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16th Anniversary!
MHS Midland High School
Midland, TX  USA
Thursday October 17, 2019

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To Midland they came
From across the land,
To search for treasure
Below the sand.

They worked the soil
With drill and bit,
Black gold it was
They hoped to hit.

A few succeeded
And wore a smile,
While others hit nothing
And lost a pile.

But friendships formed
By blood and sweat,
Create a bond
One can't forget.

So when they gathered
On down the road,
Those friendships remained
To lighten the load.

Recalling the days
Of the high school band,
True treasure they'd found
Above the sand.

By: Jack Sowers, Class of 1961

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Okay, y'all.....I can only say that it was a real "bummer" for me to not be there with each of you at the reunion. It happened that we had a family issue that was our priority, but still. . . .  Continued

Irby (Corky) Dyer's death
It is with great sadness to inform you of the death of Irby (Corky) Dyer. Irby died on December 2, 1966. He served in the Special Forces U.S. Army in Vietnam and died a Permian Basin Hero. D . . .  Continued


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.....Submitted by class members.. (please feel free to send your memories to me at [email protected] and I will include them!)....

A Cappella my senior year--what fun! We laughed, practiced hard, cried when we didn't win 1st--great comaraderie! Whenever we sang "The Hallelujah Chorus", I got goose bumps! I recall Christmas 1991 (30 years later) I was visiting my daughter in Lubbock. We were at church; the choir director ask if anyone in the congregation would like to join them in singing "The Hallelujah Chorus"! Well, I sure didn't hesitate! What a thrill! Then there was that day in class when Mr. Moody asked me to stand at the front (think Lorraine Kerley was on the piano) to sing "If I loved you . . ". He kept having me start over, and over, saying I wasn't correctly pronouncing IF!!!! I got so-o-o frustrated, I ran out the door and down the hall to the principal's office, crying all the way!!! And, oh the youth center--what great fun! ---Joan Lain Ludtke

Don't forget Bozos hamburgers. We would get someone in the office to call in our lunch order, pick it up, and eat on the way back to school. Some days in our senior year we would skip school after lunch and have some our friends working in the office take our names off the absentee list! ~~~ Tricia Porter Fletcher

Remember S&Q Clothiers (for the guys), A&W Root Beer Drive-In (coldest root beer in the world). Pizza something or other on Andrews Hwy.(first pizza I ever had). There was some country & western honky- tonk in Odessa that was really wild, I can't remember the name but it was on the Andrews Hwy. going out of Odessa. Great times at Hogan Park golf course. Remember the Eagle motor scooters with the loud pipes? Remember skinny dipping in Helen O"Neil's pool? Maybe I should stop there before other things come back that are better left in the memory bank! ,,,,,James Stewart

Hamburgers - - - Bozos, Kings…. The Bowling Alley (also the one down on Main...it was gone by HS), can't remember the name of the drive in, miniature golf out on 80. Restaurants...The Ranch House, Scarborough Hotel Restaurant What was the name of the record store??? .....Colleen Joyce

Blue Star Inn, Career Girl, Lester Short Pharmacy (not a favorite haunt, but on of the oldies), S&Q Clothiers, General Clothing Store on the south side (Carol Levitt’s parents), Texan Drive In Theater, Chief Drive In, Fiesta Drive In, Burger King, Bob’s Better Burger (still open I think), Bowen’s Grocery on Thomason Drive, Star’s Drive In Restaurant on Front Street. Of course most of these were on my side of town.~~~~Dana McDaniel

What was that geometry teacher (old one) that stepped off the ladder while painting the windows in her class-broke her arm maybe?? Did they ever arrest those guys in Midland that put a big M on the fifty yard line of BRONCO stadium in our junior year 1960??~~~ Tim Doreen

The Geometry Teacher was Theresa Klapproth. She taught Algebra too. Bozos was a great hamburger place we use to go to lunch there. I loved the Youth Center Dances before school. We had a great time at the Youth Center!! ~~~Linda Satterwhite

Hi, Don't remember much but my first job was at Jones Shoes across from Career Girl. The drive-in was the Chief as I remember. ~~~~ Vici Dorsey

Drive in theaters – The Texan and The Chief Drive Ins. The Texan was out on Hwy. 80 and the Chief was on the Andrews Highway @ Andrews Hwy. What was the name of the drive in on Front Street that served “to die for” steak fingers. Anyone remember the Tower Theater or the Rock N’ Roll Club in Odessa where Roy Orbison got his start? Now I’m thinking. Will advise as my mind opens up later.~~~~ Dana Mac

We had HOGAN PARK golf course---ball field where we played summer ball- of course who can forget the Midland Club out by the circle--later home for the famed "pussy cat a-go-go" which was in its hay day while we were in college. They even had a back room to gamble-just ask yippy Rankin! How about S&Q CLOTHIERS close to Cissy Clark’s family owned KING BURGER. A couple doors down was CROWLEY 'S REXALL DRUG- my first job in Midland in ninth grade working in the soda counter. I shopped at GENERAL CLOTHING on the south side. They were open seven days a week and also SUNDAYS-owned by our own CAROL LEVITT family. Seems like we followed HART'S Quick Shop where ever they were as that is where the DESERT RATS could purchase that ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPRING WATER- AT 16/17 years old. We also ventured to THE COBRA CLUB down across the tracks (in the flats) to hear FATS DOMINO--BO DIDLEY-others usually on Sunday nights. Marshall King was the owner of a few businesses and I played summer baseball with Marshall King, Jr. What fun!! Road trips included LAKE J.B. THOMAS--not far from Snyder, Texas. Rolling in the sand out at Monahans State Park ~~~more to follow! ~~~~ Tim Doreen

Loretto, another place to eat was The Ranch House. Great homemade French fries. I think the park was called Cloverdale Park. I just remember it had a small hill to run up, and at the top was a water tank. (I think) Hummm, I wonder what happened to it?? Another store was the Career Girl. I could always find the best dyed to match skirt and sweaters. The sweaters were angora, and were so fuzzy they would get in my nose and make me sneeze. Loved them. The grocery stores were Hanks, on Cuthbert across from the football stadium, Connor’s Grocery and Deli, which most of my mother’s cooking came from, and Triangle Food. Boy, I haven't thought of any of those in a long time. Don't remember the names of the Drive in Movies. That was a biggie, or so we thought!!! Hope this helps as my brain is about to shut down now. Ha!~~~ Julia Herrell -

On a hot summer afternoon or evening, I loved the A&W Root Beer drive in and the cone shaped containers of ice cold A&W. Also the cafeteria ( I'm guessing Furr’s, but can't remember) across the street from the football stadium-- we would go over during 2-a-day football practice and see if we could eat everything they had....Nunnally could out do us all!! Also the first pizza I ever had was at the joint on Andrews Hwy.---the YMCA on N. Big Springs.. Tim, remember Senior weekend at Lake Thomas......some things are best unremembered! ~~~ Stew

The Yucca and Ritz theaters. I think it was the Ritz that had the Saturday morning cartoons and western serials, ie: the Lone Ranger, Lash LaRue, etc. I remember going to movies there for 9 cents. And the Blue Star Inn was a favorite of mine. And there was a really nice park just outside of town a bit, where kids from St Ann's went frequently for picnics, to play ball, etc, but I can't remember the name of it. It had real tall trees (which, of course, was rare in Midland) and was real pretty, and cool. And I've got to mention the Hospital Pharmacy, a stand-alone pharmacy with one of those old fashioned soda fountains where I worked part-time as a soda jerk for a couple of years. Made cherry phosphates, cherry cokes, and the best milk shakes in town. The drinks were made the old fashioned way, out of flavored syrup and carbonated water dispensed from pressurized containers. We're showing our ages here, folks. ~~~ Jack

A & W Drive is on Big Springs and Cabell’s, another seller of Rocky Mountain Spring Water! ~~~ Art Donnelly

Speaking of Bozo's Hamburger: When Gary Clark and I were having a hamburger and milkshake in there one day, Gary broke his paper straw. Do I really remember him calling out to a young man sweeping the floor, "Hey, Bozo, would you bring me a new straw?" Yep, that was Gary alright! And one day while Larry Speir, Raymond Tyra and I visited a newly opened Texaco service station (next door to Bozo's as I recall), we decided to test the shiny new pneumatic jack they used for changing tires. We attached the air hose to the jack and opened the air valve. The resulting air pressure shot the unloaded business end of the 200 pound jack about twenty feet in the air like a rocket. Luckily, we weren't standing over the jack and we were fast enough to get out from under it. Understandably, the owner asked us to leave. That was one bit of experience with pneumatic pressure that I never saw the need to include in my engineering resume. ~~~IN GOD WE TRUST Jerry A. Dunn

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Every ten years, as summertime nears, An announcement arrives in the mail, A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand; Make plans to attend without fail.
I'll never forget the first time we met; We tried so hard to impress. We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars, And wore our most elegant dress.
Image and video hosting by TinyPic It was quite an affair; the whole class was there. It was held at a fancy hotel. We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined, And everyone thought it was swell.
The men all conversed about who had been first To achieve great fortune and fame. Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses. And how beautiful their children became.
The homecoming queen, who once had been lean, Now weighed in at one-ninety-six. The jocks who were there had all lost their hair, And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.
No one had heard about the class nerd Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon; Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain; She married a shipping tycoon.
The boy we'd decreed 'most apt to succeed' Was serving ten years in the pen, While the one voted 'least' now was a priest; Just shows you can be wrong now and then.
They awarded a prize to one of the guys Who seemed to have aged the least. Another was given to the grad who had driven The farthest to attend the feast.
They took a class picture, a curious mixture Of beehives,crew cuts, and wide ties. Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini; You never saw so many thighs.
At our next get-together, no one cared whether They impressed their classmates or not. The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal; By this time we'd all gone to pot.
Image and video hosting by TinyPic It was held out-of-doors at the lake shores; We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans. Then most of us lay around in the shade, In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.
Image and video hosting by TinyPic By the fiftieth year, it was abundantly clear, We were definitely over the hill. Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed, And be home in time for their pill.
And now I can't wait; they've set the date; Our sixtieth is coming, I'm told. It should be a ball, they've rented a hall At the Shady Rest Home for the old.
Repairs have been made on my hearing aid; My pacemaker's been turned up on high. My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled; And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.
I'm feeling quite hearty, and I'm ready to party I'm gonna dance 'til dawn's early light. It'll be lots of fun; But I just hope that there's one Other person who can make it that night. Author Unknown



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