Monday, January 16, 2006


I don't have a whole lot of information about Brenda. I found her decent enough. My first memories of her were in freshman year. I had her in the second semester, in Mr. Scriver's history class. I was on my own in there. If memory serves, she spent her time there talking with the likes of Shawn Olson (whatever happened to her?) and Stacey Erickson. I was pretty much a mute in there.

At the end of that year, I got into some really bad trouble at school. In addition to criminal charges, I also was given 10 detentions. At that time, Mr. Wood had a policy. If you spent an hour doing work around school (like helping the janitors) you could work off two detentions. I found myself using a study hall to do some sweeping of some stairs. That's when I encountered Brenda. We said nothing to one another. But she smiled. When she got to the top of the stairs, she stopped, turned around, looked down on me at the bottom and said, "Hey Burt, how come you never talk?" I looked at her, said nothing, and shrugged my shoulders.

My next memories of her are from junior year. We shared Ms. Neveau's speech class. She gave a speech where she talked about her boyfriend's (fellow graduate Kevin Shillcox) foot decapitation injury. I was a little more social with her in that class. I found her to be generally friendly. She was nice to me anyway.

According to my friend Meff, this girl was an absolute cruel bitch. "Look at the way he holds his pencil." I personally never saw any evidence of cruelty from her.

Brenda went on to marry Kevin, and now goes by the name of Brenda Shillcox. Last I knew, they had three kids. I ran into her several times at the video store. She always remained friendly towards me.

UPDATE - 6/18/07 - Thanks to Shannon Koch for providing these photos of Brenda from graduation day, June 4th, 1989.


At Thu Jan 26, 10:59:00 PM PST, Blogger the_meff said...

Scar tissue. That's all I gotta' say, man.

First day of homeroom, Washington High School. I'm a tad nervous. It's all kind of intimidating, this high school thing. So I sit down, hope for the best, and this vicious blonde hag screetches from across the room, "I HATE HIM!"

I glance around, wondering what poor sap is in her malicious crosshairs...nobody around...wait...ME?!

Fuck did I do?!

Nothing, I guess. She just had a hard spot in her heart for thick-specticled dorks carrying sci-fi paperbacks.

Still...she had her cheering section...I believe one was a woman who looked like a man...can't recall her name...


She scared me shitless. Her random rage and really cutting commentary didn't let up for a day from day 1 of freshman year until the end.

Not exactly true.

I struck up an unlikely friendship with a Junior named Jeff Byrne. For some reason, after that, she kinda' left me alone.

Jesus, Brenda, it wasn't like I was going to have him beat you up or anything.

Oh well.

I'm sure, today, she's a fine member of whatever community she resides in. I just hope, if she has a daughter, she tells her, "be nice to the little people!"

At Fri Jan 27, 06:34:00 AM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

I believe her and Kevin have three kids - including a daughter named Brooke. They appear to still reside in Two Rivers.

By the way, her cheering section - the one who looked like a man, my first thought would be Tracy Messman. And when you consider that our homerooms were alphabetical, it becomes a given.


Tracy Messman... look for a post about her today.


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