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Pirate Press October 2009 Issue

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July 2009

Ahoy, Pirates 1957!

October 2009 Issue of “Pirate Press”

Hi, Pirates. Here we are again to share some news of the YHS Class of ’57. Am always so glad to hear from you; please keep the e-mails and photos (need more of those!) coming — and as often as you wish.

I’m not doing any editing (just assembling), so, as Gloria Bryson Pyszka reminded me, if you don’t want any part of your e-mail “published,” please let me know, and I’ll respect that.

Please notice our new section: “Arrrgh” (spelling?) where we’ll share the miscellaneous and often humorous. Your contributions are welcome. This is YOUR newsletter.

Also, don’t forget that our “Pirate Press” page is available at:

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Just click on it in the left-hand menu of the site.

Fair Winds to you all,
Carol and Jim
Carol Lemon Allen
(“Wigwam” editor 1956-1957)

P.S. These three e-mails “bounced.”

COX, Esther Udell
Carol: Thanks for your hard work - enjoy hearing about classmates even though I cannot remember some of them. Take care.

Esther Udell Cox

DEAN, Gordon
Carol, Nice work. It is great to hear about what others are doing. Me? Been retired 6 months from Telecommunications Engineering! Now I am making sawdust in my wood working shop and seeking to write technical design proposals for several telecom companies. My wife, Joy, is principal of a grade school (first day of school today). I help out: pulling weeds, hanging pictures and I've gotten pretty good at carpet cleaning. It's all very technical!

Sue Woodruff's "Classy Insults" were, well, classy. Now if I can just remember them!

I wrote a short story that means absolutely nothing but we can't publish it. Do publish the attached. It means even less.

Gordon Dean

HART, Patrick (Dennis)
Hi Carol, What a wonderful idea! Sorry you did not reach me the first time. The e mail is correct. I would love to be included on any news re: Class of '57 graduates. It was a very pleasant surprise to open this and to find what you are doing and once again thanks for all your efforts and please include me.

A quick note about what I am doing. My bride of 46 years and I just built a little 50 seat theatre on our property and I am currently mounting a musical review I am calling "Ain't No Spring Chickens...and a coupla hot chicks!". Happy to tell you that it includes many songs from the good 'ol fifties....including such songs as "Splish Splash", Lil' Darlin', Rock Around the Clock, It's All in the Game, Barbara Ann and many more fun songs. I am having a great time with the project. Anybody that wants to fly in for one of the performances, we will be happy to comp and serve you a good meal! If you have further interest you can google our web page: www.bigoaktheatre.com .

Hope to see many e mails from classmates in the future.
Happy Day,
Patrick (Dennis) Hart

JACKSON, Suzanne Lusty
Hi Carol: Nice edition. Could you make the print a little larger for us older folks?


Hi Carol Thanks so much for keeping our class in touch At our reunion you asked me if I could contribute some sailing experiences and photos for your new idea the "Pirate Press".

I have tried to live up to the Pirate name by extensive sailing the last 45 years. The highlights were sailing from Victoria B.C. to Lahaina Maui, >down the west coast to Cabo San Lucas, and several weeks in the windward >islands of the Caribbean. My three children, all now in their forties, grew up learning to set the chute(spinnaker),trimming the jib, and ducking the boom during a jibe.

It was with some heartbreak, selling our 36' sloop "Will O' Wind" after having a boat for four decades. We just were no longer using it enough. Happily across the street from our home in Kirkland is a sailing club letting us go out for a few hours on Lake Washington any time we want.

Now retired for eight years Shelia and I split our time between our condo in Kirkland and a ski-in/ski-out condo in Sun Peaks. If you haven't heard of Sun Peaks, check it out at sunpeaksresort.com. Located east and north of Whistler it has just been named the 10th best resort in North America by Conde Nast travel publication, The point is that we do rent it out with special rates for family and school mates. And yes we are still skiing over forty days a year. A new knee and hip makes it all possible.

(Editor’s Note: My husband Jim is our “techie” and will work with the photos, although all may not be in this issue. Also, have been sharing some history with David, who grew up on the street — 19th Avenue — just below the Lemon house on 20th Avenue. I remember, as should Ann Baker MacNeil, many games of kick-the-can and the great Lombard tree house by the ditch. And, David and I were only three when we were part of the May Court for the YHS Class of 1942 –he, as a train-bearer for the queen and I, as her crown-bearer. Now, one of the advantages of our “Pirate Press” is networking; David is planning to provide some material and photos for the cruising issue of Arizona Boating & Watersports. Stay tuned.)

For a beautiful and relaxing ski vacation rental at Sun Peaks, visit David Lombard's site.

MACNEIL, Ann Baker
Carol......Only you could take this job on and do such a good job. As you know: Doug and I have been married for 50 years this year and live not far from YHS in Naches, WA. We have 3 daughters and 7 grandkids. We have three in college this year, 2 in high school and one coming home from IRAQ this next week. It has been a long year having him there. I have been in the antique business for 42 years and now am becoming the antique................70 years is not quite an antique. I love hearing all the news from our class. Keep up the good work.

Ann Baker MacNeil

Just a short update.My wife and I will be heading for a weeks trip to Cabo San lucas Mexico with my daughters next month.Really looking forward to that.Our whole family will be going to Crete Greece next summer for a family reunion plus a mini reunion with some people who were stationed on the Island .Some I have not seen since 1967. Thank you for this news letter..

Gary McPherson
UASF Retired

The email did get through to the address rschu@flash.net. Enjoyed the Sept 2009 issue very much & hope to hear more. I will send pictures later. Ruby & I are doing fine. We are both retired but still busy with 5 grandchildren, 2 jobs (contract work for TI & vending machines), church activities, outings & vacations. We are enjoying retirement. Richard Schumacher

Hi Carol, Yes, I am recieving the Pirate Press. Most enoyable! Thanks to you and Jim for all the work. I haven't had much news of late, however Mike and I are heading for Coeur d' Alene, Idaho to meet up with some old neighborhood friends for 4 days nest Monday. Karl Atwood (class of 56) Jon Applegate(Eisenhower class of 58), Julie Twohy Clark (class of 61) and her husband Fritz Clark whose family left Yakima after the 8th grade and Fr. Patrick Twohy(Marquette 57), Julie's older brother. We get together every 2 years for fun and fellowship with old friends. I will share the Pirate Press with all of them. Thanks for all your effort keeping us all connected, Regards Ed . PS We will be staying at the Arrohead Inn which just a few miles from camp N Sid Sen.

Yes, I'm getting it and love it, and will send a memo to enclose for you eventually. Thanks for doing it-------love from Yakima. Mike

(Editor’s Note: I wonder if Mike realized when he ran for senior class president in 1956-7 that the position would last for all these decades! Good job, Mike.

TAYLOR, Sue Hammond
Hi Carol, Just got the newsletter from Gerry & Joanie Rapp & realized our email address had changed since our reunion info. Would love to get the newsletter and thank you so much for doing this. It was great fun to read and loved the "aaarg" part! Our email is:rands6@verizon.net.

Sue Hammond Taylor


THOME, Dennis
Carol, Thank you for your work on this and for sending it to me. Please continue to send more as you prepare them. If there are earlier editions, I would appreciate seeing those also.

Thank again for saving my life in the third grade. Dennis

P.S. Carol, The third grade teacher was Mrs. L. I was told that she was a former nun who married, but brought her parochial disciplinary tactics to McKinley. I believe your parents did the reporting. The teacher was not around the next year. Phil and I were born on the same day and each of us ended up as lawyers. Maybe she had something against boys like us.

I am still very active practicing law. Most of my work is with Section 501(c)(3) organizations. I hope to continue as long as I am able.

Attached is a recent picture of my wife, Penny, and me taken in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Thanks again.

Carol, You and Gloria win. I was born at St. Elizabeth, but I don't think Phil was.
Stay healthy.

(Editor’s Note: Dennis and I and Phil Shuford had an “unreasonable” third grade teacher who used those metal-edged rulers on the kids’ knuckles for discipline. Dennis is remembering an instance when the teacher asked me for my ruler to hit Dennis, and I wouldn’t give it to her. She ripped it out of my hands — cutting a finger in the process — then went after Dennis. More blood, as I recall. Our parents, needless to say, went to the authorities. She was not at McKinley Grade School the next year.)

WOODRUFF, Sue Utterback
Hi Carol, Thanks for the email addresses for Ann and Nancy. I appreciate it. Any new news from the class? How are you doing? The kids are starting back to school this week and I enrolled our littlest granddaughter in preschool for 3 year olds. Her birthday is the 30th of this month, in just a few days.


Editor’s Note: Thank you, Sue, for some great photos from the 50th reunion; Jim will include some of them.


Shared by Gordon Dean
CURTAIN RODS---- She spent the first day packing her belongings into boxes, crates and suitcases. On the second day, she had the movers come and collect her things. On the third day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candle-light, put on some soft background music, and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar, and a bottle of spring-water. When she had finished, she went into each and every room and deposited a few half-eaten shrimp shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of the curtain rods. She then cleaned up the kitchen and left. When the husband returned with his new girlfriend, all was bliss for the first few days. Then slowly, the house began to smell. They tried everything; cleaning, mopping and airing the place out. Vents we re checked for dead rodents and carpets were steam cleaned. Air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters, during which they had to move out for a few days and in the end they even paid to replace the expensive wool carpeting. Nothing worked!!! People stopped coming over to visit. Repairmen refused to work in the house. The maid quit. Finally, they could not take the stench any longer and decided to move. A month later, even though they had cut their price in half, they could not find a buyer for their stinky house. Word got out and eventually even the local realtors refused to return their calls. Finally, they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place. The ex-wife called the man and asked how things were going. He told her the saga of the rotting house. She listened politely and said that she missed her old home terribly and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house, knowing his ex-wife had no idea how bad the smell was, he agreed on a price that was about 1/10 th of what the house had been worth, but only if she were to sign the papers that very day. She agreed and within the hour his lawyers delivered the paperwork. A week later the man and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home......... And to spite the ex-wife, they even took the curtain rods


If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you live in Washington.

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in Washington.

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number, you live in Washington..

If you measure distance in hours, you live in Washington.

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Washington.

If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' and back again in the same day, you live in Washington.

If you install security lights on your house and garage but leave both doors unlocked, you live in Washington.

If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Central, Southern or Eastern Washington.

If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over 8 layers of clothes, you live in Washington.

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph -- you're going 80, and everyone is still passing you, you live in Washington.

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow and ice, you live in Washington.

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction, you live in Washington.

If you actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your WASHINGTON friends, you live or have lived in Washington.

My Resume

1. My first job was working in an Orange Juice factory, but I got canned. I couldn't concentrate.

2. Then I worked in the woods as a Lumberjack, but I just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the axe.

3. After that, I tried to be a Tailor, but I just wasn't suited for it - mainly because it was a sew-sew job.

4. Next, I tried working in a Muffler Factory, but that was too exhausting.

5. Then, I tried to be a Chef - figured it would add a little spice to my life, but I just didn't have the thyme.

6. Next, I attempted to be a Deli Worker, but any way I sliced it I couldn't cut the mustard.

7. My best job was a Musician, but eventually I found I wasn't noteworthy.

8. I studied a long time to become a Doctor, but I didn't have any patience.

9. Next, was a job in a Shoe Factory. I tried but I just didn't fit in.

10. I became a Professional Fisherman, but discovered that I couldn't live on my net income.

11. I managed to get a good job working for a Pool Maintenance Company, but the work was just too draining.

12. So then I got a job in a Workout Center but they said I wasn't fit for the job.

13. After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as a Historian - until I realized there was no future in it.

14. My last job was working in Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always the same old grind.


From a WSU Kappa Alpha Theta friend

You gotta turn your speakers on. Makes you stop and think about all that has happened in the last 50 years

Hope you enjoy as much as I did....I never knew the lyrics before...


Whether you are a Billy Joel fan or not, you probably remember his great song, 'We Didn't Start the Fire.' Here it is, set to pictures... very, very cool. Had to share this one. It's a neat flashback through the past half century. I never did know the words. Turn up volume, sit back and enjoy a review of 50 years of history in less than 3 minutes! Thanks to Billy Joel and some guy from the University of Chicago with a lot of spare time and Google. Top left gives you full screen....top right lets you pause. Bottom left shows the year. The older you are, the more pictures you will recognize... Anyone over age 65 should remember over 90% of what they see. But it's great at any age.

2007 Reunion Photos Courtesy Of Sue Woodruff

Keeler.jpg Ted Keeler

Sculer.jpg Dave Schuler

Classmate_Wives.jpg Classmate wives

Christopherson.jpg Gary Christopherson (Gary died in March 2008)

Andy_Thompson.jpg Andy Thompson

Ed_Kershaw.jpg Ed Kershaw

Gene_Helmick_Dave_Cummins_wife_Sharon.jpg Gene Helmick and Dave Cummins and his wife Sharon

Joan_Bennington.jpg Joan Bennington

Sharon_Roberts_Chard.jpg Sharon Roberts Chard

Jim_Fitch_Hewitt.jpg Jim Fitch and Hewitt

Ann_Baker_MacNeil__husband_Doug.jpg Ann Baker MacNeil and her husband Doug

Ed_Smithhisler_Ed_Noland.jpg Ed Smithhisler and Ed Noland

Gene_and_Merle.jpg Gene and Merle

Peter_Atwood_wife_Margaret.jpg Peter Atwood and his wife Margaret

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