Thursday, January 19, 2006


If there were a poster boy for the sterotypical nerd look, Rod Lumaye would win, hands down. He always reminded me of the actor Eddie Deezen. For those of you who may know him, check the pic in this link, and tell me I'm wrong.


I first met Rod in 5th grade, in Ms. Krause's class. Two memories stand out. One is that when we got our pictures back, he was soooooooo thrilled with his. He was wearing some sort of sweater that had a colorful sunburst-type thing on it. And he was thrilled that it looked so good.

Later in the year, we had a party in the class, where everyone brought food. Ms. Krause made a really big deal about people eating whatever food they took. If you take it, you eat it! Imagine Rod's dilemma when he found himself disliking some sort of salad thing that he'd taken. He asked for my advice. I gave it. I told him to slyly go back to the table, grab the serving spoon, pretend to take more, but in reality, put the majority of the salad back ON the spoon, and put it back. I thought it was a brilliant plan. Rod did too. I would have pulled it off. Rod didn't.

I think I was in the process of trying to get seconds on Jason Anderson's meatballs (which were plugged in at the back of the room) when I suddenly heard the cackle of a few of the girls (was Amy Schmidt one of them?) screaming, "Rod!" Their outburst was immediately followed by revealing what Rod was doing. Needless to say, Ms. Krause was furious. I'm not sure what fate had in store for Rod. But I'm sure it wasn't pleasant.

Rod never had a lot of respect around school. But he wasn't a completely typical nerd. He could be annoying at times. And he also had somewhat of a backbone.

I had Rod in Mr. Ertman's sophomore year, pre-algebra 2 class. Somehow we started talking about baseball cards. I had been missing one player from the 1980 set - a pitcher named Ken Holtzman. Rod said he'd give it to me, if he had a double. Sure enough, he came through. This was a few years before the baseball card boom of the early 1990's. So Rod was my only option. That was cool.

I ran into Rod a few times at the video store over the years. I also ran into him at UW Manitowoc. We shared a couple of classes together. He was still into baseball. So we had a few amiable conversations. The last I heard from him, he said he was going to become a police officer.

I guess it never happened. But he must have come close. These days, I believe he is a security officer at Oneida Bingo & Casino. It looks as if he's divorced, but has remarried. I don't know if he has any children. But it looks like his current wife may have kids from previous husbands. I believe they reside in Two Rivers.

UPDATE - 11/13/06 - On Saturday, August 12th, 2006, Kevin Dehne and I took our second trip to Two Rivers. We'd stopped by Rod's house on our first trip. But he wasn't home. This time we were more lucky. We found him in his backyard. Surprisingly, Rod has become a smoker. He said he'd started at some point in the early 1990's. We had a pretty good time with Rod. He also had lots of stories to share. We laughed quite a bit. We spent a good half hour there, perhaps even longer.


At Sat Jan 28, 10:51:00 PM PST, Blogger the_meff said...

Whoa boy. Rod irritated the hell out of me from day one. And day one goes wayyyy back. Kindergarten? First grade? Oy.

His sister Debbie was always nice. Cripplingly shy but nice. But Rod??? Geez! He'd open his mouth and my guts would churn. I remember Tom Grassman and I made it a point to showcase Rod's stupidity with every inane comment that escaped his trap. And I gotta' tell you...it was full time work!

I don't even remember anything about Rod post JF Magee... I never had a class with him at Clarke or Washington... The Gods smiled upon me!

That stated, I'm sure he become much less socially inept over time... He had to have...

I'm sure...


At Thu Feb 02, 12:35:00 PM PST, Blogger Joe Antonie said...

I have posts about Rod, the first one, would bring back memories for those that participated in youth bowling at the community house. The Lumaye's had teams that consisted of Rod, Deb, and Kim (sis of Deb I believe)along with one or two others. The Antonie's of course had Bob, Tom ,Joe, plus others. Lumaye's were our friendly rivals. I remember many a year bowling with/against them in leagues. Most years they would come out on top, once in a while the team with the A-boys would prevail. Rod was an excellent bowler.

The other story takes place when I was in fifth grade. I broke my finger on the first day of class playing 'Kick and Catch' during recess. What a way to start the year. Had a cast to my elbow. A week or so later, Rod was place-kicking a football held by my brother Bob. Instead of kicking the football, he missed and absolutely pulverized Bob's hand, breaking his first finger. Bob and I each had broken fingers and casts for the start of that school year. To this day, when I want to have some fun with my brother Bob, I threaten him with saying "Don't make me go Rod Lumaye on your ass....", usually that brings a smile to his face.

At Tue Feb 21, 06:38:00 PM PST, Blogger cawelnicke said...

OK, OK, here's where I have to come in. Debbie is NOT Rod's sister! They are cousins.

I last saw Rod this past summer and he was still working at Oneida Casino. He owns a house behind Piggly Wiggly in TR and has a daughter that is approaching a year old.

At Wed Feb 22, 06:44:00 AM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Yes indeed. I knew they were cousins. I guess Meff didn't. I'd planned to point that out when I got around to doing an entry on Debbie.

At Wed Feb 22, 08:31:00 AM PST, Blogger the_meff said...

Oops, my mistake.

I must say, they certainly looked a lot alike.

Identical cousins??? Someone call Patty Duke.

At Thu Feb 23, 02:09:00 PM PST, Blogger Tammy said...

I was good friends with Rod, hell he told me to stay away from Todd, wish I would have listened! Yep Deb is his cousin and he does have a lil baby girl now. I have not yet seen him but do talk to his family, they come to my store alot. He has a nice house behind pig here in TR. Hey Rod if ya read this contact me.

At Thu Feb 23, 08:42:00 PM PST, Blogger Tammy said...

Hey Joe,

I remember that, I too was a part of the community house bowling league taught by Mr. Timm and I was on the LuMayes team, I think our other team mate was Rob Sisle, not for sure on that, would have to look at some old pics. Still have a trophy from then. I forgot all about the Antonie's team, lol, thanks for the reminder.

At Wed Apr 19, 02:14:00 PM PDT, Blogger naamah said...

I was friends with Rod and Debbie too. I remember a groupd .... Jeff and Marilyn, there was Rod, and I believe Sara omg can't remember her last name and her boy, then I and a couple others that I am losing at the moment.

One of my memories of Rod is at yearbook signing when we were in cventral park downtown and they gave us those stupid add-ins to have signed. i was with this group and he walked up behind me to scare me and poked me in the ribs.... I swung... which he wasn't expecting .... my classring got him across the face and scratched him pretty bad. I have a square class ring, not the traditional round one LOL. He was warned not to try and scare me lol.

I also remember that Rod was a sweetheart and escorted me to prom, my boyfriend of the time was away at college so he couldn't get back to come with.
Yeah Rod, like Tammy said if you read this get a hold of me.


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