I have a large group of amazing friends, and we all graduated from Southport High School in 1960. We started having reunions 10 years later and now have one every year. A big bash will be planned for our 60th one in 2020.
Friday evening the boys basketball team closed out its regular season at home by defeating Lawrence Central 78-69 in an exciting game. Our class decided to attend the game, and more than 30 alums and their spouses showed up. We also attend a football game each fall.
Southport athletic director Pete Hubert always marks off an area in the bleachers for us, and the public address announcer acknowledges us during the games.
A few classmates were at the fieldhouse with their families for other activities. I was told that one of our classmates had a sixth-grade grandson playing in an exhibition game during half time.
Southport has a good team and opened sectional play against Pike Tuesday night.
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Tom and Rosie Click, longtime friends of mine and a great couple, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday.
I served as an usher at their wedding, and we have remained closed for most of the past 50 years.
Rosie went through some serious health problems a couple of years ago, and her recovery has been long and difficult. Her family and friends have been beside her every step of the way. She and Tom just returned from Florida, where they had the opportunity to visit with Steve “Clyde” Lovellette, who was Tom’s best man.
Their daughter, Laurie Click-French, deserves at least 346 percent of the credit for coordinating the anniversary party. She did a wonderful job and was assisted by daughter McKenzie.
Several of my classmates – Phil and Linda Rodebaugh and Danny and Rita Woerner – were at the basketball game and the party.
Everything from the invitations and decorations to the food and cake was wonderful. Rosie’s family, including sister Jo Ann Chandler-Sowder and mom Elnora Chandler were present. Jo Ann stood with Rosie at her wedding. I enjoyed visiting with folks whom I had not seen for a few years. I chatted with Tom’s sister, Betty, and her hubby, Brian Livingston. Boy ... do I have a couple of good stories about Brian.
Once again I want to acknowledge Laurie for the special job she did. Maybe she needs to start a small business.
If you have a Facebook account, I invite you to take a peek on my page. Laurie posted more than 90 pictures from the party.