It's not all bad news.  Did you know that in many ways the brain improves with age?  "The brain is a complex government of neural systems, and each has its own developmental course as we mature," says Dr. Louis Cozolino, a psychology professor at Pepperdine University.  "Some of these networks continue to improve as we age, such as expert knowledge, complex problem solving, and emotional stability." 

All things that may have been somewhat lacking in high school. (Editor's comment)




A frequent theme in these newsletters is to remind us in various ways of our teen-age years.  How many of you know that Bo Diddley lived in D.C. in the '60s?  


And a follow-up article:  click here to read the follow up article





Bo Diddley (1958) full album
Bo Diddley (1958) full album



Our History


Many of us think our high school years were some of the best of our lives.  Others remember painful times of unhappiness and exclusion.  We think that regardless of where you fall in that range, it's important to reflect on what it was like to be a minority during that era:  


click here to read Washington Post article  



And for a look at what it's like to be in a minority at B-CC in 2015, here's a link to a student produced video: 


I, Too, Am B-CC (High school)



You can also see the article and video on our Facebook page, along with lots of other photos from classmates.  


click here to visit our Facebook page 



From the class of 1959


Most of you have probably seen the headlines about the racist video made by a fraternity at the University of Oklahoma and the prompt and appropriate response by the university president, David Boren.  What you may not know is that David was B-CC Class of '59.  David served as the governor of Oklahoma and as a U.S. senator from that state.  Another little tidbit:  Dave Boren had Mr. Allnut inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.


To read more about David Boren, Click here!

In the Neighborhood


You football fans, especially the fans of our Washington team, will have fond memories of John Riggins.  We thought we'd let you know that Riggins is now a resident of Cabin John.  Although his playing time was reduced by the players' strike during the 1982 season, Riggins' performance in the post season is what most likely put him in the Hall of Fame. His most memorable performance came in Super Bowl XVII with 166 yards rushing, including the game winning 43 yard touchdown run in the Redskins' 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. 
Perhaps more memorable, according to Riggins himself was when he met Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at a party and admonished:  
"Come on Sandy baby, loosen up."  He said later, "I'll be remembered for (saying that) much longer than for being an MVP." 

Hot off the Presses:

We have another new author!  Peter Hartjens just had his book, A Million Smiles published by Outskirts Press. "101 True (Well Mostly True) Smilemaking Stories."  To read more about it, click here!



We're delighted to tell you that our website Visit us here! is making great progress.  The "In Memoriam" is not quite complete, as some obituaries are still missing; but it has been considerably updated.  The list of old e-newsletters is also being updated so that more of our previous communications are now included.  So, just in case you don't keep your own archive, we've done it for you.  We appreciate and encourage your additions to our Facebook page, which continues to get new pictures and other items of interest  Click to visit our Facebook page!     


And finally, we will continue to remind you to contact  us at 61.committee@gmail.comif your email address changes. For some of you, we only have your business email address, so if you retire and also retire that email address we'll lose touch with you!  


We received only a few bounces from our last email, but that means that those classmates are now likely lost to us.  Don't let that happen to you!  


Rusty Johnson has updated our website to reflect the current email list for our class.  The email addresses are provided so that classmates can communicate with one another. Please check the alumni email section of our website to see if we chave the correct information for you at at our website.  If there is an error please let us know at


Your Communications Team

      Barbara, Jan,Rusty, and Sandy