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The dancers withdrew when the spotlight was beamed on a spectacular dancing
couple. The crowd applauded enthusiasticly as the couple swayed to and fro to the
rhythm of the music. I saw that the boy was Tom Sweney. After the dancers had taken
their bows, Tom introduced his partner as his fiance. Tomhad his name in lights on
Broadway two years after graduation. He now lives in Vermont in the summer and in
Florida through the winter. He is planning to retire at the age of thirty.
A whoop of Yippi-I-Ki-Oh echoed through the gym. The crowd turned toward the
gyln. The crowd turned toward the person responsible for the outburst. Guess who?
Willis Birky, in a stetson, was starting to strum his guitar. It was common knowl-
edge that Willis owned a big spread in Texas and had replaced Burl Ives, the singing
troubador, on the radio and screen. To our great delight Willis played and sang sev-
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Wilma Hough and her husband were a famous duo present. Wilrna and her spouse
are fearless deep-sea divers. Wilma told me that while diving for sponges one day
she felt an arm steal around her and thinking it was an octopus slashed 'away at it
with her knife. She almost made the poor guy bleed to death. While nursing him back
to health she fell in love with him and they had their wedding ceremony under the sea.
Need I say they had a very exclusive reception?
The highlight of the evening was at hand, the seniors of '49 crowded around the
television set. The Masked Marvel was wrestling for her last time in Madison Square
Garden. "We" knew that the Masked Marvel was lvlary Margaret Rathburn, the Editor
of our yearbook. Mary threw the Boston Bloomer Girl out of the ring in the lst down,
which made her the undisputed champion woman wrestler for ten years. Mary an-
nounced to the audience that she now planned to retire to a quiet life with her third
husband, Ching Chow, a 300 pound Chinese wrestler.
As the band resumed playing I hailed one of my classmates I hadn't yet chatted
with. Christine Anderson was escorted by a tall, dark and handsome gentleman.
Christine has become a famous model and screen star in the ten years' since her
graduation. Chris was crowned Miss America of 1950 which led to movie contracts
and many modeling jobs for leading magazines.
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Kathleen Witters and Bob Felton were cooing ina corner as much in love as they were
in high school. The circus has claimed these two from our class. Little Kathleen fools
everybody by using balloons to make her appear fat. ,She is billed at weighing 600 pounds.
She said she was dreadfully embarrassed once when a little boy stuck her with a pin and
one hip collapsed. Bob owns a big cat act which is quite thrilling to watch. The ladies are
attracted in droves by handsome Bob in his white breetches and carrying his long, black
whip. Kathleen says she doesn't have to worry because Bob never looks at other girls.
Professor Osby was accompanied to the big affair by his charming wife Lolita. Jack
is a professor in an Argentina University. After Jack graduated from high school, he took
a trip to South America where he met Lolita, a beautiful Spanish girl, who persuaded Jack
to attend a university and spend the rest of his life with her. You can imagine the fight Jack
put up against a lovely lady like Lolita. Lolita confided to me that at home in Argentina
there is a little Lolita, a Papeeta, and a ilviarpretta, plus a Don, a Juan, and aFerdinand.
Gerda Kaldahl was in mourning which filled her classmates -with grief. It seems
that Gerda took a short course in electricity at Purdue after graduation. Gerda was so
terrific that she was offered a job as chief electrocutor at Sing Sing. Everything was go-
ing fine until, unfortunately, she became acquainted with one of her victims, Willy, "the
eel." From the moment they set eyes on each other they knew it was love. They had two
weeks together before the fatal day. They lived those days to the fullest, looking through
the bars at each other. On "D-Day," Gerda tried to get one of her assistants to pull the
switch, but Willy said he wouldn't feel right about it if Gert's loving hand, didn't caress
the switch. Poor Gert!
A cry from the crowd arose when Chuck Sweney paraded into the gym followed by his
managerie. Chuck was just back from Borneowhere he was a missionary. He had brought
with him his wife "Venus" and their kids, Bongo, Congo, Dongo, Songo, Longo, and Rongo,
whom he planned to have bleached. I
Niaynard Gibson came to the celebration with a beautiful girl on each arm. Maynard
is now a millionaire since he fell heir to a plantation in the South. Maynard is the most
eligible bachelor south of the Mason-Dixon line.
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His Honor, Judge Wahl, and his sophisticated wife were among the notables present
at the festivities. Judge Wahl, Mike to us, is a member of the Supreme Court. He is
the youngest member ever to be allowed on the bench. An exception was made in
Mike's case when, after one year as mayor of Chicago, he cleaned out every racketeer
in that large city: one year and a half in New York City left that metropolis without
any gangsters also. Mike is married to a socialite from Long Island. They are the
proud parents of two children.
'Iviiss Butterworth, Murt to us, wasn't able to attend because her school on an
Indian reservation in New Mexico was still in session. The following fall after we
graduated from good old Hebron High, Murt found herself uncontrollably drawn back
to school, so she took up the teaching profession. Murt isn't yet married, but we hear
from reliable sources that she is casting her eyes at a certain elgible young brave,
a cousin to Tonto, the Lone Ranger's right hand man.
Ki Wagner was another member unable to be present. Ki was being treated in a
hospital for somnambulism. Ki lives in Chicago near the Brookfield Zoo. One night
Osome of Ki's friends found him swinging on the bars in the monkey cage oblivious
to his surroundings.Another evening Ki was evidently dreaming of Lana Turner be-
cause he was in the bear cage saying, "Lana, what a beautiful fur coat you're wear-
ing--but your nose is all wet." We all hoped sincerely that Ki would recover from
this last escapade when "Lana" squeezed two ribs out of place.
A wonderful evening had drawn to a close for the seniors of '49, All of them an-
ticipated our next reunion in '69.
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