Whittier (WHS) Class of 1956 Alumni List

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The Ten Commandments was the top movie in theaters in 1956, with a lifetime gross of over $80,000,000. Among TV shows in 1956, The $64,000 Question was the most popular of the year.

Class Memories From 1956

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My Story

I run six miles daily along the Carson River (always wearing shorts). last week (Dec-'09) with the temperature below zero a lady (thinking I must be a nut - well, maybe) stopped me to take my picture - so, since, I had a picture I thought I may as well use it. Why the stick? The broken pool cue is for bears, mountain lions and coyotes. Mostly, the use of this TOOL is for the real danger - man's best friend and sometimes man himself.

Since graduation (1956) I continued with school (Mt SAC, LA State & Nevada Reno) and three fun careers in Parole and Probation (California and Nevada), Real Estate in Texas (to be like JR Ewing - remember him?) and after owning three real estate companies back to Nevada (casino business) where I received some national fame for horse racing tournaments (as the famous Mr Ed - it fit being ED in HORSE racing). I am still in Nevada residing in Carson City (this time) since 1986. However, next venture is in progress (have purchased several properties in Oklahoma and procured a real estate license) with plans to move (near future) to Bartlesville (a city north of Tulsa) as doing business from 1700 miles away can be difficult. Nothing like new activities to keep life interesting.

I have been blessed with a great wife (of many years), four adult children and four grandchildren. My health is excellent (last doctor trip in the 60's) and still have my hair, teeth, hearing and vision (well, reading glasses are helpful). I expect to keep running for as long as the knees hold up and so far they are looking good. Life is sweet!

At least, I now have a profile and a picture. Pretty good progress for a guy who, to this day, never even once attended a reunion (came close in 2006). One of these days I will! Anyone out there remember me?

ADDENDUM (Jan '10): A sadness worth reflection. In 1956 (senior year) I married. The relationship was short but it was a very good year. One day, we decided "We are missing too much, we can't do this." We parted, never to see each other again; a chapter of life considered closed and rarely thought of - until NOW!

I joined Classmates in 2006, just recently going "gold" (Dec '09). Soon, an email from a 1955 Whittier grad informed me that my former wife had recently passed away, in California, after a long illness. Her life's story (hardship and disappointment) saddens me as, perhaps, in her life's journey, she may have missed many of the joys of life for which I have been blessed. Disturbing, was learning, in her later years, while in need of a helping hand, her last place to live prior to her illness was Carson City, Nevada. Yes, we both were in Carson City and neither aware of the others presence - a troubling thought.

No, no guilt, no second guessing - a sadness. A life's lesson. We each wanted more. It wasn't our time. In the moments of life, people and relationships define you so take time to cherish them all. Life is unpredictable and the future uncertain. You don't know what lies ahead but, it is never too late to learn.

God Bless You DIANE ADELE MCCUNE and all your family who, I am sure, miss you dearly. Thank you for being part of my life. God Bless You Gary Smith, Whittier High, class of 1955, for your thoughtfulness in making me aware.

UPDATE (Jan, 2012) It has been over two years since my initial story (Dec, 2009) so time for an update.

Yes, we did make the move to Oklahoma (2010) and now reside in the City of Bartlesville which is approximately 40 miles north of Tulsa and near the Kansas border. Like I said before "Nothing like new activities (and a change of venue) to keep life interesting. To make it even more fun I had purchased properties (sight unseen) never seeing the home I chose to live in (except in pictures) until we pulled up in front with the family motorcade (including two large Budget Trucks). What a relief when the home, the area and other properties all exceeded expectations.

Now, we all are settled in and my two sons and their families being employed and residing in their own homes. My oldest daughter (here before us) resides on a lake some 30 miles away leaving only my youngest daughter remaining a Carson City, Nevada resident living in the family home there. Hopefully, she too, and her family, will join us in the near future. See, things all have a way of working out. Life is fun!

Bartlesville (and Oklahoma) has turned out to be a great place to live (friendly folks and robust economy) kinda like California and Nevada used to be. I have a real estate license but mostly spend my (work) time managing personal rental properties. There are lots of fun things to do but so far it has been great just visiting and seeing all the wonderful places you never see being on the west coast. Yes, I do miss the Pacific ocean and Lake Tahoe but not enough to move back.
Just noticed three years have gone by since my last picture so I added a current one (2013) from Oklahoma. For more info see my website www.edweigand.com
Other Posted: 01/01/2015

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