Thursday, February 09, 2006


Brenda Gordon is someone I don't believe I had any contact with whatsoever - zilch, nada... nothing. Oh wait, I remember that she wore glasses.

I think she was there with me all four years of high school. I don't think she was at Clarke, which leads me to believe she was a product of the catholic schools.

At some point in high school, she began to go out with fellow graduate Jeff Gordon. Perhaps they met in homeroom. They no doubt shared homeroom for four years.

I believe Brenda was friends with fellow graduate Becky Monka. In fact, as I recall, the two of them were both going to go on to college in Minnesota - probably to be roommates. I assume Brenda went. But I don't think either one of them stayed in Minnesota for too long.

When my friend Dave reconnected with Becky in 1992, she was still friends with Brenda. I heard a voicemail she left on Becky's answering machine. In fact, Dave referred to her as an "airhead." But in Dave's defense, I think what he meant was that she was "book smart" - but a little ditzy as well. I don't know. I never knew her enough to judge. She seemed pleasant enough to me.

Eventually Brenda and Jeff got married. What's so cool is that she didn't even need to change her last name.

I don't recall if I ever ran into her at the video store. But I did run into Jeff once or twice over the years. I believe he mentioned that they were living in Cedarburg at the time. But since then, they have moved back to Two Rivers. They have at least two kids. And if I'm not mistaken, Brenda once worked at our old high school. I don't think she's there now though. But she may still be in the teaching field somewhere in the area.

As a last bit of trivia, I can say that I have been in her current residence on several occasions. That might shock her to know. But she shouldn't be. The house she and Jeff live in was in fact owned by the grandparents of my friend Meff (Jeff Messerman) - a regular contributor on this blog. Small world.

UPDATE - 2/16/06 - The Gordon's have sent a group photo of class of 1989 offspring. From left to right are the children of Jeff & Brenda Gordon, Paula Jonas, Erin Hynek, Paula Jonas, Jeff & Brenda Gordon, Lisa Koch, Lisa Koch, Paula Jonas, and Erin Hynek. Call them the class of 2013-2019. All is well, save for that Chicago Bears helmet. What the hell??? (Click it for a larger version).

UPDATE - 7/20/06 - On July 15th, Kevin Dehne and I stopped in to see Brenda and Jeff. We caught her just as she was leaving for an in-home party - candles or Mary Kay or something. It was the first time in my life that I'd ever spoken to her. A picture from that day is below.

UPDATE - 11/23/06 - Here is some video from that July 15th visit.

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

UPDATE - 10/4/07 - Back in July, Erin Hynek visited Two Rivers. One night she went out with Paula Jonas and Brenda. While they were out, they ran into Mark Gordon. The results are the picture below.


At Thu Feb 09, 06:58:00 PM PST, Blogger Brenda said...

Hi Burt!

At Thu Feb 09, 07:17:00 PM PST, Blogger Brenda said...

Oops!! I wasnt sure how this worked, so here I am again. I really didn't know you all that well either. I thank you for not bashing me in any way, but you can tell your friend David that I thought he was somewhat of a male air-head...nothing personal just a memory.

You are correct that I was friends with Becky and I still am. We don't see each other very much, but we try to get together every now and then. I never went to Minnesota and neither did she. I did end up going to college, but I have been to several since high school. I taught preschool for 12 years here in Two Rivers where I was the director and teacher. I returned back to college in the fall of 2002. I worked while attending for two years, until I decided to quit my job and attend college full time at the age of 33. I finished and am now teaching 1st grade at Koenig Elementary school in Two Rivers.

Yes, Jeff and I did get married and we will have our 12th anniversary this July. No name change for me. That was nice. We have two wonderful sons, Justin - 9 and Zachary - 6.

Thank you for this blog site because i find myself checking it often and it is fun to hear about our classmates. Brad told me about the site a few weeks ago and I have watched it grow - I have told many people about the site, and know they are reading and waiting with anticipation for their own bio.

I do have to correct you on a couple of things. 1. I don't believe that Pookie ever had a child right after high school. 2. Sharla Peters is not living with her brother...Dan Peters is her husband. It was another one of those same last name marriages.

Anyway, I'll send a picture in the next few days. Thanks again for your efforts with this site.

At Thu Feb 09, 09:57:00 PM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

I'll be dogged. I've made a few mistakes. I'm sure they weren't the first. Do me a favor, go into Sharla and Pookie's entries and put those corrections in the comments. Others may not see them in here.

And of course, welcome. I look forward to your input. Any stories? This is the place!

I'll be looking for the pic. Say hi to your husband for me.

At Fri Feb 10, 07:25:00 AM PST, Blogger the_meff said...

Take good care of my grandparent's house!


At Fri Feb 10, 08:06:00 AM PST, Blogger the_meff said...

By the way, if the 'mudroom' in the basement still exits (just off the stairs, in the laundry area), feel free to dig deep...

You should find a tennis shoe, a ping pong paddle, and possibly a pair of my brother's glasses.

If you're bored on a rainy Saturday...

Better yet, send your sons in! Treasure hunt for 'em!

At Fri Feb 10, 09:03:00 AM PST, Blogger Lisa said...

Brenda Gordon.....WOW....that's a name I haven't thought about in years!! Ha! Just kidding!! Brenda was, is, and always will be one of my very best friends!

We met in 4th grade and although I don't have quite the memory Burt does, I do remember laughing a lot with her. We remained friends through high school, and even started college together, roomed together, and lived off campus together for a year. Even when we weren't at the same college anymore, we always kept in contact and stayed close.

We stood up in each other's weddings in '94 and '95 and our kids are the same ages. We continue to be great friends and although we live over an hour and a half apart, we get together at least once a month!! How's that for longevity of a friendship!! Ditzy or not, I still love ya girl!

At Fri Feb 10, 02:01:00 PM PST, Blogger Brenda said...

Hey, Meff we have taken great care of the house. We have lived in it since 1995 and it is now up for sale. We have land in Two Rivers and hope to build this spring - if our house sells.

That would be a great rainy saturday job for the kids....it is a huge sandbox for them. Thanks for the great idea...if we find anything, would you like them back???

At Fri Feb 10, 02:16:00 PM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Wow. If you find any of those items, you have to take a picture of them!

At Fri Feb 10, 10:18:00 PM PST, Blogger the_meff said...

Naw, keep 'em buried for the next family who resides there.

Selling, eh? It's a shame, we just bought a house in Cedarburg. I have so many memories of that place that I'd probably pay OVER your asking price for it!

At Sat Feb 11, 07:36:00 AM PST, Blogger PJ said...

Airhead? Where did you get that? Ha ha. Not to bash you Brenda...maybe exaggerating EVERYTHING gets lumped into the airhead category. You know...sore throat/acid reflux/hodgkins.

I'm a little disappointed that your hottie husband has gotten lost in the shuffle....where's the love for Jeff?

At Sat Feb 11, 07:56:00 AM PST, Blogger Brenda said...

Ok PJ...where is the mushy stuff you are suppose to say about me..wonderful....accepting...kind hearted....fun to be around...should I go on???

At Mon Feb 13, 08:04:00 AM PST, Blogger mimikatemom said...

Brenda - I can do mushy better than anyone...so glad we had a chance to reconnect. Airhead? I don't think so; easygoing and funny, I'd be honored to have you teach my kids. If only I could return to the TR public school system! :)

At Mon Feb 13, 08:38:00 AM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Jeff Gordon hasn't been lost in the shuffle. I will get to him very soon.

At Tue Feb 14, 10:11:00 AM PST, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

Brenda was my oldest son's pre-school teacher...that was the moment I realized we had all gotten old.

Brenda's parents had a hot tub. The first time I got drunk in a hot tub was at Brenda's parent's house. That was a great party. Lisa Koch shouldn't remember that party, I remember her being very sleepy early on at that party. Becky Monka was there as well as Angie Owens...Why do I remeber this? I don't know, but I do. It was really fun.

Brenda and Jeff accomplished the seemingly impossible. They made a high school relationship last into a long marriage. I'm proud of them for that.

At Tue Feb 14, 07:54:00 PM PST, Blogger PJ said...

You've truly not partied until you've partied with Brenda. She is extremely creative in the party situation and there's never a dull moment. She can also "bust a move" like nobody's business! Brenda, what do you call the dance where you grab your ankle and jerk around kind of like a sprinkler?

Seriously...Brenda is the life of the party and lots of fun. I think we also qualify among the ranks of professional shoppers...of which our husband's are oh so proud and supportive....NOT. I had to add the NOT because it is kind of '89 retro, right?

I love you Brenda (don't tell Burt I said that)...ha ha ha.

At Thu Feb 16, 07:51:00 AM PST, Blogger Jeff G said...

The Bears helmet belongs to the Shim boys. In my house, you'd find a Rams belonging to my oldest Justin, and a 49ers belonging to Zach - he gets that one from me.

Seems Packer fans were/are in the minority for our class. Probably not, but so it seemed.

At Thu Feb 16, 07:56:00 AM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Considering the Packers level of play in the 1980's, it's not all that surprising.

At Mon Feb 20, 10:50:00 AM PST, Blogger moptopjen said...

had to chime in... brenda and jeff live next door to my 'rents. their boys are the most handsome rugrats! wayyy cute kids.

At Mon Feb 20, 11:13:00 AM PST, Blogger Jeff G said...

thanks jen. rugrats they are. and they know they're cute. couldnt have asked for better neighbors, and your family will be missed when we move.

At Mon Feb 20, 01:20:00 PM PST, Blogger moptopjen said...

likewise jeff! i know my fam would luv to keep y'all. and i'm sure bed-head-red will miss yr pup through the fence slats.

so can u hear marc's band coming from the depths of their house? i always wondered & never remember to ask...

At Thu Feb 23, 09:08:00 AM PST, Blogger Jeff G said...

we can hear occansionally, but asked he just not play after 8 or so - thats bedtime for the boys (including me). and he's been very respective of that. no problems.

zoe will miss the nose/butt sniffin also. 2 dogs on each side of her and one in the back - she will miss that. new neighborhood has only 1 older dog, who may not even be around by the time we move. oh well.

At Thu Feb 23, 09:10:00 AM PST, Blogger Jeff G said...

oops, sent that last one twice.

At Thu Mar 12, 11:33:00 PM PDT, Blogger JED said...

Hi, Brenda:
I don't belong on this blog. I stumbled onto it googling "John Palmer Kern" and laughed my ass off when I ended up here. The blog about his dad is excellent ... my compliments to the author. I was a Class of '90 member, but always wanted to be part of the Class of '89 ... that's why I hung out at the lockers of Jim, Jeremy, and Jeff every morning. We even changed my name to Jed (real name Ted) so that I would fit in with the other three "J's".

Anyway, you and Lisa were so incredibly nice to me in high school. I had a small amount of popularity because I played basketball, but was pretty much a nerd and a social invalid ... didn't drink, didn't "party", didn't date, got good grades, and didn't reach puberty until my sophomore year of college ... LATE BLOOMER INDEED!!! However, you and Lisa were so nice to me when I ended up at countless parties I had no business attending (only there because I was on the team). You both made sure my night wasn't spent just sitting in the corner, drinking soda, and calculating how long it would actually take me to walk home. THANKS for being so kind. I hope that life has been as kind to you as you were to me.

One of my favorite memories from high school (best 4 year of your life ... MY ASS!!!) was getting you and Lisa a red carnation for whatever loser tradition was being celebrated (Valentine's Day, Sweetest Day, ???), just to say "Thanks!". Well, red carnations were supposed to be sent and received by "couples only" and Jeff was dating you and Jim was dating Lisa, so it was quite the scandal. Forget the fact that I was 5ft tall, weighed 120lbs, had no pubic hair, and barely growing a penis, both Jim and Jeff wanted to kick my ass. High School sucked for me, but I have fond memories of that "scandal", again, remembering how kind you and Lisa were to me. I don't know if anyone reads this stuff anymore (it was started over 3 years ago and the comments don't state the year of the post), but I thought my personal walk down memory lane was worth posting.

Great things should happen to great people, so I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT LIFE!!!


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