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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 35.4%

A:   80   Joined
B:   146   Not Joined
(totals do not include deceased)

Silver Manes and Golden Memories

Reunion 2024

On the HOME page of the Class website. Look at the TOP menu. The FIRST item will read "Reunion 2024". Click on that and a window will open with all the information needed to register, cost, activites, etc....


Today We Follow

Tomorrow We Lead


From the Gallup Independent May 28, 1965


Number One Hit’s Last Week of May


1962 — Stranger On The Shore  by Mr. Acker Bilk


1963 — If You Wanna Be Happy by Jimmy Soul


1964 — Hello Dolly by Louis Armstrong


1965 — Help Me Rhonda by The Beach Boys


1966 — Good Lovin’ by The Young Rascals


1967— The Happening by The Supremes


How did the reunion activities get chosen?

The reunion committee worked tirelessly to plan a reunion for everyone. Realizing that we are all past 75 years old with a variety of health concerns, we attempted to think of venues with no stairs, appropriate acoustics, parking, and opportunity to sit for those needing respite.
We kept the price to almost the same that it cost ten years ago since most are retired.  We faced many challenges with today's costs, not having any carryover money from the last reunion, and making sure that we are meeting most people's physical needs while still planning a fun party.
The Open Space Meet and Greet on Saturday morning is in a new building with a private meeting room for us. The meeting room opens out to a lovely grassy area. The afternoon activities include a Bosque walk for those that want to exercise, lectures for those that want to sit and listen, and more including cooking lessons, plus areas to sit around and visit.
Sadie's, the dinner venue, has a patio room that can be open or closed that is just the right size for the group that responded to our initial inquiry--over 50 people responded. The room will be set up for a reception, followed by dinner, and of course, some kind of fun entertainment. 
Finally, knowing that some classmates don't want to drive late at night, or even stay up late :), we chose the hours from 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM.
Planning an event for a bunch of seniors proved a challenge. We know that those of you who choose to attend will have lots of fun!
Keep those reservations coming!  Have a wonderful summer and see you in September.
The Reunion Committee
AKA Judith Kennedy Lavender
June 22, 2024
Our class alone has lost at least 50 members that we know about...

The following article was taken from the July 29, 2022 edition of the Gallup Independent

A Simpler Time

The 'Kissing Tone' KOMA 1520AM - Oklahoma City


It's Not What You Gather, but What You Scatter, that tells what kind of life you have lived

You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems that just yesterday, I was young, just married, and embarking on my new life with my mate.  Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But here it is, the winter of my life, and it catches me by surprise. How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But here it is, my friends are retired and getting gray, they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than I, but I see the great change. Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant, but like me, their age is beginning to show. And, we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And, taking a nap is not a treat anymore, it's mandatory. Because if I don't by my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so now, I enter this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done, but never did. I know that though the winter has come, I'm not sure how long it will last.

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done, things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.

If you're not in your winter yet, let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life do it quickly. Don't put things off too long. Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not. You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life, therefore live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past.

Life is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY! HAVE A GREAT DAY!  It is health that is real wealth, not pieces of gold and silver.


Your children are becoming you, but your grandchildren are perfect.  Going out is good, coming home is better.  You forget names, but it's OK, because other people forgot they even knew you.

You realize you're never going to be really good at anything…especially golf. The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.

You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep." You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch.

You tend to use more 4-letter words, "What?" "When?” Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.  You notice that everything they sell in stores is sleeveless.  What used to be freckles are now liver spots.  Everybody whispers.  You have three sizes of clothes in your closet, two of which you will never wear.  But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old Movies, and best of all, "Old" Friends.

~ Author Unknown


Proud To Be A New Mexican


George Burns, I Wish I Was Eighteen Again


Remember the Flippers?


More about the Flippers

Here is a link to read more about the Flippers.

This Just Might Remind You Of Someone You Know....


The Perks of being Over 50


Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.

Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
People call at 9 PM and ask, "Did I wake you?"
People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
There is nothing left to learn the hard way.

Things you buy now won't wear out.
You can eat dinner at 4 P.M.
You can live without intimacy but not without glasses.
You enjoy hearing about other peoples operations.
You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.
You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
You sing along with elevator music.
Your eyes won't get much worse.
Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

Lory's Drive-In

Everyone should remember going to Lory's for their Steak Fingers, Chipped Ham, great red chili cheese burgers. What a great hang out it was. Well, for a nostalgic look back to those days you need to check out the 'Remember' page. Thanks to Larry Davidson for providing me the opportunity to bring back the memories of Lory's Drive-In.


Another year has passed
And we're all a little older.
Last summer felt hotter
And winter seems much colder.

I rack my brain for happy thoughts,
To put down on my pad,
But lots of things, That come to mind
Just make me kind of sad.

There was a time not long ago
When life was quite a blast.
Now I fully understand
About 'Living in the Past'.

We used to go to friends homes,
Baseball games and lunches.
Now we go to therapy, to hospitals,
And after-funeral brunches.

We used to have hangovers,
From parties that were gay.
Now we suffer body aches
And sleep the night away.

We used to go out dining,
And couldn't get our fill.
Now we ask for doggie bags,
Come home and take a pill.

We used to travel often
To places near and far..
Now we get backaches
From riding in the car.

We used to go out shopping
For new clothing at the Mall
But, now we never bother...
All the sizes are too small.

That, my friend is how life is,
And now my tale is told.
So, enjoy each day and live it up...
Before you're too darn old!!

The Bengal's Turn 50

from John Rains

I'm from GHS class of '61. Thought you might like to know that this fall is the 50th year that the BENGALS have taken the field. Prior to 1958, Gallup's mascot was the TIGERS, along with two other teams in the 6 team conference.

To make ourselves distinctive from our rivels, it was proposed by someone in the student council that we change our team mascot to a larger jungle cat. There was an election by the student body in May 1958 and the result is history. A half century after the first Gallup Bengal team christened its new name by defeating district rival Saint Mary's of Albuquerque in football, we're still the only B cat in New Mexico. Incidently, the Tiger mascot name is the second most popular in the state with a dozen teams so named.