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03/18/18 12:01 PM #84    

Joyce L. Allen Daly (1966)

Duane was an inspiration to everyone he came in contact with. He was such a presence at so many events. His positive outlook on life will live on with all who were privileged to know him. RIP big guy!

Joyce Allen Daly (1966)

03/18/18 03:41 PM #85    

Michael Connelly (1968)

Well said, Tippy and Joyce.  He was an inspiration to so many of us.

11/05/18 11:09 AM #86    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

I'm surprised that Allen Lazard has not been picked up by someone.

11/07/18 09:00 PM #87    

Jonathan Koele (2013)

Jim.  Allen is currently on the Jaguars practice squad.

11/08/18 11:43 AM #88    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)


What I meant is that at this time in the season, with injuries and some poor performances, I'm surprised no one has picked him up.  He could help some teams.

I see that three weeks ago, he was mentioned as a possible help for the Browns.

Lotsa receiver trades/moves recently.



11/18/18 02:32 PM #89    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

That's a nice site.  Change the sport in the address line, and use links on the site, to see other stuff.


03/03/19 03:23 PM #90    

Linda Biermann (Hoobin) (1973)

FROM MARK HAMMOND:  Faith Watts Daley has lost her lease with her new property management company. She has a heart condition that will not allow her put any physical or mental stress upon herself. She is on a fixed income and just doesn't have the financing to move and start over. She is overwhelmed with the fact that after 16 years she now has to move herself to a new home. She needs our help to finance a moving company for packing/moving, rent/deposit and utilities.
Faith is a Class of '72 high school classmate who needs our help! Faith

05/21/19 12:38 PM #91    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt:

Anyone else like to check?

Richard Custer . . . you've got a little bit there.



05/22/19 12:28 PM #92    

Janice (Jan) Stokes (Elias) (1970)

Thanks, Jim.
My mom's name was on the list for an unclaimed check. She died 10 years ago. My husband's name also shows an unclaimed check. We haven't lived in Iowa since 1997. Guess we'll be filling a claim.
Jan Stokes Elias

05/23/19 03:40 PM #93    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

It's fun looking.

11/06/19 11:29 AM #94    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

It's good to see Allen Lazard found an NFL team.

It would nice to see him get a bigger role, but his completion-to-target percentage is really good.

11/18/19 12:15 PM #95    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

I mentioned the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt:

A few years ago I was snooping on it, and saw that Boesens the Florist and the Edwin T. Meredith Foundation both had a bit of treasure to claim, so I contacted them, and we had a little laugh.

Well, they both do again, so I contacted them again.

I was snooping on the Missouri one, and saw a company that had dozens of unclaimed treasures, so I contacted them.  I checked again, and they never claimed it.

It seems like the fair thing would be to give it to me, don't you think?


03/30/20 08:17 PM #96    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

I'm wishing everyone the best in these tough times.

Be smart, stay safe, this is a really serious virus.


03/31/20 12:52 PM #97    

Theresa A. Stewart (Menough) (1973)

You too Jim!

04/12/20 04:10 PM #98    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Back to that Bluejay discussion wherever we were having it, if you can open this:

it is the cover of the 1968 "Echo", and it says we were the "Fighting Jays."

In 1967 we were just the Bluejays.

- - - - - - 

&, if you can get this open:

that's my Yamaha 80 on the wing of the jet.  Not as cool as John Seiling's, Honda 90, but oh well.

The other half of the picture is on Classmates.

Stay safe . . . Mask


10/27/20 09:50 AM #99    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

It's a shame about Allen Lazard.  He was just beginning to fit into the Packers gameplan.

I hope he has a full recovery.


10/28/20 02:38 PM #100    

Jonathan Koele (2013)

It sounds like he will be practicing again this week so hopefully he is back playing soon. 

10/29/20 12:54 PM #101    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

I think if I played about another 17 years, I might have done what he did at

12/18/20 12:48 PM #102    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

I stumbled onto the Register's "All Century" team, the top football players for 100 years, and Allen Lazard is 3rd Place for Ends:

Some others from Urbandale on the list, too.


01/19/21 01:08 AM #103    

Thomas D. Brackett (1968)

Jim Beasley, I hope you saw the Packers game on Sunday with Allan Lazard's spectacular 58 yard reception in the 4th quarter for a touchdown that put the game away. To catch that ball while fully extended and maintain full stride and outrun two defenders was the highlight of the playoffs so far! I can't wait until the Tampa Bay game.

01/19/21 01:10 AM #104    

Thomas D. Brackett (1968)

Also, the coverage was all over the DM TV stations---I can send you a link if you want!

01/19/21 11:39 AM #105    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)


Yup, I'm, following it closely.  He's a double fav because we both are Cyclone letter winners, although mine was not as hard-earned or as well deserved.

I'm also looking forward to playing again for Urbandale.  winkGotta catch up with Lazard's stats.

We've also been Chiefs fans for 40 years, so we have a conundrum.

All the teams left standing are good, and any of them could win the Super Bowl.


03/04/21 03:05 PM #106    

Jenna Darsee (2011)


I am planning the class of '11 10 year class reunion and haven't gotten far into the planning as I was waiting on the state of COVID before I got too far. I am seeking suggestions from previous reunion planning committees on what you are doing to accomidate safety of reunion attendees or looking to see if most are post poning their reunion for the following year.


Thank you!

Jenna Darsee '11

06/04/21 10:51 AM #107    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

RIP, Coach.  Love you man!

Raymond Gayle Burgett, 86, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines due to complications of Covid-19.

09/14/21 07:50 PM #108    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

File this under the category of Dense & Clueless:

Every now and then, one the our excellent school photographers would hand me a picture . . . catching a pass, doing a jumpball at North Polk, et al.  I was always grateful, and still have them today, in that stash that no one ever looks at or cares about!!!!

I would say thanks when they gave me one, and I assumed they were being compensated by the yearbook, or the school, or someone.  I felt great to think that they thought taking a picture of me was worthwhile.

But, I suspect they were not being compensated, and I should have ante'd up a few bucks to help them with their expenses.  I wasn't being a jerk; just clueless.

I'd be more than happy to pay, with a little interest, for those pictures taken 55 years ago!!!!




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