Monday, July 2, 2012

40th Reunion - 2012

WA-HI Class of 1972 - 40th Reunion

June 29, 30, and July 1, 2012

Reflections on Reunion

Did it seem to you that time stood still for the class of 1972? Not to me. Not at all. Well, maybe with the exception of watching Mike and Kathy Potter on the dance floor on Saturday night. That was a flashback to Sadie Hawkins for sure. But for the rest of the time, it was a fascinating lesson on how life’s twists and turns happen to all of us—taking us places we never dreamed we would be.
I was delighted when so many asked if I was still singing. “Yes,” I would reply. Singing was my identity for so many years, and it was nice to know I made an impact that way. But I’m now making bigger waves in my life and it impressed me beyond words to see how many others I talked to are doing the same. I wish I could have learned more about each of you, but reunions go by quickly and there is just too little time to fully reacquaint ourselves with everyone.
It was wonderful to learn that Gini Fine was working with mentally ill folks, trying to bring light into their lives. Rick and Cindy Walters are blossoming in a new business. Linda Barton is helping shape the future of young lives as a principal. Sheila Crumpacker and many others are also in the educational field. Kathy and Mike raised a passel of kids, some of whom desperately needed parents when their own mother died. Dare I mention how surprised I was to learn that our own John Hansens is a county coroner? That’s crazy. Just kidding, John. Anyway, the list goes on and on.
We are all living out our place in this world. I am inspired now more than ever to make sure I’m reaching out to others in a positive way. For I can see how time has not stood still and that we are on the back side of our lives. The class of 1972 still has much to accomplish and we will leave our mark on this planet. I’m confident of that now, and I don’t think I’m alone when I wish everyone the best of life’s blessings.
From now on, when I think of my classmates, I won’t be wondering what has become of them. I won’t be curious about who they have become and how they are impacting their world. And even though many of our friends have finished life here on earth, I know the remaining class of 1972 will go on to leave a legacy of impressive force.  - Jan Cherry Cline

Monday, June 11, 2012

40th Reunion: In Memorium

Remembering all those from the Wa-Hi Class of 1972 who will be with us in spirit. Thank you to Elisabeth "Beth" Edelen Weakley.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Way We Wore

With apologies to Barbara and the classic movie from 1973, "The Way We Were."  

To ask the question of, "What was in our closets?" should be more like, "What was laying over our bedroom chairs, beds, and layered on the floor." Hey, we were teen agers of the 60-70's and we weren't any different about our rooms like the teens of today. Perhaps the Wa-Hi Class of 72 invented the messy bedrooms during our days of teen angst.    

We were adorned in beads, feathers, flowers and bells. It was an androgynous look with bell-bottoms, desert boots, waffle stompers, paisley and seude. 

The girls also wore the minis, midis, and the maxis - from the mini skirts hailed from the fashion runways of London to the long floral skirts that often identified us as Bohemian, nomadic, spirited and most important - non-bourgeois.

The boys took on a Pre-Raphaelite fashion of muttonchops and sunglasses. Also a London influence was the "mop-top" Beatle and even longer shaggy haircuts (unless they were dedicated to ROTC), muttonchop whiskers, sunglasses, army fatigues and jackets, pea coats, duffel coats and duffel bags.

We didn't invent tie-dye. The colorful tie-dye seen on shirts, scarves and dresses has artistic roots as far back as 500 to 800 AD in Peru, and including Japan and West Africa.  Embroidered clothing, either self-made or imported from Mexico or India was also a popular look. We were wearing peace symbols on jewelry, purses and belts as a political statement before it was became a fashion statement and a trend in the 21 century.

It was also one of the very first years at Wa-Hi that the girls were finally allowed to wear pants, especially jeans to school.

So, the Wa-Hi Class of 1972 was recently asked on Facebook, "What was your favorite piece of clothing you wore in high school. Also, do you still own any of them, whether it is jewelry, purse, shoes or an old shirt?"  Here's what they had to say:

Sheila Crumpacker Meharry I loved wearing my Choir Blazer! That was one sharp looking blazer!

Jan Cherry Cline A pair of jeans that I embroidered flowers on. Don't have them but I have the Miss WW pageant pic of me in them. Crazy.

Gini Fine Walker I think I am with Jan -- hip hugger bell bottoms with flowers embroidered on the bottom. I cut off the embroidered bottoms and kept them for the longest time -- but finally decided I really did NOT need to keep them.

Catie McIntyre Walker  My fav accessory was a brown seude purse with fringe and studded peace symbol on the flap. I still have it. Maybe I should use it for the 40th class reunion? How fashionable ... I finally let go of my dance formals in 1997.

Ellen Harbold Ostheller Between moves and a fire, i don't own anything from those years unfortunately and seeing as how we had to wear dresses/skirts to school and i have spent my life in jeans, don't remember too many favorites either. There was a pretty plaid kilt in blues and creams that i liked i guess, for a skirt...

Kathy Franklin Potter My favorites were my plaid wool culottes. My mom used to take an old Pendleton Wool pleated skirt apart and make it into culottes. There is a lot of fabric in one of those old girls. And you didn't have to take out the zipper--you could lay out the pieces just right and re-use it. OMG we recycled before it was cool--or mandated!

Robert Larson I had a red plaid jacket with big pockets, easier to hide the, I mean my lunch, not that I hid my lunch, still have it. Wow, love it but can no longer fit into it.

Ida Widner Kaminsky I loved my bell bottom jeans. Don't own them anymore. But still own some multi colored wood hoop earrings and a puzzle ring that I love and still wear.

Steven W. Mackey My bell bottoms (Coast Guard) had 13 buttons.

Sheila Potter Peick I have my fathers Navy uniform and I absolutely love them! My Dad's (Navy bell bottoms) fit me, but only for a short time!

Kathy Franklin Potter I wore my dad's navy bell bottoms also! He let me wear the top too! Not his dress blues, they were for the Veteran's Day Parade! But the whites were all mine!

Patti Parson Hillman I feel like such a nerd. I (still) have 2 dresses, a purse made from my favorite bell bottom jeans, a giraffe pin I got from Gretchen in a 4th grade Christmas gift exchange, a sweater i bought for $18 with my first paycheck from St. Mary's Hospital (Dietary Student Helper - I have the name tag!), and my favorite prom dress. I can probably find even more. My daughter and her friends practically wore out the dresses with years of dress-up. Embarrassing!

Tracie Myrick Meyer My boyfriends 501 Levis I borrowed.

Diane Clements Wicks I liked some of my wool plaid skirts and I kept one just for fun. Not that I can wear it anymore, but that's another story! Also, I still have some jewelry and my class ring. Go Blue Devils!

Patti Parson Hillman I have my class ring too! Thanks for the reminder Diane.

Sheila Potter Peick Patti (Parson Hillman), you are definitely a nerd for saving stuff a Highly intelligent nerd, the kind I wish I were LOL. I bet the clothes still fit. I had a baby blue trench coat and a big floppy hat ( in multiple colors) finally tossed them. Diane a big definite YES on the wool plaid skirts. For not being able to wear jeans to school except snow days. Lol. Short dresses and even shorter skirts.

Janet L Teal I still have my Class Ring too and some jewelry that I wore in HS. Think I even have some clothes. lol

Jackie Preston Bacon I loved a peasant blouse I bought at the BeeHive. Mom said I could have it only if I didn't wear it like a hippie, still not quite sure what that meant! No idea what happened to it. My fringe jacket burned in a house fire, but I now have a Pendleton "official Round-Up" leather jacket with fringe. Then there were the rough-out cowboy boots I bought at Goodwill. I had them resoled so many times the cobbler finally refused to work on them anymore, and sold me a custom made pair that someone had ordered and never picked up!

Where did we get that fashion statement of the fringed jacket? Was it from television's Daniel Boone with Fess Parker or from the movie, Easy Rider's cowboy biker, Billy? But, Jackie wasn't the only one who wore a seude/leather jacket with fringes that is now long gone ...

Karen Harding Kelly  Oh yeah, I loved my fringe seude coat. No, I don't still have it as I think I wore it out.

Debbie Fullen I don't have mine either.... bummer!

Linda Barton Byerley Mine went to the Good Will after my folks sold their house 8 years ago!
If you are a classmate of Wa-Hi 1972, 1971 or 1973 and want to share what you wore, please do so in the comment section. We'd enjoy hearing about your memories, too.  

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

First Annual Powder Puff Football - Class of 1972

It was the week of Homecoming when "Moreno's Milkshakes" (White Team) with Coach Joe Moreno (last row second left in photo) went up against "McDonald's Hamburgers" (Blue Team) with Coach John McDonald (last row middle in photo).

Announcer was George Beito. Officials were: Mr. Abe Roberts, Mr. Dick Cook, and Mr. Tim Corfield.

White Team's Assistant Coaches: Jim Stonecipher and Scott Eggers. 

Moreno's Milkshakes - White Team (as listed in program): #23 - Whacker Weakley, #24 - Limber Lake, #25 - Scarface Scott,  #26 - Bomber Barton, #30 - Killer Clements, #31 - Masher Manuel, #32 - Obnoxious Olin, #34 - Moose McIntyre, #36 - Yanker Jungman, #38 - Mangler McKay, #39 - Gruesome Goldsbury, #40 - Ferocious Freeman, #41 - Jammer Jessee, #42 - Jolly Jacky

Blue Team's Assistant Coaches: Chris Repass and Rick Walters

McDonald's Hamburgers - Blue Team (as listed in program): #16 - Putt-Putt Powell, #20 - Crusher Carmichael, #21 - Harmless Horner, #23 - Smasher Smith, #29 - Bumble Berry, #31 - Crazy Legs Campbell, #32 - Robie Robison, #33 - Perilous Perrault, #35 - Meany Meiners, #36 - Crippler Casey, #37 - Crasher Cummings, #39 - Deadly Darrah, #41 - Hop-Along Hedine, #42 - Rubbling Roberts

We were suppose to look mean instead of perky. How did we do?

 ~ Proceeds went to the Chuck Anderson Memorial Fund ~

Monday, February 6, 2012

Homecoming: You've Got a Friend

When you're down and troubled, and you need some loving care. And nothing, nothing is going right. Close your eyes and think of me, and soon i will be there, to brighten up even your darkest night.

You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am, I'll come running to see you again. Winter, spring, summer or fall. All you have to do is call, and I'll be there. You've got a friend ...
  Carole King

"You've Got a Friend" was the theme of our Homecoming for the years 1971-72.  It was the start of a rather bitter-sweet week for us.  

Almost a month before we had an evening home game with Pendleton at Borleske Stadium. We won 41-20, but our victory was subdued. Our senior classmate and football lineman, Chuck Anderson would suffer injuries on the field and later pass away. We were too young to start losing our classmates, but not too young to learn the importance of making the most out of our lives and the opportunities given to us. 

As our year book pointed out: It was not your run-of-the-mill week. The ordinary Monday brought us a tug-o'-war over the raging Yellowhawk Creek against the faculty and the students.  Also, on that Monday eveing was the first-ever Annual Powder Puff football game that was held at Borleske Stadium between Moreno Milkshakes and McDonald's Hamburgers.  

Tuesday brought us a bicycle race along with a few decorated two-wheeled vehicles roaming campus. Wednesday was a rockin' and a rollin' with a minature music festival, "Jam in the Gym." 

Thursday was the traditional, and very long, serpentine run that started downtown and ended at the raging bonfire at Borleske Stadium. 

Friday was game night! Spirits were high, but unfortunately the score was low - one of the only two games we lost that season (ten games).  We lost to the Pasco Bulldogs 22-6. Captain Joe Moreno "peeled off" 42 yards to bring the Blue Devils their only score. 

Last but not least, and what most of us girls were waiting for - Homecoming Dance - the chance to show off the formal.  No doubt the formal that we only wore once - like a wedding dress. 

Our Homecoming Royalty: Kent Hoover, Ginny Soper, Nancy Young, Joe Moreno, Vickie Anderson, George Beito, Tina Diamond, Karen Hedine, Rick Walters and Scott Esary. 

What a Homecoming year. We don't think that Wa-Hi has had one so significant or so poignant, ever since.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Forty Years is a Long Time: By Jan Cherry Cline

It's been 40 years since my high school graduation. Even longer since I lived through those years with young people I thought I knew. Maybe I didn't know them so well, but we were close all the same. As teens in those days we shared more, laughed more, dreamed more and expected more from our futures.

I don't think it's the same for many teens today. It's more about living for the moment, and the future seems more uncertain.

It seemed to me that the world of my high school campus was a sort of magical place - a think tank of ideas and exploration. We said what was on our minds, we thought we could accomplish anything and never once dreamed how hard life could be. Some of us knew what we wanted to be when we grew up and some of us didn't. But that didn't seem to matter because we had each other and we knew everything would just work out somehow ...

Continued at: Jan's blog at

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


In the year of 1972, while the graduates of small town Walla Walla, Washington were preparing for change, independence and to make our way in the world; the year would also be filled with significant introductions and history.

While we were watching our favorite TV shows: The Brady Bunch, Monty Python's Flying Circus, and Hawaii Five-O; they were often pre-empted due to the beginning of the biggest political scandal in modern times - - Watergate.

The  Volkswagen Beetle became the most popular car ever sold with in excess of 15 million sold - - and gas was only 55 cents a gallon. But no matter, because Melanie was singing, "I ride my bike, I roller skate, don't drive no car ... I got a brand new pair of roller skates. You got a brand new key."

The first artificial heart was invented in the USA and Neil Young sang his heart out to "Heart of Gold."

There was  Bloody Friday  and Bloody Sunday in Belfast Ireland, and in the United States,  there was "Saturday in the Park" by Chicago. 

Nillson was putting the "Lime in the Coconut" and Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan.

American swimmer Mark Spitz won seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany and unknowingly left before terrorism would enter our arena of revered international athletic contests.

We had "Knights in White Satin" by the Moody Blues, "A Long Cool Woman In a Black Dress," by The Hollies; but we wore a $12 pair of Levi jeans. To our parents chagrin, we immediately bleached the new dark blue jeans, unraveled the hems and sewed on patches where there were no holes. 

President Richard Nixon ordered the start for the space shuttle program, he visited China and the year before, he even found the time to visit Walla Walla .

Apollo 16  landed on the moon and drove a Lunar Rover around the craters. The astronauts of Apollo 17 were the last  to walk on the moon and Elton John's hit of "Rocket Man" would last forever to be heard in elevators and 21st century TV commercials.

In June of 1972, the last of the US ground combat units were making plans to  withdraw from Vietnam and Alice sang to us ... 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Every Father's Worst Nightmare

Note how his hair keeps getting longer and longer ...

Jeff & Shari

Jeff and Patti
Jeff and Karen
Jeff and Linda

Jeff, Marlene and Joanie

Jeff, Connie and Tauna
Karen Smith

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Then and Now

 In April of 1966, The Franklin Family moved to Locust Street and landed directly across from the Potter Family and our destiny was sealed. We were married on June 11, 1972. Now, 40 years, 8 kids and 10 grandkids (and counting) later, we're still here. And they said it wouldn't last.