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2021 June 4th: Scottsdale Brunch

I am happy to report that Brent Keil, Stan Petersen, Tom Nielsen, Bill Harbecke, Ron Grove and Gerry Bay survived the last 13 months through not just the pandemic, but the fiasco of the US politicians and health “experts” who attempted to guide us to a cliffs edge. We are remarkably unscathed, suffering only minor psychological condition. Brent Keil is working full week’s planograming GM sets and will soon take a 5 week break to visit Minnesota and do some fishing.  I am sure he will be visiting Minnesota and witnessing first hand impact of freedom of speech. Stan is great and has been working on his golf game, especially his putting…what a perfectionist. Tom Nielsen has remarkably been bound to the valley of the sun for the year, but will soon undertake journeys to Des Moines to visit family and then with family become a buffalo whisperer in Yellowstone. Bill Harbecke has been supporting Fry’s and Walmart food pickup service and testing the credibility of Grub Hub and other service focused startups…seems he is less enamored with the ability of the fast food services and its ability to deliver a complete order. Ron Grove looks great, lost 12 pounds, and is getting their home ready for a kitchen remodel as the look forward to their summer trip to the Lake of the Ozarks.  He is taking his fiddle and harmonica this time. Gerry Bay and Kathy Bay are joining their family in Oahu for a week in late June and will also fly to Paris where they will begin a river cruise to Normandy.  I can’t wait to pick a fight on the airplane. Hope all is well with you all….Gerry

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2021 April 9th: Auction

Some of Alumni Elizabth Schultz's pharmacy collection (Auction page 4) is in on auction this weekend, Elizabth worked at Osco Drug in Bloomongton, IL and passed away last December.   This is the link to the online auction site:,-Early-American-Eclectic-Vintage_E1X8P6GVLR/
Her daughter Sue noted: If you are able to post or share with the alumni, that would be great.  The items are mixed in with all kinds of other antiques and collectibles.  The angels were mom's too.  
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2020 May 27th: Russ Coon

Russ Coon passed away recently, obituary to follow when available.  A graveside service for our beloved friend Russ Coon at 11:00AM this Friday at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar.                        
We are allowed to have as many as would like to come so long as they follow social distancing practices and have an appropriate face mask and are willing to stand. 
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2020 March 13th: ROMEO Brunch

It is interesting to go through life and encounter so many different types of people and so many types of situations.  Today, Friday March 13th, it was 60 degrees with threatening rains, and infectious viruses.  As I was driving towards the General Store, I was thinking how lucky I was to know people who do not hesitate when facing difficult situations.  If the budget was “too aggressive”, we felt comfort with those “in the fox hole”.  When we were,involved in an acquisition or RIF program our companions pulled us through.  When the Killer Bees attacked, never fear, we were together.  It seems we can always call on those partners in retail for almost anything.  So today, please let me know why only Curt Larson and G. Bay gathered around the food table....Pat Johnston did stop by after playing tennis in a monsoon.  We waited, we looked, we checked the patio because we were inside.....nothing! So, it appears that these once animals of retail were shivering behind close doors....was it the fact of it being Friday the 13th, too wet, or hiding from floating germs?  Who knows, but I did have images of them cuddling with blankets and fuzzy kittens around a fire place.  Everybody gets second chances.....we shall see...............................Gerry
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2020 March 6th: ROMEO Brunch

3.8.20It was 82 degrees on the patio where five gathered for another great brunch.  Unfortunately, one picture of Roger Carpenter and Brent did not turn out (fault of the photographer) and I am sure that I will hear from Roger as to my flawed techniques.  Upon request from yours truly Jerry Ostermann brought samples of his Lanzi candy manufactured in small town Indiana by the Amish using his formula.....I immediately tore open the sealed saran type container and tested the product and found it to be delicious, flavorful and very light with the flavors of butterscotch and cashews coming through with every bite.  It is worth the trip to the Uptown Shop on 123 N. York St. in Elmhurst Illinois...630-832-9200 or  Who knew the talents of this man.  Roger was talking about his time in the sun with his wife and indicated that they had thoroughly enjoyed the cowboy museum in Old Town Scottsdale.  Tomorrow he will be attempting to traverse the Apache Trail.  If you don’t see Roger and his wife in the weeks ahead, please contact search and rescue.  I have a feeling he is really looking for the Lost Dutchman mine.  Stan Petersen just recently returned from Kauai where he and Deone participated in the lovely wedding of their son Chris.  The event and week for fantastic with typical winds and some moisture.  We were talking about the coronavirus and the uneasy environment engulfing the world...people buying out of various products of water, toilet paper, Purell type products, face masks and canceling most if not all travel for pleasure, business and otherwise.  The media, unfortunately, feels it is their responsibility to stimulate unrest with the daily reports of increasing infections and individual loss of lives in various cities and states and countries.  It can be concerning even for the most practical of individuals, but throw in the tendency for over reaction and many peoples are almost paralyzed with concern.  Good news....latest developments in the Democratic Presidential candidate run arounds means that at the next debate, most people will know the participants.  Have a great weekend.  Gerry

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