Comments from the Canyon
Published: Tuesday, February 8th, 2005
Recently, Norma Jean Crellin reported that much work is being done on The Rattler. Nancy Napier now has all the pictures so she can begin organizing the paper. That is one massive project, and those of us who receive it surely appreciate all their efforts because it keeps us in touch with each other. Not only does it let us review last year’s Rattler Reunion, it also lets those who didn’t attend have the opportunity to catch up on the latest news and to see pictures of all the friends they missed. Such an annual publication is priceless to those of us who attended THS and serves as a reminder that we will be together soon. Several classmates have already mentioned their plans to return in August and are trying to get a few who have never attended to join in the fun. Once the paper is published and they see it, some are apt to decide to show up just to renew old friendships and to recall their school years here. Some classes also send newsletters because they don’t want to wait a whole year to pass along the latest news. Joe Bonem of the Class of ‘53 certainly does his share of work in sending out “Tucumcari High School Class of 1953 News and Views.” In the February edition, Fred Reagan wrote a memory-filled article based on the old Rattler Field. He reported how he keeps a photograph in his family home. Then he talked about some of his memories of activities at Rattler Stadium, including picking up pop bottles to sell for two cents per bottle in order to have a little extra spending money. Later he played halfback on that field and also played trumpet in the Rattler band under the direction of R.G. Stephenson. He closed his article with “I’m not positive, but I don’t think that old football field still exists. Memories do, though.” Yes, that field is now covered by Tucumcari Middle School, but those of us who attended THS in earlier years spent much time on that field, and many of us remember the hours of marching while practicing for the half-time shows. Others certainly recall their years on the football teams and can recount their favorite games and plays. Joe Bonem also included his article, “Observations from the Middle East,” in which he talked about his trip to United Arab Emirates and Bahrain “to teach an engineering course on process plant problem solving.” Obviously, he remains active and is still helping others. He also included a lot of news items about other classmates. For instance, he reported that Kenneth and Wylene Vinall and George and LaNell Evetts had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries during the year and that Donald Jackson had received the highest award available to an aircraft mechanic from the FAA. Three members of that class have “grand kids in harm’s way.” Those people are: Dick Turner, Ruth Morrison Martin, and Tommy Patterson. Let’s encourage each writer of such newsletters to send a copy to the Tucumcari Historical Museum so we can all have the opportunity to know what is happening among our alumni friends. We don’t always have a chance to visit with everyone and could know more about individuals by being able to read their newsletters.
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