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50 Year Reunion

Friday,  October  4,  2024

Save the Date! Our 50th REUNION will be in the Fort on October 4 - October 6, 2024. These are only a few of the classmates already making plans to attend. Can we add your name?

Mary Matz Couris, Jimmy Stewart, Paul Smith, Robin McClatchey Thomas, Tom Carlson, Maggie Payne Blizzard, Debbie Buerry Klingensmith, Doug Molloy, Karen Wolfskeil Smith, Herbia Daniels, Steve Pike, Len Alvarez, Keith Melvin, Dolly Burns West, Connie & Ron Leap, Nancy Chernin Romstadt, Celia Aulen Crouch, Sherryl Burden Hayes, Reci Bower Hedman, Mavis Brannen Pacetti, Jeanette Golden, Karen Grantham Dimock, Laura Randell, Angela Reek Rohaley, Mala Vaughn Simonelli, Tony Vetter, Tim Salko, Celeste White Harper, Laura Coleman Dunn, Butch Coward, Janet Shafer Davis, Suzy Sigler Lewis, Derek Smith, Phil Payne, Kristin Stafford Scott, Jina Williams Browder, Kitty Peed Pike, Michele Molnar Whitener, Gayle Gallman Blyleven, Buddy Wilkinson, Mike Fleck, Butch Coward





 


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Paul Smith


First of all, thank you to everyone who helped pull this together.

In the summer before college, l worked on a survey crew that laid out the alignment for Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Will Hayek and I were both on the crew and we had to work hard cutting line through woods and swamp. I severely injured my knee very close to the present site of Hammond Stadium. That was the end of the job for me.

At USF, I studied horn and worked at various jobs including Bern's Steak House. I soon got that "rude awakening" that Mr. Kirk had repeatedly said was coming my way. I found out I wasn't as good as I thought I was at playing the horn. I changed majors and left school after my junior year.

I spent a few months in my home town of Sarnia Canada before returning to Ft. Myers. I alternated between waiting tables and working construction for a couple of years. I helped open "The Shallows" on Winkler Road (remember that place?). I returned to surveying and found that I very much enjoyed that work. My work included laying out portions of I-75 in '78-79 and later Pelican Bay in Naples as well as many other developments east of 41. My best memory was when our crew was conducting a topo of a creek near Bonita Springs and it was my job to row upstream in a canoe loaded with our survey equipment (the rest of the crew had to hike to the creek). It was a beautiful winter day and I couldn't believe I was getting paid for doing something that was so enjoyable.

During this period I ran into Kellie Thayer who had played horn next to me in band at MHS. We dated for a couple of years and were married in 1981. We built a house in the Cape and began to think about raising a family.

Later that year I was hired by William Hammond as Lee County's first Bicycle Coordinator. It was a great job for me as it combined my passion for bicycling with my cicil engineering experience. My job morphed into a position where I responsible for reviewing all proposed developments.

In 1984 I applied for a job with the Minnesota DOT and we flew to St. Paul for my interview to check out the Twin Cities.. I didn't get the job but we fell in love with the Twin Cities and made plans to sell our house and move up North...way up north!.

Anticipating our move, I took a consulting job with Charlitte County that helped finance our move. It was from our office in Punta Gorda that I witnessed the Challenger disaster. A few months later our first son Michael was born, a very big baby with a healthy set of lungs! What a joy!

In 1986, we loaded up a rental truck, said goodbye to our folks and drove up to Minneapolis. We soon found a nice home in a suburb of St. Paul.

After I working as a surveyor for a couple of private outfits, I took a job with the City of Minneapolis. I was hired as an
Engineering Technician in Public Works then advanced to an Inspector. In 2001, I transferred to Regulatory Services where I was a Zoning Inspector until March of 2023 when I retired from the City of Minneapolis.

Our second son, Bryan was born in 1988. Kellie and I separated in �89 and divorced in �92. Kellie remarried and (against my wishes) moved to Missouri with Michael and Bryan. I visited them as much as finances allowed had some visits with them at home in Minneapolis.

In 1994, I decided to make a little extra money, by working for the Park Board as a hockey referee. I enjoyed the experience and son began to officiate lacrosse games as well. I had played club lacrosse at USF in Tampa. Lacrosse was just taking off in the mid 90s and expanded quickly to high schools and colleges.

In 1997, I met Donna while at work (more to come)









(more to come later)






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