Baltimore, Ohio 43105
Class of 1984
Ronald Reagan is president
of the US
August 10, 2004
Dear Christy and Class of "84",
The past couple of weeks have been a real pleasure for Pat and me due to your thoughtfulness by including us in your reunion celebration. Our son Pat was a member, in our estimation, of the best class to come out of Liberty Union High School.
You have been so generous by sharing your memories of Pat with us. We have heard some funny stories and some sweet ones too...and each story brought us some laughter and some tears. You have also sent us a beautiful floral arrangement, a lovely poem, and lots of love.
Words are not quite enough. However, I hope a thank you will do...and with those words we send our warmest wishes to each of you.
God Bless you all,
Pat and Sharon Cook
For those of you who haven't heard it, here is the poem.
There are so many things in life,
that most of us don't understand.
The child that you hold dear to your heart,
is now in God's hands.
As we gather together on this our 20 year class reunion day,
we want you to know that we fondly remember Pat with this bouquet.
In Loving Memory, The LUHS Class of 1984
August 9, 2004
Dear Class of 84,
I wanted to send a letter, not only to those who were able to attend, but also to those who could not. Iím not sure if I can put into words what "happened" at this "homecoming, but I will try.
First of all, I think the volume of emails that were exchanged in the approximate six months prior to the reunion went a long way in reconnecting everyone. So many were so excited to see each other, you could almost feel it in the air. It truly was more like a homecoming and less like a reunion.
One thing I noticed as I looked around, whether it be at Rick Ellasís place on Friday night or at Johnson Park on Saturday afternoon or especially at the alley on Saturday night, was that everyone was trying to make time to talk to everyone. There were no "clicks", just fellow classmates, reconnecting with old classmates and making new friends. Everyone who attended came away with a definite feeling that we should NOT lose touch with each other again and that we should do this more often. I have been overwhelmed with emails/calls since the reunion commenting on how much fun everyone had and how glad they were that they were "talked into" coming. The only other word I can use to describe what happened that night is "magical"! I donít think there was a person that attended that didnít have some very hard goodbyes to say at the end of the evening.
As a direct result of the feelings expressed by those who did attend, we are now going to a yearly format. The dates will be similar to this yearís date, since it seems as though it was a pretty good choice for everyone. Weíre looking at a time of about 7pm. Keep in mind, there wonít be decorations until the 25 year. (Iím getting too old!) But there are already many people on board from out of town for the yearly format, so please try to plan your schedule accordingly. The overwhelming majority says they would like to keep the format relaxed as it was this year. So as it stands right now, the meeting place for the 25 year homecoming will be Johnson Park at around noon and then Starlite Lanes at 7pm for the 25th year reunion. (We will be "fine tuning" the alley night in order for people to be able to have conversations!) This year we all started to meet at Rick Ellasís place (VIP Lounge in Gahanna) on Friday night and that was a huge success as well. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
The dates (Saturdays) for the yearly homecomings are as follows at Starlite Lanes:
July 23, 2005
July 22, 2006
July 28, 2007
July 26, 2008
and the 25 year reunion will be July 24 and 25, 2009. Iíll be bold here and say thisĖwith 5 years notice, scheduling shouldnít be a problem!
I also want to take this opportunity to make sure that everyone has my information so you can let me know of any address changes, etc. If you have an email, please let me know. You DONíT KNOW what you are missing by not being on the group list. The email list, by far, went a long way getting everyone reconnected and making it easier for everyone to do so. My information is as follows:
Christy Young Ford
114 Holder Road
Baltimore, OH 43105
Although we had an absolutely awesome turnout, I figure with 5 years notice, it can only get better. Kim Crist took a fantastic picture of the overall crowd at our reunion and it is printed on the back for your enjoyment. That picture alone I feel speaks volumes.
Another item I wanted to mention is that traditionally here in Baltimore for the past at least 15 years, the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is a "big night" at the bowling alley. It is the only time youíll ever see a big turnout there, that would come close to what we had in July. Our turnout was by far the largest crowd the bowling has ever had in itís history. This night however is a combination of many classes, but a good time as well.
Hereís hoping to see more of you in the coming years and EVERYONE at the 25 year reunion. I figure it this way, if Cheech can join us from Japan, I think most of us can make it from the outskirts of town?
Please feel free to call/write/email me anytime. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to organize this reunion. It was definitely an amazing experience that I wonít ever forget.
Christy Young Ford
August 31. 2005
20 Year Class Reunion of the Class of 1984
Mike Carnavale and Family Mike & Cori Lombardi, Kim (Crist) & Kris Kaluger,
Brenda Dailey, Rick Ellas
Tammy Estepp Mowery & Chris Maurice McGlothlin & Family
20th Reunion at the Starlite Lanes Mike Lombardi
Karen (Bennett) McGarvey & Randy McGarvey Rick Ellas and Kim (Crist) Kalguer
Teresa (McCarty) Ruble, April (Bowsher) Egan, Kim (Crist) J R Hardwick and Michelle (Simkovic)
Kaluger, Tammy (Estep) Mowery, Christy (Young) Ford Lavendar
Susie Manson Long, Kim Crist Kaluger, Melissa Witherspoon, Cori Lombardi (Mike's wife)
Rob Billingsley Kim (Crist) Kaluger, Michelle (Simkovic) Lavender
Ron Azbell James Nugent Lisa (Ackley) Bauer
Shinishi "Cheech" Shoya Darin Simpson Cristy (Young) Ford, Ron Blanton, Dennis Muncey
Christy (Young) Ford and Mike Lombardi
Diana (Delong) Pickett and Sherry (Bowers) Talbert Detria Melosh Hiles
Phil Barker Amy (Roshon) Cook
Dan Thomas John Brown
Bob Kull and Dnna Ellis
Renee (Baldwin) Robinson Brian Starcher and Ron Blanton
Nanette (Siemer) Mace and daughter
Back row: Renee Baldwin Robinson, Christy Young Ford, Darin Simpson, Detria Melosh Hiles, Teresa Saunders Caudell, Michelle Simkovic Lavender, Tammy Adkins
Front row: Teresa McCarty Ruble, Phil Barker, Amy Roshon Cook, Sandy Schweitzer Nielson, Tina Ward Barker
Others Pictured: Melissa Roshon May, Betsy George Kinkela, Jamie Reed, Susie Manson Long, Beth Crist Petit, Lisa Ellis Ferguson