Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Korner Reports.......You Decide

     Since our Theodore Roosevelt statue has been such an important part of the McHose Park landscape, the Kornerman couldn't help but notice seeing a pertaining New York headline without mentioning it to our viewers.
     The headline blared, "Take down racist Theodore Roosevelt statue agitators tell New York Museum." It was all connected to the recent Columbus Day holiday.
      A pair of well known groups ??.......NYC Stands with Standing Rock and Decolonize This Place ......were the organizers of the protest to "draw attention to the museum's encouragement of racist tropes, and implored New York City to rename Columbus Day.......Indigenous People's Day.
     Christopher Columbus is BELIEVED to have brutally enslaved the indigenous people upon his arrival here in October of 1492 and he SUPPOSEDLY imposed harsh punishments, including torture.
     New to the Kornerman is word that there is a growing movement to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day. In the past year, cities in 10 different states have moved to make the change, the largest being Phoenix, AZ. One protestor commented, "it doesn't seem like this renaming is important but it is super important for oppressed  people."
     One of the organizers of the museum protest said, "it's just to echo what this is. It's really a hall of white supremacy, that's what this is." After touring the museum, activists started chanting, "Respect! Remove! Rename! while carrying signs that read, "Decolonize This Museum," "Abolish White Supremacy" and "Black Lives Matter."
     Back to the Teddy Roosevelt thing.......when the activists toured the museum, they covered the Roosevelt statue and took turns reading from a speech. Part of the speech referred to Roosevelt, "his nature was not empty wilderness. It was and is indigenous land taken through violence just like Columbus who came to enslave. To take their gold and their bodies and their souls."
     The Kornerman received a nice note from Janeann Stout who wrote, "thanks for the coverage of the Trinity Lutheran Church 150th anniversary. We had wonderful turnouts and enjoyed visiting with former members, teachers and pastors who had moved away but found the road back for the anniversary."
     Janeann reported that attendance at two services totaled 468, or double the normal attendance; some 60 or 70 were at the talent show; in the rain, 52 came for game night, 15 took part in the golf outing and the celebration dinner was enjoyed by 235 people.
     More than 200 anniversary books have been sold and church historian, Gary Mackey, was lauded for his work. Janeann said, "Gary is the "keeper" of the newspaper clippings on all the members of the Trinity. He had two huge scrapbooks on display, filled with clippings from the past 25 years.......marriages, births, anniversaries and deaths."
     Janeann concluded, "appreciate what you do, helping keep the memories and day-to-day activities of Boone alive and well."
     BITS AND PIECES: (1) The BHS/BSH class of 1957 is planning a reunion next year and has been seeking some information on "missing" classmates. Our mention of some of those classmates brought a response from Marty Dannatt, BHS-68, who provided a Florida address for one of his relatives, Larry Land. We passed the word on. Larry, a longtime employee of Polk County, has just moved to Florida fulltime. (2) East coast correspondent Rick Houser, BHS-63, sent us a DVD of an old movie, "the Long Gray Line" starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara. Rick said, "here's a movie that tops my list. I hope you haven't seen it. It'll cause a lump in your throat." (3) A couple of things about the recent reunion of the classes of  1961. First, Lori Johnson sent us an opportunity to see, via pictures, the fantastic work of Tom Burke. Tom has built a train layout and included are many familiar Boone sites.....the Rialto Theatre and other downtown locations. Then too, John Kueck of that class sent the Kornerman a copy of a movie he constructed of the reunion.......from start to finish. It was very well done in every way.......musical background etc. A very nice momento of a very enjoyable 55th reunion anniversary. (4) It appears that minus any bad luck.....injury etc.......Boone's Pete Kostelnick, BHS-2005, will set a new record for a run from San Francisco to New York City. Monday was day 36 and Pete has estimated he will end his journey seven days after. The record, which has stood since 1980, is 46 days, eight hours and 36 minutes. One observer said, "at his pace of 70.7 miles per day, Pete could break that record by two or three days."
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Mary Lindblom Rieck, 97, Ankeny. After her mother's early death, Mary and two older brothers moved to a children's home. Eventually, she moved with her dad to Boone. BHS-37. Was a telephone operator. Mary and her husband, Kenny Rieck, followed Pastor Paul Spong from her Lutheran Church in Boone to Grand View Lutheran in Des Moines in 1947.........Sandra Kay Harriman, 68, Ames. Homemaker and worked at Contemporary Designs for 15 years. Boone area survivor is a brother, Roger Temple, of Boone.........Zita Mary Powell Bucsko, 94, Boone. Moved to Boone in 2007 and moved to the Eastern Star Home in 2012. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Mary (Corky) Bucsko-Prater, of Ames.
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Harvest Time

     Harvest time in Iowa dinners.
     And, they're those good old-fashioned just like mother used to make meals highlighted by standard fare such as beef burgers, chicken and noodles, Swedish meat balls and thick soups. Then, too, its hard to imagine anything better than a variety of favorite deserts, specially prepared by the ladies of the congregations. Delicious!
     Somebody said, "you can eat out almost every night just going from one church-type dinner to another."
     Yes, the local dinner schedule has been pretty hectic and Jo and I certainly haven't "caught" them all but we were at the Marion Street United Methodist Church for their offering a couple weeks ago. Trinity Lutheran Church was celebrating its 150th anniversary with their well attended dinner last weekend.
     We attended the Harvest dinner at the Central Christian Church Thursday night and were happy for the opportunity to see lots of friends and neighbors. Looking ahead, Pilot Mound Methodist Church is offering a breakfast meal this very morning (Saturday), the Boone County Humane Society will have its annual soup supper at the First Methodist Church next Thursday (20th) and those famous Swedish meat balls will be the featured item at the Boxholm United Methodist Church November 2.
     The Kornerman is pleased to announce we have again provided some help for one of our viewers. Roxanne Rose Aplanalp, BHS-57, had contacted us seeking an address for a classmate, Nelson Tompkins, so information could be provided him regarding a class reunion scheduled for October of 2017.
     Nelson's brother, Mark Tompkins, is a regular Korner viewer and contributer. We were able to bring Roxanne and Mark together so an address for Nelson was obtained.
     Roxanne tells us there are other classmates they are still seeing addresses for. They include Larry M. Anderson, Jon Ewing, Susan Jones Dailey, Larry Land, Sandra Richmond VanMeulebrouck and Richard (Dick) Young.
     The Kornerman may have been able to guide Roxanne to a couple of those classmates. But, if any of our viewers can provide any info on any of those folks, please let us know.   
      Several Bits and Pieces: (1) At the church dinner Thursday evening, somebody asked, "Mo, are you writing for the paper anymore?" I replied, "what paper?" Its so sad, people pass away and if they don't "catch" the BNR dead?line, their passing and time of services will be gone by the time the next edition appears. A coffee friend, talking of the fact the Boone City Council has promoted Boone Police Chief/City Safely Director Bill Skare to the City Administrator position, commented, "its even hard to get a timely message via a Letter to the Editor in print anymore." (2) The Kornerman received a couple responses to last Wednesday's lament in the Korner about the Chicago Cubs late playoff games on the West Coast. Kathleen Wheelock  wrote, "Hurray for the Cubs. We miss you today but believe me, we all understand. Go Cubs. A lot of us are right there with you." Classmate Tom Canfield, BHS-53, wrote, "we're still in the ballgame." Tom also commented on our recent coverage of Pete Kostelnick's, BHS-2005, run from coast-to-coast. He wrote, "did you  run along with Peter and how far?" The Kornerman doesn't think an answer to that is required. (3) Speaking of Pete Kostelnick, we know he was in Joliet, IL Thursday after an almost 73-mile jaunt and Friday, on day 33 of his 44 day run, he was 17 miles from the Illinois/Indiana border when we checked. Pete started his run across the country in San Francisco, will end the marathon in New York City, covering the 3100 miles in an effort to break a 35-year Guinness record.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Doyle Price, 78, Boone. Construction worker. Boone area survivors include his wife, Lisa Knight Price, his  son, Brett Price, and daughter, Mindy Mills, all of Boone and Lisa's children, Randy Welch and Stephanie McAfee, of Boone............Sheryl Tam, 66, Boone. Worked at Dollar General and McDonalds in Boone........Laura Martin, 90, Boone. Boone area survivors include a son, William Martin, and daughters, Laura Jane Leland and Marilyn Jean Ellsberry, of Boone.........Sharonlee Clemons, 81, Boone. Earned an LPN degree from DMACC.  Worked at the Boone County Hospital,  Woodward State Hospital, Evangelical Free Church Home and Eastern Star Home in Boone. Boone area survivors include her husband, Larry Clemons, sons, Jeff and Mike Burma, and daughters, Shelley Macek and Jody Busch, all of Boone and Larry's children, Kent, Joel, Lee and Todd, all of Boone..........Stephen Oleson, 66...........Iris Lind Sturtz, 87, Eagle Grove. Formerly of Boone. BHS-47. Graduated from the Iowa School of Beauty..........Larry Bockenstedt, 57, Dyersville. Formerly of Ogden. Sold bowling supplies and worked in real estate. Boone area survivor is a good friend, Lora Ahrens Olerich.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Blame it on the CUBS

     This old Cub fan can't handle these hours.
     The Kornerman is a regular 9:30 p.m. bed resident. However, I've also been a Chicago Cubs fan FOREVER.
     The Cubs have been on the West Coast for their most recent playoff games. Monday night, their 13-inning loss got over at 1:45 a.m. central time and last night (Tuesday) their 6-5 victory was completed  at 11.30 p.m.........and.........the Kornerman was "live" on deck, for every pitch of both games.
     I'm kind of a tired puppy and now, they don't play again until Saturday, so instead of producing, editing and displaying a Korner today, I'm taking a nap.
     Back Saturday I hope.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Pete Runs Home

    Pete Kostelnick, BHS-2005, son of Clare and Charles Kostelnick of Boone, is coming home. Pete, you  know, is in the midst of a 44-day, 3100 mile run from San Francisco to New York in hopes of establishing a new Guinness record.
    The veteran, world class marathon runner moved into Iowa earlier this week and will be coming through Boone on old Highway 30 Sunday morning. It is anticipated he will be moving through Boone about 8 a.m.. A nice crowd of greeters are expected to meet him and his support team. In addition, other runners are expected to accompany him on, at least, a portion of the run through the central part of the state.
      As the Kornerman reported in a recent edition, the Trinity Lutheran congregation of Boone is celebrating a big event, the 150th anniversary.
     The celebration began last Sunday and special commemorative events are continuing through this  Sunday.
     Today (Saturday), there is a golf outing at Cedar Pointe and this evening, an anniversary dinner will be held at the Boone County Fairgrounds with Higher Power, a musical quartet, providing the entertainment.
     Tommorrow (Sunday), the speaker will be Rev. Dr. Steven Turner, Iowa District West President. Former Trinity Pastors, Robert Gardner, Leon Hauser and Lynn Machula, will also be part of the service. Head organist Angela Pratt has written an anniversary hymn and will be playing it on the organ, recently updated. Between services, a social time will be held with historical displays from 150 years at Trinity. Following the 10:30 a.m. service pork burgers will be part of a light lunch to be served.
     Boone native and world traveler Mark Tompkins, BHS-60, has been in Europe and has been kind enough to share some of his experiences with Korner viewers.
     He sent the Kornerman a pair of significant pictures. One was a picture of the famous General Anthony McAuliffe who told the Germans "nuts" when they asked him to surrender the U.S. forces at the Battle of the Bulge. The picture is actually of a bust of General McAuliffe that still stands in Bastogne, Belgium where the general is still revered.
     The second picture is of Mark and a granddaughter of legendary General George Patton. Mark had the good fortune of meeting Helen Patton at the 101st Airborne Museum in Bastogne. Mark wrote, "Wow! What a piece of serendipity. With over seven billion people in the world, meeting Helen Patton was truly a one in a seven billion chance."
     There's more to this story. Mark has sent the Kornerman a very lengthy "story" of some of his European travels, with lots of history about the Battle of the Bulge etc. included. Its way too lengthy to peruse at this time but will make for some good winter reading and, perhaps, some later comment.
     Anybody remember these names........Bill Mahoney, Don Knight, John Martin, Ed Yegge, Bert Wheelock, Don Lonergan, Richard Cook, Clarence Powers and Wayne DeMouth?
     Mike Loehrer, BHS-64, wrote, "I'm a pack rat of all things. I've saved my dad's (Lawrence) Sacred Heart  high school basketball scrapbook from 1938 with all the clippings of every game and a team photo. I suppose one could say their squad was the most successful in the school's history. In those days, public schools and Catholic schools had their own separate state tournament. Boone Sacred Heart won the Sioux City diocesan tourney, received a bye in the first round of the state meet but was then defeated by Dubuque in its first game."
     The Kornerman says, "yes, those mentioned names were the members of that great Sacred Heart team of 1938 coached by Bricky Johnstone with Bill Walton serving as the team manager."
     Mike wondered if Jerry Manriquez would like to receive this info for his massive web site of Boone High/Boone Sacred Heart information. I bet he would. Hopefully such a transfer can be culminated.
     Classmate Dick Longworth, BHS-53, first reported the death of classmate John Clauson, 81, who passed away in Woodbury, MN.. John's parents were Clarence and Vera Clausen. Clarence was a banker and Vera worked at the Boone schools. John received an engineering degree at ISU and then worked at the DOT as a bridge engineer for 39 years prior to retirement in 1997. John's sister, Ann Clausen Gartner, BHS-56, of Woodbury is a survivor.
     The Kornerman had reported Bob Whitaker's death in an earlier edition but Vern Modeland, BHS-50, has provided additional information.
      Bob, 89, BHS-45, was the son of Dr. Ben Whitaker, MD and Dorothy Whitaker. A service vet, he was a graduate of the University of Missouri and worked in advertising and journalism for several Iowa and Missouri newspapers. At one time he was public relations director for Iowa Blue Cross and Blue Shield,  had a public relations job with the city of Phoenix, AZ..and a public relations position with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Arizona. During his career he also became a nationally-known outdoor writer. His articles appeared in over 35 regional and national outdoor magazines. There are no Boone area survivors.
     The Kornerman has been told that old friend, big Dave Cottington, a Jordan High grad and outstanding basketball player, has been battling some health issues in Texas. We wish him the best and are hopeful for a recovery back to good health.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Glenn Knight, 87, Boone.........Verle Johnson, 91. Pilot Mound HS-42. Born in Pilot. Farmed with her husband, Darrel, north of Pilot before moving into town in 1953. Verle worked at a grocery in Pilot, Fareway in Boone and for the U.S. Postal Service. Grandchildren survive.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Moving Forward

     Clare Kostelnick, Pete's mother, wrote, "thanks for including the update of Pete Kostelnick in your blog. He has crossed into Nebraska so he won't have to fight the altitude any longer. We're looking for him to arrive in Boone sometime this coming weekend. This mom would love to give him and his awesome crew a bed and a meal, but Pete will make that call as far as how much time they can allow. You know Mo, I was so excited when you covered Pete's first marathon in Washington D.C. in 2008. I saved those newspapers. He runs nearly three times that distance every day now. But it is because of the support of his hometown and people like you that he had to include Boone on his route in the attempt to break the Guinness record. We sure enjoy your blog and it helps us stay connected to the community of Boone, both past and present. Keep up the good work. Thanks for all you do."
      The Kornerman says, "Clare, it isn't every day that "one of our own" accomplishes greatness on a national/international scale like Pete, BHS-2005, has. Its a great pleasure for me to follow this most current success and tell everybody else I can all about it."
     Regarding that last line.......among several other things we Booneites can brag about are the Super NATIONAL races. We're it! We are hosting national championships in several racing categories annually yet, we don't seem to get a peep out of our friends at the Des Moines Register. I couldn't find anything about the event in the DMR those days..........even results in the small print.
     The Kornerman had had enough. Yes, I wrote the DMR Sports Editor (they don't really call him that anymore.......its some fancy name that nobody understands)...........a letter complaining about this lack of coverage of this national event right here in Boone, Iowa.........900 cars involved and drivers from numerous states, including Arizona, California, New York etc.
     It certainly has to be one of the top 5, 10,  or, at least, 15 events in our state every year and it has been that way for many years but not a peep from the "News Iowa Depends Upon." Above the top banner it used to say, "The Newspaper Iowa Depends Upon." Sounds like kind of a guilt change to me.
    Anyway, as expected I guess, I've never received a reply.
    I guess I was in that kind of a mood because I also wrote the Publisher of the Ames Tribune complaining about their radical BNR changes from a daily to a three-times a week publication to a weekly edition and the lack of compassion for our community during this drastic changeover.
    Guess what? No reply to that letter either. What? These leaders don't answer their mail?
    As long as I'm on the subject. Has anyone else noticed that there are Boone stories, about Boone people, written by Whitney Sager, the editor of the BNR, appearing in the Ames Tribune BEFORE it is repeated in the BNR at a later date? Thanks a lot for, "thinking of us first."
     Then too, as part of the new BNR changeover, Boone folks are receiving copies of the Ames Tribune on weekends, Saturday and Sunday.
     It appears to the Kornerman that this is a forerunner to an even bigger change. Sometime soon, there won't even be a Boone weekly, but a smattering of Boone news will appear in the pages of the Ames Daily Tribune and Booneites will be urged to subscribe to the Tribune to receive their Boone news.
     Editor's Note: Other than coverage of Pete's great event, this edition leans heavily negative and for that, I apologize. The Kornerman doesn't like for it to be that way but I had to clear my head on a couple of things that I found bothersome and that effect my home community.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Jerry (J.D.) Dean, 55, Decorah. Boone area suvivors are his dad, Harold (Tex) Dean and his step-mother, Nancy Dean, both of Boone........Barbara Hagge, 74, Des Moines.........Victor Thomas. His daughter, Vicki Gustafson, survives........Thomas Keenan, 69, Phoenix. OHS-65...........Raynold Johnson, 84, Woodward.........Marvin Thomas Dutton, 72, Bella Vista, Ark. Born in Boone. BHS-62. Parents were Marvin and Jean Dutton. Marvin was an electrical engineer prior to retirement in 2009 when he moved to Bella Vista. There, he became a realtor.
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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Is This Worth It?

    Maybe some of you have this same feeling regarding a project. Every once in a while, the Kornerman finds himself wondering if anything worthwhile is being accomplished by continuation of the Korner. Yes, we do have our bright spots but also, on occasion, some dull spots. Especially during those dull spots, it makes me wonder whether its worth it. Just can't help that feeling.
     But then, oftentimes, something will occur that prompts the urge to "keep on truckin." That's been the case the last week or so.
     First, received a phone call from former Boone resident, Roxanne Rose Aplanalp, BHS-57, now living out west, Utah, I believe. Roxanne indicated plans were being made for a BHS class reunion, she knew Mark Tompkins was a Korner "regular" and wondered if Mark might be able to provide some info/address etc. for his brother, Morgan Tompkins, BHS-57.
     Mission accomplished! The Kornerman was able to connect Mark and Roxanne for the needed information.
     Then, in a recent edition, courtesy of Loren Frazier, BHS-58, we were able to report the passing of Karen Toot Dix-Johnson's son, John. That's Karen Toot, BHS-58.
     From Arizona, Mary Jane Vignovich McConnell, BHS-59, noted that death message in the Korner and wrote, "do you have an address for Karen? My family and I would like to send her a card. Karen's mother married my uncle George back in 1964 and Karen has attended our cousin reunions but it seems none of us can find her address. Maybe Loren Frazier would have it but I don't have his  email address. I just flew home from visiting in Ohio and looked you (the Korner) up to see what is new in Boone. Keep up the good work. We former Booneites appreciate you."
     The Kornerman eventually brought Loren and Mary Jane together and she wrote, "thank you so much for helping me get Karen's address. After getting Loren's email address from you, I contacted him and he was able to answer back with an address for Karen and even an obituary for her son, John."
     Voila! Of the various things we try to provide via the Korner, there is nothing more satisfying than helping our viewers connect for any one of numerous reasons.
     Yes, we'll "keep on truckin'" for at least another week or two, if not longer.
     Here's an update on Boone's world class marathon runner, Pete Kostelnick, BHS-2005, son of Boone's Charles and Clare Kostelnick.  
     You viewers will recall that Pete left the San Francisco City Hall on August 12, with an attempt to break a 35-year old Guinness record of running 3100 miles in 44 days, ending at the New York City City Hall.
     Pete has already conquered California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. Thursday, his 18th day, he ran 72.9 miles in 12 hours and 58 minutes to bring his grand mileage total to 1,235.6 miles. Today (Friday) he has moved into Nebraska and will soon be seeing Kearney, Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha. He expects to be in Iowa, at Missouri Valley, next Thursday.
     Lincoln, his current residence, is expected to have a nice greeting for him and Pete is looking forward to passing through Boone, his home town, and Ames, the home of his alma mater, Iowa State University, later in October.
     Bits and Pieces: (1) Lila Kruse wrote, "noticed the info on Miles-Lee Park. Daryl and I "adopted" the park last year, painted all the picnic tables and benches and we check each week for trash and vandalism. It is also where we have our traditional Easter egg hunt and get some great family pictures. Keep up the great work." Kornerman says, "you guys are the ones doing the "great" work. Those are wonderful contributions to our city. (2) Thanks to Sandy Crandell, BHS-61, who sent the Korner some outstanding pictures taken during the '61 class reunion last weekend. They were great. (3) Speaking of that reunion, which the Kornerman had the opportunity to attend, in my review of the event last edition I left out Doug Gustafson. Had a few moments to visit with him. The Kornerman remembered one Toreador basketball game I broadcast that Doug was playing in. In fact, he was fouled right at the end of an even game and had a free throw or two (?) after time had expired and a successful free throw won the game for BHS. Don't remember, but his teammates probably carried the big guy off the floor.
(4) Along that same line, you might notice the passing of John Adamson, BHS-50. The Kornerman was 15 in 1950 but I seem to recall John as a great kicker and, in fact, it seemed to me he won a game for BHS with a late field goal. I also recall a 14-14 tie (no tiebreakers in  those days) with Ames and, perhaps, he had something to do with that? Can't get all the cobwebs out this morn. Maybe someone out there in Kornerland remembers more details.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: John Adamson, 84, Boone. BHS-50. Korean war vet. Worked at John Deere in Ankeny, 1963-92, prior to retirement. Boone area survivors include a sister, Mildred Chapman, and a niece, Dominie Irvine, both of Boone.........Dorlis Good Smith, 81, Boone. OHS-54. Worked at McCaskey's Restaurant, Bournes, Pilot Mound school and the Boone County Hospital. Had a lifelong love of horses. No Boone area survivors.........David Linstrom, 77, Boone. Navy vet. Worked at ISU from 1978-95. Moved to Boone in 1975 to work as a recruiter in Ames. Boone area survivor is his wife, Arlene, and two sons........Rita Aspengren, 87, Boone. BSH-47. Worked at Bournes and Page school. Boone area survivors include sons, Tim, Richard and Brian, and daughter, Deborah Mitchell, all of Boone and daughters, Sandra Niester and Patricia Lewis, both of Ames..........Eldon Boone, 72, Madrid. MHS grad. U.S. Navy vet. Worked at John Deere in Ankeny prior to retirement in 1992. Boone area survivor is a brother, Dan Boone, of Madrid.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Old (longtime) Friends

     As the late George Younce, Jake Hess and others of the Gaither group have sung, "old friends, after all of these years, just old friends, through laughter and tears, old friends, what a find, what a priceless treasure, old friends, like a rare piece of gold, my old friends, make it great to grow old, old friends, with all I will hold to, old friends."
    Yes, it must be that time of year, time to renew with longtime friends.
     At midweek, a group of BHS/SHS 58ers met at the Tic Toc for lunch and a visit to the new Boone Freedom Rock; then starting Friday through the weekend, the classes of 1961 met, and, most recently, the ladies of Boone Sacred Heart had their annual get-together.
     Here's a
     (1)  Loren Frazier of the l958 classes wrote, "28 of us had a nice lunch at the Tic Toc last Wednesday. For those classmates who were unable to attend the lunch, if you live in Boone or nearby, and haven't been to the new Tic Toc yet, you should give it a try. Pat and I had dinner there Tuesday evening and then lunch on Wednesday. The food was excellent and the staff did a great job."
     Those who attended the 1958 event were Loren and Pat Frazier; Anna Longhenry Nelson and Larry Boehm; Sue Martin Woolsoncroft and Roy; Harold Blaskey and Sharon; Ruth Askland Bowes and Fred; Carolyn Ades Durham and Sid; Pauline Bergloff Halupnick and Larry; Kay Turner Richmond and Gary; Delores Headley Miller; Ray Gragg and Joyce; Jon Abrahamson and Monna,; Beth Fangman Maulik and Roger; Jim Louk and Lynn; George Eckstein; Larry Adams and Ed Mondt.
     Fred Bowes is actually a 1956er, Lynn Louk a 1959er and Larry Adams a 1965er. 
     (2) As part of several weekend activities, the classes of 1961 were at Seven Oaks late Saturday afternoon and evening. The old Kornerman gratefully received an invitation to attend this reunion and I did go out for an hour or so late Saturday afternoon. It was great to see so many familiar faces.
     At random, here are a few of the Kornerman's remembrances of that visit.
     One of those who invited me, Verne Lyon, met me at the front door and Art Elsberry and Richard Lind were helping out at the entrance table. Said hello to Barbara Murken Gmelch of San Francisco and Booneites Phil Larson, Marv Lestina and Allen Crandell.
      I pulled up a chair and sat with longtime friend, Mary Shaler Day of Des Moines radio fame. She's still working for the Des Moines Radio Group of stations but is living in Ames. Not only have we both been heavily involved in radio work, Mary's mother, Signe Shaler, worked at KWBG when I was just getting started in that business and she was a great inspiration/mentor to me. Also, in my early radio days, when I was broadcasting all kinds of Toreador athletic contests both home and away, oftentimes, Mary and the other BHS cheerleaders would ride to those out-of-town contests with me. I asked her to name all the cheerleaders who were passengers of mine and she didn't hesitate to name off probably seven or eight others who made those trips at some time or another. I admit it. Yes, I was paid by the school to provide that transportation, but it was also lots of fun to hear those lovely young ladies in conversation.
     Suddenly, the Boyd's Dairy girls appeared. They very much remembered their very good customers and that I, one of them, was particularly smitten with those chocolate/marshmallow shakes and malts. Never did get over that habit. Anyway, Ann McDermott Shult, now of Doss, TX., was the first to appear, followed by Boone's Linda Boyd Bravard herself.
     Among those who stopped at the table for a "hello" were Tony and Sandra Burke Crandell of Lamoni; Tom Burke of Belmar, NJ; John and Susan Kueck of Minneapolis; John Poyzer of Colorado Springs and Karen Hicks Oliver of Boone. John Poyzer was the first baseman on a Boone Babe Ruth all-star baseball team I managed that finished as state runnerup. Oh yes, John and I remembered that.
     Sitting across the table was Lonette Alber Bebensee of Mansfield, TX. Being the music buff I am, I had to ask about Richard Alber, a cousin of Lonette. I remember Richard as a great musician.  Of course, his parents had a music store in Boone those many years ago. Lonette said that Richard is retired in Vegas after a long career as a trumpeter with numerous bands, including many of the famous big bands of the 50's.
     As I departed, I visited with Carl Saubert of St. Charles, MO.; Hud Lainson of Des Moines; Nancy Parkinson Ford of New Hope, MN. and Nan Hicks Ripley of Nevada. Nan is heavily involved in horticulture and has a fantastic garden at her home. At least that's what I've heard from friends who are members of the Boone Garden Club. They have visited her place. I worked with Nan's sister, Bette Hicks, at KWBG in those early years. Bette was exuberant to say the least, she knew the music of the day that appealed to the younger crowd and had a big following as a radio D.J.. Nan told me that Bette lives in Colorado Springs in retirement after working several years as a secretary at Capitol Records in L.A.. That job allowed her to meet up with lots of famous musicians and I'm sure she enjoyed that.
     Thanks much to the class of 1961. The Kornerman really enjoyed the opportunity to visit with longtime friends.
     (3) Finally, I received a report that about 40 Sacred Heart ladies from various classes had their annual visit at the Tic Toc last weekend and again, that restaurant received a good review..........good food and the management was very kind and efficient according to those in attendance.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Bob Whitaker, 89, Phoenix, AZ., BHS-45. His dad was Dr. Ben Whitaker. Bob passed away earlier this month. Survivors include his wife, Joanne.......Rita Aspengren, 87, Boone.........Doris Good Smith, 81, Boone........Gerald LeMaster, 90. Grew up on a farm near Woodward. Woodward HS. With his late wife, Betty Lou, Gerald farmed near Granger.
Betty Silvey, 87, Boone. Formerly of Stratford. Stratford HS-47. Farmed with her late husband, Garnet, near Stratford.
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