Ann Reurink van Leur

Profile Updated: July 4, 2015
Residing In Grand Rapids, MI USA
Children J. Annie Malone, born 1972
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Lived in Virginia, Arizona, Washington, New Orleans,LA, New York, Maine.
Worked primarily in media after graduating University of Michigan. This involved sales, strategic planning, research, media buyer, etc. etc. Came home to Grand Rapids in 2003.
In 1971, married a National Geographic photographer, J. Bruce Baumann. However, after many years of being apart due to his travels, we drifted apart, inexorably, as continents are said to drift. We parted amicably but after the divorce, I took my mother's maiden name, van Leur. She died giving birth to me.

School Story

Our Latin teacher (Vander Poel??) in the Madison bldg. always went berserk at the sound of clicking ballpoint pens or charm bracelets. They were banned from class or confiscated. Veni Vidi Vici, so to speak.
Nevertheless, there always seemed to be two cultures going on between those who had most of their classes in the Mad building and those in the main building. We really got a great education---even though we didn't know it at the time. When we graduated, we were more educated in many things than most college graduates are today.

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Posted on: Dec 05, 2015 at 2:42 PM

Dave, thank you for responding! I really enjoyed reading it.
Jack Van Ens! Now there’s a memory. I think he was in my physics class. For some strange reason, Jack never gave me the time of day. I always believed he would become an army general.
Oh, my hairdo in the class photo? Now there’s a story---and it involves post-traumatic stress. My mother had a friend that was a ‘beautician’ and worked from home. You should “look nice” for the yearbook, my mother said. Additionally, the beautician’s husband was a photographer. The plan was to do my hair and then have him snap a photo. My hair was long in high school and I asked for a simple, French twist in the back. By the time she was done with me, it looked like a mushroom cloud. Immediately after, I was ushered into a chair and photographed. To this day, I look at that photo with horror.
Thank you, Dave, for replying to me. That was so very kind. Who knew we’d communicate 50 years later? I’m astounded anyone remembers me at all.
I returned to Grand Rapids in 2003. So many remaining places still flood me with memories of the 60’s—just by driving around. I quickly become quite nostalgic . I smiled reading what you remember; “lime phosphates and the smell of cigarettes and magazine paper”.
Nostalgia is a perfume, don’t you find it? You cannot pour it on others without getting a few drops on yourself. You know what I mean? --- Annie

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Posted on: Dec 05, 2015 at 7:59 AM

A well written comment, Dave; a touching memory and, also, amusingly anti-colloquial of the times (“damn, damn & triple damn”).
You probably don’t remember me, but I remember you. You were in my classes. As an aside, I wish I’d known there was a stamp club because I was an avid collector of U.S. mint stamps. It was probably a ‘boys only’ club.

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I've always loved lime Jello and Ed Bolt.

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