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05/21/19 05:09 PM #4404    

Judith Neal (Crumpler) (1959)

It's good to see some of the post from the '59 class. It's too bad there isn't someone left from our graduating class that can't get a reunion together. My health won't let me. Maureen and I have been the decorating committee to

05/21/19 05:12 PM #4405    

Judith Neal (Crumpler) (1959)

For the last 3 reunions. There seems to be so fee of us left that are in fair heath. Wish someone could step up and get a reunion together.

05/22/19 11:13 AM #4406    


Judy Maxwell (1971)

Judith Neal #4405 & 6

HI Judith, I see whre you are wanting to get a 59 reunion together. That would be nice and I can sure understand not having anyone that has the time or health to get one organized, BUT, I have found that if you just contact some of the ones from your class and start the word spreading to meet on at picked date, time and place that you can enjoy getting together with them without all the hassle. of a "full blown reunion" and more fun being casual.  We started a few years back with a group from Pinewood and Greenwood Village (the neighborhood we grew up in) we now have a yearly gathering and it is fun to catch up with friends. We met at James Driver Park (a park in the old neighborhood) brought picnic lunches and spent hours laughing catching up and talking about the good ole days.

So you may want to start on here and see who you can contact. Also in case you or others might not know....If you look to the left of this message forum there is a list of different places in this site you can go to, one being Classmate profiles, click on 1959 and it will bring up a list of who was in that year. You can click on each name (if they have registered) and message them about wanting to get together. If you are on Facebook (if not join, it's free) and search for names from class of 59. There is also a SAM page on facebook some could already be on.

Just a few suggestions so that maybe you and others from 59 can get in touch ~ No time like now to get started on a gathring.

Good luck and I hope you get a chance to visit with past classmates. You are also welcome to join us when we have our Neighborhood reunion or class of 71 when we have our next one.

Looking forward to seeing you on here too!!



05/22/19 12:42 PM #4407    

Mel Moy (1960)

I just wanted to post a shout out in memory of Jerry Evans, Class of '59.  He was one of those characters with a dynamic personality that every one seemed to like.  He was a cheerleader for one or more years.  The thing that I remember most of all was his role in the school's production of The Mikado.  I don't remember exactly why I saw so much of their practice and preparation because I was never in theater or stagecraft.  I think my homeroom was temporarily held in the Auditorium or something.  But I remember being impressed by how good Jerry was and how hard they worked yet having fun.  

05/24/19 08:08 AM #4408    


Albert (Don) Henderson (Biology)

Re: Post 4402, Eugene, Loraine Hyde was spoken of in your post. I was a a science teacher at Sam from '67-73 and Loraine was my cousin. She graduated from Sam and went to work and was living somewhere in a garage apartment. The way I understand it, she walked into her apartment and turned on a light only to be confronted with a gas explosion. There had obviously been a leak that she was unaware of and when she turned on the light the gas exploded. Loraine's parents had moved to Arkansas and Loraine id's me as a contact number. For some reason it was at least two days before anyone contacted me, but by that time they had contacted her parents. By the time I found out, she was in the hospital in critical condition. It was during graduation time at Sam and I had been assigned a duty, but I asked for permission to visit Loraine in the hospital, which I was granted. My wife and I went to the hospital and when we entered the room all I can remember was seeing her head the size of a basketball. What a tragedy for an enormously beautiful and sweet girl. She passed away a short time later and I have always regreted that I was not there for her. She had been visiting our  house in Spring and was the first to "get onto to me" for being too hard on my students. Loraine was a tender-hearted and loving individual.

05/24/19 03:16 PM #4409    


Judy Maxwell (1971)

Mr. Henderson #4408

Wow ~ Your cousin Loraine Hyde I remember her well. I also remember back in maybe 2009 when you posted on her page letting us know what happened. You and your wife got to her as soon as you were able, sorry for your loss in such a tragic way.

R.I.P. Loraine Hyde




05/25/19 08:04 AM #4410    


Eugene Knox (1972)

Hello Don, #4408

You and i have had long coversations about Lorraine a few years back, 5 to 10 years ago, i believe on this web site, in private messages.  I am a life long friend of her, then boyfriend's family, Ronnie Foster, who sadly passed away May of 2018.  You were listed as attending this past '73 reunion Oct. 2018, and i did check with the hostess if you had made it out.  She said she had not seen you, and it was SO packed, it would have been easy to miss someone, especially since you usually have to read name tags all night, with our seniior pics on them.  LOL    Hope you/ve been well Don, and just to mention, i will be attending the '72 class 50th in 2022, and the '73 in 2023.  Regards, Eugene (Gene)

05/25/19 08:57 AM #4411    


Patricia Kelly (Sedberry) (1971)

#4408 & #4410

Eugene and Mr Henderson

Lorraine and I were good friends, I did not meet her until be both entered SH, we met in Miss Scott's home room. When she moved back to Houston, she lived with me. She obtained a job and shortly after she moved in to that garage apartment. The day of the fire, Lorraine and I were going some place after work. I was picking her up at her apartment, I drove up just as the ambulance was taking her away. I provided the Houston fire department with Lorraine's parents contact information that day.  it still brings tears to my eyes thinking of Lorraine and that day.  I think everyday of my life, If she had only stayed at my place she would still be alive. 

It was suspected that there was a leak in the gas line of a secondhand stove she has just purchased. They suspected that she entered the apartment crossed the living area to her bedroom than flipped on the light switch. That light switch spark set the fire. There was a hero that day, her neighbor he saw her go into the apartment and when he saw the fire he got her out, I don't how he did it but that was the information I was told by the HFD that day.

05/25/19 10:52 AM #4412    


Judy Maxwell (1971)

Patricia, Eugene, and Mr. Henderson your posts show just how quickly and unexpected tragic things can happen. We have no control over events like this and can change our lives and the live of our loved ones. Sorry for all those that have lost loved ones and friends like this. Take care. Judy

05/26/19 03:02 PM #4413    

Sarah Keys (Jones) (1962)

I have a question. Will there be a 5th Friday Lunch this week at Humble City Cafe or have they quilt having them? 


Sarah Keys Jones 1962

05/27/19 01:09 PM #4414    

Dody Harrison (Denman) (1969)

Sarah, There will be a lunch this friday.  Hope to see you there.

05/27/19 01:25 PM #4415    


Judy Maxwell (1971)

Hi Sarah Keys, Hope your doing well. Looking forward to seeing you at our next Pinewood/Greenwood Village gathering.

Since I live out of town I don't get to go to the 5th Friday Lunch but Shirley (my sister)  may be there!




05/28/19 09:27 AM #4416    

Carroll Petty (Hebert) (1970)

What time is the 5th Friday lunch in Humble?

05/29/19 10:55 AM #4417    


Judy Maxwell (1971)

Carroll  #4416

The Luncheon starts at 11:30


06/06/19 01:46 PM #4418    


Judy Maxwell (1971)

If you have not driven by or gone on the Sam Houston camera ~~ The 3rd story building no loner is there. With the rain yesterday it looked like a big swimming hole or mud puddle. And after today the music rooms will be gone you can see through them already.....


06/06/19 03:28 PM #4419    


Judy Maxwell (1971)

Not even an hour has past since I mentioned the music rooms building,,,,,,It's gone.....want be long beofre there is nothing left but all our memories!! 

Hope the 5th Friday Lunch went well Who went??



06/07/19 10:22 AM #4420    


Eugene Knox (1972)

Judy, #4419

i can't believe they knocked out the aditorium and the drama and music wing so quickly.  I just looked at it no more than 2 or 3 days ago...  So, the two story building we can still see to the right, is that the back side of the old Library, or is that something newer (btw...the big tree in the courtyard was still standing this morning, now it's been cut down).  When i toured the campus in 2013, once we got past the new front office (with name tags), and out to the hallway by the old trophie case and cafeteria entrance, it was the same hallway as yesteryear....  

06/08/19 04:41 PM #4421    

Diane Grayson (Goloby) (1971)

I stopped by Ol' Sam Houston today and took some pictures. All that's left is the front office with the facade and the library. I could see completely through the building windows to Hardy Rd. If I can get the pics uploaded, I'll show it. I walked along the front sidewalk and saw the LBJ tree behind a fence.

When I returned to my car which I parked along a piece of driveway, a construction worker in hard hat came by and told me if I wanted any bricks, I could go inside the gate on the Hardy Rd side, and go into the white trailer where an office is. He said the supervisor would give me some bricks. The worker was very nice and said the school name that was at the top of the building was going to be " turned into a nice memorial  for all to see and be proud", he said.

He also said the tree behind the fence was going to be saved and the memorial stone in front of it too. When I told him President Johnson planted that tree about 1965, he was so impressed. He said they would treat it with great importance because "it's a piece of History!"

I was too chicken to drive into the Hardy driveway to the trailer office because the gates were partially closed and there was a pipe running water at a steady heavy stream into a drain. I was in my van and not much space to park or turn around, and maybe get nails or screws in my tire, which I got recently from a home construction site. Anyway, I'll wait until they go up for sale, but if anyone is game, just go in that Hardy Rd entrance, the only one that's open.

The construction worker was so nice and understanding and said that "all of the students who went to this school will be PROUD. They can have a piece of History, and will like seeing the school name fixed up for all to see forever!"  I wish I asked his name. He was an older Hispanic man, older than us I mean.

06/08/19 06:42 PM #4422    


Charlotte Pate (Poole) (1962)


06/09/19 12:55 PM #4423    


Eugene Knox (1972)

Diane Grayson, #4421

That's great news about they are going to do something special with the Sam Houston Lettering, that has stood the test of time up on the building for 60 plus years!   I was wondering if they had anything planned.  Also nice of the construction workers to offer up some bricks.  It seems from previous posts, they realize that the old high school, means so much, to so many...  not just a tear down of some meaningless place...

06/18/19 11:00 AM #4424    


Judy Maxwell (1971)

It's Gone!!!



06/19/19 07:32 AM #4425    


Kathy Culpepper (Gunderson) (1968)

Farewell old friend.
I hope the new school brings good memories to the future Sam Houston Tigers.

06/19/19 08:52 AM #4426    

Randy Lee Pagel (1974)

  I guess I'm never going back to my old school.

06/19/19 12:15 PM #4427    

Lawrence Tracy Lott (1976)

Looks like it came down Monday morning - hope they actually

did save some locker fronts, bricks & the entry parts for posterity.

Tracy Lott

06/19/19 03:29 PM #4428    


Eugene Knox (1972)

Wow Judy, #4424,   i looked this morning, and the construction office, the last "shack" standing, was still there.  Now, it's gone, bulldozed, like it never exsisted.  Truely, all gone...  Kinda like your childhood home, if it has been torn down, it leaves an empty pit.  As much as i disliked my senior year, only the good memories have risin to the surface.  

"So goodbye yellow brick "building" 
Where the dogs of society howl
You can't plant me in your penthouse
I'm going back to my plough"

p.s. you can click on time lapse, and see the whold process all over again.... 

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