Pandas enjoying the snow at the National Zoo, 2015 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Our Wish to You for a Healthy Happy New Year


The old year's moving on

I'd like to say some things before it's gone.


May whatever house you live in

Have flowers by the door

Children in the bed to keep you warm

May the people there accept you

For what you really are

And help you find some comfort in the storm.

And morning rain to ease the pain

That comes with being free.

May the New Year bring you freedom peacefully.


Lyrics excerpted from a song by Si Kahn 

(Thanks, Si!)



 What was happening 51 years ago


Warren Commission is concluded.

Civil Rights Act is signed.

Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston for World Heavyweight Championship.

First Ford Mustang comes off the assembly line.

Poll Tax becomes illegal.

Dr. Martin Luther King wins Nobel Peace Prize.

Mariner 4 lifts off to photograph Mars.

Surgeon General says smoking may lead to lung cancer.

Great train robbers get 30 years each.

Sony releases the first VCR.

Sidney Poitier becomes the first black actor to win the "best actor" Oscar.

And more happenings!

" Hello Dolly" "Funny Girl" and "Fiddler on the Roof"
open on Broadway in New York.

The Rolling Stones release debut album, "The Rolling Stones."

The Beatles make their first appearances on Ed Sullivan. 

The Beatles have 13 singles on Billboard's "Hot 100" at the same time.

The Beatles hold the top five positions in the Billbard Top 40 singles in America.

Bob Dylan releases "The Times They are a-Changin'."

Pablo Picasso paints his fourth "Head of a Bearded Man."

Hasbro launches G.I. Joe, action figure for boys,
 to join the Barbie Doll for girls.

Buffalo Wings (deep fried chicken wings coated with hot sauce) 
are made at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY.

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl is published.

Elizabeth Taylor marries Richard Burton for the first time.

Popular Films

"The Carpetbaggers"

"It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World"

"The Unsinkable Molly Brown"

"My Fair Lady"

"Mary Poppins"


"Route 66"

The show was about two young men. played by George Maharis and Martin Milner, who travel across America in their Corvette convertible.  The credits of those who appeared read like a who's who of acting in the Sixties including James Brown, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Walter Matthau, Buster Keaton, Lee Marvin, Suzanne Pleshette, Martin Sheen and Robert Redford.  The series ran from 1960 to 1964.

Popular Musicians

The Beatles

Roy Orbison

Ella Fitzgerald

Simon and Garfunkel



and if you want to stir still more memories, try this:

Now for some good news!

Update on John Grolig:  He has returned home after a long stay in the hospital and then a rehab facility. He is feeling fine again, and even driving a bit!

Update on Melanie Smith:  She had a minor stroke recently, but got medical help immediately, and is now fully recovered.  The neurologist gave her a clean bill of health, and said she was one of the lucky ones.  She was able to call her daughter and get help within one hour of onset.

Our website is undergoing renovation

Sadly, Tommy Sanders, our webmaster for all these years, has decided it's time to step down.  We are very grateful for all the time, energy, effort, and creativity he has put into this wonderful resource.  Rusty Johnson is taking over; so stay tuned for what comes next.

And another reminder:  No more USPS newsletters!

As we have mentioned quite a few times, we will no longer be able to send these newsletters by regular mail.  It's expensive and time consuming, so regretfully we will only be able to communicate using email. With this change in mind, we need you to make absolutely sure that we have your correct email address! If not, you will not get any newsletters or other informative emails from your dedicated committee!  Please send any changes or updates to  Thanks!

If you have any privacy concerns about your email address, please let us know as we can take care of that too.  You can update your contact info and share other news by simply sending us an email!  We also invite you to visit our Facebook page.  And when you do, please  "friend" us, "like" the page and the posts, and add your own comments and photos.  Just takes some clicking, and we'll feel lots more popular!  Oh, and you don't have to have a Facebook account to view all the many photos of our past lives or to add your own post about your current life.  We're trying to add new photo(s) every Thursday. Who knows, you might find your younger self poping up.  Our latest posts include bathing beauties, beautiful twins, and a couple of heartthrobs.  Take a look!

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