Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Tell Terry my husband is obsessed with cars. To the point a hobby is now going to turn into a business venture. Yes, husbands can drive a wife crazy. Tomorrow is a holiday here and I wanted my husband out of the house this evening so I could catch up on some personal things. The house is quiet and I have it virtually to myself.
I rarely get the house to myself so this evening is very special. Nice and quiet. I can pull out my '70's CD's and listen to my hearts content without a lot of growns from the boys.
Lee I stop and kick back quite a bit. And yes you are right, what a better way than coming back home. My heart of heart's desire is to come home for the reunion. Like I said to Karen, I may just surprise all of you and just show up!


Thanks Ann Marie, for your kind words and confirming the resemblance with my hero, Mr. Rogers. I wasn't fishing for compliments exactly, but what the heck, I'll take 'em any way I can get 'em

As for enjoying the Oshkosh show, I am always very happy when I'm around airplanes and I just can't get enough of them...drives Terri crazy, but what else are husbands for?

I think you outta get off of the island and kick back in the lovely Wyoming Valley to ease your mind. Sometimes we spend all of our time working at tough jobs so we can make enough money so we don't have to work at the tough jobs any more. It's called a 'deferred life program' and we are all guilty of it to some degree. Every once in a while you have to stop and smell the roses. What better way to do it than to return to your roots, meet with old friends, and talk about joyful experiences? The reunion isn't about the past, it's certainly not about the future, it's about right now which is really the only time you have. Why not enjoy it with some close friends?

For all of you out there on the fence struggling over whether you should attend a soccer game or some other obligatory function that is keeping you from having some of your own fun, just do it for you. If your spouse isn't going to have a good time because he/she won't know a soul, then leave them at home for a night. You'll be more relaxed, they'll be happier, and you can spend all your time catching up with old friends.

...so let's make the most of this beautiful day, while we're all at it we might as well say, won't you be, won't you be, please won't you be my neighbor. Howdy neighbor Fred...oops I mean Lee. Sorry the resemblance is close.
Welcome back. As you can see the blog has not been a big hit while you were gone. You got the touch baby. The web site and the blog were not the same while you were gone.
Well...you told us about the airshow, but you've not told us if you had a great time.
I myself have had a crazy week. I have been working on some business projects that I have been trying to jump start so I can be free to leave. The more I see about the reunion, the more I hear, the more enticing it becomes to come home to see everybody again.
Does anyone know if Micky's store is still open? Are the rail road tracks still there? What about Seminary?




Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Have you ever had anyone tell you that you remind them of someone famous? I have!

Monday, July 29, 2002

I am back from the big airshow and convention at Oshkosh. It's quite a spectacle and I've been attending since 1990 and have only missed two. If you like airplanes, I'd highly recommend it. It is not only the world's largest airshow, but the world's largest convention of any kind with attendances between 750,000 to 850,000. When I got home, I found the Blue Angels at my home airport at Loveland. The local airshow created quite a bit of congestion since they just weren't prepared to handle the crowd which I understand exceeded 60,000. A friend told me it took him over 4 hours to drive to the airshow and he lives just a few miles away. By contrast, I flew the LongEZ out to Oshkosh which is 860 miles away in less than 6 hours. It helps to be able to fly over all those traffic jams .

I got the formal invitation to the reunion today and it looks really nice! Great work, Karen and Arlene and the rest of the planning committee. Now I just have to remember to write the check, fill out the flyer, and put it in the mail. I bet I'll get it done by tomorrow morning, how about you? If you haven't received yours yet, you can click on this link and get a printable PDF file of the flyer information and send it in to Arlene along with your check. Go ahead and do it now while you're thinking about it...

Saturday, July 27, 2002

The days are flying by. Soon the reunion will have come and gone...but hopefully as Karen pointed out, friendships will be renewed, everyone will have had fun and the 25th reunion will go down as a big success. All thanks to the terrific committe members.
Karen wants pics for the memory book. Grab your digital camera, snap a photo, take a quick look at it, (otherwise you will not be happy with it and will be snapping hundreds of pics and ripping whatever hair you have left deciding what picture to send!)
With all the technology we have at our fingertips today...photos should not be such a problem!
Thanks once again Karen for your kind offer. Like I said, my travel agent has my reservation, I just need to confirm. Well shall see what happens. I may just surprise you and show up at VP.

Friday, July 26, 2002

Hello Alumni,
Well, the time has finally arrived. I spoke with Arlene today and believe it or not, the invitations are in the mail. I must sincerely apologize for the lateness as I recently had an unexpected death in my husband's family, some of you may even know him, his name was Dr. Thomas Baker, he died unexpectedly at home at the age of 55 and Arlene herself wasn't well that week either, so I again apologize for the lateness of the invitations, to further the delay the person at Office Max that was handling the invitations gave us great ideas to cut costs, however, in the middle of her creating the invitations, she was promoted, so what should have normally taken about 3 days took a week and a half, maybe this is a good thing as many people are still deciding whether or not to go. We realize the expense, and we tried to do as much as possible to cut costs, some fellow alumni are planning to attend the tour with their families, and going to the reunion itself solo just to save some costs for themselve, that's another good idea. We realize that VP will be crowded, so if you think it will be too crowded, there's always Rich's Golf, or Mcdonald's right next door. The entire idea of this Reunion was to 1. Have a 25th Class Reunion and 2. Renew old friendships and 3. Have fun. Just to give some updated information, all but 9 students have been contacted as we believe we have incorrect addresses for the following: Pier Carros, Monica Fabian, Karen Krischunis, Sandra Mahalick, Debra Forte, Donna Reese, Cynthia Toole, Ann Marie Yatsko and John Roach. If anyone has information please contact me at doolfan@sunlink.net and I'll be glad to update our list. We are also the biggest bunch of procrastinators as we're still awaiting pics of most of you for our memory book, these could be candid pics of your recent vacation or just you and your children/grandchildren etc.. Ann Marie, thanks again for all the compliments, but if someone really deserves compliments, here goes, Mike and Chuck for their help, Arlene, the backbone of reunion arrangements and Lee for this awesome website, in closing we should also compliment Lee's wife Terri, because it is very noticeable that he spends a lot of time on this website and making it enjoyable for the alumni and Ann Marie, here's an offer you can't refuse, if you make it in for the reunion, the night we meet at VP I'll buy you a few slices of pizza, heck, I'll even throw in some beer with it too, think about it.

Hi everyone. I guess it's been a busy week for everyone since no one has added to the blog. I take it Lee is having a great time at Oshkosh. The days are getting closer to the reunion. From the last update Lee did, it looks like the reunion committe has planned a great time. The last update is 79 classmates will/might be attending the reunion. I still am unsure as to whether I will be coming. I have some personal and business issues that need my attention. I still have my travel agent holding a reservation for me.
I want you all to know how great it has been to have a touch of home for me. I have been away from the valley for 10 years now. I have been back once for about 30 hours. Short and too sweet. Living in a forgien country has given me a deep appreciation for home. Home not only in the sense of the United States, but home as in the Wyoming Valley. These past few months have been very special for me. Special in the sense to be able to "go back home" with people who I grew up with.
For the past year, Karen has been great updating me about my old neighborhood. Lee has added pics to the blog which I was able to share with family and friends here. Someday I hope to get back home with my husband and my children.
Those of you that still live in the Valley or can frequent home on a regular basis are blessed. In turn you have blessed me with your updates.
Thanks!

Monday, July 22, 2002

We probably won't see Lee here for the next few days as he is in Oshkosh at the US's (I think I heard on CNN the world's) biggest airshow. If you've never been to one and like planes...it's an experience. I've been to several in the US and UK. I find it to be a pretty exciting rush with the US or UK fighter jets and thier heartstopping formations in the sky. Lee, it's too bad you couldn't "borrow one of them fancy fighter jets" from the airshow. You could offer the class of '77 flight lessons at Forty Fort airport. We could go down in reunion history for that one. Have fun Lee!

Okay so where has everyone gone to again? Bob dropped us a short line this morning. What happened to Kate, Karen, Chuck and the others?

I know Rose is out there...and I believe I saw Jay Tobias at one point. I see Jay Popson is around also. Let's hear everyone else's thoughts!

I was surprised when I saw how many people have moved away from the valley...and out of PA. But then our class was never one to adhere to the norm.

Our class is really dispersed - My sister (Mary) graduated from O'Reilly in 1982 and went to a reunion a few years back - she lives north of Pittsburgh and won the door prize for furthest travelled.

Friday, July 19, 2002

Here something pretty frustrating. Of course mapblast won't work for me becuase it is a driving map. I've searched a few other maps and tried to measure the distance to at least Kingston, Pa. I keep getting an error message that Castries, St. Lucia is not contained in the map databases. *laughter* This place is not that remote. It may not be a popular tourist destination, but it is not that remote! *laughter*
You know Lee, I would love to be able to walk down Maple Ave. and hear nothing but the crunch of leaves underneath my feet. Inhale the crisp fall air. Feel the cool air nip my nose and cheeks. Yes, fall in PA. There's nothing like it is there. Rose and I spent many a night walking around the school talking about everything and nothing in the fall air. The picture is breathtaking Lee. Thank you. What memories flood back!
I would love to see, feel and play snow. I've seen snow 3 times in the past 10 years. I would love to be able to go to the Dallas CC and toboggan down the snow covered green. Or ice skate on Harvey's Lake.
Then, just as everyone would get sick of snow, spring would come. The valley would bloom back to life again. And of course Spring meant the Glee Club Concert. And dont forget the less attended band concert. *laughter*

I was filling in the information for Karen that I had requested in a previous message today and measured the distance from my house to O'Reilly at 1645.87 miles. I used Mapblast.com to find this number and it sounds so far, but I feel that it's all for naught since we will have Kate Wood Gardner attending from CA so I won't get any door prizes for the longest distance traveled. And of course, there's always the possiblility that Ann Marie will show up and win the prize for the longest distance from a foreign country...that is unless Deborah Sadusky decides to join us from Germany. Maybe we can have the longest distances awards from the North, South, East and West?

Thanks so much for jumping back in Ann Marie, I was really beginning to worry about you. It's good to know you're checking in regularly . Also, thanks for reminding me of the smell in the air during the fall evenings. That's something I can't get out here, nor the variety of beautiful fall colors that I used to take for granted.

You know Lee I have been checking the blog everyday. I was just giving others a chance. Wink
I have been more than a bit busy for the past week or so myself. As I said, I do check blog and the web site daily to see the updates. We all had a good laugh at home at my HS pic. My husband also expressed his gratefulness for seeing another picture of my on a donkey playing basketball. Down here it is unheard of. Said he hasn't had such a good laugh in ages. Whatever. *laughter*
For those of you who have not been "blogging" please catch up and do so. I've been away for the valley for years. I've been back once in 10 years. It not only feels great to have a piece of home, being so far from home...(thanks Lee and John for the airel pics, they are great!) it's a special feeling to be able to reminicese with people from home and not just share stories with family and friends.
This has been a very special gift for me. Thanks!
I was just remembering the football games. I can smell the air, I see Valley West stadium as clear as it was yesterday. Friday night games were the best. Nardone's pizza! *laughter* Good lord how could we forget Nardone's pizza!

I went to LA yesterday on one of those out-and-back day trips and, yada yada yada, I am feeling very tired today. I had to get up at 3:30 a.m. and didn't get back until nearly midnight. I will probably travel next week to Oshkosh for the big airshow, so things will get pretty quiet around here since I'm not seeing lots of activity. Please understand that this is the only entertainment I get out of the website and so don't let me feel neglected. Ann Marie was very chatty initially, but she must have gone into hiding . I'm thinking about sending out a search party.

If you're reading this and would like to post a response, please send me an email and I'll send you an invitation to join. If you already responded to an invitation and joined, just go to www.blogger.com and select the Bishop O'Reilly weblog. It's completely safe and fun too.

To make things even more fun, I'm going to show you how to add emoticons like these: to your weblog entries. Just click here for an explanation.

Before I forget, Karen asked all of us for some information for the memory book a long time ago and you can check the questions here. Just cut out that information and paste it into an email, add your answers, and then send it off to her if haven't done so already. Some of the information will be for the book, but some of it will be used for the door prizes.

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Last week I sent out a message showing the cost of the reunion to be $50/person and I'm sure that has caused a few to wonder what you get for that much. I'm not very experienced with going to class reunions (Terri's BOR class of 1978 has never had one yet) and I can't remember what we paid 14 years ago for admission to the 11th reunion. I was curious what other class reunions cost so I looked around on the web and found sites like Greatreunions.com and Reunionsunlimited.com. If you poke around in there you'll find that the average cost is about $60-$80/person and most of those do not include an open bar. In the case of our reunion, the price includes the hall rental/dinner/open bar (which is around $38/person), and the rest is to cover items such as the DJ, mailings, door prizes, decorations and memory book. I think the planning committee did a very good job at holding down the costs and they are very concerned that the cost may be a burden for some of our class members. If you can't afford the dinner/dance, you are still welcome to attend some of the other events which are either free or pay-as-you-go.

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Paul brings up a good point about name tags. Originally, Sister Heloise thought we'd have name badges like every other 20+ year reunion she's attended. However, the committee nixed the idea, thinking it was unnecessary. One must remember that the purpose of a name badge is a courtesy to others, so that they don't feel stupid because they can't remember a name. I think it might be a good idea to have some generic labels available with a magic marker so you can make your own name badge, particularly if your appearance has changed significantly since our high school days.

Monday, July 15, 2002

Hi All,
I have only seen a few of you since graduation, Despite what Sr. Heloise says - we may need name tags -
on the other hand it may be fun to figure it out. I was in San Diego last year and stopped in on Dave Serhan.
It had been years - he is one that you recognize off the bat - me however, I think I will keep you guessing.....
Paul

Friday, July 12, 2002

I just wanted to say to Mr. Devlin, thanks for the headliner! That is a scary picture of me! This is a great way to keep in touch! I can't wait to see everyone in August!
Mary Pappas Kosin

Thursday, July 11, 2002

I just wanted to post a few general announcements today. We exceed 1000 hits on the main page today and the most active pages other than the main page are the biographies, guestbook, what's new, and this weblog page. Those pages change periodically so people like to check back in to see what's new. The guestbook, weblog, and biographies are my favorite part of the website because it's like discovering a new treasure whenever you guys surprise me with some new information. Just today, out of the blue, two entries appeared in the guestbook and another in the biographies page. You can help give people more of what they want by submitting a biography or joining in the weblog, if you haven't done so already. If the cat has your keyboard, you can ease into it gently by submitting a simple comment in the guestbook. Also, if you have any high school photos you'd like to share with others, please scan them in and send them to me and I'll make sure they go on the website. If you're not sure how to do that, ask a child to help you . Remember when kids needed adults to help them with projects? With computers the world has turned upside down and the youngsters seem to understand how to use computers better than adults!

If you want to help out with the reunion, the committee can use some help decorating the hall for the dinner/dance. If you have some artistic flair and want to help out, you can contact Karen. She's working hard putting the finishing touches on the invitations before sending them out this coming week and I'm sure that she would be happy to have some helping hands in getting the hall decorated prior to the dinner/dance.

Tuesday, July 09, 2002

I'm back in Colorado after a long day of traveling. I just made a few updates to the website which you can see here. Karen gave me more pictures of the Donkey Basketball game which I'll scan in later and she also loaned me a few more yearbooks. So you should see more images on the website later this week.

Saturday, July 06, 2002

I had a nice meeting with Karen and Mike last night to discuss the reunion plans. The committee has really done a lot of work on the reunion over the past 18 months and I know it's going to be a lot of fun. Some of the guests/events are a surprise so I won't divulge all the information on the website since I don't want to spoil it. The formal invitations will go out soon and I'll be making more additions to the website just as soon as I get back to Colorado. I managed to get a picture of Mike, but Karen just wouldn't let me photograph her so I'm going to have to be sneakier.

John Nardone and I flew over the valley today to photograph his vast real estate holdings and survey future possible aquisitions, but I ran out of memory in my digital camera so we will have to finish up next time I visit. Aerial photography of real estate doesn't generally take much memory, but when you're trying to capture entire mountains, it takes a few shots .

Now I'm going to re-invite a number of people who haven't yet joined in the weblog so you can be active participants in the event!

Friday, July 05, 2002

Alright, Alright, so you can still buy a cassette and a videotape as well as a DVD or CD and if you look real hard enough at the flea markets or yard sales, you may even be able to buy an 8 Track in the Valley. Everything is fast and furiously coming down to the wire and sorry for the delay of the invitations but they are expected to go out by next work, the latest by the following Wednesday. Everyone will have a chance at the reunion as well as the other scheduled events to get revenge on Lee, just bring your cameras and take lots of pictures of Lee and post them somewhere on the internet:) Only kidding Lee, your website just keeps getting better and better everyday, as long as so I'm not there, it's too bad that more people aren't adding things to this Weblog, c'mon, don't be shy, we haven't even heard from Bob/Doc/Rob Dougherty in a few days, who knows, he may be changing his name again. Well everything in the Valley is right on target, Bazaars galore and people coming out of the woodwork to see the 4th of July Fireworks. Happy 4th Of July Weekend everyone.

Thursday, July 04, 2002

ROFL...identify with that statement about the Guccis and Florsheims???!!!! Try living in a place where the best type of anything you can buy is from the cheap dollar stores of Miami!!!!! *laughter* I can't believe that the Wyoming Valley is still in the dark ages of technology! Okay so is the valley still selling music cassettes and video tapes??? I thought St. Lucia was the only place that still did that. I would be most grateful for the dialup, notepad, and DOS FTP Lee. There is worse trust me.
At least you're in the States and I'm sure celebrating a wonderful 4th. I spent the 4th working and this evening at a meeting with mainly British nationals. It was not a 4th of July atmosphere at all. Of course my sons and I got the normal ribbings...but that's what one gets living away from home.
Thank God for the blessing of being in your own country and being free. Thank God for being able to express your opinions freely. Thank God that you can feel at home.
Forget about the Gucci's and the Flourshiems. All eventually falls into its relevant place at the right time.

I always marvel at the lack of pools here, and the lack of the locals being on an island surrounded by water and not being able to swim. Ahhh...I can smell the VP pizza. Send some here overnight via fedex please. It would be greatly enjoyed. Also Joe's Grotto pizza and a Half-Circle pork bar-b-que. Actually a piece of home in any form would be wonderful. *smile*

The memories page is a great idea. If you need any help in any way or form just ask. As always you've been doing a great job. Thanks for all your dedication and hard work Lee. It is appreciated!

Happy 4th everyone!

"I cried when I had no Guccis until I met a man who had no Florsheims", If you can identify with that statement, then you know what I'm going through this week. I've only been in the Valley for a day and I already miss my cable-modem connection and web editing software. I'm relegated to using an AOL dialup connection, Notepad, and a DOS FTP window to make even the most rudimentary changes to the web pages. I think I'll wait until I get back to Colorado before trying anything more ambitious than changing the headliners on the main page.

It was about 94 degrees with fairly high humidity and a heat index of 104, but I was able to cool off by jumping in Terri's family's pool today. I always marvel at the number of swimming pools in the back yards whenever I fly over this area. Now, if I could only find some air conditioning. I did some scouting work at Victory Pig last night asking the owner if he could handle a crowd of 60 or 70 people over the course of an evening. He looked rather shocked, but I told him we wouldn't all arrive at exactly the same time, maybe over an hour or so, and he seemed to warm up to the idea. I suspect that if we can't all eat at the same time, we might be able to eat in shifts since we'll be hanging around the Golf Center/Arcade for the rest of the evening. I also tested the pizza and it's still good.

Tuesday, July 02, 2002

I'm going to be in PA for the rest of the week and am looking forward to meeting with the the planning committee. I probably won't have time to make any changes to the website or even the weblog, but it will be great to finally meet face-to-face with the people who have done all of the work on the reunion. If any of you would like to add some comments for the committee, now would be a good time.

I've been playing around with a memories page and you can see a sample of it here. I'd like to include pictures of everone who would like to share them with the rest of the class.

Joe Petrasek asked me today if the reunion page would be available after the reunion and I can't think of a reason to take it down. It might not change as frequently, but I'd be happy to make updates to the addresses or any other information so you can stay in touch with other class members.

Monday, July 01, 2002

Karen brings up a lot of interesting points. I recently worked on a project called the de100c Digital Entertainment Center which manages your digital music collection. We have some young engineers in their 20's who had never used a vinyl record. I brought one in for them to marvel at and then we played it for them. They were awestruck that you could have a needle running on plastic that reproduced sound as well as it did . I'm not sure what their reaction would have been to the 8-track. How the 8-track ever gained any momentum is completely beyond me. But I had one, just like everyone else in the '70's.

Incidentally, I noticed the 'posted by' field is coming up blank. I'll look into this, but if you go the editing screen at www.blogger.com, the names are present so I can only imagine that it's some kind of temporary problem with their software. I just posted the entire memory book from the 1988 reunion. Don't forget to check out the new feature on the website called 'What's New'. - Lee Devlin