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01/30/19 05:02 PM #2585    


John Gilbert

Gary, to tell you how cold it is, the Green Bay police took out an ad in the paper saying .

Police in Green Bay, Wisconsin, have a warning for criminals: It’s simply too cold to venture outside and break the law.

Some guy called into a radio station from Osseo, WI (just south of Eau Claire) saying he has -30 (actual temp). I understand this guy was heading to airport heading for California. He heard you and an extra bedroom.


01/31/19 10:29 AM #2586    


Garry Sellers

You guys are all welcomed to visit us in California ... if it'll keep you safe!  This is a sanctuary state after all!!!  Just be sure to go back home.  But most of our "visitors" forget that going home part. I think we should build a wall around California!   Nancy, I was not so insensitive as to mention being too warm while playing golf Tuesday in short-sleeves!  My sister has a new springer spaniel puppy and is trying to "train" him.  I worry about his "boy parts" breaking off when they let him out at 4:00 a.m.!  They also keep bees.  Know how bees survive the cold?  The workers all form a ball around the queen.  The outer layers freeze but keep the queen alive.  I think there's a lot of dead queens up there this year.  Sounds like a job opening for Nancy!

01/31/19 01:11 PM #2587    


Nancy Davison (Boerger)

Can I bring my staff?

01/31/19 10:06 PM #2588    


Melody Jones (Parker)

Sorry, I do not remember 1962 freeze; but I do remember the freeze in January of 1981.  It was a Saturday night and I lived in Brown Deer.  I was scheduled to work graveyard shift as a nurse at Marion Catholic Nursing Home.  The actual temp outside was minus 25 and the wind chill at a minus 65.  My car would not start; I called in and was told they were sending a taxi for me, which never came.  I did not make it to work that night, nor did I make it to church on Sunday morning.  I called my Mom and told her I was "moving to Florida!"  In August I did move to Clearwater Florida!yes

01/31/19 11:02 PM #2589    


Jim Cejka


"The U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday that a large portion of the state including the Sierra Nevada, much of the Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area is free of any significant dryness."

Hurray! We can finally flush the toilet without feelings of guilt. Garry can stop showering with the neighbors. Water is wonderful.

02/19/19 11:39 AM #2590    


Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)

As to having enough rain and no sign of dryness here in CA Jim, I can attest to that personally! We actually had our lower level flooded after the latest 3" of rain deluge. The funny thing is we can't accuse the previous owners of not disclosing the leaky foundation, because it hadn't rained this much and this hard in anyone's recent memory.

02/19/19 06:51 PM #2591    


Jim Cejka

I think I posted this a couple of years ago, but it seems to be appropriate again.

Ode to Wisconsin

When it's springtime in Wisconsin, and the gentile breezes blow. About Seventy miles an hour and it's fifty-two below.

You can tell you're in Wisconsin 'cause the snow's up to your butt. You take a breath of springtime air, and your nose holes both freeze shut.

The weather here is wonderful, so I guess I'll hang around. I could never leave Wisconsin - my feet are frozen to the ground.



02/20/19 11:36 AM #2592    


Garry Sellers

Feels kinda sad that the best we can do from Califoria is take shots at Wisconsin weather!  I just keep remembering back in January how my family back there was talkng about the incredibly mild winter.  They forgot it extends until May!!!

On a really sad note, I just learned of the passing of Nancy Homan Cagley within the last few weeks.  Remeber her in the "bikini dance" show at the 50th?  She lived in the LA area.  Found an article that indicated she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, had an operation and suffered a stroke.  Her husband (her second, her first died) and kids agreed to take her off chemo and put into hospice care.  He then withdrew from an election for city counsel to be with Nancy until the end.  But I can find no obituary and will wait to put something on our home page.  God, she seemed so vibrant and alive at the 50th! Here's the link to the article about her.

02/20/19 01:57 PM #2593    


Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)

I also found a link to this Patch article about Nancy.  I remember her well from Custer and the happy newlyweds at the 50th reunion. She was so vibrant and full of life, and should have had so many more years with Tom.

02/20/19 03:02 PM #2594    


Jeanne Zinser (Gottschalk)


How right you are about Wisconsin winters extending into May. May 10, 1990 is a memorable date, not only because it was my 46th birthday, but because of a very late Spring snowstorm. 

From a website dealing with the storm:

On May 10, 1990, eastern Wisconsin experienced its latest snowstorm on record.  The snow was very wet and heavy, and unfortunately it occurred when most trees and other plants had just leafed out for the new season.  As a result, thousands of trees and tree branches came down under the weight of the heavy snow.  Many power-lines snapped as the trees/branches came down.

I was still teaching, and well remember that our district had a "snow day!" By late afternoon, much of the snow had melted, but by then most of the damage to the trees had been done, and power was still not restored to some unlucky “few.”

02/23/19 05:57 PM #2595    


William Nelson

A former associate of mine posted this picture on Facebook today and I stole it. I figured this was a more appropriate place for it.

02/24/19 11:01 AM #2596    


Lauren Dieterich

I'll never forget the May 10th snow storm. It was the day after my birthday; and, it was toward the end of my 23 years on third shift. Work was a 25 mile drive. We lived off of Hwy 83, about a mile North of Holy Hill Rd. No problems until I exited Hwy 41 onto Holy Hill Rd., which hadn't been plowed. I had one of those sexy long nose Chevy vans. Every couple of miles, the snow built up under the van and lifted the front wheels off of the road; so, I had to back up and take a run at it. I finally gave up when I saw a farmer's driveway with a half dozen cars in it, East of Hillside Rd. I sat in thar driveway for about 3 hours, until the county plow came through. While waiting, I saw one of those large gasoline tankers go by. 20 minutes later, I saw him come back. I have no idea of how he managed to turn around. 6 weeks later, I had a huge bonfire in my yard. There were about 200 feet of box elder trees along one edge of the property. Box elders are very brittle; and, the snow broke a lot of brances off. The bonefire was about 10 feet across and 6 feet high.

02/25/19 07:31 PM #2597    


Jim Cejka

We had moved into a new house in Oconomowoc in April, and have pictures of our kids jumping through the sprinkler in the yard. Exactly one month later, May, we have a picture of a snowman where the sprinkler was. Happy weather, Wisconsin.

03/09/19 02:02 PM #2598    


Lauren Dieterich

I just read an obituary for Lucille Akin. She was Norman Akin's wife. Any of us who had taken Physic's class had Mr. Akin as a teacher. According to the obituary, Mr. Akin is still alive and has to be in his late 90's. I tried to post the obituary here; but, I couldn't figure out how to jump through the hoops to allow me to do so. You can read it at


03/09/19 04:58 PM #2599    


Jim Cejka

Welcome aboard Otto. Always glad to see another Californian on the site.

03/10/19 07:10 PM #2600    


Garry Sellers

Yeah, likewise Otto, welcome and it was good chatting with you.  Just a word of warning, beware of old medics wearing Smokey the Bear costumes, especially if they live in Northern California.  Some say they're playing a few buckets of water short of a full reservoir!  He might even want to build a $100 billion high speed railroad to nowhere right through your neighborhood!

Incidentally everybody, I get to see everything in your profile so I never go to "Classmate Profiles".  I didn't realized to get the full scope of information about a classmate you have to click on the link that says "Show        - - - - 's  Profile Questions and Answers".  Maybe everybody knew that.  I didn't!

And have you been following the results our friend from the class of '72 is getting in finding more and more of our classmates?  She's incredible!  Check out "Recently Found Classmates".  Now if we could just find out what happened to Judy Blaske!

03/10/19 08:26 PM #2601    


William Nelson

Thanks, Lauren, for your post about Mrs. Akin's obituary. 

Akin, Lucille E. (Nee Weissenborn) Of Hartford, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019, at the age of 94 years. She was born in Milwaukee on April 10, 1924, the daughter of Vero and Anna (nee Kindt) Weissenborn. Lucille was a 1942 graduate of Washington High School. She obtained a Master's degree in education and taught for 30 years in the Brown Deer elementary school system. Lucille enjoyed ballroom dancing and crafts. She married Norman Akin on August 5, 1950. She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Norman, and her loving children, Jessie (John) Vettel, Jan Riofrio, Mark (Eryn) Paige, and Calvin (Sara) Akin, and daughter-in-law Maria Belen Tamayo, and her precious grandchildren, Kurt and Ryan Vettel, Antonio Riofrio, Weston and Georgia Paige, Olivia and Grace Akin, Marianna (John) Wang, Juan and Thomas I. Tamayo, and five great-grandchildren. Lucille is preceded in death by her son, Thomas, and her brother, Burt Weissenborn. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation is Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Hartford First United Methodist Church, 738 W. Monroe Avenue, from 2-3 p.m. Funeral service will follow at Church at 3 p.m. Private interment Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hartford, WI.

My favorite memory of Mr. Akin is of his dry humor. He used to visit our electric shop classes once in a while and was the faculty advisor for AVA, so I also knew him in those venues. He was a rather distinguished looking man, who was always impeccably dressed and usually seemed pretty serious. One day, he began the class with a lecture, but was disturbed by a clicking noise. He stopped speaking as we all turned to the source of the clicks; all except the guy who was creating them, Tom. Tom was a nice guy and a good student who tended to blend and not get much notice. For some reason, he decided to trim his finger nails during the lecture. When he realized all eyes were on him, he turned red as a beet. Mr. Akin calmly asked him, “Would you like us to open the windows so you can do your toe nails, too?”


03/11/19 05:11 PM #2602    


Jim Cejka

OK, Otto. As you might be starting to realize, as a fellow Californian, we have an extra onus on us (pun intended) to put up with Garry. 

To set the matter straight, as we know, our state has recognized that our reservoirs are full, proving ex-corpsmen (the Army has medics) can still hold their water (figuratively, at least). 

And, there is nothing wrong with the bullet train. If Garry had ever driven down the 5 to Bakersfield, he’d realize that even spending $100B is better than that drive. Plus, he’s not counting all those Bay area folks who really want to go to Bakersfield.). The only negative about the train is that you probably couldn’t stop at Pea Soup Anderson’s on the way. 

03/12/19 03:31 PM #2603    


Garry Sellers

Just in case anybody is wondering, the difference between an Army medic and a Naval corpsman ... the corpsman has 2 photographers and a biographer assigned to him as does evey Marine!

03/12/19 06:34 PM #2604    


Jim Cejka

And thery're worth it.

03/19/19 08:47 PM #2605    


Jim Cejka

My son borrowed my car the other day, and when he returned it, he said, “sorry, but it turned over 100,000 miles” when he was driving it. Even took a picture of the odometer to prove it. I hadn’t been thinking about it over the last year – car still looks and runs good. Then, an awakening occurred. 100,000 miles! I was never a car guy growing up, but I do remember that cars just never lasted beyond 50,000 miles. By the time they got even close, they were usually rusted, at least one something didn’t work anymore, provided suspense starting in winter, and the repairs usually ran to more than the monthly payments. “Planned obsolescence” was the whispered conspiracy of the day. We hated the car buying process (still do), but you could just about do some math and predict when you had to get a new one. Now 100,000 and going strong. One less thing for my old mind to worry about. Wow.

03/19/19 09:42 PM #2606    


Nancy Davison (Boerger)

We hear you, Jim. Went along happily with our old Beemer - it seemed like she woud last forever. Twenty years and a quarter of a million miles later, she finally gave up the ghost. Still looked great without a speck of rust - Karsten hated to let her go. 

03/20/19 08:56 AM #2607    


Melody Jones (Parker)

I was just thinking the same thing yesterday.  My daughter-in-law had an accident a week ago with a 2003 Honda Pilot.  No injuries, but totaled that car.  It had 234,000 miles on it and she hated to see it go.  So, yesterday she bought a "new" 2008 Honda Pilot that has 237,000 miles.  My son is driving a Toyota compact with over 250,000 miles.  My "new" car, a 2011 Chevy Impala had just reached 92,000 and of course, she has to last me until the end of my life.  Funny how much better cars are being built to last when everything else is going downhill; especially wahers, refrigerators, TVs and computers.  (Don't get me started on talking about that mess.)

03/21/19 01:07 PM #2608    


Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)

It's nice to be able to reflect on the things that have made life better  - like the longer lasting cars. We have never had to take our Nissan Altima in for a mechanical reason other than regular servicing. The other innovation I am constantly grateful for is not having to physically go to the bank except for unusual circumstances. I remember, when computers first arrived on the scene, they said one day we could do all our banking with it.  I hoped, but didn't really believe we could ever actually deposit a check at home! My mom, who did all the family finances but didn't drive, would have loved this. Do you think our computers will ever be able to print cash???? 🤑

03/24/19 11:20 PM #2609    


Garry Sellers

Hey guys, posting all of the info on the "Recently Found Classmate" list is not only tedious but a bit of a downer.  First, I thought I knew most everybody in our class but yet most of these names and faces are just blanks.  Tells me how narrow I was back then.  And all of them has his/her story to tell about life ... that mostly I know nothing about. It's sad.  Take for instance Andrea Gorzek.  Was there a sweeter, more gentle person in our class?  She always had a warm smile and willing ear to listen.  And she passed away 17 years ago in Grafton.  I'd love to know all about her life ... but it's over, has been for years!  For me it ended in June, 1962..  I know that's how things go ... but somehow you wish it were otherwise.

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