TJ Class of '68     NEWSLETTER                                                           08/28/10

No one told me how long it takes to get back into a groove after an Alaskan vacation!  All they said was "how great the trip is". 

(Some of the following mail was received almost a month ago.  I did not have a NEWSLETTER on the scheduled Aug. 14th date since I was away on my vacation in Alaska.)


from Fred McCarty in Kingwood
I wanted to let everyone know that my son, Captain Matt McCarty, completed his second deployment in Iraq and was re-deployed to Ft. Riley, KS.  He had deployed to Iraq in August, 2009.  We drove up to Kansas to be there for the re-deployment and spent a few days with Matt and his girlfriend.  While in Iraq, Matt was the Commanding Officer of Bandit Troop in the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment (US Army).  They were in the northwestern part of Iraq near the Syrian border and their primary mission was to intercept people and goods being smuggled into Iraq that would be used against the Iraqi security forces or US forces.  They trained Iraqi armed infrastructure in Iraq.  Thankfully, the 1-4 CAV completed this mission without any fatalities.  After re-integration training and some time off, Matt will be relocated to Ft. Benning, GA where he will be an instructor for new Captains in the Infantry and Armor branches. 

from Janette Light Norton in Cypress
It's official:  Richard retires 08/31.  The Harley's getting spiffed up in anticipation.  The road atlases line the coffee table.  This is serious, folks.  "-) 

from Cherlyn Hebert in Houston
A friend and I leave on August 5 for 16 days on the Volga, from St. Petersburg to Moscow , and then 5 days in Kiev (Ukraine).  I think in my last update I was bragging about the cool temperatures we'd be having in Russia, while all my fellow Texans were sweltering in the 90s and 100s.  Well, my bubble has been burst.  That part of Europe is experiencing their worst heat wave in 130 years and really no end in sight.  So, I'll be leaving 90+ temps. and Europe doesn't believe in air conditioning like we Texans do.  I can't even depend on our tour buses to be cool.  Oh well, I'll just try to remember that some people pay big bucks to build saunas in their homes, and I'll be able to experience a nice steam bath every day for free.     

from Roy Dale Birkelbach in LaMarque
Since Hurricane Ike, we moved from Hitchcock to LaMarque.  We got a contract on the house and have our fingers crossed and have our fingers crossed that it sells.  We moved 7 miles away and don't even need flood insurance.  Becky's mom from Groves moved in with us last year and lives in a garage apartment behind us.  She has a heart condition and it is easier to have her here to check up on her.  Thanks for keeping the class up with the website updates.  They are fun to read. 

from Brenda Rector Cook in Nederland
I am staying too busy!  Between the office and caring for my parents, (now 83 & 86), there is never a dull moment.  I enjoy the 1968 website every time I visit.  Thanks to you and Mike for the dedication/sacrifice for the website.  I will try to do better about keeping in contact and will send a donation soon. 

from Betty Bernauer Waedemon in Sugar Land
Ron is having a total knee replacement on Thursday, August 5.  He is confident that he will be on the stationary bike on Friday and driving by Monday.  He is , after all, crazy!   Pray for his fast reasonable recovery.  Our sons are very supportive and all Ron wanted to know is when his 2 year old grandson can visit him. 

Since I have found Linda Davis Fitzpatrick, we have been keeping in touch and plan to spend our birthdays together this October in upstate New York where she and Charlie have a second home.  It has been so wonderful to reestablish our long-lost friendship.  Kay King Young and I see each other often since her daughter, Mara, has moved to Sugar Land.  We have "adopted" Mara's family and they are with us and our sons often.  Kay and her husband, Dwayne, are trying to sell their home in Tyler to move to Sugar Land.  We are very excited to have them near us. 



Well, the BRAD Club closed down.  That means our favorite venue for the Saturday night social/dance for our 5 year reunions will no longer be available.  Our 45th reunion will be coming up in the year 2013.  That means we start planning in 2012!  Wow, that is not so far away.  Send me your new home address and phone changes for my class spreadsheet.  I KNOW that many of you have moved since 2007 when we last updated our information getting ready for our 40th reunion. 



(contributed by Debbie Borres Desmond)

Every five years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
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,
(okay, that is only because it rhymes)
And wore our most elegant dress. 

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, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became. 

The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
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 seving 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 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.

Author Unknown



I can only say that ALASKA is as beautiful as many of you said!  Wow!  The weather was perfect, the scenery spectacular, and the money has held out, or at least until the credit card bill comes in next month!   Thank you for your concern, support, and prayers toward my sister who has mental health issues.  She did a great job taking care of my dad for the two weeks we were gone.  Her medicine seems to be doing well and she is stablizing.  Being bi-polar is such a difficult medical condition to regulate.  I am so happy that she has shown improvement.   

I FINALLY arranged a long-overdue luncheon with two wonderful classmates that I have been wanting to reconnect with.....Shelley Dettman and Charlotte Pace Thurston!  It was the "shortest" two hours imaginable.  Why do we wait so long to do this kind of thing?  I loved reminiscing with them about Lakeview, Woodrow, and TJ.  Charlotte was my best friend at Travis after she moved from DeQueen.  We were so close at Woodrow, also.  Shelley and I met at Woodrow and were great friends with CYO at St. Joseph and living in Lakeview.  All three of us became educators in the elementary field! I can't wait to visit with them again and continue our path down memory lane.  I was so glad to also hear how Betty Bernauer has reconnected with Linda Davis!  Maybe some of you would take the time to drop me a line about some of your get-togethers with your classmates.  Talking with classmates for a minute or two at a funeral is just not enough.  Contact a friend and spend some quality time with them. 



Matt McCarty
(son of Fred McCarty) 

Ross Felker
(husband of Gail Wilson)

AE 09356 

Send us photos of your military family members.



(death of our beloved classmate)


August 27, 2010 

Vickie Hufstetler
6630 Verde

, TX 77619 

Sheryl Evans Graham
(death of her dad on July 31st)

771 Texas Ave.

Port Neches, TX 77651


Now that school has reconvened, vacations with the grandkids have waned, you shouldn't have any excuses not to drop me a line.  Let us hear about your summer or even your autumn plans.  Tell us about your get-togethers with classmates.  How about you guys thinking about hunting trips?  Hey, I'll take anything, (ALMOST), to put in my NEWSLETTERS!  Don't forget to keep us informed of special needs of classmates or members of their families.  Our classmate prayer chains are powerful.   

                           Take care and contact a classmate,
                            Linda DeCuir McFadden





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