCESS TO HIM IS UNLIMITED. HOW CAN WE THANK HIM ENOUGH? LOVE BRAD
 
Nov 21, 2005 at 08:57:19 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING AGAIN. AS USUAL, I DIDN'T GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME. THE NUNMER ABOVE IS IN CUBIC MILES. BRAD
 
Nov 21, 2005 at 18:50:43 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
OK, THIS TIME I HAVE TO GO 3 TIMES TO GET IT RIGHT. I FORGOT TO MULTIPLY TIMES PI (3.14). SO, HERE GOES AGAIN. (13 B LR x 5.88T)CUBED x 3.14 = 1.402464 x 1+69 ZEROS. BRAD
 
Nov 22, 2005 at 16:55:42 JimG (Tulare)
Wow Brad I was concerned with your memory but I see you finally got the formula right. I checked it out and it is OK now!!!!!!
 
Nov 22, 2005 at 21:32:20 BRAD (VISALIA)
THANKS JIM, I'M GLAD SOMEONE COULD CONCUR. BRAD
 
Nov 23, 2005 at 11:27:24 JimG (Tulare)
Brad . . . anytime. I also have a bridge for sale if anyone is interested.::
 
Nov 23, 2005 at 11:32:48 JimG (Tulare)
By the way safe & happy Thanksgiving to all of you . . . Jim & Arlene. Dave, do me a favor and erase my mathematical mistake of the two identical notes. Thanks::
 
Nov 23, 2005 at 11:52:27 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES, HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL. WE HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR. IT'S HARD TO THINK OF IT ALL. AND, JIM, I AM INTERESTED IN A BRIDGE. WHERE IS IT? LOVE TO ALL, BRAD
 
Nov 23, 2005 at 14:17:49 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Jim... I deleted the duplicate. I was playing with this thing the other day trying to make it duplicate and couldn't do it by clicking sign guestbook twice. The only way was to not delete the blue page that comes up and then go back to it. Brad... I thought the universe was still expanding and it was ellipsoid shaped. V=4/3πabc
 
Nov 23, 2005 at 20:34:44 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES, DAVE, YOU COULD BE RIGHT, HOWEVER, AS FAR AS WE CAN SEE, THERE IS STILL SOMETHING THERE. ACCORDING TO A REPORT DATED AROUND SEPT 28, 2005, THE EARTH IS AT THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE. THE ARGUMENT FOR THAT WAS DETERMINED BY MEASURING THE INFRA RED WAVE LENGTH AT 100 LIGHT YEARS OUT IN EVERY DIRECTION. THE WAVE LENGTH MEASURED TO BE THE SAME. THE UNIVERSE IS STILL EXPANDING. THAT IS THE REASON I SAID THE KNOWN UNIVERSE. NOW, WE CAN SEE OBJECTS AT 13 BILLION LIGHT YEARS AWAY. NEXT YEAR, WHEN THE HUBBLE SCOPE IS REPLACED, WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE FARTHER. I BELIEVE WE WILL SEE MORE OF THE SAME. IT IS FASCINATING TO ME. HOWEVER, MY POINT TO ALL OF THIS, IS THAT OUR GOD IS GREATER THAN ALL OF IT AND HE HAS TIME FOR YOU AND ME. IT IS AWESOME. LOVE BRAD ::
 
Nov 24, 2005 at 07:32:38 Henry S (Nokesville,Va)
Hello to all and wishing you all the best of health for these holidays. Have a very good Thanksgiving Day and more after. Hank
 
Nov 29, 2005 at 15:00:31 Dave (test)
Jack and Jill went up the hill.
 
Nov 29, 2005 at 15:09:19 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Nope! It still works! Hank, I guess Thanksgiving didn't reach the high expectations for most. We had six grandkids here. Great time. Looking forward to my birthday in a couple of weeks. That's right, "1937" I was wrong about the shape of the universe. Turns out its flat. If you go to far...lookout.
 
Nov 29, 2005 at 16:43:52 BillyC (In/Oh)
Wow, Nice weather we're having. Last Friday, low was 10, yesterday the high was 70, Lo 54. on its way back down. Yesterday tied the high in 1909. Wind was up to 50's, today only 25. Dave, my oldest, spent Thanksgiving in Beijing, yesterday went to Hong Kong, tomorrow or day after to Taipei. After a week there visiting relattives and sight- seeing, will be back to grind in Boston. The DL and I are gearing up for a trip to South America - Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. We'll try Machu Picchu, though I am not sure if I will survive the climb. We'll see, we're leaving 1/10, returning 2/3. Then to Mexico for the Copper Canyon trip on 2/15 (if I last that long). We say more when we get back.
 
Nov 30, 2005 at 08:30:06 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Hey Billy, Don't forget to take along an oxygen tank if you do Machu Picchu. Also in Mexico, at barrance del Cobre if you take the train ride you might need a parachute
 
Dec 1, 2005 at 14:24:45 Dave (Louisiana)
I was going to delete a couple of pictures the 1st of the month and asked if anyone could guess where they were located I'd give them a prize. Brad said he did, but I never got any information from him. So...I guess I'll say everyone wins the third place prize. So...Expect to get nothing in your mail shortly.
 
Dec 1, 2005 at 17:20:10 JimG (Tulare)
Hold it Brother . . . I think the girls having a beer are all Sisters in 1981 . . . But I would rather get nothing in the mail including BILLS!::
 
Dec 1, 2005 at 18:38:49 Ellie & Frank (Fla.)
Hello to all with love! Firstly, we've just returned from the northern part of Fla. The Panhandle near Pencicola, at Destin Fl. Beautiful sandy beaches, like white sugar, lovely state parks, but it's cold up there. We just about froze on the beach with sweats on to block the 25 mph winds. But the sun was out there and we really had fun anyway. Our continual honeymoon.::Thank you for changing the Big Event to Sept. That's a whole lot better for us although we'd be attending anyway. I'm Oct. 12, 38 so no prize for me. And as far as the math thing, I don't recall having that in school. So you can stop showing off!!!!!::Jacque, please, I'll give you a year to stop hurting yourself so you'll be up to the swim meet I've planned for you. And furthermore, That medicinal recipe sounds very scientific to me and to complete it maybe add a few prunes for fiber don't you think? Miss you guys!::We're home for Dec. then we're off to Key West again in Jan. One might ask why go anywhere since we're already here in a warm climate but simply enough we like life on the motorhome traveling around like gypsies. Of course, the prize for traveling goes to Billy C. Personally I can't leave my kitchen. Just a domestic at heart and now I have my husband who enjoys my cooking. What a Blessing.::Cindy is coming for Christmas as usual from Canada. The kids have decided to make this one a very adult Christmas, no Dr. Denton PJS's anymore, so Cindy has tickets to our Barbara Mann Theatre for Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Peder has arranged for a car to pick us up and out to dinner, then to keep some tradition Frank and I will make Christmas night buffet and on 25th Turkey and Ham dinner and FaLa-La.::Really looking forward to the BIG ONE in Sept. Love to all and keep well everyone. ::September is a great mon
 
Dec 1, 2005 at 18:44:43 Ellie (continued..........)
As I was saying, Sept. is a great month and if you feel the same, jump right in and say I DO Too! They'd probably enjoy hearing from ya'll.
 
Dec 1, 2005 at 22:19:29 Ellie (Fl.)
Just ignore me. I didn't realize that Sept. was already a fact, which I'm delighted. So I've been under a rock for a while now. Coming home certainly brings one down to earth real fast. No sooner did we get to town that the tow car died, needed a boost, coouldn't get the hood open on the coach, something was wrong with the AC in the house, Willie lost weight in the kennel. One good thing. The IRS gave me a credit for .42 cents. I'm not complaining.
 
Dec 1, 2005 at 22:27:06 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES, ELLIE, IF YOU THINK THAT WAS SHOWING OFF, THIS IS IT. I'M STUDYING TO TAKE MY PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS EXAM. (I MUST BE CRAZY AND DOESN'T MEAN I CAN PASS IT) MAYBE NEXT YEAR. JUST ANOTHER CHALLENGE. A GREATER ONE, HOWEVER, IS BEVERLY. SHE FAILED HER BIOPSY TEST. ON TO CHEMO AND RADIATION. IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING, WE HAVE HOPE AND FAITH. DAVE, CHECK YOUR PANTHER56 E-MAIL. I MAILED THE ANSWERS THERE. FREE WAS IN THE PANTHER TAIL PAGES, AND THE NUNS WERE IN THE 81 REUNION PAGE PICTURES. LOVE TO ALL, BRAD
 
Dec 2, 2005 at 11:06:01 BillyC (In/Oh)
Hey, Ellie, nice to see you back. I was at Eglin AFB from 6/72 thru 6/74 in Ft Walton Beach, It snowed there the first winter I was there, their first snow in 20 years. It was at least 5 inches, lasted a whole half a morning. I was the only person on base with snow tires on my car. My mom visited us when Donald was born in 8/72. We went to the beach several times. My mom took a small glass of sand home with her to prove to my baby sister how white it was. While we were at the beach, there was a lady there walking on the beach with a little poodle. The dog was running along, dipping its head and scooping up a mouthful of sand, and turning somersaults. My mom thought it was so cute. She asked the lady what the dog was doing. She said they were from Wisconsin and the dog thought the sand was snow and was trying to drink it, but hadn't realized it wasn't snow yet. Anyway, I always wanted to go back there to retire, until that hurricane or two hit Pensacola and now I think I will try San Antonio now.
 
Dec 2, 2005 at 11:24:54 Ellie (Chilly Fla.)
Brad, I'm so sorry to hear of Bev's condition. Let us hope and pray that the treatment will make her better. What tremendous challenges we face in life to add strength to our character. I'd rather take a pill.::And a few words re: pro Engineer classes. Good work go for it. Whatever fulfills you. You're a Professional anyway even without the paper. I, personally, feel such sadness for any pain that my classmate friends have to endure. I've had some in my lifetime but at this moment in time and you never know for how long, life is good but along with that is a lot of thankful prayers for the Blessings and hope for the sick. A day at a time; it's the only way! We try to make it beautiful, because how well I know that it's a gift.
 
Dec 2, 2005 at 12:27:02 Dave
Brad, I haven't had 56panthers email for a while. (see my entry on May 22 of the guest book) I use the one that is listed on this site. Member page and address page (DHGilb). I plan to use 56panthers to send out announcements for the 50th reunion someday. Anyway, you are correct. The nuns drinking beer is on the 1981 reunion page and the free to a good home is in the Panther Tails. You win the grand prize.... a years supply of nothing in the color of your choice (blue or purple). Ellie it good to have you back. I always heard the whitest sand was at Ft. Myers, but I've never been there. I know the sand at Destin is very white.
 
Dec 4, 2005 at 10:34:50 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES, IT'S SUNDAY. GOD IS GOOD, LIFE IS GOOD IN SPITE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES. HIS PRESENCE IS CONSTANTLY WITH US. WE ARE LOOKING TO THE POSITIVE SIDE OF THINGS. A MINISTER FROM CORCORAN SAID THERE ARE TWO CLASSES OF PEOPLE---THOSE WHO HAVE OR ARE HAVING PROBLEMS AND THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO HAVE THEM. WE HAVE HAD NONE THAT WE DID NOT COME THROUGH AND WITH GOD'S HELP, WE'RE NOT GOING TO STOP HERE, WE'RE GOING THROUGH. ELLIE, THANKS FOR YOUR KIND WORDS. DAVE, YOU CAN ALTERNATE THE COLORS EVERY OTHER DAY. NOW I CAN SAY I WON SOMETHING. WE HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR. LOVE TO ALL WITH GOD'S BLESSINGS, BRAD
 
Dec 7, 2005 at 07:20:42 BRAD (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES, I HAVE A FORMULA FOR CALCULATING THE LENGTH OF ETERNITY. IF THE AVERAGE LIFE OF MAN IS 77.7 YEARS, THE LENGTH OF ETERNITY IS 77.7 TRILLION YEARS TIMES 10 TIMES ENFINITY. MAYBE THAT'S A LITTLE SILLY, BUT IT GIVES US A LITTLE COMPARISON ABOUT WHAT WE ARE PREPARING FOR. THERE ARE TWO AREAS TO CHOOSE FROM---GOOD OR BAD. I CHOOSE THE GOOD, I BELIEVE YOU HAVE DONE LIKEWISE. IF YOU MAKE NO CHOICE, YOU CHOOSE THE BAD BY DEFAULT. OUR GOD IS GOOD, HE IS AWESOME, HE IS INCOMPARABLE. WE GIVE HIM PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING. LOVE BRAD
 
Dec 11, 2005 at 18:43:26 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES. LOOKS LIKE I'M TALKING TO MYSELF AGAIN. IT'S OK, I NEED TO SAY HOW THANKFUL I AM FOR THE LOVE OF GOD THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING DURING THIS TIME OF TRIAL. THERE IS A GOD IN VISALIA. WE TALKED WITH HIM THIS MORNING. ALL IS WELL THAT ENDS WELL. AND, WE CAN TRULY SAY "IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL". THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND PRAYERS. LOVE BRAD
 
Dec 11, 2005 at 20:03:09 WCrow (Palm Desert)
Before we all get busied by the duties of celebrations, Pat and I want to wish all of our dear Friends a Very Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukah,and a Joyful New Year. We know that some are of us are going through some tough times but it is good to know that many prayers are being said each day to help all those in need. May God Bless each and every one of you each day. WC and PC::
 
Dec 12, 2005 at 20:22:37 Ellie (Fla.)
Hi everyone and a big Merry and Happy to all. We're up to our ears in decorations, trying to be festive for Christmas. Of course Food is always my first thought and that's already done. A little smoked salmon, Ham, Turkey and all the trimmings. I love this. Oh, and a whole lot of veggies for me darlin'man. Maybe we can sneek down to the beach for New Years Eve, if it's warm enough for us. This Christmas is very special and very joyous I'm pleased to say. ::Wishing the same for all of you. Love Ellie & Frank
 
Dec 14, 2005 at 07:01:11 Dave (Baton Rouge)
And.. What have you been doing lately? I heard from Julia the 1st of October and she said they were in Munich... So... I assumed they went to drink some beer! Bad assumption. A few days ago I got an email saying they would be leaving Hong Kong soon and did she tell me about the Pirate attack. THE PIRATE ATTACK !!! WOW !!! Read her write-up on the guest book page under Julia & Konrad.
 
Dec 16, 2005 at 09:29:38 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES. JACQUE AND I MET ON MONDAY TO CONTINUE PLANS FOR OUR 50TH. IT IS GOING TO BE ONE TO REMEMBER. WE ARE WORKING ON ALL THE ARRANGEMENTS FROM WHICH WE WILL BE ABLE TO CALCULATE THE COST. JACQUE IS IN THE PROCESS OF TRANSFERING TO A NEW COMPUTER. AS SOON AS IT IS GOING, I'M SURE SHE WILL BE ON LINE. IN THE MEAN TIME, WE NEED TO HAVE EVERY ONE SIGN UP ON THE WEB SITE. ALSO, LET'S MAKE ANOTHER CONCERTED EFFORT TO FIND OUR MISSING CLASSMATES. READ THE MISSING LIST AGAIN AND THINK OF SOMEONE YOU KNOW WHO MIGHT HAVE AN ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE A FEW MORE LIKE TRANSITO AND FRANK. LOVE TO ALL, BRAD
 
Dec 17, 2005 at 15:28:43 JimG (Tulare)
Dave,::The Lion Roars pictures brings the kid out in all ages . . . will show my grandson. JimG::
 
Dec 20, 2005 at 08:37:56 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO WISH ALL OF YOU YOUR BEST EVER CHRISTMAS. SECONDLY. WE HAVE GOOD NEWS. BEVERLY'S TESTS CAME BACK CLEAN EXCEPT FOR A SMALL AREA IN HER ARM PIT. SHE WILL START CHEMO THURSDAY. WE ARE TRUSTING GOD FOR A FULL RECOVERY. LOVE BRAD
 
Dec 20, 2005 at 08:55:47 Dave (Baton Rouge)
We have some real idiots putting ads in the guest book for pills and fake watches. They are not very good at writing in HTML. Please don't feed these monkeys. If you click on their hot spot or go to their site, They will know you came from our site. We don't want them to thank they are successful.
 
Dec 20, 2005 at 18:30:52 JimGt (Tulare)
By the way Julia that was quite a story and we did watch it on Good Morning America not knowing you two were on that cruise. Plus you saved me lots of money because I was asking Arlene if she would like to take a cruise for our 50th Anniversary . . . Would you like to know the reply after she read your hair raising pirate story!::
 
Dec 21, 2005 at 08:11:00 Dave (Baton Rouge)
Jim, tell Arlene they have casino's on all the cruise ships. I think I won a battle with the monkeys that are messing with our guest book. By looking at the sites error page, they tried to add something 35 times overnight. Score for the battle: Dave 35 : monkeys 0
 
Dec 24, 2005 at 11:30:01 BRAD (VISALIA)
GREETINGS CLASSMATES, GOOD JOB DAVE. IT'S AWFULLY QUIET IN HERE ON CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH EVE. GODS BLESSINGS TO ALL. LOVE BRAD
 
Dec 24, 2005 at 14:47:13 Patty (Chanute, Ks)
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to ALL my Classmates. May you have a Safe, Healthy & Prosperous 2006. God Bless.::Love, Patty & Darold
 
Dec 25, 2005 at 09:15:46 BRADLEY GILTON (VISALIA)
GOOD MORNING CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS, WHAT AN AWESOME DAY. WHAT AN AWESOME LIFE. OUR GOD IS SO WONDERFUL. I WOKE UP WITH THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE IN MY HEART. WE ARE GETTING ON THE JOB TRAINING FOR GIVING SUPPORT. I STARTED PRAYING FOR MY DARLING, BEVERLY, AND WENT ON TO PRAYING FOR MY MANY CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS. (IF I KNOW ABOUT YOUR NEED, I WILL ADD IT TO THE LIST.) WHEN OUR LITTLE INSIGNIFICENT PRAYER REACHES GOD, HE MULTIPLIES IT AND PUTS POWER IN IT. HE DISPATCHES ANGLES TO EACH ONE IN NEED. HE IS DOING THAT RIGHT NOW. HEALING POWER IS FLOWING FROM THE THRONE OF GOD. I RECEIVE IT. WOULD YOU RECEIVE IT. THANK YOU FATHER. HOW CAN WE THANK YOU ENOUGH?
 
Dec 25, 2005 at 11:53:05 Dave & Rosemary (Baton Rouge)
To All Our Long Time Friends, We are wishing you all the beauty, joy and peace of the Christmas season, and a new year that's filled with special happiness. We hope to see all you all in Visalia in September.
 
Dec 26, 2005 at 00:50:36 wcrow (palm desert)
Happy New Year to all of the best friends life could provide. I am so glad to be a part of this wonderful , caring group called Class of 56. Pat and I will see all of you in Visalia.
 
Dec 26, 2005 at 14:46:08 JimG (Tulare)
Happy New Year and may it be very bright and cheerful . . . and we are looking forward to the next get together in Visalia. ::Jim & Arlene::
 
Dec 26, 2005 at 15:07:50 Ellie (67 Florida)
A big warm Christmas and New Year hug to all!!! It was terrific at this house. Cindy, the computer person from Toronto is here causing havoc, throwing out my precious linens and kit. towels etc. to be replaced with new which I've had for years in the closet plus more that she brought. Do all daughters do this? They must get pleasure out of it somehow. Gift cards seemed to be popular this year. Great idea for us. I'll never have to cook again, boo-hoo. At about 8pm on the eve of 25th I'll tell you, I finally put my robe on and announced," That's it folks, it's a wrap".. I'm not lifting another finger so take over. And they did! Frank, quiet lovely man that he is, really enjoyed the hysteria, adult style, since there are no grandkids, and was honored by all for relieving them of their Mother. Just jokeing. It was all fun with good spirits of both types.::::Cindy threw out my scanner. I thought she could fix anything but when it's dead she can't bring it back to life. So it's off to some place tomorrow to pick up another one. She'll install it or she's not getting to the airport. Motorhome is ready for Feb. 1st. We'll be off again for a month. Don't know for sure where but we have to stay warm. We've accomplished all that we intended to do with the house and yard so we can explore more. Hope all of you enjoyed the Christmas season and have a grand New Year! We'll be home in front of the fire watching the neighbors fireworksin the sky and wondering how all this came about.
 
Dec 28, 2005 at 08:19:48 BRAD (VISALIA)
HELLO CLASSMATES, I GOT A LETTER FROM BETTY (BLANKENSHIP) WOLF. SHE ASKED IF I WOULD REQUEST PRAYER FOR HER ON THIS SITE. SHE IS NOT DOING WELL. SHE NEEDS A MIRACLE OF HEALING. IT WOULD BE GOOD IF YOU KNOW HER TO GIVE HER AN E-MAIL OR CALL. LOVE BRAD
 
Dec 28, 2005 at 14:10:27 Julia (Calistoga)
Best of the New Year to all of you!::::And Jim, by all means take a cruise! We're planning our next escapade right now. It is much more dangerous to drive on Califoria roads -- 1100 were killed in alcohol related accidents last year. And there were 13,000 highway deaths nationwide. If you played the odds, you'd stay at sea! One should pay more attention to where one goes -- not how.::::Cheers!
 
Dec 30, 2005 at 17:45:06 Dave (Baton Rouge)
While on the subject of cruising. S/V Indio Moon left Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Tuesday. Buddy and Melissa are sailing due East and this morning were at longitude 70 degrees West. (Ft. Lauderdale is at 80 degrees West) When they get North of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, they will turn South. They expect to arrive there on Jan 2. We question why they had to go way out in the ocean when they could just go down from one island to the next. They just said it was because of currents and winds are better. OK, but we would like them to see some land now and then. Plus there is no place to pull-over and park if you get sleepy. Oh Well.
 
Dec 31, 2005 at 16:30:18 Hank Spencer (Nokesville, Va.)
On the last day of the year I offer best wishes for nestyear and hope that you all had a very merry and nice Christmas. Julia: I was always under the impression that we killed off more than 40,000 each year on our highways. Nice to know its only 13000, unless they're all in Calif. Makes one wonder why to go to Calif. like you said. Dave: congrats- LSU looked great! How are you and the clan? Only 6 more months until the other half retires. Hooray!! Wondering if we'll need a canoe to get around in the central valley by then.. How much flooding is going on in the Visalia area Brad? Looking forward to that grouping in Sept. Still no reports on dues. ::A cruise sounds just great in about 3 weeks from now when the weather in Va. turns lousey again. Used to think it was really nice to be down here instead of in the northern climes with the ice and snow. But, all that has changed in the last several years especially after visiting my brother-inlaw last year in Fla. It was a real treat to be there and the added visit with Ellie. I think I could live every year for 3-4 months each year down around Venice . Well enough for now... Hank