NeologisticsMusicSelahThe Move to Wilmette → Fifth Grade Class

This is actually my fifth grade class, not the fourth grade class referred to in the story. However, the Wilmette public schools had a practice of keeping all the students together in the same class all the way from fourth through sixth grades, so almost every one of these kids was also in my fourth grade class.

Here's a bonus for you: How many readers can name all the people in their fifth grade class, even with the help of a picture? Here they are:

Back row: Joe Loundy, Duncan McDougall, Martha Seifert, George Fields, Larry Beckman, David Coolidge, Marty Magera (who sent me the picture), Doug Mitchell (referred to later in my story), Lola Werhane (the teacher, who was a flaming redhead), Carol Simpson

Middle row: Landra Butterfield, Sue Nichols (in front of Landra), Judy Norcott, Lynne Merrin, Tom Casterline, Bill Stillwell Tom Pickard (my best friend who lived three doors down the street), ME!, Carole Deutsch

Front Row: Marilyn Swartz, Diane Rice, Barbara Dosher, Terry Townsend, Nancy Herring, Susan Myers

April, 2009 update: I know for a fact that three of these people are dead. David Coolidge is the CEO of a venerable Lasalle Street financial institution, Doug Mitchell is a senior acquisitions editor for the University of Chicago Press, and Marty Magera worked for Underwriter's Laboratory for many years and is now retired. I recently learned that Duncan McDougall is a professor of business at a college in New Hampshire, currently enjoying a Fulbright in Romania. The rest I don't know about.

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