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September 17, 2018

SMN68 Blog - Curated by Larry McCarthy

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Larry McCarthy on November 23, 2020 1:16 PM
I have consulted the highest authority (Randy Shelton) available!  He attended all of the games our Junior and Senior years.  He does not remember a "snow game," and I don't either.  Mike, it could be, since you live in sunny Texas, you may be having visions of a game that didn't happen!!! 
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Mike Downie on November 13, 2020 7:21 PM
Does anyone remember a football game in our Junior or Senior year where it was snowing before the game ended? Which year was it and who were we playing?
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Mike Downie on November 10, 2020 7:37 PM
I guess this is my night for thinking back. 7th grade at Hocker Grove was my first year in Shawnee Mission School District. The first day of school I only knew one person, David Widmer. I met him a few weeks before school started as he lived not far from me. The next person I made friends with was Sheryl Gee in Mr. Scobles Unified Studies class. David has passed away but sometimes I wonder whatever happened to Sheryl.
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Mike Downie on November 10, 2020 7:22 PM
About 15 years ago an older neighbor told me one day while we were talking. He said, you know when you get older they call it the golden years, but it's not it's the bummer years. Now at age 70 I think I can relate to that. Does anyone agree?
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Larry McCarthy on November 8, 2020 1:11 PM
THIS IS FROM NORM & JAN McGILL living in Estes Park, CO:  Larry, we are good! Back home! Daughter and grand daughters back this weekend! My neighbors, she's a police dispatcher and he's on the fire department board, both stayed in! He was at the Country Market on the West side of town, when the fire was stampeding through the RMNP at Moraine Park! He said he was terrified by what he saw coming! Said he was certain it would sweep the town and the entire valley! 60 MPH winds! The work our Rocky Superintendent did for 20 years, fire mitigation, clearing and controlled burns, held the fire with 7000 fire fighters! The snow came, 2 feet, and layed the fire down! The melting snow has held both fires! This past Thursday, they did helicopter water drops all day and got some good lines created! They have dropped all evac notices and have reopened parts of Rocky! Our SHERIFF has said it will take decades to recover, but grass is already coming up through the burn! We have put our stuff back into place here and hope it's more snow and it's out by June! Thanks for checking on us! Next year you will need to bring the girls to see it all! A life time experience!??? 
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Mike Downie on November 10, 2020 7:39 PM
Larry, thanks for sharing!
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Larry McCarthy on November 8, 2020 11:51 AM
There are 19 people in our '68 Yearbook that did NOT graduate with us.  I started to call each of those non-graduates and received a VERY CURT message from one of them!!  I spoke with Elaine and WE decided it was better to "leave well enough alone!"  
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Mike Downie on November 13, 2020 7:28 PM
I graduated with the class of 68 but my Senior picture does not appear in the yearbook. During the summer between my Junior and Senior year we moved into SMN district. So my Mom made a request to the School Board asking if I could finish at SMN. Well we did not get Answer back until about a week before school started.
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Mike Downie on November 13, 2020 7:30 PM
Correction, we moved into SMW district.
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Larry McCarthy on October 22, 2020 1:09 PM
Unfortunately, we're up to 132 deaths in the Class of '68.  I "Googled" all remaining 650 plus class members, and found 6 additional deaths.  There is an "Alumni Site" that purports to be "finding missing classmates" from SMN, Class of '68.  Elaine and I found EVERYONE!!  There is NO ONE MISSING?!

There are fires in Estes Park, CO just north of Norm & Jan McGill's place.  Norm & Jan's place is well south of Estes Park, CO.  We visit them every summer!  Sure hope they are not consumed by fire.

With the increase of COVID-19 cases, I'm guessing the 70th Birthday Celebration has been shelved.  Haven't talked with other Reunion Committee Members.

Tom and I upgraded the Faculty Video.  It is sharper in appearance and I set the audio at normal speed.
     
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Larry McCarthy on July 11, 2020 5:12 PM
Hate to bring bad news, but Debbie Osborne Weiss reported the death of John Brian Schmidt.  John passed away on Jauuary 3, 2019 in Texas.  That makes 126 deaths in SMN, Class of 1968.  Should anyone else know of deaths in our class it would help the guy that is counting those deaths - me!!
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Tom Hilleary on July 11, 2020 1:23 PM
It is disappointing that we had to delay the 70th birthday party event again - I was really looking forward to seeing some old friends. Remaining expectantly hopeful that things settle down so that we can reschedule for late summer, early fall.
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Larry McCarthy on May 13, 2020 12:42 AM
Sadly, I have another death to report.  Maren Moffitt Mercer passed away on December 15, 2019.  Larry Mercer reported the death to "My Event.com," which is our Class Website.  He attended the 50th Reunion with Maren.  This makes a total of 125 deaths in our class.  My daughters tell me "I shouldn't be counting" the deaths in our class.  Since I made the "Deceased Panels" for the 50th Reunion (over in the corner), I try to keep them up to date, which forces me to count!!     
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Larry McCarthy on May 9, 2020 11:29 PM
With the deaths of Deborah Bailey in May of 2019, Don McGowan in July of 2019 and the death of James Cossette in March of 2020 we now have 124 deaths in our class.  This is sad to report, so make sure you "eat your Wheaties and vegetables - & by the way there's nothing wrong with broccoli!" 
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Larry McCarthy on February 28, 2020 11:12 AM
Mike Downie and I have collectively worked on the "mystery" of our fellow classmate, Janice West.  (Mike lived in her neighborhood).  She did not graduate with us.  Rumors are she went to SM West.  However, I know one of the AP's at SMW, and he assures me Janice West did not attend SMW, let alone graduate from SMW.  Does ANYONE know where Janice West graduated from high school?

BTW, with the addition of Susan Kathleen (Myers) Sheuerman to the list of deceased we have 121 deceased classmates at present.        
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Larry McCarthy on November 10, 2019 8:35 PM
Since no one replied to my reference to a student related to Basil Rathbone; the answer is Randy Rathbone attended SMN in our Sophomore and Junior years.  From George Pierson: “How we survived is a mystery.  Richard Rodion Rathbone III, who became a pathologist director of clinic labs for Yale University hospital.  As a junior, he was making TNB (trinitrobenzene in the Physics Classroom) which is less stable than TNT (trinitortolunene). This didn’t include “Rodion’s” cannon which fired D cell batteries fueled with 12-gauge shotgun blanks.  He blew off the side of his free-standing garage.”
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Larry McCarthy on November 10, 2019 8:33 PM
Based on information given to me by Mike Downie, Janice West graduated from SM West in 1968.  She, apparently, missed a number of days in succession at SMN and was forced to attend SMW, as she lived in the SMW attendance area.    
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Larry McCarthy on November 7, 2019 9:49 AM
I missed the death of graduate James Lee Hall in 2012.  I assure you his death was NOT mentioned in the 3 search engines I was using, when I was compiling the photos for our Commemorative Placards.  I also contacted Edward Nance that lived with the Hardesty Family for about 4 years.  Ed explained Barbara Hardesty (pictured in our Yearbook) left high school to get married and never graduated.
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Bill Zwiegel on June 23, 2019 1:48 PM
William (Bill) Zwiegel passed away this morning 6/23/19 at Greenwood Retirement home in Lenexa, KS.  He was Class of 1968. He is survived by his wife Patti Zwiegel of 48 years of marriage. His daughter Nicolle Jackson Class on 96' and son Christian Zwiegel Class of 93'.  Brother in law Mike Garcia Class of 68'. Celebration of life will be announced at a later date. 
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Mike Foster on May 12, 2020 6:58 PM
I just saw this. Bill of I went to grade school and Junior high and high school together. Many fond memories of that crazy guy. So sorry he passed.
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Larry McCarthy on June 23, 2019 7:30 PM
Bill's name has been added to the "In Remembrance" listing.  This makes 116 classmates have passed away since we graduated. 
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Mike Downie on June 23, 2019 7:55 PM
Bill was a great guy. I talked with him at the 20 year reunion. Hard to keep in touch living in south Texas.
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Steve Crase on March 11, 2019 7:22 PM
Hello, my name is Steve Crase and I graduated from Shawnee Mission East in '68. I know, typical Lancer, lost and lonely. :) I'm writing here because I am looking for one of your Class of '68 classmates named Bob Kauffman. I thought it was spelled Kaufman but your listing of grads for the year show it as Kauffman. Bob was the best man at my wedding in 1971 and I fell out of contact with him back in the '90s. He isn't shown on the Deceased list of this 'site so I hope he is still with us. I have Googled his name without success but hope someone here can direct me to Bob or let me know if he is still alive or not.
Thank you very much,
Steve
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Larry McCarthy on April 26, 2019 9:02 PM
I addressed the concerns of Steve Crase.  Bob Kaufman is alive and well and living in Independence, MO.
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Mike Downie on February 20, 2019 4:23 PM
Who in our class has had their picture taken standing next to Dr. Phil with hair?
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Lawrence McCarthy on April 26, 2019 9:00 PM
It was me - Larry McCarthy
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Lawrence McCarthy on November 23, 2018 1:25 PM
If you attended the 50th Reunion you should know the answer to this question: who attended SMN that was related to the famous actor Basil Rathbone (you know, the guy that played Sherlock Holmes in the 1940s)?  
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Larry McCarthy on November 3, 2018 4:16 PM
The guy I'm thinking about was our very own Student Body President, Dr. George Pierson!  I can recall him walking the sidelines trying to capture "dramatic moments" in several games. His own words were; "yep I spent 3 years with Dektol and tri-X film.  I worked at the Bruce Smith Drug Store in the camera department next to their soda fountain."
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Larry McCarthy on October 31, 2018 5:09 PM
For three years a photographer “roamed the football sidelines” at Shawnee Mission North.  He was dedicated beyond belief!  Any idea who our “roaming photographer”  was?   
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Kenn on November 3, 2018 1:52 PM
Was it Mike Foltz? He took a lot of photos but dont know if that is who you are looking for.
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Larry McCarthy on October 30, 2018 6:11 PM
I think this one has been out there long enough!  The man that seldom platooned was our very own Murrell Hayes.  It had to be intimidating to opposing teams.  I also went to every game, but all three years.  Best to all! 
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Larry McCarthy on September 19, 2018 11:48 PM
Always wondered what it was like for a halfback at say, Topeka West, Turner, or SM South?  Bad enough they have to face the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” on the SM North defensive line, but there was this “guy” on the SM North Team that “never platooned.”  He would play fullback, then stay on the field and play linebacker.  The kid from any opposing team had to know his “head was coming right off!”  Anyone know the guy “that never platooned?”
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Gary Bentz on November 10, 2018 8:30 PM
Are you thinking of Allan Steelman? Class of ‘67? He was a fullback at North. Don’t remember if he played defense though. Although, he went on to be the starting Middle Linbacker at K-State. 
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Larry McCarthy on November 10, 2018 8:50 PM
As I mentioned below, Gary, The man inquestion was our very own Murrell Hayes!
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Mike Downie on October 30, 2018 5:52 PM
Larry, I went to all of the football games Junior and Senior year, but there is no way I know the answer to your question. Many of the memories of 50+ years ago have been pushed out to make room for new ones. You have a great memory!
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Leslie Mills on October 14, 2018 2:07 PM
I wish I could remember the football games!  I must have gone, I think.  I remember walking to and from the games with Ruth Jackson who lived on Johnson Drive down the street from my house on Hardy to SMN.  One night we found a cat that was hit by a car, and we took it to my house.  I don't remember what the exact sequence of events were, except that it made me cry, and the cat died.  We were both in the Pep Club, and I remember the basketball games (easier to understand than football!).  It was all fun as I remember, and I knew who was who in sports.  I think track was more interesting for me, which is why I admired Bob Bornkessel so much!  Track is easy to understand.  Football, not so.  I am no help, Larry, but I will channel my deepest memories.  
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