Moline Memories - MHS 66 Friends

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Reunion Book - First Draft.
Time To Send Reservations for MHS 66 Reunion

Larry Easter (upper left) was in Linn County, after high school. I am posting this picture to help him remember to send his reservation.

The reservations should be mailed to the Reunion Committee, so they can get an accurate count for the festivities. We are looking forward to seeing old friends.

My wife Chris would not miss it for anything. She thinks the 1966 class is great. She often brags about it when she talks to her friends and relatives.

A lot of us are having fun on Facebook, keeping up daily contacts, admiring photos of grandchildren and pets.

I have a rough draft done of the reunion book. This way we can have a printed book to keep with photos and bios, past and present. The cover is better than I imagined, M madras on the front, a photo of the Mississippi on the back. The graphics I posted do not really show off how good it looks.

The current draft can be downloaded free here. Additions and suggestions are welcome.

The two biggest additions will be:
1. Current bios.
2. Reunion photos.
3. An improved list of accomplishments.
4. Better editing.

I am not going to publish more than you want in the bios. Contact information is best left on the reunion website, where people have to register to get at the list.

The best reunion photos are head and shoulder pictures, with readable name tags showing. Unlabeled photos are not much help. You can send me photos or I can get them from your FB pages.

The final edition can be bought as a printed book with a black and white interior, four-color cover. The PDF is available as a free download, and all color photos are the same inside. But there is no cover with the PDF, of course.

The only way to print color on the inside is to pay for all color pages, even when they are black and white. That is very expensive, especially since we were cutest in black and white, back in the 1950s.

Kym Dennhardt Whatley wanted this book done, so you can thank her for the constant urging.

Thanks to Print-On-Demand, the book can be edited and improved easily. I have done a dozen books this way, so it is second nature.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Successful Author John Boland - MHS 66

The October issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine leads off with my story "Swimming in Fog." They've posted an online excerpt, but believe it or not the magazine is still printed on paper.
Some people treat crime like a game—but to win that game, you need an air-tight plan and the stomach to see it through. Just ask Yarnell, protagonist of R. T. Lawton's Holiday Burglar series, who makes a s-l-o-w getaway this month in "Labor Day." Of course, you also need to know what game you're in—...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cover Done on the MHS 66 Reunion Book

I set up the project, which makes it easier to revise and check on the PDF download.

Above is a thumbnail front cover. The madras may look familiar.

Y'all know what the high school looks like. We are a Mississippi River town, so here is the back cover, full size.

I Will Produce a Reunion Book for the MHS 66 Reunion: Helpers Welcome

Kris Streed practices nursing skills on a brave but terrified Patty Puck.

I heard that a reunion booklet was too much trouble, but some of us think a booklet is a valuable treasure to keep. The fact is, some of us will not be around for the 50th. We used to take that sort of thing for granted, but we have lost too many friends to deny reality at this stage.

The reunion website is convenient and many will enjoy that. The reunion committee chose a good tool for that, and Judy Marsh Ramsey has done most of the work to get that going.

I publish with regularly. I can produce a reunion book, the size of a paperback, with a four-color color cover, for a reasonable cost.

If cost is a problem, the book will also be available as a free PDF download.

The book can be revised, expanded, and corrected easily.

I am producing a dummy cover at the moment. I will also have some content done for the inside, reserving 50% of the space for a list of Dave Coopman's most recent books about the Quad Cities.

Those who want to contribute their stories and memories to the book are welcome to do so.

Time To Register for the MHS 66 Reunion:
September 30th and October 1st, 2011

Moline Sr High School
Class Of 1966

MHS Class of ’66

Believe it or not but it’s time for our “45th” class reunion.  You know you are only as old as you feel, so get ready to kick up your heels and have a great time with all of your classmates.
Our celebration will be on September 30th and October 1st, 2011.  We will begin Friday at Casey’s Tap, 1512 15th Street, Moline starting at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar and snacks.

Saturday we will meet at The Rock Banquet Facility, 302 - 1st St., Coal Valley.  The social hour will be from 5:30-6:30, and a hearty buffet starting at 6:30; with music by The Night People.”
Rock n Roll is the theme for our casual Saturday night event. So if you want to come in a poodle skirt or madras plaid you are more than welcome.  We want this to be a fun night for all.  The cost for Saturday night will be $45.00 per person.  There will also be a 50/50 raffle.
If you are interested in a round of golf, details are listed below. Also, for those nostalgic at heart, a tour of the High School will begin on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Meet at the M.

For those coming from out of town, Kym Dennhardt Whatley has arranged a group rate at the Comfort Inn. Please call 309-762-7000 to reserve your room under the group name "MHS CLASS OF 1966".
Please don’t forget to send us yourupdated email and/or physical address.  Our email address is:  We now have a really great website where you can create your own profile, enter pictures and connect with old friends. It is truly a great experience. Simply go to: and sign up today. 
We hope to see you all there
Please mail back your reservation with payment to: Delma Winter Reakes, 2484 31st St. Ct., Moline, IL 61265 no later than September 1
Please send me ____ tickets for the “45th Reunion – Make checks out to: Moline High Class of ’66

Name: ___________________________________ Maiden Name _____________________
Address:  ___________________________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip: ___________________________________________________________________________

Golf Outing
The following locations have been arranged:
Friday Sept. 30th  -  Hawthorne Ridge, Aledo, IL  (309-562-5641)
    Play your own ball:-  5 tee times starting at noon – every 8 minutes
Saturday Oct. 1st  -  Byron Hills – Port Byron, IL  (800-523-9306)
    Scramble -  6 tee times starting at 11:06 a.m. – every 8 minutes
Questions?  Contacts:
Tom Gramkow – 309-685-1700
Bill Serandos  -  309-799-3274

Any Other questions email me at