View Full Version : Bellevue High School Reunion 1970, September 10th

09-09-2010, 03:19 PM
The Bellevue High School Reunion is on the 10th of September this year for the class of 1970.


40 years, zip! that went by fast.
It didn't seem that long ago I was working in a bicycle shop after school and drudging my way through high school waiting for life to begin.
There were some fun times, but you know it only gets better after you're out of school doing what you really wanted to do.

I'm looking forward to seeing some of my former classmates though. It's always fun to catch up.

Friday, September 10, 2010
6:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Cocktail Buffet
The Woodmark Hotel, Marina Room (http://www.thewoodmark.com)
1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA 98033 (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=1200+Carillon+Point+Kirkland+WA+98033)
Attire: Evening Casual

The city of Bellevue

Casual, that will be me, wearing jeans and a long sleeved shirt.
Afterall, it's still high school.


I'm 200 pounds on the left, and 155 on the right.
A bit has changed, though I'm a little taller then I was in High School too.

How many of you have been going to reunions, and how did you like it?

Ian Gills
09-09-2010, 05:11 PM
Are you sure that's not a picture of Taylor?

09-09-2010, 06:56 PM

Terry and Taylor.
Taylor is in Boston going to school at Wentworth Institute of Technology
Taylor does look the most like me at that age.

09-10-2010, 09:01 AM
We had our reunion back in August.

I enjoy going to them. It's funny but even people that didn't get along back then seem to be pretty glad to see the others and probably spend more time talking to each other that one evening than through 4 years of high school. We started having them every 5 years to give everyone more chances to hook up. We also have several mini-reunions each year where the locals and any visiting from out of town descend on a restaurant to hang out together we organize these by e-mail. Usually anyone coming in from out of town can expect a mini-reunion if they let us know they are coming...

09-10-2010, 09:57 AM
Nice Picture Terry. Personally, I never go to them, never will go to them, not a one...I went to an all-girls high school and the girls were geeky, you will see on the picture. I am the girl way in the back, with too much hair and too much bangs with her arms crossed impatiently waiting to get out of there... the one in the back of the girl with the crazy eyes, lol.

I would never make that trip back home, :)

I just noticed something after all these years, I am the only one with bangs, lol. I still got bangs, lol.

09-10-2010, 10:09 AM
That sounds like a good idea, the mini ones.
I do notice how much you talk to people that you didn't really see much before and how glad they are to connect. A little sad too to see the pictures of the ones that aren't with us.

You mean the one on the right of the photo?

Bellevue, 54 years later. Looking at Bellevue from the Seattle side, and from the South on I-405

Melvin Love also chaired the meetings in 1953 at Enatai Elementary School down the street from our home, to put together the structure and zoning for the City of Bellevue. When he was done, he drove down to Olympia and bought the license that turned Bellevue into a city, he carpooled with Ken Day who bought a city license for Clyde Hill.
He had previously lived near Woodland Park in Seattle, and didn't want Bellevue to look like highway 99 as it went North past Green Lake. Bellevue became a city with no billboards, zoning for commercial and residential, and large super blocks for high rise in the downtown core. This was all decided in those early fifties meetings done at Enatai. He became mayor of Bellevue shortly after.

09-10-2010, 10:09 AM
why is my pictures so big?

Yeah, I am in the back, white blouse, full bangs, lol. the only one who knew how to cross their legs, too, :)

09-10-2010, 10:13 AM
That's a lot of hair all right.
I can see some didn't know how to cross legs, shame on them.

09-10-2010, 10:15 AM
Anyways, I've been getting invites to one coming up, right down my road at the Hotel. Plus, on the invite, they don't want you to bring your spouse or a date. That is no fun... and, bring your own bottle. Now, I don't drink, so what do I do, bring a bottle of Pepsi?

09-10-2010, 10:17 AM
I was born with 1950 shampoo hair, big hair. My son just breezed by and I said, " which one is me Bri from high school?" He looks and he picked out the girl with the long dark hair on the side! I guess that looks like me these days...

How funny. I said, " you don't know your own mom." Shame on him. It was only 38 years ago. :)

09-10-2010, 12:56 PM
Anyways, I've been getting invites to one coming up, right down my road at the Hotel. Plus, on the invite, they don't want you to bring your spouse or a date. That is no fun... and, bring your own bottle. Now, I don't drink, so what do I do, bring a bottle of Pepsi?

That doesn't sound like much fun.

Some of the early ones we had as part of the reunion weekend a Sunday BBQ picnic at the beach and even the kids were included in those. Once we stopped having so many young ones we stopped doing that. For those of us that remained in the area It was kind of neat to see that our kids were also friends at school.

We usually do a Friday nite meet n greet at some bar with Hors d'œuvre's come on in as you arrive, Saturday nite dinner and dancing, and a Sunday BBQ from noon til....

09-10-2010, 03:34 PM
So, Terry you were 50 pounds lighter in high school?

I pretty much stayed between the 108 seen there, and 118. Except for one time, when I was put on steroids for cancer, I developed muscles, a moustache and weight, lol. But, the muscles are impressive, Nair helped the moustache, and thank you to weight watchers! lol.

Red, I would had loved it years ago, if they had a BBQ and you could had brought your kids. I would had loved to had shown them off. ( plus, my good looking husband I had) :)

09-10-2010, 03:49 PM
I was 155 until I was 29. Then at 40 I gained an inch and was up to 180.
It took another 15 years to add the next 15 or 20 pounds, but at my recent 166, that was way too thin.

Reunions should always have the option of bringing mates.
What the heck are they thinking?!!

Below is 1978, 26 YO climbing up to dive off from the top bar of the back rest.

09-10-2010, 03:56 PM
Don't know...

09-10-2010, 04:06 PM
Terry, maybe I will go and take a date and see what happens. :) Could you imagine all the commotion? lol.

On second thought, I have no one to take... :(

09-10-2010, 04:13 PM
Do you think it might be that moustache? :) kind of clashes with the red stilettos?

09-10-2010, 04:25 PM
Bring someone, and the floodgates will open.
Moustache? I just don't see it. Check back to the first page and check the pic I just added, that was thin.


This is now. This is about 200 pounds.
My daughter Amy is standing behind me.

09-10-2010, 04:29 PM
Yikes... nice pic lol.

See it now?

09-10-2010, 04:37 PM
Were you married yet at 26? I got married at 26...
no wait, I was 27.

09-10-2010, 04:42 PM
Married at 22.
That was way too young, but so many of us were getting married that young.
I had two kids by the time I was 26.

09-10-2010, 04:52 PM
I didn't have 2 kids but I had 2 degrees by then, :) kids came later... first one at 30.

and, then a mountain of debt.

09-10-2010, 05:01 PM
yet, I think you got more of an education than I did... 26 and 2 kids? Yikes...

09-10-2010, 05:06 PM
Yeah, back then my friends were getting married early, those who didn't go to college. I never wanted to get married, until, I met "him" then, I shamefully, asked him to "marry" me. I proposed, lol. Kind of different I reckon.

I liked him.

You wonder when in high school what you will be, who you will marry, or how many kids you will have.

I remember on one invite, it said, stupidly said in my books, " Did you measure up?" There was a theme, oh, boy, and they wanted to know if you did what you wanted to do by what was written in your graduation yearbook.

I wrote in mine, that I wanted to teach. I kept it quiet what kind of teacher I wanted to be all through school for I didn't want anyone to make fun of me. So, I wrote ... I wanted to teach.

I fulfilled that.

However, I think my greatest accomplishment was in being my husband's wife. He was something special. And, then, having my sons. They are just like their dad. I couldn't ask for more...

So, if I ever attend one of those mateless functions, I will answer... yeah, I measured up, using my late husband and my sons as the yardstick. They were and are great.

* you do look good in swimtrunks. ;)

09-10-2010, 05:14 PM
In this picture, I think Sandy is 25 at this time, Amy on the left and Jame in the middle. Cathy on the right is maybe 23 with her son on the right.

09-10-2010, 05:23 PM
Amy still looks the same! Honestly, she hasn't changed, that is a cute picture. Beautiful family, even though Jamie is bald ONLY kidding Jamie! I am sure you got some hair there. lol. Wait, you still don't have hair! I saw those pics of you performing. :) You always look good.

Isn't is a funny feeling when you see your kids sooo young?

09-10-2010, 05:45 PM
So, Terry, you going to have anymore kids? :)
You could take them to the next reunion.

09-10-2010, 06:13 PM
Done with my own kids. Grandkids are okay,

09-10-2010, 06:17 PM
Hospital called, on my way out the door. I talk to those who need help dealing with the big C. Later.

09-10-2010, 07:45 PM
All went well. This man had colon cancer Terry, and I told him, he would be fine, cause I know someone who has battled it, and is doing great! That someone was you... So, this picked up his spirits and when he versed his concerns about having "relations" someday, asking me if this would be possible, I knew he would fine. :) I told him, I do not volunteer for that, no test runs, and he laughed until, I saw tears in his eyes. He is fine. That makes me feel good. See, you help people here Terry and don't even know it, so many miles away even.

I forgot to tell you the most important part of tonite being there with him. I have to break the ice by talking to them, usually, I ask, silly questions like, " I bet you want to get out of here, eh?" but, tonite, since he was our age, I asked, " been to any high school reunions, lately?" first he said, " what?" which was good, because they ( the hospital) told me he would not respond to anyone for any reason, he wouldn't talk to anyone, not even his wife. I said, " gotcha" after he said, " what?"

It led into a long conversation with him doing most of the talking. He told me I was smart, and I told him, nah, under this dark hair lies the heart of a true blonde.

He loved talking about his high school days and how he played football & getting all the girls. The nurses walked by hearing us laughing and they were peeking in along, with the doctor.

So, it was a good thing. Thanks for a most useful topic.

He asked me to come back and see him again. All went well.

09-11-2010, 01:15 AM
Thanks for the heart warming story Cookie,
My 40th reunion went really well. It was so nice to see everyone. When the DJ asked for a last song, I suggested "We are family" which many of us danced to as our end of the evening. There were a few others that thought that it was a good choice for our group.
I'm always very impressed with the people I went to school with, very sharp individuals.
And good conversation no matter which group I joined. The talk tonight was to make it every five years now, we are getting older and 68 seems a long ways off.

And yes, the Cancer subject came up, which surprised them, I am feeling much, much better.
But then, it's 100% gone, so why not be feeling good.

09-11-2010, 06:20 AM
I am curious what kind of turn over was there? Even though I don't go to the reunions I keep in touch with a few of the girls and the turnover isn't great. I do know we lost a few of the girls, 2 to suicide, which is unbelieveable, one drugs, one to cancer, one is an unknown the parents won't say and that is okay. Right now there are quite a few battling cancer. So, it is kind of sad.

Did you take a mate or a date? LOL.

09-11-2010, 09:35 AM
I have #50 coming in '12. I will probalby go to that. I have not been to one, even though they do big reunion shindigs every year. School is in MA, and I have been in CA for42 years. They publish quarterly mags, with articles about each class with anyone still alive....back in to the 20's. I keep tabs, but it is on the east coast, and I have been in touch..only rarely...with just a few folks. The alumni association hits me up a couple times a year, but I have two daughters with college and grad school alumni association on my back as well!! They do publish the birth/death stats. So far, 3 in my class of 61 graduates have passed. Lucky considering mid 60's was prime draft time in the middle of vietnam. Everyone in my class went to college; many of us later ended up in the service. I was in the Navy, so dodged the ground combat! We did have one or two guys shot up, but everyone survived that.

09-11-2010, 10:45 AM
Out of a class of 535 we had 198 show up Friday.
Not bad for 40 years later.

I hung out a bit with Jay Fowler of H.D. Fowler Company (http://www.hdfowler.com/), I remember him from at least first grade, he lives in Olympia while his brother Hod runs the Bellevue branch. I used to do plumbing on their moms place when she lived on the lake.


Caught up a little bit with one of the members of our performing choir members, Sandra Allen, who writes a blog for her paper and entertains professionally as a singer, she always had a great voice.

Blaine Beden, Boeing engineer, cancer survivor and excellent softball player.

Deborah Cahill, delivered over 4,000 babies since I had last seen her. She was in choir with me too.

Richard Reynolds, living the good life in Panama, danced professionally for twenty years, was in both choirs with me.

Bob Swanson, I ran against him for class vice president one year, and hung out with him in Junior High, now mentors non-profits.

Tom Lane, boy scouts and five day hikes through the Olympics in Junior High.

Kent Leslie, turns out my older sister used to be his baby sitter, now that had to be a long time ago. He now sells equipment for restaurants. ChemMark (http://www.chemmark.com/)

Larry Quarnstrom, used to use his dad's patrol car (or something that was very much like it) , and tear around the freeway system, his dad was a cop. My dad was a judge. He's now construction management for the school district in Olympia.

Tom Dunn, lived in Surrey Downs near my friend Ross McMains.

Timothy Slaker, went for extra time at BHS, shared a choir class. Smart guy.

Bob Woodcock, living in Montesana now, it was good to catch up with him.

Roy Marshall, now in Florida. HazardousMaterials.com (http://www.hazardousmaterials.com/)

Rick Reed, a lawyer in Seattle now. Cub scouts and boy scouts. Did a lot of hiking with him.

And a few others, but my chemo mind prevents me from remembering all the names, but if we do the next one in five years, that should clear up and I'll be good to go.

09-11-2010, 04:32 PM
It sounds like you had a great time Terry!

Good to hear they are talking about every 5 years.. Time goes by too damn fast not to...

09-12-2010, 08:24 PM
That sounds pretty good Terry. Not a bad turn out either, actually better then what I would had thought. Out of ours what I know of, one girl is actually head of a college, another an administrator of a college, a couple are college profs, a few are teachers, alot are nurses one for oncology, so far that is I think all I know of. Oh, a few are secretaries of companies, one for a lawyer, I think... one is a lawyer. Almost all are moms. One girl I know lost her eye site, we correspond back to each other almost on a daily basis.

So, we did well. Out of all of them, I am the only writer. No matter what I am disciplined or licensed to do, I am at heart always was and will be, a writer. English was never my best subject, I am a poor speller, and horrible at grammar. But, writing is so much more involved than meets the eye. I make the most at writing, money wise. ( I did others papers for them and got paid in college) But, it sounds like you had fun and that is what counts the most when you go to those reunions. You got me thinking about going to this next one, coming up. I might want to show off my new sexy haircut. :)