Lamar High School

Houston, Texas
60th Reunion
Class of 1959


What happened to the fifties?  Can you believe it has been 60 years since we leftBig Red the safe, warm (no air conditioning), all-encompassing arms of Mirabeau B. Lamar?  Remember back when our mascot was Big Red?  Remember the great friends and teachers we had?  Remember Snigglefritz?  Remember when we actually had social clubs?  Hey, it's time for our ...  
60th Reunion!    29-31 March 2019
Logo for 50th ReunionAnnouncements for the Lamar Class of 1959 60th Reunion are going out!  If you are not sure we have your latest email address, please contact Wendell Mendell (  Here is the Registration Form - please print and mail it even if you cannot attend the Reunion! 
Your classmates have planned several events for our 60th.  Questions?  contact Wendell! 

List of 60th Reunion attendees:Planning to attendMight attend
  Lamar High School... getting the ol' band back together!

Over the years, we've lost several classmates. We're so glad you're still around and hope to see you in March for 
our 60th Reunion.   

We already know these classmates are attending -
  ... and these classmates are considering ...
      ... (and some classmates have told us they will not be attending) ....

Who have we missed?  If you know of a classmate whose name is not on one of these Lists, and you have their contact info, let us know!
Meanwhile, please print and mail this form.  

  Any questions?  Ask away!

Hotel Accommodations: Traveling from out of town? Thanks to our classmate Maria Burke Butler, we have a great deal on a most convenient hotel! Within walking distance of the Galleria, and you can park your own car!  Take advantage of our 60th Reunion block of rooms:
Hotel Indigo at the Galleria
   Hotel Indigo Houston at the Galleria   
5260 Hidalgo Street
   Houston TX  77056

phone:  713-621-8988    website

Our Group Accommodations available during the Reunion
(29 March 2019 thru 31 March 2019 - use Group Code LSR):
  •    Classic King:  $99/nite
  •    2 Double Queens:  $109/nite
  •    King Suite:  $129/nite
note:  the cutoff date for this deal is 8 March 2019; book your reservations soon!  

60th Reunion Events    (29 - 31 March 2019)

Friday, 29 March 2019  
On Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm we will have an informal gathering at the Kirby Ice House:

Kirby - Inside Bar 01
Kirby - Inside bar - chairs

Kirby's is located at 3333 Eastside, just south of good ol' Lamar (see map).   You can view the front inside bar in this 360 degree photo.  Bring your dog or your ex-spouse - all are welcome!  
(a sleek, expansive bar serving local beers, cocktails & wine with a big backyard & food trucks; just like the Lamar Cafeteria in the 50s.)   Pay-as-you-go open bar.  We'll meet at the front inside bar, which is just inside the main door which opens to Eastside.  This is an area conducive to walking around, meeting, talking - see the photo.  There will be a food truck available if you wish to order beyond bar food.   (Planner: Rick McDowell)  ...   Kirby Ice House re Lamar High SchoolKirby Ice House

Lamar Campus in the 50s
Saturday morning, 30 March 2019
Before we dress for our Dinner Party, Fran Callahan will take us of a Tour of Lamar (11 am to 1 pm) to see all the additions and what Life is like today for the Redskins - uh, "Texans."  School is not in session on Saturday and we can view the construction site of the 'new building.'  If you get hungry, there are numerous restaurants in the area.  Or just pack a lunch and sit on the Lamar front lawn 'like the old days.'  

[Fran Callahan, the Executive Director of our Lamar HS Alumni Assoc, is our contact and tour guide for this event]

Saturday evening, 30 March 2019
Forest Club - entrance
Map - The Forest Club

7 pm  Reunion Dinner Party
The site is The Forest Club, 9950 Memorial.  Attire is dressy casual (sport jackets required for men)
Situated on more than six wooded acres, deep in the heart of Houston just off Memorial Drive, the Club is a rare gem in the bustling City of Houston. Founded in 1946, by some of Houston's oldest and finest families, The Forest Club's guiding principle has always been to create a comfortable environment where friends and family can gather, dine and enjoy recreational activities.  
  [Arlen Ferguson has made the arrangements for our big Saturday event.]

Cadillac Bar   Sunday, 31 March 2019
Sit-down Brunch, order food & drink.
    11 am at The Cadillac Bar
on Shepherd (2 blocks So. of Katy Highway)
Be sure and sign up for this farewell brunch!

60 Year Classics - forever in our memory
 Sally Clay
Sally Clay
The Rebel Lamar 60th The Untouchables Rise Finch
Risė Finch
The Twilight Zone
Letitia Kinzbach
Letitia Kinzbach
Rawhide John Jamison

John Jamison
Rick McDowell and Wendell Johnny Caruthers
Johnny Caruthers
Kenny Anderson
Kenny Anderson
Rocky & Bullwinkle
Barbara Bergstrom
Barbara Bergstrom
The Ed Sullivan ShowMiss Hollingsworth
Miss Hollingsworth
The Real McCoysBarbara Hoffman
Barbara Hoffman
Lamar Crest

   Your Current Contact Information

Your help is needed! For future mailings we need to verify your current contact information so please provide the information below to

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

With the passing of Letitia, Wendell became our class database manager and will update his records using your confirmed information.  Invitations will be sent using the contact information in our Class Database so the sooner we can complete this process, the better!

Lamar Entrance
               60th Reunion Page:  updated as of:  26 January 2019

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Every five years, as wintertime nears,
An announcement arrives by email,
"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, the ladies 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 much 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 a March 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
                                             but we know this was 
not a product of
                                             Miss Greenwood's Major Works English
                                             (5th Period)
                                             as Miss Greenwood never gave a grade below A
                                             and this is probably Grade B -