WELCOME  FROM 2/1/09

                             NOTES FROM 2/1/09

      WELCOME 2/4/09
I added another feature. The archive tab is a holding place for old messages that were on the front page.
Since my last entry Howard Bernstein in Billerica,MA, Louise Christensen from Tuscon and Marti Council from Chicago signed in. Also I talked to Marvin Duren in Lebanon, Tenn. and Allen Gain in Arlington Heights, IL.
 "Good Lord Keith! Is this going to be a you and I blog going forward into the next decade? Snow. San Diego is experiencing warmer than usual weather. Today's high close to the beach and around my house was 83. Sorry! Keep on saving your money and soon I will go house hunting with you and Dolores. I called Val Iversen today. We are getting together in a couple of weeks. She is living it up in Palm Desert...quite a busy lady!

Today, I on the other hand went to see my financial son Alexander. He works as an Estate Planner. Yes, I have the 401K blues also. Maybe I will go back to work. But, I worry that I will end up getting laid-off. Oh well, I can collect unemployment!
  WELCOME 2/10/2009
I talked to Roger Reinger now in Elk Grove Village, IL. Ed Searing in Johnsburg, IL and Ginny Thomas from the U.P. Michigan signed in. 
                              NOTES       2/22/2009
Thanks for getting this website up. Howard Moldofsky called me earlier today and emailed me the site information. I just finished going thru your posts and hope you are doing well with staying healthy and other less important things like the stock market and the other challenges you discuss in your postings. I'm afraid we will wind up leaving many of those problems to our children to solve.

It was great to go thru the directory and see so many names that I remember and, unfortunately, many more that leave me clueless.

I practised law in Carbondale and then Chicago.  when I retired about four years ago, my wife, Marge, and I moved from Wilmette to just outside Portland, Oregon. We love it except for the wet, overcast winters when we try to travel.

When we're home, I play AT golf a lot, garden, hike, kayak, bird, am trying fly fishing, and particpate in 'lifelong learning' opportunities. at our age, we have all heard about them.

Actually, it's great. I'm trying to learn Spanish at the junior college and am participating in some of our library's programs. They provide the books and arrange reading groups that are moderated by professors at Reed College. it's been a great way to read and discuss some of those books I never had time for.

We have two children. Our daughter is married and living in Maine. Our son is at Tulane in medical school and planning to return to Portland asap.

I look fwd to following your blog and hope that if anyone is near Portland, they contact me at 503 661 4011 or, by email,

If we get to Chicago for the reunion that will be great. In any event, stay healthy; "this is YOUR reunion and we don't want u to miss it." Mel Rieff
A new feature I know you will enjoy will be here soon. One of our former teachers, Jack Spatafora, will be sending us some thoughts and memories to bring us back to those days at NILEHI.

Jack Spatafora’s 40 year career as an educator includes chairing and reforming history curricula in schools like Fenwick, Niles, New Trier and Loyola University. As a writer it includes executive addresses and network documentaries for presidents, ambassadors and CEO’s. In speaking of his career, Spatafora tells that, “boiled down it has meant helping students think a little better and executives sound a little better. On my best days, I like to imagine myself an Oak Park Mr. Chips.” 

While at Fenwick, Spatafora began sharpening his rhetorical skills as captain of the debate team and columnist for The Wick. He also participated in the annual Blackfriars Drama Guild annual productions. He achieved honors as an award-winning debater and member of the National Honor Society. At his Fenwick graduation in 1949, he gave the valedictory address. He speaks of his Fenwick experience thusly, “I’ve seen Fenwick both as a student and for a while as a faculty member, where I not only used what I learned, but saw how the Fenwick experience continues in the lives of those who came after us. I also received preparation for life in several ways – from the courses and teachers an academic and moral readiness for life; from debate knowing how to organize thoughts and think on my feet; from The Wick and theatre knowing how to communicate with the heart as well as the head.” 

He received his BA from Loyola and MA from Northwestern, where he also completed doctoral work in history. He and his wife Joan live in Park Ridge, IL, and have three grown children, Rick, Debra, and Lisa.
Pam Trommer Shattuck  left a new comment.          "50th?????You must be kidding": 

Yes, it does seem shocking that we are readying for our 50th reunion especially when most of us feel 50 years old, not 65, and some of us feel even younger than that. But as we all know, "time flies when you are having fun". And it doesn't help matters that our "kids" are going to their 20th, 25th and possibly 30th reunions while we are planning ours. One of the best parts of our reunion planning is the glow of youth it gives us as we read names of high school friends and think back to those days and the joy we had. It seems now that it might have been more fun as we forget the not so fun things. All in all this website and the thoughts of the reuniting to come in getting back together bring an additional spark into our lives.
I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.
I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.
They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful.
But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.
I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.
So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day(if I feel like it).
Sent by Capt. Rob Burnstein
Jack Spatafora was my Homeroom teacher and I remember attending his wedding at the Greek Orthodox Church on the Outer Drive.    
Funny story about being in his homeroom:  my Junior year was my first year at NTHS as I had transferred in from another state. 
After the first Jewish holidays in Sept.  I realized that over Chanukah there would be very few of us (Gentiles) in school (and I would 
be one of them).  So I came in one morning in late Nov. and told him that my family had changed our last name to Williamsburg and converted to Judaism.  So, obviously, I would be out for all of the Jewish holidays.  He smiled and congratulated me and told me "I will note it once you bring me a letter from your Rabbi."    WOW! BUSTED!!!!   :-)   Needless to say, I was in school for all of the Jewish holidays and it was our "joke."  I really liked him and his wife; she was also one of my teachers.  
Thanks so much,
Jan Williams-Eddleman
Going to Niles East (for my junior year) was the best year of my high school experience.  I loved the feel of the building and felt I was truly in high school.
Had wonderful teachers (particularly English teacher who I later ran into at Illinois Circle.  Your website and all your efforts for the reunion are just great and much fun to go through the various areas you’ve set up.  As for me, I am working still in Washington DC but miss Chicago more as time goes by.  Midwesterners are the best people –all the great faces in the photos attest to it.  Best of luck with your party! Carol Bloom (nee Green)
Hi Keith
I had a chance to view the NTHS website. It is fantastic. However, I have not had a chance to provide any followup info at this time. Currently I live in the state of Washington on the Peninsula (Sequim) to be exact. I work for the State of WA as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and I'm in the process of purchasing a home in AL where I plan to retire. Why Alabama? I have lived in 6 states through out the US and find myself being drawn back to the South and it's people. Plus the price is right. Hope to visit NTHS website again soon. 
Judy  Dziadula
Thanks so much for your call.  Count me in.  I've wanted to go to a Nilehi
reunion for many years.

I'm a semi-retired college professor; I teach about 11 classes a year at the
community college in Albuquerque.  My field is American Studies and I have
taught management and business for many years at the University of Houston
and University of Redlands in Southern California.  My research is on
workplace violence and campus violence, and I will publish a paper on campus
violence in 2010 in the National Social Science Journal.  I am also a

At Nilehi, my activities included acting in plays and singing in Vivace.  I
wasn't a cheerleader, however -- sigh.  Dianne R. Layden, Ph.D. 
Hi Keith,
I just wanted to let you know that I finally spent some time at the Nilehi website and it's wonderful.  You've done a super job putting so much together.  Being technologically challenged, I can only marvel at all the photos, messages, and information that is there, and it's great to see the pictures, read all the messages, and see where so many of us are these days.  Having the website helps bring back happy memories of Cleveland School, Niles, and Skokie.  Even though I have lived in Maryland for most of my life, Skokie is still "home" and where I'm from, and I proudly tell people that.  Keep up the good work on the website-I'll look forward to seeing more in the future.
Sandra Kornspan (Eisenberg)
Roberta Wiig Berg Monday, 2/16/09, 1:25 AM 
 Hope this won't become a double entry. Just wanted to check if Glenn R. remembers being upset that I won a marching competition and beat him into marching band even though he could play the trumpet better than I could?! :-) And has nobody been able to find Mary McColoch?! 
 steve miller Wednesday, 2/18/09, 1:55 PM 
 Suzanne Warda (61') and I have been married for 39 years and both of us agree (which is an odd occurance) that attending a reunion would be fun! We would welcome any and all related information. 
 From: Portland,OR and Las Vegas,NV 
Marsha Green Levin Sunday, 2/15/09, 10:51 PM 

 Just saw this on-line from a friend... I have been in Real Estate for the past 30 years. NOw in the healing arts for the past 20 years... Living in Arizona for the past 40 years. Daughter living in Highland Park and parents in Bannockburn. Lots more relatives in surrounding areas of northern suburbs. See you in June,2011 .........Will be fun to see young faces again. Marsha 

 From: Scottsdale,Az 
Hello All, from Iris Daglas   3/2/2009

 Jack Spatafora and Bernie Zagorin opened my eyes and challenged me to think beyond the confines of my then very small world. "Thank you" is an inadequate statement. My  educational experience would have been incomplete without their efforts to politicize us.  They planted the seeds of political awareness and helped to create a political activist.
 Dr. would be proud!

Please do chime in! In what way did teachers influence you?
 Howard Moldofsky Monday, 2/16/09, 5:03 PM 
 I had a blast at the last and only reunion I attended back in 1991. Seeing friends I hadn't seen in decades and hearing great and not so great things that have happened to them made me melancholy for our carefree teenage years. It also made me feel bad because some of the close friends that I had, I had not continued to stay in touch with (my fault as much as theirs). And I even tried to rekindle some of those friendships to limited avail. So I'm looking forward to seeing some of them again in 2011. You can add my name to your list. 
 From: Glenview 
Here is a reprint of our 10 year reunion introduction 


As the sun set over the stadium bleachers on a warm June night in 1961, ten robed and hooded figures carrying flaming Trojanhead torches emerged from the Hot Dog concession and proceeded to walk around the football field 10 times in slow and deliberate cadence while singing NILEHI in a barely audible tone. This stimulating ritual was followed by a solemn bow toward the South goal post and the highly respected Bay's Drive-In. Thus occured a ceremony so secret that not even the F.B.I., S.S.O. or Skokie Police had information as to it's nature. But before disbanding, this dedicated clandestine group took an oath on the NileHiLite and swore never to forsake the God given right to a 10th reunion. The 1971 NTHS reunion committee had been formed and pushed onward dedicated to the principle that all graduates are (a) deserving of an evening stimulated by old memories and (b) entitled to the answers to all consuming questions such as marital status, offspring number, occupation and present mortgage payments of former classmates.
   The committee selection was by no means a random effort. Only those showing a definite tendency toward severe psychosis and/or self destruction were, for obvious reasons, selected. A history of making obscene anonymous phone calls was also considered an attribute for committee membership.
   Conceived as a benevolent dictatorial democracy, the committee has happily progressed to the total anarchy stage which somehow seemed more realistic and workable in the planning of such an important event.
   As this very evening draws to a close you will easily recognize the committee members as those people in obvious catatonic stupors with 8 cent stamps stuck to their tongues. May they be forever blessed by the United States Postal Service and the missing person of NTHS '61. They refuse to try harder in 1981!
Your 10 year reunion committee            
Joan Murlas Karafotas
Carole Virgilio Kruse
Pat Paul Moon
Barbara Katz Morelli
Gayle Kastil Oleff
Linda Karlov Rashkow
Marilyn Lees Reinish
Nancy Dell'Aringa Samuelson
Janice Witzel                                       HMMMMM.  All Chicks
While attending a wedding in Estes Park, CO  Dolores and I  visited and stayed with Pat Rice Foss for an evening. She has a 36 acre lot on top of a mountain with breathtaking views and wildlife roaming the property. Her late husband (Tom Foss '62) helped design and build the house. Her daughter lives in town (Boulder) and her son is in San Diego. Pat is spending time working with the Unity Church Youth group. Keith Anderson
 Most of my joy has come from the achievements of my family.  Of late that would be my daughter, Jennifer Schemke whose comedy short film "Pimp My Rascal" made it into the LA Comedy Short Film Festival.  She has a master's degree in Theatre Arts from DePaul University, studied Shakespeare at Oxford, etc. and is a filmmaker.  This was a red carpet thrill for the entire family.   Look her up on Youtube or at to view her comedy reels.   For me that was better than 2005 when I was the number one realtor in Solano County with sales exceeding $25,000,000.
Pam Meltzer Schemke
After leaving the Chicago area in '86 and working in Grand Cayman for two years, my wife, Lisbeth and I moved to the San Francisco Bay area in '88.  We have been living in Livermore since '94 and lovin' it! Dick Peterson
 I have thought of Joan Murlas many times in the past nine years. Joan and I sat across the aisle from one another in Junior English. She was always a very dear and supportive person to me. Why would I think of Joan after all these years? Well, here is my story. The long version.
   Way back in 1963, I met my future husband while Ski-bumming in Alta, Utah. He was a recent graduate of RIT and looking to see the world before he settled into a real life career. Instead he found me. (The shorter version) After several years of deep powder skiing, it was time to get real and he decided to become an Air Line Pilot. He had a long career with Delta Airlines. (32 years). It was the family joke that we never took vacations, but simply moved to a new garden spot in the USA and built another house. We were fortunate to live in Laguna Beach, CA,  Whistler Mountain, BC, Boston, MA, Athens, Greece, Scottsdale, AZ,  Woodstock, IL, Florida Keys, Park City, UT, Saint Augustine, FL, Amelia Island, FL and finally settle in Fort Myers, FL where our son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughter reside.
   When my husband, A.T., retired in 2000, I keeper of all records, noticed that something was amiss with his routine blood labs. (Tests that he had done bi-yearly throughout his flying career) He was diagnosed with MDS. (Sometimes referred to as the "Pilots Disease" perhaps caused by high altitude flying) After four years of dealing with a local oncologist who had no treatment plan we were desperate to find help. I Googled MDS and learned that the foremost expert in the country had just come to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa from M.D. Andersen in TX. We were able to get an appointment immediately only to learn that his condition had progressed into Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Fortunately for us, the stars lined up and another renowned expert in BMT & Stem Cell Transplant had just come to Moffitt from The Hutch in, Seattle. A.T. had his Stem-Cell Transplant (unrelated donor) in November of 2004. At 64 years old he was one of the oldest patients on which they had preformed this procedure. Today, I am delighted to report that he plays golf two or three times a week, enjoys his granddaughters, and mentors prospective patients for Moffitt. He/we spent a month in the hospital and another 3 months living next door to Moffitt for daily visits. But, that seems like a life time ago. So why do I think of Joan? Joan was a pioneer. She was one of, if not the first patient to take interferon. She was so brave and thinking of her gave me strength during our darkest days.

So, that's my story.  Susan Seedorf Strong
As a comedian once quipped, I resemble that remark.  (Bad use of language, I suppose, but funny none the less.)  Actually, my husband Mike and I met in Band at Nilehi when I was a sophomore and he was a junior and we'll be celebrating our 45th anniversary in August.  But there's more.  Mike went on to play in the U of Michigan Marching Band during college and we both played in the Palatine, IL Community Band over the years.  Presently, we both play in the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band and we are quite accomplished (she said humbly).  In fact, we are held in such high esteem (am I getting very boring??), last year our logo was pictured on the Village of Buffalo Grove's vehicle stickers.  Long story short, I love the idea of those who want to do so, playing "Nilehi" with cheerleading support, etc.  It would be wonderful to invite Charles Groeling and his mentor, Leo Provost, both of whom live in the Chicago area, to our reunion.  Who knows, they might even want to conduct!  Leo is in his upper 80's and Charles in his 70's.  Irene Karpman Lerner
Wow...this terrific event is such a surprise! I've been away from that wonderful community for so many years that it jolted my mind back 48 years.
My wife and I are retired and living on 7 1/2 acres of wooded land just outside of Lakeland, where I entertain myself by working on my race cars in our 1,200 Sq. Ft. garage, while Linda enjoys caring for her dairy goats in her own barn. Ah! the blessings of "no deed restrictions" and very tolerant neighbors. We are only a 45 minute drive to either Orlando of Tampa and have grown children and grand children in both of thoughs cities. See attachments.
Kindest regards, Bob Halpern.
I had a nice chat with Cynthia (Baren) Rivenson yesterday. She remembered some girls who she will contact and make them aware of the website and reunion. She has a daughter in Plano, TX and a daughter in Australia with 6 children. 
Cynthia sends her best to all of her old friends and is looking forward to contacting them by phone or e-mail. She hadn't been to any reunions and was surprised to hear a voice from the past. 
I talked with Bob Glazer and Dick Rehwaldt this past week and they both recently went through surgery and are recovering well. They were both fun-loving guys in H.S. and still enjoy life. Both had good attitudes and are ready to get back into their regular routines again. Also Bob Feinberg (our valedictorian) has joined our committee. We are now the smartest committee in the world. 
Dolores and I met up with Bob and Barb (Trufant) Rhodes and Lloyd and Joan Kuehn for dinner last night. I hadn't seen either Bob, Barb or Lloyd in many, many years. As some of you remember, Bob's father had the barbershop next to the Skokie Theater and he cut many of our heads with crew cuts and flattops. We went to Zingarellas in Glenview (The Glen) and spent all of 3 hours walking down memory lane. Barb and Bob were a little tired since they had just flown in from London. We are looking forward to visiting Bob and Barb in Idaho next year,  Keith
We had a nice time at Mitch's house and accomplished what we needed to do. Ira Berger is in charge of checking out Chicago venues and Heloise Corman Nathan will handle North Suburban venues. All committee members will help in finding venues and costing and then channel that information through these two. We will meet again in September. Marilyn Lees is in charge of social services to discreetly handle help for classmates who would like to attend but are financially unable. Barb Kalfen is in charge of host housing by classmembers in the Chicago area. Mitch will remain as Treasurer. We have a remaining balance of $1200.00. We did agree that a venue should be chosen and contracted relatively soon to take advantage of the current pricing. The thoughts seemed to narrow the weekend down to Friday and Saturday leaving Sunday free for travelling or visiting. Still a work in progress with 2 years to go for the side things. A concern about the date was brought up. There might be some who would feel nervous about flying on 9/11/2011 which would be the Sunday getaway day. This will be addressed at the next meeting. 
top five life lessons shared by people ages 65 to 104 are:

1.The simple things matter most.
2.Humor and time cure most pains.
3.There's more satisfaction in giving than getting. Service to others is the most satisfying activity.
4.Choose your spouse carefully. It will be your most important decision.
5.Work hard and in a field or role that you enjoy.
After being reprimanded for being one of the people who seldom visited the Nilehi website, I decided to give it a whirl.   It is amazing and informative and fun.   I particularly enjoyed the "fifteen minutes of fame" responses.  The depth with which many responded touched my heart.  So many challenges and all of them met with courage and hope.  

I didn't participate in much at Niles, probably a Rebel Without A Cause might have defined me at that time.    Grew up in the City and wasn't very happy about moving to Skokie.  How short sighted.  I met my husband, Jim Schemke, in Allison's House of Music.  He was already in there when I came in looking for Bo Diddley records.  Mr. Allison thought it was a conspiracy since Jim Schemke was also looking for Bo Diddley records.  I was 14 - he was 16 and  he went to Notre Dame in Niles.  We have been married for 43 years; he is still a practicing Oral Surgeon who plays golf 4 afternoons a week.  I  am fortunate to have my son as my partner in our real estate business.   Our daughter lives in New Orleans and since we live in California that seems to be a long distance.  
I count my blessings every day and I am in awe of the accomplishments and 
contributions made by our class.

Thank you so much for starting this process.  I have been communicating with people I hadn't thought about in years.  Looking forward to the reunion.

Pamela (Meltzer) Schemke
Hi Keith,
Thanks so much for finding me. When you mentioned Nilehi class of 61 it sent chills down my spine. I’m enclosing a recent picture for your archives. I’m divorced and living in Marina Del Rey California and have been in the apparel business for many years. In my early years I aspired to be an actor…and had worked in Chicago at Pheasant Run Playhouse before I finally moved to California. When I joined actor’s equity they told me that someone else had my last name in the union. So I had to change mine. I chose a family name from my mother’s side ….hence the name Lanfield
Best Regards,
Bob Bohn (Lanfield) 
From Ron Hauser for MEN ONLY
 new scam that is targeting men - Tell them to be careful!!
Women often receive warnings about protecting themselves at the mall and in dark parking lots, etc. This is the first warning I have seen for men. I wanted to pass it on in case you haven't heard about it. This will only become more commonplace as the older men travel south. A 'heads up' for those men who may be regular Lowe's, Home Depot, or Costco customers. This one caught me by surprise.
 Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you or your friends. 
Here's how the scam works:
 Two seriously good-looking 20-something girls come over to your car as you are packing your shopping into the trunk. They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. It is impossible not to look. When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say 'No' and instead ask you for a ride to McDonalds. You agree and they get into the back seat. On the way, they start undressing. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat and starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet.   
 I had my wallet stolen June 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, 24th, & 29th. Also July 1st & 4th, twice on the 8th, 16th, 23rd, 26th & 28th, three times last Monday and very likely again this upcoming weekend.
 So tell your friends to be careful. What a horrible way to take advantage of older men. Warn your friends to be vigilant. 
  Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $2.99 each. I found cheaper ones for $1.99 at K-Mart and bought them out. Also, you never will get to eat at McDonalds. I've already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth to Lowe's, Home Depot, and Costco. 
When will the reunion occur. Often asked my response is "It already started a year  ago with classmates reconnecting all over the country and as Bud Morten put it " The physical reunion will be great, but because there are so many of us, there will be only limited time to talk with all the people who are there.  Even better are all the unrushed meetings of old friends that will take place before and after the physical reunion."
Did you know that Larry Proft's son, Dan Proft,  was a gubernatorial candidate for the republican party of Illinois and had a fine showing. I think you will here from him in the future.
I am passing this on to you because it definitely works and we could all use a little more calmness in our lives. By following simple advice heard on the Oprah show, you too can find inner peace.
Dr. Oz proclaimed, 'The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started and have never finished.'
So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started and  hadn't finished, and before leaving the house this morning, I finished  off a bottle of White Zinfandel,  a package of  Oreos, the remainder of my old Prozac prescription, the rest of the  cheesecake, some Doritos, and a box of chocolates. You have no idea how freaking good I feel right now.
This is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about Chicago ....If your
> local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you live in
> Chicago ..
> If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't
> work there, you live in Chicago .
> If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in Chicago
> ...
> If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed
> a wrong number, you live in Chicago .
> If 'Vacation' means going anywhere south of I-80 for the weekend, you
> live in Chicago ...If you measure distance in hours, you live in
> Chicago .If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' in the same day and
> back again, you live in Chicago ...If you can drive 75 mph through 2
> feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in
> Chicago .If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to
> use them, you live in Chicago ..
> If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you
> live in Chicago .
> If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph -- you're going 80 and
> everybody is passing you, you live in Chicago .
> If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with
> snow, you live in Chicago .
> If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road
> construction, you live in Chicago .
> If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you live in
> Chicago .
> If you find 10 degrees 'a little chilly', you live in Chicago ...
> If you actually understand these jokes, and forward them to all your
> Chicago friends & others, you live or have lived in Chicago
Our classmate, Miriam (Mimi) Rothman Pockross, has published a book telling of her life battling the good old boy establishment to develop a business and of her family's move from corporate America to beautiful Colorado. The book is called "Shopping for a Living": A Memoir on Merging Marriage, Motherhood, and Merchandising. It is available online at Barnes and Noble or also Amazon.  
              A story of heroism by one of our classmates
                     BettyAnn Barber Hagerty

The following was written by her coworker: We would like to take the time to recognize Betty Ann for her heroic efforts in saving the life of a 13 year old boy. On July 24th Betty Ann was on her way home driving through her subdivision and happened to see a boy riding fast on his bike. He hit a bump and flipped over the handle bars, falling directly on his head. His friend was riding ahead of him and did not realize it happened. Betty Ann jumped out of her car and ran to help the boy who, by then, was staggering toward the road. He was bleeding profusely from his head and was in and out of consciousness. The friend did return to the scene and Betty Ann had him run up to a house to call 911. Betty Ann had the friend call the boy's father. By this time he had become pale, cool and clammy. The ambulance came within 5 minutes, and as the ambulance arrived so did his father. (Betty Ann found out later that they had to resuscitate him once in the ambulance.) He was taken to the ER, and placed in Intensive Care on a ventilator. He went through 2 major surgeries, it was one of the worst skull fractures the surgeon had ever seen and he said the boy would've died within minutes if Betty Ann had not been there to get help. Betty Ann was reluctant to see the family and the boy in case he had a bad outcome, but was encouraged to do so by her coworkers. She went up with her husband on the fourth day and was greeted very emotionally by the boy's father who began crying on her shoulder and thanking her. He even said he prayed that he would get the chance to meet her personally and thank her for being his son's angel. Then, to Betty Ann's surprise she was taken to his bedside where he was sitting up smiling and eating a Popsicle. When he saw her he said "I remember you. You were there telling me you wouldn't leave me." He then began to cry. The family insisted on taking a picture with Betty Ann, and even the patient's nurse stated that he had heard about her. Betty Ann had no idea that the family had been wishing and praying to meet her. They exchanged addresses and phone numbers, and will keep in contact with her. We would just like to say that we are very proud and honored to work with such a wonderful person. We truly believe she was meant to drive by that day and was used to save his life. 
Here is a note sent out by Nancy who is a group leader. And a nice response from Marilyn.
Hi!  My name is Nancy Eaman Galyean and I am a classmate of yours from Niles.   Prior to Niles I attended Lincoln Elementary.  I moved to Las Vegas, NV. right after graduation. I met Roy, my husband of 45 years and we have 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and two grandchildren on the way.  I have been retired from teaching for 1 year.  
I hope you are enjoying the Nilehi web site as much as I am.  Since Keith Anderson started the site, it has grown by leaps and bounds.  Now there are so many contacts , Keith can't handle all the emails.  To make the site more manageable and personal, Keith divided the contacts into small groups, and I am happy to say you are in my group.  I will be forwarding to you all information I receive regarding Niles and our upcoming reunion.
 I'd love to hear from you and learn about your life since Niles.  :)

My maiden name was Marilyn Swanson. I attended Amundsen HS in Chicago for two years before moving to Niles. I’ve been married 41 years to Harry Zatlin, and we have two children. Michelle is a pediatrician at St. John’s, married to Ken, and has three children. Bobby is a Staff Sergeant in the Marines, in Quantico, VA. He and his wife Aimee have one child. I worked 18 years at the school publisher Scott Foresman as Sr. Marketing Asst. for elementary math and science. Harry and I are retired and living in Springfield. 
I look forward to corresponding further with you, and apologize for the long delay in answering your message.
For those of you who do not regularly see the NY Times, here is a piece inspired by Ringo Starr's recent concert in Radio City Music Hall, which we all should find relevant regardless of our politics: "Turn 70. Act Your Grandmother's Age"                       Sent by Ken Norgan
 Pam Engstrom Johnson sent this note. "This is a reunion for all of us and we should celebrate all types of accomplishments.
It's a bit tough to submit names who have contributed thru volunteerism, commercial success or other notable accomplishments!  How about those of us who had a bunch of kids,  working full time and staying healthy while caring for grandkids and aging parents?  --mine are 97and 95 and just celebrated their 73rd anniversary."
PLEASE watch this video and have a kleenex handy.
                        FREE HUGS
One of our former NTHS graduates, Bill Nack class of '59, wrote the book "Secretariat:The Making of a Champion" which was recently released as a motion picture in 2010. Bill was in charge of the 50th reunion for the class of '59.
WINDING DOWN                                              Keith's Blog
Aileen Simons, Pioneer Press
Updated: September 8, 2011 2:36AM
Fifty years. That’s how long it has been since some classmates of the
Niles East Class of 1961 have seen each other.
This weekend, close to 300 alumni will be convening at The Standard
Club in Chicago to reconnect and reminisce. Many of these graduates
still live in our area, including Buffalo Grove residents Irene Karpman
Lerner and her husband, Mike. The Lerners, who just celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary, were high school sweethearts
who met in Band. Irene shared a story that she will remember all of her life. During the 1959-60 school year, Irene
was the student conductor. She remembers Mike being kicked out of class on more than one occasion because he often was
watching Irene so intently that he wasn’t paying attention to playing the music. Band conductor Leo Provost could be heard
down the hall shouting “Boy – out.”
The Lerners are still playing beautiful music together today as part of the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band. On Sept.
11, you will find the BGSB giving a free concert at 3 p.m. at Buffalo Grove High School as a commemoration of that tragic
event in our nation’s history.
This Niles East graduating class has really kept the lines of communication open over the years, thanks to the effort
and web talents of graduate Keith Anderson. He has created a website,, which is really very interesting.
It is a real trip down Memory Lane with a wealth of information and more than 25 pages of pictures and commentaries that
can be enjoyed by everyone – even if you weren’t part of this graduating class.
The weekend’s reunion will see nine original band members and four original cheerleaders, all of whom will start
the evening’s festivities with several cheers. According to the Lerners, their original drum major, Bob Selby, will be present,
along with their announcer, Marvin Feinberg (of Buffalo Grove), Jeff Rovell (vocalist), Ed Nadler (trumpet) Deborah
Van McConnell (flute), Joel Sears (tenor sax), the Rev. Dick Selby (percussion) and Irene (clarinet) and Mike Lerner (trumpet).
Cheerleaders are: Pat Paul Leider, Karen Stryker Boyesen, Sue Hansen Chapman and Nancy Dell’Aringa Samuelson.
Additionally, their two original band directors will also participate. Leo Provost, 92, will be in attendance, as will 82-
year-old Charles Groeling, who now teaches in the music department at Triton College.
If you happen to be a part of this graduating class and haven’t signed up to attend the reunion yet, it’s not too late.
As graduate Bronson Davis wrote on the website “Why come to the reunion? It is certainly not to glory in the campus and
walk the halls of our beloved alma mater. There is no campus; there are no halls. Niles Township High School is a grand
memory.We were the last of the Mohegans. (The Trojan mascot limped along until the successor school, Niles East, was
also closed.) Chances are you haven’t seen most of these people for 50 years, and it is likely you won’t see them again.
These are not, however, just any people. Rather they are people with whom you came of age. They are folks with whom
you shared dreams, disappointments, hopes and triumphs. It was a time of first loves, first jobs and first cars… and we return
50 years later to celebrate the glory of our survival with the people who witnessed our first steps on the adult stage.”
 Hysterical and true        click on     A.A.A.D.D.

Here are a few clips of our own Donna Miller Hitchins and her musical group called Simply Strings                     Click here:  SIMPLY STRINGS
Chuck, Emil and Keith on a fishing trip on Washington Island, WI in 1989 and 1992 Please click on FISHING