Here are notes of general interest to the Class of '63...
If you'd like something posted here please address it to our Class President Rudy Zwicklbauer.
Bethlehem Central High School Class of '63
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Here are notes of general interest to the Class of '63...
If you'd like something posted here please address it to our Class President Rudy Zwicklbauer.
From Martin Cohen on 6 Sep 2003 10:05:34 EDT...

Dear Rudy and 1963 classmates,
I regret to inform you that my wife and I will not be attending this years reunion. Recent family pressures have forced me to make this decision, however I feel that I have had a reunion with all of you through the over 100 emails that have been sent over the past year.  I am proud to be a member of this class.  We have accomplished much on many levels.  Family:  We have raised responsible children. These children have made their parents proud and made the world at large a better place to live.  As responsible citizens of this great country we live in, we have started successful business, written books, achieved high levels of education, given future generations a strong understanding of what it means to be an American and responsible for preserving the future American way of life.

We have become the establishment that some of us may have been anti in the 60's. Somehow we realized that our parents were guiding us correctly and that their values shaped our lives in positive ways too numerous to count. President Kennedy said in his inaugural speech that the torch had been past to this generation of Americans.  One day at a time, one year at a time, we have worked hard to make sure that the confidence that was placed in us was justified. 

Thank you for opening the window of communication and to those classmates that worked so hard to put this class reunion together I say good job.  The web page is great and should be a lasting way to stay in touch with everyone after the festivities of our October reunion are over. I hope to see some notes posted on our BC web page detailing how things turned out during the reunion events.

On a more personal note, it saddens me to know that so many of our classmates have passed away.  The first one that I found out about was Bonnie Mason.  I did not know Bonnie very well. My only contact with her was through a group of kids that was responsible for the refreshment stand at home football games. During that brief time I came to know that Bonnie was a warm and caring person and when I learned that she died at such a very young age I was shocked.  In the cycle of life our parents are not to out live us.  I cannot imagine loosing one of my children. How does one go on with life after such a tragedy?  I would like to take this opportunity to express my heart-felt condolences to all the families that have lost a member of the class of 1963.

In closing thank you again for all the mail concerning our 40th reunion and it is my hope that after the reunion the news and letters will continue.

Your fellow classmate,

From teacher Webster MacDonald on 4 Sep 2003 13:33:01 -0400...

   Thank you for the invite to your 40th. reunion.  Sorry Winnie and I are unable to attend - too far, too old and too many doctors.
   Best wishes to all at the celebration, wish we could be there, I often think of many of my students.  I retired from Franklin Academy in Malone almost 30 years ago.
       Best regards to all,
       Web. Macdonald
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Sun, 14 Sep 2003 09:44:11 EDT

Note from Carol Wiggins:
"I look forward to seeing you!  During the 1961 - 62 academic year, you (Rudy) were in my 6th period American History class."
Note from Richard Robinson:
"What a wonderful surprise!  I'm looking forward to seeing all of you again.  My wife (Helen) has a major school event (Utica City School District) that weekend so can't attend.  I hope there will be other faculty attending as well.  I left BC in 1973 and have held administrative positions in the Whitesboro School District from '73 to '93 when I retired as Superintendant.
I have many fond memories of your class and my eleven years at BC.  Now, 41 years after my career began, I still think of those early years as some of the best in the profession.  It will be great to see you!
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Wed, 17 Sep 2003 11:40:58 0400

Hello, Bob!
  Thanks very much for inviting me to your 40th class reunion the
weekend of October 10/03.  Somone or something has been fooling with the
calendar and the clocks.  Time not only marches on, but sprints towards
the Finish Line.  It would be my great pleasure to renew acquaintence
and with your class and learn about your past 40 years-hopefully good
  My plans unfortunately  have me that weekend at my second home in the
Adirondacks on the Boquet River doing an end of the season bit of fly
fishing.  My best wishes for a successful reunion and with memories
(mostly good ones) of the years spent together at BC, I remain your
teacher and friend,
Gene Webster.
Wed, 17 Sep 2003 19:37:08 EDT

Hi Rudy......I've been talking a lot with Bob Lawson about the reunion and 
having just returned from teaching at three elder hostels in PA almost back to
back, I realized I was late in contacting you.  I will be coming to the dinner
on Saturday night. Bob indicated that the class might be paying for some of
the teachers.. Either way I will attend. Just let me know who to send the check
to or if  I should  pay at the door.  I plan to have dinner on Friday night
with Linda Logan Bird and Ron Denham..Believe it or not, I have my own 50th
reunion the following Saturday..October 18. You guys have done a fantastic job in
locating former teachers. Doris Pock has been using the same excuse that
she's fat and white haired  since the class of 60's..35th reunion. Tell her noone
cares...they just want to see HER. I've been hearing about how hard you all
have been working....It will all be worth it....I have been to the class of '60,
'61, and '62's reunions and they have all been overwhelmingly successful. I
will try to dig up some pictures of A CONNECTICUT YANKEE......and bring them
with me. I'm looking forward to seeing you.....
Dick Feldman
Tue, 16 Sep 2003 09:46:17 EDT

Here is the message from teacher Robert Sukenik:
"Bob, thank you for the invitation, however a recent family health
crisis plus the fact that October 12 is my granddaughter's 13th
birthday, prevent me from coming to the reunion.  Say hello to everyone
for me."
Tue, 16 Sep 2003 00:42:10 EDT

Dear Rudy:
I regret to inform you that I will not be able to attend our 40th Reunion.  Due to some surgery facing my husband, Reiner, I can't come.
All the events outlined sound wonderful.  I wish all of you a great time being together.  I have very fond memories of all you special people.
Should you or our classmates get to Fort Lauderdale, FL please look us up.  Say hello for me.  Wishing all the best time ever sharing the memories and renewing forgotten friendships.
Barbara Barbarossa Schwebel & Reiner
Sun, 14 Sep 2003 10:05:59 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Rudy
Just returned yesterday from holiday and found your
class invitation for their 40th reunion.  What a sur-
prise. Someone did their homework to find my new
address as we've only lived in our new home for about
a month.  Thought the only one to know the address was
the IRS!
It's been about 20 years since I've been in Delmar and
Lake George and would love to revisit.  What has 40
years done to your class members other than age?
With this late notice I'm hard pressed to say YES.  We
have a commitment for that weekend that cannot be
cancelled.  Your reunion would have been more
I wish the Class of 1963 a happy, successful reunion.
May they enjoy good health and happiness during the
next ten years as the 50th reunion will be even
Thanks for thinking of me.  I enjoyed with rewards
working with your class and other classes.  It was my
pleasure to serve the students of BCHS.
Your friend,
Hugh J. Brown
"Thank you. Thank you so very much for your invitation to the 40th
anniversary of your class graduation. I was thrilled to hear from you
and overwhelmed by the superb planning of your committee.
At the moment - and I know you're curious - I am fat, wrinkled and
white-haired.  In the event that any one of those conditions improves by
October 10th, I'll join you-not to eat-but to reminisce inasmuch as you
"kids" are responsible for some of my happiest memories.
Thank you Class of '63 for remembering me.  You were the light of my
Doris Pock

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From Bob Korns  Wed, 24 Sep 2003 18:09:28 +0000

Hi Rudy,
First, Thanks for all you have done to put this Reunion Together. You will
always be my LEADER! I still remember when we were both cub scouts when my Mom
was the Den Mother. Boy does time fly! It was sad to hear of Bill Sharon's
passing on. I just spoke to his brother Mark. He has lived in Santa Cruz since
1977, only 20 miles from here. He mentioned that the class of 62 has lost 38
folks, mostly from Cancer!  I recall the great conversions I had with Bill at
the 30th reunion. He was such a nice guy! He had mentioned that he came to
California often and that some day we would link up. I am now very sorry that
never happened! All the more reason to enjoy each others company at the 40th.
I lost a co-worker to cancer in the early 80's. Shortly before he died he sent
out the following poem, by an unknown author that seems very appropriate now at
this time in out lives. Perhaps you can use it somehow in the reunion message.
Life is a journey taken on a train with two passengers at the window pane. Now
I may set beside you the whole way through, or I may sit elsewhere never
knowing you. But should fate choose me to sit by your side, let's be pleasant
travelers, it's a such a short ride.     
                                     Love to all, Bob

From Guy Heller, Wednesday, September 24, 2003 1:41 AM

Kathy and Rudy:
I regret to inform you that Rosemary I will not be able to attend our 40th
Reunion due to some family health issues.  I apologize for such late notice
but was hoping for my family situation to improve.
It has been some 20 years since I have visited the Albany area.
With all the events outlined it should be a great time for everyone
Wishing everyone all the best and hoping to attend our 50th.

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From Jennifer Flinton Diener Tue, 23 Sep 2003 21:48:17 EDT

Dear Rudy --

I am so sorry to be getting back to you so late, and also to have to regret for the reunion.  Unfortunately, I have some commitments for that weekend that  cannot be moved, and I am REALLY sorry because I would love to go on everything and catch up with so many people that I knew well.  Please tell everyone hello from me, and that I am well and thriving here in Los Angeles, but I still miss the beauty of upstate New York.  I hope everyone there has a wonderful time.  WAAAAHHHH!  I wannabe there!

Thanks, too, to you and your email committee for the great planning.  The cruise on Lake George sounds just terrific.  I would love to be there with my trusty camera!  Rats.

Oh well, my best to all,

Jennifer Flinton Diener
From Ken Darmer, Sunday, 21 Sep 2003 19:44:00 -0500

Hi from Texas!
Hi, Paul!
I was sure surprised to hear Karen tell me that she had just gotten off the
phone with you!  She gave me your email address, so I'm writing a quick
note to let you know I got your message.  Guess she told you I'll be in the
middle of an extended trip starting with a week in Singapore followed by
three weeks in Europe.  I'm disappointed to have to miss the reunion, but
hope you'll let everyone know I'm thinking about them and am planning to be
at the next one.  I like the 5 year interval!  I see you'll be hosting the
final event up at Lake Placid- I would have loved to see that locale again-
it's been awhile.
Karen also said you told her that you have a sister-in-law down here in
Houston.  Please be sure to let me know when you'll be visiting this area-
Karen and I'd love to get together with you two for dinner.  I can hardly
believe its been 40 years since we left BCHS - just doesn't seem possible.
Sounds like you've been busy during that time too!
Again- I'm sure sorry I won't be able to join everyone up in Delmar.
Please say "HI" for me, OK?
My personal email is:  The above email is for my work.
Either will get to me.  Our home phone is: 281-495-7878, and my cell is
listed below.
All the best - I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

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