WHAT’S NEW WITH YOU???

The Bismarck High School Class of 1981 monthly update

 

Volume 22, October 2002

HI everyone, are you ready for fall? October in my opinion is the beginning of the holiday season. Are you ready for "shopping till you drop", mad chaos, early bird specials, kids banging on your doors? I love it! Let’s get the season started!!!

This month our newsletter is wonderful, as it always seems to be! Couldn’t do it without all of you!!! I have to tell you that it is so much fun to check my e-mail everyday, I just never know what will be there. ND humor always makes me smile, stories from all of you make me happy we do this every month, and many days there is just mail that is inspiring, heartfelt and really makes my day. I love this job!! Sometimes there are even phone calls from people I haven’t heard from in years-thanks Rob F.! How cool was that! We as a class have created a wonderful opportunity to share, support and enjoy the friendships that we made over 20 years ago, we are a lucky group of people. How many can say that they are in touch with over 250 of their classmates every month, that is a lot of people to add to your friendship list. We are blessed!

This month we have an interview with Tammy (Pettis) Sine, one of our grandmothers and another resident of Sin City, how much fun that must be. We also have our wonderful assortment of news that we hope you can use. Thank you to everyone who contributed, there are many of you this month! We sure hope you enjoy the newsletter!!

Next month our interview is with Kelly (Malard) Anderson, married to a St. Mary’s grad. and lovin’ life in Montana!!! We also will introduce a new section that will run periodically! We keep trying to give you new options, that way even more of you can get involved!!

Have a great month everyone, we will see you all in November! Lauri, Dan, Wendy and Todd!

 

And the "Winner" is…..

Jim Larsen, he became our 10,000 hit on Sept 6 at 8:45 Central Time! That in my opinion makes us a very successful web site!! Pat yourselves on the back, we couldn’t have done it without all of you!

"In-depth and personal with…Tammy (Pettis) Sine"

Name: Tammy (Pettis) (March) (Jones) Sine... So I've been married a few times. Makes it harder to find me. Right Lauri?
Career/Occupation: Billing/Collection & Certified Coder for a various Doctors
Home: Henderson/Las Vegas Nevada 12 years. Before that Gillette Wyoming, Rapid City South Dakota, Denver Colorado, and Phoenix Arizona. (Get the impression I'm trying to move as far away from the snow as possible?)
Family: Husband: Marvin Sine, Stepdaughter: Becky (Sine) Shea (27), Stepson: Christopher Sine (22), Son: Matthew March (18), Three Grandsons: Stephan (7), Justin (2), Andrew (born 6-29-2002), Granddaughter: Ashley (4), Two Siberian Huskies: Venus (3), Blackjack (2), a VERY stupid Cocker Spaniel: Calloway (1) and a Parrot: Boo (23)
How did you meet your spouse? Which one? Well, I met the first one through an ex-girlfriend (at least she became an ex after she introduced us), the second one, I met at work and the one I'm married to now; we met at bowling.
Spouses Occupation: Operating Engineer at the Flamingo Las Vegas
Greatest Accomplishments: Lasting through two marriages for 15 years without killing either one of them and losing 80 pounds since high school, not bad only took 21 years.
People whom you admire and why? My sister and brother-in-law, they have been married for almost thirty years now and still seem happy. That doesn't happen very much these days.
What do you have in your pockets? Well since I'm doing this in the nude I would have to say "Not a damn thing!"
Fantasy or reality job? Someday I would love to run our own golf course.
Latest book you have read? "Shelter of Stones" by Jean M. Auel
Favorite Music/Musicians? Cher, Neil Diamond, Rod Steward, Vanessa Mae and of course, my son on the saxophone.
Recommended Movies? Shrek, Harry Potter, Snow Dogs. Can you tell I have grandkids?
Favorite city and why? Las Vegas of course. SIN CITY!! Has everything you want.
Where have you traveled? Wyoming, south Dakota, Minnesota, Canada, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, California and Mexico.
Favorite place to vacation? Any place you would recommend? San Diego California. Take a cruise to Mexico, lots of fun in the sun.
Favorite foods? Fish Tacos, It's deep fried fish rolled in a tortilla shell, with salsa, guacamole, cheese & tomato, really good.
Hobbies: Bowling, boating, golfing, camping, fishing, reading, crafts, video poker, video keno, gardening, and genealogy.
Pet Peeves: People who move to this country and expect us to learn their language instead of them learning ours. ENGLISH!
Memories of Bismarck: Living across the street from the zoo, walking in the park and down by the river.
Memories of BHS: Summer Biology class
Who were some of the people you hung out with in high school? Liz Wicks, Mary Wolf, Lori Grishkowsky (my sister-in-law), Julie Friez, Tammy Eckroth, and Barb Matjcek.
Were you involved in any activities in high school, if so what? Treasurer of FBLA and in the math club.
Favorite teachers and why? Mike Schaff & Mr. Forster. Both made classes very interesting and fun.
Favorite high school hang outs? Not really a hang out but I did enjoy dragging main and being with Lori Grishkowsky.
ADDED NOTE: Just a response to Jay Yeager's interview. Jay, you and I went to the same schools from first grade through twelfth...you were NEVER shy!



A little ND humor!

I receive so much ND humor, that each month I will try to share something with you! For some reason only people who live in ND or are from ND can appreciate it or relate to it! Some you may have seen, some not, but heck maybe it will make your day! I promise to keep it clean! For those of you still living there, please do not be offended by any of the humor, there are many of us that may not live there, but we are still very proud to call North Dakota ‘home’!


 Paradise
Compliments of Paula (Springan) Wager

An author decided to write a book about famous churches around the world. For his first chapter he decided to write about American churches. So he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to Orlando, thinking that he would work his way across the country from South to North.

On his first day he was inside a church taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read $10,000 per call". The author, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by what the telephone was used for. The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 you could talk to God. The author thanked the priest and went along his way.

Next stop was in Atlanta. There, at a very large cathedral, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in Orlando and he asked a nearby nun what its purpose was. She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 he could talk to God. "O.K., thank you," said the author.

He then traveled to Indianapolis, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, and New York. In every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same $10,000 per call" sign under it.

Upon leaving Vermont, he saw a sign for North Dakota and decided to see if they had the same phone out west. He arrived in Bismarck, and again, there was the same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read "10 cents per call." He was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign. "Father, I've traveled all over America and I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line to Heaven, but in every state the price was $10,000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?"

The priest smiled and answered, "You're in North Dakota now son, it's a local call".

 

BALANCE
C
ompliments of Chuck Glaser

Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Heaven, God was missing for six days.
Eventually, Michael the archangel found him, resting on the seventh day.
He inquired of God, "Where have you been? "

God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards
through the clouds, "Look Michael, look what I've made. "
Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, "What is it? "

It's a planet, " replied God, "and I've put LIFE on it. I'm going to
call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance. "

Balance? " inquired Michael, still confused.

God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth, "For example, Northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth while Southern Europe is going to be poor; the Middle East over there will be a hot spot. Over there I've placed a continent of white people and over there is a continent of black people, " God continued, pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely hot and arid while this one will be very cold and covered in ice." The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a particularly pretty place and asked, "What's that one? "

North Dakota, " the most glorious place on Earth. There's beautiful lakes, rivers,
streams, exquisite grasslands and a particularly beautiful place the people will call the
"Badlands. " The people from North Dakota are going to be modest, intelligent and
humorous and they're going to be found traveling the world. They'll be extremely sociable, hardworking and high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as
diplomats and carriers of peace. They will be admired by all who come across them. "

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed,
"What about balance, God? . . . You said there will be BALANCE! "

God replied wisely, "Wait until you see the loudmouth whiners I'm
putting next to them in Montana and Minnesota. "

 

"Parenting Pearls or Perils?"

Wendy (Cleveland) Siegel sent us the following,
can any of you relate??? I know I can!

The Parent's self curse is, "My child will never!...." Grin, seems to me every time
I've said that it's comes back to haunt me in spades.

Things I say that I hated as a kid?
"My house, My rules",
"There is nothing to do, except get into trouble after Midnight"

"For those of you without teens...enjoy them thoroughly.
Life gets very interesting after Middle school.
Our parents survived. I hold hope I will too..grin! - Wendy


The following is compliments of Jolyn (Wilson) Palumbo

One parenting comment that she remembers is …..."We do not shake our fists and cuss out little old ladies on the road. We simply smile and say "Bless her heart". She uses this, I have heard "bless her heart" come out of her mouth many times! Lauri

Here are some additional ones that she wanted to share.

MOM TAUGHT ME TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE:
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside, I just finished cleaning!"

MOM TAUGHT ME RELIGION:
"You better pray that will come out of that carpet!"

MOM TAUGHT ME ABOUT TIME TRAVEL:
"If you don't straighten up, I'll knock you into next week!"

MOM TAUGHT ME LOGIC:
"Because I said so, that's why!"

MOM TAUGHT ME FORESIGHT:
"Make sure you wear clean underwear in case you're in an accident."

MOM TAUGHT ME IRONY:
"Keep laughing and I'll give you something to cry about!"

MOM TAUGHT ME ABOUT THE SCIENCE OF OSMOSIS:
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper!"

MOM TAUGHT ME ABOUT CONTORTIONISM:
"Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck?"

MOM TAUGHT ME ABOUT STAMINA:
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone!"

MOM TAUGHT ME ABOUT WEATHER:
"It looks like a tornado went through your room!"

MOM TAUGHT ME HOW TO SOLVE PHYSICS PROBLEMS:
"If I yelled because I saw a meteor coming toward you, would you listen then?"

MOM TAUGHT ME ABOUT HYPOCRISY:
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times-don't exaggerate!"

MOM TAUGHT ME ABOUT BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION:
"Stop acting like your father!"

MOM TAUGHT ME ABOUT ENVY:
"There are millions of less fortunate kids in this world who don't
have wonderful parents like you do!"

And most of all.....
MOM TAUGHT ME ABOUT THE CIRCLE OF LIFE:
"I brought you into this world, I can take you out!"


"CLASS FLAVORS"

This month our recipe is compliments of Dan Raszler. The recipe is called Kucken Bars, and is originally from a friend of his. It looks very easy and from reading the recipe my guess is that you will end up with something very close to the Kuchen we all remember so fondly! Next month, I’m hoping Todd will share his famous party dip. But if he shares the recipe, you have to promise to never bring it to a party he is attending, it’s his recipe! (smile)

RECIPE REQUEST

Connie (Wiedrick) Samuelson wants to know if anyone has a recipe for scratch donuts for a Master Chef Donut Bakery? Not for frying donuts, but pouring them into this and making them similar to waffles. Any help out there????

To access this recipe or any others, just click below!!!
http://www.bhsclassof81.com/Recipes.htm

Recipes and can be sent to Lauri at keckmann@packersrock.com

 

Here’s looking at you babe!!

OKAY everyone, what’s up??? This is a great opportunity! It only takes five minutes to upload those photos!!! This is a private site, no one but us can excess it! Let’s put it to good use!!! Next month I hope to tell you that five photos have been loaded. That’s our goal, only five photos! Who wants to go first????
Boy, some days you guys are a tough crowd!

The link for this new site is www.ofoto.com!
Just remember you will need a special e-mail address and password to access or upload photos, that info. is available from Larry Kessler or myself via e-mail!

 


FAMOUS QUOTE….
Contributed by Scott Carlson
(actually he uses it on the bottom of his e-mail, I liked it and decided to use it)

The child is not meant to die, but to be forever freshborn.

George MacDonald

BIRTHDAYS!

Happy Birthday to the following people, a couple of them, Rod, Byron, Shari, Daniel,
and Paula are going to celebrate their 40th birthday’s this month!!
Laurie and Kent K. also share a birthday!

Rod Wetsch
Daniel Pavlik
Byron Weichel
Shari (Janke) Schmidt
Paula (McGarvery) Buchman
Beth (Wheeler) Greff
Ray Wangler
Laurie (Zacher) Savageau
Kent Kambeitz
Tim Jensen
Mark Peltz
DeAnn (Flowers) Fields
Sheri (Nordstrom) Driscoll
Jon Kuehl
Doug Rian
Duane Jahner
Kent Schock

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!
We hope you have a wonderful day!

 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Tammy (Pettis) and Marvin Sine - 3 years
Julie (Msjolness) and Brent Lindstrom – 12 years
Lauri (Reed) and Kevin Eckmann - 12 years
Mary (Schmidt) and Steve Ohlhauser – 15 years
Rob and Wendy Fontenot – 16 years
Bob (Buchholz) and Linda Raber – 17 years
Melody (Carlson) and Troy Karlberg – 19 years


Our sincerest congratulations to all of you!

 

FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS!

Well, you already know mine, Packers 12-4! Luckily I’m honest, I should
have revised that to 9-7, we have been playing absolutely awful, but thank goodness we are very lucky!! Lauri

"….my football prediction is the Oakland Raiders Super Bowl champs winning over any N.F.C. team that has the guts to show up and play the silver and black! Todd Jueth

"Janet Reno and Al Gore will reveal that they have been in a long term relationship
and Will Farrell is in fact their love child." Victor Pfund

"Broncos already took out what was suppose to be the best the NFC had this year. They might as well take the Packers down too. Wouldn't be the first time!!!!" Toby Schatz

 

Todd gives us his view, and he is …..

"TOTALLY UNCENSORED!"
Compliments of Todd Jueth

 Well, it’s October and the past few weeks here in Dakota land have just been grand. I mean hot - average 85 to 90 degrees, that's darn nice for this time of year. This year North Dakota has opened an early goose season for residents to try to lessen the local population of Canadian geese. Now, I have my own view on this - like they should keep it open later in the season when it’s cold out, then, we would still be hunting the local geese once all the migrating geese have passed on to their winter spots. A little story to illustrate my point…. these two guys pull into the gas station about 1 pm with their limit of honkers. It's 98 degrees on this day and they have been hauling these geese around since 10 am. They did not even bother to gut them out. And, they were talking about baked goose for supper. Well boys, enjoy, because this will be the same as eating the south end of a northbound skunk. It’s all in how you take care of your game after the hunt - different tastes for different folks.

If you fish, you’re missing out. I just came back from a trip to New Town North Dakota and we caught 17 walleyes with an average of 5 lbs a fish with the biggest being 8.5 lbs. Fall is a great time of the year to fish in the Dakotas. After we got all organized from cleaning fish and unpacking the boat at the motel we decided to go over to 4 Bears Casino for supper and a little gambling. Now, I felt lucky on this night. We were out in the casino playing the machines; I was on this one and had stuck 20 bucks into it and won nothing when I decided to put five more thru it. When the beer lady came with our beers I turned to her to pay for the drinks and some lady came up behind us put two dollars in MY MACHINE THAT I WAS PLAYING and pulled the handle! As it is spinning she says, "Oh I'm sorry, were you playing this machine?" The machine stops and she has just won $800.00! Now remember, I felt lucky on this night. She says, "Oh I'm really sorry." With a fake smile and a thought in the back of my brain I'm thinking, if you are really sorry give me the $800.00. But instead, I thought I would beat her on the head with the bottom of my Bud bottle. But no, neither of them happened. Oh well, that's life.

Our beloved Bismarck Demon football team is off to a great start. They are the defending state champs and did go undefeated last season. To date, they have won their first four games in dominant fashion. Mark Gibson is the head coach he graduated two years behind us and did play for the Demons. He spent his time in Arizona coaching high school football, which is a big time program compared to the northland. Heck, an average high school football game down there brings 10,000 people to the game. But he has brought that high intensity game back to B.H.S which is that winning isn't everything, but losing sure sucks. The Demons will put a 16 game winning streak on the line September 27th against cross town rival Century which is also experiencing a great season to this point - should be a great game. The Demons lost 10-7. Oh well, get the loss out of the way, and move on to another state championship try. 

On the home front Bismarck is getting a new McDonalds Restaurant it will be located on the east side of Bismarck, near the interchange of Interstate I 94 and East Divide Avenue. I know, you’re thinking WOW a MCDONALDS, who does not have one of those? Well, we do, and it will be the seventh one in the Bismarck-Mandan area but the thing that makes this one special is that it's a NASCAR McDonalds. That's right the largest sport in the world and Micky D's has teamed up. Should be pretty cool. Also the Green Mill restaurant will be opening in the old Houllahans’ building on South Washington around the first of October. I believe they specialize in pizza that is made with only the freshest product available to them, so they say. 

As I told you In an earlier newsletter North Dakota is trying to get a lottery passed on the November state elections. It will be on the ballot and the battle lines are being drawn Good old Governor Link is out telling people that everybody will be addicted to gambling and we in North Dakota should not get a false image that we can all get rich in a moment. Well Art we the people of North Dakota are smart enough to know that the chances of winning the lottery are long but we are also smart enough to know how much money our residents are spending on other things In Minnesota, South Dakota, and Montana when they are there getting the one dollar lottery ticket. It is in the tune of 10 million dollars, of which if we could have the chance to do this lottery North Dakota would retain this money, and put it towards our economy, which is going to start the next year with a short fall of about 20 million dollars. Heck they could just take the profit from the lottery and hire somebody to figure out why all of our youth are leaving year after year to other states for better paying jobs.  

Now I'm set to rant and rave about another thing that gets me. What’s with all the people that are becoming sympathetic to poor old Iraq. They say, oh don't go to war, leave Iraq alone, and these are American people saying this. Did they forget what just happened September 11th of 2001? We did not ask for this conflict but we sure as hell are not going to let it go unsettled. What makes America great is our ability to agree and disagree, this I know. But, we have declared war since September 11th and it has not changed, we are still at war. People died in the world trade centers for no reason at all. You and I have enjoyed life because in 1941 our fathers and countrymen did not debate or dispute the fact that we were bombed at Pearl Harbor. The country stood behind our president and did not show the world that we were divided and scared. They were all strong and proud. They pulled together and took care of business, the same thing that you and I have to do if we want to ensure the free world for our children. We are dealing with lunatics in the Middle East. All of these countries that are disputing our intentions and actions are forgetting that we have bailed them all out in one way or another thru time. We are okay when they need us, but to hell with us the rest of the time. It is because of them that we got nominated the world police. Now, either back off or join in, but don't get in the way of the U.S.A. protecting our people. The time is now, and we need to take care of this problem so we can get on with life.

You know there are a lot of different areas that have been created in this newsletter for all to participate in. Whether it’s just your family recipe, or ideas on raising your children, or all the other things. I can’t remember them all right now, because there are so many. I, like all of you, am very busy raising my family, and working at my career, and at times I'm not really sure why I got started on the newsletter. Why is some guy like me telling all of you my views on life? The people that knew me in high school can probably relate to me and the ones that never knew me are wondering what the heck is he about. Every month I anticipate the newsletter coming out. I enjoy reading all that is printed because it is from the people that I went through some of the best years of my life with. Hey, it's amazing how Larry Kessler remembers all those wild and stupid things we did in the remember when section.  At times it's hard to sit down and create the section that I'm responsible for, but I enjoy doing it, for whatever reason. I often look back at the deceased list because I can picture almost each and every one of those people and pick out a memory of what they were about. So my point is, we would really like to hear from any and all of you in some way because you are all out there doing some neat thing that all of us would like to hear about. We are all getting old WE ARE GETTING INTO OUR 40’s, not me quite yet but life is not guaranteed and we would like to hear from you now, instead of hearing you are in the obits. It's by the class of 81, about the class of 81, for the class of 81. c-ya have a great month.


 

WHAT OUR CLASSMATES ARE
ASKING ABOUT???

Laura McDaniel wanted to know how everyone felt about a 25th reunion!
Well, here are some responses!

I think a 25th Reunion is a terrific idea. I would be there. I would even be willing to help plan it (doing as much as possible from Wisconsin). Let me know what you all think. I would suggest casual. The two-nights/one day thing sounds fun. A DJ could be fun. But a good band is always a treat. Any reason to get together sounds good to me.
Peace, Scott Carlson

Everyone knows how I feel! Any reason to get together is a great reason for me! You know that all of us here at the newsletter would do our part, advertising, finding people, sharing information is what we do best! I am also all for casual, a night at the Elks, a family day at Sertoma, and one more night without kids would suit me fine! Give me a date, a time, and a place and God willing, I will be there!! Lauri

 

Just a quick note in regards to a 25th reunion....I would love to see it happen, it seems like 10 yrs. is too long between gatherings. I personally thought the first night was the most fun, with the casual setting. I wasn't able to stay for the whole banquet, so might be biased. The breakfast was fun at Peacock too. Maybe when it gets closer, could have different choices, and take a poll to see what everyone prefers. Just a thought.
Take care - Kaaren (Chase) White

I would like to help if I am needed. Just let me know what to do.
Tammy (Schlinger) Siems

Brenda and I missed the 20th, I feel guilty. I think a casual beer garden,
hang out, get together would be good, we would try to make it this time.

Leroy and Brendt (Jundt) Gross

 

CONGRATULATIONS…


Victor Pfund
was promoted Dealer Performance Manager in the newly formed Dealer Development Department at Gulf States Toyota, the Toyota distributor for a five-state area. In this position he is responsible for assisting dealers in improving their performance and helping Diversity Candidates become Toyota Dealers. He has also had the pleasure of meeting Red Combs, the owner of the Vikings and the brother of Aeneas Williams from the St Louis Rams, who is General Manager and part owner of a Toyota Dealership with Aeneas. When Victor met Red McCombs he had some Viking jerseys for him, he couldn't accept them of course, but also Victor didn't have the heart to tell him that he was a lifetime Cowboys fan! Hopefully in his new position he will have many more opportunities to meet with some very interesting people!

 

LIFE UPDATES

Life in the Palumbo house…..We have a large fish tank with Cichlids and an Oscar fish. These are mostly aggressive fish and only like to 'play' with their own kind. About 2 weeks ago we added 4 new fish, same species. They all seemed to get along. The Oscar is the largest and I was concerned he may decide to have one of the smaller ones for 'lunch' someday. After two weeks, I thought we were beyond that concern....WRONG! Oscar the Carnivore had a $6.00 breakfast the other day! Robert said he saw the tail hanging out of his mouth and tried to get him to spit it out. I had this vision of him grabbing the fish out of the tank and shaking him yelling SPIT IT OUT! like in Tweety cartoons. After I got over my initial shock, I laughed. It was pretty funny though now I am constantly counting the fish to make sure they are all there. Submitted by JoLyne (Wilson) Palumbo

Just a little tidbit. Our longtime Burleigh Co. Sheriff, Bob Harvey, (Fred’s dad) is retiring this year. My brother, Steve Berg, will be on the ballot November 5th. Any support in the form of votes (definitely votes!), yard signs, etc. from classmates that currently live in Burleigh County would be greatly appreciated. Anyone who would like to contact me, can use my email address!! Thanks. Kelly (Soby) Broeckel

 

 Condolences

Our sincerest sympathies to Melody (Carlson) Karlberg and her family. Melody’s
stepmother, Phylliss Carlson, passed away on Sept. 21, in Rochester MN.

 


Something to share…..

This doesn’t really fit anywhere in our newsletter, but I thought many of you in the
working world could relate to it, so I thought I would share it! I know I can relate!

Company Policy
Contributed by Chuck Glaser

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string
and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to
climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other
monkeys with cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the
same result - all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when
another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with
a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his
surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack,
he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one.
The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes
part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with
a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth.

Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked. Most of the monkeys
that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or
why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have
ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches
the stairs to try for the banana.

Why not?

Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been
done around here. And that, my friends, is how company policy begins.


Remember when….compliments of Basil Hipple

This was one of the many forwarded messages I get, I thought it fit here very well!

Stroll with me.... Close your eyes ... and go back ... before the Internet ... before bombings, aids, herpes before semiautomatics and crack ... before SEGA or Super Nintendo ... way back! I'm talking about sitting on the curb, sitting on the stoop, about hide-and-go-seek; Simon says and red-light-green-light. Lunch boxes with a thermos, chocolate milk, going home for lunch, penny candy from the store, hopscotch, butterscotch, skates with keys, jacks and Cracker Jacks, hula hoops and sunflower seeds, wax lips and mustaches, Mary Jane's, saddle
shoes and Coke bottles with the names of cities on the bottom.

Remember when it took five minutes for the TV to warm up. When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids arrived home from school. When nobody owned a purebred dog. When a quarter was a decent allowance. When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny. When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces. When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done everyday and wore high heels.

Remember running through the sprinkler, circle pins, bobby pins, Mickey Mouse Club, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Kookla, Fran and Ollie, Spin and Marty...Dick Clark's American Bandstand ... all in black and white and your Mom made you turn it off when a storm came. When around the corner seemed far away, and going downtown seemed like going somewhere. Climbing trees, making forts, backyard shows, lemonade stands, cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, staring at clouds, jumping on the bed, pillow fights, ribbon candy, angel hair on the Christmas tree, Jackie Gleason, white gloves, walking to the movie theater, running till you were out of breath, laughing so hard that your stomach hurt...remember that?

Not stepping on a crack or you'd break your mother's back ... paper-chains at Christmas, silhouettes of Lincoln and Washington, the smells of school, of paste and Evening in Paris. What about the girl who dotted her i's with hearts? (that was before that stupid smiley face)! The Stroll, popcorn balls and sock hops? Remember when there were just two types of sneakers for girls and boys - Keds and PF Flyers, and the only time you wore them at
school was for gym. And the girls had those ugly gym uniforms.

When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking -- all for free -- every time! And, you didn't pay for air either, and you got trading stamps to boot! When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box. When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents. When the worst thing you could do at school was flunk a test or chew gum. And the prom was in the gym or the lunchroom and you danced to a real orchestra. When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed -- and did! When being sent to the principal's office was nothing
compared to the fate that awaited the student at home.

Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was so much greater than the threat.

Remember when a '57 Chevy was everyone's dream car -- used to cruise, peel out, lay rubber, scratch off or watch the submarine races? When people went steady; and girls wore a class ring with an inch of wrapped Band-Aids, dental floss, or yarn coated with pastel-frost nail polish so it would fit their finger. When no one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the car and house doors were never locked!

Remember lying on your back on the grass with your friends and saying things like "That cloud looks like a..." And playing baseball with no adults needed to enforce the rules of the game.
Remember when stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals, because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger.

And, with all our progress, don't you just wish, that just once you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace...and share it with the children of today?

Remember Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Dowdy and The Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger and Tonto, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Belle, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk... As well as the sound of a real mower on Saturday morning, and Summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, bowling, visits to the pool ... and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar from the palm of your hand.

There, didn't that feel good? Just to lean back and say: "Yeah...I remember......."

 

New Phone, New E-Mail Addresses, and
New Postal Addresses

We have received new e-mail addresses for the following people: Dorothy (Reisenauer) Kosse Laura (Eggebraten) Metcalf, Kayleen Scott, Mark Hanson and Richard Steinke.

If you would like any of the new info., contact me!

 

Personal notes:
Does anyone know how to reach these people? We will take any information that
you may know on any of them, sibling’s names, parents, old work places, etc.!
Dan and I would love to "refind" these people!

Beth (Nelson) Schumacher
James Barth
Paul Mundell
Anthony Roll
Robin Diede
Cynthia (Vollan) Nickel
Brenda (Remmick) Baumann
Tim Mattis
Sara (Jensen) Fritz
LeAnn (Leben) Holkan
Sandra Schumacher
Rita Ziegler
David Gelvin
Pearl Throndahl
Kathy Berg
Karen (Oswald) James
Mary (Sweeney) Crompton


THE FOLLOWING ARE FROM OUR CLASS MISSING LIST:
Debbie Beston
Marco Brecada
Jeffrey Conner
Corrine Feist

Tana Gregor
Jerry Hulm
Charles Johnson

Pamela Krogen
Brenda Loveless

Carlos Machado
Kelly Meyers

Timothy Miller
Regina Muncy

Joe Poitra
Theresa Ralston
Susan Scott
Cheryl Sparks
Timothy Steckler
Dennis Thompson

Doug Thompson
Mark Werner
Lorraine White Eagle

Richard Wright
Carol Zentner

If you guys are reading this could you please get in touch with me! Your addresses
have changed, your phone numbers are disconnected, your e-mail boxes are full,
or we have no clues on how to contact you! I am trying very hard to keep
everyone in the loop and my information up to date! Thanks very much! Lauri

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT, WHERE DO YOU WANT TO SEE US GO?

We are having great fun doing this for all of you every month! We are more than welcome to your ideas! Feel free to let us know your thoughts and impressions on where you would like this newsletter to go or what you would like to know more about! Also, if you are willing to be interviewed, contact Lauri, we would love to hear from you! See you next month! Lauri, Dan, Wendy and Todd Lauri: keckmann@packersrock.com