Jim Ratzman

Profile Updated: April 8, 2021
Residing In Austin, TX USA
Spouse/Partner Carole
Occupation Semi-retired
Children Eric, October 1971, married, one son. Graduated Texas A&M in 1994 with degree in Civil Engineering. More… Earned his PE designation about 2001. Employed by Halff Associates Engineering Firm

Julie, January 1976, single mom with two girls. Employed by Board Auto Group in Plano, Texas as Event Planner/Marketing Specialist. They are Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini dealer
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Carole and I married August 6, 1966. I graduated from Georgia State U. in 1968, went to work at Atlantic Steel. I changed jobs in 1972 to work for Rollins, Inc. and moved to Austin, TX in 1973. Changed jobs in 1976, went to work for Texas Credit Union Department, regulatory agency for state-chartered credit unions in Texas. Retired in 2003, and began consulting/contract work for credit unions. For seven years, I worked for a local CPA performing internal audits for state agencies, but he has retired.

School Story

In 1957, my family moved to Cascade Heights from Texas. The only people we knew were the other families that had moved to Texas with the company my dad worked for. I was excited about living in the big city of Atlanta, but uncertain about being in high school in the 8th grade. In Texas, we had junior-high schools for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade, and high school for the remainder. In that 8th grade year, I had Mr. Fink for homeroom. Two classmates befriended me, Eddie Bowen and Charles Rogers, and I immediately felt like I fit in since most of you guys had been together since the first grade! I don't remember much more about Charles, but Eddie and I maintained a friendship until his death. He was a special guy to this class of 1962.

A month or so into that first school year, a flu epidemic hit the school and many 8th grade football team members were ill. I had never played any type of organized football, but one morning in PE I had a "career-making" day, catching two touchdown passes! That afternoon, Coach Brenner "recruited" me for the team. But by the time I learned all the plays, the other team members were back and I got very little playing time, but I was on the team! In the winter, I played on the 8th grade basketball team.

Now 55 years since that first day at Southwest High School in 1957, I come again from Texas, but this time I bring a classmate! We only missed the 30th year reunion because I had a work conflict. You guys are a special group to Carole and me. It has been worth every trip from Texas at attend these reunions.

Howell Freeman and I and one other guy whose name I can't remember were "gambling" during the lunch hour. We were matching pennies outside near the old steps down to the old baseball field. Mr. Wills was at the hall window on the second floor watching us. He came down and demanded that we follow him to his office. All three of us received a week in detention hall. Mr. Wills accused me of being the "ringleader!"

In our Sophomore year, we had "0" period due to overcrowding (before Therrell opened). I had a zero period English class with Miss Millican. As many teachers did back then, we were seated in alphabetical order. Carole Petty sat in front of me and Bill Sellmer sat behind me. In today's vernacular, I guess I "hit" on her before, during and after class! Our first date was on November 6, 1959 for the Brown vs. Southwest football game, and the dance later at the gym. On August 6 we will celebrate 46 years of marriage!

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Carole and I wish you a Happy Happy Birthday! It is a double-digit birthday. Hope all is well with you and Pat. We are doing fine!

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Happy Birthday Loretta! It was great talking with you. We need to do that more often!

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Hey Buddy, we hope all is well with you and your family. Every once in a while, we just need to check on each other! Carole and I are fine. Oh, we have minor ailments, but no serious health concerns. I have received my two Covid vaccinations, but Carole has not been notified yet. Stay safe, my friend!

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Happy Birthday to another baseball fan!

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Hey Emily, I saw the notice about your birthday, but if I don't do it right then, I probably forget about it. So, a few days late, but Carole and I wish you a Belated Happy Birthday!!

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Carole and I wish you a Happy Happy Birthday!

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Carole and I wish you a Happy Happy Birthday! Isn't it great growing old! NOT!

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Well, we are a day late, but Carole and I wish you a Happy Birthday! The numbers keep getting larger, but we take life one day at a time!

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Carole and I wish you belated Happy Birthday wishes!

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Carole and I send Happy Belated Birthday wishes to you! Hope this finds you well and having a good time like us!

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Happy Birthday Marquis! One day and one year older!

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Happy Birthday Bill!

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Carole and I wish you a Happy Happy Birthday! We have two bird feeders in our backyard and love watching our Texas feathered friends.

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Carole and I wish you a Happy Happy Birthday! Have a great day!

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Carole and I wish you a Happy Happy Birthday! We had planned a trip to Atlanta on May 11, but we have had to cancel that. While some things are opening, we just felt it was best to wait. We may come in September or October. I will let you know!

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Greetings from Austin Texas!
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Alaska Railroad trip 2006
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On the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, 2007.
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Eric, Tyler, Karen, Mikaila, Julie, Carole and me, circa 2008.
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Port of Spain, Trinidad, 2008.
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Christmas 2008.
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Independence Hall, 2009.
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My old house, 3203 Spreading Oak Drive.
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SWHS 2010
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SWHS 2010




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