|Welcome to the website for
Ludwigsburg American High School
" The Sixties"
for ALL who attended during those years.
We also welcome any interested classmates from peripheral years, just get in
touch with me at the email link shown on the right. Our comings and goings
meant that we frequently overlapped years with our buddies.
We've been holding reunions since 1985 in various cities across the country.
Join us in New Orleans August 2015
We will be celebrating 50 with classes of 64, 65 and 66
Use the link at right to get more details.
Yearbooks for 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 & 1967
are online at www.fototime.com
Links for those as well as albums with pics
from previous reunions and other sites
of interest are available on the Links Page.
Vist the Contacts page to find other classmates who have been located.
A new page has been added as a way to share the many emails that have been
sent to me expressing some of our thoughts and feelings.....I will change these
when new ones are received for sharing.
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|For all you "Keepers" out there......... forwarded by
Barb Park Gillaspie '66
I grew up in the forties and fifties with a practical parent --
my mother, God love her, who ironed Christmas wrapping paper and
reused it and who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it,
then reused it. She was the original recycle queen, before they
had a name for it... It was the time for fixing things -- a
curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the
hem in a dress. Things we keep. It was a way of life, and
sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, reheating,
renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant
affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be
But then my mother died, and I sat in my kitchen that Sunday
afternoon reading her old handmade cookbook in a binder, I was
struck with the pain of feeling all alone, learning that
sometimes there isn't any 'more.' Sometimes, what we care about
most gets all used up and goes away...never to return.
So..while we have it ... it's best we love it ... and care for
it.....and fix it when it's broken.....and heal it when it's
sick. This is true.... for marriage..... and old cars..... and
children with bad report cards..... and dogs with bad hips.....
and aging parents.....and grandparents. We keep them because they
are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep. Like
a best friend that moved away or--a classmate we grew up with.
There are just some things that make life important, like people
we know who are special.....and so, we keep them close!
I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper' so I've
sent it to the people I think of in the same way.
Give yourself permission to go out and play. You will never
again, for the rest of your life, be as young as you are today
Pretty Good Advice- Forwarded by Harry Johnson '64
AN ATTORNEY'S ADVICE
Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we
should all take some of his advice!
A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company.
1. The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put
on them. If someone takes your checkbook they will not know if you sign your checks with just your
initials or your first name but your bank will know how you sign your checks.
2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete
account number on the "For" line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company
knows the rest of the number and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all
the check processing channels won't have access to it.
3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use
that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never
have your SS# printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it
printed, anyone can get it.
4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine, do both sides of each license, credit
card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone
numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my
passport when I travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's
committed on us in stealing a name, address, Social Security number, credit cards, etc.
Unfortunately I, an attorney, have firsthand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month.
Within a week, the thieve(s) ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA
credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from
DMV to change my driving record information online, and more.
But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone
1. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll
free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can
2. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen, this proves to credit
providers you were diligent, and is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).
But here's what is perhaps most important: (I never even thought to do this).
3. Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on
your name and Social Security number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that
called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any
company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen and they have to contact you by
phone to authorize new credit. By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft,
all the damage had been done.
There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew
about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw
my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them in their tracks.
From Bill May '65
The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 cups of coffee...
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the
mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee...
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began,
wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then
asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.The pebbles
rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar,
effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things-your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite
passions -- things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.
The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.
"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same
goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are
important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical
checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix
Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you
asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of
cups of coffee with a friend."
From Carol Surprenant '67
* I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
* Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to
pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
* The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
* Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
* There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.
* Life is sexually transmitted.
* Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
* The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
* Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
* Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?
* In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it
* How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
* Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink
whatever comes out?"
* Who was the first person to say, "See that chicken there? I'm gonna eat the next thing that comes outta its butt."
* Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?
* Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don't point to their crotch when they ask where
the bathroom is?
* Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?
* Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride,
he sticks his head out the window?
* Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?
* Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
* What if the Hokey-Pokey really IS what it's all about?