Arnie and Julie’s Excellent Adventure

Hello Class of ’73,

Dave, I know you have been thanked numerous times for your dedication to maintaining this site, but thanks again. This is certainly a labor of love and I’m sure, a major PIA at times. At the same time keeping us informed on current class situations and up coming events is very important. Having this central location for these announcements is truly wards a big handshake from me and from other members of the class.

Julie and I recently returned from a long planned trip, America Bucket List Vacation. We had planned to do this last year, but for all the reasons we know, postponed until this summer. We left on July 4, the day after our 45 anniversary and returned six weeks later. Our trip was amazing.

Our first stop was the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We spent a few day there visiting distilleries, playing golf and sampling the local fare. The weather was perfect and the people friendly. For those that may have an interest, 2-3 days is probably enough. Then headed west, stopping over night in Topeka to visit the grave site of my dad and grandparents.

Denver was our next major stop. We went to Red Rocks for a concert. It is supposed to be the best natural amphitheater. Turned out to be the first concert they help wit full capacity. So cool being up in the mountain looking over parts of the city. If ever you have a chance to go there for a concert, take advantage of it, well worth the experience. We stayed in Leadville a few days later, mostly so I could play golf at the course there. It is supposed to be the highest altitude course in the country, maybe the world. Heading south to national parks was on the menu now.

We spent time in 12 national parks, with each one being unique and indescribable. You could take a million pictures and still not see or experience the the views you see live. Some of the parks you could just sit and look for hours, turn your head and see something new and even more interesting . People have asked what was your favorite? From a pure visual point of view Bryce Canyon. The colors, the mountains, the canyons, you have to be there to fully appreciate the beauty. Yellowstone had the most to offer, but by far the most busy. The most historic being Mesa Verde, where the ancient Native Americas built and lived is homes in the side of the canyons, amazing and hard to imagine.

Some friends suggested we stop in Cody, Wy for a night. They have a cowboy buffet dinner and a show, followed by a rodeo. It was a fun night on our way to the Black Hills. For those that have never experienced South Dakota. Mt Rushmore and a few surrounding things, Badlands, Wall Drug and The Worlds only Corn Palace. On to Iowa City.

My family had a reunion. Only two people from the clan did not make it, both being sick and advised by the rest of the family not to show up. It will probably the last time since the California family and the Florida families are just too far apart for such and event.

In the end we had traveled over 9300 miles, visited 12 national parks, a number of state parks, over night stays in 20 locations, traveled through 20 states Stopped by 4 different casinos, basically broke even, Then home. An unforgettable trip with only minor inconveniences.

We have now visited 46 of the 50 states, with only Vermont and New Hampshire in the continent missing. We plan to got there in a couple of years for a fall trip. With the 50th coming soon, I hope to see you all then

Arnie and Julie Moore

Mark Zanger’s “West Side Story” Memories

Yes, “West Side Story” was indeed a remarkably fun part of Mrs. Hadley’s class that year!

Yes, Tony was my part!  Mamma mia!  Such fond memories of Barb was Maria!  And Clayton!  And Laura!  And Tim!  And everyone of us!  It was so much fun!  I believe Becki Gilpin was our masterful director!

Thank you Mrs. Hadley!

An interesting anecdote:  I had the pleasant good fortune to run into the REAL Tony (actor Richard Beymer) here in Fairfield at Everybody’s, one of our local grocery stores.  He is a TMer and Sidha (practitioner of the TM-Sidhis including Yogic flying) and lives in the southeastern section of Fairfield.

At any rate, I mentioned to him that we had done “West Side Story” in school and more specifically that I had played Tony and he said, “Birth to earth…” and seemed to be waiting for my response.  I had none!  I eventually learned he was quoting from the movie script and waiting for me to say, “Womb to tomb!” In the movie, when Riff was referring to their relationship and said, “Birth to earth.” Tony replied, “Womb to tomb!”.  

Because I had no idea what he was trying to do, I imagine Richard must have doubted the truthfulness of my story about playing Tony!  Yet the truth of the matter, I have since realized, was that the script we received in 8th grade was edited for our grade level and they left out the “Birth to earth” and “Womb to tomb” lines!  I guess they considered “womb” and maybe even “tomb” to be a little too much for us youngsters!

At any rate, I never thought in a million years I would ever meet Richard Beymer, let alone have a meaningful exchange with him.  Yet it happened and has happened several times since.  In fact, he has even met my Mom!
And to share the whole TM experience with him?  I feel pretty lucky!

Greg Leichty Update


I do not remember who played what part so much, but I do remember that Doug Hetzler saved the day when someone forgot their one word line in the rapid exchange part of the dialogue.  He proceeded to rattle off the next six turns for everyone as a monologue-about 20 seconds worth and no one ever knew the difference!

On the personal side, May has been a month of important transitions to me, I am now fully retired from the University of Louisville after 30 years and I am now a Professor Emeritus.  Kathy and I will be celebrating our 40th anniversary on 5/30.  We also had a second granddaughter-Lydia Elaine Doty who arrived on 5/13. 

Thank you for the news!

Greg Leichty

Mark Zanger Christmas Songs 2020

Hey Dave!

Glad you are safe at home!

I would love to share a two songs which are for Christmas!

Since there are 12 Days of Christmas, I consider us to be still within the aura of timeliness!

8 21 Christmas by Mark Zanger

Lyrics to 8 21 Christmas

9 5 Merry Christmas by Mark Zanger

Lyrics to 9 5 Merry Christmas

May all Thy family, near and dear ones, be safe and blissful!


Barrker’s Bizarre

We want to offer a special thanks to Alan Huey for the camera work he performed to capture this highly irreverent satire edition of West Side Story called Barrker’s Bizarre.

Would also like to thank the classmates involved in its production, including but not limited to: Mike Reed, Arnie Moore, and Jim Peterson.

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Rich Altmaier Update and “Art”

Hi Dave, how are you?    We are doing great, with our elder daughter Liz married now 2 years plus!   Liz and Neil live and work in Arlington, VA.   Our younger Rachel is a Chemical Engineer, working on the next generation battery, here in Silicon Valley.  
Paulette and I are officially retired, and doing some travelling.  I posted some video of that on youtube, search for Altmaier Africa 2017.
Since you mention video “art”, I have continued to support our daughters’ former high school girls basketball team, in recording and posting video of their games.   My work is on youtube.  Search for Pinewood Girls Basketball  and that will usually be me!  Sports video is a special genre, requiring unusual equipment and methodology.  I am particularly happy with my 2017 and 2018 work!
FYI, Rich