Sometimes you don't know whether your letter has reached someone and they've chosen not to reply, or whether the letter never reached them at all. The reunion committee has mailed invitations to Elizabeth Weissinger, but as far as I know, no one has heard from her for at least a decade. Elizabeth attended Central during 1964-1965, but she was not an AFS student. According to an article (shown above) by Linda Austin, published in the Madison Mirror on June 5, 1964, Elizabeth was in the United States to improve her English. The official list of Class of 1965 graduates does include her, so she was awarded a diploma.
While trying to update the mailing list for the 30th reunion, I called Kathy Merlin, who had stayed in touch with Elizabeth since graduation. At that time, Kathy provided the information that Elizabeth's last name was Weissinger-Kohler and that she lived in Gantringen, Germany.
Recently, I tried to Google "Gantringen" and while there were no hits, the clever search engine asked me if I didn't really mean "Gartringen" (second letter in name "r" instead of "n"). So I took Google's spelling tip and received lots of hits. I then went to Mapquest to try to locate this city.
But wait! I'm probably become too pedantic here. The real purpose of this post is to try to locate Elizabeth. If you know how to reach her, send me an email. Or, perhaps, one day she'll Google herself (as many people do, even if they don't always admit to this curious habit) and find this blog. If so, I hope she'll send us an update on her whereabouts and what she's been doing for the past four decades.
Complete set (1924-1926) online at Dane County Historical Society
Accessing The Madison Mirror online at the DCHS
Before you click on over to the DCHS site to view the online versions of The Madison Mirror, a few words of advice/wisdom/caution:
(1) The link in the middle of the "I Remember Madison Central High" page for title "Read The Madison Mirror" doesn't work; use the one in the sidebar ("View The Madison Mirror") instead.
(2) When you click on the "View The Madison Mirror" link, you'll reach a 32-page PDF document with a list of links to the issues of The Madison Mirror in chronological order. This means you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Most people do, but if you don't have it, you'll have to install it. Use this link to Adobe for a free download (and uncheck the box for the free eBay Desktop before you start to save space on your hard drive).
(3) BE VERY CAREFUL: Many of the PDF files for individual issues of The Madison Mirror are HUGE. I've found some that are 12 MG. If you're still using a dial-up connect, you probably don't want to try to access any of these PDFs because it will take too long to open them. Even if you have a high-speed connection, you may find that you're unable to open some issues because of the size. Trying to do so may tie up your browser. Note: It's not just me (and I have DSL). Some other alumni have also been trying to open issues of particular interest to them and reported to me that they couldn't.