50th Reunion

 Marie Keeter Reporting

(more to come - please send any notes or photos you have)

My trip to Dallas Texas to attend my 50th High School Reunion was an incredible visit,  it was overwhelming, it was fun, and I just had a blast. First,  I went with my dear friend Martha Trumpf Bellomy to the Friday afternoon  Historical presentation on the front steps at North  Dallas High - our building is now a historic  preserved building (a plaque was placed on the front steps) and our high school can never  be torn down.  All of the Dallas dignitaries were present for this event and wonderful  speeches were made, later there was a cake cutting in the upstairs library, and newspaper photographers were taking photos.  In fact, the Ft Worth Star Telegram newspaper and  KRLD radio interviewed me as to how I felt about my high school, and why I was so emotional  at the event.   They had seen me wiping my eyes and ran over to me for an interview sticking their microphones in our faces (Martha and Marie) so I told them why and about our 50th reunion!

 

On Friday night, Martha Trumpf Bellomy (I was staying at her home) and I went to the Adams Mark Hotel for the Appetizer party, and I was overwhelmed to see all of my old friends and hugging everyone's neck.  I was very excited!  Later the S. J. Hay bunch of kids all went to eat dinner together at the West End "On the Border" cafe. As we all were eating delicious Mexican food, I realized that I had known some  of these kids from grade school for 58 years.  I had to get all of my yakking out  of my system and was enjoying hearing how each of the other kids had survived  their years since school.  Most of them still lived in the Dallas area and some  of us were living in California now - like me. On Saturday morning, we went early to our high school again to get some practice in before the assembly show (after the assembly later - a Brunch was served in our old cafeteria) on our auditorium stage.  Beverly Mahoney Jones asked me to direct and get the acts all lined up for the show.  It was a mad house and as usual that old Murphy's law was in play as we didn't get much accomplished except to arrange the stage setting before the crowd came into the building (the show started at 10 oclock). The whole assembly idea was wonderful!!!   I enjoyed every minute as I was laughing so hard at all of the skits, the actors (Martha, Mindy, Anna, Bob, Buddy, and Beverly were at  their best, funny acting, ad libing behavior that morning and the audience was roaring  with laughter) and others on stage in other acts (Charlotte Whitefield Zerbe, Jeannine Conn Frank), and Joy playing the piano with special songs by Bitsy singing love songs were terrific too.  Our MC was Bill Swann (lives in San Diego/Mexico area) and he was  an incredible MC (a Bob Hope clone).   Bill kept the  show moving and introduced the acts.   Here is a  copy of that program

NDHS ASSEMBLY PROGRAM

4 MAY 2002

PRESENTATION OF COLORS
BY
THE SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION,
NORTH TEXAS MILITIA COLOR GUARD
EAST FORK-TRINITY CHAPTER OF GARLAND, TEXAS

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

"GOD BLESS AMERICA"

JOY COLLINS ALMAAS, ACCOMPANIST

GREETINGS FROM NORTH DALLAS' PRINCIPAL

MASTER OF CEREMONIES - BILL SWANN

"PENNY MERLE", A SKIT BY MARTHA TRUMPF BELLOMY
SONG BY MARIE BRUNSON KEETER

"CLUCK-CLUCK CHICKEN" - A SKIT BY
BOB DARRELL, ANNA FRAZIER UECKER, & MINDY ROGERS HOSEY
SONGS BY BITSY WATSON

"AT THE DENTIST'S OFFICE" - A SKIT BY
BEVERLY MAHONEY JONES, BUDDY PATTERSON, AND MARIE BRUNSON KEETER

SPECIAL SONG "ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?"

FINAL ACT:

RECOGNITION OF SPECIAL GROUPS FROM 1952 CLASS
CHEERLEADERS, ATHLETES, MAJORETTES, ROTC, CLASS OFFICERS, AND OTHERS
NORTH DALLAS ALMA MATER

Martha Trumpf Bellomy was playing her keyboard with the beat going strong, and I sang this song (to the music/tune "I left my Heart in San Francisco") since I am from California now, it just seemed fitting to sing this little bitty song at this moment. Here are the words:
 

"I left my heart in San Francisco,
I left my knee in Tennessee,
I left my little wooden leg somewhere in Winnepeg,
I lost my wig in Timbuktoo - and it was new,
I dropped my teeth on lookout mountain - high on a hill - they still smile at me,
When I come home to you Dallas Texas - there won't be much left of me!"

 

That cute song is kinda fitting as we are getting older and losing our teeth and our health.  We all just want our next 50 years to be healthy and happy ones and to see our dear North Dallas Bulldog friends again.  Love, Marie Brunson Keeter 

From Beverly (Mahony) Jones

Dear NDHS Class of ‘52, and our Friends in the Classes of ‘51 and ‘53, It’s a wrap!  Our 50th North Dallas High School Reunion is over!!!


Friday evening: A lot of time was spent Friday night at the mixer looking closely at each other’s name tags and then up at faces until recognition dawned.  We were all astonished at how good we all looked, and how glad we were to see each other! 
 
Saturday morning Assembly: The assembly was a "blast from the past" here are some highlights: MC’d by Bill Swann, he was hilarious and by introducing the acts kept the assembly moving, A flag ceremony was performed in Revolutionary costume lead by Bill Bellomy (Martha Trumpf's husband) and his friends,   Old jokes and corny skits ( Penny Merle with Martha Trumpf Bellomy, Cluck, Cluck Chicken with Mindy Rogers Hosey, Anna Frazier Uecker and Bobbiee Darrell and Feste his adorable dog stole the show),  The Dentist‘s Office skit with our real dentist portraying a dentist was Buddy Patterson, also with Beverly Mahoney Jones and Marie Brunson Keeter, Some singing real talent from Bitsy Watson Gibson, and Joy Collins Almaas as accompanist on the piano, Final act was singing our Alma Mater, a teary send-off to our beloved high school from the class of 1952.
 
Our photo was taken on the front steps in our new ORANGE tee-shirts, please note there are still a few photo copies to be had at $3, if you would like one, 
 
The noise at Brunch in the cafeteria surely rivaled that at our past lunch periods.  Four current, delightful ND students led us on tour of the building after Brunch, Saturday evening, we gathered again for dinner, looking fabulous of course, and loving the 50s music.  The dance floor was never so packed that we were bumping into each other, but there was lots of dancing, and later in the evening, Bobby Bohne seemed to accumulate multiple partners (he is a good
dancer), 
 
We were entertained by more talent from smooth, songster Bobby Phillips singing 50s tunes.   A special treat was a talk - maybe more of a stand up comic act by Rose Mary Rumbley (ND Class of 43), she is historian of the school district.  She had us in stitches with stories about our teachers. 
 
Awards were given out for such achievements as the longest marriage to the same person, "Commitment" (Beverly Alexander and Darrel Keathley), "Newlyweds" (Bitsy Watson and Roy Gibson, also James and Carol Brennan), "Perseverance" (Anna Frazier Uecker), "Productivity" for the most children (Pat Chaney Schroeder with six), "Stamina" for the most grandchildren (Louise Deen and Jack Stewart with 14), "Ancestor" for the most great grandchildren (Ron and Lois Richardson), "Farthest Distance" traveled (Ken Shaw, Portland Oregon), "Perpetual Student" for the most college degrees (Esther Hagg with four,  Bob Darrell qualified but left too soon), "Unchanged Melody" for looking most like the picture on the name tag (Dianne Sutherland Hernandez), "Survivor" for looking better than the name tag (Joy Collins Almaas by a landslide)!   Memorabilia boards were displayed at all the events along with photos of all the departed classmates, that we have been informed about. 
 
The committee was graciously thanked with cards and yellow roses (flowers) at the Banquet.  Marie Brunson Keeter got the ball rolling on searching for Bulldogs over the Internet, on planning, and did an outstanding job along with Martha Trumpf Bellomy on the assembly; Martha also helped with searching and calling, and recruited husband Bill as photographer and flag bearer; Anna Frazier Uecker searched, communicated, databased, and providing mailing labels; Jeannine Conn Frank was our hotel liason, finding us an affordable one, and negotiating details for months, also decorations; Mindy Rogers Hosey found, negotiated and worked with a printer who did our beautiful announcements, and our ORANGE tee-shirts; Dianne Sutherland Hernandez responded to our plea for an artist to do our name tags, also she designed and prepared the tribute to our deceased classmates; Melvin Weinberg opened a service-free checking account, kept track of incoming checks, and disbursed checks for expenses; Beverly Mahoney Jones chaired the event and tried to keep ahead of all the details.

Apologies for perhaps being overly sentimental, but I (and from the feedback of others) was at times overwhelmed by the emotions evoked by seeing so many of us all together, sharing, and having such a good time. The love and energy at each event were obvious.  It seemed to me that we were truly blessed with our school, teachers, and classmates, and perhaps took it all for granted - which we certainly no longer do!

Thanks to the Bulldogs who attended, and to the numerous generous donations, we easily met our expenses. Just waiting now for the final accounting to see how much our class will be able to donate to North Dallas HS. Whatever this turns out to be, it is an appreciation for the education we received at North Dallas, and an expression of support for the efforts still in evidence there. 
 
During our ordeal of planning - we thank all the ND staff for being overwhelming helpful, and our observations of their interchanges with the diverse student body were characterized by interest, goodwill, and sincere caring.  At this time, it appears that we will be able to show our gratitude with just under a thousand dollars.  Several folks expressed a desire to add to this, and those donations will still be gratefully received.

There are still a few copies of the "Orange Book" for sale for $5, containing copies of the Questionnaires that were returned and the best mailing list we could get together (error already detected: Al Blevins’ email is:  <mailto:vab78230@aol.com> vab78230@aol.com ,  and Martha Trumpf Bellomy is: <mailto:billbellomy@attbi.com> billbellomy@attbi.com ... there are surely others).  As mentioned before, there are a few school photos available for $3.  All the ORANGE tshirts are gone!

I have set up a YAHOO Photo Album site with six photos and will change it every couple of weeks till all have been shown: http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/bjonesoct17/lst?.dir=/ND52Reunion&.view=t   There will be a video available for $29.95 from Bob Farrar.  Those who registered  should get a card from him in a week or so.  If you were not registered and would like to buy a copy, please contact him at:  Bob Farrar, 6527 Shady Brook Lane #3135, Dallas TX 75206; 214-369-4350.  Identify NDHS’52Reunion, and the date May 3-4.  Please send me photos of the Reunion.

Love - and to quote those autographs in our annuals:  Stay as sweet/swell as you are!

Beverly Mahoney Jones, on behalf of all the Committee.

 

Photos (more to come)

Martha Trumpf
Bellomy and Marie Brunson Keeter

Dorothy Young Mills and Ed Jennings Bunn

Martha Trumpf
Bellomy and Marie Brunson Keeter
Jeannine Conn Frank and Ed Jennings Bunn