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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 6:22 PM


Who is the most famous person in your high school graduating class?

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 6:38 PM

Dr Stanley Prusiner, Nobel Prize Medicine, unraveled mad cow disease

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 6:46 PM

Frances McDormand, Oscar winning actress - (and my date to the Christmas Dance in 1974).

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 6:47 PM


If YOU are the most famous, please don't be shy!

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 6:48 PM

Ooh, she's terrific, Gary. Fargo, Mississippi Burning . . .

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 6:49 PM

Wow Slicko, too cool!!! Was she a good dancer?

Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 6:56 PM

I went to a tony and tiny prep school that only had 38 graduates in my class. We had:

-- a member of the rock band Phish

-- an equestrian Olympic Gold Medal Winner


-- a Playmate of the Year.


So I guess it matters what circle you run in as to fame.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 7:00 PM

Frances was an OK dancer (way better than me) but we knew she would be a terrific actress - I was Macbeth to her Lady Macbeth in 10th grade - she was incredible even back then.

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 7:42 PM

Russ Grimm, now on the coaching staff of the Arizona Cardinals, was a year ahead of me, he was the star of our tiny schools football team, and went on to be part of the Redskins as a member of the "hogs", Pro-bowl and Superbowl winner with the Redskins and my beloved Steelers!

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 7:48 PM

Damn Gary, you are a man of surprises! Nice.

Garrybl  (Level: 275.9 - Posts: 6605)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 8:23 PM

Author Caryl Phillips was a friend in my year (75 students) at college.
I tried to check out via Google the 20 or so in my small class at High School; none of them showed up in the big time...rather disappointing..

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 9:05 PM

My graduating class in high school had - ready for this - 1,249 people. With a crowd like that, you sure don't get to know many, so I don't have a clue.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 9:43 PM

Well, Harry Desmond ate 21 corn dogs at the '61 county fair. Sat right next to him in home room.

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 3769)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 10:10 PM

No one really famous in our class of 99 students. Joe Stephansky was an Olympic bicyclist in 1980, the year we boycotted them...ugh. All that work and training shot down the drain over political one upmanship...and believe me, I know from knowing him and an Olympic bicycling coach, the training was intense and brutal. Joe is still active in bicycling events around the area.

I represented the entire Sierra Club (800,000 members) and most of the UAW on issues involving the Great Lakes for about 3-4 years in the 80s. I wrote 5 articles in the 90s on a variety of subjects that won press association awards.

A small spud in the grand scheme of things, but still a spud.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 10:17 PM

There were 37 in my graduating class. Although not "famous" as such, we included true rocket scientists, inventors and Ivy League professors.

However, in the class below me, Larry Mize won the Masters golf tournament. He dated Bonnie from his freshman year, and is still happily married. Kudos!

Ladyvol  (Level: 202.7 - Posts: 5432)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 11:04 PM

Nobody in my graduating class became famous unless you count the fact that I sang with a band all through high school and we opened for Barbara Mandrell at the Knoxville Fair, Loretta Lynn in Chattanooga, and we did a show with Charlie Daniels back in 1974...So, I guess I'm the famous my brother's senior class was Andy Kelly who was quarterback at UT and went on to play arena football. He's now a coach...David Roller who played pro football for the Vikings and the Packers graduated with my cousin...

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 11:07 PM

Way to go, Vickie! I knew you had to be famous!

Koota  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 2096)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 11:15 PM


Oh! Wait! ...

I thought you said "infamous".

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1302)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 11:38 PM

No one from my class of 66 students is famous, but our valedictorian is a well-known doctor in our town. Way, to go, Kim Schisler. I've had articles printed in our local newspaper. Does that count for anything?

I did go to college with Cedric the Entertainer, though. We weren't in the same class, but I met him. He was the friend of a friend. He was just a nice, polite guy that hung out with a bunch of funny guys. Who knew?

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 1:06 AM

No one from my class has made it bigger than City Councilman, but Brian Nissen was a year behind me and he wrote the Swan Princess screenplay (animated film made in '94).

And I went to college with Jack Wagner (Frisco from 'General Hospital', now on 'The Bold and the Beautiful').

My brother was in a freshman acting class at USC with LaVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek TNG, Reading Rainbow).

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 12:04 PM

I believe there were 2 city councilmen from my graduating class, plus artist Randy Wilkerson. Those are the only ones I could think of without research.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Fri, 14th Aug '09 6:57 PM

My wife reminded me that she graduated with Mike Marshall, who won the Cy Young award and pitched for the Tigers, Expos, and Dodgers. He married her best friend Nancy Matthes (now divorced) and runs a pitching school in Florida.

Surreyman  (Level: 256.9 - Posts: 2766)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 4:04 AM

Prime Minister John Major was a co-prisoner with me.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 5:08 AM

Would like to hear more about that Surreyman!

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 6:22 AM

A guy in my class was questioned in connection with the Olympic bombing in Atlanta.

Madamec8  (Level: 79.5 - Posts: 890)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 6:32 AM

A couple of the girls in my class invented Post-it notes.

Surreyman  (Level: 256.9 - Posts: 2766)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 8:13 AM

Well, he was at school with me ...................
Rutlish, which he hated (didn't we all!) - but he said so very obviously in his biography! So much so he left at 16 (earliest leaving age allowed).
Not a very remarkable person in those years, except for the fact that he was already a cricketing high flyer.
Coincidentally, tomorrow, I'll be at a gathering of Old Rutlishians down in Dorset (50 years ago we all left - Gawd!) - but he won't be there.
Always remember him as being extraordinarily kind when he'd just taken over as PM, was embroiled in the first Iraq, yet found time to come down our way to the funeral of a mutual school friend.
Unfortunately, though, his PM career was as unexciting as his school career - apart from a certain dalliance with one of his female Cabinet members!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 8:22 AM

Does Art Fry know about that?

I didn't go on to graduate with my class, but 7M23 was a class supposedly drawn from the academic cream of the city's elementary schools, to study on an accelerated track that would complete two grades a year. I stayed with them almost through 10th, and never heard another word about any of them, other than my best friend who wound up becoming distantly related by marriage, and the most accomplished thing she did was marry a man who is now high up in the Jehovah's Witness organization.

I saw one name for years in technical movie credits but I looked him up and the age was way off. Any girls who married most likely changed their last names and would be impossible to recognize. I wonder all the time what happened to everyone. We thought we were the next big thing.

Surreyman  (Level: 256.9 - Posts: 2766)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 9:09 AM

Do you not have Old Boys'/Girls' Associations, reunions etc. in the US?
If only to get funds out of us all!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 9:18 AM

Not usually for a big city junior high. If I'd finished school I might be going to class reunions, but not so much for dropouts.

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 9:19 AM

The few high school classmates left there (we're all over the country and the world today) meet for lunch in Cincinnati and plan reunions among other things.

1mks  (Level: 208.0 - Posts: 5864)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 9:52 AM

There were only 45 in my graduating class in Post, Texas (home of C. W. Post who went on to come up with Post Toasties) and the most famous in my class was Don. His claim to fame was going downtown at night with a flashlight and trying to look up the mannakins dresses. bwahahahaaha true story.

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