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Where are they now – Mike Tolon

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Some people are easier to track down than others — thank goodness for uncommon names and a handy copy of the yearbook (incidentally, the use of names from the yearbook might explain why “Where are they now” has a decidedly male bias — hard to track down many of our married female classmates!).

In any event, I was pleased to track down Mike Tolon — shown here sporting a “Mr. T” haircut:

nice do, Mike!

Mike is the band teacher down at Park Rose High School in the Portland area, where he seems to be well-liked by the kids, if the few teacher evaluations I’ve run across online are representative.

where are they now, redux: Rich Aaring, azalea guru

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

A little Google homework tells us that the alphabetically endowed Richard Aaring is an attorney down in Eugene, Oregon. No doubt, there’s a growth market in defending anarchists brought up on vandalism charges, not to mention skateboarders.

But we are defined by our passions as well as by our professions, and so I found this item much more interesting, really (as a half-assed gardener myself):
From the American Rhododendron Society Rhododendron and Azalea News Vol. 7 No. 3 (one of my favorite issues, by the way.):

Chapter president Richard Aaring has faithfully served the chapter and genus Rhododendron as an enthusiastic member and in many leadership roles. As study group chairman, he developed the concept of recommended rhododendrons, a list of choice of Northwest plants organized by size, color, and other characteristics. As tours chairman for the 2001 ARS Convention, he arranged outstanding tour gardens, managed many other details, and also wrote an outstanding guide describing and giving directions to more than 20 other Oregon Gardens. More recently, Rich has served as chapter president beyond the normal term.

The chapter was most pleased to present to Rich the highest medal: the Bronze Medal.

I should have Rich drop by the Tri-Cities sometime; maybe we can talk about dead heading. From the looks of this picture, he knows what he’s doing!

nice.  real nice.

I note also that Rich is a race officer with the US Sailing organization, and the sailing club advisor at South Eugene High School. As recently as 2003, he was still racing Laser Class sail boats like the one pictured below (no, that is NOT Rich or his boat, by the way):

just a picture of a laser craft

Amazing what you can learn from Google.


Know where anyone else from our class went?

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Just a reminder — if you’re aware of any public web sites, photos, or other online traces of our former classmates, which you think might be nice to share with the group, be sure to send me a link, and I’ll do my best to get them on this blog.

Or just post a comment to this item, and you can do it yourself.

Where are they now bonus post — Kristi (Holtgeerts) Rosenberger

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

One of the best parts of helping to organize this reunion is the chance to get re-aquainted — or in some cases, acquainted for the first time — with some of you via e-mail. I am finding out all sorts of things I wish I’d known in high school — like that Kristi Holtgeerts is a fisherperson!

Kristi and husband Jim

Kristi and her husband Jim coach youth sports, volunteer in the Mukilteo School District, their church, the local YMCA and Kristi is also a campfire leader. Oh, and they’ve raised two sons, including one who is apparently a trout-bum in the making. Which, in my opinion, is quite a noble aspiration.

Kristi is blessed to have remained in the Mukilteo community, I fell in love with my wife on the Mukilteo ferry...and still sees or hears from many of our classmates regularly. I’ve probably spent more time “talking” to Kristi (via e-mail) in the past week than I did in four years of high school….which goes to show that 30 years does a lot to break down old barriers, and open up new friendships.

Keep that in mind when you are deciding about whether to come to the reunion or not. You might be surprised by old friends that you’ve really just met for the first time!


Where are they now? picture of the day — John Webber, 30 years later

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

I don’t know if John plans on attending the 30th reunion or not — probably not — but if he does, he’ll almost certainly get the award for the furthest travelled.

See, John lives in Munich, Germany these days, where he’s a software developer, who happens to “dabble” in music. Which explains why he must keep up this dapper appearance:

nice tux, John.

I corresponded w/ John a year or so ago. Still a nice guy, despite the fact that he left me with major insecurities about my own intellect throughout high school.

Installment #1: Best excuses…er, REASONS..for not showing

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Heard from Dave Losvar today. He’d love to attend, but he has a prior obligation to drive boats real fast in circles that day….

that's Dave!

He said that if there were still some stragglers at the Diamond Knot when he got back from Olympia on Saturday night, he might drop in…which provides good incentive for the stragglers among us.

We’ll miss you, Dave — but good luck!


Make a list!

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

“Homework” might not have been very important at Mariner High School (or was it just me?) but I need y’all to do some homework tonight.

I want you all to make a list. A list of the five people you’d most like to see at the 30th reunion.

I don’t care what your reasons are.

  • maybe you want to see if anyone’s hairline has receded more than yours (here’s a hint: mine has)
  • maybe you want to see if anyone got fat (here’s a hint: I did)
  • maybe you want to see one of the class overachievers end up a trout bum (here’s a hint: oh, wait — I was never an overachiever!)
  • maybe you just want to see a long lost friend (here’s a hint: they probably want to see you, too).

OK — you’ve all probably thought up your list. Right?

Now, instead of mailing it to me, I want you to do the following: find out where those five people are. Maybe you even already know.

Contact them. Invite them. Tell them to visit this page.

That’s how it works.

Where’d we all go?

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

Due to the nature of my job (I do software development for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), I spend a lot of time on the Internet.

A few months ago, I ran across a site called Frappr. At the time, I was impressed with it’s innovative use of Google Maps to allow groups to easily create online maps showing where their members live.

Cool! I thought. I created one or two maps of networks that I am involved with at work.

Then it occurred to me — why not use this to figure out where the MHS Class of 1976 lives?

Here’s the result: Mariner High School Class of 1976 Frappr Map .

As of today, just a small handful of people have added their names to the map. But the number appears to be growing, and it’s a fun way to see where everyone lives.

Give it a try. Takes about 30 seconds to add yourself to the map.