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06/30/18 10:40 AM #3185    


Linda Peate (Powrie)

Debby:  Marcia stayed at the same hotel a couple times, along with Sue Gammel, Barb and I.  It was the Hampton Inn in Westlake, Ohio.  Maybe that is the one, but don't know if you ever stayed there.  Great news you and Hugh are coming!  

06/30/18 10:49 AM #3186    

Sarah Eakin (Webster)

I think it was the Hampton Inn, Westlake.  I hope to see LOTS of you coming to the reunion.  Debbie's right....we need to take these opportunities to see each other while we're still on the right side of the grass.

06/30/18 01:36 PM #3187    


Deborah Murray (Sloan)

Thank you all.  The Hampton Inn in Westlake rings a big bell in my mind so we will make reservations there!

06/30/18 02:00 PM #3188    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

The Hampton Inn also has AARP rates.  If you have the "Honey" app on Google Chrome, it also applies a discount coupon:

07/01/18 09:35 AM #3189    


Bruce McKelvey

For whatever it's worth...for the last ten or twelve years...I have stayed at the Redroof Inn at Crocker Rd. and Clemens Rd. in Westlake . Very clean rooms with a great staff. Ten minutes and you are in Rocky River. I usually stay there about seven to ten days, so they give me the weekly rate. I think it's about $60 a night on a day to day stay. There are pleanty of hotels right near there as well......

07/01/18 02:08 PM #3190    


Nancy Westerfield (Depew)

I want to thank everyone for there cards and prayers. it's been a hard road but I will make it. thanks.

07/01/18 10:18 PM #3191    


Roberta Young (Berwanger)


07/03/18 06:28 AM #3192    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

The 4th of July!!

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men
who signed the Declaration of Independence? Their story. . .

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors,
and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;
another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or
hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,
and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

Eleven were merchants.

Nine were farmers and large plantation owners;
men of means, well educated.

But they signed the Declaration of Independence
knowing full well that the penalty would be death if
they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and
trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the
British Navy. He sold his home and properties to
pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British
that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.
He served in the Congress without pay, and his family
was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him,
and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,
Walton , Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that
the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson
home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General
George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed,
and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.
The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying.
Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill
were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests
and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his
children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and
silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free!

07/03/18 12:50 PM #3193    


Alan Greenleaf

Great 4th of July lesson, Ellen!

By the way, at least one classmate would love to play golf on that Saturday.  Any interest in getting a group together?  


07/03/18 01:33 PM #3194    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Thanks, Al.  We are looking for someone to take the reins for a golf game that weekend--Friday, Saturday.  Possibly Sunday is an option but that's up to them.  We now have 2 classmates that want to play, at least one is coming from out-of-town.  Where are all our golfers???!!!  Let us know if you are interested in heading up a game that weekend and we'll get you in touch with the others.

07/03/18 04:04 PM #3195    


Linda Peate (Powrie)

Also, at the Hampton Inn, you get Hilton points, so remember that if you have a Hilton acct.  

07/22/18 09:52 PM #3196    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Got this from Larry Heil, our Tucson connection.  Thought it would interest everyone.  Enjoy the memories!


1.A&W – Opened 1919 in Lodi, California

A&W began in June 1919, at 13 Pine Street in Lodi, California, when Roy W. Allen opened his first root beer stand. Two years later, Allen began franchising the drink, arguably the first successful food-franchising operation. His profits came from a small franchise fee and sales. The following year, Allen partnered with Frank Wright to help Wright with the root beer business he had started that year. They branded their product A&W Root Beer.

2. Arby’s – Opened 1964 in Youngstown, Ohio

3.Big Boy – Opened 1936 in Glendale, California

4.Burger King – Opened 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida

The predecessor to Burger King was founded in 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida, as Insta-Burger King. After visiting the McDonald brothers’ original store location in San Bernardino, California, the founders and owners (Keith J. Kramer and his wife’s uncle Matthew Burns), who had purchased the rights to two pieces of equipment called “Insta” machines, opened their first restaurants. Their production model was based on one of the machines they had acquired, an oven called the “Insta-Broiler”. This strategy proved so successful that they later required all of their franchises to use the device. After the company faltered in 1959, it was purchased by its Miami, Florida franchisees, James McLamore and David R. Edgerton. They initiated a corporate restructuring of the chain, first renaming the company Burger King. They ran the company as an independent entity for eight years (eventually expanding to over 250 locations in the United States), before selling it to the Pillsbury Company in 1967.


5.Church’s Chicken – Opened 1952 in San Antonio, TX

6.Dairy Queen – Opened 1940 in Joliet, Illinois

7.Del Taco – Opened 1964 in Yermo, California

8.Dominos – Opened 1960 in Ypsilanti, Michigan

9.Dunkin’ Donuts – Opened 1950 in Quincy, Massachusetts

10.Hardee’s – Opened 1960 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

11.In-N-Out Burger – Opened 1948 in Baldwin Park, California

12.Jack in the Box – Opened 1951 in San Diego, California

13.Kentucky Fried Chicken – Opened 1930 in North Corbin, Kentucky

Before it was called KFC, Harland Sanders,  began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky, called Sanders Court & Café. The first “Kentucky Fried Chicken” franchise opened in Utah in 1952.


Some historians and secondary school textbooks concur that A&W, which opened in 1919 and began franchising in 1921, was the first fast food restaurant (E. Tavares). Thus, the American company White Castle is generally credited with opening the second fast-food outlet in Wichita, Kansas in 1921, selling hamburgers for five cents apiece from its inception and spawning numerous competitors and emulators. What is certain, however, is that White Castle made the first significant effort to standardize the food production in,  looks, and the operation of fast-food hamburger restaurants.


14.Little Caesar’s – Opened 1959 in Garden City, Michigan

15.McDonald’s – Opened 1937 in Monrovia, California

The McDonald family moved from Manchester, New Hampshire to Hollywood in the late 1930s, where brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald began working as set movers and handymen at Motion-Picture studios. In 1937, their father Patrick McDonald opened “The Airdrome”, a food stand, on Huntington Drive (Route 66) near the Monrovia Airport in Monrovia, California with hot dogs being one of the first items sold. Then Hamburgers came along and were ten cents with an all-you-can-drink orange juice at five cents. In 1940, Maurice and Richard (“Mac” and “Dick”) moved the entire building 40 miles (64 km) east, to West 14th and1398 North E Streets in San Bernardino, California. The restaurant was renamed “McDonald’s Bar-B-Que” and had twenty-five menu items, mostly barbecue.


16.Pizza Hut – Opened 1958 in Wichita, Kansas

Pizza Hut was founded in 1958 by two Wichita State University students, Dan and Frank Carney, at a single location in Wichita, Kansas


17.Sonic – Opened 1953 in Shawnee, Oklahoma

18.Subway – Opened 1965 in Bridgeport, Connecticut

19.Taco Bell – Opened 1962 in Downey, California

20.Taco Cabana – Opened 1978 in San Antonio, Texas

21.Wendy’s – Opened 1969 in Columbus, Ohio

22.Whataburger – Opened 1950 in Corpus Christi, Texas

23.White Castle – Opened 1921 in Wichita, Kansas

William Ingram’s and Walter Anderson’s White Castle System created the first fast food supply chain to provide meat, buns, paper goods, and other supplies to their restaurants, pioneered the concept of the multistate hamburger restaurant chain, standardized the look and construction of the restaurants themselves, and even developed a construction division that manufactured and built the chain’s prefabricated restaurant buildings. The McDonalds’ Speedee Service System and, much later, Ray Kroc’s McDonald’s outlets and Hamburger University all built on the principles, systems, and practices that White Castle had already established between 1923 and 1932.


07/23/18 10:50 AM #3197    


Roberta Young (Berwanger)


07/23/18 12:15 PM #3198    


Linda Peate (Powrie)

When my husband started as a sales rep with Sandoz (now Novartis), he traveled to Columbus.  He ate at the first Wendy's and the owner served the burgers who we now know is Dave Thomas.  Everyone starts out somewhere like Dave Thomas did, doing all the work, until you become established.  Feridean, our assisted living, was exactly like that!  We did ALL the work in the beginning, including cooking, cleaning, etc.  Today we have been open for 18 yrs. and relax a whole lot more!!  

07/27/18 09:59 AM #3199    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Received this from a friend in Oregon and thought you might enjoy it, especially our golfers. It is also a reminder that a golf game would be appreciated during the 55th reunion weekend if someone wants to ramrod that!!!

A Golf Poem

In my hand, I hold a ball,
White and dimpled, rather small.
Oh, how bland it does appear,
This harmless looking little sphere...

By its size, I could not guess,
The awesome strength it does possess.
But since I fell beneath its spell,
I've wandered through the fires of Hell.

My life has not been quite the same,
Since I chose to play this stupid game.
It rules my mind for hours on end,
A fortune it has made me spend.

It has made me yell, curse and cry,
I hate myself and want to die.
It promises a thing called 'par',
If I can hit it straight and far.

To master such a tiny ball,
Should not be very hard at all.
But my desires the ball refuses,
And does exactly as it chooses.

It hooks and slices, dribbles and dies,
And even disappears before my eyes.
Often it will have a whim,
To hit a tree or take a swim.

With miles of grass on which to land,
It finds a tiny patch of sand.
Then has me offering up my soul,
If only it would find the hole.

It's made me whimper like a pup,
And swear that I will give it up,
And take to drink to ease my sorrow,
But the ball knows ... I'll be back tomorrow.

Stand proud, you noble swingers of clubs and losers of balls...   
 A recent study found the average golfer walks about 900 miles a year. 

Another study found golfers drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year.

That means, on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon. 
Kind of makes you proud...almost feel like a hybrid.

08/03/18 07:36 PM #3200    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

You might find this fun and interesting. We don't give critters enough credit!

08/04/18 08:55 PM #3201    


Patrick Gillespie

Hey Classmates!

Hope you have an opportunity to make some or all of the planned events for our 55th!

The committiee has worked hard to make this an enjoyable weekend with some great activities!

Enjoy the rest of the summer and maybe we will see you in September!

08/07/18 03:14 PM #3202    


Deborah Murray (Sloan)

Can  you tell us who is planning to attend the reunion?  Sometimes that is the best way to spur others to attend!!

08/07/18 03:36 PM #3203    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Hi Classmates:  I only know those who are paid for the Ness tour as I'm trying to get a head count for Panini's and Shooters.  You know, 1111 and cross with 1 for groups of 5.  So, if you are coming (or even if you aren't), please tell us, especially me. I've 'heard' of a few via grapevines, but nothing official.  Let us know, tell your friends, invite your friends, post it on the message forum as your classmates want to know. This reunion is a milestone for us and an important opportunity to see your classmates and friends. We all want to see you in September.

08/08/18 08:32 AM #3204    

Kenneth Viviani

I wife and I do not plan to attend delete this tour with the rest of the functions we hope to see everybody there

08/08/18 09:38 AM #3205    


Larry Gilbert

Hi, Ellen and all of you who visit the Forum - I have been watching all of Ellen's hard work to organize an interesting and happy 55th reunion, and since I am (still) treasurer have been interested to see those of our classmates who are taking the Elliott Ness tour.  Ellen's last post made me think I should write that Tootsie and I cannot attend our 55th, and why we have to miss it.  In November of 2017, we committed to a trip to Africa from September 18 to October 2, 2018.  We're celebrating our 25th anniversary September 25 - our first public "date" was the Class of '63 25th Reunion in August 1988.  I don't think I have ever missed an anniversary reunion, and rarely a mini-reunion (or geriatric silliness), so I'm very disappointed to miss the 55th.  I know it will be another wonderful time to celebrate our history and our memories.  Have a great time, and God willing we will be together for the Sixtieth!! 

08/08/18 02:55 PM #3206    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

blush  Awwww....thanks, Larry.  We will miss you!  It sounds like a wonderful trip and a great way to celebrate!    It will be good to see you, Ken, and your lady!!  Anyone else???

08/08/18 04:41 PM #3207    


Marcia Pullin (Bruder)

All my reunion plans have just blown up in my face.  Both my sisters will be having major surgery the end of August and mid September, and I have to have cataract surgery.  Because we support each other through such events, I am caught between a rock and a hard place and have had to wedge my two surgery dates in between theirs.  I am so sorry to be missing this one.  I was looking forward to it.  Have a great time and post lots of good photos.

08/08/18 08:09 PM #3208    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Oh, Marcia!  I am so sorry, but you and your sisters take care of yourselves and each other.  We will miss you a lot!  Keep us posted and watch for pictures!

08/08/18 08:25 PM #3209    

Sarah Eakin (Webster)

I'm coming.  Hope to see lots of you there!

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