A Newsletter By,
About, and For Graduates
of William Allen High School's Class of 1983
Issue 7 - June 1999
|A note about this
issue: The recent 15-year reunion, held November 28, 1998, brought an influx of
contributions to The Connector -- way too much to include in one issue. I have reunion
observations, coverage of the reunion committee wrap-up meeting, autobiographies, and lots
of photographs. Because I want to share as much of this information with you as possible,
I have decided to split the coverage of the 15-year reunion between the June and December
1999 issues. This issue will cover "what happened" at the 15-year reunion and
the December issue will answer "whats next?"
I dont know whether to breathe a major sigh of relief or to stand-up and cheer. The
15-year reunion is behind us, and Im happy to admit that I am proud of the way the
event turned out. It seemed that everyone had a good time. No one complained that they
didnt get their moneys worth, although, at least one no-show wanted a refund
(sorry, we dont give any).
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all similar events, there was plenty of gossip emanating from the room. There were also
plenty of stories of how people have changed, sometimes to the shock of others. I gathered
some of these stories and observations for your enjoyment.
||We seem to have a very fertile class.
Couples with three children seemed to be fairly common. At least one couple had four
children, and they were talking about the possibility of a fifth (presumably if the
unnamed wife agrees). There were also several couples who got a head start on the
kid-thing and now have teenagers. These people, presumably, will be able to talk about
grandchildren at an earlier reunion than anyone else will.
||Not every married couple has children, nor
do they want them. Several couples showed-off pictures of their cherished pets and
referred to them as their children. At least one non-parental couple explained to me the
benefits of visiting with their nieces and nephews because they could return the little
darlings to their parents when they had their fill of them.
||For those unmarried individuals, there is
hope. It turns out that there are a lot of us. The singles present were split between
those that have conscientiously avoided the institution of marriage and those recovering
from the effects of having been through the marriage-thing at least one time. One couple
was even testing the bounds of long engagement, now into its second year, with no plans
for a wedding and no hurry. It appeared that the single women in our class did the bulk of
the dancing or that many husbands would not be caught dead doing the Macarena. I
didnt see much fraternizing between single classmates, but I will keep my ears
peeled for any news that may indicate otherwise.
||Fifteen years is a long time, and people
change often to the shock of the collective memories of others. One male classmate looked
like the hands-down winner of the bottle of Grecian Formula for the most premature (I
hope) gray hair. Most people gained weight, so this was no big shocker. Several classmates
who were known for being particularly string bean-like in school days had gotten
noticeably more like zucchinis. While everyone changed in some way, it was also
interesting to see their spouses. One 5 +/- female classmate (who I think looks
exactly the same) showed up with her husband who I judged to be 6 4".
||Looks played an important part in the
reunion gathering. While speaking to one of the wives (not a classmate) that attended, I
asked if she was having a good time. She assured me that she was because she was going
around the room figuring out what people do for a living by looking at them. She
demonstrated this by indicating two male classmates sitting at the next table. She said
that she was betting that both were cops. The severe crew cuts, bulging muscles, carefully
trimmed mustaches, and at least one showing a tattooed forearm were her tip-off. I
congratulated her on her Sherlock powers of observation because both of the men are on the
Allentown Police Force.
||We had at least two known casualties of
alcohol consumption. Ironically, both of the happy drinkers were females (so much for
female sensibility). One hapless individual was spotted, or more appropriately heard,
praying to the porcelain goddess in the ladies room. She later admitted that it was a bad
idea to drink on an empty stomach. The second party person was last seen in a semi-stupor
sprawled out on the steps outside of the social hall. I personally stepped over her as I
left. Do not worry, she was escorted home by a caring classmate (obviously not me).
||As has become a bit of tradition, we held
a raffle to raise money for the class treasury to help fund future reunions. This went
very well and raised a lot of money for the class; although some people decided that
paying for a raffle was too much to ask. Someone stole the container of pretzels that we
were using to fill the bowls on the tables. In addition, the extra cookies that we set
aside to be served with coffee, if the allotted supply didnt suffice, also developed
legs and sprinted out the door.
||The reunion committee also had their share
of stories. One female committee member left early because she was so busy talking that
she missed dinner. She had to go out to eat before it got too late. A male committee
member got so caught-up in the excitement of seeing all of the old gang that he, in what
must have been a shocker to his wife, invited all of the immediate people to come to his
home for a Christmas party in several weeks. This was corrected a week later when he
called the invitees and admitted that between his work schedule and the children, a party
at the previously mentioned time would be impossible. He said he would call with a
different party schedule (sure).
|There are other anecdotes to share, but
most would require using real names and I need to maintain my journalistic credibility.
Im also certain that many stories lurk among the many people that I did not get to
talk to that night. Suffice to say, you may see more in these pages in the future. If you
feel you have something to keep hidden from the readers of The Connector, then I am open
|Jed Rapoport was a member of the
reunion committee. Contact
him to share your additional
reunion stories. A special thank you goes out to everyone who helped plan the reunion and
make a truly fun night. You did a great job!
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Charles I. Sicher
was in the U.S. Army from 1983 to 1985, stationed in BadHersfeld, Germany, as a radar
tech. He hated every minute of it.
In June 1985, he returned to Allentown to
do numerous jobs, including construction work and cooking in a number of restaurants. He
did this until 1988, then took a vacation to WI. In 3 months, he relocated there
permanently and worked as a blackjack dealer on an Indian gaming reservation (HoChunk
In 1992, Debora Ann Brooks becomes Debora
Ann Sicher when he marries the women of his dreams. She wanted a Christmas wedding but
December 26, 1992 was as close as they could get.
In August of 1993, Charles met the man who
changed his life (Lowel Follendorf) when he whipped him for at least $7,500 on the
blackjack table. The man told him that he never had someone take as much money from him as
Charles did and it felt good. The man handed Charles his business card and told him to
call him when he was done fooling around with a dead end job and wanted a career. Needless
to say, he called the next day.
On November 21, 1994, Charles and Debora
had their first child, Tabitha Sue Sicher. Charles notes that he is glad that waited until
they were both mature enough to handle the responsibilities that it takes to raise a
child. Its hard work, but worth it! This joyous occasion also brought forward the
discussion to breakaway from his mentor and take the business world by storm. There were a
lot of rocky times but if not for his wife he may have given up. In the end, everything
turned out great.
On September 26, 1997, joy #2, Cassidy Lee
Sicher, enters our world with a more easy-going dad than Tabitha did. She'll never see the
20-hour days, week-long business trips, or anything else stressful in her fathers
life. He now pays other people to be stressed for him (haha). Today, Charles has a good
life. He hopes and prays that his children wont have to go through what he did to
Charles and his family vacation three times
a year together. In addition, he takes two trips alone -- usually to Montana for a week
during elk season and a week for muskie fishing in the land of 10000 lakes, Minnesota. For
you hunters out there, he uses a Weatherby 7mm mag with a 4 -12 neopol scope.
His message to fellow classmates: Don't
ever give up your dreams no matter what they are. Set your goals so high that even if you
don't make them you will be better off than you are today. See you in 5!
Grant (Tim) Roth and Frieda
(Schneider) Roth had a baby girl on May 10, 1999 at 4:54 p.m. The baby was 6 pounds, 11
ounces and 19" long. The proud parents named her Sierra Joyce Roth.
Note: If you submitted an autobiography and
it didnt get in this issue, youll see it in December.
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||Lacking the funds to pay for a massive
renovation of Allen High School, the Allentown School District has created a
community-school partnership that uses students who receive course credits, but no pay, to
help in the construction. So far, parts of the gymnasium were repainted and new plantings
were placed on the school's front lawn. On the plan next is redecorating the lobby of
Allen's main entrance.
||On June 30, 1999, Keith R. Falko will
become the next principal of Allen High School. Falko, who is currently
the principal of Raub Middle School, will replace current Principal Louis P. DeLorenzo who
||Allentown is planning its Millennium
Celebration. Events will include: a parade to be held on January 1, 2000,
featuring popular culture of the past century and a family festival at the Allentown Art
Museum on January 2, 2000, featuring performing arts, art demonstrations, and hands-on
||Allentown would like to re-vamp
the J. Birney Crum Stadium. Problems with the stadium such as its inaccessibility
to the disabled, splintery seats, and uneven lighting have caused outside events, such as
the drums corps world championships, to look elsewhere.
||The Soldiers and Sailors Monument
at 7th and Hamilton streets in Allentown will undergo major renovations this summer. The
Soldiers and Sailors moment is a 100-year old moment dedicated to Civil War veterans.
||Jackie Lou Mory, an English teacher at
Allen High School, has been selected as one of Allentowns eight outstanding
teachers by the Allentown Education Association. She was honored at a reception
on May 5, 1999, at the Allentown Hilton.
||Workers removing the canopies in front of
the PP&L building in Allentown uncovered bas-relief sculptures done
by the Ukrainian-born modernist sculptor Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964). The sculptures,
which are original to the building, decorate the spaces over the buildings doors.
||To make way for a new restaurant and
nightclub, crews removed an Allentown landmark -- the big cube-shaped Eastern
Light Co. sign -- on April 29, 1999. The sign, which was in the 500 block of
Hamilton Street, was erected in 1962 when Eastern Light Co. constructed the building.
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