Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Planning Committee Meeting

Interested in helping to plan and organize the class reunion in October? Ralph Guerin sent me an email indicating that there will be a meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at Fyfe's Corner Bistro on 1344 E. Washington Avenue.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Remaining Classmate Obituaries

In addition to the obituaries already posted (see links on right hand side of page), I still have a few to transcribe: Kathryn Merlin (2001), Richard Sundquist (1981), Trumann Karabis (1974), Dennis Keating (1970), Gary Johnson (1969), Bruce Knox (1968), and Dean Urben (1966). They'll be posted as soon as I have time to check the microfilms and transcribe the text.

If you know of any classmate whose obituary has been omitted, please let me know.

Another Photo from the 25th Class Reunion Held at the Madison Civic Center

Shirley, Rachel, and Nancy

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Teacher and Administrator Obituaries

An obituary for Mr. Colucci has been added to this blog (see link in right hand column). The other teachers and administrators whose obituaries I've located are Elizabeth Ritzmann, Lucille Reid, Paul DeRose, William Marsh, Vida Smith, and Walter Fandrich. However, obtaining the entire text of the obituary will require searching microfilms at the library, since none of these obituaries are available on line. Unless someone wants to volunteer to do the microfilm searches, it may be a while until these obituaries are added to this blog. In the meantime, if anyone knows of any other teachers or administrators who are no longer with us, please send me their names (and death dates, if known), so I can add them to the list. Or you can include this information in a comment on this posting.

The Brothers-in-Law: Another Photo from the 25th Class Reunion at the Madison Civic Center

Ralph and Steve

The First of Many Photos from the 25th Reunion Held at the Madison Civic Center

Nancy, Suzanne, Martha

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Photographer Doug Edmunds Goes Digital In Cedarburg

Doug Edmunds has been a successful photographer for many years. Click on this link to the News Graphic to read a story published on July 12, 2005. The original print version of this story probably was accompanied by a photograph of Doug. If anyone has a copy, let me know and we'll try to figure out a way to show it here.

UPDATE 3/22/2008: The link to the News Graphic is no longer active and I've been unable to locate one that is active. To read more about Doug Edmunds, click on the tag at the end of this post. Doing so will bring up all the content on this blog related to Doug, including some posts with photographs.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Leaving Comments

Some of you have indicated that you're having trouble leaving comments. If you need help setting up a login name and password, please contact me (preferably by using the email address indicated in the "Rules" posting). You don't need to create your own blog in order to comment, but it might be fun if some more members of the Class of 1965 decide to create personal blogs. I'd love to be able to create a list of links to other blogs from the Class of 1965.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Larry Franklin's 1965 Long Jump Mark is the Oldest WIAA Track and Field Record in the State

From the Wisconsin High School Track and Field results report on 110th WIAA State Track and Field Championships:

"Three monstrous state records were broken which makes the 2005 Championships something extra special. The records were monstrous because of the athletes who previously held the records - Stu Voigt, holder of the state record in the shot put for almost 40-years and a 11-year NFL vet, Kenny Harrison, Olympic Champion and American Record holder in the triple jump and Chris Solinsky, arguably the best prep distance runner to ever grace the state of Wisconsin.
Green Bay Preble's Steve Marcelle broke the WIAA state record in the shot put with his 67-6 win in the D1 competition on Friday. In an unbelievable atmosphere, Marcelle had a great series including throws of 67-0, 66-11, and 67-5¼. Marcelle's winning throw bests his previous Wisconsin all-time best throw of 67-4 set earlier this year at the TFA indoor and it breaks the 66-7½ mark set almost 40 years ago by Stu Voight of Madison West.
Only one other WIAA record was older than Voigt's. Madison Central's Larry Franklin's 1965 long jump mark of 25-0¾ continues as the oldest record in the state."

Larry Franklin was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

A Note About Obituaries

I have classmate obituaries from the 1995 "orange book" of addresses and other information that was created for the 30th reunion, and I will post them as soon as I have the time. I also have some obituaries from after 1995: Rich Kearns, John LaFlash, Larry Shapiro, and Dan Fix. If anyone has additional information about classmates who are no longer with us, please forward copies of their obituaries and I will post them, too.

The Old Madison Public Library

Remember when the Madison Public Library was on North Carroll Street just across the street from Central High School? The image above is from an old postcard.

Can't Find Your Yearbook?

The Madison Public Library's Central Branch at 201 W. Mifflin Street has a collection of high school yearbooks. If you can't find yours and you can't remember how to spell the name of the yearbook for Madison Central High School, check the library's online card catalogue (but not between midnight and 7 a.m. CST because it's closed for routine maintenance during those hours).

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Ninth Grade Cheerleaders

Do You Want to Send Some Photos for Posting on the Blog?

If you want to submit some photos, please contact me before you try to email anything. I'll let you know what size and format I need.

Ninth Grade Basketball Team

Blogs can host photos, too.

I think this is the 9th grade basketball team because some of the faces belong to Shorewood students who transferred to West the following year.

Hint: If you want to see a slighly larger version of this photo, double click on it. This will open a new window on your browser with an enlarged version of the photo.

Those Folks at West Are Really Organized...

If you live in Madison and read the local papers, or have talked to people who graduated from Madison West High School, you've probably heard that they're planning to hold a 75th Anniversary Reunion this summer. If you want more information about this event, click on this link.

Unconfirmed Information on 40th Reunion

The following is unconfirmed, but from a reliable source:

"The reunion will be Saturday, October 15 at CJ's on Atlas Ave. It is on the east side off Cottage Grove Road. There will be a social hour at 6 PM and a family style dinner served at 7 PM. Cost is undetermined right now."

I hope someone from the planning committee will contact me to confirm the date and supply details about costs.

Rules? What Rules?

Remember this is not my job and I'm not getting paid for my time, so don't whine and complain if this blog is not updated as often as you'd like it to be.

Comment on posts if you wish, but you'll need to register: It's easy and it's free and it helps to minimize nuisance comments. The first time you attempt to leave a comment, you'll be prompted to register. I suggest you use only your first name. Also, remember to write down your name and password. And finally, remember that when you leave a comment, anyone can read it: so be civil and check your grammar and spelling.

This is not a group blog: You can't post to this blog yourself, but I'll be glad to add your messages and information if they are relevant. If you really want to let people know what you had to eat for breakfast, or you're trying to give away some absolutely adorable puppies, this is not the place for you. Consider creating your own blog or web site.

If you want to contact me with information to post (or for anything else), please use the special email account I've created to work in conjunction with this blog. I'm not going to post the email address on the blog, because that's just an open invitation to spammers. So you're going to have to figure it out from the following clues:
  • The first part of the address is the school colors in reverse alphabetical order, with the word "and" in between. For instance, if the school colors are blue and pink, the first part of the email address is "pinkandblue" (no spaces between the words).
  • The second part of the address is the name of our high school yearbook (find your copy and be certain the tricky spelling is correct).
  • The email account is with, so once you figure out the name, the correct email address should look something like this:

This is not a test, even though it may seem like one.

If you email me something to post, I will identify you as the source of the information. It will look something like this:

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark sends the following message:

"To be, or not to be..."

Just remember, the rules are here to make things easier, not to discourage you. Stay in touch.

Why Start a Blog?

It would be wonderful to have a web site for our class, but it it takes a lot of time to design a really good one, plus money for hosting it. Plus someone willing to maintain it. And did I mention up-to-date information about classmates?

I'm not ready to create a web site -- and I doubt that any of the rest of you are either -- but we need something to help us stay in touch with each other. I've received some "have you heard anything about a reunion?" emails and telephone calls in the past few weeks, so I know we're not all in touch with each other. What to do? Why not start a blog?

As a birthday present, I've helped a friend to set up and maintain a blog about living on a boat. As a result, I've come to appreciate how useful and effective blogs can be as means of staying in touch. So I'm creating this blog in attempt to facilitate communications among the members of the Madison Central High School Class of 1965. The one in Wisconsin (there are others).

Sure, blogs can serve lots of other less (or more) wonderful functions, but blog will stay focused and it will have rules (she said, sounding like a teacher or a drill sergeant).

It's also a work in progress: So be patient, check in periodically -- and follow the rules!