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Hi-Life II Vol X #7 July 2012

Hi-Life II Vol X #7 July 2012

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 HI-LIFE II 
LSHS Class of 1957
Vol X # 7
July 2012
Ed Heinlein, E IC Emeritus
Hope everyone had a safe 4
th
of July and LOTS of fun! In celebration of Mr.
Brockman’s 96
th
birthday month (July 13
th
), I thought it would be appropriate toprint the following page from our 1957
 Reflector
showing the 3 men most
responsible for our wonderful years at LSHS … the beginning of a great era, whichcontinues into modern day Lee’s Summ
it High School. In spite of the fact that thereare now three high schools within the L.S. city limits,
 ours
is still “
 the one, the only, the origina
” 
 
Lee’s Summit High School. GO TIGERS!
 
Photo(s) of the Month
 
 
National News
affecting our Classmates . . .
COLORADO WILDFIRES,
a scary sight from Colorado Springs
 
I read one article where a resident interviewed said “it’s like living thru a horrormovie!”
 After getting the phone call from Garry Garrison saying they had beenevacuated from their home in Cascade, Co, and were in a motel in ColoradoSprings,
I spent the rest of the week keeping up on the news through “SouthernColorado’s #1 TV Web Channel” kk 
tv.com and waiting for another call from Garry
… hopefully with GOOD news.
 
Here’s the map I got from 
www.geomac.gov indicating the fires were entirely too close to Cascade!I was so relieved to get the call onMonday, a week later, saying theywere back in their house andfound no apparent damage done;not even the smell of smoke inside!All our prayers were answered
 
Here’s
a short report from Garry:
GOOD TO BE HOME. SAT AFTERNOON, JUN 23rd, WE WON'T FORGET FOR A WHILE. THE WALDOCANYON FIRE STARTED NO MORE THAN 2 RIDGE LINES FROM OUR HOUSE AND THE SMOKE WASTREMENDOUS. WE STARTED GATHERING OUR BELONGINGS AND I TOTED THEM DOWN TO OURWALK OUT BASEMENT. I LOADED THE PICKUP AND BUICK WHILE PEGGY WAS STUFFING OURIMPORTANT PAPERS IN A FIRE PROOF SAFE. OUR FINAL ACT WAS TO TAPE A NOTE ON OURFRONT DOOR, " GONE --- 3:45 ".WE DECIDED TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN MANITOU SPRINGS, ABOUT 6 MILES DOWN THE PASS. AT3 AM THERE WAS A KNOCK ON OUR MOTEL ROOM DOOR, "MANDATORY EVACUATION". THISREALLY GOT OUR ATTENTION. SO WE HASTILY REPACKED OUR STUFF AND HEADED EASTANOTHER 6 MILES AND SPENT THE NEXT 8 NIGHTS IN A MOTEL. TUE EVENING AS WE WEREWATCHING THE FIRE BRIEFING, THE FIRESTORM HIT THE WEST SIDE OF COLO SPGS. IT WASTERRIBLE. 345 HOMES LOST AND 2 PEOPLE DIED. BY WED WE WERE FAIRLY SURE OUR HOUSEHAD BEEN SPARED. SUN MORN THEY OPENED THE HIGHWAY UP THE PASS FOR THERESIDENTS. SHORTLY AFTER NOON WE DROVE INTO OUR DRIVEWAY. NOTHING WASDAMAGED, NOTHING. WENT INSIDE, SMELLED NO HINT OF SMOKE, CHECKED THE FRIDG ANDFREEZER, STILL COLD. (WE NEVER LOST POWER). OH THANK YOU, FIREFIGHTERS!! OH THANKYOU, LORD!!!!!
 
 An update from our
“fearless leader”
 Ed Heinlein
Friends,Thank God Garry and Peggy are safe! I look forward to his report.As I have been essentially house bound for most of the past couple of months, it probably
wouldn’t surprise you if I have nothing to report this month. Then again, it also probablywouldn’t surprise you that having nothing to say won’t stop me from saying it!
The majorloss over this time period was my inability to go to LS this year. Not only did I want tobe at the Class functions so I could get some well-needed hugs and long conversations,but also, I missed the Golden.
We did get out for a quick five day four night trip to our “happy place,” (remember the
old Uncle Remus stories by Joel Chandler?), Yosemite National Park. Bob and MarleseGourley came out and accompanied us on one of the best short vacations of all time.Although I was pretty much sedentary (Bob even drove every mile of the trip), I was stillable to get around to see my favorite places in the world. Great weather, great scenery(the Falls, while not completely full, were breathtakingly beautiful) ,excellent food andwine. The last night, spent at the Ahwahnee Hotel , our two rooms shared a 1500 squarefoot balcony which had a marvelous view of the Upper Falls. We had cocktails there inthe evening and a large breakfast served there before leaving for the Bay Area.The wildest thing happened 45 minutes after we got home. Vivian and I were in thebackyard and we heard a pistol shot from the direction of the front yard; we raced (think of Jabba the Hut from
Star Wars
rumbling through the garage) to the front. When we gotthere, there was no
shooter, no gun, no shell casings. Rather, the “gunshot”
was ablowout of the right front tire; a three sided flap had blown out of the right side wall.This, after Marlese had kept wondering why there were no guard rails on themountainous highways in Yosemite. Were we lucky?!The Gourleys were the most recen
t of six couples Vivian and I have “introduced” to
Yosemite. Friends from Texas (if I can make it) will be the seventh; all have loved this
special place. So, come on out. We’d like for you to be the eighth…and the ninth…and
the tenth!I have had some time to do a little research while laid low. I was fascinated to learn of the almost reverence in which the folks at the Peace Corps hold our Classmate, PaulCoverdell. I will report on the research next time, together with an update of our plans tomake the Best of Class (1957, of course) sponsor the Best of Scholarships.By the way, our now 21 year old Elly will be married in late August! Gad, how old canwe get? And they will spend part of their honeymoon at, you guessed it, the Wawona!

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