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07/06/19 08:34 AM #1267    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Interesting conversations with about a dozen different black women my age and older while visiting NYC - they’re not inclined to support Kamala Harris in the primary, (tho will support her if she’s the Democratic nominee) - they say, “she’s too calculating” - saw her move against Joe Biden as “contrived”...  

The older black women believe the field of candidates is too large; they like Joe Biden, but otherwise are not of one mind nor are they settled on primary candidates.  The oldest women (upper 80s and one in her 90s like Elizabeth Warren, “she has a plan”... a 74 year old likes Michael Bennet... they all like Pete Buttigieg.

John Hickenlooper: 👎🏾 from all.


07/06/19 09:42 PM #1268    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Congrats to Ed Bruksch... recognized 50+ years later for starring in three sports.

07/07/19 01:04 PM #1269    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

A legacy President Nixon could be proud of: signing Title IX into law.

Salute to America!  The US wins the Women’s World Cup - a record fourth World Cup victory.

A big thank you to President Nixon and Bravo to our team.


07/11/19 01:30 PM #1270    

Stewart Myrent

Enjoyed "Truth in Our Times", by David E. McCraw, Deputy General Counsel of the NYT so much, that I picked up another new release, "The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump", by Peter Wehner, a conservative commentator & contributor to the NYT opinion section & to The Atlantic.  Unlike McCraw, Wehner is not an employee of the NYT.  Also, despite the fact that he is a Republican conservative, he obviously detests Trump.  Imagine that.  He also is a dedicated Christian & I enjoyed reading his book quite a bit.  From chapter 2, "How We Ended Up in This Mess", "It's often said that the American manufacturing sector is in decline, but in fact manufacturing is declining in terms of employment, not in terms of output or its share of the economy.  The increasing efficiency of American manufacturing has come at the expense of lower-skilled workers." In Chapter 3, "What Politics Is", he talks about 2 philosophers, Aristotle & John Locke, & one president, Abraham Lincoln, as models for political thought, relative to creating & advancing democratic ideals.  From Chapter 4, "Politics and Faith", "The strongest case for religion in public life comes from the moral instruction needed in guiding our politics - religion helps ground politics in morality.  Without this grounding, it's more difficult to appeal to fixed moral points."  "My point isn't that atheists can't be good people; clearly they can, and many prove that every day.  Many, in fact, live lives of greater moral integrity than people of faith."  Talking about the fractured idealism of the religious Right, "But Jerry Falwell Sr. gave way to Jerry Falwell Jr., Billy Graham gave way to Franklin Graham, and things are now worse, not better.  The Trump era has utterly discredited significant parts of the American evangelical movement."  Also, in Chapter 4, talking about Trump's support from the religious Right, after the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape, "...more than seven in ten (72 percent) white evangelical Protestants said an elected official can behave ethically even if they have committed transgressions in their personal life.  Five years earlier, when Barack Obama was president, only 30 percent of white evangelical Protestants said the same.  No group shifted their position more dramatically than white evangelical Protestants.  But it's not only Mr. Trump's sexual transgressions that are relevant here; it's the whole package deal.  Mr. Trump lies pathologically.  He exhibits crude and cruel behavior, relishes humiliating those over whom he has power, and dehumanizes his political opponents, women, and the weak.  He is indifferent to objective truth, trades in conspiracy theories, and exploits the darker impulses of the public.  His style of politics is characterized by stoking anger and grievances rather than demonstrating empathy and justice."  From Chapter 5, "Why Words Matter", after listing many of Trump's outright lies & misrepresentations, since he took office, "After 773 days in office, Trump made more than 9,000 false or misleading claims, which averages out to more than 11 per day.  In 2018, Trump averaged 15 false claims a day.  (In the seven weeks before the 2018 midterm elections, he averaged nearly 30 a day.)  That is a staggering, unprecedented achievement.  The sheer scope, breadth, and shamelessness of the Trump lies are impressive in their own corrupt way.  Mr. Trump told falsehoods about voter fraud costing him the popular vote to Hillary Clinton (it didn't), Russian intervention in the 2016 election being a hoax (it wasn't), having won the biggest landslide since 1980 (not even close), and President Obama bugging Trump Tower (it never happened).  He prevaricated in claiming his 2018 State of the Union was the most watched of any State of the Union in history, in stating that tax reform had cost him a fortune, and in claiming credit for business investments and job announcements that had been previously announced.  He was wrong when he asserted that he had signed more bills than any president ever, that counterprotestors in Charlottesville didn't have a permit, and that the NYT had apologized for 'bad coverage'.  Trump claimed the FBI inspector general's report on Hillary Clinton's email server totally exonerated him; it did no such thing.  He claimed that the policy of separating migrant children from their parents was forced on him by Democrats; the person responsible for the policy was Trump, not Democrats.  For two years President Trump, his legal team, and his advisors denied that he was involved in hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal; we now know that was a lie and Mr. Trump was involved in or briefed on every step of the agreements.  On dozens of occasions since the summer of 2016 Mr. Trump said he had 'nothing to do with Russia' - no deals, no investments, no business with Russia.  Those claims were lies." Of course, there's way more, but I got tired of writing this out, but he closes with, "Trump is not simply a serial liar; he is attempting to murder the very idea of truth, which is even worse.  Without truth, a free society cannot operate."  Something further in this chapter, made me happy.  "In a sense, we see what we want to see in order to believe what we want to believe.  In addition, we all like to be proven right, and changing our views is an admission that we were previously wrong, or at least had an incomplete understanding of an issue."  And finally, in Chapter 6, "In Praise of Moderation, Compromise and Civility", "As you look at the broken state of our politics, lamenting its tone and shaking your head in disgust at the bickering and lack of cooperation, the mistake you're likely to make is the same one I can easily fall into: to assume that all would be right with the world if only more people agreed with me, if they saw things just as I see them, if they interpreted things just as I do - and if they don't, to get irritated with them for their ignorance and inflexibility, their flawed judgment and lack of self-awareness, for not sufficiently loving their country.  To believe, in short, that they're not only wrong but deeply flawed as human beings.  Here's the thing, though: the people I'm quick to condemn because they hold different views than I do look at me the same way I look at them."  And, "It's true that if we only set aside our differences - if one side or the other jettisoned its beliefs in the name of agreement - our politics would be less acrimonious and gridlocked.  But that hope is a fairy tale." 

07/12/19 11:05 AM #1271    

Stewart Myrent

When I returned "The Death of Politics" by Peter Wehner, I picked up a copy of Michelle Obama's autobiography, "Becoming".  I picked up her book for 3 reasons: (1) when I caught the tail end of "The View" this past week, Joy Behar was making recommendations for summer reading & the first book she mentioned was Michelle Obama's "Becoming" (she mentioned the book had 3 sections, "Becoming Me", "Becoming Us" & "Becoming Better", which I really liked), (2) the library had 1 copy available (in large-print format, no less), and (3) I wondered how (not if) her upbringing was significantly different from that of the current president.  I have already gotten through a major portion of "Becoming Me", the 1st section & I have not been disappointed in her book, at all.  It's a really good read.  I do have to mention that the fact she is black, means that she had to face at least twice as much pushback & strife, compared to anything that any of us had to go through, just to get through life, on a daily basis.

07/12/19 04:00 PM #1272    


Frances Garfield (Brown)

Sharry Rugendorf Falcon passed away today at the age of 72. She was a wonderful person, fun, loving, and a creative individual that helped us in our schools, parties, and all of our friends. We will miss her.

---fran garfield brown

07/12/19 04:46 PM #1273    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Sharry fought for life - for others and against cancer for her own life - she was a lively, creative spirit with a serious humorous bent... she will be sorely missed.

Thank you, Fran, for sharing the sad news about Sharry and reminding us of the irreplaceable role she played in our class.  We will miss her.

Death is not easy to accept - sad as we are we can celebrate Sharry’s life and be grateful she was and is part of us.

Condolences to all.


07/13/19 03:09 AM #1274    


Steven Ray Hirschtick

Rest in peace Sharry.  Condolences to Donna and entire family.

07/13/19 06:56 AM #1275    

Judith Beth Rosecrans (Manoff)

So sad...we lost a good one, Rest in Peace, Sharry



07/13/19 08:08 AM #1276    

Theodore John Forsberg

So sad- we lost a wonderful classmate who helped spark this site and was a great part of the class of 64. My prayers are with her and with her family. 

07/13/19 10:14 AM #1277    

Stewart Myrent

Classmates, I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Sharry Rugendorf.  I was surprised to hear it, but I have no idea why.  Fairly soon, all of us will succumb to inevitability, so I'm guessing we should get used to it.  Time & gravity take their toll on EVERYONE.  No one escapes without paying a price.  The only positive I can think of, is that her troubles are over.  Condolences to her family.

07/13/19 12:32 PM #1278    


David Steinberg (Noel)

Sharry was the heartfelt creator of the social reparte' that we all enjoyed for decades.  I loved our personal and group communication that she inspired.  I miss her.  I love her.  I miss her.

PEACE BE WITH HER, and to each and every one of us--EAST and WEST.

David Steinberg (Noel)

07/13/19 01:38 PM #1279    


Carol Helen Kretschmar (Riffner)

There are many broken hearts here as we mourn the loss of our beloved "Reunion Queen" and friend, Sharry.  She brought so many of us together as she relentlessly searched high and low to find classmates, and kept us together with so many gatherings.  She entertained us with her charming wit and encouraged us with her love of life and love for the many lives she touched.  On FB she shared her journey and actually entertained us through her battle with cancer, never giving up hope and fighting to the bitter end.  Even cancer couldn't diminish her shining light.  April said it perfectly..."She was one in a million for sure." 

07/13/19 02:46 PM #1280    


Vic Stroetzel

The stars won't shine quite as bright tonight. Sharry was the epitome of life and attacked it with gusto. What she meant to the class of '64 can never be over estimated.



07/13/19 03:48 PM #1281    


Beverlee Ann Arpan (Marshall)

Sharry,  I will always remember, with great fondness, your zest for life, your immense generosity of spirit (and pocketbook), your amazing courage to navigate through your life’s challenges, and through it all, the loving kindness you showed us all.  Rest in peace my dear friend, and until we meet again, may the Lord bless you and keep you.

07/13/19 07:08 PM #1282    


Kathleen Moyes (Clewell)

So sorry to hear of Sharry's passing. She was a warm, dynamic woman. Her efforts to bring us together for the various mini reunions in Illinois and in California have been greatly appreciated by all of us who have attended. Sharry will be greatly missed.  All good thoughts to Donna and the rest of Sharry;s family and friends at this time.

07/13/19 08:44 PM #1283    


Paul Richard Hain

Sharry was everybody’s friend.  Plain-spoken, blunt, comedic, I loved all her posts even when I was the target of her impish banter.  She tackled life’s challenges head-on with confidence.  She shared her fight with cancer with stark pictures that hurt to see.  Tears filled eyes, dear Sharry.  Go now, our friend through the veil we all must pass.  We will miss your smile, laughter and love for your classmates.  You are one of a kind.  Peace and love to her family and friends.

07/14/19 11:23 AM #1284    


Ronald I. Zager

Always warm, witty, and wise, Sharry was a uniquely wonderful person.  I first met her when I shared my one-and-only detention with her and she dispelled all of the stereotypes I'd formed about her.  So glad that I was able to renew our acquaintance at the 50th reunion.  Could our mini-reunion in September serve as a memorial to her and to others that we've lost since then?  I believe she would approve of making it a celebration of life.



07/14/19 04:04 PM #1285    


Leonard A. Smock

So sad to hear about Sharry.  She certainly was one of the central figures of our class, someone who everyone knew and enjoyed being around back then and now.  I especially remember the laughs that I had sitting with her on one side of me and Sharon Rodnick on the other in Mr. Fox's senior English.  I don't think that there was a day that she dodn't make him, and us, laugh.  We all were better for her presence.  Rest in peace. 

07/15/19 12:09 PM #1286    


Stephen Spitz

We will miss Sharry terribly. Her warmth, sense of humor, and joy about getting our classmates together was irrepressible and I am afraid irreplaceable. My deepest condolences to her family.

07/15/19 02:47 PM #1287    


Marvin Irving Blusteln

Sharry will live on.  The people we love never go away for they live in our hearts.

07/16/19 05:57 PM #1288    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump’s “racist” tweets.  Interesting to know that 5% of congress members were born in countries beyond our borders. 

Fifty years ago today NASA launched the Apollo 11 mission.  Four days later on July 20th, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin explored the Sea of Tranquility region of the moon; Michael Collins remained with the Columbia in lunar orbit.  Americans celebrated teamwork and the successful conclusion of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 24, 1969.

The United States embodies the shared hope of mankind.  


07/18/19 12:03 AM #1289    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Voters have reason to worry: Donald Trump could get re-elected.  

In response to an outcry from Americans who “fear that the racist, divisive, climate-change-denying, woman-abusing jerk who is our president was going to get re-elected,” Tom Friedman writes:  

“Dear Democrats: This is not complicated!  Just nominate a decent, sane person, one committed to reunifying the country and creating more good jobs, a person who can gain the support of the independents, moderate Republicans, and suburban women who abandoned Donald Trump in the midterms and thus swung the House of Representatives to the Democrats and could do the same for the presidency.  And that candidate can win!  

“But please, spare me the revolution!  It can wait.  Win the presidency, hold the House, and narrow the spread in the Senate, and a lot of good things still can be accomplished.  ‘No,’ you say, ‘the left wants a revolution now!’  O.K., I’ll give the left a revolution now: four more years of Donald Trump.  

“That will be a revolution. 

“Four years of Trump feeling validated in all the crazy stuff he’s done and said.  Four years of Trump unburdened by the need to run for re-election and able to amplify his racism, make Ivanka secretary of state, appoint even more crackpots to his cabinet, and likely get to name two right-wing Supreme Court justices under the age of 40.  

“Yes sir, that will be a revolution!  

“It will be an overthrow of all the norms, values, rules, and institutions that we cherish, that made us who we are and that have united us in this common project called the United States of America.  

“If the fear of that doesn’t motivate the Democratic Party’s base, then shame on those people.  Not all elections are equal.  Some elections are a vote for great changes — like the Great Society.  Others are a vote to save the country.  This election is the latter.  

“That doesn’t mean a Democratic candidate should stand for nothing, just keep it simple: Focus on building national unity and good jobs.  

“I say national unity because many Americans are terrified and troubled by how bitterly divided, and therefore paralyzed, the country has become.  There is an opening for a unifier.

“And I say good jobs because when the wealth of the top 1 percent equals that of the bottom 90 percent, we do have to redivide the pie...The winning message is to double down on redividing the pie in ways that give everyone an opportunity for a slice while also growing the pie sustainably.  

“Trump is growing the pie by cannibalizing the future.  He is creating a growth spurt by building up enormous financial and carbon debts that our kids will pay for.  

“Democrats should focus on how we create sustainable wealth and good jobs, which is the American public-private partnership model: Government enriches the soil and entrepreneurs grow the companies.  

“It has always been what’s made us rich, and we’ve drifted away from it: investing in quality education and basic scientific research; promulgating the right laws and regulations to incentivize risk-taking and prevent recklessness and monopolies that can cripple free markets; encouraging legal immigration of both high-energy and high-I.Q. foreigners; and building the world’s best enabling infrastructure — ports, roads, bandwidth, and basic social safety nets.”


The New York Times   July 16, 2019



07/18/19 03:43 PM #1290    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

We are in a national emergency - we are watching the destruction of the American presidency.  Thirteen seconds is wrenching betrayal...

Trump supporters may not themselves be racists, but racism is OK with Trump supporters (watch the video); Trump is a reflection of what racists want.  

The norms, values, rules, and institutions that made us who we are and have united us in the idea of this great country are being overthrown.  

I have watched white evangelicals and Republicans sell out to Donald Trump, and sadly recognize my roots in both communities.

Is this who we are?  Who we want to be?  

2020 is an election to save democratic norms - to save our country.


07/19/19 09:54 AM #1291    

Stewart Myrent

Right on, Janis & thanks for the quotes from Thomas Friedman.

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