Linda Jackson's home
April 10-13, 2003
first meeting of the Paxon Class of 1965 HA HA Sisters was
a success! A lot of talking, reminiscing, inquiring of family and
friends, and laughing was the order of the weekend.
Anne Andrews-Belger was the first to arrive on Thursday morning. Then
Doris Kedzior-LePrell and I (Judy Bryant-Gneisig) arrived 5 minutes
earlier than our scheduled 1:10 arrival (the Southwest Pilot asked
that we note that we arrived 5 minutes early so I thought I would
pass that on to all of you).
Beebe-Hill was the next to arrive on Friday morning. Then Ginger Joyner-Boettcher
arrived Friday afternoon. Finally, we were all together when Janet
Johnson-Tracey arrived Friday night. Once Janet arrived, we all kicked
back and did a lot of talking. We did a lot of fast talking because
Linda Anne Andrews-Belger was leaving at Noon on Saturday.
are a couple of the topics we talked about:
- who actually did it and who was mooned. You would be surprised
to learn who had done the mooning in this group! A couple had been
mooned in our teen years.
who all attended (mostly classmates from Coach Foster's first period
English class) and some of the wild things that went on. None of us
were to leave the slumber parties, according to our parents, but it
seemed that excursions were the norm. The beach being the most frequented
place. It was recalled that someone had a beer before an excursion
to the beach and got sick all over the driver's mother's vehicle.
A couple of times the vehicle used on these excursions broke down.
One time Richard Leonard (and group) was called since he and his group
had been with the slumber party participants earlier in the evening.
Another time a brother was called to fetch us back to where we were
supposed to be. On the night of our Junior Prom, the slumber party
turned into an egging party. No one could remember why a certain house
was chosen or if any of the eggs reached the house!
To all my HA HA
sisters - Thanks for the memories. MORE
the HA HA Sisters were at Linda's home, she invited other classmates
to visit her on Memorial Day weekend. Buddy and Deborah Sweat, Clyde
and Charlotte Israel, Billy Caputo and Loretta Newcomer-Bledsoe visited
Dinner at Myra Altman Scott's home April
We had a very nice dinner at Myra's. The fellowship with friends was
outstanding. Myra called several friends who usually do not participate
in our gatherings and talked them into coming. Marcia Joyner-Solomon,
Jerry Ward (Class of 1966), and David Hamilton joined us. Sharon Stone-Gibson
was in town so she joined us and Cookie Hovsepian-Sikes came into
town for the weekend to visit with us and her family. Thank you Myra
for opening your home to us for a gathering.
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Jacksonville Beach Annual Gathering
June 27- 28, 2003
it seems as though each year our gathering gets better. Maybe our
age is making us think more about our friends of our youth (our true
friends). We had 37 classmates to join us during the weekend - a total
of 50+ including spouses. This is several more classmates than we
had at our Reunion in 2000. Our "first timer" for any
event was Jose (Tony) Vassallo. Jose lives in the Miami area.
He went to college in Puerto Rico and then coached swimming at the
University of Miami for several years. Once leaving the University
of Miami, he taught in public and private high schools in Miami. He
is still teaching but is looking forward to retiring. He has traveled
the world during the summers and his dream is to retire to Australia.
came to this annual gathering for the first time: Donna Kay Rogers-Strayer,
Pat Burns-Hodges, Bonnie Prevatt-Bennett, Larry Mapps, Lionel Varnado,
Tom White, J. D. Loudermill, Janice Amos-Hovsepian and David Hamilton.
All of these classmates have either attended reunions or dinners in
the past, but it is always good to see as many classmates as possible
at our annual event.
itinerary for these annual gatherings is to visit and enjoy our friends.
A lot of the stories have been told every year, but we laugh just
as much as the year before. We catch up on each other, families and
any classmates that we kept in touch with. It is a good feeling to
see and hug old friends.
the guys did play golf on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. A
few years ago, everyone would come back to the suite and brag about
being on the winning team. This year no one could remember which team
won because no one could count correctly (cheating??!) - All those
PHD's and no one could count! At least all the golfers were laughing
and said they had fun.
did take time to have a serious discussion about our reunion that
is scheduled for 2005. If you want to give us some input for the next
reunion, please post it on our website guestbook or e-mail Judy.
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Judy Bryant Gneisig