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Hansueli Mueller (Mueller-Yersin)
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May 24, 1944 whoozle@bluewin.ch Amden SG '' CH ecologist / mediator / wood sculptor Married 3
After returning to Switzerland from my AFS-year in St. Paul, I studied biology at the University of Zürich and graduated with a PhD in behavioural sciences, based on a 2 year field study on baboon hybrids in Ethiopia. Soon after I spent a year in Sumatra directing the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center at Bohorok. Back in Switzerland, together with 3 other biologists, I founded one of the first ecological consulting firms (then a rather ‘exotic’ endeavour) and helped to initiate the Swiss Association of Professional Ecologists. From 1984 – 1990 I worked for WWF Switzerland. Realizing the urgent need to resolve environmental conflicts more constructively, I went back to the classroom and trained as a mediator. The last 20 years I have been professionally active either as an environmental consultant or mediating in environmental conflicts.
Privately Catharina, my second wife, and I materialized our sailing dreams: 1992 we found an old wooden sailboat (Hillyard, *1957, 33 ft x 10 ft) that conquered our hearts and since has become part of our family life. It has been taking us around the Mediterranean and through the French canals and is presently stationed near Barcelona, Spain.
Sailing, making music (sephardic, medieval ballades: together with Catharina and her sister, we form the trio 'Buen Mazál'), wood sculpting and reading take up most of my time between working (and occasionally earning some money, too). We had many 'Buen Mazál' concerts and exhibited Catharina’s aquarelles and my wood sculptures several times.
Looking back, I had a very rich life and I am very happy with my wife and the three children. Lea and Julian live by themselves and Sarah is studying art at University of Bern. We are living in a small chalet in an alpine village at 1’000 m of altitude. I had hoped to spend some years aboard the 'Mary Kate' with Catharina, but we had to redimention our plans after I found out, that I suffer from Parkinson’s disease. However, with some medicine, cranio sacral therapy and acupuncture I live "happily never after, but very now" !
I am very grateful for the time I could spend as an AFS-exchange student in St. Paul, and at the Central High School ! I am still in loose contact with Jerry, Harvey and Julie Pogoriler (my 'american family'), although both my 'american parents' have died.
I cannot come to St. Paul in August, but I do hope, you all will have a happy reunion ! As a ‘mental gift’ I send you my ‘philosophy of wishes’:
 
As mountain people we hope that all our
indispensable wishes will come true !
As sailors, however, we hope that the
dispensable-ones will 'stay ashore',
and that our secret wishes will wait close under the horizon
to show up at the right moment !
 
and a love-poem of mine:
 
we met like lightning and resounded like thunder
the rain caressed our smiles and embraced our happyness
the moon filled our nights with gentle
delight
tenderness flowing into the pond of
knowing and love
the sun turned dew into jewels and blazed the horizons
the flowers kissed our eyes with
color and joy
the autumn mist sponged the tears of our sorrow
the wind carried our fancies out
into the open
and soothed the pain of saying
I love you, fare well
 
 
Much love from the Swiss mountains and the Mediterranean sea,
Hansueli Müller-Yersin
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Paul n/a (Nakanishi)
December 11, 1944 ptnpbs@aol.com St Paul MN US Retired Married 2
Activities: Skiing, Ski Instructor, Golf, Travel, Home remodeling and repairs , taking care of the grandson, motorcycling, karate practice, tutoring junior high students, fishing, and trying to remember why I went in the next room. Send Paul a MessageSend Paul a Message
James (Jim) Neikirk
January 22, 1944 Menomonie WI US Retired Married 2 J.J. HILL
After graduating from Central High in 1962 I went to work for 3M CO. in ST. Paul for 38 yrs. I was drafted into the Army in June 1965 for two years. I spent one of those years in VetNam. After returning from VietNam I resided with my wife Shirley in Inver Grove Heights, MN. We have 2 children, Jon & Elizabeth. In 1978 we moved to Menomonie, WI. and I commuted 60 miles each way to ST. Paul to continue working at 3M for the next 25 years. I finally retired in March 2000. I now work at my favorite golf course (WhitetailGC) where I mow grass and golf most of the time twice a day five days a week. When not golfing we travel to Milwaukee where our son's  family lives. He has iwo children, Connor(7) and Amanda(4). Then we head to West Bend,WI where our daughter's family lives. She has two girls Mali(8) and Ali(6). Our 4 grandchildren are the delight of our lives. They keep us smiling and help keep us young. We have been mairred 47 years and hope for many more to come.  I will make it.         
Barbara Nelson (Stelzig)
February 22, 1944 jamesstelzig@comcast.net Golden US Retired Married 2
Cannot believe it has been 50 years!  Where has it all gone??  Send Barbara a MessageSend Barbara a Message
Bob Nemer
October 04, 1944 bob@mynurish.com Minnetonka MN US Owner of functional food company Divorced 2 Linwood

 

I have had a wonderful busy active life. After graduating I went on to the U of M received my BS in Art Education and a Masters in Fine Arts. I went into the fashion business both retail and manufacturing throughout the 70’s. When the 80’s came along I joined the start- up telecommunication company MCI as a marketing manager. Along the way I was able to take up golf, river rafting, running marathons, while doing my art work for pleasure and profit.  
The 90’s kept me busy doing research on nutrition and how I could live a healthier life style. In 2002 I started a company called Nurish. The main goal was to change the health of our world by creating functional foods that change the body chemistry. Today my business has grown into a national brand. This has become my passion and my “active retirement”.
Along the way I married and divorced, had 2 children who now have had children of their own. My daughter lives in San Francisco with her girl and boy, and my son lives in Plymouth with his 2 boys and a girl on the way.
I often think of the great times I had at Central and the many friends I want to see at this reunion. It feels like yesterday, where has the time gone……………
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Alfred E Neuman
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April 01, 1956 aeneuman@madmagazine.com MADhatton NY US Cover Boy Committed Relationship 4 MADocks

Greetings to the St Paul Central class of 1962. I know you are saying to yourself  "I never saw him in the hallowed halls of Central High". Thats because I always stayed inbetween the pages of the larger text books in the classroom and study hall.  I often said "A teacher is someone who talks in my sleep". Sometimes I heard footsteps coming from behind but my faithful readers always managed to turn the pages in time to keep me anonymous.  "What me worry?" As you may have noticed I am in a committed relationship. Thats cuz she's been committed so we can't have relations. OMG! 50 years. How did we get this old  this fast. Now I know why my elders used to say "Getting old is when a narrow waist and a broad mind change places" See you on Aug 4 2012.  AEN

 

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Randy Nielsen
November 13, 1944 starlake1@gmail.com US Retired Married 2
I am looking forward to our 50th celebration and seeing many of you there.
I have spent a number of these past years involved in Junior A hockey. Presently I run errands for my wife of 39 years and enjoin our grandchildren and  family.

Wishing you all the best.           Randy Nielsen
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Ricci Noble (Keeler )
February 19, 1944 riccik@parkwifi.com St. Louise Park MN US Art Teacher Married 2
Decided I should write a little something--My husband Toby and I have 2 sons and 3 grand children--Plus all of them are artists, go figure-- I am a retired art teacher from the public school scene, but have adult students who come to my studio once a month--keeps me sharp and gets me motivated to paint--I've traveled to Africa a number of times, volunteering at a wonderful girl's orphanage and school Light of Hope--all is goo odd !!!! See you at the reunion.
Ricci




 

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Les Novak
May 10, 1944 lhn@mcmlaw.com Minnetonka MN US Attorney Widowed 2
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Sharon Oja
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August 21, 1944 nodie.oja@unh.edu Portsmouth NH US Professor Married Longfellow
 A lot happens in 50 years. 

 

 I am happy to say that I am continuing a wonderful career at the University of New Hampshire in the Graduate School Department of Education. In my research and teaching I work with future teachers in a masters degree program, their school cooperating teachers and supervisors, as well as administrators, counselors, and others completing a doctoral program.

 

I live with my husband, Jon, in Portsmouth, NH.  The pictures are from a recent fall, 2011, trip to China when I was on sabbatical. We walked the Great Wall at the Mutianyu site outside of Beijing. My conference was in Nanjing, where I was able to visit local schools. Then we visited Xian to see the archaeological site of the Terra-cotta Warriers and Horses and came home after a stay in Shanghai.

 

About eight years ago I joined a 200-women choir named Voices from the Heart and have been singing with them ever since. We sing a variety of soulful music from a range of cultural and musical traditions from around the world. In 2007 the choir went to Croatia  and the proceeds from our performances helped clear minefields through the United Nations Adopt-a-Minefield program.

 

I have been fortunate to visit many cities and countries in four of the six continents. Who knows what is in store in the future! Maybe Africa and Antartica, too.
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