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10/16/02
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PHS Alumni On-Line
Oct 16, 2002
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6 Bulldogs today:
Mary Jo Cravens Schaefers (`55)
Sharon Grant (`58)
Ana Harris Jae (`59)
Causna Beebe Albin (`60)
Irma Kulp Zacher (`60)
Kevin Williams (`77)

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From: Mary Jo Cravens Schaefers (`55)

To Eileen Lew Crawford, `68:
  Yes, I remember homecoming. Back in the 50's we often played Kennewick in football and that was the homecoming game. Anyway, my favorite year was homecoming of 1954. The big football game was held in the field opposite what was then the junior high school. There was no stadium yet. It was very cold that year on November 11, I think. I can't recall whether we won or not. (Hey, Larry Green, did we win?) I especially remember the homecoming mums we wore at the dance. They were large white flowers with green leaves and purple ribbons. I still have mine pressed in an old scrapbook stored away. My date to the dance was one of the cheerleaders -- a guy named Jim who was a terrific dancer!! I think he gave me the mum. Maybe we had purple and white pom poms at the game. Does anyone recall? I also remember the pep club and the band playing and marching at half time. Bev Bafaro Fink was the drum majorette. I can still see her in those high white boots with the tassels. Good memories of homecoming, yes!

To Pat Fleming, `63:
  Thanks, Pat, for sharing your wonderful story about Dutch Schnellbacher. My mother knew him, too. She was also from Germany, and, if you'll excuse the pun, spoke the language.

Mary Jo Cravens Schaefers (`55)
Hoodsport, WA
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From: Sharon Grant (`58)

  Hello, I'm a lurker on this site and I'm enjoying every bit of it. One day I'll throw in my recollections of Nina Voorhees, debate trips with Mr. Handy, great English with Mr. Seibert, and swimming escapades at Wallula and the lagoon. For now, though, I'm wondering if there are any PHS grads living in England? I'll be there for two weeks in workshops with Brandon Bays on her Journey process. Attended her first workshop in the Northwest a little over a week ago and now heading to England for more, that's how powerful this was for me. I'll have a week of down time and may be able to connect with folks. I leave on 17 January - just thought of this this morning -- so let's see if this works. Thank you Dennis Cresswell for getting this up and running and Paul for keeping it going.

Sharon Grant (`58), in private practice as a psychotherapist in
Richland, WA
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From: Ana Harris Jae (`59)

  It was so nice to read your entry about the Wilkies Story, and mention of Frank Crothers -- Anthis and Azure were nice guys too, but Frank was special to me; I met him in the sixth grade @ Captain Gray. He and Eddie Haun were sidekicks, and we three girls and the boys had a fun little group. We called him Frankie Jim. The girls all thought Frank was the nastiest little boy we knew, and then the summer between sixth grade and Junior High, each of us girls "fell in love" with Frankie Jim and he gave each of a whirl -- my romance with him consisted of a summer afternoon holding hands sitting behind the house Ray and Donald Grant's folks were building. That was enough, amazingly simple, the Wonder Years, and thereafter I never had another romantic feeling about Frank. Starting 7th grade, Frank was dating Patsy Tobias -- already a redheaded bombshell -- the rest of us barely needing our training bras -- there are always girls like that -- where do they come from -- anyway Frank was way ahead of us, and the group made that inevitable Junior High split. In High School we said Hi in the halls until sophomore year and Dolores Calvin and I were buddies and she started dating Bill Miller and he and Frank were friends so we all hung out from time to time. I remember one Saturday afternoon, Dolores, Bill, and Frank came to my house -- I lived on Rd.48, up past Wernett -- and the four of us took our .22 rifles and a box of bullets and headed out into the desert. Today if you saw four teenagers carrying guns -- but in that time it was a Saturday afternoon out shooting tin cans. The last time I saw Frank, and Eddie too, was at our 20-year Class Reunion. We had a long, complex conversation, which was so nice. I think of Frank quite often really, and it was great reading about your memory, Bill. How do you like it in Vancouver?

Ana Harris Jae (`59)
San Francisco, CA
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From: Irma Kulp Zacher (`60)

  PHS Homecomings in my era, fall `57, `58, `59, were an exciting kickoff to each high school year. Those football boys were our heroes and led us fearlessly to many wins. The Bulldogs have always been a team to reckon with and they have always made us proud.
  I remember the Homecoming Courts -- where the football players got to choose the two princesses for each class: sophomore, junior and senior and a senior queen.
  I remember that Judy Jump Mosebar was a favorite royalty and such a good role model. She was also one of the best cheerleaders that PHS ever produced. She represented the class of 1960 through Junior High and High School sports events and festivities. She was and is still a beautiful woman in looks and deeds. She retired from teaching in the Kennewick School District this past year.
  To continue, I remember the impressive and elaborate school assembly presentation of the Homecoming Court each year to the student body in the PHS Auditorium with little attendants from the community, usually a little boy and a little girl to bear the Queen's train. Mostly, I think, to add pomp and circumstance to the event.
  The decorating of the Homecoming Float for the royalty to ride on was done in the shop at PHS. Committees spent hours stuffing colorful paper into chickenwire. Of course purple and white colors predominated. We had such pride in watching the Homecoming parade in the stadium.
  THE BIG GAME was an intense and exciting day and evening around Pasco High and its students were always full of enthusiasm and comments flew and grew, on what PHS was going to do to Kennewick at the big game.
  The Homecoming dance and decorating was always a big event with lots of people helping and lots of fun to be had. Homecoming brought the student body together in pride and friendship. I have fond memories of the planning, team work and the end results of assemblies, floats and dance preparation and the many friendships that were bonded during these activities.
  The big Homecoming game against Kennewick High School was always so thrilling. We won some. We lost some, but always, great fun was had by all with Bonfires burning and hanging dummies in Kennewick's likeness in effigy, from the old Pasco-Kennewick bridge, hayrides in the cold and whoops and hollers throughout the night before the big game. Team protection to enforce the care of the recently built bonfire, before the actual firing took place -- so that Kennewick spies couldn't gain access to the enormous woodpile. I suppose there was a bit of mischief, also. Through the years the tales of great antics grew. The Pasco/Kennewick Police Departments probably geared up for the homecoming shenanigans each year. I imagine there are some PHS Alumni out there in memory land who have great stories to tell.

Irma Kulp Zacher (`60)
Pasco, WA
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From: Causna Beebe Albin (`60)

  I am trying this computer business for the first time -- so hang tough! I figured if Tommie Warren has learned how to do this maybe I could too (no offense Tommie).

  For all of you that were at the last class reunion - we had a great time, too bad you could not make it -- we will most likely be having another one in 2005 thanks to Irma and Judy (Geil) (Fink) (Jackson) (Baumgartner) and the rest of the crew.

  By golly John Goulet and Linda -- France -- how interesting is that? By the way John, I always thought you graduated the same year as we did -- not a year before.

  Donnie Bruce -- what can I say? The last picture I saw of you, you looked exactly like Dick Van Dyke, I'll bet you hear that a lot. As far as Lea & Perrins goes -- use it in all of my cooking -- ha!

  I haven't heard lately how Don Hardy is doing but I know prayers always help.

  God Bless -- and keep the faith.

Causna Beebe Albin (`60)
Spokane, WA
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From: Kevin Williams (`77)

Hello Fellow Alumni:
  I was talking to the Director of Music Programs for the Pasco School District, Mike Garrett, about getting an alumni band together to play at a basketball game like we did in the good ol' days! He suggested near Christmas since some of you out-of-towners may be traveling back this way to visit friends and family.

  Let me know if there is any interest and I will do what I can to help make it happen.

Kevin Williams (`77)
Pasco, WA
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