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Rocky River High School
Class Of 1963

With all the problems we have in our country over immigration, many forget the lessons of the Founding Fathers and that the Constitution is ever relevant. We need our roots and we need to remember them. Today is President's Day and originally a celebration of George Washington's birthday.  It is still Washington's Birthday on the Federal calendar.  I found the following about the origination of this date to be interesting:

Today is Presidents' Day and to tell the story of how this holiday came to be, we have to step back in time to the year 1800. George Washington had passed away only the year before and his birthday, which was February 22nd, became a day of remembrance for our very first president.

At the time, George Washington was the most important person in American history and the legacy of his life was cause for national celebration. Washington’s birthday was unofficially observed for most of the 1800s, but it wasn’t until late in the 1870s that it became a federal holiday.

Senator Steven Wallace Dorsey of Arkansas is the person credited with proposing that Washington’s birthday should be made a federal holiday. In 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes agreed with Senator Dorsey and signed it into law. At the time that it was signed into law, Washington’s birthday was only observed by people who lived in the District of Columbia, but by 1885, the entire country was observing Washington’s birthday.

Washington’s birthday was actually the first national holiday signed into law that celebrated the life of a single American. The second? Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which was signed into law in 1983.

From 1879 to the late 1960’s, America celebrated Washington’s birthday, but then people started celebrating the lives of all presidents. And, in the late 1960’s, there was a senator named Robert McClory who suggested that Congress propose a new measure called the ‘Uniform Monday Holiday Act.’ The thought behind this was that several federal holidays should be moved to a predetermined Monday. By moving the holidays, employed Americans would be able to enjoy a three day weekend.  The act also looked to combine the celebration of Washington’s birthday with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, which fell on February 12th. States such as Illinois had been celebrating Lincoln’s birthday for years on their own, but the proposal would bring the nation together to celebrate his birthday as well.

Senator McClory suggested that Washington’s Day be renamed “President’s Day.” At first, lawmakers weren’t crazy about the idea, and the subject was dropped. What wasn’t dropped though was the idea to move several federal holidays to predetermined Mondays and the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed in 1968, becoming official in 1971 under an executive order from President Nixon.

President Nixon continued to call the holiday Washington’s Birthday even though it was moved to a date other than Washington’s actual date of birth. Because the date of observance was moved, most people thought that the new date was to honor both Washington and Lincoln since it fell right between their two birthdays and this is where heads of marketing put their heads together.

Marketers loved that Washington’s Birthday was moved to a Monday because it meant that they could play up the three day weekend with sales. Suddenly, “Presidents’ Day” bargains were being advertised at stores around the country.

By the mid-1980s most Americans were calling Washington’s Birthday Presidents’ Day and by the early 2000’s, as many as half of the 50 states had changed the holiday’s name to Presidents’ Day on their calendars.

While Washington and Lincoln are still the most recognized leaders of the free world, President’s Day is now seen as a way to honor and recognize the lives of all of America’s presidents.

 

We have a tie!!!!

Don Zbin's little cutie!

Don always shares the cutest holiday photos!

And Grama and Grampa!

Hmmmm....did they win a year ago also?

Accolades and a lot of prestige to both families for pure holiday cuteness!  

Thanks to everyone who participated in any way. It is always fun to see you and your families at holiday time!

 

Friday, October 20. They're either having a great time or they're up to something!

 

 

AARRRGG......Attention all you RRHS63 Pirates!!!

New Major Mini Photos - August 11, 2017 at Panini's.  This is a slide show, so wait a few seconds for them to change.

Over 73,000 hits - and counting - on this little Web site.  Only one hit PER DAY per person is tallied, so we are getting a lot of traffic, a lot of email, and more participation than you know.  It all started in July 2009, so  we are averaging over 900 hits a month since it all began!!

 

In the last year, over 1,700 emails have been exchanged between our classmates. 

 

PLEASE BE SURE TO ENCOURAGE ANYONE YOU KNOW
WHO ISN'T HERE TO JOIN US.


The Pirate says:  We still have a long way to go to reach our classmates...

If each of us does his or her part to contact any of our non-participating or missing members, it would really help to add interest, variety, and excitement to rockyriver63.com. 

The real success of this Web site is the communication and catching up with our classmates that has begun and continues because we're all out here.  That will be multiplied each time we add a new member who can be in touch with former classmates and new friends.  Can you help? - Please?


 


 

 

NOSTALGIC LINKS
 
have been added to the Menu Bar.

Turn your speakers on and take some time to look back at our history!

 


LIVE CHAT IS NOW IN PLACE, and improvements are on the way.

For now, the best way classmates can use it is to set up an "appointment" to have a chat - any two or more alumni - until Instant Messaging is working.

Try it with one or more of your friends!


 Please take a look at the free-for-all known as "Message Forum" and use this opportunity to speak your mind about ANYTHING.
(We need some new ideas....  You'll see.)

 


If you haven't already done so,
please register and fill out your profile!


   Click on the following links to check out some new posts and changes:

  •  The free-form "Message Forum" is is a free-for-all.  Rather than a threaded, topical organization, it is just a continuous bulletin board and open-ended chat.  Feel free to add your own topics, thoughts, opinions and ideas.  Try it out, and let's talk to one another!      


    If you know of alumni who haven't signed in, please tell your friends about this site and ask them to visit, register and update their profiles. 

  • First-time visitors, please register and tell us about yourself!  Just click the "Classmate Profiles" link on the right  and click your name to get started.

 


  

 


 Note: This site is for childhood friends, attendees, and graduates of Rocky River High School, Class of 1963. It is completely FREE to our alumni and is privacy protected. And, there will NEVER be  advertising on this site. Just log in and update your profile!

Why not add your photos and stories?

It really brings the history of our class to life.  The more participation we get to represent the members of the RRHS Class of '63 the more classmates we will have join us.

Even if you haven't attended a reunion, nor kept in touch at all since graduation, please take the time to update your profile and upload your photos.  Your submissions will make this site more fun, more interesting and complete. 


What better way to connect with an old friend?  Just open up the classmate's profile you're looking for, write your message at the bottom of the profile, and click the "Send email" link.  

We hear a lot of emails are being exchanged!

You'll see - your classmates would love to hear from you!  


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 "Message Center" makes class emailing easier!
Now you can write and send new messages directly from the "Message Center" page, instead of having to go to the '63 Alumni Profiles.  Moreover, your messages, both sent and received, are saved for reference. And each dialogue is saved in a history, or "thread".

In time you will likely have many threads, which are all accessible through a page indexing legend at the top of the Messages page.  This will allow you to click to go to previous pages of threads.You can toggle between "inbox" and "outbox", and even sort your messages.  

If you don't want to save older threads, just click on the red 'X' at the right to delete them. If you are sure you won't need to refer to older messages, delete several threads at once by checking the box at the left, and then clicking on the "Delete selected threads" button at the bottom.

Email messaging - an easy way to contact an old friend-
or make a new one!  Please stay in touch!

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

Aren't you a member of the
Rocky River High School Class of 1963?

Why haven' t you registered yet?


 

 

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Another "missing" classmate has contacted RockyRiver63.com!

John Maier  hasregistered on the Web site! 

We're still looking for 27 classmates....

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There are 142of us registered, and 27 missing
Sadly, we know of at least 28 who have passed away.

That leaves about 29 who have not logged in! 

If you visit here, and have not yet registered
and completed your profile,

please let us hear from you....

 

Just click the Pirate to get started!


 

Here for the first time? 

Just register once using the "'63 Alumni Profiles" link, enter your email address and your choice of password, and update your profile.  Don't forget to upload your photos - they really add a lot of interest!

 

 

 


Way to go!

We are doing great: 142 classmates have registered on RockyRiver63.com

A very big thank you to all of us who are here.  

Please encourage those you know 
who are not here to join the Web site.

The more the merrier...

Please take time to look over the Missing Classmates link - and the In Memory page - and give us any information that will help us to find - or acknowledge the loss- of our class members. Thanks!