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05/04/22 04:37 PM #10017    


Karen Sue (Suzi) Denton (Merritt)




05/06/22 06:33 PM #10018    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

Suzi:  I'm glad you're looking at getting out!  That must mean that you are better!  Go girl!

Love ya, Linda

05/08/22 11:51 AM #10019    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

Here's hoping that all of you are having a wonderful Mother's Day!

Best wishes!


05/13/22 09:26 PM #10020    


Melvin (Mel) Theobald

It has been way too quiet around here lately. Not that anyone cares, but I will be taking an Amtrak train to Bloomington tomorrow and spend a few days at Marv's. The whole reason for it is to be at the mini-reunion on Monday. My fingers are crossed that a bunch of you will also be there. I rarely miss these events and hope that those who can, will also be there. I could name names, but that isn't fair. Just know that every one of you BHS alumni matter and we remember you. We are, in our own small way, family. Anyone who is in the vicinity will be amazed at how much love there is among us. See you on Monday. And yes Diane Gardner, I haven't forgotten that I owe you a birthday drink. With much love, Mel


05/14/22 09:35 AM #10021    


Wendy Stephens (Cullen)

Would love to see pictures from the mini reunion if anyone takes any.

05/14/22 07:13 PM #10022    

Linda Bristow (Elias)


You might check with Diane Gardner.  She just had back surgery last Tuesday.

Love ya, Linda

05/15/22 09:25 PM #10023    


Allida Frisch (Altemus)

Mel, Jim and I would love to see you on Monday but we will be getting back from Florida that day. I hope we can connect at the next mini reunion.

Diane Gardner I hope your back surgery was a success and you are recovering well.


05/15/22 10:27 PM #10024    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

Marv Theobald-

Mailing postage tomorrow.  Just made out checks for a few other things so I will be making a trip to the mail tomorrow.


05/16/22 12:58 PM #10025    


David Long

Wishing everyone that attends a wonderful "MINI" tonight.  I've got several things going on that preclude my attendance.  I had back surgery in February, and it now looks like I may have torn my MCL.  More on that to follow.

Since I'm not able to attend, I thought you might appreciate some "conversation topics" regarding the aging goes.....

Aging Quotes 

"To get back to my youth I would do anything in the world, except exercise, get up early, or be respectable." - Oscar Wilde 
"The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for." - Will Rogers 
"We must recognize that, as we grow older, we become like old cars – more and more repairs and replacements are necessary." - C.S. Lewis 
"Old age comes at a bad time." – San Banducci “
"Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened." - Jennifer Yane
"Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard there is nothing you can do about it." - Golda Meir 
"I’m so old that my blood type is discontinued." - Bill Dane 
"The older I get, the more clearly I remember things that never happened. - Mark Twain 
"Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes, age just shows up all by itself." - Tom Wilson 
"Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your retirement home."- Phyllis Diller 
"I don’t plan to grow old gracefully. I plan to have face-lifts until my ears meet." - Rita Rudner 
"I’m at that age where my back goes out more than I do." - Phyllis Diller 
"Nice to be here? At my age it’s nice to be anywhere." – George Burns 
"Don't let aging get you down. It's too hard to get back up." - John Wagner 
"First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your zipper up, then you forget to pull your zipper down." - Leo Rosenberg 
“Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.” - Kitty O’Neill Collins 
“Old people shouldn’t eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get.” – Robert Orben 
"Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings, and you hope it isn’t for you." - Ogden Nash
"It’s important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle." – Unknown 
"At my age, flowers scare me." - George Burns 
“I have successfully completed the thirty-year transition from wanting to stay up late to just wanting to go to bed." – Unknown 
"Nobody expects to trust his body much after the age of fifty." - Alexander Hamilton 
"The years between 50 and 70 are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down." - T.S. Elliot 
"At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves." - George Orwell 
"At age 20, we worry about what others think of us… at age 40, we don’t care what they think of us… at age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all." - Ann Landers 
"When I was young, I was called a rugged individualist. When I was in my fifties, I was considered eccentric. Here I am doing and saying the same things I did then, and I’m labeled senile." - George Burns 
"I complain that the years fly past, but then I look in a mirror and see that very few of them actually got past." - Robert Brault 
"The important thing to remember is that I’m probably going to forget." – Unknown 
"As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two." - Sir Norman Wisdom 

“It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” - Andy Rooney 

“The older I get, the better I used to be.” – Lee Trevino 
"You know you’re getting old when you can pinch an inch on your forehead." - John Mendoza 
"I was thinking about how people seem to read the bible a lot more as they get older, and then it dawned on me—they’re cramming for their final exam."- George Carlin 
"I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap." - Bob Hope 
"I’m 59 and people call me middle-aged. How many 118-year-old men do you know?"- Barry Cryer 
"All men are the same age." - Dorothy Parker 
"I don't do alcohol anymore—I get the same effect just standing up fast." – Anonymous
“By the time you’re 80 years old you’ve learned everything. You only must remember it.” - George Burns 
“Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.” – Maurice Chevalier 
"Getting older. I used to be able to run a 4-minute mile, bench press 380 pounds, and tell the truth." - Conan O’Brien
"I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to." - Albert Einstein 
"Grandchildren don’t make a man feel old, it’s the knowledge that he’s married to a grandmother that does." - J. Norman Collie 
"You know you are getting old when everything hurts, and what doesn’t hurt doesn’t work." - Hy Gardner 
"When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old." - Mark Twain 
"You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks." - Joel Plaskett 
"There’s one advantage to being 102, there’s no peer pressure." - Dennis Wolfberg 
"I've never known a person who lives to be 110 who is remarkable for anything else." —Josh Billings 
"At my age ‘getting lucky’ means walking into a room and remembering what I came in for." – Unknown 
"Old age is when you resent the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated because there are fewer articles to read." – George Burns 
"The idea is to die young as late as possible." - Ashley Montagu 
“You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.” - George Burns 
"People ask me what I’d most appreciate getting for my eighty-seventh birthday. I tell them, a paternity suit." - George Burns 


"Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician." - Anonymous


 "I feel very young. At age 80 I had to learn to hold a spoon and walk upright again" – Ian Teuty 




05/17/22 08:30 AM #10026    

Linda Bristow (Elias)


Thank you.   I loved this.  I could hear George Burns saying his jokes.



05/17/22 10:25 AM #10027    


David Long

A few more Sardonic Senior Pearls of Wisdom!


 I’ve learned that pleasing everyone is impossible but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.

If you find yourself feeling useless, remember it took 20 years,
trillions of dollars, and four presidents to replace the Taliban with
the Taliban.

I’m responsible for what I say, not what you understand.

Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it the most never use it.

My tolerance for idiots is extremely low these days. I used to have some immunity built up, but obviously there's a new strain out there.

It’s not my age that bothers me; it’s the side effects.

I’m not saying I’m old and worn out, but I make sure I’m nowhere near the curb on trash day.

As I watch this generation try and rewrite our history, I'm sure of one thing: It will be misspelled and have no punctuation.

Me, sobbing: "I can't see you anymore. . . . I'm not going to let you
hurt me again."
My Trainer: "It was one sit-up.”

As I’ve gotten older, people think I’ve become lazy. The truth is
I’m just being more energy efficient.

I haven't gotten anything done today. I've been in the Produce
Department trying to open this stupid plastic bag.

Turns out that being a "senior" is mostly just googling how to do stuff.

I want to be 18 again and ruin my life differently. I have new ideas.

God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all
corners of the world. Then he made the earth round. . . and laughed and laughed and laughed.

I'm on two diets. I wasn't getting enough food on one.

I put my scale in the bathroom corner and that's where the little liar will stay until it apologizes.

My mind is like an internet browser. At least 19 open tabs, 3 of them
are frozen, and I have no clue where the music is coming from.

Hard to believe I once had a phone attached to a wall, and when it rang, I picked it up without knowing who was calling.

Apparently RSVPing to a wedding invitation "Maybe next time" isn't the correct response.

She says I keep pushing her buttons. If that were true, I would have found mute by now.

So you’ve been eating hot dogs and McNuggets all your life, but you
won’t take the vaccine because you don’t know what’s in it. Are you kidding me?

Sometimes the Universe puts you in the same situation again to see if you’re still a dumbass.

There is no such thing as a grouchy old person. The truth is that once you get old, you stop being polite and start being honest

05/17/22 10:35 AM #10028    

Linda Bristow (Elias)


Well I enjoyed those thoo!  However...............that last one is so me............but it has been me for my entire life!


05/17/22 08:04 PM #10029    

Gary Schad

I'm looking for any information on Judy Rohde (Alvey). She graduated in 1965. Last known address was Washington, Illinois. I was told that she went to an assisted living facility. Tried to contact her children but to no avail. So if anyone has any information on where she might be it would be appreciated 

05/17/22 09:26 PM #10030    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

Gary:  You might want to check Meadows Mennonite Retirement Home and Community to see if she is living there.  (309) 747-2702.

Good luck!

Linda Bristow Elias

05/18/22 03:41 PM #10031    

Gary Schad

Linda - Thanks for the information. I called and left a message 






05/21/22 12:32 PM #10032    


David Long

Some additional musings:

When You Were Born Matters

Born 1925 – 1955


The best years to be born in the history of Earth & we got to experience it all. Thank God for all the times, the adventures, wars won, technology developed. Future Generations  will never experience what we did. What a generation we turned out to be.


To Those of Us Born
1925 - 1955:

At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.

If you don't read anything else, Please read what he said.
1930’s, 40’s and 50’s !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank - While they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs Covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps,
not helmets non our heads.


As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.


Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.


We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren't overweight.
WHY? Because we were always outside playing...that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.


No one was able to reach us all day and, we were OKAY.


We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and
then ride them down the hill, Only to find out that we forgot about brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.


We did not
Have Play Stations, Nintendo and X-boxes. There were No video games, No 150 channels on cable, No video movies Or DVDs,
No surround-sound or CDs, No cell phones, No personal computers,
No Internet and No chat rooms.
WE HAD FRIENDS And we went Outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and lost teeth,
And there were No lawsuits from those accidents.

We would get Spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse.


We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt,
and the worms did Not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and although we were told it would happen - we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes
or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.


Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.

Those who didn't had to learn to deal with Disappointment.

Imagine that!!


The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law
was unheard of ...They actually sided with the law!


These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers,
problem solvers, and inventors ever.

The past 60 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If you are one of those bornbetween 1925 &1955, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers  and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house
with scissors, doesn't it ?

The quote of the month
by Jay Leno:

"With hurricanes, tornadoes,
fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of Coronavirus, terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

05/21/22 09:50 PM #10033    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

David:  Hope this finds you feeling better!

I enjoyed your posting!  Thanks again.


05/22/22 07:32 PM #10034    


Melvin (Mel) Theobald

Thanks to Ann Bailen, these photographs from Monday's mini-reunion are now available for all you Raiders64 alumni. With some luck, maybe we can get Jack Keefe to post his, which as far as I know were the only others from that night. On short notice, 27 people showed up. It was, as we used to say, "A gas."




A table full of love and memories...

Annie Bailen and Judy (Winquist) Neal

Dianne (Shaffer) Troxel

Kay & Mike (JIm) Fry with Marvin Theobald Liz

Sandy (Jeakins) Singletary Sizemore and Liz (Spillman) Alex

Mel Theobald with Diane Gardner and her birthday drink

Mel Theobald, Pam (Hohnstreiter) Zweng and Marvin TheobaldMr.

Mr. & Mrs. Dave Nafziger with Mike Mink

Pam (Hohnstreiter) Zweng and Roger Troxel

Pam and Dwight King 

05/23/22 10:19 AM #10035    


Jack Keefe

I hadn't planned to post these because I took them for another purpose (head count) and not really for sharing. But if you get anything out of these, good for you. Thanks to Ann Bailen for posting some excellent face shots from the dinner. 



Classmates at a table. Notice the watchful eyes of Dave Nafzinger and Mike Mink in the upper right hand corner. 

Classmate Dwight King holds court. This was an open-air dinner but ready for rain at any time. The rain never came and it was a perfect night for a mini-reunion.


Kenny and Patti Hocenic Lehr made the trip from Washington, Illinois for the dinner as did Madelon Newsom (not shown). Rita Moore Duncan and husband Jim drover over from Morton. Also shown are Marsha Hutson Brownfield and husband Ron, Diane Gardner, and Mel Theobald. 

05/23/22 01:35 PM #10036    


Melvin (Mel) Theobald

Thanks Jack. I think you got everone but you, Jan and Mary (Giermann) Brucker.

05/23/22 06:00 PM #10037    


Wendy Stephens (Cullen)

Thanks for the pictures.  I always like to see them.

05/23/22 07:29 PM #10038    

David Brock

Mel, et al.--Thanks forsharing the pictures.  It looks like a good time was had by all.

05/24/22 09:40 AM #10039    


Allida Frisch (Altemus)

Thank you to Ann and Jack for posting the pictures. Loved seeing everyone and wished we could of been there. Everyone is looking great! Hope to see you at the next mini reunion.

05/24/22 10:56 AM #10040    


Terri Baxter (Whirrett)

Love the pics from the Mini! Wish we could have been there! See you in August!

05/26/22 02:51 PM #10041    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

A few months ago, I wrote to Queen Elizabeth II.  I found that I am a direct decendent of William the Conqueror who (from France) overthrew England, and became William II, King of England.  King William II is a decendent of Charlamagne.  On the other side of their family, it goes back to Vikings who moved to France.

Q E II is the 27th generation from William II.  Prince Phillip was the 26th generation from him.  I am the 35th generation from him.

In my letter, I asked to whom I would send my information for confirmation, for the sake of accuracy.  Today, I received a letter from Q  E II's Lady in Waiting from Windsor Castle, and mailed from Buckingham Palace.  The stationary is like none I've ever seen!  I found it interesting.

Our family has never mentioned anything about this information, and therefore, I believe they have not known about it for over a 1,000 years.

I have found that my geneology search has been like uncovering individual historical stories of each generation.  I have this side of the family back to 189 A. D. and cannot get it back any further.  Now, I will pursue the rest of the family to get it back as far as I can possibly reach.  After that, it will only be new births that will need to be recorded.

NOTE:  I found that Jeanne Shaffer was my 4th cousin.

I'll just bet that our class would have some pretty interesting geneology too!

Love to all!   Linda

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