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03/24/20 03:29 PM #18    


Sandy Shaia (Shimshock)

thank you Frank...are you on our common yahoo email??  we have been chatting about this.  so far all is well with classmates and families, at least what i been hearing.  personally im going stir crazy, im so used to being on the go,, but grocery store only., ug.. this is scary for sure!  praying for it to be over and praying for America!!

love to all~~~~sandy



03/24/20 04:09 PM #19    


Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

Spendiing my Covid-19 vacation in Chesapeake VA. The local library is having a "50 Book Challenge". I decided to read the complete  works of Ernest Hemingway.  I'm currently reading, "The Dangerous Summer" . This book is a descriptive narrative by Ernest during   1959.  Two "brothers-in-law" compete as bull-fighters in the heat of the spanish summer.  Hemingway  creates his last book, during his 60th summer.  Hey! the friggin' Gov'ner down heh, won't even open the gym for work'n out, argh!    How are YOU surviving this?

03/25/20 07:05 AM #20    

Howard Rhoad

Hi all...things good w/Howard & I. Busy w/my elderly parents but still a little stir crazy. We don't even have any projects around the house to keep us busy but trying to come up w/one!! Thankful that we're healthy & hoping you all stay the same!!

This too shall pass....but when??? Hang in there & be well as we are all in that "demographic" whatever that



03/25/20 10:16 AM #21    


Louise Hocevar (Vanek)

I received this today from Mary Ioannou who lives in Italy:

Hope to connect to my friends at a better moment. The virus epidemic is serious in Italy where I have my residence from 1973. I agree that my best school days (so many fabulous memories) were at Bedford High.

I have emailed and asked her to keep us posted on what is really happening near her.

In the meantime, Mark and I are hunkered down, self quarantining one day at a time in order to be able to stay with my 92 yr old dad at either his place or ours.  Our 'winter in FL' was cut short and we drove back before absolutely everything was shut down.  We found it difficult to enjoy the sun knowing we might get stuck there in a house with only bare minimum.  We are much less stressed being back home and finding all kinds of projects to keep us busy.  Spring and being able to work outside will be very welcoming this year.  

We are sure not liking the fact that we are "THAT" demographic of high risk, just due to our age.  I had high hopes that this year was going to be especially special since us 69-ers are turning 69 ! 

Hope you are all doing well during this very serious time.  Please stay safe!

03/25/20 10:38 AM #22    


Dan Marignoni

Wishing we could have seen many of you this weekend in Ft Myers. Maybe next  year!   Stay safe , practice social distancing and wash those hands (often)!  We will get through this....


How about today instead of worrying, being fearful, having anxiety you write a gratitude list?

1. I woke up today
2. I have a bed and roof over my head
3. I have running water and food in my fridge
4. I get coffee to start my day! 
5. I live in one of the best towns around
7. I live in paradise with great weather and abundant sunshine
8. I have friends and family who love me and I love as well
9. .....
10. ....

03/25/20 10:41 AM #23    

Judi LeLoup

Hey Everyone,

Although I see many of you on Facebook, or in our yahoo egroup, thought I'd chime in here also.

I'm laying low, working from home.  Only going out for necessities!  Funny how taking a ride to the "transfer station"  (the dump) is an exciting event at the moment.  And I will treasure them always:) 

Although no one is starting a renovation or new home right this minute, there are still some  who are preplanning and looking forward to when we can.  I guess I can give people a little something to keep their minds involved, in control of planning and thinking about the "what if's" we can accomplish in their new space, and definitely something to look forward to!

Hope all is well with my BHS classmates.  Stay home, stay connected, this too shall pass.



03/25/20 11:33 AM #24    

Pat Pfeifer (Albert)

We are living in Naples at least our weather is good. We are staying home but riding our bikes in the evening for some excersise. I was so disappointed about the Florida reunion being cancelled. I don't think I have seen any of my classmates in 50 years.


03/25/20 11:53 AM #25    

Donna Stusek

Hi All!  Hope everyone is staying healthy. I'm putting a lot of miles on my sneakers walking the dogs. Good for the heart and good for the soul. Starting to get outside in the garden areas as the weather warms up. There's enough to do to keep me out of trouble for a while.

I am a volunteer trumpeter for Bugles Across America. I play taps at military and law enforcement funerals. Ironically, due to quarantine and Covid-19 virus, the bugles have silenced because the funeral gatherings have ceased. These, indeed, are tough times for all.

Stay well.... God bless! 

03/26/20 10:42 AM #26    

Frank Bright

So glad folks are doing well in this crazy scary CV19 times.  My daughter has become an expert on Zoom and has had virtual pizza parties and "wine tasting" with friends via Zoom.  A friend of mine hosted an 8 couple virtual dinner party via Zoom.  And I thought it was only for work! :))  Wish I had bought stock in that a couple of months ago.  Getting a lot of walking done like many of us.  So glad we had our 50th in September before all of this.  And the Florida reunion was a great idea - maybe later.  We were going to be on a cruise next month - that's toast now as are all travel plans.  Chicago next week was also on the agenda for a cancer control meeting - now we're doing it virtually.  Hunker down is the "new normal" ( I hate that phrase - it's never associated with something good such as Hey! The new normal is that we're all rich and healthy!).  Stay well everyone and stay in touch as much as possible using all the technology available to us now.

03/26/20 12:02 PM #27    

Bob Richardson


Hope everyone is well.

Frank Bright mentioned Zoom. We did that a couple nights ago with our 3 kids and 7 grandkids. The grandkids kept talking over each other, making faces, and laughing at each other. It was fun to see and hear everyone (even tho we're all within an hour of each other), but ... Maybe next time we'll just do it just with adults.

I work with a country club in Naples, so I see what's hapopening there on a weekly basis. We were going to extend our mini class reunion a bit and see them, plus a cousin in Dunedin, and a couple of Deb;s friends nearby. Maybe next year for all of that.

Hospital volunteering is obviously put on hold. As is cardiac rehab. May have to venture outside and walk around the neighborhood, staying 6 feet from everybody else with the same idea.

Deb is deep cleaning the kitchen and laundry rooms. A bunch of stuff for the trash and our local thrift store.

Just before this crap started I began learning Scottish Gaelic online. (My 4th-great-grandfather, John Richardson, was born around 1770 in Roxburgh, Scotland.) And working a bit on our family tree.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Slàinte! (Cheers!)



03/27/20 08:57 AM #28    

Sarah Goldsmith (Clark)


Hi All,

I was really looking forward to the FL reunion but it will be something to look forward to next year. I've been working through this crisis at a retirement/health community in Sarasota. We're of course social distancing and the resident healthcare center has been shut down to all visitors for more than 2 weeks. Lot's of FaceTime and Skyping for the residents.
Thankfully, at home, we have 6 acres and live in a place with plenty of walking space available. Horses, dogs and cats for love and distraction. Staying as safe as possible. I hope everyone is taking this seriously but do something fun that brings you joy daily. Our age group has been through a lot of stuff through the years so hang tough. We are great, we are fine, we're the class of '69 👍🏼❤️💕. Love you all!!


03/29/20 06:32 PM #29    

Christine Paparone (Sembiante)

Hi Everyone!   It was terribly disappointing to have to cancel our Florida Reunion.  I kept thinking all weekend about where we would have been and what we would have been doing.  But, that said, thank goodness we canceled when we did.  It's hard to believe how much worse all the states are since that time.  We figure, next year at this time we will all be celebrating our 70th birthdays!   There is always a reason to party and celebrate, right?!  

Like Dan M. said, we are fortunate to be living in paradise.  AJ and I are keeping isolated, just going out when absolutely necessary.  I keep telling him, it's a good thing I like him!!!   This is real togetherness!   In our old community, we were so active, we were like two ships passing in the night.  We vowed that when we moved to our new neighborhood we were not going to get involved and that we would spend more time together.  Well, guess who got their wish!!!!  I apologize to everyone!!!   

Seriously, we are doing okay, but are heeding the warnings.  We walk and bike almost every day.  Up until our courts were shut down this past Monday, we were playing tennis and pickleball - just the two of us.  Shutting down the courts hurt.  Our new clubhouse was 3 days from a grand opening celebration - of course, it didn't open.   We are just staying positive...  As long as we stay healthy we will have a lot to look forward to - new neighbors, new amenities, time with our young grand nieces who live near our new home, and a BHS 51 year Florida reunion next March!  Stay healthy everyone!  Best class ever!!!   BHS Class of  '69!!!!     Truly GREAT AND FINE!

Christine (Chris Paparone) Sembiante

09/27/20 11:45 AM #30    


Jeff Miller

Just been to the Great Dismal Swamp in N.C. with my brother. It's about 10 miles away from Chesapeake. They've drained about 90% of it since George Washington surveyed the place over 250 years ago. Great place to hike,bike,kayak,kill mosquitoes,and avoid poisonous snakes. (Did I mention heat, mist, and humidity? it is a swell place). Finally finished my Covid-19 project. Have read 75 Ernest Hemingway stories, my favorite was "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber", irony drips. Down here I outlasted 3 fitness centers that succumbed to the pandemic. I stll walk a couple miles each day, and lift enough to keep my upper body strong. How y'all copin with covid? Any events planned near Bedford next year? Golf ? (I got a new putter!)

09/27/20 07:27 PM #31    


Sandy Shaia (Shimshock)

wow Jeff, you have some great energy for sure!!! love all you been doing, thank you for the update.  all is good here with me and family in Macedonia, no covid, knock on wood even tho my daughter works for cleveland clinic, i worry, but she is good... thank you and take care!!!!♥

10/25/20 05:22 PM #32    


Jeff Miller

Thought I'd pass along what,ya probably knew already. I was shilling out more money for cable and internet, than I paid for gas, electric, and cellular combined. Now I can enjoy the "Browns"! Put a big antenna in the attic, cut the cable,and watch the game every week. Hey! Whatever happened to Jim Graner and Gib Shanley?


10/25/20 08:53 PM #33    


Sandy Shaia (Shimshock)

Hi Jeff.... how great getting rid of cable, I agree its ridiculous!!!  anyway, Gib died back in 2008, the other one we are looking up., are you sure of the spelling?  Hope you had a great Birthday :)

10/26/20 10:44 AM #34    

Mary Ann Schneider

Jim Graner died way back in '76!

10/26/20 02:43 PM #35    

Howard Rhoad

Good for you Jeff. We have been "cable free" & lovin it  for a couple years now. 
There are a couple Internet options that are a lot cheaper also. Sling being one of them!

10/26/20 06:03 PM #36    


Debbie Rogel (Scruggs)



Hello Mates!

Living in MI across the St. Clair River from Canada, we enjoy about 3 of their TV channels.  We don’t buy cable either😁  We are trying to avoid the virus so we follow the guidelines by keeping our distance, wearing our masks and face time a lot!  We put an addition on our house and it is taking twice as long as normal and still not done...but it’s close and looking great.  That is what has kept us busy.  How could it be over 50 years since sounds crazy😁  Oh yes, we play pickleball is all the rage!  Stay safe, stay well!  Love to all of you💕


Debbie Rogel Scruggs


12/08/20 01:08 AM #37    


Jeff Miller

This is a Happy Birthday shout out to Bobby Richardson !   No! No! No! Not that  slick fielding second baseman for the  New York Yankees back in the Sixties.   I mean Barb and Arch's  son , carefully tucked in bed reading another "Hardy Boys"book 60 years ago.  You had the complete set, right Bob?  I see that Hulu is going to release series about the ageless boy detectives pretty soon  I'll be watching.  It's a drag living in Naples at this time of year. It still gets dark at 4:30,, when its still 75 degrees outside.  I want to thank-you for for the driving instructions going home from our reunion last year. We did try to keep the sun on the left side of the car,but we were driving at night mostly.  Keep wearing your mask,Always reflect on the good times and the warm memories they leave us

12/08/20 07:59 AM #38    

Bob Richardson

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Jeff! You're a week early, but who's counting? Yes, I read all the Hardy Boys books. So many timesI probably had them memorized.

Your memory is slipping, just a tad. Barb is my sister. Jane was my Mom. But pretty darn good for not having seen them in ... almost ferever.

It's 21 degrees in the suburbs of Detroit, so I can't listen to too much complaining about Naples weather. And you're out of Hurricane Season!

Slàinte! (Scottish Gaelic for Cheers)

12/12/20 10:08 AM #39    


Jeff Miller

Mr Bob, Pardonnez - moi: I only knew your mom as Mrs. Richardson,baker of cookies and fashionatrix of India. I see you still study your Scottish roots. We have spent nearly a month traveling through the U.K., and Ireland. Really appreciate the beauty and sparseness of the "highlands" and the "borders". Visited the "borders" in 1987.   In WW I,  1/2 million men from this area perished in the "Somme", and other horrific battles.  The people of the towns were mostly old women,  no old men, and far fewer people than you would expect. You saw the result of a war fought  many years before.  Ciao, we head Milan, Italy, If this "covid" ever ends, and travel can happen again.

12/23/20 05:27 PM #40    

Chris Heston

I posted this also on the our “new and improved Google” list since Yahoo Groups no longer exists. If you were on Yahoo Groups and wondered why you haven’t seen “Google groups” please check your spam folder. If yer not on the Google list and want to be added give me a holler. On to it.


Dear Friends,

I came this [] close to not doing this one, matter of fact I told myself after last year I wadn’t gonna do any more end of year rants. My writing officially sucks now and even I don't like it. I'm a loser when it comes to answering emails and I've generally lost that loving feeling for the quill. My oldest daughter has me writing a bunch of stuff for Ancestry dot com and my youngest has me doing a storybook called, well, storybook. I dunno, maybe I’m just sorta talked slap out. Or, maybe it’s because I’m a serial procrastinator. But like a fish looking at an old lure, and even though this particular grenade really doesn’t need its pin pulled I fell for it again anyway. Alrightie gang first off lets face it we’re at the age where we moan and groan about our ailments, and you know I wanna do my part and so whilst the complaint department is open, some of y’all know my back has always been out of whack, and I’ve had more surgeries than I can count. The latest dealio is I’ve got a pinched nerve in c4/6 & torn spinatus whatever that is. My right side feels like it’s on fire, I can barely use my right arm and those muscle relaxers they gave me? I might as well be eating M&M’s. I talked to my ortho guy (on zoom of course) who said a cortisone injection would probably help it but of course that’s considered “elective” these days. Jimminy. OTOH..compared to a lot of other people my problems are really miniscule. So. OK, enough of griping.

Man that was a great year huh? One for the books! We packed the grandkids in the family truckster just like the Griswalds and took ‘em to WallyWorld, visited the Grand Canyon, then we went on a cruise, and then we got to see the Great and Powerful Whizzer da Voz, no uh, wait .. we didn’t get to do any of those things did we. All in your dreams, Will Robinson. A crappy year wuz had by all. Amiright?

Well OK some good news. Checkit: I’ll have you know that I went to the doc-in-the-box for my annual physical checkup, you know where they sample yer blood, whack ya on your knee with that little bitty hammer and you open your yapper and say “Ahhh" and the whole eight and a half yards. So in listening to the synopsis, the Doc tells me, “You know, if you cut back on your carb intake, stop smoking cigars, lose a little weight, get some more exercise, eat more raw vegetables, don’t eat so much red meat, cut back on butter and dairy,  - there’s no reason you couldn’t live another 20 years! Well, I had to think about it a lilbit, and of course bein’ me just had to ask, “Well, if I don’t do any of those things - then how long?” I’m still waiting for that answer.

For what it's worth……

Because I know ya'll are dying not to know, I had dinner recently with two beautiful young ladies. My firstust and lastust born. The twin apples of mine eye. It’s a danged shame but I don’t see them near as much as I used to. Boy howdy life can sure get in the way sometimes! Willie Nelson had a song about that, I know you’ve heard it too, remember “Gee, Ain’t it Funny How Time Slips Away…” Or was that Patsy Cline. Anywhut, I resisted the urge of telling those Gen-Xers to sit quiet and lissen up to your Daddy cause of course! I’ve been around awhile and I know some stuff.. as if that would’ve worked right? Actually it was more the other way around, they told me I really should cut down on my sugar intake while I’m at it too but no matter. Fun times, those. My very last Christmas in Ohio was with my kids, sisters and whole fam damily in 2002. THAT was the year when Cleveland set a record for the most snow that actually fell on Christmas Day, roughly a foot. Ho-hum stuff for you locals I know, but for my kids? Les awesummous. They had snowball fights, did snow angels, rolled around in the snow- and they were in HS then too matter of fact my oldest was a freshman in college. I’ll have to ask them but I’m sure they’ve long since forgotten whatever gifts they may have gotten got but the experience of seeing the snow, being with family, seeing their cousins, they didn’t know it then and none of us could have possibly known-  but it would be the last one they would ever have with their Grandpa. Those were really priceless memories. Just the sort of life memories we’re always kinda nostalgic for. And that, of course in my never humble opinion is what Christmas is all about. 

I recall..…. 

a year or two after the 9-11 attacks, seeing the interview of a woman who lost her husband that fateful day. I remember her saying that she had come into a bit of money sometime afterwards, but she allowed that ‘you know, I’d give everything I have if I could just have him back for one hour. Just an hour….” My kids ask me every year what I want for Christmas and my answer is always the same and always will be the same - just to spend time with you is enough. I don’t know about everyone else but what I wouldn’t give for an hour’s conversation with a departed loved one. Kind of an old saying but no one got on their death bed and wished they’d spent more time at the office, or lamented not owning some fancy whatever gee-gaw. I’m guessing no one ever regretted spending more time with family/friends which tells me that it really is the simple things in life that make us happiest. 

The story goes………

Tw’as years and years ago a guy who happened to be pretty high up on the food chain arranged for this other feller named John to be unceremoniously tossed in the Crossbar Hilton for the crime of, well, dissing his side chick that just so happened to be married to dude’s brother. If this is sounding a little like a Jerry Springer sequel, well, I guess some things never change. And, to add just a little more drama, the gummint official turned out to be the King, and he also wadn’t too happy about hearing about John’s friend the carpenter stealin’ the limelight from him by doing some rather amazing things. The King, you know, the one who tossed John into the slams in the first place? Years later would ask the carpenter about the matter and was rebuffed by his silence, almost saying, or implying perhaps by omission - “Believe it- or not. It’s yer option.” Fast forward. Dear Friends & Neighbors. I believe in miracles. I’ve seen it too many times, Those that were once blind -*can* be made to see. Those cannot walk -*can* be healed, those who could not hear -*can* be made to hear. Call me nutty, - but I do indeed believe in those sort of miracles. Cranky, nasty people that seem to have some sort of maybe like a spiritual tapeworm inside of ‘em- they can be reborn and have a better life. (Looking at you, Ebeneezer…) The power of prayer is stunning. Beyond amazing. Believe it. And any time anywhere, there’s always the option of taking a walk with the creator of the universe. Kewl, dat! Anywhich. Hope that’s not too preachy just but enough to take to yer porch ponderin' place. 

Anyone remember that one movie……..

Where half the cops in Cook County Illinois, the National Guard, a few SWAT helicopters, a couple of tanks, Princess Leia, probably Rin-Tin-Tin and no telling who else were chasing Jake and Elwood in a stolen police car (and I’m pretty sure they were gonna run outta gas before the statute of limitations were up) and they found themselves in Bob’z Bunker Bar where they played both kinds of music? “Country AND Western?” (Sidebar: It's Baskin Robbins, baby. Cup, or cone? You can't have both) Sorry. Anywhich. Back to the chase. Well, to let on to a not so big secret, I’m a big country music fan too and no I’m not talking about “Rawhide” or “Top 40” caca. Actually I like quite a mix of a lot of moozic thank you berry mucho but country moves the needle for me for a really good reason. You know how some guitar players can frantically shred the fretboard like 100 miles an hour? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but there are plenty of typists that can probably do 175 words per minute too- not knocking it but truthfully that in and of itself doesn’t impress me all that much. Give me a song or melody that tells a story, expresses a mood, or has some kinda feeling that goes into it, something that I can relate to. Sometimes it’s a story that brings back a memory about something that happened in my life, sometimes it’s a song that expresses a sentiment maybe I hadn’t thought of. John Prine’s “When I get to Heaven” or Jamey Johnson’s “You Should’ve seen it in Color” come to mind pretty quick. Or maybe “Attics of my Life” by Grateful Dead. Next Halloween when you wanna hear a skeery ghost song-story try “Legend of Wooley Swamp” by one of my all-time favorites, Charlie Daniels. 

Wow I’m all over the map with this one huh, maybe you could elect me, like, The Patron Saint of Short Attention Spans or something. Anywhichaways, It might’ve been a couple years ago when I mentioned up “One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest” and now “Blues Brothers.” Have you ever noticed there’s always a Nurse Ratched or a Camille Ztdetelik just seemingly waiting around the corner for the opportunity to ruin your whole day? Matter of fact there’s dozens of ‘em. Trick is to not let ‘em do it.

Ok, and before I get sidetracked again here’s a few parts of the song I was really gonna mention, and I know y’all will remember it and yep, I do consider this sorta country and yes it does tell a story. 

“When you're down and troubled

And you need a helping hand

And nothing, oh, nothing is going right

Winter, spring, summer or fall

All you've got to do is call

And I'll be there, yeah yes

Ain't it good to know that you've got a friend

When people can be so cold?

They'll hurt you and desert you

Well, they'll take your soul if you let them

Oh, but don't you let them….”

By now you know the James Taylor song I’m talking about, pretty kewl, huh? I thought of y’all when I remembered this song. I think I’ll just leave on that note. Dang this ended up a little breezy as usual huh. All this just to say, I’m just as proud as I can be a small part of such great group of friends like we’ve been over the years. It is a great honor to still call ‘youse guys’ my friends. What a class! Best evah! There’s some great memories in the bank and we ain’t done yet! Hey, maybe we’ve got another 70 years in us, who knows. I'm getting all Betty Ford just thinking about it. Time for latte, a cohiba, and feet up on the porch table. The hornets nest will simmer soon enough. For unto us a son is born! To one and all, a Merry and Joyous Christmas, and as always, May God Bless,

-Chris - 

pompous lecturer & garrulous Grandpa.


12/24/20 02:24 PM #41    


Heidi Wolske (Dugger)

As usual, loved your "rant" Tex! I especially liked the preachy middle part, we can indeed believe in miracles! Love our group and all the parts everyone plays, minor like mine, major like our garrulous grandpa! :)

Merry Christmas or happy holidays, love this time of year. It comes with the same feeling I had for the little guy in the manger that I had when I was young enough to be getting all the presents and not the one wrapping them all (or more like writing checks these days!). 

And best wishes for a happier, healthy, safe, and blessed New Year!


12/27/20 02:29 PM #42    


Barbara Berger (Turvey)

Dear Pompous & Garrulous,

Best line . . .
Ain't it good to know you've got a friend

We're blessed as we have many!

Happy, Healthy Holidays All!


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