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Kenneth Archer
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Duality is the downfall of all humans. Send Kenneth a MessageSend Kenneth a Message
robert arrington
retired Married 2
AFTER SCHOOL I HIRED ON AT  MISSOURI GAS ENGERY FOR A TOTAL OF 44 YEARS. I WORKED OUTSIDE  REPAIRING GAS LINES AND PUTTING IN NEW MAINS AND SERVICES.   MY WIFE OF 48 YEARS CLARINDA WORKED FOR TWA 35 YRS AND AMERICAN AIRLINES FOR 8 YRS.  WE HAVE 2 BOYS  THEY ARE DOING WELL ON THEIR OWN.  WE ARE RETIRED AND LOVING EVERY MINUTE WE MOVED FROM GLADSTONE TO  BRANSON MISSOURI. WE LIVE  IN TREEHOUSE CONDOS ON TABLE ROCK LAKE RIGHT OVER THE HILL FROM SILVER DOLLAR CITY. WE LOVE TO  <)))))))< TAKE THE KIDS TUBING AND RUN DOWN THE LAKE TO ARKANSAS BY WATER. LAKE LIFE IS HARD TO BEAT!!!AN  GO TO SHOWS.  I FORGOT I WORK PART TIME I WORK FROM 12 TO 1 PM  WITH A HOUR OFF FOR LUNCH ITS BEEN A DREAM COME TRUE  FOR US. WERE IN GOOD HEALTH  LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING EVERBODY AT THE REUNION!!!!  Send robert a MessageSend robert a Message
R. Don Bale
physician Married 5
Don Bale:  I graduated from the Univ. of Missouri for both undergraduate and medical school.  I am a practicing OB-GYN physician in St, Louis.  I have been married for 46 years and have 5 sons, all graduated from college, gainfully employeed and out of the house (the perfect trifecta).  I look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion, I am sure none of us have changed at all. Send R. Don a MessageSend R. Don a Message
Ron Bartels
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After our wonderful graduation ceremony from North Kansas City High School,  I moved to the Plaza area and attended the Kansas City Art Institute from1966-70, receiving a BFA in Graphic Design and Corporate Visual Identity.  Upon graduation from KCAI, I was awarded a scholarship to attend the Walt Disney California Institute of the Arts,  his namesake art institution encompassing all areas of fine and performing arts, 1970-1973. During my time in grad school, my desire was to be a graphic designer.  I had a graphic design internship then, with Charles and Ray Eames Studio in Venice, California.  The Eames line of furniture was produced by Herman Miller, where I went on to work as a graphic designer 1974-1979 , in Zeeland, Michigan.  Then … a career shift, and from 1980-85, I designed for NASA (L B Johnson Space Center) emphasizing the Space Shuttle Orbiter and Solar Power Satellite programs. I got married during this time, and we have a daughter, Lauren.  Divorced later, and I had another career shift, and became a professor at the University of Texas – Austin.  Within five years, I was offered a professorship to head the digital design program at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln,  at the Johnny Carson Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.  In 1997, Ben Galatzan and I met at the university,  and we have been together since  (married in 2014).   In 2012, I was granted Professor Emeritus at UNL.  
( My creative lenticular video print work may be viewed on Instagram under RonBearBartels ).  I retired - somewhat early and unplanned - when Ben was unexpectedly offered a professorship to teach in nursing education at the University of Colorado, in nearby Colorado Springs. He is presently teaching, and also working on his PhD (2020).  We have nine nieces and nephews, and grandson.  We spend as much time with them as we can, about yearly we try to visit them in Charleston SC, Winston-Salem NC, Owego New York, and Princeville, Kauai.  I really enjoyed so many moments growing up and maturing at NKCHS, Northgate Junior High, and Crestview Elementary. I am unable to make this very special reunion in 2016.  But, I sincerely look forward to hearing from some of my old buddies and comrades from this magical time growing up! - RB
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Jim Bird
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Arthur Black
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Electrical Engineer Widowed 1

I am very much looking forward to seeing all at the reunion.  After graduating from Oak Park, I got a BSEE at KU, then an MSEE at the University of Michigan.  I spent my career in high tech; Bell Labs, IBM, Sun Microsystems and then my last 10 years at Fairchild Semiconductor.  I’ve done several work related moves including Colorado and upstate NY.  I’ve been here in Silicon Valley for the last 20+ years.  I retired in 2014.  For fun these days, I alternate hiking in redwoods with ballroom dancing and making homemade bread.


I am a widower.  My wife passed away eight years ago.  I have one daughter, age 17.  She is now a junior in high school.  So dad gets into the high school games to watch his cheerleader using a senior discount.  It’s all good.
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Frances Blizzard (Ashlock)
retired USPS Widowed 1
While attending Oak Park, my name was Garman.  My husband at that time was attending Midwest Baptist Seminary. I went on to work at Independence KS Post Office in 1980 and retired from there in 2008.   I recently moved back  to North Carolina--back to my "roots." Send Frances a MessageSend Frances a Message
Janice Branch (Peterson)
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I went yo UMKC right after high school...majored in music. After college in 1971 worked for Southwestern Bell for 3 years.   Got married, had 2 daughters and was a stay at home mom.  Moved to California in 1996 where I currently live.  Looking forward to reconnecting with old friends from NKCHS and OPHS! Send Janice a MessageSend Janice a Message
Barbara Breckenridge (Dunn)
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Hello to all of the old gang from Oak Park and NKC.

History: I moved to Kansas City in my Sophmore year from Dearborn, Michigan. I went to some school in Claycomo for the 10th grade (really, I think this is less a case of the memory going bad as it is a case of it just not being a year to remember).  It was a bit of a hellish time for me, parents divorcing, major move, etc. I remember dating a guy who was married (Steve someone) - I had no idea until his wife showed up at my mom's house with their baby! Good Lord - how naive! My mom was so kind. Again, basically, a hellish year. I did make friends with a few people - Angie McIntyre, Carol Baird and Steve Austin. We girls were into dreaming about those Liberty boys. Safer, no doubt, because they were so far away.  

I remember ironing Carol's hair before school and riding to school with her in her 54 Chevy. Very cool. I found the classes in Kansas City to be way too unchallenging (probably because I pined for my life in Michigan) and I was completely bored by the academics and too shy to really make friends with many people. Going to NKC in my junior year was really just too weird - do you remember how packed the hallways were? I was really happy to see my brother, Kent, at school. He was one year ahead of me so I got to know his friends - all of them nerds, very smart guys and funny. When I went to Oak Park, my main girlfriends (which also now included Pat Brady) stayed behind at NKC. So, I felt like I didn't know anyone again. The truth is probably that I knew as many people as everyone did. My goodness such self-conciousness.

In my senior year, I met Terri DiGiusto, who had just moved in from NYC. She became my fast friend during the senior year. I had a few other friends that seemed so much more planted than I was - Toni & Sherry were so kind to me.  Again, the academics were really boring. I couldn't wait to move on out of high school. We couldn't afford to send me to anything but a state university so I chose Southeast Missouri State because it was the furthest away from KC. I went to school there for 2 years. I then lived on the Plaza with my friend Susan Calkins (NKC, class of 65) and went to UMKC for a few years. At the end of the university time, I just had to travel. I moved to San Francisco. I didn't get my BS until 1984 and that was in Accounting at CSU in Fort Collins after I had my first son. My husband and I switched roles after my graduation and he stayed home with the boys and I went to work. We both preferred the new roles. 

I am now healthy, happy and living in Fort Collins, CO, with both of my sons and my grandson living nearby. My late husband, Tim, and I lived all over the place. Highlights: Guatemala for 6 months in the 70's, Cobb Mountain, CA and Pacific Palisades, CA - volunteering for the Transcendental Meditation Organization in the 70's, then raising our children in Fort Collins in the 80's, then moving to the east coast to follow my career for 25 years with Colgate Palmolive (Boston, New Jersey and finally, Manhattan). Tim died in 2005 from cancer. What a great person he was.  

When I retired from Colgate in 2009, I moved back to Fort Collins where I have some long-time friends. Both of my sons also moved nearby. I have had such a full life. I wish in retrospect that I had been a bit more present in my life during the high school years but one does what one does, doesn't one?  
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Marsha Brott
Legal Assistant Single
My name is Marsha Brott and I graduated from Oak Park, attended Davidson, Chapel Hill (which was all 8th graders), Northgate Jr High and then NKCHS my junior year. 
I have been a legal assistant for 40 some years in Kansas City and the last 29 years with the same attorney in Phoenix, Arizona doing litigation.  I have done a little of everything but one fun job I had was with Western Auto for three years traveling all over the US and Puerto Rico with a group of eight people doing under cover in house investigation work. 
I love living in Arizona and being outdoors especially with my three dogs.  I love to travel, spend time with friends, family and my two beautiful Goddaughters. 
 
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