The Class of 1972 has invited the Class of 1971 to join them for a blended Class Reunion in CoMo. You can register and learn more on their website here.
As we get older -- gasp! it's happening people -- we may want to start combining reunions so we have enough people assembled for a bridge tournament or other team sports like slow-pitch kickball. Are you considering attending?
A volunteer committee has been organized in Columbia MO with the charge of planning the dates and events for the 45th Reunion of the Class of 1971. Prospective dates are September 30-October 2, October 14-16, or November 4-6. Responses are sought both here or on the Hickman High School Class of '71 Facebook.
At this point in the process, venues are being researched for these dates. If you have any suggestions for venues, preferences for dates or ideas about what activities might be planned, please let your voice be heard now.
This year has seen one of the most spectacular autumns in memory up here in the Land of Lakes and Mississippi headwaters. The leaves have taken their sweet time turning every golden, red, russet and remarkable color we can ever recall.
Your editor checks back on this page from time to time and is startled to find that it is not unusual for 500 daily, unique visitors. How wonderful that you are finding these pages a resource -- for whatever reason.
An unhappy task is to check Charly Blackmore's kewpie.net website for recently deceased classmates. There is real sadness to find another name, even when there may be a faded or no memory at all of the person. Each passing is a loss we can all feel. If you do have a recollection, please take a moment to add your remembrances on the "In Memoriam" page (see in the left margin for a link).
Thank you for checking back with the 1971 Hickman Reunion website. It won't be long and we'll be making plans for the 45th Reunion. (gulp) Is there anyone already working? We'll let you know when we know!
And one more thing: Go, Mizzou! Go, Tigers!
Peggy found our 1971hhsreunion.weebly.com site a few months ago when she was having a nostalgic moment.
Her good friend, Donna (Ausburn) Price, was on her mind and she reached out to report that she has been found.
You might be forgiven if you can't remember Peggy Heekin from our senior class. She left school nine months into the year and didn't make very many friends. But Peggy remembers Donna well and that was all that needed to happen to "find" one of our classmates. After all is said and done, getting "found" means you wanted to "be found." There's a lesson in there, somewhere.
A photo taken Sept. 2010 with (l to r) Russian Supreme Court Chief Justice Lebedev, American Bar Association President Steve Zack, and Patrick Murphy, Senior Rule of Law Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Embassy, Moscow
Our Man in Moscow transmits the following August 23, 2011 dispatch:
Wish I could be at the reunion. I'm writing you from Moscow, where I've lived for more than 17 years now. My Hickman classmates set me on this course--I remember Katy McKinin and David Tinsley and some others encouraging me to take Russian with them senior year, and I did and then continued with it at college. After college I went to law school, at UNC-Chapel Hill, and was in a law office in Chicago one day when I got a call from Katy McKinin--1981, I think it was. She was in Chicago, and told me about her experiences as an exchange student in Bulgaria and Leningrad. I later applied to that exchange program and ended up at Moscow State University for an academic year in 1983-84. After that period in the Soviet Union, I had a fellowship in D.C., and then worked for the federal judiciary for nine years--two years as a law clerk to a judge in Western Kentucky, and a few years each for a couple of federal judicial agencies in Washington. I was doing some translations of Soviet legal materials into English on the side. In 1994, I moved to Russia to work on a rule of law program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). I thought I would stay a couple or so years. But between working for projects and then for USAID itself at the U.S. Embassy, I've been in Russia since 1994. So, something I started my senior year at HHS has turned out to be a major part of my life. While living here I have traveled all over Russia, and to many parts of Europe (often to France, where I use the French I studied at HHS and later) and some in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. I continue to fool around with photography and have photos on the website www.pbase.com/patricksphotos
I caught up with Dennis Powell in New York City several times in the 1990s and early 2000s, and stay in touch with a few classmates. I visited Jerry Ward in Seattle in 2005 and also saw Bill Simmons and Steve Nowell (HHS '72) there. We spoke by phone with Jon Graznak.
I would be glad to hear from classmates, and really wish I could be there!
You guys have a great time!
Bill Daily taught physics and mathematics at Hickman from Fall 1968 through Spring 1975 when he quit teaching and attended MU law school. He moved to Glasgow MO where he went into a two-man general practice office. Glasgow is a town of 1,200 souls on the Missouri River about 45 minutes northwest of Columbia.
He and his wife Melody Daily will be attending the Saturday Reunion Banquet. Melody Daily is a clinical professor of writing at MU Law school and before that taught for a short time with Connie Stawski and Mrs. McTurnen at Hickman.
One interest sidebar, so to speak, is that Bill graduated with Claire McCaskill from MU Law School in December 1977. He says that he suspects that Claire doesn't remember him, but I wager he's wrong. You always remember your teachers.
The search for missing Kewpies has been a remarkable success. Since the effort was launched on February 1, 2011 545 Kewpies from the Class of 1971 have submitted their current contact information or have been "found" by a team of Kewpie Sleuths that we have called Sleupies. Being found has often confused people since they usually thought they knew where they were all along. A better way of saying "missing" is that Kewpie Database Central has been deficient. All the same, updating 545 folks' contact information in 6 months is pretty cool.
By May 1, about 80% of the Class of 1971 had responded to our requests to be "found." Since then, we have had to search and rescue this data through Active Searches. The search has been rewarding. This is a report on the status of some of those searches.
Janelle (Hoffman) Patterson lives in Columbia where she works at a veterinary hospital. She drives a red convertible with a license plate that says JNELL(e).
Thanks to Sleupie Patti P. Maxine (Taylor) Nelson* was located working at Jefferson Junior High School. Maxine has been helpful in locating a handful of additional "missing" Kewpies.
Without Sleupie Debbie P's help, we wouldn't know that Mike Adams had moved to another address in Shawnee KS. Invitations sent to an old Kansas City-area address were returned "addressee unknown."
Gayle Burton is living in Haiku between the cities of Sonnet and Quatrain, Hawaii. (That's a joke, son.) She has also returned to her original last name.
Thanks to Sleupie Bill M. for finding and then sharing the information!
Author Susan (King) Salzar lives in Columbia where she wrote the historical novel about the Civil War in Missouri, "Up from Thunder." She is working on her second novel. Her husband is a doctor at the University of Missouri hospitals.
Betty (Warren) Washington was at our 35th Reunion and she talked about her family and her life. But we had lost track of her contact information (our bad). Darlene D. (Class of '72) played the role of Sleupie and passed along her street address since Betty doesn't do the internets and youtubes. But she is most certainly a resident of that fair city known as Columbia. We have corrected our boo boo misplacing her contact information AND we initiated another member of the League of Sleupies: Darlene D.
Scott Ellis lives near Hulen's Lake in Columbia. He teaches in the Columbia Public Schools but says he won't be at the reunion. Thanks to Sleupie Patti P. for providing the clue.
Lorna Tapia's father was the source of information about her whereabouts but it took Sleupie Dianne M. to suss him out in Scottsdale AZ. She called the good doctor and reports that Lorna now lives in McGaheysville VA. That's how it works - an easy call to someone who knows someone. Voila.
Sleupie Don Stamper has talked with Justine's brother Mitch to learn that she lives in the Dallas suburb of Denton. Cool thing is, she lives in a residential neighborhood that features a private airstrip. You can see where she parks her plane. Her married name is Justine (Moore) Slaughter. We haven't heard if she'll fly up to the reunion and give everybody a ride. Crossing fingers...
Sleupie Debbie P. is one of our stalwarts, capable of leaping tall buildings in a trice or a nonce or something. Thanks must go to Ms P who has found Ms Teaff whose married name is Debra (Teaff) Oyler from Stover MO.
Christine (Neal) Jensen* is doing important work for our Wounded Warrior Program in and lives in Florida. Check out the comment she submitted and her profile. It's great to make a re-connection with Christine.
Sometimes it works this way. One of your friends hears mention that you're being counted among the missing. And then you take the situation in your own hands: you count yourself among the found by stepping forward. Nellie now goes by Aurita (Prince) Caldwell* and is living in Florissant MO. We are so happy that she has joined the 1971 HHS facebook group and count the days when we will see her at the reunion.
Tim Timmerman* was never really missing. In fact, no Kewpie is ever missing. The fact is that we lose track of friends and neighbors. A reunion is an excuse to re-connect with classmates...and shared experiences and stories. The story about Tim is that he works for the Columbia Police Department and is seen quite often around Columbia. You may have seen him and forgotten that he was a 1971 Kewpie.
Coy Langreder McWaters* is a new name. The mystery man was not such a mystery afterall. Sleupie George G. knew the right clue.
Coy lives outside the small Kentucky town of Bardwell. Coy will be at the reunion; his buddies are all looking forward to seeing him: Jerry LaBrue, Max Fisher, George Gibson and Dale Chrisman.
Judith Elaine (Dowell) Shackleford's names was in the phonebook but it took Sleupie Debbie P. to find her name in the phonebook in Columbia MO. Many phonebooks, only one Judith Elaine (Dowell) Shackelford.
Robert T. (stands for Tom) Waters was located in Alexandria VA by Sleupie Charlie W. The search for Tom was complicated and non-linear but we found our man! Check out his picture with his dog.
How can someone go unnoticed in Columbia, Missouri? It's not a megalopolis or an urban jungle. Jim Pettit (left) is in an unlit room in Central Missouri, somewhere. Someone should turn on the lights so we could recognize him.
Our records hold out one, faint clue for Debbie (Maxwell) Mason's whereabouts: her married name. We depend on Sleupies everywhere to fill in the details of her profile. We don't know her city, state or zip; we don't know her phone number or email. Where should we start? Help provide any shred of information here.
Mary Kelly has always lit up the rooms she enters. We're just not sure which rooms they are nowadays. Our records show that she was last on LaSalle Place in Columbia, Missouri. You can put some light on the subject by sharing what you know right here.
Your editor remembers that Kristine (Tapp) Burnham (right) always had this exact smile every day. Last we knew, her married name in Columbia MO was Burnham but we don't have a mailing or email address. If you figure it out, help us by dropping the information here, OK?
Amy Ellen Bassett may not be on your radar but her family will know where she's living and what she's doing. They live on Jake Lane in Columbia MO. That's all the clues we have for finding Amy. Maybe they could fill in the blanks for us...
Pam (Smith) Marinelli was last known to live in Clark, Missouri. We can't find any Marinelli's in Clark or the surrounding area. And finding any Smith is like trying not to find hay in a haystack. Maybe you know where she is?
Your editor is embarrassed to admit that he never made the mental connection that Ray and Bill Idle might be twins. Did they look so unlike each other? Looking at their pictures now, side-by-side, it's impossible not to notice. Chalk it up to an oblivious teen psyche. But now we need to find Bill -- Ray is on Rangeline Road in Columbia. Where is Bill?
After leads to the wrong "Tom Worstell" in Kansas City (who turns out to be a terrific good sport), no one knows where our Tom Worstell has gone to. Tom has relatives in Columbia. Do you know them? Drop a dime.
A mystery: Vickye Campbell's contact information is in the Kewpie Database Central as Benedict Campell on West Rollins Road in Columbia, Missouri.
Benedict is a few years younger than those graduated from Hickman in 1971. Is he a brother? cousin? And that doesn't answer the real question: what is the contact information for Vickye Campbell? What can you share, Holmes?
Your editor does not recall ever seeing this intelligent, confident face. But that isn't a problem because there is such a robust, connected network of Kewpies who will know Bonnie and where she is and what she's doing...and they'll enter her contact information right here. But it still hasn't happened and we're hoping you're the next Sleupie with a connection with Bonnie Cockrell.
Joe Edmondson attended Jeff Jr. He is remembered but no one has stepped forward with contact information. For all we know, he hasn't heard that there is a 40th Reunion taking place.
Our background on Eugenie Baker comes from another reunion website, classmates.com. She left news on that site some time ago that she had been living in Pittsburg MO. She attended New Haven Elementary and Hickman HS. She has a grown son and daughter. You can read her cameo biography on her profile. We're still missing her contact information -- help out.
Our information on Lindy Burdick's last whereabouts (ten years ago) is pretty detailed: Dogwood Acres on Lamppost Court in Sunrise Beach MO. Problem is, we can't get confirmation using the usual internet tools. If you know where Lindy is these days, confirm what we may already know.
Here's one of the more unusual set of clues for a missing Kewpie: we know the location and phone number but don't have a picture nor do we have a street address.
Terry Ross apparently lives in Brunswick MO. If you're brave enough, you can find his phone number at dexknows.whitepages.com. Call him. Go ahead. When you get his address or email, put what you learn here and we'll make sure he knows about the reunion.
The scant clues we have to finding Mary Anne (Gilbert) Lee is her maiden name, Gilbert, and her married name, Lee.
We don't have any more that will help find her except what you may know. If you knew her at Hickman, you may know a little bit more and can provide a clue.
David Frederick Wright does not live in Columbia or in any other nearby towns based on what we can learn from dexknows.whitepages.com. Based on the same reference, there are 125 David Wrights in Missouri. Any ideas where to start? West Virginia? Guam?
Teresa Goslin and Charlie Thomas have married and established a home in Columbia MO but until today, Kewpie Database Central did not know this.
It is great to have found them both and crossing fingers they are able to come to some of the reunion activities.
She is living in Chico CA and working for WestEd as a regional trainer and coordinator. A short biography appears in her Kewpies Connect profile.