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Katerina Kathy Makris (Germanides)
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imayiayia@gmail.com Houston TX wife, mom, grandmom Married 2 5 1 First, congrats on website...well done.
After graduation I attended a Teacher's Academy sponsored by my church (Greek Orthodox) in Garrison, NY (across the Hudson River from West Point). I received a scholarship to attend a Teacher's Academy in Athens, Greece to further my knowledge of the Greek language and culture. Returned to NY and found my husband (also born in Greece). Have two children: Sophia 39 and Orestes 37. Moved to Houston in 1980. Husband started a new business ship chandlers. Have 5 fantastic grandchildren from 8yrs to 4yrs of age.
Did all the "mom" volunteer work at school, church, sports. Became involved in SEARCH (a homeless program) and served as President of the Board.
1996 - breast cancer...survived that.
2006 - cancer returned to bones; just finished chemo a year ago and am doing great!!
All I do now is enjoy my great family and friends and thank God for all my blessings.
BEST: friends that got me through tough years.

WORST: blocked them out.

Southwest was the ideal high school. And those years were the best.
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Judy Kaufman (Budz)
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judybudz@gmail.com Southborough MA Professor of English Married 1 1 After Southwest, I went to Smith College (all girls, 1 movie theatre, 1 pizza place), then transferred to the U of Michigan (coed, 8 screens, coffee shops and cafes). After college, Cambridge sounded good, I liked reading novels, and Tufts gave me a scholarship, so I got a master’s in English. Barbara Molotsky and I shared an apartment. In 1966, Barbara and I moved to Chicago where Sherry Ruskin, Jane Houston Peterson, and several Smith and Northwestern friends were living. In those days, academic jobs were plentiful; and, at age 24, I fell into one teaching English at Chicago State University. A very cute 24 year old guy, John Budz, fell into one teaching psychology. I got a PhD in English at Northwestern, John and I married, and we moved to NY for John’s doctorate. Academic jobs were still plentiful in 1972 so we decided to try Boston where we both became professors in the Massachusetts State University System. I also drifted through an MBA degree along the way, enabling me to do lightweight freelance business writing. Now I’m second on my University’s longevity list and veering into invisibility, but I still like the work and getting paid to read novels. Our daughter, Jody, is an attorney who has decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and is now in a psychology doctoral program in Boston. The photo shows John and me with Jody at a law school graduation event. I can’t think of a worst memory, but one of the best things about SW was that we could figure out what we were good at and what we liked to do. I figured out that I was good at English when Mrs. McCaffrey admired one of my topic sentences, and I mastered the semicolon; however, when Miss Guyer gave me a C in AP History for writing “there is no doubt that Lincoln was not a statesman,” I avoided any history not wrapped inside a novel. (Besides, Miss Guyer knew what I meant--ask me to send you the entire paper.) Each year I entered a short story in the literary society contest but could never win a gold medal, not even when I used the pseudonym Sherry Bruskin. But I did win an award for a Trail editorial about fitting in my homework around American Bandstand; maybe that started me on my years as a Boston Globe book reviewer. I wish we’d had “girls” sports in high school --or maybe we did, and I can’t remember them. I really loved coaching Jody’s “little girls” softball team (record: 9 & 1!) and maybe if I’d put more than a toe in the school pool, my daily laps would be more efficient. All in all, I feel very lucky to have gone to Southwest and grateful to my classmates for planning the reunion weekend. May we have many more!
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Larry Keller
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larrykeller1120@yahoo.com Buckeye AZ Retired Married 2 1 1 Central Missouri State Univ.
Criminal Justice. Kansas City MO. Police Department for 26 years. Retired 1991. Moved to Phoenix, AZ. Married to Sharon Thompson 46 years. Was Director of Security for large property management co. with properties in AZ & CA. for five years. Retired again, play golf 4 days a week, take road trips with friends on my Harley Ultra Classic. Sharon and I travel 5 months in the summer in an RV.
Mr Armour's history class. Meeting at the north door after school.
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Paul Kivett
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paulkivett@yahoo.com Stilwell KS Architectural Photography, Data Base Design, Bagel Baker Extraordinaire paulkivett.com Married 3 4 2 Chem Eng Degree from KU. Worked for Bendix (KC) as their rubber expert for 3.5 years. Developed own architectural photography business and started Colorworks Printing Company doing high quality multi-color printing on Heidleberg presses. Sold to Henry Wurst printing in 1998. Learned how to make New York style bagels and had a short lived bagel shop on State Line Road.
Still doing architectural photography, data base design using FileMaker and make bagels about once a month for a good number of people asking for more.
Best memory was working for the Sachem staff for three years and doing all the photography my senior year.

Gym was my worst memory; but now I work out five days a week and can still consistently run five miles at the gym, in Paris, Hawaii, Rome or any place I happen to be.
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john kizer
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john@admaxadvertising.com Prairie Village KS Advertising sales Married 2 7 1 After graduation (thank you Mrs. ??? what ever my Algebra teachers name was) for giving me a final D so I could graduate with the rest of my esteemed classmates. Headed for KU and I lasted for one (very important semester it turns out) where I met my wife Michele Teresa Bailey (nick name Mike) fixed up on blind date by Patty Koch who just happened to live across the hall from Mike. We were both asked to find an education elsewhere after one semester. Something to do with having to much fun, missing class…silly things. Mike enrolled KC business school and I worked that summer at International Harvester. Mike got a very good job at Coca Cola and I headed for CMSC (as it was called then). Stayed from ’62-’63. Great time, lived with a lot of transitory SW grads that were there to get grades up to move on to better pastures. Next thing I new, I was married (to Mike ) on 12/31/63, New Years eve day. Still together after 48 years, so Patty turned out to be a sterling matchmaker. Mike worked, I screwed around with a variety of jobs, got my private and commercial pilots licenses with dreams of getting with an Airline. Didn’t work out. Moving on, August 5th, 1965 little John Jr. made his appearance and it suddenly dawned on me I had to get a “real” job. He is now in the mortgage business, lives in Blue valley area. So here’s the employment chronology in brief: worked at Johnson County Squire as sales rep 1965-1968. Moved to the KC Star as sales rep for the (then) brand new Star magazine. Opportunity knocked in ‘71, an agency I called on told me about a radio station looking for a “good” sales rep and I should apply, on his recommendation. Station was WHB, yeah that WHB, ‘Worlds Happiest Broadcasters’ and for good reason. They were a powerhouse, fantastic ratings (at one time 60% of radio listenership). Made SM (that’s Sales manager) in 4 years. 1974 our little surprise arrived, Jeffery Kizer. Went to SME & graduated from Ft. Lewis college in Durango, CO 1998,. 2002 started logistics business dealing strictly with military and Defense Department shipping. AM radio started to bite the dust in 77 so I moved on to an FM powerhouse, KBEQ, “Super Q” in 1979 as SM, then was hired by KKCI, 106.5 as GM. Present GM was leaving for another city. Stayed thru 1983 when new ownership (very CORPORATE ownership) took over. I left for KFKF as GSM eventually was to replace retiring GM. Didn’t happen, guy was possibly insane so I quit 1988. Done. See ya. Having established a lot of client contacts thru 18 years in radio , I decided to start an advertising agency and did so with 3 car dealerships owned by the same guy and he believed in advertising, BIG TIME. Great start. Later, I partnered with another agency also heavy in the automotive field. At one time we serviced 16 automotive accounts in 6 states plus 6 others: Kansas City HBA. KC Home show, Zarda Bar BQ, even did a few radio spots for Melcher at one of the banks he was at. We were pretty big and gravitating more and more to TV production (much more profitable). In 1999 we split, he took half I kept half. We’re still friends. He is no longer in the business. Need to give Mike her due here. When I quit KFKF and started an agency she thought maybe it would be a good idea to get a job. Got her real estate license, hated selling, moved into office, then management. The corporate relocation head broker of the company started her own company in 1990 or 1991. At it’s height it had corporate accounts like Marion Merrill Dow, Sprint, American Century, Black & Veatch. Mike went along eventually becoming office manager and then Vice president. Company was sold to Coldwell Banker in 2002 and Mike was part of the deal. She’s still at it , albeit on a very reduced work load (maybe 4-5 hours a day . Me , me too. Why stop doing something you love, pays well is fun and keeps your learning curve sharp. I’d be bored silly retired. My only claim to fame (some say infamous) in the advertising business are 2 characters I developed: one an Orangatang_”Sunshime” the other the infamous“Hap Hazerd”, slug line “In OOOOOlathe. If you live(d) in KC 92-98 and watched TV at all, you’d remember him. Dealership developed for was brand new: Sunflower Dodge. That character took it from zero to #1 in Dodge’s Midwest zone in 6 months and it stayed there. Later, I syndicated the character rights of both to other dealers in the US. Also have an internet business selling proprietary youth sports equipment.

We travel quite a bit, cruises being our number one favorites (24 at last count). Domestically mostly West or SW, Jeff has a home in Durango. Handy. Also love Puerto Rico (not your PR like glitzy San Juan), a little surfing village NW corner named Rincon where Jeff has a place as well. Noted as one of the top surf spots in the Western Hemisphere. It is a paradise, hard to get to, but you don’t want to leave.

That’s about it. Happily married 48 years, raised 2 sons who have turned out to be successes, have 7 beautiful Grandchildren (5 girls, 2 boys) a new Great Grandson, been in the same house for 38 years in Prairie Village. Both of us enjoy good health (I have had 2 rotator cuff surgeries), favorite hobbies: me, golf where my handicap has kept pace with my age, current 15 (on a good day). Mike : cooking & entertaining. She once early on had a high dollar catering business. I eat well. I am haunted by something my Mother told me many years ago: “when you hit 65 you begin to see the horizon. At 75 it becomes very clear, just don’t think about it”. I never quite understood what she meant. I do now.
A word about the atrocious grammar and punctuation in this little ditty. After years of writing scripts in :10, :15, : 30 & :60 second formats for TV & radio, it becomes a habit. Economy of words is essential. Just listen to almost any political ad, the worst of the worst offenders. Oh, and they can get away with something I can’t, they LIE, a lot!

My Mother graduated from SW in 1st 4 year graduating class, 1928, sister in ’52, all 3 of my nephews & nieces and several of their children as well.)


Best & worst memories at southwest: no worst, except having to endure some of the most boring teachers & curriculum one could encounter. Best: good friends, many to this day,oh, and many great times, parties, teepee town ,North door, ditching as many classes I could get away with.

See ya in September.
Best & worst memories at southwest: no worst, except having to endure some of the most boring teachers & curriculum one could encounter. Best: good friends, many to this day, oh, and many great times, parties, Teepee Town ,north door, ditching as many classes I could get away with.
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Richard Klein
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dixemail@gmail.com Houston TX Real Estate Married 3 3 8/9 (A grandson is due in October) 1 - Vicki Meinkoth Yeomans

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Patricia Koch
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pkoch@kc.rr.com Kansas City MO Retail Divorced After graduating from Southwest, I attended KU.
Married and had one son, William Reed Walters (no grandchildren).
Currently single and living on the Plaza. I am working in the retail industry and have for years. I began my career at Woolf Brothers and held various positions as buyer, manager and part-time model.
I was also an account executive for two cosmetic companies entailing a lot of travel, which I loved.
I have had the pleasure of serving as President of the Starlight Theatre Womens Guild, and served on the Arthritis Board, Ballet Guild, and a member of the Women’s Symphony Guild, and Kansas City Young Matrons.
I am currently working on the Plaza for Brooks Brothers (must have an affinity for retailers who have Brothers) and no…I’m not ready to retire.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion!
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Sherry Kriss (Abramowitz)
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nim@obryan.net Overland Park KS Retired Divorced 3 4 1 Life is great
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Sharron Kurtz (Shields)
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sm.shields@hotmail.com Mission Hills KS Retired Married 2 2 2 Life's been good. Too much happened to relate here. Married Don in 1998. Worked for 22 years in management with Stivers Staffing. Retired in July 2008. Travel between condo in Lake of Ozarks and Don's family farm in Lindsborg, KS. One daughter, Paige, lives with husband and 2 children in Santa Monica CA. Other daughter Laura lives in KC. No Children. Don has 4 daughters and 4 grandsons so family keeps us busy. Love to antique and go to flea markets. Worst memories were geometry where I read a fiction book (title withheld) and just drew the problems when the test came. Best are those nights I can and can't remember with friends I'll never forget.
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Harriet Kusnetzky (Shapiro)
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hshapiro43@gmail.com Chesterfield MO Homemaker and Nana Married 2 4 1 WOW !!! it really is difficult to believe that it has been 50 years since we were all together at
Southwest High School. Many memories since the class of 1961 - mostly good and some bad. Think what we could have done with a computer and a cel phone. Personally life has been great. I am still married to the same great guy - 47 years and still going strong. We have two grown and married daughters and four grandchildren. They all live in St. Louis and we see them a lot. That is a bonus! The rest is history but I doubt that many of you would find it interesting.. Hopefully we can catch up at the reunion.
Thanks to the great committee who put this whole week-end together. See you soon.
Life has been very good to us. One marriage, two children, four grandchildren and one dog. We have traveled a lot. Can't wait to get reacquainted with you all. Harriet
Worst-always thinking I was a nerd. Best- graduation day.
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