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07/15/22 02:16 PM #150    

Phyllis Brunia (Stackhouse) (1971)

I'm afraid I too will miss the 72 class reunion (I'm actually a 71 grad, you know)  smiley  I am back in Iowa after 7 years in Texas.  Amazing that leaving Iowa makes you realize how much our state has to offer.  Winters were nice in Texas, but too hot AND too much traffic are some drawbacks.  !  I'm glad to be back.  

07/15/22 09:05 PM #151    

Pamela Morgan (Christiansen) (1971)

Phyllis, I am the "other" Class of 72 that graduated in 71!  Not sure if you remember me.  I have been in Texas for way too long - 1975 -1989 and then back again in 1993.  Always thought I would move back to Iowa, but love my community here.  I am planning on driving to attend the August festivities.  So sorry I will miss you.



07/18/22 10:01 PM #152    

Alan Macrae (1972)

So great to see so many names from the class of 72; Tony, Susan, Nancy, Sally, Barb and Mark.  I don't think I have seen you Barb since we graduated.   Brings back alot of great memories.  In answer to Tony's question about the 8th grade basketball coach, I "think" it was Coach Nicola.  I remember in practice a day before the game and Coach didn't want anything to happen to Tom Niles (I think I have the name right).  He was very tall for his age and coach didn't want him injured.  So he had Tom throw the ball inbounds to one of us.  When we looked back over, Tom was on the floor holding his head.  He had jump up to throw the ball in bounds and hit his head on the low hanging radiator on the wall in the old junior high gym. Everyone thought it was funny but Tom.  As I recall, he was ok and played the next day. I never had Denny for drivers ed..  It was Mr Griener.  Anyone have him?  Also a low key guy.

I won't be able to make the reunion as I will be out of town during that time.  I just assumed the reunion would be on the 4th, so I had kept that date open and made plans for Aug.sad.  Would have been great to see everyone again.  I will have to catch you next time. 

Al MacRae

07/19/22 12:01 PM #153    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

I'm glad I could get you kids together.


Coach Nicola was and assitant FB coach another Coach Burgett.  64-66-ish

07/19/22 02:47 PM #154    

Anthony N. Woloch (1972)

Great to hear from you Al, '72 classmates, and others, including the apparently modest but legendary Mike Connely who I read about in my older sister's UHS Yearbooks. 

While attending Michigan and Iowa schools, I saw just a few teachers use coat hangers, wooden yardsticks or metersticks, chalkboard erasers, and chalk as student attention getters but never hurling staplers.  Good for you that Coach Frerichs had an accurate throwing arm as well as a good sense of humor.

Yes, Tom Niles was one of our tallest classmates and basketball players during our 8th Grade (1967 - 1968) at the old Urbandale Junior High School formerly located at the corner of 70th and Douglas. 

You have a great memory Al - I do not remember poor Tom's particular accident but I do remember many steam pipes located all over the old brick school building and gym. Memorable classes included 8th grade math with Mr. Hall (a WWII D-Day-1 Normandy Invasion U.S. Army Paratrooper - 82nd? or 101st? Division) and Mr. Welch - 9th grade Alegbra.

Then there was also the newer but separate modular classrooms (e.g., Mr. Kennedy - History; Mr. Brown - Earth Sciene; Herr Meins - German, Mr. Cox - Science) and the newer Industrial Arts addition (Mr. Black).

After my dear parents passed on to heaven, my oldest niece inherited the large solid Philippine mahogany wood bookcase that I had made for my parents back in 9th grade.  It took me so long to finish it that I didn't get a chance to make large salt & pepper shakers (or club batons) with the wood lathe or molded colored acrylic balls like some of my other classmates did. 

The caferteria was located in a separate old single-story frame building.  It appeared to be the oldest school building of all on that property at 70th & Douglas.  Years later while reading about the history of Urbandale, I learned that our old brick Junior High School (with 1925? cornerstone) was originally the Urbandale High School.    It made me think about how many students passed through the same Urbandale schools before and after us.  I am glad this alumni website, information, and chat exists!

While in her late 40's, my dear Mom decided to take driver's ed with Mr. Lynn Greiner.  Soon after, she got her Iowa driver's license.  Our family was very proud of her determination and accomplishment.  It gave her much more mobility and the opportunity to work outside our home. 

Mom said Mr. Greiner was an excellent driver's ed teacher (i.e., calm demeaner, patient, and effective teaching skills).  Thank you Mr. Greiner, Mom never had a car accident or speeding ticket while driving during her long life.

Susan, I am not sure yet whether or not I will be able to attend our UHS "Class of 1972" 50th Reunion in early August, though I so very much want to attend.  Since February, I have been caring for an ailing loved one.  What is the deadline to register?  I so much enjoyed attending our 25th Class Reunion back in 1997!

Thank you so much Susan and all others who have organized this 50th Class Reunion as well as many past ones, every five years or so.

Go Blue Jays!


07/19/22 02:54 PM #155    

John R. Woodworth (1972)

I was beginning to think that I was the only person that didn't have Coach French's for drivers education and instead had Mr. Greener until I saw Alan's post. I too had Mr. Greener and drove in the early morning, probably the 630 time slot.

Since both of us fished we would occasionally drive out north of I80 to see if the fish were hitting the surface on some of the farm ponds there. I look at the development there now and just shake my head how neighborhood kids and I would ride out there on our bikes in the early morning for bass and panfish.

I also had a feeling that Mr. Nicola was the 8th grade coach I remember him as the school counselor and a basketball coach but was not sure if it was girls or boys.

Toying with idea of coming up for Ufest. I am down in Texas now and it is a long drive. But still would be fun.

John Woodworth

07/19/22 07:57 PM #156    

Sally Reed (Donison) (1972)

Hi I feel the needto comment again...yes Al, I do remember the  Junior High...the mobil classrooms both Mr Kennedy, Mr Denman sciencd who I also had for home room, and the arts/cafeteria building right next door. Nothing better than having a class in either the basement or portable classrooms and next one on 3rd floor...hahaha. Did dislike the 20 minute modular system, after haveing your 20 minute classes, you could go to any of the subject classrooms, but the ones like algebra and science filled up quickly, so only thew gym was left for those of us late-comers. My math still sucks to this day as had an entire year of very little instruction but thank gawd for Mr Palmer and his Geometry class the following 10th grade year.

So Barb, hope you will share some of the photos maye FB or one of the sociala committee will. Like Al said, thank you for all of the organizing as sounds like a great time. We are needing to move farther N of San Pedro as too far of a drive for John and gas still pretty $$$ in SoCal.


07/19/22 10:26 PM #157    

Anthony N. Woloch (1972)

Sally, you reminded me of our Urbandale Junior High School arts class and that it was also held in the old cafeteria building.  One of our art assignments was to create a music record (or album) cover.  I created one for the "Good Vibrations" song performed by the Beach Boys. 

Many decades later, I found that art project stored in my dear parents home  as well as the computer printouts & IBM punch cards from Mr. Welch's 9th grade computer club that was active during 1968 - 1969. 

Once in a while, members of our computer club were driven - after business hours - to an insurance company located somewhere in downtown Des Moines that had those huge and expensive IBM computers that predated the much smaller computer chip technology.  The insurance company graciously allowed us young Urbandale students to run our Fortran computer programs on their computers via our stacks of IBM computer punch cards that were operated overnight or on the weekends.   

One of our Urbandale High School advanced math teachers, Mr. Jack Marriott, continued leading the computer club at Urbandale High School during our time there from 1969 - 1972. 

I remember Mr. Marriott as having really huge bicep muscles and a cup of coffee nearly always in hand.  I think he also may have been a military Veteran - possibly U.S. Navy?  Mr. Marriott talked about building a cabin in the Colorado mountains.  Both Mr. Marriott and Mr. Gayle Palmer (Boys Cross Country & Track Coach) were excellent high school math teachers that led fun classes.  

Does anyone remember our 8th grade math teacher, Mr. Hall, as being a WWII Combat Veteran of the 82nd or 101st Airborne Division that had parachuted behind enemy lines into Normandy on D-Day - 1?  I remember Mr. Hall once very seriously talking about it in class with Jack Buckley and the rest of us students.

07/20/22 07:40 AM #158    

Dean J. Watson (1972)







07/20/22 10:12 AM #159    

Jack W. Gowan (1981)

I know I'm just a kid on here, sorry for any intrusion. Anthony Wolochs comments about Mr. Marriot and the computer club brought back some memories. I took the computer programing class Spring of my senior year ('81). For half of the class, we were still using the key punch machine, Fortran, and he would take them to the insurance company downtown Friday afternoon and pick them up Monday morning. The other half was Basic on TRS-80's with cassete tape storage. Grading was interesting. One week was allowed for each program. Each weeek it was late (run successfully), was down a letter grade. This meant with for the Fortran programs you had 1 chance to run them successfully to get an A.

I also had him for Algebra Trig. He would bring a V8 for lunch and put it in the window in the winter so it would be cool. We had it 4th period with a split lunch. One day we noticed 2 cans sitting in the window. Then the challenge was to see how many times we could make him forget to drink it. I think we only got to 3 cans.

On the coffee, my brothers class ('78) got a 55 gallon drum, painted it red with white letters reading Marriot House Coffee. At least per my brother. It was in the room when I had him.

07/20/22 01:46 PM #160    

Glenn R Richardson (1969)


Mr Marriot would run our Fortran punch cards through a card reader in the class room. He had a "DIAL-UP'phone he would use, talk to somebody downdown then take the phone reciever and lay it on the cradle of the card readr. Some time later our programs would come back and run through an IBM ball headed printer that would spin and spin like crazy printing our copies out onto a long paper that would fold in to a box like an accordion.

Our computer club also visited the computer. It took up the whole basement of the insurance company. It was like a block  square. We had to be buzzed in by security guards.

Mr Marriot patiently and fastidiously spent hours and hours in our Trig class teaching us how to use our $1 dollar, made in the USA slide rules to do math and trig on. I used mine for years at work. My nephew and I were out in my shop, he saw it laying on the window sill and ask me what it was, he had never seen one. Now people have watches that will do thoughsands of more things.

Great to read all your stories, it gives an old man something to think about when he is clearing Oregon Grape out of his fence lines on a hot day. Thanks to you all.

07/20/22 03:18 PM #161    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Hi Glenn:

Sad to read about Sheila.  She and her sister Linda were great great people.

Just so you kids know us old people share some things with you, we were all too familar with the "Cracker Box" gym.  It was our home court, and locker room for football practice.  I saw Dick Jensen dunk two basketballs, one with each hand, in warm-up, so we started that game with a technical free throw.

The parking lot at the junior high was where all the cool kids hung out.

My senior year, Winter of '66, we played on a portable floor at the Ice Arena, while the "new" gym was being built.  Student Council had a contest for art work for the center jump cirlce, $25 prize, and that's where the "Fighting J-Hawk" first came on the scene.

I was accelerated a year in math and science, so had Mr. Marriott for math with the older kids, the Class of 66.  He was tough, and math was tough.

07/20/22 06:08 PM #162    

Jacki A. Manna (1978)

I enjoy reading your memories! I graduated '78.  Any '78 ers out there want to post some memories?  My favorite teachers were Mrs. Van (Van Ryswick) and Mrs. Bartlett.  I took Shakespeare with Mrs. Bartlett.  I struggled!   One day when I got home from school, my dad came to me with a stern face.  "Your teacher, Mrs. Bartlett called me today."  I thought here we go again....I'm in trouble.  He told me Mrs. Barlett gave him a positive report!  She told him how well I was doing!  I will never forget her for that!  She was an angel to me, a bright light in my dark world!  I have been a teacher for 20 years, and I do small acts of kindness for my students all the time.  And it's because of Mrs. Bartlett.  Isn't it crazy how we remember our teachers and coaches from 50-60 years ago?!  Can't say I remember what I learned as much as I remember my teachers and swim coach.  When wa the pool built?  I was on swim team.  And by the way, I learned to drive in my dad's pinto station wagon with brown panels on the side. 


07/20/22 08:12 PM #163    

Sally Reed (Donison) (1972)

I student taught for Mrs Bartlett my senior '72 year. She was a gentle soul & a very funn woman, loved her much! You math & science guys, I applaud you. Had to take a semester of math for college entrance but advanced classes were way over my head so took a class with slide rule, computer punch cards, very interesting & learned few things. Shakespeare's class was with Dennis Babcock who also ran the Theatre Dept. It was such a fun class, loved all the plays we were able to break down in1972 English.

07/20/22 08:38 PM #164    

Phyllis Brunia (Stackhouse) (1971)

So much fun to read all of these memories of the old junior high.  You all have much better memories than I do as far as what all it looked like.  I also had to laugh how our "older" classmate had to get us 72er's talking. Tony, you reminded me of my own experience with those low hanging radiators in the gym.  I too hit my head.  I did a jump right underneath it.  What a surprise to crash back to the floor.  I don't remember being too hurt, but I know I stayed away from them in the future.  I had no idea someone else had an encouter with those crazy things.  Do you remember the open lunch periods we had?  So many businesses on that corner.  The drug store, Dairy Queen, Betty's Bakery, and the bowling alley.  The only place that I actually ate a well balanced meal was the drug store.  They served vegetable soup.  You had to hurry though if you wanted to get one of the stools at the soda fountain.   Some teachers that I remember was Mrs. Oler, English; Mr. Hartman, Band.  Mrs. Oler was tough, but she pushed me to do my best.  When Mr. Hartman told us we played well, we knew it was so.  He didn't hand out compliments easily.   

Pam, it was good to hear from another early grad!  I hear that Texas is experiencing extreme heat right now.  I'm glad I'm missing that!  Good thing you are coming up for the reunion, you'll need to cool off!

07/21/22 11:05 AM #165    

Jack W. Gowan (1981)

Interesting about the slide rule posts. For my Algebra Trig project, I wanted to learn how to use a slide rule. Mr. Marriot said no because no one would ever use them again since affordable calculators came along. This would have been '79-'80 school year. How quickly times changed. I can't say he was wrong, though.

We lived on 70th St. North of the High School. I remember fall mornings (espesially cool ones) we could hear Mr. Hartman yelling at the band. I was told he never used a megaphone. This would have been at least 3/4 of a mile away.

The pool would have been built around '74, I think. I remember walking up there from the new Jr. High both years ('75-76 & '76-'77) for swimming in gym class.

07/21/22 01:32 PM #166    

Michael Connelly (1968)

Yes, Vicki, I was saddened by the loss of your sister.  She was beautiful and a good friend back in the day.  Glenn, I join Jim in expressing my condolences for the loss of Sheila.  We spent a lot of time over at her house, she and Linda were absolutely beautiful.  Sheila was my first "official" date.  Took her to the circus that was showing by the new high school.  We held hands and that was it.  Good hearing from all of you BLUEJAYS out there...oh, before I forget...Jim, do you remember Coach Nic slapping on a helmet and running the ball with the practice squad?  Tommy Hansen drilled him in the thigh with his helmet and it bothered Coach Nic for years and years after.  I remember playing rec ball with him in the mid seventies and he always had it wrapped!  Take care all.

07/22/22 11:42 AM #167    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Mike :

Yeah, I remember coach Nic, and he's the one who spent time showing me how to run patterns . . . I had never been a receiver before.

Coach Burgett ran the ball one practice, too.  No helmet, and someone did hit him.  He didn't do that again. 

Coach DeWitt would do that in BB prctice, too.  Come in and show Chuck Rizzuti, or Hansen how to do something.

Burgett made one big mistake.  The first practice I had pads on, I was middle linebacker on the meat squad, and I tackled Tippy behind the line two plays in a row.  You weren't there yet.  I was new, did not know who Tippy was, and did not know I was not supposed to do that.

That Friday night, I was middle linebacker against Ankeny, and I found out things happen out there no one knows about.  The next Friday night, John Danks, SE Polk's left guard, put me on my butt every play, and Craig Lamb replaced me. Danks did the same thing to Craig.

I did not start another game for two years, so Coach (RIP) corrected his mistake.

As great a coach as Frerichs was, Coach Burgett deserves a lot more credit.  For two years, our best running back(s) could not play.  But, without him moving on, Frerichs would not have had his chance when he did, just like you and me waiting for Keane and Wedemeyer to move on.


07/22/22 02:10 PM #168    

Michael Connelly (1968)

Jim....I remember Coach Burgett would hold "confessional" after Thursday night practice where you would tell him what you planned on doing to help win the game on Friday.  He was a great guy and coach.  Even though I didn't play much my sophomore year, the last game he put me in enough so I would letter that year.  Sad to see him go.  I attended his service and he was a very amazing guy.

07/23/22 11:36 AM #169    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)


Coach made me the gunner on the kickoff team, which allowed me to letter my junior year.  I had never played organized football until high school, except for sitting on the bench in Little All American Football, watching kids like Clyde Duncan and Jim Kirby.

Just curious, since the team was so good your senior year, what kind of offense did Coach Frerichs run?  I am assuming it was not a double split end, or was it?

Were you in Des Moines when Coach Burgett died?  Covid got him early.

07/23/22 04:20 PM #170    

Richard Leutzinger (1961)

Jack Marriott was our Teacher of Mathematics throughout our High School years 1957-1961.   Calculators and Slide Rules were not in vogue yet.   Paper and pencil seemed to work pretty well, at least in our minds.

Jack was our Field and Track coach for 9th and 10th grade in addition to being a fine and understanding Teacher of Mathematics.   We probably caused him to run away to Montana for our 11th grade year but amazingly, he returned for our Senior year.

Instead of coaching us in the efficiency and practical use of the slide rule; he utilized the Theory of that well known English Economist and philosopher Thomas Malthus (circa 1800).   Malthus put a lot of energy into developing his Theory of Population Rise and Decline.  His main theory was that population grows more rapidly than the Food supply.  His important thought (and Mr. Marriott's) was that population grows until it exhausts the Food Supply; resulting in:  War, Famine, and or disease.   If Jack were alive today, he might be seeing some of Malthus' work coming to pass.   

I wanted to share something that I have always been grateful to Mr. Marriott; and I had the opportunity to share this with him when I met up with him again while I was at Iowa State University.  You see, as a freshman, I had just followed the crowd and went out for Track (as I knew it back then).  Most of my friends ran Half miles and Miles.   I was probably the 9th or possibly 10th best Half miler on the team.   In other words, I got to run plenty, but did nothing  other than delay the Meet while I finished my event.   The District meet really wasn't suited to my level of talent.  Mr. Marriott put me down to run in the One Mile Run.  I still to this day remember crossing the finish line with One lap to go; just as the winner was crossing the Line.  In polite terms, I got lapped in the Mile Run.

I decided that I needed to find a new career.   I discover much joy not too much pressure involved in Throwing Implements.  Namely Discus, Shotput and at that time; Football Throw.  Mr. Marriott thought that might be a good idea also; however, he plainly stated that he knew nothing about throwing events.  In those days, UHS did not have a Track or a Field.    Throwing took place on the Sidewalk next to the Annex and Throws were aimed at a grove of trees (Some of those trees are still there; south of the Walgreens Store.

I'm forever grateful to Mr. Marriott, not only as a teacher of Mathematics, but for his fine eye, being able to recognize (:No talent).   In fact, he and I had a laugh, when he wandered over to where I would practice throwing the Discus and Javelin up at Iowa State.  (He apparently was completing Graduate courses and was on his way back to Polk City when he discovered me working at trying to get better at Throwing objects for distance at the collegiate and National level..

Because of Mr. Marriott, I was able to compete successfully with some of the best athletes in the country back in the middle 1960's.  





07/24/22 11:56 AM #171    

Michael Connelly (1968)

Jim, we had a couple plays where we would split our ends, Dave Halverson and myself, out but when you are so stacked with unstoppable running backs, Garry Graham, 245 lbs fullback, and speedsters like Scott Stanfill and Danny Christianson we didn't throw the ball all that much.  Dave and I usually would just block.  Yes, I had moved back to Des Moines and Coach Burgett passed away from Covid pretty much at the height of the pandemic.  They had his memorial service quite a bit later.  I believe I was the only former UHS student/football team member at the service.  A ton of people from the Eastside, an area that he loved.


07/24/22 12:52 PM #172    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)


Kinda what I figured.  Did you and Dave make All Conference, or All State your Senior years?  I know Graham did.  One tough dude!

Dave was also a great catcher on the Baseball team.


Same here, sorta.  My first track meet, Conference Indoor at Drake, I was a lap behind at the end.  I believe it was the 880!  I just hated running The Square.  But I lettered four years in golf, and can still do that.  

Slip stick was my undoing at Moo U, and got me out of the Engineering College after just one quarter.  Because I was a year ahead in math and science at Urbandale, I didn't take any my Senior year.  So, my first quarter at Moo U was a real unwakening.


07/24/22 02:18 PM #173    

John West Hunt (1960)

Having seen recent postings mentioning long-ago coaches/teachers Jack Marriott and Norval DeWitt, I thought I might throw in a comment.  Then Richard Leutzinger's (1961) posting about his discus throwing cemented my interest in writing since I (1960) could directly relate to that too.  Both of the mentioned teachers/coaches were among my favorites, along with Dick Boyer (band), with whom I still have occasional email contact.  I visited both coaches at UHS when I could get to Urbandale while attending ISU, although my parents had moved to Illinois the summer before my senior high school year at UHS.  I had stayed at the Laverrenz's.  In typing class, Mr. DeWitt let me use a keyboard with all the characters on the keys so I could look at them as I typed, then memorize a line and type it, etc.  I actually was pretty good at it, but he knew what I was doing.  So one day he put me on a typewriter without marked keys and I had to look at the chart on the wall, memorize a line at a time, and type each one.  Having had fun with me and made his point that I would never be a touch typist, he let me go back to "my typewriter" to cheat for the rest of the term (but he gave me a B, probably for speed/accuracy and at least using all of my fingers).  I'm down to 8 fingers now.  He and I played table tennis in the old lunchroom (in a separate small building from the original high school) after everyone cleared out from lunch.  

Discus: I was a pack, at best, mile/cross country runner in high school and was more useful as track manager by keeping track of records.  That gave me time to play around with discus throwing.  Being a 5' 8'' 115-pound thrower (not much strength but with long arms and a fast rotation), my throws were a gross number of yards shorter than Richard Leutzinger's.  I could almost toss my numerical weight in distance, and once in awhile even earned some points for the team by beating the other team's backup thrower.  I still have the black, rubber discus my parents bought me to practice throwing when I was in high school.  I sometimes wish I could still spin and take it out for a spin....  As others have mentioned their slide rule days, I also still have my 1960 K&E slide rule from ISU.  No, it never comes in handy, but I can't just throw it away. 

07/26/22 04:55 PM #174    

Debora Holmes (1978)

Wondering if anyone remembers Mr. Cedarholm? I had him in 10th grade for Creative Writing. Anyone who knows his whereabouts or where he went after Urbandale? He made a big difference in my life and I'd like to thank him.

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