Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GREAT NEWS! DSA Asheville 2015 Combo...

See the announcement! DSA 2015 combo ticket rate will not go higher! Yah! 

Glenda Cable Zmijewski is so eager to arrange the Class of 73 gathering at the DSA 2015 conference. Oh it is SEVEN (7) MONTHS from now! I can't wait what Glenda is planning for us!

Soon "Who is Going?" will be added in the Class of 1973 blog. Email me if you already bought the combo and are going: Once I get your name, you will be listed!

It'll be awesome to see you again...and to see you for the first time for a long time (that you have not been out for years)! 

See y'all this coming August!!!

Deaf '73 Bikers from California!

Ron Gough and Gena Fischer

Copied from Gallaudet Class of 1973 Facebook...Posted by Gena Fischer:
Bike Riding from Green River to Huntington Beach (33 miles one way) 
with a group of deaf cyclists (12 of us)

Our 73ers Are Retiring! (December & January)


Robert Hickey December 31st
Nona Balk January 22nd
Ronald Gough January 29th 

Hey...are there any more of you retiring last year or this year? Let us know! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy New Year to All 73ers!!!

Are you ready for the 2015 New Year?!!!

Send us your pictures, family news, exciting/special news and/or trips! 
We all love to know what you are doing or are planning to do! 


Paul and Peggy Daniels in England and Ireland!

Copied from Happy Hands Deaf Seniors Newsletters...
Thanks to Peggy Daniels for sending us her travel news! 

73ers in Kansas During their Reunion!

Front Row: David Westerman, Aline Shaw, Paul Blicharz
Back Row: Don Shaw

"This was taken at Kansas City, Kansas last October 17th. 
We had a Deaf Community 2014 Ultreya/Reunion."
Sent by David Westerman

*Thanks to David Westerman for the picture...great to see our dear 73ers!*

Sunday, November 9, 2014

It's Time for New Officers to Work Together!

After the new Class of 1973 officers were elected during the 40th Reunion at Gallaudet, 
there was an agreement to allow the old officers to gather any materials, history and/or reports 
and turn them over to the current officers when they are completed.

One year has passed...has any (old) officers have done yet? They will be in touch soon. 

Note from President Donna Leff:
See that picture in this post... Three Class of 1973 officers and the 45th Reunion chair are "pushing our pieces (duties) to the center to make a complete puzzle (to work fully together)" Smile!

I will be in touch with Glenda, our secretary and Shirley, our treasurer to start rolling our sleeves 
and work together to prepare our next gatherings! 

We are excited that Ron is willing to be our 45th Reunion Chair...we will work with him. You will receive questionnaires/surveys for our next reunion which will be held in the West. 

For our next mini-gathering next year at Deaf Seniors of America Asheville 2015, Glenda is volunteering to arrange the gathering. Keep your eyes open for this coming mini-gathering! 

If you have any questions or concerns of anything, please do send your email to 

Six (Seven) 73ers Were at the "Deaf" Cruise!

 Picture Credit: Marilyn Nixon

Message from Brian Kilpatrick:
This picture was taken at Royal Caribbean , Jewel of the Sea Cruise sponsored by Passages Deaf Travel  (DEAF Freedom Cruise 2014 -  Oct 25 - Nov 1).

We had a nice gathered breakfast together .

FRONT ROW: Larry and Karen Whitworth, Charles Martin
BACK ROW: Elaine (Paris) Bizzarri, Brian Kilpatrick, Marilyn Nixon

Note: After few days later Marilyn bumped Andy Duhon! Darn...he was not in this picture with the group!

Elaine (Paris) Bizzarri Is Found!

WELCOME "BACK" to our dear CLASS OF 1973! 
We will see you more as time comes by...also get together wherever we meet in future events!
Glad you are "found"! 

Hey...if you know of our "missing" 73ers who are listed under "Found...But" or "Lost" on the "Where Are You?" page (look of 4 pages under the Class of 1973 picture in this blog), please ask the missing 73ers to get in touch with us at with the names and updated/current email addresses.  Thank you! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DSA 2015 Conference...10 Months from Now!

Hello 73ers! See the announcement below! DSA 2015 combo ticket rate will not go higher! Yah!

FYI: Glenda Cable Zimijewski is so eager to arrange the Class of 73 gathering at the DSA 2015 conference. Oh it is 10 MONTHS from now! I can't wait what Glenda is planning for us!

Soon "Who is Going?" will be added in the Class of 1973 blog. Email me if you already bought the combo and are going:   Once I get your name, it will be listed!

It'll be awesome to see you again...and to see you for the first time for a long time (that you have not been out for years)! See y'all next year in August (in 10 months)!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Deaf Quilters with Their Beautiful Quilt Work!

Message from Paula Jean Ammons:
Here is a picture of Shirley Fritz and me at the Deaf quilt retreat which I chaired this past week-end (September 19-21) in PA with 36 other quilters. It was nice to have time with Shirley.  It was a fun-filled event!

*Hey everyone in Class of '73...if you have any news, announcements or stories about you, please do send us your pictures, messages or articles/flyers if you are in them! Smile

Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Bye Texas...Hello Arizona!" 73ers Moving to Az!

Brian Kilpatrick, Karen and Larry Whitworth

It was taken for  Karen/Larry's small farewell (new Arizona resident)  reception in Houston, Texas
 last Saturday afternoon (on August 6).  Afterwards, we all went out eating  at the restaurant .
(Thanks to Brian for the picture and message)

Karen and Larry are moving to Arizona this weekend! 
We are happy to have more 73ers in Az...LOL!
Claudette and Donna

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SCAM! Our Gally Friends Were Hacked!


Most of you probably received emails from "Gallaudet"...
the subject of the email is "GALLAUDET-ALUMNI NAME & PICTURES FOR  2014" 

Please do not click and open the email. DELETE it right away! Click "Report Spam" to prevent it coming back to you again in future!!!

Also...Other subjects of the emails are:
"GALLAUDET 140TH ANNIVERSARY" (Notice the mistake of the should be 150)
"HELLO ...I have GOOD NEWS for you" 
There may be more subjects coming to hack you! Please be very careful...if you feel it is not right, don't open! If you suspect that it is a scam, delete it.  It is better than being sorry that you did!

Three "73" Ladies in Riverside!

Sharon Hayes was traveling and stopping by to see Lilly and Gena in Riverside, California! 
Good to see three smiling faces! 

Great News from Raul, Our "73" Guy!

I got an email from Raul Brown...

Raul will retire on Friday, September 5th from Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind (CSDB) where he works for 25 years.

Wow...Raul has three weeks left to work!  Betcha Raul is ready for his big retirement!

We all say "Congratulations...Happy Retirement" to Raul!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ron Stern, Our 73er is in the Local News!

New library opens at New Mexico School for the Deaf

Superintendent Ronald J. Stern, right, leads the New Mexico School for the Deaf’s ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday to mark the opening of the school’s new library and museum. 
Luke E. Montavon/The New Mexican

To read the article and see pictures, click HERE 

Many, many thanks to Dick Henley (TN) for sending this news. It is exciting to read anything about our 73ers! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

73ers in California!

Hello 73ers...I was traveling in California down from San Francisco after my niece's wedding (the weekend of August 9)  . I had contacted several 73ers who live in that state and hoped to meet them. Fortunately, I met Ron Gough and Alice Kurs on my quick way back home in Arizona.

Ron Gough in Pasadena 

Alice Kurs in Riverside

Duve, Carlene "Candy", Gayle and Linda...Hopefully we will meet soon (in future!) It was really neat to get in touch with eachother and visit when we travel.  

Hey, everyone! Keep in touch and see you all in 2018 for our 45th Reunion in the "West"...maybe in California! Remember...Ron is willing to be the Chair! He is excited as well as I am too!

Donna Leff, President of Class of 1973 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

73ers Meeting Other 73ers in Various Places!

Sharon and Elmer, her hubby are trekking across Western Canada from NC to Inuvik
Marilyn was in town for her nephew's wedding with Tracy, her partner and Marilyn's family...
Sharon and Marilyn got in touch and made an arrangement to meet eachother in Yukon!
Wasn't it awesome that Sharon and Marilyn met in Canada
while they live in USA!?

Donna is staying in Davis with her sister's family and her mother. After learning that there is
the FarWest Golfers Association of the Deaf golf tournament this week
in Roseville (near Sacremento) ...
Alvin and I went there where the golfers had the registration and meeting,
Wayne and David were there! I jumped with joy because I hadn't seen them in 41 years!
(The last time I saw them was the graduation at Gally!)
(as of August 4, 2014)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Our Ladies in Riverside, California

Donna Leff, Mary Ann Sultan, Lilly Miller, Gena Fischer and Alice Kurs
at Las Campanas in Mission Inn for the gathering
July 25, 2014

73ers Gathering at Gallaudet July 8-13, 2014

Thanks to Brian Kilpatrick for arranging the gathering and taking the great pictures! 

NOTE: Leslie's name was corrected and the picture was re-posted in this blog today
(July 28, 2014)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gertrude "Gertie" Galloway...Watch the video! Interesting!

 Gertrude Scott Galloway

Trouble with the video? Click this link:

Copied from Gallaudet Class of 1973 facebook:
Carlene Pederson: Beautiful, rich deaf cultural story abt GU history!
(dated: July 12, 2014)

Click below to read about Gertie!

Gertie...thank you for sharing your story! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Latest Update with 73ers at Gally!

Gallaudet's 150th Anniversary and Reunion just began this week! 

Right now there are several 73ers celebrating and spending time with alumnus, friends and families:
Brian Kilpatrick
Robert Hickey
Gayle Ellis
Jeanie Inwood
Mary Sue Boxer
Charles Martin
Mary Pollard (Macner)
Susan "Sue" Bungard (Zvosec)
John Morris 

Hope these 7ers will bump eachother, socialize together and eat together while they are there!

We, of course, are looking forward to seeing PICTURES of them! 

If anyone of you (not listed here) happen to be at Gally for a visit or change your mind to attend there, please contact Brian Kilpatrick, the main contact person at

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Our '73er: Paula Ammons and Her Pictures!

  Photo of me at Quilt Retreat in Rushville, NY by the frozen 
Canandaigua Lake last March - it snowed unexpectedly!!!

My quilt blocks - "Bali Sea Star" (not completed)

My first snowshoe experience - love it!

As a tea lover, I attended a May tea luncheon gathering at 
Melinda (Chapel) Padden '74 at her gazebo.
   Other 74ers - Hazel (Jones) Rinas, Arlene (Marsh) Kuschmider,
Brenda Sue (Underwood) Pickering and  '71er Kathleen (Russell) Setzer were there.

Paula, thank you for sharing your pictures! 

Monday, June 16, 2014

More Catching Up with our 73ers!

Connie with Nancy Pepoki (left)
at Connie's Retirement Party
May 2014

Marilyn and Dick 
at Texas School for the Deaf Class of 2014 Commencement
(Dick's nephew, Brandon Henry graduated there)
June 2014

Donna and Nona at the Patio
of Nona's New Condo
June 2014

Hey our dear '73ers, do you have any picture you want to share with us!? 
Send it to:   Thanks!