30-Year Reunion Awards
Presented Saturday, June 24, 2000 at the Doubletree Hotel.1. NO READING GLASSES REQUIRED AWARD aka I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW
We decided to see how many of the class now wore reading glasses, so we did an impartial survey Friday and Saturday. What we found, or rather didn't find, amused us. This award goes to Dr. Beth (we knew her as Lillian) Boemer Engelsgjerd (as she is known professionally) McMahon, who is a gynecologist and does not wear them.
2. RSVP AWARD aka THE STARVED FOR EXCITEMENT AWARD.
This award is for the first person to respond to the reunion invitation. Living in Abilene, Texas, with apparently not much to do, this award goes to John Wolcott.
3. MOST ARTISTIC AWARD.
This classmate has sold over 3 million prints and the one of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City is on display tonight. This award goes to Kathy Bell.
4. MOST TALENTED AWARD.
This person has played as concert violinist for groups including Rod Stewart, Moody Blues, ELO, Yannie, Wayne Newton, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and numerous Metroplex symphonies. With no strings attached to this award, it goes to Linda Freise.
5. YOU THINK HE'D KNOW BETTER AWARD/MOST CHILDREN AWARD.
As a teacher of biology, microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, pathogenic bacteriology, parasitology and clinical laboratory management, you'd think he would have figured out where they come from. With eight children, ages 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 18, and 14, the award for the most children goes to Rob Stewart.
6. SPECIAL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD aka "SHE NEEDS TO GET SOMETHING OFF HER CHEST" AWARD
Debbie Hathaway returns John Johnston's Senior Ring.
7. FAMILY TIES / LONGHORN LEGACY AWARD.
No family reunion has more longhorn legacies than our own reunion chairperson Linda Haworth Nichols, who has eight family members who have graduated from WTW.
8. PERSON WHO WE WOULD MOST LIKE TO SLEEP WITH AWARD.
After serving detentions for sleeping through Mr. Tunnel's biology class, who would have guessed that the next award recipient would make a career out of putting people to sleep. This award goes to anesthiologist Dr. Jimmy Defontes who slept through the reunion as he arrived in Dallas one week early by mistake!
9. DALLAS "NOSE" BEST AWARD.
This person was the cover model for D Magazine in May of 1999 as the best pediatric allergist in Big D - Dr. Mike Ruff.
10. GLAD TO BE HERE AWARD.
We are all glad that, after recovering from a major stroke in 1998, Marty Goodwin is alive and plumbing well in Lewisville, Texas.
11. TERMINATOR AWARD.
This award goes to the our classmate who endured the most prolonged divorce, which began only a few days after our 20 year reunion in 1990 and continued relentlessly through 1994. We hope that the old adage "love is better the second time around" will prove true for Jeff Howle.
12. MOST DIVORCES AWARD.
Jeff should have phoned our next recepient who continues to always make it legal. With 3 divorces and a law degree, this award goes to Mary Jacequeline Clariday Browne Clariday Browne Clariday Burdette (perhaps soon to be Calloway).
13. THE LEAST INFORMATIVE BIOGRAPHY AWARD.
After reviewing 183 stimulating and informative biographies, we felt that a special award should go to Buddy Abdou, a man of few words, who succinctly summarized his past ten years as "Busy". But it was a close 2nd for runner-up award as Carol Wilkes, a woman of a few more words, summarized her past ten years as "Busy, Busy, Busy".
14. FEWEST HAIRCUTS SINCE HIGH SCHOOL AWARD.
It is has been brought to our attention that at least twenty salons in Lake Highlands have been put out of business due solely to the next award recipient. The Fewest Haircuts Since High School Award goes to Beckie Booth. Perhaps this award is explainable, however, because she also receives the award for the Oldest Child, being her son Russ, age 30. And also, the runner-up appeared obvious to us from his recent reunion appearance, John Mayes.
15. SIGN ME UP AWARD.
For enumerable hours of volunteer service to the community, church and education, this special award is presented to Lou Turner.
16. OLDEST DAD AWARD.
This award is made to Richard Zippel in absentia, who is the proud father of 2-month old Lior, and currently is in Israel.
17. TRAVELED FARTHEST AWARD aka HAVE PARTY, WILL TRAVEL AWARD.
This award goes to Gayle Mead who traveled to the reunion all the way from Cape Cod.
18. OLDEST MOM WITH YOUNGEST CHILD AWARD.
This award goes to Bev Arms who is the proud mother of a four-year old son, Jake.
19. LONGEST MARRIED COUPLE AWARD.
We first would like to acknowledge that there were seven-classmate marriages from the WTW 1970 graduating class, and we understand that all but one are still together. The award for the longest married couple, however, goes to Bobby Browne and Judy Martin, who recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
20. LEAST CHANGED AWARD.
And after Friday night's festivities, the winner of the Least Changed award goes to Brenda Litwin who kindly reminded us that she was not the Salutatorian (it was Lou Turner).
A Special award comes from our reunion committee who would like to honor our Chairperson for all her hard work and commitment to making this reunion not only a fun but a well organized and classy affair - SPECIAL THANKS TO LINDA HAWORTH NICHOLS.