East High “Class of 56”
NEW FACES IN THE CROWD
our semi-annual dinner get-together on
There were 42 individuals in attendance at this get-together. They were: Larry & Margaret Fogelson - Shirley (Grant) and Bud Robinette - Tom & Roberta (Elin) Abbot t -Bill & Norma (Treanor) Burke – Don & Arlene Spaw – Mary(Graeve) Ross – Stephen Larson – Ruth (Cook) & Jerry Haag – Linda (White) Towers – Nancy (Lund) Belluchi – Marla (Roberts) & John Paul – Jerry & Becky Smith – Yvonne (Miller) & Sonny Nauman – Phil & Barb (Lowe) Penn – Lyle & Judi Norman – Bill & Mary Lou (Carnal) Howard – Dale & Marlene (Roberts) Wheeler – Janeene (Miller) Carlisle – Norma (Breton) & Wayne Girton – Joyce (Baker) & Dean Doyle – Kay (Edwards) & Chico Alcantar – Shirley (Knight) Wagner – Romona (Hitchcock) & Gary Moore – Larry & Virginia (Jeffries) Phipps.
The next dinner get-together will be
Monday September 30th at at Pagliai”s Pizza located at
The “call committee” members will contact Janeene Carlisle with their numbers by Wednesday Sept. 26th.
number is #984-6030.
CALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The local area classmates owe a debt of gratitude to the call committee members. Each of these individuals calls a list of names starting about 10 days to two weeks before the next dinner get-together. Then they call Janeene Carlisle with their approximate numbers, and Janeene calls me, and I call the restaurant on the Thursday before our dinner with the approximate totals. This gives the restaurant the opportunity to have the proper amount of help to serve us.
The call committee members are:
Jerry O. Smith…………………………A-B
LaVae (Knoz) Willson……………….C-F
Donna (Aspengren) Yeager……….F-H
Norma (Treanor) Burke……………H-N
Ruth (Cook) Hagg…………………….N-S
So when they call you, please say “thanks for calling”, even if you can’t attend this time. It does not take much of an effort to give a pleasant greeting and response, so these volunteers will feel their efforts are appreciated. Nuff said.
MEMORY SPIRAL ALMOST DONE
(From the Des Moines Register)
The lawn has been landscaped, trees planted and concrete poured. Most of the 400 pavers that will fill in the large circular area of the Memory Spiral have been engraved.
The space will serve as an outdoor classroom, neighborhood meeting area, and site for concerts and other events. The landscaping project will
include a time capsule and a wall detailing the schools history.
The Memory Spiral features a concrete platform anchored by a large, disc shaped area that will be filled in with the engraved pavers in a spiral layout. Trees ring the site, which has a view of the Iowa State Capitol complex.
The pavers, which sold for $50.00 to $200 each, netted about $60,000 for the estimated $100,000 project. Most of the pavers will bear the names of East High graduates.
The school’s alumni association donated money to the project last year, a move that helped move the project toward completion.
“The Memory Spiral is really dedicated to those who came before us” Linda Saddoris, the schools National Honor Society director said, adding that the site also will serve the students of the future.
Note: Your reunion committee voted and purchased a 6” x 12” paver in the project last year which is to read “The class of 1956”.
STILL BUSY TEACHING,CENSUS, ETC.
Many thanks for
all that you and others have done to plan and set up our 45th Class
reunion. As you can guess , since I missed the registration, I was not able to
attend because I had just returned from 10 days in
I plan to teach at Illinois State University , do research, and provide data from the 2000 U.S. Census for two more years before retiring. I have many things I want to finish in the next two years, but look forward to a much more relaxed pace after that. Perhaps the 50th reunion will be a possibility.
My greetings and best wishes to all the East High classmates on our reunion .
I was glad to see my twin brother Ray recently contributed to the NewsLink, and I wanted to do the same. I enjoy receiving it and staying in touch with my former High School Classmates.
Roy C. Treadway
PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST FRAUD
Received the following information on protecting yourself against fraud in case your wallet is lost or stolen from Mary Lou (Katzman) Goodman.
She thought it was worth sharing with those who do not have a computer. I agree.
1. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place.
Here is some critical information to limit the damage in case something like this happens to you.
2. Cancel your credit cards immediately, but the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call.
3. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen.
4. Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and SS#. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.
The numbers are:
Experian (formerly TRW) : 1-888-397-3742
Also call Social Security Administration (fraud line) : 1-800-269-0271
The main thing is to make records of your wallet contents, keep them in a safe place, then call all
the numbers and notify them if something happens.
It might take some time and patience to do this, but the alternative could be much worse.
There were several horror stories of things that happened to people who did not know to do this.
Thanks Mary Lou, this is some good information.
HARD TO GO HOME AGAIN
Larry, I remember you well, although in my memory you look much younger than in the pictures as seen in the NewsLink publications. I suggest that the editor has never really liked you. Of course mirrors on the wall are probably a bad idea after the age of 25. They are living evidence that shit does happen.
I very much appreciated the NL edition of Dec. of 2001. The comments and pictures brought back many happy memories, probably some of the happiest for all of us. I can fully imagine the wealth of the conversations as people relived those tiny moments between classes, in line for the 25 cent lunches in the cafeteria, or just listening to a teacher who we have long ago forgiven for misusing our valuable time. As it turns out, they did make a contribution to what we all have become. For that, we can forgive them. Right??
Pilar and I
I am sending a check to help with the NewLink. I look forward to it. With all my best wishes for all.
(Jerry, I could try to use my influence with the editor, but unfortunately I do not have any influence with the camera. I still think you should start making plans for the 50th. You owe yourself a little stroll down memory lane every 50 years or so.)
DON’T WANT TO COME HOME AGAIN
Please take me off
all further list of EHS56, papers, etc. While I had some fun going through high
school, I don’t care to take part in any future get togethers. I wasn’t close
to anybody enough to really have an interest. I’m not rejecting your group, I
just have other interest that take all my time. I felt like a complete stranger
at the last one I went to 15 years ago. My decision is final. We have a
wonderful time with our family and friends here in
NOW FOR SOME GOOD NEWS
Received a email from Deanna (Wheatly) Peterson. She has just received news from her Oncology Doctor on June the 3rd. He released and told her that she didn’t need to keep going for her 6 month checkups anymore. The Doctor told her that her regular Doctor would let him know if any problems resurface. (As most of you will remember, Deanna had cancer) No problems, no more appointments. It was good news and Deanna says she is celebrating. Deanna says “Thanks for all the prayers”, they really helped.
(Hooray Deanna, that is great news. News worth sharing with everyone. It does reaffirm ones belief once in a while)
NEW BODY PARTS
Janeene’s husband Larry has just had a knee replacement on his Right knee. Says he is doing well, and if everything goes OK, he will have the Left one done in about 6 weeks.
Larry was a member of the Lincoln Air Force Base judo team when he was in the Service. He said his knees took a pretty good beating with having to rely on quick moves and leverage. His knee cartilage was pretty well shot. He has relied on a viscous sinovial fluid injections (a gel) for the past 4 years.
(Good luck Larry, hope the left knee goes as well as the right )
ARTISTS CONCEPTION OF THE EAST HIGH RENOVATION PROJECT
INVEST IN THE FUTURE
The renovation project will be an $18 million dollar Improvement plan funded by the One-cent Sales Tax revenue. It will consist of an Academic Wing Renovation, Activity Wing Renovation, Connector Building Addition, Northeast Addition and Site Work.
Included are 13
Invest in the Future Plan funded privately and directed by the East High School
Alumni Foundation will include the
Questions can be emailed to :
reading about the reunion in the NewsLink, and seeing the pictures on the
website. Sorry I was unable to attend the 45th reunion, but I missed it by only one week,
because I was in
Keep up the good work.
Nancy (Harris) Robinson
Dear Shirley, I really do enjoy reading about and seeing photos of former classmates, and I want to do my part in helping it to continue.
I hope one day I
will be in DSM for one of the alumni events. It would be fun to see all of you
and I’ll try my best.
Dear Shirley, I so enjoy the newsletter. Thanks for all you do to keep us in touch. It means more and more each year.
Carol (Graney) DeChant
Hi Shirley, sorry I’m so late in getting this to you. “Out of sight, out of Mind” I guess. I was sorry to hear about Kay (Johnson) Inman having to go on dialysis. She looked really good at the breakfast reunion. Sure hope and pray that things are going better.
Keep up the good work. I really enjoy the letter. Was good talking to you at the breakfast. Where has the time gone. Seems like only yesterday.
Donna (Mattis) Wright
(Donna, according to an email from Deanna (Wheatly) Peterson in February, Kay is doing okay, she is on dialysis during the night now)
The following is the latest contributors to support the NewsLink:
Nancy Bishop – Carol (Graney) DeChant – Tom Fjelde – Sharon (Burris) Howze – Jerry Johnson – Harold Olsen – Nancy (Harris) Robinson – Doris (Rasmussen) Richards – Mevelyn (Wooderson) Richardson – Sharon (Whitehead) Stillwell – Roy Tredway – Marlene (Roberts) Wheeler – Donna (Mattis) Wright
Thank you one and all. It is because of you we can continue to mail the NewsLink to everyone.
Mail your contributions to:
Mail items for the NewsLink to:
or email to:
Hazel (Harmon) Crocker
They are gone, but not forgotten.
to hear about Hazel. Hazel and I became friends when my family moved to DSM in
1948. She lived right across the street from my dad’s
Ruth Ann (Collins) Pierick
ACCESS TO WEBSITE
You may access Tom Lettington’s website for the “Class of 56” by going to: www.ehs56.org
There was a rather unpleasant event that took place recently where one of our classmates sent Tom a threatening email for having received a virus, supposedly from this website. Most rational people would realize that a virus can be attached from many different sources.
I would only have to assume that the individual was having a very very bad hair day or something. Please people, Tom has volunteered his resources and talent to set this up for us, and should not be subjected to this kind of treatment. We all owe him a debt of gratitude.
LIST OF THE LOST
Sharon (Crawford) Allsteadt Bill McGriff
Charles Baker Barbara (Byerly) Monahan
Lola Baker Jeanne (
Susan (Beebe) Bane Nancy Morrow
Edward James Brown Jr. John Nelson
Shirley Brown Bill Orris
George Butler Rhoda (Smith) Parks
Sandra Carter Donald Patton
Carl Christiansen Gail (Black)Polson
DeWayne F. Clark Charles Price
Helen Cooper Donna(Yargas)Quirk
William Downey Jeanne(Sacco)Randleman
Donald J Dugan Wilma Richards
William E. Fleming Margaret(Chapman)Roe
Robert L Freeborn Lucille(Belzer)Ryan
Robert L Graham Jolene(Wichersheim)Shadley
John Hall Jack Slattery
Jean K. Hamilton Betty Smith
Edward L Harvey Max K. Smith
Marilyn Jackson Opal Tomlinson
James Jesser Harvey Thompson
Barbara(Batty)Kimley Anita Ward
Gary Lewis Judy (Ridgeway)Watson
Gene Lewis Tom F White
Thomas P Mason Janet Wright
If anyone knows of the disposition of any of the above, please let us know.
My apologies for the appearance of this newsletter. I just got a new PC, and the program in it is Windows XP.
I am that old dog trying to learn a new trick. Hopefully, I will master it a little better before the next newsletter.
Everyone have a nice summer.