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Cleveland Heights High School
Class Of 1974 (and special guests)

 

Welcome to the Cleveland Heights High Class Of 1974 web site. This site was originally set up for the 35th Reunion at Punderson State Park.  It has now become so much more: a gathering place for classmates to share stories, memories, photos, and contact info.  Registration for this SITE is open to any '74 Heights grad or an invited guest and is FREE.

I am sad to announce the passing of our classmate Bob Eastburn on May 5, 2020.  The following was his obituary:

age 65. Beloved husband of 35 years to Joanne Eastburn (nee Stark); dearest father of Brian Eastburn (Sarah Hankey), Jennifer Zagar (Jay), Chris Eastburn, Meg Eastburn and the late Robert; loving Papa of Carter and Tyler; dear brother of Richard Eastburn (Robin), Ann Laird (Robert), Jimmy Eastburn (Laurie) and Helen Spicuzza (Bill); cherished "Uncle Bob" to many nieces and nephews. Bob worked at Mayfran International for 36 years. He was devoted to his family, friends, and his Harley. Forever the life of the party. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in memory of Bob to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Please sign Tribute Wall at: schultemahonmurphy.com

 

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May His Name Be A Blessing.   

My Dear Classmates,

I sincerely hope that this finds each of you, and those you love, safe and healthy.

We find ourselves in a situation where none of us have been before.  And, as difficult as it might be to believe, we are in vulnerable category.  Those of us fortunate enough to have living parents are particularly concerned for their welfare.

The good news is that we will get through this just like we have overcome countless other challenges in our lives.  And, in 2024, we will celebrate wildly at our 50th Reunion. 

Those who know me would likely agree that I would not have won the award for “Most Likely to Love Social Distancing.”  But, as many of us are staying close to home right now, I thought that it would brighten our days if we could share funny and amusing stories and recollections of our K-12 days, especially those while we were at Heights.  If you send them to me at broutman@merchantgould.com I will share them.  You will find them in the “Stories and Observations” page of this site.  Of course, I reserve the right not to post any that would be inappropriate (cause undue embarrassment to others or be objectively offensive).   

I also think it would be interesting to classmates to learn how this is all playing out in your location of the world. Those who wish to share your observations, please send them along as well.

As an aside, one of my daughters was to be married on April 4 in New Rochelle, NY. As you can imagine, the National Guard respectfully declined to cater the event so we had to put it off until December...

I assume that each of us are aware of the things the CDC recommends that we all can do to protect ourselves and others, but, it doesn’t hurt to reiterate them. :

1.   Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

2.         Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick;

3.         Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care

4.         Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands.

5.         If you are sick, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.   If you are not sick, do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask).

6.         Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.  Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.  Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.  Options include diluting your household bleach.  To make a bleach solution, mix: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.

Anyway, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay in touch.

Brent

 

Encourage classmates who have yet to sign up for the web site to do so. The site will remain active for the foreseeable future.  Use the domain name www.heights1974.com or 35threunion.com.

Take time to view the profiles and current pics of classmates by clicking on their names in Classmates Profiles, read the memorials folks have left for our classmates in the In Memory Section.  View elementary school class pictures on the Pic pages.   Send a private message to someone you haven't connected with in decades.  You really could spend hours...

 HOW TO REGISTER TO USE THIS WEB SITE

It's easy to register for this site:

1.    Check the list of "Classmate Profiles" on the left hand column of this page;

2.    Click on your name and complete the site registration.  Just about everyone should be listed (even though maiden names and last names might be inverted).

When you sign up to use the site, you will have to go through Four or Five Steps (no, this isn't a chemical dependency treatment program).

3.     If your name is already in the database of the site, Step 1 will ask you to "JOIN HERE."  Use that block, not the "send invite" area below it.  If your name is not in the database, write me an email and I will add you broutman@merchantgould.com.

4.     Step 2 will ask a bunch of questions.  This is actually an important screen.  I would allow classmates to view things, but that's up to you.  However, one of the options at the bottom must be checked or search engines and the public can see your profile.  So, I would suggest that you make sure to check the option that reads:

 
Profile Visibility:  
  Block the general public and search engines from accessing your Profile details. Note: Checking this option allows only fellow Classmates participating in this site to view your Profile details. Leaving this box unchecked will allow the public to view your Profile details.

 

You can answer the other questions if you want.

5.     Step 3 gives you the opportunity to add a picture if you want.

6.     Step 4 gives you the opportunity to learn of profile changes of classmates if you want.

Then you can view your profile live.

Only about 1/2 of our class are in the system.  Please call those you know who might be interested in being listed, or send us their phone number or email address and we  will contact them.  If you can't register for the site for any reason, give Brent a call at 612.703.5063 or write him at broutman@merchantgould.com.

 

THE IN MEMORY PAGE

Finally, a note on the "In Memory" page.  The names that appear on the page were provided by the Alumni Association, appeared in prior reunion programs, or have been given to us by classmates.  Our humblest apologies for any errors that might appear.  If errors are spotted, please let us know and we will promptly remove the names.  We will also notify the Association when this process is through so that they have the most complete and correct list going forward.

 CLASS PICTURES

 If you have a class picture (one that shows you and your classmates e.g. Mrs. Morgan's First Grade Class at Taylor), scan it, let us know and email it to us (broutman@merchantgould.com).  We are uploading the pictures to the web site and organizing them by junior high, so, if you went to Belvoir, your class pictures would be on the Pics Wiley Elem page, or if you went to Boulevard, the pictures would appear on the Pics Roosevelt Elem page.  If you went to Taylor, the students went either to Wiley or Roosevelt depending on where they lived so the pictures will be placed in both the Wiley and Roosevelt pages.  This way, everyone can enjoy the photos.  If you can identify the names of the persons in the photo for us, that would be great.  . 

If you have candid photos taken of classmates, send those along and we will add them to the Misc Pics Page.  If you have compromising photos of classmates (especially of me), send them to me just for fun (I won't upload them) ;). 

 QUESTIONS

Anyway, welcome.  Write me if you have any questions broutman@merchantgould.com or call us 612.703.5063.  Take care.  Brent