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06/23/15 02:58 PM #158    


Shelby Smith (Larsen)

Oh, one last time thing---I've browsed through the class photos, and, as the kids say , OMG I cannot believe mine in 8th grade (8-7) i don't remember it at all. I must have destroyed every copy when it was taken.  That has got to be the worst haircut ever--perhaps Mother did those bangs. (She was very "thrifty" )  Eighth grade was when I began having severe self-worth/ issues. I have always attributed it to being the year my health issues came to a head ( don't know if anyone remembers that I needed open heart surgery, a pretty risky deal in those days)  However, after seeing that photo, my self image issues were entirely justified, and I can't believe any of you were willing to be seen with me:) 


06/23/15 05:09 PM #159    

Deborah Garretson

Art, I took jazz piano from Art Hodes. I was not talented except for one thing...I got him to play for me during my lessons. 

06/23/15 07:20 PM #160    


Barbara Mears

Shelby, you're so funny.  I bet everyone who sees their 7th/8th grade pictures feels the same way.  We all went through awkward stages, and we all grew up to be much better looking!

06/24/15 01:27 PM #161    


Anna Hoagland

It is so interesting reading your memories from growing up in PF. Makes me think of my life in other schools and other places. I didn't realize some of you were such rascals!

David Clayton, thanks for your kind message. I have had a wonderful life. My dad's civil rights  and passivist journey probably started when he had a fellowship to study in Germany in the early 30's. He saw Hitler come to power and how certain populations were targeted. He also knew that many of the arms were being provided by England. He was very involved with supporting the Zionists in the early movement. Had a plaque and document thanking him. They became too militaristic and he went on to other rights' movements. He was instrumental in starting a new NAACP chapter in Schenectady, NY. They would meet at our home. My favorite story of his about that was there were two white men in the group. Dad was asked to be president and he said a black person should lead. The members asked the other white man and he said yes. Turns out the other white man was an FBI informant!  When AFS students came through, and they had only been exposed to the bright side of the US, he would take them for a drive through the Chicago slums. My mom was an avid passivist, League of Women Voters,  active civil rights woman.

Art, I can't believe the clarity of your memories. Fantastic. Some of mine are vivid,  like the hootenannies (when was the last time you heard that word?), wonderful teachers, and the hard times my folks experienced there as well as the great friends they made.

Shelby, Sospeter was from Kenya. When we moved to Madison, WI, he spent some time with my family again. He came to America and got frostbite and a tapeworm!  Don't we wish we could remember more about our folks and knew what their thoughts were?

Larry Toy, I love the thought of someone mistaking you for an Eskimo!

06/25/15 11:32 AM #162    


David Clayton


Thanks for sharing your parent's civil rights journey. Their work is impressive and very important. As a kid it must have been an exposure that shaped your thinking and life in general. My mom was also in the L.W.V. Perhaps she knew your mom. Your father's journey sounds like the stuff of a good novel. I hope that he felt like he made a difference. My dad was an early supporter of Native Am. rights and was made an honorary Black Foot tribal chief when we lived in Montana. As kids, we were taken to many reservations out west. We were given the "kitchen" tour, as your dad also provided via the south side tour. As a kid I'll never forget the deplorable conditions native americans lived in on reservations. Today my wife and I  are leasing land from the Lac du Flambeau tribe on a lake in northern Wis. where my dad directed a YMCA family camp back when I was 12 and 13. 

As far as I know, I was the first to apply for C.O. status with our draft board in Harvey. Roger Stanke also got his C.O. later, something I only found out recently at the reunion.  I don't know if anyone else from our class applied. I got my C.O. in 1966 because of my Dad's involvement at the Presbyterian church in Chicago Hts.(It's a funny story) It's fortunate for me that the all white draft board was feeling guilty back in 1966 about sending "white" boys to Viet Nam. However, we "white boys" were only a small minority. Harvey draft board was one of the largest in the midwest, mostly populated by blacks and latinos. They were drafted in  large numbers, as you know. 

Dave Clayton


07/15/15 03:23 PM #163    

James Kiley

I just had lunch with Aviva Futorian. Delightful. She remembers the History Team Teachers as Al Sandaford (?), Will Haymire, herself and everybody's favorite Gene McGrue ( forgive the spelling). She want's to join the Message Forum.  She is 77, sharp as a tack. Went to the 1964 50th.

07/16/15 09:25 AM #164    


Anna Hoagland

Jim, what a wonderful conversation you must have had. Ms Futorian's experiences could fill an exciting book. She certainly was an important addition to my life and education.

07/16/15 02:16 PM #165    


Larry Toy

Thanks, Jim. I unfortunately never had the privilege of having Ms. Futorian as a teacher. All the reports say she was someone very special. Mr. McGrew and Sandefer team taught the American History class that I took as a sophomore, along with a few of our classmates, with the vast majority of students in the class juniors and a few seniors. I got to know a fair number of the upper class members, including the football player, Bill Farrell, who was one of the members of a group project we did in class. It was an experiment, combining two large classes together (probably 60 students or so) in a double classroom. Not sure whether it worked or was continued. McGrew and Sandefer were an interesting contrast - McGrew, quite young and very well dressed, and Sandefer, older and dressed like a typical college professor. Sandefer also doubled as a counselor and later became the Rich East principal, a decade after we graduated. 



07/17/15 12:53 PM #166    

Wilfred Sherk

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Stan Moore, who taught history by having the class read Shakespeare.  He was also the first Russian language teacher.  He had this endearing tic of rolling up his tie and letting it unroll as he lectured.  

07/17/15 03:21 PM #167    


Anita "Bonnie" Meyer (Vann)

Jim, I'm envious!  Lunching with Ms Futorian!  I'm glad you and she discussed her joining the Forum, look forward to her posts .  She was so elegant and beautiful in those days, I'm thinking she has maintained her classiness !   Thanks for pursuing this reunion for all of us who were lucky enough to be in her classes.  Hope she stays in touch!

07/18/15 11:49 AM #168    


Joe Nicolosi

Will---actually Mr. amd Mrs. Moore came to our 50th Reunion in 2013.  Both seemed to be doing quite well.  They sat by Larry Toy, who might be able to add more information about them.

07/18/15 02:09 PM #169    


Caryl Harris (Sewell)

Yes -- we read Shakespeare in his Western Civ. class. 4 histories. We read 8 others that year -- 4 comedies and 4 tragedies in my English class! I was Shakespeared out for a while. 

07/18/15 06:58 PM #170    


Lynne Braitberg (Luskin)

Lynne Braitberg here..This message forum has been so delightful to read..I forgot how much fun I had growing up in Park Forest.  Thank you to all....small world story...Bob Metcalf became superintendent of Lake Forest  Schools..ran into him years ago when I was on staff at Deerfirld High school...Gene Mcgrew became superintendent of Glenbrook High Schools in Northbrook..our daughters were sorority sisters at U Of I, and we were in a skit for parents day...he actually remembered me..how cool is that!!,  The next story is unbelievable..I am sitting in my back yard taking a 5 minute parent break when I hear a voice that is UNFORGETTABLE...my new neighbor was moving in..Mr.Barbknecht....he turned out to be a real nice guy..but that VOICE!,,,I think that our high school did a fabulous job of hiring the best teachers around so we could get a great education in and out of class..To Debbie Garretson, thanks to your mom, I still play the piano...great lady...to Susan Nally...thanks for teaching me how to do a flip..my daughter, Susie became a gymnast and cheerleader in high school..I am sure my skills inspired her..you can laugh now"....

07/19/15 11:27 AM #171    


Gloria Lisanti (Brown)

Lynne, your note made me laugh!  I guess you never know who might move in next door!  Haha!

What did you teach at Deerfield High?




07/19/15 12:45 PM #172    


Larry Toy

Lynne, thanks for those great updates. I agree with you that we had some very special teachers at Rich at that time.

A little more on the Moores. When we went down for our tour of PF and Rich at the start of the reunion, I had called our old family friends, Aaron (Doc) and Vivian Gerber, who still live in their same house on Osage, just below our old house on Oakwood, to see whether we could drop by to visit. Viv (as sharp as a tack in her 90's) immediately suggested that she invite Stan and Jan Moore, who still live on Osage, just two blocks away. After our visit, I asked whether Stan and Jan could come to the reunion banquet, which they, to the delight of many of their old students, did!

A couple of months later, they visited us in California as part of a trip visiting their son, who lives in Marin County, not too far from us.

I was one of a small number of our class that had the priviledge of having both Stan (Western Civ) and Jan (when she was still Swanson) (math seminar) as teachers. They are both in their '80's and doing well. We are on their Christmas letter list now and read about their travels and children and grandchildren. They said they would like to move from PF, particularly to Northern Cal, but the housing values in PF are too low to make the transition out. 


08/26/15 11:38 AM #173    

Larry McDaniel

You guys are gonna love this.  Top 10 songs from every month from 1955-1985.  Click on the Play button in the center of the disk.


08/27/15 10:08 AM #174    

Raymond Brindle

Thanks Larry. A fun site

08/27/15 12:14 PM #175    


Mike Shea

That's Great. Thanks LAWRENCE.

08/27/15 08:21 PM #176    

Paul Hastings

Thanks so much for the website. I could track my life by the songs a recall. What a great gift!!


08/28/15 09:22 AM #177    


Joe Nicolosi

Thanks, Paul.  I'm glad you're enjoying it.

08/28/15 10:14 AM #178    

Seth Eisner

Thanks, Larry.  Let's see -- June 1963.  It's My Party, You Can't Sit Down and, best of all, The Crystals singing Da Doo Ron Ron.  Not too shabby.  (Let's not talk about Bobby Vinton and Lou Christie, one of the finest hairdressers the City of Pittsburgh ever knew.)

08/29/15 11:58 AM #179    


Lee Biard

May '63: Kyu Sakamoto, Sukiyaki - I loved it. Odd, but loved it.

08/11/16 08:16 PM #180    

Deborah Garretson

Just wondering, did anyone else in our class have polio? Deb

08/15/16 08:53 PM #181    

Lorrie Gifford (Burke)

I did.....when I was five, I had bulbar polio.  I was in the hospital for a month and couldn't swallow and lost the ability to speak.  (My husband would be incredulous at the loss of speech part!!). I guess that I have made up for lost time!


08/15/16 09:36 PM #182    

Deborah Garretson

Laurie, I'm so sorry. You can email me at gorba336@gmail.com. Let's talk about it.

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