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After a 31 year career with the Colorado Springs Utility
(planner/analyst Electric production R.D.Nixon Station),
my lovely wife Peg and I moved to Florida to be near grand kids.
Our oldest of 5, is in her junior year at FSU.
I work part time for Nancy Lopez at her signature country club
where we reside in the Villages Florida. I play golf at least 3 times
a week and I’ve started doing Colorado landscape drawings to stay busy.
Basically I’ve been “Living the dream” in FLA! Good health to all my old class mates!
Live in Durango, CO. Am in the solar business (sell and install
solar energy systems). Can't seem to retire. I was stunned by
how many have died as I scrolled through the Memoriam photos.
I knew some of them well.
MARILYN MCLIMANS (PERRY)
Fifty years, it’s hard to believe!
I feel fortunate to have been able to live in the Pikes Peak region
the entire time. I’ve been married and divorced twice. As an only
child, I’ve had to create my own big family. I have 4 children,
3 sons and a daughter, ranging in age from 23 to 48.
I have 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. We are a close
family and I’m blessed that all but 3 grandsons live in this area.
My entire career has been in manufacturing. I have my CPIM,
Certified in Production and Inventory Management, and was listed
in the Who’s Who in American Manufacturing.
I spent 10 years as Contract Coordinator for government space and
ground communications equipment with TRW EPI. The last 23 years
I’ve been with Synthes now Depuy Synthes, a Johnson and Johnson
company that manufactures trauma, spine, and maxiofacial Implant
devices which we distribute all over the world.
love my work and love my life.
Known as Ann since 1968… I retired June, 2017, after 40 years
with IBM as a financial analyst and business operations consultant.
After PHS graduation, I moved to Boulder to attend CU for B.S. and
MBA, and have considered the Republic of Boulder (25 square miles
surrounded by reality) to be my home since 1969.
Aside from a 2 year assignment in Westchester County, NY, and
2 years in Copenhagen, my residence for the past 35 years has
been an ancient Craftsman in downtown, a few blocks from the
As a retired person, I now have time to fully indulge my passion
for gardening as a Colorado Master Gardener. I volunteer at the
County Extension and specialize in weed identification and garden design.
I am fortunate my daughter returned to Boulder after completing
her education in CA. She married a Boulder guy and purchased a
home 9 blocks away. I marvel at the ease with which she maintains
contact with her High School and college friends online. I wish such
immediate and convenient means to stay in touch had been available
for our generation.
After too many years in IT, I am incognito on Facebook, however on
Instagram as 'junebug_owen_avaluna' (my 3 unruly dogs).
After graduation, spent 3 years in Wyoming, came back and
went to work in the family business. In 1978 I married Paula,
and we just celebrated 40 years of marriage in January We have
1 son who is married, and a 4 year old granddaughter I am currently
president of Henley's Key Service inc . I also still have my antique
automobiles and am active in 2 car clubs. I am also an active member
of Colo. Cowboys for Jesus Church here in town.
50 years? in 1968 that seemed like an eternity, looking back,
where did the time go?
LISA SCHREINER ARE WULF
Hi Terrors - Where have the last 50 years gone? Looks like our fellow
classmates have done some fun, cool, and totally awesome things!
As for me - after Palmer I attended the New England Conservatory
of Music in Boston as a violin major, and later spent 10 years playing
the viola in what is now the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
But it's pretty hard to support oneself as a musician, so I went back
to school to become a CPA. (Yes, music and math actually are related!!)
After running my own firm for several years, I sold it to enter politics
and served for two terms on the Colorado Springs City Council. It was
a wonderful experience.
Along the way, I also got a couple of master's degrees. But that's it -
done with school now! Currently I teach accounting in the Colorado
community college system while living here in Colorado Springs.
All my courses are online and it's actually really fun!
In addition, my husband and I run a small publishing company.
So far I've published two books and am working on the next one!
My husband, Calvin, and I were an Internet romance. Between us,
we have four grown children, and are happy empty nesters.
So that's about it - looking forward to whatever is next in life.
Lives in Syracuse, New York: Life since Palmer has taken many
twists and turns, but ultimately always toward an upward,
growth trajectory – and I feel like it’s still just the beginning
of yet another new and exciting chapter.
On the personal level, Carole Woolley (’68) and I married in ’73,
and she was my wonderful helpmate and mother to our two sons
for nearly 42 years until choosing separate paths in 2015.
Our older son, Martin, will be joining me right after reunion to enjoy
Colorado on the way to visit our younger son, John, in Salt Lake City.
Career wise, I graduated from Carleton College in ’72 with a
Geology BS, but elective economics courses my senior year
led to the General Electric Financial Management Program,
and a fourteen-year career in budgeting and forecasting in six
Massachusetts, Ohio, and New York locations.
Not willing to tolerate big company politics, I then owned a
printing business, worked in multiple positions at an Internet
productivity company, owned a marketing business, and
currently own a business specializing in voluntary employee
benefits and Medicare.
I once wanted to retire at 55, but now have no thoughts of
slowing down any time soon from doing the important work
of bringing financial peace of mind to many in need.
Over the years, I’ve traveled on business and vacation multiple
times to the Far East and Europe. Central New York is a wonderful
place to live with four distinct seasons, and much natural beauty,
including where I’m writing this bio: looking out over the peaceful
waters of the St Lawrence River from our camp on its shore.
I’ve always had a penchant for volunteer service: I have many
close personal ties and responsibilities to Syracuse Sunrise Rotary,
and am finalizing a sad chapter: the closure of my church home,
40+ year old First English Lutheran, whose urban congregation
shrank below sustainability.
Now I’m excited to cross paths again with friends and acquaintances
from Palmer – see you soon!
It's hard to summarize 50 years of living. I obtained degrees
from CU, Boulder, from UNC and from CSU. I spent 34 years
in education as a teacher, a school administrator, and a district
administrator. My last ten years in education were spent
teaching at Boulder High School. I feel I ended my career
by graduating from high school again.
My biggest life challenges were ovarian cancer, divorce, and
being a single mom of two children.
My blessings have been my two children, my partner,
Chuck, his two children, and our two grandchildren.
As a retirement project, Chuck and I bought a small vineyard
on the Western Slope. It has been a lot of work but it has been
a great way to bring our two families together with one activity.
We are The Family Vineyard. During the growing season, we
spend most of our time outside of Hotchkiss, CO. Our adult children
and their families love to visit and help (and to drink wine). During
the winter, we live on Sugar Loaf Mountain just west of Boulder
where we are close to our children and grandchildren. Life is good!
GRETCHEN HENNINGER FLANARY
After graduating from CSU in 1972 I moved to New Mexico.
Over the years, I have also lived in Texas, Arizona, Nevada,
and back in the Springs.
In 1997, I landed in Roswell, NM (yes THAT Roswell) and 2 years
later married Pat. With him I have 2 step children and 4 grandkids.
My various careers have included jeweler, escrow officer, mortgage
closer, title insurance escrow account auditor, and contract coordinator.
I retired from the local community college almost six years ago.
Pat and I have spent many hours remodeling our home. I also love
to read and work jigsaw puzzles. We travel some - mostly to Washington
and Georgia. But we always get back to the Springs a couple of times a
year to visit family.
It's hard to believe that we graduated high school 50 years ago and are
now officially senior citizens!
I bought the house I grew up in from my parents and have lived
in the Springs all my life. We love Colorado! After graduation,
I volunteered for the US Army, serving in Texas and Germany.
Spent 32 years in the construction trades as a master plumber/pipefitter
before retiring in 2005. I married my sweetheart Cindy in 1988 and we
have 3 daughters plus 5 grand kids, 3 girls, 2 boys.
In 1990 I graduated from UCCS with a BA in history. From 2005 to
2018, I have worked as a substitute teacher for Dist. 11, mostly at West
Elementry, I love it.
Currently I am a "Manny" for our grandkids while their parents work;
it is hard work but fun with the kids. So no more subbing!
My Sweetheart and I travel as much as we can, seeing the world.
In 30 years we have visited 45 states of our Great Country, plus 17
European countries. In March we spent 9 days in Florence, Italy,
and it is a beautiful city.
I am so proud of my family, sweet wife, kids and grandkids.
It is fantastic to be a husband, father and grandfather!
Also proud to be a Palmer Terror!!
LAURIE AXELSON BARTELL
I currently live in Canon City, CO, to be near my sisters,
one in Canon City, the other in Colorado Springs.
When I graduated from Palmer I attended the Rocky Mountain
Institute of Medical Technology as a Medical Office Assistant.
Jobs were sparse in Colorado, and I was offered a job in Gillette,
Wyoming in the hospital medical record department. That has
been a career that led to many travels around the United States
and meeting many lifelong friends. Along the way I obtained my
BS from National American University.
Besides a career in health information management (medical records)
I was an office manager for a medical practice, was very involved with
my national association for medical records and medical coding.
I was married for 13 years, but we were pretty young and grew up
with totally different goals. So....onward. No children, just dog children
over the years.
While in Philip, SD, I became a CPR instructor trainer and was on
the volunteer ambulance. In Story I was active in my church's food
pantry as a volunteer.
I lived in Wyoming and South Dakota. The latest stint in Wyoming
I had a lovely cabin at the base of the Big Horn Mountains in Story,
WY, where I lived for 28 years. When I had enough snow, ice, driving
50+ miles a day to work, I came back to Colorado, where I bought
my Presa Canario, Z, a house in the city on an acre.
I have the best job in the world - I am working for the VA Hospital in
Sheridan, WY, as the Health Information Manager, and I work virtual -
don't even own a snow shovel! How can it be better than that?
Although, 2020 has a nice ring to it for retirement!
It has been an amazing, awesome 50 years since I walked across that
stage in the auditorium. God has been good to me for sure!
DEBBIE MARTIN LANKFORD
Why am I attending Palmer High School Class of 1968 50th Reunion?
I’m the one with no Senior picture in the 1968 yearbook, but if you
take a look at our Sophomore and Junior yearbooks, you can find
me as Debbie Martin.
I didn’t graduate with you—I eventually ended up attending four
more high schools. My best high school memories, however, are
from Palmer High School.
I met my husband, Steve, in Guatemala in 1973, married him the
next year, and in 1975 gave birth to our son in Antigua on the same
night Saturday Night Live debuted.
I had a health crisis which brought us back to the US where we
settled in Green Bay, WI in 1976, the same year Steve and I opened
a health food store. We designed and taught the first vegetarian
cooking classes in the Green Bay Area
In 1981, two and a half years after I home-birthed our daughter,
I started back to college. After graduation I taught high school
Spanish. In my third year of teaching I had a major health crisis
with rheumatoid arthritis and essentially retired in 1989.
Over the years I’ve been able to find a quality of life that suits me.
In my fifties, I learned to make coffee. I learned to play bridge.
I learned I like craft beer. My sixties have brought no grandchildren
so Steve and I frequently take time to play cribbage or chess,
our favorite “neurobics.” We also do other things together because
we like each other.
My first home was a treehouse in Guatemala, and now I live in
what I believe is my last house. It’s a home with a view located
on a 0.6 acre piece of heaven on a small lake in Wisconsin.
I’m busy painting my interior landscape with lots of colors and
with thankfulness in my heart. I’m a happy girl. Come for a visit.
Coffee, tea or craft beer anyone?
Wow, 50 Years, 65 Pounds and one (1) Heart Attack!
But, it's been a hell of a ride.
After winning the Lottery in the Fall of '69, I quickly found myself
in the Republic of Vietnam. Note: I actually ran a cross classmates
Scott DeWitt and Jim Rushing while in country. (Whatever happen to Jim?)
I joined the Colorado Springs Police Departnent January 1974 and
retired in 2006. I had an exciting and great career. Eventually clawing
my way to middle management, I retired a Lieutenant. I'm so proud
to have served. At some point (1982) I obtained a BS Degree from the
University of Southern Colorado.
Married twice, divorced once. I have 3 children and 3 grand children.
Still managing to cheat death. Golf and pickleball occupy much of my time.
Graduated from CSU. Married the love of my life Pat Wurth (69).
We had two children Erika and Zach who are both happily married
now. Two grandkids, Kyler and Maddy who unfortunately just moved
away with their parents to Whitefish, Montana (go to Canada, then
just stop short).
Retired 5 years ago after a fairly successful business career.
Now spend time traveling, golfing, consulting and charity work.
I love my three years at Palmer. Friendships, either continued from
grade school, junior high, growing up in the valley, swim team or
student council. Unfortunately I have let those friendships slip away.
Guess life just gets in the way.
Homecoming bonfires, eaglebeak, wonderful plays, C Club, dances,
our crappy sophomore float (got to cover the wheels), dedicated teachers
(Mr. Burnett and Mr. Colbert come to mind), walking the hallways between
classes, lunch groups in the cafeteria. It was a nice, carefree time of my life.
I’ve lived a relatively uneventful life as far as I can tell.
It’s the only one I’ve had so far.
Here’s a quick summary: starting shortly after graduation,
I attended 3 universities/colleges, married, became an electrician,
had 3 children, divorced, remarried, traveled, retired.
Still have a permanent home in the ‘Springs.
I live in Colorado Springs.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.
I was in Germany last reunion.
I have 2 children, 3 step-children, and 14 grandchildren.
Executive Director of a Non-Profit, working with children and teens…
"Martial Arts & Mental Health."
Hi All! I live in Auburn, California. I worked for Target for 30
years after high school. Came out to California to open up some
stores here in 86.
I married Cathy Blackmore in 75 and we were happily married for
33 years. She passed away 10 years ago. We have 2 children and
3 grandchildren. My oldest granddaughter is graduating from high
school next week! I am excited to see everyone!
I've kept busy over the last 50 years and never had a good enough
reason to leave Colorado Springs. I've owned my own business for
30 years, mostly working in the IT field.
When I turned 40, I decided it was time to give back to the community
I loved so much, so I joined several non-profit boards. One of the boards
had an issue w,ith the local government, so I worked with them to solve
the problem, and found out how much fun local politics can be.
I ran for City Council in 2007, and ended up serving 2 terms until I was
term limited in 2015. Now I'm semi-retired, but still very involved
in the community.
After graduating, I joined the Navy and spent six years aboard
a Nuclear-Powered Submarine, the USS Sam Houston, which was
stationed in Rota, Spain, and Charleston, South Carolina.
After getting out of the Navy, I worked for several public utility
companies as a technician in Colorado, Florida and Utah. I met
my wife Deanna in Colorado in 1977 and we have been married
for 41 years. We have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. They all live
within 5 hours of us.
In 2000, I graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s
degree in teaching. In 2002 I took a position with the Department
of Energy, working at Bonneville Power Administration in Washington
as a training coordinator/technician.
We are presently living in Spokane, Washington. Because of my job
commitments, I will not be able to attend the reunion this year.
TRUDY FUNNELL TAXMAN
We often remark, “Where have the years gone?” Fifty years
seems inconceivable. Yet, here we are, looking forward to
our Fifty Year High School reunion.
I have been living in Colorado Springs most my life. I went to
college at UNC, Greeley (where I got my BA in Education).
I married Mike Macy after graduation. We lived in Woodland
Park for two years, and McCoy, CO for four years, teaching school.
After our divorce, I taught in Vail, CO where I taught primary
grades and Chapter 1 reading. I received my master’s degree
from CU Boulder during that time. I taught at Canon Elementary
School for six years after I moved back to Colorado Springs to
marry Richard Taxman. I left classroom teaching when I became
a stay at home mom at age 40. I tutored students for about twelve
years in my home.
After two divorces and a few other relationships, I recently met
Bill Wells, who is bringing happiness to my life. We like to travel
by car to visit family and friends and explore the country.
My other travels have taken me to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico,
Paris, London, and Israel.
I have a son, JP, two step daughters, Bonnie and Lisa (Gary),
and five grandkids, Danielle, Becca, Jake, Alex and Drew.
Danielle is going to my alma mater, UNC, and Becca is at CU,
Boulder. The triplets are all going to University of Arizona in Tucson.
Over the years, I volunteered at Temple Shalom, serving on
various committees, and twice as President. I am on Early
Connections Learning Centers fundraising committee,
"Gingerbread and Jazz". I am programming chair for local
Tennis is still my recreation of choice. I play with friends on
teams against clubs in the city, and we have been strong enough
to compete at districts in Denver. I work out to stay in shape and
keep these creaky bones moving. I feel blessed to be healthy and
active, and to have circles of friends who make my life rich and
I believe our class is fortunate to have the long-time friendships
we enjoy through our efforts to stay linked with each other through
personal contact, Facebook, and our reunions There are countless
remarkable memories and experiences that we’ve shared. We are
bonded together simply because we were students at Palmer High
School in 1968. Ah, the good old days!
After 25 years of working for Superflow, a job that took me
around the world, and also to work in Mexico City, I went to
work for Skyline for one year, then retired. Or so I thought.
Now I’m back to work full time for Olson’s as a Project Manager.
Current projects include a new summit house on top of Pikes Peak.
I’m also on the board for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Trails Preservation
Association, and am one of the founders of the Colorado 600.
In 2012, I married fellow Terror, Dian Curtis Regan. In addition
to a Mediterranean cruise for our honeymoon, we have enjoyed
traveling with friends to France, Germany, Switzerland, Alaska,
Nova Scotia, Hallifax, and Quebec City.
We’ve also enjoyed trips in our RV, since the dog and cat can
come along. I drive while Dian writes books. It’s all good.
SAMUEL (Chacon) DEFELICE
Being a 5th generation Colorado native I have always lived
locally and have resided in the beautiful Monument area
for the last 34 years.
I am currently enjoying my retirement from Rocky Flats
Nuclear Plant where I held a Q clearance.
My beautiful bride Connie and I have been married for 25
years and enjoy spending time with our 2 Akita/Lab pups
and family. We are proud of our children, Wendy is 46,
traveling the world as an I.T. manager and Sam Jr. is 43,
self employed as a successful contractor. Our fabulous
grandson Trenton is 20 and working towards his law degree.
We enjoy traveling the country in our motor home,
spending time outdoors, building, gardening, and anything
we can do with our hands.
I have found great joy in my life volunteering my time for the
last 30 years. Some of the most memorable are past President
of Legacy Sertoma, past President of The Palmer Lake Historical
Society, past President of Son’s of Italy, Pikes Peak Chapter for
the inaugural year, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Victim’s Advocate
and The Salvation Army for 11 years.
I am looking forward to seeing you all for our 50th reunion!
WANDA WAGNER RAY
I still live in Colorado Springs, in the Patty Jewett area.
I’ve lived in my current home for 44 years.
I grew up in the old downtown area, went to Lowell Grade
School, then moved to the west side, and lived across the
street from the old Midland School. Then I moved to the Colorado
Avenue area and went to West Junior, then Palmer.
I had the joy of working 40 years for one of the best companies
“back in the day.” Hewlett Packard. Then it changed to Agilent
Technologies. I retired in 2009. My retirement job is office manager
for a small CPA firm downtown; 2 miles from my home. It’s a joy.
I’ve never traveled much out of the US. Just a few trips to Mexico.
Also to Arizona, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,
Kentucky (my sister’s home), Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico
love the culture), Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin,
and Hawaii. (The best.)
My delight and joy have been my children and grandchildren.
I have a son—49, and a daughter—39, with a wonderful son-in-law.
The bonus is two amazing grandkids. I was blessed and lucky enough
to have them live with me for 15 years. I truly enjoyed having my
grandkiddos every day as they were growing up.
Six years ago, I became an empty nester. My grandson Sam is 21,
and will start his third year at UCC. Teaching is his goal.
My granddaughter Jordyn is 17 and will start her senior year at
Palmer Ridge HS in Monument, CO. She is a fantastic athlete in
ield hockey (#1 in Colorado; #6 in the nation) and will follow her
passion in going to college back east: Slippery Rock University in
Pennsylvania. (So I will get to travel east.)
I am glad to still have good health. I look forward to every day and
enjoy keep up with old friends and new friends. I love to garden,
decorate, and just enjoy life.
CAROL BARNES SCHOENFELDER
After graduating from Colorado State University, I went to
graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and earned a PhD in statistics. I taught at Duke University for 2 years.
I met my husband John in graduate school. Our 3 children were
born in North Carolina. The oldest now lives in central California,
the middle one in Illinois, and the youngest in New York City. No grandkids.
My husband is a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry. Through
his moving within the industry and company mergers, we managed
to live in quite a few wonderful locations. After North Carolina
(18 years there), we lived in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio (6 years),
then Stockholm, Sweden (4 1/2 years), and then England (4 1/2 years) –
at first WNW of London's M25 beltway and later the NE coast of Kent.
Our children went to university in London. After that, we spent
2 years in New Jersey before moving north of Chicago, near the
Our daughter's best friend's dad is an amateur astronomer and
eclipse chaser. We've been to 6 total solar eclipses – in Germany,
Zambia, Turkey, China, Australia, and Kentucky.
Currently, I spend most of my time knitting and crocheting.
I do the occasional test knit for a yarn company and have had
several patterns published. We have 2 cats.
BONNIE BENSCHNEIDER OLSON
I’m looking forward to this reunion. I have never been before,
and, after half a century, there is much forgotten. I currently live
in the Springs on a little ranch with my dogs and horse.
I have had a full life. Married during Vietnam era. Two sons who
are grown and raising families in Southern CA. I married a second
time in 1980, and, after 37 years, we went our separate ways.
I graduated from CU, Worked in CA, CO, and Japan as a land-use
planner until my mother’s health required me more than a pay check.
After mom passed I opened an Adult Day Care center which I operated
until January of this year.
I am a portrait artist and operate a studio in the old Rug Doctor
building across from Lincoln Center on north Cascade.
I am enjoying my summer, raiding bees, and gardening, and painting
murals on my ranch home and out buildings.
I’m looking forward to meeting you!
Bonnie 🐝 Bee
KAREN BUIS SCHICK
50 years doesn't seem possible. I live just north of Parker, CO.
Shortly after graduation I started a career with Mountain Bell
and worked there in various departments in Denver and Phoenix.
After 25 years, I left the phone company in 1993 and my husband,
Larry, and I started our own business distributing kitchen products
to the building and remodeling industry. I thoroughly enjoyed kitchen
design but we both decided to retired in 2009.
In 2012 I had the great fortune to purchase the best horse ever!
He has taken me on fantastic trips all over Colorado, So. Dakota,
Nebraska. Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona.
I have a wonderful group of ladies that I ride and travel with.
I hadn't ridden for 42 years and now I can't imagine not having horses
In my life. I have two and they are my passion!
Although I never had children, my life has been full and blessed.
I don't feel 67 until I look in the mirror and see my life lines looking back at me!!
Wow, 50 years! So many exciting adventures packed into this time.
I’ve lived in Alaska, Idaho, and am now in Bellingham, WA.
I consider myself a Special Education Teacher at heart,
but I ventured out and taught in so many other areas.
I started out teaching in Colorado, then moved to Alaska and
taught for 35 years, retired, and was asked to come back and
teach for the University of AK, Fairbanks.
I taught for 9 years, partly on campus and partly out in the bush
where the transportation is primarily small planes.
I worked as a liaison between teachers, school districts,
and the university, teaching new teachers.
My experiences were beyond exciting. I was lucky enough to
work with dual language programs in Yup’ik, Inupiat, and Russian.
I worked in many villages on the Yukon, Tanana, and out on the
Kuskokwim Rivers. Also, out on the Alaska Peninsula as well as
down in southeastern Alaska.
Travel is my joy, with my favorite destination probably being Egypt.
But I’ve been so lucky to have traveled to many countries. I have
one grandson who lives here in Bellingham with his parents.
He already has the travel ‘bug’ at 9.
My other daughter works in Seattle in cancer research.
My life has been very blessed and I do hope all of you
have lived your life as fully for these past 50 years!
CAROL KAPSCH SOWDER
For the past 27 years, I have been living in Fulton, MO.
(Now that Stephen is retired, we are anticipating a relocation.)
Since leaving Palmer, I have lived in Texas, Arkansas, and
Missouri. I have worked in the financial world in savings and loans,
been a registered stock broker, and a financial secretary for a church.
I also taught school at the Missouri School for the Deaf. My last employment
prior to retirement was as a case manager for a disability attorney.
Following college graduation, I backpacked in Europe for three months
with 4 friends. I have also traveled to Mexico, Alaska, several Caribbean
Islands, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, and spent 3 weeks in Zambia, Africa,
working to establish an orphanage.
Our son Aaron lives in Waldorf, MD. He is an analyst for the federal
government. He and his wife Elizabeth have one daughter, Estalynn.
We are very proud of each of them!
I am proud of my Colorado heritage and being a Palmer Terror!
DARLENE GROVEN HALEY
Wow! Can't believe 50 years have gone by already!
I married Roger (the guy who hung out at lunch time my
senior year). We have been married almost 49 years.
We left Colorado Springs for Omaha where Roger went to
medical school. From there the Navy sent us to San Diego
then Oakland. We settled in Visalia, CA (in the center of the
state) 34 years ago. 14 years ago, we moved to the country
outside of Visalia.
We have 3 children -Alex 47, Andrew 44, Jennifer 41.
We have 5 grandsons and 5 granddaughters and a 5-month old
foster granddaughter whom we hope will become a permanent
part of the family. The grandchildren range in age from 21-4.
9 of them live on our country property where we have 3 homes.
We have been blessed to travel inside the US as well as to many
other countries. We recently spent 4 years renovating a house in
Morro Bay. Prior to that, we renovated a house at Hume Lake.
Visalia is close to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National parks and
about 2 hours from the coast so we divide our time.
Roger still works full time. I have been a stay-at-home mom since
Andrew was born - the only thing I ever wanted to do! My time has
been spent volunteering in leadership roles in Christian Women's
Connection and Bible Study Fellowship.
I'm looking forward to returning to Colorado Springs for the reunion.
I still have some family there and have not been back for a few years.
After graduation, I enlisted in the US Navy. I spent the first
year and a half attending electronics and guided missile
schools in Mare Island, CA. By sheer luck, and the Grace of God,
I was assigned to a destroyer in the Atlantic fleet, the USS Farragut.
Our home port was Newport RI. We made deployments to the
North Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean and South America.
After discharge from the Navy in August 1974, I returned home
to Colorado Springs and started working for IBM. I held several
hardware and software technical support jobs, and finally project
manager and service manager.
I retired in September 2012 after 38 years. Cathy Henninger,
(class of 67), and I married in April 1978. We just celebrated our
40th anniversary April 29. We have 3 children, Jon, Christi, and
Becky. All 3 live and work in the Denver metro area. No grandkids
yet, or on the horizon.
I am very involved with the American Legion and volunteer as
an officer at the Post in Manitou Springs. The American Legion
is the largest veterans' service organization in the country.
I've lived in the Springs since graduation. I attended UCCS
(known back in the day as "Cragmor.") Most of my work years
were spent in commercial construction, which I found
challenging and rewarding but hard on the body.
I retired in 2011 as a field safety guy for a large national
contractor based in Denver. I don't miss that commute.
I am divorced, no kids. A few years ago I inherited a small
farm in Missouri that has been in the family since the 1830's.
I go back there 3 or 4 times a year for the change of pace.
I read somewhere that 1968 was one of the most pivotal years
in 20th century American history. We should know, we were there.
CHARLENE LANMAN MINTER
Greetings Terror fans!!! Hard to believe 50 years have
rushed by......I honored my passion and became a teacher
and taught for 30 plus years. Along the way I married
and divorced and married and divorced. Hummmmmm........
I live in Denver and have decided my single life now with Jake,
my dog, is a contented life. I have 2 wonderful sons who are
grown and busy doing their thing! My passion now is gardening,
reading, tutoring, and child care.
Looking forward to reconnecting with friends! Go Terrors!!!!
After getting my Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the University
of California at San Diego in 1978, I taught for two years in the
Statistics Department at Columbia University in New York City.
From 1980 to 2015, I was a faculty member in the Mathematics
Department at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
In 2007 I published a series of three books on my narrow specialty
of mathematical research, within the field of probability theory.
I retired in 2015, but still work on mathematics projects.
(Retirement has been a good time for working on interesting
mathematics projects that have ample prospects for being a ``flop’’.)
My career has taken me (mostly for conferences on probability theory)
to numerous countries, mainly in Europe (both Western and Eastern).
Those travels included, as an excursion, a climb to the summit of the
Matterhorn in Switzerland in 1982, with an (outstanding!) Swiss
professional climbing guide.
In the PHS class-of-68 40th reunion booklet ten years ago, two of
my hobbies were listed (with one typo corrected here) as pathetic
golf and mediocre chess. Since then, those two hobbies have
undergone a transformation — to ghastly golf and pathetic chess.
MARLENE LANMAN HAGER
Hey Terrors - I married shortly after graduation to that guy
who used to wait by my locker after English class.
Eleven years later and 2 wonderful sons our marriage ended.
I have now been married 35 years and step mom to 3 more
kids ( all now grown) and 13 grandchildren! Praise the Lord!
Their ages range from 2 to 20. Very cool!!
My husband Mike and most of the fam live in Denver. Makes for
great get togethers!! We lived In Las Vegas for 20 years where
I was a Physical Therapist Asst which I loved!! I am now retired
and love that too. I have recently started acrylic painting (who knew)?
I enjoy being close to my twin who lives about 2 miles away.
You remember her? She was the popular good looking studious
one!!! How is it possible the years have gone so fast? Go Terrors!!!!!!!!
GWEN BONICELLI STONE-GARIS
Hi fellow Terrors: came to California after getting married.
I have been keeping very busy with starting a new business
building swimming pools. I carry a C-53 & C-61 Contractors
I was asked by a gunite company to come in and help out with
management. I got them back on track then decided to buy them out.
I did that until my back surgery in 2008.
As far as travels each year my brother and his wife (which still live
in the Springs) my sister and her husband we travel, we have gone
to Italy (saw family there), France, Germany, Alaska, Panama Chanel,
this year we are going to London, Ireland and Scotland so looking
forward to that.
I had two sons and two step-daughters all about the same age,
I have five grandchildren two boys and three girls the age range
is from 1 year to 18 years. Things that I am most proud of are
my children and to see how wonderful they are and successful.
I look forward to seeing you at the reunion
PAT COOK GULYA
I am thankful to have attended high school in the sixties.
We were allowed to be kids, never having to worry about our
safety, except during driving class. We never even had bomb scares.
I've had a great life which has provided me with a variety of
experiences. Some of the highlights: being a mom (son now 47,
daughter is 42) Working enough years at a good job to earn a
decent retirement. Continuing education: associates, BSBA, MBA,
and yoga teacher certification; commuting to work on my bicycle
for a decade and spending summer vacations riding over Colorado
mountain passes on the Bicycle Tour of Colorado 2005 - 2011.
Getting the opportunity to help create another class reunion.
This will be the seventh. I am very blessed indeed. Living long enough
to remember when I thought that I knew so much and was so mature -
years later realizing how stupid and misinformed I had been.
This happened several times.
We graduated in 68; I'm 68, and here is hard proof that I graduated
fifty years ago. Five years from now, I'll be talking to you about our
fifty-fifth reunion and I'll be riding my bicycle, practicing yoga, writing,
and doing my art, whatever that is.
Thank you all for being part of my life.
JEANE AXTELL CAMPBELL
Hello from Florida. It's just great here and the weather is
just about perfect. But I'm terribly homesick for Colorado
and I haven't been home in 3 yrs. So now I get to come
home and go to my 50th class reunion. Doesn't get any better.
Since school, I had 2 kids and was a stay at home mom until
a divorce forced me into the work place and I've never looked back.
So between raising my 2 kids and working, it was a real challenge.
I'm most proud of the kids each graduating from CSU with
Bachelors degrees, plus my son got his Masters degree in entomology.
I've been with my husband Stan for 27 yrs. We came to Florida
5 yrs ago to visit friends and fell in love with it. so here we are,
loving retirement. We have one granddaughter, Sarah, and she's
the light of our lives.
NOTE: Jeanne passed away suddenly on May 30, 2018.
SHERRI MILLER POPP
I was a wall flower in school and I am still that wall flower.
My life has been very quiet, challenging and fun. Everyone
knows I was engaged in our senior year to Jake. All I wanted
to be was married with several kids.
Jake spent all of 1968 in Vietnam and when he came home
we got married and moved to Ft. Dix, NJ for 8 months.
When his army career was over, we came home to CS where
I was born and I will die here.
He spent 20+ years on the CSFD when he suddenly died in 1993
with a massive heart attack. My challenge started then, having
three children still home. But we have survived!
Having God as our peace, refuge and comforter, we have all
grown In our lives. Our oldest is Jakob living in Dubuque, Iowa
(actually where Jake died). He and our middle son, Ryan, had
gone to see Jakob on spring break as he was going to Bible College
Our third is Abby and she, like me, is a stay at home mom with one
6 year old girl. Ryan has three, Jakob 11, Jase 5, and Kennedy 4.
That there is my life! Jakob has no children.
My life is surrounded by my grandchildren and I love it. God has
blessed me through all my heartache over and over. I am still married
to Jake. He is still part of our family. My only regret...him not playing
with his grandchildren and knowing them plus the 5th generation
Jakob. He will know them one day.
I pray I will be at the get together. Recently just had fusions in my back
and my spinal canal rotor rootered to relieve pinched nerves which kept
my legs numb and I couldn’t walk. Doing well but have a long way in PT.
Another blessing. If I don’t make it, know I’m thinking of you all.
God bless the class of 1968!
NANCY LENNIE JAEGER
I have lived in Wildwood, Florida for 3 years now and
love it here. I do, however miss the mountains.
I have lived in several states (just to mention a few...
Georgia, Alabama , Florida and, of course Colorado.
I spent many years working in the satellite business and
in the automotive industry. I have 4 kids (1 girl and 3 boys).
Between them I have 12 wonderful grandchildren.
My biggest accomplishment was being in the US Navy and
serving my country with pride. I am most proud of becoming
a very independent and self-sufficient person. Been through
many ups and downs, but am a better person for all the events
and happenings in my life. I am so glad to be living so close
to my BFF here.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again and catching up.
LINDA ADAMS RITCHIE
Hello classmates: From the flat lands of Kokomo, Indiana.
I do so much miss the beautiful Colorado Mountains.
This September, I will be married to Rex for 49 years.
We have been blessed with 3 children and one grandson.
John and Lisa live here in Kokomo and Brad lives in Santa Monica,
California. Our grandson, Tyler, will be 27 years old this May and
he lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. All our children are single.
I’m working full time at the Howard County Veteran’s Service
Office. I file disability claims for veterans. I’ve been here full time
for nine years. I started volunteering at the Veteran Service
office for 7 months, then went full time in January of 2010.
It has been a rewarding and privilege helping veterans who
served their country in the military service to receive VA disability
compensation or pensions.
I hope all my veteran classmates have filed for their compensations;
there are many benefits out there for you. At my previous job,
I worked as a dental assistant for a total of 35 years. One morning
at my job with an orthodontist, I went upstairs to get supplies in
our storage room. As I was coming down with my arms full of
retainer cases I stepped wrong on the top step and fell down
the next 15 steps and shattered my femur and right hip and had
to have a total hip replacement.
After my recovery, I found out I didn’t have a job any longer
due to liability issues. That’s when I started to help our veterans.
Rex and I do swing and ballroom dancing. It is an excellent exercise
for us both and good therapy for me. From my high school past,
I have fond memories of events that happened during the years
at Palmer High School. Even though I wasn’t chosen, it was fun
campaigning and running for the Social Club; I helped with
planning and decorating the after game dances.
I remember helping make the homecoming float at the A & W
Root beer fast food restaurant on Colorado Avenue near 30th street.
I remember all the planning and decorating for our senior prom.
I enjoyed my senior year and graduation, even thou I was the
first person to walk up to get my diploma and had to wait which
seemed like hours while all the other 490?? Classmates received
I haven’t been back to my hometown since 2012. I came for a
family reunion and that was at the same time of the forest fires
in the mountains. That was so sad to see all the devastation
of all the homes lost. I’m looking forward to coming and seeing
everyone this summer.
After graduation, I wanted to pursue a career in music
and was accepted to Oberlin as a violin performance major
but couldn’t afford to go there. My goal then became to study
with the best teachers I could find and not pursue a degree.
To accomplish this, I was lucky enough to get one of the last
part time night jobs available at Mountain Bell as a long-distance
phone operator in order to go to nursing school and work at
the same time.
Once I obtained my RN, I was able to work nights and burn
the candle at both ends to subsidize my passions of ballet and violin.
I solicited lessons with Harold Wippler in Denver. He had trained
a number of prodigies (one won the Tschaikowsky competition)
and was placed on a wait list for a year. After he accepted me,
I studied with him for 8 years and covered most of the major violin
literature and then played professionally for about 20 years in
2 orchestras and several string quartets and freelance gigs.
I also danced ballet very seriously and ended up performing and
teaching for 30 years and still take class. In the early 1980’s,
after trying unsuccessfully to teach myself calculus (regretting that
I never took it in high school) I went back to school and finished
both a bachelor’s and master’s in math.
They awarded me a Colorado Scholar in Mathematics grant and
nominated me to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
along with Golden Key Honor Society.
I thought this would get me out of nursing, and taught as a college
instructor for several years (the master’s made me overqualified
to teach in high school) but the pay was so little that I decided to
stay in nursing.
All of these years, I had worked part time, floating to every type area
in nursing with no benefits so I could dance and play music and not starve.
I realized that I didn’t want to end up in section 8 housing and applied
for a full time job at Denver General Hospital where I had worked for
years part time and ended up in the NICU, mom-baby, research peds
and women’s care.
My body, after a few years of rotating shifts, protested and I transferred
to a day job in public health doing epidemiology and surveillance of
reportable diseases, bioterrorism preparation and, eventually, 8 years
in tuberculosis before retiring in 2010.
After a year, I missed working (not full time!) and now have a part time
job in the nursing float pool at National Jewish in Denver. I also continue
to play in at least 4 different string quartets where we just get together
and sight read, and in the Littleton Symphony. I am divorced and am
lucky to have found a wonderful boyfriend (for the last 15 years)
and have no children.
He’s a mathematician and keeps me laughing and positive. We’ve been
to Cuba for several weeks to salsa dance in Cuban studios, spent a month
in Paris and rented a boat with friends to sail on the Carribean.
When traveling, the violin has opened doors to playing chamber music
with strangers who loan me an instrument! I feel very grateful for the
mentors along my path and feel very lucky to have been given passionate
interests and the health to pursue them.
Retired, living in Florida. Worked with military exchange
system which required frequent moving in and out of the
United States. Presently married and have no children.
Since I live close to Orlando, there is a varied amount of
programs to keep busy. Still have family and business in
Colorado and travel up at least once a year...
Very much into travel both in and out of country....
CAROLE WOOLLEY BILDSTEIN
Carole Woolley Bildstein, currently living in
Camillus NY, a "village suburb" of Syracuse.
April 1, I will celebrate 5 years as an employee
of On Point for College. 2 successful years in
Development, and 3 successful years in
Employment Coaching for our participants.
I continue to practice my art--more watercolor
painting and a short stint in pastels. I love to bicycle
in the good weather, and my goal is to complete the
Erie Canal Trail from Buffalo to Albany, short trips at a time.
Summer weekends in a little mobile home on the
St. Lawrence river are the best!! Son Martin is here
in town, and I enjoy him very much. Son John is Ski
Patroller at Snowbird in Utah and I enjoy his very long
and detailed phone calls very much.
KRISTINE ANDERSON BEATTY
I am a Colorado Springs native and have lived here
my entire life. I married Lynn Beatty on 6/7/68 and
we will have been married for 50 years in June 2018.
We have a son, Jeff, daughter, Diana and 3 grandchildren.
Both of my children are teachers - Jeff (Mesa Ridge)
(head coach for Girl's Varsity Basketball) and Diana
(Coronado) (also a Data Entry Administrator).
I worked for the El Paso County Attorney's Office
as a Supervisor/Paralegal, specializing in water, land use,
and real estate issues for almost 25 years. I retired when I was 60.
My most favorite trip was to Maui, Hawaii - truly God's Eden.
Last summer my husband, daughter and beloved dog "Toby"
drove to Gering, Nebraska to observe the total solar eclipse.
For hobbies I like to garden, go on bike rides, and on occasion,
check out the antique stores. So far, my family and I have been
blessed with good health. I've had pets since I was a toddler,
and we recently brought a beautiful black Shit Zu into our home.
I forgot how much work puppies can be :)
Looking forward to seeing all of my friends in July.
SANDI WEIDLER JOHNSON
Fifty years, where to start. Andy and I have been
ogether for 50 years and married for 47 years.
Married while Andy was in the Air Force in Monterey, Ca.
We have lived in San Angelo, Texas and Laurel, Maryland
while in the Air Force, stationed at NSA, Ft. Meade, Maryland.
We moved back to Colo. Spgs. 1974 for a couple of years
then to Denver till 1978. Moved to Wichita, Ks., 1979
for six years then to Hutchinson, Ks. in 1984.
I never thought we would live in Ks. We have been here
way too long, time to move on. I have worked as a Histologist
and an Electron Microscopist for 38 years. Diagnostic
pathology and cancer research and diabetes research.
Andy and I have raised, trained and showed Irish and
English Setters and taken in many misguided waggermorphs
that made it to our door. Over the years we have bred,
raised and trained Thoroughbreds, and Quarter horses.
I loved raising the babies more than anything.
Accomplishments, numerous small ones, nothing big
for my legacy. I guess my biggest accomplishment is that
I am still here. I have had a good life and look forward to the future.
1969 - Joined the Navy with Larry Harris,
was stationed at Naval Air Station Miramar
(San Diego), 1973 - Discharged, stayed in San Diego,
got married, got a job at Hewlett-Packard,
and bought a house in Poway, Ca. 1989-
Divorced. 2009 - retired from Hewlett-Packard
(36 years). Moved to Colorado Springs and
rented my house to friends.
2011 - sold my house in California. 2012 -
started a long-distance relationship with
my Best Friend (in San Diego).
2014- proposed to Denise while in Berwind, Colorado.
2014- married Denise on Coronado Island in San Diego
and had our honeymoon in Colorado Springs where
we picked up my stuff and moved it back to California.
I am retired (9 years), happily married to my
best friend Denise and live in Escondido, California.
I have two great step-children both of which I have
known their entire life. Keith and Lauren.
I also acquired some new nephews and a niece.
My wife is a teacher (little younger than me)
so we travel whenever she is off. Our son is getting
married in July 2018 - so we may not be able
to make it but are still holding out hope!
I went to Duke and Colorado College after graduation.
Graduated from medical school in Denver and did
a pediatric residency at Duke and a genetics fellowship
in South Carolina.
After working in Greenwood, SC for 34 years,
I started working in Greenville, SC at the Children's Hospital
of the Greenville Health System.
I am the medical director of General Pediatrics
for the Department of Pediatrics. We still live in Greenwood SC.
We have two children (ages 39 and 27), no grandchildren.
Just celebrated my 30th anniversary with Jan Hemminger Saul.
Author of two books—MY CHILDREN’S CHILDREN:
RAISING YOUNG CITIZENS IN THE AGE OF COLUMBINE,
and an illustrated children’s book, ALL ABOUT CHILDREN.
Have another book scheduled for publication mid-year 2018 -
THINKING DEVELOPMENTALLY: NURTURING WELLNESS
IN CHILDHOOD INTO LIFELONG HEALTH.
Hello fellow Terrors.
Well, as of the end of February 2018 I reside
in the Sangre de Cristo mountains near Glorieta,
New Mexico, about 30 miles East, Southeast of Santa Fe.
That may change before the reunion happens.
In 2017, I published a novel, a contemporary adventure
romance set in Aspen and Santa Fe.
I'm hoping to continue writing, regardless of where
I may end up living. I am unmarried and have no children.
Where have the years gone!
Widowed for eight years now, and that journey
has been challenging for sure.
Have two boys and three grandchildren. Stepparent
to three others and have four grandkids there.
Do have a total of seven grandkids and they're
each unique in their own ways! Retired from being a
legal assistant. Just doing what I want to do
when I want to!
Currently live in northern CA but lived all over
the country with husband's career.
Hope everyone is healthy and happy!!!
JUDY GIDDINGS ANDERSON
My husband, Bob, and I are still here in Colorado Springs!
We are the proud grandparents of 11 grandchildren and
1 great-granddaughter. In May we are expecting twin
granddaughters...so that puts us up to 13 grandchildren
and 1 great-grandchild.
SUSAN POLAND GIEBEL
After graduating Palmer in 1968, attended
CSU for two-year business program.
Met my husband of 48 years, J!
We married in 1970 and have 3 children:
Mike 47 (MN), Brad 44 (UT), and Jana 28 (CA).
We also have 4 grandchildren who live in
Minnesota and Utah. We moved back to
Colorado Springs November of 2017
after living in Tabernacle, NJ for 27 years.
We returned to our property in Rock Creek Mesa
where we lived for 20 years prior.
I have enjoyed working most of my life as an
Administrative Assistant, School Registrar,
Census Enumerator, and School Teaching Asst.
I have loved being a mother, grandmother,
and a Girl Scout Leader. We travel mostly
to the states where our children live and
my sisters live (CO, TX and WV).
So thankful to be back in Colorado Springs,
my hometown, but will certainly visit the Jersey shore.
I've had 4 lower ribs broken from my
sternum for almost 4yrs. Surgeons have
attempted to reattach them twice, to no avail.
My diaphragm is sticking out my left side and
my lung shows massive bulging in my back so,
no flying for me for quite sometime and any other
form of travel is way too painful. If I can get
clearance to fly ( I will go to Duke University
for my next surgery)
I will definitely attempt to be there. God bless all
of my dear friends who are praying for a successful
surgery this time and my thoughts and prayers
are with you all.
I love you all! Larry Christianson. Class of '68
50 years – wow, time goes by so fast!
I have worked in the mining industry as a
geologist my entire career. It required frequent
relocation during our first 20 years of marriage.
Karen and I are now living in Arvada, Colorado,
where we have been for the last 28 years.
We have raised three daughters, all of whom
live reasonably close to us. In addition, we have
two granddaughters and one grandson. Holidays are busy!
During the summers we spend as much time
as we can at our cabin. It’s refreshing to get away
from the noise and city traffic, sharing the solitude
with deer, elk, and bears. Unfortunately, during the
winter it is snowed in without access.
I do miss working, however. I have lived and
worked on six continents and north of the arctic
circle. This has been while working for all of the
top tier international mining companies.
I was on the design team for the largest mine
built in the world in Indonesia. I filled the only
environmental position from pre-conceptual
study thru final design, construction, and into
operations. Responsible for project permitting.
Construction required several hundred international
workers and 14,000 local workers.
Most of my time has been in remote locations.
The down side was being in three countries during
active military coups, and Moscow days after their
government change in 1991. Statues of Lenin were
still lying in the streets broken to pieces.
The one exception was six months in Paris.
The wine was great and we had a good view
of the Eiffel Tower from our flat.
I live in Lubbock, TX and I'm the pastor of
the First Presbyterian Church.
Sherri and I have been married 40 years.
I've been a pastor for 36 years, and lived in
New Jersey, Montana, Arizona, California,
and Lubbock for the last 14 years.
Have a great reunion and I will miss seeing you.
VALERIE RIXON NOTTINGHAM
I was widowed in 1996, leaving me
with Leigh, 15 and Timothy, 12.
Seth was an Army colonel with
Military Intelligence for 20 years.
Three Germany tours, 2 to Fort Hood,
TX, Navy War College, Newport, RI,
and 3 tours at Ft. Huachuca, AZ,
where God "dropped us off".
Been here ever since.
My partner Rob, and I have been
together 18 years,sharing 4 children and
6 1/2 grandchildren (one due in August).
Was fortunate to be an 'at home mom'
We are retired and enjoy camping around
the country, visiting our children In Tucson,
Phoenix, Dolores, CO ,and Monticello, MN.
Nottingham reunions at Holden Beach, NC.
Enjoy our fellowship with Immanuel Lutheran
(Missouri synod) Church and love our Savior, Jesus Christ.
REGINA CARUTH JACKSON
I married my high school sweetheart
and we have two amazing children,
Mike & Tara. They each have two children,
Mike's are 15 soon to be 16 and 13.
Tara's are 9 and 15 months.
I'm on marriage number 2 and last,
to Gary Jackson a Denver native,
since we've been married 32 years in 2018.
Mountain Bell afforded me a wonderful
career in telecom which started off
in the Residential Business Office in 1973
in Colorado Springs, and culminated with
an overseas assignment in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia in 1994, I returned to large
business and government sales of data
to then US West Communications,
where I retired in 1998 as Senior Director,
eporting directly to VP/GM of the business unit.
I was also fortunate to have the company pay
for my MBA from DU in 1986. After retirement,
I started a computer training company which
I ran for 5 years and then went into real estate.
Check out www.actionjacksorealty.com,
just in case you decide to move to Denver.
My wife Mikki and I live in Chapel Hill,
NC. We have 2 children: Jason and Alyson.
Alyson has 3 children -- our favorite
Being an unmotivated student led to a stint
with Uncle Sam not long after graduating
from Palmer. Then came a couple of years
working for the National Weather Service.
Following that, by accident I became a
whitewater slalom kayak racer and chased
the national and international circuit for 7 years.
Marriage in 1977 introduced me to the most
important roles I will ever have: husband,
father and grandfather.
I have been a general contractor, and currently
I build furniture. Trying to make big waves
in the pond isn't my gig. Trying to be a decent Joe is.
Going to a 50th year High School reunion
seems a bit surreal. As does contemplating
the thought that in 2 years I'll (we'll) be 70.
I didn't realize that could happen to us ...
I am still living in Colorado Springs
after graduating from the University
of Colorado in '73.
I worked as an archaeologist
for several summers at Mesa Verde
and Fort Larned, Kansas.
A good friend and I started a company
which has grown until we sold it 3 years
ago to the Deluxe Corporation.
I have 2 grown children who are
both married, and I now have
twin grandchildren, a boy and girl!
I serve on the board of Touch of Love
International where we do micro loans
in India, Egypt, Kenya, Mongolia and
soon in Nicaragua and Albania. I have
been to both Kenya and Egypt, and hope
to travel to the other countries as well.
When I am not traveling, I volunteer
at the Springs Rescue Mission.
We love to camp in our travel trailer
and hope to do more as I transition out
of the business we sold. My wife, Wendy,
and I will celebrate our 40th anniversary
this year along with the 50 year high school
reunion! What an amazing journey it has been.
I look forward to catching up with
so many I went to school with!
DIAN CURTIS REGAN
My life has changed a lot since
I came home from Kansas
for our 40th Reunion in 2008.
In 2012, after 35 years of living
in other places, I moved home to
Colorado Springs--the best place to live.
Also in 2012, I married that guy
who sat behind me in Mr. Iungerich’s
French class. Who knew?
I graduated from CU Boulder in 1980,
and taught school in Denver for a
couple of years before my late husband’s
job took us to Texas, Oklahoma, Venezuela,
and Kansas. I've also traveled to 39 countries
and 49 states.
I’m the author of 60 books for young readers.
My literary agent came to Colorado
from New York to stand up for me
when I married Steve Matthiesen.
She’s always gotten me good deals.
One of my books was a finalist
for the Colorado Book Award,
which was the best “welcome home” ever.
The same book, Space Boy and the Space Pirate,
also won a Crystal Kite Award, presented by
the Society of Children's Book Writers and
Illustrators. Website: http://diancurtisregan.com