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8/31/02
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PHS Alumni On-Line
Aug 31, 2002
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9 Bulldogs today:
Mike Pugh (`56)
Don Evans (`60)
Don Essinger (`60)
Felix Vargas (`63)
Doris Dempsey Brickey (`65)
Karyn Turya Rehfeld (`67)
Cliff Brown (`67)
Valerie Hayles Moffitt (`74)

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From: Mike Pugh (`56)

  If you want to "step back in time" (back to the future), don't miss seeing the theater play "Forever Plaid". I never thought I would become a "cult" member, but I've now seen this play 5 times! -- and will see it again! Forever Plaid takes us back to 1956, the era of harmony, innocence and sincerity of dreams. The 50's were a time when most parents and kids listened and danced to the same music, watched TV together, were Ed Sullivan fans, etc. The play features four guys who dreamed of singing 4-part harmony and banded together to practice in their basement for fun. Unfortunately, they were involved in a car accident (died) on the way to their first gig and were never able to realize their dream. But God allows them (years later) to return to earth for one day only to realize their dream. A great night of 50's and 60's music! See it if you can. Forever Plaid is the longest running theater play in Chicago. Unfortunately, I don't have my yearbook with me this summer; but I remember four of us performing the song Sh-Boom Sh-Boom at a pep rally at PHS. I wish I could recall those guys' names . . .

Mike Pugh (`56)
West Palm Beach, FL
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From: Don Essinger (`60)

  Great to read everyone's updates! And, thanks to (the tireless!) Irma Kulp Zacher for keeping us all together for the past 40+ years!

  Hello to Don Bailey (`56). Just wanted you to know that I've been trying for decades to get your brother Les (`60) to one of our PHS Reunions. I'm not giving up! I'd like to have a nickel for every coke that Les & I drank while cruisin' through Wilkies Drive-In on Friday & Saturday nights....

  Is anyone living in Arizona? We're planning on building a home in Tucson next year and gradually moving our NW treasures to the SW for some golf and casual retirement living without the rain!

Don (& Polly) Essinger (`60)
Seattle, WA
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From: Don Evans (`60)

  Does anyone you know do a better job holding the class of "60" together than my friend Irma Zacher? I can call her a friend because I had the privilege of assisting in the planning of several class reunions and came to know Irma much better. Love her news memos too! Thanks Irma.

  Janice Woods - be careful hanging out too much with Geil and Buckingham, as I remember you three were real trouble at PHS. We lived in the east bay for years. Too bad we never hooked up for lunch but it sounds like your retirement is going well. I work for a division of a French company (Dannon) called Lea & Perrins. (Sauces, etc). They call me a zone manager for the west area of the US and it's a great job. We are located in Fair Lawn, NJ. On a separate note, I was in the New York area on 9-11 and can't tell you how awful it was to see the destruction of people's lives because some people think they are God's messenger. Yes, Henderson is next to Las Vegas and would love to see any of you who plan to come and donate your money to our economy.

  Julie Hensley - Thanks for the ring story. Those things were very important in 1957 and now good conversation stories.

  My e-mail address is [contact PHS Alumni On-Line]

  You can also call toll free at 1-800-388-7253 and leave a message/phone number and I will call you back.

  Our friend Don Hardy has been very ill (melanoma) and bet he would love to hear from you. I call him every Tuesday, which seems to be the best day as it is between treatments. They live in the city across the bridge called Kennewick (still not crazy about that place).

  The best of everything to you all and please stay in touch.

Don Evans (`60)
Henderson, NV
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From: Felix Vargas (`63)

Bulldogs:
  I enjoyed reading Bob Gregson's tribute to all Bulldogs who served their fair city of Pasco as daily newspaper carriers. Getting up at the crack of dawn to roll up those papers, put them in the shoulder bag and then struggle against the elements of rain, snow, and sleet to deliver that paper - dry - to the customer. Truly a feat that compares favorably with that of the letter carrier. Of course, there were good features: going to midnight bowling on Friday nights at the Cloverleaf, and then beginning the paper route, or stopping off by your favorite donut shop on Lewis street, just as those fantastic delicacies came out of the oven. As a former news carrier with the old Columbia Basin News, covering the early morning route along Lewis and Clark streets, from the old Pasco post office downtown to Memorial park (18th Ave), I can relate to Bob's points. By the way, Bob, some of us did not have bikes; we did it on foot. Excellent training which later served me well as an Infantry Officer and present day corporate businessman. Best regards to all.

Felix Vargas (`63)
Springfield, VA
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From: Doris Dempsey Brickey (`65)

  Mike & I REALLY enjoyed the Garden Party at Doyle & Sharons' house. I was unable to attend the dinner/get together at the Hotel on Saturday as I as in the room with our Grandson, Nathan. But Mike went down for a short time. Enjoyed seeing everyone at Doyles, especially Terry Ziers'. The only thing that would have been better is to have had Larry Hilton (the Best Man at our wedding there). Hope all is going well, Larry & Chris. Please pray for dear friend & classmates of 1962 "Doug & Jeannie DeFord" -- God bless you Jeannie!!! Your family is in our prayers.

  The "6149" number is the one we use to hook up to the computer. I am attempting to get the "4258" number assigned as the main number to our home. The other one is too unpredictable; i.e., if it rains, we lose it -- LOL - Such is life.

Doris Dempsey Brickey (`65)
Burbank, WA
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From: Karyn Turya Rehfeld (`67)

  The Class of 67 is the best. Thank you Patti and committee for a great time. It was fun seeing people.

  I am looking for a person from the Class of 1966 - Doug Wannamaker. Anyone know how to contact him?

Karyn Turya Rehfeld (`67)
Pasco, WA
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From: Cliff Brown (`67)

  I want to second Joe Cherry's thanks and comment about Patty Scharf's work on the 35th reunion for Class of 67. The whole thing was great. Congrats also to Tom Roach for a first class job as moderator/stand-up comic/equal opportunity insulter. I haven't laughed so hard since the last one.

  I'm sitting back in my office in Bogota feeling quite distant from Washington State and old friends, but this site is a nice diversion from work. My college is implementing an idea that I think is a good one for PHS alumni to consider: "cluster" reunions, in which two or three classes (say 66, 67 and 68) all get together at the same time. While this site has grown in popularity, unlike when it started I now don't recognize most of the contributor's names -- unless I happened to overlap with them. Most of us were friends with some of the folks behind and in front of us in the High School. Reunions are fun, in part, because they wake up dormant brain cells when confronted with a face or name one hasn't seen or thought about in decades. Why limit that to those in one's graduating class? Just a thought for those who organize such events.

  For those who heard about it: Mortars during the Presidential inauguration here did not hit or even come close to the U.S. delegation. In fact, the ceremony went on without a hitch because they didn't even hear the explosions outside. Most landed in a slum some blocks from the palace. Bad news aside, Bogota remains a beautiful and generally safe big city. Cheers to all.

Cliff Brown (`67)
Bogota, Colombia
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From: Valerie Hayles Moffitt (`74)

  The Booster Club and Pasco High are working with the Recreation Foundation to sponsor a "Surf the Turf" evening at the first home football game on Friday, September 20th. Tours of the new upstairs facilities and new field are being offered as well an opportunity to help sponsor that last $70,000 of Turf. Gate opens at 6:00pm. The Boosters will be offering food in our state of the art concession stand as we take our seats to watch the Bulldogs play the Wenatchee Panthers. I hope all our local alumni will come out to support the effort of raising the last 10% of EBS Phase 3 and to enjoy this success story in the making.

  Plans for the formal dedication are being made for Friday, October 11. Pasco plays the Richland Bombers that night. I hope to see a great alumni crowd at Edgar Brown this fall.

Valerie Hayles Moffitt (`74)
Pasco, WA
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