Mirabeau B. Lamar Senior High School
Your Committee - A Great Job Preparing the 45th Reunion of the Lamar Class of 1959Standing, left to right: Arlen Ferguson, Maria Burke, Rick McDowell, Ed Bock, Bette Azadian Leonard, Arthur Faris, Rollo Storey, Wendell Mendell, Larry Hitt. Seated, left to right: Mary Dale Ellis, Ann Knickerbocker McCullough, Lou Parks Gorski, Lee Chatham Seureau. Committee members not pictured: Bill Conner, Travis Broesche, Nancy Culbertson DeLorenzo, Jon Fleming, Tom Herren, Frank Jones, Rick Lilliott, Karen Tellepsen.
|The list of who signed up for the Reunion ... is here !!
|Can you help
us locate any of these classmates?
(click and check!)
of the various reunion activities:
Friday, April 30, 2004
We first gathered at Grassshopper,
a chic new bar at 506 Main, right on
Saturday, May 1
The main event was hosted
Sunday, May 2
We met for brunch at Cadillac
Bar, 1802 Shepherd at
||Plans for the 45th Reunion were
maintained and updated at this site.
The Class of 1959 held their 45th Reunion during the weekend of April 30 - 2 May 2004; a great time was had by all ! Your Reunion Committee sent out notices (e-mail and snail mail) on March 9, 2004 - and you can also obtain the invitation and response form here.
Your contact for the Lamar 59ers Reunion is Larry Hitt. Contact Larry at:
Send Information and Photos for this site to Mike@Blackledge.com
Members of Miss Helen Greenwood's Major Works English Class
Cordially Invite Their '59 Friends to
a Brunch at The Forest Club
at 11AM, Saturday, May 1, 2004
9950 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024
$20 per person
RSVP by mailing your check payable to: Arlen Ferguson
This event was a "private party" and thus closed to anyone that did not
|As of 22 April, we've received checks from
Jim Jennings, Mike Blackledge, Sam Hughes, Carol Illig Lake, Martha Hansen Dinwiddie,
Letitia Kinzbach Keller, Anne Watts Morris, Kathleen Much, Wendell
Mendell, and Carol and Roy Turner. Mike Hattwick and Barbara showed
up, and a great time was had by all!
|The Lamar Alumni
Association now has a website: www.lamarhsalumni.com
|Tommy Tune (nine time Tony winner,
and graduate of the Class of 1957) was recently featured in kicking
off a fundraising campaign by performing at Lamar High
school on February 12, 2004. Funds raised will be used to benefit
the renovation of our school's auditorium, which was newly dedicated
as the Ruth R. Denny Auditorium. You can still
contribute or even dedicate a chair with your name in the auditorium.
For additional information on this and other events, go
to the website www.lamarhsalumni.com
Stories from '59
I'm working on the "walk down memory lane" part of the evening and solicit your input. Per Art Farris' fine suggestion, I tried to get Paul Brindley to do it with me but, he has a long standing obligation on the Island and won't be attending.
My hope is to start a "conversation" with the group. I've done this before - many times - even in university commencement speeches and formal academic "lectures" - it works.
I have clear and distinct memories of Lamar days. And...so do each of you! How about taking a few minutes and sending me some of your precious ones? The obvious like going to the quarter finals in football in '58 of course. The Mixed Chorus and Choralettes, etc., etc.
But, does anyone know why Richard Davis got kicked off the track team just before the state meet? I do.
Of course teacher memories are really important. Arlen has gone so far as to have the Major Works English Class to the Forrest Club. I was thinking about getting a group together at a nearby McDonalds to celebrate our Assistant Principals. I was thinking about having all of us who got pops from Mr. Camp or Mr. Costlow to stand up.
How about the Niwauna Mums and how all that worked? How about Mrs. MacArthur and the Latin "pony" story?
Is there anyone out there who can shed light on the delicious rumor (entirely unconfirmed) of Lou Park's and Jack Kamrath's fond yet torrid relationship commencing in the second grade at River Oaks and continuing all the way into the University of Texas? The way Mr. and Mrs. Parks found all this out was when they discovered a pair of "clay stained" tennis shoes in the back of Mrs. Park's car...when they were 11 years old...Jack and Lou...not the tennis shoes. (Forgive me Lou!!!!)
Send me any and all you wish. Again, I'm going to weave as much as possible into five or ten minutes. If the conversation with the big group "heats" then wonderful. If it doesn't we can cut it off when appropriate.
We are all so blessed to be part of this wonderful Lamar Family. We are equally blessed by circumstance of our births, the love of our parents and family and our industry.
The Lamar '59er's Lunch is currently held at Marathon Oil Bldg. Cafeteria, 5555 San Felipe at Yorktown, Houston. Underground parking available. These lunches are held on the first Thursday of each month, so plan ahead..... Please pass this info on to any of our classmates that you may be in contact with.
We don't want to leave anyone out. I sent out postcards to quite a few of those that don't have e-mail. See you next [first] Thursday. - Bette Azadian Leonard
The words for the Lamar Fight Song can be found at this site:
which also contains the words for the Alma Mater, and other information. The words and music for
both were contributed by Lee S. Keding.
Madeleine's Restaurant: This group of 59ers was found in
November 2003, already thinking about the 45th reunion in April 2004 ! From
left to right: Wendell Mendell, Jim Jennings, Rick Lilliott,
Kathleen Much, Gwen Lilliott, Carol Childress Turner.