THE NILES TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1961

Bob Selby
Mitch Melamed
Ken Norgan
Stuart Goodman
Lynn Ravine Chestler
Dale Green Kane
Inez Tivin
Keith Anderson
Marsha Silverman Serlin
Joy Leon Gorodess
Howard Moldofsky
Marti Council Corcoran
Denny Crosby
Heloise Corman Nathan
Micki Brost
Bob Deck
Carol Whisler Morris
​Leslie Lerner Gallay
Pat Rice Foss
Jim Copeland
Steve Bookshester
Marcia Siegel Greenberg
Bill Fisher
Pam Meltzer Schemke
Bud Morten
Dick Peterson
Donna Wold Smith
Dave Recher
Ginny Thomas Schubert
Rev. Dick Selby
Jim Puccinelli
Pam Engstrom Harper
Zelda Rest Goodman
Deborah Van McConnell
Iris Daglas
Judy Viere Weisenberg
Louise Christensen Jacobson
Earl Pollack
Susan Slotten Palmer
Ira Berger
Jeanne Ferdman Strauss
Carole Senger Pakulski
Yvonne Belue Manahan
Mary Ellen Des Enfants Gavin
Tod Wise
Steve Schada
Eileen Nechtman Sonenthal
Steve Elkins
Jim Nardi
Marshall Claassen
Carol Woods Houston
Karen Stryker Boyesen
Marilyn Lees Reinish
Lloyd Kuehn
Diane Zahn Boran
Ron Ficks
Marilyn Wegl 
Nancy Eaman Galyean
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The committee is excited about the next move heading toward our 60th reunion.We have decided on Pinstripes in Northbrook/Glenview. We put a deposit on the Ballroom and we will be getting a list of nearby hotels.  The main event will be on Saturday, August 7, 2021. Some of our costs will be absorbed by the balance in our account left over from the 50th. as you can see we have over 110  classmates indicating their interest in attending. With spouses or forever friends this number will be over 180. This will be our last organized gathering of this scope and I hope you won't miss it. As Ernie Banks would say "Let's have some fun in 2021". Keep sending in your current pictures for me to display on the website so we can recognize each other again. 
This is the list of classmates showing interest in attending the 60th Reunion August 7, 2021 (to have your name added please email (keithanderson30@gmail.com)
Judy Kadish Simon
Steve Wray
Rochelle Freeman-Zuninga
Susan Seedorf Strong
Sharon Brei Chapman
Sandi Schoene Metzinger
Chuck Scharf
Jan Williams Eddleman
Paul Herrmann
Diane Reichert Hansen
Val Iversen Wiker
​Karen Vedder
Rennie Jaeger Walz
Larry Racana
Barb Mario Jozwiak
​Liz Stapelfeld Sisneros
Dennis Dahl
Bob Nieder
Earl Pollack
Stan Anderson
Ellen Winer
Margo Berkson Berg
Sandy Goldman Lerner
Barry Weinstein
Alice Thorsen Kassen
Mike Honig
Dianne Layden
Joel Openheim
Bruce Mau
Dave Howard
​Ron Hauser
​Bronson Davis
Sheila Cunningham Pientka
Nancy Reading Frank
Judy Verhunce Girard
Rosanne Schiff Ball
Bud Rifkin
Bill Barker
Jim Colitz
Mike Adler
Diane Zahn Boran
Bob Polster
Mike Rothholz
Rod Bartels
Marvin Feinberg
Bob Garro
Sandi Anderson Kasen
Sandy Weise O'Brien
Judy Meyers Cronin
Don Peterson
Freddie Strauss Lieberman
Ken Ehrensaft
Sue Alport Ludtke
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                    NAMES ARE AT BOTTOM 

FLASHBACK
Rev. Dick Selby
Carol Whisler Morris
MaryEllen DesEnfants Gavin
Pam Engstrom Johnson Harper
Liz Stapelfeld Sisneros
Sandi Schoene Metzinger
Sue Seedorf Strong
Larry Proft
Chuck Scharf
Larry Racana and Jim Nelson
Mitch Melamed
Sue Bennett Ruhnke
Bob Selby
Marti Council Corcoran
Dick Peterson
Keith Anderson
Bob Nieder
Yvonne Belue Manahan
Joel Openheim
Alice Thorsen Kassen and Frank
Just 436 days to go until the 60th Reunion
Here is an excerpt from the Archives with Mr. Spatafora I thought you might find interesting.
REMEMBERING YOU FROM MY SIDE OF THE DESK
  3/2/2009
Keith Anderson suggested I write something for the Niles HS '61 blog and your upcoming reunion. I'm not sure if you remember me -- teaching social studies up on the second floor -- but I sure remember you!

Oh, not individually; but collectively. My memory, like that of my colleague teachers, looks back on your class as a time of calm just before the storm of the 60's. Niles was a charming, yellow-bricked road to good learning and healthy fun. The principal was Keith Cavanaugh and some of my social studies peers included Donn Wright, Karl DeJonge, John Betts, George Scherb, Mel Pirok, Dave Jackson, Everett Colton and Bernie Zagorin.

More important than our names, Niles back then was perhaps the last whisper of the same age in America I grew up in. An age of relative peace, prosperity, and a confidence that has been battered a lot ever since. My memory floats back to a time when there were no metal detectors at the door, only a zest for learning...no demonstrations on the campus, only rallies before the games....no PCs and Internet, only the innocence of optimism that made you feel this was a good time to be alive and it would just keep getting better.

You were growing up in a pretty happy campus where guys still wore ties and gals still liked wearing skirts. And we all liked a young man in the White House who seemed for too little a time to mean we were on the road to greatness. Student monitors called the SSO patrolled the hallways...concerned counselors like Bob Botthof listened to your problems....and the style of discipline from Marvin Ihne and John Houghton was more friendly reminder than tough confrontation. Oh, and your parents weren't in the habit of always suing the school like some of them are today!

My memories of you were that of a generation still a lot like my generation at your age. You came to Niles from families who wanted you to learn, and you pretty much agreed with that mission. You were bright, eager, questioning, and goal-oriented. In my own social studies classes I tended to circle the chairs...stroll the room...try to engage you in give-and-take....and with few exceptions, you never disappointed me. You were a great bunch to teach!

Now I can't say I never disappointed you, but I can say this. Generally, those years were good years for me...for the community... for the nation. Today you -- and certainly I -- are much older. But reunions like this have a felicitous way of stirring old remembrances and energizing old enthusiasms. I hope that's exactly what yours does for you. I know it does for me.
Sandi Schoene Metzinger and Chuck Scharf
Jim Nelson with Diane to the left
Larry (Rocco) Racana with Mary Lou
Ron Johnson, Rochelle (Rocky) Laskov Zuniga with Jorge
!/2 Val Iversen Wiker, Karen Vedder and Jim Nardi
Denny Crosby, Val Iversen Wiker and Karen Vedder
Dennis Dahl, his wife and Denny Crosby
Some interesting statistics about our birthdays This is based on the 303 birthdays.  If you go on the website and go to BIRTHDAYS to see if you are listed let me know if you don't find your name and I will enter it. If you don't know the password email me and I'll send it to you.
Classmates born in 1942---20
Classmates born in 1944---23
Classmates born in 1943---260
Biggest birth month---June---34 (September, October conception)
Lowest birth month---March---20.(May, June conception)
Most 1942 births---December---10
Fewest 1942 births---6 tied with 0
Most 1944 births---January---7
Fewest 1944 births---5 tied with 0
This is a video sent in by Pat Rice Foss that shows Ringo and many other international and American musicians. I don't know any of them but it is interesting that this isolated session was done before our current isolation situation. The song is well done. click on 
THE WEIGHT
Attached is a list of the 61 classmates who are lost and waiting to be found. Go through the list and let me know any information you might have about them. Thanks, KeithBTW we have 919 names from our class and we found all of them but these 60. Click on THE LOST to see the list
Click GOLF if you want to enjoy a very funny golf act.
SOME VIRUS HUMOR (IF IT ISN'T TOO SOON)
* Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. 
  The other half will come out with a drinking problem.

* I used to spin the toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. 
  Now I turn it like I’m cracking a safe.

* I need to practice social distancing from . . . the refrigerator.

* Still haven’t decided where to go for Easter/Passover . . .
  The Living Room or The Bedroom.

* Every few days, try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. 
  Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.

* Homeschooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and...
  1 teacher fired for drinking on the job!

* I don’t think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks
  we’d go from Standard Time to Twilight Zone.

* This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought
  her cat understood her. I came into the house, told my dog . . . we laughed a lot.

* So, after this quarantine, will the producers of My 600 Pound Life
  just find me or do I find them?

* Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. 
  You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. 
  I have no clue how this place is still in business!

* My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that
  when I pee it cleans the toilet.

* Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat.

* I’m so excited . . . it’s time to take out the garbage. What to wear, what to wear?

* I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to Puerto Backyarda. 
  I’m getting tired of Los Livingroomia.

* Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks women with hand sanitizer
  for good clean fun.

* Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said
  “I hope I don’t have the same teacher next year.” I’m offended.
Here is a YouTube clip of a short film that Dick Masek, our classmate, produced and his son Jason wrote, directed and starred in. This was done in 2017 and I want more.
click on LAZER TOWN.
Here is Jason Masek's first short movie. Click on OVER CARDS
Another of Jason's short movies. Click on   DESOLATE ROAD
Rosanne Schiff Ball
Howard Bernstein
Please enjoy this very funny lady.
Click on  MRS HUGHES
Micki Reich Brost
Judy Meyers Cronin
Freddie Straus Lieberman
DARTH VIRUS
Bobbi Goldstein Alter
Patricia Vollmer Aldworth
Something to do while we wait out this nasty virus. Click on PARADE
A re-write of a message from Leslie Learner Gallay

Welcome friends and fellow graduates. Can you believe we are celebrating our 60th high school reunion? We remember many things in 1961, it cost 15 cents to go to a movie, we went to Evanston to the Varsity or Valencia Theaters, Old Orchard was just being built. Gasoline was 24 cents a gallon and eggs 28 cents/dozen. Wages averaged $4500.00/year and a new house averaged $12,200. The Soviet Union launched Sputnik when we started high school in 1957. Dwight Eisenhower was president. JFK was elected in 1960 and committed our country to putting a man on the moon in the next decade. We lived through that memorable achievement and many others too numerous to mention.
We lived in a very special time. In just 14 months we will share this milestone together again and recall our years at NTHS. We can share some of our experiences since that day in 1961, when we confidently took hold of our diplomas and set out into the world. So many things were about to happen in the 2nd half of the century in the world and in our lives. We won't all be present at the reunion, but those that are fortunate enough to get together can enjoy those wonderful nights with our fellow graduates from the Class of 1961. Congratulation again on the 60 years we were fortunate enough to have since our graduation.

I dare you to keep from shedding a tear while watching this video. Have some kleenex ready and click on  FREE HUGS 
A funny Dog dinner from Denny Crosby.
Please click on DINNER
I am getting bored. I miss going to the movies, going out to dinner, visiting with friends in the homes. I have binge watched so many series on Netflix. Prime, Hulu and Acorn that I have remote control syndrome. (Is that a thing?) Our club is opening up to golf and soon indoor dining. Amazing how a tiny organism can cause so much trouble. If I had to do it all over again I would have pursued medical research. Oh well, let's keep our daubers up and soon this will be over.