Port Arthur, Texas


Roadtrip - '62 Newsletter #91

This week, Roadtrip-'62 TM takes a look at US-65.  This highway currently runs 969 miles from Albert Lea, Minnesota to Clayton, Louisiana.  Back in 1962 it began farther north, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was also slightly longer on the south end, terminating in Natchez, Mississippi.  The north end was shortened in 1980 for the usual reason that an interstate freeway, I-35, replaced it.  The south end was changed in 2005 primarily to eliminate some confusing dual numbering.  We crossed US-65 on our US-6 roadtrip, in Des Moines, Iowa.  During 1962, US-65 went through downtown Des Moines, whereas today it bypasses town on a freeway that didn’t exist back then.

I’m taking a look today at Branson, Missouri, a major tourist town along US-65.  Branson, located in the Ozark Mountains, is best known today as "the live music show capital of the world".  But it began its tourist life in 1894 when William Henry Lynch bought Marble Cave, renamed it Marvel Cave, and began charging visitors to tour it.  Hugo and Mary Herschend leased the cave in 1950 and began hosting square dances in it.  The Herschend Family modernized the cave with electricity and concrete staircases, and opened Silver Dollar City in 1960, just in time for us to see it in our favorite year.  Silver Dollar City began as a re-creation of a frontier town that featured just five shops, a church, and a log cabin, with actors that staged the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys.  Also in 1960, the Old Mill Theater began its first outdoor production based on the novel “The Shepherd of the Hills”.  Between these two attractions, the current Branson experience was on its way.  

Why was 1960 such a good time to begin large-scale tourism in Branson? Well, the 1959 completion of Table Rock Dam on the White River, which created Table Rock Lake, probably had something to do with it.  The new lake attracted boaters, beach lovers, and had great fishing because of the cold, spring-fed water.  Later that year the Baldknobbers Jamboree opened the first live music show in Branson.  The area got a big boost in 1962, when “The Beverly Hillbillies” premiered on television and became the number one show.  The premise of the show involved a local Ozarks family striking it rich with oil and moving out to Beverly Hills, California.

I last visited Silver Dollar City in 1982.  It was not yet a full-fledged theme park with all the rides and the waterpark we see today.  There were only 6 actual rides mixed in with a lot of mountain-themed arts and crafts, traditional carnival and arcade games, music and comedy shows, and of course, gift shops and food.  Some things do not change much though: Marvel Cave, the attraction that started it all is still open at the park and the park is still owned by Herschend Family Entertainment.  

Today you can still sometimes see a musical act from the 1962 era performing in Branson, such as Frankie Avalon, who appeared with Annette Funicello in the popular Beach Party surfer film series that began production in that year.  Or, you might see some great 1962 automobiles at either the Branson Auto & Farm Museum or the Branson Auction.  A recent auction included a beautiful 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Coupe complete with owners operating manual!  Or stop in to see one of the newest attractions in town: the dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in 1962 when she sang her famous rendition of 'Happy Birthday' to President John F. Kennedy in Madison Square Gardens.  The dress is now on display at Ripley's Believe it or Not, following their purchase at auction for nearly $5 million dollars.

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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

Hurricane Harvey Experiences ..... Page 1    Page 2   (Ongoing) 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    

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   

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   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.