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03/03/16 08:44 AM #18    


Mary Halpin (Herr)

Good thing we weren't co-ed!?! Do they still have swim classes at West?

03/07/16 02:35 PM #19    


Suzanne Lautz (Machan)

For those of you who went to Randall and West with me... I have had a real funfest going through slides this morning. I have pictures from Jefford's costume dance (02/03/56) and from Randall's 1956 6th grade party. [Remember how we wrote the script, lyrics and songs for a circus?] I have pictures from parties in my basement..especially sit-down meals and dancing out on the patio with Christmas lights strung across. I have pictures from my 16th birthday party, which I do not remember a thing! I must have invited just about everyone, we were all dressed up and each of us had a corsage or boutonniere. [in fact, it looked like we dressed up for most parties!] I am only guessing it was my birthday because there was a cake with 16 candles. There are pictures from Rai-Molay dance dates and from my ballet/tap days. I still have more slides to go through, but...what a hoot!

If anyone has any info on Sandy Buck, I would love to have it.  I know her mom died a few years back and the funeral was in Madison.  Did they belong to St Andrew's on the corner?  Does anyone remember either of her parent's names or her sibs?  I think there was a John Buck in the mix...perhpas her dad.  Thanks.


Oh my gosh!  I have now found slides from our graduation in the field house and, since my parents seem to have been chaperones, there are also slides from the afterparty along with the caravan going to the party. I have our '57 red chevy convertible. Fun!

And... I have 4 West High Times:  2 from my uncle (10/03/30 and 04/01/31)  and 2 of mine (05/18/61 and 06/07/62)  If anyone knows who might like these, please let me know.  I also have 5 issues of The Randall Rambler (10/21/55,11/23/55,12/16/55, 01/31/56 and 03/02/56) put out by the 6-1 class of Mr Davis.  In reading through these, Randall was a pretty good place!  In the Dec issue, Jim Haugsland has a drawing of a truck called "Invention of the Month."   I especially liked some of the interviews asking questions of prediction.  Some of the girls: vocations and residences.  Paula Hanson (FBI woman in Switzerland) Jane Nelson  and Sandy Buck (model in Hollywood), Linda Ferguson (tap dancer in Hollywood) Sue Laugen (singer in Hollywood), me (movie star in Hollywood.  Huh? I don't remember that) Virginia Hoffman (dancer on Hit Parade in Hollywood), Jean Marks (join the WACs or head an orphanage in Wisconsin), Carol Halperin (nurse in Madison) Gail Jeffcott (secretary in Beverly Hills) Kay Schwalbach (art teacher in Arizona).  Question: Where would you like to live?  Jim Haugsland (North Dakota to climb mountains) Jean Marks (San Francisco to be near aunt and uncle) Chuck Ellis (Northern New York for outdoor sports like bob sledding).  One more..When will man venture into space? Dick Hochstetter (1965), Don Mackey (2026), Bruce Rasmussen (1967) and Sheryl Smith (1970).

03/08/16 01:24 PM #20    


Marjorie Grant

Sue, Sandy Buck did belong to St. Andrews if I recall correctly but I haven't a clue where she is now.  Sounds like you are having lots of fun going through old school things.  I am not a saver and neither was my mother. 

03/09/16 08:30 AM #21    


Suzanne Lautz (Machan)

Thanks Marjorie. I think that's where the funeral was. I will try to contact them to see if they have the latest info. Both of my parents saved way too much. Clearing out their 3500 sq ft house was no picnic. At least I had 3 sibs plus lots of family to help.  My brothers wanted to just dump everything, but my sis and I insisted on at least looking at stuff.  Of course, that has come back to bite me.  At least I'm finally getting to the stuff in my basement.  Unfortunately, Jim is an "only" which means we have lots of his parents' stuff to still go through.  My husband is a saver, but I am not.  I will feel much better when all the clutter is gone! Just to add fuel to the fire, Jim's cousin called yesterday to say she had family albums she had just received from an aunt. My first reaction was to run away screaming, but i will be polite and let Jim have a look next week.  ha!  Hope you are doing well. Looking through these pix reminds me that we had a pretty nifty group of people in our lives.

03/09/16 10:40 AM #22    

Claire Cassidy

Hi Suzanne,  I much enjoy your stories of going thru old stuff from school days, and sharing with us. Thanks!  I do remember the 6th grade play, though not as well as you (I'd like photos if you have some to share, such as online).  My mother made me a kangaroo costume, my favorite animal, and I loved it, but I don't remember much of anything about the play and don't know what happened to the costume.  I do remember a quite wonderful party at your house--perhaps it was 6th grade graduation--at which there were lots of kids and music and dancing and laughter and all of us sort of nosing into adolescence, still too young to quite 'get it' but certainly on the cusp--that was a Great Party!  As for not liking to keep old things--I get it since i am also downsizing, but also, think about how valuable an old thing is once it disappears!  As I sort, if I find something that doesn't hold memory i pass it on to (Purple Heart is coming tomorrow!), but if it does stir memory, I think, write about it,and keep the item, or at least photograph it, as my daughter does, before tossing it.  Sometimes commonplace things from our childhood are completely unavailable today: the Historical Society would likely be interested in your old High School newspapers, also photos, and maybe other stuff.  Historians and museum curators are good people to contact to put historical items, even 'silly stuff' you think has no value, into context and into shows.  We gave quite a few of my parents' things to the Historical Society--they won't take what they can't use, so you get a sense of what is valued that way. I have even put 'archival' bequests into my Will.  It is lucky, for example, that I saved my father's college letter-sweater and the wooden sign they put on their house in the 1920s, because Oberlin College would like to honor him now, almost 100 years later, with a show, and what could be better than real objects from his life?  When my mother-in-law died, her grand-daughters were casually dumping all her papers saved since the 'teens and '20s.  As they dropped them into the wastebasket, I fished them into a cardboard box.  Later we went through them, and discovered that some of their ancestors were buried in near-by cemeteries (forgotten), and where the family had come from originally--also forgotten!  So, even if you don't have much of an historical bent, it may be worth sorting and sending things elsewhere to others who would be interested...because, once things are gone, they are gone-gone, irreplaceable.  Only one Shakespeare signature remains--saved it all this time--and today its value is incalculable.  We are not as important as Shakespeare but we are still important and can, if we wish, offer something of value to the Future.  I hope this doesn't bug you, my saying this stuff, but i guess I love the idea of providing the future with 'notes' on the near-present, such as our childhoods.

All my best, it is really good to hear from folks on this website!

Claire Cassidy

03/10/16 09:04 AM #23    


Suzanne Lautz (Machan)

Claire, thank you for your response.  Would you believe I had a couple of postcards you sent me from Jamaica?  I sent all postcards to my daughter-in-law in Miami because she is having fun going through them and researching them.  I like all your suggestions.  i have been sending "stuff" to museums, schools, fraternities...wherever. I read somewhere that, if you have something no one wants, esp photos, take the time to look at it and honor it before throwing it out.  Still hard to throw out!  I am happy to share pix.  I am going to see if one of my boys can help me digitalize some of them.  I wish i had had them organized before our last reunion.

In one of the Randall Ramblers, your mom was mentioned as a French teacher.  I loved her, but the only thing I remember is singing "Il est nee" (or however it's spelled!)  When I got to be a senior at UW, for a lark I took conversational French, which met twice daily. I ended up with an A and felt your mom, somehow, did implant a seed somewhere!!

Loved your dad, too.  How wonderful that his U decided to honor him. Well deserved!  He was an incredible man.

Trust all is well in your corner of the world!

03/11/16 01:39 PM #24    

Claire Cassidy

Hi Again,Suzanne, and others who read these postings--

Yes, all is well in my corner of the world!  About 1.5 years ago I had major surgery and a kidney transplant, and so now, with Spring springing, I feel terrific.  Tell your friends: kidney transplants change lives!  I had a living Donor--the best thing--and maybe one of you, my long-ago class-mates, would consider offering one of your kidneys to someone in need!  Recovery for the Donor is quick; post-donation one is healthy. And those transplant organs are REALLY needed!--so if you are so moved, learn some more, or even, consider a donation yourself (and I don't mean after you die)!

That is obviously not the only thing I'm doing.  Part is down-sizing as mentioned before.  Part is our daughter has moved to Nevada with her work (she works in management in resort hotels), so now we have to travel there too, not my greatly desired destination.  Part is we have a nice little condo in Canaan Valley WV, which you've never heard of, but is a lovely community in the mountains with much of the land given over to conservation (national forests, 2 wilderness areas, the 500th Wildlife Refuge, a stacks of people dedicated to Earth's health).  If you like the outdoors, contact me for details, or check the 'net--you ight like to visit!  Together, John and i keep our regular house and huge garden, and travel when we can.  I am retired from treating patients, but I continue to write and publish and edit, currently a book on Polycystic Kidney Disease, and shorter articles.  The book is for a popular audience; for some 10 years i had an acupuncture column in the local health magazine, so i suppose i more or less mastered popular writing.  I also help edit a major medical journal called the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.  For fun, I make miniatures.  I am just about finished with a 1"-scale conservatory, which i hope will sell this spring to benefit a Foundation in West Virginia.  

Re, the archives issue that you brought up, Suzanne, I am sort of 'in charge' of my US family's geneology, which is naturally too big a job.  This AM i was talking to my cousin in France who does the same for his family, and he'd just put back together a 10 second film from the Honeymoon of his wife's parents in the 1930s--they werre traveling in a horse-drawn carriage which I assume was for the romance of it!  He' also found all the details of his world-circling trip of the mid-1970s, which piqued his memory and mine since he spent some of that trip with us.  This Fall my cousin from Curacao contacted me and we are writing a bit of a book together on that side of the family.  Families grow all these branches, and it's impossible to keep it all straight, but--with the help of internet archive websites--it's a whole lot easier than in the past.  

OK, obviously i talk too much!--but i love reading the posts that include personal details.  So, Suzanne, thanks for asking!  And i'd love to see copies of those postcards, and hope you can digitize those old photos and share the best.  All best,



03/13/16 04:55 PM #25    

Judy Symon (Hanson)

Hi,  An informal reunion in summer 2017 sounds like fun. No conflicts yet-- just let us know which weekend is most convenient for the most people.  Always glad to read good news about classmates, but, of course, we have also lost too many.

03/13/16 06:58 PM #26    


Susan Blomgren (Sawdo)

I would like to come as well. Just name the date!

03/13/16 09:19 PM #27    


Deborah Smith (Parker)

I'd love to come to a 55 year reunion since last minute work crush kept me from the 50th. Please keep us all updated.

03/14/16 09:23 AM #28    


Suzanne Lautz (Machan)

I'll plan to be there, too!

03/14/16 11:00 AM #29    


Mary Halpin (Herr)

I haven't been to one of these since the 25th! I would love to see everyone again! 

03/14/16 11:51 AM #30    

Roy Weatherwax

A 55th birthday celebration sounds wonderful, and I think that an informal Friday night event, (perhaps at a park), is a great idea.

I would suggest the weekend following July 4th, (July 7-8).  This is a time when many might plan on a Madison trip anyway for a holiday visit home.  Further, it is generally the weekend chosen for the Art Fair on the Square which would add a local event of interest.


03/14/16 12:44 PM #31    


Michael E. Cox

Another reunion sounds great to me. I haven't missed one yet. I plan on being at the next one too.

03/14/16 04:58 PM #32    


Patricia Runnels (Perry)

55th Reunion?  Not me, too far to come and too many other places to go.  Pat Runnells Perry

03/15/16 08:07 AM #33    

Marilyn McKnight (Erickson)

Great!  I will be there!  And I would like my Highlands class of '58 to have a reunion during the same weekend.  Many of us "grew up"  as classmates together from kindergarten through high school graduation!  Some us of got together one  morning during the last reunion weekend and decided it was time for a Highlands Class of '58 reunion.  Please let me know by email if you are interested, and perhaps we will do it this time!  

Hope to hear from you!

03/15/16 09:00 AM #34    

Tempy Dell Burress (McCombe)

Reunion in 2017? I will be there. I was living in Ecuador for the 50th but have since moved to Kentucky and we can drive up in a day. Just need to know the dates. Looking forward to it!!

03/15/16 03:29 PM #35    


John D. Rouse

I'm afraid we won't be able to get to the 55th; we just about died the last few times we were in the Midwest in July ... 110+ all the way ... mosquitoes as big as birds …. Also, between our garden, which goes berserk in the summer, and people coming to visit (and to escape heat and mosquitoes) we seem to be pretty tied up in that season. 

BUT I'd love to send some fun CDs, such as the novelty songs from our era and some of the music we never hear anymore. Who should I send them to (of course to share around with anybody who's interested)?



03/16/16 12:01 PM #36    


Madeline J. Wright

Claire and Sue,,,,I loved reading about your archival adventures and wish you luck with it. I would love to have another reunion and would do all I could to attend. I have nothing scheduled for summer 2017 at this time.

03/16/16 01:36 PM #37    


Priscilla Lail (Parrish)

I would love to come to a reunion (finally)  and will look forward to seeing many of you in 2017.

Priscilla Lail Parrish

03/17/16 08:47 AM #38    


Jim Maraniss

I'd be interested in Marilyn's fancy of a Highlands '58 reunion. I never attended that school, but Gigi did, and I have gone there vicariously over the past 43 years. I think I know about the demographics, the various neighborhoods, the politics, the teachers, the principal (Mr. Blackman, in his three-piece suits). It's the inheritance of our children (although they may be a little bored with their parents' histories).

I came to Madison in eighth grade, after having gone to eight schools in five cities before that, and was too old to go to Randall, but my siblings did, and I always wished that I had, because of the very cool students at West who had gone there, and the stories I heard about how they knew each other at a young age. My father-in-law Bud Kaeser attended Randall School in the twenties, where he knew Uta Hagen, the actress.

I can't say that I was exactly welcomed entering West Jr. High, but I was more or less accepted, especially after I talked back to Mr. Byam (regarding his historical assertion about Japanese war aims that doesn't seem so wrong to me now). When I took a seat on the first day of class, Dale Johnson said to me: "You can't sit there; that's Pat Kelly's seat." So naturally I moved. Later in life I've taught Dale's nephew Eric at Amherst College, and I married Pat's first wife Gigi, who is his sister Kathy's best friend. They travel together to Ireland, along with my stepson Michael Kelly (age 51!). Gigi never married out of the third row of Mr. Besant's homeroom 202C at West (Kaeser, Kelly, Maraniss). And I've always envied the experience of her first boyfriends at Highlands-Mendota Beach School (especially Robbie Bray, archetype of the beautiful athlete dying young). This sort of imagining (a la Poe or Nabokov) would be disparaged by my daughter Lucia, but she didn't grow up in the benighted fifties, as we all did.







03/17/16 08:55 AM #39    


Suzanne Lautz (Machan)

I just wanted to add one more remembrance that I found in a Randall Rambler. I had totally forgotten that Susan Anderson was quite the speed skater.  Evidently she won several medals. Cool.

03/17/16 08:58 AM #40    


Suzanne Lautz (Machan)

Hey, Jim Maraniss...i was always nice to you! I had to walked past my house every day on the way to school and then, because of the teachers' love of putting everyone in alphabetical order, you often sat behind me!

03/17/16 11:04 AM #41    

Stephanie Beck (Knighton)

I'd definitely be interested in attending a 55th in 2017 after missing our 50th.  Last time I was there was back in 1994 when we all celebrated our 50th birthdays.  None of my family is up that direction anymore, so coming back would be enjoyable but a long haul from home in Texas or NH if I'm up at the lake for one night's activities.  I appreciate all the postings and updates. It would be wonderful to see everyone -- especially with all the connections on Facebook.   

03/19/16 08:44 AM #42    


Nancy Gorsuch (Levi)

Hi All,

I think a 2017 reunion would be awesome!!!  July/August works for me.  Would love to see everyone again! Hope it happens.  Keep me posted.  Thanks Colleen for making this work!

Nancy Gorsuch (Levi) 


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