To the Class of 1958:
By: Dan Kelly
Our LHS Class of 1958 Summer Reunion was a rousing success! More classmates and guests than we originally expected attended, the weather on Saturday was perfect, the food was great, the day flew by and everyone had a wonderful time.
Dan and Barbara received numerous compliments on their beautiful home from everyone throughout the day. There was plenty of room for the large crowd, with covered tables set up outside on the patio and around the pool and comfortable seating inside for visiting with old and new friends. The flower arrangements of Marigolds on all the tables were gorgeous, thanks to Donna Simes.
Suzanne Shipman brought her collection of 1957-1958 Westerner World newspapers, Annuals, student directories, photos and other reading material. James Tabor provided more Westerner World's and publications from 1958. The group enjoyed reading these ancient items which created many comments and good conversation.
Dan Ehrhorn conducted a tour of his "Man Cave" apartment and automobile shop which is separate from the house. The men were envious, the ladies were interested, and everyone liked the guided tour.
We had lunch in the afternoon. Lamont Scarbrough led the group in a very appropriate blessing before the meal. James Tabor represented the group in presenting Barbara Ehrhorn with a basket of flowers, two attractive lamps and two bottles of Lubbock's finest wine for all her work in preparing for the reunion and for keeping everything running smoothly during the day. We presented Dan Ehrhorn with a new 1958 LHS Annual to replace his yearbook which disappeared the first day
he received it. All the classmates enjoyed signing his new Annual and updating it from 1958 to 2012. Dan will also take it to the 55-year reunion next year for more signatures.
The lunch was fantastic - with fried chicken from the caterer and assorted delicious vegetables, salads and desserts brought by the attendees. Snacks were plentiful throughout the day. The long awaited "mystery meat" turned out to be for the tamales and the actual meat is still unknown - although it was tasty. This must have been our acknowledgment of Cinco de Mayo.
The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent in visiting, circulating and meeting friends, remembering highlights of growing up in Lubbock in the 1950's and getting caught up with old friends.
A very big thank you to all the guys who helped take down the 20' x 20' and the 10' x 20' shades in the 95 degree temp. That was just hot work. Robert Davis, Jim Nixon and Mike Farris and a neighbor helped to put it together and to get it up on Friday afternoon. Then Dan and Robert repaired it Saturday morning after the heavy rain on Friday night.
A couple of business items were discussed in the midst of all the fun: The DFW group will not meet for lunch later in May, as the Reunion served as our meeting for the month. The next monthly lunch meeting will be in June on the regular third Thursday, which is June 21st.
There were suggestions for possibly having the next monthly meeting in Fort Worth. We are asking classmates who are most familiar with FW for recommendations for a family type restaurant which would be convenient and suitable for our group.
Talks and preliminary plans were made for our 55-year Reunion next year in Lubbock. A date will be announced and details will be distributed concerning the 2013 Reunion.
Becky Slack Schrader described the day very well in her Facebook entry at the end of the day: "My first reconnect in 54 years was warm, fun, rewarding and so worth the "who are you" comments! Thanks Dan and Barb for sharing your beautiful home displaying your life journey in art. Thanks to Jim for the event marketing, and to James for the encouragement to get there and for the first hug. Thanks to all the worker bees who made it all function so well."
A comment from Phyllis Elliott Robinson is applicable for all. "The reunion was so much fun and great to spend some quality time talking with everyone. The mini reunions make it possible to really enjoy visiting and recalling the good old days with friends. I loved the entire day and didn't want to leave. It's true, "Once a Westerner, Always a Westerner."
Suzanne McNeil Shipman sent her thanks to the reunion committee members with these comments for all. "As I have reflected many times before, my high school friends have meant so much to me over the years. It seems as the days go by, the realization of how very blessed we are to have been born and raised in Lubbock becomes even stronger. My heartfelt thanks to each of you for your participation in making our 54th reunion a very memorable one! Each of you sacrificed many hours in order to prepare for a party full of "just plain ol' good people". Dan and Barb, I want to especially thank you for offering your beautiful home to us as a gathering place to eat, visit and enjoy one another. It is a home full of love and beauty!"
These classmates and guests attended:
Costa Dunias and Wilma Waggoner Dunias*
Dan Ehrhorn and Barbara. Our Host and Hostess with the mostest.
Jimmie Sue Belcher Goodgame and Friend.
Dana Noble Hardcastle and Donald.
Linda Jordan Harper.
Dan Harris and Maria.
Kay Carmickle Kirkpatrick and Jack.
Loren Langston and Roycee Fox Langston*
Marilyn Woods McElya and Cary.
Janice Jeter Mitchell.
Tony Moyers and Janice.
Jim Nixon and Dee McClure.
Phyllis Elliott Robinson* and Gary.
Lamont Scarbrough* and Joyce
Rebecca Slack Schrader and Clyde.
Suzanne McNeil Shipman.
Donna Dunn Simes.
Bill Stovall and Glenda.
Jack Tillinghast and Teresa.
Glenda McElroy Walker and Joe.
Donald Weldon and Nancy.
*We were pleased to have these young folks from LHS Class of 1959 attend.