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This is the official website for the West Phoenix High School Thunderbirds Class of 1965

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'65 Come Alive for 55 56 ?


55th Year Reunion

West High School Class of 1965


The currently scheduled reunion event has been postponed due the continued uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation. In Arizona, the hospitality industry has been hit particularly hard and our currently selected venue was unable to commit to a full service or full capacity scheduled event until 2022.  We are reviewing other possible options and dates at this point. Please bear with us as we try to sort though this rapidly changing situation. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding.

Future updates will be posted on the Class of 65 website (westphoenix65.com).



Mergatroyd! Do you remember that word? Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word Mergatroyd? "Heavens to Mergatroyd!"
The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy; and he looked at her quizzically and said, "What the heck is a Jalopy?" He had never heard of the word jalopy! She knew she was old .... But not that old.
Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.
About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included: Don't touch that dial, Carbon copy, You sound like a broken record, and Hung out to dry.
Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We'd put on our best bib and tucker, to straighten up and fly right.
Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy Moley!
We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley; and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!
Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when's the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and pedal pushers.
Oh, my aching back! Kilroy was here, but he isn't anymore.
We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, "Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!" or, "This is a fine kettle of fish!" We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.
Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind. We blink, and they're gone. Where have all those great phrases gone?
Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it. Hey! It's your nickel. Don't forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty. I'll see you in the funny papers. Don't take any wooden nickels. Wake up and smell the roses.
It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills. This can be disturbing stuff! (Carter's Little Liver Pills are gone too!)


Thunderbirds !

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•   Alan Cruikshank  7/25
•   Alexander Voogd  7/12
•   Lois Slaughter (Peters)  7/4
•   Linda Davis (Podvin)  7/4
•   Cheri Stallings (LaBarbera)  7/3
•   Dave Hiddessen  6/19
•   Karon Dansdill (Hunsley)  6/8
•   Gregory Allen Thomas  6/1
•   Susan Major (Golightly)  5/11
•   JoKay Johnson (Kessler)  5/3
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in Alabama
265 live in Arizona
2 live in Arkansas
39 live in California
7 live in Colorado
6 live in Florida
2 live in Georgia
2 live in Hawaii
4 live in Idaho
2 live in Illinois
5 live in Indiana
1 lives in Iowa
1 lives in Kansas
1 lives in Kentucky
1 lives in Louisiana
2 live in Maine
3 live in Maryland
1 lives in Massachusetts
3 live in Michigan
2 live in Missouri
5 live in Nevada
3 live in New Mexico
3 live in New York
1 lives in North Carolina
3 live in Ohio
1 lives in Oklahoma
8 live in Oregon
1 lives in Pennsylvania
1 lives in South Carolina
3 live in Tennessee
9 live in Texas
6 live in Utah
1 lives in Virginia
9 live in Washington
1 lives in Wisconsin
1 lives in Wyoming
1 lives in Costa Rica
1 lives in Mexico
1 lives in United Kingdom
87 location unknown


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Percentage of Joined Thunderbirds: 54.0%

A:   275   Joined
B:   234   Not Joined
(totals do not include deceased)


•   John/Jack Wade  2021
•   Rosemary Insana (Gale)  2020
•   Linda Mahoney  2021
•   Cynthia Sorensen (Feuerriegel)  2021
•   Conrad Naegle  2003
•   Lee Ashton  2020
•   Karen L Wallace (Cook)  1993
•   Larry Schinn  2020
•   John Draheim  1985
•   Susan Christine Mardian  1999
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