Lamar High School
50th Reunion:  Class of 1959


50th Reunion RSVP
Logo for 50th ReunionInvitations for the Lamar Class of 1959 50th Reunion were mailed out 25 September 2009.  If you are a classmate who did not receive yours, please contact Tish Kinzbach Keller ( to ensure she has your correct mailing address.  The invitations consisted of a description of events (as shown here) and a Reply Card (as shown here).  The Reply CAddress for mailing registrationard is to be mailed with your check or money order (sorry, no credit card transactions) to the address given at right. Please return it even if you cannot attend the Reunion.  Any questions?  ask your Class Reunion Committee Contacts. 

The Excitement Grows!

Friday, October 02, 2009
  Hello Larry, Just a note to tell you that the activities you have planned, the invitation, website etc. for our 50th are all spectacular.  I know many of you have worked to make this so special and you have outdone yourselves.
  Thank you so much. I know everyone really appreciates all you have done.
  I work for Texas Tech and Dr. McSwain, the Principal of Lamar, is one of our graduates so I have been to Lamar many times.  It looks great and I know everyone will enjoy seeing all the additions and updates.
  I look forward to seeing you on Nov. 13th.  Please convey my compliments to all who had a part in making this so wonderful.
        Warmest personal regards,
         Betsy Kaiser Striegler
         Asst. Vice Chancellor
         Texas Tech university
         Houston Regional Office

Lamar Campus in the 50s
Classmates registered
for the Reunion events
More registrations are coming in every day -  175 classmates have already registered, from as far away as Anchorage and Naples!  This will be the largest gathering of the Class of 1959 since Commencement!

    Click to see the list from a few days ago (PDF file).

50th Reunion Events    (13 - 15 November 2009)

Friday, 13 November 2009
Goode's Armadillo PalaceGoode's Armadillo Palace
5015 Kirby Drive (near Bartlett)    Phone: (713) 526-9700
7 pm until 10 pm
Complete BBQ dinner including brisket and chicken, side dishes, pecan pie and iced tea.  There will be a cash bar.   Goode’s Armadillo Palace will block off the entire inside of the facility for our Class (with exception of the pool room area and the patio).
Web site:

Lamar High SchoolSaturday, 14 November 2009
12 noon:  Lunch at Lamar Senior High School
3325 Westheimer Rd, Houston
We will have lunch at our Alma Mater out under the big trees in the front, just like Jesse and Letitia used to do in old times - however you won't have to pack your lunch, we're having it catered by James Coney Island.  In case of inclement weather, we'll all don our hairnets and head for the cafeteria. Man, I can taste that chili and Fritos combination now!  Cost of the lunch (including set up charges, taxes, drink and chips) will be $8.50 per person.
Lunch will be followed by Tour of Lamar (1 pm to 3 pm)

Saturday evening, 14 November 2009Map - River Oaks Country Club

Reunion Dinner Party at
River Oaks Country Club
1600 River Oaks Blvd.
7 pm - 11 pm

Saturday night at River Oaks Country Club

§       Menu – you will find an appealing range of choices including a Mexican food buffet, stations for pasta, Caesar salad and smoked salmon, and an ice cream sundae bar!  There will be an open bar.

§       Program – at 8 we will welcome classmates, introduce your reunion committee and have a clever “memory lane” skit from Sherry and Lynn Zarr

§       Group gatherings – following the program, there will be several scheduled times throughout the evening when you will have an opportunity to gather with classmates you associated with in social clubs, music groups and athletic teams.  The DJ will announce these as they come up.  Other groups that want to meet can ask the DJ to announce those too.

§       Music –an excellent DJ will be on hand to play “our” music and give you happy feet!  To make sure he has everything we want to hear, he has asked that we give him requests in advance.  Please send your wish list to him at

§       Videographer –A video of our reunion (including the school tour) will be made and offered to all classmates later by mail.  They will try to include everyone so get ready for your close-up!

The attire will be dressy casual (sport jackets required for men) and there will be a DJ providing background and dance music - so get those happy feet ready!     Web Site and Directions

Sunday, 15 November 2009
Brisas Cocina MexicanaCasual Brunch, 10 am to 12 noon at Brisa Cocina Mexicana at the corner of San Felipe and Sage (Randall’s center).  The food is authentic and excellent and the atmosphere warm and welcoming.

Brunch Menu:  mole rojo, tamales, guisado de puerco, ceviche, chicken and avocado tostaditas, guacamole, hongos en escabeche, ensaladas.

Omelets - Made while you wait

Houston's best huevos rancheros
two eggs sunny side up over a home made corn tortilla

Your Chair for the 50th Reunion Committee is Larry Hitt.  To directly visit this page for the 50th Reunion, enter in your browser. 

   Hotel for our 50th Reunion

Classmate Lou Parks Gorski has negotiated an excellent contract with the Hilton Garden Inn Houston Galleria Area for our 50th Reunion. 

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn Houston Galleria Area
3201 Sage Road 
Houston, TX  77056
Phone:   713-629-0101
FAX  713-629-0102
Our booking code:  LHSC

For instructions to book your room click:
Here (for MS Word doc)  Here (for PDF document)

Web site:

From the web site you can take a photo tour of the hotel.
For the dates:
  • Friday         11/13/2009
  • Saturday     11/14/2009
  • Sunday        11/15/2009
[Note:   As of 5 Oct, contract now covers Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.   Also:  contract is primarily for two queen bed rooms - a few single King bed rooms are available.]

Lou Parks Gorski has been working with Diane C. of the Hilton on our Reunion package. There will be a Hotel Shuttle (10 passengers at a time) to and from each of our 50th events; you will receive a welcome letter and shuttle schedule upon check-in.  Contact Lou at:

Double     $89.00 per night           

      Plus these perqs for overnight guests in our group
  • Complimentary parking for group members.
    (Normally a fee of $8.00 per night per vehicle.)
  • The hotel provides shuttle service to any location within a 3 mile radius of the hotel
    between the hours of 7am – 10pm daily; a Reunion Event schedule will be provided.
  • Complimentary breakfast for overnight Reunion guests

  • Reservations must be received by 10/30/2009, which is 2 weeks prior to arrival.  Thereafter, reservations will be taken on a space availability basis. 
  • Individuals are responsible for providing a credit card guarantee when calling to confirm their own reservations.
  • Individuals are responsible for payment of their own charges and must provide a credit card when checking into the hotel.
Map - Hilton Garden Inn   Directions to Reunion Hotel:
  • I-45 South (coming from Bush Intl. Airport, Dallas, Conroe, The Woodlands)
Take I-45 South to 610 Loop. Take 610 Loop West/South and exit at Hidalgo. Turn right on Hidalgo and go to Sage Rd. Turn left on Sage. Hotel is on left side at 3201 Sage Rd.
  • I-45 North (Coming from Hobby Airport, Galveston, Clear Lake)
Take I-45 North to US-59 South. Take Newcastle Exit and continue on Service Rd. on to Richmond. Turn left on Richmond. Turn right on Sage. Hotel is on right side at 3201 Sage Rd.
  • US-59 North (coming from Missouri City, First Colony, Sugar Land)
Take 59 North to Loop 610 North. Exit at Westheimer and make a u-turn at Westheimer heading south on the Service Rd. Turn right on Hidalgo. Turn left on Sage. Hotel is on left side at 3201 Sage Rd.
  • US-59 South (coming from Bush Intl. Airport, Kingwood, Humble)
Take US-59 towards Houston. Continue on US-59 past downtown Houston. Exit at Newcastle and continue on Service Rd. on to Richmond. Turn left on Richmond. Turn right on Sage. Hotel is on right side at 3201 Sage Rd.
  • I-10 West (coming from New Orleans, Baytown, Channelview)
Take I-10 West. Continue on I-10 going past downtown Houston to 610 Loop (the second time). Take 610 Loop South and exit at Hidalgo. Turn right on Hidalgo and go to Sage Rd. Turn left on Sage. Hotel is on left side at 3201 Sage Rd.
  • I-10 East (coming from San Antonio, Katy)
Take I-10 East to 610 Loop. Take 610 Loop South and exit at Hidalgo. Turn right on Hidalgo and go to Sage Rd. Turn left on Sage. Hotel is on left side at 3201 Sage Rd.
  • 290 East (coming from Austin)
Take 290 East to 610 Loop. Take 610 Loop South and exit at Hidalgo. Turn right on Hidalgo and go to Sage Rd. Turn left on Sage. Hotel is on left side at 3201 Sage Rd.

   Your Current Contact Information

Your help is needed! For future mailings we need to verify your current contact information so please complete the form below and send it to

To download this form as a Microsoft Word doc, click here.   As a PDF document, click here Meanwhile, here is the information needed:

Maiden Name   
Name of spouse/significant other   
Mailing address   
Preferred phone number   
Preferred e-mail address   

Letitia is our database manager and will update her records using your confirmed information. Invitations will be sent out using the contact information in our Class Database so the sooner we can complete this process, the better!

Lamar Entrance
               50th Reunion Page:  updated as of:  10 November 2009
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Every five years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.

I'll never forget the first time we met;
We tried so hard to impress.
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
And wore our most elegant

It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel
We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.

The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.

The homecoming prom queen, who once had been lean, Homecoming Queen
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.

No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon.

The boy we'd decreed 'most apt to succeed'
Was serving ten years in the pen,
While the one voted 'least' now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.

They awarded a prize to one of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least..
Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to attend the feast.

They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties..
Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.

At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.

It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
Then most of us lay around in the shade,
In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.

By the fiftieth year, it was abundantly clear, Fiftieth Reunion
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in time for their pill.

And now I can't wait; they've set the date;
Our sixtieth is coming, I'm told.
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.

Repairs have been made on my hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.

I'm feeling quite hearty, and I'm ready to party
I'm gonna dance 'til dawn's early light.
It'll be lots of fun;
But I just hope that there's one
Other person who can make it that night.

                                           Author Unknown