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Page 42 text:
July 25 1960
My dear Adele,
I was sorry to see that you couldn t make it to the class reumon last week at Lansing l
guess training horses and Brittany Spaniels is quite a busy and tiring hobby
I thought I would write you th1s letter and let you tn on a ltttle of the news about our old
class of 1954
The reunion was scheduled for July 18th at Bob Mumford s home at Lansing As you prob
ably know Bob was the Democratic Senator of our state but he was ousted from 0fflCe because
of h1s Republtcan ideas
I arr1ved at Bob's home about 1 30 inthe afternoon That old 1953 Bentley Dnvers Traming
Car just 1sn't what tt used to be
The doorbell was answered by the butler who looked very familiar but I couldn t place him,
He informed me that Bob was out on the terrace w1th another of the guests whom I later learned
was Rodney Draper I'm sure you remember Rodney He is the one that Bob Mumford used to
pick on all the time in school. Tlus pestering usually ended m a brawl 1nvo1v1ng Lee Anderson
Well Rodney is now a boxer I watched h1m vrgorously jumpmg rope and beatmg the hvxng day
hghts out of a punchxng bag suspended from a tree limb He has a scheduled frght w1th Rocky
Marctano and has been picked the ftghter most hkely to be knocked out in the first 5 seconds of
The butler Interrupted to,say that a M1ss Blame Draper had arr1ved and he thought that she
might be 111 Elame was the one that was so quiet and when she d1d talk she squeaked hke an
unoiled door When we entered the house, a noxse that sounded like a hurrrcane blowmg over the
Gulf of MEXICO practxcally hit us in the face. lt wasn t a hurricane and Elame wasn t ill She
was promenadmg back and forth before a large rmrror screechxng at the top of her lungs She
informed us that she was a slnger at the P1zza House and the only way she could get a leave from
her Job was to practxce s1ng1.ng. That was just what she contmued to do
Rodney fmally Jomed the rest of us tn the livmg room. We chatted about world events for
a whxle and then the butler announced Carl Gusie.
Carl Joined m the conversatron and we learned that he was in a fight and lost all but lus two
front teeth so he has a Job in a donut factory makmg the holes in donuts
J on Grahn Floyd Grooms and Tom Hockm Jomed the party a httle later but they never men
t1oned therr Jobs or what they had been domg 1n the last stx years It wasn t unul Pr1vate Detecuve
Russell Khne arr1ved that we found out the details Russell told us that Floyd who runs Floyd s
Fresh Fish Market as a front also manufactures transmissions for the cars they p1ck up off the
street Jon Grahn who used to spend most of h1s t1me bumpmg the dents out of his own car has
of late been bumpmg them out of the cars Floyd repairs Tom Just pamts and resells the cars
I d1dn t know whether to believe h1m or not untll I caught Floyd trymg to remove the transmtsslon
from my car and maklng an attempt at flling the sertal numbers off the motor Seems he brought
a new transmission and enough pamt to re do the whole car Floyd hkes his work immensely
wrth one excepuon Thls I learned was the fact that ,T on and Tom held out on the profits and he
d1dn t get h1s usual share We found Tom and J on counting money out by the garage. Seems they
Just sold Bob Mumford s car for hun although Bob didn t know ll They netted S900 from It and
J on and Tom took S400 ap1ece but were generous enough to let Floyd have the rematmng S100
I thought xt was mighty fa1r of them myself.
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SENIOR PLAY CA ST
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STANDING Left To Rxght D1rector Mr Perono I Qumlan C Gus1e C Blackhurst J' Dyer
R Draper D Atherton Assistant D1rector M1ss Rxnghen SITTING Left To Rxght A Ives
B Swanson A Stebb1ns J Walton E Draper B Meeks P Hoffman
STANDING: Left To Rightg B, Katona, L. Avery, B, Mumford, F, Grooms, J. Horne, G, Fallis,
M. LeClaire, D. La.Duke. SITTING: Left To Right: J. Neil, C. Coates, A. Wesson, .T. Vickerman,
S. Wells, M, Kovacs, C. Neil, D, Neil.
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CLASS PROP!-IECY CONT'D
Detectlve Khne put out a general alarm on the car and we returned to the house.
Carl Gusre was talkmg about Larry Avery and we were all wondermg what happened to h1m
after graduauon I m sure you remember Larry He rsathe one who used to hft Carl off the
ground w1th one hand and then drop htm We d1dn't have to wonder very long for Larry came
swoopmg down from a tree 1n the yard He entered the house and after several Tarzaruc yells
he mformed us that 1S now playmg Tarzan lIl the movtes He gets most of h1s pracuce by swmg
mg from tree to tree tn the c1ty park He also told us to look htm up someume because he
practtcally hves Wldl the bxrds In fact he says he usually shares a nest w1th a couple of spar
I dec1ded to go out onto the terrace for a lxttle fresh a1r When I opened the door I knocked
the butler down and almost gave htm a black eye. lcertamly knew the butler but I couldn t
place hun. It was bothermg me Bestdes I couldn't flgure out why he kept peekmg at us through
key holes and around corners He certamly was a nosey person to say the least
Oat on the terrace, I found Margaret Kovacs She was busy learmng her lines for the pro
gram sertes on Life Wlth Lu1g1 where she plays Rosa
Nancy Dechmann Gene Fallis and Dave Atherton jomed us on the terrace. Nancy believe
1t or not IS a wrlter Not a wrlter in a truly hterary sense, but more as a statistlctan Seems
she IS rewrmng the Kmsey Report She cla1ms someone has to undo what he has already done.
Gene Falhs as you know always wanted to be a football player at the Umversity of M1ch1gan
He d1dn't make the team as a football player but he does enjoy h1s job as water boy for the team
Dave Atherton runs a gas stauon on the corner of Dort Hwy From what we hear Dave IS domg
well m h1s business and seems to be makmg quxte a b1t of money at ll We learned though that
hrs gasolme IS one part gas and three parts water Dave says h1s supply doesn't run out quite
so qu1ckly this way
to Marlane LeC1a1re hrs secretary John IS busy wr1t1ng a Dyer D1ct1onary carrymg all SLANG
UAGE rn the Uruted States and 1ts possess1ons Marlene became h1s secretary after a t1ring
experxence of chasmg rats m a brewery Seems ll was cheaper to have Marlene chase them
than to buy a cat and feed ll
B111 Katona and J 1m Horne jolned 1n our merrymakmg B111 Katona passed out cards for
lus thrivmg busmess The card read W1lJ.1e s Drop Shop' or W1ll1e s Suff Shop We Embalm
You Wh1le You Walt B1ll's undertaker's busmess IS quite prosperous
J 1m Horne brought h1s banjo wxth h1m. He IS the one who used to s1t in bookkeepxng class
and moo hke a cow He has a job w1th Ph11 Sp1talny's all g1rl orchestra and plays the banjo
He played a couple of numbers for us and rf the orchestra sounds anythmg hke J 1m s banjo playmg
l'll never understand how the band became so successful.
Several of the guests began to ask about the butler No one knew who he was Several times
I caught him watchmg us from around corners and watchmg what was gomg on But he always
excused h1mself and hurrxed away
Joan Vxckerman was the next arrtval at the party She was dressed 1n an outfit from the
Latm Quarter m New York Cxty She has a job as ctgarette g1rl there. She was so a1thus1astic
about her job though that she brought her ctgarettes w1th her and tr1ed to sell them at the re
Do you remember Alva Mae Ives Adele? She was the one w1th the great gift of gab Well
she came to the party and as usual she was talking about somethmg This time II was about her
job It seems she has fmally attamed the positlon of Manager of Robmson s cred1t department
We joined the other guests in the living room only to find that John Dyer was busy dictating
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