2002News Archive



A wonderful holiday when we were able to be together as a family. Jessica and was able to spend four days here in Omaha . . . we kept busy with board and card games, the movie "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets", a Buddy Holly Show, and Christmas Eve dinner at the new Missouri riverfront restaurant, Rick's Boatyard Cafe. On the 30th we traveled to Topeka to celebrate a late Christmas with Barb's brother, Bob, wife, Julie, son, Derek, and daughter, Erika, as well as Barb's sister, Janice, and our nephew, Henry, his wife, Lori, and sons Tyler and Trevor who were visiting from Minnesota.


We flew to Phoenix the 15th through the 17th for a surprise 50th Birthday party for our good friend, Roger Hansen. His wife, Debbie, coordinated the whole thing VERY sneakily behind Roger's back so he was completely surprised when we showed up along with other good friends Dave & Marcia Hayes, of Abilene, KS, and Max & Ardith Hinkle from the San Francisco Bay Area. Friday night we just hung out at the Hansen's - out on the patio around the pool . . . someone has to do these things . . . Saturday it was mixed tears and joy while John got to watch NU get royally trounced all the while sitting in a KSU Alumni-filled sports bar . . . but Roger LOVED it, and of course, it WAS his birthday. Saturday evening Debbie had local friends to the house for a "formal" birthday party, and Sunday was spent still visiting and touring the beautiful area where Roger and Debbie have purchased a home. All the while we enjoyed high 70's to low 80's with clear skies - someone has to do these things, too!


John & Barb flew into Atlantic City the 18th through the 20th to attend John's 40th Pitman High School Reunion held this year in Cape May. Thanks go to John's cousin, Barbara, and her husband, Carmen, for providing "taxi" service for us from Atlantic City Airport to Cape May and back!!!! We had a great time, the weather mostly cooperated and it was wonderful to see good friends and classmates once again. Thanks go to Bill Whilden and the rest of the Reunion Committee for coordinating the reunion activities, including accommodations. Thanks, also, to our own personal Friday evening Social Director, Eleanor Thompson Decker, for setting up the Friday evening dinner at the Mansion House Restaurant. During the day on Saturday a group of us drove back up to Atlantic City to see what was billed as the "World's Largest Antique Show" -10, yes, count 'em, 10 acres of booths under one roof at the Convention Center. Then it was over to the Trump Tower where we personally increased Donald's fortune. Dinner and dancing on Saturday evening was followed by a buffet breakfast Sunday morning prior to everyone going their separate ways. Below are just some of the photos from the trip. GOOD TO SEE YOU ALL!


We celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary on the 13th. On the 14th, along with friends, attended the Omaha Community Playhouse production of "Buddy" - a musical review of the life and music of Buddy Holly.


School Daze!! Barb began teacher meetings on the 8th - 3rd Grade this year - the kids' first day is the 14th - much too early . . . what ever happened to August being the prime summer swimming and hanging out month? John got a new computer - a laptop - the older one will need repairs - major crash and burn, but still covered by an extended warranty.


On the weekend of the 27th & 28th we attended the Blaine Hill (Barb's maternal grandfather) Reunion in Hutchinson, Kansas. We had a great time - attendance was good. We also renewed some friendships with Abilene friends on our way through. On the 20th we received word from New Jersey that John's Uncle Henry had passed away at the age of 92. Henry was a true gentleman who had a kind word for everyone, was most generous of spirit, and possessed a grand sense of humor. He will be missed by all of us, most especially his wife, Dot, and daughters, Barbara and Dorothy. On the 7th we enjoyed an afternoon with our neighbors, Beverly and Gene Schellpeper, on the Fremont Dinner Train complete with WW II USO songs and motif.


Jessica spent a relaxing week on Cape Cod, then attended her Vassar College 5 Year Reunion in Poughkeepsie, NY. John & Barb are looking forward to a 4th of July visit from Jim and Pam Chamberlain from Fort Worth, Texas. Last June, we attended Jim (Barb's cousin) and Pam's wedding in Hico, Texas.


This year has started out much warmer and with less precipitation than our normal January . . . not that we're complaining . . . last year was terrible, so we'll take every good day we can get! Once we get into February you can see Spring right around the corner - not that we can't get snow and ice in March!! We're not sure what the new year will hold for us - maybe a trip to Houston to see Jessica, another road trip this summer, and, hopefully a trip east for John's 40th (aauugghhhh !!!) high school reunion. About that warm start to the year - well, it all changed the 1st week in February when we received 10" of snow. School was cancelled for two days - a Thursday and Friday - so Barb got a four day break out of it. Then, a week later, a couple of inches of snow and ice just to keep us "honest". OK, then we got a nice day and, wham, 2" of ice with high winds on March 8th. Happy Spring, everyone!