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So sorry to hear about Thom. Is there an obituary? My memory of Thom is that at 16 or 17 he was already a true eccentric. High praise in my book.
Thanks so much for this. Neighborhood history that I had no idea of. Amazing that your father lived in that house for 92 years.
It would be great to see you at the 80th birthday party, if it happens.
Roberta Weber and I exchanged some meories of skip about a year ago on this site. I won't repeat all that I shared with Roberta, but Skip was a great and influential friend. He and Roberta were the only members of our kindergarten class who could read and were often called upon to do so.
Skip's family home was an eccentric cottage on the west side of 7th Avenue just two doors south of the cemetary. It had a huge back yard, the western bouderies of which were more like a country field than a small town back yard, at least im my memory. We even dug a "foxhole" back there. A group of us from Southport hung out there on a regular basis; Skip, Peter Kaiser, Mark Schmerling, Chuck Limpert...Sadly, Chuck and I may be the only ones still alive from that little group. We would sit in that "foxhole" and talk for hours about whatever adolescent boys talked about, probably adolescent girls.
I was the only one who lived west of 7th avenue, sort of the equivelent of the "the other side of the tracks" in those days. We lived on 73rd Street west of 8th Avenue. Tom and Terry Fugette lived on 8th Avenue just north of 75th Street and Tony DiCello lived on 74th Street jsut west of 8th.
Skip was an extremely bright and interesting man. His death is a huge loss.
Posted on: Mar 01, 2022 at 12:35 PM
Happy Birthday, Roberta! I hope you have a glorious day and that you celebrate all week.
Thanks fo much for the birthday wishes. Belated bothers me not at all. Yes, it was great seeing you at the 60th and yes we plan on attending the 80th birthday party (80th !!!!!). Can't wait to see you.
Thanks so much for the birthday greeting. I hope al is well in your world.
All the best,
Cecil, a belated Happy Birthday. Hope you enjoyed your day. Stay safe.
Posted on: Feb 16, 2022 at 4:33 AM
Posted on: Jan 07, 2022 at 4:31 AM
Wishing you a belated "Happy Birthday"! I hope you had a grand day of celebration and I hope 2022 is very good to you!
Happy Birthday, Ken. I hope it is a great one. And happy and healthy 2022!
Posted on: Sep 18, 2021 at 9:27 AM
A belated "Happy Birthday!". sorry I missed the real day. We were on route all day Wednesday and Thursday getting back to our home in rural France. I hope you had a grand day. It was wonderful seeing you at the reunion.
Posted on: Mar 03, 2021 at 8:30 AM
Miss Gardner, sounds right. Speaking of names, forgive my typo (Roberta Webster) in my last post.
I was not aware of your mother's death when we were in second grade. That must have been extremely traumatic for you. I think we were not classmates in second grade. My family move to the country between 1st and 2nd grade and I went to a small country school on south Sheridan Road for a couple of years. When we moved back into town I went to Lincoln Elementary for one year and then to Southport when it opened. So, it was in fifth grade that we became classmates again. You and I and Skip Lane and Peter Kaiser and Mark Schmerling and Mickey Lepp... I believe our 5th grade teacher was Miss Tacki and our 6th grade was Mr. Brown.
After I returned to Kenosha, briefly, after the army, I heard that there was quiet a good jazz ensemble playing in the bar at the Holiday Inn on weekends. I went with a friend to hear them one night and guess who was playing the stand-up bass? Mr. Brown! Who knew?
I arrived in Madison in '65. i had a few credits under my belt and I went to summer school every year, so I graduated in 68.
Speaking of Skip Lane (Yes, Nancy, he was very smart). Skip always held a special place in my memory bank. He and his parents had an impact on me that they could never have known about. My parents, wonderful people that they were, were very unsophisticated working class folk. My 10 or 11 year old self greatly romanticised Skip's parents. They were very attractive. They played tennis, they sailed, they drove a convertible, they drank martinis. Hollywood stuff in my young mind. And they were always very nice to me.
I knew Skip was living in northern California. I was in northern California on business, 15- 20 years ago. I found a number for Skip and called him. He was a real estate broker in St. Helena. We had a brief chat. He was perfectly amiable, but did not seem particularly enthusiastic about revisiting his Kenosha years. He did tell me that he had a similar call from Peter Kaiser a year or two earlier. Maybe I will reach out to him again if I can find contact information for him.
Ok, probably more than you wanted to know, but once one starts down these paths...
All the best,
Posted on: Mar 01, 2021 at 8:18 AM
Happy Birthday, Roberta
I hope it is a great day for you. I did not mean to barge in on your and Eva's conversation about Mickey Lepp. I apologise if that was inappropriate. Another thing I remember about Durkee kindergarten is that there were two kids in our class that could already read. Roberta Webster and Skip Lane (Stoddard Lane III). I was rather envious.
All the best,
Rita,thanks for the birthday wishes. Indeed we are at our house in rural France,which has felt like a safe haven for the last year. Looking forward to our 60th.
Posted on: Feb 16, 2021 at 6:02 PM
Cecil, Happy Birthday. Hope you're having a great day. Stay safe.
Posted on: Feb 16, 2021 at 4:33 AM
Posted on: Jan 26, 2021 at 5:29 AM
Happy Birthday, Chuck. I hope you are able to celebrate and have a wonderful day in spite of the craziness of the world at this moment.
Posted on: Jan 26, 2021 at 4:55 AM
Good to hear from you. It looks like we are about 127 kilometers from Brie-sous-Matha. It is about a 1 hour 50 minute drive straight up the D939. Good for you doing all of this research. Are you primarily doing it through ancestry.com? When are you going to make the pilgrimage?
For some reason I was trying to remember the names of two guys we used to hang out with some. I think they were a year older than us. The parents of one of them owned a bar near the old AMC plant. Maybe Doug something and Jeff something. Any idea?