September 22, 2017

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Cheryl Suchors on August 30, 2018 9:48 AM
Hi Classmates!

I would love to see you in person, but unfortunately can't make it to the reunion because I'll be launching my book, 48 PEAKS, Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains. Nothing like being a debut author at the tender age of 67!

If you'd like to know something about what I've been up to, at least for the ten years between 1998 and 2008, read this memoir that got a great review from Kirkus. During that decade, my best friend died and I got breast cancer ... but found that hiking in the White Mountains of NH brought me back to health and helped heal my grief as well. I hiked all 48 of the mountains over 4000 feet high, most of them in my 50s, post cancer, despite injuries and a fear of heights!

Hope you'll check out the book and let me know what you think. Wish I were saying this in person! What have you been up to? Curious minds want to know... And contact me if you're in the Boston area.

All the best,
Cheryl (Suchors)
Terry Unterman on September 14, 2018 7:31 PM
Cheryl - so good to hear from ou and that you are well.  Looking forward to reading 48 peaks. Congratulations! and stay well.  Terry Unterman

Neil Cohen on August 31, 2018 3:51 PM
Our 50th reunion Saturday at the high school is a day for you to converse with the experts, share your own stories, get down with some folk, and jam a little Dixie - - or just stroll down memory lane on a guided tour of the old school.
*NOTE THE LOCATION HAS JUST BEEN CHANGED BY THE HIGH SCHOOL - WE ARE NOW IN EAST HALL FOR ALL EVENTS (not South Hall).  This may change again so please pay attention to signs as you enter the school.
PARK in the Dodge Street lot, on the southeast corner of ETHS.
ENTER through the front door.
Sign up now to be an active leader in one of these activities - or just come and enjoy the myriad talents of our lively class.  See detailed descriptions and contact information below.
9:30 AM Doors open, registration, continental breakfast in EAST School Cafeteria (NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION).  Maps with final room locations for all events will be available.
10 AM - 12 PM KIT talks, led by panels of experts and passionate amateurs from our class and faculty, with open audience participation.  EAST School classrooms TBA. See detailed description below.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Share Your Stories, tales written and presented live by '68 classmates about life after ETHS.  Little Theater.  
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Light portable lunches available, EAST School Cafeteria
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM:  Dixie Jam led by David Didriksen:  Drop in for a spell, or bring an instrument and toot, strum, or bang along.  A 115 Band / choral room
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Hootenanny led by Rich Warren:  Hear tales from his 50 years in radio, along with live performances by classmate artists. Little Theater.
ETHS Tour times: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM - starting at EAST School Cafeteria
ETHS Saturday Sept 15 10 AM – 12 PM
KIT talks are open discussions initiated by a moderator and a panel of leaders.  Talks will take place in various EAST School classrooms.  Open to all; only leaders need to sign up in advance.
10-10:50 AM:
1.  War and peace - from the battlefield and villages to the newsroom and hospital:
Laura Palmer, Vietnam war correspondent, TV news producer; Dennis Serchon, Vietnam veteran
Renee Page, MD VA Hospital Charleston
Gil Hoel, Social worker, PTSD population
Chris Cain, Peace Corps volunteer
Faculty guest: Roland Dubosq, WWII French occupation survivor
2.  Truth and consequences - cops, courts and the media, speaking truth to power in precarious times:
Scott Lassar, former US Attorney, Northern Illinois;
Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General, State of Oregon
Stephen Ellmann, Professor of law, constitutional law focus
Rick Tulsky, investigative journalist, founder Injustice Watch
Neil Cohen, Cook County judge (panel advisor)
Faculty guests: Robert Trevarthen, Attorney, former South Hall Principal
John Reque, journalism teacher ETHS and area colleges
3.  Sports for kicks and keeps - healthy athletics through our lifetime:
Marcey Ganet Siegel, physical education and dance teacher
Helene Nelson, speed skater and mother of champions
Greg Cook, lifelong outdoors athlete / adventurer
Faculty guests: Henrietta Berning, ETHS girls’ PE teacher and coach
Ann Stevens, ETHS girls’ PE teacher and coach
11-11:50 AM
4.  Soundtrack of our future - music fast forward:
Rick Warren, radio host and producer
Ed Cherney, sound recording maestro
Nancy Jones Freeman, folk musician and impresssario
Kurt Westerberg, professor of music, composer
Faculty guest: Don Owens, ETHS band teacher, music professor, composer
5.  Front row seating - Film, TV, theater – it’s been all about us for 50 years, what’s next?
Tim Landfield, professional actor, drama professor
Todd McCarthy, film critic and author
Jeffrey Sweet, playwright and author
Barbara Turvett, professional actor and magazine editor
Deborah Langerman, avant garde theater creator
Faculty guests: Bill Ditton, former chair ETHS Theater Department
Jerry Madden (observer) former ETHS TV / media teacher)
6.  Scientist citizens- when science meets society:  
Jim Perkins, MD Pathologist Evanston Hospital
Carolyn Kanagy, PhD biophysics and clinical psychology
Doug Shaker, software engineer
Faculty guests: Doug Halsted, astrochemist and eternal teacher
David Taylor, ETHS chemistry teacher
Jerry Leibforth, ETHS chemistry teacher, business manager
KIT Talks Contact
To join a group as a leader: Susan Moore Gobel
We’d like to invite you to Share Your Stories.  We prefer those tales which happened within 10 years of our graduation.  The time goal is a five-minute piece (yes, you should time yourself!)  If it is shorter, that is fine - if longer, please don’t go beyond 7 minutes so that everyone who desires to present can have a turn. We have only one hour to play with.
??Here are some possible suggestions, especially for anyone like me, who until several years ago, never tried creative or memoir writing.  Try to take us through moments when some action or confrontation took place.  Use dialogue, which you probably will not remember word for word, but the gist can be extrapolated.  If you can write these moments in the present tense, your audience will experience the event with you.  If you “imagine yourself there” in your head while you’re reading, it will make a big difference in communication.
??Please let me know if you’d like to reserve a spot in Share Your Stories.  We already have 4 presenters, so please let us know if you’re interested as soon as possible!
Share Your Stories Contacts
Tery Veras (Kaufman)
Kristin Lems
Dixie jam will be held in the band or choral room A115 at ETHS.  Open to all musicians who remember how to tune their instrument and keep a beat.  Instruments from the high school can be made available for your use, with advance notice.
Dixie Jam Contact
David Didriksen
Hootenanny invites acoustic musicians, dancers, singers, and storytellers from all traditions to join in an hour long performance, moderated by Rich Warren.  Folk music has deep roots in the Chicago area, and Midnight Special, the program Rich hosts on WFMT, is an important part of that world.  Join other folk artists for some knee-slapping fun.  Limited sound equipment will be provided - let us know if you have special equipment needs.
Hootenanny Contact
Kristin Lems

Terry Unterman on September 14, 2018 7:29 PM
ETHS Class of 1968, you are awesome!!

Wish I could be there, but:


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