Monday, October 31, 2005

Reunions and More Reunions

Members of the reunion committee will meet at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) at Fyfe's to discuss, among other things, setting the precise date for the 45th reunion. There was a consensus among those who attended the 40th reunion on October 14th that the 45th reunion should be in October 2010, but not during the week of the World Dairy Expo (September 28 - October 2, 2010) or on a weekend that there's a UW Badgers home football game. The last criterion may delay the setting of an exact date, since the UW Badgers football schedule is currently only posted through the 2008 season.

In the meantime, there's always the All-Central Reunion, held every February at the VFW on Lakeside Street in Madison. I can never remember the formula for figuring out the exact date of this annual event (I think it's always the second Sunday in February), so I tried to telephone Rich Bennett, who organizes the party, at Bennett's Smut-N-Eggs (that's how it's listed in the telephone book) on Park Street. No answer. I'll try to catch up with him later and post details after I talk to him.

And yes, that really is how his establishment is listed in the telephone book. Smut-N-Eggs is well-known beyond the borders of Madison. Try a Google search for "smut and eggs" + Madison: You'll be amazed at how many hits it returns. Or better yet, stop by and ogle his collection of clippings from national newspapers and magazines. Amazingly, he doesn't have a website -- but then maybe he's so successful he doesn't need one.

A Politically Correct Photo from the 35th Reunion at the Argus


A splendid example of politically correct imagery, this photo correctly shows Janet on the left and Tom on the right. Note the significant amount of distance between this former registered lobbyist and former Dane County Board member. Viewing this, how can anyone deny that a picture is worth a thousand words (or whatever lower amount may bring it into line with campaign spending limits)?

We know the identity of the subjects, but who's the photographer?

The photo below is from the 35th reunion at the Argus. It is one of many that were pasted on the walls at CJs during the 40th reunion. I'd like to post more of these photos (perhaps even create a FLICKR account for them), but I'd like to know who took them. I asked Ralph and he didn't know. If you know who took them let me know, so I can give the photographer credit.


Bob and Raven

Friday, October 28, 2005

Obituary: Ronald Schenck

Posted below is an obituary for Ronald Schenck, who taught math at Madison Central High School for several years. The photo at left is from the 1965 Tychoberahn (where he is incorrectly identified as "Ronald Schenk," another of the many errors in that yearbook).

MADISON - Ronald Hanson Schenck, age 81, was born on March 3, 1924, and passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center, Fitchburg. Ron was born in Jackson, Mich., to Elvina (Hanson) and Chester Schenck. Ronald graduated summa cum laude from Winona State University (formerly Winona State Teachers College) with his B.S. degree in music and mathematics. He taught instrumental music at Harmony High School, Harmony, Minn., from 1948 to 1952. He returned to Winona State for pre-engineering courses. While in Winona, he played several instruments with the Henry Burton dance band. In 1954, he and his wife moved to Madison where Ron earned a B.S. in electrical engineering at UW. He was an instructor in the engineering school for the next seven years. He then returned to high school math teaching, five years at Central High School and 20 years at East High School, retiring in 1984. In 2000, Ron and his wife moved to the Oakwood East Apartments. He is survived by his wife, the former Judith Ferdinandsen, whom he married on March 10, 1948. He is further survived by a sister, Nancy Schenck of Galesville; a brother, Robert (Enid) of Palatine, Ill.; a niece and three nephews. According to Ron's wishes, there will be no funeral service or memorial services. Cremation rites will be accorded by the Ryan Funeral Home. His family is most grateful to the staff at the HospiceCare Center for their wonderful care. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 28, 2005

Thursday, October 27, 2005

More Classmate Obituaries

I have added an obituary for Patricia Friske (photo on left) who died in January of 2004.

I have also added an obituary for Stephen Rasmussen, who doesn't seem to appear in any yearbook photos, but is listed as a 1965 graduate of Madison Central High School. I am fairly confident that the man described in the obituary is our classmate (the age is within the correct range, and the middle initial matches the one on the list of 1965 graduates obtained from the Board of Education), but have been unable to locate any family members in order to confirm this. If you knew Rasmussen, please contact me with any additional information that might be useful in confirming that this is the correct person.

These two obituaries may be viewed by clicking on the appropriate link on the right under "Student Obituaries."

I also have located information that suggests that Darlene Grignano died in November 2003. We had her listed in our address files from previous reunions as Darlene Miller. In the Capital Times records listings for November 7, 2003, there is an entry for Darlene Miller, 57. I believe this is our classmate. However, I have been unable to find an obituary. Again, if you have any addition information that might be useful in confirming that this is the correct person (especially a published obituary), please contact me.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

What Ever Happened to Rip Van Roo?

Whenever a group of people get together at a reunion and reminisce, there are bound to be "whatever happened to?" questions. Rip Van Roo, who attended Madison Central High School in the ninth grade and then transferred to West the following year, was one former classmate whose name came up during such a discussion. Most people knew that Rip had died, but few had seen his obituary. Ed Nelson, however, had not only seen it, but he'd clipped it out and saved it for more than 40 years. Ed mailed me the obituary, which I've scanned and posted below:


This obituary was originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal in April 18, 1965. At this time, obituaries were still “news stories,” written by newspaper staff, not families.

The Way We Were: Ninth Grade Homeroom (part 8 of 9)

Friday, October 21, 2005

Seen at the 40th Reunion at CJ's



From left to right: Dave, Rachel, and Ralph

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Submitting to the Sound of the Applause Meter


"Least Changed" Contestants at the 40th Reunion: Five Finalists (left to right): Tom, Janet, Nancy, Steve, Eileen; man with his hand over Janet's head is the Emcee, Ralph

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Remembering Coach Bob "Boomer" Harris

Until I'm able to locate the obituary, those of you who've asked about Coach Harris may be interested in reading the an article about him from the March 3, 2003 edition of The Capital Times, as well as this remembrance of him published on November 10, 1993 in the Wisconsin State Journal. If you have a problem using these links, please let me know.

Update: I did locate an obituary for Coach Harris. Click HERE to read it.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Who Has Changed the Least?

Ralph Guerin, our class vice-president, served as emcee at the reunion and hosted several "competitions." One was to select the member of the class of 1965 who'd changed the least (looked most like they'd looked back in 1965 when the yearbook photos were taken). Pictured below are the three finalists? Who would have won your applause? Results to be posted later (of course if you were there, you already know who won).


From left to right: Nancy, Tom, Janet

Lest you think that this interest in how people are aging is a strictly a local obsession, consider the cover story on "Living better longer" in the October 17, 2005 issue of Time magazine. In that issue, the editors invite readers to participate in an online poll about "aging gracefully that pits such "celebrities" as Joan Baez against Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Paul Newman against Colin Powell. All we used at the reunion was a version of the old-fashioned applause meter!

Preliminary Report: 40th Class Reunion

Approximately 60 people attended the 40th reunion Saturday, several of whom admitted that this was the very first reunion they'd attended. I'll refrain from publishing an attendance list until I can obtain the official list from Ralph or Craig.

I took lots of photos, but the room was a bit dark and my flash doesn't seem to have been efficient as I had hoped. Many of the photos are underexposed. Fortunately, I may be able to use PhotoShop to improve the images. I also have a slew of photos from the 35th reunion that I'll begin to post. In addition, I'd welcome photo contributions from anyone else in the class. Eventually, I think I may have to find a secondary photo sharing site for classmates to access -- but that's further down the road. In the meantime, it's a beautiful day and I'm not planning to spend all my spare time blogging. So keep checking back: I'll try to update as often as possible.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Galumphs and All...

My car galumphs when I start it,and there's one of those pesky "have your engine serviced soon" lights blinking away on my dashboard, but I think I'll make it to the reunion tonight. And yes, I'll have my digital camera (and an extra set of batteries + three memory cards) with me. So in the not too distant future, I'll begin posting photos of the reunion, as well as some commentary.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Way We Were: Ninth Grade Homeroom (Part 7 of 9)



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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Way We Were: Ninth Grade Homeroom (Part 6 of 9)



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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Will There Be a Get-together Before the Reunion?

I heard a rumor that there might be a get-together at Main Street Depot on Friday night, so I called Rich DiSalvo to see what he knew, since it is his establishment. Rich said he hadn't heard about any such event, but that didn't mean it wasn't happening. If it does, however, he won't be there. He's spending the weekend in St. Louis, Missouri, attending a wedding. Another person who won't be there (or at the reunion), according to Rich, is Mike Davy. He's not traveling to Madison because he's awaiting the imminent arrival of his second granddaughter.

If anyone knows about a pre-reunion event, send me an e-mail and I'll be glad to post details here on the blog. Also remember that there's an event already scheduled for Friday evening that features a member of the Madison Central High School Class of 1965: Gerri DiMaggio's performance at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

The Way We Were: Ninth Grade Homeroom (part 5 of 9)



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Another Slice of Apple Pie, Please

E-mail delivery can be as quirky as any mail service. It turns out that Janet Stevens wasn't the only person to send some information about the location of past reunions: Someone else rose to the challenge, too -- and thus merits thanks and a nostalgic slice of Manchester's apple pie (see previous post). Marlene Bjornethun sent two e-mails, but for some reason they didn't arrive in my mailbox until this morning. Here's what Marlene had to say:

"I think the twentieth reunion was held at The Concourse. I think that was the year we could walk across the street to tour the old Central. I know I went through the building and up to my locker. I think JoAnn Benell was with me when I went through it. I may have my years mixed up. But I am almost sure that is where it was."

But while she agrees with Janet about location of the 20-year reunion, she disagrees with what I've posted about the location of the 5-year reunion:

"I also thought the fifth reunion was held at that park behind Hilldale Towers and Park Towers Apt. buildings. I can't think of the name of it. I know it runs parallel with Sheboygan Ave."

My source for the information about the 5-year reunion was Terry Doyle, who told me that although he didn't attend because he had just returned from Vietnam, he was quite certain that reunion was held at Vilas. Does anyone know for sure?

Monday, October 10, 2005

Someone Rose to the Challenge

Janet Stevens sent me an email today in response to a previous post to tell me that the Fifteenth Reunion was held at the Holiday Inn East and the Twentieth Reunion was held at the Concourse Hotel. If there were still a Manchester's Tea Room, I'd thank her by buying her some hot apple pie with cinnamon ice cream. Instead, I hope I can at least prompt a smile by publishing the following ad from the March 9, 1934 issue of the Madison Mirror:

History Preserved: Thank You! Mr. Marsh

Anne Waidelich, a former librarian who is active in many local history organizations, mailed me a copy of an article about Madison Central High School printed in a recent newsletter published by the Dane County Historical Society. Written by Debbie Kmetz, the article is a review of the complete run (1929 through 1969) of the "Madison Mirror" donated to the Dane County Historical Society by Principal William Marsh.

Kmetz also reports that Mr. Marsh also donated copies of the Tychoberahn, but does not indicate how many (or what years).

I recently examined the copies of the Tychoberahn from 1910-1920 that are held at the Madison Public Library, which, as I reported in a earlier post, has a complete run of the yearbook. Many of the volumes I examined are fragile, have torn pages, and have quite a bit of writing in the margins. Some backup or replacement copies would be a great addition to this collection. If you or some member of your family has an old Tychoberahn (in good condition) that they might be willing to donate, please contact me. I'll be glad to see if it's one that should be added to the library's collection and do my best to facilitate its accession.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

The Way We Were: Leading the Cheers 1964-65

1965 Wrestling Team as Depicted in the Tychoberahn



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Paper Tigers



Yamaha Motor Company offers some really neat Paper Craft Models on its website. Click HERE for assembly instructions as well as a photo image of a completed model.

The Way We Were: Ninth Grade Homeroom (part 4 of 9)



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Friday, October 07, 2005

The Way We Were: Ninth Grade Homeroom (part 3 of 9)




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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Way We Were: Ninth Grade Homeroom (part 2 of 9)



Several names in this yearbook entry were mis-spelled!

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What's in a name?

Have you ever wondered why our high school yearbook has such an unusual name? Or what the origins and meaning of that name were? Here's an explanation I found yesterday while I was at the library looking through some old Tychoberahns. It's from the 1911 edition (and yes, perhaps the explanation does contain a term that's not politically correct 94 years later).



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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Excused Absences

Just before the semester begins, you can be pretty sure where you'll find Terry Doyle. He'll be in the basement of the University Book Store because he's the textbook supervisor. That's where I found him one day in August. And that's when he told me he wouldn't be able to attend the reunion because he and his wife would be in West Virginia that weekend, attending a convention.

If you're not attending, what's your excuse? And if you can't attend, why not send an email with an update about yourself? I'll be glad to put in on the blog. I was on my way to the Wisconsin Historical Society this afternoon and since I had my nifty little digital camera with me (and since the textbook rush season is over) I stopped by and took a couple of photos of Terry, one of which accompanies this post. I can't possibly take photos of all of you, but I'll be glad to post a current photo if you want to send one to me. Send an email if you need information about acceptable formats.

Class Size

Nancy Ellis asked how many people were in the Class of 1965. According to the "official list," which someone (I think it was Ralph Guerin) obtained from the Madison Board of Education, 269 students graduated from Madison Central High School in 1965.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Way We Were : Ninth Grade Homeroom (part 1 of 9)




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