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02/22/22 11:52 AM #3212    


Jim Cejka

Nancy, want to try again? Temps in the 70s pushing 80. (And no forcast of snow or ice on the way.)

02/22/22 01:28 PM #3213    


Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)

Tom, I reitred from full time teaching in 2011, but have been doing some part-time work ever since. For me, it's healthy to keep up my skills. I subbed for elementary school for 6 years, and have been Zoom tutoring for the past 4. Those little students keep me up to date on the latest technology, and have allowed me to discover and enjoy some new children's authors. You MAY be the only one working full time, but I wonder if there are others still working part time?

02/23/22 02:15 PM #3214    


Jim Cejka

Edisonites - a question - 

Did we have a school mascot when we were at Edison? Seems like every school has one now, no matter what grade. What were we - the "bulbs", the "watts", the "carbon filiments?" 

Is a puzzlement.

02/23/22 05:36 PM #3215    


Kenneth Pallaske

Hi, Gar(r)y,

You mean to say it took you all these years to score a hole-in-one on a putt putt course? Congratulations. 

I've lived in Michigan since 1967. I am a Packer fan all the way, even to this day. However, I do wish Rogers would stop all of the drama. On another football note: The Detroit Lions suck. I did feel bad for Matthew Stafford, a premiere QB suffering an agonizing career with these losers. So happy to see him traded, resulting in a Super Bowl ring.


02/25/22 02:41 PM #3216    


Wayne Reineck

I enjoyed the video but I only recognized Willie Nelson and a couple others. I was going to complain because Dolly Parton wasn't in the video. Then they segued into the best song that she ever wrote. And then they ended it with her. I'm glad that I wasn't too quick to voice my opinion. However there were a few country/western songs that snuck onto WOKY (920) and WRIT (1340) in our days.

Remember, "Please Mr. Custer?"

02/25/22 06:02 PM #3217    


Nancy Davison (Boerger)

Hi Gordon "Allen", 

Looking at your last post and judging by the very large blank space at the end of it, I suspect you had the same experience as did I. I had posted a response to Jim welcoming us back to his improved weather conditions. As I said, we're "livin' the dream.." ,  to which I added a photo of us up to our eyeballs in snow - with Karsten on the snowplow and me wrestling with the shovel. Thought I was just terribly funny. Well, the photo was too large, and didn't work. I'm not tech-savvy enough to minimize it,  so no one in the warm climes had a chance to laugh at us in our misery.

02/25/22 07:24 PM #3218    


Jim Cejka

So, Nancy, Al - thaaaaaaat's what that was. . . 

When I post pictures I click on the little box next to "Source" at the top of the write a message page. That opens an Image box for you to chose what file (pic) you want all of us to see. You can click "Choose File" to go through and find your picture. Choose your pic file and then you enter the width and height you want it. Put in some numbers, e.g., 300, 500, not much bigger than 500 actually. It doesn't say what units that's in, maybe "Garry's" or something, doesn't matter. You can put in whatever, experiment with the numbers. Then click on "Upload" and ta-da, your pic comes up, you can see how it fits, and go back and redo the numbers until you like it. You can make yourselves, your friends, or your scenery tall and skinny, or short and . . .not skinny, as you like. The just hit "Submit" at the bottom of this thing and you're on. 

It's magic.

02/25/22 09:35 PM #3219    


Jim Cejka

Nancy, a memento from your friends down south.

02/26/22 11:54 AM #3220    


Gordon "Allen" Mitchell

Trying again. It has been 88 or so all week here in Orlando. I have a backyard weather station (hobby). Here's a report 

03/04/22 06:09 PM #3221    


Barbara Blair (Brenzel)

Could be all during the same day!!


03/12/22 05:52 AM #3222    


William Nelson

I just noticed in Recent Passings, the note about the death of Barbara Rank. In that article, it mentions she married Judy Rank's brother, Doug Rank. I knew Judy Rank and I knew her brother, Don Rank. As I read that, I thought my memory must be going bad, because I was sure it was Don; not Doug. There was a link to her obituary after the article that confirmed my memory. It mentions her late husband Don. They were somehow related to a local Dodge/Plymouth and, later, Buick dealer, Rank & Son, but I don't remember the exact relationship. Don and Judy were both good folks, but I never saw either of them again after high school. I didn't know Barbara.

03/13/22 10:58 AM #3223    


Mitchell Heinrichs

Hi William you are correct , Judy and Don where brother and sister ,Don was a 61 grad in the band. Barb and Judy were good friends and after graduation Barb married Don. He worked at Miller and retired up to Door Co. . Don passed a few years ago of lung cancer . They were both heavy smokers , Barb chose not to have amputations du to cerculatory problems. I would see them  from time to time but they were stay at home folk. They are missed. 

03/14/22 03:00 PM #3224    


William Nelson

Thank you, Mitchell,

Although I knew both of them, we weren't close friends. We had different interests, but Don and I were in a couple of classes together, and I only knew Judy through him. We were in Miss Sherwood's speech class together for one semester and I believe I heard the Rank & Son Dodge connection during one of the interviews we had to do. When I checked the yearbook, I couldn't find him, but then discovered he graduated from summer school. I graduated in January, 1961, but had several friends on the stage crew who graduated in '62. Our neighbor back then, Ken Rabas, was also a '62 graduate. We still see him nearly every year when we're up there visiting our families. My brother-in-law died last week, so we're headed to Hudson, WI on Thursday. Don't like traveling so much anymore, especially this time of year, but want to be with the family. Hope the weather cooperates.

03/16/22 08:28 AM #3225    


Mitchell Heinrichs

Hi William Have a nice trip it should be good timeing as we recieved 5inches Sunday but the band of snow was limited to our town and only 20 miles north and south wonderful . I know I remember some very slight association with Rank and Son dealership but a distant relatiive . We had several partys at the Golden Lion hotel on Hwy 41 next to the old star light theater another relation of Barbs. We had some good times.

03/20/22 02:35 PM #3226    


Jim Cejka

OK Garry and golfers - I'm sitting here watching the Valspar golf thing and in the last 15 minutes, only one guy has put his shot in the fairway. They're landing behind the trees, into the crowds, from tree to tree. That's how my golf game was, I can do that. I live between two golf country clubs. Maybe I should pick up the clubs again, and invite the TV folks. 

03/27/22 09:19 AM #3227    


Jim Cejka

You mean all those dimes I spent on the Saturday matinees at the Ritz weren't enough to keep it going for posterity?

03/30/22 08:58 PM #3228    


Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)

 I love to see these historic buildings restored, especially ones that get the neighborhood (and beyond) together for fun and entertainment. Way to go, Milwaukee (if you can do this, that is!) I've seen so many neighborhoods in other cities I've lived in cherished for their historical value and restored. If Milwaukee wants to be a city people want to visit, they have a lot of makeup work to do.

04/01/22 06:28 PM #3229    


Kenneth Pallaske

Hi, Everyone.

Hope all is well with all  of you. I enjoy reading your comments, even though I am very poor at responding. 

Winter doesn't seem to waant to let go of Michign this year. My brothers are planing our anual reunion.....this year it will be in Branson, MO. I am planning on attending our 60th reunion.

Be safe and healthy my friends. God bless you.

04/02/22 04:02 PM #3230    


William Nelson

I do remember the Ritz Theater well, because I passed it twice a day when walking to and from CHS. It was well after I graduated before I ever set foot in it though. My dad didn't like going to theaters. For much of the year, we were at our cottage in the little town of Tustin every weekend. He was also one of the early adopters of TV. We got a 7" B&W RCA in 1948, a week before WTMJ-TV (then channel 3) went on the air. There was a test pattern during daylight hours and the National Anthem came on with a flag around 9 PM. He bought the 2nd TV Niss Furniture sold. When it needed service, they had to bring a guy in from New Jersey! Dad actually found the problem himself. A squirrel had gotten into the attic and chewed the antenna twin lead in two. They replaced the twin lead and it worked fine again. 

My one and only entrance into the theater came at least a year after I'd graduated and was already married. I don't even remember the movie that played, but I do remember buying some Raisinettes to snack on. They tasted wierd, so I took them to the back, under the light, and discovered they were moldy. Never wanted to go back there again. 

The only time we attended a movie with my parents was when "Mary Poppins" opened at the theater in Capitol Court. Dad liked Julie Andrews and we all liked Dick Van Dyke, so he treated.

Back when my brother was still attending CHS (class of '59) we piled into a station wagon full of guys from the stage crew and went to an outdoor theater on Bluemound to see "The Tender Trap" and "The Courtship of Eddie's Father." That was the first time either of us actually paid to watch a movie. The feeling lingers; it's been a couple of years since we last attended a movie. We hardly ever watch TV anymore. We've got plenty to keep us busy outside and, if the weather is bad, I'd rather be at the computer. We did go to a theater in nearby Ruston, LA for our anniversary last week, but it was to see a live performance of "Father of the Bride" which we both enjoyed.

04/06/22 03:18 PM #3231    


Garry Sellers

Okay – I’ve found the ultimate affront to our advancing age!  Take a couple of minutes to look at this 75 year old woman dancing with her grandson.  It’s embarrassing, it’s humiliating.  She should learn that at some point it’s time to quit trying to act young.  Take a couple minutes to watch the act at The World’s Got Talent show.  She should not have been allowed to perform.   She may have set senior rights back decades!!! See what you think.  Click on the YouTube player and enlarge:

04/07/22 04:32 PM #3232    


Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)

Wow, Garry! I was watching this, sitting on my backside, resting after the exhausting labor of cleaning up after lunch - and putting off doing my exercises, thinking "Why bother?" Now where did I put those weights?


04/13/22 10:42 PM #3233    


Garry Sellers

Here's some more about Milwaukee's history, from, appropriately enough, the History Channel.  For those who haven't watched "The Food That Built America - A Cold One", this is a fascinating account of the beer wars between Joseph Schlitz and Captain Fredrick Pabst.  The names, of course, are familiar to all of us but how they became the beers that "... made Milwaukee famous" and "the Blue Ribbon beer" I'd never heard before.  And to think at one point in time I thought it was my personal duty to assure their continued success. 

This link may take a little while to load and sometimes the volume is muted.   I hope you know how to "unmute" the streaming video.  It also contains ads which I don't think you can fast forward through.  Give it a try if you're curious.

04/15/22 02:58 PM #3234    


Jim Cejka

Now they tell us - 

I just read that a group from MIT, after much research and experimentation, have determined that it is physically impossible to twist an Oreo (with any type filling) apart and end up with equal amounts of center goo on each half. 


05/13/22 09:31 AM #3235    


Garry Sellers

Isn't this weather something?  Who'd have thought we'd get these temperatures in May?  Global warming my foot!!!  It's freezing out here!!!  Played golf in fridge temps. Didn't make it out of the 50's!  The Sierra ski slopes are staying open until June!  I'll bet it's snowing like crazy back in Wisconsin. Poor Nancy and Karsten back on their lake in Michigan are probably still ice fishing.  Probably not any better in Texas. Hope you guys warm it up for us at the reunion in September. 

05/13/22 03:03 PM #3236    


Nancy Davison (Boerger)

Ice fishing? I'm just on my way out the door to plant rosemary, dill, basil, fennel, etc. Waited for it to cool down - four in the afternoon, and it's 82 degrees. We put the boat lift cover on this morning before the sun got too high. Three days ago the docks went into the lake, uncovering the last remaining pile of snow at the edge of the woods. Forecast for Tuesday night  is 38 degrees. We are all over the map.


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