Class of '53 - Notes for
October 2007 Bulletin
Roger and Juanita Madson did a great job planning and organizing our "See Tennessee with '53" mini-reunion from September 17 to 21. Our headquarters were in Sevierville, TN (east of Knoxville) with these classmate attending: Paul and Donna Arnold, Bill and Ann Clark, Ed Cope, Rick and Beth Cueroni, Ed and Becky Daniels, Bud Grader and Rita Mehos, Kirk and Jackie Greiner, Ralph and Diane Hill, Bernie and Peggy Hoyland, Bill and Helen King, Bill and Andree Kohl, Bob and Iris Lynch, Roger and Juanita Madson, Hal and Sheila Olson, Bill and Fran Plummer, Bill and Mickey Reilly, Ted and Mary Frances Smith, and Wee and Jane Smith. And because we wanted to see "up close and personal" how "upper classmen" behave these days, we invited Kermit and Arlene Meade, Class of '51 to join us. Among the reunion's sight-seeing highlights were: a guided tour of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park; a tour of the Oak Ridge National Laboratories; a cruise on the Tennessee River aboard the Star of Knoxville; and a trip to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.
Paul Arnold completed performances in two plays this year, one at the Bellflower, CA Theatre and the other at the Huntington Beach, CA Playhouse. He played the role of a waiter in the British farce,"Out of Order" and the role of Dr. Spivey, the resident psychiatrist, in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Paul and Donna have also been playing tennis almost daily.
Bill Bruinsma reports that Romy has been doing fine since her hip replacement surgery at the Mayo Clinic and that she no longer needs the "walker" and is getting around with a cane. She still, however, needs Bill to be her chauffer, but, "the real important thing is she no longer has the terrible pain in her hip".
In August, Ed Cope made a two week "roaming trip" to Vancouver Island, British Columbia "doing new things and seeing new faces". And then in September he drove from Whidbey Island, WA to Atlanta, GA ("hopefully on lots of blue highways rather than on interstates") to visit his son, Scott and his family before attending our '53 mini-reunion in Tennessee. Following our reunion, Ed planned a leisurely trip back home to Whidbey arriving by mid to late October with stops in Fairfax, VA; Easton, PA; Cherry Hill, NJ; and Severna Park, MD visiting family and friends.
All of Sandy Crouch's children have visited her in Connecticut during the summer and she said she is feeling better than she has in a long time.
Rick and Beth Cueroni spent several weeks in July and August at their cabin in North Georgia.
Dick and Meris Donnelly took a windjammer cruise from Rome to Venice, Italy aboard the 5-masted Wind Star in August and September and then returned to Rome on a land-tour.
In mid-July, Wendell and Yvonne Driggers took a National Geographics Photographers cruise north of the Arctic Circle and visited Svalbard island where they hiked on the permafrost tundra, saw polar bears, and many glaciers. Then they flew from Oslo to Iceland where they spent six days touring waterfalls, glaciers, and geyzers. Toward the end of September plan to take another National Georgraphics cruise, starting in Athens, touring some of the Mediterranean islands, and ending in Lisbon.
Jessie Erwin, (112 Amherst St., Milford, NH 03055) is continuing with her antiques business in Milford, NH but said that it has been "awfully slow going for all antique dealers this year"). This past spring, she had a bad episode of internal bleeding, but thinks (and hopes!) it is now behind her.
Hank and Gloria Fisher's new e-mail address is USCGA53@optonline.net.
To add a little excitement to his relatively quiet domestic state-side life, Bud Grader has been taking motorcycle lessons.
In July, Kirk and Jackie Greiner made a motorhome trip with two of their grandchildren to Crater Lake, Deschutes River rafting, and a balloon ride.
Jim and LaVerne Irwin are moving from Preston, CT to Chandler, AZ where they have bought a home. (As an aside, the September-October issue of AARP magazine rated Chandler, AZ as one of the five best places in the country to live.) Their new address is 890 N. Granada Dr., Chandler, AZ 85226.
Rin Keyzer (439 Woodland Drive, Dillsburg, PA 17019) called to report that he and Bert were fine and that during the summer he was able to play several 9-hole rounds of golf with his local church group.
Bill and Helen King returned from a trip to Greece just in time to attend our '53 Tennessee mini-reunion.
Gerry Lipsett miraculously escaped what could have been an extremely serious injury when he "shot" himself in the hand with a nail gun while working on his cabin in Maine. Fortunately, the nail went through his hand without hitting a bone.
Barbara Mann is selling her home in Stratham, NH and moving to Frederick, Maryland where she has bought a condo.
Nina Rowland's new e-mail address is email@example.com.
On June 15th Tom and Gerrie Sing celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a weekend long celebration that included a poolside dinner-dance at their daughter's home and sharing some good memories and stories with about 80 family members and friends. The Sings now have four great-grandchildren (2 boys and 2 girls) to go with their 11 grandchildren. They have sold their oceanside condo in Jensen Beach, FL and bought a home on a golf course in Palm Bay, FL and they plan to continue spending time in both Long Island, NY and Florida.
Dimpy Spadafora returned home on Labor Day after spending a very rewarding three weeks in Anchorage, Alaska teaching a dental hygientist course to some Aleut Indian dental students. While there she also had a chance to see her son Kenny who is on the Anchorage police force, and also see her granddaughters and her great grandson. Dimpy has also been helping some colleagues write a chapter for a book about "how to deal with the fearful dental patient".
In the '53 demographics department: The 104 members of our class, (i.e., classmates and widows for whom we have good addresses), are now living in 27 states, Australia and Thailand. The states with the highest concentrations are: Virginia - 13; Florida - 11; Massachussets - 10; Connecticut - 8; and Maryland - 8.