Loy Norrix (LNHS) Class of 1968 Alumni List

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Class Memories From 1968

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Great Junior year Prom for me; lousy Senior year Prom for me. Thanks to any of you out there that helped put those on. Wanting to go to LNHS school dances, but not having the self-confidence to do so.
Norrix was great in many ways, but try as I might, I could never fully get over not being at U-High. Thanks to those of you that were at Norrix those years that helped to try and welcome several dozen of us into Norrix.
Dances Posted: 08/04/2014
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Transferring over to Norrix from U-High on Western's East Campus when that School closed after 70 years of operation. Being dropped off as a Tuition student from a small town near Kazoo for my first day of 10th grade at LN and being pretty intimated by the "hugeness" of LNHS. Not knowing hardly anyone at all. First day in P.E., seated in the gym, waiting with other students. Bit nervous--I chose to wear my yellow golf pants and yellow golf socks to school that day--not a good idea. My name in that class for quite a while was not Patrick, but rather Bannana foot. Not so good for a new transfer in! Driver's License--finally getting my Driver's License, nearly Christmas time of my Junior year. Was always the youngest in our Class of '68" by a year to a year and a half. Sometimes made things more challenging. Was still 17 when I completed my first sem. of freshman year of college and swimming on college team--pretty young.
Letter Sweater- feeling really proud to earn a Varsity letter my first year at Norrix and being able to wear my new blue/whie Norrix letter sweater. I still have it! Proud of the people I swam with, our Coaches and School!
Amazed by an enormous Winter snow storm one of the years, /'66"-'68"--schools were closed for a week. We literally had snow up to the eave troughs of houses. Made good extra money shoveling for people when schools were closed.
First day of each school year--recalling how many very cool Mustangs, Camaro's, Barracudas (John D.'s), LeMans, GTO's, Roadrunners (Chuck S.), Rivieras, VW's, Falcon convertibles (David A.'s), Corvair convertible/s (John B.'s), Jeep Wranglers (Steve W.),etc. were in the Student parking lot. There were always some great older year cars as well being worked on by students--body and/or engine--neat to see the "in-process efforts". Very neat to see these various vehicles and always neat to see friends at the start of school again that we had not seen over the summer.
First Times Posted: 08/04/2014
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James Bond movies at the State Theater, downtown Kalamazoo!
Specifically remember going to see Goldfinger with Norrix friends, along with other Bond movies.
First Times Posted: 08/19/2014
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Mr. Kasdorf! His School Productions were incredible!!!
We had alot of talent in the Class of 1968--great job guys! Steve T., one of our good swimmers, going back and forth between some home swim meets and musical productions so he could contribute to both.
Musicals Posted: 08/04/2014
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Missing out on most all of the great parties due to athletic participation and serving as Capt. of the Swim Team my Senior year. Hard choices; missed having great times with lots of you. Life moves on; would be great to reconnect. While attending one party at a classmate's house, being shown their sub-basement level Fall-out Shelter during the Cold War era with Soviet Union. Attending a post-graduation party of a classmate only to have it raided by Kazoo City Police just as friends and I are arriving. We ran for it and just got away, officer's hands literally grabbing for the back of our collars and shoulders. (Presume alcohol was being served--never got in to see prior to the bust).
Remember linking up with friends a couple hours later and walking across Town back to our neighborhoods at 2a.m. Attending a pre-graduation party at a classmates out at their cottage and having a great time with friends and got home safely.
Driving up to South Haven with friends, Bart, John, others to walk the area that has become the Palisades Nucleur Power Plant site. Chance to enjoy hot, late spring weather and to see Lake, MI.
Parties Posted: 08/04/2014
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Schwartz's Drive-In on Westnedge--
Popular spot to enjoy "cars of the day".
Quite a few people, as I recall, chose to go "clothing
optional" at that Drive-In--hm--probably not so good.
Life moves on--
Learning that the food at LN H.S. cafeteria was actually not bad; often pretty good.
Dairy Queen by Waldo Stadium and Inman's Restaurant on the River in Galesburg--popular Prom meal location.
Places To Eat Posted: 08/04/2014
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Supporting the Norrix FB teams at Fall games in Knight Stadium--goood memories. As I recall Teams had about a 50/50 win/loss record--but was good to be their supporting them. Doug Lang--Kicker (& Diver for Swim Team) Punted
bare foot--yes! Bare foot--and he was very good!
Pep Rallies- that got us out of Fri. aft. class! Yes!!!
Home Swim meets against K-Central- Natatorium seating would be packed AND we had Cheerleaders to support us! AND, as I recall we *always won!!!
Coach Luken's awesome Track Teams, believe C.C. as well.
Remember going to alot of BB games, but not nec. the outcomes? Think we were pretty darn good. Believe Norrix had strong Tennis teams back then as well. PE classes--Mr. Berringer's gigantic Artillery games. Injury my knee in one of these great games, requiring surgery from Dr. DeLong and missing much of my 11th grade Swim season.
Remembering Asst. Swim Coach/Diving Coach- Bob Thomsen, English teacher. Always had great stories to share and super sense of humor. Very encouraging.
Swim Team Practices-much of the long season we had a 6 or 6:30a.m. practice with breakfast in the locker room. We would pick up donuts on Portage St. on the way driving in to practice. I was fortunate to have a car so would pick up team-mates along the way and often make the donut stop.
Afternoon Swim practice would commence about 3:30 and run til about 5:30pm. If you didn't dry your hair in the locker room, the inside of your car windows would always freeze over before you could get the heat going to clear the windows--a pain!
Trying to study/do your homework at night was always a challenge with horribly bloodshot eyes from the pool chlorine. Rob M., Fred S. and Mike F. were great Swim Team Managers!
Sporting Events Posted: 08/04/2014
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Swimming laps during Swim Team practice while often listening to Beach Boy music on the underwater speakers--great motivator!
Songs like "She's So Fine, my 409", "Little Duece Coupe" and Little Old Lady from Passedena stand out in my mind.
Sporting Events Posted: 08/19/2014
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Mr. Pebble's Govt. Class--His favorite descriptor--"you meat ball!"
Mr. Feldt- Awesome Math/Geometry teacher. I remember most of 1st Sem. whenever I was called on my voice would always crack--changing voice in teen years--SO embarrasing! I was the youngest in the Class, so this did not help matters.
Mr. Steifbergen- Fantastic History teacher
Mr. Green's great Biology classes, Labs, etc. Earn all A's and he would award a ride in his airplane!
(I did not get an airplane ride, B's instead).
Mr. Kiewet's Law classes, highly organized and always with a good story to help explain a law. A good handball player as well.
Mrs. Farrell-
English teacher
Was really good at getting us to delve into the plot and meaning/s of a story. She also had "the look" to get you back on task, peering over her glasses, which inched lower on her nose as she spoke. She also insisted that the guys sit like gentleman.
Mr. Brenner serving as Statistician and Announcer of our home swimming meets and overseeing the operation of the School Store during lunch & exc. Sociology class. Mr. Quirring, A.D. and Drivers Ed. teacher--Range memories & his mega exc. Ford Thunderbird--kept SO nice!
Got to know Mrs. Szymczak, Counselor, better than I normally would have as I had study hall with her for a month or more during P.E. class time when I was recovering from a broken leg/injured knee. Really, really nice lady.
Coach DeLano- Turning out some great Swimming Teams! Learning not to call him by his first name in school, although I had known him since age 5 as a coach.
Norrix also had some nationally recognized Plymouth/Chrysler Trouble Shooting Auto Class Teams--they always did extremely well in State and National competitions. Remember Jr. Jones' Chemistry classes--how highly acclaimed they were--wish now I had taken at least one.
LNHS also had a super Accounting/Business teacher--very conscientious, always arrived very earley. Mrs. Hanover also taught Touch keyboarding to many students very well, in her one semester class.
Teachers Posted: 08/04/2014

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