Monday, October 31, 2005
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 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)?
Friday, October 28, 2005
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
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
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.
Friday, October 21, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Update: I did locate an obituary for Coach Harris. Click HERE to read it.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
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!
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
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
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.
"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
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
Friday, October 07, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Several names in this yearbook entry were mis-spelled!
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Tuesday, October 04, 2005
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.