Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Classmate updates:

Fellow '63 Spartans:

In October of '13 I was diagnosed with some kind of tumor on/in my brain.  (Yes, frequent appearances to the contrary at WCHS, I do have one!).

The Medics removed what they could in April of '14 and I've been doing the radiation/(oral) chemo routine since.

In true Beowolf (remember our classes on that?) style, after my surgery I decided to maintain a 99.97% positive attitude and fight it all the way to the Finish line.  

First, I would follow medical instructions to the letter.  

Second, I would maintain a positive mental attitude and work very hard to NOT become a burden on my wife or our friends, because everyone my/our age has something going on.

Since the April surgery, the remaining tumor ("lesion") is about half the size it was the day after surgery.  I've lost a bit of weight, but needed to do that anyway.  I feel fine, except for mild fatigue and flirtations with nausea, during my "chemo weeks".

This thought has helped me and I share it because it may help others in a similar situation:

                 I have Cancer.

                 It doesn't have me.
Air Cooled Forever!

Mike Newlon
Palm Desert CA


Hello, Mike and Bill Sabatino (with an update for WCHS Class of 1963)

This is Lee Downs.  My compliments on your approaches to dealing with your cancers - I agree completely.  Keep up the good fight!

And yes, Mike, I remember the "Beowulf" sessions as well as "Julius Caesar" from Sophomore year.  And what was that about the Ides of March?

After graduating from MSAC in 1966, I was in the Navy (submarines) from 1966-1995, commissioned from the ranks, retired as a Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) .  Mostly out of the continental US for much of that time, so I lost contact with the whole class.  I was glad to be "found" here in Virginia Beach by the 50th Reunion organizers (man, did they organize!).

But I missed our 50th reunion and actually only made the 15th while I was stationed in San Diego 1973-79.  And I was at our submarine base in Scotland (closed in 1990) when the 25th reunion happened in 1988; couldn't make that one either.

But I digress.  The real message to you both is that I greatly admire your courage and example to us all.  My prayers are with you both.  

Best Regards,

Lee Downs
Virginia Beach VA

Sunday, September 21, 2014

This just in from a WCHS '63 girls gathering down in Jamul, California. Hiking Mt McGuinty are, L to R, Susie, Karen, Linda, Barbara with Marilyn on the camera.

Keep them coming, classmates!
Bud
Edna Davies Owen writes...
"Bud, thanks for keeping all of us in touch! I was in West Covina not too long ago and Cortez Park looks just the same, of course there was a little league game going on......The Church next door has expanded the parking lot and the was is covered over with pavement. I wonder if the kids now days still climb the big trees and pick the mistletoe?!?  I know they do not have the freedom and fun we all had, being gone all day and just showing up in time for dinner. I don’t know if it was any safer then, but we were unaware if it wasn’t. And instead of video games, we played ding dong ditch, kick the can and more! My grandkids don’t know what they are missing. Guess we have gotten older although I don’t think any different.  The reunion was great and am looking forward to the next one."
 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Latest news in from classmates. 
Hi Bud and Tom and all concerned.

Thank you for keeping me in the loop. You must ask Bill if he remembers the summer days at Cortez park where Bill and I and Denny Allen and the guys would play 3 flys up or toss footballs around etc. Those were the days. Are they looking for stem cell donors for Bill? I would be willing to give it a try if does not conflict with my situation.

You can let all on the e-mail chain know this info. I have cancer also. I have had 2 surgerys. The latest was a radical tumor and surrounding tissue removal. They think they got all of it. No chemo or rad yet. MRI is the next step. They will be checking my lymphnodes ETC.

BOY, it's tough getting old

Class of '63 rocks-----It was the best.

Terry Thorsness

This is the latest news on bill Sabatino, feel free to share this with any concerned classmates, keep him in your prayers, Thanks, Tom Hetzel.


From: blackieblackford@gmail.com
To: slambright@aol.com
Sent: 9/18/2014 4:40:48 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time
Subj: Direct words from Sabo today

2nd chemo starts tomorrow.6days hospital 3 weeks in condo. This goes on until we match donor. Transplant, hope and pray stem cell does not reject odds 70/30 it takes, if reject ball game over for me Sabo, Steve this is the exactly what he told me, let everybody know thanks Bill Blackford

 
Thank you so much for the wonderful prayers, there is no doubt I will submit to Jesus's will. He has been with me ever step of the way.
Sabo

Thursday, October 17, 2013

As expected, the 50th reunion came and went in a heartbeat. All the reports coming my way say that a wonderful time was had by...EVERYONE!  I would like to recognize these classmates for their contributions to the success of our reunion:

The entire weekend's venue was put together by Sue Hunter. Sue did a wonderful job in organizing what we saw as a seamless celebration of our 50th.  

Bill Kouri spent many days and dollars looking for and finding classmates.

Warren & Joanne Shifini selflessly spent time and money providing me a '63 Lycurgean, lists of names to add to the hunt and notes to Classmates.com members about the reunion.

Linda Joseph Duncan provided floral arrangements and party accessories.

Judy Phillips Wallace provided the pizza for the Friday night party.

Carol Holroyd McLendon helped to organize the Friday pizza party and clean-up.

Bill Ashdown , class of '61, provided his DJ services for our Saturday night dinner/dance.

Carol Hunter Stewart, class of '61, (Sue's sister) and her husband manned the registration table Friday and Saturday.

Steve Lambright provided those awesome photos of life on campus back in the day. 


Thank you,
Bud






Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The 50 year class reunion is fast approaching. 38 days hence we will be basking in the beautiful sunshine and dry air of Cathedral City at The Doral Desert Princess. While we are still looking for 95 classmates, we have found and accounted for 226. You can view all the Lost/Found/InMemory/Attending pages here - http://wchs63reunion.com/

Signed up to attend The Reunion so far, we have 67 classmates with another dozen lurking in the wings keeping us all in suspense. Sue Hunter has made all the arrangements and says there is a little wiggle room for unexpected folks, but try not to be one of those, please.

You may know that we started a Flickr page, Classmates Now, and classmates are encouraged to send in a current selfie that can be posted there. In jest, I posed this as a place to reveal yourself as you are now to ease the shock of the big expose at the reunion. I am truly, in awe of the utter handsomeness, character, and poise of all who dared.

This reunion is something to cherish. Join in the fun and make the most of it.

Bud

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The West Covina High School class of 1963 Reunion is only 68 days away. 72% of the class has been accounted for and nearly 70 have already signed up for the dinner/dance during the 3 day gathering at the Doral Desert Princess in Cathedral City, Oct 4th - 6th. Any classmate who wants to attend and hasn't signed up yet can do so by sending a check ($40 per person) to ;

Sue Hunter
28963 Isleta Court
Cathedral City, CA 92234

 The class website can be visited at www.wchs63reunion.com 
(Be sure to click on the buttons atop the website to view all the pages.)