Originally sent June 19
I received the great picture (above) and this note from Nikki (Bentley) Baker, class '62:
"All of us in this picture graduated with the Lawton High School class of 1962. Most of us have know each other from pre-grade school, junior high and high school. All of us went to Central Jr. High during the 7th grade. When Tomlinson was built in 1958, we had to attend different schools and our group was split. As you can see, we have remained friends all these years even with most of us going to different colleges and living in different states and cities. We get together some place every year to renew our close friendships. This year we spent 5 days in Park City, Utah in May.
Seated top left is: Connie Kytle Mayhall, Nikki Bentley Baker, Susie Merkx Kuhlman.
Seated top right is: Tish Downing Young, Mary Ann Ashlock Swiggert, Jean Ann Highfill Robinson.
Two from our group Diane Ritzwoller Adrian and Kaye Thompson Jenkins McCarley were unable to attend this year."
Jim Nesbitt, '60, was honoree at a retirement party Friday night. Jim has been Superintendent of the Great Plains Tech School here in Lawton since 1995. Cameron University has named a scholarship after him, the 'Jim Nisbett Tuition Waiver Scholarship'. It will be for tech school students who enroll at Cameron to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Now, Jim and wife Kim are going to relax and take it easy!
Email from: Connie (Lassetter) Johnson, '56, who says she is "looking forward to next year's 55th reunion in June 2011".
Also, emails from Richard Neptune, '52; Ben Ansley, '59; Mitch Braley, '57; Reese Russell, '56, asking about the flooding in the Lawton area last week; Tom Bullock - we discuss 'politics'; Ed Adams, '59; Frankie Kinderman; Mike Wyant; Peggy (Elledge) Long; Jodi; and Kaye.
And, I heard from 'email pal' Luca over in Italy. He was collecting data for a book on Elvis and his appearances in Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma back in mid '50's. He has copy of the picture of the LHS classmates who met & posed for pictures with the KING when he played here in Lawton. I think he has corresponded with several of them. Assume the picture may be in one of the books? With collaborators, he has finished the one book on ELVIS, working on another, and I hope to have a copy one of these days!
btw...that picture is posted on the WolverNet blog.
Well, if you will excuse a personal note or two...I rarely cook lunch these days, but, for Father's Day and Bill's soon birthday, I fried the first fresh okra of the season! We love it and eat it all summer when we can get it. Plus, Bill heard a news story about the killer Joran van der Sloot and some 'Seco de Pollo' (chicken stew) they were feeding him in Castro-Castro Prison in Peru. Not sure why, but Bill located the recipe, thought it sounded good and wanted to try it, so I made it for him. It IS good. Chicken, lot cilantro, onions, garlic, peas, potatoes, carrots, served over rice. The 'carb' special! If Joern ever does get out of prison, he will be FAT!
Our plan is to celebrate Bill's bday in Houston, visiting his sister Lugene, '54, & her hubby Bill, and having dinner in whatever place has soft-shelled crabs (Bill's fav). Do you see a common thread here? How do you say D-I-E-T? Obviously, we have NO clue!
So, all this personal stuff to let you know, doesn't take much to make us happy and we are doing well. Hope all of you are also enjoying 'good eats' and wishing all you fathers a great day! Georgia