|Pekin, IL USA|
|Michael Petry, born 1967, lives in Chicago, two blocks from Wrigley Field
Kristen Conroy, born 1969, lives in Naperville, 3 kids-Madison, Kyra and Braden (all soccer players and swimmers) Yes, Kris is the consumate soccer mom.
Megan Larson, born 1969, lives in Lake Zurich
Amy Walser, born 1971 lives in Waterloo, Iowa, 2 kids-Rebecca (a dancer) and Sam (a Lego engineer)
All four kids went to Illinois State and graduated in four years. (Thank goodness--do the math--we had three in college for four consecutive years) All four of our children taught in Illinois public schools. Meg is the only one still teaching.
Jul 31 at 11:50AM
Here's hoping you have a great birthday and an even better one next year. It was nice seeing you at the reunion. I hope we can have another-- 55th?
Have a great year,
Jul 31 at 11:48AM
Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day and even better year. It was fun seeing you at the reunion ( and inspiring that you still fit into your Schurz sweater.)
Jul 30 at 12:53PM
Here's hoping you have a great birthday and year.
Another reunion would be fun, too.
Jul 24 at 4:11PM
Here's hoping you have a great birthday and year. I'm overwhelmed by your having 13 books published. Glad you are still writing and painting. I'm still writing and playing the piano, but no books published yet.
I would think golf would be more frustrating than boating and swimming, but Miami's swimming and boating would be in more comfortable weather, especially the swimming.
Best wishes for continued success,
Jul 19 at 12:38PM
I hope this latest birthday finds you happy and healthy. I can't believe it was four years ago that the class reunion was held. Again thank you and your wife for the excellent advice about my hip replacement. I'm thinking about trying to play tennis again, but my double vision adds another challenge. I tried shooting a free throw and missed by about four feet to the left. I guess I was aiming at the wrong basket. I'm doing fine. I freaked out a friend by describing the situation who was a passenger while I was driving. Fun!
I keep pretty busy with teaching at Bradley, giving piano lessons and being the head of the trustees at my church as well as song leader and replacement organist. I also have been taking some writing courses (Creative Writing, mystery writing and comedy writing).
I've had four short stories published and about a hundred rejections, so my batting average is just a little better than that of the Chicago Cubs.
Do you ever hear from Dick Hanus?
I've lost complete track of him.
I really hope that we can get together sometime, even it's at the next reunion.
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Jul 16 at 1:09PM
Here's hoping you have a great birthday and an even better year.
My wife and I went to the Panama Canal last year on a cruise and stopped at several islands including Costa Rico, and yes, it is very beautiful.
Jul 07 at 12:05PM
The tree planted outside the high school where I taught has an apple tree from Cobden. It was a gift from the basketball team after Cobden and Pekin played for the state basketball championship. I was rooting for Cobden as was almost the whole state except for Pekin residents.
I hope you're well and doing well.
Best wishes for a great year,
Jul 07 at 11:59AM
Happy birthday. I often think about those days learning how to play various sports in the alley behind your house. I wrote a short story about a kid skipping school to go the Wrigley Field for the Cubs opener, and tow of his friends were Bud and Rich. I don't know where I came up with those names, but I thought they sounded like a couple of regular guys who would be good friends.
It was great seeing you at the reunion. Have you won any contests for owning the ugliest mug? I still have mine (I think) unless my wife threw it out. Say hi for me the next time you see Bud or Pete.
Here's hoping you have a great day and a great year and many more.
May 28 at 9:24AM
I hope you have a great day and year. I think you will. I loved what a positive vibe you project. It's got to be contagious.
At least with your kids spread out, you have lots of excuses for short vacations.
Every once in a while I stop and realize how old I am, but I still think I'm 23, well, maybe 35.
Best wishes for many more happy memories,
May 26 at 10:46AM
A day late, but thank you for your service in the army.
I hope you have a happy birthday. It's hard to think that we spent almost thirteen years of school together. It's even harder to think how long ago that was. I hope you are happy and healthy and will continue to be so for the rest of the year and many more after that.
I love your story about the woodshop teacher. I wonder if my students have similar funny stories to tell about me.
One question, now that you are living in Minnesota, have you developed a Svedish accent yet, you betcha by golly,eh? Sorry, I just couldn't resist. I had a Swedish uncle who spoke nothing like that, and neither did Rich Ivarson, now that I think about it.
Best wishes for a very happy birthday and many more.
May 07 at 7:53PM
I hope you have a great day and another great year.
How very nice that you are still an important part of your ex-mother-in-law's life. How difficult that must be to have to bury one child, much less three.
Lots of happiness always,
May 02 at 2:10PM
What an uplifting life story! Nice things happen to nice people. I hope you have a great birthday and the rest of the year. Eight grandchildren, all living fairly close by, another blessing.
I wish continuing happiness to you and your family.
A sixtieth reunion? Maybe Dick will be ready to head up another one by then.
Apr 20 at 11:13PM
How nice that you live close to your children and grandchildren. I have six, also, but the closest is two and a half hours away. The furthest is a little over four hours away in Iowa, so we miss a lot of their growing up. I hope you are staying well and wish you the best.
If, scratch that, when we get to have another reunion, I hope that you can make it. (Me, too, for that matter).
Happy Easter and Happy Birthday.
Apr 12 at 1:10PM
Here's hoping you have a great birthday and the rest of year is great, too.
16 college degrees! Of course, that's probably old news by now, probably 18 to 20.
What a testament to the parents!
Let's hope we can all get together again, maybe even a less formal gathering, a picnic or something. It's so gratifying to hear the successes of our classmates.
Again, happy birthday
Apr 07 at 11:34AM
Here's hoping you have a very happy birthday, with many, many more to follow. I hope your cancer is gone or in remission. It is so inspiring to read how my old (oops, don't want to use that o word) my former classmates are doing so well.
I'm still working myself, down to two jobs,teaching English at Bradley University ( I should be grading some essays right now) and teaching piano at a local music store. I think I'd get bored just sitting at home although I think my wife, who is retired, is busier than I am.
Best wishes for a wonderful day,
Mar 02 at 2:54PM
Who would have thought 50 years ago that we would still be toddling around. We are
now officially old enough to be the parents of the old guys we used to play softball
against at Kenwell. Unless I happen to look at a calendar and see the year, I don't feel
old. I want to go back and shoot hoops in the alley behind Rich's garage or play football
using the telephone poles at your house and Rich's as goal lines or play softball in that
same alley. I still hit to center field.
Apologies again for barfing in the back seat of your car after imbibing too much in Don
Swanson's basement. You guys were great washing my pants in a laundromat while I sat
out in the car. If I tried to put that incident into one of my stories, the editors would say,
"Nuh, uh. Unrealistic."
Speaking of drinking beer, I told one of my students about a comment you made after
you turned 21 about "Going to bars and drinking wasn't any fun any more." That
comment still resonates with me.
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