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"Mi casa es su casa"
There were approximately 560 of us who graduated in 1960. Scores of others were a part of the class but either graduated elsewhere, graduated later, or didn't graduate. But, once a member of this class, always a member of this class. This web site is dedicated to all of those who were a part of the class for any length of time.
We intend to keep this web site
alive as a continuing tribute to our class. It will be a place where you can
always find e-mail addresses, photos from the past, and information about plans
for the next reunion.
We intend to keep this web site alive as a continuing tribute to our class. It will be a place where you can always find e-mail addresses, photos from the past, and information about plans for the next reunion.
Take a look, we have more than 200 classmates listed in the e-mail directory. You may be able to contact some friends that you have lost touch with over the years.
If your e-mail address has changed or if you are not yet listed on the e-mail directory page, you can be added if you send me an e-mail.
Links To Other Pages:
Links To Other Pages:
Did you attend the 50th class reunion in 2010? Even if you didn't, take a look at these videos. They are now remastered in stunning high definition video.
(You can watch these videos full screen by clicking on the little flower just to the left of the word Vimeo. You can return to regular size by pressing the Esc key on your keyboard)
Portraits taken by many of our classmates who brought their cameras
Thursday: Getting everything ready
February 20, 2014
The movies in the late 1950s. We went to drive-ins a lot. We didn't really care what was playing, did we?
We went for the popcorn.
Yeah, right! But there were some very good movies made in those years. Do you remember? You do? Which movie won the academy award in 1960? Can't remember?
What about music? Which songs won Grammy Awards in 1960?
The answers are on the page we call Do You Remember, (about half-way down the page).
Charles “Bucky” Steele, the influential leader of the Tucson High Marching 100 band who spent 25 years at the podium with the Tucson Pops Orchestra, died Monday in the Tucson VA hospital’s hospice unit. He was 91 and had battled Alzheimer’s since 2007.
Steele took over the Pops Orchestra from founder Georges DeMeester, who had clocked in 25 years at the podium and was ready to dissolve the group if Steele hadn’t stepped up. Steele, with his wife, Jeanne, as his emcee, went on to build the orchestra’s financial support and audience for its “Music Under the Stars” concerts at Reid Park.
“What he did was he saved that orchestra from falling apart when he took over. It was ready to dissolve,” Steele’s successor, László Veres, said.
Steele, who was born on a ranch in rural Scottsbluff, Neb., and was raised around horses and livestock, came to Tucson in 1958 to teach band at Tucson High. It took him no time to immerse himself in Tucson’s music scene, taking jobs in any band that would have him, including the TSO, the Tucson Opera orchestra and the Flagstaff Festival Orchestra.
“His whole life was music,” Jeanne Steele said. “His first job was when he was in fifth grade with an adult band at kind of a dive in the middle of the countryside. They had the screens up so the beer bottles wouldn’t hit them.”
Steele led the Pops for 25 years before retiring in 1997 when he was 75 years old. He had a reputation for being something of a taskmaster among his musicians — from the Tucson High Marching 100 band members he led for 23 years to the professionals who moonlighted from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra to play in the seasonal Pops Orchestra.
“He liked to yell,” said TSO violinist Fran Veres, László’s wife, who played in the Pops under Steele in the early 1980s. “But everybody understood it because it was a job.”
“He could quickly silence 100-plus squirrelly students as well as all our horns and drums with one certain facial expression that we all understood very well,” recalled Robin Calkins Gwozdz, whom Steele made the first female drum major at Tucson High in 1977.
But Steele always did it with humor — often biting and sharp — and rarely did students take offense, Gwozdz said in an email interview.
“He was always inspiring. He brought in other artists for us to play with, and he would give us opportunities outside our comfort zones because he knew we were excited about trying new things,” added Gwozdz’s sister, Carol Calkins, who played piccolo and flute under Steele at Tucson High and on occasion in the Pops after she graduated in 1972. “He celebrated people’s talents and their unique possibilities.”
In addition to his wife of 44 years, Steele is survived by three sons, Bruce Steele of Oklahoma, Chuck Steele of Dos Cabezas and Steve Steele of Tucson; a brother, Joe Steele of Nebraska; a sister, Ruthanne Hooper of Nebraska; and seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 11 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2450 E. Fort Lowell Road.
Steele was the sixth member of the Tucson Pops family to die in 2013. Dorothy Spence died in early June, and the orchestra lost its primary cheerleader and fundraiser, Dave Sitton, and musicians Richard Leek (double bass) and Rebecca Son (viola) in August. Violinist Harriet Cirzan died on Nov. 14.
A message from Patti (Dunlap) Cota-Robles:
The refurbishing of the "T" at Tucson High was victoriously accomplished thanks to all of the loving support we received from THS Alumni. I have attached a flyer with the before and after pictures.
The "T" was illuminated last Thursday during the first football game of the season. There was a special ceremony and John Warnock, President of the Class of 1959, gave a short dedication. The Class of 1959 donated the original "T" 54 years ago. I am sure this "T" will last for another 50-plus years.
We have the names of all of the donors and we will give you a great "T" shirt in gratitude for your support. If you donated to the refurbishment of the "T" please respond to this e-mail and give me your name, address, and the size of "T" shirt you want. Dickie and I will mail your shirt to you. The sizes are S, M, L, XL, XXL.
All of you wonderful supporters will also have your name put on a plaque that will hang in the main hall at THS. How Cool!
We Love You,
Patti (Dunlap) Cota-Robles
Since the end of May, our THS classmate Janice Postillion had been vacationing in Europe with her husband, Mick Toney. We believe it was last Sunday, June 9, that Janice suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage.
As you can imagine her family and friends are devastated. It's been more than difficult. Please join us in offering prayers and good thoughts for Mick and Janice, their family, friends and for all who love her.
One more note: If you have access to Facebook, you might want to look at her wall. People have posted photos and Janice, herself, posted two photos from their current trip. Her Facebook account is under Janice Postiglione. Postiglione and not Postillion? Some time ago Janice took back her family name, Postiglione. (This may seem trivial, but she specifically told me that the “e” is silent in her last name.)
April 29, 2013
Some of us remember a classmate by the name of Mike Early. Mike died while climbing a nearby mountain on his 16th birthday along with two other Boy Scouts. A book was published a few years ago about that tragedy and the search that followed. It was written by the sister of one of the other two scouts who died that day. The title is "Death Clouds On Mt. Baldy."
Thanks to Butch Farabee for telling us about this book and letting us borrow his copy long enough to read it and scan the cover. Butch participated in the search and is mentioned in the book.
Some of the other schools in Tucson you may be interested in checking out:
Alice Vail: http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/Vail
Spring: Alas, Spring is no more and there is no link to click on.
Sam Hughes Elementary School: http://www.samhugheselementary.org/
Miles Elementary School: http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/Miles/
Peter Howell Elementary School: http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/Howell/
Tucson Unified School District: http://www.tusd.k12.az.us/
(Any others that should be listed here?)
If you lost your copy of the yearbook or haven't looked at your yearbook lately, take a look here:
September 21, 2012
I found this photo of a Johnie's menu posted by somebody on Facebook. Look at the prices!
July 13, 2012
July 13, 2012
Here is the link to Tucson High School (now called Tucson High Magnet School)
What's Tucson High like today? Take a look.
February 29, 2012
February 29, 2012
Did you loose your THS diploma? Would you like a replacement? (I sent an e-mail to each of the officials listed on the diploma but none of them responded, so I assume it is OK to make replacements.)
If you would like one made for you, I'll be happy to do it. All you have to do is send me an e-mail with your name as you would like it printed on your diploma and your mailing address.
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