Wednesday, February 01, 2006


By request, here's Chris. Or should I simply call him "Staudt?"

I don't have a wealth of information about Chris. My first memories of him are from our days at Clarke. Chris was a big guy. And at that time, I didn't much care for him. I think the feeling was mutual.

I believe Chris hung around with Scott Jaklin quite a bit. If memory serves, they were both involved in band - perhaps playing trumpets.

In 8th grade, I had Chris in gym class. One day we had a substitute - Ms. Sigourney. We were bussed over to the high school for swimming. And I recall Chris from the back of the bus, bellowing "SIGOURNEY," and sounding like a rooster crowing. It was funny as hell.

In 8th grade, my friend Kevin Dehne somehow got a hold of Chris' social studies book. As a joke, I told Kevin to bury it. Actually, I didn't quite vocalize it to him. Instead, I "coughed" it. Cough talk was big in those days. Kevin laughed. But sure shit, he went home and buried it in his backyard. Somehow Chris found out about it... and blamed me. The last memory I have from that incident is Chris bending down to me and whispering, "You're dead." Nothing more came from it.

I found a photo from Mr. Ashenbrenner's class in 8th grade. Chris is on the far right, From the left is Dave Kanera, followed by Scott Stephens and myself.

As juniors, Chris and I actually found a common bond. Dave Svatek would drive both of us home from school. Chris lived near Dave. We then discovered that we had a mutual love for Nintendo. We would talk about the ins and outs of The Legend Of Zelda, as well as how to find the secret "minus world" in Super Mario Brothers. I think I may have actually spoke to him on the phone once or twice to get/receive some hints on games.

After high school, I think Chris went on to college somewhere - perhaps to learn stuff about computers. But I could be wrong about that. I think for a time in the late 1990's, he lived on the east side of Milwaukee. Today he resides in Cleveland, Wisconsin. I don't think he's married or has any kids. But if you're interested in knowing more, you can call him at 1-920-693-2161.

UPDATE - 6/26/06 - I found two recent pictures of Chris. You can see them below.

UPDATE - 10/9/06 - Chris and Kim Nokes attended a wedding in Manitowc on Saturday, 9/30/06. Afterward, they drove down to my house for the double birthday part for my wife and I. Jeff "Meff" Messerman was also there. You can see five photos from the evening below.

UPDATE - 11/13/06 - On Saturday, August 12th, 2006, Kevin Dehne took another trip to knock on the doors of fellow classmates. Northwest of Sheboygan, we found the homestead of Chris Staudinger. It’s a sprawling area in the country. It was obviously a farm at some point. But I think it’s a non-working farm today. I knocked, and was greeted by a woman – Chris' mom. She informed us that Chris was working. So we missed him. So it was back in the car and on our way to Manitowoc. But Kevin did snap a picture of me, as I peered into the window and spoke with Chris' mom. You can see it below.


At Wed Feb 01, 08:55:00 AM PST, Blogger the_meff said...

I always thought Chris was one of the few fall-down hilarious people in our class. His sense of humor was pretty well attuned to mine and he could send me into snot-spewing fits of laughter regularly.

That said, I never really spent a lot of time around him. He and Scott Jacklin hung around a lot so I got to know him through Scott.

However, it's unfortunate. I think Chris and I would have been better friends if our paths would have crossed more often.

At Wed Feb 01, 07:52:00 PM PST, Blogger SonnyKidd said...

My dad and Chris' mom dated, if that's the correct word for it, I don't know. But no doubt Chris' stature was genetic, she was a big woman, not necessarily fat, but big...in all ways, if you get my drift. Our paths crossing that way, it was a doomed relationship. We never liked each other, being the possessive children I suppose. But I do recall, he was one of the laugh out loud funniest people I knew.

At Wed Feb 01, 08:56:00 PM PST, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

Chris had the best collection of 80's music that ever existed. I hung around with him alot our freshman year. He was a genuinely decent guy that loved movies and generally having fun. I always thought he'd end up making films or somehow involved in the music industry.

At Fri Feb 03, 04:57:00 AM PST, Blogger Gus said...

I think the first time I met Chris, was when my dad was also dating his mom I think. Trying to think that far back makes my head hurt. As I recall, he also had one of the best music selections around.

At Sun Feb 05, 07:33:00 AM PST, Blogger the_meff said...

I know this is going to sound weird but, prior to my mother (hopefully!), I believe my father ALSO dated Chris's mom...

So we need to take a vote of the house...

Who's Dad DIDN'T date Chris's mother???

At Sat Mar 04, 06:03:00 AM PST, Blogger cawelnicke said...

I met Chris in 3rd grade, at C.C.Case school. The one thing I remember about him at that time is that during recess he would chase girls around the playground and try kissing them. At that time, the girls thought it was just gross. At this time, they'd probably suspend him from school for sexual harassment!

At Tue Aug 15, 06:53:00 AM PDT, Blogger Chris said...

It’s heartwarming to hear all the love (for my Mom at least haha). I’ll have to take a head count, but I’m sure I will have to debunk a few of the dating claims presented here. I’m also not too sure about the kissing incident at Case, but I’ll check my records. I do remember tying to sell tickets for when Jim Colby and Dee Dee Drexler were going to kiss out by the tire fortress. If my sponsorship would have went thru, that would have been a cash cow indeed! As far what I’m doing these days, I work as a loan officer and do print ads and marketing for my company as well as running my own graphic design business. Previously I worked in Racine and Manhattan for Golden Books and did some computer consulting around the Milwaukee/Madison area. I still attempt to play the keys and sing out when I get a chance. Just trying to enjoy life to the fullest.

At Tue Aug 15, 09:23:00 AM PDT, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

My friend Chris-

Good to have you participating, I enjoyed hearing your success. I enjoyed our times together, wonder what happened that stopped us from hanging out?

Lots of good times at the Staudinger household...movies, music and an occasional cocktail...good times.

You had the coolest room of any high school kid, and your mom was one of the coolest parents ever. I wish her well.

At Tue Aug 15, 02:59:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brandon P. said...


I read your comments in my section of blogland. It is good to hear from you.

I remember the bonfires at Yauger's place. Thank god Lee was 21. Those were some good times. I also hazily remember a few good parties at your house. I think I tripped over you one time and kicked you in the ear. I remember you yelling, "MY EAR!" and that was kind of a running joke for a while. Sorry I kicked you.

Glad to hear you are doing well. I'm sure we'll bump into each other here a lot.

At Thu Aug 17, 08:56:00 AM PDT, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

So...you still have my Amy Grant tape??? That's where it went.

My folks are doing fine, living large in Manitowoc these days. They know about this blog and I'm told, have been reading it.

They ask about you from time to time, I can now tell them that you're doing well.

My sister is alive and well, living in Illinois. She is now going through her second divorce...I guess us Strouf kids aren't experts at marriage...?

Glad to hear your mom is doing good, say "Hi" to her...


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