All 70's Reunion
Posted by Jim Brown (+11) 14 years ago
I am coming to the reunion. I think I registered. I think I paid some sort of fee with a credit card many months back. I think I am starting to lose some of my ability to remember things. If anyone has any record of this, I'd appreciate hearing about it. If not, I can always borrow money from old friends. Hal Neuman, don't you owe me money anyway that I fronted you for a deposit on a 16 gallon keg? Yes...that I can remember quite clearly.
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Posted by Bill Gierke (+87) 14 years ago
Someone named Bertrand asked me if you were coming. I think he will front you the money, probably from an old weed eradication debt or something.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10100) 14 years ago
Jim, I'm pretty sure that it's you who owes me . . . bail money if memory serves ;-)


Dang I wish they could have scheduled this reunion thing for January or February when I could have attended.
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Posted by Chuck Schott (+1292) 14 years ago
Wish I could come down but I've got duty at the Obama for President headquarters this weekend and can not get away. Besides if Brown, Bert, and Gierke are going to be there adding me to the mix maybe too much for the MCPD. Have a great time and keep your powder dry (whatever that means).

Is Norton, Dodd, Or Willie coming?

Chuck

[This message has been edited by Chuck Schott (edited 6/10/2008).]
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Posted by Jim Brown (+11) 14 years ago
I guess I'm on my own as far as entering the reunion events. Id day Id sneak in but Hal, you were pretty good at stopping deadbeats from getting into those keggers. (Do kids read these forums?) Sorry for leaving the second "n" off your last name Hal. I'll buy you a drink.

Bill, you had better be nice to me. I have some stories ya know. Weren't you hit by shotgun pellets in the fifth grade? I think Dick Cheney passed through and did some bird hunting. Chuck never forgave him for what he did to you, therefore his support for the opposite party.

And Chuck, sorry you can't come. But what about your little sister? I'm going to take a wild guess, is her name Lori? On another subject, do you remember once we were jumping off a shed in the yard of Doc Balsam and you landed right on a sprinkler head. G-d that was gross. You could see the meat coming out of the cut until the blood started gushing. I can't buy you a drink over that but I'll throw my support to Obama.
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Posted by Julie (+416) 14 years ago
Hey Jim Brown ~

I'll sneak in with you!
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Posted by Jim Brown (+11) 14 years ago
Julie, I would love to sneak in with you. It shouldn't be too hard. It will be harder to recognize me. See, I was looking at my photo in the yearbook and fortunately my appearance has changed some. Look for me. I'll be wearing the 36 years later disguise.

Hal, I think I wrote you back. These new-fangled machines, I never know if I get it right. Anyway, I I re-read your post and realize you won't be there. Too bad. If I get any good gossip, I'll write you back. By the way, did you know Mike Bertrand was gay all this time? Me either.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10100) 14 years ago
>>By the way, did you know Mike Bertrand was gay all this time? Me either.

Interesting . . . some of his locker room antics make sense now ;-) Tell Bert "howdy" from me when you see him. I wonder if he still has the scars from the time I stepped on his hand while wearing football cleats. You'd think he would have known better than to have placed his hand under my foot . . . go figure?

I'll get an email off to you shortly. The gossip will be appreciated. Tell everyone I said "hello."
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Posted by Chuck Schott (+1292) 14 years ago
Lori is correct and you won't know if she is coming until she shows up, Lori runs on a schedule I have yet to figure out.

I knew that about Bertrand. But Gierke was a surprise.
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Posted by Mary Jane (Hagen) Reiff (+20) 14 years ago
Wow, Mike Bertrand is Gay? I sure hope our daughter doesn't find out!!! LOL
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Posted by S C B (+12) 14 years ago
Hi Mary Jane. This is Jim Brown. I am in Miles City and I am using my little brother Stuart's log-in. I forgot my password.
Let me clarify something. Mike was NOT gay when with you. But he confided in me that you spoiled him for all other women, so he said he might as well be gay. Thats the story in a nutshell. Tell Jennifer her parents were heteros when she was conceived. (Her names is Jennifer, no?)
I saw Bill Gierke Thursday evening. He said Mike is coming. I'm betting that he does not read this site!
I hope you are coming to the reunion, too.
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Posted by Mary Jane (Hagen) Reiff (+20) 14 years ago
Hey Jim! Yes, I will be there, got to MC late last night. And yes her name is Jennifer. She's 32 now, how scary is that. Also, much more mature than her father or I will ever be. (especially her father) Ha! Hope to run into you.
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Posted by S C B (+12) 14 years ago
Again, this is Jim. Mary Jane, you mentioned this word in your post--"mature". What does that mean? Is it French? Perhaps I should have asked about it 40 years ago. In any case, I can't claim that anyone had any less than I did. See you tonight.
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Posted by Chris Peterson (+169) 14 years ago
Mike is gay? Does he know? I am not going to be the one to tell him. Jimmy, you should be the one. See you all at dinner tonight. Be there or ..... keep your powder dry?? Now THAT is funny. Some cool pix from this will be posted on classmates.com soon. So far, only one blonde moment haunts me (that i remember)...Donny who?
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Posted by LLE (+49) 14 years ago
I would like to commend Bobbi, Gary and Chet for the wonderful job they did putting together the all 70's class reunion. They must of been super busy the last year getting everything put together.
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Posted by Bobbi (+95) 14 years ago
It wasn't those three. Chet and Gary did alot of work on Monday night decorating, but it was alot of people. THERE WAS ONE PERSON WHO WAS NOT MENTIONED AT THE BANQUET (and it was an oversight) WAS DIANE GORDON ECKART. She was always there and did alot of work. I can't thank her enough and I can't thank the rest of the committee too who all worked so hard to make this the success that it was. I am so happy that everyone had a great time. I however, will not be spearheading this again. I hurt Diane's feeling tremendously last night and will never be able to forgive myself or forget. I never meant to hurt her feelings or anyone else. So again, Diane, thanks so much for a job well done and I am sorry. It was my fault and I take complete responsibility.

[This message has been edited by Bobbi (edited 6/15/2008).]
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Posted by Kacey (+3155) 14 years ago
Bobbi,
As one who busted her butt for a reunion and then was left off the list of people to thank I know how it feels. But I also know that what matters is not getting your name mentioned, but being together with friends and knowing they all had a good time because of my hard work. Stop beating yourself up. Diane is a sweetheart and I'm sure she holds no bad feelings toward you. Thank you to everyone who put the reunion together, whether your name was mentioned or not. By the way, half of the time I couldn't hear Jerry, so I probably only heard a few of the names anyway.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+15197) 14 years ago
It does seem like those who put so much effort could have been asked to join Bobbi on stage to be recognized instead of using that time for Jerry to tell some of his one-liner jokes. My thanks to everyone.

One question: who was the nun? She was hilarious, especially if you were part of that culture.

[This message has been edited by Richard Bonine, Jr (edited 6/16/2008).]
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Posted by Kacey (+3155) 14 years ago
Shannon Holman played the nun. She was great. I'm not Catholic but enjoyed her immensely as I had Catholic friends while growing up.
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Posted by RA (+644) 14 years ago
Bobbi & All Helpers!

Thank you for a job WELL DONE! I'm still smiling from the great weekend!

Bobbi - unfortunately you are human - as we all are - and humans do tend to err, seemingly at the most embarrassing times. Please don't beat yourself up for forgetting to mention all those that helped with the HUGE job of organizing this event! (It happens most every year at the Oscar's and the Emmy's!)

All Helpers - you know who you are - thank you also for a great weekend!
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Posted by Nancy Gerch (+13) 14 years ago
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Reunion. I had an absolutely fantastic time. It was so wonderful to see people from other classes also. Once again, thank you.

Nancy Torgrimson Gerch '74
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Posted by [email protected] (+2) 14 years ago
I am writing about the all 70's reunion. It was a blast and a really wonderful turnout,due to "ALL" the people who helped in the planning of it. This is why I am writing. The reunion would not have been a success if "ALL" those people would not have participated in the event. The majority were left out when it came time for thankyou to be read. I personally saw the hurt and anger in their eyes,"some had tears. That was so sad to see. The people of miles city will know now that there was more than 3 people who participated. Bobbi,Chet and Gary, but the out of town people will probably never know. Friendships have been broken now along with deep hurt feelings and this can never be changed. I will close with one last statement. You know who you are who wrote the thankyou to be read by Jerry. was the attention really worth it? A concerned citizen
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10100) 14 years ago
Just a thought. . .

Maybe the positive thing to do would be to provide the names of those who did help so that they could be recognized and thanked. That might be the better route to take . . . it might even prevent yet another thread from turning into a blame game/ whining fest.
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Posted by Kacey (+3155) 14 years ago
The reunion was for everyone's benefit. The people who worked so hard do deserve a thank you. Those that were not specifically mentioned know how much their contribution meant. They saw the smiles on people's faces, they heard the laughter and saw all of the hugs. People don't do good just for recognition. Some people do good in order to make this a better world. Being recognized is great. But knowing in your own heart that you made so many people happy lasts a lot longer than a few spoken words in a crowded building.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+12085) 14 years ago
Hear, hear, Kacey. If friendships were "ruined" and people were devastated because they weren't given some kind of public credit, then they must be people for whom credit is more important than accomplishment. Do something for the joy of doing it and for the fun you give others, not because you want something in return.

I had a great time at the reunion but all this carping about "credit" is depressing. How about we agree that everyone involved should be proud of themselves and leave it at that?

[This message has been edited by Amorette Allison (edited 6/18/2008).]
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Posted by Rhonda (+21) 14 years ago
I helped with the runion - basically getting letters to MY class and getting our registration table all ready and decorated along with name tags, etc. I know that Bobbi and Diane were very involved with the planning and organizing of the WHOLE event. I also know that my husband spoke with Jerry about who should be recognized for all their hard work: they were Bobbi Askin, Diane Gordon, along with Chet Holmes and Susan Sanderson. This whole thing is kind of sad - friendships being strained, maybe even over. Bobbi was completely taken back when Jerry announced that she was instrumental in this event - even emotional. It was a lot of work and emotions do play into things. And I am sure that who is upset with NOT being recognized was hurt and their emotions also took over. No one is to blame - not even Jerry. It is easy to forget on stage. The reunion was a HUGE success!! I only hope that feelings can be mended and friendships will not be over due this. Eveyone that helped out deserves an "At A Boy" but Bobbi and Diane made sure this thing got off the ground and saw it through to the end.
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Posted by RA (+644) 14 years ago
Yes! Kacey has said it the best!

(Kudoos, Kacey!)
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Posted by Tim Walters (+69) 14 years ago
It was a tremendous success, in my opinion... sorry that some people did not get mentioned, but as someone said that is so easy to do when you are under the gun... so, will the class of 72 get it together for the 40th in 4 years???
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Posted by Vikki Bradley (+26) 14 years ago
Hey Stuart it was great seeing you during the reunion. I had a great visit with Alisa last night, she is off to Nebraska to spread her mothers ashes, she is having a really hard time with the lose of her mother, maybe this will help. Hey by the way what is your cell number I will be heading out to your area next month and may just give you a call. Vikki
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