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The invitation postcards for the class reunion was mailed today, 29 April 2008. If you do not receive one, please forward an email or call. The most pronounce different in this reunion is that Gene Sellers has hosted a steak barbeque at his camp after the parade. It is a BYOB event. The web site is not getting many visits, so do not expect to see very many reports or newsletter material. After the reunion this space will be cleared and very little will be posted. It will continue to be the Wildcat Wail, replacing the snail mail version that has been printed in color for over 10 years. All classmates with email will be notified about the postcard and the internet site we can use to keep in touch. Your Editor.
Class of 1948 & 1949
Easter/4th July Edition 2008
AHS Wildcat Wail
Newsletter for Classes of 1948 and 1949
203 St. Mary St.
Abbeville, LA 70510
RSVP Attendees For Class Reunion on 31 October and 1 November 2008
For this edition, we are proud to praise our above classmates and their determination to get fit and work towards a more healthy lifestyle. Lifting weights, pushups, pull-ups, working the bag, getting a good sweat going and a nice cold shower afterwards prepares our gals for a day of no-stress, a big smile and a happy outlook on life. All the grandkids compliment grandma about the speed they do dishes, clean house and retrieve the mail. Sharpness at the wheel of their car and reaction time to caution lights are especially noted. Thelma has denied she uses steroids. Being a 4th string quarterback for the Saints, and being in such top physical condition, it was rumored she had access to the muscle drug, but after a drug test, she was negative. Adles travels continuously, and she reports no fatigue and the ability to go without sleep for 3 days. Elise is just the opposite, her sleep is very dreamy, she always awakes after a good 10 hours and has vivid visions of what she dreamed. She admits her dreams are better than ever and are improving as her workouts increase in length of time devoted especially to climbing the rope. This may be another hula-hoop, pet rock fad, but it could take off and become a national favorite. It was rumored that a bus or train tour to promote this life style is in the planning stage with the AARP. If you subscribe, watch for the next issue, an article has been promised.
Over coffee and gossip at the local cafe, a discussion has taken place and will be further developed in the near future about our Class Reunion of this year. 60 years is a long time, and when you look back and wonder where the years went, it would be a good idea to not think of the 70th Year Reunion. Better to keep that subject in a locked closet and not dwell on it. From the end of the 50th Year Reunion it was thought that a Dutch treat would be best. As we all age, we look for shortcuts to our pleasures, and this seems to be the right plan at this time. So these subjects will be discussed soon at a meeting of volunteers who will be on a committee to see this reunion through to its success as the pass reunions were. Be assured that this space on this web site will have an up to the minute plan on what will transpire. After the first meeting, the minutes will be reported on the very top of this page, so check in at least once or twice a week to keep current on events. If you have suggestions or want to be heard, use the feature that has been established to send an email and you will get a reply and detailed info if you ask for it.
Earl Mills and Claude Hebert has been reactivated as Rough Riders by the Teddy Roosevelt Society. Both have extensive military training and were asked to fill a position in Iraq that became vacate. With a refresher course scheduled for language upgrade, both will be deployed to Bad-dad and written orders will be given directly from the President. A training period is required by the Defense Department so both can gain the knowledge not only of how to ride a camel, but how to feed one. The deployment will be in remote areas and a survival course will be included with the camel course. Claude has admitted that their primary mission is finding Osama bin Laden and bringing him to justice. We wish both good luck on their new endeavors.
It was World War II. Captured German soldiers from the African campaign under General Rommel were brought to the Kaplan POW camp. Here they spent the remainder of the war working in mostly the agriculture of our area, doing field work such as harvesting the rice crop. They were transported to the work and brought back every day to the camp. Conditions were not harsh, better than fighting and dying in the Sahara Desert for Mr. Hitler and his scheme of world conquest. After the war, it was time to send the prisoners back home and dismantled the camp. Some of the prisoners remained and the only solid object of the prison camp left behind was the painting shown here. The back shows a small sentence about the painting. Visit the Kaplan Museum to get a real experience of viewing a painting that no doubt a German painted with little or no material at hand. He had only the basic necessities of life as a prisoner. It is known that some chose to remain in Louisiana and start a new life, and not to return to Germany. Today we see examples of this choice at Robertís Cove, west of Kaplan
www.vrml.k12.la.us/Bec-Doux Watch for the grand opening of this site. A bilingual Cartoon book pasted on the web. Get lots of laugh and kick back and enjoy the unique mentality of these cartoons. I will email everyone when the web site if up and running and OK for viewing.
Trula Pearson Herod finally located in Florida. Check the 1948 Classmate page for detaills. She has email, and encourages classmates to exchange news with her. If Titusville is near either coast, a beach party could be arranged. Bring you own wood, barbeque lighter fluid and matches, buns, hot dogs, etc. Start would be sunset and 20 minutes early everybody heads breaks for the sleeping quarters. 3 times is my limited in a 1 year period!
Kenneth Hoy & John Marshall graduated in the Class of 1949. They left Abbeville together and went to Pennsylvania to attend college. This report came from someone who drank a beer with Kenneth before he died in other than Pennsylvania. John just disappeared from the face of the earth. That's about all that is known about our old classmates. Kenneth had stayed over to play football, by the way.
To access the Abbeville Forum web site and stay up with the goings-on in Abbeville, go to:
The newsletter will take a different path to production as of this issue. Henceforth, the newsletter will be printed in black ink only, no color. The price will not change, only the method of production and/or viewing it. The big change is going to be viewing it on a computer and printing the colored copy if you wish it from the web site. To not burden classmates that do not have computers, the black and white copy will continue to be mailed before the date of publication, which has been Easter, 4th of July and Thanksgiving. The web site that you will be able to view the colored version is:
For those who are computer equipped, you may choose delivery by email. This will probably be the most popular. Everyone must understand that cost is a factor and that colored ink and stamps are an ongoing increase in that part of production.
With this newsletter, the free editions have been satisfied and everyone will be due for renewal. Attached inside the newsletter or included as an extra note will be information describing the condition of your subscription.
No matter which method you choose to have the newsletter delivered, (1) snail mail, (2) E mail or, (3)Web site viewing and printing, the cost will not increase. Please be patience because setting this up is time consuming and must be time tested.
THE WILDCAT WAIL PRINTED BLACK AND WHITE COPY WAS MAILED ON THE 9TH OF JANUARY 2008 FOR THE CLASS OF 1948 AND 1949. PREDICATED ON THE RETURN OF SUBSCRIBERS AND THEIR $6 PAYMENT, IT WILL BE DECIDED THEN TO CONTINUE THE WEB SITE PUBLICATION OR THE HARD COPY IN BLACK AND WHITE. YOUR EDITOR HAS NOT RECEIVED ONE WORD OF WHICH WAY IT SHOULD BE DEVELOPED OR GUIDED IN IT'S DIRECTION. MY SUGGESTION IS TO USE THE INTERNET AND KEEP THE SUBSCRIPTION AT $6. SEND IN YOUR IDEAS, CLASSMATES. REMEMBER, YOUR WORN-OUT, AGED, EDITOR HAS TO HAVE ENCOURAGEMENT AND KUDOS TO NOT ONLY DO THIS NEWSLETTER, BUT MORE THAN A 100 OTHERS, IF SUBMITTED. THE OFFER STILL STANDS, SO BE KIND.
4th July Wildcat Wail was produced and partially mailed out. Due to workload it was decided to send this edition out early. Work will begin on planning the reunion in October, which now will be on 31 October 2008. A committee will decide on what projects will be undertaken.
JACK COLE called your editor from Oregon on 7 March. He has received a thumbs up from doctors on his proton treatment for his cancer. We had a long talk and Jack is in good spirits and sends his greetings from far away Oregon. This makes him the most distance classmate of both classes. Keep in touch Jack! and enjoy life.
Classmate Cosima Graffeo Wimberly passed away in Lake Charles on 10th January 2008.
If you come early for the Gumbo at Gene's Camp, be sure to bring your beach items. The Vermilion River has been sanitized for a quick dip if you are inclined. A nice swim will peak your appetite, and this assures that the gumbo will be 2X tastier.
Apply this rule for the Homecoming barbeque also. Be a boy scout and come prepared, even though you may be a female.