Last week I took you to the 50th reunion of the Class of 1957 of Brazil High School. Before I tell you more, lets journey back in time to the year 1957!
Maybe you weren't born yet. Could be you were. If the latter is the case, you can identify with some of the factual information that brings back memories of a special time in the lives of my fellow classmates and me. I had a little help from Hallmark and that old memory bank of mine.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the music then. Most knew the lyrics and the melody of the following songs: April Love, Chances Are, Bye Bye Love…Tammy, Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, All Shook Up, You Send Me, Young Love, Diana, Honeycomb, Wake Up Little Susie, JailHouse Rock, Teddy Bear, Tonight and Green Door. We all "thought" that we were good singers.
Oh brother, now I will be humming all night. Paul isn't particularly fond of lack of sleep or any of my vocal attempts for that matter.
The best movie was The Bridge on the River Kwai and the actor was Alex Guiness. Joan Woodward was voted Best Actress. Most of us owned a TV and we all loved Lucy. The World Series drew a crowd that year. The Milwaukee Braves over New York Yankees.
President Dwight David Eisenhower wasn't crazy about the Soviets sending a dog into space. Their program put fear in him.
I'm not sure what all Vice President Richard M. Nixon was up to. Some say he did like dogs.
I do know that Sabin produced an oral polio vaccine, a blessing in disguise!
Wham-O gave us a disk-like piece of plastic and called it Frisbee. Even the family dog loved it! Again, I don't know about Nixon. Mom worried about the windows.
The average income was $4,971. A buyer could purchase a new three- bedroom home for $12,225 or a new Ford $2,045. The Skyliner hardtop convertible suited some.
One could travel near and far without draining their pocketbooks. Gas was $.31 a gallon. Imagine that! The filling station owners and attendants wore themselves out in order to give good service. I was observant. Folks like Basil Green, Wagne Latham, Fred Weaver, Toby Lawrence, Shorty and others that I am aware of made every patron at the stations that they were associated with feel special.
My brother and his first car, an old green Desoto, were acquainted with all of the fellows.
Who was that young rock singer from Memphis that moved his hips and "most females" to the tune of Jailhouse Rock and more? My family watched him once or twice on Ed Sullivan's show, "Toast of the Town." Mother was not impressed with his performance nor was our father. My sister and I didn't have a problem with the, yet to be crowned, King. Elvis was just letting us know he didn't have arthritis yet. We weren't quite sure what censoring meant.
As I said last week, thanks to the reunion planning committee the class has nice keepsake booklets that contain yearbook pictures and brief bios' provided by our class members. Read on!
This week I will feature two more of my classmates. In weeks to come, in regard to the class of 1957, you will find out whatever happened to…
After four years of reading, writing and arithmetic at Alabama Street School I, a mid- term student enrolled at the old Meridian Street School, along with some of my little friends/ classmates. Kathryn Howald Myers welcome her new students. Then she held roll call. One of those names was Donald Dean Donath. Don was a very nice kid to know. He graduated in 1957. Our class is very proud of Don Donath. He tells us "I am retired and my wife Sharon and I live in southern Hendricks County. We will celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary in November."
Sadly, the Donath's son, Gregg was killed in a vehicle accident 23 years ago.
Their daughter, Barbara owns a gymnastic business southeast of Indianapolis and is the Director of a private school in Zionsville. She is married to Mike Weaver. They have three children--Cameron, Nick and Chloe.
Don and Barbara's son, Bryan, is an engineer for Toyota Motor Company. He is in upper management, at the engine plant in Huntsville, Alabama. Brian has a son, Christian that is five years old.
Don retired from the Brazil Fire Department and then worked for the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office for five years as Chief of Inspections. The last 15 years prior to retirement my former classmate worked for the National Fire Sprinkler Association as a Director of Training and Education.
One of the first girls that I met at Meridian was Kathryn (Bozarth) Sieving. She lived in a large house next to the school. I have fond memories of her. Kathryn is a graduate of ISU and Butler University. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree. My former classmate had a career teaching elementary education for Indianapolis Public Schools. Kathryn has two daughters and 6 grandchildren. She enjoys life as a retiree in Shelbyville, Indiana.
We'll catch up with more good apples next time. School is dismissed for now.
I can be reached at 446-4852 or drop me a line to 613 N. Elm St., Brazil, Ind., 47834, or at firstname.lastname@example.org