Port Arthur, Texas


I occasionally get an email from this guy, he has some interesting insights on the year, 1962.  He mentions Wilmington, NC.  In late 1962, while on Active Duty at Camp Lejune, I visited Wilmington.  It wasn't noteworthy as I can't remember much of it.  In case you can't dig out his link, it's ......   
This week, Roadtrip-'62 TM takes a look at a very short route, US-74.  Unlike most Us-numbered highway, this highway is strangely longer today than it was in 1962!  It has always started at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, but the west end has been extended about 185 miles to Chattanooga, Tennessee from its original end in Asheville, North Carolina. It seldom is signed on its own, traveling with US-76, US-64, US-19, US-129, US-441, US-23, and even I-26 in various combinations.  In another oddity, part of the route in North Carolina is signed together with I-74, one of only a few places a US and Interstate route with the same number are on the same road. I’ve traveled it frequently in mid-North Carolina, as it connects the cities that lie just south of the Smoky Mountains from Asheville to Andrews.  But we won’t be talking about that section today, as it is part of the new extension.  Instead let’s focus on where the road went in 1962.

If you want to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean beach, the Town of Wrightsville Beach provides several beach access parks along US-76, beginning with Access #2 at the north end of the road and ending with #15 just before US-74 leaves the island.  In 1955, a new bridge was opened for US-74 between Wrightsville Beach and the mainland, leaving US-76 to the old bridge on its own.  Nearby Wilmington, North Carolina has grown amazingly since the 1950s, so that most of its tourist attractions are too new for our consideration.  However, the Battleship USS North Carolina was dedicated as a museum ship in April 1962.  The battleship is a World War II era ship that participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific Ocean. After the war, it served as a training vessel and was then decommissioned in 1947.  The ship was placed in the Inactive Reserve for the next 14 years and scheduled to be cut up for scrap in 1958.  At that point, the citizens of North Carolina began a campaign to bring the Battleship home where it now serves as the State’s memorial to its World War II veterans and the 11,000 North Carolinians who died during the war.

Another place to see in Wilmington is the Cape Fear Museum.  It began in 1898 in a single room and has since moved around the city. During the 1960s, we would have found it the Police Station building. Since 1970, it has been in its current location, a former National Guard Armory building. Originally, it was founded to preserve Confederate objects and memories of the Civil War. After a closure and reopening in the 1930s, the collection has broadened to include regional, national, and international art, history, and science artifacts.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, we could have stopped at the Mint Museum, which today has two branches.  The Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in what was once the Charlotte Mint. The facility coined $5 million in gold from 1836 to the Civil War. It was the first art museum in North Carolina. The companion Mint Museum of Craft + Design focuses on contemporary craft. Altogether, the Mint Museum's collection contains more than 12,000 objects from 2000 B.C. to 1950 A.D.  It includes the largest and most comprehensive collection of North Carolina pottery in the nation: over 2,200 objects, dating from the 1700s.  Finally, for the sights of Asheville, North Carolina, where US-74 meets our first roadtrip down US-23, see and .

Because it’s been awhile since my last newsletter, there have been TWO new blogposts you can enjoy at Roadtrip-'62 TM . First, a look at Weather Stories from 1962, and then my newest article traveling US-26 from Nebraska to Oregon.  I hope you have fun exploring and I thank you for reading.  If you enjoy Roadtrip-'62 TM, please help others find it.  You can forward this newsletter to your friends so they can sign up too!  Or just Like us on Facebook, or page through the 1962 photos at our Pinterest page!






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ALL Photos in this Webpage Can Be Clicked on for a full size view

A Brief Description of What is There

75th Birthday      Museum      WWilson  


Schooner-1     Schooner-2 

75th Birthday Celebration - April 27, 2019

Hurricane Harvey Experiences ..... Page 1    Page 2   A blow by blow report of what happened to some here
Class Roster List     70th Birthday Bash    Bulletins/News Alphabetical listing, city, state, and email of known classmates

"A"    "B"    "C"    "D-E"   "F-G"  "H-I"   "J-K"   "L"   "M"  

"NOPQR"   "S"   "TUV"   "WYZ"

Alphabetical listing, city, state, and email of known classmates, with pictures of all classmates if possible  

Missing Classmates   Classmates who are totally unknown 
Deceased Classmates   A to F      G to Q     R to Z    Listing of classmates who we know have left us

Memorials-   (1)1/02-9/09    (2)10/09-11/10    (3)2/11-12/12    (4)03/13-11/14   (5)11/14-12/16    (6)2017     (7)2018    (8)2019   (9)2020  

Clippings, comments of classmates and teachers gone but not forgotten


***Reunion 2017 ->  Final Before Reunion    

FriNite Pg.1   FriNite Pg2.  GW Special Page   

Museum   Sartins Lunch   AnitasPhotos  

SaturdayNite1  SaturdayNite2  

Yes, hard to believe but Reunion 55 came and went so fast, 

like high school.

Tribute to Coach Pete Pense   Special Page dedicated to TJ Coach Pense

Charlotte Rothman's Special Page   

Charlotte Rothman Metreyeon shares some special memories

US Military Members of the Class of 62   Special USMC Photos, comments, interesting stories of our Classmates in Arms
For Red Hussars   TJ YaYa    Special Red Hussars information - Hussar scans...YaYa Party
Rock & Roll             Back In Time    Back by popular demand of one Mr. JK Petteway...
New "Old" Pictures  - Scraps of Memories    Some old, real old, pictures and clippings

Classmates in the News  Classmates Pics   Pt Neches Fire-2019 

News of interest and pics sent in about classmates

People Places-Old PA   P1   - P2 - P3    Scans of People/Places from my local Barber Shop of Old PA
Old PA   Page1  Page2  Page3  Page4   Page5 (Done)  Yes even more Old PA Pics of PA, People, Singers, Events ...
Cute and Funny Pictures   Cute and Funny Poems   New Pictures of "old" classmates  ... Inspiring Poems...
School Pictures - Tyrrell -  Sam Houston  Other Schools   School Group Pictures with most of the names
Ronnie's Adventures  Information and pictures of classmate Ronnie Thompson
Kent Foster Foundation  (His site is apparently gone. Go to Memorials) Great montage of pics at the start.  Tribute to our old friend.
Still Revvin'@67 -  Final Photos     It was nice -  Saturday May 21, 2011 -.
"Mix@66"   "First Pics"    Another great get together for classmates to meet once again
"Jive @ 65" - Linda's - Pompano - Lews Pics - Emails/Comments A nice setting, good conversation, good friends meet again...
Lucille's Page   Hanna's Pictures Comments and pics from the Class.

Reunion 2012

Friday 1 - Friday 2  - Friday 3 - Sat Night 1 - Sat Night 2  

Lew's Friday Pics   - Lew's Sat Pics  - Paul's Portraits 

Group Pictures - Museum/Lunch  -  Quinn's Gems - Bob Salter  

GW's Reunion Page - Golf Sat - Hanna/Sam--> Pg One  Pg Two  

If you see wrong names, please let us know.

If you want a comment under a certain photo, let us know. 

A group photo of the Hussars was taken.  We need a copy of that photo for our group page.  Contact me if you know who took it.

Gretchen's Memories - Miscellaneous Reunion Info   Gretchen's great story of old PA -  See who came to the Reunion
A Treat From Sue ..  More From Sue   Get your 50's gear ready
Golden Reunion 50 -   Website Contributors  "O What A Night" All prior Information and Updates can be found here. . Golf too
Youtube Videos --> Hussars - Military - Mix66 - Underwood Videos made by Wayne Quinn at Reunion, Fox Sports

Reunion 2007


Meeting information - Registration, Schedule, & Questionnaire 

Reunion 2007    - Your input 

Comments, quotes, testimonials, critiques, and some thanks 

Pictures Friday Night - Page1   Page2  Page3  Page4   Friday Night at Esther's, nearly to the end of these (name corrections?)
Pictures - Golf Pictures from the Island - real golfers

Pictures - Saturday Social - Page1  Page2  Page3  

Pictures of Saturday Social at Sanderson's, nearly all of these posted
Pictures - Saturday Night - Page1  Page2  Page3  Page4  Page5   Saturday Night at Park Central - Should all be in 
Hanna and Sam's Pictures      A big batch of pictures of the Reunion here - All legible are done
Reunion 2007 - Attendees Who attended the Reunion, sent in Questionnaires, and played Golf 

 Reunion 2002 

Reunion 2002 News Information, news, and pics leading up to 02 Reunion
Reunion 2002 Friday Night Welcome Friday Night Welcome at Rodney Landry's Cajun Restaurant
Reunion 2002 Saturday Social Saturday Afternoon Social at Andrews
Reunion 2002 Saturday Night Saturday Night Dinner and Dance at Andrews
Reunion 2002 Sunday Brunch Sunday Brunch and final goodbys at Linda's home
Reunion 2002 Comments Comments and information about the 2002 Reunion
Reunion 1997 Pictures from our 35th Reunion
Reunion 1972 A Group Picture in 1972
Mini Reunions at Larry's French Market-  2006  2007   A good crowd for TJ, PNG, and SFA grads - a few pics of our guys.  See both years here
TJ61 and BB61 Reunion Party-April 5, 2003 Our pics of a big party that involved several classes


Phillip Pampolina

website ---


Marty Fleckman

Spook Laird has a new business.

310 Silver Creek Run

Lawrenceville, GA 30044-4800 

(770) 279-9626

Here is a great article on GW in
the latest Texas Monthly Magazine. 

View a copy of it here ...
In addition there is a great
listing of his career on the movie
data base website, it's at
and it has a wealth of information,
listing everything he has been in.
Classmate Gracey Potter Weisbrod has
her own website featuring her immense
gallery.  Check it out at

---Links ---

Final Ragin Cajun ...
TJ/BBS 60 yr old Birthday Party - 2003 (All we have is what I posted)
Red Hussars Alumni Association
Thomas Jefferson Class of 57
Thomas Jefferson Class of 58
Thomas Jefferson Class of 59
Thomas Jefferson Class of 60
Thomas Jefferson Class of 61
Thomas Jefferson Class of 63    (Apparently Done In)
Thomas Jefferson Class of 64
Thomas Jefferson Class of 65
Thomas Jefferson Class of 66 (Won't Be Back)
Thomas Jefferson Class of 67
Thomas Jefferson Class of 68
Thomas Jefferson Memories Page
Pictures from Final Homecoming
Thorup...meandering through life!
Bishop Byrne High School

From the PA News 11/13/08 - "Community Scoop" 


Class of  1938 had fun

Dorothy Chevis Henry shared a report of the “70th and final” class reunion of the Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 1938 at the Pompano Club.

“On that special day, nine of the original 296 classmates met for a reunion luncheon.  With heads held high, smiling faces, outstretched hands and many hugs and kisses, each graduate was presented with a beautiful name badge, made by fellow classmate Wallace Verrett,” Henry said.

“Everyone had stories to tell.  There was much laughter and some tears too, when they recalled the 23 T.J. graduates who never returned from World War II.  As the reunion was coming to a close, J.E. Harrell and Margaret Parrish Elison, committee members, led the group in singing the school song, ‘The Old Maroon and Gold.’  Some remembered the class motto, ‘Not finished, Just Begun,’” Henry said.