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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.

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&, 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!!!!




11/08/21 07:36 AM #109    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Lazard was open all game against the Chiefs, got targeted once, and scored.

11/10/21 07:18 PM #110    

Jerry Stuckle (1970)

Thank you, Jim.  I didn't realize he was an Urbandale alumni.  That's great!

11/11/21 11:20 AM #111    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

From the Urbandale Hall of Fame::

Lazard, Allen Boys Basketball 2014

Lazard, Allen Boys Track 2014

Lazard, Allen Football 2014

2013 - Elite All-State

2012 - Elite All-State

2011 - Elite All-State


Yards Receiving


Allen Lazard



TD Passes Caught


Allen Lazard


More Football stuff:

Sad that he has now gotten involved in the Rodgers deal.

To my original point, if the Packers will target him more, they will be happy.

11/11/21 07:06 PM #112    

Thomas D. Brackett (1968)

hey Jim, the one pass Allan caught sure was pretty, Hope the Pack can bounce back on Sunday!

11/20/21 08:24 AM #113    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

More Senior musings . . . . . . 

Regarding post #108, I believe the debt I owe is to Larry Ackerman.

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New musings . . . .

I don't know how it is now, but back in the day we had Summer baseball, so you could be a four sports patricipant, and you could earn as many as 12 letters.  Of course, the key to that was to letter in baseball, and three other sports.

So, it was Football or Cross Country in the Fall, Basketball or Wrestling in the Winter, Track or Golf in the Spring, and Baseball in the summer.  Most would opt for Track in the Spring, because Coach Burgett (Football and Wrestling) preferred that, but for those who made a fool of themselves at the first indoor track meet, Golf was their Spring sport.

Several lettered in four sports, but not many lettered in four sports all three years.  Mike Connelly might have; I don't know if he got enough football playing time his Sophomore year because he was behind Jim Keane and Bob Wedemeyer, and I didn't follow Track that closely. Maybe Tom Hansen.

Four sports athletes:  Mike Connelly, Eric Blockus, Gary Hintz, Mark Oppedal, Dave Halverson, Tom Hansen, myself, and ????? (anyone want to add names?)

Our Golf team was Conference Champions in the Spring of '67, playing in a freezing rain storm.  We won by one stroke, decided by the last putt on the last hole.  Class of '67 members of the team were Rich Custer #1, myself #2, Tom Marion, and Vance Cook (at least that's my memory of it).  Class of '68, Don Cracraft, was on the team, and we ran around together a lot the Summer of '67.

I'm sure Rich Custer lettered three years in Football.  I doubt that he ever weighed as much as 150#, but was the center on the Football team, and wrestled.

12/26/21 05:12 AM #114    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Lazard was in the spotlight again, catching Rodger's record- breaking TD Pass.  He's fitting in really well, but should be targeted more.  That would help Davonte Adams, and make the Packers receiver corps unstoppable.

Even so, they could easily have lost to the Browns.

01/22/22 11:04 AM #115    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

May be an image of 1 person, nature and body of water

Gosh, how I miss Iowa in the Winter!!!!


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