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PROFILE UPDATES


•   Vance Julian (Julian, Md)  9/19
•   Robin Bauer (McAdam)  9/17
•   Klark McIntyre (McIntyre)  9/13
•   Louis Ragusa (Ragusa)  9/12
•   Chris Hall  9/10
•   Pamela Lindley (Beaumont)  8/31
•   Suzanne Peterson (Haff)  8/31
•   Bradley Ipsen (Ipsen)  8/28
•   Michael Grandinetti (Grandinetti)  8/25
•   Carol Norman  8/23
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IN MEMORY UPDATES


•   Evelyn Caskey  2018
•   Jeff Balser  1977
•   Denise Johnson (Lindsay)  2016
•   Doris McArdle (Gifford)  2000

WHERE ARE THEY NOW


WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

270 live in Arizona
42 live in California
3 live in Colorado
3 live in Florida
3 live in Georgia
1 lives in Hawaii
7 live in Illinois
1 lives in Iowa
1 lives in Maryland
1 lives in Michigan
2 live in Minnesota
1 lives in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
3 live in Nevada
1 lives in New Jersey
2 live in New Mexico
2 live in New York
1 lives in North Carolina
4 live in Ohio
1 lives in Oklahoma
1 lives in Oregon
1 lives in Pennsylvania
1 lives in South Carolina
2 live in Tennessee
10 live in Texas
4 live in Utah
2 live in Virginia
3 live in Washington
2 live in Wisconsin
1 lives in Korea
68 location unknown

MISSING CLASSMATES


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Scottsdale High School
Class of 1979

WELCOME CLASS OF '79!

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW!

Reunion Weekend is coming and we need a headcount and payments -

$85 per person through 9/30...$100 per after that or at the door.  

Friday night October 25 Kick Off! “Halloween Weekend”  Giligan’s.  7 pm  (Gregg Field’s bar) 4251 N Winfield Scott Plaza        It’s a costume party!!  Don your best 70s style from our high school days. Let’s do this!  Drinks/food is on you.

 

Saturday October 26   6 – 9ish Old Town Tortilla Factory.  6910 E Main St.

A variety of appetizer foods so you can nibble while you mingle.  From 6 – 8 – the drinks are included.    After 8 – drinks are on you  - but the food will be around.  

 

THIS LEAVES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FOR YOU TO ARRANGE YOUR OWN ACTIVITES AND MINI-REUNIONS - Grade School, neighbors, family!

EventBright event set up and ready, but only until 9/30. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shs-class-of-1979-40th-reunion-tickets-61870379972

If you want to save the fee, send a check to

Ellen Jacobs

8426 E. Edgemont

Scottsdale AZ 85257

We want to find so many more of us.  Click on the "Missing Classmates" page and look at all those people!  Many I'm sure you're still in contact with.  Reach out to them and share this website with them so we at least can find everyone.  It is understood that not everyone will be able to join us in October, but we'd like to find as many as we can.  

 

 

Reunion of childhood friends rekindles what we once had

I moved with my family to Ft. Meade, Maryland, from New Zealand, nervous to start middle school.

On my first day, a girl smiled at me and patted the top of the empty desk next to her. I slid into it, smiling back.

I ate lunch with Stephanie Taylor that day and every day after. We holed up in her bedroom, playing records and doing homework. She taught me to dance. We took gymnastics together.

Then my family moved again, this time to Arizona.

I promised Stephanie I’d write but I don’t remember sending any letters.

When you grow up in the military, moving every two years or so, it’s rare that you keep in touch with kids you grew up with. You learn to look forward to the next place, starting over and making new friends.

In June 2018, Stephanie found me on Facebook. We messaged and scrolled through each other’s timelines, reading posts, studying pictures.

Last month Stephanie messaged to tell me she’d be in Scottsdale. Could we meet?

It’s been 40 years since I’ve seen Stephanie, but I’d have known her anywhere. As soon as I opened my door, I recognized her. Her eyes. Her smile. I hugged her hard.

Stephanie still lives in Maryland. She’s an attorney but works in health care in Washington, D.C. She travels and dotes on her brother’s kids.

We talked about our days in middle school and caught up on news of our families.

A lot of time had passed, but it didn’t feel that way.

As we said good night, hugging again, I realized how important it was to keep hold of childhood friends when you can. I have memories and pictures, but she is a witness to who I was then.

Stephanie promised to come back and invited me to visit her. I promised to keep in touch. This time, I will.

Reach news columnist Karina Bland at karina.bland@arizonarepublic.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @KarinaBland

 

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