Diane (Hlavacek) Paffel
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
I totally enjoyed Fred Finch's 1960 account of the JFK Leamington Hotel antics!  What a security contrast there was to today's dignitary security!  I shared Fred's story at our Thanksgiving table I thought it so cool. 
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  Fred Finch
Friday, November 24, 2017
The encounter with Tom in Florence in 2001 was memorable.  I had found the Tratoria Antelesi on an earlier trip in 1999.  It was a lovely little cafe run by a Quebecois man and his sister.  I had  been  there enough times so tbe proprieter recognized me and ususally gave me a good table.  But one night, the place was packed.  We were seated at a small talbe next to a bunch of loud Americans.  After dinner, we asked the table of Americans where they were from.  Los Angeles.  I said I was from Minnesota.  "Where in Minnesota?"  "Hopkins."  Tom fiinally ID'd himself and we had a great  conversation.  The reason we ended up singing Hail Hail to the Warriers was that Tom was aways in the band.  Although he had played the song hundreds of times, he never learned the words!

By the way, Tratoria Antelisi is right next to the New Sacistry of the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence, the home of four Michelangelo sculptures that are not to be missed. 

Fred Finch
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  Tom Johnson
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Fred's description of his Kennedy escapade brought up two names that I wish to recall.  First, Fred himself.  We were in Florence, Italy, perhaps 15 years ago, eating at a small Tratoria.  I recognized Fred (some faces never change) and we exchanged memories and started to sing the Hopkins fight song  (Hail, hail to the warriors, etc.), whereupon the owner of this fine establishment came out and asked us to cease and desist.  The other name, Mark Josephson, is memorable only because of a career day held at Hopkins.  I showed up to a room where "hospital administration" was the career being highlighted.  There was no one there; only a few brochures and Mark.  I said to myself, "if it's only me and Mark interested in this career I think I can do this!"  The rest is history.  An MPH in Hospital Administration from UCLA and a 34 year career.  Don't know if Mark ever pursued it!  Tom Johnson
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  Tonya (Freeman) Elliott
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
I enjoyed reading the story about  about Orville Freeman.  He was my fathers first cousin and as children we often got to meet "important" Democraticic figures.  Hurbert Humphrey, Walter Mondale and others.  Never Kennedy however.  When Orville was govenor of Minnesota my parents arranged for my class (I think 5th or 6th grade) to go to the capitol and meet him.  I remember getting a new dress and shoes for the occasion! 

You might be interested to know that Orville's wife Jane is still alive and doing well in a nursing home in Minneapolis.  I think she is 98 years old.  
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  Jan de Vries
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Fred tells a great story.  I was there too, and can vouch for at least half of what he says.  Perhaps I missed out on the motorcade escort.  But Josefson's timely wave was, as Fred says, a big crowd pleaser -- or fooler. But also recall, when we got back to the hotel lobby, that Kennedy, Humphrey, McCarthy, Freeman, and Mondale (who was Attorney General) all made their way out toward the cars.  People were shouting the names of Kennedy, of course, and also the senators.  I shouted out Orville Freeman's name.  A big beam came over his face; he turned in my direction and extended his hand.  I was, it seems, the only person who cared about him.  Years later, when he was Secretary of Agriculture, I spent a hot summer doing research in the Department of Agriculture library.  Most days, I could park my car right on the Mall, in front of the building, and walk in, right past his office.  After a few weeks of this, I decided to go in and see if I could meet him.  Today, you couldn't even get into the building, let alone the secretary's office.  The assistant thought he would be too busy to see me, but before I turned to leave out walks Orville.  I greeted him more or less as I had in the Leamington Hotel lobby and he suddenly frashed another big grin.  I introduced myself as a Minnesotan and a  big fan of the DFL (although in 1966 I still hadn't actually been eligible to vote yet in a presidential election), and he, in turn, pretended to know my family.   
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  Beverlee Parenteau Orluske
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
That is a great story you shared, Fred. I am picturing your group, in your tan trench coats...and the waving of hands to the group, etc. is too much! It was such a time of hope and dreams...what a time to remember and  you were able to give us a glimpse of how it was then for security, etc. as well. Thanks again, Fred. Best wishes. So happy that a good sized group continues to meet each year. I have not returned since the 50th and doubt I will be back for the  60th, but then again, who knows?  I so enjoyed going to school in Hopkins...
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  Fred Finch
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
OK,  after all these years, I've gotta share this one.

It was October 1960.  John F. Kennedy was running for president.  Mark Josefson and I were on the debate team (and had othewise been engaged in various nefarious activities over the years).  Jack Kennedy was going to appear and give a speech at the DFL Bean Feed at the Minneapolis Auditorium.  Somebody got ahold of a bunch of tickets to the bean feed.  About two carloads of us decided to go to the bean feed and listen to Kennedy.  I can no longer remember exactly who the participants were, but I remember that Mark Josefson was one of us.  Other likely suspects were Jim Conover, Jan deVries, Bob Benson, Bill Fleeson, Tom Polivka, maybe Allan Odden.  Most are still able to post a denial.  We got in a couple of cars and drove downtown.  We found that you couldn't get within half a block of the Minneapolis Auditorium because a huge crowd had showed up  We confered. 

We knew Kennedy was staying at the Leamington Hotel.  We decided to go over there to try to see him.  We got to the hotel and found a huge crowd in front of the main entrance on Third Street, waiting for Kennedy.  

Somebody had the brilliant idea of going into the hotel through a side door to see if we could meet Kennedy.  We did.  A couple of people (don't remember who, but it wasn't me) took the elevator up to the top floor where Kennedy was staying.  They wandered through the corridor looking for the Presidential Suite.  They ran into Orville Freeman, who was either the current Minnesota Governor or a recent past Governor- and later the Secretary of Agriculture in the Kennedy administration.  He told them that Kenndy was resting and they should go down to street level and wait by the elevators for him to come down on the way to the Auditorium. 

Whoever it was that spoke to Freeman came down to street level and told the rest of us what Freeman had said.  We decided to wait for Kennedy by the elevators. Since we came from inside the hotel instead of through the front door, we were able to do so.   

That year, trench coats were in style.  We were all wearing tan trench coats.  At some point, Mark Josefson walked from the elevators out the front door of the Leamington, took off his hat, and waved to the crowd.  The crowd thought he was someone important and gave him a huge cheer. 

Mark came back in and we resumed waiting for Kennedy.

At length, Kennedy emerged from an elevator, accompanied by all of the DFL bigwigs of the time, including Orville Freeman and Hubert Humphrey.  They made their  way from the elevators to the front entrance, down the steps and into convertables waiting to ferry them to the Bean Feed.  This was well before the Secret Service provided protection to presidential candidates and there was no visible security.

The bunch of us simply fell into line behind the bigwigs and marched out the door to the cars.  We lined up on either side of Kennedy's car (a white 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertable), and walked with the car to the Bean Feed.  Each of us shook Kennedy's hand several times while progressing through the huge crowd.  When we got to the auditorium, there was pandemonium and we got separated from Kennedy and the motorcade. 

We were in awe of what we had managed to accomplish on the spur of the moment.  One of the high points, however, was remembering Mark Josfson standing on the front steps of the Leamington, waving his hat at the crowd and getting a huge ovation.
 
 
  Beverlee Parenteau Orluske
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Hello to all who gather for the 55th class reunion. Since our 50th reunion, I have kept in touch with more classmates, through e-mails and other areas, and that has been fun. Sending greetings to all of you and wishing for good health and happiness to surround you as you enjoy the time together. Take care...I do remember Hopkins High and great memories then and in recent years with friends!!! 149
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  Martha Jo Engen Church
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Hi everyone!  Sorry to miss the fun. Since Tom's death it is no fun to go to things as a "single".  Live in Madison and doing lots of things including a two week river cruise in Europe last August. But have fun. Will be thinking of you. 
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  Steve hite
Thursday, May 7, 2015
How nice to stumble onto this web site. I recognize many of the people. It is nice to look through the pictures, it seems that everyone looks pretty much the same as they did in 1961, amazing or perhaps I should put my glasses on. Whatever, nice break in my day to see all of this.
 
 
  Dennis Tweed
Friday, December 19, 2014
did not get Email
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  Suzy Doss-Bicknese
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Gathering at the Golden Nugget on September 18, 2014 was really a fun way to renew our relationships and touch base with the 1961-HHS Gang!  Thank you Mike Quinn for all you do - - the Host with the Most!  Thanks also to ALL the other folks who helped out!  Looking forward to seeing more familiar faces next September 10, 2015 - - same time-same place!!
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  Bob Dye
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Just got back from a long (bucket list) trip to the Yukon and Alaska.  We had breakfast with Fred Wintermantle and wife (Sue) in Seward.
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  Susan Carlson Raymond
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Hello
What a wonderful idea to have yearly gatherings.  For those of us living far away and/or out in the sticks please post some photos.  We are interested.
Sue
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  Bob Dye
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Where is Joyce Johnson???
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  Leslie Henson
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Hi again if interested in getting a copy of my Autobiography contact me at my email at mnles@charter.net. Have a nice day Les
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  Leslie Henson
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Hi Classmates of 1961 - I have written my Autobiography "Grandpa Les's Memories" and would like to share it with you. If you are interested, email me if you want a free copy. I will attach a PDF copy of the document to your email and send it back to you. You need to use Adobe Reader to open the PDF document. Les
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  Suzy (Doss) Bicknese
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Hey Gang......The Hopkins Historical Society has put out an excellent Book - lot's of "familiar" names that pioneered Hopkins!  Contact them for a copy...fun and enjoyable reading!
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  carol oie stodola
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Hello and just a note to say, again, I can't wait for our 2nd annual post 70th birthday get together!!  I surely am planning on attending, as well as I hope so many others do too! I'll be there in Glen Lake at the Golden Nugget the 18th of September, '14.
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  Catherine
Saturday, January 25, 2014
It's wonderful to see such an active group of Hopkins High Alum!  I graduated from HHS in 68 and wish we had such a nice site.  Keep up the good work.
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  Bob Dye
Thursday, December 12, 2013
I stumbled across the site and enjoyed looking at the photos.  I had a chuckle because of the many old farts - then I realized that I was one, too!!!  Great site.
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  Beverlee Parenteau Orluske
Saturday, September 14, 2013
I have already heard that the party was such fun and good music provided by Marilyn Monroe (Sue Bicknese) Way to go, Sue! The gathering was enjoyed by all and I sure wish I could have attended...please watch for all the photos to see who attended.  Some of you who were not there for the 50th look great and it was fun seeing your smiles!  Happy  70th and beyond, for however many years we are able to celebrate!
 
Take care and treasure each day!
 
Beverlee
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  Suzy (Doss) Bicknese
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Hi ya-all from Texas - - what a great time we all had celebrating our 70th Birthdays and so glad we are going to continue to meet every year!!  Thank You soooooo much to ALL the folks that made this Event possible and especially Mike Quinn - - you are the Host with the Most!!!
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  Beverlee Parenteau Orluske
Thursday, September 5, 2013
I am thinking of all of you as you gather  for the 70th birthday party! Whoa...70 years, but lots of blessings, good friends, good health, and
happiness abounding if you are able to join  your friends for this
evening!
 
You will be in my thoughts.  Smile for the camera and those of us who
are unable to attend will be looking for the new photos on the website!
 
It was a pleasure going to school in Hopkins, MN, studying, making new
friends each year and knowing that growing up in the midwest was the
best!  And so was Hopkins!!!!   Sending love to all...
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  Beverlee Parenteau Orluske
Friday, August 9, 2013
I am sorry I am unable to attend this fun activity for classmates, to celebrate
the 70th birthday for everyone.  My husband is having surgery the same week. I will be hearing from close friends about who was there and about the enjoyment of seeing all of you and will also look forward to photos on the website. Please be sure to send some to Don Michel, so he can post them for all who are unable to be there.
 
Happy 70th to all...my continued wishes for good health, laughter daily, and much happiness for all of you. We are all so blessed!!!
 
 
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  Christie Johnson Coffin
Friday, August 9, 2013
Happy Birthday to us all!  I will miss the party but am thinking of you.   Christie
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  Carol E. Oie Stodola
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Hi everyone, I'm getting excited about our up-coming 70th birthday party on the 7th of September.  I sure hope a bunch of us can attend!  It'll be great to see everyone again.
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  Beverlee Parenteau Orluske
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Thank you, Don Michel, for updating the website upon the news of more photos, passing of classmates, etc.  It is so wonderful to have this site to use to keep posted on the class of 1961!
We appreciate all you do,  Don!

Beverlee and the class of 1961!!
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  Suzy (Doss) Bicknese
Saturday, March 3, 2012
A small group of Snow-Birds gathered February 25th in Sun City, AZ - Thanks for hosting Jayne & Verle Aarness!  Those present from the Class of 61' were: Steve Puck, Jayne Eidem-Aarness, Verle Aarness, Mike Quinn, Mike Winge and Suzy Doss-Bicknese.....great time had by all.
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  Jim Jorgenson
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wow-what a great time we had in July.  Thanks to all of you that spent hours and hours planning the reunion.  The turn out was tremendous.  It was so great to see everyone - I could still recognize most everyone!!!  Hopefully we will have another reunion soon, like a 70th Birthday party (just a thought).  Again, thanks to everyone involved in the planning- you did a wonderful job.

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  Rich Van Bergen
Saturday, August 27, 2011
 To all who obviously put every ounce of their heart and soul into the reunion, thank you hardly seems adequate. For me it was two of the most joyfilled and uplifting days I have had in a very long time.You'll be hearing more from Rich.I wish I could gather all of you into a room to discuss how we must view and deal with the decline of our wonderful country.Love you all!
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  Barry Welch
Friday, August 19, 2011
Both I and my wife enjoyed the reunion events. Great job reunion committee!! Since the reunion i have had follow up emails from Ric Andre and Neil Luebke. We may be getting together in Scottsdale. Thats great. Any of you "kids" heading towards the Valley of the Sun, let me know because my wife and i enjoy company. Barry
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  Carol Oie Stodola
Monday, August 15, 2011
I haven't had this much fun in a very long while!!  I truly enjoyed every bit of our 50th Reunion.  It is truly remarkable what the planning committee had accomplished.  EVERYTHING from the very beginning to the very end was extraordinary!!  How wonderful to see so many old friends and classmates again, and I feel we all look pretty darn good - all of us!!  We must do another one in a couple years.  And, about the entertainment, it was out of this world fab and funny!!  Thanks to everyone for that, and a huge thank  you to everyone that made this 50th happen.
With Love.........
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  Edie Lagzdin Rovick
Friday, August 12, 2011
I feel as If I was present at the 50th reunion! I want to express my appreciation to all of you who made this possible with countless photographs and videos. It was such a delight to view these for me and I'm certain others who also  had insurmountable conflicts and could not attend.  Many, Many Thanks-Edie Lagzdin Rovick
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  Suzy Doss
Saturday, August 6, 2011
What a fabulous fun-filled 50th Reunion - - we were always known for our "Spirit" and indeed, we still have it after all these years!

Thank you ever so much to ALL the Folks that made this wonderful Event so awesome!!  What a warm and joyful gathering - as was suggested - let's ALL celebrate our 70th Birthday together in two years - I'll keep my Pep Club Sweater in moth balls!!!  Blessings To All - Suzy (Doss) Bicknese
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  Mike Winge
Monday, August 1, 2011
Raining...can't golf.  Sitting at my computer and had to commend everyone that helped with the reunion. Someone more articulate than me would probably wax poetically but all I can say is "GREAT JOB!" Listening to the post reunion musical selections is a poignant reminder of how special a time we grew up in. How many of us listen to the music and wonder..who selected that song.  Maybe it is best if we don't know!
Thanks again

Mike
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  Beverlee Parenteau Orluske
Sunday, July 31, 2011
The reunion was fabulous.  The planning and organization of each venue was amazing to me by the entire group.  Thank you all so very much!  Though the weather kept me from enjoying the boat ride at Lake Minnetonka, I was able to attend the other areas and so enjoyed meeting old friends, hugging them, wishing them well, and being updated on their lives and their families.  What a great time was enjoyed by all!!!

Know I continue to send best wishes to everyone and kudos to the planning team.  And, the swim team who shared their talent with us on the final evening was something to applaud!!!

Best wishes for the future to everyone!

Beverlee
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  roberta pudil bixby
Monday, July 25, 2011
 Thank you to all the committee who worked so hard on this wonderful event.  It was GREAT !!!So fun to see everyone, reconnect, and laugh at all those wonderful times at HHS.  (maybe some not so great but those are long gone......)Looking forward to more reunions.  Keep that committee together going forward !All the best.Roberta
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  Brian Sinykin
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Hello everybody. I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the renion. I was retired until turning 65 when I started two business. I make life exciting and keeps me young.

Brian
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  William Pence
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Have a fun Reunion.  I'll be playing golf and enjoying the wonderful weather here in sunny Southern California. 
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  Beverlee Parenteau Orluske
Sunday, July 10, 2011

It is only a short time until we gather together and share some memories and catch up on news from old friends/classmates!  I really thank all the members of the planning group as they have accomplish a lot in preparation for these events.
Those who are unable to attend will be able to check the site later for photos, I believe. Travel safely, come to enjoy the time, and we will celebrate 50 great years of growing up in Hopkins and attending a wonderful school!!!  We will remember those not here anymore with fondness!!

Beverlee

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  Keith Rhoades
Monday, May 23, 2011
What a thrill to view this website.  I have to thank my cousin Carol for telling me about it.  I had to move away from Hopkins at the end of my Freshman year so I missed out on the "BIG" graduation.  Looking at the year book, I noticed several classmates of mine that I grew up with.  It was a real thrill seeing all of you again and remembering all the good times.  I was surprised to see the photo of the 1957 confirmation class from Gethsemane Lutheran Church.  I am in that photo and remember it well.  Enjoy your 50th and know that I will be with you in spirit.
A fond farewell to Susie, Kathy and Duane.  I will miss you until we meet again.
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  Cheryl Lanning
Saturday, April 30, 2011
I have been looking for June Chastek for about 40 years now as we were in the Women's Army Corps together.  If you see her or are in touch with her please have her contact Cheryl Brenke Lanning at cheryllanning@skybest.com or 4357 Cranberry Creek Road, Laurel Springs, NC  28644.  Thanks, would love to hear from her.
 
 
  john "ed" Greene
Monday, April 11, 2011
always wanted to graduate from hopkins but moved after my soph yr to oregon -swapped snow for rain! i hated moving but the yrs have proved it to be a positive even in my life.your web site is fantastic and i was able to send msgs to a couple of people i distinctly remember.  i do remember not being able to wear jeans, and administrators measuring the length of girls skirts, the somber mood at school after the plane crash that claimed the lives of buddy holly, the big bopper and richie valens, and sock hops at a school across hwy 7 from the hi sch, playing a golf match at austin in a snowstorm and many more...  as you can see you're fondly remembered. 
have a great reunion!
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  Randy Harju
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
 I see the committee once a month.
Looking foward  to seeing everybody else.
 
 
 
  Sandy Cole
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Hi! It will be wonderful to see the Class of 61' again - when I came to Hopkins from another high school on the east coast, I was pretty sad to leave my friends. But it was one of the best moves in my life. The students at Hopkins were friendly and took me in under their wings. And for that I am forever grateful for their kindness and caring. Love, Sandy
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  Jan de Vries
Monday, February 28, 2011

I'm looking forward to seeing you all back in Hopikins.

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  Gary Goll
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I hope i recognize somebody at the reunion!  Everybody looks so extinguished, i mean distinguished! 

Been a long time.
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  tom gagner
Monday, November 22, 2010
I still have all my hair. Cant wait. 
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  jim whitehead
Thursday, November 11, 2010

see you all at the reunion
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  Tom Johnson
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Congratulations to the committee and the web site artist.  Nice work.  Have not been to a reunion but I have this one on the calendar.  50 is kind of special.Tom Johnson  
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  Ralph J. Hilla Jr.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
All right fellow grads, we have 11 months to get
down to our graduation weights...oh S__T
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  Carole (Kuehn) Keller
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I'm from the HHS class of 60 -- we had our incredible reunion last weekend.  Biggest problem was that 2 evenings weren't enought to see all of the 100 classmates who attended.  Don't make the mistake some are now regretting of saying "I don't do reunions" and go while you can.  We're already planning for 2015, but most wish it could be sooner.
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  Ralph John Hilla Jr.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
What! Only 50!! Why do I feel like 150?
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  Leo (Lee) Mohrbacher
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I am looking forward to the 1961 school reunion next July, and plan to attend if nothing happens to prevent my wife and I from coming.
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  Suzy (Doss) Bicknese
Friday, May 21, 2010

This website is awesome and I love reading about ALL the 61' HHS classmates and seeing the photo's - Ricky Andre and Jimmy Jorgenson...you guys are still stud-muffins and you girlfriends are still gorgeous!!  See you next July!!

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  Leslie Henson
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Hi - WoW we have a web site. Good job to who ever set it up. I am looking forward to the 50th class reunion - If there is anything I can do to help - Let me know. Les
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  William Brooks
Monday, February 8, 2010
I agree.
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  Lynn Woodrich Foster
Thursday, February 4, 2010

I don't feel old enough to attend my 50th high school reunion! Is this for real? Huge congratulations to

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  Ric Andre
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Hello everyone, I look for to the first reunion that I've attended.  What a peleasure it will be to see and hear how all our lives have treated us.

See you at the 50th.

Ric
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  Roberta Sandberg
Sunday, January 10, 2010
50 years?  There nust be some mistake!
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  Nancy Frank Goldstein
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
What a wonderful website.  Looking forward to the 50th reunion!
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  Carol Smith McCrillis
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Looking forward to seeing friends I haven't seen in years.
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