Roosevelt High School
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Class of 1962

70th Birthday Party
was Saturday, August 9, 2014

~ Congrats to a Classy Class! ~

HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY                    HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY                    HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY

Venue for the Class of 1962 70th Birthday Party:
Fort Snelling Officers' Club

Fort Snelling Officers' Club #934

The Fort Snelling Officers' club was the perfect venue for our 70th Birthday Party on Saturday, August 9, 2014.  As we approached the Officers' Club parking lot, we found a red, classy-looking 1932 Ford roadster, a custom built street rod parked out front.  Apparently, it belongs to one in our group.  Did anyone capture a pictue of it?
Steve Fowler and Kathe (Erickson) Magadance were seated at reception ready to greet our many guests.  They were given a name tag and meal ticket.  Posters were on display and Memory Books were available for purchase in the dining area.  People could then make their way into the bar area or the outside porch.  Social hour (with a cash bar) began at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00.  The bar was in the VIP room.  We had the entire VIP and Commander's area along with the outside porch for our reception.

The menu featured a house salad with cucumber, tomato and ranch dressing; a choice of walleye broiled with butter, white wine, and herbs and served with wild rice pilaf and chef's vegetables or flame broiled top sirloin with saut
ťed mushrooms and a baked potato topped with sour cream and chef's vegetables or a vegetarian meal.  The food was excellent and the wait staff was superb.  We had a marble cake, and the frosting on it displayed multi-colored balloons, combined with the letter R.  This letter consisted of a maroon background and a gold inset that looked like chenille, like the sports letters the Teddies wore.

We had a short program.  Colin Quinn, the emcee,  had some opening comments to share, then he introduced the speakers.  Sandy (Larson) Conboy
spoke about the changes at Roosevelt High School that she observed both as a student and then faculty and administration person.  John Totushek also had a few words to say, coupled by some humor.  Colin pointed out that three from the Class of 1962 were selected to be inducted into the Roosevelt Foundation Hall of Fame for their accomplishments in the military, business, and community.  They have brought pride and inspiration to Roosevelt, the community, and society.  The inductees are:  David Rataczak, Dennis Schulstad, and John Totushek.  Twenty-two inductees will be among the first to be honored at a dinner held at the Airport Hilton Hotel on September 27, 2014.

There were a lot of happy people at our party.  Teddies wanted to catch up on old times, and many interesting conversations transpired among the crowd.  I hope that those who came for the first time enjoyed themselves as well.

Thanks goes out to Denny Schulstad for securing and coordinating with this venue, a perfect choice for our 70th Birthday Party.  Thank you everyone for all you contributed to making the party the success it was.   Happy Birthday!!!

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PHOTO:  Kathe (Erickson) Magadance

Mona Houser, Shirley Dahlberg, Sally Shedlov, and Sandy Bosshard

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PHOTOS:  Colin Quinn

   Vice Admiral John B. Totushek          Major General David P. Rataczak          Brigadier General Dennis W. Schulstad  


PHOTOS:  Lani (Greenfield) Covey

Dave Lindquist, Dick Wilson, John Totushek, Dave M. Lee, Ron Noble


PHOTOS:  Barbara (Carlson) Kapela



"Just want to say I think last nightís party was just wonderful.  It couldnít have gone better and everyone had just a great time.  Denny, thanks so much for  attaining OC as it was just perfect for size and such an intimate setting.
Where did time go?  Canít believe we are 70.  Happy Birthday, everyone."  Kathe (Erickson) Magadance 

"I echo Kathe's sentiments.  Last night was a huge success.  Looking forward to next time."  Barbara (Carlson) Kapela

"Those I spoke with last night had so many good things to say about the event and how nice everything was.  Some also commented on how all the  reunions have really been outstanding and they are looking forward to  the 55th. 
As for the food, I had the vegetarian meal and it was delicious.  I was  pleasantly surprised at how flavorful everything was and thoroughly enjoyed it."  Sandra (Ashley) Bakken

"What an enjoyable evening.  The Officers' Club was the perfect size for our group and the cost is significantly lower than other venues.  Good to hear people were pleased with the food.  The committee did an excellent job planning all the little details that make a huge difference in the overall event.  Good work!!  It is just fun getting together and catching up on all the latest news.  There were many interesting conversations last night. 
Thanks for a great job, committee ... and leadership, Colin."  Denny Schulstad  

"Great job by everybody!!  Even though I was forgetting little details that I remembered on the way home, I thought it really went well!  It was nice to hear all the compliments for the entire committee.  We've been blessed with a variety of talent to make things work.  The O.C. was absolutely perfect for the event and the size of the crowd.  Denny, tell the staff 'Thank you' for a great evening on everything, and to you for coordinating with them for us.
Linda, we missed your smiling face, we were thinking of you."  Colin Quinn

"It was 'great!''  I think what made the greatest impression on me were the many class members who had not before attended; the party reconnected people with wonderful memories long forgotten. 
We provided this gift of time and connections that made an impact beyond what we could imagine.  Something profound and yet so joyful."  Mary Etta (Rorris) Litsheim



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