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04/16/18 12:03 AM #2489    


Jim Cejka

R.I.P Gunny.

05/08/18 03:53 PM #2490    


David Holm

Hey classmates,

One of our own has written a book which is available on Amazon. The title is "Flashbacks: A Memoir" and the author is none other than Jim Gibbons, aka Jimbo, aka Gibby and for those of us who knew him in grade school, aka mouse.  If you are among the majority of us who had the pleasure to know him you will find it interesting and somewhat surprising. Enjoy the read and feel free to post your comments.

05/10/18 04:52 PM #2491    


James Gibbons

Hey Dave, thanks for Plugging My Book. It’s been a real interesting experience reading and hearing people’s reactions, in fact I wrote a piece called Plugging My Book, which can be read on line at (March 28). There are 5 5 Star reviews on I will have a reading at the Sausalito Library on June 12 at 7 pm, if anyone lives in the area. Aloha

05/22/18 10:27 AM #2492    


Barbara Blair (Brenzel)

The Memorial Day vidio is so moving - to say the least.

Thank you, Garry, for posting it.



05/23/18 02:47 PM #2493    


Melody Jones (Parker)

I  will be taking a trip tomorrow up in the mountains about 150 miles away to see a classmate from Custer High whom I have not seen since 1981.  Do you remember Cherylynn Shelton?  She was in the same grade as I was; in fact, we went to elementary and junior high together.  But she dropped out at the end of junior year.  Or rather, the principal made her drop out because she was married during her junior year.  She married Martin Rosenfeldt, the captain of the basketball team, 2 years older than we were.  She was not pregnant at the time; but they made her drop out anyway.  (She had their first child in 1964.)  She has been living in North Carolina at a nursing home for many years with a cardiac condition.  I will drive up to see her and take her out to lunch.  The staff feels comfortable with me doing this since I am an R.N and can handle any emergencies.  I will take her picture and post it in 2 days.  (If I get her permission).  Here is her junior year class picture:


05/24/18 11:47 AM #2494    


Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)

I do remember Cherylynn, Melody. It was such a "messed up" thing to have made her drop out. In some ways, times have changed for the better; high schools now try to get kids NOT to drop out, and facilitate things for even pregnant students so they can finish school. Say "hi" to her, and I hope she lets you post her photo. 

05/24/18 10:22 PM #2495    


Penny Knopf (Bublitz)

Hi Melody: I remember Cherylynn Shelton. I casually knew her at Custer. I also remember you. We were at Custer together. You probably don’t remember me. My last name was Knopf. I am on Facebook  I live in Mukwonago WI. We are finally getting our Spring. It was a long winter. Have a good lunch with Cherylynn.

Penny Knopf Bublitz 


05/25/18 09:29 PM #2496    


Melody Jones (Parker)

Well, here are the two of us.  Both older and fatter, but still BFF!  Staff that saw us together said, "Oh, are you sisters?" BTW I'm the one in the blue dress, Cheri has glasses, so you can tell us apart. LOL!

Terri, I always thought it was cruel to make her drop out; she was such a good student!                       Penny, yes, I remember you, too.  Weren't we in class together in elementary also?


05/26/18 11:39 AM #2497    


Penny Knopf (Bublitz)

Yes we were in elementary school together. There I am in the front row. You could pass for sisters!! Thanks for sending. I am still friends with Jeanette Perszyk if you remember her. They live in California. 

05/27/18 10:18 PM #2498    


Jim Cejka

05/28/18 11:12 AM #2499    


Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)


05/31/18 09:48 AM #2500    


Garry Sellers

This came in from Tom Burger regarding Melody's post about Cherylynn :

"Yes I too recall the class. I think that was Mr. Riemers fifth grade class. As I recall he was a truck driver in the summer. I always wondered why she dropped out of Custer."

06/04/18 07:34 PM #2501    


Jim Cejka

I see too that the number of people posting has gone down, and I’ve thought of several possible reasons:

1 – People are still hung over from the last reunion party. Maybe, I know we're a bit older and don’t recover quite as fast, but more than six/seven months is pushing it a bit.

2 – Nationwide shortage of Geritol.

3 – People have been posting, but the site has been hacked by some nefarious entity, spying on how the gardening is coming along in northern Michigan, how hot it is in Bullhead City, or personal secrets of old ex-athletes, etc. Might even been a hacker from Rufus King, they were always jealous of us anyway. 

4 – People have become addicted to their iPhones (e.g., my wife), and are too busy now texting more than they ever talked, or keeping up on the latest 1,297 news, traffic, sports and game apps. I see today that Apple is coming out with an update to combat iPhone addiction in teens. Wonder if it’ll work for us aged folks. 

5 – It’s more than 5 years since this thing has started up, and our metabolism has changed – longer naps and shorter web time?

6 – We’re too busy watching golf tournaments now that the season has started.

7 – In the interest of preserving our little bit of remaining sanity, people have moved into caves, or reduced all electronic input to only the local oldies station on the radio.

8 – Winter was too long.

9 – All of the above.

10 – None of the above.

06/04/18 10:31 PM #2502    


Sandra Fligge (Axtman)

Melody, I was so happy that you were able to hook up with Sheri l went to her wedding and reception   She was married at the church on the corner of 51st and Villard.  My husband and I are sponsors for one of her foster children.  She and Marty lived in Cedarburg and over time we lost contact.  If you could send her address I would love to contact her.  How exciting to know she is alive and smiling 


06/16/18 09:35 PM #2503    


Jim Cejka

“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.”

Linda M. Child, Philothea, A Romance, 1836

06/23/18 06:17 PM #2504    


Garry Sellers

You know, you'd think that after my posting embarrassing videos of classmates I'd get a rise out of somebody ... threatening emails, evil curses, bags of burning dog do-do on my doorstep ... but no, nothing! (Today is our first 100 degree day here this year so I wouldn't open the door anyway!)  You guys must be closer to the grave than I thought!!!  Or have you just accepted that, "It's Garry's demented mind and we can't expect much better!"

06/23/18 10:43 PM #2505    


Jim Cejka

So that’s why . . . 

Here’s something for us boys from Custer. Just substitute Milwaukee or Custer and you’ll figure it out.

06/24/18 02:45 PM #2506    


Melody Jones (Parker)

No Garry, it was not your demented mind I was avoiding.  I'm just not a "boy from Custer"; not a "boy" at all!

Last time I looked I was a "girl from Custer".  So it was your discrimination I was avoiding.  You're forgiven!

06/24/18 11:32 PM #2507    


Garry Sellers

Mel ... not being from the South I coiuldn't use "all y'alls" so I used the generic and gender neutral term "guys" meaning all y'all people out there.  I'm down right sorry if you took me wrong.  Darn!   Now you've got me talking like you!!!  If you find a burning bag on your porch, I'd advice against stepping on it!

Jim, I'm surprised you didn't find an article about how the Custer girls water ballet team walked in on our boys swim class one time.  Apparently the girls in the front tried to turn around to go back but the girls in the back who didn't know what was going on kept pushing them forward!  I think there were quite a few dives into the water at that point.

06/25/18 01:24 AM #2508    


William Nelson

Thanks for passing along that interesting article, Jim. I do remember not liking the practice. I was somewhat younger than most of my classmates and overweight, so wasn't very happy with  the rule. Without referring back to the article, it seems like the policy at the school in question ended in 1962; a little too late for us. Guess they figured the instructors were cleaner, because all of them wore swimsuits. They got the part aboutt not protesting correct, but that didn't last much longer  before just about everything was protested regularly.

07/05/18 09:31 PM #2509    


Jim Cejka

Hey Terri - now that you live down there, have you got your tickets for Jeopardy, or signed up to be a contestant yet?

07/05/18 10:07 PM #2510    


Ronald Chesnik

Jim Cejka:  Thought you'd find an article on page 1 of the '' re; Judge O. John

Cejka, Jr. stepping down after 13 years on the bench.

07/06/18 10:02 AM #2511    


Jim Cejka

Thanks Ron, he's a cousin. Used to get together with him whenever I went to the National Fire Academy. 

07/06/18 11:24 AM #2512    


Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)

It's funny you mention that, Jim. We were just talking about getting tickets! I'd love to see it before Alex retires.

07/06/18 06:27 PM #2513    


Jim Cejka

Terri, you should try for the teacher's tournement.

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