WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL TWO RIVERS WI CLASS OF 1989

Friday, May 12, 2006

BRETT GRUETZMACHER

Brett is a guy who showed up at Clarke. I believe he arrived in 6th grade.

At some point that year, or perhaps the previous summer, he hooked up with Drew Konop. They were on rival little leage baseball teams or something, and became friends that way.

I'm really surprised that I don't have a whole lot to say about Brett. I had him in many classes. But not a whole lot stands out.

I had Brett in Mr. Franke's 8th grade science class. Two memories come to mind. For one, earlier in one day, Brett had "burned" my books. So I told my friend Mark Schreiber that I was going to do the same to Brett's. Mark thought I was joking, as he viewed Brett as a guy not to be messed with. But tit for tat so to speak. I went up to Brett's table and whipped all of his stuff onto the floor. I think he swore at me. But he didn't do anything.

At some point in the year, Mr. Franke brought in a police officer to talk about alcohol's effects on the blood. Somehow Brett was volunteered to take a breathalyzer test. The cop looked at the reading and said, "Umm... what did you have for lunch?" He was joking of course. Then he proceeded to "arrest" Brett. And as he tried to lead him away, Brett kept jerking his arm forward as if he were resisting. It was pretty funny actually.

For the most part, I always viewed Brett as a pompous guy. However, that being said, in my opinion, Brett is someone who improved with age. He got a lot nicer as high school progressed. Perhaps a woman had a calming effect on him. Who knows? If so, that woman was fellow graduate Angie Owens. I think they started going out near the end of our junior year - or perhaps that summer. They even got a couple of hamsters that they called "their kids."

I ran into Brett and Angie many times at the video store. And both of them were incredibly nice. This is one high school romance that has lasted. They eventually did get married. I believe they have at least two kids.

After high school, Brett planned to become a teacher. He did just that. He actually taught on an Indian reservation in Arizona for three years. He then moved to Indiana in 1996, where he taught social studies for four years. Now he is an assistant principal at that same school. Below are a couple of recent photos of Brett. The bottom one is from one of those polar bear plunges in the middle of winter.





UPDATE - 8/17/06 - Brett has been an assistant principal at his school. However, the current principal is resigning. Starting this coming year, Brett will be the new principal.

UPDATE - 11/10/06 - UPDATE - 11/10/06 - Here is Brett, along with Drew Konop, from our senior video.



UPDATE - 6/18/07 - Thanks to Shannon Koch for providing this photo of Brett from graduation day, June 4th, 1989. He can be seen in the middle, between Lisa Koch and Randy Klein.

4 Comments:

At Fri May 12, 01:22:00 PM PDT, Blogger Greg Pagel said...

I knew Brett quite well. I think he was indeed rather "stuck on himself." He was a loudmouth, kind of obnoxious, kind of arrogant, a little conceited, and well aware of how popular he was.

He was also a helluva nice guy. He was always really nice to me, even though he was a mega-jock and I was the quintessential band geek. Even though he was the way he was, he treated people with respect.

A good guy.

 
At Fri May 12, 04:06:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

Well put Greg..

You were a band geek.

 
At Fri May 12, 07:26:00 PM PDT, Blogger Greg Pagel said...

That's it, Strouf. After school, by the gravel pits. You're goin down.

 
At Sun May 14, 07:01:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brandon P. said...

100% agreement with Greg. Brett was the consumate jock but was also a band geek. He played baritone or tuba if memory serves. He came across as somewhat arrogant but very respectful of others, no matter what their level on the popularity ladder. My interactions with him were always good.

The Guetzmachers owned a really killer green and black Datsun Z. The liscense plate read "Zzzzip" or "Zzzzooom" or something like that. My dad had at 280Z but theirs was in nicer condition. Brett's brother worked out at PB State Forest with me for a couple of years and got busted racing it on Co. Hwy. O one day on his way home.

I ran into Brett and Angie at the Burt's workplace around my Jr. year in college. We had a brief but pleasant conversation.

It appears they have a great life. Good for them.

 

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