4/14/2009 about Jeff
Brett Obermeyer contacted me about us setting up a Flower Fund in the name of the Class of '87. In light of today's events with Jeff Pister's untimely death, we decided now would be th
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4/13/2009 Jeff Pister
Jeff was killed in a car crash this morning at 6 am. Please pray for his family. Rest in Peace Jeff! You will be missed
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3/18/2008 Ray James
Rays father passed away on March 8. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers
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I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Graphic Design and substitute taught for a semester. It must have really sucked because I decided to do construction for the next 10 years (mainly roofing). I spent many nights at Snapper's looking for the right person and I finally found her. Andi and I were married in Las Vegas on June 22, 1997 at 3:30 in the morning in the chapel next to the Riviera after I proposed on the airplane. She works at State Farm in Bloomington as a writer . Soon, we had a baby on the way so I had to look for real work and found a job as a warehouse foreman in Bloomington but it turned out that I spent a lot of time sweeping by myself. I left that job and became an ad salesman for a weekly free newspaper in Bloomington. That was almost as bad as substitute teaching. There were many hours spent listening to the Von Maur piano player when I should have been selling. Finally, I got on at Wallace in Clinton in 1998 and ran a collator which is a giant machine that produces junk mail (yes, I am to blame!). I worked construction on the side until 2000. After 6 years as a collator operator, I hung up my jeans and had to buy some dress clothes because I moved up into the office in 2005. Now, I am a Mac operator that lays out the junk mail on the computer for the platemakers before it goes to press. My cousin and best friend Gary Alsup (class of 1989) trained me and my sister Annie is his boss. I love snow skiing and took the kids for their first time this year to Devil's Head and they did great and we had a blast. We like to vacation at Cedar Point, Ohio and ride all of the Roller Coasters. Last summer, we went to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and stayed with another old classmate and cousin of mine Dave Reneau. I still like to drink the beer and have gotten into making my own with weird flavors such as lemon tea and caramel apple. I think Busch Breweries has nothing to worry about from me! We live in Hillcrest with a dog named Vegas, and 2 goldfish named Goldie(a 5 year old MayDays fish). We spend most of our downtime in the summer swimming and drinking beer in our backyard pool. Life is good except for the getting ancient part! In November, we are going to Mexico with Erica Motzinger and hopefully not to Mexican jail! Also going are Christy Alexander, Shannon and Darcy Newman, and Gary and Brandi Alsup. Yo bebo mas cervesas! I hope I can pull enough Spanish out of my ass to at least get a beer. I am sure I can, courtesy Richard Glasson! Well, you can all relax. I got plenty of beers in Mexico and only hurled once, well many times but all in the same day so that only counts as once. At least I made it to the jungle because I was about one more bump from blowing guacamole on our bus to Chichen Itza! Just a little surreal note-my whole family is in a play this weekend, March 7-8, 2008, to earn money for the Taylor Magill hotel project and it is directed by Mrs. Jones. I play a Larry the Cable Guy type character-it will be a stretch from the refined guy that I am but I can probably pull it off. I feel like I am in high school again. Wow, this renewed acting bug paid off. I was picked from a photo to be an extra in the new Matt Damon flick "The Informant". I am towards the front in the sentencing phase of the courtroom scenes. Won't know if I made the cut until it comes out though in September 2009. See not changing my style since 1985 actually paid off so nyeah, nyeah, nyeah! Okay, saw the movie and it sucked. However, half of me was in it for three trillionths of a second. So if you know exactly when and where to look and don't blink, you might see me. Recently, I have taken up writing and entered a 10 minute play contest in Bloomington and won. They are performing my play with 7 other winners at the Heartland Theatre in Normal (nothing to do with Heartland College) through June of 2010. I am extremely excited about this. I have a screenplay entered in another competition so hopefully that will pan out as well. I went to California with Andi's work (I was a tagalong) and I got my picture in front of the real Brady Bunch house and The Fast Times at Ridgemont High house and did the Universal Studio tour where I rode down Wisteria Lane which also was The Burbs street. Yes, I still love cheesy things. I am stuck on 2nd shift from 3-11 p.m. so I miss many of the children's activities which there are many with Mikah on the Dance team, Lukah in softball, volleyball, and basketball, and Cal in football, basketball, and baseball. Poor Andi spends half of her life arranging rides. This fall, we hope to go back to Mexico with kids this time if we have the money. Can't wait. May buy a sombrero and not come back.
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