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Blog 18 May 13, 2014

People look at this blog! Records are kept as to how many people look at the blog and how often.  I just found and studied these today.  Records show that  933 have viewed since the first posting, including 94 on one day. That is encouraging, though on study, I discovered that 94 different people did not look at a particular blog, but that some came back to it more than once. A bit more disappointing is that there have only been 29 comments–disappointing because the original intent was to stimulate discussions and memories.

What’s next? The reunion is past, but work remains to be done. Maybe it is a fanciful idea that is too ambitious, but here is what I see over the next few months:

  • Those who took photos are sending them to me to do something with.  Most likely, this will be to put them in a slideshow format to post to YouTube, as we have with the past two reunions. That is easier said than done. It includes identifying and labeling each photo posted, tweaking them to improve the lighting, focus, sharpness for some, and finding some suitable music to download that is royalty-free. If you did not see these previous efforts, I will hunt down the website reference and post next time.
  • Creating a history of the class of 1954. The purpose here it to develop a document for our classmates and to present to the TJHS Historical Preservation Society for their archives. The vision is to coerce, beg, plead, for all classmates to send in a history of their lives since Jeff days, along with a recent photo and one from the yearbook.
  • Continue to hunt for lost classmates via the Internet. This is a spare time effort, of which there is little (spare time).
  • Create a current directory of classmates. This just takes some time but will probably be done early, as I have already received a dozen requests for addresses of classmates following the reunion.

So do any of you want to be a part of this effort? Here is what will help the most—and I know some of you know how to do this: Will anyone scan in all or a portion of the class of ’54 photos from the 1954 Monticello? Ideally, scanning and cropping into individual photos will help the most, but even just the pages scanned in will be a great start. And if several wish to help with this project, we can divide up the pages. If you are willing, let me know via comment here or email to jeff-54@satx.rr.com. With this help, I can move the project along much faster.

A pre-reunion casualty. Missing from the reunion was Sam Granato, who was scheduled to arrive in San Antonio several days prior to the reunion. After the reunion was finished, Sam sent an email that he arrived in San Antonio and ended up in the hospital with emergency surgery. We did miss you Sam and trust you are back on your feet by now.

Picture time

It’s the fight song with cheerleaders
Bettye Sue Conrad Dube,
Doug Campbell, and
Betty Stensland Saunders

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                                               The blondes: Marcia Pittman, Texas Nowotny Myers,

                                                 and Sarah Belcia Yates

Blog 12 March 26, 2014

Who is coming to the reunion? Replies are arriving for the reunion. In just a week, thirty-one have been returned, which is most encouraging and very much appreciated for your prompt responses. To date, only one has failed to include the check, so senioritis is not rampant. From Houston, you can expect to find the Bitsis, Pattersons, Trevinos, and Byrds. Austinites include the Finches, Patricia Trimble Bryant, and the Penicks (Betty Ann Canfield). Localites include Patmore, Burd, Dubes, Hundleys, Shanks’, Sciaraffas, Wisemans (Pat Padgett), Mogas, Hunts, Phillips’, the committee members (Martin, Gregory, Blake, Sparks, Hime), and from Washington comes Sam Granato. The Bells are in between, moving back to SA after many years in LA. Watch for more names.

Do you know where they are? Returned invitation packets are also boomeranging back with addresses that are no longer valid. The postal service does wonderful things, like telling you that forwarding time has expired but giving the forwarding address so that you and add a new stamp and send it on. Does anyone know where to find Glenn Tripp, Carolyn Anders Fenton, Arlene Stessel Goldberg, Myrlene Mcconald Knotek, Nancy Offerle McCollum, Claudia Neuerberg Fine, Lora Fay Foster Owen, or Anna Sue Ridings Kirkland?

Your life update! Thanks to those of you who are sending in brief updates on what has gone on in your life since leaving Jeff in 1954. Also, thanks for the photos. If you have not sent one, we encourage you to do so. Our intent is to put all of these together in a booklet form to send out after our reunion event. We do not want it to be the world’s thinnest book.

In addition: Someone has suggested that it would be great fun if everyone will send in a brief description of your best or worst or funniest memory while at Jeff. If we get some, we will either post them in the hospitality room or perhaps read a few at one of the dinners.

One of the rewards: One of the rewards of being the point of contact is receiving calls from classmates for one reason or another. Today, I had a call from Miguel (Mike) Esparza, who is retired and living in Colorado. Mike has never been to one of our reunions and will not make this one, but he has promised to send along a sketch of his life. Mike told me he was career Air Force. Later he earned some of his keep as a cartoonist. According to our yearbook, Mike was on the Monticello staff, in the Art Club, the Declaration staff, the Student Council, and was a captain in the ROTC.

Yesterday, I also received a call from Sonia Garza Torres with some questions. After the call, she made her plane reservations and will be flying in from Orlando. Sonia came to our reunion five years ago. I recall that she either was the restaurant business in Florida. At Jeff, Sonia was President of the Orchestra, President of the Y-Teens, and Vice President of the French Club.

If any of you have more memories of Mike or Sonia, please add a comment to this page. Thanks.

Goodbye Hudson! In 1954, Hudson and Nash-Kelvinator merged to become American Motors. Rmember the Hudson Hornet? How about the Gremlin that came later from American Motors. It brings back a tear, thinking about the old Packard, the DeSoto, and the Studebaker. I stood on the corner of Main Avenue and Poplar Streets waiting for the bus to Jeff. The Packard dealership was just across the street, so I have many memories of seeing those grand old cars.