In 1975 my Dad was asked to relocate to Cincinnati. Instead he took another job the Milwaukee area.
Out of necessity we moved in 1977 just after junior year and ended up on the East Coast where I
finished my last year of high school. It was difficult being uprooted just before senior year.
Most of all it was tough not being able to graduate with kids I had grown up with since pre-school.
My memories of most of you are frozen in time with images not unlike the class photos that have
been posted on this site. I looked back at our 8th grade graduation photo last week and wrote
down as many names as I could remember. There are many fond memories that go along with
the names. And I have attempted to record the "highlights" of each school year as I remember them.
I went to the last year of high school near our home in Connecticut. We had 1,000 people in my
graduating class. During that year I met many fine people who remain friends to this day. I stayed
on the East Coast after college, primarily in Boston, Massachusetts. Through the years I crossed paths
with various people from Mequon quite by chance, including several classmates. In 1990 we moved
back to the Midwest (Minneapolis). It was a nice change. People are open and warm, and I came to
realize that Midwesterners have a friendler disposition, a more pleasant accent (especially compared
to New Yorkers and Bostonians) and a more grounded perspective on life in general.
After almost 15 years in the Twin Cities we moved to my wife's hometown in northern Sweden in
January of 2005. We live just south of the Artic Circle and Lappland where winters are long
and dark, while the summers are brief, but spectacular. Three years have passed quickly.
William (01/27/1996) and Emma (08/02/1994) are enjoying their second home and have adjusted
well to the change. We try to get back to the US once a year to visit family. Here in Skellefteċ
we have Helene's parents and relatives nearby which is a definite plus. I work at the local hospital
as part of the medical staff and Helene is teaching at a community college. To keep busy I've
taken on a few new pastimes including downhill skiing (which is tough if you start when you
are 44 years old) and fly fishing. We also have a dog, Molly, who is a Lagotto and a fine companion.
This summer we are planning a trip to coincide with the reunion. It is gratifying to be
involved with the reunion planning and I appreciate everyone's interest and support of the
photo gallery and class website.