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4/23/02
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PHS Alumni On-Line
Apr 23, 2002
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7 Bulldogs, 1 Bulldog spouse, reunion planning, and a contest update today:
Sherry Brickey Pond (58)
Linda Hensley Boblet (58)
Don Pelham (Berla Crockett Pelham 59)
Ana Harris Jae (59)
Ronald Olsen (59)
Irma Kulp Zacher (60)
Essie Pudwill Williamson (67)
Cliff Brown (67)

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Class of `67
Reunion Meeting
Thursday, April 25, 2002
7:00 PM
Round Table Pizza
Pasco
Contact Patti Scharf Noakes

** Contest Update
Subscribers are still rolling in. Well, sometimes rolling, sometimes trickling, but we're up to 392 total. It'll be tough reaching 1,000 in less than 2 months, but hey! Who knows what nearly 400 Bulldogs can do, right? - Paul

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From: Sherry Brickey Pond (58)

  Paul, What fun it is to relive with others the fun past. I read the letter about the Stadium and the plea for help at getting new turf. It brought back memories of my little brothers and I playing in the old gravel pit where the Stadium is now. We would ride our bikes there. There were lots of trails to ride up and down like a roller coaster. Also, people used it for a dump and oh gosh for little kids it held lots of treasures. We would drag home old ledgers, checks, letters and old crates. We would play office with them. Our Mom would always find out we had gone there and she would tell us to leave the junk there but kids will be kids. We lived on Octave St. We were the last block in town for a while. Capt. Gray School was the Country school and no new High School, still used the old one.
  Oh, another thing I remember (memory still works on things that matter). The big water tower on the next block. We tried very hard to climb to the top of that before our Mom could catch us. I never made it but I think some years later my brothers did.
  Now I am enjoying my life I have a wonderful husband And we have been married for many years. We have 4 grown children, 9 grandchildren ages 29 years to 7 months. We have 7 great grandchildren ages 12-2 years. I can remember all their names. Their birthdays?
  We own our own business. We haul cars and cater to the "snowbirds." We meet a lot of older (older than us oldsters) and interesting people. I still belong to organizations that do community service work. I still sing at church and conventions. One might say that I am in demand as an entertainer <g> at the conventions. It couldn't be that I am the only one that would be willing to get up and make a fool of myself in front of a lot of people. <g> I feel if I can make one person laugh for just a few minutes . . . that few minutes they have forgotten their troubles and that makes me happy and it is worth playing the fool.
  I like to read us old folks' letters, but I really like to read the young folks' comments also. It is nice to know that young people still have pride in old PHS. Keep writing everyone, pretty soon we will have enough for a book. Take care.

Sherry Brickey Pond (58)
Airway Heights, WA
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From: Linda Hensley Boblet (58)

  Hello to Everyone.
  It took some courage for me to write a message here. I always felt so left out of things in school. My dad was an alcoholic, and very strict....cruel actually. As a result, we, my sisters and I did not invite many friends to our house. I did not do well in school . . . I was afraid of everything. I think I was close to 30 before I began to develop my own personality. Well, that's all behind now . . . I am very outgoing now, in fact most of my present friends would not even recognize who I was then . . . I've seen several messages in here from my sister Julie's class. She is married and living on Camano Island. She is a nurse, but not working at this time. Instead she is raising Llamas, and birds. I love going to her place. 15 acres out from town. Really nice. I live in Kennewick. Returned to the Tri-Cities about 5 years ago to take care of our aging parents, and ended up staying.

  I would love to contact Charlene Alstrom. Anyone know where she is?

Linda Hensley Boblet (58)
Kennewick, WA
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From: Ronald Olsen (59)

  As I think over my time at PHS the teacher who was the most inspirational to me was the Colonel. Mr. Gregson gave me a background in chemistry and physics that carried me through 3/4 of the college chemistry year and the semester of physics before they had anything to teach that I did not already have a good grasp of. I maybe should tell him that he spoiled me because I figured there was no need to study in college either. I appreciate all of the good comments about Miss Josephine Storment. She was my great aunt. She was honored recently for all of her time in Pasco. I always hoped to have her for a teacher but none of our family ever had her for a teacher. She was special to a lot of students and to me was a very special lady all of her life. I think it was Mr. Siebert who was the short story writer. He has the distinction of being the only teacher to give me an "F". I decided that I would not write a story for him. I guess I am still a bit difficult at times.

  I have sent a check for 10 square yards for the Edgar Brown Stadium. I hope the rest of the `59 class will help out also. That is all for now.

Ronald Olsen (59)
Moses Lake, WA
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From: Ana Harris Jae (59)

  Well is this phs alumni message fun or what! These memories that were etched on our fresh little minds, and then tucked away for 40 or 50 years . . . see, I think those memories remain because they were defining moments in our lives . . . who we were, who we are, who we will be. These memories are precious and inspiring . . . remembering a grade school experience as being hit in the head with balls (this one made me laugh out loud), or riding your horse to school; remembering teachers, and friends . . . the phrase "role model" wasn't around in those days, but that's what those memories are about I think.
  So, one experience keeps popping up in my mind, so I'll be bold and share it. I remember so clearly the day two new boys came into our sixth grade class at Captain Grey, and Mrs. Arnold had them stand in front of the class and introduce themselves. This dark haired, smiling, and incredibly poised boy said, "My name is Richard Hastings, but everybody calls me Doc." I don't recall ever talking to this boy until the day we graduated PHS, and that's because we were seated alphabetically . . . Harp, Harris, Hastings, and then I was looking for my name on the program, and I said to Doc, "you know, I didn't even remember your name is Richard until just now," and we exchanged a bit of chit chat about graduating. I don't know why I kept that memory, but I've been inspired to think about what it means in terms of who I was, who I am, and who I'll be. But that's just me . . . (oh yeah, that other boy was Billy Paul Lawrence). Hope you will all keep the good times rolling!

P.S. Ohooo, senior moment . . . that was Bill PAT Lawrence . . . not Billy Paul . . . later - aj

Ana Harris Jae (59)
San Francisco, CA
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From: Don Pelham (Berla Crockett Pelham 59)

  This is a new address & phone. We hope to see you at The next reunion.

  Berla and I are doing well and we hope that all of you are too.

  I like reading of your HS escapades as it brings back memories of my days at West Seattle High and Mt. Tamalpias Union High School, Mill Valley, CA.

  I'll try to get B to post here but don't hold your breath. "I work on a computer every day at work and I just don't want to work on one at home".

Don Pelham
Bothell, WA
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From: Irma Kulp Zacher (60)

To Roger Plockelman Class of `59:
  Hi Roger,
  Nice to know you're still alive and interested in tennis. I have hung my rackets on the Grandparents Wall of Fame, only to be brought down for grandchildren use and to tell tales of the "used to be" good times. You know the gr kids believe everything. You can embellish the stories anyway you want and there is no one to contradict you.
  My last major tennis debut was in CBC about 1972, when Margaret Racy convinced me to turn out for the team and play doubles tennis with a much younger star . . . Beverly George (PHS about 12 to 15 years my junior). I was taking some college classes part time at CBC at that time. I had to up my credits to full time in order to qualify for tennis. Since I had only played one year for CBC in 1960-61, I still had eligibility for this second year.
  That spring I began to realize how soon ones body can deteriorate! Thanks to my much younger partner, we did well.
  I remember the good old tennis days, when with one leap, we could scale the net without touching it. I hate to think what would happen if I tried that leap now, some 40+years later. It hurts thinking about it!
  Remembering all the out of town tennis trips . . . what fun memories. Mr. Gregson was a great coach, revered by all. Gosh, he could scare the other coaches with his stern voice. I can remember him standing behind the fence telling the other coaches to quite coaching their players during matches. "If they (players) don't know how to play by now, it's too late to coach them!" I would hear him say. Or Greg would say to Mary Anderson (60) - "What's the matter, can't you see over the net? I'll get you a ladder!" Mary was a little short, not much, tho'. To me, he would say, "Kulp, do you need me to give you a shovel so you can scoop up the ball?" Greg had great comments. I bet there are many wonderful tennis players out there who can recall a famous Gregson quote and/or the many team events and trips in the 50s. I remember that it was not difficult to beat the Western WA. players who wore contacts, when we would have a wind gust or storm during the tennis matches. Ooh, I bet that sand hurt behind those contacts. Seemed to happen many matches. Or: the 100-degree temperatures when the fair weather people unused to the Pasco hot temperatures would faint or dehydrate. No wonder we had such winning tennis teams. We were a hardy bunch of players. Right Jane Ziegler Scheulein (58), Linda Yamauchi (59), DoraDee (60) & Lola (61)Alexander, Bob Gregson (60), Tom Lamb (60) Mary Anderson (60), Pam Gove (60), Irene Wilbur Hickman (59), Judy Moore (59), John Mitchell, Betty Benson (62) and many more. Some even played for the Tri-City Tennis Club in the off hours/summers. Competition got even tougher there.

Irma Kulp Zacher (60)
Pasco, WA
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From: Essie Pudwill Williamson (67)

  Hi everyone!!! This is a great website. I will enter "cool" (does that date me?) reading stuff as I see how this works.

Essie Pudwill Williamson (67)
San Angelo, TX
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From: Cliff Brown (67)

To Irma Kulp Zacher:
  I apologize to you and others if my description of Pasco as "pretty run down these days" was off the mark, as I know it was. I get back there every summer, and will be there for the 67's 35th reunion this year also. I know the town is growing mainly west, and I wrote that about 10 years ago. I tended then to judge Pasco by driving around my old paper route north of Court Street, and around the area between Captain Gray Grade School and the old Chinese restaurant on road out to the airport, not to mention the old downtown area. These somehow had lost their glory, or maybe I just got jaded after 15 years in LA.

Cliff Brown (67)
Bogota, Colombia
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