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PROFILE UPDATES


•   Alice Lutz (Faas)  6/8
•   Rick Boschen  5/25
•   Janet Kipp (Tribus)  5/13
•   Bill Adams (MHS '62)  4/28
•   Marcia Sargent (Hider)  3/18
•   Patsy O'Shea  3/15
•   Stephen Holzel  1/13
•   John Taylor  1/5
•   Jan Holt (Wright)  1/4
•   Anne Ramee (Bennett)  10/25
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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Chris Graber  8/15
•   Dara Barmore (Griffith)  8/19
•   Fred Roberts  8/19
•   Ron Parnes  8/25
•   Stephen Kessler  8/28
•   Susan Oppel (Parker)  8/29
•   Joan Crunden (Lewis)  8/30
•   Edgar Robinson  8/31
•   Liz Mackenzie (Martinez)  9/2
•   Peggy Ruppert (Lorence)  9/4
•   Lucy Bartel (Kizirian)  9/5
•   Rosemary DiGeronimo (Sternbach)  9/7
•   Linda Olsen (Patton)  9/8
•   Janet Kipp (Tribus)  9/9
•   David Appleton  9/12
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW


MISSING CLASSMATES


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WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

8 live in Arizona
18 live in California
4 live in Colorado
12 live in Connecticut
2 live in District Of Columbia
34 live in Florida
11 live in Georgia
1 lives in Hawaii
2 live in Idaho
1 lives in Illinois
1 lives in Kansas
4 live in Maine
6 live in Maryland
12 live in Massachusetts
2 live in Michigan
2 live in Nebraska
2 live in Nevada
4 live in New Hampshire
96 live in New Jersey
1 lives in New Mexico
19 live in New York
9 live in North Carolina
4 live in Ohio
3 live in Oregon
12 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
11 live in South Carolina
1 lives in South Dakota
1 lives in Tennessee
4 live in Texas
2 live in Utah
1 lives in Vermont
1 lives in Virgin Islands
7 live in Virginia
2 live in Washington
1 lives in West Virginia
1 lives in Ontario
2 live in Norway
1 lives in Spain
1 lives in United Kingdom
57 location unknown
82 are deceased

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CLASSMATE COMMENTS

Here's a place for you to share your thoughts (lighthearted or serious) about what we are all going through these days.

Would you like to add a comment in this space?  Just send it to linda.andre@verizon.net and I will post it for you. 

 

Mike Brodie writes, "My wife and I are doing a 2,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. It's a race to see if we can finish before social distancing restrictions are lifted."

Carol Letson Christensen writes, "Erik and I fill our days at home with a library full of Liberty jigsaw puzzles, a stack of book waiting to be read, online bridge and our favorite TV series The Seaside Hotel. The times are strange indeed, and we feel fortunate to be safe while recognizing that many others are not."
 
Susan Becker Knight writes, "I am well and happy up in the Berkshires in NW Connecticut where we can get out for long walks in beautiful countryside despite the still cold weather.  Snow flurries today! I have been sewing masks for neighbors/friends and will continue to do so as it seems we will be wearing them for some time to come.  Zoom gatherings and Board meetings have become  a regular event.I have my third great grandchild born March 2 and another due end of May. They are all in the Raleigh, NC area.  Who knows when I will get to meet these babies but hope springs eternal. May we and all our classmates and their loved ones ride out this pandemic healthy!"

Suzy Bruett Gumm writes, " I am actually amazed at how fast the days do go. I was in Colorado when every thing started shutting down and then I got nervous I wouldn’t get back home. Colorado was just as quarantined as NJ is. Everyone in my family has stayed healthy, thank goodness, and now we are hoping the summer will not be like this. I have zoomed with my kids and had lots of LD telephone visits which have been fun, and tons of walking.  I have even been playing bridge online which is a new experience for me! My wish is everyone we know stays healthy and we can gradually get back to normal."

Charlotte Gerber Turner writes, "I have a mask but I never wear it because I am over 65 and go out not at all. (In New York City people over 65 do not go out. It's been 5 weeks since I have felt a breeze in my hair.)

Gene Mazzola writes that he had cataract surgery in January and was only able to return to work at the the University of Maryland for a few weeks before the university closed down.  He sees one benefit: Now he has a lot of time to read scientific articles that have been sent to him for review.

 

Humor from Brad Stark

Dear Classmates,

I heard a Dr. on TV saying we should all stay at home and focus on inner peace.  To achieve this we should always finish things we’ve started and try for more calm in our lives.

So I finished off a couple open bottles ov wine, a bodle of Baileys, sum wum, tha mainder of Valiumun srciptuns, ana youge box a chocletz.  Yu haf god no idr how feckin fablus I feel write now. Sned this to all who need inner piss.  telum u luvum.  an ywo haf stafe day avrybobby!!!

Beds witches ,  bDar

 

 

Welcome to the MHS '60 Website!

June 19, 2020

 

Clematis blossoms on my driveway fence. LLA

 

 

The last few weeks have given us a lot to think and talk about.  Here are some thoughts from Jack Brigham.

 

"I hope that you are doing ok during these tough times. Anne and I are staying isolated and this is one time that I am glad I am retired and don't have to deal with a job and daily childrearing responsibilites. Messing with my coin collection and doing genealogical research is keeping me kinda busy. But still bored, too.

I worry particularly about my Seattle daughter's two adopted 12 and 13-year-old sons from Ethiopia in the current racial climate. Esayas is very dark and large, and I worry that he will be seen as threatening by some whites (like police). He is a great kid, but he is also loud and impulsive, which is a scary combination, I think. I wish that I were nearer to them so that I could talk with him about his future. (The same kind of talk that Black parents have had to have with their sons all along in this country.)

 

Jack's daughter Tracy and her  two sons from Ethiopia. Esayas (left side of photo) is 12 and Zavion is 13.  Tracy teaches at a college south of Seattle. One of her courses, which she created herself, is called World Health.

 

Almost 50 years ago, I coedited a book, Racial Attitudes in America: Analyses and Findings of Social Psychology (1972, Harper & Row).  The current situation motivated me to dig out my only copy to see how (or if) it relates to our current troubles. My coeditor and I wrote a 16-page Conclusions section at the end of the book, and I found it interesting to read it today. Parts seem naive to me, and some parts seem not too relevant, but all too many issues are still all-too-relevant today, I'm afraid. I can't decide whether I think that today's seeming societal "awakening" to the horrors of racism is just a blip and things will just go back to "normal" once emotions subside, or if we might have the opportunity to make some meaningful, long-lasting changes in our society.

Jack

 

If you would like to add your thoughts to this conversation here on our website, please send comments to me  (Linda.andre@verizon.net) and I will post them.  All comments are welcome, but no over-the-top rants, please.

OR you can send comments privately to Jack through this website.  Here's how you do it:

1.Go to Jack's profile page.  (Click on "Classmate Profiles" near the top of the left-hand blue margin on this page.)  Then find Jack Brigham's name on the list and click on it.

2. Find the envelope icon directly under the photo box. Click where it says "Send Jack a private message." 

3. A message screen should appear.  Type in your subject and message in the appropriate boxes.

4. Click the blue "Send private message" box at the bottom.  That's all you have to do!  It's easy!

 

 

 

 

Ourselves in Masks

There's always room for more mask pictures!   Send your photo to Linda.andre@verizon.net

Here are David Appleton and his wife Wendy sporting their new masks.  SEE MORE MASKED CLASSMATES BELOW!

Let's add lots more pictures of ourselves in our masks so that we can see that we're all in this together.  Send your photo to Linda.andre@verizon.net

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A. Who is this?

 

B. Who is this?

 

C. Who are they?

 

D. Who is this? (2 photos)

 

 

E. Who is this?

 

F. Who is this?

 

G. Who is this?

 

H. Who is this?

 

I. Who is this?

 

 

J Who is this?  (Hint: Guest member from MHS '61)

 

K. Who is this?

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Now -- SEND YOUR PHOTO to Linda.andre@verizon.net

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Mask Photo Answers

A. Patsy O'Shea in Oregon

Patsy explains that she is wearing a surgical mask while waiting to be called into a doctor's office for MOHS surgery that had been delayed due to the pandemic. 

Patsy adds, "I loved seeing Mike Brodie’s hilarious shot -- especially his array of “golf clubs.”

 

B. Mike Brodie in Connecticut (?)

Mike writes, "I took this picture of myself in home-grown COVID-19 attire."

 

C. Carol Letson Christensen and her husband, Erik, in Florida 

Carol writes, "Erik and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary outside, safely distanced, with neighbors."

 

D: Susan Becker Knight in Connecticut

 

E. Suzy Bruett Gumm in New Jersey

Suzy writes, "Mildred Ferrara Scola lives near me so on some nice days (which have been rare) we have had fun visiting spacing ourselves at least 6 ft apart. A  friend made my mask and now I am making some masks for a local organization and Mildred’s was more of a paper one."

 

F. Mildred Ferrara Scola in New Jersey

G. Rosemary DiGeronimo Sternbach in New Jersey

H. David Appleton in Pennsylvania

 

I. Linda Linnard Andre in Maryland.  "I made my mask out of cloth from an old ironing board cover.  I made my husband's mask out of his old plaid flannel pajamas."

 

J. Wayne Hansen, MHS '61.  "This is not exactly what is being suggested or recommended here on Massachusetts. But had this mask from doing field work in a chemical plant many, many years ago.

 

K. Janet Kipp Tribus in Florida.  "Me in isolation!  No mask, but happily with wine and a smile!

Here's Janet again, working in her studio.  To see more of Janet's dazzling paintings, be sure to check out her updated website at www.jkipptribus.com   From the Home page, click on "Works" to see lots more!

 

 

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Jim Cestone sent these photos of the pandemic of 1918.  It looks like we have a lot in common with these people from about 100 years ago when our parents were  young.  Thank you, Jim.

 

 

Here's a poem that's just as good now as when it was written.

 

 

BOB and CAROLE RUTAN

PAUL and DENISE DORAN

enjoying a "micro-reunion" in Estero, southwest Florida on March 12. 

They all send greetings to MHS '60 and wish everyone good health!

Are you planning a mini-reunion of classmates in your part of the world?

Be sure to send a photo for everyone to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Class Fund

We have a considerable amount of money in our class fund.  Should we let it just sit in the bank in case somebody wants to plan a reunion in Montclair?  Should we rethink the way we do reunions?  Should we join forces with another MHS class? Should we split up the money and let classmates plan mini-reunions in various parts of the country? Should we forget about reunions and use the money to establish a Class of 1960 Scholarship for MHS students?  All ideas are welcome! 

 

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I've moved a few things around --

I moved four of David Appleton's stories to the  "Stories From My Past" section. (Click on it in the blue sidebar on the left side of the home page, 6th item from the top.)  

In Spit Valve Humiliation, we see David auditioning to play the trumpet in the Watchung Elementary School Bend.

In Good Humor Man Career we drive with David on his ice cream truck.

In Patsy's and the Allure of New York: Bringing in the '60s, we join David and his buddies on a drinking expedition to New York City.

Since we are all about 77 years old, there must be a lot of good stories from our past out there, just waiting to be told.  If you have your own stories to share, please send them to me (Linda), and I will add them to the site.

 

If you're looking for Jack Brigham's, Ralph Davidson's, or Lawrence Robinson's genealogy stories, just click on "Genealogy" in the blue sidebar on the left. If you have your own genealogy stories to offer, I'll be glad to add them any time.

If you'd like to write a memoir about a family member or friend, there's a link to a "Family and Friends Memoirs" section, also in the blue sidebar. Brad Stark's memoir of his father is in that space. Please feel free to write about someone important to you.

There's plenty of room for new contributions from you!

 

Looking back to graduation 

Here's the 9th grade graduating class from Mt. Hebron.

(The photo is split up into 3 parts, kindness of Rick Boschen).

How many classmates can you name?

 

 

Mt. Hebron Update:

Mt. Hebron is now officially "Buzz Aldrin Middle School.  It is a STEM magnet school (Science, Technology, Engineering and math) with an enrollment of about 640 students in grades 6-8.

There have been quite a few changes in the Montclair Public School System since "our day."  Take a look at their website https://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/  To see the website of your old school, find the black horizontal band at the top of the page and click on "Select a School."

Here are a few changes that I noticed:

- Edgemont Elementary (K-5) is now a Montessori School. 

- Nishuane (K-2) feeds into Hillside (3-5).  Both have a Gifted and Talented focus.

- Edgemont and Hillside both feed into Glenfield Middle (6-8) which is a Visual and Performing Arts magnet school.

Charles H. Bullock (55 Washington St.) is an elementary school with an environmental science theme.  It feeds into Renaissance at Rand Middle School.

Bradford, Northeast, and Watchung elementary schools all feed into Buzz Aldrin Middle (formerly Mt. Hebron Jr. HS)

George Inness Jr. HS is now the "9th Grade Academy."  It houses the entire 9th grade for MHS in what is now called George Inness Annex. 

Here's the Feeder diagram so you can see for yourself!

While you're at it, check out the courses that MHS offers these days at https://mhs.montclair.k12.nj.us/academics/course_syllabi

Scattered among all the old familiar courses are titles that show how times have changed: Robotics, African-American Literature, Satire and Protest Literature, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Global Studies, Women of the World, Digital Design, Mandarin, and more!

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Surely you recognize this man. 

But do you know WHERE he is? 

 

 

Lawrence Robinson alerts us to a recent article in The Montclair Dispatch entitled

"Lost in History: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Visit to Montclair High School." 

 

The article of September 11, 2018 begins:

52 years ago, during a firey time in the United States and around the world, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made a controversial visit to this very town, possibly at the peak of his notoriety. Just two years prior to his assassination and untimely death, King arrived in Montclair, making town history by stopping into the Montclair High School band room.

The article tells how Dr. King went to Montclair to speak to a local church congregation.  But so many people in the larger community wanted to hear him speak that he appeared first in the high school gym, and later spoke to the church congregation in the high school auditorium. As he waited in the MHS band room before going onstage, protesters were demonstrating outside on Park Street. A plaque commemorating Dr. King's speech at MHS has been placed in the band room.

The entire article gives you a good sense of the mood in Montclair in 1966, six years after our graduation.  You can read the whole article here:

https://montclairdispatch.com/lost-in-history-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-s-visit-to-montclair-high-school/?fbclid=IwAR0o0uJdQj88pTuz9AywzCx9nJqGiKj4cyBC4gpJGuBgxbydH0Pi4qbePqI

Thank you, Lawrence, for sharing the article with all of us.

 

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Reunion Survey for 60th Reunion in 2020

33 classmates have responded to our Reunion Survey. (If you haven't returned the survey yet, click on "2020 Reunion Survey" -- the 3rd item from the top in the blue sidebar on this page.) 

Here's a brief summary of what we have learned so far. Please feel free to respond with comments or more ideas about what kind of reunion you would like to have. (Email Linda.andre@verizon.net or use the "Post a Comment to the Class" on the "What's New" page described above.) 

1. Of the 33 responders, 27 said they would "absolutely" or "probably" attend a reunion.  However, many classmates have not responded to the survey. Does this mean most classmates are not interested in a reunion? Or ambivalent? If so, should we rethink the way we have always done reunions? For example, should we "downsize" and have a dinner at a private room in a restaurant instead of renting a hall with a DJ? Join forces with another MHS class? 

2. Classmates who said they would not attend explained that they did not want to travel because of health or financial issues, or because they didn't like high school very much. Some preferred to "let the past stay in the past."

3. Spring and Fall were the preferred times of year for a reunion.

4. A weekend or long weekend was preferable to mid-week.

5. Most said they would attend both daytime and evening events although some said they would attend evenings only.

6. Most said they would be able to drive to events (day or night) although some indicated that they would be more interested in excursions to places outside of Montclair if they did not have to drive. Can local classmates suggest some interesting places to visit? 

7. The great majority favored casual, informal, events with open seating and opportunities to mingle and roam. (Many people mentioned the wonderful atmosphere at our Friday night gatherings at Warren's house.) Again, can local classmates suggest suitable places for daytime gatherings?

 

More individual comments from various classmates:

Offer a FaceTime Virtual reunion with people who can't make the trip.

Hold the reunion dinner at a hotel location so people don't have to drive somewhere else.

Keep the price low so that everyone feels welcome.

How about having some programing on Sat. night (at dinner or cocktail party) that would mold us into a group rather than individual islands of "old" high school friends? Ice-breaking activities that would highlight individual personalities, experiences, and interest and get us moving around? One reward that I took away from previous reunions was meeting classmates with whom I had only a nodding relationship with in High School. I would like to have such opportunities repeated. We need activities to mix us up and introduce unexpected common threads.

I vote for no loud music that makes conversation during the greeting period or dinner an insurmountable challenge. 

A balance between non-program time and group togetherness would work for me.

A visit to the High School on a Friday if that could be arranged. Perhaps ask if small numbers of us could observe a class to see how technology is used in classrooms today? Or perhaps we could use a high school classroom for interesting discussions among ourselves? We have a lot of money in our class account. Should we think about contributing to the High School's Scholarship fund?

 

Offers to help: We have quite a few people who have offered to help by phoning,  emailing, texting, sending postcards to classmates, or helping in other ways to spread the word about reunion and encourage classmates to come. They are: Don Lefelar, Rick Boschen, Donna Lake  Wright, Paul Doran, Gene Mazzola, Barry Hampton, Christie Calder Salomon, Rob Rutan, Michael Pecherer, and Susan Becker Knight.

 

However, at this point we do not have any information for them to disseminate! In order to have a reunion, we need to have a group of planners who could make some decisions about when and where it will be, and what kind of activities we would like to have. For most of our reunions, a group of Montclair area classmates met togther to enjoy each other's company and plan an engaging reunion weekend. Last time, there were no physical meetings -- everything was discussed and decided by email between committee members across the country.

The software system that operates this website (ClassCreators.com) also offers very straightforward FREE online systems for Event Planning (posting information, registration, taking payments, making nametags, etc.) This might be an option for classmates who would like to help and are comfortable with the computer. 

So far, three classmates have offered to help with some aspects of reunion planning, but we clearly need more help to make a reunion happen.

Warren Ross has again offered to host a Friday night gathering at his Montclair house and reserve the golf course. Thank you Warren!

Barbara Mansell Ramsay, who served as treasurer on previous reunion committees has offered to help again. Thank you Barbara!

Delores Morton Munford has offered to help organize the reunion. Thank you Delores!

 

 

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Are you looking for old reunion photos?  You can still see all of them in the "Photo Gallery" section of this website. 

Click on "Photo Gallery" in the blue sidebar directly under "Home Page."  You'll come to a long list of "galleries."  Scroll all the way down until you see a lot of square pictures with paperclips in the corner.  The 2016 reunion photos are organized in two groups.  The 1st "gallery" is called "2016 Reunion - Friday."   The 2nd gallery is called "2016 Reunion - Saturday." 

Each photo gallery has up to 12 photos per page, and there may be several pages in a gallery, so be sure not to miss any. If you need help telling who's who, just hold your mouse over the photo and a caption should appear. Click on the photo if you want to enlarge it.

 

Do you have any reunion (or other) photos to share?  We welcome them all. If you want to post them yourself, click on the place at the bottom of any gallery page where is says, "Create Your Own Photo Gallery here. You should see instructions that tell you how to upload your own photos.

Don't like your picture?  If you would like me to remove a photo, just let me know which one, and I'll be happy to take it off the website. (Linda.andre@verizon.net)

If you'd like me to upload your photos, that is fine. Just send them  to me and I will be happy to post them on the website  for you. (Linda.andre@verizon.net) 

What would you like to tell your classmates about reunion weekend? Send me your stories, thoughts, memories, and I will post them here.

 

 

This is a "mini-notebook" that we gave out at the reunion so that everyone would have a place to jot down a name, address, or email address during the evening. It is about 3-3/8 by 4-1/4 inches and fits easily into a pocket.  There are lined pages inside. We have about 24 left over. If you would like one, let me know and I will send it to you using our leftover stamps. Be sure to send me your correct address!

 

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SENIOR YEARBOOK PICTURES

We now have all the pages of our senior yearbook pictures posted on this website, thanks to Gene Mazzola, who brought me his yearbook to be scanned  To see them all, just go to the blue sidebar on the left side of this page and click on Senior Yearbook Photos. Many thanks to John Sproston for initiating this project, and to Gene and Chris Graber for providing pages.

 

Would you like to find out whether other classmates share your special interests or activities? For example, I teach ESL (English as a Second Language) to adult students and would love to find out whether any other classmates do the same. Let me know if you have special interests that you would like me to publicize on this website.

 

HOW TO SEND MESSAGES THROUGH THIS WEBSITE

We'd like to hear from you!

If you'd like to send a message to the whole class:

1. Go to the "What's New" page at the very top of the blue margin on the left side of this page.

2. Look for the gray box on the top that says "Post a Comment to the Class."

3. Write your message in the box that says "Share Your Thoughts with Classmates."

4. Include a photo or video if you like (that would be great!)

5. Click on the blue "Post Message" box.

 

If you'd like to send a private message to a Classmate:

1.Go to the classmate's profile page.  (Click on "Classmate Profiles" near the top of the left-hand blue margin on this page.)

2. Click on the envelope icon directly under the photo box where it says "Send [classmate's name] a private message." 

3. When you get to the message screen, type in your subject and message in the boxes.

4. Click the blue "Send private message" box.  That's all you have to do!  It's easy!

 

Guest Members on this website

It is now possible for a member of another MHS class to join our website as a "Guest Member."  Guest Members will be able to have their own profile page and they will be able to send and receive messages through the site. They will be able to remain guest members as long as they do not harass any class member or post objectionable material. If a member of another MHS class wishes to become a Guest Member, he/she should contact me directly to request guest membership and I will enter his or her information in the site's database and provide information about how to sign up. Nobody will be able to join the site without going through that process. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know. (Linda.andre@verizon.net)