November 18, 1943 firstname.lastname@example.org Saint Louis MO US retired from computer consulting Divorced Philippines Some things I remember: Mr. Popp (the janitor that lived with his wife in a basement apartment); Angie (Angelo), the old guy that used to park his snack truck outside after school (until Mr Softee showed up and took away most of his business); Hitching to and from school; Mr Sexton (who was retired in the middle of freshman year, blame Jim Knirr); Drama club plays; Radio club (15 kilowatts); caught rocking the U-City street car outside school; dating sophomore girls senior year; winning my weight class in wrestling (feather weight) senior year; learning to "dance" in the girls gym (haven't done the Polka since then).
Two weeks after high school, I was off to Chicago to find a job and go to electronics school at DeVry Technical Institute. The school helped students find lodging and get job interviews.
That's how I ended up living on Sheffield Avenue in the 3rd building north of Wrigley Field (an apartment building turned into a kind of rooming house) and how I got a job as a "utility clerk" in the data processing department of America Fore Loyalty Group Insurance Company (later to become part of Continental Insurance Companies). I was working full-time and going to school six hours a night, three nights a week (Mon, Wed, Fri). Night school and warm summer nights down by the lake until 1/2 am was soon taking it's toll -- I couldn't do both.
Had a lot of fun at the lake that summer. Three of us moved into a normal apartment in September because we couldn't have girls in the Sheffield digs, winter was coming and evenings down by the lake were getting less summery. Our apartment was in a business block on Broadway (everything nice and handy) and the lake was even closer than before. I once saw Dave Timm on the Broadway elevated train platform. I was going South, he was going North so we just yelled salutations across the tracks.
The "utility clerk" job was fine. The data processing department still used the old IBM tabulating equipment (key punches, sorters, reproducers, interpreters, collators and tabulators) but they were working towards replacing it all with computers. As part of that they were giving all the tab operators tests to see who would do what. My boss, as an after-thought, asked if I wanted to take it and, since it seemed like a nice break in the routine, I said yes. Turns out it was one of those space relationship tests (which were the only ones I ever did any good at in school) and I ended up getting the second highest score in the whole department, so they promoted me to tab operator trainee and hired someone else as "utility clerk". That set me on the course of my professional life.
In January 1963 I was 19, unmarried, not a student, classified A1 by my draft board, didn't want to be drafted into the infantry and wasn't really doing anything anyway, so I ended up enlisting in the army. The regular army didn't have an opening in their data processing school that corresponded with when I wanted to enlist (February 63), so the recruiter suggested the U.S. Army Security Agency (the name of the army intelligence service at the time, it later became INSCOM).
Took basic training at Fort Leonard Wood (MO) billeted in their old WWII wooden barracks with their coal furnace and trained with the M1 Garrand rifle (no M14s or M16s yet).
Went on to advanced training at Fort Devens (MA) where I completed tab equipment school and continued on with the Computer Programming & Console Operator Course where I learned to operate the old IBM 1401 computers. Would have become a programmer but didn't finish the course due to a measles outbreak that falsely put me into an isolation ward at the hospital.
In August '63 it came time to put in for assignments and because I had always heard of general whomever going to Germany for an inspection trip but had never heard of anyone going to the Philippines for inspection, and as I hated inspections I (along with one other classmate) put in for the Philippines. Everyone else put in for Germany. When the duty assignment orders came down just about everyone got assigned to where they requested. Then came November 22, 1963 and JFK was assassinated. A couple of weeks later, new orders came down and eight of the guys that had been assigned to Germany were now re-assigned for duty in, you guessed it, the Philippines. Someone had decided that with JFK gone, Viet Nam was going to be much more important. We were all assigned to the 9th USASA Field Station on Clark Air Base in the Philippines. Had a great two years as it was a great duty station -- although being in the army stationed on the largest Air Force Base outside the continental US could at times be interesting (we had less than 1k ASAers versus 20k airmen). I ran into Ray Hicks while standing in line for the midnight show at the base theater one Saturday night. We got together for a couple of drinks at the airmen's club the next day. He was in the Air Force stationed in Nam and was in the PI on R&R.
In February 1966, after three years with Uncle Sam I was again a civilian and moved back to St. Louis. Applied for a job as a tab/computer operator with McDonnell Automation where my initial interview with personnel was with some guy named Bill Liestritz. Got the job and worked there eight months then went to work for a small direct mail advertising company as a computer operator. Moved into programming in 1968. After 10 years there, my boss opened the St. Louis office of a computer consulting company (Analysts International Corp.) and he hired me as his first consultant. I worked for AIC from 1977 until 2002 when I retired.
During all this time, I've been married twice, but neither took. No children of my own.
Now I enjoy delving into history, playing poker on Thursday nights, getting together with friends and family.
Looking forward to the reunion activities and catching up with fellow graduates of the only 20th century year that looks the same right-side up or upside-down.
Sharon Niebling (Hesse)
August 07, 1943 email@example.com St. Peters MO US Retired Widowed Mr. Kirchoff Jamica Singing in the Choir at Christmas -- the Hallaluja Chorus. How wonderful.After high school I went to Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing. I quickly realized that was not for me! I then worked for several years and went to school at night. I attended Washington University, UMSL and got my undergraduate degree with a major in accounting.
In 1973 I joined Edison Brothers Stores Inc. and went to Lindenwood University for my Masters. At Edison, I held many positions. Assistant Controller, Director of Purchasing and then Facilities Managment. My first major project in Facilities was to be the corporate liason to HOK, McCarthy and all subcontractors in building, a 500,000 sq ft building at Broadway and Washington in downtown St. Louis. I was allowed to form a facilities managment team. During all of these years (1973 to 1999) I also was responsibile for corporate buy-outs and the resultant moves from other states to corporate headquarters. During this period I had a $10 million a year expense budget. In 1999 Edison went bankrupt and my position was eliminated. I consulted for a number of years and then retired.
However, the highlight of my life was marrying Richard M Hesse, the love of my life. We traveled, had many cats and were together whenever possible. Dick was 22 years older then me and died in 2002 of multiple cancers. I miss him every day.
I sold my villa in north county in 2010 and moved to St. Peters. I have a beautiful apartment with an inside garage. It's a wonderful place for a older slightly disabled woman. I have just gotten a new cat from a shelter and her name is Baby. She is wonderful.
May 05, 1943 firstname.lastname@example.org Scottsdale AZ US retired Married 1 Most Memorable - Tennis Coach Rich Wallace China
After graduating from LHSC, I attended Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (Rolla), where I became a member of Beta Sigma Psi social fraternity and received a BS in Mechanical Engineering. I was employed by McDonnell Aircraft Company, where I spent the next 33 years in St. Louis, southern California and finally Dallas, Texas. I retired from McDonnell Douglas, then Boeing, in March 1998 as Director, Business Management and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where we currently reside.
Jeanne and I have been married 45 years and have one son, also a graduate of Rolla, who lives with his wife and children in Tempe, Arizona. We are blessed with two granddaughters ages 7 and 4.
After retirement from Boeing, I spent several years doing consulting work, but quickly found that working interfered with my golf and traveling. Jeanne and I have had the opportunity to do extensive international travel throughout Europe, England, Ireland, Russia, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Egypt, Jordan, India, Peru, the Amazon and our border state, Mexico.
I have had the opportunity to serve as Treasurer, Stewardship Chair and President of Desert Foothills Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, as well as President of Terravita Golf Club. Jeanne is currently President of the local food bank.
I golf 3-4 times a week, hold a USGA handicap of 4, and am thoroughly enjoying retirement and the blessings God has showered upon our family.
Karen Pfeiffer (Sterrett)
June 05, 1943 email@example.com St. Louis housewife and mother Widowed 2 William Kirchoff Hawaii the pit area; walking to Parkmoor for vanilla cokes on shortened schedule days, GAA, football and basketball games...After graduating from LHSC, I took a couple of clerical positions with Ely Walker and Anderson Motor Freight. I met Dale Sterrett in 1964 on a blind date, arranged by my sister.
Things worked out, and Dale and I married on October 15, 1966 and moved to Pekin, IL (near Peoria) for 2 years. Dale worked for Morse Shoe Co as a Shoe Dept manager, and they transferred him back to St. Louis in 1968. Almost immediately we were transferred to Stowe, MA, until 1980.
During that time our two daughters were born:
Jill, born 8/19/73, is now an RN with Barnes/Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She is married to Steve Murray and is the proud mama of Riley, 2 yrs old.
September 09, 1943 firstname.lastname@example.org Ballwin MO US psychiatrist Married 2 Can't choose. All kind and dedicated San Diego/Cancun Losing my place when giving chapel sermon and fortunately finding it again and regaining my composure.I have 2 grandsons and a granddaughter, ages 15, 12, and 6. My son is 42 and daughter 41.
I continue to work full-time as a psychiatrist/psychoanalytic psychotherapist and love my work.
2 books have been written about my treatment of 2 different patients: "Little Girl Fly Away" and "Get Me Out Of Here."
The first book was featured on "Oprah" several years ago and I appeared on the show. A TV movie was based on the book. Amusingly, I was played by an African-American actress.
I am a Ram and Cardinal fan and enjoy our German Shepherd, Spirit, who is a wonderful companion and my wife,Judy, and I look forward to getting a male shepherd puppy in Nov. Sadly, our dog, Shadow, died suddenly 6 wks. ago. We love our dogs much.
Judy and I have been married since 1965. We met in French class at Washington Univ. where I received my AB degree. Subsequently, I received my M.D. degree cum laude from St. Louis Univ. School of Medicine in 1969.
Judy graduated from Eureka High where she had been a cheerleader, prom queen, and honor student. She recieived her BA in education from Washington U. and later a master's degree from Webster U. She taught school for several years and lastly was an administrator for the "Parents As Teachers" program in the St. Louis school district. She is now retired.
Our son, who received MBA and law degrees from Washington U. before deciding what he really wanted to do got his medical degree from St. Louis U. magna cum laude in 2005. He is now an emergency dept. doctor in Cary, N.C.
I'm looking forward to the reunion and anticipate having a great time. This website is great.
October 28, 1943 email@example.com Ballwin MO US City Clerk - University City Divorced 2 Mr. Wallace Prague I really cannot say I had any memorable events during high school and I lost contact with anyone after graduation.
Phase one of my life carried through my days at St. Matthew and Lutheran Central. With advice given from LHSC counseling office saying it was questionable to continue my education after graduation, my German heritage kicked in and I was bound determined to go on to college. I had worked part-time for the Sporting News during my Junior and Senior years at LHSC and continued working there part-time while going to Harris-Stowe for my first year of college. I transferred to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1962 with a work-study scholarship, graduating in 1965 with a double major in Foods In Business and in Home Economics education.
Phase two of my life began with my marriage to John Pfister in 1966. I worked for SIU as a Food Service Supervisor until John graduated. After his graduation, we moved to St. Louis where I assisted in our newly formed family business, until the divorce in 1995. We were blessed with two wonderful daughters, each with their own distinctive characteristics. Both have achieved their Master degrees as one is a Special Education Teacher in the Rockwood School District and the other is an IT Specialist Project Manager. I am fortunate in that both daughters and their family live within ten minutes from me and I see my grandson from the one daughter and my granddaughter from the other, frequently. Grandkids are great!
Upon divorcing after 29 years of marriage, I entered another challenging time of my life, phase three. After working in the family business for twenty plus years, I found myself now in the workforce. I held several different positions with different companies, allowing me faster advancements. I am presently the City Clerk for University City. This position has been an eye opener for me, as I have found politics in local government to be interesting, enlightening, discouraging and challenging. This phase of my life has developed a closer relationship with God as I have learned to acquaint myself with me, pursue Bible studies, seek out new enjoyments and friends, and welcomed my freedom of choice. I am truly blessed with good health, wonderful daughters and grandchildren and most importantly, a renewed relationship with God. I truly enjoy the worship venue at St. John’s Lutheran Ellisville.
January 20, 1944 firstname.lastname@example.org Williamston MI US Civil Engineer Married 2 Don't recall Varna, Bulgaria on the Black Sea
After high school, I attended Washington University where upon graduation I received a BS in Civil Engineering and a commission as 2nd Lt in the U.S. Army. My first year of active duty was spent in Aberdeen, MD and Huntsville, AL attending Ordnance and Guided Missile Schools. After that I was assigned to an air defense guided missile battalion in Wurzburg, Germany as a platoon leader. I became a battalion staff officer after being promoted to the rank of Captain. While stationed in Germany for 2½ years; I was able to travel extensively throughout Western Europe and able to visit such cities as Paris, Rome, Venice & Naples.
After completing my military duty, I moved to Shawnee, KS where I began my resident engineering career with Burns & McDonnell Engineering of Kansas City. Project assignments during the next 17 years required that I move to and reside in Moberly, MO; back to Shawnee, KS; and then on to Mobile, AL; Brownsville, TX; Grants, NM; Sedalia, MO and Phoenix, AZ where I met my present wife, Jacqueline who was originally from Pittsburg, PA.
While residing in Phoenix, I went to work for Malcolm Pirnie, Inc whose main office was in White Plains, NY. They are now part of ARCADIS-US. After approximately 1½ years, we were transferred to Cincinnati, OH where we lived for almost 3 years. We then moved back to Phoenix, AZ where we lived for 17 years. In July 2010 we moved to Williamston, MI were Jackie and I are currently residing. We have really enjoyed MI and are now faced with the challenge of deciding where to retire at the end of this project.
Jackie and I enjoy traveling and spending time with my two sons and three granddaughters. Randolph, his wife and two daughters live in Overland Park, KS and Brian, his wife and daughter live in St. Petersburg, FL. We’ve enjoyed several vacations in Hawaii, taking a tour of Italy and a Mediterranean Cruise where we visited France and Spain. We’ve also taken European river cruises on the Rhine, Main and Danube from Amsterdam on the North Sea to Bucharest and on to the Black Sea. On separate occasions, we’ve rented a car and driven through Germany and Switzerland. Our favorite cities are Vienna, Florence and Rome. My favorite country is Austria while Jackie’s favorite country is Switzerland.
I’m looking forward to meeting and renewing old friendships, some of which extend back to grade school.
Marilyn Reed (Bogacki)
October 10, 1943 email@example.com Ballwin, MO housewife and mother Married 2 Richard Wallacw All over the world; except Australia parties at Ruthie Moellering's; walking the street in our baby doll pj's at midnight and the police came and Sandy Annen got her baby dolls torn trying to get across a fence and we laughed our heads off.After I graduated from LHSC, I went to Mizzou in Columbia, MO, for a year, came home for another year, working for ATT, then I transferred to Los Angeles for two years, continuing to work for ATT and Houston Fearless Film Co. I moved back to St. Louis in 1965 and got a job as a secretary at McDonnell-Douglas.
In 1967 I met my husband, who was computer programmer at McDonnell-Douglas. We married in 1968. I worked for another two years and we had our first child, Bob, in May of 1970, and I retired for good. Then our daughter, Dana, arrived in 1973.
We lost our daughter when she was 26, due to an unfortunate accident. She left behind our three dear grandsons: Michael, 21, Joey, 17, and Stephen, 15.
In 1983 until 1987, George took a job in Saudi Arabia and we all moved there for 3 years. We returned to the US, and George continued working at IBM in St. Louis. He retired about eight years ago and we have been enjoying our retirement by doing a lot of traveling and playing a lot of Bridge. We have a lot of the same friends we've had for 40 years and continue to get together with them.
George and I are both Silver Life Masters in Bridge. George teaches Bridge and is an accredited director and teacher of Bridge. We began to travel inexpensively by teaching Bridge on cruise ships. It has been great fun! Sorry we can't come to the reunion...we'll be on a cruise!
Dorothy Repp (Repp Meszaros)
April 16, 1943 firstname.lastname@example.org The Woodlands TX US retired teacher Married 3 Mr. Wallace Bangkok, Thailand Great slumber parties/cokes and french fries at ParkmoorAfter graduating from High School I attended Valparaiso University in Indiana. In my Sophomore Year I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and subsequently was unable to return for my senior year. I used that year to regain my health and in 1965 married my husband, Jim.
We spent the following nine years in the United States Air Force and were stationed in Waco, Texas; Sacramento, California; and Rome, New York. My husband was a member of a combat crew on B-52s so I spent many months as a singel parent since our tour of duty coincided with the Vietnam War.
We have been blessed with three chiuldren, James Scott, deceased; James Michael, who resides in Loveland, Ohio, outside Cincinnati with his wife Brooke and two of our grandchildren, Joshua, 14, and Morgan, 13. My daughter, Elizabeth Marie, lives close by here in Woodlands, Texas, with her husband, Matt, and our other two grandchildren, Caden, nearly 10, and Rhys, 8.
Upon leaving the Air Force in 1973 we moved back to New Jersey for four years and eventually moved to Farmington, Connicticut, as my husband assumed the job of Commercial Real Estate manager for a large insurance company. I really enjoyed our 22 years in Connecticut as I finished my education at St. Joseph's College for Women and also spent 20 years as director of the pre-school at my home church. I enjoyed searching for antiques and nosing around my favorite city, Boston.
In 1999 we experienced a big change in our lives when we decided to relocate to Texas -- full circle for me as I was born in San Antonio! The weather is hot but I am close to two of my grandkids! God surely has been good to us.
April 13, 1943 email@example.com Loveland CO US Retired Married 2 Vogelsmeyer Hawaii/AlaskaAfter graduation I enrolled at Concordia Teacher's College (now University) in Seward, NE where I met my current wife, Donna. I left the program in 1964 to return to the Grocery Industry where I spent the next 42 years in various positions across the country.
Donna and I have two kids, Kellie, 42yrs, and Scott, 40yrs. Both of them live near us in Colorado. We also have two grandkids and one great-grandchild, 3yrs.
We now enjoy our retirement in 2006. We were finally able to move back to "God's Country" here in Colorado where we lived in the 80's also.