Everyday is an adventure for me and I have had so many since high school! I won't bore you with everything though! After high school I graduated from college, married the most wonderful man in the world and went back to school for two more degrees! I really liked the student life you could say. About three years ago I earned a certification in human resources and have been in HR for some time now- which I absolutely love. People think I'm a party planner and I suppose I am really! LOVE IT!! I thought my husband and I were set-great job, nice home and no kids. Life was good! I made the statement to someone that if we didn't have any children by the time I was 35 we would sell our home, buy a condo and take lavish vacations for the rest of our lives. You see, I really never even considered having a child. I hate to admit this but as much as I loved everyone's child, I was fine without one of my own. Then I read "The Purpose Driven Life." I began to see that it wasn't all about me. So, to make a long story short, one month before my 36th birthday we found out we were pregnant and were overjoyed! Campbell will be 18 months old this month and is absolutely a blessing. I don't know what we ever did without her! So, some of my plans have changed with this new adventure like my vacation plans. This year we're going to the zoo and I know it will be the best trip yet!! Hope to see you at the reunion!!
It all started
with a move to Reynoldsburg, Ohio just outside of Columbus. The first thing I had to do was find a job to
save enough money for living expenses in Tulsa.
I was eight months away from heading off to Spartan School of Aeronautics. I found a job at a panty
factory (Victoria Secrets) that paid very well, and it was no time at all
before I got a raise and had made some very good friends. I almost hated to leave that place and on my
last day all my co-workers wished me good luck in Oklahoma and my boss said if it didn’t work
out I could always come back.
Move to Tulsa, Oklahoma was a very long road trip in two vehicles. Me in my two tone Plymouth Reliant
and my folks in the loaded down truck with everything I owned at the time. After arriving in Tulsa it was like a flash, in two seconds I
was registered at school, had a roommate and the apartment. Two seconds later my mom and dad were hugging
me and saying they needed to head back. My roommate was going to school for Avionics and I was going for my
Airframe & Power Plant License. What
I remember is going to school for 2.5 years, working full time, meeting my
wife, graduating with a license, getting a job and leaving Oklahoma.
this brings back memories of day dreaming in English class looking out those
huge windows at people walking by. I
Oh yea job, first job working on aircraft was in Ste.
Genevieve, Missouri, the oldest town west of the Mississippi River. My job consisted of turning corporate jets (Sabreliner)
into Navy trainers and overhauling helicopter turbine engines. I was laid off after about a year and went to
work for a farmer down the road loading up bales of hay. That went on for
awhile; then Northwest Airlink called and
wanted me to work in Memphis,
it was just in time because I was getting married in Perryville, Missouri
the next week.
The church was out in the
boonies between rows of corn and a field with cows. It had no air conditioning or running water, and
my fiancée was 30 minutes late. After the wedding we headed to Tennessee.
A quick honeymoon at the French
Quarter Inn because I had to start my new job ASAP. Northwest Airlink is the puddle jumper for Northwest Airlines so I got to work on the smaller
airplanes but it came with perks. I
think it was $30 to fly nonrev, the bad thing was they didn’t let you off work
to use it. I did cross paths with Amy T.
who worked for the same company in a better town. Two and a half years later, did I mention it
was in Memphis? The worse place I have ever lived, I feel
sorry for Tennessee because they have to claim it. Nashville was calling and I jumped at the opportunity. See how I am working myself back home? In Nashville I worked for a company that
performed maintenance on all the puddle jumpers, I repaired everything from
Kevlar reinforced panels to urine damaged seat tracks. Work got slow and I was laid off again but
this time it was different, I liked Nashville and wasn’t moving again. I took a job
setting up brake press for Hayward Pool Products and have moved up the ranks
into manufacturing engineering. This
makes my 12th year, I miss the planes but I don’t see myself getting
back into the toolbox unless it’s the one in my garage.
I have 2 kids, Ryan Spencer & Savannah Rae Moore, 10
and 5 years old. They both go to a
Christian school where I hope they learn more than their old man did. I have been married to Cheri for 16 years and
wander how she has put up with me this long.
We are getting down to the wire and we still cannot locate several classmates. Please review this list and see if you all can help.
Arthur, Howie Barrow, Jackie - living in Lexington. Berry, Kevin Bogardus, Dan Clark, Shawn Collins, Melissa (Is now Melissa Joseph) Crank, Deanna - I have an email for her but I believe it is wrong because I have never gotten a response. Cranston, Jamie Crum, Tammy (Is now Tammy Bailey) Flannery, Dianna Foster, Andrew Franklin, Sandra French, Matt Fultz, R.D. Galloway, Ronald Haney, Michael (Is in the Indiana area) Hays, Rex Henderson, Heather Henry, Stacy Hensley, Melanie Hensley, Melissa Hill, Teresa Howell, Merlyne Knipp, Joyce Lambert, Kirstin Larumbe, Karen Long, Kathleen - her children go to Holy Family but do not know her new last name Maynard, Sandra Moore, Keith McKnight, Donna Nelson, Lisa (Is now Lisa Nelson Oney and in Hamilton Ohio area) Nichols, Felisha Patterson, Mary Patton, Nicky Perkins, Robert Reed, Mike Salyers, Chad Shields, Scott - have emailed several times but never gotten a response. Skarbowski, Mike Smith, Amanda Stanley, Susan Thompson, Jim VanHoose, Sonja Wheeler, Mark Wilson, Michelle Wilson, Shane Young, Rob
after graduation i went to the naval academy in annapolis, md for 4 years (with summers spent in new england, the eastern seaboard, florida keys, and san diego); began my naval career stationed in panama city, panama followed by seoul, korea and finally round out my 5 year committment in pensacola, florida. it was there i met my wife kristin, left the navy, got into business school and became engaged. i spent the next 2 years at upenn in philadelphia, with a fair amount of time in new york and was eventually hired by jpmorgan to work in the los angeles office of the private bank. I chose los angeles because my wife is from outside santa barbara, approx 100 miles north - close enough for convenient visits with family, but not too close. we have 4 kids: ages 10, 8, 4 and 4, and live in manhattan beach. life is good - damn busy (and occasionally stressful), but good. chris irwin lives out here and i've had the pleasure of seeing him a couple times...once with the hip, dreadlock adorned william blake. it was also nice catching up with carrie huber, chris eby and jimmy (i.e. jim) gibbs. i've enjoyed this site and agree with joe avila that it has become part of my daily routine...though it was difficult identifying barry stewart without the moustache (reveals my sorry state of reference for old friends - it has been 20 years).