Sunday, August 27, 2006

Just for Fun!

Art Review | 'Summer of Love'

Through Rose-Colored Granny Glasses

Published: May 25, 2007 (New York Times)

Tear gas, pot and patchouli were the scents of the 1960s. You can almost detect the last two, spicy and pungent, wafting through “Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era” at the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Do you get sometimes too many requests for advice from family, friends, co-workers?  Do your kids and grands ignore your loving suggestions??  Then here is a fun alternative place to send them:  -- Advice from those our age and older who are caring and well-qualified to respond.  Right now they mostly need youthful askers, but at some point hope to need more "elders" which could be us;o)  I cannot think of a more gifted group to add to their ranks than the WB Ray Class of 1964!!  If you have any questions after visiting the site, the Founder/Director, Doug Meckelson, may be reached at:

A new service of may be of interest to some of you:

Many former classmates from W.B. Ray High School have now added their life stories or created personal pages. This service is not just for recording life stories, but can be used to create family pages to share with friends and family.

To add your story or to read others, go to your alumni group page for W.B. Ray High School at

From a dear friend of Dee Dee's, Jane has sent us this 'trip down memory lane' link: complete with the Four Lads signing their hit, The Things We Did Last Summer! Thanks, Jane!!

A great website for memories: (thanks to Candy Alexander Cheney)

Candy sent recently a fun piece entitled, Born 1930-1979If you want a copy, please let Candyor me know.  Vickie Richardson Nice sent a fun Who Are They? that has old pics of celebrities with a date the photo was taken; you try to guess, and get the answer in 'invisible print' below the star!  Perhaps the most fun piece came from Jeff Pope about recalling your first kiss!!! And the most moving clip was from Mary Lou Montes Zijderveld the Budweiser Commercial/Tribute to 9/11.

To help facilitate more of a dialogue, where such treasures can be posted, please check out and sign up for our (FREE) WB Ray Discussion Group on Yahoo: This is a new site that was requested for a freer interchange of ideas. It works best if there are Facilitators to originate/keep dialogues for planning the next reunion!  Volunteers??  Thanks!


Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of:

Marcia Mandt Lehman, her Sister Jaye & their Family on the loss of their father, Gordon G. Mandt:

Susan Matthews & Family on the loss of her father, William Dale Matthews. Services are Sunday, March 9, 2008 in CC;

Sonia Garza Mellinger & Family on the loss of her mother, Sonia Barrera Flores, whose services are Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 in CC:

Family of Chester Mailens, Ray's 1st Band Director & 'Fight Song' Creator:

Margaret 'Dee Dee' Blackmon-Barfield, who passed away Monday, January 21, 2008 after a brief illness. Dee Dee was one of our Class Historians, and a co-Chair of the 2004 Reunion. She will be sorely missed. Dee Dee's family has said that Donations may also be sent in her name to First Baptist Church, 3115 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78404 for the Library or Playground Funds.

Jennifer Horner Bley & Family on the passing of her dear Sister Kathy:

Charles F. Ofner & Family on the passing of his Father:

Susan Kalteyer & Family on the passing of her Father in November. He was a petroleum engineer, a Naval Officer, a graduate of the University of Texas & originally from San Antonio.

James Thorpe & Family on the loss of Deola Thorpe, Jim's Mother:

Cynthia Duran Herin & Family on theloss of her dear brother, Leo Kohl Duran, on May 28, 2007.

Paula Buerger Novaez & Family on the loss her husband Gil (Guimar) Novaez (Class of '61) January 8, 2007, (from Paula) the day after our youngest daughter's 19th birthday. I posted it on the 'blog' under "Passings" but wanted to notify you directly as well. Gil and I would have celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary this March 20. Our 3 children and 3 grandchildren are all in Houston -- in fact our 2 daughters still live at home -- so are a great comfort to me and to each other. In his younger days, Gil was a Boy Scout leader for over 10 years. His troop motto was "Keep on Keeping On" and that is what the kids and I are doing.

Carolyn Jones Trimble & Family on the loss of her dear Mother, Emma on Valentine's Day.

Curt Whited, who passed away January 30, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Elaine.

Mary Ann Hamilton Stripling on the loss of her dear sister Jeanette, also of cancer while enjoying her dream trip to Germany

Shirley McNatt Carr passed away in December 2006. Cynthia Herin noted that the article in the CCC Times mentioned to send any gifts in her name for cancer.

Ross Rayburn:

Richard Zipprian:

.. and to Guida Chilton Drew, Lenda Christian Ashworth and Dee Dee Blackmon-Barfield forthe recent loss of their parents.

Travel Logs, Advice. Pictures

Do you know where this is? The Bering Strait in Nome, Alaska (slides 1 & 2) and Kodiak Island, Alaska (slide 3), all taken by our classmate, Mary Lou Montes Zijdervald.  Her snapshots into her extraordinary experiences are delightful!

New Grandchildren, In-Laws, or Spouses;o)

Newly arriving for 2007 is Ms. Kaitlyn, newest granddaughter for Mikey Hames!!  What fun for all and best wishes to the whole Hames Family!!!

Congratulations to all of the new Grandparents, In-laws, and Spouses or Significant Others!  Are you one?  Please let us know...and join delighted Carolyn Jones Trimble, Diane Davidson Olivo, & Susan Davis Bramer

A newlywed?  Tommy Arnold, Gordon Bassham and Curt Whited are!  Also, earlier this year, Russ Linebarger (Jessi Kealoha) married to Nora in a beautiful ceremony in the Philippines.  Photo from Russ/Jessi is above.

New In-Laws or expanded family?  Olivia Orsak Godfrey's daughter, Diana, married recently!

"I was so saddened to hear about Ross--what a loss for everyone. On a happy note, however, we have a new granddaughter, Megan, to accompany her older brother, Luke.  Megan was born Jan. 20, 2006, and Luke will be 2 1/2 in September. AND, Dick and I will celebrate 40 years of actually being married to each other on Aug. 28th!"  from Susan Davis Bramer.  (Congratulations, Susan & Dick!!!)



Judge Jack Blackmon

Sadly, Judge Jack Blackmon passed away recently.  Pcitured here on the left with his son, also Judge Blackmon, he is Former Mayor of Corpus Christi and father of classmate, Dee Dee Blackmon-Barfield. Judge Blackmon leaves an imposing and inspiring legacy.  Please see obituary for details:  Our deepest sympathies go to Dee Dee and the Blackmon Family.