Thursday, January 25, 2018

Passing of Debbie (Roberts) Welker

Another graduate from the THS Class of 1971 has died. I believe most of us remember her by her maiden name, Debbie Roberts. 

Thank you, Laurel Ostler Jensen, for bringing this to our attention.

Obituary for Debbie (Roberts) Welker

Monday, January 8, 2018

Write in to Get On the E-mail List!

Now that it’s 2018, the 50-year reunion in 2021 doesn’t seem very far away, does it?
We set the date of April 10, 2021 as THE DAY. Serious planning must begin. Involvement of as many of our classmates as we can get, EARLY in the process, will help create a success.

Facebook has been great for getting us back in touch with one another, and it’s a nice platform for discussion. I’m sure we’ll keep using it a lot as we plan reunion activities. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t reach a lot of our classmates. We’ve learned that some folks prefer e-mail, and some even like snail mail. And we’ve learned that some don’t want to be bothered.
We have a good start on an e-mail list after our 45-year activities and with additions made in the time since then. The planning committee set up a gmail account dedicated to class reunion activities, and it's still active:
We’ll soon start communicating about the reunion using e-mail from that account. If you don’t know whether your address is on our list, write to us there, and we'll make sure it is.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Passing of John Edward (Eddie) Bautista

I have some sad news to pass along about one of our classmates, and a personal friend, Eddie Bautista. A celebration of his life will take place tomorrow, December 9, 2017.

Eddie was Arizona State Champion in his weight class in wrestling while at THS. He was also a member of the Gililland Junior High School State Champion Basketball Team in 1967.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Tom Pian, Friend and Classmate, Passed Away October 12, 2017

We received this very sad news today from Tom's brother, Bob Pian. Tom was one of our best and brightest, the valedictorian of the Tempe High School Class of 1971, and he'll be missed by us all.

This photo of Tom was taken at our 45-year reunion on April 16, 2016.

His obituary can be found here:

Friday, August 25, 2017

Proposal for 50-year Reunion Date(s)

Okay, faithful followers of this blog page: April 10, 2021 Falls on a Saturday.  Shall we build a 50-year reunion around it?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

It's Not Too Early to Think it Over!

We originally put a "placeholder"date of June 3, 2021 out there for the THS Class of 1971 50-year reunion. That would mark exactly 50 years since graduation. However, we don't think anyone really wants to hold it on that date. It will likely be a hot day. It will be a Thursday.

Okay, so we're talking about something that will happen about four years from now. That' s about the length of our high school careers! It's still way  out there on the planning horizon, but we shouldn't put off setting the actual date too much longer. Venues can get booked way in advance. Life intervenes as well. Weddings, other anniversaries, retirements, travel, and so on get planned. It seems like we should get this thing booked soon.

Please indicate your preference for the actual date(s) of our reunion. Use whatever means you want, but tell us what you'd like. Comment here if you want to.  E-mail us at Visit us on Facebook, or join our group! Don't be shy.

Early feedback has been to avoid the summer months, and that April or October seem like good months to avoid "high season" costs. One suggestion was to try to reserve a shelter at Tempe Beach for an event, which would have a considerable lead time if it is even possible. Any of you still in Tempe with a connection?

We have contact information for over half of our classmates, and we're looking for more. We'll soon begin republishing our "List of the Missing" to try to solve more mysteries.

Planning and setting up this supergig will take some effort, and help is always appreciated. Let us know how you'd like to be involved!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mix It Up with Some Younger Folks - REGISTRATION DEADLINE

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 7! Contact Deb Renner Hull ( for forms or information.

The Tempe High School class of 1972 will have their 45-yr reunion the weekend of April 21. Your blogmaster will attend as a spouse. Word has it that the class of 1971 is welcome at their happy hour event, and they'll have a golf tournament as well. More details will be posted here when they're available. Let's get some 71 buffs together again this spring!

Deb Renner Hull extended an invitation for the Class of 1971 to attend the social hour and/or golf tournament associated with their reunion.


Below is a link to the form for the 45 Year Class of 1972 "Forever Young" Reunion on April 21 + 22, 2017! If you want to attend, complete it, and mail it in.

All forms and payments are DUE by APRIL 7 due to space limitations at the resort. NO Walk-ins.