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Our plane circles Clear Lake's municipal airport; then lands and taxis to an abrupt stop. As we step onto the field sweet strains of music reach our ears. We recognize at once, John Wright's world famous symphony orchestra. He and his star soloist, Shirley Pittman, form part of the welcoming committee of
the class reunion of 1947.
There are small groups of people chatting here and there. In talking to them we have cifficulty in recognizing our former classmates. Looking very closely at two suave looking young ladies we find them to be Margaret Butcher and Evelyn Wood. Margaret informs us of her divorce from her third husband, Hammy Sanville. She is now planning a nice quiet life on a farm near Reeve. Evelyn is now the manager of Clear Lake's Swantoria Hotel. She tells us of many of our classmates who now run successful businesses here. Marvin Johnson gives ballet dancing lessons at his own dancing school and Pearl Fouks has become a famous woman doctor and is the head of a large hospital in the thriving metropolis of Clear Lake. Ardella Allram and Myrtle Zellmer are now heads of the new fire fighting department which covers two of Clear Lake's city blocks.
Of course the more fortunate girls of our class are now married and leading domestic lives. Among them are Jeanne Paulson, Lola Stensvold. Lily Nordlee, Shirley Whitmer and Audrey Hall. Aud has married the chief-of-police and is escorted by her 6'8" son. Stopping to talk to two very distinguished looking gentlemen we discover them to be Jim Gilbertson and Leslie Wood. Les is president and Jim vice-president of Woods-Wonder-7t'igs-for-Men, Inc. They are also hair stylists for M.G.M. studios at Hollywood.
John Hugo, our he-man of the class, has become ace daredevil for Bob, "Flashy Crash", Benson, owner of a stunt performers show. Two others, who have become successful are, Doug and Herb Fouks. They are now owners of the new milk plant atForest which covers twice the area formerly occupied by the village of Forest. Two of the more ambitious girls of our class, Marjorie Nelson and Audrey Poison, are now employed at the Babe Ruth Candy Co. We are informed that they hold the record as champion peanut shellers.
Shirley Beyl, former "Crier" editor, is now the editor of a famous fashion magazine and has just completed a book called "I Like Small Cities". Two other girls, Mary Ann Olson and Iris Gale, both very nimble seamstresses, are employed in a factory tailoring sailor suits.
We now begin to meet prominent members of society at the reunion. Movie actress and Powers model, DeLores "Eyelashes" Johnson, who was Homecoming Queen in 1946, is here and is being followed by a mob of bobby-soxers. two others, Adam Cahow and Henry Lange, are here too. They argue continually about the Toothpick Strike.
A few members of our class are not able to attend; Helen Ingels, retired President of the United States, and her private body guard, Adeline Johnson, who now are on a cruise down the Potomac in the opposite direction from Missouri. Ramon Mitchell, all-American fullback for Yale University, had to stay for a very important football game. The last two unable to come are Bev Felland and Bev Christensen who have just embarked on a rocket expedition to Pluto in search of uranium as the supply on earth is almost exausted. The last of my classmates whom I have a chance to meet the few days are Betty and Ottie Hovda. Together, they have discovered a new cure for "spring fever".
After spending two enjoyable days, Elaine Tobias and I will return to New York just in time for the grand opening of our new nightclub, The High Hat.
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