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Evelyn "Evey" Park (Blalock)
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Baton Rouge LA Married 2
As we approach our 40th reunion, I'm looking forward to "meeting" all of our classmates once again. After four decades, it's impossible to place labels on any of us... we have all grown and changed tremendously. "Flag corps captain, flute player, and enthusiastic student" probably would fall nowhere in a description of me by my husband or children. So, let's get to "know" each other all over again!

Here's a little about me... I married the love of my life, Tom Blalock (a Woodlawn '77 grad) in 1981, and we have two children. Our daughter Kate was born in 1986 and married her husband Jason in 2006. They live in New Orleans. Our son Brad was born in 1987 and married his wife Laura in 2014. They live in Baton Rouge. We are blessed that my mom is still living, and we decided to combine households as she aged... so I am one of several of our classmates who once again live in the Sherwood/Broadmoor area. My family is absolutely the single most important part of my life.

I graduated from LSU with a degree in Business Administration and later went back for certification in Elementary Education. Over the years, my work life morphed several times. I worked at Albemarle in Oil & Gas Leasing and then owned a data processing firm in the 80's. In the 90's, I taught preschool and then elementary school. In the 2000's, I owned a wholesale clematis business and then became caregiver to a progression of elderly relatives... and that has continued until today. Over that time, I earned certification as a Master Gardener and have enthusiastically volunteered with various youth-oriented Scouting, school and church groups. In addition to gardening, my husband and I enjoy light hiking, biking, kayaking and anything that takes us outdoors to explore God's glorious world. We're also big Disney fans. I've had a few challenging health struggles, but have been blessed with tremendously supportive family and friends. Life is good!

So, that's my life... how about yours?

 
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Brent Blythe
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Bennington Ne USA Married 4
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Robert Blythe
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Niceville FL USA Married 3

Best describes me? Retired US Air Force officer, happily married with daughters 18 and 15 and son 12.  Since Broadmoor, short while at LSU, then to USAF enlistment at San Antonio.  Then back to LSU and AF ROTC.  Back into the USAF, moved to Dayton, Albuquerque, southern Maryland, and now settled in Niceville (near Ft Walton and Destin).  Still playing my trombone once in a while.  Never been to a reunion yet.  Perhaps this one.

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Larry Bonds
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Abilene TX Married 2

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:  Larry’s Life as a Spaghetti Western

 

It’s great to reconnect with people from Broadmoor, and I thank Leigh Wolf and Jim Thompson for tracking me down.  Yesterday, as I first posted some of my story, my daughter Katy (age 14) looked over my shoulder and pointed out that my tale was depressing.  So I will try to tell what I’ve been up to without being too serious.  And, as my title suggests, I’ve decided on a Leone/Eastwood theme.

 

1.      The Good:  My higher education followed a decidedly Texan trend and includes a BA in English from Texas Lutheran U, an MA in English from Texas State U, and a PhD in English from Texas A&M. After TLU, I became addicted to deer hunting—so much so that I wrote my dissertation on Shakespeare and the hunt so I could play at my work and work at my play.   I am now a tenure-track English professor at McMurry—a small liberal arts university in the “Big Country” of Abilene, TX. At McMurry, I teach courses on Shakespeare, Brit lit, tech writing, and composition.  My son Nick (age 19) is a freshman at McMurry, where he gets, as my dependant, a full tuition waiver.  Nick is majoring in history and getting a minor in music (He’s a good sax player, and his sister plays French horn). Right now, Nick plans to go to medical school, so he may change majors and minors soon, and Katy is talking about becoming a lawyer.  In 1988 I married Teresa Davis, who started seminary while she was pregnant with Nick in 1990.  She was ordained as a Lutheran Pastor in 1994.  I know, I know—those of you who remember my first mark on Broadmoor in1968 in the third grade when I, dressed in my Cub Scout uniform, defined the F-word for the class (old lady Schultz had stepped out for a moment) and got his and the mouths of his coconspirators washed out with soap in Mrs. England’s office; who remember my shameless exploitation of KK and his missing legs (that we slathered with ketchup for fake blood) when we dramatized Washington and Braddock’s retreat for Mrs. McDonald’s fifth grade class; who recall that Coach Cranford gave me licks for saying “Bullshit!” in ninth grade PE; who recall my delight at the bawdy passages from Richard III when we read it in Mrs. Cole’s class in 12th grade English; who observed how much I skipped school (except for band!) in the teacher’s strike in the Spring of ’79; and who noticed that for a couple of years in high school how I spent every free moment playing jazz and listening to live jazz in various dens of iniquity in and around Baton Rouge— you folks will be astonished that I married a clergy-woman.  Indeed, I am still astonished at it myself!  Right now, Teresa is interim pastor at a rural parish outside of Abilene, and it looks possible that she will serve this parish in a more permanent capacity soon.

2.      The Bad:  Right after my BA in 1983, I was accepted into the fall class of St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio.  On Thursday of the second week of that semester, I was driving to class when my car slid across a rain-slick road and struck another car head on.  I was knocked out, and I shattered my right femur into at least seventeen pieces.  Although I returned to class in a wheel chair a week later, I was in a lot of pain for the next four months, and I failed out.  There was no Americans with Disabilities Act back then, so the accident ended my aspiration to be a lawyer.  That January, I began my first semester in graduate English studies and made a 4.0.  Since then, I have generally been a professional student.  Besides teaching at TSU, I have taught at Austin Community College, the U of Houston-Downtown, and Texas A&M.

3.      The Ugly:  If you have looked at the “In Memory” page for the class of ’77, you have seen my brother Doug’s picture there.  He killed himself in 1999.  I was then in the throes of writing my dissertation, which is why I did not come to our reunion that year.  Although Doug’s death is the worst thing I ever faced, it removed a constant worry from my life as his depression and alcoholism deepened and he was repeatedly arrested for DWI.

Despite rough patches, my life has been more good than bad or ugly, and I am in a good place now.  I hope to publish my dissertation this year or next, my children seem to be turning out okay, and I have wonderful colleagues at McMurry. I hope to see you at the reunion in October.  Till then, I am looking forward to hearing from you and getting caught up on the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in your lives!

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Henry Bourg
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Shanghai People's Republic of China Married 4

We are in Shanghai involved with launching professional ice hockey in China in a joint venture between the Central Government and the San Jose Sharks. Not sure I will be home for the reunion as our home leave is in July. Emails are welcome. Of course if travel plans bring you to Asia we are happy to show you around Shanghai!

My 11 year old just created our China website. If time and interest permit, please check it out at familyinchina.weebly.com.

On the health front, I took up long distance running to keep the weight down and have the energy to chase after little people. Ran the Silicon Valley Marathon in Oct 05 and Shanghai last Nov. Hope to run the Great Wall in May (maybe just the half as it is grueling over the ruins)

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Cary Bourgeois
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Sugar Land TX Married 3
Candy and I have been married for 25 years now spending the last 20 years in the Houston, TX area. We have 3 children, two boys and a girl. The oldest will be heading to LSU in the fall with his sister following the year after. The youngest is still undecided as to his choice of college but he will also be making the decision soon. Both Candy and I have been working in the technology industries for the past 20 years. I am looking forward to the reunion having missed the first couple of go rounds. See you all in the fall. Send Cary a MessageSend Cary a Message
Joy Matherne (Boyer)
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Baton Rouge LA USA Married 3
I have been in BR for the last 30 years.  Joe and I have been married since 1982.  We have 3 boys Marcus 26, Jared 23, and Thomas 17 who is a junior at CHS. Send Joy a MessageSend Joy a Message
Elizabeth Willis (Boyter)
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Gonzales LA USA Married 2
Hey everyone,
 Married Tommy Boyter class of 75'. We have 2 boys, Travis 21,  and Chris is 17.   I am a breast cancer survivor of 5 1/2 years now.  Hope to see everyone at the reunion. 
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Christiane Visbeck (Brandes-Visbeck)
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Kelly Telano (Breaud)
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Sanger TX US Committed Relationship 3
I live in Texas and work for the Department of Homeland Security. I have three daughters, Lynda, Danielle and Kaleigh and four grandchildren.
I enjoy going back "home" to Baton Rouge to visit with family and friends and enjoy all the wonderful food.  
I may live in Texas but I am still a LSU fan!
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