email@example.com Tampa FL Married 3 3 1 I was in retail and spent a little time in real estate. Met my wife in Toledo in 1968, she was a teacher in the Hebrew academy there. In the summer she was a hostess in a lovely restaurant. I went for lunch there and was intrigued with her it was Love at first site. We got married a month later. Mom thought something was wrong since we got married so fast. I told mom they'll have to count on their fingers and toes, the first child arrived 14 months later. We had three children in as many years, we didn't have ins. the bill came and it was a whopping (are you ready for this)?Hello, Southwest Indians: What a remarkable milestone. Did you ever think we would reach this day?
$500. for everything per child. We flew to KC to get married on Sun. flew to Chicago for the night since I had to be back to open on Monday.
The next summer we had our honeymoon in Israel, and visited with my wife's family.
School was good, we had a lot of sharp people, think about it, we were the best school in town.
I want to thank all of you for your dedication and love that you have put into this project. You should be quite proud. Our children were born in Ohio. Dalia and I moved to Florida almost 40 years ago. It's been a wonderful life and our treasure are the three grandchildren.
Karen Marcum (Stock)
firstname.lastname@example.org California MO retired Married 2 2 1 I graduated from MU. Charley and I married and have lived in California, Missouri, where I taught school for 31 years and we owned a farm supply and feed service. We have found small town living a great place to raise our two daughters. Jacque lives in KC now, close to Southwest High School and Jennifer lives here. We are blessed to be able to watch our grandchildren grow up and follow their sports and other activities. We also go to many Mizzou games. Since retiring I have helped to start a child care center at our church and enjoy walking, playing bridge and still volunteer at school. We have had a full life and good health! Look forward to our reunion.
email@example.com Lynnwood WA Retired Committed Relationship 2 After graduating college I joined the US Air Force to avoid the sure thing of receiving a draft notice. It seemed like the best option at the time, which turned out to be a major decision affecting my life from thereon.
Military service started in Officer Training School and ended up giving me a graduate education and skills that enabled me to have a successful 20 year career, terrific assignments including 11 years in Europe, and the portfolio to easily transition to civilian employment once I retired in 1986.
I returned to KC where I found employment as the Deputy Director of the Johnson County Emergency Management Department. Five years later I was offered and accepted a position with the City of Seattle as a Strategic Advisor in the Office of Emergency Management.
While I still consider myself a Kansas Citian and have only rooted for the Royals and Chiefs, I love Seattle and the Northwest. But after 19 years with the city and being 67 years old I decided it was time to retire for good, especially since my fiance (Leslie - see current photo) lives in Houston and my daughter was about to graduate college. For now I've kept my home in Washington but spent the winter in Houston to enjoy the warmer climate, travel, goof off and improve my golf game. The ultimate intent is to live the life of a snowbird. I don't have any bad memories but I do think of my old friends and the fun I had on the golf team.
Gerard F. "Jerry" McDonald
firstname.lastname@example.org Half Moon Bay CA Retired/Banking IT Married 1 2 1 Where have the years gone...First I have to thank Bob Woodling, who really went the extra mile to find me. Actually he was trying to locate a copy of my obituary, since I had been listed on the In Memoriam List for quite a number of years. Glad that's cleared up.
Life has been pretty good for us. We've had the usual ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies, but in retrospect it has been a wonderful time.
In 1963, I had the good fortune to be working for General Motors in the Accounting Dept. at the Fisher Body Plant in Leeds when they decided to start up a Data Processing Dept. I wound up being the first Computer Operator. This laid the foundation for all that was to follow. I went to Rockhurst College at night while I was working and graduated with a BSBA. It took a lot of years, but I've always been glad that I did so.
While on military leave from GM, I was in the Army from 1966 to 1969. I graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA., and was in Vietnam during 1967-1968. I'm guessing a misunderstanding about this little venture is how I would up on the In Memoriam List for so long. Vietnam was one of those great life experiences you would have avoided if you could, but will always be thankful that you didn't once you made it back home. It was an experience that gives meaning to your life and allows you to have a deeper appreciation for the things you do have.
Then the best thing that ever happened to me was meeting my wife, Cruz. I was stationed in the Bay Area after Vietnam and we met on a blind date in San Francisco during late 1968. We were engaged in six weeks and married two months later in San Jose. It has been a great adventure ever since. Our daughter, Debbie, son-in-law, Chester and two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Breanna, live about two hours away. The girls still think Nana and Granddad are cool, so we're going to enjoy that as long as possible.
After the Army we moved back to Kansas City and I went back to General Motors. In 1969 I joined Marion Laboratories. Marion was a great place to work and allowed me to establish my career in computers. In early 1979, we moved to San Diego and I joined what was eventually LaJolla Bank & Trust Co. They were going in-house for the first time and needed someone to manage the department. Banking systems and mainframe software conversions became my forte. The bank was sold in late 1990. Over the next sixteen years, I worked for three banks in Laguna Hills, San Mateo and Palo Alto. We moved to San Clemente in 1992 and to Half Moon Bay in 1997.
I retired in 2006 and love every minute of it. When I was working, I always looked forward to Saturday. That was my coffee and newspaper morning. Now I treat every day as Saturday. I thought Southwest was great and I had a great time there. I always thought school was a place to have fun and enjoy the day.
I always loved Kansas City and it will always be my hometown. And Southwest will always be a fond part of that memory. We don’t get back to Kansas City very often anymore, but when we do I always drive through the old neighborhood and down Wornall by Southwest.
email@example.com Prairie Village KS Hospice Chaplain Single I've been living in the Kansas City area after being a German major at KU in Lawrence, KS. I enjoyed a long career working in the clinical microbiology lab at St. Luke's Hospital near the Plaza.
Now, in my second career, I am working as a chaplain for Good Shepherd Hospice. I enjoy reading and being active out of doors (run, bike, ski) and traveling. Most recently, I returned from a trip to Vermont where my sister lives. Earlier in the year, I participated in mission work in Nicaragua with members from my church. Best was being part of my four musketeers group of friends and experiencing the remarkable teachers we had. Worst was wanting to be a cheerleader but being unable to do the splits and thus not even trying out.
firstname.lastname@example.org Overland Park KS Retired Married 2 1 1 Attended Abilene Christian College in Abilene, TX one year. I even tried out for spring football but got clobbered. Those Texas boys are tough and they take playing football too seriously. I returned to Kansas City Junior College for two years, then married Peggy Peterson and went to Rockhurst one semester before joining the National Guard under the buddy system with Wilson Tanner. Thanks again to Kirk for driving Peggy and Mimi to Fort Leonard Wood for a visit at Thanksgiving. While waiting to go to our six months training I worked at Land Sharp Chevrolet in their accounting office and after my duty I returned to find them out of business.
Things happened back then, too.
I worked in the wholesale office products industry with two different companies for 43 years in sales and management and have been retired now for two years. Someone told me that every day is a Saturday when you are retired and it is true. The first few weeks were spent completing all those small projects around the house that never got done. I had a successful career where I was blessed with great customers and employees who made me look great. I like to say that I rode that horse in the glory days. The truth is that I married a wonderful person who has picked me up and taught me many things about life. I even enjoy reading books now.
We have two wonderful daughters who confirm the reasons why we got married in the first place. The building of the same strong beliefs that our folks instilled in us is something that we can see in our daughters. It is amazing how their personalities and features resemble both of us. They are very thoughtful and loving girls and we are grateful that they both live in the area. We now have a new granddaughter. She is just a few weeks old now. Wow, do we have a lot to remember or renew and things to learn.
Collecting primitive antiques has been our main hobby beginning back in '64 going through Mexico,MO on our way to Chicago. At an estate sale at Lake Quivera we bought a primitive cabinet and a sailboat wench. I guess that was the beginning of my infatuation with making a sailboat move through the water, feeling and sensing the power of the wind and accomplishing getting from one place to another without the use of a motor (heeled over to the max). We each have our own hobby rooms decorated with our own collections. Peggy's has primitive antiques and her hooked rugs and mine has sailing stuff. I owned an antique 1962 Morgan drop head coupe for about two years and actually placed in a couple of British Sports Car shows. My other hobby is golf and someday I hope to beat Tom Galley. He has been kind to allow me to play with his weekly golf/tennis group. Thinking about the Good Old Days at Southwest and remembering the fun things like Bryant Upjohn's mother's cheeseburgers and fries on a Saturday and Wilson's mother's tacos, a trip to an MU football game with Bryant and his dad. That was my first time in a small airplane. The Summer trip to Colorado to work on a sheep ranch with Greg Dolan was a once in a lifetime experience. Kirk Vaughan's 1934 Ford hot rod with flames painted on the side, Ted Koutsoubos' Model A Ford. Wilson's sister's baby blue TR3, Bryant's 1934 Packard V12. Then there was the time during a football game when I turned the wrong way and was held up by the other pulling guard, Mike Moriarty, instead of him knocking me down. Our team was successful because of the leadership, agility and quickness of Ronnie Mirikitani, Jim Goar, Will Czarlinsky, Jerry Henkel and Jerry Arni. Robinson and Greenstreet were great coaches and were good to me.
I will never forget that long blackboard pointer with the rubber tip that Colonel Jim McKee slapped down on the desk to wake people up in his history class. I know I should not mention the picture of George Washington high up on the wall above the blackboard with all of those spitballs stuck to it in Miss Linn's room.
Barbara McHenry (Casey)
email@example.com Archie MO Accountant Divorced 2 2 Best - meeting Jan Campbell. 50 years later - Jan in Dallas, me in Kansas City - and we still email almost every day and hour phone calls on Sunday.
Worst - Miss Joyce telling me I didn't deserve to be in National Honor Society.
firstname.lastname@example.org Mission Hills KS semi-retired banker Married 5 8 2 BA in Latin, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. MBA, Harvard Business School. Continental Illinois Bank (1967-1973); First National Bank of KC (1973-1986) EVP; Johnson County Bank, Prairie Village (1986-1991) President; Commerce Bank of KC (1991-1999) EVP. Retired 1999. Unretired 2001-2006 as a residential real estate appraiser. Retired 2006. Unretired in 2007 as Vice Chairman of Bank of Prairie Village where I still am.
First marriage 1965-1980, three children: Nicole (1966), Steve, Jr. (1967), and Ryan (1972). Second marriage to Adrienne since 1981. Two stepchildren: Kimberly (1973) and Ryan (1976) Wilkerson. Eight grandchildren.
Retired and moved to Solana Beach (San Diego) in 1999 but came back to KC in 2007.
Was very active in volunteer non-profit organizations. Chairman of Research Medical Center (1988-1991); Chairman of Health Midwest (now HCA) (1993-1995). Co-Founder and Chairman of Leawood Chamber of Commerce (1997).
Director of Menorah Medical Center (1995-1999). Vice Chairman Johnson County Community College Foundation (1999).
I've been a commercial banker pretty much forever. My job at Bank of Prairie Village is part-time. But it gives me a place to go and opportunity to meet people. The lifelong friendships I made at Southwest are the best thing. I don't have any bad memories.
JMerrick1@kc.rr.com Kansas City MO Media Producer Single 1 2 1 Jim Merrick has been a leading professional in the field of mass communication in the Midwest for the last 40 years. During that time he has produced, written, directed and edited hundreds of film and video tape projects, and he has served as a creative and communications consultant to business, government, civic organizations, trade associations, foundations and political campaigns.
Mr. Merrick received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Radio, Television and Film. His first two years at UMKC he and Barry Eisenberg had a folk group, The Pledges, which appeared nightly at the “Castaways” on Main Street in Kansas City. His last two years of undergraduate college training were augmented by full-time employment with KCMO-TV, Channel 5 in Kansas City, First as a floor director, then as a director. Upon graduation from college, Mr. Merrick received a full assistantship in TV production from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. In 1966 he graduated from Syracuse with a Master of Science degree from the S. I. Newhouse School of Mass Communications.
In 1967, Jim Merrick joined the staff of Calvin Productions, Inc. in Kansas City as a writer and director. During the next four years, he was involved in the production of more than fifty films and television commercials. His work at Calvin has received awards from such varied groups as the NCAA National Sports Writers Association, The Chicago International Film Festival, The National Agriculture Advertising and Marketing Association, The Calvin Notable Film Competition, The Columbus Film Festival, The New York International Film Festival and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Politically, Mr. Merrick has worked in every major area political campaign since 1980. This includes three successful mayoral campaigns in Kansas City, Missouri, three races for county executive in Jackson County, four congressional campaigns and several state wide elections. Mr. Merrick's media work helped bring pari-mutuel racing to the state of Kansas in 1986. During the eighties he has been responsible for media campaigns that have resulted in the passage of more than half a billion dollars in bond issues for the betterment of his community. He produced the media that led to the passage of the "Two Term Limit" in Kansas City, and in October 1989 his work helped pass funding for the "Fight Back" Campaign, the first locally funded public anti-drug campaign in the United States.
Currently, Mr. Merrick is involved in the production of "The American Craftsman", distributed by SFM Entertainment, an American Heritage TV series for
National Cable Distribution, “Barbeque, Blues, Boulevards and and Bushwhackers. . . Bulls eye Kansas City” an hour and a half TV Special For CBS and ‘Boss Tom” a made for TV movie on the life of Tom Pendergast.
His best production, (I apologize for use of my professional Bio in all the paragraphs above but it was easier than starting from scratch) was his daughter Wendy, born in 1969. She produced two great grandkids, Gavin (6) and Ashley (3).
Mel Bishop . . .
Sarah Helen Anderson. . . I liked Latin
But she didn't like me ! "Here comes Jimmy, dancing into class !"
email@example.com Chappaqua NY Retired www.stockchartist.blogspot.com Married 2 2 2 Graduated from Washington U. and then on to University of Chicago for MBA. Moved to NYC for 6 years and then was transferred to Montreal for 4. Returned to NYC area and have lived here since.
Worked in various financial positions for Celanese Corp. for 10 years and then for F. Schumacher & Co. for 23 years, ending career as the firm's Chief Financial Officer.
Have been retired for 9 years and now following my avocation since high school: trading stocks. Also now write a relatively well-read blog about technical stock market analysis.
Since retirement, have spent winters in Longboat Key, FL and last year bought a townhouse there.
My sons, both in their 30's live in the NYC area; one is Managing Director of a residential property management firm and the other is a producer of animation.
I have been married for 21 years to my current wife, Jayne, who has 3 grown kids. Worst memory is that I missed a couple of good years with all the people who welcomed me into Southwest as a Junior.
The best memories are my Junior and Senior years.