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Ok, Lonnie and others. This weeks Lunch Menu, entitled "This Year's Mothra" is available at http://www.rockandrollmind.com/html/the_lunch_menu.html Just click the link "This Year's Mothra". I don't consider it one of my best, but it's there!
This Year's Mothra <eccx@mindspring.com>
Perth Amboy, NJ USA - Saturday, September 06, 2003 at 04:32:45 (PDT)
Yes, I did write that. Thanks for reminding me. I'd say 1971 was one of my hazier years. BTW, the next edition of The Lunch Menu will have the topic of "This Year's Mothra", which is a commentary on Labor Day TV, which really seemed sub-par this time around.
Ed Colton <eccx@mindspring.com>
Perth Amboy, NJ USA - Thursday, September 04, 2003 at 16:56:06 (PDT)
Ed Colton wrote "I saw a ship a-saliling At sunrise on the bay....."
USA - Thursday, September 04, 2003 at 07:00:24 (PDT)
Ed Colton wrote
USA - Thursday, September 04, 2003 at 06:56:19 (PDT)
Excellent!! I realy appreciate your effort. Keep it up.
Vanny Kant <vannylin.com>
los fedos, ca usa - Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 22:09:52 (PDT)
Who Wrote This? I saw a ship a-sailing, at sunrise on the bay, heeling and a-tacking, from garbage in its way. It hit a rusting trash can at fully 20 knots, In depths of chilly water, it lies in state and rots. From Ricker's Popfire, Volume IV-# Spring 1971. He's on this website a lot!
USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 15:15:15 (PDT)
3 Stars -Truely a warm and fuzzy web sight.
The New York Post
USA - Monday, September 01, 2003 at 06:53:21 (PDT)
Hi everybody!! After the reunion of 2003 I feel even closer to all classes that attended Ricker. Everytime I travel up High Street I look down Potter Hill and in my mind I picture hundreds of happy Ricker students going to and from classes. I see Putnam gym when it housed the student union and think of the great times had there. I notice the old library(now a residence for sale) and remember the sweat of passing in one of T.Barton Akeley's term papers. The new library was never used by this old Rickerite. I remember sitting nervously beanie-clad on Potter Hill with classmates while upperclassmen tormented the hell out of us.Character building(oh yeah). I remember playing with the old band anywhere anytime we could. I also remember one hell of an education that brings me to where I am today; not rich, but fulfilled and satisfied that Ricker gave me the start to a 35 year teaching career. P.S. thanks for letting my son and I rock your socks last July.
Tim Humphrey <bassman@pioneercable.net>
Hodgdon, Me USA - Saturday, August 30, 2003 at 05:36:12 (PDT)
Aah...the 60's! No such thing as a co-ed dorm...at least not from 66-68! (we all had morals then...lol!) But nonetheless, there WAS lots of "sneaking" about...jumping in and out of windows. In regards to the VH1 showing of "I Love the 70's"...my daughter (born in 1981) and I have watched it about 5 times to date and it's a gas. There was previously a segment on the 80's and that was equally as good. She remembers most everything from both, even though she was born in 1981. Chuck, I was thinking about you and realized I probably wouldn't see you as it's so late in the summer already. Summer here has been EXTREMELY hectic, with getting my daughter ready for college (in Cambridge). I'm sweating this, trust me. I have NEVER driven in Boston...EVER...and now I am committed! Eeeek! She leaves September 8th and all her stuff is in a clump in our spare room. Do you suppose "getting off the island" being such a chore could have anything to do with age...hahaha! Trust me, it takes all I have to mow the lawn...if you could even call it a lawn...REMEMBER...I STILL live on the side of a mountain! And winter's knock...knock...knockin' on the door. Speaking of knock...knock...knockin' on the door...saw Bob Dylan in concert last Thursday night in Gilford. My best to both of you, and to your mom. Maybe we can get together next summer. Oh, and a few weeks back my daughter and I took the bus from Concord to Boston...while I was there I remembered my trip to Gloucester via bus / train. If I had been thinking correctly (it was during the extreme heat spell) I would have called and had you meet us there--we hung out in Harvard Square for a bit, did lunch, and then hopped back on the bus back to Concord. It was a blast! Joyce
Joyce Lenas <whtfc@worldpath.net>
North Sandwich, NH USA - Wednesday, August 27, 2003 at 17:46:31 (PDT)
I often wonder, If you talk to yourself in the woods with no one around, do you hope someone hears you? I usually talk to give information to someone, not to listen to my self. But then again I must be strange. How about you R.F.K.
U-Tea- Ca
USA - Wednesday, August 27, 2003 at 16:30:49 (PDT)
Oh My God! Joyce, where are you? Let's talk about the late 60s. These guys need to know what it was like when the women had to SNEAK into the guys' dorm. Life was much more structured then. Good for moral fiber, eh?... We would put black lights in the room and marvel at how WHITE our underwear looked! I'm back in Florida. Sorry I didn't get up to NH this trip. Once out on the island, it's a big deal to come back off. And my time there was short this year. Did you go to Houlton? I was afraid. Honest. WAY past the tree line up there, and 'sposing I didn't know anyone? Reading the comments, though, sounds like it was a good time for all. You folks should be proud of your efforts.
Chuck Mansfield
USA - Wednesday, August 27, 2003 at 09:59:32 (PDT)
What you just heard was the slamming door hitting me on the way out of the house - to get a LIFE! Excuse me while I file that under “P”… for pathetic. Note to self: NEVER write under the influence of valium. Okay… I’m feeling better already. See what happens Kim, when you cancel my road trip. Please reschedule before I morph into the couch – (sheesh) Fliegs
Rob Fliegel <haskell105@yahoo.com>
East Stroudsburg, PA USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at 09:36:22 (PDT)
USA - Monday, August 25, 2003 at 17:10:20 (PDT)
This past weekend was an incredibly strange one, especially for time travel. A time travel weekend for me is one when multiple things happen that keep you daydreaming about a time gone by. First of all the weather couldn’t have been better to relax you and encourage your mind to wander. I was stuck in the years ’78-’79. I think this all started last week when I finally got a hold of Steve Mason. When Ricker closed, I bought a house in Sparta and Mace was always there. I never even locked it; my buds would come and go at will whether I was home or not. One time I did lock the house and Mace broke a window to get in – that’ll teach me! Anyway back to this weekend: Saturday was Ron Guidry day at Yankee Stadium. I absolutely ate up the festivities and couldn’t help reminiscing about the unbelievable year he had in 78 (25-3 Cy Young Winner!). Steve’s Dad, bless his soul, got us tickets for the World Series vs the Dodgers. Guidry had won the day before and halted the 2-0 advantage that LA had gotten off to. However, game four was even better. This was the game Lou Pinella got the game winning hit in the 10th inning, driving in Willie Randolph to give Goose Gossage the win. I’m sure the Saux fans would rather forget this whole season so I’ll move along. I picked up the Sunday paper and found a great article about the 25th anniversary of “Animal House” (1978). I loved that movie and couldn’t help grinning about Jolly Ol’ Kappa Beta. Yes, unfortunately I would have liked to identify with “Otter”, but truthfully(sigh) I was more the “Pinto” type. I also caught an article about a VH1 special on Warren Zevon who is promoting his “final” album - “The Wind”. I didn’t know this, but he has terminal lung cancer. Hearing Zevon always takes me back to the winter of ’78 when his “Excitable Boy” album came out. Me, Mace and the guys couldn’t get enough of that album. Besides the title track, there was “Lawyers, Guns and Money” and a bunch of others, but the best song, which still makes me laugh even now, is “Werewolves of London”. Tell me you don’t all go – “owOOOUUUUU” when you hear that tune. Yes… “his hair was perfect!” While waiting for this special, I was flipping the channels and landed by chance on VH1 which has a series called “I Love the Seventies”. You guessed it, the year was 1978! I just love those kinds of shows, but these aren’t your basic History Channel “docs”. These are hysterical! The comments from the people recalling the fads, movies, sports and TV shows were really great. Immediately following they did “1979” equally as enjoyable. By this point, I was getting like flashback overload, so I started cracking the beers and now had a subtle buzz. When the Zevon special came on I was truly moved as to how he was handling such a difficult scenario. The new album has some great accompanying performers like Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmidt and Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen. I’ll probably buy it. Finally, when switching from that channel the very next one was AMC, which had a special on the Alien’s franchise of movies. Now, I really don’t like horror movies and never have (yeah that’s right, they scare me! :o ). Besides who needs the increased electric bill that comes the following month! The first movie “Alien” came out the summer of ’79. I was dating this fox named Allison and she was on this horror movie kick (much to my chagrin). So of course we HAD to go – the drive in naturally – I figured Ridley running around in her underwear might set the mood (who was I kidding). Yeah I got a lot of sleep that night. Scared the friggin’ crap out of me! Scared me right back to the present and here I sit typing this for you. This “excitable boy” has to mosey – later Fliegs ; )
Rob Fliegel <haskell105@yahoo.com>
East Stroudsburg, PA USA - Monday, August 25, 2003 at 16:09:20 (PDT)
The secret to getting a "C" with Mr. Bean was to remove the middle pages of the blue answer booklet so you filled the entire booklet and continued writing on the back blue cover. I don't think he ever caught on (Or read any answers in the blue booklets.)
USA - Monday, August 25, 2003 at 11:52:08 (PDT)
Yes, I managed to post a new lunch menu for this week, entitled "Abracadabra... People Are Strange", which was no small feat due to my work situation. It's at http://www.rockandrollmind.com/html/the_lunch_menu.html or you can simply click the link titled Lunch Menu for 8-24-2003.
Lunch Menu for 8-24-2003 <eccx@mindspring.com>
Perth Amboy, NJ USA - Monday, August 25, 2003 at 11:02:51 (PDT)
THE RICKERGRAM IS ONLINE !!!!!! It may be accessed at www.members.cox.net/jpeskin/rickergram Enjoy it......
Jay Peskin <jpeskin@cox.net>
Henderson, NV USA - Sunday, August 24, 2003 at 10:46:21 (PDT)
I was just remembering Mr. Bean's 7:30am Curriculum of Education class...we'd get up at 7:25am and put our raincoats over our pajamas then run up the hill...we'd slide into our seats and go back to sleep...Mr. Bean would send around a sign-in sheet and as the weeks went by there were fewer and fewer students but the sign-in sheet was always full...finally Mr. Bean caught on and started taking attendance himself...to this day i have no idea what that class was about or how i managed a C in it...
Emily Kleinman <ebokor@sonic.net>
Los Angeles, Ca USA - Friday, August 22, 2003 at 20:50:09 (PDT)
It seems there isn't anyone from my generation that owns a computer from Maine or the rest of the USA that was at Ricker in 1957 to 1962. Those were great years of fun and all the stuff that most of you out of staters talk about.. Chet Lang, Dennis Harshaw and Howie Stevens are all dead.. What happened to Jimmy Hathaway, Bill Opdyke, Don Hemphill, Becky Carr, Gary Garcelon, Bill Stothoff, Clancy Poole, Lynn Josselyn and so many more...... 1957 was the largest freshman class of folks out of the New York , New Jersey and other parts that invaded our sweet and humble campus life.. I now believe that that was good for Ricker then and it added tot he quality of life on campus. Some of the folks that I have refered too were mostly boozers with the exceptions of the ladies... The locals who were the non-Ricker student types were the major boozers.. I used to make beer at wrights Lodge and we frequented the "Green Front" when the G.I. Bill checks came in on the 20th of each month.. We allways had music it seemed... Anyway we loved it just like most of you who write about your experiences at Ricker. Only, our experiences were outrageous compared to anything you folks might have ever done, There's no comparison!! The Northland Hotel - crawling out of that place in the early morning. My New years date was found in a snow bank with frostbite and was sent to the hospital... Earl Simpson, Chets cousin, ran over the game warden with his truck, then carried him to the hospital and left him on the front steps... Ed Hall parked his car in the Ivies motel swiming pool with his dog in the back seat, Ed got out OK and someone later saved the dog from drowning.. Well we had just as creative crew as maybe you folks did as you carry on the tradition... If you ever get to chicago look me up.. Bill Moynihan workplacpride@mac.com
Bill Moynihan <workplacepride@mac.com>
Hinsdale, IL USA - Friday, August 22, 2003 at 20:01:42 (PDT)
OK everyone, a change of plans for those wanting the PDF version of the RICKERGRAM. Apparently, it was too big a file for my provider to upload as an email so it would time out when trying to send. It will be available on line for all to see on Sunday or Monday. I will post the web address for it then.
Jay Peskin <jpeskin@cox.net>
Henderson, NV USA - Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 20:04:45 (PDT)
Yo K-Bo, Bummer! I'm gettin' antsy for a road trip. The "Bobster" departed today for a brief visit with his mother and then onto to UVM for year 2. My how the summer has flown by. Well, this will give me a chance to get caught up around here now that he took most of his stuff with him. Now I can put my stuff back in the spots where he moved them from so he could put his stuff there. The noive of him! - later Fliegs
Rob Fliegel <haskell105@yahoo.com>
East Stroudsburg, PA USA - Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 17:36:09 (PDT)
Hello All! My family and I just returned from a lovely family vacation in Kentucky. Drove out with 3 kids and a grouchy husband! Oh yeah, what fun. We hit Cooperstown, NY and the Baseball Hall of Fame on the way out (and Gettysburg) and visited Churchill Downs, Fort Knox and the Louisvill Slugger Factory/museum while there. Kids were thrilled but Mommy wanted to suck on a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon after that trip! Anyway, we returned to absolute mayhem and for this reason I must cancel my Ricker Party scheduled for this weekend! Bum's me out but it has to be... I hope to reschedule SOON - I need a Ricker fix! With Love, K-bo
kimbo <kpeloquin@msn.com>
USA - Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 05:03:19 (PDT)
Hi All.. Since the Rickergram that I uploaded to the site has not been put on yet, I have put it into PDF format. Any one that would like it, send me an email and I'll send it to you. Please put RICKERGRAM in the subject line or it will be deleted as spam.
Jay Peskin <jpeskin@cox.net>
Henderson, NV USA - Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 06:46:57 (PDT)
As promised, there is a new "Lunch Menu" for this week, entitled "Boom Boom Boom, Out Go The Lights". With any luck, and a little ambition, there will be a new one each week, and all will be archived. Ed Colton
New Lunch Menu for 8-16-2003 <eccx@mindspring.com>
Perth Amboy, NJ USA - Saturday, August 16, 2003 at 08:28:20 (PDT)
Well, the good new was I got out of work early yesterday… Yep I was raring to go! – Just couldn’t wait to get started on the 10 hour, 10 min. commute home (got in at 2:55am). Of course after the first four hours of schlepping my laptop and case uptown looking for a way out (the cops had absolutely no information as to where to go), I wasn’t as enthused. As the night progressed, I could be seen dragging both behind me as I plodded along only stopping momentarily in front of a church to ask forgiveness for my sins. Yes Debbe, “going with the flow” was an understatement, I felt like I was an extra in “Island of Lost Souls”. The plain truth of the matter is that the city planners have no way – let alone organized way - to evacuate. This was a rude awaking and one that requires some serious attention by me. Had this been a serious terrorist attack, the mere confusion would have turned to panic and hundreds of thousands of people would have been seriously injured. A side note here is I can safely say there are no terrorists in Manhattan for this “target of opportunity” would have been too good to pass up. Houlton is looking better and better all the time - Fliegs
Rob Fliegel <Haskell105@yahoo.com>
East Stroudsburg, PA USA - Friday, August 15, 2003 at 10:11:48 (PDT)
I just picked up my pictures from the Reunion and it was obvious that a good time was had by all. Kimbo - your pictures will be in the mail ASAP. Maybe you will be able to get them on the site. This is an area I am not familiar with so I'll leave it to you. Our area was spared the Black Out. Hope everyone that was affected stayed calm and went with the flow. Best wishes to all and enjoy the Summer days of August. Debbe
Debbe Hueneke <dah138@juno.com>
Westport, MA USA - Friday, August 15, 2003 at 06:53:32 (PDT)
It's been several weeks since the reunion and I have not been able to get it out of my mind - 30 years is a long time but it was so amazing to me to be able to see friends from that long ago and be able to talk to them as if it were just yesterday. There always was a sense of community about Ricker and its all about the people. We have all grown and gone our different ways, but inside we are still the same people and that sense of community lives on. Kimbo and committee, excellent job!!! This was my first time back to Houlton in 29 years and it was a blast!!! Seeing Houlton was disheartening - like one of the ghost towns out west somehow. Glad that most of the campus is still intact, even though the buildings are used differently now. Ed Colton, I will be posting my pictures on line shortly - got some really decent ones. Will send the address when I am done, maybe you can post them to your site - sounds like an excellent idea to have all the pictures in one central location. I'd love to help out any way I can with the next reunion - soon I hope. Please keep me in mind. Love to all my friends, the ones from the past and the new ones I met during the reunion. RICKER LIVES!!! Linda Lee
Linda Lee Stern <llstern@msn.com>
Langhorne, PA USA - Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 19:40:26 (PDT)
Greetings to all. I have enjoyed reading all of the positive feedback from everyone that attended the Reunion last month. Kimbo heads up. I am going to pick up the pictures I took tomorrow. They will be in the mail to you ASAP. I am still thinking about the great relaxing time we all had together and dancing Saturday night away. The Boys really played up a storm for us. It must have been due to their arrival in the smoked filled VW van. I know it was just a visual for us but it was definitely a trip back in time. I am still thinking about what it is that draws us together whenever we can managed it. What was it about going to Ricker that was so different from other colleges? I haven't heard it was the same for others that finished their education at other schools. I know I keep asking this question and I have listened to what others have said, but when I try to explain it to my friends and family they still don't understand it. Just thought I would put it out to you all again. Have a good week and remember to keep those dancing feet active.
Debbe Hueneke <dah138@juno.com>
Westport, MA USA - Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 05:53:36 (PDT)
I am wondering if anyone knows what happened to Roger Smith. He graduated from Ricker in 1963. Was from NY I believe. Lived at Larson Rooming House on Kelleran Street. Would like to say hello to him.
Just Wonering <mike.mag@ainop.com>
Cary, ME USA - Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 10:55:18 (PDT)
Just a reminder that I have some pictures from the reunon at http://www.rockandrollmind.com/reunion2003/ . I'm hoping for more over the next couple of weeks. Ed Colton
2003 Reunion Pictures <eccx@mindspring.com>
USA - Sunday, August 10, 2003 at 05:44:46 (PDT)
Click the "The Lunch Menu" link to go to the new, online "Lunch Menu", which is the long promised online revival of my column in Cambiar in 1972.Ed Colton
The Lunch Menu <eccx@mindspring.com>
Perth Amboy, NJ USA - Sunday, August 10, 2003 at 05:42:32 (PDT)
Finally, as promised and threatened, "The Lunch Menu", a revival of the column I wrote in 1972 in Cambiar, is online at http://www.rockandrollmind.com/html/the_lunch_menu.html
Ed Colton <eccx@mindspring.com>
Perth Amboy, NJ USA - Sunday, August 10, 2003 at 05:40:27 (PDT)
Are there pictures of the past reunion posted? Spent the day cutting underbrush from around our pond in wonderful sunny Arkansas. God its HOT down here.
mike reel <mreel@aristotle.net>
USA - Saturday, August 09, 2003 at 15:32:25 (PDT)
It couldn't have been better. Swanee you would have loved it. Can't believe it's been 25 years since I saw you in Oregon! Drop me a line. For those who can't get enough of Maine... I have a few weeks left, into September, to rent my cottage on Chebeague Island. It's rustic, ROW to beach, fireplace, goes for $500/week, but maybe we can talk. Kimbo and company did an excellent job. Great getaway weekend. Gotta go, e-mail me if interested in cottage. Thanks guys, Nicky
Nicky Kane Millar <lmillar_2000@yahoo.com>
Harpswell, ME USA - Wednesday, August 06, 2003 at 17:59:14 (PDT)
Well - Berny Reece! Thank you for all your work and help to make the reunion so great! Wish I would have known you when at Ricker (I think you were there nights when I was there). I'm hoping Debbe Hueneke sends me some copies of her pics and I will definitely send them on to you to immortalize "Ricker Reunion 2003" at the Civic Center! You are Great and so much fun to work with (and you dealt very well with my near meltdown about insurance coverage!)ha Hello to All. Debbe, I'll be in Houlton the third week in July 2004 too! Let's make it a date?
Kimbo (Anderton) Peloquin <kpeloquin@msn.com>
USA - Wednesday, August 06, 2003 at 06:44:50 (PDT)
Well,What can I say?? What a Group and Kim never STOPPED!!!I had met many new people from Ricker. I had graduated from Unity after they took over 1979. (Working and night school)Some of you know how that is or was back in the day.I would like to put as many pictures and I can get into an album for the civic center for events that take place here.So,if you would like to send them to this address, I'll try and do the pictures/ album justice.Thanks,BernyP.S. KIM your AWESOME !! You did a wonderful job. Mr. Umphrey just doesn't seem to change. The music was great.
Berny Reece <civic.center@houlton-maine.com>
Houlton, ME USA - Monday, August 04, 2003 at 10:35:05 (PDT)
What a great time in Houlton! The reunion was such a good time. So good to see old friends..Tom S., Sean,Kimbo, Westy,Tony,Doug,AND (of course) Frank. Also, new friends Bill and Linda Brown, Fragile(funny feet),Fliegel and the rest. Cant believe Ive missed all reunions until now. Never again...had a blast and hope to see all of u at future gatherings. Thank you to all that approached me re: my father (Bob Chapman) with wonderful memories. It was nice to have him remembered as the good man that he was.... KIMBO! your beauty is unmeasurable to me and all others who attended the reunion. Your beauty(inner and outer) far surpasses me AND all the other women that attended the reunion TOGETHER. What a job you pulled off!!!! You are my hero forever. My computer is down so I have no email address at this time. Love to read everybodys comments... really makes my day. Take care everybody!
Judy Chapman
So. Portland, ME USA - Friday, August 01, 2003 at 07:52:44 (PDT)
I keep waking up and I am in my own bed at home(now folks be nice)yet I want to be getting ready to meet everyone for breakfast and then meeting up with the Ricker folks for the day. Eddie I don't think my feet have actually touched the ground yet. Tell Joanne we are living in our own Reality Space and she is right there with us. Kimbo I was so psyched to see you were stroking up the Barbie but my excitement soon became deflated when you corrected the date. That is the only Saturday I am not available. My loss. The course I took the N.E.Group meets once a month in different places and it is my turn for August. I'll be there in spirit. I'll be in touch with you soon. Hello to Donna, we all really missed you and you will be there next time. I have decided to go to Houlton the third week in July next year and donate my services to the Town in doing whatever is needed. I thought a lot about my feelings when I return to Town and I have heard similar remarks and read then on the site about slow economy there and how it has really affected Houlton. When I see a need or something that affects me I act on it. So, just in case anyone else is interested I am going to check with the folks in Town and see what assistance is needed. I'll let you know what I find out. I am probably going to see about renting a place for the week but more on that later. Anyone has any ideas of what can be done to give back to the Place we all care about so much please let me know. I am still smiling about the good times we all had in July and for those of you that missed out....well, you know the rest. Take care all and I'll stop by again. I am going to get my check book out and send a check today. Ta..Ta..
Debbe Hueneke <dah138@juno.com>
Westport, MA USA - Friday, August 01, 2003 at 07:40:26 (PDT)
Eddie, Omicron Brothers,and All:We're embarassed that we didn't make an effort to get to the reunion this time. NO EXCUSES...It certainly sounds like we missed another great time and won't let it happen again....PROMISE... We enjoy reading the web-site reguarly and really liked seeing the reunion pictures. Tom, Jimbo, and Jay, were easily recognized and look just about the same as 34 years ago. Hope more pictures will be posted. Ricker was a special place with a lot of very special people that we haven't forgotten.
Nancy and Vic <vics47@yahoo.com>
Princeton, MA USA - Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 15:48:44 (PDT)
At the top of the guest book is a "Sponsor" hyperlink. Click that and then scroll to the bottom of page and you will find an address and business to send your sponsor donation. Thanks Mike! - later Fliegs
Rob Fliegel <haskell105@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 15:28:51 (PDT)
Please Help Sponsor This Site ... Mail Check To: - ProTecT Online Attn: Ricker Website 18 Cleveland Street Houlton, ME 04730 Phone - 207-532-1132
USA - Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 15:23:06 (PDT)
I may have missed it, but per the donations for the Ricker webserver and keeping it functioning for us all, where does one send the check too (address) and who do you make it out too (name, company, etc)? --MIke
MIke Connors <ConXData@AOL.Com>
USA - Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 14:08:45 (PDT)
They say if you want to dance, you got to pay the piper, and Lord knows I like to dance! So let me be the first to mail in a check as a sponsor. Years ago I emailed Mike Varney inquiring about the costs of maintaining the web site and I believe it was about $1000 - 1500 a year. This site is a great central location for keeping in touch with our fellow Rickerites. It serves as a tool for communication, entertainment, and news. How much do you spend each month on your phone bill, cable & HBO, newspapers & magazines? This site has been an invaluable tool for organizing Ricker gatherings. Even if you’re only a “lurker”, think about how often you visit this site. Let’s keep it going. How much to send? That’s a tough one. I decided to go back through all the old pages and send a buck for each entry I made over the years. Yikes! (I knew that double post in 2001 would come back to haunt me ; ) - Fliegs
Rob Fliegel <haskell105@yahoo.com>
East Stroudsburg, PA USA - Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 10:38:55 (PDT)
I surely agree with you Debbie Hueneke, I want to be back with the Ricker folks in Houlton. I just love going up to Houlton and spending time with my Ricker family, and we truly are family. Many of the reunion Rickerites are from the 70's and they are a hell of a group, only met them 3 or 4 times and feel close to them. Kimbo, you did a great job and you should be proud of yourself, everyone had a blast. Ethan is a great kid and I'm sure you're very proud of him. It's amazing how everyone treats me when we come up there, my wife thinks I'm some kind of celebrity when I come up to Houlton. (we get back to NY & she says "time for reality"!) I really feel like someone special. All the guys from Sigma, Debbie, Lyn York and especially Tim Humphrey and his wife. My head is so big, then I have to come down off that high and return to Long Island. Again, all fraternities were well represented except Omicron. We were a great group of guys, what in the world happened? This reunion was another disappointment for Omicron. It was great seeing Guy Michaud after 35 years. You were great and you're still my Main Man! We also had Greg Douglas and Skip Harwood from Omicron brotherhood. There are four brothers I recently had dinner with in NYC and they better make it a point to be there next time or I just might have to come gunning for you. I still have some punches left in this old body. Really guys, I promise you it will be great. It was a rough year for me time wise, I should have kept after Vic & Nancy & Michelle, next time.Good luck, health and love to all. (sorry, I woke you up last night, Sheila!) ED '69
Ed Iannuzzi <ab97z@allstate.com>
Farmingville, NY USA - Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 09:27:37 (PDT)
Saw the notice about sending in contribution to keep the website going. If you could post the cost involved in keeping sight up it would give us an idea of how much is needed and we could send in accordingly. Also may get more response. If everyone sent in a small amount it would be easier to cover. Hope this is possible for webmaster to do. Thanks.
sheila harwood <sharwood16@hotmail.com>
Lyndeborough, NH USA - Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 04:38:47 (PDT)
I can't believe that it's already been over a week since we came home from Houlton ! I want to thank Kim for doing such a fantastic job with pulling everything together for this reunion. Everything was great and even the weather cooperated for the most part. Her son helped her so much I think he should be an 'honorary' alumni ! It was good seeing everyone that made it and sad that some people that were supposed to be there didn't show. I'm glad that I made the trip and was able to see some old friends and make some new ones. Take care everyone and keep the site going because it's great to go on and read all the messages, especially yours, Fleigs!
Sara Gauthier <goochy@metrocast.net>
Sanford, ME USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at 19:12:55 (PDT)
Okay, so I don't even know my own email address. The real address is "ricker974@sbcglobal.net". So make sure you change it to sbc or who knows who will get the spam and stuff.. thanks, Fragile.
Bill "fragile" Stapleton <ricker974@sbcglobal.net>
Windsor, CT USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at 19:04:19 (PDT)
Well I made it back from the beautiful state of Maine on Sunday, July 27th. For those who didn't go to the reunion and those that did, know that the spirit of Ricker College lives on in many places in that state. For a week all I did was fish and explain why I was in Maine. In most of the small towns and rural places, someone knew someone that went to Ricker, had a family member that went to Ricker or had heard of it. I gave the website address to at least 10 people.As for the comments of those below, I agree. I was both excited and plenty nervous about going back. Although, I grew up there and had alot of fun, not all of the of memories were good. Instead, everyone forgot or didn't know of the bad things that had haunted me about the place. As a result, I had the time of my life. I saw Kip Sowpel, Anne Spinrad, Meg and Sara-Lea, Linda and Bill Brown, Rob Fliegal. People who not only seemed not to have aged but have retained all of the fun that may Ricker a great place to go to school. Certainly, the other place I went to school does not match the fun I had at this reunion.As noted my email has changed to "ricker974@yahoo.com" I found my old email service "down for repairs" when I came back. Those I promised my email to, here it is. Hope to see you all soon, Fragile.
Bill "Fragile" Stapleton <ricker974@yahoo.com>
Windsor, CT USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at 18:59:30 (PDT)
It was great meeting all the Rickerites who had come before me! While it was disappointing that more of my fellow classmates didn't show, but their loss. It was REALLy great seeing Matt Ottinger, Larry James, Kimbo, Zero and who was that guy????? Oh yeah I think his name was bliegal? sniegal? Noo it was ohh yeah ROB FLIEGAL. You'd think he'd get over it by now! lol. Hope everyone gets psyched for the next reunion and see if we can drag a few more bodies out!
Kathleen Warren <Crazywarren@aol.com>
Mullica Hill, NJ USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at 18:32:24 (PDT)
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Mea Culpa! You know Janice - I knew that (I didn't think that looked right). Sheeeesh! Cathy Bedard wasn't even at the reunion. I'm not going to be able sleep tonight - Fliegs (I hate when that happens)
Rob Fliegel <haskell105@yahoo.com>
East Stroudsburg, PA USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at 15:10:29 (PDT)
Fliegs, before you get killed by Jay Fishman's real wife, Cathy Bedard is not Jay's wife, Sue Broidrick is and was his girlfriend back when Susie and were suppose to be roommates, when she actually was Jay's roommate and I got a single room for 1/2 price.
Janice Brown <janicemariebrown@hotmail.com>
Rockland, ME USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at 13:22:44 (PDT)
Mr. Verbose is back, so stop here if you’re not wearing your waders: I’ve been wrestling with a number of ideas to try and recap the weekend and have found this task to be daunting to say the least. If you were there you know, if you weren’t, this really isn’t the place to go into it. While Pete and I were cruising up to Houlton, he asked me who was going. Since I had just printed out the list of attendees, I said it looked like an interesting group. However I added, based on past experience, until you make eye contact with someone, they’re not coming. Now, there has been a core group of us that have been getting together since 1996 and when I hook up with them it’s like family; I love it and can always count on a lot of fun! You know who you are and I miss you already (you know we’ll be in touch). People who were on the list of “Attendees” and didn’t make it, I just want to say how dissapointed I was, cause I was really psyched to see you. Somebody else pointed out how scary it was to meet up after 30 years. Yeah, I agree, it was the same for me back in ’96, but I do not believe anyone was lined up and shot. In a way, it is like a homecoming, with one exception - everyone starts with a clean slate. It doesn’t matter what you did or didn’t do at Ricker, whether you graduated or not, who you hung out with or what organizations you were part of. We’re all connected by a place that physically doesn’t even exist. So how do you figure that – I don’t know; I don’t care. I just know it IS and I thank God I got back when I did. I would have missed out – just like you guys are. The part I liked most about this weekend were the surprises – that being the people I haven’t seen in 26 years. Biggest surprise: Mike Connors and Stephanie. Love you both and we WILL party again! I had breakfast one morning with “Nicki” Kane (sweet as ever) and shared a dance or two at the dinner(and how lucky was I to get the one dance where we had to kiss – Thanks Tim - you’ll get your $5 later hehe!). “Zero”, still crazy after all these years – what a blast! Just don’t let him buy shots! Where are you from man? In my bartender guide shots aren’t served in mason jars! Donnie Hillman, only person who hasn’t changed a bit. Judy Chapman, hopefully next time we meet, the first words out of my mouth won’t be, “Holy S---!” (I never claimed to be suave and debonair), Bob Manheimer still Mr. Cool. Jonesy, you still crack me up; I can sit and B.S. for days with you. Larry “Handsome” James – the minute I saw you, I had to run over and get “interviewed” – what do you work for the National Inquirer in your past time? Man you don’t beat around the bush, go for that jugular every time. Ha Ha! Cathy Warren - who was a tremendous help at the barbecue and a pleasure to meet “again” (so she tells me). I was so busy running around talking to everyone including: Meg Golrick, Sara Lea Otis, Kip Sowpel, April Hume, Mike Carlos, Walt Symanski, Ann Spinrad, Christie Spina, Jay Fishman, Cathy Bedard (his wife), Mark Jackins, Gene Smith, John Elliott, (both refuse to accept my “late” assignments and raise my grades! ;) – well I tried.), even Roger Callahan who I ran into out at Ross’ camp, - that I forgot to party! Oh yeah, one more “newbie” and might surprise you – ‘Fragile Bill’ believe it or not helped me and Sean close down the bar on Thursday night. That was a pleasant surprise! Yes he’s still - “Fragile”- but maybe not quite AS fragile. – Still on that Ricker high, Fliegs ; )
Rob Fliegel <Haskell105@yahoo.com>
East Stroudsburg, PA USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at 07:56:45 (PDT)
Hello again! I forgot to mention, because for twenty-some-odd years, these guys have done anything I asked and I have begun to take them for granted....... Matt Ottinger deserves ALL the credit (Handsome too!) for the Reunion Cookout. My idea but he did EVERYTHING! I think it turned out fantastic [thank you Matt, you're a sweetheart]. Also, Matt volunteered Sean Dolomont to run the Golf Tourney. Thank you Matt! Seanie went wild on prizes and planning and even joined the country Club so that he is a member of Houlton Community Golf Course.Who'da thunk!? Although many of the folks that signed up had big heads Saturday morning and didn't golf, Sean ran an excellent tournament! Thank you Sean. Last but not least - - - - -I am having a cookout/pool party at my home on SATURDAY, AUGUST 23RD (not 26th) I was counting on my fingers again and as we all know that always gets me in trouble! Miss you all! XXOX
Kimbo (Anderton) Peloquin <kpeloquin@msn.com>
USA - Monday, July 28, 2003 at 14:41:19 (PDT)
Hi all...Glad to see that everyone had a great time at the reunion. Unfortunately, it just wasn't possible for me to head back to the East coast. However, hopefully, this will make up for it. While going through some old papers and stuff, I found a copy of the Rickergram from 1973 announcing the opening of the new library......I've uploaded it to the webmaster and hopefully, he will have it online shortly for all to enjoy....
Jay Peskin <jpeskin@cox.net>
Henderson, NV USA - Monday, July 28, 2003 at 07:37:53 (PDT)
Judy and I just returned home from our Houlton and coastal trip. We had a wonderful time. Kimbo, and the committee, deserve all the kudos for making this a terrific reunion.
Jeff Wennar <JTWENNAR@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 16:17:55 (PDT)
419 <419.com>
419, 419 USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 19:53:29 (PDT)
Greetings from the Great Northwest! I am a newbie to the Internet, and so thankful that Big Steve encourged me to find this site! I would love to hear from people from my dear old Ricker days. I'm about to take my own daughter to her college - Bard, in upstate NY. And so we grow. Thoughts of peace to you all. Love, Swanee
Swanee <cathydswan@aol.com>
Portland,, Oregon USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 19:27:25 (PDT)
It was one week ago at this very hour when we began talk about doing a 50/50 raffle. A "buzzed" genleman asked politely "what are you going to raffle off?". From across the room I heard big Jimbo Keating's voice, "A night with Kimbo!" ha ha I thought his remark was hilarious because (does anybody remember)in spring '77 my roommate, Kathy Hill put signs up all over campus announcing a raffle with 1st place being Owen Bierne's stereo, 2nd place being Steve Moriarity's pornographic picture door and 3rd place was "a night with Kimbo"..................ha Nobody bought a ticket then either! Seanie Dolomont kept yelling through the commons "I want third prize!" Good ole Sean, always looking for "parts"! I miss you all already. Party at my house August 26th - - - who's coming?
Kimbo (Anderton) Peloquin <kpeloquin@msn.com>
Blackstone, MA USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 18:01:58 (PDT)
and a good time was had by all...I guess that about sums up the 2003 Ricker Reunion.just wanted to add my kudos to Kimbo....she is the epitome of the Ricker Spirit that still lives inside all of us...Also wanted to tell everybody that if they want a copy of the Pioneer Times special, drop me a note with your mailing address and i'll put one in the mail to you...got lots ofinput for it and if anybody has any comments, we always appreciate them....only wish it could have been a book. Maybe someday , somebody will do a book on the life of Ricker. Thanks again to all who stopped into the Pioneer Times office on Friday. always remember-the Ricker Spirit will always be alive in Houlton.
Dave Russell <hptsales@nepublish.com>
USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 08:24:46 (PDT)
I am so glad to have been able to go to this reunion, itwas the most fun I've had in a long time. It was reallygreat to see everyone after such a long time. Meeting some new friends was also very nice. Hope to see some of you at Smuggs this winter perhaps. Thanks to all that helpedto organize, it was wonderful. Little Anne
Anne Spinrad Morey <amorey@mail.com>
Jeffersonville, VT USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 20:55:12 (PDT)
Glad you had a good time Rod, but I must clarify something now. Sure as always Rickerites such as myself will pitch in to help wherever necessary, but the credit is mostly Kimbo's. I had many conversations with her over the course of planning this thing and offered advise based on 2000 wherever I could. Such as "Don't Do IT!" ha ha - fortunately for all of us that just made her more determined. Matt Ottinger and Handsome deserve a lot of credit for the 'Barbeque' and Sean Dolomont and Tony Santos for the 'Golf Tourney', of course Tim Humphrey for the entertainment. There are a whole bunch of 'committee' people like myself that did something, but Kim really insisted on carrying the weight of this event on her own shoulders. She put her heart and soul into this and I love her to tears for it. Yes, the same tears streaming down her cheeks when you all gave her that standing ovation in appreciation for a job well done! - Fliegs
Rob Fliegel <haskell105@yahoo.com>
East Stroudsburg, PA USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 12:01:00 (PDT)
Just a note to thank Kimbo, Tim Humphrey, Debbe Hueneke, Rob Fliegel and the other members of the Reunion Committee for an outstanding job on the 2003 Reunion. I have participated in assisting to organize events myself and I can assure you that this event was very well organized and ran very smoothly. I attended the '89 and '00 and this was the best. Tim played and sang as good as he did in the 1960s, minus David Farnsworth. I was especially glad to see the good turnout from the fraternities, Kappa Beta (my own), Sigma, PGs and Omicron, and the Ricker Classes which attended during the 60s and for whom I made many friends and acquaintances. It was good to again see some of the first people I met when I arrived in Houlton in September '63 like Guy Michaud, and Tom and Gerry Batiste (Cantwell). Sadly, Houlton is not as prosperous as it was 40 years ago and most of the wealth in Maine has shifted to the Coast and Southern Maine. Thank you Debbe for the copy of the April 1966 Ricker Revue with my picture on the front. While in Maine Jeff and Judy Wennar took a post reunion tour of New Brunswick and the Maine coast and I was able to show them the coastal Camden-Rockland area ending with a nice dinner and conversation on the waterfront in my hometown of Camden. I accidentally picked up K. Warren’s 1978 Yearbook along with some of my own yearbooks and will mail it back once I receive get her address. The Last Pictures of Ricker were real interesting. Thank you Kathleen.Rodney Lynch ’67Camden/Rockland, Maine
Rodney Lynch <rlynch@ci.rockland.me.us>
Rockland, ME USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 11:06:52 (PDT)
I'm glad that I psyched myself for at least the evening I was able to spend at the reunion. The whole thought of seeing people after 30 years was a bit creepy to me, but, in all, it wasn't at all. I had a great time and it's amazing how little my friends and everyone had changed. The years are treating us well. I care about you all and those of you that didn't make it, are still very much in my memories. I wish EVERYONE was there! Thanks Kim! Duke
duke adams <adams@midmaine.com>
pittsfield, me USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 09:36:23 (PDT)
Kim, you really out did yourself. The weekend was fantastic and I add my thanks for all your hard work and efforts to help make this happen for all of us. You are great. Stephanie and I had just an unbelieveable fun time seeing everyone; Tom, Westy, Jonesy, Fliegal, Gomer, Linda, Bill, Fragile, Ross and the all the others. It was our first time back to Houlton in 27 years and we couldn't have asked for a better return trip. The last night in Fliegal's room, all packed in with friends, was an immediate trip back in time. Especially since it was still going on past 3am. Sean's 'mint' comment had me laughing so hard I had to hold my (expanding) stomach it hurt so much. I should also add that on Sunday when Steph and I were on Rt95, near Portland, a car pulled along side of us and asked if we went to Ricker College. They saw the Ricker bumper sticker I had on my car. I said you bet. She asked if I was coming back from the reunion and I said sure ... where upon she said she couldn't make it. I yelled out to her that it was a great, great time and to NOT MISS THE NEXT REUNION, to which she shook her head in agreement. I know we won't miss it. I think it took me two days to recover. Take care all. --MIke
Mike Cnnors <ConXData@AOL.Com>
USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 08:05:13 (PDT)
It has come to my attention that some people have been trying to get a hold of me and have been unable. My old email (rfliegel@csrlink.net) has been canceled by my own choosing. I’ve had that email for six years and was getting up to 40+ pieces of spam per day. It was not uncommon to be gone for a long weekend and find 120 – 150 pieces of junk in my inbox. I got to the point where I was deleting it in mass. Unfortunately, I found that I ended up deleting valid email from “Rickerites”. So if I failed to reply to an email, it’s a good possibility that you fell into this category and I apologize. I just set up a new “temp” email with Yahoo (haskell105@yahoo.com), email me here and I’ll reply from my home email address. I’d love to b.s. about the great reunion and we can continue the dialog from either location. I won’t post my home email on this site, because there are programs that search the Net for just this type of forum and collect emails to use for mass marketing as well as the spread of viruses. My intention was not to become a hermit. – Fliegs ; )
Rob Fliegel <haskell105@yahoo.com>
East Stroudsburg, PA USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 07:58:07 (PDT)
Auntie Em am I really home? I want to be back with the Ricker folks in Houlton. If you told me we were going to do this again this weekend I would jump in my car and drive the 8 hours North all over again. I relish the time we all have together and it isn't just about Yesterdays. It is about the full circle we have all traveled to get to where we are now. Did I have a GREAT weekend or what! I want to Applaud the WHOLE Reunion Committee for all of the behind the scene work they did for the last year. Outstanding job and as you know everyone enjoyed every minute of the weekend. Kimbo you are the Little Engine that Could and for that fact you outdid yourself this time. And that boy Ethan, he is the best. I see he has 100% of the Ricker qualities for being up there with the best. Tim the Music Man of the Hour and the Ricker Once... Ricker Twice band members you pulled it off and totally brought the house down. I want to send hugs and kisses to Eddie Ianuzzi and Scott Foyt for showing all of us what a Class Act they are and how generous of heart they have always been. And Frank, you are right up there ,too. I am ready to start working on the next gathering in 3 years and if anyone is interested the door to my place is open again next Summer. I'll make sure I let everyone know when but the 3rd week in July seems to be the Ricker assigned date for getting together. To the Sigma Brothers you have and always will be forever anchored in my Heart by love for each and everyone of you. You are the absolute best. To the Sigma Ladies, your collective light and ability to live life to the fullest is contagious. I'll share some ideas at a later time about giving back to Houlton so stay tuned. And to the Lurkers (you know who you are)rev up your fingers and check in once in awhile. We want to hear how everyone is doing all year long. For now...I keep dreaming that Ricker has started a Graduate School in "Living Life to the Fullest" and this time we are the Professors. What an idea. Fleigs you are the Head of the Storytelling Department and Short/Long Story Writing Courses. Thanks for adding to my Long term Memory Bank....Love to all, Debbe
Debbe Hueneke <dah138@juno.com>
Westport, MA USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 06:13:38 (PDT)
Just wanted top say what a absolute wonderful time I had at the reunion. It took me the first full day to get my bearings. Thanks mucho to all the old friends who served as my memory........and finally stopped saying "oh, Mike you remember that"......not.I really had a great time in all respects. The day at Drew's Lake brought back so many memories. Could go on and on. Oh.....Woodie D., you look great. Thanks Kimbo, great job.
mike reel <mreel@aristotle.net>
toland, ar USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 02:13:00 (PDT)
Life offers opportunities for "making moments" -- those events, large or small, that leave us with great memories, the "glue" of life. Last weekend at the Ricker Reunion, we were making moments and reliving moments made in the past. It was my good fortune to be with you and to communicate in person with students I had not seen for 20-25-30 years. I am impressed, but not surprised, with the life successes of our Ricker graduates. I cannot take any credit, but only pride in that I was even a small part of your educational experience. Thank you for the warm welcome you gave my wife and me. Thank you for the kind words when many of you spoke about my being your teacher. Deserved or not, I appreciate them. These long-distance and long-term friendships that we all share due to Ricker are to be treasured and nurtured. Never hesitate to tell a friend how important that friend is to you while you can. So I now take this opportunity to tell you Rickerites that you were an important part of my life in the past --- and you still are today! Keep in touch and God bless. And, Kimbo, you and your committee were superb in organizing and carrying out this opportunity for "making moments." --- Your old prof.,John
John Elliott <Elliott@nci2.net>
Fort Kent, ME USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 01:34:47 (PDT)
WellWHAT A BLOWOUT!!!We spent 15 hours on the road home laughing all the way about the incredible party over the weekend.Thanks to all the Brothers,Skip would be proud!We do have several pictures that we`ll post when we stop laughing! Thanx again KIMBO for a GREAT party!
Steve Odonnell <dancinghammers@yahoo.com>
USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 17:05:17 (PDT)
I am so upset that we had to miss the reunion. We were ready to go when there was a family emergency that stopped us from going. It sounded like a great time was had by all. I was so looking forward to seeing fellow "Rickets" plus Houlton. It has been close to 30 years since last I was there. Hopefully life won't get in the way the next time. Alanna and George Mersinger
Alanna "Ma" Orlen Mersinger <Ricker0473@aol.com>
Miramar, Fl USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 08:52:02 (PDT)
Organizing this reunion was a fantastic experience for me. If not for being the organizer I would never have met Skip & Sheila, Lonnie, Ed, (the one and only) Ed Ianuzzi & Joanne, the fabulous Sigma Brothers, my love Timmy "the music man" Humphrey and everyone else I had the good fortune to meet and get to know. Although a great deal of my and Ethan's time was spent "working" I had a completely different experience at this reunion. My experience was more of a specator this time and I was touched by the love and undieing friendships that I witnessed. The way you all stuck by me and were willing to pull money out of your own pockets was heartwarming and all the thank you's are incredible! Lonnie, I think all is just about even. I did put charges on my credit card to be sure I didn't bounce any checks. Once all those bills come in and are paid I will let you all know if there is extra or a deficit....ha I had an e-mail when I got home from Doctor Abbott's wife Joanne. He was hospitalized last week for internal bleeding and she said was devistated to miss the reunion! I haven't heard back yet on his condition. Anyone that would like his mailing or e-mail address please e-mail me. Another announcement - I brought home the boards and box of pictures and memorabilia... Anyone wishing to have their things back please e-mail me. Otherwise I will stick it all in my attic and bring it next time! Or I could donate it to the Ricker Room at the museum?? With Love, Kimbo
kimbo <kpeloquin@msn.com>
USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 07:14:57 (PDT)
My entry may appear twice. Always seem to have trouble submitting. Just to say thanks to Kimbo and committee for great weekend. Skip and I had a great time. Pat Setimbrino talked about organizing another for maybe the Conn. area. Count us in. Always like to see old friends and talk about the good times we had at Ricker. Now back to the real world. Hi! Eddie and Joanne, hopefully Eddie can work on Omicron Brothers to attend the next reunion. Debbie can you send me Jerry Sullivan's e-mail address.
sheila harwood <sharwood16@hotmail.com>
Lyndeborough, NH USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 04:33:31 (PDT)
Also want to add a big thanks to Kimbo and the committee for the great weekend. Skip and I had a great time and always like to see old friends. Can't wait for the next one which Pat Setembrino was talking about organizing for possibly the Conn. area. We'll go wherever. Hopefully the next time Eddie can get some more Omicron brothers to attend. Hi! Eddie and Joanne, great to see you again. Again thanks to all for a wonderful weekend.
sheila harwood <sharwood16@hotmail.com>
Lyndeborough, NH USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 04:27:34 (PDT)
Kimbo - We owe you a big kiss of gratitude, but perhaps we owe you more. I am concerned we did not break even on this event. I don't want you to get stuck for the tab. If we owe you more, we can all kick in some extra money. Hey, we're all college graduates and are successful. Tell us what the final tally is.Lonnie
Lonnie <Emsdad@aol.com>
Mladen, MA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 23:58:52 (PDT)
We have all gotten grey. I traveled with two old friends, Deena and Ed. The trip up was about eight hours. Construction, confusuion and accidents. The town has gotten so sad. As someone said, it went from a college town to a welfare town. I met old friends and toured the roads. It is pretty there, but we know what winter brings. That is not pretty. We danced ate and drank. We chatted and found each other after 30 years. It was a worthwhile trip. Lonnie
Lonnie <Emsdad@aol.com>
Malden, MA USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 23:51:33 (PDT)
Hi Kimbo, and my fellow Sigma Brothers....WOW!! What an incredible weekend...so much fun..good times ..old friends...Kimbo, you did a fantastic job pulling all this together..Everything was perfect,and on behalf of myself and my fellow Sigma Brothers...Congratulations!! Sarah and I are already looking forward to the next reunion...Yes, Kimbo...Sigma rocks, and we are always well represented...to my Sigma Brothers...I love you guys and we will keep in touch....Calamus ...John Devine
John Devine <JRDCA4@AOL.COM>
Los Gatos , CA USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 23:44:38 (PDT)
Angie - It's simple. Kimbo sent me the pictures. If anyone else has any they would like to have available, please email them to me. It would be nice to have more from Friday night, since there were some people present who had to be elsewhere on Saturday.
Ed Colton <eccx@mindspring.com>
Perth Amboy, NJ USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 20:26:00 (PDT)
Well I hope everyone is recovered from ricker weekend. Kimbo I love you, you did pull it off, I always new you would. It was great to see people that I haven't seen in over twenty five years. The only regret is that it is over just topo damn fast, I already miss you guys. The best line I heard all weekend was from Ross's wife Rose, she told me that she loves listening to me and Frank talk because it sounds like she's listening to a mafia movie.I thought that was great. To all of you that didn't make it to the reunion you missed one hell of a time. Remember life is too short and we aren't getting any younger, no one knows what tomorrow brings so I hope you make to the next one.I have already talked to Kimbo about the next reunion and I can't wait to start on that one. Well take care and keep in touch. Kimbo by the way a GIQ stand for giant imperial quart we used to drink them in the sixties. Well I love you all, Ricker will always live in our hearts and minds. Keep the tradition alive and attend the next reunion.
tom sousa <t.sousa@attbi.com>
assonet, ma USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 14:35:19 (PDT)
Randy, you guys are awesome!! It was an absolute pleasure to put the reunion together and well worth every minute to meet you, Jimbo, Frank, Scott, Dave, and ALL the brothers as well as your lovely wives (who by the way can party harder then you guys!). I went to the post office today and the Postmaster had a big smile on his face and said "I have a surprise for you!" It was a package from the King/Queen - Mr. Jimbo Keating himself!! T-shirts & stuff for Ethan and I from "Poor People's Pub"!! You guys are crazy! I have to re-state that many people helped to pull this reunion together (reunion committee) as well as everyone that was there buying raffle tickets to bail my butt out of hot water! It would have been fun to go to school when you guys were there. Of course I will always love my Teppies too! They were the big frat on campus when I was there. Anyway have been giving thought to "our" next gathering. Can everyone out there think of one or two people that wasn't there or hasn't been heard from and I can spend all my spare time in the next year finding MIA's! Feel free to send me phone cards too! j/k What is a GIQ???
kimbo <kpeloquin@msn.com>
USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 13:12:56 (PDT)
Hi Ed, thanks for putting my pictures up. I have no idea how you did that without my sending them to you but there are lot's of things I don't know about computers. I missed seing a lot of people because my husband and I had a last minute Graves family reunion to attend. I'm glad I got to say HI to a few people. I have more pictures that are not so great if you want to put them up. Angie
Angie Graves <acgraves@maine.rr.com>
Presque Isle, ME USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 12:41:24 (PDT)
Hi Ed, thanks for putting my pictures up. I have no idea how you did that without my sending them to you but there are lot's of things I don't know about computers. I missed seing a lot of people because my husband and I had a last minute Graves family reunion to attend. I'm glad I got to say HI to a few people. I have more pictures that are not so great if you want to put them up. Angie
Angie Graves <acgraves@maine.rr.com>
Presque Isle, ME USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 12:40:48 (PDT)
Kimbo; I just wanted to add to the comments about the great job you did with the Ricker Reunion. The Sigma brothers and spouses have been e-mailing each other about how much fun we had during the weekend. We don't see each other as much as we should and thanks to your efforts we had another chance to joke laugh and kid with each other...It was also fun to see former classmates, other fraternity members, and faculity..John Eliot and of course Woody Dunphy. My wife Gerry and myself will actually be "boltin to Houlton" this coming weekend on our way to Canada for vacation. It will be somewhat low keyed when we drive thru town but we will still be wearing that smile on our faces from the weekend you put together. Take care and when next we meet the "drinks are on me...including that G.I.Q.Randy
Randy Cantwell <rcantwel@email.usps.gov>
south portland, me USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 11:20:58 (PDT)
Back to the grind (bummer). My son came home after work last night; I immediately thanked him for not burning down the house while I was away. First thing he says is “Oh you sound good, raise a little hell over the weekend?” “Well, you might say that.” So he asks me to tell him all about it. At least I had Wednesday down pat, but unfortunately that only consisted of about four hours with Ang at Dooties, the local North Branford watering hole. I also knew we were on the road at 5:00am the next morning, then things start getting tough. Days seemed to blend into one another and details become fuzzy. He starts laughing, “Come on Dad, this was only last weekend!” “Okay, let me sum it up this way. Bob, think of all the best times you’ve had in your life, the best friends you’ve ever made, the hardest laughs you’ve ever had, you would fall far short of these past four days.” His reaction, “Damn, I’m surprised you even came home!” I thought to myself; in some ways I’m not. – Later Fliegs
Rob Fliegel
East Stroudsburg, PA USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 07:50:58 (PDT)
Hey Tim, This is probably the best picture I managed to get,http://www.rockandrollmind.com/reunion2003/TakinCareOfBusiness800600.jpg , I resized it to 800 by 600 which is a good wallpaper size.Ed Colton
Ricker Once, Ricker Twice... <eccx@mindspring.com>
Perth Amboy, NJ USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 18:01:42 (PDT)
I meant "On behalf OF the band" I guess all that smoke in the van got to me.
Tim Humphrey <bassman@pioneercable.net>
USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 17:46:26 (PDT)
On behalf to the band, I would like to thank everyone for showing us such a great time. It looked like you were having lots of fun and that's what makes it special for us. Until we party again, take care and remember RICKER LIVES!!!!Sincerely, "Ricker Once, Ricker Twice...."
Tim Humphrey <bassman@pioneercable.net>
Hodgdon, Me USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 17:43:36 (PDT)
Who are all those old people in Ed Coltons pictures???That can't possibly be a Ricker reunion!! Should have gotten a little closer Ed so we could see who they were, or at least been able to guess. Good job though and great effort. Thanks
Former "student"
USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 16:56:46 (PDT)
As promised, I have several (count 'em 44!) photos from the reunion available online at the URL shown here, http://www.rockandrollmind.com/reunion2003/index.htm . The quality varies, probably more dued to the variations in lighting and the photographer, in the loosest sense of the word. If anyone has any photos they would like to put online, please contact me and I will send you instructions on where to ftp the images. I have plenty of space available on my web site http://www.rockandrollmind.com, and as you can see, I can get them up relatively quickly.
Reunion Photos Online! <eccx@mindspring.com>
Perth Amboy, NJ USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 14:37:23 (PDT)
Alrighty then.........I never laughed so hard at Seanie's description of Queen Linda's foursome on the first tee and how Linda "crushed it". By the way, whomever won the trophy for bestball forgot it in their room and it was given to me. Does anyone remember who it was awarded to? It was lovelly to see Judy Chapman but I was a little put out that in 25 years that she hasn't aged a day!! Frankie, I have equal her beauty but mine is on the inside.......ha Leave it to me to be born inside out! Pat Settembrino is ready to start planning the next one - - - but first I have to catch my breath!
kimbo <kpeloquin@msn.com>
USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 13:43:41 (PDT)
What a great weekend!!! Kimbo, you are the true Queen. I gladly pass the tiara on to you. It was a perfect time. Fliegs, your room after the dance is always the place to be. I almost bust a gut, from Sean discussing the "mint" in the urinal to Bill telling Pete he was taking the "red eye" home, and then "twirling" with Gomer, I still haven't recovered. Driving home, every now and then, one of us would just start laughing remembering some funny story.Golf with Pete, Dougie and Jonesy was a blast. What a perfect day for it. There are no finer people in the world than this bunch of Rickerites. I miss all of you already. I love you.Linda
Linda Goddard Brown <linda.brown111@verizon.net>
Vineyard Haven, MA USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 12:51:09 (PDT)
WOW what a great time everything was fantastic. Thanks Kimbo and the reunion staff I told my girlfriend who has a ways to go before she celebrates a big reunion "remember this ...this is how to enjoy a group of people." Sad to see The old school but the memories are what we all have. The only thing I could think of was " RICKER LIVES"
Kip Sowpel <kip@compassincinc.com>
USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 11:26:07 (PDT)
Ow, I'm home and how I "hoit", but it's a good "hoit". Kim - Spent all morning thinking about where our name tags ended up (Linda's butt)- glad we got some use out of them! ;). Pete, Thanks for letting me crash at your house! I thought, "How understanding Trudi was to let you go party for a long weekend with your wacko college friends", but then when she sent Pete Jr out to greet us armed with a gun, I thought - "Or not". As I got into town, I had to stop at the car wash & liquor store (seems I'm not sure if I'm coming or going)! As usual I have unpacked way too much. It'd be simpler if I'd just left it at the Shiretown. Dave found directions to your office on Thatcher street (will be back up to kidnap (boy you ain't kiddin')Jenny!? Outta here. It's time for this old man to take a nap - zzzzzzz.... Fliegs.
Rob Fliegel
East Stroudsburg, PA USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 10:20:18 (PDT)
Hi again, I guess that didn't work. I'll have to email them to you individually. If you want copies email me. Angie
Angie Graves <acgraves@maine.rr.com>
Presque Isle, ME USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 10:09:18 (PDT)
Hi all, I hope everyone returned home safely. I had a great time and really enjoyed seeing everyone. I'm sorry I missed Saturdays events, but here are the few pictures I managed to take on Friday.
Angie Graves <acgraves@maine.rr.com>
Presque Isle, ME USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 10:09:18 (PDT)
What a fantastic weekend!! Kimbo we can never thank you enough for this experience!! It was great to see classmates and faculty. We shared glasses, pictures and lots of old and new memories. (And I was glad to see I am not the only one with reading glasses now.)
For everyone who did not attend, you missed a wonderful weekend with people we "grew up" with and missed out on meeting new Ricker friends. I was amazed to find how many Ricker people live so close to me and how many come back to visit in southern Maine every year. Next time there is a reunion please don't choose to stay home! You will never know what you are missing by re-connecting with our Ricker friends. Many said they would be there but didn't show up! Where were you??
Again Kimbo, you out-did yourself and your son Ethan was fabulous too! He should get an honorary Ricker alumni status for everything he did for you and "us". A MILLION THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meg Golrick Leach
Alfred, ME USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 04:07:02 (PDT)
Hi Everyone, it's 3:30am in NJ. Just got back from Houlton! What a trip, What a ReUnion! Kudos to Kimbo and all of her helpers for making this a Great event! While it saddened me somewhat being back in Houlton , I none the less had a great time. I was a little discouraged being the only person from the last Fresh. class there, I understand. A Message to all of those Rickerite Alumni that attended, if you have a purple 1978 yearbook that you brought to the show, could you check inside and see if my name and address are there?? Seems my book decided to go home with someone else. lol If anyone finds it, you can post a message on my e-mail and I will gladly pay for return shipping to myself. I'm going to bed now. I hope at the next ReUnion I see at least a few fellow classmates. We just have to be patient and wait for the date to be set! Thanks again to all and God Bless!
Kathleen Warren <Crazywarren@aol.com>
Mullica Hill, NJ USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 00:37:24 (PDT)
Just got in - made it home in one piece and spent the entire trip explaining things to Ethan!! ha - - - Like 'wildman' Jimbo Keating (who by the way was nominated for both King & Queen of 60's era although Debbe Heuneke edged him out of the Queen's spot at the last minute!) and why the bands volkswagon van was filled with smoke as they entered the arena for their grand entrance!! How incredible was that band "Ricker Once, Ricker Twice - wholly jumpin #*@$^ <#^*! I LOVE YOU TIMMY! I had such a blast and met so many "new" friends that are unbelievably generous, wild, and fun! Linda Brown looked regal in her tiara as she danced with King Bill! Unbelieveable!! Although I received an A in John Elliot's math class my budget was "a tad" off (to the tune of 2K whick my Ricker family pulled together with donations (thank you Zero, Deb, Frank, Ed, etc., etc.) and a 50/50 raffle. How is this for Ricker spirit.....both winners of the 50/50 donated the money to the reunion expenses so that I would not have to put one penny of my own money in to cover!! (I did pay $60 for Ethan and myself..ha) THANK YOU ED I. & SCOTT F.! These are phenomenal men!! I was so tense about the money situation I forgot to collect my drink from Randy Cantwell..I'll be looking for YOU next time big guy. I received (gorgeous) flowers from Sigma Delta Phi (my new best friends!)and a standing ovation from the crowd! Thank you, thank you, thank you.I ate all the attention up and my son now believes that I am a celebrity BUT I didn't deserve all that gratitude! I made a phone call to the Shiretown last September and the owner, Marty Gervais, hooked me up with Bewrnie for the civic center and the Courtyard Cafe for catering. I called Tim and he took care of ALL the music! Donna Baietti was our Houlton connection, Flieg's created the database, The Committee advised and searched for MIA's, Donna Lutrario donated the bumper stickers and designed the nomination ballot, Lightweight designed the registration form and sent articles to newspapers, Pam Gonsalves helped with mailing 1,700 flyers 2X, Karen Appleyard put 1,000 names and addresses into an Excell spreadsheet, you all pulled through and bailed me out of a financial crisis - I did the math which was the only thing that wasn't done right! I did a little more then that too but you get my point......it was OUR reunion and I think WE ALL did a fantastic job!! Thanks for everything Ricker family, we'll do it again............SOON! Dougy, i love these weekends! I don't want to slight the 50's crowd so I will report that Fred Burill won the title of the 50's Reunion 2003 King but I cna't find the names of the co-Queens and at this hour my brain is mush. What a weekend! Thank you everyone, I LOVE YOU ALL! goodnight.
Kimbo <kpeloquin@msn.com>
USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 20:11:15 (PDT)

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