Originally sent Aug. 31
Several students from LHS - classes much later than ours - have stared an Alumni Association. They have met, adopted by-laws, etc and there are dues to 'join' this association. Not sure of all the ins and outs but am providing link to their website for you. I think there were plans at one time to include Eisenhower grads as well? So, check it out if you have interest. Its just getting off the ground. <www.lawtonhighalumni.org >
btw....annual LHS vs Eisenhower football rivalry at 7:30pm tonight, Cameron Stadium.
A note to give you an update on Daniel, our grandson. His first surgery went well but has been very painful for him. He will leave Sunday to have his second surgery on Tuesday. He will have two more surgeries after this one. It is amazing what they are doing to reconstruct his nose. He is not a very pretty sight and does not want to go out in public right now, but once they cut the skin from his forehead that has been pulled down to his nose, I think he will feel better about it all. He seems to be taking it all in stride, a true Marine. His time is up in October and he will leave the Marines with three purple hearts, one NAM award and a new nose. Another note of interest, we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary today.
Lou & Barbara Green - Lou is LHS class '57, their grandson was injured serving in Iraq.
This update from Marilyn (Gordon) Smith - class '57:
Wow! those were awesome pictures. Did you notice all the guys had on white shirts and ties......no way today. I think it must have been 1955, that's the year we all discovered Elvis. I wonder if the "Scotty" in Elvis's band is Scotty Moore who, I think, was with him forever. Thank you so much sending these.....I love to see the pictures. Also, wanted to let you know that my daughter Karen is doing really well. She is still having headaches, but they think that is probably part of the healing. She can't drive for another month, so I am doing her running for her. I got cards and e-mails from people I hadn't seen or heard from in years. That was such a wonderful surprise. Thanks for keeping us all in touch with each other. Marilyn
Georgia, here is my Elvis story, I was in the Army in Germany in early '58 when Elvis came over on the USS Randall. I worked in the Company Commanders office and received a copy of Elvis’s Military Orders because we had several soldiers on the same ship. I still have a copy of those orders today locked up in my safety deposit box.. Even though Elvis was just a regular soldier in the 3rd Armored Division( a jeep driver for the company sergeant), he lived off-base in a house in Friedburg Germany with his Grandmother and Father. One of the soldiers in my outfit, the 503rd Aviation Battalion of the 3rd Armored Div , was in Basic Training with Elvis and knew him and took me over to see him one Saturday. He met us a the front door and I was in awe all the time we talked. I asked him about Delores Hart who had starred in a movie with him. (She was sooo gorgeous). He said she was just a bookworm, no real fun to be with. ( Delores later became a Nun and I think is still alive and still a Nun). We got to talk a long time. While we were talking at the front door, there was a Ricky Nelson record playing in the background. A pretty girl came up and put her arms around him ( not Priscilla) and told him he had to go…darn it.
Later I met his Dad and took some pictures. I returned by myself several weeks later and got several autographs which unfortunately I sent off to girls I was writing to at the time. He left in a small convertible with red upholstery. I got some pictures of him leaving in the car. We talked about getting together to play touch football but it never happened.Anyway, I still have the few pictures I took of him and his dad, the house he stayed in and a copy of his orders to go to Germany on the USS Randall. Of course I still have all the memories from the two times we met.Reese Russell - '56
Kay (Kimball) Scott, '56, wrote to tell me that 'blog' is short for web log!! I learn all the time!!!!
Ran into Ivalou Gilliam Friday. Ivalou is class '58 & I asked if anyone was working on their 50th coming up NEXT year! She said not that she was aware of...so.... class 1958...?????
Several of us had a wonderful visit and lunch yesterday.....myself, Suzanne (Jones) Crawford, Marilyn (Lewis) Smith, Carlana (Fitch) Murray - up from Texas - joined classmate Jerry (Sasser) Childs at Salas and had a great time. Jerry lives in Africa and is in the states and 'home' for a visit. Heard from several others who wanted to join but are traveling or at vacation destinations. Jerry & hubby Ron are celebrating their 30 years in Africa and hope to be able to return to the states at least once a year now. Jerry says they still 'love' it and have no plans to return on a permanent basis to the states. Jerry is such a great gal!! Always a joy to visit with her.
btw....some of you other long time 'eat-at-Salas' persons may remember Rita (Salas) Collins. She was one of the daughters of Salas founder Viviano Salas. Rita passed away this week in Dallas. Rita worked at the restaurant different times over the years and I used to visit with her. She was 65. She is survived by a younger sister, Emma Lou in Atlanta. A memorial mass at Lawton Ritter Gray at 7:00pm this (Friday, Aug. 31) evening.
I'm sending this also as a lot of you may also remember Lawton businessman (insurance) Harry Morgensen. Harry, 79, passed away Wednesday evening - had a heart attack while fishing in his tube over near Indiahoma. Harry was a personal friend as is wife Kathleen. He was major sportsman, gun-enthusiast! Such a surprise and so sorry for this loss. Only info at this time is that services will be on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Hope all of you have a great holiday week-end!!!! I will be away from my computer until Monday evening...so put the 'news' on hold! haha! .......Georgia