1974–Spring ’18 Class Letter

Class Agent:

Jan Petrovski MacLeod ’74
(630) 460-0320

Spring 2018

Hello and welcome to our class letter for spring 2018!  We might even call this The Food Issue because there will be a few food references ahead. One way that I know for sure that spring is coming is because today I received an email from one of my favorite drive-ins telling me they are opening for the season next weekend. Can gardening and deck-sitting be far behind?
Life has been pretty full since my last letter. Our granddaughter has kept us laughing, and we’ve enjoyed taking care of her on occasion to give her folks a break. Hard to believe she’s going to be joined by a sister in June and we can’t wait!
We managed to get tickets for the musical Hamilton, and recommend it to everyone. Not only are the music and acting fantastic, but the staging was incredible.
We took advantage of Chicago Restaurant Week and met our daughters for a lovely lunch at Trattoria #10, one of our favorite places in the city. We also give two thumbs up to Rivers, Catch 35, and Atwood. Add those to your list for the next time you are in Chicago.
Our winter was further enhanced by a delicious chicken & wild rice soup recipe from NICK VANDER PUY ’75 of Mellen, Wisconsin.  It’s too long to print here, but if you follow Nick on Facebook, he was kind enough to copy it there.  Add to that TIM VERNIER ’74’s old fashioned recipe, and you have the makings of a fine evening at home. Perhaps our class should publish a cookbook!

Speaking of TIM VERNIER ’74 of Tomah, Wisconsin, his long-awaited second novel in the Dick Stranger series was published in November. It’s called Lightning’s Landing, and I am looking forward to reading it, since I loved the first one so much. They are available at select retailers around the Tomah area, but also on Amazon. Congratulations, Tim!


SUE ALLEN GREEN ’74 formerly of Naperville, Illinois, is now settled in her new home in Roanoke, Virginia.  She’s very happy to be back in a milder climate and closer to her granddaughter. I hear that, Sue!


JANE RUNKEL FREDERICK ’74 of Shorewood, Wisconsin, will be visiting her daughter, Sarah, in Arizona and then on to California at the end of February. Jane says she and husband JOHN FREDERICK ’73 will be attending Alumni Weekend in June and hopes to see everyone there.

BARB BECHLER FLYNN ’74 of Carmel, Indiana, has managed to take part in a number of marathons over the winter, most notably a Donut 5K on December 23 and several in Disneyworld the first week of January, and she’s got the medals to prove it!  Barb says we shouldn’t be too impressed because she walks these courses, but I think it’s awesome and I hope to see her in Disneyworld next January.

ERIC SORENSEN ’74 of Marengo, Wisconsin, traveled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the Siouxland Renaissance Faire Winter Feast on February 17.  He said, “It’s hard for an old guy being Mustafa’s roadie but well worth the effort to help out a wonderful little Renaissance Faire. A grand time was had by all!”




I am hoping to make it to Alumni Weekend (June 21-24) this year, but a lot will depend on when my new granddaughter arrives. If you plan to go, don’t wait too long to make hotel reservations.
          In the meantime, I plan to take in the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, and meet up with CHRIS OVERLY WALLACE ’74 for lunch, among other things. If you are in the area, give me a call. I am having a lot of fun being retired and being able to make my own calendar and timetable, and would enjoy your visit.

Hope to see you soon!