Whit Reed, it's great to hear from you. Are you still playing drums? Still live on Evans in Garden Villas?
I'll see if I can track Mike Dobbs down in the DFW area. Do you remember Marjorie Laminack's married name or the name of the print shop?
Joanne Lopian Stevenson said:April 12, 2010 4:41 am PST
Awesome list of bands/artists for the music of our time. However, you left off "The Doors". We need the long version of "Light My Fire". Boy if the DJ would play half of these artists I will be thrilled. No new stuff. Just music from 68, 69 and 70. I don't even mind a little disco. (just a little). Good job.
steve fouga said:April 11, 2010 11:21 pm PST
13th Floor Elevators, the Yardbirds, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, the Association, the Blues Magoos, the Cyrcle, Dusty Springfield, David Houston, Tommy James and the Shondells, the Kinks, the Mamas and the Papas, the Rare Breed, Johnny Rivers, the Standells, the Swingin' Medallions, the Syndicate of Sound, the Temptations, the Beach Boys, The Who, Guess Who, Bob Dylan, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Petula Clark, the Grass Roots, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Pozo-Seco Singers, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Tommy Roe, Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs, B.J. Thomas, the Troggs, link Wray, the Byrds, Donavan, the Hollies, Wilson Pickett, Jim Reeves, the Sandpipers, Simon & Garfunkel, the Supremes, ? and the Mysterians, Count Five, Neil Diamond, Four Tops, Left Banke, Los Bravos, the Monkees, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Herman's Hermits, Otis Redding, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Jack Greene, New Vaudeville Band, Peter & Gordon, the Animals, the Bee Gees, Cher, the Chocolate Watchband, the Eyes, Loretta Lynn, the Outsiders, Wilson Pickett, the Royal Guardsmen, the Seekers, Frank Sinatra, the Blues Magoos, the Buckinghams, the Spencer Davis Group, the Electric Prunes, Merle Haggard, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Jones, Keith, Lemon Pipers, Sonny & Cher, Big Brother & the Holding Company, the Blues Project, Buffalo Springfield, the Seeds, the Five Americans, Aretha, Harpers Bizarre, Jefferson Airplane, Mojo Men, the Mystery Trend, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Nancy & Frank Sinatra, the Turtles, the Vagrants, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, the Dave Clark Five, Arthur Conley, the Easybeats, Cream, Janis Ian, Jon & Robin and the In Crowd, the Lemon Drops, the Music Explosion, Parade, the Rascals, Saggitarius, the Tremeloes, Velvet Underground -- OK, THAT'S JUST A FEW ARTISTS FROM FRESHMAN YEAR...
Steve Fouga said:April 11, 2010 9:58 pm PST
On Classmates, Henry de la G mentioned the possibility of Friday and Sunday events. Are they real? If so, what are the details for those of us not in the know?... Heh heh heh, I guess this makes it clear I'm not in-the-know... Just like in 1970...
Whit Reed said:April 11, 2010 8:28 pm PST
Rudy - maybe we should have a Kelso reunion. I think you went there, didn't you? Didn't you live on the same street as Mary Tinsley and Marjorie Laminack? So many of us that graduated from Jones went to Kelso...do you remember Mr. Smith and Mr. Krohn; sixth grade teachers I believe?
I was one of the mid-termers and remember the ceremony at Park Place Baptist Church like is was yesterday.
When I lived in Austin in 1977, I saw
Marjorie a few times. She and her husband had a print shop there, that I just happened to go into to get some printing done. I haven't seen her since then. I think Mike Anderson was at the the 30 year reunion. The last I recall, he lived in Pasadena. Maybe he'll come to the reunion.
Whit Reed said:April 11, 2010 7:56 pm PST
Randy...regarding your quest for Mike Dobbs. I've seen Mike a few times since graduation. I think the last time I saw him was when my wife and I went to his wedding in Fort Worth more than several years ago. I think he's still a Methodist preacher who has a church in a locale for a few years and then is assigned to a different church. Maybe he'll come to the reunion; it would be good to see him.
Randy Sanders said:April 10, 2010 12:37 pm PST
Thanks to Rudy Laney for contacting me about the reunion. It'll be great to get back together again. Hope lots of the mid-termers show up. Has anyone heard from Mike Dobbs, Vicki Zeitler or Bruce Kirkland? Noel Spencer, I saw your note in the guestbook. I lost track of you when you went to Sterling, but we had a common interest in CB radios when we were students at Hartman.
Even if you cannot make the reunion please send info to me at: email@example.com for our souvenir book. We would like your maiden name, married name, spouse's name, email address, mailing address and telephone numbers. Just because you can't make this reunion we would still like to be able to get in touch with you for future gatherings. So please get the info to me asap. The deadline for info getting to the printer is April 19. Thanks.
Whit Reed said:April 8, 2010 2:14 pm PST
Ditto to Sandra Green...how many band people are coming? Does anyone still play their instrument; if so, bring 'em and we can play a song? Probably too hard! Or at least bring a hand drum and we can go out back and have a drum circle. That's easy. Is anybody up for that?
In response to Gary Beathard's memorabilia...I've got a pep rally shirt and his invitation to summer band practice! I'll think I'll bring 'em to the reunion, if I don't forget.
Betty Jane Proctor said:April 8, 2010 8:23 am PST
The list of deceased classmates I received in an email is not only saddening but also a sobering reminder that after the 40th reunion perhaps we shouldn't wait ten years until the next. Irma and Cindy, the five-year idea sounds great. Also, perhaps there could be some activities (short of a full-blown reunion) along the way. (I noticed on the web that a previous Jones graduating class had a cruise!) Once we all start retiring (those who can, given the recent bust), we'll have time on our hands, time to be nostalgic. I do hope all of you are in good health. It will be wonderful to hear all the life stories of classmates; from what I have been reading in the guestbook, my expectations have been confirmed--that our graduating class consisted of outstanding, ambitious, truly great people! Also, I hope those attending the reunion bring some family pictures with them; I, for one, am interested in hearing about all the children and grandchildren. Cindy, your children sound absolutely ideal, and I know you are proud of them. I can't wait to hear all the life stories! There must be the beginnings of a novel somewhere in all these stories.
Brooks Valls said:April 8, 2010 4:58 am PST
Linda, sorry you won't be able to make it. We plan on keeping the web site live in the future. We're hoping that people will send in lots of photos from the reunion and notes of interest in the future - at least until the next reunion!
Linda Eddleman said:April 7, 2010 6:09 pm PST
For those of us who will not be able to be there, how can we get a copy of the book? Also, does anyone plan to compile a photo CD or post photos on this website afterwards? I would gladly pay for either. Really sorry I can't make it.
Joanne Lopian Stevenson said:April 7, 2010 4:39 am PST
I don't want to be the "ghoul" here but if any of you know of any classmates that have passed on please let us know. We are having a dedication to them in our book. We have a list of 23 so far. So please send me a note if you know of someone no longer with us so we can include them in the list. Thanks. And I am so very grateful to be here myself and can't wait to see everyone at the reunion.
Henry said:April 6, 2010 4:33 am PST
my grandfather was a "de la" but dropped the prefix....several cousins & I decided to bring it back for status...hmmmm, it doesn't work! Looking forward to FUN TIMES on May 1st..
Jerry Hamric said:April 5, 2010 9:26 pm PST
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone, and really thank the folks who put this all together. I can't wait to see Jimmy Porter.
Cindy & Betty,
It was so great reading about you. Cindy, you must be so proud of your children, and all their accomplishments. I wouldn't expect anything different! My husband & I live a block from Rice University, so if you ever need anything, let me know. I spend a lot of time grandmothering, a 2 yr.old granddaughter, and 5 mth. old grandson, both living in NYC. Needless to say I'm earning lots of One Pass miles! I'm sad that you can't come to the reunion, but, who knows maybe we'll do another in 5 yrs.
Betty, it sounds like Mrs. Copeland would be realy proud of you. I just heard back from Mr. Laird, and unfortunately, he will be out of town & unable to attend. He sends his best. I know Mr. Mills passed away a few years ago.
Cindy Greenfield Thurman, please try to come!!!! I would love to see you. I can't wait until May 1st.
Beverly Brown Rowalt said:April 4, 2010 6:16 pm PST
I still have my nametag from a previous reunion. I guess I'll wear it. I also still have my Co-Op uniform...should I wear that too? Missing the patch though. Must be in a box somewhere. Cannot wait until May 1st. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Pennie Brown Schuerenberg said:April 2, 2010 4:19 pm PST
Debbie Lokey! I am so glad you are coming. So sorry to hear about John and your mother. I am looking up everyone to see if I rememeber anyone else. There are so many I would love to see. I know that I do not look like I used to, but maybe we will wear name tags! ha! See everyone soon. I know that it will be so much fun. Great job everyone!
Betty Jane Proctor said:April 1, 2010 7:31 am PST
All of us who were in Mrs. Copeland's English class were very fortunate, as she had a great impact on our lives. I too wish that I had kept in contact with her over the years--she was the best! Do all of you remember her telling us that English is "a key, a tool, and an heirloom" and that an education makes us "at home in the world"? Brooks, you were one of Mrs. Copeland's favorite students; I'm glad you talked with her. Cindy, I heard you are teaching theatre classes. You always had such energy, and I'm sure you are a great teacher. (By the way, I can't help but think of the JHS production of Moliere's _Tartuffe_ whenever I teach it.) For years, I've focused on Restoration and 18th century drama (and am currently looking at Chaucerian adaptations in a few 18th century plays); I wish I could talk with Mrs. Copeland about some of my research! I can't wait to see Mary Jo Filippone; I saw her once at U of H in the 1980s when I was teaching English there, and she hadn't changed a bit. I do hope that Mr. Laird attends. Does anyone know if Mr. Mills is still living? I heard that after retirement he lived with relatives in East Texas.
Cindy SoRelle said:March 31, 2010 10:13 pm PST
Mrs. Copeland's Obituary:
"HELEN ELIZABETH BATTE COPELAND, born to Thomas Robert Batte, Jr. oil man, and his wife Berthel Stovall Batte, language expert, on June 12, 1912, in Houston, TX. When she was a year old, her family moved to Mexico where they had homes in Tampico and Mexico City. Helen lived in Mexico for 14 years, in New York City for 2 years, and the rest of her life in Houston, TX. Helen had a B.A. degree for Rice University in 1932, and a Masters Degree from Columbia University in 1935. She also did work on her PHD degree in English Literature. In Houston, TX. HISD Helen taught Texas History, American History, American Literature, English Literature and public speaking in Thomas Edison Junior High School, Sam Houston High School, San Jacinto High School, and Jesse H. Jones High School until her retirement in 1974. Helen was a world traveler. In Houston she was a member of the College Women's Club, En Arnie book Review club, Wednesday Book Club, and Ann Poag Chapter of the DAR. Helen gave book reviews at various book clubs around Houston, including many at LEOH Club; She also was a poet of some note. She is survived by her sister Robbie B. Huwar, nieces Joan S. Edmonds and Ruth Mc Master, nephews Robert G. Stell, and Jack N. Stell, cousin Arthur Parker, cousin-in-law Alice Aldrich and many other relatives. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003 at Forest Park."
Cindy SoRelle said:March 31, 2010 10:11 pm PST
Hi to everyone. I've been out of town for most of the past month and am trying to catch up. Joanne, Irma, Brooks, Mardelle, Barb, Susan T, Betty, Steve, Camille, Henry, Pat, Ianthe, Bill, Melinda, Ruth Ann . . . amazing! Joanne (with the great dimples), we do have the same anniversary! Jim and I lived in Ohio for a while and have been back in Texas for a long time. Our son is in Houston at Rice, loving it, studying biochemistry and art. (Elliott is the reason that we missed the 20th reunion. I was 38 when he came along. I think that we missed the 30th when Jim was teaching overseas.) Our daughter Mallory just turned 26 in March; she'll graduate with her Masters of Public Policy from the JFK School at Harvard in May, so we're headed to Boston for commencement; then we move her to NY to start a PhD in Government at Cornell University. Barb, I envy you those grandkids! How are you?
My immediate family mostly moved away--Florida, Pennsylvania, California--but Mike (my brother) and Jaye (my sister) are now back in Texas although Mike's business is still in Florida. My Mom moved back from Florida for a few years before she died (August 2008). My Dad died in 1982.
While visiting Houston one weekend, I picked up the Houston Chronicle and, for some reason, read the obituaries. There was our dear Mrs. Copelend. I so regret not getting in touch with her over the years to tell her how much influence she had on my life. How many of us could say that--probably a huge number. I saved the obit; perhaps we could communicate our sentiments to her surviving family. See my next post.
Cheers to Sally Barbay! I'd love to hear from you. Hello to Mary Jo Fillippone; I loved her class.
Sorry that this post is so long. I wish that we could be there, but we'll be gone that weekend. Maybe the next reunion could be in five years instead of ten. Have a wonderful, wonderful time!
Mardelle, if you hear about James, let me know. All best, Cindy
George L. Watkins said:March 31, 2010 7:34 am PST
I just wanted to say HI to everyone and look forward to seeing you. Also thanks for all the hard work involved in getting us together.....
Cindy Greenfield Thurman said:March 31, 2010 6:09 am PST
Molly found me and I will try to be there.....Look forward to seeing Molly and Carol Holland.
Steve Fouga said:March 29, 2010 4:21 pm PST
Hey Barbara Bowden,
Hmmm... John was one of my best buds, but I can't seem to remember him in our row. Funny how I remember the girls just fine... Hope that sweet grandchild shows up on time, so you can attend!
Rudy Laney said:March 29, 2010 9:22 am PST
I found Coach Larry Roberts who is a retired teacher form Klein High School. Who do I contact about getting an invitation to him?
Hello Rusty Mayfield ! What have you been up to the last 40 years?
Susan Traylor DeWitt said:March 27, 2010 7:59 am PST
OK, I finally slowed down long enough to register. Thanks Brooks and everyone else for all the work you've put into making this happen. Dan and I will be there, for sure. It's only a 1/2 hour from home. Can't wait to see everyone! But I will sure miss not having Betsy Lewis Bentley there to party with.
Steve Trimm said:March 26, 2010 5:51 am PST
Hey Steve Warren. Glad you are alive! I am hoping to be at the reunion too. I haven't seen most of you guys since 1968. I heard it said, "Life is what happens when you've made other plans." I look forward to seeing you. Are you in Houston or where?
Don Swaim said:March 25, 2010 5:44 pm PST
Great hearing from you Brooks. Lots of years and memories behind all of us. Will try and make it, we have plans for that week.
Barbara Bowden Hendricks said:March 25, 2010 8:14 am PST
Oops! "Hi" to Steve Fouga! No, you got the order wrong...we were ALWAYS in alphabetical order so it was me, John Dugan, then you!!! Teehee! Maybe we can make up one of those super-long complex sentences with some spelling words, OK?? I MEAN ALL RIGHT! Mrs. Copeland would NOT like that would she?
Barbara Bowden Hendricks said:March 25, 2010 8:10 am PST
I have my third grandbaby due on April 28, so am holding my breath that I can attend! I will be in Lubbock awaiting the arrival, but if she makes it on time I'll catch a plane back to Houston! I have talked to John Dugan (Michael????) via facebook and hope that he is planning to come. Hope to see all my Commodore friends, choir friends, newspaper friends, Folk Society Friends and of course, Mrs. Copeland's English class! Mr. Laird lives close to me, so sure hope that he will come. I taught for him my first 2 years! I saw BJ, Connie, Susan, Jimmy Scruggs, and others at Dr. Johnson's funeral, so hope that they can all be there. I know that I will recognize them!!!! Love to all! By the way, when did you get the "de la Garza", Henry???
Joanne Lopian Stevenson said:March 24, 2010 4:53 am PST
I got your registration form last night. I am so sorry to hear about John. Leonard is already registered. But we are still missing several classmates. Spread the word if you can. Can't wait to see you in May.
Brooks Valls said:March 24, 2010 2:36 am PST
A few other names that I was wondering if anyone knows about or are coming... Linda Landry, David & Susan (Scruggs) Little, Dave Logsdon, Patricia Maxwell, Don Swaim, Susan Traylor
Deborah Lokey said:March 23, 2010 6:42 pm PST
Joanne: I lost the telephone call from a committee member, then my computer crashed. I finally found the website. I guess she told you John died Oct 2007, 23 months after our mother died. I am the only one left in our family now. I plan to be here and will try to get some pictures to you this weekend. Did you find Leonard Lachmann? Or do you have a list of the missing class members? I might know a couple but do not know who is really missing. Glad to hear from you. Many of these I just cannot remember from the Mid-term class. What is Julie doing in Iraq. ? She retired from HPD and I am getting closer to that time myself.
We still have not gotten registration forms from a lot of you who said on classmates.com that you are coming to the reunion. Please register asap so we can get updated info for our book. And please send your money to Pat Leslie Watson asap so we can get a head count for food, fun and games. Thanks and can't wait to see everyone in May.
Jimmie and LaNell (Kihn) Corley said:March 22, 2010 7:20 am PST
We look foward to seeing everyone in May. Forwarded the info to Donald Raborn. Hope a lot of the teachers can make the reunion.
Brooks Valls said:March 21, 2010 7:17 pm PST
James has registered and is coming. Unfortunately, Mrs. Copeland passed away several years ago. I spoke to her about a year before she died - she was still very active in a poetry society and book reading club. She was the best! Don't know about Mr. Farentino...
Cindy is now Dr. Cynthia SoRelle and lives in Waco. Several people have emailed or attempted to contact her but have received no response. No one seems to know what the problem is.
Mardelle Pena said:March 21, 2010 4:55 pm PST
Looks like everyone is doing a great job of finding the "lost" ones. How about Cindy Sigerman? How about James? Has anyone contacted him? Speaking of teachers, how about Mr. Farentino? Is Mrs. Copeland still living?
Does anyone have pictures of the senior trip to New Orleans? What were they thinking?????
steve warren said:March 21, 2010 2:11 pm PST
to penny s, great photo spread! how did you save all of those? by the way nice hair in all of yours, loved the beehive!!
steve warren said:March 21, 2010 2:00 pm PST
steve warren lives!!! imagine that!!! got bryan + marci shaw onboard, ditto karen adams and may have to fly to connecticut to drag mardelle here, but I can and I will. luv to all, C U soon!!!
Brooks Valls said:March 17, 2010 8:51 pm PST
Great to hear from you Bill! Only 40 years have gone by... Chris Burkholder says to say hi as well. Other than the question of whether you can make the reunion or not, we want to know if you're still "posting them up under the hoop and hitting that fall-away"??
Brooks Valls said:March 17, 2010 8:35 pm PST
I spoke with Sally Barbay tonight. She is doing well and would like to attend. I'll set up transportation to get her there and back. Any news on any of the other teachers/administrators?
Bill Coleman said:March 17, 2010 5:56 pm PST
Great job on the website, Brooks. I am alive and well in Birmingham, AL. I look forward to catching up with you.
Brooks Valls said:March 17, 2010 8:00 am PST
"RE: How about Ms. Briseno, Steve Warren, Mary Nuttall, Lynn Manuel?" Steve and Linda Howard Warren are coming and Mary (Nuttall) Othold has been helping the planning committee. Haven't heard about Ms. Briseno or Lynn.
camille Brewer Abbott said:March 17, 2010 6:42 am PST
I have found Barbara Johnson--like she was lost! I have also spoken with Sally Barbay!
camille Brewer Abbott said:March 17, 2010 5:01 am PST
How about Ms. Briseno, Steve Warren, Mary Nuttall, Lynn Manuel?
Camille Brewer Abbott said:March 17, 2010 4:59 am PST
Julie Hardin is now living in Austin!
Camille Brewer Abbott said:March 17, 2010 4:50 am PST
Hey Miss Barbay!!!!!!! Please come to the reunion! Dying to catch up with you!
Melinda Myers said:March 14, 2010 6:46 pm PST
I just learned about the reunion from Debbie Cook Parrish. I'm so glad she called to tell me. I look forward to seeing everyone. 40 years - It doesn't seem possible!
Awesome job on finding the teachers. I sure hope Mrs. Ragsdale comes. She was one of my very favorite teachers. She made me want to major in Medieval English. Does anyone know where Karen Henke, the art teacher, might be. She was very special to me too. She was very supportive to several of us when we were not sure where Vincent Ortiz was during his stint in the army. We were scared and she was there for us.
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