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Unable to Attend the 2008 Reunion
We asked those classmates who were unable to attend the 2008 reunion to send us comments that we would share with all. Here they are, pretty much in the order we received them (most recent at the end), except that multiple emails from the same person are all together.
From:"BF PRAHM" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 12:26:30 -0500
Thanks for the timely, "heads up" and your continuing efforts for the reunions. You and the committee(s) do a superb job. Tell Jerry we appreciate his help for all that he does.
Our information as listed is current and I have marked the calendar.
Byron F. Prahm
From: "BF PRAHM" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 12:03:09 -0400
As it turns out, we will not be able to attend the reunion. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Sent: 8/22/2008 2:31:10 PM
Crispin, Hi.....The plans for our reunion sound great. Hats off to the Committee who obviously worked very hard to bring it into reality.
As much as Fred and I would like to be there and enjoy seeing and talking with classmates, I'm afraid it will not be possible this time around.
Our best to everyone and many thanks to you Crispin for your kindness in alerting us to this happy gathering. Stay healthy, Ilene (Hull Peper) and Fred
From: Harvey GARDNER JR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 13:19:35 -0700 (PDT)
Great web site thru timesunion. Interesting to observe where folks live in US. A lot of folks shagged their butt out of troy to warmer wx. I left after graduation for AF career, so I have been a southerner for 56 yrs. I knew first time I came south I wasn't going back.
I noticed on the web site that folks put summer / winter addresses. I winter at the address shown but summer at my place in the mountains of New Mexico from June thru Sept.
110 Bogie Lane 3d
Thank you for your efforts. I have other commitment in Sept and will be unable to attend. Hope all are & will be healthy for same. Perhaps next time!
From: Harvey GARDNER JR <email@example.com>
GREETINGS, SALUTATIONS AND ALL THE OTHER GOOD WORDS I CAN EXTEND TO YOU. I NEVER DREAMED THAT I WOULD LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO ATTEND A 56th LHS REUNION, NOR THAT I WOULD BE IN GOOD ENOUGH HEALTH TO ATTEND, I PLANNED TO BE THERE WITH BELLS ON. HOWEVER:
I AM AT MY SUMMER HOME IN THE COOL NEW MEXICO MOUNTAINS. UNFORTUNATELY MY AIRPLANE HAS NOT COOPERATED AND IS SICK. IT WILL NOT BE FIXED IN TIME TO MAKE THE TRIP. LANSINGBURGH IS A 5000 MILE ROUND TRIP BY AUTO, WHICH IS A NO BRAIN DECISION NOT TO DO FOR A ONE NIGHT FESTIVE OCCASION.
I DO WISH ALL WHO ARE ATTENDING, TO HAVE A GREAT EVENING FOLLOWED BY GOOD WEATHER FOR YOUR CLAM STEAM. GOD BLESS ALL.
PLEASE NEVER FORGET 911!!
YOURS, HARVEY GARDNER
Maryanne received your E mail 3/19/2008 regarding upcoming reunion, September 12-14, 2008. Always great to hear news of LHS activities, however this year I most likely will not be able to attend.
Just this past month I managed to fine myself a patient at Orlando Regional Medical Center twice. All going well at present however the hint of by pass surgery keeps me on guard.
I have reached the Times Union web site and found classmate lists, really great and have made copies. Copies? Why? My husband, John, his sister Mary and I all were once Haskell School students. J three years ahead of me, and I do at times get news from my cousin Clint Winne re: '48 and '49. Mary was 1953. She has a wonderful memory and at the last reunion, I attended, I was busy reading names seeking her friends, to say, "Mary says "Hello." So very many recalled her, she was and still is a very nice person. Therefore I have made a classmate list of 1953 for her also.
With all of this I developed a problem. In your letter it was mentioned I could find a list of deceased classmates. I could not bring up this said list.
Would you be able to send this list for both years to me? From there I would make a copy of the list and a copy for Mary. Art Levy was my neighbor and I sent his Obit. to Troy (Dodie) and a copy to Art Aronson and Mary. Seems that was 2003, I know he was a hospital patient for some time.
Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated. My contact with 1952 and 1953 is limited, notes at birthday and holidays. Too bad time does that to you.
There are so many fun times to recall, silly things. I will share one. One day Tom Boswell and I were walking home from school and we picked flowers from some person's garden. Great fun at the time. Tom decided he could not take his home (garden we were in was too close to his house), so I showed up at home with the lovely flowers. Of course I was questioned so I explained that "Tom and I decided to pick --") There was no need to explain more, my mother put the flowers into a vase, and said "Never again Caryl." We must have been in the third grade and my mother was a friend of Tom's mother. As the years past I understood well. Tom would march into church (our high school years and "that day" came front and center into my memory.) His grandfather was the organist. Still brings a smile to my face.
I have also sent out "help" notes to friends much smarter on the computer, Than I. I've learned the first source is usually the single best source.
From not "too sunny today" Florida. Caryl Lavery
[Sent after we sent her the list of deceased classmates]
Thank you very much for the list. Will send on to John's sister.
I noted Don Woodworth not on either list. Good! Also note some folks not listed at all. There must be reasons for this I'm sure. Carol Wheeler has been missing for some time. Her sister Judy always listed. And I fail to ask about that whenever I write to folks.
I just left town in August 1952 and never really returned until much later. Lived in Niskayuna and had so many folks we tried to keep up with and a family who lived far from home. Our children are at times trying to catch up with their high school life now. But they are the generation that often met up with classmates while at business.
Thanks again. Caryl
From: "james k connors" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thanks. Renee and I may be baby sitting for three weeks in Sept
We have a family that is 14 months into the process of adopting a baby in Vietnam.
They are currently second on the list, once they receive the referral it takes 4+/- months. We all hope they will get a call any day now.
I'll reply once we have a date pinned down.
Our daughter and son-in-law leave for Vietnam on the 22 of Aug, therefore we are leaving NY for NC tomorrow.
We will be baby-sitting during the reunion, but its good news, they have been working on it for a year.
Thanks for keeping in touch. I'm sure you'll have a good time. Please say a particular hello to Bob Swanick and Chris Hall
From: "james connors"
Thanks for the photos.
Our daughter and son-in-law returned with nine month old Duc Quay on the 10th,we enjoyed spending three weeks with his seven year old brother.
From: Joan Laws <email@example.com>
Sorry I didn't answer sooner, but we've been away. I'm afraid I won't be able to attend, but perhaps we'll be able to see you and Jerry sometime this summer.
All the best, Joan (and Albert)
From: ROBERT G BISHOP <RGBishop@cox.net>
Am glad to hear from you and your plan for another reunion. I have been having some health problems but plan on attending all activities. If we are successful in selling our Arizona house we will be relocated to Delaware by then. We bought a house there last year but do not want to make a permanent move until we sell the Arizona mansion. That is turning into a tough job. In he meantime we will be spending the winters in AZ and summers in DE. Our DE address is 261 Lakeside Drive, Lewis, DE 19958. Tel 302 645 0594. Please try us at both places as we will be traveling back and forth at odd times. Maryanne, please confirm that you have received this, Bob Bishop
From: "Harlan White" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi Maryanne & the LHS class of 53
I sure would enjoy being with you folks on this occasion. I feel it would be more prudent to stay around the Dr's working with me 'till they get things straightened out .The biggest problem I have is weakness, probably kidneys , but maybe cancer kicking up again.
Jerry (Andy) Smith and I communicate frequently, even see each other occasionally .It is great to hear from each of you, even if it is mostly about reunions .My sister Kappy Abrahamson, LHS 50 also keeps me up on some news.
Hope all have safe travel and a wonderful reunion,
Best ever, Harlan White
I was just getting ready to e-mail you when your message came on. Sorry we can't make the reunion weekend, as we will be on vacation during that time. Hope you all have a wonderful time. Ethlyn Galarneau
From: "Edwin Bollinger" <email@example.com>
Hi Everyone, Sorry I will not be able to attend the up coming reunion... I hope you all have a great time.
Virginia Farnam Bollinger
Sorry, unable to attend as I will be leading a Senior Vacation @ Cape Cod. Have only missed 2 previously in all those years so will miss seeing everyone but hope to be @ the next one. I know all will have a good time.
Gail Degener Boleng
A hearty hello to all the reunion attendees! Special hellos and good wishes for continued good health to (and I 'm testing my memory) Carol Patricia Ruth Browning Wheeler, Carol Shaw, Carol Cunningham, "Merk" Smith (our hearts were really young & gay) Sherry Hamilton, Colin Nadeau, Fred Jones, Bob Filson, Bob Swanick, Frank Miter and By Prahm. All of you helped make my school "daze" much more enjoyable then they would have been without you.
Miss Natowitz recruiting me to be in the Senior play was a stroke of genius for a faculty tired of dealing with myself and someone else, who will remain nameless. The experience was all positive.
To my cousin, Margaret Reed, let me hear from you.
Our family has grown to four children and six grandchildren scattered around the world.
Any of you are welcome to "drop by", stay awhile (or not) if you visit Central California
Dick Reed '52
From: "Bob King" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It was good to hear from you but, unfortunately, we will not be able to attend.
Peggy and I hope that you will have a great time and we will be thinking about all of you. Bob and Peggy King
From: Joyce and Dick Hall <email@example.com>
Regrettably, this has to be a one-way conversation. I see your addresses on the wonderful web site and I wonder about the stories behind each one.
I am absent because Joyce and I were on the east coast a few weeks ago, primarily for her family's reunion and to visit our son and his family in Maryland. Brian, a neonatalogist in the Air Force, was promoted to colonel.
A statistical summary: in our 51 years of marriage we have had 16 addresses in three states and the District of Columbia. Six years ago we moved from the San Joaquin Valley to Santa Maria, which is on the central coast in northern Santa Barbara County. Finally, we are saying, this is it, no more moves.
We are three doors from our other son and his family, which includes the two youngest grandchildren. It's a delight to share their growing-up years. Roger has his doctorate in American history and teaches at the community college here.
Our oldest granddaughter, married for five years and living in San Antonio, tells us that in December we will be great-grandparents. Oh my!!!
It is difficult to maintain a long-distance correspondence, so I hope that I may share the next reunion with you.
thanks for the invite. i got this email and lost it and then remembered it and retrieved it. they are going to cut me open on sept 2 so i dont think i will be doing much traveling. hope the party is a success. say hi to the better half for me. talk at you later
From: Barbara Woodworth <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi Maryanne, Sorry for not getting back to Margaret sooner as we had been planning to attend the reunion, but were waiting to find out when Don's eye surgery would be scheduled. We found out last week that it is now scheduled too close to reunion time to allow sufficient recovery time for travel.
No place we would rather be than back to the Burg with our classmates. Say hello to everyone for us and please thank the reunion committee for all their work in planning all the fabulous reunions over the last 55 years. All the best to you and Jerry.
Don and Barbara
From: "colin nadeau" <email@example.com>
Maryanne, Thanks for your E-mail and update. I will not be able to attend this year's reunion and will miss seeing all of my classmates. Hope you are well and best wishes to all. Yes, everything is O.K.
I am very sorry, but Cathy and I will not be able to join you all for the class reunion on September 12th. We have a previous commitment, we feel badly about it but It was little we could do.
We will be thinking about you all, have a wonderful time.
All the best,
Jerry and Cathy Lovely
From: ROBERT G BISHOP <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Maryanne: I am late in responding to our attending the reunion in the hope that we would be able to make it. Unfortunately, we will not be able to join you this time. We had so much fun at the last reunion and found it such a delight to meet old classmates that we hate to miss it but such is life. You asked for an email that you could display, so here goes:
As I mentioned in my last note I have been having some health problems, which is the reason for our missing the reunion this year. My back is acting up again with enough pain to make flying or driving impossible for now. I have also had a cancer of the gum that required several weeks of radiation. All indications are that it is cured but I am still suffering from some of the side effects. That is enough of the bad news. We are blessed with the fact that Carol is in good health.
In the meantime we have relocated to Delaware. We have not been able to sell our home in Arizona yet but it is still furnished enough to be useable. Our plan was (is) to spend the winters in AZ until we sell it. Give me a call if anyone, or anyone you know, is interested in a house of 3100 sq. ft., swimming pool, hot tub, access to health clubs and a wonderful climate. Why did we move back you ask? Just to be near the family. We also have many friends in the area who we have maintained contact with since our previous times in DE. Even the owner of our local bait shop called me by name when I walked in. My job moved us in and out of DE several times. We also love the ocean so we are back there again with the cool air blowing off the ocean, fresh fish and bluefin crabs, which we both love.
My one typing finger is wearing out so I will sign off for now. I wish you all a very happy time at the reunion and really wish I could join you. You are all welcome to come see us if you get down this way. Also, we would welcome some news on the reunion.
Best wishes to you
Bob Bishop (email@example.com)
Lewes is the first permanent town in the first state. Lewes was first settled by the Dutch. I love history and there is lots in the area to keep me busy, even through the world war.
From: Bob Parker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I tried my best to make adjustments in my busy schedule, to attend the reunion, however I have to many irons in the fire and could not make arrangements to have all my bases covered during the time necessary to attend.
My thoughts will be with you and wish that I could attend. Perhaps there will be some photo opps that will make it to the E-Site. I know Bob Bailey has his daughters wedding, and Joe Iacocca has family happening in California.
Not being totally retired and enjoying that fact, I find from Thanksgiving to the 2nd week in December are the best times for a getaway. Not a good time for reunions! Having raised 4 children which have now giving us 10 grandchildren ranging from 23 years in age to 8 months old and 1 great grandchild 1 year old, fills our summers weekends with fun.
Hope everyone has a great time and is enjoying good health.
Gerry Parker, class of '53
From: Sue Fusco <email@example.com>
Dear classmates of 1952 and friends of 1953, What a disappointment it was for me to discover i would not be able to attend the 55th and 56th reunion of our classes. We will be moving on that weekend and it took that to keep me from coming. High school can be a tough time for kids but i truly enjoyed it - most of all the great friends i had. both tony and i hope everyone has a delightful time and i will be thinking of you.
Sue (Lanesey) Fusco
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 10:24:37 EDT
Sorry I couldn't make it up North this year.
We scheduled a cruise for this month before I got your notice.. Timing didn't work out.
I wish all good health and a good time.
Hope to see U all at the next one in 2013.
Sent: 9/12/2008 2:49:52 PM
Sorry I can't be with you all. Please give my warm "Aloha" to everyone!
PS I owe Bill Galloway a CD. Could you please email his address. Thank you,
From: ROBERT L BAILEY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
G'morning Maryanne; I regret that I won't be attending the reunion. Would appreciate it if you'd pass on by best regards and well wishes to the folks from our class and Crispin H. from 'fiddy-two'. Have fond memories of when he, Jim Myers, Joe Iacocca and I were in the same Scout Troop 11. Along with everyone else at the reunion I have lots of fond memories. Whipple School, Mrs. Dow and her goddam paddle. Never felt it, think I remember seeing it. Girls door, Boys door. Clean the chalk erasers outside, but not against the bricks. And as I recall Maryanne, you lived directly next door to the school. Always thought that was cool. Anyway, just pass along my best regards to the folks that attend. The good Lord willing, we'll all get to do a reunion in Lansingburg again. Bob from Cle Elum............