Correction for the Sidelights: The recent picture shown in the Sidelights for Roger Greenbank is incorrect. Here is what Roger looks like now. Picture on left. Sorry Roger. Also, the picture for Danny Hardesty was left out. On the right is a picture of Danny.
I think everyone would agree that the reunion weekend was a great success! An amazing success! More information about the reunion will be posted over the next couple of weeks. We just need to catch our breaths. Peter Alunans in conjunction with Galeone Photographers did a terrific job with the photos! If you want to look at the pictures, here is the link. Give us some time, we want to tag everyone.
http://galeonephoto.com/album.php?memories=80 Galeone Photographers have been in business since 1960. First a leader of photography in the Maryland area, and now a leader in digital processing across the nation. Equipped with the latest technology in conventional and digital photography, we are able to provide all of your imaging needs. All of our processing is done in-house by our staff of highly trained professionals. We are also available for school, sports, and event photography throughout the year.
If you are interested in ordering a Sidelights, please contact Cindy Gagliano at email@example.com The Sidelights are $20 each if you pick them up and $25 each if you want them mailed. We will order more from the printers, but they must be prepaid. Absolute deadline is October 20th.
Here are some of the comments we have received:
From Steve Trainor: Went through some old boxes yesterday and found the old 20 year 1965 Towson High reunion program booklet. What this made me realize was that I really hadn't fully appreciated what you and the rest of the reunion committee had done. You guys must have worked endless hours putting the 50th reunion together. I can't thank you and the other committee members enough. I was very impressed. Sorry I wasn't able to thank you in person.You helped make the event one of the highlights of the year for me.Thank you.
From Patti Norris: I want to add my "2 cents" to the posts about the Towson High Class of 65 50th Reunion...AMAZING! FANTABULOUS! WONDERFUL! FESTIVE! JOYFUL! ENERGETIC! I could go on and on. I had such a wonderful time catching up with old friends, making new friends, and, more importantly, creating lasting memories! Cheers to the Reunion Committee. Hat's off to you all!
From Jerry Lutes:What a wonderful event you arranged! As near as I could tell, everything went off without a hitch and in the classiest style imaginable. I very much appreciate the Reunion Committee's hard work. I really enjoyed every minute.
From Mary Kneip: So much fun! Thanks for it all!
From Kit Foster: Now that I have had time to look at the Reunion Sidelights (and videos), I am blown away with the amount of work that must have been put into making it all happen. It was awesome – from the reception, dinner, videos, CDs, agenda – everything. (My only disappointment was I didn’t win anything but Judy Keiser to my right did so I that made me happy :-)
From Sharon Patterson: I am hoping a 55 might be arranged????
From Pat Ogilvie: So sorry I had to miss Saturday, but Friday was wonderful!
From Marcia Maldeis: Stan want to thank you for a great weekend and all the work you put into it. I know it took lots and lots of your time for each small thing to be worked out. It was great to touch base with so many classmates. Please thank others for us (and are you working on the next one???) Marcia Maldeis and Stan Mills
From Bob Bonn: Again, many thanks for a fabulous reunion and all you did to make it happen!!
From Jan Bjornby: Thanks to everyone who talked me into coming to the reunion, especially Cindy Hutson. It was a long way to travel from Norway, but I am so glad that I did. I didn't think I would know anyone at the reunion, but I did and I am so glad that I came. I only thing that would have made it better is if it was longer! I will be ready with my wheel chair or walker for the next reunion!
From David Kimmelshue: Congrats to everyone who worked to put on the reunion. It was excellent. Facilities, food, entertainment were excellent. I think everyone would agree we had an outstanding class who thoroughly enjoyed the occasion
From Rick Coster: It's midday on Monday and I still can't stop thinking about the great time I had at our 50th reunion. I really can't come up with the right words to thank the 50th Reunion Committee. What a great job, every detail was covered it was truly amazing. To think that I was actually considering not attending! In hindsight, that would have been the mistake of a lifetime. Truly, one of the best parts for me was that I got to know so many classmates that I was not really close to when I was in school. I tended to travel in a circle of about a dozen close friends and that was truly my loss. It was great seeing everyone and I wish you all the joy and happiness that life has to offer. Now if I can only figure out how to get this permanent grin off of my face!
From Ernie Berger: Thank you so much for the fabulous reunion event that you and all the other committee members created.The two-night party was terrific. The updated Sidelights is amazing. The DVD (all that gathering of images and the editing) is such a great way to bring back so many memories. Thank you for the CD full of musical hits from our era. I am so appreciative of ALL THE WORK you did. I am looking forward to seeing you all again next time.
From Lynn Ament:The Towson Senior High School class of ’65 50th reunion was fabulous!! The committee did a wonderful job and gave all of us a magnificent 50th reunion that we all will remember fondly. Thanks to all on the committee for making this happen. I watched the DVD the other day of the Towson area and all the places that brought back so many fun memories and the music video, thanks Vanita. The update Sidelights brought us information about our classmates that were unable to make the reunion. It will be difficult for any Towson 50th to beat ours; thanks again.If there is to be a 55th or a 60th count me in; God willing. The best to all of you.
From Paige Coleman: I just wanted to tell you again that I thought that the reunion was absolutely wonderful. I thought everything was perfect. I was also impressed with the Sheraton Hotel. The food was great and everything else was done very well. I know everyone on the committee worked very hard and for a long time to pull this off. I just can’t say enough about what a great job you all did. I have put on events and have attended many events, so I know what goes into something like that. Thanks for all of your hard work. Music was great too!! Everyone I spoke to could not stop talking about how much fun the reunion was and what a great job everyone on the committee did. Hope you have had a chance to catch your breath and hope everyone else has thanked you. Contrary to popular opinion these things do not happen by themselves!!!!!!!!!!!! It was great and I really had a good time. I also don’t know how you all did it for $110! I loved the Sidelights book and the other things in the “goodie” bag. Can’t imagine a reunion better than ours.
From Dick Holliday: Indeed, hat’s off to all of you who worked so hard to make this event a special and eternally memorable event - everyone with whom I spoke was delighted with the evenings. From my chair, I want to thank every one of you for your efforts, patience, perseverance, kindness and support in making this such an extraordinary weekend. All of the comments and perspectives that were shared during the evening, and the fascinating vision I have been building looking through the yearbook lend huge credibility to the vision of how the shape of our lives is so intricately developed and interlaced with one another over time - be it from THS or even back to our elementary school years. I pray the spirit of that lovely event will endure in our hearts and lend us strength as the tides of time present each of us new challenges and opportunities.
From Dave Bennett, a committee member: I too had lots of compliments from people who were really impressed with the whole reunion. People especially liked the yearbook, which is kind of ironic since it was so hard to get so many of them to send in their info. They liked the result, though. I heard that over and over while checking people in on Saturday, after they had had a chance to start reading it on Friday night. Does everyone remember the big howl of disappointment that went up when the lights when on at 11 on Saturday? I think we can all feel very proud of how well the reunion turned out and how popular it was with everyone. I think special thanks, though, go to Jackie, Donna, Cindy, Peter, and Dottie for their over-the-top efforts during the last year and especially the last couple months to make this all possible and so successful. So when's the after-show cast party?
From Linda Lee: It was truly amazing! I will never forget the faces and the fun! THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE IT A FIRST CLASS AFFAIR!
From Nancy Barnhill: Kudos to the Reunion Committee for a stellar job for the most fun time I have had in a long time. Their attention to detail was truly awesome. There was nothing left wanting - other than a magic wand that transported us back to that golden time we all lived, and probably didn't appreciate at the time. I think we should have one every six months! Thanks so much for the dedication you and your families experienced for months and months. It was well worth it and much appreciated! Thanks a million!
From Alan Breschkin: I received the yearbook and DVD's today. I just started looking through the yearbook and am really enjoying it. It brings back lots of wonderful memories of THS. Thank you so much for sending them. Best regards!
From Carole Schuller: Thank you to all on the reunion committee for their dedication and hard work to make our 50th such a wonderful and memorable event. It could not have been nicer, and as others have already said, not one thing was left undone. It was such fun to have the photographer on the premises on Saturday evening taking our pictures, and immediately printing them out. We all managed to group friends together for photos we took home as reminders of the great time we had reminiscing about our years at Towson High School. Thanks for making the entire reunion such a success!
From Judy Keyser: What a wonderful weekend! Just a note to thank you for all that you and your committee did to make this so GREAT! Had a wonderful time!
From Greg Elliott:I wanted to thank everyone on the Class of 1965 50th Reunion Committee. I had time to reflect on a long flight home, and I realized how lucky I was to have shared my high school years with such a wonderful group of people. I know how much hard work went into this past weekend. Well, I, for one, really appreciate it. So please thank anyone and everyone who contributed.
From Janet Wolf:I just received my reunion package and Sidelights is fabulous. I can’t imagine the amount of work you and committee did to producejust a great yearbook. Many, many thanks. P.S. from the pictures on the website, it looked like everyone was having a great time, sorry I wasn’t able to attend.
From John Ferguson:Thank you to you two and all the 50th Reunion Committee for a delightful, well-organized reunion! But especially to you two for your persistence in recruiting me; having missed numerous deadlines,I would not have gone without your reminders. My wife and I had a wonderful time. In fact, just as the festivities were beginning, at 4:55 pm on Friday, I got a text message that my son's wife had just delivered my first grandchild, which made the occasion even more memorable.You guys did a fantastic job!
Complete List of alumni who attended the reunion: Tom Adams Susan Agnew Sagle Milton Albert Rachael Alexander Springer Ken Allard Peter Alunans Lynn Ament Alim Nancy Anderson Moss Richey Atkins Nancy Barnhill Wallace John “Jack” Barringer Gary Bauer Ben Beck David Bennett Ernie Berger Carol Bermel Stickles Jan Bjorneby Margaret Blumenauer Bob Bonn Dick Boss Ed Brennan Bonnie Brian Caldwell Gail Briele Talbott Sara Brouillet Ron Brown Louise Bryant Pfieffer Susan Burrows Alessi Terry Callahan Carole Capriotti May Robin Carpenter Sue Carroll Snyder King Carter Mary Chapman Corbett Marilyn Childress Vernon Martha Christensen Tom Coburn Shari Coffin Dwyer Mary Jane Cole Potter Paige Coleman Sober Ed Collins Helen Collins Jeanne Condit Mueller Steve Conway Hardy Cook Randy Cooper Sharon Corun Georgio Rick Coster Linda Cox Ethridge Paula Curreri Sara Currie Mansbach Chuck Daggs Dollie Dailey Pollard Ron Dorfler Lucinda Dorvel Romberg Jim Doub Meme Doub Link Trudy Earlbeck Hammett Dan Edwards Ron Edwards Greg Elliott Rachel Eurich Hairsine Bill Faustman Gail Fennelly Grundman John Ferguson Kit Foster Needham Lynn Franklin Cosner Doug Fritz Cindy Gagliano Hutson Debbie Gauvin Lou Gerber Chuck Godwin Noreen Greene Downs Jackie Gross Cogar David Haile Jim Hall Danny Hardesty Connie Harrison Shaffer Glenn Hartman Lura Haynie Vogelman Vicky Hertslet Sherman Betty Lou Hicks McLaughlin Richard Holliday Anna Johnson Funkhouser John Kane Pam Kelley Sturmfelz Lynn Kendrick Judy Keyser Mace David Kimmelshue Ed Klatt Karen Klauser Halpert Mary Kneip Tyrell Sue Knorr Linda Koerber Boyd Linda Kraft Drumheller Bob Krebs Donna Lawson Croff Linda Lee Brackens Cathy LeGrand Danny Lewis Connie Little Neuner David Loizeaux Debbie Lloyd Fabiani Marilyn Lowney Johnson Jerry Lutes Marcia Maldeis Mary Ann McClayton Tom McCord Rick McGonnigal Bob McGraw Mike Medinger Gary Metius Walt Miles Arnie Miller Bob Moffett Greg Mullaney Brian Mund Karen Murry Guglielmo Rick Nelson Patti Norris Hommes Gloria Norton Cargill Pat Ogilvie Lipscomb Jack O'Laughlin Erika Orfield Miller Sherry Ossmus Holthaus John Owens Tim Parker Allen Parsons Henry Peck Vanita Peck Linder Lyle Poe Phyllis Porter Rudolph Patricia Quinn Dirzuweit Ron Ray Brad Reckord Babs Ricks Strauss Faye Robbins Coward Charles Robson Tim Rodgers Pete Rohde Sandi Ruhe Phillips Sal Sabatino Gene Scarpulla Judy Schick Rinaldi Carole Scheppler McCreadie Claire Schmidt Hudson Cynthia Schmidt Patzkowsky Fred Schroeder Carol Schuller Neutze Becky Skeen Daggs Barbara Ann Smith Carol Smith Mulligan Jackie Smith Linda Smith Nielsen Page Smith Paul Smith Susan Smyth Dietrich Rich Solli Candace Stafford-Rigsby Rick Stellhorn John Stickles Jeanne Taborsky Blaine Taylor Beth Thomas Bossle Pat Thompson Jo-Anne Tillman Kreiner Steve Trainor Ray Wall Suzanne Walters Arthur Dianne Warner Sembly Carol Weidemuller Fitzpatrick Jim Wheeler Roland Whye Lee Wiest Paul Wockenfuss Dottie Woernle Enders Bosley Wright Jerry Zimmerman
50th Reunion Committe Meeting January 10, 2015 The reunion committee is meeting on a monthly basis making plans for an awesome reunion. The weekend of the reunion will be a blast! Invitations will go out late March or early April. The Sheraton Towson has reserved a block of rooms for the reunion. If you wish to make a reservation for a room, please call the Sheraton at 410-321-7400. The cost of the room is $139.00 per night including breakfast for two people. The dates of the reunion are Friday September 25th and Saturday, September 26th. Reunion Committee Members shown in picture. First Row: Carole Capriotti May, Jackie Gross Cogar, and Cindy Gagliano Hutson Middle Row: Lura Haynie Vogelman Suzanne Walters Arthur, Dottie Woernle Enders, and Martha Winter Devlin. Top row: Erika Orfield Miller, David Bennett, Richard Solli, and Linda Smith Nielson
~ Save theDate ~ Our 50th Reunion Celebration
Friday, September 25, 2015 & Saturday, September 26, 2015 Reception with Hors d'oeuvres & Cocktails Gala Dinner & Dancing
Sheraton Baltimore North
903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204
The first reunion committee meeting was held in January 2014. Present were: Top Row, Left to Right: Jackie Gross Dorfler, Judy Keyser Mace, Erika Orfield Miller, Marti Winter Devlin, Cindy Gagliano Hutson, Anna Johnson Funkhouser Bottom Row, Left to Right: Linda Smith Nielsen, Debbie Lewis Kissinger, Carol Capriotti-May, and Walt Miles.
Pat Quinn Dirzuweit took the picture.
The next committee meeting will be held on May 17, 2015.
Sharon Patterson Denitto wrote this on her Facebook page: A year ago while in Ireland, a team came over from New York to interview me about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and my involvement with the Moving Wall (TM) and it was explained that this would be a fair and in depth program for our Vietnam veterans. So I agreed to participate, and John Devitt, founder of The Moving Wall (TM) agreed also to participate. Well today it was announced that this weekend if the first of many broadcasts of this hour long documentary on the radio (which will be available for download) and today of all days, it means so very much more to me that the vision is a reality. I looked at the names of the participants and wondered how did I get with such an elite group of people and then I viewed the few photos and on page 20 of 21 photos, there I was....it was surreal. For 46 years I have dedicated myself to bringing respect to my generation, our Vietnam Veterans....because many are no longer able to speak for themselves and there I was.....I fulfilled my pledge to the 58,200+ who are forever on the memorial--The Wall. Please listen to the broadcast and please share this amazing documentary broadcast. All of our veterans who have served, all generations need to hear hear this incredible gathering of individuals who speak from their hearts.
Also please don't forget to thank a veteran for his service and "Welcome them home"
Ernie Berger recently wrote: I recently attended a 3-day training class at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre in Sarasota, FL. That led to my writing and performing live on-stage the attached five-minute comedy routine. Stand-up comedy is something I had always wanted to do. I hope you enjoy the audio of my routine. I enjoyed performing it last week.
Remember this picture from the yearbook? Dick Holliday, who is retired and living in Germany, has enthusiastically agreed to upload some of the yearbook pictures and when we can they will be shared here. Kathy Millington Faust had this to say about the picture. "This photo made me chuckle. It was staged for the yearbook photo collection. In the back is Tom Neumeyer." Kathy is a Realtor in Columbus, Ohio. She is still married to her college sweetheart, Don Faust. She has two children and six grandchildren who live in Europe. And naturally, she does a lot of traveling. Tom Neumayer writes, "I remember the staged photo well. The oddity was that I am right-handed, but the photographer made me pose left-handed in order to achieve the angles he desired. As for me, the short version is that after a two-year Army stint during Vietnam, I finished my degrees, have been blessed with five children, ten grandchildren and also a one-year-old great-granddaughter. Through God's goodness I've survived cancer and a heart attack; I retired following a 39-year career in criminal justice. My wife and I are content in Richmond, VA."
Picture: Gary Hurst with his wife Lynn and their farm workers, Abi and Manuel
Gary writes: After Towson, I graduated from the University
of Maryland, and began a career in commercial insurance. After about
ten years, I decided I wanted to be in business for myself. I
joined Corporate Insurance Management (CIMA) in 1980 and I have enjoyed
being there ever since. I am currently President, and 1 of 3 agency owners. In 2003, Lynn and I sold our home in Northern Virginia and moved to Landrum, South Carolina. Our farm is called
Moss Hollowe. It is a small hobby farm in the foothills of the Appalachian
mountains in South Carolina's upstate. We are smack dab in the middle of a
little piece of the upstate the locals - and the Union in the 1860's and the
Feds in the roaring 20's - called the Dark
I called Moss Hollowe a hobby farm, but it's
really more a Gentlewoman's Farm; it's my wife’s dream,
and it's her passion that makes it come to life. We have goats; chickens; sheep - all rescued
from a former petting zoo; rabbits, 4
dogs, and 2 cats.We haven't
bought Milk, eggs, or most veggies for a few years. The goats and chickens earn
their keep. And the best part is, I am able to wrok from home while enjoying my farm.
We have two girls (stepdaughters to me), and
4 grandchildren - all boys. My hobbies include golf, baseball, and I am a
big Raven's fan.
Sara recieved a B.A. from University of Colorado (1969), M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Loyola College (1991), Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology & Theology from Loyola College (1999). Rob Hudson and Sara have lived in New Hampshire for 10 years. Despite our share of loss, we feel blessed. Sara's book, GettingBack in the River, has been described as a ‘deep and serious, sacred handbook on grieving loss.’ Rob’s son, Parker, daughter, Laurel, grandson, Gavin, are great! Life is good!
The following article was taken from Towson High School Alumni Newsnotes and is written about our own Michael Godzik. I had the privelege of visiting Michael several times and he was an inspiration to us all.
New Permanent Stadium Flagpole
The Towson Sports Boosters Association would like to thank the George and Ruth Babylon Foundation and Director Charles B. Jones (Class of 1977) for a new permanent flagpole on our stadium field. This flagpole has special meaning as it is dedicated to one of our own alumni in Mike Godzick (Class of 1965). Nelson Coffin, Towson Times sports editor and long time friend of Mike Godzick had these words to share about Mike. “I don’t think I’ve ever met someone as dedicated to a school’s athletic program as Mike, particularly when you account for his disability. Unfortunately, Mike was involved in a serious auto accident when he was 24 years young, rendering him a quadriplegic for the rest ofhis life. However, he refused to allow that to stop him.” “Although he played JV basketball at THS (and was brought up to the varsity for the playoffs), Mike never played lacrosse for the Generals. But he developed a love for the sport that would later grow into a coaching position for a University of Tampa club team. After returning to his native Baltimore, Mike devoted his lax acumen to following the Generals, motoring as best he could in his wheelchair to as many games as possible. Mike would attend practices and games, watching for any tidbit that might be helpful to Coach Dase. Through observation and numerous conversations with Coach Dase, Mike learned as much or more about the Generals laxers than anyone, including Coach Dase. Many were the night that Coach Dase would receive a call from Mike about the Generals’ midfield rotation, attack unit or defensive schemes. And if the Generals lost a game, I would get a late-night phone call describing how his beloved Generals were sure to bounce back in their next game.” “In short, Mike lived and breathed THS lax and was proud of witnessing several of their championship finals in the 1990s. In his later years, it became too difficult for Mike to attend games, although phone calls to Coach Dase and me to talk about THS lax continued unabated, and was still greatly appreciated. Mike died too young, but he gave a great deal to his alma mater before he passed.” Our Boys’ Lacrosse team has an annual award given out in his honor to the player who, even in the direst of circumstances would not be stopped. Mike Godzick gave his heart toTowson High School and in passing, he asked for his ashes to be spread on our stadium field. With that kind of love and dedication we felt it our duty to honor him. Being a veteran we felt it best to honor Mike with this flagpole. We thank the George and Ruth Babylon Foundation and the efforts of the Towson Sports Boosters Association for this generous gift. Coincidentally, this year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 which has great significance to our country, our town, and our band. Their theme this year is “An American Band.” To go along with our band’s theme this year, you will notice two new flags on our flagpole. First, we will have the (15 Star) Star-Spangled Banner Flag (a replica of the one that flew over Ft. McHenry the night our national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key), and a new Towson Generals Flag below our state flag this year.
Remember Ernie Berger - read below to see what he is doing now. The yearbook says he plans to study dentistry - from that to animations. Who would have guessed?
I have been very fortunate. My adult work has been varied in radio, TV and movie production, the music industry, and more. At first glance of my resume, it probably appears that I could not decide what to be when I grew up. As my website indicates (www.ErnieBerger.com), I am still having a varied career!
Here is a story that goes back to 1969 when I got my first professional job as a rock DJ in Baltimore. I was a video-production student performing a wake-up AM show on the University of Maryland station, WMUC. I had sent my air-check (audition) tapes (1/4" reel tape in those days) to various radio stations in the Baltimore and DC markets, with the hope of becoming a professional rock DJ. After WLPL-FM (Baltimore) had possession of one of my tapes for a month, I figured they were not going to hire me. With a morning off from college studies in May, 1969, I went to the WSID/WLPL studios on Park Heights Ave. to pick up my tape. While I waited in the reception area for someone to bring me my tape, the on-air newsman on the sister station, WSID-AM, became suddenly ill and was taken to a hospital. The program director asked me if I could go on the air to do the stricken man's news broadcast on "The Boss Lady Show," in fifteen minutes. (This was the soul station that featured popular DJ, "The Fat Daddy," someone whose show I had listened to often since the summer of '62.) "The Boss Lady" (Loretta Crab) said over the air, "Richie Allen (my college station on-air name) has his bad self in the news booth." That was my professional radio debut. I read the news from a teletype print-out. When I came out of the news booth five minutes later, the program director of the rock station (WLPL-FM) asked me if I wanted a job starting that very day on the rock station. (Would a kid want candy!) Less than an hour later I was on the rock station (noon to 3 PM Mondays through Fridays for a whole two dollars an hour) with a new on-air name, "The Real Ritchie Steele." I felt that I had gone to Heaven. It was all a matter of being at the right place at the right time....pure luck!
Now semi-retired, I make just the movies that I want to make. These tend to be animated cartoons (as director and animator) that compete in film festivals and an ocassional live-action movie (as an actor).
Eight years ago I found the love of a warm, creative, witty lady, Ann Robinson-Berger (probably a distant cousin), who grew up in Baltimore County, too. Ann and I are true soulmates living in non-matrimonial happiness, in Sarasota. I have two grown sons from my marriage to my ex-wife.