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Vol. 3, Issue 2
L. A. HIGH SCHOOL * Class of 1961
Our next newsletter will go out in
late December (not September) and w
2012 CLASS " GET-TOGETHER"
a jam-packed issue to include your im
our POTLUCK FAMILY PICNIC on Se
ptember 2 3
POTL UCK F A
(see this page) as well as all of the memories and
stories that you wish to share.
Hints for Successful Retirement Living Travel
(Note "Change" from March 2012 Newsletter)
Plans/Stories More School Sports Memories
A "Get-Together" for the class is being planned for Sunday, September 23, 2012 in
More LAHS Memories More Teacher Memories
`Current' Interactions with Our Teachers
the Southern California area.
`Major' Life Milestones Life Musings/Lessons
It will be a POTLUCK FAMILY PICNIC at a local park.
More Tributes to Deceased Classmates Other
Topics/Columns That You May Suggest (including
Paula Phillips Leftwich, Chair of our very successful Reunion Picnic Committee, will
interviews with classmates or teachers)
organize it and she needs volunteers to assist her. Please contact her at
NEXT NEWSLETTER: Late December, 2012
SUBMISSIONS DUE: November 1
Watch for our "Reminder" E-Mail in October!
Mark your calendars and make plans to attend.
Watch your e-mail for specific time, location, and particulars.
The NEWSLETTER COMMITTEE
Managing Editor, Layout, and Design:
Sheila Dyen Moncavage; Writer/Editors:
i May by Susan Frieder (Su '61)
Vickie Carver; Susan Frieder; Emerly Hattori
Gueron; Carol Melnik Greenstein; Mark Nadel;
Susan Ratner Stern
Six of us met at Harold Hyman's condo in Ka'anapali on Maui for a mini post-reunion
barbecue on Sunday, May 6, 2012. Four alumni--Linda Pupos Newton, William Tony Huber,
Harold, and I--along with spouses Sandy Huber and Vivian Hyman--ate, reminisced, and
pored over the yearbook.
We discussed how some people looked exactly the same and how we all got along, the
great teachers and opportunities we had, the five-cent ice cream cones at Carnation, cokes
`Major' Life Milestones,
and French Fries at Thrifty's, and the Poor Boy at Pop's Hot Dog Stand at Olympic and
Commemorations, and Happenings
La Brea for fifteen cents.
We went over some of the bios and the amazing lives our alumni have experienced--the
September 2012 "Get-Together"
Oxford professor, the Brigadier General, the woman who married a Lord, the neurosurgeon, the
teachers and lawyers and ambassadors and singers and dancers and artists, race car drivers,
realtors, yoga and Pilates instructors, runners, tennis players, and kite boarders.
Of course we also talked about getting old, illnesses, treatments, color of hair, insurance,
retiring, Ray Shonholtz's passing and how that has affected our classmates, and old and
Maui in May 
new loves. It was a beautiful evening overlooking the golf course after a perfect Hawaiian day.
We had so much fun that we are now thinking of an exotic reunion experience like a
Class Legacy Gift Revealed
safari, river cruise, tango in Buenos Aires, theatre in London or New York, Machu Picchu,
Galapagos, walking the Great Wall, museums in Paris, or just getting together, hanging out,
and `talking story.'
LAHS 2012 Teachers Luncheon at Taix
Our next "Get-Together" (a Potluck Family Picnic) is coming up on Sunday,
September 23, 2012 in L.A. Hope to see you there!
Henry Pollard (In Memoriam)
Hawaiian expression for 'lively chatting' (a casual conversation that provides insights and information
in an informal setting)
Julie Korenstein Elementary School
Watch Susan Frieder kitesurf at Kanaha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hToRsnpyYJw
Remembering the Centurions...
E T' N
After much review and deliberation of various proposals regarding how to best use the
The Ink Is Black, The Paper Is White
L.A. High Class of 1961 Legacy funds, the Legacy Committee has decided to contribute
(One Classmate's `Unique' Role in
these funds toward the purchase of seven new software-equipped Dell computers for
the 1992 L.A. Riots)
the school. This particular need was communicated to the Committee by Ms. E.
Elizabeth Saucedo, College Counselor at L.A. High. The total expenditure for these
computers will be $8,474.93. The Legacy Committee's members are Jeff Donfeld
Information and Updates
(co-chair), Julie Furth Korenstein, David Lewin (co-chair), Margie Skopp Logan, and
(including Class `Talk Story' Publication) 6
Dianne Lewis Robinson.
LAHS FACULTY & FRIENDS
SPRING REUNION LUNCHEON
April 21, 2012 at
Blue & White...Now & Then
Page 2 of 6
TAIX Restaurant, L.A.
The group, though rather small, was chatty and enjoyed visiting with each other.
Very Upbeat! Murray Shapiro and his charming wife, Shirley, were there. Arriving
first, they situated me at the end of the table while they were at my right and left so
we could visit comfortably. Renee Lamkie who takes charge of the whole luncheon
arrived with Martha Lig htner, a tea cher who ca me to LAH S after we graduated. She
was delightful in relating how it was to be the teacher who taught Sex Education!
Ed Saraffian was in attendance and as charming as ever; John Muir, who told us
about the reunion he arranged with his gymnastic team last June; Sue Sasa (1963
until 15 years ago); Tom McKimmey, who shared his poetry(!); and another teacher,
Tamara Hoffman (1982-2009), who taught Ancient History during her time at LAHS.
As usual, Renee bakes and brings exquisite cookies for all to enjoy.
SONJA HANEY (Su '61)
An Orthopedic Dialogue Between Two Limbs
"To swell or not to swell,
That is the question,"
Said the right leg Effusively.
"Suffer not too much from that ungracious fall,"
Said the left leg Biblically.
"But how rid myself of that bloated appendage?"
CLOCKWISE: Martha Lightner; John Muir; Tom McKimmey; Tamara Hoffman; Sue Sasa;
Said the right leg Apprehensively.
Ed Saraffian; Renee Lamkie; Shirley Shapiro; Murray Shapiro.
"Piercing with a bare bodkin
Should let loose those evil humors," said the left leg Surgically.
Re our Reunion...I was impressed by how smoothly the whole evening flowed, and was so
"I'll take my quietus anon.
happy to have the opportunity to r e-connect with some of my students from LAHS and also
Flights of angels must wait," said the right leg Dramatically.
with old friends like Mary Reid and Bill Richmond. My wife and I double-dated with them at
"Then we'll await the dreams that come," said the left leg Philosophically.
the Pepper Mill in Pasadena before we were married! I thought it especially thoughtful and
TOM McKIMMEY, January 26, 2009
nice to have the `teachers room' s
et aside for us to have a quiet place to sit and visit with
each other. Terrific evening! I look forward to your 55th Reunion!
[Written while I was waiting in an Emergency Room at Kaiser Hospital for a
doctor to examine my right knee which had suddenly collapsed when I tried to
walk. It took about two hours to write. My knee took a little longer. T. McKimmey]
In 1961, I suggested a debate about evolution between Charles Leyba,
I always look forward
who taught Greek, Latin, and Medieval H istory and J ack Jacobs on
to the annual LAHS
who taught science; it was a most memorable event! At the Reunion, I
faculty lunc heons. Enjoyed your Reunion immensely; there was a feeling of warmth and that
sat between them, and enjoyed recalling that Jack called Charles the
They enable me to
everybody knew everybody. I especially enjoyed the constant flow of
`greatest mind of the 15th Century'! Neith er of them r ecall the de bate!
renew acqu aintances
greeters surrounding Ruth Bates, and seeing how she is so admired, and
and reminisce about
the dance number! Everything was joyful!
the good ol d days at
L.A. High. And they
(`Note' from Sonja): Renee taught at L.A. High after we graduated, but
were very good. Great
keeps in touch with the teachers before and after our years there. She was
students and dedicated
a tremendous help when we were locating our teachers; she's been
"adopted" by me as one of our own!
many are p
and the numbers are
who passed away peaceful y
Just recently, Hank
I was on the basketbal team at
on Saturday, May 19, with
Pollard. Renee Lamkie
L.A. High and it was my peak
his children at his bedside.
does a masterful job of
experience during that time.
Henry Pol ard was a coach as
organizing it each year.
Coach Pol ard was instrumental in
wel as a teacher at L.A. High.
He was 94.
shaping the lives of me and my
He coached both basketbal
teammates in ways I didn't ful y
and tennis. He was an excel ent
realize at the time. He was
coach and was very popular
rigorous, vigorous, and caring,
among his players. He also
A Tribute from His Son
especial y the last of these
was a teacher in our Math
Coach Pol ard was a kind, soft-
attributes. We played in a tough
Department. I had many
My father was the most honest,
spoken man who always was a
Southern League at that time
intel ectual discussions with him
straightforward man I have ever
gentleman on the court and off.
(consisting of L.A., Dorsey,
over the years. Henry was very
known. He loved his family. He
have very fond memories of
He devoted many years to
Washington, Manual Arts,
knowledgeable about many
was a very dedicated worker and
Coach Pol ard. He was so caring
coaching and guiding young lives
Fremont, and Jefferson high
topics and contributed a great
consummate teacher/coach who
of al of us. He listened and paid
through the turmoil of our teens.
schools), which featured much
deal to our conversations. He
took pride not only in his work, but
attention. I listened and even to
He cared for each of us and was
ethnic (and some other types of)
was a regular at the L.A. High
in his students and players. He
this day talk about him to friends.
unusual in his patience and
diversity that taught us many
faculty luncheons until later
said that the day he was honored
He was a teacher and instil ed in
wil ingness to listen to his players
lessons about competition and,
years when his health did not
at the dedication of the L.A. High
us a sense about being a
as wel as direct us in our sports
more pointedly, about life. Put
permit it. Henry Pol ard was
tennis courts last year ranked as
student/athlete. He taught us
endeavors. Sports at LAHS was
more succinctly, Pol ard was a
one of the real mainstays on
his life highlight only behind his
about fundamentals which is
such an important part of our lives
`John Wooden-type' of coach
the faculty. I believe that he
marriage to my mother and the
sorely lacking today in the sport.
and his contributions were
whose impact on his players
served in the military in both
birth of his children. Words cannot
He made an impact on my life and
appreciated by al of us.
(young students) was fundamental
WW II and the Korean War.
express how moved and
I believe many others.
--Lew Sitzer (Wi '61)
in the most positive sense of this
appreciative he was.
--Ol ie Haas (Su '61)
--Scott S. Pol ard
--David Lewin (Wi '61)
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Blue & White...Now & Then
b y Susan Ratner Stern (Su '61)
Our classmate, Julie Furth Kor enstein (Su '61), turned the experiences of her three years at L.A. High School and her progressive views into a career
as an educator and as the longest serving member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. When she retired from the Board,
a new elementary school in North Hollywood was named the Julie Korenstein Elementary School to honor her 22 years of outstanding service.
Recently Julie reflected on her time at L.A. High. "The LAHS experience had a profound impact on all our lives and who we became. We had a rigorous
education; really wonderful teachers who were great role models; a wonderful camaraderie among students; and a multicultural environment which helped
form our character and the way we relate to people today." Julie feels that there is no question in her mind that in 1987 when she became a Board Member
of the second largest school district in the U.S. with 75% poverty and multicultural and multilingual students, she felt comfortable overseeing the 600,000-
700,000 students because of her
L.A. High School experience. "It's amazing that just three years of our lives made such an impression on us."
The Legacy Committee of our '61 Reunion has benefited from Julie's experience and knowledge as the members have ensured that our donations will be
used in the most effective way to benefit LAHS.
Evidence of Julie's commitment to public education is seen in her children who all attended public schools. She is the "proud Mama" of a physician,
a lawyer, and a Special Educatio
n Director for the L.A. Unified School District. Julie attended Cal State Northridge as an undergraduate and earned her
elementary and secondary teaching credentials there. The CSUN tradition was carried on by Julie's daughter and her eldest granddaughter, Arielle, who
is now in her second year. Julie h as three younger grandchildren--two ten-year-old boys and a seven-year-old girl.
Julie's 22 years of service on the Board were filled with accomplishments. When asked to name some of the highlights, she chose: The Kindergarten
Intervention Program (KIP) which addressed the needs of at-risk children with academic, social, or emotional problems (this program recently came under
the aegis of the USC School of Social Work and is known as the Korenstein Kindergarten Intervention Program); the establishment of the Northridge Academy
for high school students on the C al State Northridge campus; the District's Sustainable Green Schools Program (which led to her being honored with the
California Environmental Leadership Award in 2008); being chosen by her colleagues to serve as Board President in 1997-98 during which time she played
an integral role in creating a 3-year labor contract resulting in positive employee relations; and her appointment by Governor Gray Davis to serve on the
California Community College Board of Governors from 1999 to 2004.
Julie represented the San Fernando Valley during her tenure on the Board. She helped to select and acquire land for new schools and to pass the bond
measures to pay for them. The Ju l i
n Elementary School opened in her District 6 in September 2010. When Julie attended the dedication, she was
astounded to see her name on the building. "It was an incredible experience." Her letter and picture were placed in a time capsule to be opened in 2035.
The unique educational oppor
tunities we had at L.A. High School inspired Julie to become a leader in public education for the children of Los Angeles.
We can all be grateful.
Remembering the Centurions...
by Bunny Coleman Withers (Su '61)
I was a member of the Gentee ls, a popular girls club at LA. High. Although we were not an official sorority...thinking back, we functioned like one. We
pledged, and voted in new members. We met at members' homes and gave dances/parties from time to time. Many of the friendships we formed are still
The best part about being a Genteel was our close affiliation with a group of the cutest boys on campus. We thought there were none cuter than the
Centurions. The Centurions were smart, athletic, personable, good dressers, and popular with teachers and students alike. Top football players--Centurions!
all players- -Centurio
ns! Top tra
could a gir
l ask for? Some of us were
boyfriend/girlfriend...others of us had secret crushes. Whenever I think of the Centurions--50 years later--my heart still flutters...just kidding. What I do
kn ow is that my friendships with members of the Centurions will always be among the happiest memories of my days at Rome.
Sadly, most of the Centurions have passed away. Only eight members are still alive. Claude Ward and Olvin Moreland both attended our 50the Class Reunion.
ayne Howard is our classmate, but was too ill to attend. Emil Fuentes, Donnie Parker, Mike Brown, Steve Rowland, and Bob Hopkins were all
in other classes (Bob attended the '62 reunion recently) and are alive and well.
This article is written in memory of the following Centurions:
Mel Ennis Jessie Brown Clarence `Junior' Parker John Jefferson Paul Dawkins Chester Finley Rodney Manning
Mike Skinner LeRoy Matthews Skip Skinner James La Fleur David Childress Ken Sanford Monwell Fuller
Rome was blessed to have them walk among us. May they continue to rest in peace.
One Classmate's VERY
`U p Close and Personal' Role
Blue & White...Now & Then
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1992 L.A. Riots
The Ink Is Black,
The Paper Is White
by Madison Richardson (Su '61)
It was in the middle of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots when I received a call from Dr. Leslie Geiger asking if I would come in. I was not
on call at Daniel Freeman Hospital, but a `truck driver' had just been injured in the riots and needed immediate attention. My answer was
about to change my life forever. I first had to take my guests back to Santa Monica. Through the car window, I could see the smoke and fires
and took a turn to see what was happening. Shocking and disturbing. Fear had not yet set in. I drove to the hospital and when seeing the
patient lying on the operating table with his skull open, I asked Dr. Geiger, "Will he survive the brain injury?" Dr. Geiger said "Yes." I
scrubbed and cleansed the patient's facial injuries and got my camera to take several photos which I often used for teaching purposes.
Usually when people are brought to the emergency room we are not privy to the surrounding events regarding their injury. We see
a gunshot wound, a mugging, or a car accident, but rarely do we get the complete injury and rescue vividly captured by the television
cameras. Not so with my patient, Reginald Denny. His narrative was captured from the time of the beating on April 29, 1992 and throughout
The hospital public relations department normally handled communication with the media. However, in the first few days it became
apparent to me and my associate, Dr. Paul Toffel, that this community hospital was not prepared to deal with a case of such magnitude, with
all of the elements involved, especially those of race. Dr. Toffel, who is White, had played football for Washington High in the Southern
League against me in high school. I was on the Los Angeles High team.
I became the spokesperson for Reggie's care and daily progress and appeared on the morning television shows, often interviewed
by Katie Couric. In the evenings, I met with anchors from all three major networks as well as with media from New Zealand to France. All the
while, I was caring for my patient and dealing with the multiple problems and complications involving his care. There was little time for
planning and reflection. There was no opportunity to shout "cut" and edit a flawed presentation. Neither were there retakes which were de
rigueur for a polished Hollywood production.
I had witnessed countless cases of trauma and injury in civilian settings as well as during the Vietnam War. However, in the
public's eye, the injury to Reggie had a greater significance. He was a White truck driver, beaten by Blacks and rescued by Blacks.
The issue of race was ever present in the riot. Reverend Jesse Jackson called me the week following the riot. We discussed the
racial aspects and the complicated nature of race in this case.
I was a Black surgeon and my patient was White.
I did not know how Reggie was going to respond emotionally following the injury and specifically how he was going to respond to
me as his doctor. He was a truck driver and he was White. I was his physician, and I was Black. In the midst of the violence of these race
riots, Reggie displayed a profound heroism. He faced his situation with a total absence of bitterness or hostility towards his injuries and his
suffering. There was a complete absence of anger even towards his assailants. He took each setback and triumph in stride.
When these riots occurred, I had been involved in my community as Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Urban League. I had
attended John Muir Jr. High after we moved to California from Texas and knew the central Los Angeles community very well. I knew the
gangs and the disposition of the community.
I had been in Los Angeles during the earlier Watts Riots of 1965 just between college and on my way to medical school. During the
1965 and 1992 L.A. riots, the fires were scattered and there was rampant looting. I had also seen, up close, the 1968 riots in Washington,
D.C. (after the assassination of Martin Luther King) during my junior year of medical school. Those 1968 riots were particularly challenging.
As in the riots of 1992, I recall driving through the burning streets of D.C. where every store was on fire. I witnessed and photographed the
National Guard intervene on both the occasion of the L.A. riots as well as the D.C. riots.
Race in Los Angeles has been a more complicated issue than in many other cities--perhaps than any other city in America. The
racial composition of Los Angeles High during our time consisted of various cultures in the same environment with no particular tensions
that were obvious. It was a circumstance that had to occur naturally as you can't artificially create it in an organic way that has any sense of
authenticity. Once again, at Daniel Freeman Hospital, my patient and I mirrored my experience at L.A. High. Reggie and I got along very well.
I hope the cameras captured this lesson.
--CONTINUES NEXT PAGE
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Blue & White...Now & Then
"The Ink Is Black, The Paper Is White"
--CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
Perhaps a contributing factor was the role model of my great-grandfather, a White confederate soldier. In the aftermath of the
Civil War that tore our nation apart, he chose a freed Black slave to be my great-grandmother and fathered 10 children with her.
Perhaps it was my mother, who always admonished me not to use race as an excuse and who crossed the racial divide by
re-marrying after my father's death. She married a Conservative, White, Republican, Texas businessman who became my stepfather.
Perhaps the lesson to be learned was that a racial divide existed only in the minds of men with the potential to rip apart a
community as well as a nation. If a conscious effort were made, that notion need not exist. That was the case for my patient, Reggie,
as well as for me.
Sadly, I think that it was a moment that has passed and divisions and separations in the city of Los Angeles have increased
since that time.
Beside the sensitive issue of race, there was foremost in my mind the quality of care that Reggie was receiving, especially as
the entire world was watching. Missteps and mistakes, while not always clear to the public, are always understood by our colleagues.
They know what we are confronted with and what we are trying to do and how we are handling it. I knew his outcome would be closely
The decision to be a doctor like my father (who died when I was four) and all the subsequent training and education I
received was fortuitous. I subsequently had the privilege of training with Dr. Robert Chambers at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Head
and Neck Surgery which was especially opportune. I was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center during the `Tet' offensive. The
casualties were tremendous. The training for a young surgeon was extraordinary.
My father's death could have been prevented. It was caused by a contaminated needle. I was determined that no such
mistake would endanger Reggie's life. I have always been hyper-vigilant. One cannot `amp up' the process just because the media is
watching. One must develop the habit of providing the highest level of care as a matter of course and there will be no need to treat a
case or individual as `special' as this frequently leads to disaster.
Twice, over the following weeks, I saved Reggie's life--once, when he developed a life-threatening tracheal tear and later
when he developed a pulmonary embolism.
Apart from the awards that later came from the Board of Supervisors and other community organizations as well as top
honors from my college, Howard University, the most gratifying recognition for me personally were the letters from the American
Medical Association and the certifying Board of Otolaryngology where I had served as an examiner. The letters validated my years of
preparation and devotion to the profession. They understood the process and validated the long period of preparation that began
many years before. That recognition acknowledged my determination to re-write the tragedy that had taken my father's life. There was
a way to prevent such tragedies and my life had affirmed that.
L.A. HIGH INFLUENCE:
I have had the privilege of having a number of `angels' that have supported me at every step of my life. I have the fondest
memories of Mrs. Ryan, my English teacher and counselor at L.A. High. She was so instrumental in my education and development
that one can only hope that a force like her comes into each child's development. The occasions that she took to look after my welfare
are numerous. She took a special interest in my growth from the 10th grade until my graduation. She `rescued' me from the `Z' track
and transferred me to the college-bound `X' track after reviewing my records and discovering that I was in the California Scholarship
Federation. Many of the teachers took a personal interest and shaped my life thereafter. The multiethnic aspect of the school was a
valuable microcosm and in retrospect quite unique. It seems the country, today, is trying to figure out how to create what seemed so
natural at that time. There were so many smart, focused, positive people in the school.
I was driving by L.A. High, perhaps 15 or so years ago, and on the marquee was a tribute to me. They did not contact me or
let me know anything about it. I was struck by all of the great advantages that I had by what they did for me. I recall the special speed-
reading classes that allowed me to read at 2nd year college level in the 10th grade. I remember going out to Occidental College for
special courses, waking up at 6 am to take chemistry courses and later discussing them in class, the life-transforming "The Origin of
the Species," and all of Steinbeck...
I have met many famous people during my training, taking care of many at Walter Reed, e.g., President Eisenhower, King
Hussein of Jordan, Martha Mitchell of Watergate days, Strom Thurmond's child, and Justice William Douglas...
I have reflected on how anonymous I am, by choice. My direction at this time of my life is inward--something to do with
Socrates' words, "The unexamined life is not worth living." It's great to have been educated in the Greek and Roman classics. They
keep coming back to put things into perspective. I have reflected on the riches that have come my way to help me along my path.
When I graduated from L.A. High School, there were no Black medical students in the state at that time and the odds were
slim of reaching my destiny. I look back in wonder at the tide of history and the wondrous events that have come my way. I have been
given extraordinary opportunity and have been grateful to treasure these gifts.
Madison wishes to personally and `publicly' thank Emerly Hattori Gueron and Sheila Dyen Moncavage
for their assistance in organizing and editing this "informal conversation among friends."
Blue & White...Now & Then
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H ROLD'S REM
Our bank account remains open to defray the
cost of future reunion activities. As always,
Potluck Family Picnic,
anyone wishing to donate seed money can
mail a check (payable to LAHS 1961 Reunion)
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Well...Athenians and Corinthians, it's
to Robert Ostash, 1417 Valverde Place,
Contact Paula Phillips Leftwich at
time to put this puppy to bed. The work
Glendale, CA 91208. See the article by the
firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
of the Event Planning Committee for the
Event Planning Committee (this page) if you
Watch your e-mail for particulars!
50th Reunion of the LAHS Class of 1961 is
still want to purchase a DVD of the Reunion
complete. Remember, it was Event--singular,
Next Newsletter: END OF DECEMBER, 2012
not plural (smile). All of the Memory Books
Submissions Due: NOVEMBER 1
with DVDs have been mailed (with only two
Watch for "Reminder" E-Mail in October!
returns). We have new addresses for the two
Our Website is fully funded and will
returns and they have been re-mailed.
remain operational. It is under the able
We know that you had a great time at the
administration of our very talented
Check It Often:
Webmaster, Al Churgin, and is
Reunion and we hope that the Memory Books
updated regularly. It is the place to
and DVDs will keep memories from the
get all the current information about
evening fresh in your hearts and souls for
Changes in Contact Information
our class. You can find over 150 bios
years to come. Our committee had a ball
Please e-mail any changes in your contact
of classmates, upcoming class
planning the event. We have become friends
information to me at email@example.com. We
activities, videos, pictures, and
for life. We feel blessed to have had this
want to continue to provide you with information
much, much more. Please contact
about our class so please provide us with changes
opportunity and we thank you.
Al at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have
to your e-mail address, mailing address, and
For those who were unable to attend, but
any contributions or need assistance
were with us in spirit, we do have extra DVDs
with accessing the page.
Al could use some help in this effort.
for purchase. If you are interested, please
If any of you have the time and skills
send a check for $20 (payable to LAHS 1961
to help, please get in touch with him.
We are still collecting bios of our classmates. If
Reunion) to: Bob Ostash, 1417 Valverde Place,
you have not done so as yet, you can send your
Glendale, CA 91208.
bio to me at email@example.com and I will
Bob will notify Bunny Withers of your
CURRENT STATUS OF L.A. HIGH
distribute it to the class and will add it to your
The school situation is still in flux. There
request and she will mail out your DVD. The
profile page on the class Website.
is another new principal. If anyone is
DVD captures the weekend and has scenes
Planning Your Own `Area' Mini-Reunion?
er ested in getting involved in the school
from the School Tour, the Banquet, and the
organization efforts, you can contact
If you are planning a mini-reunion in your area
e Hooven at JoeHoo firstname.lastname@example.org om and
he can put you in touch with the right peopl e. an
d want to p
ublicize it, e-mail the information
to me at email@example.com and I will be sure
Signing Off with Love...
We will keep you informed of any new
it is distributed to the class.
The Event Planning Committee
velopments as they occur.
CLASS `TALK STORY' PUBLICATION
David Lewin, Emerly Hattori Gueron, Mark Wellisch, Susan Frieder, and Harold Hyman have formed a committee to explore the
possibility of producing a publication highlighting the journey of our classmates from their high school days to the present.
They are discussing formats for this publication and a process for collecting information from those of you who are willing
to share your wisdom, experiences, and insights with a larger audience.
The book will take a look into the lives of some of the students of the L.A. High School Class of `61. It will be a firsthand
account of people revealing their impressions of their high school years and how, in many instances, their future was shaped
by their teachers, their experiences, their struggles, their accomplishments, and their failures. The experiences will not be
all-encompassing nor meant to represent the class in its entirety. Still it is our hope that many of the observations and insights
will prove to be beneficial to future generations of high school graduates.
We would like to make this book compelling reading as well as a history about a very talented and exceptional high school
class. Please contact Harold Hyman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be on this committee, or participate in this
project. We are especially in need of writers; editors; and classmates with experience in publishing, printing, public relations,
marketing, or the entertainment industry.
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1 ...'SAVE' THE YEAR!
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