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Lincoln Southeast High School
Class Of 1971

 

 

Congratulations Gymnastics Team!

Our state champion gymnastics team will be inducted into the Lincoln Southeast Hall of Fame on February 9, 2017 in the Great Hall at the Lincoln Train Station in the Haymarket. What a great honor! This is the second year in a row one of our teams has been inducted into the Hall of Fame, more evidence of how special our years were at LSE. 

Special congratulations go out to our classmates that were a part of that state champion team: Scott Thompson, Dave Beilby, Jim Under, Jim Daniels and Tom Larson. All are pictured in the team picture below.

 

Band Day - 1968

What a hoot! (pun intended). With much thanks to classmate DeLyn Caspers, whose Mom dutifully kept this classic picture, we have a rare picture of Band Day in 1968. DeLyn has somehow managed to identify most of the players and even the Baton Leader and one of the Majorettes! If you know where you were in this photograph, let us know and we will publish the names by position. I am in column 5, #4 from the front  (looking around trying to figure out where I am supposed to be.)

 

1970 Football Champions Inducted into Hall of Fame

On February 4, our 1970 state champion football team was inducted into the LSE Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was conducted at the Lincoln Station, in the Haymarket. A special reception was held on February 5, prior to the LSE basketball game where the team was introduced at halftime. What a weekend! I will ask the team to upload their favorite pictures in our photo gallery (one of mine follows). A special thanks goes out to Jim Unger, who drove the nomination process, George Howard, who provided much of the research, and John Carman, who came up with the game DVD (You really need to buy one, I did - it is awesome).

 

Anyone (except the football team) want to guess the names of this steller group?

 

LSE is #1 Revisited

With much thanks to George Howard, we have the following article on our State championship. Some of this material was undoubtedly forgotten and I appreciate George returningn the memory to us.

 

Awesome!

Our very own 1971 state champion football team will be inducted into the Lincoln Southeast Hall of Fame on Thursday, February 4, 2016. The awards banquet will be held in the Great Hall at the Lincoln Train Station in the Haymarket. Social hour starts at 5:30 and the meal starts at 6:30. Tickets can be bought by contacting the LSE Athletic Office or by calling 402-436-1359. Can anyone identify the players pictured? [Well, that didn't take long. George Howard nailed it immediately with the following identification: Doug Deeter #32, Jim Krieger #35, Jeff Schneider #37, Brad Egger #54 and Mark Lutz #74. I was really impressed with George's memory until he admitted he had the following roster from 1971.]

 

 

 

 

Once a Night History Quiz - Part Deux 

 

I suppose I have demonstrated conclusively why I was never considered for the post of class historian. Turns out I didn't know the answer to the history quiz either. Peggy Baker Chown had originally guessed the suit of armour, followed closely by Marcia Schroeder McCown. The correct answer is that our senior project collected money for the case in which the suit of armour resides, not the suit of armour itself. Using the same tactic I often used in Gunnar Overgaard's class, I would lobby for half credit. 

 

Once Night History Quiz

Well, that turned out to be a more difficult question than I would have thought. We had some really good guesses (I didn't guess correctly either) but none the hit the mark. The item displayed is a bumper sticker that was sold to raise funds for the senior project. Anyone remember the senior project? 

We have a winner! Marcia Schroeder McCown correctly recalled that we collected money for the large knight's suit of armour in the front hall. 

 

                     

 

History Quiz - Part Two

Bet you haven't seen one of these for quite a while. Thanks to George Howard for sending it along. Anyone remember what this is and why it was produced? Besides George, of course. 

 

 

                                           

                                                                   Ted Kirk/Lincoln Journal Star photo

 

JIm Unger Update

A great article on classmate Jim Unger and his courageous battle to walk after a bicycle accident is found on the front page of the May 14, Journal Star. The link to the article on the Journal Star website is http://journalstar.com/news/local/longtime-gymnastics-school-closes-as-owner-fights-to-walk-again/article_b7de2745-f3b0-5b55-8a36-4a25c59b79f0.html

 

World Herald Photo - Don Bryant and his son Bill

Remembering Don 'Fox' Bryant

Many of us remember Don 'Fox' Bryant, father of classmate Bill Bryant. He had a tremendous impact on many, many people, including a large number of the Class of '71. The Fox passed away last December after a long and generous life. A great article on Fox and classmate Bill can be found on the Omaha World Herald website at http://www.omaha.com/huskers/shatel-don-bryant-preserved-decades-of-husker-history/article_1294cf31-8a33-56e5-9d8f-8881390e7084.html

 

Congratulations!!

The state champion Lincoln Southeast gymnastics team of 1969 was inducted into the LSE Hall of Fame on January 29, 2015. The class of 1971 was well represented on that team, several of which attended the induction ceremonies and had a "mini-reunion". 1971 classmates inducted into the Hall of Fame as a part of the 1969 gymnastics team includes the followiing:

Dave Beilby

Jim Daniels

Dave Grant

Bill Hendricks

Tom Larson

Jim Russell

Scott Thompson

Jim Unger

If anyone has a picture or a memento to post regarding our outstanding gymnastic team please send it along.

 

 

Remember This?

Dennis Taylor and Carolyn Hull won our mini-contest by correctly identifying Len Huss and Frank Solich, faculty from 1968-1969 at LSE. I dug around looking for a suitable prize for each of them and came up with two mint condition KLMS "Nifty Fifty" record ratings from 1965. On the inside of the sheet was the record ranking for the week, you may remember. 

                                

I note that 'Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter' was ranked the second most popular record on June 5, 1965. I haven't thought of, or heard, that tune for a long, long time. It brought back some great memories. Thus, I thought these "Nifty Fiftys" would be appropriate prizes for our two classmates that obviously have great memories too. 

 

Memorial for Mike Ash

Gather next Saturday, January 10, 2015, in Lincoln at The Cellar from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM to honor a fine man and our friend, Mike Ash. All of Mike’s family and friends are welcome -- neighborhood friends, Prescott friends, Irving friends, Southeast friends (especially Classes 1970 to 1974), gymnastics squad teammates and competitors! Mike lived in Phoenix since the early 1970s. This is an opportunity to celebrate Mike's life and his many friendships in his home town. Come on by, if you can, and share the joy of having known Mike. The Oven Cellar 201 N. 8th Street (8th and P) Lincoln, NE 68508 Go to www.lse72.com to view our In Memory page.

 

 

Wow, are we good or what?

Carolyn Hull won the second prize in record fashion. The gentleman on the right is Frank Solich, PE and Drivers Ed teacher at LSE 1968, along with Leonard Huss. Congratulations, Carolyn!

 

Well, that didn't take long, did it?

Dennis Taylor won the contest hands down. The faculty member shown is none other than Leonard Huss, English teacher from 1968-1969. Leonard is shown below with yet another past LSE faculty member. I trust this contest won't take long either. 

 

Remember this Faculty Member?

A couple of hints might be in order. This individual taught English when we were sophomores (1968-1969 for those who can't find their calculators). I am not too sure what the winner will receive from this mini-contest, but I will dream up something appropriate. 

 

Coach Wally McNaught (1933- 2014)

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Coach Wally McNaught, LSE Basketball Coach and Athletic Director, on June 11. Coach McNaught was inducted into the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame and the Lincoln Southeast Hall of Fame. Ken Hambelton of the Lincoln Journal Star wrote a great article on Coach McNaught that can be read at http://journalstar.com/sports/high-school/lse-coaching-legend-mcnaught-dies/article_fb979fc4-6a44-56a1-beb6-b37ca827b48e.html
 
Lincoln Journal Star photograph from January 12, 2012
 
 
 
 

Congratulations, John O'Shea!

John O'Shea was featured in a recent article in U S Today, regarding his work on ancient civilizations. The article can be accessed at http://usat.ly/1mRPAzF

 

Congratulations, Steve Shelley!

Our very own Steve Shelley was inducted into the Lincoln Southeast Distinguished Alumni Program on April 25, 2014. This is a great honor and well deserved. The LSE Distinguised Alumni program was started in 1995 to recognize outstanding accomplishements by LSE alumni who:

  • are recognized on a local, state and national level in their field
  • have a positive impact on society
  • have been recognized for contributions in their profession; and
  • are recoginized as a leader by their colleagues

All of these criteria describe Steve perfectly. Way to go, Steve!

The article appeared in the April 25, 2014 Journal Star. You can read the original article at http://journalstar.com/niche/neighborhood-extra/news/lincoln-southeast-high-school-honors-eight-at-distinguished-alumni-program/article_ac48bcd1-932c-5c46-bdd0-876254cc0eab.html

 

 

 

 

Tom Engler

1953 - 2014

We are very saddened to learn that classmate Tom Engler passed away on February 10, 2014, just after the passing of Arnie Kallase. To lose two wonderful classmates so quickly simply magnifies our loss. John Slama has written a very moving remembrance of Tom and that is posted on the In Memory page under Tom's name. Feel free to share your recollections of both Tom and Arnie on our In Memory page.

 

Arnie Kallase

1953 - 2014

We are very saddened to learn of the passing of our classmate, Arnie Kallase, on February 8. Arnie is remembered as a really fun person who was a pleasure to know.

 

Update on Jim Unger

January 14, 2014

This very uplifting and inspiring update from Jim Unger is bound to brighten everyone's day.

I am working diligently at defying the odds for quadriplegic recovery.  I was given a 5% chance of recovering anything at all below the neck; the only parts that worked were lifting my arms a little, and lifting the back of my knuckles upward at the wrist joint.  I could not feel or move anything other than that.  I asked about walking again, and was given a less than 1% figure.  Apparently they didn't know who they were dealing with--they are amazed at Madonna Rehab.  I am taking a step or two in the pool while holding the teacher's shoulders; have recovered 10 - 25% of the power in most of my muscles.  I walk briskly on the Locomat treadmill with the robot legs assisting.  Some of the new therapists think I am just a paraplegic.  We have driven to Albuquerque 9 times for acupuncture--a Chinese guru has amazing results with me every time.  I get electronic machine treatment treatment and much more from my Lincoln chiropractor.  It is going to be one hell of a party when I start walking--will sure let you know!  Can't wait to get into golf tournaments with the maximum 36 handicap.

Will stay in touch--

Nickerson says walking is just PUD.

See ya later

Ungie power.

 

Virgie Falloon Article

A very nice article about classmate Virgie Falloon appeared on the front page of the Lincoln Journal Star on Sunday, July 14, 2013. Click on the following link to read the article.

 

http://journalstar.com/news/local/the-odd-couple-that-wants-to-feed-lincoln/article_04e52395-206d-5dee-aff1-861c72d5ae26.html#.UeNfNj-0160.email

 

 

Update on Jim Unger

March 25, 2013

 

Check out this very encouraging and uplifting article about Jim Unger and his 'never give up' attitude. It can be found at the Lincoln Journal Star website at

http://journalstar.com/news/local/after-accident-gymnast-fights-to-get-back-on-his-feet/article_9702fe72-4f72-5000-baf8-7ff9dd072cb7.html#.UUE54LYf96Y.email

 

 


Update on Jim Unger

Nov. 4, 2012

"What a disappointing day!!!  I am wondering tonight if we are supposed to have all doors close for human help so we have to trust in God, 100%!  We went to a spinal surgeon today who told us that the chance of doing any surgery and having it have any effect on Jim's spine would be like the Dr. hitting a home run on a pitch thrown by a major league pitcher.  In other words the odds are not in Jim's favor! 

Please continue the prayers!

 


Photograph submitted by George Howard from a 1970 Clarion. Do you recognize any of our classmates in this stunning photo? Scroll below to find the answer!

 


 

Serious Accident Befalls Jim Unger

 

Classmate Jim Unger was involved in a serious accident on Wednesday, August 16. Jim was thrown from his bicycle and suffered a serious spinal column injury. A complete account of the accident can be found on the Journal Star web page at the following address:

http://journalstar.com/news/local/the-gymnast-who-couldn-t-get-back-up/article_b43e27c5-50a1-5e50-a316-4e029dedc3f9.html

A fund has been set up at Union Bank to help pay Jim Unger's medical and rehabilitation expenses. You can donate at any Lincoln branch.To follow his recovery, go to: caringbridge.org/visit/jimunger

I know all of us will keep Jim and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Update as of August 20, 2012

As of this evening, the following two emails have been received.

From Cathy Unger Blythe

“I wanted to let those of you following Jim's progress know that he has now been moved to Madonna to start some serious rehab and he can't wait to get rolling on the tough stuff. Nothing has really changed YET with the paralysis - but his head wounds are healing and his upper strength is better. We have such confidence in Madonna. It is such a comfort for him to have heard from so many people - many of them people he doesn't even know - and of course many past and present students and fellow gymnasts and church people and family members. They are trying to rein in the visits to 15 min. but he is appreciative of each and every person who has reached out with a phone call, a card, a visit and when he is back home, I know he will do his best to pay it forward in extending those kindnesses to others. He has been on a LOT of prayer chains and individual prayers and positive thoughts and he truly feels the power of the outpouring. So on behalf of Jim and his family and all of us in the Unger clan, thanks for your immeasurable caring. He's still going for that miracle. :-)”

From one of Jim's children and contained within an email received from Bill Bryant.

“Thanks everyone for your continued prayers and good thoughts over the weekend. Dad is settled in at Madonna--a room opened up in the spinal cord unit so he moved there from the room that he had temporarily been in. He still enjoys seeing and hearing from everyone but I think the realization of the long haul ahead has started to settle in--he gets tired but always keeps up good spirits and gracious conversation. Prayers for energy would be appreciated!

His stitches come out tomorrow. An ophthalmologist will also be checking his eyes because the left one is having some vision troubles. He did have a fever that they determined was caused by a UTI so they have him on meds for that and are checking his vital signs more closely. It is not a huge deal but we don't want any health problems to deter from the progress. He also has a very sore shoulder--they x-rayed it and said it was not separated but it is painful for him.

Unfortunately no improvements have happened with his feeling. However, he is doing much better with his movement, both gross and fine motor skills. He is able to raise his right arm all the way above his head as well as feed himself with a little bit of help. He's enjoying the fresh fruit in his meals, especially the grapes and watermelon.

Our sermon at church today was about the paralyzed man to whom Jesus said "Get up-take your mat and walk!". Pretty ironic, huh? We know God does some pretty awesome things and we're planning on even more incredible works to happen here. Thanks again for all of your support. He does enjoy visitors--a short visit is best as he is tired, but if you wanted to stop by in the late afternoon/early evening for about 15 minutes that would be fun for him. Have a wonderful night, everyone.”

 


Answer to 1970 Clarion picture

Left to Right - Unknown, Steve Hodge, Larry Collins, Jim Kissell, Bruce Wehrauch, Dan Berlowitz and Jeff Schneider.

 

P.S. My guess on the first classmate is Mike Shuptar (I am probably wrong) [March 13, 2013 - As suspected, I was proved wrong. The individual on the far left is Dan Eisenhardt, class of 1972. At least I am consistent.]

 

 


Wow! Did we have a great time or what?!

The 40th LSE Reunion is now in the memory banks (a tenuous place for our class) and a great time was had by all.

Much thanks to Jim Daniels and Dennis Taylor, who have put together an awesome video of our reunion. Jim took the photographs and did a masterful job of editing the video and incorporating Dennis Taylor's awesome music. The video can be found on You Tube at 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drL5asSSdl0&feature=colike

 

Dennis sent a thought provoking and moving email about putting together the music for the video. The email follows:


"It was immensely gratifying to be able to contribute the music for our reunion video. 

The music was originally an unused improvised variation of the main theme composed for the soundtrack to the Lincoln Arts Council's "Stories of Home" documentary film, a five year project that brought together a dozen visual artists with a dozen families that came from all over the world to make Lincoln their new home. Each artist created an art work commemorating each family's own unique story of home. 

When the music was put together with our reunion video, it was not only a very rewarding experience in itself, but it suddenly occurred to me that it also brought the original project full circle for me in a very personal way. I realized that the deep and lasting friendships we made during our school years, are in the truest sense our own "Stories of Home".

Please feel free to share this with our classmates. I wasn't sure how to do so on the website, but somehow I would like everyone to know how much they have meant to me over the years. It only takes a few seconds to connect with another person, but that connection can last a lifetime."

 

Thanks again,

Dennis


 

A few quick notes about the reunion:

  • We estimate that approximately 175 people showed up for the Friday night event at the Rococo. Outstanding!
  • Approximately 60 people showed up for the LSE tour, another outstanding turnout.
  • 25 classmates played in the first ever LSE Class of 1971 golf tournament. True to form, Tim Wentz finished last and managed to drag four pretty good golfers down with him.
  • Over 125 classmates showed up for the Saturday night event, certainly a record for our class. Dennis Taylor was awesome as an instrumentalist and the slide show from 1981 was an added treat.

The 'Photograph Albums' is open for business (on the left hand menu). We have it set up so that any classmate can upload pictures from the 40th reunion. A few are already posted, although it will take a while to get them all posted. Feel free to add photographs and/or download photographs as you wish.

One last 'Thank You' to the Reunion Committee, who put hours of hard work into the reunion. They are:

Bill Bryant                        Cindy Wilson Carlson

Dottie O'shea Hayes          Dave Firestone

Carolyn Hull Iodice            Karen Jensen Travis

Pete Larson                      Jim Penterman

Jim Tiedeman                   Tim Wentz

 

Finally, last but not least. Thanks to all of you who attended or participated via the website. You made the reunion a resounding success! Anyone for a 50th Reunion?

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Marcia was close. The 1970 class bought the suit of armor. Our class project was to buy the case it went in.

Was that the promotion for Prom? But, I recall it as Once a Knight, always a Knight, but once a night is never enough.

 

Oh so close! This wasn't used for the Prom. By the way, I think you are correct on the Prom tagline. 

 

I was glad to hear Len was alive. He was a great English teacher and athlete himself. Tim Wentz put me on a roll with Len Huss stories.
One time, we’re studying Lord Byron poetry and Len says this short poem is his favorite. He also prefaced this poem with a comment that the guy named Castlereigh was an English leader who was hated.
This was the way he gave the poem to the class, with the blanks at the end, so we could fill them in. Then he said for anybody who didn’t get it, they could be told after class.

Posterity shall never survey a nobler grave than this.
Here lie the bones of Castlereigh.
Stop traveler, XXXX a XXXX.

Last one. Huss played high school basketball for some little town and he was the 2nd biggest guy on the team. He told about the time they were playing this team and had been pressing them full court. He was the guy on the press who always was in front of the guy throwing the ball in and then he would go double team somebody, if the ball got in bounds. His team was now up about 15 points and all of the momentum had shifted to them because they’d stolen the ball about 4 times in a row and made baskets. He was whooping it up and waving his arms, when the guy throwing the ball in takes a big windup, like he’s going to throw a long pass down court and throws the ball right into Huss’ face intentionally. He said he had a bloody nose and the refs did nothing, but at least the other team’s coach benched the guy. He said he learned a lesson to not kick anybody when they’re down.

A "noteworthy" event: (pun intended)

Hi friends,

Happy to announce that my 1983 guitar solos album, "Dayspring" has just been rediscovered and reissued on March 3, 2015, by a small guitar music oriented record company in Minneapolis, Grass-Tops Recording, on CD and on digital download.

For those that might be interested, you can purchase a CD or download from the Grass-Tops website here: https://grasstopsrecording.bandcamp.com/album/dayspring

The cd (with additional free download code) can also be purchased locally at Bodhi Imports, at 17th & Sumner or digital downloads (but not cds) can also be purchased from iTunes or Amazon.com, if you prefer. You can also hear samples of the music at the above GTR link or at iTunes or Amazon.

Signed my first ever record contract at age 62! And I'm getting airplay on WNYU (New York University Radio)as of last Monday.
Good things come to those who are patient. :)
Thanks for listening and hope to see you all again soon,

Dennis Taylor