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Lakenheath HS Reunion 2008: Awards Edition

The Lakenheath High School reunion in St. Louis was fantastic. There are photos here (scroll down) and Valerie Rogers White posted more photos here.

The 2008 Lakenheath High School Reunion Awards – To honor the Lancers who gathered in St. Louis at the Millenium Hotel on July 31 – August 3, 2008, I offer these awards. If you have any complaints about the award you’ve been given, you’ll have to take it up with me at the next reunion at your own expense over the drink of my choice.

The “You Kept this Secret All These Years?” Award: Junior JC Clemons, who is listed as Harry Lane Clemons, Jr. in the 1977 Graduation program. He really is Harry Lane. You may call him JC. “Junior” has been dropped.

“Hero’s Journey” Award: Scott Harville (below right) for jumping in the car at 2:00 am on Saturday morning and driving from Florida with his son Argus. Scott and Argus arrived in the STL right around 6 pm. Scott, you rock.

“Best Recall of Decades-Old Facts” Award: Also to Scott Harville for his magnificent retelling of some really scary shit—think ‘scared straight.’ (That’s Rick Zarder on the left and Dave Jester in the middle.)

“SBD on the Dance Floor” Award: Two initials—R.T.

The “I Love All Ya’ll but I’m in a New Relationship” Award: Phillip K. Mason. “He plays heart strings.”

“Room With the Best View” Award: Kelly Woodson and Becky Tolley on the 26th floor. Why go sweat at the stadium? Sit here, pop open a beer, watch the game on TV, and glance over at the stadium once in a while.

Best “Random Sighting of LHS Teacher” Award: Marcos de la Cruz, who recently ran into Mr. Chester at the Trader Joe’s in Huntington Beach.

Best “Random Sighting of Fellow LHS-er” Award: Scott Harville, who recently saw Debbie Gunter and her husband at the restaurant where Scott works.

Best “St. Louis Arch Imitation” Award: Alice Spicka, who described what it is like to go to the top of the arch, and told us how we could recreate the entire experience without leaving the hotel. (Step 1 involves getting into a closet.)

The “Thank You for Bringing Your Loaded I-Pod Award”: William Powell (below left, with Jeanine Courtney Krenz), who brought on Heatwave, Earth, Wind and Fire, and others.

The “Song that Stood the Test of Time” Award: Groove Line by Heatwave.

The “Porcelain Goddess” Award: Melinda Brown Taylor.

Honorary Alumni Awards: Jordan Krenz (daughter Jeanine Courtney Krenz & Rob Krenz); and Ian Jester (son of David and Lisa Jester). You know when you hear “Go LHS!” out of the mouths of offspring that there are some effective parents among us.

The “You Get in the Picture Too, Let Me Take It” Award: Jordan Krenz and Verna Spicka (Alice and Sean’s mom—below left with Jeanine Courtney Krenz). Jeanine is the clear winner of the Abba “Dancing Queen” Award.

The “Run to the Store and Fetch Me Some Beers and Stuff” Award: Phil Mason, Mike Mason, Rick Zarder, Donna Lopez Powers.

The “Most Likely to Flip the Bird at Any Given Moment” Award: Mike Mason.

From left to right: Rick Zarder, Mike Mason, Sean Spicka, Marcos de la Cruz.

The “Loud Flatulence Verified By Roommate” Award: Marcos de la Cruz.

The “Your Great Smile Actually Got Better Award”: Rick Zarder (below) and William Powell (back up there).

The “Glad You Showed Up Despite Recent Injury” Award: Annette Bryant.

The “Family Complainer” Award (nominated by Mary Beth de la Cruz): Lisa de la Cruz.

The “Hasn’t Changed One Bit” Award: Becky Tolley.

The “Now That I’ve Been to One Reunion I’ll Never Miss Another One” Award: Rudy Thornton.

The “Best T-Shirt” Award: Chuck Lyons. Dude had a t-shirt of the Hotel California album cover.

The “Most Honest Confession About Lakenheath” Award: William Powell, who said, “I hated it there. Maybe I was sick of moving or something.”

The “Are You Shittin’ Me?” Awards:
Non-fiction – Scott Harville
Fiction – Mike Mason

The “Apparently She Wrote Everything Down” Award: Kelly Russell.

The “Most Worried About What She May Have Written About Me” Award: David Jester, who asked me twice to make sure that at least some of what happened at Lakenheath stayed at Lakenheath.

The “I Will Suggest My Own City for the Next Reunion But Not Actually Offer to Plan It” Award: Names redacted in the hope that someone will actually step up.

Best Clarification of Questionable Event: “They didn’t sleep together, they had a long conversation with naps.”

The “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby” Award: Sean Spicka.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Divinity Award: Dean Baines. Serioushly.

The “Pound the Crown (Royal)” Award (cumulative with the 2007 Reunion in DC): Dean Baines. Serioushly.

The “Existing Legislation Noted With Regret” Award: Goes to the State of Georgia, where oral sex is illegal.

Reason Dean Baines drives straight through Georgia without stopping: See above.

Dean Baines on the left, Scott “Mr. Memory” Harville on the right. Serioushly.

Feel free to add your own award nominees in the comments. Lancers, I love you.

Many, many thanks to Verna Spicka who shared her photos with me.  Verna, you rock!


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9 thoughts on “Lakenheath HS Reunion 2008: Awards Edition

  1. Kelly, your amazing! That was hilarious and I’d say I would agree with you on all of it. I think Teel should have some kind of award. Not sure what but I’m sure you can come up with one, great to see you! Kel

  2. These are great photos. Thanks for taking them and the captions are hilarious. I had a great time even if I only substituted for the theatre classes. Felt a real kinship with all of you.
    Love, Verna ( Alice, Sean, Keran, Roselynn and Chuck’s Mom !)

  3. Oh, and by the way I know you all had a great time at my house when I left town. Weren’t those the days !!!!

  4. Hi
    I’m David Brown’s wife–class of 77. Charlie (Mr) Brown is my father in law. We were unable to come to this fun reunion because we’re moving to Kuwait (as in between Iraq and Iran). David is going to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, Mr Albert and Mr Hunter and teach overseas at the American International School of Kuwait. Follow our adventures on

    Jeanine tried and tried to convince David to attend, but, alas, he had to put on his “big boy” pants and make the decision not to go. Keep us posted on the next time.

    Cheers to you all

    PS I don’t know most of you but you sure sound like fun 😉

  5. How wonderful, Kelly!
    Thank you for your succinct observations and laudes. We are a wonderful bunch of people who know how to have fun and enjoy one another with love and joy. Oh, and Phil Mason forgot to tell y’all, his new relationship is with me…heheh

  6. Kelly, you’re awesome! I almost feel like I was there!! You failed to mention the award for yourself………what would the Lakenheath Reunion be without you!! Thanks for sharing!


  7. re. the smoking area. at that time (circa 1977 et al), British people, i.e., the “Law of the Land” was that it was legal to smoke at age 16.
    I was there in 1975 and I vaguely remember your name – if not your face.
    perhaps you remember my name; Kevin Calhoun, class ‘o 77, rotated back in May ’75… 6’2″ 125lbs,(blushes) blonde, glasses.
    Even if you don’t, to quote a phrase, “Dems da facts ma’am”.

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