Blog 9 March 3, 2014

As the reunion rushes forward (or so it seems with all the planning details), there has been some neglect in posting here.

What to wear: Several have already asked what to wear to the two reunion dinners. We are planning two upscale events. The Plaza Club has a dress code in the evenings, though it is a bit more relaxed for a private event. Jeans and designer jeans are not really appropriate, according to management at the Plaza Club and shorts and flip flops are definitely out.

I asked our committee for opinions and received varied responses. The opinions are that we should say: “Dressy casual” or “Business casual” meaning coat and tie are optional, but as a minimum should include a shirt with a collar, slacks, and leather shoes for the men. Ladies normally like to dress a bit, so for both we may state to dress as if going to a fine restaurant.

Lost classmate: I previously mentioned Nancy Grauer as one of our lost classmates, noting that she graduated from The U of T in Austin and went on to New York for a stage career with her husband. While rummaging around the Internet I unearthed the following about her.

“Nancy Beakel lived in New York City for five years after getting a fine arts degree fomr The University of Texas and worked as a classical repertory actress. She specialized in Shakespeare and Shaw and met her husband, Walter, when he directed her in Shaw’s play Misalliance. When they moved to Hollywood after her husband became a theatrical agent, Nancy enrolled at UCLA, took a year of undergraduate courses, and then went on to get her PhD in clinical psychology.”

If you want to read the full article, or if you just want to see a couple of pictures of Nancy here is the site (I think she was the duckling turned into a swan):

In this article, Mr. Beakel was her second husband, to whom she was married from 1970 till her death on June 28, 1988.

Deaths: When I hear from people now and then, I am usually asked if there have been any recent deaths in our class. It is always sad to learn of one of our classmates who has died. From our class of 435, 25% of us are gone that we know of. I feel certain a number of our lost classmates fall in that category. The list will be posted at the reunion.

Memories: Most of our teachers at Jeff seemed older than the hills to us back then. And probably a few of them were—e.g. Miss Brawner, Miss Murray, and Miss George. Others were not nearly as old as we thought they were. When Mrs. McDaniel’s obituary was published some years back, I figured she was about 42 or so when we were there. Mrs. Talliaferro was late 40’s, and I will not speculate any more, at least here.

Does anyone recall the three most popular brands of toothpaste back then? “You’ll wonder where the yellow when, when you brush your teeth with ___). Right, Pepsodent. Well that was easy, but does anyone remember Squibbs or Ipana (with Irium, whatever that was.)

In 1954, the Supreme Court ordered school integration. We were still watching black and white TV with live programs, and we listened to Shake, Rattle, and Roll, among other popular tunes. Sports: The LA Lakers that we know today were then the Minnesota Lakers. Rocky Marciano defeated Ezzard Charles twice.

More soon.

2 thoughts on “Blog 9 March 3, 2014

  1. Gilda Ackermann Gunz

    Remember when: Houston and Commerce Streets were one way
    downtown Houston and Commerce Streets were one way
    the river walk was not a safe place to stroll
    students arriving at school stopped and stood at attention when the flag was being raised
    Stowers Furniture store gave each girl graduate a mini cedar chest (Who still has one?)
    ROTC members patrolled the perimeter of the school grounds

  2. Jay Weidenfeld

    I used the river walk several times a week in the summer, going to and coming from the old main library. The walk was mostly deserted in those pre-Hemisfair days and a welcome break from the noise and hustle of the streets above. The restaurants directed their kitchen exhaust onto the walk. Now they all have entrances there along with dining set-ups. Times do change.

    My wife received one of those miniature hope chests when she graduated (she went to school in Boston). They came from Lane, the manufacturer of full-sized ones. After fifty years of marriage to me she may have given up hope, though.


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