WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! What can I say--terrific--outstanding--beyond
expectations--highly emotional--great fun--worth waiting
for--Thanks to all
of you who worked so hard to make our reunion weekend the
best ever. It is a
pleasure working with you all and I look forward to our 70th
celebration, 55th reunion, and any other time we can dream
up to get
together. I've always said that South Shore people are special
and you guys
sure proved it again.
Love to all,
Once again, I agree with Lyle who said it as well as it can be said.
to all of us who made all who came feel welcome, comfortable
Pat Henig Hartman
I too give rave reviews to every detail as designed and implemented.
Everyone is to be given the credit.
I know from my past involvement
in organizations that one of the thankless jobs is that of
secretary. We recruited Shelly. She
provided an accurate record of most of our proceedings
in our gleeful meetings. Since she was not singled out for
praise Saturday night,
we should make it up to her in some way. Perhaps at least
give her one or two of those coupons for winning the trivia
quiz or some other
The hugs, kisses, words, smiles, laughter etc
from former classmates with some going back to my earliest
days was beyond measure
and can not be described by me in any meaningful way. As
we knew at our graduation, not everyone would ever reassemble
I don't believe all of us who attended will all be back
together again. Life is a gift and we have been blessed to
have reached this point
in our lives together. May we all reach and share other
milestones with the joy and laughter that this weekend brought
to so many. Everyone
involved was a star giving so much to make the events a
treasured memory for all.
Our classmate, Larry Lichtenstein,
asked me to convey his love to all and hope that everyone accepts his absence.
He misses us
all and hopes to hear from anyone who thinks of him.
His cell phone that he keeps with him at the Alden Nursing
Home in Lincoln Park on
Wellington is 312-735--3995. He will go home in a couple
of weeks to
be cared for by his wife, Nancy. The home number is 773-477-0517.
If you remind Larry that you were a classmate at South Shore and tell
him some experience you may recall with him, I think
you will keep him connected. You will certainly be doing
a good deed and you will
also have my gratitude. He still remembers a lot and
all of it is positive.
My love to all,
Fantastic only begins to describe the amazing weekend. I LOVED every minute
of it! I think everyone else who came loved it too, Thank you all for making
it so special! I look forward to getting together again soon.
Barbara Much Roseman
It certainly was an exceptionally enjoyable time getting together
all of you after all of these years!
I love our committee members!!!
Your classmate, and friend,
Kay Kozlowski Kummerer
It was beyond words. I know it was the best high school reunion. Everyone
did a great job! I enjoyed all the people I worked with and all the warm
friendships of meeting new and old friends. Can't wait to we all get together
Carole Cohn Zussman
It was fantastic and more fun than I imagined. You all did
such a fantastic job and it was great to be a part of it.
Love to all,
Paula Schwartz Klein Zeid
What a wonderful week-end we just had. In the planning,
everything sounded just right, AND IT WAS. But, I hadn't
anticipated how grand it would
be, when we were all together.
In the biographies, we learn
that through good times and bad, we have grown to be people
who care about the world and the other people on it.
Our actions and voices are being seen and heard loud and
clear. In person, we find warm, upbeat, humorous and engaging
individuals. Even if our
formal education ended at South Shore High School, we continue
to learn, we continue to be curious and we continue to
touch people around us.
I see we are all proud of the children we raised and I believe
the South Shore community, that we come from, and our parents,
would be very proud
Shelly Blitz Berk
SSHS class of June '59
Sort of don't want that weekend to be over, but it is. Thanks
again. It was splendid, and truly a significant
moment in all of our histories.
Who would have thought that we could manufacture a moment in time that
actually became more magical than the memories of our magical
youth – which
ultimately is what brought us together over this past weekend?
Who would have thought that we could defy the dictum of poets
who assert that one
cannot go home again? Well we did. And it was like defying
gravity. A single stroke of fairy dust gave both form and
feeling to the vapor of
memory. And, suddenly, the evanescent and the everlasting
to you all,
Stu, I dub thee poet laureate of the Class of '59.
Never mind that I haven't the power to dub anybody anything.
A small detail, I say. You captured the magic of the moment
And magical it was. To have all of our efforts culminate
in such an extraordinary weekend was fabulous beyond belief.
It was amazing to reconnect with long lost friends and to
be surrounded by so many classmates doing the same.
This reunion is a milestone, the beginning of our continuing
connections with our classmates.
Much love to all of you,
Debbie Davidson Lange
To all who have written before me, I second your thoughts
and words. Every detail was planned and carried forth with
enthusiasm and care.
The weekend reflected our excitment and our dreams. All of
us should be proud of what we have accomplished.
I am impressed with those who had the energy to write with
clarity yesterday. I was dazed and working at half speed
Sunday afternoon. Hugs and kisses to all my friends. Can't wait for our next
Gail Marx Salinger
While the messages have been flying fast and furiously,
I have to add
my 2 cents. I love reading them all. We worked hard and planned
most inclusive reunion that we could imagine and
still I couldn't imagine that it would turn out so well.
It was a
wonderful weekend for me and everybody who attended. It really
my heart to see how classmates that may not have seen
each other for 50 years could connect over and over again
saw a smiling face. I don't think I have seen a group of
engaged with each other and smiling so much in very long
I loved reading all the bios and talking to old classmates.
not help but notice that so many of our class have gone
service, medicine, social work and education. I was happy
to see how
much we have volunteered and marched and campaigned to
make the world
a better place and we are still continuing to do so. I
surprised to see how connected out of towners still were
to Chicago. I
was also struck by the modesty of our class. Many classmates
achieved much recognition and wealth, but when we were
was impossible to tell who they were.
I applaud our class
and especially our reunion committee. I have loved
getting to know each and every one of you. My hope is that
keep up our committee and really have a 70th birthday party
Thank you for being you.,.......it was great,
Big hugs to everyone,
Meme Mansfield Hopmayer
Hi South Shore Alumni
I came from Houston not knowing what to expect. I reengaged
with all my
old friends and acquaintances. It seems that the bonding we
had was activated and renewed. Like the saying goes "an old friend
the best kind of friend." Wow, what an incredible experience! I
wait for the 70th birthday party. South Shore, in retrospect,
awesome experience, but the present is the most incredible.
What all you
have accomplished and experienced would fill volumes. Yet,
outstanding accomplishment was the character, warmth and general
for all. The committee in Chicago did a great job. Let us not
touch and thanks again.
Barbara Gray Reiff
Meme, You really deserve applause for your leadership, sensitivity,
creativity, openness, and calm. It was
a pleasure joining you and having many moments of joy with
so many listed below. You played a great role in this process.
Ba Humbug! This is getting too mushy.
Magical??? I didn't win the lottery
and I overate as usual. I didn't even receive any parking
revenue and got funny looks when I tried reading
the names on the girl's badges (I of course recognized the
guys). I really had to look hard and long to know who I was
kissing and talking with
(as you know the eyes are the second thing to go). Meme made
me work harder than even before I retired and Debbie didn't
like my speling or
punctuations. I was even reminded of my golf game.
things considered, I'd have to say the weekend was the
weekend that was.. But, it wasn't. To better express my thoughts, I will
to review my Annan notebook to get it right. I'll get back
a joy!” I still feel the afterglow. What a wonderful feeling it
is to know that our efforts (our labor of love) brought so much joy and
pure pleasure. I don’t care how mushy we get – it’s
the truth! And with all of life’s ups and downs, good old fashioned
mushiness doesn’t come around every day!
Love you all –
Julie Goldschmidt Schlossberg
Most of my thoughts are echoes of everyone else's and then
some. I joined the committee, as most of you know, because
most of my closest friends from South Shore are no longer
with us and I didn't want to walk into the first event and
not know anyone. It was one of the better decisions I have
made, for all the right and obvious reasons. Now I can't
walk into any place and not know everyone!!!!!!
I believe one of the main reasons this weekend was so successful
(in addition to all the planning and hard work) is that we
have all grown up. Things that were so very important 50
years ago are not important at all 50 years later. The smiles
and hugs (for people whom we barely knew and/or didn't like
back then) are genuine now. No one cares what kind of car
you drive or what your father did for a living. Those things
do not define who we are. Those smiles and hugs are what
define us because they are real. I was told by someone that
I haven't stopped smiling since Friday night -- the truth
is that I haven't stopped smiling since early May 2007! One
of our goals was to make everyone feel welcome. I do believe
we accomplished that. Just look at the reservations for Saturday
morning and Sunday morning that were made after the events
of Friday night and Saturday night. We ran out of shirts
and will eventually run out of books!
Unfortunately, I believe Mike is correct when he says that
not all of us will reassemble this way again. But we have
created a memory bank and, with Jimmy's help, some pictures
so that we can remember what we have accomplished and enjoyed.
We have set the standard and no 50th reunion will ever be
Thank you to all my friends.
Pat Henig Hartman
We cannot improve on perfection. Everyone and I mean everyone has been
spectacular. I am trying to find words that will express
how I feel about the past 3 years we spent planning the reunion. I am
I love you all,
I hoped for a nice event but was unprepared for something so warm, so
sweet and so perfect. I was totally enthralled. Margot (Stern Strom)
the specialness of this occasion. Thank you for your careful
preparations, inspired plans and most of all your loving hospitality.
Hi again Meme and Youall,
As promised, I pulled out my Annan notebook
for advice on responding to all this (and to help me understand
Stu's comments). All it had were
lines and words going every which way. Missing was emotion.
While reading all your comments I couldn't help but feel
the emotion of last weekend.
What a truly wonderful and memorable experience. Fifty years
ago we left South Shore thinking we knew everything and could
change the world. Many
of us actually did make a difference. But we all went our
separate ways, experienced joys and sorrows, coming together
fifty years later as if
to continue our happy-go-lucky high school years. We were
the same - no Indian Chiefs. The feeling was intense and
the desire to resume relationships
was incredible. We just didn't want it to end.
So let's not
let it end. Meme, you are still the boss (just as you made me Brownie Boss to
my horror, and which I will now work on to the best
of my ability, so help me ...). My only confusion is your
statement below that we will have a 70th yet at the dinner you announced you
have a 55th. I'm sure someone out there will help me understand
Anyway, looking forward to our next organizing meeting hopefully
within a hundred miles of downtown (sorry Carol).
P.S. As a result of the weekend, I now realize that I'd better get my
eyes fixed prior to the next reunion. I will also look for
a better source of money than selling free parking spaces (I wasn't a business
Kudos to you all for pulling off an absolutely wonderful reunion.
Saturday's event was an unforgettable evening... Now,
kick back and enjoy the warm glow
My best to you all, always
Hi Meme and Team SSHS,
The weekend was amazing. So let's channel all
this positive energy toward planning the next big milestone.
(while we still have our wits about
A 70th birthday Gala sounds like a hoot and would give
us a nearer target than Reunion 55.
Love to all,
Paula Schwartz Klein Zeid
I want to thank all of you who worked on the reunion-it was a wonderful
event that just seemed to flow effortlessly(that is a tribute
to all of you). I'm sure that everyone had a weekend. Stu Patinkin
would have written
this more eloquently for me but you guys did a fabulous job.
I can't stop looking at the reunion book. The night was overwhelming!
It will take weeks to process it all – it sure was fun.
Sharlene Garfien Garfield
Meme and Jim, you were the straws that stirred the drink. I was amazed
at both the total turnout, as well as the number of people who came in
from out of town. I guess it will take more than a recession to stop
our class from celebrating our 50th reunion. As far as everyone else
on the committee, all of you are to be congratulated on what a wonderful
job you did in carrying out your responsibilities relative to the reunion.
Everyone worked hard, and as a result, we had a incredible reunion. I
also want to add that the bios were very informative and interesting
and gave me an insight on what transpired in classmates lives. My wife,
Dorothy, and I enjoyed reading the bios in the memory book.
Chuck and I returned to San Antonio from Chicago late
last night, yet I am still flying. After awakening this morning,
I wanted to put on my
poodle skirt, Bobby socks and white bucks and hustle off
to South Shore High one more time.
Thank you all for the time
and effort you put in to making our 50th reunion such an
unforgettable event. How pleasurable it was reacquainting
with so many old friends and classmates. The surreal experience
took me back in time when life was simpler than it is now
and where we were
recipients of principles and ideals unique to the South Side.
These values were reflected by the manner in which all
of you worked to make the weekend
Be well and take good care of yourselves so we
can meet once again in five years…or sooner.
Shirley Farkas Lerner
We had a ball.
What a wonderful and talented and involved group of people.
Jane Brown (of Marv and Jane)
It was a grand Chicago weekend. You all did an outstanding job.
Phylis Sanders Salak
Oh to be forgiven for my many mistakes!!! That's why I have such a hard
time expressing my sentiments. I am relishing each and every
anecdote, but I still suffer from HAZEL HANSEN TYPING SYNDROME
so it takes a long
time to get my message out. Even tho our first meeting 2
1/2 years ago was encouraging, I never would have believe
that we could have achieved
a weekend (and so much more) that showed us how unique we
were and at the same time how alike--how much we wanted to
connect to each other
and the BIG world in all our various ways that we came together
and put aside any pretension just to be with each other.
I know there were old
classmates who reasoned that hadn't been in contact for 50
years so what would be the purpose, but they missed out on
a SUBLIME experience (hopefully
they can join us the next gathering). There was a spirit
of genuine goodwill that has continued to make us "high"and
desire to stay connected. Thank You All.
Judy Price Goldman
What a magical weekend. I keep poring over the bio book and keep
looking to see if there are new postings on the website. Tell me what
do to help you for the 55th!
Anita Distenfield Goldberg
I can't add anything more about this weekend because all
of you wrote so eloquently. Perfect, perfect, perfect.
Couldn't have been more perfect.
weekend is still going on for me with all the emails that
have been sent. This weekend is now running on it's fifth day.
Every time I try to do something on the computer another
email pops up so for two days I have not been able
to finish any task on my computer. Keep those emails coming and if
me a week to do a task so be it.
I just want to give my thanks to all of you for a magical
weekend that has become part of a lifetime of memories
Shirley Ruthstein Schwartz
Dear Reunion Committee,
How can I thank you all for the hard work, hours, anxiety,
creativity and attention to detail that went into making
our reunion weekend the success that it was? It was a fabulous
series of events from the very beginning in Marion's wonderful
party space, to the very last goodbye hug and promise to
keep in touch.
The evening at A New Leaf was absolutely magical. It was,
for me, like entering a flower and peeling away each petal
and leaf to expose a new and exciting reality. As I progressed
through each room, I experienced its unique beauty while
enjoying the surprise of discovering more, and more classmates.
The bus trip to South Shore was an especially
emotional experience for me, and I know my feelings were
shared by many others.
Saturday night was a Joyful Noise; the years fell away as
each of us found much to talk about as we became more and
more comfortable with friends, old and new. And finally,
the Sunday brunch was a chance to visit, in depth, with our
oldest friends, many going back as far as kindergarten. It
was a rare opportunity to turn back the clock; it was all
so long ago... it was all just yesterday.
I loved the tee shirt in our school colors and enjoying again,
the minute bits of our lives printed on the back. You didn't
miss a single thing! Since I returned home, I have spent
many hours reading the beautiful reunion book...a huge thanks
to Debbie for pulling off a huge job with such grace and
So pat yourselves on the back because you deserve it. Congratulations
for producing a most spectacular event...including, and especially,
the brownies! Whoever said, "you can't go home again" didn't
have the chance to walk in our shoes last weekend. There
was not a single thing that I would have changed; you did
it so beautifully.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
So, here's to us, new friends and old...tall and short...fat
and thin...bald and gray...wrinkled and sagging...warts and
all. Hail to the Tars, see you at the 55th!
Love to you all,
Barbara Leeds Jacobs
The planning was thorough and the execution was flawless. I can’t
imagine that any high school reunion, let alone a 50th, could be more
successful. My thanks and congratulations to all who participated in
bringing this event about. It’s to be expected that those of us
who were in the class would be excited about seeing so many of our old
friends and acquaintances. But when my wife, Jane, who knew only a handful
of people in the class, raved about how marvelous the weekend was, I
knew we were experiencing something special. My wife and I were truly
amazed at the accomplishments of so many in this class. I was a small
part of a remarkable group of people but it took me 50 years and this
reunion to realize just how remarkable the group was.
Thanks to the Reunion Committee for a fabulous job. Everything was so
well planned. The bus trip back to the old neighborhood and especially
the tour of South Shore was great. What a wonderful place to grow up,
we were truly fortunate. The restaurant choice for dinner was perfect
and the brunch a great treat. So many memories from grade school. The
Reunion books are really special and I am enjoying reading of all the
accomplishments of my classmates. Can't thank you all enough for all
your hard work.
Marilyn Erickson Seelander
Dear reunion committee members,
Rosie and I wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all of
you for the amazing job you did in putting together the events for the
reunion. The opportunity to reconnect with so many old friends
was truly a
Thank you sooooo much!!
Sherwin & Rosie Lewis
Thanks!!, committee, for doing such a great job of putting together
such a large task. I was amazed at all the classmates
you found after all these years. Had a wonderful time,
the food was great, and so was the program that the committee
put together. My
wife, Marsha, was impressed with how nice and friendly all
that attended were.
AGAIN, THANKS FOR A GREAT TIME !
Thanks to everyone who "slaved many hours " putting this fantastic
event together. It truly was a memorable weekend.
to everyone who attended and submitted their bios. I spent
almost the entire trip home reading them. What a wonderful
occurred each time I greeted someone I had not seen for so
We have not stopped talking about the special
weekend to our friends
Nancy & Alan Spector
What a fabulous event our fiftieth anniversary was. It was an incomparable
thrill to see all the old, and I mean long
Yes of course, we changed and aged but in just
a few moments after
talking to each other personalities came shining through.
can not tell which activity or which part was the best. Each
planned event offered something unique for the spirit. I
really loved the sequencing, the Friday discovery night,
the "Oh my
God!" night with all the shrieking and recognition. Perfectly set
Saturday the bus trip back to our old haunts.
Sitting and gabbing
and joking and talking like old, old friends with people
who I did
not know very well in school, I discovered treasures!
night, floating on a cushion of mellow good feelings, more
High point, getting the
BOOK! I spent that night reading it and then
re-reading it, trying hard to remember who had done what,
when. There was so much in that little book. All our lives,
into 120 pages, including the addendum. Thank you, thank
setting in. I took a long walk down Michigan Avenue
to get to breakfast at Judy's. I was joined by a classmate
gabbed and gabbed as if we had known each other for all these
years, instead of just having come upon each other fifty
Then came the elementary school photos and the
gathering at the
tables by grammar school. A perfect touch for a perfect weekend.
home .... nostalgic, a bit wistful and oh so glad that I
did come. Thanks to those who encouraged me to come when I faltered.
Linda Nimz Ryan
Also I want to include some kudos to the t-shirt committee. I got a
huge kick out of the design and my husband Don photographed
it on me. Then,
when I sent the photo of the backside to my brother, he was
himself with nostalgia and pleasure at seeing all those old
Who thought of it? Brilliant! As my brother David said, "71st
was our social life."
Linda Nimz Ryan
The great memories
live on. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the
59 reunion an outstanding success. I have not been back to
Chicago in 8 years but
the city and the people are still the best—highlighted by everyone
who made for a wonderful weekend. I especially enjoyed the
trip back “to
the neighborhood” on Saturday. I got a chance to see several of
the places where I lived and it really opened up some memories.
My best to all with wishes for happy and healthy years ahead.