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06/22/19 10:33 AM #1    

Mary Ann Schneider

Here Ye Here Ye!

Reunion Plans are almost complete! Looking forward to seeing you all at our 50th Celebration!

"1969" The Year that Changed Everything. We are great! 


06/23/19 12:09 PM #2    

Frank Bright

Really looking forward to the reunion Mary Ann.  Thanks to everyone for making this happen.

10/02/19 11:32 AM #3    


Louise Hocevar (Vanek)

The 50th Reunion exceeded even the Committee's expectations.  What a great 3 days of seeing everyone, renewing old friendships, sharing stories, and unlocking those memory cells we thought were stuck!  LOVE that everyone is posting pictures!  

 It didn't seem like we had nearly enough time to talk to everyone, so if I missed you, my aplolgies.....and hey! you can email me through this site or add to this sting of chatter!

Would love to hear everyone's thoughts of the 50th.  

10/03/19 10:50 PM #4    


Sandy Shaia (Shimshock)

Hi y'all!!!  Seriously I thought this was the best reunion ever!  I wish it could have gone on longer also.  Seemed like everyone just so happy to see everyone, and it really didnt matter if you hung around in school or not, lol, maybe we forgot~~  JK... but seeing the hugs, the smiles, and hearing all the laughter amongst everyone was heart warming for sure.  The pictures show it ! Thank you everyone for all the uploads.  Dont stop now, keep on keeping on so we stay in touch throughout our daily lives.......... much Love to all!

10/04/19 01:21 PM #5    

Howard Rhoad

One of the best weekends of our lives & as everyone knows, we’ve had a LOT of weekends!

10/05/19 11:36 AM #6    


Joyce Trocchio (Diehl)

What a fun filled weekend - who could possibly ask for more?  I had the pleasure of working with this great reunion committee - lots of laughs along the way.  Too bad it took me 50 years to join in the festivities!!!

10/05/19 01:42 PM #7    


Barbara Berger (Turvey)

It was such a wonderful time to reconnect with those you knew well and especially wonderful to connect with those you knew casually, or maybe did not know at all!

Had interesting conversations with everyone about where they landed in life and am grateful to the Committee for their tenacity to keep us together all of these years. I love you all.

10/06/19 07:41 PM #8    

Chris Heston

Dear Friends,

First off, yeah I know I'm late to the fest but thanks to everyone who did anything on our committee, at the very least we owe y'all a debt of  gratitude, you've been carrying water for us a good while and for that I thank you!

There was this fellow....

Who lived in Houston many years ago by the name-a Gus Wortham. Dude was a mover & a shaker before that was even in our lexicon, had several big cattle ranches, helped build the Astrodome and started one of the biggest insurance companies in town among many other enterprises. He was also responsible for quite a few of what you could call, I dunno, for the lack of a better term, bourgeoisie-redneck sayings. One in particular- "You could go to El Paso with him." Effen ya don't know it El Paso is a long, long, 800 miles and for the most part really boring drive, so I'm thinking what Gus meant by that, he was describing someone who you wouldn't mind spending quite a lot of time with.

But of course! On to the reunion. First, we gathered in Sirnas just like we did for the 10th, when lo and behold after a few beers we realized we didn’t hate each other after all. We really have a special group of friends! Boy goshdarn haawdee it was wall to wall! Though some of us have grown a bit more refined over the years, there's some things that haven’t changed much. Well, our waistlines and hair maybe. That, and the price of paint has gone up. 


I remember hearing one good story (that I won't repeat) and sayin, "When did you do all that stuff?" The reply? ‘In my dreams.’ (We all laughed but I don’t think he was kidding.) Someone else told me "You’ve come a long ways since Bedford High!" Yeppers, about 1400 miles. I have to say I'm blessed to still have a lot of friends and fun here. Years ago I told my kids that, well, yes I did ride horses here in Ohio, which of course is true. I still feel at home here, and it feels great though our paths don’t cross near as much. How are ya doin?’ Are you working or having fun? Well a little bit of both. Had as much fun here as anywhere and that’s saying a lot.

I tried, I really did try getting to as many of 'youse guys' as I could! I think it was Tim that announced this was the last big reunion. Well maybe so, but if another is ever planned, and I don't have to crawl through too many miles of charded glass, I'd suit up and show up. There was a song a long while back that said "There's a whole lotta things I ain't never done, but I ain't never had too much fun."

The women in our class. Oh my y'all still look as good as ever! Much better than us guys and we tried to step up our game best we could too!
Ironic that this happened in the autumn - fitting that.

All too soon, it was time for me to leave.

But of course I didn’t want this moment to go.

Yannow what though? I'd go to El Paso with any of y'all, and that's the truth. Thanks to all for being my friend.

Happy Trails, and of course as always, May God Bless,


10/09/19 03:53 PM #9    

Joanne Misejko (Worner)

What a fabulous time!!!  The Committee did an outstanding job!  I wish I could have split myself in half to attend every event!  I can't believe it's been 50 years since we graduated from BHS!  What a great class we have and what memories we all share.  I only wish every classmate could have attended.  It was so good seeing everyone who did attend.  The time just flew by and I'm so sorry I didn't get a chance to talk to everyone there!  The memorial table was beautiful....I can't believe we lost so many of our friends.  May they all rest in peace.  It just shows you how precious and fragile life is.  I sure hope we all have the opportunity to get together in the near future.  I know it's a lot of work to organize an event such as this but, boy, was it ever worth it!!!  Again, Committee....what a FABULOUS job!!!  Thank you so much for your hard work!  I wish all of you the best of health and happiness and sure hope we cross paths again!  God bless!    Joanne Misejko-Worner



10/10/19 03:25 PM #10    

Lauren Greitzer


Just a little something I wrote years ago. Someone asked me to repost it here, so here it is, along with heartfelt gratitude. I still feel the same as I did when I wrote this years ago. Maybe even more after our 50th reunion. So many thanks to so many. You're honestly just the best.   




School Story:

I've heard it said that high school is "the best of times, the worst of times." 

Maybe I just got lucky, but for me, high school was one of the best times ever. 
Maybe I just got lucky and had the best friends ever. 
Maybe I just got lucky and graduated from the best high school ever, Bedford High School.
Maybe I just got lucky and graduated with the best class ever, the BHS Class of 1969.

But whatever else it was, or wasn't, it's history we shared.

What do I remember? 
A bzillion things. 
Small things.
Nothing things.
Each one special.
Especially as the years passed by.
Too quickly.
Life goes by in a blink.

Waking up every day glad to go to school to be with friends.
Laughing every single day until my face hurt. 
Being a part of something beyond myself.
Feeling the rhythm of the days.
Peeking through my mask.
Trying to be brave.
Knowing it all.
Not having a clue. 
Trying things on.
Seeing what fit.
Finding my way. 
Just like everybody else. 

If life is indeed a tapestry, every single memory, every single wild and crazy and lovely and wonderful experience, every friend and classmate I shared the experience with along my way to life, is a thread in that tapestry as sure as anything. 

And I am grateful. 

I'm grateful for having grown up in a time and a place with people that, even in the context of "the best of times, the worst of times," were amazing.

It all seems so idyllic to me now, I suppose, because the world, the Bedford we grew up in, probably doesn't even exist anymore. 

Is "The Post" even still there by the snack bar?
Is Gina's Pizza even still there?
Can 15 people still crowd into one booth? 
Is the Dairy Queen even still there?
Is Southgate even still there?
And if it is, does anybody even still "book the Gate?" 
Do they still paint The Rock in Metropolitan Park?
Do they still make Homecoming Floats? 
Are there still parents like Sandi Heck's who let us confiscate and overwhelm their yard to create our class float? 
Do they even still have Homecoming floats, and Parades, and Bonfires?
Do they even let you out of class for Pep Rallies?
Do the Bearcats still play and (frequently) lose to standing room only crowds of smitten fans on Friday nights who really didn't care if they won, or lost, so long as they played the game?
Are there even after the game dances?
Do guys roll around on the floor doing the 'Gator? 
Do they even have Animals?
Madras? Penny loafers? Kilt skirts? Knees socks? Saddle shoes? Button down shirts? Do people still yank that little dohicky off the backs of them?
Does anybody even have the good sense to wear all that fabulous black leather? 
Is there even a Harvest Hop when the girls asked the guys? Or is girls-ask-guys routine now? 
Do students make Spirit Chains out of gum wrappers for WIXY 1260AM Radio?
Is there a Student Senate? (I KNOW there could never be another Laurie Chun, President extraordinaire.)
Do Seniors still run around selling magazines?
Can you still join all those great clubs?
Has there ever been another teacher as devoted as Mrs. Stewart who willingly took a group of Aim for Spain'ers to Europe after Graduation?
Has there ever been a teacher as unexplainably, unjustifiably, unnecessarily, outrageously cranky and downright mean as Mr. Cullen? 
Is there still Band Camp?
Do they even still have that cool marching band? 
Is there still a Block B?
Are there still talented Thespians who perform so incredibly well?
An A Cappella Choir?
A Madrigal Singers?
A miracle worker like Mr. Shellhammer? 
Christmas Concerts?
Are they even allowed to sing, "Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel," or is it deemed politically incorrect?  
Can they even carry real candles?
Do students write, produce, and direct a Spring Sing? 
Does anybody even sing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" anymore?
Has there ever been another clap of thunder and lightning at precisely the right moment at a BHS Graduation? (We ALL know there's never been another graduate who could strut the stage quite like our Clifford Parks.) 

The best of times?
The worst of times?
It seems to me my high school years were like ... bookends.

"Time it was,
And what a time it was,
It was ...
A time of innocence,
A time of confidences. 
Long ago ... it must be ...
I have a photograph.
Preserve your memories;
They're all that's left you." 

We ARE great.
We are FINE.
We're the Class of '69 ... 

Thanks for being a part of the journey.


10/10/19 05:59 PM #11    

Karen Elmo

BRAVO!! Well said, Lauren D Greitzer!

10/10/19 06:15 PM #12    


Sandy Shaia (Shimshock)

Wow. Got goosies now!
Thank u Laurie

10/11/19 06:36 AM #13    

Bob Richardson

Thanks, Laurie. Loved it when I first read it. More special now after our 50th Reunion.

10/11/19 02:59 PM #14    


Heidi Wolske (Dugger)

Great poem, wonderful memories, Laur, loved this the first time around and it's still an oldie but a goodie! Sorry I didn't get to the 50th, but still love everyone, and continue to know we were blessed to be part of a class that is still great & fine! 

10/13/19 10:44 AM #15    

Kathy Winger (Baker)

Wow that was perfect!  Truely brought back a lot of great memories! Thank you for sharing.

10/22/19 10:37 AM #16    

Dan Marignoni

Love reading posts by Laurie and Chris....Keep em coming!


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