Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Garland High School, Class of '42

 Yesterday I wrote about our friends being here from Wyoming to attend the Garland High School alumni reunion among other things. One of those “other things” was our drive out in the Bohemian Alps yesterday and today we visited a High School Classmate. There were only 11 in our Class of '42 and Don, Jack and I, the only remaining members. We had a great visit with Jack this afternoon at the Greene House where he and his wife resided for the past few years. She passed away in February after a siege of Parkinson's Disease. Jack has since had a hip replacement but is getting along great. Jack and Don are second cousins with both their last names being Armstrong. They were both great HS athletes. There was a serial radio program back in those days called “Jack Armstrong-The All-American Boy” and Jack fit the image. He was on the basketball 1st team as a Freshman and led us throughout our 4 years. He and Don were outstanding forwards the last couple years while I was a guard. We also played baseball where Jack pitched, Don played shortstop and I was in center field. After High School and WWII, we continued to play on the Garland Town Team. I asked Jack today if he remembered his last game. He said it was at Staplehurst where he hit 2 home runs off a left handed pitcher from Crete by the name of Prokop. Garland HS graduated it's last class in the late 60's after being in existence for about 50 years. The number of alumni are a declining lot but there will be around 100 loyal, dedicated members and spouses at the event Saturday night.

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