East High “Class of 56”
PAGLIAI’S PIZZA HEAVEN
We held our fall semi-annual dinner
get-together at Pagliai’s Pizza on
We had 45 individuals in attendance. There was a lot of mingling around and good conversation by everyone.
Lyle Simpson was asked to say a few words
about the upcoming
Those present were: Tom & Roberta (Elin) Abbott – Kay (Edwards) & Chico Alcantar – Bill & Norma (Treanor) Burke – Larry & Janeene (Miller) Carlisle – Kathleen (Graney) Finkenauer – Larry & Margaret Fogelson – Ruth(Cook) & Jerry Haag – Jerry & Carole Hall – Bill & Mary Lou (Carnal) Howard – Gary & Romona (Hitchcock) Moore – Mary (Crum) & Don Moses – Yvone (Miller) & Sonny Nauman – Phil & Barbara (Lowe) Penn – Shirley (Grant) & Ray Robinette – Lyle & Jan Simpson – Jerry & Becky Smith – Don & Arlene Spaw – Larry & Jackie Soloman – Eddie & Harvey J Thompson – Bob & Connie Trotter – Marlene (Roberts) & Dale Wheeler – LaVae (Konz) & Larry Willson – JoAnn (Brady) & Walter Wilson
The really great thing about these semi-annual dinner get-togethers is that you see a lot of familiar faces each time, plus it never fails that you get a chance to see several new faces. Which all in all, makes for a very enjoyable evening all in a manner of 1-1/2 to 2 hours? If you have not attended one of these dinners you are really missing out.
You order as much or as little as you want off the regular menu, they add the 18% gratuity to your check, and you pay your own bill.
The next dinner get-together will be :
Okoboji Grill in
Mark your calendar now!!!!
QUILLS ON THE WEBSITE
Tom Lettington has done it again. He has taken the time and effort to put additional Quill pictures on the Website. They are as follows:
“55” - http://www.tfl.net/EHS55/
“56” – http://www.ehs56.org
“57” – http://www.tfl.net/EHS57/
“58” – http://www.tfl.net/EHS58/
Way to go Tom. I am sure that this will help many of us who can’t put a name to a face or vise versa to now do so. Especially those who did not save or cannot find their Quills.
Tom says that these sites all include January, June, and August grads. But remember, if you don’t find the name you are looking for in the list of names for each page for photos, the person you are looking for may be on the Officers or Board page since the photos that appear there were not on the later pages in the Quill with the “masses”.
Thanks again Tom!
INVEST IN THE FUTURE
The following is an exchange in the form of a question from Tom Lettington, and a response from Lyle Simpson on the EHS renovation project.
“When I read the East High Renovation Project in the recent NewsLink, it raised a few questions in my mind about how the building would look after the project is completed. I asked Lyle Simpson if he had any additional information about the plans since I know he is very active with the Alumni Association. It sounds like the project is very well planned and will achieve an excellent outcome. We will all be invited to contribute to the success of the renovation project through the Alumni Association”.
To answer your question first, the appearance of the west side of the building (front steps, columns, etc.) will remain as they have been since 1912. Only the appearance of the east and north sides will change.
The Des Moines School Board is contributing
$18 million dollars from a 1% sales tax that was instituted a few years ago for
Essentially, the School Boards’ $18 million will be used to restore the original building. For instance, the marble treads on the stairs are badly indented with wear, significantly more than they were when we attended. The treads will be replaced with new identical marble. The hall ways will be restored to their original condition, only with better lighting. The rest of the money will be used to air-condition the building and restore it to its original luster of 90 years ago.
In addition, the must solve
The total project, at least the way East High officials want to build, will cost $23 million dollars. The Alumni Foundation must raise $5 million over the next three years to fund the remainder of the project. The Alumni money will be used for developing an arts center, renovating the auditorium, and several other significant improvements designed to improve the quality of the school program in addition to unique facilities for the students that will not be funded by the School Board funds. The building to be built with alumni funds will be to the east of the new structure that will
replace the current connecting area.
Undoubtedly, we will all hear about the fund drive, and be encouraged to participate. A pretty good form of “immortality” for an East High graduate.”
We should all have received the mailing on this Invest in The Future from the Alumni Association by now. It appears we have a unique opportunity to receive a $1 million dollar matching Federal Grant to assist in this project. But, they only have 8 more months to raise a minimum of $1 million thru the Alumni Association or lose the Grant.
Our “Class of 56” graduate Shirley (Grant) Robinette
is a representative to the Class
Committee Members of the Alumni Association for this project, and her husband Ray (Bud) Robinette is the “Class of 55” representative. They both have
emphasized how important this is for the future of
Please classmates, consider this and be as generous as you can afford. As Lyle Simpson has said, it would be a nice form of immortality as an EHS graduate, or at least an enduring legacy.
SPARED FROM WILDLANDS FIRE
Everyone read about the big fires that were
going on this late summer and fall.
The wife and I stopped to see George and
Martha for a few days this fall as we usually do when we go to
George and Martha said the most agonizing part was the isolation away from the area. Not knowing, getting conflicting reports that the whole area was gone, and then reports that some were spared, and some were not.
To our good friends George and Martha, you were lucky, very lucky. It is rewarding to see a break come to such good people.
ON THE MEND AND APPRECIATIVE
Had planned to send this sooner as you can see by the check date, but the Grand-kids came as I was just writing it, so, I stuck it back in the “Newslink” envelope and just found it yesterday. Sorry about that!
Please put it towards the “NewsLink”. I really enjoy getting it and hearing about our classmates. Tell everyone to keep up the good work, it is really appreciated.
I am feeling better now. Just taking it one day at a time. I want to “thank ”everyone for all their caring, cards & prayers while I was ill. I know all your prayers helped.
Kay (Johnson) Inman
(I certainly hope we had an impact Kay. I know of no one who deserves support more than you. You were always a pillar of strength and support to others in school).
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Larry & Margaret.
Received the NewsLink
yesterday. Enjoyed reading it. Congratulations on such a good job of writing
it. I just wanted to let you know our new address. It is
Kay (Edwards) Alcantar
(Kay apparently recouped alright because she was at the last dinner get-together. Kay has had a lot of problems over the years, including bouts with cancer. But, as she has displayed she has enormous rebound powers, and a very strong will. Plus she still finds and takes the time to help us out whenever she can. Thank you so much Kay).
GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS
Dear Shirl, hope you are having a pleasant summer. Have been contemplating a trip back for the next dinner. Still undecided at this point. Tell anyone you see I said hello.
Mary Lou (Katzman) Goodman
(We missed you Lou. I am sure there were good reasons for not making the last dinner. Hope to see you soon for the next one)
ENJOYS RECEIVING NEWSLINK
Hi Shirley, I enjoy the NewsLink so much that I want to help defray expenses and make sure it can continue.
It was really a shock to hear about Hazel (Harmon) Crocker. She was a really great gal.
Keep up the good work on the NewsLink.
PERKY PENGUIN HEADING SOUTH
I emailed Janeene (Miller)
Janeene and Larry are planning to head to
Nancy (Meline) Beekman
Dale G. Taylor
They are gone but we will not forget them.
CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESSES
Janice (Webber) Cassidy
Lyle L. Simpson
Loretta (Woods) Ware
Kay (Edwards) & Chico Alcantar – Norma (Treanor) Burke – Nancy Bishop – Mary (Crum) Moses – Peggy (Danials) Grund – Mary Lou (Katzman) Goodman – Kay (Johnson) Inman – Don Spaw – Harvey Thompson
ARTICALS FOR NEWSLINK
Please people, I need information from you to have something to print in the NewsLink. Classmates you’ve seen, vacation, job changes, retirement, etc. Anything! That’s what this is supposed to be all about. You want to read about other classmates, well, they want to hear something about you also.
Please mail or email all articles for the NewsLink to me at:
Please mail any contributions to:
Shirley (Grant) Robinette
812 – E. 22nd Count
CALL COMMITTEE LIST
Jerry Smith – A-B and Kaiser thru Kruzich
LaVae Willson – C – F
Ruth Haag – Girton –James L. Johnson and P thru Smith
Norma Burke – L - O
Don Spaw – Stroh thru Yeager.
Remember the next class dinner get-together will be:
Please Call Janeene Carlisle at 984 – 6030 with your totals by April 24th.
EHS HISTORIAN NEEDS RECORDS
Bill Foster and Shirley Selover informed me that Mark Hurley, a PE teacher at East is trying to put together some facts and statistics in regards to individual, and team sports records.
According to Mr. Hurley, record keeping was not very good until the last few years or so. If you can help out, it would be deeply appreciated. He needs copies of newspaper articles, and or pictures, plus the identification of those in the pictures. I gathered he needs items from just after our time and further back. Maybe your dad, brother, uncle, etc. went to East and has an article, photo, etc. that they could have copied and sent to Mr. Hurley.
Mr Hurley is sort of a sports historian who is trying to set some records straight for the “The State Hall of Fame” in Boone.
Send your information to:
hoping everyone has the Very Merriest of the
and a New Year filled with peace, health, prosperity and Happiness.