I have written about my 1960 graduating class a few times before, but I have so many interesting and inspiring former classmates that I just feel the need to write about a few more of them. Along with the information there was the annual four-page newsletter, which touched on the activities of some of my classmates.
Mike Warwick, husband of classmate Glenna Shotts-Warwick, was welcomed as an honorary classmate. He enjoys attending class functions and monthly luncheons. There was an article about Kay Saxton returning to Indianapolis and having lunch with friends and classmates. Carol Grimm and Tom Bridenbaugh were congratulated on their marriage, and there were profiles from Will Hartman and Dave Heldman and a memory about a favorite teacher written by Bruce Meikle.
There are several other reminders and remembrances in each edition. This edition also featured some senior humor jokes, but I didn’t get a couple of them. Randi (Bertram) West, a good friend of mine, does a wonderful job of compiling the newsletter. Randi and Judy (Tout) Snyder are members of our class reunion committee. They do so much to ensure that we stay close and enjoy our long friendships.
As I was thinking about my former classmates and reading Randi’s newsletter, I remembered another classmate who has not been able to attend a reunion for a long time. Robert “Bob” Rosebrock is an Army veteran and for many years has been working to improve matters for veterans in Los Angeles. We exchange emails and communicate in other ways. He has written many articles about what is going on out there.
Occasionally I Google his name to see his published stories. Once he was arrested for placing a small American flag on the fence of the L.A. Veterans Administration. The charges were later dismissed.
Because this article is about friends of mine who write articles and newsletters, I need to tell you about Casey Smith, another friend. She is a graduate of Southport and Ball State and has a book coming out next month titled “Perry Township.”
Several members of the Perry Township/Southport Historical Society were honored to work with Casey as she gathered information, stories and pictures. The cover photo is of the Longacre Lagoon. The book is being published by Arcadia Publishing.
I looked up the publisher online and placed an order. Casey has started a job in Washington, D.C., and is working on investigative news stories in conjunction with The Washington Post and other national news outlets. I am hoping she can get home for a few days when her book comes out. I am blessed to have some special friends.