Welcome to the
December 1999 issue of The Connector. I know what you're thinking -- "What kind of
crazy calendar are you using? It's March 2000!!!" Yes, I know this issue is a bit
late. First, let me apologize to all of you faithful Connector readers. Second, let me
explain. I am self-employed. If I have deadlines to meet, all I have is myself. I have to
work until I get the projects done, which means working evenings and weekends until
everything is finished. Unfortunately, I feel like I've been working non-stop since
October of 1998. Late last year, I decided enough is enough. I decided to cut my hours and
number of clients back as of January 1, 2000. Unfortunately, it hasn't happened yet.
That's why this issue is late. All of the free time that I used to spend on my volunteer
projects, such as The Connector, has been tied up with work. Definitely, no fun!
A Newsletter By,
About, and For Graduates
of William Allen High School's Class of 1983
Issue 8 - December
In any case, The Connector is still alive and
running. Hopefully in the future, you'll see issues published on the schedule that I set
-- each June and December. Nevertheless, I have decided to make a few changes. If anyone
has any problems with them, let me know and I'll see what I can do to accommodate your
needs. Here they are:
1. There will be no more print issue of The
Connector. Throughout the years, I had very few requests for these, thus I have decided to
publish the semi-annual newsletter solely on the web site. You can still request a print
copy of an issue by sending me self-addressed stamped envelope, but you'll receive a
printout from the web site rather than a nicely formatted newsletter. On the positive side
here, publishing solely on the web site will allow me to make the issues contain as much
content as I have; in other words, no more cutting content to make a certain number of
2. I'm eliminating the Around Allentown
section of the newsletter. Since I don't live locally, getting Allentown news is
difficult. If you live locally and would like to take on writing this section of the
newsletter, let me know and we can continue it. Otherwise, you can find your Allentown
news at The Morning Call web site at www.mcall.com.
That's it from me for now. Now onto the
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definite count of people in attendance was made, there were around 160 people signed up,
with only a few not showing up at all. The feedback from those in attendance was very
favorable. A good time was had by everyone polled and many people came forward to offer
their services for the planning of the 20th.
note about this issue: The Class of 1983 15-year reunion, held November 28, 1998,
brought an influx of contributions to The Connector -- way too much to include in one
issue. Because I wanted to share as much of this information with you as possible, I split
the coverage of the 15-year reunion between the June and December 1999 issues. The June
1999 issue covered "what happened" at the 15-year reunion and this issue covers
15-year reunion committee held their wrap-up meeting on December 9 1998. At the meeting,
the reunion was analyzed, discussed, and notes were made to aid in the planning of the
20th and 25th reunions.
Slide Show -
It was decided at the meeting that the 20th reunion may be held during the
summer months with an eye toward switching between the summer and Thanksgiving every five
years. This way, all classmates will have a fair opportunity to attend future events.
Based on the recommendations of other classes who have been through these reunions
already, a shift to a more formal, sit down dinner will not be made until the 25th or
30th. The proposal was made that the 20th be held at a country club and that golf or other
activities for classmates and their families may be offered. All of these proposals will
be considered two to three years from now when commitments must be made for the next
The program book turned out to be a very
popular item. It was decided that in the future the book would dispense with the personal
biographies, but would use the same basic layout as the 15th. The committee still has a
few books available for purchase. For more information on purchasing one of the remaining
books, see the Reunion Archives.
(page removed August 2007)
The reunion night raffle netted $543 and
the bill for the fire hall came in under budget. Thus, this reunion raised almost $1,500
more for the class bank account. This money is used to pay the up front costs associated
with the reunions. We now have about $2,700 available for the 20-year reunion;
the more money that we have, the fancier the event that can be produced.
Annette Blanar and The Connector
are now our official conduit for keeping in touch with the class at large. If you want to update your contact information or have questions about reunion planning, contact her and she
will see that the correct people get the information. You call also mail your contact
information to Annette Blanar, 750 Harrison City Rd., Trafford, PA 15085. The
reunion committee was able to obtain up-to-date mailing addresses for only 40% of the
class prior to the reunion. Your assistance with locating missing classmates and keeping
the list of contact information current is vital. Please keep in touch; it is the only way
for the reunion committee to find you in the future.
Jed Rapoport, 15-year reunion committee member
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(Murdock) Jones and Robert (Bob) Jones -- a TWO for the Price of One
Murdock attended Penn State for one year and returned to Allentown to take classes at
Moravian and Muhlenberg college. Her primary focus was to teach music composition and
theory in secondary schools.
A desire to live on her own and learn about
the working world, changed her plans from college to employment. She currently works for
Aetna US Healthcare as an instructional designer (designing training curriculum for
customer service trainers nationwide) and serves as a Christian educator at First
Presbyterian Church of Allentown.
Sappy love story about her wonderful
husband...Prior to living in Allentown, she lived in Germansville, PA, until 1977. During
her time in Germansville, she attended Northwestern Elementary. During her fifth and sixth
grade years, she had a "boyfriend" named Bob. They had that first
"boyfriend / girlfriend" thing to share at an age when all of your
"firsts" mean so much.
Suzanne's family moved to Allentown in 1977
and she began attending Raub Junior High. She was no longer with her wonderful friend Bob.
Then, he moved to Florida and it looked like all was lost.
Fast forward to 1984 when she returned from
Penn State. She was out at Bill Daniels Music Factory with friends and began a
conversation with a gentleman at the bar. They decided to go out a few times and each time
they would talk and talk and talk. During one of the conversions, it was almost eerie that
they were talking like they knew each other already. Then, she realizes that that this guy
is "her" Bob from elementary school 8 years ago ! ! !
During their revelations and catching up,
she asked him what he was doing in Allentown. His reply was that his family had moved to
Florida for only a few years, then moved back to PA and located in
Allentown...hhhhmmmmm..."Where did you graduate from?"..."William
They immediately ripped open her yearbook
to look at the aerial picture that was taken in front of the school. He pointed out where
he was standing (somewhere on the left) and she showed him where she was (kind of in the
middle). They went to the same high school and graduated the same year and never knew it!
They married in 1986 and have 2 beautiful
children , a son Corey Austin Stephen Jones (11) and a daughter Lauren Kaleigh Ann Jones
Bob is a purchasing manager for ATAS
International Inc. in Allentown, a USA Ice Hockey official, and a coach for their
sons ice hockey team, the Lehigh Valley Comets (Squirt level).
Their hobbies and time are spent attending
hockey practices, hockey games, and growing together!
Advice to fellow graduates -- " Live,
Love, and Laugh", enjoy your children and the gift of life that you have been given!
Stephen (Steve) Mould
works for the City of Allentown as a police officer and has been with the City for 9
years. Right out of high school, he floated around between jobs for a while. He worked in
construction, industry, white collar jobs, and had a job lined up in Maryland as a paid
firefighter. He left after 4 days to come back and marry his wife.
His duties with the police department are
varied. He works a special shift that they call the "power shift" -- 7:00
p.m. to 3:00 a.m. They are responsible for being more proactive than the regular patrols
and respond to what they call "hot calls" -- shootings, fights, 911 calls, etc.
Steve is also a member of the police
departments Emergency Response Team (SWAT) for over three years. This unit is
responsible for High Risk Warrant Services, barricaded persons, hostage situations, and
other "high risk" situations. He as been awarded five department
commendations/awards. He also assists with police firearms training at the Police Academy.
In his off time, he likes to spend time
with his son Kyle and wife Pam. He likes to fish, hike, and even run some. He just started
hunting, but he suspects that his interest is just an excuse to get lost in the woods
after a bad night at work.
On occasion, he has run into people with
which he graduated or went to school. Sometimes its something light hearted at work.
Sometimes its heavy with them as the victim; that's not the way that you want to run into
He has been married for 10 years to Pamela
Mould (Costa). They have a son named Kyle who is 5 and a daughter Courtney who is 1.
John Ashbrook and his wife
Mona welcomed their son Justin Kumar Ashbrook into the world on July 27, 1999, at 5:56
a.m. He was 6 lbs., 7 oz. and 19 inches.
Note: If you submitted an autobiography and
it didnt get in this issue, youll see it in the next issue.
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