TODAY'S NEWS - QUICKIES THAT CHANGE OFTEN

"I WILL NOT FOLLOW WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD, BUT I WILL GO WHERE THERE IS NO PATH, AND I WILL LEAVE A TRAIL." Muriel Strode -KHS65 class motto.
"The good old days....when we weren't good and we weren't old" Barbara Schwarz Moss 2010
SEE WWW.KHS65.COM FOR 169 PIX FROM OUR 45TH REUNION - CLICK THE SMALL PHOTO FOR LARGER VERSION. See lots of NEW grade school pix!
CHECK THE LABELS, GO TO KIRKWOOD HISTORY ARTICLES & CLICK THE POST ABOUT FRANCIS SCHEIDEGGER'S PIX FOR A GLIMPSE OF A PLACE I BET EVERYONE REMEMBERS - and much more!


MICK MARIETTA IS IN A NURSING HOME WHERE HE WILL REMAIN FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AFTER A STROKE. HE WOULD ENJOY PHONE CALLS FROM HIS CHILDHOOD FRIENDS TO CHEER HIM UP. His number is 573 885-4500, ask for Mick Marietta. It may be difficult to communicate with him. Mail address is Cuba Manor, 210 Eldon Drive, Cuba, MO 65453.


We seem to all be suffering a common problem these days, WHERE DID OUR LIVES GO? Our brains seem to still be 18, but our bodies are talking a different language. Sarah Orne Jewett puts it much more eloquently than do I:

“Neither of my companions was troubled by her burden of years. I hoped in my heart that I might be like them as I lived on into age, and then smiled to think that I too was no longer very young. So we always keep the same hearts, though our outer framework fails and shows the touch of time.”

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MORE NEWS ON THE BIRTHDAY PARTY WEEKEND

There will be a get-together at The Loop, aka Graham's Grill on Woodbine, Saturday night for anyone who wants to be there.  No cover charge, come enjoy your friends, some music, and really great food and drinks.  They have a great menu of cajun, Key West type food as well as good ole burgers and fries!  I think our plan is to gather around 7:30 but it's a public restaurant so go when you wish.  Band begins at 8:30.

If you didn't receive a written invite to the birthday party, please get in touch so we can make sure we have your correct contact info.

Happy Birthday to Jim Scheidt today, another KHS65er turning 65.

Monday, August 27, 2012

MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS - IN KIRKWOOD ESPECIALLY

My snailmail box contained a great surprise treat today, from Mike Caldwell, who lived on McLain Lane until they moved away after Nipher years.  Today Mike lives in northern California where his two sons and their wives and children all live right nearby.  They are an amazing family and wonderful people.  I suspect Mike was going through old "stuff" and found the1958-59 Robinson PTA Calendar and Directory. There is a typed page for each room with teacher name and of course all the students with name, address and phone.  There is a page with list of names of Admin, teachers and staff.  What a treasure!  There are memories on every page - my brother's friends in 2nd grade, our 6th grade, and many siblings of our classmates scattered all through.  This is a great tool for finding missing classmates, I frequently contact a sibling to find the whereabouts of our classmates.  I did a quick rundown of my 6th grade class.  There were 26 of us, and 5 are no longer alive; there could be more but 5 that I am sure of.  There are only 6 of the remaining 21 for whom I have no information, or no solid information anyway.  Those are all kids who moved - David James, shared my same birthday and lived near Jack Toman; Harriette Howell, lived in Greenbriar and was in scouts with us; Sharon Cline, another Altus Place gal who moved after grade school.  Nine total sixth graders are no longer living to my knowledge.  So many of the addresses are so familiar to me since I do tend to cruise thru Kirkwood as I navigate around town.  School began September 4 and went til June 5, remember how much better that was than the crazy way things are done today?  If I were still raising kids the schools would hate me, I'd do not much else but bitch about the rules!  What a treasure Mike, THANKS so much for sharing~!  
Robinsonites at our 40th Class Reunion
Left to right back Diane Gorbell, oops I don't know the next, Linda Girard Day, Bill Watts, Jack Toman, Jim Persons, Ron Persons.  Front Karen Lowe, Sue Kraft Almeida, Sharon Lowe, Pat Corpening and me.  Somebody comment and remind me who that is behind Karen please!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

BLUE MOON COMING FRIDAY - PARTY? FUN? ROMANCE?

How often do we say, "Oh, once in a blue moon I'll......"?  I've always used that phrase.  And for many years I've known that a blue moon is the second full moon of a calendar month.  We have one coming Friday, August 31, 2012.  I got to thinking about a party theme....Blue Moon Beer (sorry Joal), Moon Pies, crescent rolls filled with cream cheese tinted blue, cobalt blue plates with white round crackers and some cheese!  Sitting outside just lookin' up at that Old Man and sipping a brew....or getting a bunch of people to all go outside at the same time and oogle The Man...maybe some fireworks?  Seems like it might be fun!   Oh and of course, lots of different versions of the song playing on the old Gramophone...several Facebook Friends chimed in with different songs...and Here is my fave version from Frank himself; well there might be one other crooner who might do it better ;-)).  Click and listen as you read!  I found a great website which gives the whole story of the term Blue Moon and how it became popularized. Leave a comment here or let us know on Facebook/khs65 if you think of some very fun way to celebrate!  I'll be doin' somethin', not yet sure what, but I hope I've given you some ideas!

I just learned that the Armstrong family asks that we Americans honor Neil by looking up at the moon and giving Neil a wink, and to also follow his example of service to science and humanity.  Perhaps on Friday night we can look up at that Blue Moon and stop for a moment to think about the strides made in space in our lifetime, and by some of our very own classmates' fathers.  Alan, Ron, Joal, Peggy.... our dads were part of something so great!

KHS65 COUPLE TIES THE KNOT - SO ROMANTIC

10/2012 - This just in, I received a card from the Conways yesterday, they have settled in at their new home in Timnath, Colorado.  If you'd like their mailing address, drop me an email and I'll get you in touch with them.  CONGRATULATIONS to Lee and Craig on their first anniversary, 10/22/12!

I owe a big apology to Lee and Craig Conway.  I knew about their October 2011 wedding and simply never got it posted.  It's been a pretty hectic and FAST year in my life, like most everyone I know!  So apologies to the newlyweds who have let no grass grow under their feet as their first anniversary approaches - where does the time GO?  Here is a message from Lee in June, gee, seems like I just got it yesterday:

We're on an extended vacation ourselves centering around son Cameron's wonderful May wedding in Charleston, S C.  Please share with KHS65ers that Craig and I tied the knot in October of 2011 and have built a home in glorious Colorado!!

Lee and Craig at our 45th class reunion, perhaps just meant to be!  We here in St. Louis miss them!

And from Lee on 8/30/2011:

 We are tickled and excited to enter a great, new phase of our lives.  Never a dull moment, eh?  Our families will gather in town from the far corners of the US, which is going to be such a treat.  Seven of our eight grandchildren are expected to walk ahead of me this trip down the ( very short) aisle.  What a hoot!
Cheers! Lee  
you will see quite a few photos from the family time Lee and Craig shared during their wedding celebration. Obviously it's a Facebook album, so I'm not sure everyone will be able to access it.   Here is my favorite of the group:
 And part of Lee's message to me as she sent the photos:

It's Craig and Lee CONWAY with 6 of our 8 grandchildren at our Oct. 22nd wedding.  (A 7th grandchild was with us also, but in a sling over his mommy, Jenny Pareti.  Grandchild #8 was in DC with his daddy.)  We had an absolutely lovely afternoon and evening with our family before heading off to Hawaii.  :-)

Thanks for your kind words as we were about to depart Kauai.  We LOVED watching and listening to our fantastic STL Cardinals as they pulled together to win the World Series.  What a spectacular topping to our fabulous wedding week!!!!!
Again, my apologies for my tardiness, and I send my very best wishes for your continued happiness and congratulations on your too quickly upcoming first anniversary!  We miss you!!!

BIRTHDAYS ARE NOT BOTHERING THESE LADIES HOWEVER

News from Karen Schurig Bass arrived yesterday, THANKS Karen so much for sharing! And by the way, KHS beat Pattonville last night in the season opener, 38 to 10.  Kirkwood is ranked #11 in the State I'm told! 

Hi Leslie!
Hope you are doing well!  It makes me sad that since my brother  no longer lives in St Louis, my trips to the area have dwindled but still trying to keep in touch with many.  Love the blog and site as well as Facebook……….we are a lucky generation to have these means of connecting!   Thought I would pass along a couple pictures taken this past weekend in Florida.  The story:

After years of talking about the four of us meeting somewhere other than at a KHS65 reunion, Jane Kelly Robert got myself, Susan Klein Schmidt, and Susan Hayes Baker to block four days to meet in Florida. What a great time!  Lots of hours of talking late into the night; some shopping (and still talking); looking at pictures; catching up on our families and what our lives are like (4 retired ladies having fun most of the time….2 big-time golfers..that would be Kelly and Hayes); sharing great wine and food.  It brought back wonderful memories of friendships that include years when we were all together at Nipher and KHS (different elementary schools at times).  Once again we all realize how great our “wonder years” were in Kirkwood!

Arriving at the airport, four great friends together once again and lookin' great don't you think?
Gorgeous setting for our beautiful friends.
Dinner at Club 2.
My guess is that they had a great time and promised to do it again before such a long time passes!

Thanks gals for sharing your fun reunion!



BIRTHDAYS, FIE ON THEM AS MY SWEET MOM WOULD SAY!

We KHS65ers are still having birthdays this year, that dratted 65th in most cases....Medicare, maybe retirement, or NOT, gray hair, hips going to pot, and the worst part of it is, as I hear it from all corners, not a one of us has figured out how we got this old!  Not long ago we were reminded of Marilyn Monroe's death, at age 36, 50 years ago!  Anyone able to envision her at 86?  And this month always brings Elvis' death anniversary.  No, I can't remember where I was when I heard it, but I understand many do.  I DO however remember where I was when I heard Neil Armstrong had safely stepped onto the moon, and today he is gone at age 82.  These memories and milestones are mind-blowing aren't they?  Good thing we baby-boomers are sure we are invincible and most of us are remaining mentally healthy despite our advancing years! 

The Class of 1965 Reunion Committee is coming to the rescue though, sponsoring a 65th birthday party for us 65ers.  Following is from the snailmail letter which was sent out recently.  Details are herein with contact info, so read thru please.

Friday & Saturday 10/12 &13.  Friday night 6:30 PM at Frontenac Grill, 731 S. Lindbergh, just north of highway 40/I 64, zip is 63131 for mapquesting.  It's 1/2 mile north of Clayton Road and it's on the west side of Lindbergh.  The band starts at 9pm, there will be 50s & 60s music and no cover charge.  Food & drinks on our own. Saturday, picnic barbeque 11am to 3pm in Kirkwood Park.  Meet at the Scout Pavilion at the south end of the park by the water tower.  BBQ brats & burgers, side dishes, soda, water, beer and birthday cake will be provided.  Jack Toman Kent will put together music, no band, just great '60s tunes.  COST for Saturday is $15 per person

RSVP:  Check payable to KHS '65 Reunion Alumni Assn; by 9/20 to KHS '65 Reunion Alumni Assn, PO Box 24041, Ballwin, MO 63024-0141.  Questions  to Karen Lowe Adams/ 314-965-0553, twinkah@yahoo.com or Leslie Bright Wainwright/ 636 537 1579, notso@charter.net.

And my 3 cents worth 
 Happy birthday to all!