Sunday, June 08, 2008


Shannon Koch sent me an Email and asked me to spread the word about her uncle Shawn. The information is below.

There is a two-day, 150-mile bike trip from Mequon to Manitowoc to Sturgeon Bay which takes places July 19th & 20th. The event raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Here's a link to information about the event.

Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour

The information below also contains a special link in which you can make donations in Shawn's name. I've done so myself.

Dear Family and Friends,

With Memorial Day come and gone and summer in full swing, it's time for me to hit the pavement.........biking that is. As you may or may not know, I will be joining Gordy and all the other riders, and biking 150 miles in efforts to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Gordy has led our group "Team Bird" since 2005, when Shawn (Bird) was still fighting this horrible battle. After Bird's passing, the ride suddenly took on new meaning. I watched last year as the riders got to the 1/2 way point and finish line as Peggy, Bird's widow, held the "Thank You" sign. Suddenly, it hit me very hard, why we were all there and how extremely Thankful I was for everyone's efforts. It's hard to describe the passion I have to do something for my brother, even though he is gone, maybe I can make a difference for another cancer patient and their loved ones. I cannot do this by myself and I am asking your help to raise money for this great cause. Please send a check payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or use the link provided to pledge to "Team Bird" as we ride the Scenic Shore 150.

Thank You in advance,

Donation via credit card? Simply go to the link below and pull down my name.
Donations in the name of Shawn Mehlhorn

Donation via check payable to:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Deb Peppler
1498 Clay Rd.
Oshkosh, WI 54904

Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour Cash Donations
Donor name: ___________________________________
Amount: _________ Date: _________
Received by: ___________________________________
Your contribution is tax-deductible within IRS regulations. Your donation will benefit the Wisconsin Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thank you for your generosity.

Saturday, May 31, 2008


Well, it's been quite awhile since my last update. Call it laziness. But I do have a few things to mention.

First of all, last September Tracy Messman got married. So congratulations to her.

The blog was also discovered by Jim Sanford and Wyatt Wood - who both left updates for themselves. Wyatt also sent me four pics. You can see them below. They feature his new wife and new baby - including the obligatory "baby in a box" picture. What a cute kid!

I added a brief blurb about Jenny Malley - thanks to Brandon Podhola. You can find it in Jenny's entry.

I Email/text with Erin Hynek fairly regularly. She happens to be in Two Rivers this weekend. She's going on some sort of two-hour cruise on Lake Michigan. I believe Josie Scott, Paula Jonas and Brenda Gordon are joining her. Several of Erin's hasher friends are joining her too. What's a hasher? You'll have to ask her. Or ask me. I remember when she first sent me the link to the hasher group in St. Louis and asked if I thought she should join it. Needless to say there will no doubt be some drinking going on during that cruise. So if you see them, say hi! (And take some pictures.)

In other news, I actually found some rather risque photos and videos on the internet of one of our classmates. Did I say risque? More like X-rated - literally. Will I post these pics? Not a chance in hell! Will I even mention the classmate in question? Nope! I'll just keep you guessing! All I can say is... wow!

Until next time, here's Wyatt's family photos.

Thursday, March 20, 2008


First off, I have some news. I was contacted by a reporter from the Herald Times Reporter. She wants to interview me and do an article about this blog. The interview is taking place in Two Rivers next Sunday. That should be interesting.

Randy Klein stopped by today and left a comment in his entry, as well as in Carroll Sturm's entry. Randy's not too happy with me. But I guess that's to be expected. Welcome aboard Randy. I have no hard feelings. Thanks for your comments.

A couple of weeks ago, I got an Email out of the blue from Shawn Pickard. He sent me some pics of he and his wife. If you look down, you'll see them.

I also got an Email from Tammy Franzen. She sent me a few more family photos. You can see them below.

On a sad note, class of 1990's Andrea Burns, who was a contibutor on this blog, and also is the daughter of one our teachers, lost her battle with cancer. Her obituary is below. Here's a blog entry I did on her this past August. ANDREA BURNS

Andrea S. Burns

Andrea S. Burns, age 36, of 3800 Bellevue Place, Two Rivers, lost her fight with stage-four metastatic melanoma on Monday, March 17, 2008, at home, surrrounded by her family.

Andrea was born in Two Rivers, on March 16, 1972, to Judith L. (Sciotto) Burns and the late Robert L. Burns. She was a graduate of Washington High School, Two Rivers, with the class of 1990. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication disorders in 1994, with a minor in sociology from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich., and studied nonviolent crisis intervention at Adam's State College, Alamosa, Colo. She was employed at Phoenix Behavioral Health Services in Manitowoc, as a senior line therapist. She dedicated her life to helping children with disabilities, both in Wisconsin and in Colorado. Andrea was an avid hunter and Harley enthusiast.

She is survived by her mother: Judith L. Burns of Two Rivers; older sister: Yvette (Adam) Anderegg; and younger sister: Maria (Wade) Hynek; nieces: Cloee Anderegg; Kendra Hynek; and Koleen Hynek; feline friends: Raven and River; grandfather: Frank P. Sciotto; grandmother: Elsie Burns; aunt and uncle: Sue and Frank Leckwart; and many cousins; special friends: Robin Bowes; Beth Frye; Josie Krause; Tammy Phillips; Scott Varelli; and Stephanie Winston; friends and staff at Phoenix Behavioral Health Services; Washington High School, Two Rivers, class of 1990 and faculty; and other close friends and family. She was preceded in death by her father: Robert L. Burns; grandmother: Joan Sciotto; grandfather: Marvin Burns; special companion and canine friend: Brandy; uncle: Frank Sciotto III; and other close extended family members.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 4 until 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, March 20, 2008, at the Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, 1506 18th St., Two Rivers.

A time for remembrance will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2008, to conclude the visitation.

Cremation will follow, with burial to take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Marquette, Mich., at a later date.

A very special thank you to Holy Family Memorial Dr. Baatz and Richard Milewicz, the Cancer Care Center Staff, Holy Family Memorial Home Care, Holy Family Memorial Hospice, Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, Jayme Presl and staff of Stock's Harley Davidson of Manitowoc.

If daisies grow in heaven, Please pick a bunch for us, Place them in Andrea's arms and tell her they're from us. Tell her we love and miss her And when she turns to smile, Place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile. Because remembering her is easy, We do it every day, But there is an ache within our hearts that will never go away.

Andrea will be sadly and lovingly missed by everyone she has touched with her teachings, wise words, laughter thoughtful and caring hands.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


I forgot to mention that I had a very interesting comment from Don Stummeier's sister. Don was the guy who allegedly killed himself between my junior and senior year. I say "allegedly" because his sister paints a very different story.

You can find her comment in his entry.

Thursday, January 31, 2008


Wow. It's been awhile. So much has happened to me - and is still happening. But that's for another discussion.

Blog-wise, I've had a few visitors. For one, Jeff Rehrauer stopped by and left a comment for himself, using the name THE MAD SUPPLEMENT SCIENTIST. In addition to him, Ben Franco made an appearance. I've actually Emailed a few times with Ben. He lives in San Antonio, and plays in a band. But I haven't been able to get a picture of him yet. Bummer. Ben left several comments, using the name MIZTEC. You can see them in his entry, as well as the entries for Paula Jonas, Lionel McCallister, Tom Grassman and Clint Mattrisch. Julie Landon also signed on and left a comment for herself. Tammy Behrmann did as well. In addition to herself, Tammy also left a comment for Mr. Jones.

Jeff Rehrauer has a blog of his own too. It's linked on the right side of this page.

Speaking of Tom Grassman, I received a text message from him on November 17th, informing me that his wife had just given birth to their second baby girl. So congratulations to Tom!

By the way, with Ben's comment in Clint Mattrisch's entry, Clint is now tied with Brad Strouf with the most comments of anyone - 40. Oh, and speaking of Brad Strouf, he recently got married in Antigua. See the pics below.

Shawn Pickard stopped by again and left a comment in Greg Pagel's entry.

I also got an interesting comment in Mr. Schott's entry. It was from the gay highschool student mentioned in a story I found when Schott was the principal in a school in Vermont.

One person who had alluded me was our foreign exchange student, Anton Nyquist. I believe he hailed from Norway. Anyway, a random search one day yielded something - a photograph. Yes, on some weird foreign website, I came across the picture you see below. Anton Nyquist is listed as the guy in the back right corner. Pretty cool, huh?

Class of 1990's Nick Rogne stopped by and cleared up some confusion in one of the class photos from Magee. You can find his comment here.


Craig Rysticken received another comment as well. I believe it was left by class of 1987's Wayne Greenwood. Was he related to Troy Greenwood?

I also received an odd Email from Chad Kautzer. Only it wasn't the Chad Kautzer that I was a classmate with. No, this particular Chad Kautzer (who also hails from Wisconsin ironically) is a philosophy teacher at a university in New York. And he had had a few problems with potential employers finding my blog. And needless to say, my entry on classmate Chad wasn't exactly flattering. So as a favor to him, I put a huge disclaimer at the top of Chad's entry.

A few months ago, out of the blue, I received an Email from Cindy Hayes. She somehow stumbled upon my blog. I of course asked for some pictures. And just this week, I got them! These are of her and her family. Oh, and in the small world department, after viewing the wedding photos of Brad's, Cindy told me that she and her husband got married in the exact same place.

Lastly, Mike Vaneyck stopped by and left a nasty comment in his entry. Of course if you read his entry, his nasty attitude is understandable. He threatened to sue me. Although that was back in November. And I've yet to have any process server come knocking at my door. The day after he left that comment, Mike came back to MY BLOG, went into MY PROFILE, clicked on MY EMAIL ADDRESS, and sent ME the following message.

"this is mike vaneyck. I would like to know if you know who's Google blog site this is? and if you could tell me who put this crap on this site? about me and my family so that I may take legal action against them for SLANDER."

Does anyone else appreciate the irony here? Think about who he's asking. I also find humor in the fact that he doesn't know the difference between libel and slander. I had a teacher in college, when I was writing for the school newspaper. She preached to us, "Truth defeats libel."

I didn't reply to Mike, nor do I plan to.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Sometimes life bites you in the ass. I do have a bunch of updates coming. I just haven't found time to get to them yet. One of these days, I will. In fact, one my classmates has threatened to sue me because of this blog.

Life is in turmoil now though. Hopefully I'll get to it soon.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


I've been sitting on this update for almost a year. Last December, Meff happened to be at his parents' home. I believe the date was Sunday, December 17th. While there, he glanced at the Journal Sentinel. And for whatever reason, he took a look at an article about homes. And his eye spotted a picture. He looked at it closely. He then thought to himself, "Is that Jason Anderson?"

Now, having seen Jason's family photos on this blog, he looked at the woman in the photo and concluded that she was not Jason's wife. He was correct. As it turned out, Jason and his wife had filed for divorce three months earlier. No big deal. It happens.

Anyway, Jason and his new Girlfriend Tara had purchased a home in Hartford together. The article was about affordable homes in the Hartford area. Based on comments made by Jason in Brad Strouf's blog, I believe he and Tara are now engaged. They may have gotten engaged last Valentine's Day. Hell, for all I know, they're now married. But anyway, with Jason's permission, the photo is below.