WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL TWO RIVERS WI CLASS OF 1989

Thursday, January 12, 2006

JEREMY KARMAN

Jeremy Karman was the male equivalent of Jenny Malley. Seeing as I have a penis, I'm not one to gauge his looks. But I do know that he was probably the nicest guy I went to school with. Richard and I referred to him as "nature boy" due to his all-American looks, tall height and blonde hair. He had no problem with our nickname.

Jeremy was one of the stars of the basketball team. Being as I had no interest in such activities, I have little details. But I do know that in my junior and senior year, the basketball team was very good. For whatever reason, I switched on the cable channel 22 one evening while talking to Meff on the phone. They were showing the championship game or something. And our team lost on a last-second shot. All of the members dropped to the floor and covered their heads - with the exception of Jeremy. He stood tall. I'm not sure what that all means. I just happen to remember it.

I remember Jeremy in speech class during our freshman year. He told the story of how he and his family went on vacation (Florida?) and the airline lost their luggage. It was apparently winter time. And they all had sweaters on - in the hot Florida sun. The luggage was soon found.

I believe in our freshman year, Jeremy brought some slides to Mr. Hough's history class. Jeremy had been overseas, I believe in Germany. And since we were studying WWII at the time, he earned some brownie points. Of course with Mr. Hough, brownie points didn't last more than a day or two.

Jeremy dated a girl from the class of 1990 named Jennifer Lane. If memory serves, she didn't like to be called Jenny - probably due to the Beatles' song "Penny Lane." Although I don't know why she would take offense to it. It's a catchy tune. Knowing that I was a Beatles' fan, he once asked me to write down the lyrics for him. "Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes..." I don't know if she liked whatever it is that he gave to her.

Jeremy Karman is another rare person that I never ran into at the video store. Although I used to rent to his younger brother Nate quite often. However, I did in fact run into Jeremy on one occasion. It was in March, 1990. He was probably home on spring break. I had just purchased a camcorder - one of those bulky VHS jobs. (It was a big deal back then). Meff had come up for the weekend. And he and I were having fun with it, filming stuff all over town. We pulled into Coppes Supermarket. And with the camera still rolling, we stepped out of the car and walked to the store. All of a sudden we hear "It's Jeff... and Burt." And we found ourselves face to face with Jeremy Karman and fellow graduate Jason Anderson. I believe they both had a girlfriend with them as well. I filmed the whole thing. Our conversation lasted a minute or two, and we parted ways. I wasn't surprised by Jeremy's niceness. But Jason's surprised me. I couldn't stand the guy. And the feeling was no doubt mutual. But I guess being away froma clique can change a guy. Yes, I still have the tape.

I believe Jeremy moved to the Milwaukee area. If you search for his name, you'll see that he was involved in some sort of workers compensation lawsuit. He sued and won. Good for him!

UPDATE - 1/30/06 Jeremy is in the Milwaukee area, and is a physical therapist. He's married and has at least two kids. I'm not sure how recent the photo below is. But it's probably from the last few years.



UPDATE - 11/11/06 - Having figured out how to put video clips on this blog, I can now show the chance encounter from March, 1990. Here is Jeremy, along with Jason Anderson.

22 Comments:

At Fri Jan 13, 12:02:00 PM PST, Blogger the_meff said...

Finally, a member of this class that I share some history with!

Jeremy and I had quite a few classes together in grade school. Beyond that, he lived relatively close to me over on Monroe St. We hung out off and on, hit a few movies together, etc.

My instant recollections of him are of his passion for monster movies back then. He had a thing for Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, and I believe he had a collection of toys and junk related to them.

In third grade, I recall he was MIA one morning and I'd heard from the grapevine that he'd taken a baseball in the mouth. When he showed up at lunch, he proudly showed off his bottom teeth which were teetering in their gums by mere threads. He explained that the dentist had JAMMED the teeth back into their roots and he had to be careful for a few days.

To which we all responded, "EEUUUU!"

Jeremy and I wound up in the same Cub Scout troop. We happened to be fans of a short lived TV show called Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (Jeff Goldblum and Ben Vereen, thank you imdb.com!). Instead of paying attention to our scout leaders, we would re-enact scenes from this show. If I remember correctly, I was the white guy.

Jesus, how the hell do I remember that?!?!?!

In and around 4th grade, I remember Jeremy missing a TON of school because he had some sort of vicious infection that caused him to be bedridden for weeks or something. Nobody really had any idea what it was but then he got better. Since I was working on my early days as a hypochondriac, this mystery illness scared the $hit out of me. So I sat around, waiting to get it.

I was spared.

My only other Jeremy memory was the day we tortured a neighbor kid of his. We were pretending to be international spies and our "target" was this kid next door to him who was a few years younger than us. The kid ultimately became kind of freaked out and started crying, etc. I, of course, would not stop and kept messing with his head. Jeremy, stand up guy that he was, promped me to cease all terrorist activity.

As stated on an earlier post, I had the tendecy to be a bit of an ass back then.

In summary, though, very nice guy. Never had a problem with him. Hope he's doing well.

 
At Wed Feb 01, 01:03:00 PM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

How interesting. Jenny Malley, and the guy I described as the "male equivalent" of Jenny Malley, had a little bit of a thing for each other.

A monster huh? I'll take your word for it. Speaking of the monster, I have an amusing memory of Jack. It happened after school of our junior year.

I was at my locker, stuffing something into my sock. It was something that easily fit in the palm of my hand. And it was white. Jack saw this and literally had his eyes bug out of his head. Clearly he thought that I had some sort of drugs. The next day, we crossed paths in the hall again. Jack was walking with a friend of his. Once he saw me, he started banging his friend on the arm, then pointed at me and started whispering to him. It was all I could do not to burst out laughing.

At that time, I wore sweat pants to school every single day. They never had any pockets. So I kept anything important in my locker. What was the contraband I was stuffing into my sock?

My contact lens case.

 
At Wed Feb 01, 08:52:00 PM PST, Blogger SonnyKidd said...

Another "small world" moment...my wife Wendy took a job at St. Mary's Hospital in Racine after getting her masters, she's a PT. Who else worked at St. Mary's? Jer's wife, and yes, they are both PT's and no doubt making beautiful blonde children.

 
At Thu Feb 16, 10:15:00 AM PST, Blogger SonnyKidd said...

Chief, where's Jer?

 
At Thu Feb 16, 12:17:00 PM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Am I the chief? I'll see what I can do.

 
At Thu Feb 16, 07:50:00 PM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

I found him... Expect some comments from him soon. Cool!

 
At Thu Feb 16, 08:21:00 PM PST, Blogger SonnyKidd said...

Sorry Burt, you may be omnicient, but Jeff is Chief. They were attached at the hip so long I figured if anyone could bring him out of hiding it would be El Jefe. Where's Craig Rysticken? I'm surprised he's not made an appearance.

 
At Sat Feb 18, 02:34:00 PM PST, Blogger Jeremy said...

Wow! This site is amazing. Hello to everyone. As Burt has reported, thanks to a phone call Thursday evening I am now aware of and addicted to this blog.

I am living in Oak Creek, WI with my wife, Jacquie, and my two daughters, Emma (age 8) and Gracie (age 5). Jacquie and I met our junior year at Marquette and got married in 1994. I work at a sports medicine clinic in downtown Milwaukee, and I help teach in the PT program at Marquette.

I am enjoying catching up with everyone's lives through these postings. Burt, you have done a great job in developing this blog, keeping it going strong, and reuniting the class of 1989.

 
At Sun Feb 19, 08:23:00 AM PST, Blogger Jeff G said...

Jer - Welcome!!

Pete, where are your comments??

Craig is reading, but must not be willing to contribute yet - come on Craig, chime in, I know you're there.

 
At Sun Feb 19, 08:48:00 AM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Who is Pete?

 
At Mon Feb 20, 09:29:00 AM PST, Blogger mimikatemom said...

Hi Jeremy,

Glad to hear you are well! In the confessional spirit of this blog and it's tendency to evoke public apologies I feel I should comment. In spite of everyone's kind comments I was/am far from perfect.

I can only assume I was trying to get J's attention. Smart, nice, good looking, and I had a crush at some point. We were at Josie's house I think, and I got it in my head that it would be funny to set a Christmas tree, that had been set out at the curb after the holidays, on top of J's parent's car. Rather nice car. Unfortunately I didn't think about the sap that oozes out of old Christmas trees...which made a huge, humiliating mess. Not so funny. Not the kind of attention I was looking for to be sure. So, I've never forgotten how horrible I felt and I would like to apologize again and if my girls ever pull a stupid stunt like that they will be on LOCK DOWN forever.

I also have to thank Jeremy for helping me get through 3rd hour French class. I could NEVER stay awake at this time of the morning and he would nudge me when Mrs. Fischer called on me or I was supposed to be doing something. Merci beaucoup!

Send along some picures...would love to see your girls.

 
At Mon Feb 20, 07:08:00 PM PST, Blogger Jeremy said...

Hi Erin,

I had forgotten all about the 'tree incident'. You are completely forgiven.

The only words that I can remember from French class are for different food items. I'll never go hungry in Paris!

I'm glad to see that another member of our class went into health care/rehab. Between you, PJ, and I we can set up a small clinic for all of our aging classmates at our next reunion.

Your girls are beautiful. My daughters are the same ages as your daughters. Maybe we can start a support group blog when they are all in their teenage years together! I am very happy to find that you are all doing well.

 
At Mon Feb 20, 07:17:00 PM PST, Blogger Jeremy said...

Hi Meff-

Not many probably knew of my monster movie fascination. I can remember going to the library in grade school and checking out those monster books over and over and over...

Many of my earliest memories of grade school involve you and I hanging out at the playground during recess. Do you remember anyone else that was in our Cub Scout troop? To this day, I still don't know the first thing about camping.

Glad to hear from you and that you are doing well.

 
At Tue Feb 21, 02:30:00 AM PST, Blogger the_meff said...

Jeremy,
Great to hear that all is well with you!

Another hazy memory...

Did you and I try to start our own private eye/detective agency back in the day??? I have a few crayola notes in a box that would seem to reflect this...

Additionally, I recall you had one of the coolest magic sets back then...the usual stuff, rope trick, disappearing coin, etc. I remember you being pretty convincing with that stuff too... My folks picked one up for me at Evans that totally sucked. Worse yet, everyone saw through my not-so-slight-of-hand!

I have a pretty cool photo of our scout troup holding homemade swords and shields (why, I have no idea!) I'll try to scan it and ship it off to Burt.

 
At Tue Feb 21, 09:14:00 PM PST, Blogger SonnyKidd said...

Speaking of monsters...how is that the one night Mess gets the rear window of his car shot out by Minnie, I am not there? That's just bad luck. Maybe someone who was there, would like to share this tale...

 
At Wed Feb 22, 07:46:00 AM PST, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

I knew an "Igor" story was coming...just didn't know where it would come up...

Oh, Hi Jer. Sorry I didn't chime in earlier. Sounds like your life is in order, good to hear.

A comment...ok, why not...

My memories of Jer revolve around the infrequent partying that occasionally took place.

Jer rarely (if ever) drank in high school. I thought it was kind of cool, actually. What was really cool though was how damn goofy Jer would get as the night wore on. It was almost like us being drunk somehow rubbed off on him and he got as silly and crazy as the rest of us, all the time remaining stone sober. I'm sure I owe Jer several "safe rides" home...Let me know pal, I'll come cart you around sometime, I owe you.

 
At Wed Feb 22, 08:42:00 PM PST, Blogger PJ said...

Hey Jer-

You have to send along a pic of your beautiful girls (Jacquie included, of course). Emma looks JUST like you...Grace looks more like Jacquie, I think. They're soooo pretty.

I didn't realize you had such a female cult following in high school...I guess I should be honored to say that I wore your class ring for a while. We were funny, weren't we?

OK, I'm willing to "go into business" with you and Erin...Joe Antonie could offer his chiropractic services also....but we marathoners may need your help and advice also when our hardcore training starts and, of course, after marathon day. We'll probably need your pager number and/or cell number....right girls?

You always have been and always will be near and dear to my heart, Jer. Wish we could catch up more...you and Jacquie need to come out more than that one big day a year........

 
At Thu Feb 23, 09:18:00 AM PST, Blogger Jeff G said...

Minnie still resides in Al's Lock and Key. Still a ladies man apparently as he is with those same 2 sweeties. Occasionally I see him and the 2 bra-less queens at the grocery store.

He drives a different car now though, but still backs it in on that graveled downhill driveway. I dont see Igor around much, but cant believe he is living out on his own - I dont think he has a job yet.

 
At Thu Feb 23, 10:05:00 AM PST, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

Ok, Jeff. That's some funny shit. I actually got a mental image of Minnie and his babes...ick.

I'm still laughing at this...good stuff.

 
At Thu Mar 12, 11:41:00 PM PDT, Blogger JED said...

Does anyone read this stuff anymore? I stumbled onto the blog and a flood of memories came back (mostly bad with some good). Hope life is treating you well!!!

 
At Thu Mar 12, 11:42:00 PM PDT, Blogger JED said...

By the way, Jed=Ted. I figured I might have to jog your memory!!!

 
At Thu Jul 07, 02:25:00 PM PDT, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

ANONYMOUS: "I secretly wanted to marry Jeremy from grade 2 to my senior year. We made out a couple of times my senior year. But I had to let go of Jeremy.... one of my bigger sacrifices in my earlier life. Oh wo "was" me...

 

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