Debbie Katz (Heckmann)
Married 3Sorry I can't make the reunion. The first of my three kids to get married happened to pick that weekend for his wedding.
The short version of my story goes like this: After graduation, I went to U of M, then moved to Chicago area for a masters degree at Northwestern in Audiology. Worked a couple years, went back to Northwestern to start a PhD in Audiology but dropped out to get an MBA there instead and then worked in banking for a while. Met my husband in grad school. We moved to Connecticut 27 years ago. I stayed home with our kids for a long time and later went back to work in audiology. Pretty much retired now. Enjoying time doing simple things these days - friends, family, some volunteer stuff, a new puppy.
All in all, it's been a good journey. And when I think back to StLP, I think I was pretty lucky -it was a really good place and time to begin the journey.
Enjoy the reunion and I hope I can make the 60th!
Married 2The Sky is my home. Home in the sense of safe, comfortable, and familiar. It's hard to say how many miles I've traveled in my lifetime. 200,000 maybe 400,000 I don't know exactly I've never totaled them up. But I've certainly fallen into the category of mobile.
Looking up is where I come back to reality. Skyward glances take me home. No matter where I am, what I'm doing, how old I am, or who I'm with-the Sky is always the Sky. Ever changing yet always dependable. It's always light during the day and dark at night. The sun is either blazing, smiling and open or it's sleeping, taking a little nap behind the clouds. The sun is always there for me.
...Night. Ah Night! Brings out the firmament, the celestial phenomenon. The Universe on display, twinkling in all of it's wonderment. Where's the moon tonight? How about Jupiter, Saturn, hey there's Mars. Orion and friends. Hey Guys, It's Stan your greatest fan.
The Sky is always there. Even if it's cloudy or foggy or I'm in the heart of the city with glaring mercury vapor lamps, the Sky, the stars, and all of their glory are there…for me. I feel them. I know they're there. My talisman, benchmark with reality, window of truth. Always suggesting tranquillity and a universal point of view.
Where ever my busy mind may take me, the sun, the stars, the Sky always takes me home.
Sheila Labofsky (Marver)
Louise LaPitz (Rutz)
MarriedDear SLP Class of 1968!
I have been reading all the posts from the wonderful reunion committee! You are a great group and I want to thank you for all the work you have put into the planning of the reunion! Really terrific! I will not be attending, sad to say, but will tell you all a bit of what I have been doing the past 50 years!
I graduated from St. Louis University with a BSc in Physical Therapy. My last affiliation was at the Kaiser Foundation Rehab Center in Vallejo, CA where I learned PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) with therapists from all over the world. One of these therapists asked me if I wanted to work at the Medical Center in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. This was kind of funny as I would have to speak German. German was not my best class at SLP! Anyway, I went to Switzerland planning to stay for 9 months and am still here! Yes, I now can speak German!
I was a real career woman! My main love was / is neurological rehab and that is what I did all these years. I married a wonderful guy who was a medical resident at a rehab clinic where I was the director of PT. He really understood what rehab is all about – interdisciplinary work to try to achieve the goals of the patient and family. 25 years ago we started our own 65 bed rehab clinic. Quite a challenge, but great! In case you want to look, www.rheinburg.ch We have now sold it to the Kliniken Valens. The clinic in Valens is where we met each other!
I said I loved neuro rehab. I learned PNF in Vallejo and Bobath (NDT) in Switzerland. I am a Senior Instructor these 2 concepts and have taught courses and trained therapists and instructors all over the world…even at the Mayo Clinic in MN! I have been incredibly fortunate and thankfully look back at the past 50 years!! The start at SLP was great! Maybe the little rebellion of sitting on the roof with Humanities class colleagues was good for me!
My time now I spend reading literature as I am still doing some lecturing – I can’t quite let go yet! But the most time I am spending with my horses! I am still learning dressage, meaning one never can learn enough! My husband rides too, so that is great! We also are spending more time with friends. When we had our own clinic, it was a 24/7 job and things like entertaining or vacation were not top priority. That has changed!
I am sorry I won’t be there to reunite and celebrate with all of you! By the way, I have not done very well in identifying the classmates in the pictures…that is without my yearbooks, which I have in my library!
Thanks again to the organizers of this great event and I wish you all a wonderful 50threunion!
Best wishes and love to all of you!
Karen Lee (Smith)
Widowed 2Can’t believe it’s been 50 years. Looking forward to connecting with “old” friends at the reunion.
Married 2Time flies. Period. I hate writing about myself however in tis situation I need to and, I can do a little bragging at the same time. I enjoyed HS and the opportunity to meet and have so many great friends. Went to Metropolitian Jr. College for a year before joining the Army in September 1969. Fritz was going through flight school at the time and we hooked up at a party where he convinced me that I too needed to fly helicopters. What a great career decision. I absolutely loved the long career move it provided me. I've since traveled every state except Alaska. International travel has taken me to 14 countries in the Pacific Rim as well as the UK. I have been primarily involved with aviation since leaving the Army. I had a thriving air freight business then 2 different expeditied trucking companies. I again bumped into Fritz in 1980 when we both worked for Air Logistics flying off shore. I sure miss Fritz, Todd and all the guys!!
I injured my back in Vietnam and had my first of 9 spine operations at Walter Reed. Guess they didn't do a very good job. A slip and fall put me back in the hospital in Minneapolis in 1983. In June of this year I had number 9 at the University of Miami where they fused 9 levels with hardware. The reason I didn't make the reunion is I am waiting for 2 more operations to finish the job the others started over the years. When finished it will fuse approximately 20 vertrabrae with hardware starting at C2 and ending at L5 - S1. A small area of the thorasic is still in good shape.
Luckily my 3rd wife is a fantastic trama / ER nurse and has taken excellent care of me over the past 28 years. Always ready to help and keep me alive. We have 2 kids, my son from the 1st marriage and my wifes daughter I adopted when she was a baby. We have been so blessed in so many ways. A lot of restlessness and many moves across the U.S. while she worked in the hospitals and I flew patients in to them.
We purchased a cockpit motor yacht in San Francisco and motored down to La Paz Mexico where we stayed for a year and enjoyed all that the Sea of Cortez had to offer before returning to the states to care for my folks. After my dad passed in 2016 we purchased a larger motor yacht to cruise the east coast and the Caribbean. Unfortunately my health, other than mt back, gave us problems. My wife thought it was too risky going offshore due to my heart related issues. So we had to sell this boat too. We purchased a home in Ft. Pierce, FL where we now reside and care for her folks who also live with us.
I wouldn't trade my life for anything. I have the BEST wife and kids ever. The best friends, some I haven't seen since HS and the best opportunities anyone could ask for. I built 4 homes from the ground up which I am very proud of. We have owned 14 different homes and traveled extensivly. My heart is full and spirit strong. I hope I make it to 100.
Nathan (was Nicky) Linsk
Committed Relationship 2Retired social work professor from University of Illinois at Chicago where I headed the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center for 20+ years. My husband of 33 years died last April, have a new partner and live in Oak Park Illinois. Daughter from earlier marriage and a stepson and their spouses round our family. Did projects in Africa and Eastern Europe for many years. Hope I can get to reunion and catch up with everyone!
Nancy McKeon (Moline)
Married 3Hi, We have three chidren and 15 grandchildren. Live in South Carolina where we love our church and friends! Been married to Jim Moline for 46 years! He graduated from Richfield High. Our odest grandchild is 20 and youngest a year and a half.
Karen Moss (Hale)
Married 2Although I moved away in February 1968 just months before graduation, The St. Louis Park Class of 1968 is my class. Upon moving back to Michigan in the Spring of 1968 I completed my senior year at Oak Park High taking one English Class and 3 Study Halls. In Fall of 68, I went to Oakland Community College and in January 1969 transferred to Eastern Michigan University where I attended until June of 1970. At that time I went to work as I was preparing to marry my first husband.
In 1971, I married my first husband and helped pay and pave his way through Dental School. In 1975 we had our son Steven (who is now a practicing attorney in Chicago.
In 1979, we divorced and in 1981 I met my current husband and we just celebrated our 34th Wedding Anniversary. My mother told me to marry a 'rich' man, and I followed her advice, my husband's name is Rich.
After a few years of marriage, we decided we wanted to start a family together and in 1990 our son Alex was born. Alex just turned 28 and is attempting to live his dream - he is a part-time performer, as a vocalist, he has co-written and produced four songs to date. He is also working on a documentary on Autism and working for his beloved baseball team, The Cleveland Indians.
Although it took me many years I completed my degree in communications and broadcasting arts, and for the last 5+ years, I have been working in internet radio podcasting, producing and co-owning a joint venture with my son Alex. Prior to completing my degree I worked in higher education among other venues.
Today I am happily enjoying following my passion, producing shows, as well as interviewing musicians, comics and actors for our internet station. I have learned to enjoy life and not allow others to infringe on my happiness.
I think of many of you often and I hope to rekindle some long lost relationship[s.
Karen KIKI Moss (Hale)
Married 2Fifty years ago in February 1968, just months before graduation, my family moved from St. Louis Park, Mn., back to our home area of Detroit, Michigan. After four years at St. Louis Park High and one year at Westwood Junior High, I missed walking the stage with all of you. I completed my senior year in Oak Park, Michigan and received my diploma with a class of strangers.
Thirty years ago I returned to our Twenty Year Reunion. It was an excellent opportunity to meet up with many of you that I shared classes with and or established friendships that extended out of school. Just like many of you, I missed out on seeing classmates that could not make the reunion as well as those who had passed on (to greener pastures.)
Thirty years ago, I attended the reunion with my husband Richard (we will be married 34 years in July.) We were struggling to have a baby, not unlike some of you, and in 1990, we were finally blessed with our son Alex (who will be 28 in August.) I also have a son from my previous marriage, and my oldest is a practicing Attorney in Chicago. Neither of my sons is married, therefore no grandbabies for me. Alex and I work together in his internet radio station, newclevelandradio.net where many of you can tune in most days to hear one of my many shows or relisten to our podcasts.
Following graduation, I attended Eastern Michigan University where I majored in Communications and Broadcasting. I married my first husband in 1971, put him through Dental School, and in 1980 we divorced. We shared custody, and I became a part-time mom even though my heart and soul wanted it to be full-time. I met my current husband Richard at a mutual friend’s wedding in 1981 and as of today (as I write this, June 13, 2018) we have been together for thirty-seven adventurous years.
Thanks to Facebook I have been able to connect to many of you, and I feel blessed that we have this opportunity to share and care for each other. On a sad note, I must add I will not be attending the reunion as financially it doesn’t fit the budget with the many other obligations we have at this time. As the entertainment program producer for newclevelandradio.net, I have several concert trips planned, including going to my favorite place, Saratoga Springs, NY.
For those of you who may not be on Facebook and want to continue sharing, please feel free to email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org