Selected Photos From the 2016 Reunion Party


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I know many of you did attend this year’s edition of the now annual LHS Classes of 1961-1964 Reunion Party last September. But like me, some of you were unable to attend – our bad. From what I understand, once again, Gini Yegsigian hosted an awesome party with great food.

For those of you who did not make it, I have posted a few photos here to give you a little idea what we missed. By the way, collecting and labelling these photos was done by Ron Secory (62).

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I suspect it will not be long before the planning for the 2017 edition begins. Stay tuned!

 

LHS 2015 Summer Reunion Party DVD AVailable


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Click on the figure to view the DVD trailer.

On September 19th, Gini Yegsigian hosted the the second annual LHS Summer Reunion Party. This year the party was open to the graduating classes of 1961-1964.

About 70 people attended this year, which was a tremendous increase over last year’s group. I suspect future editions are going to be the must-attend event of the summer.

If you were not able to attend this year, there is an 11-minute DVD that will clearly show you the fun you missed. The DVD was compiled and produced from the many photos contributed by several people by Ron Secory and Don Stouder. Those who went to the reunion will be receiving their DVD shortly.

For those of you who were not able to attend, you can receive a copy for $5 by sending a check payable to Don Stouder at the address below.

Don Stouder
26812 Via Desmonde
Lomita, CA 90717

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50th Reunion DVD Coming Soon


Those of you who attended our 50th Reunion, I am sure are wondering where the DVD is. Vicky and I are hard at work and hope to complete it soon. Thank you to all of you who contributed pictures and video clips from the reunion. Going through these and picking the best ones that tell the story to include on the DVD was not a simple task.

When the DVD is completed, it will include not only pictures and video clips from the Reunion weekend, but also glimpses of life for us when we were at Leuzinger. Special thanks goes out to Wes Rizor for providing video (actually shot on film – there was no video back then) that his dad took during 1962 and 1963. A short sample of raw footage is shown below.

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For those of you who were unable to attend the reunion, you will be able to buy a copy of the DVD when it is released. Information on how to do that will be emailed to you, as well as posted here. So make sure you keep your email address current with us.

In the meantime everyone, continue to be patient. 🙂

P.S. Soon I will be redoing the blog and our home page – our 50th Reunion is history now.

 

 

 

LHS Class of ’63 Memory Books


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We have sold out of the few extra 50th ReunionMemory Books we had left from the reunion. We have mailed these to those who had quickly sent in their check.

As soon as we receive sufficient additional orders, we will have more printed. We are not going to be able to offer the Memory Books indefinitely. So if you would like a copy, please send your check as soon as possible.

If you are interested in purchasing a 50th Reunion Memory Book that includes the completed Questionnaires from many of our classmates, you can order a copy. To order one, send a check payable to David Akins for $13.00 to David at the address below.

David Akins
1836 Palacios Dr.
San Pedro, CA 90732

We are also producing a DVD that chronicles  the activities of the weekend. This is a significant and time consuming project that Vicky Sechrist and I are working on. So it will be awhile yet before the DVD is completed and shipped to those who attended the reunion. At that time, it will be made available for purchase to everyone. I’ll let you know when orders can be placed for the DVD.

The group photo above is most of the group that attended the tour of Leuzinger Saturday morning. The photo was taken in front of the boys gym. Don’t worry if you do not remember the statue behind us. It was not there 50 years ago.

A Nice Note and a Couple of Pictures From Tina


A short time ago I posted a video and a couple of pictures of Tina and her family.

The other day, I got a nice email from her and a couple of more pictures. I decided to pass them on, so the rest of you can enjoy them. It seemed appropriate to do this today, on Dick Clark’s passing, since he had so much to do with her early career. She certainly isn’t the only performer he helped get started.

Phil and I really enjoyed the one we went to which was just south of Laguna Beach at a really nice hotel nestled in the mountains by the beach.  I can’t remember the name of the place, but it was nice seeing all my old classmates.

I really loved looking at the  YOUTUBE class photo that you posted here in this email.  Wow!  It’s so wonderful to have that photo available to look at and see how we used to look back in high school.  Phil and I found it amazing that all the girls were wearing skirts and dresses  with hemlines to the knees… all very modest and proper.  Today kids dress so sloppy and punky that it’s just such a contrast to our standards and cleanliness.  Do you know what I mean?  All the girls had well-arranged hairdos and they all looked so dressed up like they were going to church or something… Isn’t it strange how trends and different generations change their styles and “moral compass?”  It’s almost shocking how “wholesome” we look.  Squeaky clean!!! Crazy, isn’t it???

The photo with the four of us include our two daughters Kelly and Jessie.  That was taken at the Zucchini Festival last August where our band performed as the headliners.

Love to all my class of ’63,

Tina Edmundson-Volk and Phil Volk

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LHS Class of 1963 Mini-Reunion in North Carolina


Well, it has come and gone, our mini-class reunion in Chapel Hill, NC and points west graciously hosted by Gerald Miwa. Here is a glimpse at what those of us who were able to attend experienced between our arrival on October 15th and when some of us headed for home on October 20th. The weather was absolutely perfect with the fall colors in their early stages.

Our group was small, but this allowed us to reconnect as a group and individually. I needed a wider angle lens for the group picture below, but at least everyone is smiling. There are better ones I’m sure in Richard’s camera, which he always had with him.

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From left to right around the table is Richard Liebig, Gerald, Gerald’s wife Barbara, Gail Liebig (Fisher), Donna McLaughlin, Harry Nieves, Harry’s wife Elaine, and Margaret Hollins (Emig). I’m out of view behind the camera.

Below is a somewhat better picture of Donna, Margaret, and Richard.

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Gerald had planned several sightseeing activities for our visit. Saturday after breakfast, which we all helped prepare,  we headed off to visit the Rose Garden at Duke University. Duke was playing Miami in football, which allowed us to take a leisurely walk from our cars to the old part of Duke and the garden.

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Sunday morning we headed off on a scenic, four hour drive to Ashville and a tour of its Biltmore House. It was opened in 1895 by George W. Vanderbilt, and to this day remains the largest privately owned estate in the country. It was opened to the public in 1930.

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After our tour, we enjoyed a relaxing dinner at the Bistro 1895 in downtown Asheville. After dinner we continued on to Bryson City for the night. Monday was certainly the most exciting day. It started off with a train ride up the Nantahala River Gorge along the foothills of the Smokey Mountains.

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Midway through the train ride, about half of us left the train for our 8-mile raft trip down the Nantahala River. The weather was cool and overcast for our raft trip down the river.  The water temperature was in the mid-fifties, although it felt ten degrees colder. Most people do their rafting in the summer months, but not our hardy group. The picture below shows us as we navigated through the roughest rapid. In this picture, we realize that we have conquered the river without being thrown overboard.

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Gail, Richard, me, Barbara, and Gerald were the rafters in our group. For me a late afternoon hot shower and a nap back at our Bryson City hotel capped off the day. That evening we enjoyed wine and dinner at a local Italian restaurant in Bryson City.

On Tuesday morning, we headed back to Chapel Hill, but started our journey with a brunch at the exclusive Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa. It is huge and truly breathtaking with a spectacular view of the countryside.

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Well, this is a quick rundown on what could not have been a better reunion. The weather was perfect, our activities were superbly planned and coordinated well before we arrived, all by Gerald.

In between the meals we enjoyed at various restaurants, we were treated to gourmet dishes prepared by head chef, Gerald, his talented assistant, Barbara, and his band of dicers and choppers, us. As it turns out, among his many talents, Gerald is also an excellent cook, ready for his own show on the Food Channel.

On Wednesday, some of us reluctantly returned home. Margaret and Donna stayed an extra day. Margaret had an appointment with Gerald’s realtor – who knows Margaret may very well retire to the Chapel Hill area at some point. Richard and Gail travelled on to do some sightseeing in Virginia.

Well, there you have it. Look for more photos on our web site coming soon.

As our stay was winding down, we could not help but think about our 50th Reunion coming up in 2013. We talked about possible locations etc. It’s about two and a half years away, but that time will certainly fly by.  About half of our class is still on the Missing List, hopefully we will find many of them before our 50th. In the meantime, don’t accidently become a member of the list. Please let us know if you relocate and/or change email addresses. 

Check out another rafting picture posted by Gerald on Facebook.

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