Waltrip High School
Class Of 1964
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|•||Larry Cooper '65 5/5|
|•||Judy Dutsch (Hamilton) 5/6|
|•||Tom Faria, Jr. 5/7|
|•||Earl Foster 5/10|
|•||Sherry McElroy (Suprenant) 5/11|
|•||Charles Dent 5/12|
|•||Rebecca Meek '68 (Rebecca Meek) 5/15|
|•||Frances Lute (Culpepper) 5/18|
|•||Jenny Taylor (Williams) 5/20|
|•||Pat Brantley (Ross) 5/29|
|•||Linda Breazeale (Allen) 5/31|
|•||Terry Scheffer 5/31|
|•||John Kilgore 6/2|
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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 49.5%
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Mini-Reunion pictures have been posted. They are under a new tab on left - "Mini-Reunions Spring/Fall Flings" just beneath Fuddrucker tab.
Saturday was super fun and fabulous!! We had about 46 attendees. Thanks to all that made it a great successful evening!
Houston Gang - Next Fuddrucker gathering is Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Fuddrucker's the 2nd Tuesday of each month -- join the fun! Starting at 6:00 p.m. or whenever you can get there. 290 feeder road between Pinemont and Tidwell (13010 Northwest Freeway - 713-462-2639) call if you need directions. No reservations necessary - just show!
How Houston Neighborhoods Got Their Names
Here's a link to an article most people in our class will find interesting: http://mentalfloss.com/article/62420/how-houstons-neighborhoods-got-their-names
Dedication to Coach Burton - June 5, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Plaza of Influence at American Football
Coaches Association Building (100 Legend Lane) in Waco, TX
Although Waco may be too far for some to travel, thought I would like to make this known to everyone.
We (a number of '67 football players) have purchased a memorial tile in memory of Les Burton to be placed in the Plaza of Influence at the American Football Coaches Assoc. building in Waco. We will be gathering there for a short dedication ceremony the afternoon of June 5, 2015. The AFCA building is located next to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, across from the Baylor campus on S. University Parks Dr.
Following the ceremony, we will retire somewhere (haven't yet decided) for libations and reminiscing. All interested are invited.
Directions: The actual address is 100 Legend Lane, Waco, Texas. But, the "lane" ain't much of a Lane. When one gets off I-35 and turns onto S. University Dr., the building is the first building on the left, next door to the Sports Hall of Fame. I will be prepared to provide specific directions to anyone who asks. We're thinking that we will hold it about 4:30 in the afternoon so we're not out in the heat of the day.
Questions may be addressed to Richard Beil at his email address listed below.
LtCol Rich Beil
Update - 3/24/15 from Rich Beil '67
So that everyone can ensure it's marked on the calendar, this is another reminder of our intended gathering in Waco. If you haven't already done so, mark it on your calendar and make plans to be here.
We will meet in the Plaza of Influence at the American Football Coaches Association at 4:30 p.m. for a short ceremony to dedicate the tile and commemorate the life of the man who influenced all our lives.
I picked that time to try and beat the heat. But, it's still June, so dress is casual. We'll then move to the Lobby Bar of the Waco Hilton (only about 1/2 mile away).
For those intending to stay over in Waco that night, everyone is on their own for lodging. Having no idea how many may show up, I was unable to arrange a group rate anywhere.
The AFCA is just off I-35 and across University Park Dr. from the Baylor campus. When you exit off I-35, go East on University Park Dr. Immediately get in the left lane and turn left on Legends Lane. The AFCA building is on your left and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame is on your right. The building should still be open at that time on a Friday afternoon. You can access the Plaza of Influence either through the building or through a gate on the right side.
Update from Rich Beil - April 9, 2015 -
I spoke with Leslie Burton 2 weeks ago. He confirmed that the family plans to attend. I also communicated with Mr. Tusa. He and his wife plan to be in Europe in late May, but they may be back in time and will make it if possible.
I know a lot can happen in 2 months and plans can change. But, I'd like to have an idea of how many are planning to attend on June 5th. I want to coordinate with the Hilton. Thus far, we have over 20 people from our class alone planning to attend. If a group of 30 or more descend on them unexpectedly, there may be service problems. I doubt they normally get that large a crowd in the Lobby Bar on a Friday afternoon. They may want to put on an extra bartender.
Also, I am hosting a charity golf tournament the next day, Saturday, June 6th at Baylor's home course. The flyer is attached. If there are any golfers out there who would like to play, I will hold open a FREE 4-some spot and you may play as my special guest. But, let me know ASAP.
LtCol Rich Beil
1802 W. Main St.
Gatesville, TX 76528
Additional Golf Event on Saturday, June 6th that Rich is hosting
The Jack Lummus-Young Marines Golf Tournament
Twin Rivers Golf Club, Waco, Texas
June 6, 2015
0930 Shotgun Start
4-Man Scramble -$500 per team
(Field limited to 30 teams)
2-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Bob Richards
2012 Senior Players Champion Joe Daley
Entry Fee: Green Fee/Cart, Range, Shirt, Lunch, Gifts ($90 value)
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 11th, 24th, 30th place
Hole in One Contest
Mulligans (max 2 per player) $5.00
Longest Drive on Hole #9
Devil Dog Drive on Hole #4 ($20 per team)
Closest to Pin on all Par 3s
Conducted by American Legion Post #42
U.S. Marine Youth Groups of Central Texas
Gatesville Boys and Girls Club
Grand Prize - U.S. Open Golf Bag Autographed by Lee Trevino
2nd Prize - Browning .270 Semi-Auto Rifle Simmons 4X 16x40 Scope w/Hard Case
3rd Prize - Reagan Heritage Portrait Painted and Donated by Colin Kimball
4th Prize - Titleist Tour Bag Autographed by Joe Daley
5th Prize - STIHL Chain Saw Donated by Ace Hardware Gatesville
6th Prize - Taylormade Slider Driver
AND MANY MORE
Tickets - $5.00 each or 8 chances for $20
To Register -Contact - LtCol Rich Beil USMC(Ret): Email-
Event Website: http://www.planmygolfevent.com/26282-HOTYM/
Note: Deadline for registration is May 15, 2015 to allow for ordering of shirts in correct sizes.
Congratulations to Mr. Tusa! Thank you Jane Jester for the information.
Award Banquet for Mr. Tusa on Wed., August 12 at 7:00 p.m.
JW Marriott, 5150 Westheimer, Houston, TX
Subject: Joe Tusa named winner of 2015 Touchdowner of the Year Award
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 17:55:31 -0500
Former Houston ISD athletic director Joe Tusa has been named the 50th Touchdowner of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Houston, and will be honored with a banquet at 7 p.m., Wed., Aug. 12, 2015, at the JW Marriott, 5150 Westheimer. The award has been given annually since 1966.
Tusa, who recently had HISD’s Delmar-Dyer athletic complex on 290 at Loop 610 named after him, joins a famous list of Touchdowner winners, which includes Darrell Royal, Kenny Houston, Tom Landry, Jerry LeVias, Ken Hatfield, Bill Yeoman, Mack Brown, DeLoss Dodds, R.C. Slocum, Spike Dykes, Jack Pardee, John David Crow, Doak Walker, Jess Neely, and Grant Teaff. Tusa is the third person associated only with high schools to win the Touchdowner, after Brownwood football coach Gordon Wood (1986) and Eddie Joseph (2000), who ran the Texas High School Coaches Association.
The Touchdowner is given annually for extraordinary contributions and outstanding achievements reflecting honor and sportsmanship to football over a lengthy period of time.
Tickets for the gala are $50 each. The cost for tables is $450 (regular table), $600 (bronze sponsorship), $1,000 (silver sponsorship), $1,500 (gold sponsorship) and $2,500 (platinum sponsorship). Premium table sponsors will get their names in the paper program.
The annual All-Greater Houston Preseason UIL High School Football team also will be named at this dinner.
For more information or to pay for tickets, please call the TD Club’s Neal Farmer at 713-849-9860 with a credit card; or e-mail Neal Farmer at firstname.lastname@example.org; or use the PayPal option on the front page of the TD Club’s website at touchdownclub.org.
Touchdown Club of Houston
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713-899-0783 - cell
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13280 Northwest Freeway, Suite F
No. 367 Houston, Texas 77040
3/30/15 - Houston Chronicle about one of our own - Bruno Leonardt '64
(Ashley Leonardt is director of sales at Architectural Supply, a business founded by her father, Bruno Leonardt. They have a showroom on Richmond Avenue for their stonework such as fireplace mantles, columns, statues and bathtubs)
Bruno Leonardt had a hard time adjusting to retirement once he sold his cellphone business in 2004.
He golfed for a few months, then took a trip to Western Europe. While traveling, the stonework in Italy inspired him so much that he decided to create an Internet business.
"I remember thinking, 'Wouldn't it be great if we could find someone to reproduce marble pieces that have that as much quality as the ones in Europe, and bring them right here to Texas?' " the 69-year-old Houstonian said.
The only problem was that European sculptors charged too much for him to be competitive with businesses that sold "cast stone" products, Leonardt said. Cast stone uses concrete to mimic the look of real stone.
He found his answer, Leonardt said, in a studio full of sculptors south of Beijing. The studio's 67 sculptors could carve the fireplace mantles, columns, statues, bathtubs and more that he wanted to sell.
By the end of 2004, Architectural Supply had launched on the Internet. Gross revenues totaled $325,000 in the first year.
To make it a family enterprise, Leonardt brought in his only child, Ashley, in 2013. That's when he purchased a showroom on Richmond Avenue.
"I knew I was missing out on local business," Bruno Leonardt said. "I was working with some high-profile builders and designers here, but the majority of customers ordering from the Internet came from somewhere else."
Last year the business grossed $1.8 million. Ashley Leonardt, 41, serves as director of sales at the showroom and will one day run the company. She called it "the best training program."
"I get to learn on the job," Ashley Leonardt said, "… and how many jobs can say that?"
The stone is quarried in Spain and shipped to the studio in China. Orders normally can be filled within 90 days, Bruno Leonardt said.
"The quality of the stonework I've seen coming out of Mexico just can't compare," said Russell King, a Houston architect and owner of King Residential. "I have a lot of customers who build period-style homes - especially in Royal Oaks and the Memorial villages - and they all want something in marble because it looks like an antique."
Bruno Leonardt said: "We bring in a full container load every two weeks, and it's all presold. One container might have 35 to 45 crates of product."
One of the store's bigger installations was a 20-foot marble fireplace mantle that cost $28,000. That mantle went into a home in Lafayette, La., an area that has produced several clients for the company.
Another unusual installation involved a couple in La Marque. The wife had spied a fiberglass bathtub designed to look like a woman's high-heeled shoe and wanted something similar. The only problem was its $25,000 price tag.
"We carved one out of white marble for her," Bruno Leonardt said. "Even with a waterfall feature at the top, it ended up costing them about $7,900."
What a fabulous-great-fun-fantastic time at our 50th Reunion! Thank you dear classmates for making it the BEST REUNION EVER!
Reunion pictures are posted under the "Class Reunions 2014 - 1974" tab on upper left hand column. Please send me your pictures.
wow...what a reunion...having worked on all since 20th, it was a great gathering, new faces, renewed times since last seeing some...I admit we have aged (gracefully), but are stiil survivors of the 60's..now leaving the 60's, lol....put out any pics to share w/all of us...until we meet again...remember the song "call on me, you have a friend, just call and I'll be there...." (Scotty Croom)
What a great time it was last night kicking off our reunion weekend by seeing so many old friends that we have not seen in many years. I was sitting drinking my coffee this morning and thinking about how amazing it is that you can walk into a place and be 68 years old, and twenty minutes later be about 17 again! Pretty special. (Teddie Jordan)
What a great reunion at The Woodlands Resort. I agree that the clock turned back and we were all again those seniors of 1964! I want to thank the committee for all the work and preparation that concluded in a terrific event from the cocktail time on Friday night through the fancy dinner and dance on Saturday night. There aren't enough superlatives to properly describe the overall flavor of the weekend. I, for one, enjoyed it beyond measure. It was great to see so many people and become reacquainted again. It was terrific that Barbara and Henny could make it and join in on the fun. Thanks again everyone and I hope to stay in touch with many of you now that we've rediscovered one another. (Pat Williamson)
Thank you, to all of those on the reunion committee, for an absolutely AWESOME reunion. The entire weekend was wonderful. Loved The Woodlands Resort. It was so nice not having to drive to the events. It was so good to reconnect with friends that I had lost contact with. The love that I felt in that room was something that I will carry with me for the rest of my days. I can't thank you all enough. I hope all had safe travels home. Love to all. Prayers and Blessings! (Jimmie Sue Roach)
As I was driving home from Katy yesterday the song that kept going through my head was "Oh What a Night!!!!" I think that about sums up our wonderful reunion! What a great evening! Friday evening was so much fun, too, just relaxing and catching up with classmates, some I hadn't seen since graduation. It was like we just picked up where we left off! Memories, memories, memories! So much laughter and so many hugs! We are still looking GOOD!! Most of all, we are a close knit group and we will stay that way! (Susan Howard)
Jimmie Sue...you are a delight...thank you for coming to the reunion. I havent seen you since, well 50 years! Plus we have you to thank for planting the seed of the website, you and Jimmie Lee, and then of course Jackie ran with the ball, and the rest as they say is history..... Susan, you too, such a gentle soul...Marcie English, Been 50 years, I so enjoyed seeing you and everyone....Jenny Taylor, always the heart of the crowd...Judy Nelson, Barbara, Jackie, Lynn, Betty Sherman, Sandi S., Henny Banning, Gloria Hornick, Bob and Sharon, soon to be their neighbors at Chappell Hill, Johnny and Becky....there's just not enough time at a reunion to get to talk to everyone. Talked to some folks 2 and 3 times...Kept running into Dennis Dorsey, and we just couldnt say enough to each other....If anyone missed talking to Dennis, you missed out for sure! What a kind and gentle soul he is...a fine man, a fine human being...proud to call him my classmate and friend...proud to call all yall my classmates and friends! As Susan said, we have a special classcloseness....I guess just in the right place at the right time...
My very best friend for life, Robbie Boswell, The ever handsome and fine lads, Larry York, Jimmy Hilsher, Allan Gieser, Bob Cocheron, Scotty and Lola, Teddy Jordan and Fran, Linda Webster, Wayne Lake, Gary Jordan, Dennis Hansel, I always enjoy talking to all the aforementioned....MIKE DRAGICS...I havent seen Mike since high school...still has his own hair...Jim Taylor, Ken Oliver, Gary Moseley, Tony Maddox, Tom Gann, Larry and Glenda Smith...I sometimes see all the aforementioned at Fudds...but whenever, I am just delighted when I do see them. Charles Dent from Omaha, Greg Smith, from Ohio, Navy Captain Smith...folks you dont get to be a Navy Captain by chance..Lynn Pruit, Terry Scheffer, plus all the wives of the aforementioned. Ive missed naming some, for sure, and for that, you have my sincere apologies! My pea brain is on overload! (Beau Wann)
I just wanted to add in my thanks to all of the reunion committe who did such a spectacular job setting up the class of 64 for a wonderful reunion weekend! I know that you all put in so much time and energy getting everything accomplished and I know I speak for everyone in saying you are truly appreciated! We are all so fortunate to have graduated with such dedicated folks! (Ronna Brand)
I would also like to chime in here and says thanks again to the reunion committee for putting the whole thing together. Good venue; the ballroom was just about the right size for our group, good turnout – kudos to all, good band, good food and from the remarks I’ve read, a good time was had by all. I’m not going to try to recount all that I spoke with but will agree with Beau that Dennis Dorsey may have been the most interesting man in the room……I wonder if he drinks dos XXs beer?
Wow, going back to see the pics our "Fabulous Jackie" took of "THE REUNION" is so heart warming. First, I want to thank all who called, texted, and sent cards to me after my fall and surgery. It certainly gave to me the determination to get up and make sure I was going to be at the Reunion...one way or the other.
I had no idea Jackie was sending out messages about my fall..Thanks, Jackie for all that you did for me. Secondly, "THE REUNION" was the best ever. Friday night being able to see and talk with each person and just catch up, was as if there had been no time lapse at all. As so many have said, the Class of '64 is so very special, and we are. Thanks to all for the love and concerns said to me about the fall both nights. We haven't lost being cool.
Yes, we on the Reunion Committee were so pleased that the events were over whelmingly appreciated and enjoyed. Don't let time fly. Keep up on line or come to Fudd's when you can or you are in the area. It's the second Tuesday of the month, unless notified other wise. Hugs, (Barbara Porter Raines)
My apologies for taking so long in posting my Thank You to all who helped make this Reunion a special time. I am on Reunion Overload, I cannot believe it is over, I didn’t get a chance to visit with everyone.
What an AWESOME weekend for the best reunion ever, everything was perfect including the weather. I do not have sufficient words to explain how grateful the reunion committee (or The Crew as our Event planner called us) is for your kind words. The past two and a half years was truly a labor of love by everyone on the committee. Thank you Waltrip Class of ’64, Class of Champions, and spouses for your attendance and support to help make the reunion a success. Without you and your continued support the committee could not do what we do.
Reading the comments and looking at the fantastic pictures brought tears to my eyes while many fond memories flooded through my mind. I will say it again, we are blessed to have so many classmates who have continued this life long journey, some of us since first grade and before. Thank you God for allowing us to grow in a time that was safe and for so many lifelong friends. God Bless, (Lynn Wren Burkhardt)
Welcome to the
Waltrip Class Of 1964 website!
Created 5/6/2008 - Jackie Crowe (Finch)
A BLAST FROM THE PAST -- a jukebox tune cost only a dime, a '57 Chevy was really cool --- recall the good times, the memories that last!
OUR WALTRIP HIGH
Waltrip High, we sing to thee,
"Long we shall remember thee,
May mem'ries never fade.
These traits we have portrayed.
Qualities we'll cherish,
Thee we'll always honor,
Our Waltrip High."
Colors - Red & Gray
Mascot - Ram
Alma Mater Information: Jon Enloe wrote the lyrics, Joe Stuessy who wrote the music..Class of '61
Jon Enloe - Now Joe Stuessy - Now
S.P. Waltrip Senior High Trivia and Highlights
Waltrip has the tallest flag pole in the area - when we opened it was the tallest in the state. Our original flag came from the nation’s capital and was brought by Mr. Waltrip’s friend and U.S. Congressional Representative, Mr. Albert Thomas.
Waltrip was the first high school in Houston to have an original school song and it was written by Jon Enloe and Joe Stuessy, Class of 1961. When Waltrip opened in the fall of 1960, there were 166 seniors, 288 juniors, 445 sophomores and 122 freshmen. The Band started with 56 members. The first Issue of the “Tribune” was October 6, 1960 and they won Best sports writer in HISD 1960. We have had national merit scholars since the first class and in some classes eleven in one year. We had the National Defense Cadet Corp from the beginning, now ROTC.
The columns in front of the school had no color but were painted bright red in the later years. The window panes were originally red to match the roof line that is red. In 1961 the seniors gift to the school was landscaping, in the tradition of Mr. Waltrip.
We had a bowling club from the beginning and it was the largest extracurricular club. For the first 12 years , Waltrip won the Sportsmanship Award.
The Waltrip Band was the last band to play for JFK before his death and The Imperial Guard marched in the parade for JFK held in downtown Houston.
From the beginning, we had a number of organizations dedicated to leadership and service: High Y, Guard, NDCC, American Legion, Omega Chi Y, Tri Y, Hi Y, Student Council. In 1961, Waltrip won the national forensic tournament and orchestra, ‘best in the state’ and had national merit scholars, all-state choir. 1962: “W” Association formed, national merit scholars, national debate, 11 UIL Music, VB City Champ, first zone in FB, Swim Team 6th in State. 1963 first winning FB season and we beat Reagan 12-0, was co-district FB champ, won golf championship and again was the best marching band and the first all-state choir members were: Duane Kerr, Lynne Tuttle, and Jon Enloe. The “Gordonettes,” an all girl accapela choir, was formed being named for Mr. Cotton.
In 1964, the first exchange student, BB Zone Champs, City FB Champs, Golf District and Volleyball City Champ. In 1965 we had the first color yearbook, FB Zone, BB District. In 1966, Waltrip opened a new wing at the school.
Pep Rallies were held on the porch roof, there were national and state honors for choir, art and poetry and the Tribune won 1st Columbia Scholastic Press. And the Golf team won District. Waltrip is the only school in Houston to win the City Championship in Football and Basketball in the same school year 66-67. Two boys played on both: Tim Duff and David Yaege. We had the national sewing contest winner 1968, Pam Sebasta, and All American First Team in Football 1968, Frank Ditta. In 1969, President George Bush ’41 spoke at the school. We had more national merit scholars, chemical scholar, state typing, choir and Prep Bowl Winners. There was the basketball championship and we continued to win the Sportsmanship award. Zoning was a hot topic in 1970 and we continued to compete on all fronts in the 1970’s. The Ram was stolen by Scarborough during homecoming week in 1973. Waltrip won the Texaco Academic Challenge in 1989. The Homecoming Parade began tradition in 1998.
In 2001, Waltrip was first recognized by TEA for the academic accomplishments and again in 2008, 2009. In April 2010, we ranked 4th in Best Urban High School for Low-Income Students in Texas and in the Top 6% of High Schools in America. Waltrip is one of only 6 HISD Comprehensive High Schools in HISD to achieve TEA Recognized Status.
As of 2009 graduation, Waltrip has 19,611 graduates. The highest graduating class was in 1972 with 762 and the lowest graduating class was 1998 with 128.
Pictures of the Month
Tom Gann's 1948 Chevy
Those were the days -- Reagan vs. Waltrip at Delmar Stadium
Enjoy Your Freedom
God Bless Our Troops
...Pictures of the Past
Our mini-reunion at Clay's April 14, 2012 - Look at all those youngsters! Thank you, Skeeter, for the wonderful priceless banner!
(See more pics under Fuddrucker/Houston Tab in left column)
Garden Oaks Theater
Shamrock - our Prom!
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