The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 periodic update

Volume 5, May 2001
The count down has begun…
we have just over sixty days to go, if you haven’t sent in your registration, do it, it is not to late! If you want to lose ten pounds, go for it, if you want a new hairstyle, change it, the time is now! Or as Claire Gervias says….
"Hey Gang! Get those tummy tucks, B**b jobs, and liposuction appointments made now! Only 73 shopping days left before the BIG CHILL!!!! OK, maybe a tongue piercing or tattoo will suffice to make you hip again. Does anyone know the Top Ten this week? See you all quite soon!" Claire (4/22/01)

Hi everyone,

We have had a wonderful response to our in-depth and personal interviews, so this month we have a full house of interviews just for you! All that begging appears to be paying off! Some even sent in their interviews all on their own! Who can turn those down !! Thank you everyone!

Our special guests are Fred Harvey, Tom Gerhart, and David Becker and Laura (Gulbrandson) Bronson. A very big thank you to Duane and Corrine, for being our special guests last month, you brought back many wonderful memories for all of us!

During the month of June our guests will be Terri Benson and Kaye Biebelheimer Knutson. As many of you know they are the co-chairs of our 20th class reunion, so I thought it was very fitting they be our guests in the month before the reunion. June’s newsletter will also highlight all the wonderful things to do in Bismarck during the week of the 4th! Lauri

In order to accommodate for my and Dan’s travel plans, the JULY newsletter will be posted on or about June 25th, about a week earlier than normal. It will include interviews with Dan and myself, and possibly Monte O. (we figured it was about time).

Remember, after the reunion, this newsletter will continue so I’m looking for guests for the fall and beyond. I would love it if anyone would be willing to help out. Please contact me very soon if you are willing to be interviewed or if you have something you would like to share, new baby, new job, your child had a great year in sports, etc., whatever!
Thank you everyone!!! keckmann@packersrock.com

"In-depth and Personal with …. Fred Harvey
Name: Fred Harvey
Career/occupation: current - Roman Catholic Priest, previous- Deputy US Marshal
Home: currently - Williston, ND, but consider Bismarck my home.

Family: parents still in Bismarck, one sister & family in Bismarck the other sister & family in Wahpeton.
Greatest accomplishments: living life and enjoying it, and helping others find their way in life.

People whom you admire and why
: Pope John Paul II for his courageous outreach to all people, sharing his love and caring with everyone.
What do you have in your pockets: in one keys to all the buildings, in another a rosary, and in another a wallet with money every once in a while!
Fantasy (or reality) job: currently doing it!
Latest book you've read: many, but none that were not work related, still looking for a good relaxing book to read (any ideas!)
Favorite music/musicians: I like most every kind of music and listen to a variety, though I like country the best I guess. No favorite musicians to speak of.
Recommended movies: "Life is Beautiful," "Remember the Titans," "Sixth Sense," and "Tombstone"
Favorite cities and why? Tucson, AZ, San Antonio, TX and Naples, Florida, because they each are unique in their climates, cultures and things to do.
Where have you traveled? all over most of the US, into Canada and Mexico; would like to get to Europe someday.
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? I enjoy the mountains of Montana & Colorado, British Columbia, Canada, driving down Highway 1 from Washington through Oregon into California, the desert SW of Arizona & New Mexico, parts of Texas and of course the Lake Tahoe area is really great!!
Favorite foods: pastas, steaks, pizza, ice cream
Hobbies/second career: anything outdoors or on the water (when it is warm outside) or just relaxing reading a book and spending time with friends.
What if any community service organizations are you involved with? mostly Church organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, no time for much else.
Pet peeves: people who do not try to help themselves and only want others to do everything for them.
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): many and they are still growing, as Bismarck is still a part of who I am.
Memories of BHS (good ones): building floats for homecoming our sophomore year, the wrestling matches, football and basketball games, and being with friends through good and bad times.
Favorite teachers at BHS and why: didn't have one.

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Favorite high school hang-outs: Hughes field during football games, Menoken Grove, any place with friends.
People you hope will be able to come to the reunion this summer? hopefully everyone that can, especially from all three of the high schools.

"In-depth and Personal with…Thomas Gerhart"

Name: Thomas Gerhart
Career/occupation: System Administrator for the Federal Government -16yrs
Home: Sacramento, CA, moving to Vilnius, Lithuania in September 2001
Family: Wife-Kimberely (Woehl)Gerhart, Luke 12, Laura 10, John 7, EmilyAnne 5, Matthew 3 & Gloria 1. And to think that when I married I didn't want any children. And YES, we would love more children if the Lord blesses.
Spouse's occupation: Home schooling the children. She works harder than I do.
Greatest accomplishments: Then - Swam under water in one breath the length & then1/2 way back across an Olympic length pool. Now - Drove
across the Outback (Alice Springs to Darwin) with the whole family.
What do you have in your pockets: Cold Steel Mini Pal
Fantasy (or reality) job: Family Counselor in Bismarck.
People whom you admire and why: Albert Morrow age 89 - competes in the 85-90 age group 300 hurdles, javelin and discus. In his 60's built a 53-foot sailboat on which he & his wife sailed 19,000 miles around the South Pacific.
Latest Book you've read: "Nourishing Traditions" Sally Fallon
Favorite music/musicians: Pipe Organ, Bach
Recommended Movies: "Matrix", "Waterworld" (The Trimaran skimming across the ocean made my hair tingle) "Ordinary Guy"
Where have you traveled? Australia, Grand Caymans & Hawaii
Favorite Place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? Yosemite, hike to the top of 1/2 dome & then swim in the ice cold refreshing Merced
River. Mountain climbing in the Oregon Cascades.
Favorite Foods: Traditional German
Pet Peeves: Phony Facades
Memories of Bismarck: Missouri River & surrounding lowlands.
People you hope will be able to come to the reunion this summer. Old fishing buddies. Brad Starck & Doug Thompson

"In-depth and Personal with…David Becker"

Name: David A. Becker
Career/occupation: United States Army – Chief Paralegal
Home: Currently living in Sunrise, FL. Moving summer of 2001 to either Pittsburgh or Washington D.C.
Family: Wife: Yvonne K. (Senger) Becker, Alexander J. Becker (14), Andrew O. Becker (14), and Zachary D. Becker (7)
Spouse’s occupation: Volunteer
Greatest accomplishments: Making it 21 years in the Army
People whom you admire and why: George W. Bush – stands up for what he believes in.
What do you have in your pockets: Keys, Money, wallet, receipts.
Fantasy (or reality) job: After retiring from the Army in about 4-5 years, have a Web Development/Computer Business of my own.
Latest book you've read: "7 Habits of Highly Successful People" by Franklin Covey
Favorite music/musicians: Alan Jackson; Aerosmith; Recommended movies: "Saving Private Ryan", "The Patriot".
Favorite cities and why? Chicago, IL – always something to do. Minneapolis, MN – big city but close to home. Colorado Springs, CO – who doesn’t love the mountains outside your windows every morning. Charlottesville, VA – peaceful and beautiful.
Where have you traveled? I have traveled to several places. I have been in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emerites for Desert Shield/Storm; Frankfurt, Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; San Juan, PR, San Diego, CA; Dallas, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL, Charlottesville, VA, Tampa, FL, San Antonio, TX, Colorado Springs, CO, Denver, CO
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? Colorado and San Juan PR
Favorite foods: Hot and spicy food. Always ready to try new and improved SALSA.
Hobbies/second career: Web Page development; Building Custom Computers.

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What if any community service organizations are you involved with? Involved with Little League Baseball, and Boy Scouts
Pet peeves: People not being honest and truthful.
Favorite high school hang-outs: Main, Desert,
People you hope will be able to come to the reunion this summer?
All the old friends and people that I had any interaction with during my 3 years at BHS.

"In-depth and Personal with…Laura (Gulbrandson) Bronson
Name: Laura (Gulbrandson) Bronson
Career/occupation: I have been a paralegal in various fields for the past fourteen years. I am currently employed as a corporate/real estate paralegal.
Home: Because I have lived in El Paso, Texas, for almost 14 years, I am almost, but not quite, ready to call myself a Texan. You would not believe how many uprooted Dakotans live here.
Family: I have three children: Caleb (16), Alexander (14), and Sara (11). And, because pets are part of the family too: 2 dogs, Delilah May and Samson, and 2 cats, Tina Marie and Penelope.
Spouse’s occupation: NA
Greatest accomplishments: I am often complimented on having accomplished as much as I have completely on my own, all while maintaining a sense of humor.
Fantasy (or reality) job: To be unemployed and independently wealthy.
Latest book you've read: Probably some legal, technical manual.
Favorite music/musicians: U2, Lenny Kravitz, and because of my children’s ages, I have become accustomed to, and even like, some hip-hop (Lord, forbid, who would have thought!?)
Recommended movies: Anything with Robert Downey, Jr. in it, the darn fool.
Favorite cities and why? San Antonio, Texas, is a great family vacation spot. Otherwise, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, need I say more?
Where have you traveled? Other than the obvious Midwestern states, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, Washington, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Alaska, Washington, D.C., Texas, of course, and probably a few others, and because I live on the border, various cities in Mexico.
Favorite foods: Anything Mexican.

Hobbies/second career: I am planning on opening a women’s formalwear rental business before year-end.
What, if any, community service organizations are you involved with?
I try to devote what spare time I have to Animal Rescue and the Humane Society.
Pet peeves: People who complain vehemently about smoke, but then frequent bars and other gathering places where smoke-filled rooms are commonplace.
Memories of Bismarck (good ones): Sporting events and the Desert.
People you hope will be able to come to the reunion this summer? People who I have communicated with recently but have not seen in a long time.
Favorite famous quote:
In the words of Michael Skakel’s attorney, "Sometimes you are the bug, and sometimes you are the windshield."

Remember when……
you thought all our teachers were so "old"? I saw some of those teachers over Christmas, and they seemed much closer to my age then I care to admit! Who is getting old now????


Doug (Arnts) Rian has been hired by Dreamworks Inc. to be Robert Redford's photo double for a new film being shot in Nashville called "The Castle". It looks like he might be shooting right up to the end of June, but he hopes to make it home for the festivities.


BASEBALL: As reported on April 12, The Demons defeated Century, 5-0, in the first game of the Western Regional doubleheader. Century bounced back to defeat the Demons in the second game, 8-3.
SOCCER: As reported on April 10, the Demons girls soccer team was defeated by the Saints, 2-0
TRACK: As reported on April 25th, The Demons won the Boys 74th Annual Kiwanis Track meet beating Dickinson by a score of 114-113. They have also done well at some other events this year, you can read more about those stories by going to the link below.
To read more about any of these stories, go to the Bismarck tribune web page, www.ndonline.com archives, sports link.

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-News was slow this month, but there was a wonderful story about Terri Benson’s brother posted on April 12. He is a police officer in Bismarck and he was involved in a very touching story that involves the life of a 7- week old baby.
(To read more about this story go to www.ndonline.com, and see news archives for April, 2001)

I am having great fun doing this for all of you every month! I am more than welcome to your ideas, please let me know your thoughts and impressions on where you would like this newsletter to go or what you would like to know more about!
I write this from Waukesha, WI. every month, but am more than willing to do a little research to get the information you are looking for. See you next month! Thanks, Lauri
You can contact me at… keckmann@packersrock.com