May 29, 2012

Reunion Update – Got Memorabilia?

Reunion Update – Got Memorabilia?

The latest addition to the reunion festivities is a memorabilia contest to be held Friday night.  Winners will be those who bring the most remarkable Empehi memorabilia to show off. So dust off those high school treasures and plan to bring them along!

Your opportunity to get this year’s reunion tickets at 2007 prices is coming to an end, so please purchase them now.  The Friday night mixer tickets are $35 and Saturday night dinner tickets are $75.  We have been offering a package deal, both for only $100, a $10 savings, which makes Saturday tickets the same price as the 2007 reunion.  However, this special offer is limited and will expire on June 15

 Act before June 15th and save $10.  Buy your tickets on the website, or make your check out the Empehi Reunion Association and mail it to Judy (Halligan) Willingham, Treasurer at P.O. Box 165, Chester, MD 21619.

Incidentally, a small “scholarship fund” has been established, so if you want to attend, but don’t think you can afford it, please contact our Treasurer, Judy Halligan Willingham, at to discuss offsetting part of your cost from this fund. And if you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund so more classmates can attend, you can make a donation on the website or send a check to Judy at the address above.

Rooms at the Tinley Park Convention Center are still available at our special rate of $119.  Details are on the website.
We have had another dozen classmates put their profiles on our website recently.  Go to the Classmates Today page at to see who is listed.  And, if you haven’t entered your information, please take a minute to do so. This will become our living year book, but we need your cooperation to make it really fun.  (P.S. This is not associated with -- it is our own website.)

We are going to have a contest next month for the best pictures posted with the Classmates Today profiles.  There will be several categories, including best classic photo, craziest, and a few more.  And the prizes are something everyone can appreciate.  Get your photos up now, so when the contest begins you will have a chance.

This is shaping up to be a terrific reunion, and I’m looking forward to seeing you again.

Best regards,

Will Hepburn
Reunion Coordinator


ps - you should have received this as an email today. If you did not we probably do not have your current email. Send an email to

See you at the reunion.

May 27, 2012

MPHS Alumni on a Camping Trip

MPHS Alumni on a camping trip

Just kidding, photos of the American West in the 1870s. 

Thanks to Taffy Cannon for for sharing.

See the rest of the photos at:

Pinterest is easy to learn and better then facebook. Would love to have some MPHS people to join up and add some photos to our Morgan Park High page.

Go to and sign up and then let us know  so we can add you to who can post to

And of course you can post your own photos on your own page. Very quick and easy for a small business to get a web presence and or an individual to share photos with family and friends.


And free and easy.

Chicago and the Ferris Wheel

The world's first Ferris Wheel was in Chicago.

May 21, 2012

Catholic Youth Ministry MPHS-PTSA

It takes a village to raise our children and MPHS has been so fortunate to have our own village.

The Catholic Youth Ministry located at 1825 W. Monterey, right across the street from the campus of Morgan Park High School, provides a home away from home for our young people after school each day.

Our big, old house has a welcoming foyer, two lounge areas, a kitchen with vending machines, a computer room with Internet access, a basement recreation room, and a back deck and yard.

The Center provides a supervised setting for Morgan Park High School students after school.

Our Drop-In Center provides social, leadership and study opportunities for an average of 40 young people every school day. The Drop-in Center allows adult staff to form relationships with our young people and encourage their participation in other activities. Student run activities such as game tournaments and Movie Days are scheduled monthly.

The “Blue House” is open until 5:00pm on regularly scheduled school days for Morgan Park students.

The Catholic Youth Ministry fundraiser will be Saturday May 19, 2012 6pm. -11pm OR mail your contribution to the above address.

If you have any questions call the Center at 773-881-0193. See information below.

We hope you will support the efforts to keep OUR village available for OUR students.

The Catholic Youth Ministry Center is registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Emmitt Lewis, President BY: Cheryl Bonner, Committee Chairperson

MPHS - PTSA 59 years old-- Founded 11/17/1952
Morgan Park High School Parent, Teacher,
Student Association

Our goal is to promote/support the parent, teacher & student relationship.

Mailing Address:
1744 W. Pryor Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643


May 16, 2012

Buy Your Tickets

Buy your tickets on the Purchase Tickets page of our web site.
Now would be a great time to contact your old MPHS friends and discuss meeting - either Friday or Saturday night, or preferably both nights.

And if you are flying start shopping for your tickets now.

See you at the reunion. 

Lets Go, Lets Go, Lets Really Go, Lets Win This Game.

Whoops!! Sorry about the Confusion

Whoops !!! I screwed up
Music Poll Results at

Sorry about the confusion. We must have needed some more frequency grease on our last email. The email should have directed you to our web site, not the blog. We got an F on the web address.

Scoop about the Reunion in August at:

May 15, 2012

Reunion Scoop

Yes, you got a "B" - as in Beach Boys, whose 1964 tune "I Get Around" garnered 45% of the votes as “Most Representative” of your years at Empehi. 

“Louie, Louie” by the Kingsmen ranked second with a slightly alarming 31% of the votes, although our concerns were alleviated by the mere 2% earned by “Purple Haze.”  In between were “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by the Temptations (14%) and “Like a Rolling Stone,” Bob Dylan’s 1965 anthem  with 8% of the votes.  

Many Alums nominated other songs. You can see what other songs were nominated (and who nominated them) on the Music Page of our website at

And speaking of getting a "B," this week's Poll has to do with some of the teachers from our time at Morgan Park High School that we plan to invite to Saturday's function at the Tinley Park Convention Center.  Please go to the Poll Page and vote for the teacher who sparks the best/worst memories in you.  

After you vote, if the spirit moves you, go to the Jokes/Stories page and share that memorable moment -- good or bad.  And, by all means, please go to the Donations Page and kick in a little something to help defray the cost of feeding these great teachers.  We’ll be polling you about six more teachers next time around, so feel free to vote in each poll.

Check out who has added their profile at Classmates Today – and please add your profile and “Then” and “Now” pictures!  We have something fun in mind down the road regarding these profiles, and you will want to be involved.  

Limited-time Discounts on the Two Night Package are still available online or via snail mail as are separate tickets for the Friday night mixer and Saturday night dinner events.  Rooms at the Tinley Park Holiday Inn at our special discounted rate are going fast, so make your reservations today. (See the Travelers Page at for details.

We are looking forward to seeing you again, August 3-5, 2012.  If you have questions or comments, please send them to or leave a voice mail message at                                    312 857 6764                  

May 14, 2012

Horse Thief Hollow

A new restaurant is on the horizon for Western Avenue in Beverly.

Horse Thief Hollow will be opened by Beverly native Neil Byers and is scheduled to welcome its first customers this fall at 10426 S. Western Ave., in space currently occupied by Chatham Rug, a longtime family business.

The name of the restaurant has roots in local history. It recalls a densely wooded area of the 1850s in the vicinity of 108th Place between Longwood Drive and Hoyne Avenue. The hollow was allegedly a place where horse thieves from Missouri hung out in seclusion before selling their horses miles away in Chicago.

Thanks to Nan Brennan MPHS for sending.

Click to read more:

May 11, 2012

Chess Club

The 1965 MPHS Chess Club.

Any chess players out there who would like to play? is a free on line chess program.  Anyone who would like a friendly game of chess sign in and look for me. I play under my name craighullinger

See you on line.

May 10, 2012

Results of Song Poll

We conducted a Poll on our Web Site on the Poll Page on which song best represents your years at Morgan Park High School The results are:

Louie Louie - The Kingsmen 1963             31 %
I Get Around - Beach Boys 1964              45 %
Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan 1965 8 %
Ain't Too Proud to Beg - Temptations 196614 %
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix 1967 2 %

Songs Submitted by Email

"Under the Boardwalk" by the Drifters.  Bruce Grant Stitt (65)

"Cherish" by the Association (1966) John Wason

"Groovin" by the Young Rascals (1967) John Wason

"Linda" Jan and Dean  Linda Lou Larson

"Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones  Ron and Carol Hill

I'm Looking at the World Through Rose-Colored Glasses, By Frank Sinatra. Marie

“Psycho”(original soundtrack) - Bernard Herrmann '61   Carl Sackis

 "Blowin in the Wind"  Peter, Paul and Mary    Sandy Schuessler Wright

"Take Good Care of My Baby"  Cherie Mulder

"It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To" Cherie Mulder

"Rubber Ball" Cherie Mulder

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Cherie Mulder

"The Night Has Thousand Eyes" Cherie Mulder

"Big Girls Don't Cry" Cherie Mulder

"Donna"Cherie Mulder

"But Will You Love Me Tomorrow" Cherie Mulder

"Rockin' Robin"???? Cherie Mulder

Any song from early albums by Johnny Mathis,The Lettermen, or
Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons Cherie Mulder

would like to vote for Peter, Paul and Mary and "Blowin in the Wind" Sandy Schuessler Wright
Psycho(original soundtrack) - Bernard Herrmann '61

"It is one of the penalties of advancing years to find one's surroundings haunted by the spectres of the passed away, to tread everywhere on the tombstone of some dear friend, and, briefly, to see one's world --- the only world known to man --- lapsing into ruin."

Sir Richard Burton

Carl Sackis

I would have to say NONE OF THESE to the songs listed for us to choose from. But here are the lyrics to one that identifies me in the '60's at Empehi:

sung by Frank Sinatra. (J. Steiger, T. Malie)
[Recorded October 3, 1962, Los Angeles]

Looking at the world through rose colored glasses,
Everything is rosy now.
Looking at the world and everything that passes,
Seems of rosy hue somehow.
Why do I feel surprise, don't wink your eyes,
Needn't guess I'll confess, certain someone just said yes.
In a bungalow all covered with roses, I will settle down I vow,
That's why I'm looking at the world through rose colored glasses,
Everything is rosy now.
Oh yes, I'm looking at the world through rose colored glasses,
Everything is rosy now.
Yes, everything is rosy now.
Marie '67


Ron and Carol Hill
"Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones

C'mon, doodz. Let's not forget "Cherish" by the Association (1966), and "Groovin" by the Young Rascals (1967).

John Wason

"Linda" Jan and Dean !!!! of course!!!!!!


would say "Under the Boardwalk" by the Drifters.

Bruce Grant Stitt (65)
Dr. B. Grant Stitt, Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
University of Nevada, Reno