GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
In memory of alumni who have recently departed – Robert James “Bob” Wolfe ’61 (01/06/2016); James Brose ’61 (03/26/2016); Patricia Lynn Rice Brown ’60 (08/15/2016); Sharon Radford Vance ’69 (08/30/2016); Andrew Wilford Ward ’83 (09/07/2016)
GOOD TIMES REUNION
More than 200 have pre-registered for the Good Times Reunion (formerly known as the Old Timers Reunion) for Saturday, September 24, at Angleton Junior High on Henderson Road. The annual event is for those who attended Angleton schools at least 50 years ago and the Class of 1966 will be welcomed this year.
The Class of 1946 will celebrate its 70th anniversary and the Class of 1956 will celebrate its 60th. Honorees will be the 1956 girls basketball team that won state and the 1956 boys baseball team that played in the regional finals.
Registration is from 10-11 with coffee and sweets and photo booths set up for Pictures with Friends. Class group photos will be taken from 11 to 12, followed by a program and lunch and more group photos. The History Center on Downing will be open from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Call Murphy Rankin ’67 at 979-864-1929 if you have not registered.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Alumni Homecoming events were so popular September 10 that the Alumni Association plans to host them every year. Afternoon visits to the History Center and Memorial Garden were followed by a chicken-fried steak dinner catered by Fillips Cafe of Danbury. That night alumni from Garage Bands from the past played for a sock hop in the old gym that included Booster Tags, crowning of Dudes and Dolls, and lots of nostalgic music. Thanks to band members who volunteered their time and talents – Dwayne Sanders, Johnnie Johnson, Jim Clark, Luther Goff, Fred Martindale, Pat O’Leary, Gary Cotton, Les Roberts, Willie Funderburg, Ronnie Coleman and Frank (Piccolo) Gressett.
The Angleton Educational Foundation is challenging all alumni to participate in an Alumni Challenge to raise money for the new Educational Foundation. All graduates are asked to represent their class by contributing a donation in the amount of their graduation year…for example, a graduate of 1984 would contribute $19.84.
Recognitions will be made for the classes that donate the most.
The non-profit Angleton Educational Foundation is set up to raise money to provide grants for teachers to provide educational experiences for their students that are not in their regular classroom budgets. Campaigns are now active for corporate, individual and alumni contributions.
To take part in the Alumni Challenge, contact Dana Thomas Tolbert ’84 at 979-864-9096 or make a donation at www.angletonisd.net/angletonfoundation.
ALUMNI IN THE NEWS
Laura Knapp ‘90 taking command of the U. S. Army’s 504th Military Intelligence Brigade at Ft. Hood. Colonel Knapp, a graduate of West Point, has experience with tactical intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and has worked with strategic intelligence support with the National Security Agency.
Chris Heatherly ’93 named executive vice-president of worldwide games and digital platforms for NBCUniversal. He has held numerous executive positions at Disney, where he was a leader in kids electronics and toys.
Chad Willis ‘99 playing trumpet with the Lyle Lovett band. He is active in music venues in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
Brian Briscoe ‘86 has authored a new book, The Conflict Etiquette Handbook: Art of Behaving Well in the Midst of Conflict, available on Amazon. He is a licensed counselor in Bedford.
Jake Martindale ‘13 having cartoons published in The Battalion at Texas A&M. His artwork featuring local team mascots was recently on the cover of The Facts sports magazine.
New Lifetime members are June Booth Donnell ’71, Dr. Greg Bonnen ’84, Ginger Peveto Hurta ’66, Dennis Hurta ’65, Kaye Stawarczik Cloutier ’69, Martha Boone Samford ‘67 and Waldene Hunt Shuman ’56.
New annual memberships have been received by Edwin Kadera ’62, Rod West ’70, Frank Gressett ‘68, Vicki Woodard Ladewig ’71, Nancy Barnes Copeland ‘68, and Charles T. Lee ’67.
Memberships help support alumni events, scholarships and the History Center. Lifetime memberships are $100 or $150 for couples. Annual memberships are $20 each. Find forms on the AAA website at www.angletonalumni.org or contact membership chairman Murphy Rankin ’67 at email@example.com.
CLASS OF 1956 – The Class of 1956 will meet at the party room of La Casona Saturday afternoon after the Good Times Reunion. Buffet will start at 4 p.m. Contact Edward Robinson or Nancy Arnold Williamson.
CLASS OF 1961 – 55th reunion planned for October, 2016 at Stanger Ranch. Contact Dee Parks Grigsby.
CLASS OF 1966 – The Class of 1966 will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Friday, September 23 at Warnecke Hall at the SFA Statue and then attend the Good Times reunion on Saturday, Sept. 24.
CLASS of 1967 – The 50th anniversary for the Class of 1967 will be on April 29, 2017 at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds auditorium
CLASS OF 1971 – The 45th class reunion for 1971 will be held Nov 12 at the Oyster Creek Community Center.
The Alumni Association is interested in promoting all class reunions. Contact Reunion Liaison Pam Hendrick ’71 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HISTORY CENTER NEWS
Vicki Woodard Ladewig ’71 bringing in a football jacket belonging to husband Wallace Ladewig ’62. Ladewig is known for scoring the first touchdown in the Downing Road football stadium in 1961.
Phyllis Davlin Gerdes ’65 donated 45 rpm records that had been recorded by classmates Barbara Perry ’64 and Jim Howell ’64.
Luther Goff ’67 donated DVDs of songs he has written and recorded.
Tommy Wade ’72 donated 1971 and 1972 Tattlers and the script for an intercom skit he and Ralph LaBeth ’73 performed at AHS.
Rodney Boehm ’74 donated band group photos plus posters of the 1974 football team and 1973 band at the Rose Bowl.
Ken Coleman ‘71 donated county fair, Wildcat and Shop Angleton First buttons.
Sydney Gerdes Flowers ‘90 donated teacher necklaces and pins.
The History Center is open every Wednesday from noon until 5 p.m., during class reunions, for special events and programs and by request by calling Linda Winder at 979-864-6650.
Photos of History Center visitors and donations can be seen on the Angleton School History Center on Facebook.
Friday, Sept. 23 – Class of 1966 50th reunion at Warneke Hall
Saturday, Sept. 24 – Good Times Reunion at Angleton Junior High
Saturday, Sept. 24 – Class of 1956 60th reunion at La Casona
Wednesday, Sept. 28 – Future Educators program at History Center
Note: If you have additions or corrections to news items in the AAA newsletter please contact Linda Winder at email@example.com. Newsletter is compiled by Linda Winder and AAA members and distributed via e-mail by membership chairman Murphy Rankin.