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William (Bill) Foster
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I think most people remembered me as pretty quiet in High School, except for being a very lonely liberal in political discussions in CC (That hasn't changed - supported Bernie Sanders to the end last year). I think my career path is probably a huge shock to those who knew me well. I have just completed 50 years as a Mens/Boys Gymnastics coach in private clubs. I have evolved from shy and withdrawn to a frequent presenter at coaching conventions and symposiums. The boys I coached have achieved a level of success I could never imagine, 9 have made Olympic and/or World Championship teams as young men, after completing their youth training with me. A great part of my success as a coach came from some AMAZING teachers at AHS - Reg Holmes, Diane and Wayne Henry, John Cline, Dalton Holstein, and, the man who gave me a chance to take Calculus over the objections of the counselors, James Heinlein. These people, and so many others, gave me opportunity, support, guidance, and direction, and then demanded I take the resposibility to work to achieve. I strive to do the same for the boys I coach and teach.

I regret that most of the small group of friends I had at AHS won't be there, especially the many listed in the Memorials. But I look forward to seeing everyone else and anticipate a great weekend
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Rick Fria
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Getting old ain't for kids!

 

Lookin’ back where I been, seems like a flash,

Youth, health and vigor, thought it would last.

I’m dizzy, even tipsy, need glasses to see,

But I swear I can see back there … me.

 

Love and good fortune are elusive, it’s true;

And the forks I have chosen led me to you.

When I think about travelin’ thru life at warp speed

There were many bright stars on the way I can see.

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Somewhere it seems to be safe.

Where I look for myself, get in touch with the truth.

Forgiveness, compassion for things that I did;

Getting’ old…it ain’t for kids.

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Love is the part that brings smiles to my face;

Warm up the heart, find a well-spring of grace.

Hopin’ it lands before wastin’ my life;

Only found the right fork when I took my wife.

 

When you pass by the milestones open your eyes;

take your time on the journey, take a breath not a sigh.

When I got to this place, I’m so tired and sore;

Seems the years disappear, still I’m hopin’ for more.

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I write about places and familiar faces;

Struggle to remember the details.

I hear through the fog and see through the sound;

Woven in there, somewhere…. I am found.

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Losin’ weight, stayin’ fit, keeping body and mind;

It’s a challenge I’m facing, thinkin’ years I might find.

This place seems a long way from yesterday’s youth;

Tryin’ to face up to being long in the tooth.

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Not for the faint of heart nor youth so it seems;

They can’t see far ahead nor the cracks in the seams.

Don’t have the God-mind to see how they did;

Getting’ old…. it ain’t for kids.

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When I try to remember, and whitewash my life;

It’s a trick we all do, cut the bad with a knife.

When the top of the hill in the mirror’s in view;

You can bet up ahead, every day, there’s less new.

 

Somewhere I slipped into place;

And the truth can be told by the lines in my face.

Slowin’ down, gently breakin’, easing into my space;

Now I’m parkin’ all the things I once did.

Comin’ out from the vale where I hid.

Realizing I’m no longer a kid.

Farewell to the past I must bid.

Getting’ old….. it ain’t for kids.
        I wrote this in 2010!!

 

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Mike Funk
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I'm really enjoying reading my classmates stories. I prefer to start mine after HS because it's much more interesting, in my most humble opinion ;-)
​I, like so may of us, turned on, tuned in and dropped out. Spent the Summer of Love in San Francisco. Came back and decided to see what the rest of the world was like, so Steve Gillard and I bought tickets to Amsterdam and took off. After a month there I decided I wanted to go east and he wanted to go south, so we split up. I ended up hitchhiking across the "belly of Asia" (Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan) to India. Spent a couple months hitch hiking and walking around the northern part. I ended up in the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (you know, the guy the Beatles spent time with? I missed them [and him] by a couple months). I learned TM and that really transformed me.
​Came back to Denver and went to CSU for a couple of years. Learned enough to become a general contractor, moved to LA for a year and then West Palm Beach, Fl. Ended up getting married, having a couple of boys and flipping a whole bunch of houses. Things change, as they have a tendancy to do, and I ended up divorced. I realized I had the opportunity to re start my life so I decided to study medicine and became a Physician Assistant. Practiced for about 5 years then got recruited to join the faculty of Nova Southeastern U's PA program. Had a great time there, got to travel to Central and South America on medical missions. Even went to Tanzania once, Got myself elected president of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and got to do a lot of work with the legislture on healthcare reform. There's an old saying in politics, "legislation is like sausage. You really don't want to see how it's made.
Left NSU after 5 years because I got a job offer I couldn't refuse. Twice the pay and only 2 miles from my house (as opposed to 2 hours of commuting each way). Loved that job! Great people to work with. Underserved patient population which is where my heart is. Things were going so well! Then I got the diagnosis of rectal CA and spent a year doing chemo, radiation and surgery. I don't recommend it, but I sruvived. That was 2009. Everything was going well again and then a good friend of mine asked me to go to the US Virgin Islands to see about joining the faculty of the new PA Program that Barry University started there. I absolutely fell in love the the VI, specifically the island of St. Croix. And that's where the story is being written now. I've been here 4 years, working on 5. I'm SCUBA diving a lot, mostly hunting lionfish, just got TEC training and did my first deep dive (191'). I have alittle boat to get out to the deeper reefs on the west end of the island. Ride my bicycle on North Shore Rd - a beautiful ride along the coast up and down little hills.
​I keep threatening to retire but I'm in a profession where there is a tremendous demand and I feel guilty not taking care of the people here who need care. I also feel obligated to help train the next crew. Beside that, I absolutely LOVE what I'm doing! We have 24 students and they are a great bunch of kids.
So, maybe next year.............
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