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July 2, 2009

Summer Sequel II

Forty years after graduation and we have the tapes to prove it! What's going on? We want to know.


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Webmeister on July 2, 2009 11:25 AM
We just posted the audio tapes of our graduation! Who would have thought of such madness??? Bless their hearts, Mardie Porter's family taped the broadcast. Go to  Classmate News on this website and hear it for yourself.

Webmeister on July 8, 2009 4:51 PM
Someone asked if  people would send in pictures of their high school wheels
Jenny B on July 13, 2009 2:11 PM
OMG, Mardi, that's very cool... no pic of mine.. black Corvair, stick, red interior... listed as one of the most dangerous cars of the time... but I loved it.
Mardie Porter on July 13, 2009 3:57 PM
check out this website.... maybe a photo for you
Mardie Porter on July 13, 2009 4:01 PM
Or this one for more Corvair pix

Captain Hook on July 10, 2009 8:18 PM

Shiver me timbers! Steve Craig, that son of a biscuit eater - is he talking about buried treasure chests? Where did that landlubber put his buried chest? eeeerr

Webmeister on July 30, 2009 8:05 PM
Captain Hook- Just received an article "Raise the Flag, Light the Flares Around the Tomb" explaining what went down at Weed Beach in 1969. I guess the cops showed up- check out the article in the Photo Albums section under Pranks.....
Tinkerbell on August 2, 2009 8:46 AM
Captain - that's such a crock (Oops.  Sorry, I know how touchy you are about crocs).   The point is, what's buried is far more than the treasure of one biscuit maker's son.  Consider this .....

Whose beach is this, the Sound so near?
I wonder why we're stopping here.
Funny that I don't recall
A tree where now one stands so tall.

Without its limbs, so straight and bare,
Encircled by a ring of flares.
The moistened sand suggests a hole
Has just been dug around this pole.

But why dig here when others sleep?
Perchance to bury something deep.
A legacy to leave behind
Of who they were in '69.

Black cons, a frisbee broke in two,
A photo with a nail pierced through.
Stuff from chests and closet shelves,
Bits and pieces of themselves.

Set inside a wooden tomb
And nestled in a sandy womb.
To sleep for forty years or more,
While they wait for Lopriore.
While they wait for Lopriore.

Dick Costello on August 9, 2009 8:06 PM
Tink, I need a copy of this instant classic.  Mrs. Marshall would be proud of you.
Mark Tinker on August 10, 2009 12:46 PM
Cos, just saw your request. I took enough of a beating growing up with my dopey name,  do you really think I'd use the handle Tinkerbell?
Dick Costello on August 10, 2009 8:16 PM
Rog....shoot me.  WTFO?  Who's the mystery poet?
Cap'n Hook on August 12, 2009 9:25 AM
Matey- yo's been working the Tuna Boat too long. Its that biscuit-eating land-lubbing Craigbo or indeed, might we have an English scholar schooled in the immortal poetry of Robert Frost?
Mark Tinker on August 12, 2009 2:33 PM
 (With apologies to Rob't. Frost)

...Whose words are these? I think I don't know........
Robert Frost on August 14, 2009 11:23 AM
Not a problem! -  Robert "Bob" Frost

Patti Craig on July 14, 2009 8:23 PM
Hey Mardi, Did you just see who is coming? 'Skins' ,another of our Peeps. How cool is that? Our Holmes School buds, you, me, Meg, Lisa, Kathy (Bones). 'Skins, you hearin' this honey?
Mardie Porter on July 16, 2009 8:03 AM
Yeah, I was excited to see some more of the Holmes School crowd. Hi to Kathy Strachan! Hey everyone, please enter your info on the "Class Update" section so people can see you and get in touch. The reunion weekend will be too short if you wait to do all of your catching up there.

Patti, I love your photo, by the way...


Mardie Porter on July 19, 2009 2:49 PM
Hey Patti, was that you who posted the Holmes school picture? The person named "Alice" is Alice Insinger (she had a twin sister, Louise) and Betty in the back row is Betty Ann Matlak. You did well to name the others. Oh yeah, I think it's Kathy Sunkel, or something like that, in the back row.
Patti Craig on July 20, 2009 2:34 PM
Hi Mardie,
Yes, that was me.  It seems as though, I keep finding more and more pix.  It is amazing that they are in such good shape.  Thanks for your help with names.  Trying to remember Alice's last name was driving me crazy.  I could remember her twin, Louise (Loukie) but the last name was not coming to me.  They were from Holland weren't they?  Chris Eng would know.  Might Kathy 'Sunkel' be Kathy Kunkel?

steve verses on July 20, 2009 8:56 PM
To whoever posted those pics from the Middlesex days, great job, they are priceless...keep them coming...and thanks!

Mardie Porter on July 23, 2009 5:51 PM
Love the "Miss Morrier" picture from Holmes School. Some of the names missing are: Lisa Howell, Susan Smith, Alice Insinger, I think it's Bill Guptill,  and the back row on the right is Richard Watson?. That's all I can think of right now....

Reunion Committee on July 29, 2009 3:36 PM
Hope everyone is getting ready to have a great time! Get those checks in if you haven't done so and polish up your dancing shoes!

Christine Eng Leventhal on August 2, 2009 8:41 AM

As part of the Holmes school gang, I had to jump in....Alice and Loukie Insinger were two of my best friends....yes, they were twins from Holland, and lived in the apartments at the corner of West and Holmes.  Can't wait to see all of's about time Skins got her stuff in!!!   Remember Anthony and Rusty and the guys being hot rods in the halls?  Mr. Gardiner? 

Patti Craig on August 2, 2009 12:41 PM
Hi Chris,

'Great to hear from another Holmes School alum and thanks for the info on the Insinger twins, Alice and Loukie.
I sure do remember Anthony and Rusty up and down the halls.  Remember their signiture call "too weak, too weak"?
Christine Leventhal on August 2, 2009 9:50 PM
I do...but I liked the screaming brakes the best
Jenny Bates on August 4, 2009 11:36 AM
... and the thumbtacks under there shoes so you could hear them coming down the hall....

Webmeister on August 3, 2009 10:56 AM
We just received an amazing photo!
The senior pranksters caught in flagrante delicto!

Check it out

(in the photo albums under pranks, towers...)

skins strachan on August 5, 2009 9:19 PM
alright all of you raggin on skins....its know i never did my homework...just gettin around to this stuff...cant belive the people coming - such a blast from the past...looking forward to seeing everyone - especially the Holmes School crowd !
i will try to do the update thing - but if i dont get to it i live in Fairfield, Ct by the beach - one cat, one dog both rescued and spoiled. 
Christine Leventhal on August 5, 2009 10:10 PM
Skins!!!  Miss you!!!  I still have a picture of my birthday party with you and Loukie and Alice....all of us with our paper plate birthday hats on....remember your mother catching us shaving our legs for the first time in your bathtub....she was p'od....Chickie (Mrs. Ludwig's....)
steve verses on August 7, 2009 6:53 AM
I thought you lived in Bridgeport.....

skins strachan on August 6, 2009 4:41 PM
LOL Chickie Eng - yes i remember us shaving our legs what grade was that 5th????  I haven't shaved them since.....kidding!
see you next week.

Meri Bjork on August 13, 2009 7:37 AM
Yeeee-haaaa, one more day of hard labor in someone else's dirt and weeds, then it's hit the highway!  Can't wait to see you all...


Steve Morgan on August 14, 2009 10:40 PM
Woodstock began 40 years ago tomorrow (Aug 15)! 

I was living in Manhattan at the time, sharing an apartment with 4 girls I knew from a nearby prep school.  We met the promoters at a record store one day in NYC, and they offered us jobs collecting tickets LOL.  I arrived with my friend Doug Sloan, who was from NYC, 8 hours late, the fences were already down.  We were supposed to get room and board so only arrived with the clothes on our backs.  I remember sleeping under a plastic sheet that first night with about 30 other people after a wild night... I think I'll stop there...

Steve Morgan on August 15, 2009 4:50 AM
Tinker, I always knew you were behind the Wall of Sound.  But you've shrunk!  I hear that happens with old age.

I recently found a picture of you at one of my birthday parties as a kid.  I found a couple with Tom Green (RIP) and David Bracken (WTF happened to him?) as well.

I'm still looking for some Tokeneke School class pictures, I know I have them around here somewhere...oh well, early onset..

Christine Eng Leventhal on August 15, 2009 9:08 AM
Last night was a guys are so dear.  Woodstock....saw me standing in the doorway of the Handcraft Shop in Goodwives (I couldn't get off...should have quit) Billy McNicol and Larry Reilly drove away without me! 
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George Wehmann on August 15, 2009 12:28 PM
Too bad we didn't designate a general hang out for daytime Saturday, like Post Corner Pizza. 120 alumni in town daytime Sat and no way to connect.  Bummer.

Meri Hock on August 16, 2009 9:52 PM
What a spectac. time.  You are such wonderful people and it was such a kick seeing everyone.  Morgan, you were sorely missed, but there's always the next one, so git yer dancin' shoes polished and make ready!  George W. and George F., where the heck are those pics?  I want to see the evidence!

Much love to all on the committee who did such an incredible job.  You are too cool for school!

Meri Bjork
Steve Morgan on August 17, 2009 12:35 PM
Meri, I really wanted to see you, it's been far too long.  Potts keeps me up to date on what you're up to, from time to time.  I'll retread my dancin shoes, hoping for a 45th!

Mark Tinker on August 16, 2009 10:27 PM
From 35,000 ft., headed back to Cali, a giant thank you and huge kudos to the Reunion Committee. You guys did a fantastic job setting up and executing a fabulous event for all of us lucky enough to attend. OK, we're older, heavier and wrinklier than when we took a powder from DHS but the spirit and essence of our class remains. It was great to reconnect with those not often seen and find out what mysteries have been unlocked in the intervening years. 3000 miles was not too far for this old fart to travel for a weekend with old and renewed friends who are the same as family.
I'll ask a silly (?) question -- do we dare have a 50th?
Thanks everyone.
George Wehmann on August 17, 2009 9:17 PM
A 50th?  We'll be like ELDERLY.  Activities?  Hmmm. Walker races? Suggestions?

Steve Morgan on August 16, 2009 10:32 PM
I was thinking about you guys all weekend.  I think I looked at George's photographs about 20 times.  I wish I coulda been there, just thinkin about y'all and Darien brought back a flood of memories.

Yes, more pictures, please!  Any videos?  Stories???!!!  Dirt, gossip, anything??!!!  C'mon, we're 58 now, we can make complete fools of ourselves and no one cares nor remembers.  Actually, come to think of it, that would've also applied at 18, 28, 38, and 48.

Steve Morgan on August 16, 2009 10:46 PM
There were wrinkles?!  Ewwww...

Susan Venarde Mahoney on August 17, 2009 7:21 AM
I want to add my sincere thanks, as well, to the hard-working and fun reunion committee.  When you were not running the show, I hope you had as much fun as the rest of us!  Why wait another 10 years?  Let's try for # 45 and hope that others who could not attend this reunion could make the return trip in five years;  maybe we can redo this weekend's events...hard to improve on the perfect reunion made especially joyful by all the spirited '69 classmates who were able to make the journey.
Best wishes to all,

Peter White on August 17, 2009 8:38 AM
What a wonderful, happy event! I was truly sorry when it ended. Time hasn't changed the amazing chemistry of our class. Thanks so much to the reunion committee for realizing this vision of high spirits, congeniality and humor. Just like that other famous gathering in 1969, it was 3 days of nothing but fun and music! 

Christine Eng Leventhal on August 17, 2009 8:57 AM
I want to echo what everyone else has was a wonderful weekend....would love to do it again too.  Thank you all so much - LOL  p.s. you can always reach me at DHS!

Anne Irvine on August 17, 2009 9:45 AM
I approached the reunion with a bit of trepidation as I had lost contact with just about everyone in our class.  Honestly, my memories weren't all good; however, I can now honestly say I am so glad I went - it was really fun and I enjoyed every moment of it.  Thanks so much to those of you who put the flawless event together.  I enjoyed re-meeting all of you and, in some cases, even making new friends!  Is there any sort of classmate directory planned so we can stay in touch with folks - I guess that might be asking for a lot given the great work already accomplished but it sure would be a nice tool and reminder of all those friends we had and/or made!  Thanks again for putting the entire weekend together - it was really a blast from the past! 

Janet Martin Fisher on August 17, 2009 1:33 PM

To repeat what has already been said, what a perfect weekend - the committee even worked their magic on the weather.  Such fun catching up with people and even talking to people I never spoke to while I was in High School!  A true sign of perfection is when you leave wishing there was more, which I did.  Thank you Lauren, Josie, Jenny, Chris, Ed, John, Tim and Jamila, Todd and Martha, and Steve and Nancy – you are the BEST.


Jim Valente on August 17, 2009 5:09 PM
I just wanted to add my thanks to the reunion committee for putting on what had to be one of the best weekends I've had in quite a while.

It was great to see everyone and re-live events that took place over 40 years ago; and to get caught up on what's changed since.

I too was very sad when it all ended.  It didn't seem like 3 days to me.

There really is a spirit to this class that just bonded everyone together. And where the hell does Loren Rogers get all here energy from???

I hope we do a 45th, and if so, I would like to help.  Please keep me in mind!

Thanks again!

Meri Bjork on August 17, 2009 9:44 PM
Hey, Steve, we went to the Sugar Bowl for lunch on Sat. and afterwards we took new pics of us all where we'd been in the first shot as underclassmen: it was too funny and so much fun.  Remember that perfectly beautiful day when we were just being ourselves hanging out?  There'll be many more pictures to follow, I'm sure, but it was the happiest weekend I can remember in a very long time.  There is this unexplainable bond that is built in to all of our hearts, crafted with trust and heartfelt goodness.  I will always be grateful for the experience of growing in such blessed company.  All the names are still carved in the bricks and there are some new additions as well.  Be well, all.
With much love,

Meri (back in steamy Vermont)

George Wehmann on August 17, 2009 10:28 PM
So sorry I missed past reunions. Hard to describe - like a time warp.  Suddenly high school friends all together like years ago. Junior high... even elementary school. Too many friends, not enough time. Jungle of people at Nielsens. Humid dusk overlooking Wee Burn golf course. Will we dance like that at age 68? Last day at Weed beach came and over too soon. Back at home.  Did it all happen?  Pictures in website Photo Albums.  Mine, yours, all of ours. Videos later. Memories like these only once?


Carol Ann Augustus Summers on August 18, 2009 7:55 AM
Just to add my 2 cents, thank you, thank you, thank you for all your hard work.  I had such a great time and even shed a couple of tears on the plane on the way home.  A great place to grow up, a great class to be a part of.  The camaraderie, even after all these years, is special.

Carol Ann

P.S. My brother Nick was not in our class!
Cindy Valente on August 18, 2009 10:43 AM
Carol Ann,

Let me know what your Dad thinks of the "Flying A" team picture.

It was a great time.  Thanks to all for making it a fantastic weekend!

Cindy Peterson Valente

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