ND 49/50/51 REUNION GROUP NEWSLETTER, Jan 03 email ndal1@juno.com 1-800-441-8092

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We would encourage you to come to the Greater North Dallas Alumni Association awards luncheon for the DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI. This will be held at the Adolphus Hotel, Saturday, April 12, 11:00 a.m. til 1:00 p.m. If you get your money in to GNDAA before March 12 the luncheon/festivities will only cost you $20. After that date you will have to pay $25. Mail to GNDAA, 11155 Cactus Lane, Dallas, 75238. The members of our classes who will be honored are Donna O'Steen Edwards and Douglas Ann Johnson Newsom. We need to be on hand to support these outstanding women with our congratulations.

Now, in an effort to make your trip to this function more worthwhile, our classes will have a gathering following the luncheon, at some place in or near the hotel. This will allow us another several hours to continue our visiting. Bring clothes to change to if you need more comfort. We will have the scrapbook/photo album.

The day the October newsletter was mailed an email came from Marie Brunson Keeter (52), telling about the North Dallas Californians. A party was held at the Acapulco Restaurant in Hermosa Beach, Saturday, Sept. 21. Marie sent out about 164 invites, & had about ½ of them returned for "addressee unknown." Of the remainder about ¼ sent unable to attend apologies, & the rest of them showed up. There were Bulldogs from 1942 through the 1998 graduating class. Alejandro Lopez of 98 is in school at USC in Los Angeles. 1955 had the most attending. She reports that the luncheon was great fun, good food & the most fun was meeting everyone & yakking about the old days. They had some ice-breaker games and a door prize. Bob McCauley (55), of ND web page fame, served as the MC & kept the action moving along. Joy Collins Almaas (52), entertained at her keyboard, & of course, included playing the Alma Mater. They had an incredibly fun day meeting ex-Bulldogs & getting to know others with that common bond of ND, who live in sunny California. The next party is Saturday, January 18, 2003, at Tony DeGrazier's (53) ISLANDS restaurant, 12320 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach CA. Marie's email address is KeeterML@corona.navy.mil, & her phone # is 909-737-8132. Mary Ann Jund Thornton said she was unable to get to that first party, but expects to make the next one. Sounds like they may have a good group getting started over there. We have enough folks in Arizona to do the same, but someone has to pick up the responsibility.

As long as Bulldogs are gathering, the next Bulldog Breakfast will be 9 a.m. Saturday, January 25th at Dunston's Restaurant on Lovers Lane, across from the Inwood Theater. The cost is $12 & you need to call Nick Moore, 972-985-1939, by Jan. 23. There's always plenty of food, however, if you find out at the last minute you can come.

The Dallas News ran a feature article in the sports section early in Oct about the '52 ND football team, which, tho we were long gone, you may recall played Lubbock, in Lubbock, in the state semi-finals. Much reminiscing for some of our '51 friends. And pictures of them today. One was Paul Delfeld, Richard's younger brother. Also Early Farley, David Abbott, James Coker, Bill Verble. They had a get-together on the 50th anniversary of that game. See web page for more.

More Golden Anniversary news. October must have been a good month for weddings. Donald & Dusty Clemmons, Charles & Bertha Broach & Gully & Polly Pilant Cowsert all celebrated to that month. Virginia Festervan Ridley writes that she & Robert were married 52 years this past June. Right after graduation, of course. We did not get the word about Dick Gaddy's death, noted in the Oct. Bulldog News, but it got to them via someone who informed Claude Brewer. Of course, we have no details. Tim Griffing died in November. And David Mills lost his long fight with cancer as well.

In getting the update rosters ready to print I discovered that several addresses had not been updated, e.g. the rural routes all have "house numbers" now. While taking care of that I went through the looooong data list & really noticed how many 49's & 51's are no longer getting the orange newsletter. Some of this is because we never heard any response from them. Be aware that many of your classmates no longer know what is going on with us other than what they get from the BD News. We gave plenty of notice that they were to be dropped, but sadly, they didn't seem to care. Others, as mentioned last mailing, have requested they NOT be dropped off. If you keep up with them assure them the orange-o-gram is still alive & well, if they are interested. Email addresses help. Within the fallout from this is that many addresses may not still be good, & also there may be some deaths not reported to us by relatives, or because the "return service" did not return to us with a "deceased" notice on it. Also on the missing list, whom we once had found, is Jane Taylor Post, last in Birmingham, Charlene Maybery Bennett, Billy Williams. Help us here. Barbara Powell was the one who kept up with Charlene. Oversight noted in the 51 roster, Dorothy Young is wife of David Mills. Address change for Markoleta Clanton Bettis, 3705 Fairway Dr, Temple, TX 76502, 254-791-8060; Richard Cameron P.O. Box 1067, Newport, OR 97365

Carolyn Mathias Kaltenbach wrote that while they were in Ruidoso in July they stopped by Bettie Bridges Brock's Angel Touch Antique shop, mentioned in the last newsletter, & had a very nice visit with her. Bettie has since sold the place, but will continue to work there.

The October lunch at Luby's had only 15 people. Dallas had had a deluge of several inches of needed rain on Friday, with more forecast for Sat (which thankfully did not happen), so perhaps some folks were scared off, but at Mary Ellen Ramirez Carvajal's prompting, Juanita Bosher Espanier showed up, & will probably join us more often now that she has found the place. Ken Miller brought news that Mary Emily Steele Jacobs is now in a nursing home. She is far gone with Alzheimers. She met her husband Roy Jacobs while working at Neimans, and she ultimately became a model for them. Bill & Liz Lester Presley told the tale of their move to Rockwall. They have been fortunate enough to move into a house that backs up to their daughter's home. A pool on that property & a spa at the Presleys, & no fencing so they are all living on their own private estate. We were glad to have Frances Hagg Perkins again. In November we had about 24. Wesley Gallemore & Laverne Faust Johnson joined us for the first time, but say they will return, & Earlene Sheffield Cook, who lives in OK, was here as well. Jerry Brazzell, who has on.ly been an occasional, also came. The last 4 years we have had the December lunch at a home, alternating between Jeff/Margie Vogel Aston & Lucy/Fred Hight. This December we had attendance of over 50 & a grand time. Several had to stay home with flu, but Joan Price Miller came from Houston. Also had the Bonds, Robt Allison, Roy & Sue Willard Olivier, plus our "regulars." We recommend your eating with us. The coming lunches will be, as usual at Luby's Valley View, 12:30, on the third Saturday: January 18, Feb. 15, March 15, April 19, May 17. Mark your calendars NOW. Email reminders go to addresses we have.

Both Walter Nusbaum & Mary Ann Jund Thornton sent this on. We think it should be shared with all of you:

Some things you keep. Like good teeth. Warm coats. Bald husbands. They're good for you, reliable and practical, and so sublime that to throw them away would make the garbage man a thief. So you hang on, because something old is sometimes better than something new, and what you know is often better than a stranger.

These are my thoughts. They make me sound old, old and tame, and dull at a time when everybody else is risky and racy and flashing all that's new and improved in their lives. New careers, new thighs, new lips, new cars. The world is dizzy with trade-ins. I could keep track, but I don't think I want to.

I grew up in the forties with practical parents - a mother, God bless her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it-and still does. A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones. They weren't poor, my parents; they were just satisfied. Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers and tee shirt and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in his hands, dishtowel in hers. It was a time for fixing things- a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things you keep. It was a way of life and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, reheating renewing. I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant there'd always be more.

But then my father died, and on that clear autumn night in the chill of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any "more." Sometimes what you care about most gets all used up and goes away, never to return. So while you have it, it's best to love it and care for it and fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick. That's true for marriage and old cars and children with bad report cards and dogs with bad hips and aging parents. You keep them because they're worth it, because you're worth it. Some things you keep. Like a best friend that moved away, or a classmate you grew up with. There's just some things that make life important…..People you know are special, and you KEEP them close!




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