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•   Rick Boschen  3/25
•   Karen Thorward (Hayes)  3/25
•   Viola Palmer  3/25
•   Ed Hanke  1/31
•   Lawrence Robinson  1/31
•   Mary Carmella Harris (Flounoy)  1/29
•   Jan Holt (Wright)  1/25
•   Janet Kipp (Tribus)  1/1
•   Diana Russ (Harmon)  12/17
•   Carol Ingerman (Robinson)  11/5
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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Marilyn Yinger (Corvin)  6/19
•   Dick Mann  6/20
•   Marguerite Grewer (Puca)  6/28
•   Bill Ten Eick  6/28
•   Brad Stark  7/3
•   Bonnie Shand  7/8
•   Reeta Gustafson (Jones)  7/11
•   Robert Tyson  7/12
•   Tom Wenner  7/12
•   Suzie Wooster (Wilsey)  7/13
•   Patsy O'Shea  7/14
•   Bob Negley  7/15
•   Frank Rubino  7/18

WHERE ARE THEY NOW


MISSING CLASSMATES


Know the email address of a missing Classmate? Click here to contact them!

WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

8 live in Arizona
19 live in California
4 live in Colorado
12 live in Connecticut
2 live in District Of Columbia
33 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
13 live in Massachusetts
2 live in Michigan
1 lives in Missouri
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
80 are deceased

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rick Boschen is very eager to get the ball rolling on plans for a 2020 reunion.  He writes:

"Before it is too LATE to PLAN .....

We need TWO North Jersey classmates to "CO-CHAIR" as well as assistants to help make the 2020 REUNION our best ever.  This June, I will be in Connecticut FOR ABOUT 10 DAYS, and I can meet with co-chairs and assistants to begin talking about making arrangements and promoting the event."

Are you interested in making a reunion happen?  Please get in touch with Rick.  Here's how:

1. Go to Classmate Profiles (2nd from the top in the blue sidebar on this page).  Click on Rick Boschen's page.  Under "Post a comment on Rick's Profile" write in the white box that says "Share your thoughts with Rick (all classmates can read)."  OR... If you prefer to send a private message to Rick, click on the envelope icon that says "Send Rick a private message."   OR ... If you don't want to write on Rick's profile page,  go to "What's New" (4th item from the top on the blue sidebar.)  You can write your comment in the white box that says "Share your thoughts with classmates."  OR ... send a private message through regular email to Rick (flrickb2@yahoo.com) or to Linda (Linda.andre@verizon.net)

 

60th Reunion in 2020?  We still need a person or group of people to lead the effort.  So far, nobody has stepped forward.

There is a survey posted on this website where you can let us know your thoughts about attending.  It takes only a few minutes. We hope to hear from as many classmates as possible so we'll have an idea about how to move forward. If you've already completed the survey, THANK YOU!  If you haven't, just click on "2020 Reunion Survey" -- 3rd item from the top in the blue sidebar on this page.  MANY THANKS!

 

Welcome to the MHS '60 Website!

May 10, 2019

 

It's graduation time! 

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

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

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!

 

Ed Fitt sent a message that updates the story  of several months ago (see below) about the plan to built a 60,000 square foot home on the cliff of Undercliff and Lloyd Roads, abutting Eagle Rock Reservation.  Apparently the application to build the estate has been withdrawn.   https://www.montclairlocal.news/2019/04/17/lloyd-megamansion-montclair-nj/

 

Here's the original article:https://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/

Montclair residents are upset because a tech billionaire wants to built a "mansion bigger than the White House" backing up on Eagle Rock Reservation.  If approved, it will have a bowling alley, billiard room, basketball court, gym, spa, indoor and outdoor pools, yoga room, and movie theater.  See the architectural drawing and floor plan and read about how the property owner prepared the site in the middle of the night at https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/essex/montclair/2019/03/20/montclair-mansion-will-be-bigger-than-white-house-billionaire-owner-melih-abdulhayoglu-comodo/3152616002/

Are you feeling your age?  If so, you have something in common with the MHS staircases that we used to climb up and down so many times.  Ed Fitt shares a news article that tells how one MHS stairwell collapsed last September.  Now there are plans to rebuild 4 of them.  Read more at https://www.montclairlocal.news/2019/03/19/bids-staircase-montclair-nj/

 

Thank you for the articles, Ed.

 

Sad news about Edie Black.

A notice was posted on the Growin' Up in Montclair Facebook page on March 21 from Edie's brother Charlie Black.  Forwarded by John Sproston. 

To the class of 1960: It is with great sadness that I report that my sister, your classmate, Edie Black, died last night as the result of complications from pancreatic cancer. According to her husband, Fred, she passed quickly and without much pain. They had spent the last week in Mexico watching whales migrate among other things. It’s nice to think that she spent at least part of her last days in her happy place.

 

Karen Thorward Hayes sends news and updated contact information.

My husband and I moved from Trumbull, CT, to St. John's County in Florida in January 2015.  Our home is located slightly northwest of the city of St. Augustine, known as the oldest city in the United States. It was founded in 1565 by Spanish admiral, Pedro Menendez de Aviles.  St. Augustine is a small city of approximately 14,000 residents and is mainly a tourist destination.  The city is located on the Mantanzas River near its outlet to the Atlantic Ocean.  We can drive to the center of the city in ten minutes or to Vilano Beach in fifteen minutes.  All of St. John's County is growing rapidly as retirees from the Northeast are moving south to escape the cold weather and high taxes.  We also moved here because our son and his wife live in Palm Beach County and four grown grandchildren also live in the state.  My daughter and her two grown children live near Burlington, VT.

I joined the St. Augustine branch of the American Association of University Women. We advocate for women's issues such as equal pay for women, encourage girls to consider careers in the sciences, technology, math or sciences and raise money for women to attend higher education.

361 Hefferon Drive, Saint Augustine, FL  32084.      Phone: 904/679-5329    Cell: 203/258-7248  karenthayes@gmail.com

 

 

MORE GENEALOGY
 
Lawrence Robinson shares the results of his ongoing genealogy research.  Thank you!
 
"About ten years ago I became interested in genealogy. My guess was that my mother’s line would be very interesting, to say the least. That’s why I chose to do what I felt would be the easier and faster of the two lines—my father’s. After spending eight years investigating, digging into, and researching his line, it became apparent that he, not she, was the more interesting.
 
My family tree is currently on “ancestry.com” and contains 7,260 family members, 1,306 photos, 263 stories, and 3,399 records. There are now 14,200 hints to be followed up on. I suppose that means that if I live to be 120 years old, I’ll be able to research them. It also means that I will be able to trace my father’s direct line well past 940 AD, which is where I left off.
 
Sizergh CastleAside from the online tree, I amassed 12 volumes along with a book entitled The Stricklands of Sizergh Castle by Daniel Scott.
 
 
 
 
(This is a picture of 14th-century Sizergh Castle in northern England.)
 
In addition to my own, I needed six copies to distribute to my siblings. One might think I went all out by making wooden mini book boxes for each set; (...and I did; handles, hardware etc.). It is so gratifying to find out what came before me. The search was a main part of the pleasure. However, after documenting my direct paternal line, the greatest joy was to find the Strickland book and find out that my own research matched it to a tee.  
 
Over the years I’ve had people exclaim that they were related to Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, Mickey Mouse etc. Well, to my surprise, I now join with them. Seems as though Mary Ball Washington (George’s mother) became the second wife of Augustine Washington (George’s father). Her mother was a Strickland.
Here's a photo of Mary Ball Washington (mother of George Washington)
 
 
 
Furthermore, there’s a connection to Catherine Parr, who was Queen of England and Ireland (1543–47). 
 
She was the last and only surviving wife of the six wives of King Henry VIII, and the final queen consort of the House of Tudor. She was also a Strickland by way of her father’s mother. Catherine Parr might have been the first liberal feminist. She married four times, wrote published books, was fluent in French, Latin, Spanish and Italian, was a documented cougar, and had a yearly pension amounting to what would be over 7 million dollars in today’s money. At the age of 35 (one year after Henry’s death), Catherine became pregnant for the first known time. All of this by the age of 36, when she died in childbirth.
 
 
 
It’s my aspiration to find the time in the future to trace back beyond Anno Domini... It seems the further back I research, the easier it becomes. I would recommend that everyone research their family genealogy... it’s better than your best birthday present."
 
Lawrence Robinson
(You can reach Lawrence through this website or by email at valius324@gmail.com)

 

 

Reminder of COLD WEATHER

Many of us around the country were dealing with frigid, bone-chilling temperatures a few months ago. This photo of Jack Brigham seemed appropriate. (Actually the picture was taken in June 2009 in Jasper National Park in Canada.)

 

Here's another photo from the same trip. This magnificent view is of Spirit Island, Maligne Lake, in Jasper National Park.

 

And two more from Jack's trip to Banff National Park back in 1968. 


Jack calls this one "Bear Begging."

 

He calls this one "Bear Demanding."

Jack says, "You would not see this today. I think in most parks now they trap bears that have become too familiar with humans and take them to more remote reaches of the parks to minimize the chances that a bear would become a pest or threat to people." 

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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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We start the new year with a clean page!  So I've moved a few things around --

If you're looking for Jack Brigham's and Ralph Davidson'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.

I moved David Appleton's story about being a Good Humor Man to "Stories from My Past," also in the blue sidebar to the left. Since we are all about 76 years old, there must be a lot of good stories from our past out there, just waiting to be told. THIS JUST IN: David has just sent a New Year's Eve story, Patsy's and the Allure of New York: Bringing in the '60s  which you can also find in the "Stories from My Past" section.  David says, "I'm thinking of all our classmates ploughing forth into the New Year and wishing them well.  I'd like to share with them my memory of Bringing in the '60s.  I hope you all find it amusing.  I do, thankfully many decades removed from this experience."   If you have your own stories to share, please send them to me (Linda), and I will add them to the site.

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.

Now that we have a clean page, there's plenty of room for new contributions from you!

 

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!

 

Bounced emails

Seventeen emails bounced after our most recent MHS '60 Update. If you have correct email addresses for any of these classmates, please let me know. (Linda.andre@verizon.net).

Lucy Bartel Kizirian

Judy Kirby Lyman

Gwynn Brown

Ed Watson

Elizabeth Mackenzie Martinez

Arnold Fox

Teddy Africano

Robert Tyson

Mary Beth Nevins

Sam Gugliotta

Heidi Fry Edelman

Joan Malone Decker

Dave Herbert

Connie Donatello Todd

Frank Pisano

Antonia Ballare

Lucille Buldo

 

That's it for  now.  HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

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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)