Class of '75
Hello again. Hecktor here. The year 1998 certainly was an exciting one for Gustavus and Gusties. Most of you have seen pictures of the tornado damage in the Quarterly, but you really had to be there. I went down with a group of volunteers the first weekend after the tornado. By then, most of the damaged trees had already been cut down and moved to the Coed parking lot. The lot was completely covered with debris to a height of 15-20 feet. The power of the tornado was most evident in the parking lot to the west of Fine Arts. There were over 100 cars in that lot. Every window in every car was exploded. Cars had been lifted and shifted sideways, and one 2" x 4" board was sticking out of a car door at a 90º angle. Another 2" x 6" board was sticking out of the Administration Building like a huge splinter. It was really an awesome sight.
The great part about the tornado, if there can be a great part, is how Gusties from all over the country poured in their money and time to rebuild our school. And who was in the forefront, as usual? Evelyn Young, that’s who. I called Mrs. Young after my visit and said, "Evelyn, there are no trees left. If we plant saplings, it will take twenty years for them to grow back to full size. We need to raise money for mature trees." I had to hang up on Evelyn to take a long distance call. By the time I called her back five minutes later, she had already raised $400.00 in pledges. When I mentioned this amazing feat to former Food Service employee Jan Ledin Michaletz, 74, she replied, "Five minutes? What took her so long?" At the same time, a Tree Committee co-chaired by Patty Lindell and Karen Hubbard began meeting to plan a "Tree Party" at the Carlson Center. The party was a smashing success and raised well over $75,000.00. I am proud to report both that GAC is back and that the College has agreed to christen the new dining room as "The Evelyn Young Dining Room."
Moving on to the Class of 1975 news, the first item of business is to wish a special congratulations to our former class agent, Susan Walker. Susan was honored this summer with a Gustavus Distinguished Alumni Citation for her work to ban land mines. As you may recall, her Committee to Ban Land Mines was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. We couldn’t be prouder, Susan! Her only regret was that the United States did not ratify the treaty, although 123 other nations did.
Next, I would like to thank Paul "Odin" Skoog for his help at Phonorama this fall. At last report, Odin was working for Intrum Technology. His wife, Marjean, is working for HealthEast Foundation. Odin, the Hecktor Saucer Slide is up and running, so tell Sean to bring his flying saucer or inner tube over before the snow melts. John would love to see him again.
Odin’s fellow Section 6 Uhlerites, John and Gail (Mathius) Wirth are living in Pacific Palisades, California. Actress Gail left Twentieth Century Fox for Savitski and Company. John is working as Co-Executive Producer for Nash Bridges, which stars Don Johnson from Miami Vice. As an aside, Gail’s mom and my mom grew up together in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Gail, last summer my family took my mom back there for a visit. We saw the Falls, the Courthouse where my grandfather practiced law until age 85, the Pettigrew Museum, McKinnon Park, and the Brandon Cemetery. Mom wanted to see her home one last time while she still has her health.
Although there are Gusties who may disagree with me, I still think Gail and John’s dog Benny was the cutest puppy in the world. Remember the "Battle for Benny" custody negotiations that took place every time that Gail and John broke up at GAC? If Benny was the glue, he sure did a nice job, because Gail and John are still together after twenty-four years. This is quite remarkable for "Hollywood couples." They have also managed to avoid becoming stuck up and have given Gustavus a very generous gift this year. Thanks guys.
In other news, Kathy Fitzimmons is living in Bothell, Washington and works as a Head Nurse for the Marysville, Washington School District. When Tim Pofahl is not working for Applied Power Products, he is playing in "The Good News Big Band," which specializes in jazz music for church services. He must have shared some of his ideas with fellow Gusties Jon and Anita (Thomsen) Young, who are the music directors at our church. The Youngs, together with Kris Juhl Roeglin, Ginnie Kirkegaard Leppart, Jon Hansen, Brad Hanson, Leo and Kathy (Haugo) Litwin and Dave and Kristin (Swan) Leak have really been packing them in at Peace Lutheran Church in Bloomington. (Just call us Gustavus North.)
Hi to Candy Colter Steinman, who is working for Hobbit Travel. Husband, Rick, is working for Northstar Tech. The Steinman family lives in St. Louis Park. Steve Lienke is a territory manager in the north central part of Minnesota for Sales Force, Inc. He also runs a Limited Partnership called Pequot Lakes Real Estate Company, which serves the Gull and Cross Lake chain, Nisswa, Brainerd & Pequot Lakes.
Hello to Jan Schied Herbert, who is teaching in the Park Rapids Middle School. In June of 1998, she was honored to be the torchbearer for the Survivor’s Walk at the ACS Relay for Life. She also completed her course of treatment for breast cancer last December (1997) and returned to full-time teaching. Her husband, Mark, works for Wilderness Inquiry and the Consumer Survivor Network. They have two children, Luke and Lindsey. Jan, that is great news about your treatment. Family is everything, isn’t it?
Dr. Chris Anderson and Barb Johnson Anderson have one daughter attending Notre Dame and another who is a senior in high school. Barb is a Music Therapy Intern at the University of Good Samaritan Center in Minneapolis. Chris and I went to all the same schools from kindergarten on up through Gustavus, and ending up at the University of Minnesota, albeit at different graduate schools. He and Barb are almost done raising their family, and I still have a seven-year-old son who just started mite hockey. Frankly, Chris, your over-achievement is really starting to bug me. High school valedictorian, summa cum laude at Gustavus, top honors in medical school. Do you ever come in second? I think I am going to have to borrow a page from Jesse Ventura’s book and challenge you to a one-on-one in my Monday night hockey league. Then we’ll see who beats whom. (Marita Karlisch, did you catch that? I said "who beats whom" instead of "who beats who". For those who don’t know, Marita is my Grammar Cop).
One doctor I still can’t beat in hockey is my old roommate and Gustavus varsity hockey player, St. Paul surgeon Dr. John Shearen, who is also sending kids off to college. His wife, Mary, is an estate planning attorney for Best and Flanagan Law Firm in Minneapolis. By the way, Mary, one of us still owes the other one a lunch. Unfortunately, I can’t remember whose turn it is. Give me a jingle and we’ll mingle.
Speaking of doctors, Dr.Matt Puffer, is working at the Mayo Clinic and keeps busy with four boys and a herd of Arabian horses. Another doctor, Kathy "KJ" Johnson Hirschorn, is a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. KJ specializes in treating seizures. Her husband, Merlin, is working at Mayo as a pharmacist. Against my recommendation, Kathy has cut back to 80% time so that she can attend law school! Talk about a glutton for punishment. But Kathy is tired of witnessing so much medical malpractice, especially on women patients, and she wants to do something about it. Kathy, when you graduate, how about moving back to Minnesota and joining Reid Rischmiller’s law firm? Reid specializes in medical malpractice litigation. While we are on the subject, a couple of East Coast doctors, Dr. Mary Paula Neumann and husband Dr. Kenneth S. Rholl (’76), are in the Hecktor doghouse. I know that you guys have been to Minneapolis in the last two years and didn’t call me. Ken, when I think of all the things I’ve done for you over the years…I let you fix my Hecktormobile whenever it broke down, I let you put a new roof on my dad’s house for free, I let you drive my car to Florida and experience the fun of having the brakes go out with no emergency brake…and this is how you pay me back? You owe me a letter to catch up.
Geez, I think we’re getting a run on doctors. Let’s switch to some older news. Joan Reinke had a daughter on 2/26/97 and is staying home. (Although, by the time this class letter is printed, she probably went back to work and then retired.) Ross Handahl was promoted to Senior Marketing Director at Meyer Associates in St. Cloud. His wife, Marcia, is working for First United Methodist Church. Glen and Karen (Hubner) Johnson are living in Two Harbors where Karen is in her fourth year of teaching fifth grade for the Lake Superior School District. (Or is it the fifth year of teaching fourth grade?) Glen is a pastor at Emanuel Lutheran Church.
On a sad note, classmate Elizabeth Nelson passed away at her home on December 10, 1997, in Orange Park, Florida. She was 44. After graduating from Gustavus, she worked as a nurse at the St. Peter Community Hospital and the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center. She also worked at the Northeast Florida State Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Our condolences to her family.
In other news, Bill "Orv" Lundbohm and wife Debra (Knudson) are happy to announce that their son, Nick, is now attending Gustavus. Bill is still working for U. S. Credit Life Insurance Company, while Deb is working for Madden’s Resort. Hey Deb, can you get us a "Gustie Discount?" We used to go to Madden’s Resort every year on the special family weekend, but haven’t been back for a few years. Maybe it’s time. Orv, is that Lundbohm kid who plays hockey for the University of North Dakota a relative of yours?
Speaking of sending their kids to college, congratulations to Alyce Stefferud Brekke, whose daughter started at Gustavus this fall. Alyce is working as an R.N. at Lakeview Hospital, while husband, David, is working for Dental Imaging. They live in Stillwater.
In the last Gustiegram, I asked if anyone knew where Arnie Engdahl was living. I am still trying to locate him. Does anyone out there have his telephone number? Does anyone out there actually read these Gustiegrams? Come on people, let’s communicate!
Some of us are questioning just what Jack Rendulich really does for a living. Although he claims to be a professional photographer as well as a firefighter for the City of Duluth, those of us who read the Minneapolis Tribune are starting to wonder. In the last couple years, I have seen his picture on the front page of the Sports section two or three times, first for catching a record-breaking fish, then for having great luck pheasant hunting in South Dakota, etc. And these were not small pictures. They took up half the page. If I were Al Lindner or Ron Schara, I would be worried about this up and coming sportsman. For some strange reason, Jack’s wife Candy (Boenigk) doesn’t seem to mind his "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" lifestyle.
Since the last class letter, I also spoke to Van "the Man" Hammarstedt. (Actually it’s Cleary-Hammarstedt, but that doesn’t rhyme worth beans.) Van played on my GAC Junior Varsity hockey team, along with Mark Neubauer, Mike Kemp, Steve Olsonoski, Monte Reichert and a few others from our class. Van hasn’t skated for a long time, but still remembers playing hockey against the Varsity’s Dan "the Man" Doshan, a.k.a. "Swivel Hips." He particularly remembers how Doshan used to forego wearing hockey gloves in favor of "choppers," even in actual games. "Doshan was a true Neal Broten style pond hockey player," recalled Van. Van works for Verahouse, a domestic violence assistance agency in Syracuse, New York. He recently finished his doctorate (congratulations) and he is also a new dad. (Well, he was a new dad at the time I talked to him, but that was about two years ago.) They named their baby girl Mikayla Jaz. He and wife, Casey, also have a ten-year-old daughter, Kelsi. On the serious side, Van pointed out that 25% of all homicides result from domestic violence. This is more than the number of homicides resulting from accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
Speaking of Hosers, I mentioned in the last Gustiegram that John (Security Guard) Hasselberg (’74), Steve Oates and I were all teamed up on the same Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) cleanup crew. Guys, Marita Karlisch wants to know why we didn’t drive over and clean up her house and yard this year. (Believe me, Marita, you don’t want this bunch cleaning up anything. We weren’t too bad at picking up leaves, but Oates and Hasselberg left behind about two dozen sandwich bag wrappers from the bag lunches. Man, did they eat that day!) Marita saw Oates at the Hasselberg Christmas party, which apparently is becoming the party in town. Of course, I wouldn’t know about that, since I was not invited. Apparently, no gossip columnists are allowed at Hasselberg’s parties. (Just call me "Gadabout Gusties.") Hasselberg is on the board of the American Swedish Institute, where Marita now works.
Speaking of Swedes, how many of you remember Marita’s favorite professor, Swedish instructor Roland Thorstensson, wife Edie, son Martin and daughter Liv? Well, Liv grew up (we’re not sure about Martin yet) and was staying with Marita for a visit. The Thorstensson’s, you may recall, were head residents in Uhler Hall at the same time Gail and John Wirth were keeping their illegal pet on campus. (We refer, of course, to the infamous "Benny," who is rapidly becoming the official mascot of the Class of 1975.) The Thorstensson’s also owned a dog, Lokey, who was so big that Martin used to ride him around the Uhler courtyard like a horse. More recently, I saw Edie’s picture on the front page of the Minneapolis paper during the tornado damage stories.
Fellow Noble Avenue Grade School, Carl Sandburg Junior High, Robbinsdale Senior High, Gustavus and University of Minnesota Law School classmate Mitch (the Maniac) Kiffe was recently promoted to vice president of loan production at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation in Great Falls, Virginia. Wife Donna (Jacobson) ’76, is home with the kids. They live on a street called "Pensive Lane," which is a real joke because if you knew Mitch in high school, the word "pensive" doesn’t really come to mind. Mitch was the co-captain of the football team I played on and I had the misfortune of trying to block this maniacal middle linebacker whenever he came smashing over the middle on quarterback blitzes. The other co-captain was Kent Waryan, who is living in Denver, Colorado. Kent is teaching and coaching at Wheat Ridge High School. His wife Jana (Dahlgren) ’79 is working at the Lakewood Club. Kent, I met your kid brother, Mark, at a graphics/printing store in downtown Minneapolis last year.
Radical Dave Radke is now the head editor of the Home Woodworker, a companion magazine to The Family Handyman. I stopped by his office one day when I was in his building, but missed him. I did pick up a couple of free samples of The Family Handyman, took them home and read them cover to cover. It is a GREAT magazine.
Debe Rougeau (formerly Deborah A. Nelson) is an instructor for the University of Nevada, Reno, and an Adapted Phy. Ed. Specialist for Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada. Gerald Chartrand was promoted to electrical engineer group leader for Target Stores, Minneapolis, in June 1997. Gerald, please say hello to Joe Nunez in the law department. Joe and I worked together when I was doing commercial leases for Cub Foods. Joe is actually not a bad guy, considering he is an attorney.
Susan Zallek Eckhoff and husband, Peter, '87 are living in my old home town, Golden Valley. Susan is an adjuster for State Farm Insurance Company. Peter is a teacher in Robbinsdale School District 281. Daughter, Alex, is living in Idaho. Son, Mark, is a Cub Scout and is taking karate classes. Peter, Susan, we still miss your father/father-in-law Cecil Eckhoff very much. At Phonorama, you could always hear Cec laughing, even if you were one floor below, and you simply could not say no to him when he asked for volunteers. What a great life he lived.
Speaking of funny people, Dr. Eric Buetow, a.k.a. "E," is still engaged in an ongoing debate with his wife, Kathy, about which state is more beautiful, Montana, where Kathy is from, or Minnesota, home of "E." I think you guys ought to take a look outside your window. Minnesota is beautiful and Montana is spectacular, but what can beat Alaska? Kathy retired from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after 17 years. "E" is still practicing dentistry in North Pole, Alaska. They have two boys, Alex and Jordan. According to Kathy, "all three boys (including Eric) are playing hockey this year." All right! After finishing both the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest Dog Sled races, "E" has seen the light and retired from dog sledding in order to devote more time to hockey. He plays in an old timers league against the likes of former Gustavus varsity star, Mark Weber. It sounds like Eric finally understands my motto: "Life is a lot like hockey…only less important!"
Another character, Wayne "Willard" Dietz, of "Willard Wall" fame, was coaching a varsity football game when I called his home a year ago. He also coaches ninth grade basketball and is the head baseball coach at Woodbury High School. His wife Carey (Griesel) is coaching ninth grade volleyball and eighth grade basketball. They have three kids, Alissa, Bob and Amberly.
Willard’s high school and college football teammate, Gary Quist, is busy being a dad to daughter Tayler, who repeatedly cons her father into staying up late in order to watch "Winnie the Pooh" on TV. Hey, Dude, we’re a far cry from the old days, where the big question was whether to use the "slide technique" or the "bounce technique" to find our way down the hall and back to our rooms. Actually, Gary was better known for his special teams’ play on the Gustavus football team. He was not sure exactly how many times over four years that he was knocked out while trying to make tackles on the kick-off team, but he does remember splitting his head open against Augsburg one time. Although he needed a few stitches before he could get back in the game, he still managed to put a pretty good lick on one of the opposing players. Indeed, a review of the game films showed that the guy Gary hit went flying so far out of bounds that he completely disappeared from the film frame. I guess they don’t call him Gary "Kamikaze" Quist for nothing.
In other news, Claudia Hitchcock Peltier and husband, George, are living in Edina. Hey, Claudia, is 46th and Gilford anywhere close to 50th and Oxford? My wife’s twin sister and family live there and have long been one of my favorite targets. You know, the standard stuff about being cake-eaters, quiche-eaters, the word "Edina" standing for "Every Day I Need Attention," etc. Unfortunately my Edina nephew got even with me one day when he was baby-sitting my little Annie. That’s right, while my wife and I were out to dinner, my nephew taught my own daughter how to say "Edina." I was living in Richfield at the time and could not think of a worse thing for my daughter to say for her very first word in life. That was eleven years ago and my nephew is still gloating about it.
Edie Stensby lives on Poplar Bridge Curve in Bloomington, with husband, Craig, and daughters Vivianna and Sarah. (Do your kids go to Poplar Bridge School? Ours do.) She is working for Arthur Anderson, LLP, as a manager of the International HR Services Department. Kristin (Peterson) Kleinke received an unlimited part-time appointment in music at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet. She also teaches philosophy. Husband, Bob, works for the Northeast Minnesota Synod as an interim pastor.
Gary Ernst is working for Lotus Corporation in Bloomington, as a consultant. Wife and classmate, Marcia (Watson), is a teacher at the Shakopee Senior High School. Karen Williamsen is a grad student in Women’s Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato and lives in St. Peter.
Okay, guys, so this letter is getting long. But that’s what happens when you send out one a year instead of three a year. If any of you guys want to write a class letter or two, be my guest.
Back to the news. Diadre Stenberg Else is an R.N. at the Madonna Towers Nursing Home in Rochester. Daughter, Jessica, is in college at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Son, Travis, is attending John Marshall High School. Husband, Loren, is a safety manager at the Federal Medical Center.
My former JV hockey teammate and coach, Mike "Kemper" Kemp, is filling the stands as head coach of the University of Nebraska—Omaha Division I (Independent) hockey team. When Mankato played them last year, Omaha was playing to a sell-out crowd of 8,314, the largest ever to watch a hockey game in the State of Nebraska. Mike was quoted in the St. Paul Pioneer Press as follows: "We had 300 people at the Blue Line Club meeting, 2,500 at the tailgate party…we’re sold out for the season, playing in the second biggest arena in the country; so you can see the interest in hockey down here is phenomenal." Way to go, Kemper. But don’t you dare take away any recruits from Gustavus Coach Larry Moore '76 and the Gustavus hockey team!
Congratulations also to our Texas affiliate, Jeff Marshall, who was honored at the last Presidential Inauguration of this century. Jeff founded the political group, Voters Organized To Exercise Responsibility (V.O.T.E.R.) in 1989 and was invited to attend last year’s political event. Jeff also was notified of his selection to be part of the Leadership Houston Class No. 16. This was a very meaningful award to Jeff because his late brother, James, was a member of the very first Leadership Houston Class in 1982. Jeff, thanks for the nice Christmas letter and picture. It looks like you are keeping in decent shape. I wish I could say the same.
My law school roommate, George Hicks, is still working for Varde Partners. I haven’t heard from him in a while, at least directly that is. Fortunately, the word gets around. Per Eric Buetow in Alaska, George traveled to Hong Kong on business last year and stopped in to see Steve Costello and his brother, both of whom are dentists. Rumor has it that the two Costello boys, who are about as blond and Norwegian as they come, have now "gone Asian" and given up their U. S. citizenship. I also met George’s relatives, Steve and Mary Lou Hicks, when I was in Pipestone for a political rally last fall. Considering the fact that I live less than a mile from your office, I think we ought to grab a lunch sometime, Chief. Dr. Mary D. Johnson Hicks is a consulting psychologist at Personnel Decisions, Inc. The Hicks’ have two children, John and Emily, which, coincidentally, are the names of my second and third children.
Thanks to Beverly Gustavson Kreiss for her nice New Year’s letter. Daughter, Heidi, just turned eleven and continues with dance, jazz, tap and ballet, as well as softball and basketball. Heidi is, to quote Bev, "very social" and is having a great time in elementary school. Gee, I wonder where she got that quality from, Bev. Son, Kyle, had a tough year, which included physical therapy on his back. Fortunately, he managed to recover and start playing varsity soccer again. He also spent six weeks in Lempira, Honduras and was very active in the Honduras Committee in Chicago, which was raising money for the rebuilding of the country of Honduras after Hurricane Mitch. Son, Fritz, graduated from high school and started working for a local video game arcade, Super Just Games, as well as a second job at Digimage. Daughter, Amanda, is quite the globetrotter. Africa one minute. The next minute she is riding a bike from Portland, Oregon to Washington, D.C. (3,300 miles) to raise money for a non-profit involved with surface transportation policy. Dublin, Ireland was next. But a rolling stone gathers no moss, so Amanda started the new year in Israel as part of a program for Palestinian and Israeli Studies. During spring break, she traveled to see friends in Spain, found out that she had won a Royce Fellowship from Brown University to create a conflict resolution unit. She also turned twenty-one in July and then went back to school at Brown, concentrating in Development Studies. Bev is working as a teacher and a parent coordinator at the Greenbrier Elementary School in Glenbrook, Illinois. Needless to say, being a single Mom and trying to keep track of four globetrotting children has kept Bev very busy. She’s coming back to Minnesota for weddings in May and July, so she’s hoping to visit some of her Minnesota Gustie friends.
If the Marines are looking for "A Few Good Men", they have no further to look than Colonel Steve Day. Steve and I have exchanged a few USMC stories (my dad was in the Marine Corps) via letters and e-mail. One of my favorite stories was relayed to me on an Okinawan bus tour by a U.S. Army nurse, who had served on Okinawa in 1945. My brother and I had accompanied my father to Okinawa in June, 1995, to celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary of what turned out to be the last battle of World War II. My father was a machine gunner in a U. S. Marine Raider Battalion. He landed on Okinawa on April Fool’s Day, 1945, with 53 men in his platoon. Only 4 walked out without being killed or wounded (my dad was one of the four lucky ones), so it was not a very pleasant place for the Marines. In fact, more soldiers and civilians were killed during that battle than from both atomic bombs combined.
Despite this horror, the Marines still managed to have some fun. According to this Army nurse, the Marines had just built the nurses a brand new compound. One of the Marines scrounged up an audio speaker, some speaker wire, and a microphone. He then hooked the speaker up inside the hole under the nurses’ latrine and ran the wire out to a remote microphone. Some poor Army nurse walks into the latrine, sits down, and, from down underneath her comes a man’s booming voice saying: "Hey lady, could you come back in an hour? I’m not finished painting this one yet." She bolted out of that latrine so fast it would make your head spin, much to the delight of the fifty or so Marines who were watching the whole thing from outside the barbed wire. I wish I would have been aware of this story back when I was a fraternity pledge. It would have made for an interesting night at the Barn.
Steve then relayed the story of General James Day (no relation), who was a Corporal in 1945 and fought on Sugar Loaf Hill, where my dad fought. After his entire squad was killed, Corporal Day gathered up his buddies’ weapons and ammunition and single-handedly held the Japanese off for two days, despite being wounded from gunfire and severely burned from a phosphorus grenade. When the Marines finally reached him, they found 153 dead Japanese in front of his foxhole. Corporal Day’s commanding officer signed the paperwork to put him up for a Medal of Honor, but the paperwork was lost when the commanding officer was killed. Fortunately, in 1998, fifty-three years after the Battle of Okinawa, now General James Day was awarded the Medal of Honor. He died just three months later. When you see what they have accomplished and the courage they exhibited in World War II, it’s hard to disagree with Tom Brokaw’s conclusion that our parents truly were "the Greatest Generation." Look at Churchill, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and all the other leaders that fought in WWII, and then look at what we have today. No matter what political party you belong to, you have to admit that today’s political leaders really don’t measure up to those of our parents’ generation.
Fortunately, we still have U.S. Marines like Steve Day who is now a Circuit Military Judge of the Sierra Judicial Circuit. (I’m glad that at least one American institution still understands the concept of honor). Steve has five military judges working for him and the six of them try all the cases at U. S. Marine Corps Bases in California and Arizona. Steve is and his wife, Jean, have two children. Interestingly, Steve and his wife share the same birthday, October 3, as well as the same wedding day. (You guessed it, October 3.) Semper Fi, Steve.
Thanks to Beth Gordon Sachs for the very kind letter she wrote to Cathy and Dick Black and me, thanking us for the last Gustiegram. Beth has moved to New York City. At the time of her letter (November, 1997), she was just getting settled and enrolling her five-year-old in school. Her husband, Sam, is the Director of the Frick Collection. After twelve years in Detroit, Beth and Sam were ready for a change, although the timing of the move was somewhat embarrassing to Beth. For several years, Beth had been working for the "Greening of Detroit". To recognize her efforts, the City of Detroit decided to name a park after her. And what does our friend do? Skips town! What an ingrate! But she did go back for the ribbon cutting ceremony, so I guess it all worked out. By the way, Beth wants any classmates who visit New York City to look them up. Their phone number is 212-828-2266. They live right on Park Avenue, so they are right where the action is.
Our condolences to Heidi Hayda Jensen, who lost her father last year.
Hi to Joy Nelson Lundeen, who owes me big time for stealing my hockey player Dick Lundeen, and railroading him out of town to Wilson, Wyoming. Anne Mueller is still a representative of Taylor Publishing Company. At last report, Gail Anderson Roberts and husband, George '72, were living in Mesa, Arizona. Tell George I need to talk to him about some Coach Don Roberts stories. Attorney Jeff "P.I. Guy" Smith is a partner in the St. Paul law firm of McCullough, Smith and Wright.
In the "Still Lost" department, we show the following Gusties: Seldon Eberly Anderson, III, Kristen A. Benson, Barbara A. Berkowitz, Kimberly Reed Bible, Rande A. Blanchard, Barbara L. Canton, Nancy Hecker Carlsen, John Cullen, Susan Jones Cullen, Richard W. Frenzel, Daryl A. Hagstrom, Kathy Hanson Harris, Mahmud Hasan, Donald L. Johnson, Randall R. Johnson, Deborah A. Klochko, Betsy A. Larson, David K. Olson, William A. Pohtilla, Cicek M. Refik, Carol A. Roos, Patricia L. Rothwell, Michael Rouse, Gregory E. Rydell, Gerald Simonich, Mark R. Storey, Holly F. Thauwald, Karen Jorvig Wallace, and Mark Wendt. If anyone knows an address or telephone number for any of these people, please send it to the Alumni Office. You can e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-487-8437. Speaking of e-mail, the addresses of Gusties who have e-mail are listed at the back of the new Gustavus Alumni Directory and on the Gustavus Alumni Web page, so it’s a great way to stay in touch.
No word lately from my Co-Class Agents, Cathy Asta Black and Dick . Cathy is practicing law and Dick is a Real Estate developer.
On the home front, my business is evolving more into helping business owners make the most out of their health insurance, 401K and other employee benefit programs. I am also practicing law part-time in the area of estate planning for parents of persons with developmental disabilities. My wife, Kathy, just started a new job as a customer service representative at GE Capital in Eden Prairie. Our son, John, is in second grade and in his first year of the Bloomington Jefferson Mite Hockey program. Emily is in fourth grade and plays piano like crazy. Our daughter, Ann, is now in the seventh grade and having a blast at Olson Junior High School.
Before closing, I would like to make a very personal request. In addition to your annual Gustavus Fund gift, I would like you to consider another special request. As I mentioned earlier, GAC has agreed to name the new dining room after Evelyn Young. However, before we can open the new dining room, we have to raise enough money to build it. That cost is estimated to be $2.0 Million. Accordingly, I would like to ask everybody in our class to send in $50, $100, $1,000, or whatever they can, and designate it to be used for the Evelyn Young Dining Room. Don’t wait until next year’s Phonorama. Send it in now and let’s get this dining room built. Although Gustavus is made up of thousands of students and alumni, I can’t think of anyone who made it more special than Evelyn Young. Let’s honor her by taking a leadership role in this fund drive. You know Cec Eckoff is up in heaven watching us, and you know he would want us to come through for Evelyn.
Paul "Hecktor" Heckt
1975 Co-Class Agent
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