William S "Bill" Eickhorst
|Last Updated:||June 17, 2013|
|Residing In:||Kansas City, MO USA|
|Spouse/Partner:||Edith Ann (Edie)|
|Occupation:||Retired University Professor|
|Children:||Daughter, Kristin, born 1976, married 2010; lives in Omaha, Has two beautiful daughters, Emily Ann age 2 and the newest, Abagail Grace who is 18 months younger than her sister.
Son, Eric, born 1980, still single; lives in Overland Park, KS - a suburb of Kansas City.
|Comments:||2010 was a momentous year. Kristin got married in April, Edie retired in May, and Kristin announced she is expecting in July. Bill took Edie to the Mayan Riviera for a week as a retirement present, Eric bought a townhouse in Overland Park, got a promotion at work and bought his first new car.
In 2011 Bill went through 43 radiation treatments for prostate cancer which were effective. Bill and Edie celebrated their 40th on an Alaska cruise and a romantic dinner on top of the Space Needle in Settle.
Bill was busy in 2011 self-publishing photo-essay books about his life as an artist, his travels around the US and the world, and one on "The Car as Art."
In 2012 Bill & Edie toured Italy: Venice, Florence, Assisi, Pisa, Rome, Isle of Capri, Sorrento, Almafi Coast, Positano and Pompeii. in 2013 we visited London, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne and Paris.
|School Story:||Remember wearing the brightest, loudest socks you could find for the "Sock-Hop" dances in the Gym?
Remember eating the "Battleship" and the "Pig's Dinner" at our two favorite ice cream shops?
Remember swinging across the gym on the climbing ropes and driving coach Talamo and coach Pilatowski nuts?
Remember when we had to run laps on the track during gym class and we would hide behind the far side of the track when it was foggy out?
Remember when we had "Gangster Day" and we wore dark suits with light ties and brought water pistols to school and we all got sent home?
Remember Mr. Hannah always wearing that same shirt with the iron-on patch? Why do I remember that?
Remember Mr. Wyckoff wearing those shoes with the noisy leather heels and soles walking down the hallway?
I had Ms. Reid ("Old Stoneface") for Biology - one of the few people I have met in my life with absolutely no sense of humor! We were having our practicum on the frog , one at a time, in the lab supply room. When it was my turn, I walked in and there was the frog all nicely laid out in the pan. She pointed the probe to the frog's ovaries and asked, "Okay Eickhorst, what is this?" I responded, "It appears to be a frog." She threw me out of class and gave me a zero on the test. Stupid woman!
At one of our track meets we bandaged the head of one of the guys. When Coach Talmo got back on the team bus and asked what happened, we told him that he got hit in the head with a shot put. It wasn't too funny when Coach instantly turned an ashen white - guess some pranks just aren't funny.
Herb Davidson, Bob Gray, Louise Sibi, Dick Hadley, Pete Jacobsen, Joanne Goldweber, yours truly - we had quite a few artists in our small class - I think Dr. Wyckoff had something to do with it. Seems like we also had a lot of acting and music talent as well!
Remember how much fun we had playing with the gigantic "Cage Ball" in gym class until too many people got hurt and we couldn't play anymore?
Stu Kelly pole vaulted on our track team and he was the first to try out one of the revolutionary new fiberglas poles. The first time he used it he completely missed the pit when landing. He threw the pole aside and went back to the old one.
Remember the girls who sat in the window row in History class. It was in the afternoon and the sunlight streaming through the window provided provocative silhouettes of what was inside their blouses. Our hormones were raging, our brains were migrating South and it was very difficult for the guys to concentrate on History! If Mr. Keating had asked us who the 1st President of the U.S. was, I doubt if we could have answered. I often wondered if they really knew... and thats why they sat there?
Everyone probably remembers that we were a football powerhouse, but who remembers how absolutely terrible we were in basketball? I think its called selective memory.
I remember getting to dance with all the prettiest girls at the dances because I liked to dance and lots of the other guys could only do the slow dances. I always reminded my son that girls like guys who can dance! Edie and I still love to dance whenever the opportunity arises - but don't expect to see us on "Dancing With the Stars" anytime soon. :)
Remember the first day that Jack Falk showed up with his turquoise blue '57 Chevy convertible with the continental kit? I bet he wishes he still had it now! I thought that it was the coolest ride in the parking lot.
Hey, who dug all the Red Garnet stones out of the rock facing surrounding the entrance doors to the school? Okay, I'll fess up, I was one of them. Who else felt that they also needed to have one?
Why did we torment, without mercy, at every opportunity, those poor unsuspecting substitute teachers and student teachers we had? Yeah, it was fun, wasn't it?
|Military Service:||U.S. Army Security Agency|
Mr. Barbarito's 7th grade class at George G. White Elemenatary School in Hillsdale. Whats up with Arti - she looks the same as she did at the reunion - thats kinda scary! I was amazed at how many people I was able to recognize - how many do you remember? Did you remember Bill Eickhorst, Gary Rhyman and Barry Caffrey being that tall? :)
One of my more recent works combining elements of photography, CGI and painting. I take digital photos and download them onto my hard drive and then move the images into Photoshop where I edit out material and then run it through various filters to make the image more abstract or Impressionistic. They are then printed on canvas after which I paint over the surface with oil paints and liquid polymer.
This is Holly - she is a 5-year-old Cocker/Lab mix. She spoils us rotten! Maybe its the other way around? We got her through a No-Kill animal shelter. I've had a dog almost all of my life and I think that she is probably the smartest and most loving. Holly is a registered therapy dog and we sometimes take her to nursing homes to visit the elderly patients.
This is my "baby.' Its a 94 Jaguar that I restored five years ago when I retired and take to car shows every summer. It has won more than 25 trophies in 30 shows. A lot of the cars in the shows are Muscle Cars - this one is about elegance!
England/Wales trip. Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plane was not too far from London. We were there in August so the ancient Druids who supposedly built Stonehenge c. 2500 BC were not there. They do congregate at Stonehenge during both the Summer and Autumnal Equinox.
England/Wales trip. A couple of iconic English cottages with thatched roofs nestled along the banks of an idlic river. What could possibly be more English?
2007: Kristin, Eric & Edie in Japan. I was there too but was busy taking the picture. We were visiting Eric who was working for a year in a suburb of Tokyo - he is a Japanese linguist. Kristin is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in Spatial Systems Engineering at U. of Maine. I'm 5-8, Edie is 5-2, Eric is 6-2? Go figure. While there, we went to Kyoto which must have at least 3,987 beautiful shrines and temples - I think Eric tried to show us every one of them. I had blisters on my toes and kept asking Eric why we were doing a reenactment of the Battan Death March.
2007 Japan Trip. The Golden Temple, Kyoto, Japan. Yes, it is actually gilded in gold. Because of its many sacred temples and shrines, and lack of military/industrial importance, Kyoto was spared from bombing during the war. Taking the bullet train (125mph) from Tokyo to Kyoto was special, especially looking out the window as we passed Mt. Fuji.
2007 Japan trip: A mixed media piece based on a photo taken on the grounds of the Golden Temple. The Egret just happened to land as I was setting up the shot - sometimes you just get lucky!
2007 Japan trip: Another mixed media piece based on one of my favorite photos taken in Kyoto.
2010: Bill & Edie on vacation in Mexico at the Maya Riviera- about 1 hour south of Cancun. The kids would never believe that their mother actually allowed the photographer to put a live iguana on her head!
2010: Mexico trip. Bill & Edie swimming with the dolphins - a once-in-a-lifetime experience! They are as gentle as they are big and twice as smart as some of Bill's students.
2010: Ancient Mayan ruins at Chitzen Itza. Main temple (restored) is 93' high with exactly 365 steps in each side. Now designated as on of the "7 Modern Wonders of the World," the ruins date to c. 1000 AD.
2010: Edie with two amigos in front of the Senor' Frog's shop in downtown Playa Del Carmen about 1/2 hour south of our resort.
Completing a 5K run just after my 70th birthday in March. Finished race in 39:06 and placed 1st in the 70+ age group. Edie came in 1st in the 60-69 age group.
Edie and I at Mendenhal Glacier in Alaska - 40th Anniversary
cruise to Alaska from Seattle. August, 2011
Celebrated 40th by having dinner at the restaurant on top of the Seattle Space Needle. Expensive, but what the hell, its only money!
The very first Starbucks (1973) on Pike Street in downtown Seattle. Who would have ever guessed it would grow into a huge corporation?
St.Peter's Basillica in Rome
Trevi Fountain, Rome 2012
The Colloseum, Rome 2012
Overlooking the countryside in Assisi 2012
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