A Newsletter By,
About, and For Graduates
of William Allen High School's Class of 1983
Issue 11 - June 2001
I had a wonderful opportunity this
spring. I had the chance to go to Hawaii for 10 days. If you've never been to Hawaii, you
have to take a trip there at least once in your lifetime.
While this was my first vacation in 10
years, and I was excited to be getting away, I don't think that affected my perception of
the place. The people are nice. The pace is slow. The lifestyle is different than what I
am used to in Pennsylvania.
My time there made me realize many things
that I probably knew at one time (like when I was a carefree child), but forgot. Rushing
around each day, getting things done, is the life that I generally live. Or should I say,
used to live? My time in Hawaii taught me many things, which I now try to incorporate into
my daily life. You may want to think about doing so too! Here is a list of some of my
For those of you who are interested,
here are the major things I did while there. I would recommend all of them. If you want to
see more, check out the web site Nancy put together about our trip.
Oahu (Time there: 3 days)
- Saw fireworks on Waikiki Beach
- Hiked up to Diamond Head Crater
- Watched the mongoose at Hanauma Bay (friends
- Hiked into the Hawaiian rain forest
- Visited Pearl Harbor and the Arizona
Kauai (Time there: 7 days)
- Took a boat ride up the Wailua River to the
- Attended a luau
- Took a helicopter tour of the island
- Saw more waterfalls and rainbows than I have
ever seen before
- Hiked the Na Pali Coast to Kalalau Beach
- Visited the National Tropical Botanical
- Ate Mexican food at the Crack
- Snorkeled at Poipu Beach and learned about
sea cucumbers from a 7-year old Hawaiian girl
- Shopped at the Coconut Marketplace and
- Drove along and into the Waimea Canyon
- Watched the sunset at Glass Beach
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Although it seems like the 15-year
reunion was not that long ago, it is already time to start thinking about our 20th
reunion. Now is the time to decide where we will hold the party, what kind of reunion we
would like to have, and how to track down our classmates.
Please join us on July 17, 2001, at 7:30
p.m. to discuss these questions and to have a good time. We will be meeting at Rumours
Cafe at 4226 Chestnut Street in Emmaus.
All classmates are welcome, and we would love
to see some new faces. This is an initial planning meeting. We will start having regular
meetings once the date of the event nears. We hope to see you there!
After 11 years in banking (Merchants Bank and First
Union), Andrea Helwig has been working as a computer programmer at Computer Aid,
Inc. (headquartered in Allentown, PA) since 1998.
Wade Muehlhof is in Montana working
as the main anchor for KECI in Missoula.
In addition to anchoring Missoula's best newscast, Wade does voice-over work. See his
business card on our business page. Here's his bio from the television station's site
>> Born in Virginia, the only son of an Air Force navigator (father) and a Bell
Telephone employee (mother), Wade lived coast to coast as a child. This exposure sparked
his interest in current events, and eventually the world of broadcasting. Wade attended
college for a year after high school and then joined the Army, which took him overseas.
Wade rose to the rank of Sergeant and was the chief of a ten-person Howitzer crew. While
stationed with the 2nd Armored Division at Ft. Hood, Texas, Wade served in both Desert
Shield and Desert Storm. Wade completed his enlistment, then earned an associate's degree
in Radio/Television and Film and a Bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism at Southwest
Texas State University. Wade started his broadcast career as a news and sports reporter on
an AM news talk radio station. His writing won recognition from the Associated Press. Wade
quickly moved up to anchoring the drive time news and co-hosting a weekly talk show. Then
Wade made the move to TV news, starting as a general assignment reporter before taking
over the weekend anchor spot at a station in Corpus Christi, Texas. In April 2000, Wade
joined the NBC Montana crew as co-anchor of the News at Six and News at Ten at KECI-TV.
Wade enjoys the scenic surroundings in Big Sky country, is active in the great outdoors,
and enjoys serving the community.
Update - Wayne Barz has
finally gone back for an MBA and should be done 20-30 years...he means 2-3 years.
Update - In August 2000, John
Ashbrook took a job practicing securities law at Sidley Austin Brown &
Wood. After making ten or eleven offers on houses, he, his wife Mona, and son Justin
finally had one accepted and moved to God's Country (Glen Ridge, NJ) in March.
Update - Sharon (Finkelstein)
Patent's e-mail has been changed to Sharon.Patent@NDCHealth.com. Her daughter
Zoe turned two earlier this year.
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Jones, Dan (not a grad, but many may remember him)