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Ben Achtenberg
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ben@refugemediaproject.org Jamaica Plain MA Filmmaker www.refugemediaproject.org Married 1 None, dammit One For about four years I have been working on a documentary film profiling people who work with immigrant survivors of torture. At the end of 2009, in order to focus on the film fulltime, I sold Fanlight Productions, the educational film distribution company that was my “day job” for twenty-eight years. During that time I also produced about a dozen short documentaries, one of which – to my shock – was nominated for an Oscar.

I married Emily Paradise after her graduation from Brandeis and mine from Harvard. We moved to Philadelphia for a couple of years while I got an MA in Communications, then came back to the Boston area, where she got her MA in City Planning, and where we’ve been ever since. Vacations tend to involve water (canoeing, kayaking) or travel to Latin America.

Emily’s a consultant on the preservation of low-income housing and is also, these days, pursuing her interest in Latin American politics and social movements. She’s published several online articles for the North American Congress on Latin America. Our son, Jesse, is also a filmmaker, with a small company in DC, where his clients include the American Civil Liberties Union. His grandparents would have been pleased about that, as both my father and mother were among the founders of the KC chapter.
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Bill Alden
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billalden@dcccd.edu Carrollton TX Retired twice Married 2 5 1 KC Junior College AA 1963 UMKC BA 1966
Joined Barry Goldwater's Flying Club
(AF Reserve). Married after Basic to Jerie Muhr (SE '62). Grad school Univ of Tennessee MA '72. 1970-80 worked for several government and non-profit community service agencies. 1980 started a Mom 'n Pop business (custom picture framing) and worked part-time for an educational service unit in small town in SE Nebraska. Sold business in 1994 and retired from the AF Reserve in 1996 (Chief Master Sergeant E-9 Senior Enlisted Advisor and TQM Superintendent). Moved to Texas and found a position with the Dallas County Community College District (support position for distance and on-line education). Retired after 13 years (the second one) August 2010.
Daughters: Megan- Ed Coordinator and Youth Director, Episcopal church in Knoxville TN. Barbara- Nuclear Security Officer at nuclear power plant in Glen Rose Tx. Five grandkids.
Best: Junior and Senior years - made good grades and felt genuinely accepted.
Worst: Ronnie Stewart wanting to beat me senseless cause he thought I was after his sweetie Janice Boyer (I wasn't after her which made it that much more frustrating)
Memory questions: 
Where was the swimming pool @ J.C. Nichols?
Who blew up the commode at Hale Cook?
Remember Rags? Who owned him?
Phil Feingold - talk about courageous !
Who trashed Col. Jim's radio? Someone rigged 
   it so when he opened the window it 
   released the cord and he watched the 
   radio hit the ground
Was Uncle Benny actually a war veteran? 
Who told Col. Jim to stop calling her "girlie?
   Lynn Bretz? 
Which teacher responded to Don Sneed by 
   mimicking Don' voice and body
   language?
At the "picnic by the creek" (120th and
   Misson Road) who was roasting a 
   chicken when the Officers arrived?
And who will ever forget Jack Stilits  
One more: does the phrase "... great white 
    rabbit ..." ring a bell with anyone ?   
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Barbara alport (Abend)
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barbaraa43@yahoo.com Kansas City Retired Married 2 2 I graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a major in Elementary Education. Married and lived in Denver for three years. Divorced. Returned to KC and taught third grade, then attended graduate school at UMKC. Taught at Menorah Medical Center in a program for students with learning disabilities. Married again, continued at Menorah, volunteered, traveled. At age forty, I abruptly changed careers with the addition of daughters Sarah and Lynda to our family: I became a nutritionist; child psychologist; chauffeur; soccer mom; editor of term papers, college entrance essays, theses, resumes, job applications, etc. (Thank you Ms. Schroer.) Now that both girls have left the nest, I have time to play bridge, study Spanish, and advocate for a neighborhood dog park. I still love spending time with dear friends from J.C. Nichols and Southwest. I am looking forward to our reunion and sharing fond memories of the class of '61. Best Memories: Ms. Anderson's Latin class, Ms. Atwood's geometry class, Ms. T. Welch's shorthand class

Worst Memory: Ms. Deets' phys. ed. class--I nearly drowned in the pool and literally had to be "fished" out with a pole!
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McKay Stuart "Mickey" Anderson
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manderson15@kc.rr.com Kansas City MO Retired Married 2 2 granddaughters; i grandson only the one that I know of After college, spent many years active in state and national politics. Was Administrative Assistant to a member of the House of Representatives from Florida. Moved back to Kansas City. Married a much younger Southwest Indian maiden (Sherry J. Curtis). Put my history and political science background to good use and began a 39 year career in heavy construction specializing in building bridges. Have 2 great sons, John and his gal Nicole and their daughter Millie, and Robert and his wife Lexie and their daughter Olive and son Robert McKay. Have published several history related magazine articles and am currently working on another. Hobbies include collecting autographed sports and political memorabilia; signed 1st Edition books; historic memorabilia mostly from the Civil War period but also American Indian items; Oriental art items such as netsukes, chops, statues and watercolors; buying and assembling Hubley metal car kits made from 1940-1963; huge John Wayne fan (have all known movies, many books, photos, statues, lobby posters, etc.); study archeology and Egyptology; spend a lot of time reading and watching movies and in my spare time my lovely wife and I travel or work on the house. I also volunteer at the Santa Fe Trail/Watts Mill Historical Society/Trailside Center and the Nelson-Atkins Museum's Department of Oriental Art by editing and researching object description cards. Best memories are my best friends Ravis, Rothman and Shurin. Worst memory is losing all that money to Ravis playing gin. Shurin could do The Twist better than anyone I've ever seen!
Hello fellow classmates! I hope more of you will add your profile to the small list that we have. I also hope that you will notify me of your e-mail address, home address and telephone numbers so that we may add to our list of classmates we are compiling. I would gladly send you a list of those we have found and maybe you can help us find others. Come on! I know you are out there!
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Bill Anthony
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williamr.anthony@gmail.com Lenexa KS Retired Married 2 1 I graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Architectural Engineering. After two years in the Army I went to work as a sales engineer for The CECO Corporation, a building products manufacturing company and commercial construction subcontractor. I was transferred to the home office in Chicago, where I oversaw the sales and marketing function for the concrete construction division contracting operation.

After CECO went through a leveraged buy-out and was sold, I returned to Kansas City to work in sales and marketing for one of my best customers—J.E. Dunn Construction Company, becoming an integral part of their astonishing growth to one of the top construction firms in the nation.

After taking early retirement from JE Dunn, I had a couple of gigs with three other firms before the commercial construction market became all but non-existent. I am now pretty much retired, but would like to find some place to put my past expereince and tatlents to productive use.

I have been actively involved in numerous business and civic groups, including Careers in Construction, Junior Achievement, Shawnee Mission Schools, Kansas City Area Development Council, Johnson County Historical Museum and the Missouri and Kansas Societies of Professional Engineers. I have also been very active in the local chamber holding a number of positions over the years, ultimately being selected member of the year.

My wife, Linda, and I are very active in our church and have two grown daughters. The oldest is an Adult Critical Care Pulmonologist and the younger, having held positions in five separate careers, has recently been accepted into the accelerated Registered Nursing program at Rockhurst and Research Hospital.
Best was all the fun we had doing thngs other than school. Worst was Ms. Anderson (B....) for Latin.
Looking forward to seeing everybody.  I know  our committee will have some surprises for us!

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Patty Arnold (Wimberley)
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pattyrob703@yahoo.com Austin TX Auditor Married 4 10 and one on the way 3 Spent two and a half years at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Then got married and transferred to the University of Texas at Austin (UT). Graduated from UT, had a baby boy, and got a job with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (Comptroller) as a computer programmer. Moved to Houston for a year, had another baby boy, came back to Austin continuing to work for the Comptroller. Got divorced in 1970, remarried in 1974, and earned an MBA at UT in 1975. Went to work for a private firm in 1976 as a computer consultant. Had another baby boy. When the firm went out of business, went to work for one of their clients, the Texas Dept. of Human Services (DHS). Worked at DHS as a programmer/analyst, had a baby girl. In 1985, was promoted from programmer/analyst to Chief Accountant! Decided to try internal auditing in 1989 at the Texas Rehabilitation Commission and later at the Texas Water Development Board. Divorced in 1999 and remarried in 2003. Have served as Information Systems Auditor, Accounting Director, and Director of Internal Audit. Am a certified public accountant (CPA), a certified information systems auditor (CISA), a certified government financial manager (CGFM), and a certified fraud examiner (CFE). A glutton for punishment, I'm working on my certification as a internal auditor (CIA) and have completed three out of four parts. Am currently semi-retired. Love to travel. Just got back from a cruise to Russia. Love to hang out at my lake house in Spicewood, TX. Love to see my grandchildren when possible. Three live in Durban, South Africa. Two live in Conifer (just outside of Denver), Colorado. Two live in Dallas. One lives in San Antonio (my husband's darling grandchild). Only one, the youngest, and one on the way live in Austin. Have two granddaughters named Reagan! My best memories of Southwest were partying will all my friends. My worst memory was breaking my neck and back in a car wreck the summer before my senior year. Does anybody remember me coming to class in a back and neck brace and having to take notes at a podium because I couldn't sit down?
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E. Sanford (Sandy) Baker
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sbaker1@kc.rr.com Kansas City MO Commercial Real Estate Broker/Developer/Prop Mgr. Married 2 1 1 After leaving Southwest, I worked in retail sales and the food industry, attended the University of Missouri and served in the Army Reserves. Following 2 years in construction sales in Michigan, I came back to Kansas City and have been involved in the commercial real estate business ever since. The first 10 years of my career were spent with a major local company, where my activities involved shopping center development, syndication of investment properties and all aspects of the then-new concept of food franchising. For the last 30+ years, I've had my own company, Republic Real Estate, where I've focused on multi-tenant properties, residential and commercial condominium projects, office park development and real estate investments and property management.
My wife Sherry and I have been married for 43 years. Sherry is my partner in Republic Real Estate and our son Jason is in the property management department. Our other son, Brian, is an artist in northern California and the father of our wonderful grandson, Zane.
Without a doubt, my favorite pastime is golf. Besides playing just about every day in season, I've played over 400 courses in 46 states and 6 countries. All this golf, and I just keep getting worse! I also love to hunt (ducks, geese, quail and pheasant) and to travel. In addition to the obvious golf destinations, Sherry and I have taken many, many great road trips throughout the US and Canada, visiting quirky out-of-the-way places, drive-ins, diners and dives, unusual art venues, beautiful national parks and fascinating historic sites. We also thoroughly explored and enjoyed our own home state during my 6-year appointment to the Missouri State Parks Advisory Board.
Best Memories: Franternity/Sorority activities, especially the Bowery Ball.

Worst Memories: Antisemitism
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Tom Baker
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annvbaker@yahoo.com K.C. MO Retired Teacher Married 4 4 2
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Louie Beard
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loubearr@msn.com Gilbert AZ Freescale Semiconducter Married I moved to Phoenix Arizona in 1969. Graduated College with a degree in Aviation Flight Technology. I have an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) with Airplane Multiengine Land, Commercial Privileges. In the 70’s I owned and operated a flying club. Later I went to work for a Cessna Aircraft Dealer in Mesa Arizona. I flew charter flights all over the United States and Mexico. Picked up new aircraft in Wichita Kansas and delivered them to the Cessna Aircraft distribution center in Long Beach California. In between these jobs I managed to fly several hundred Grand Canyon scenic tours.
Now, for any of you that have been to the Grand Canyon you know how majestic it is. If any of you were ever fortunate enough to fly into the Canyon on a scenic flight you know that there is nothing to compare its beauty with. I feel truly blessed that I got paid to fly what I believe is the most beautiful scenic flight in our country and maybe the world.
I am also happy to be writing this after two in flight engine failures, three bird strikes and one electrical fire. I quit flying the Grand Canyon flights in the late 80’s after the Federal Government banned flights down below the canyon rim for environmental concerns. I’m not too sure what all the concerns were but noise pollution was cited as one of the reasons. Seems some of the Indians (NOT SW INDIANS) that live inside the canyon were unhappy, and some of the birds were bothered. Hell they fly down there why can’t we?
I have had a Real Estate license since 1986 and have sold Residential, Commercial and land. At present I have three land listings and guess what? The phone isn’t ringing. Not too many land buyers out there right now. Glad I don’t need these sales to survive.
In the early 90’s I purchased a Steak House and Saloon in Casa Grande Arizona. Operated it a few years, sold it and retired. Got bored and went back to work landing at Motorola Semiconductor which was spun off and is now Freescale Semiconductor.
I would like to commend the SW Indian’s reunion committee for all the great work they have done. I especially find the emails that Barbara Molotsky sends out very entertaining. I know you are going to have a great reunion party and I am sorry I will be unable to attend as I will be in the Philippines during the month of September. My wife and I go there every year to visit her family and lay on the white sandy beaches.
Best of luck to all the remaining class of “61” SW Indians and I’ll see you at our 75th reunion.
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Barbara Bell (Algire)
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balgire@hotmail.com Tucson AZ Retired Counselor Married 2 4 girls (3 seven year olds/1 six year old) 1 The first third of these last 50 years, following four years at Baker University and a wedding, I call our Foreign Service years during which we lived in an assortment of unusual cities: Topeka, Naha, Kuala Lumpur, Kinshasa, and Monrovia. The middle third was spent in Alexandria, VA dealing with kids and education. Our one son and one daughter moved through their middle, high school and college years in the Fairfax County/Virginia educational systems while I, joining the middle-aged masses, managed to complete my MEd at George Mason (unlearning card catalogs while learning the finer points of computer library searches . . . minus, of course, the Library Lady). The third third were my career years; 20 years as a high school counselor, ten in Alexandria and ten in Tucson. I retired in June '09 and plan to spend my fourth third (the next however many years) doing what I've been doing this past year . . . walking with a group of delightfully crazy women in a beautiful Catalina Mountain canyon, playing bridge, reading for myself! (and as part of an amazing book club), and taking a random series of classes through local academic institutions. Oh, yes . . . and, playing with our son's 7-year-old identical twin princesses and our daughter's 7-year-old and 6-year-old princesses. They are, quite naturally, perfect in every way. Just ask BMolo! Best: friends made, fun had, & finally passing that horrible driving test (nobody can parallel park a Packard on the left side of a hill in downtown KC in February!).
Worst: the total horror and humiliation of my 'licenseless' 16th birthday.
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