1979–Spring ’18 Class Letter
Kevin Warmack ’79
The Spring Thaw (in February) has hit. The Golf Show was this past weekend in Chicago, and of course I was there! We’re just over a year from celebrating 40 years since that fateful May day, Basketball season is in full bloom at Ripon as both the Men and Women’s teams have qualified for the Midwest Conference Tournament (The Women’s Tournament was held at Wilmore (Storzer) last weekend.) But it’s time to start spreading the news!
So here is some Class of 1979 News:
JAMES GOODRICH ’79 of Lomita, California, has been quite busy. In December, Jim married his longtime partner and friend, Allen Perlstein. Welcome to the Class of 1979 Family, Allen! Then in February, Jim retired as a 5th grade teacher from Long Beach Unified School District. Congratulations, Jim!
JAMES LAUFENBURG ’79 of Arlington, Virginia, is now the Director, Military District of Washington Ceremonies and Special Events at U.S. Government.
SUZIE MEIER ’79 of Chicago, Illinois, writes, “After 13 years in DC, I moved back to Chicago in November, 2017. (My timing could have been better given the winter we’re having!) Am really enjoying reconnecting with Ripon friends SANDY LUNDEEN MEYER ’79, MARYJO MACSWAIN ’77, BARB EDUCATE DOLAN ’78, TERRI FOLEY SCHNEIDER ’80 and others. I just started the 7th year of my consulting practice for nonprofit boards – still loving it.”
ERIC PETERMAN ’79 of Delavan, Wisconsin, is now working for Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative located in Sierra Vista, Arizona as the Public Relations Manager. This is quite a change for him from being a newspaper man, even during those weeks on First Floor New Scott in 1975! Congrats on the move.
Move over Harrison Ford, DIANE QUON ’79 of Lake Forest, Illinois, is here! Diane now has a second career as an Award Winning Filmmaker. Four years ago, Diane went back to Film School and eventually produced a film that was presented at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The film is a documentary entitled Minding the Gap. It is the story of three young men who bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decades-long friendship. Diane and her team won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking in the U.S. Documentary Competition. Here is a picture of Diane at Sundance. Congrats Diane, we are all proud of you!
40th Reunion Planning
Remember when we used to type “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” Well, I’m adapting this to state that now is the time for us to begin planning what our 40th (can you believe it, we’re as old as our parents were at this time!) Reunion Party is going to be. I’m expecting quite a few of us to show up and celebrate, so I’m looking for volunteers. You can let me know by e-mail, carrier pigeon, snail mail, smoke signals, text, SMS, etc.
As always, it is a pleasure to write to y’all. Special thanks to BETH PALMBACH NEMECEK ’79 for those Facebook posts from the College. Let’s plan to get together soon. By the way, I may be in your neighborhoods (work travel). So watch out for a reach out for a beer or 3!
Also, when you got news, don’t hold on, drop me a note so I can make your Class Letter the best!
Kevin L. Warmack, ‘79