It's been a few weeks now since I began the insane ambition of finding all my "lost" classmates.
Here's a little progress report:
Nanette Amatulli Armenta lives in Clifton
Yvette Carlson lives in Pompton Plains and is now reunited with Nanette. Happiness!
John Botbyl (Jack) lives in Littleton CO
Brian Thomman lives in Tempe AZ. Now they are hooked up together.
Timmy Henneman is in Zebulon NC. Has a few health issues but says "I'm still kickin'"
Brent Watson is in Clifton, NJ
Kathy Walmach Manhardt is in Tucson, AZ as is Howie Wilke (I haven't talked to either of them yet)
Ray Smallwood is in Mesquite TX
Toni Saveriano Lindahl is in McLeansville NC
Bobby Greenblatt is in East Haven CT (Karen Carpenter's home town)
Art Grahn is in Jackson NJ
Sue Edwards Gutkin is in Baltimore MD and recently hooked up with her old friend Evelyn Mains
Klaus Baesler is in Bethlehem PA
We have sad news too. The Social Security Administration Death Index shows the following friends:
Bernice Alexander 4/7/1997
Bruce Apter 11/12/1998
James L. Avery 9/15/1998
Albert Butler Dec. 1983
Michael Calderone 6/3/2008
Edward J. Cross 5/27/2009
Catherine Nowack 8/16/1995
Mary Lou Rudin 9/24/2003
We're working on about 30 more but are waiting for acknowledgments from a lot of people to confirm identities.
But know that we're working on it. If you have any clues on any of the folks located on the class website, let us know. Our email is either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or give us a call at 812-457-7772 for Milton or 812-425-3255 for Linda. (She's working on getting honorary status at Wayne Valley '67 like I have with Reitz HS '67)
This search is turning into a reward unto itself. Talking with these folks has been the most fun I've had in years and it has taught me much (if nothing else, that I put my pants on the same way everyone else does and that the glory days don't help people remember me, the only Chinese kid in the class!) More on this later......