Comments from After the 25th Reunion

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Thank you for visiting the Berkeley High Class of '77 Web Site. We would love it if you would add to the guestbook we are keeping! You may need to RELOAD this page to see recent comments. The comments are listed with the most recent first.

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Always wistful, sobering, but usually sweet to visit the BHS 77 message board -- sobering, certainly, to learn news about the passing of classmates -- Suki's cancer, Paul's suicide -- and thinking of being about half the way towards home plate (the Giants are doing well, let's use a baseball metaphor) at this point in life... My partially Bay Area-set "Danger Boy" books are coming back out next year froma new publisher, where the series will also be continued (more at for the truly curious), had one marriage come and go, and my primary blessings are my own two "danger boys," ages 9 & 4. And I never get back to the Bay Area often enough, given how I miss it.
A couple other pieces of business here, by request from Dennis Brown, the original Happy Man (apologies to Greg Kihn): He wants me to let everyone know he can be digitally contacted by text message, by going to and entering this number: 510 345 0336. You can then fire away up to a couple hundred words, if you want to say howdy. Also, Dennis is promulgating the idea of a combined '76 - '77 - '78 class reunion next time out, a couple/three years down the road... (by which time we sure as hell better have someone else in the White House!)
happy trails, all... --Mark

Mark Williams <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - September 9, 2003
Just saw this site after missing the 20th and 25th. It is great to see all the names and read the comments of people who were so much a part of my Berkeley experience. Can anyone help me find Larry Becker or Jeff Goshay. I always tell my daughters( 13,8,4)how great it was to go to highschool at the time we did and where we did.
Bruno(Barney) Rocca <>
Located us through a friend
Milan, Italy - Wednesday, August 27, 2003 at 10:13:03 (EDT)
This is a wonderful site. Thanks to all who took the time to put it together as well as those who submitted comments. I discovered this site by chance in my efforts to find out if there will be a 25th class reunion for the class of 1978. Does anyone know anything about this? I was known as Suzy Neyhart at BHS, though Natalie has always been my real name. I am now Natalie LaBerge. I live in Tacoma, WA. I'm married and have two sons ages 11 and 6. Life is good! I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers me!
Suzy Neyhart <>
Located us through surfing the web
Tacoma, WA USA - Thursday, August 07, 2003 at 12:58:14 (EDT)
I was technically in the class of 78, but most of my friends were in your class, in School of the Arts. I'm still in Berkeley, doing web site search consulting and happy as a clam. My 12-year-old son is at Longfellow and planning to go to BHS in two years! My personal site is at I'm sure some of you remember Pavel Curtis, I'm still in touch with him. He's had a great time playing with computers, become a real star in the multi-user-dimension field, started a web conferencing company and just sold it to Microsoft. I don't know how much longer it will stay up, but his bio is at
Avi (King) Rappoport <netsa @>
Located us through a search engine
Berkeley, ca USA - Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 21:37:05 (EDT)
I attended Berkeley schools until 8th grade (Willard Jr High was a jungle) then my family thankfully sent me to a small private school. When I see the pictues of porn skag Nina Hartley (text editied) its pretty amazing that people can be so accepting on one level but not on another.
USA - Friday, July 11, 2003 at 02:06:37 (EDT)

john <waziricbn2001@yahoo,com>
Located us through an Email message
usa, oakand USA - Monday, July 07, 2003 at 11:41:55 (EDT)
This site is really fun! And it's growing by leaps and bounds! Everytime I look at it there are new contributors. There is something reassuring about visiting the past, hearing from old friends. On the other hand, I have to ask myself (and the rest of you out there): do you really think you're going to have anything in common with people you knew when you were teenagers? Most of us have evolved into different human beings. I look at pictures and entries from people here, and I just see a bunch of middle-aged people I happened to be stuck in the same school with, 25 years ago. I don't have much in common with these aging strangers. I have kept in touch with select individuals, and the rest ... I wish them the best of luck, but couldn't really care less about seeing them again. I'm sorry if I sound negative.
Kolya Renne <>
Located us through surfing the web
Arlington, TX USA - Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 19:07:50 (EDT)
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lome, USA - Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 08:27:12 (EDT)

Kolya Renne <>
Located us through a search engine
Arlington, TX USA - Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 10:03:32 (EDT)
I just came across a story about Paul Alarab, who died last month in a fall from the Golden Gate Bridge. Here is a link to the article. Paul was a friend of mine in high school and I remember playing guitar with him various times at his house on the hill down to Tilden.
James Reeves <>
Saratoga, CA USA - Saturday, April 19, 2003 at 10:02:40 (EDT)
Suki died last year in May, after living with Breast Cancer for eight years. There was never a memorial service for her in the Bay Area. Her brothers, Nick and Eric Stern, are organizing one to be held on May 31, 2003, noon - 4pm, site to be announced later. Eric and Nick are also looking for pictures and remembrances of her, for a memorial booklet. They were looking for these items to be sent to them by April 1st, which is next week. I know this is extremely short notice. If anyone would like to attend the service and/or has photos or memories of Suki that they would like to share, they can email Eric (who was called Arthur in high school) at estern @ or to Nick at yelsub99 @ thanks for your help, Julie
M. Julie Sherman <>
USA - Friday, March 28, 2003 at 23:21:08 (EST)
Of course I left BHS in the middle of my Junior year (the first time the equvalency test was offered. If memory serves, Bruce Welton jumped ship at the same time - Anyone heard from him?)Then I didn't get into Cal until 1982, so pretty much lost contact a lot of people. Since 2000 I've been Bird and Small Mammal Keeper at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas - Capybaras, Patagonian Cavies, Von der Decken's Hornbills, King Vultures, Collie's Magpie Jays, etc. (My wife works with large dangerous stuff - Rhinos, Lions, Giraffes... We met at the Fort Worth Zoo where I worked in the bird department and meddled in the aquarium for seven years). Great to see what's been going on with Stacey Starkweather, Wei Huey, and William Kumai. Hope Zerda is much better! Best Wishes to All.
Josef Lindholm <>
Located us through a search engine
Waco, TX USA - Friday, March 07, 2003 at 00:17:11 (EST)

Mary F. Shavies-Rolan < />
Located us through a friend
Vista, CA USA - Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 10:58:37 (EST)
This message is for JOHN LAETSCH. I bought a copy of Hells Angels by H. Thompson at half price books in Albany. It had your name on it and I could not resist looking your name up. This seemed the best place to make this little comment. I live down the street from a little bar where you can still see The Real Deal most any day. Drop a line sometime. A chance connection in The Old Void... Erik D
erik <>
Located us through a search engine
ca USA - Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 12:03:00 (EST)
I am trying to contact an old American friend who lived in Spain before graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Berkeley, I think in 77. She was Diana Cohen. Can anyone help please?
patzi davis haslimann <>
Located us through a search engine
Lichfield, Staffs UK - Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 16:53:24 (EDT)
Had a great time at the 25th reunion! Saw a bunch of people that I knew from the old days. It's good to hear what you guys are doing, and what you have been doing for the past 25 years.
Charles Bucher
Seattle, WA USA - Friday, September 06, 2002 at 01:12:25 (EDT)
Hi .. I saw your website and thought I would drop you a line. My name is Mike, the lead singer for We are a classic rock/funk dance band based in San Jose, but willing to travel anywhere in Nor Cal. We have been together for over 2 yrs and have played all over the Bay Area. We play a wide variety of great dance tunes from the 60\'s,70\'s,80\'s and 90\'s. Tunes like Mustang Sally, Brown Eyed Girl, Sweet Home Alabama, Brick House, Celebration and many more. We are the perfect band for a class reunion. Check out our website at Give us a call or drop us an email, our rates are very reasonable. Thanks: Mike (408.227.0688)
Mike <> Located us through a friend
San Jose, Ca USA - Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 17:37:40 (EDT)
Sorry to have missed yet another reunion! No excuses for #30! Loved all the pictures, y'all look like grown-ups now! Quick note to Dennis Brown's top 40 list. Graduation song, "How time flies" By George Benson, not the O'Jays (just ask songbird Lynda, "Hi Lynda!")Plus it could not possibly be the class of '77 without the elements....Earth, Wind and FIRE (can I get an Amen out there!) You all look great, happy and healthy and I wish you the
Kim Burgess Duckett <>
GA USA - Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 15:34:33 (EDT)
The reunion was great!!!!! I am so happy that I was able to join you all. It was so good to see everyone again. Thanks to the reunion committee for putting it all together. I'm looking forward to the 30th !!!!!!
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 18:59:56 (EDT)

Well I've made a few changes to the Guestbook so I thought I'd better write a comment myself to test it :-) I want to say thanks to everyone for thanking me for my work on the website. It is nice to hear that this site has become so helpful to people in reconnecting with old friends. I enjoy keeping up the site which keeps me connected with everyone as well. Its a fun hobby and knowing that its helping the BHS community is a real bonus! Thanks again. I personally had a really good time at the reunion. It felt a little less pressured than the last for me, I think everyone as they mature are taking life a little slower and more relaxed. Its really strange to think of those days sitting on "The Steps" and wasting away the days (at least for me) ... it wasn't until a few years after high school that it really hit me to get my act together and growup. Now with my oldest, the same age as I was when I met Ellen, I am so happy to see that he is interested in school and adapting so much better than I did at the time. I also want to thank the other reunion committee members for all their hard work and time put into the arrangements: believe me, its not easy to organize and plan all the details and make sure it all comes together. I had very little to do with that part of the reunion and the committee really deserves a lot of credit. I had a great time catching up with old friends and looking forward to the next one!
James Reeves <>
Saratoga, CA USA - Saturday, August 24, 2002 at 14:08:15 (EDT)

Thanks to you all, committee and classmates, for making the 25th reunion events such a success, including those of you that couldn't come but signed the virtual guest book (thanks to James). I've been involved in planning all 3 and feel this was one of the best. Thanks to all who came from near and far (William Kumai won the farthest from Japan!). Whether you're single, married once or multiple times, have a whole tribe of kids or none at all, are grandparents (or even greats?), successful entrepreneurs, or doing the same ol thing ... we love you all. The diversity and pioneer times we grew up with in Berkeley are treasures. Keep the momentum moving ... keep in touch with each other, support each other, and keep being EXACTLY who you are! We all make a postive difference in the world!!! See you next time!
Sunshine Michelle Coleman <>
Oakland, CA USA - Friday, August 23, 2002 at 19:11:22 (EDT)

It was great to see so many familiar faces again - best wishes to all for the next 5 years - I am looking forward to the 30th.
Eric Arndt <>
Located us through a friend
Berkeley, CA USA - Friday, August 23, 2002 at 11:27:33 (EDT)
Dear Friends, At this point in history and in my life, the reunion reconnected me to the gratitude I feel for my "Berkeley" experiences. I wish my children could attend a high school in which everyone "goes through it together." Thanks to all who worked to keep us all connected!
Lisa Hill <>
Reno, NV USA - Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 23:50:26 (EDT)
Greetings! The 25th reunion was great! The next morning, my wife asked me (jokingly) whether I spoke with any old girlfriends from high school. Well, no girlfriends in high school...that was not part of my high school experience :( but I told her I did see some great people from my past - Michael Poe and his lovely wife, you are still quite the gentleman; Larry Becker, still humble as ever, we all can learn a bit of humility from you; Matt Watson and Marie Parker, what a handsome couple!; Storrie Kliot, it took a few minutes but I do remember you and your sister, it was great talking to you; Alan Odom, still got that million dollar smile; Anthony Hill, the original Mr. Nice Guy; William Kumai, smart as ever; Connie Lim, a person who always had a smile or a kind word for everyone; Michelle Coleman, where did you get so much charm?; Mitzi Hartman, thanks for reminding us how special it was, and is, to be part of the Berkeley experience, where acceptance, not just tolerance, of diversity is the norm; Wanda La Protti, still as pretty as I remembered; Jon Taylor, my best friend in high school and still one of the most INTERESTING people I know! Thanks to everyone for making the night a special one and I hope to see you all again 5 years from now. I am sorry I had to miss the picnic. I am sure that was fun as well. Take care, Wei Huey
Wei Huey
PIEDMONT, CA USA - Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 15:35:13 (EDT)
Sorry I missed the reunion. would be happy to hear how you all are. am living with my husband in the oakland hills. i work as a theatrical producer and manage a small theatre in san franscisco
sylvia kratins <>
Located us through a postcard in the mail
oakland, ca USA - Tuesday, August 20, 2002 at 17:03:05 (EDT)
Wow! What a great time--both Friday night and at the picnic on Sunday. A great big thank you to the committee who worked so hard to make it happen! Andrea
Andrea Pappas
Santa Clara, CA USA - Monday, August 19, 2002 at 13:34:10 (EDT)

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