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10/31/10 09:29 PM #1    

Bill Warner

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10/04/11 05:44 PM #2    


Camille Pietrasanta (Combs)

I was not able to attend the 50th reunion but I would love to see some pictures. I can't find any pictures on this site. Are there any?


-- Camille Pietrasanta Combs

10/15/13 02:56 PM #3    


Ann Gefen (Grenadier)


We would love to participate in the 70th Birthday. We await to hear the details.

Ann (Gefen) Grenadier

11/11/13 08:40 PM #4    


Barbara Skelly (Breithaupt)

Hello Everyone ~ By now, most of Us have already had our big 70th :o)  Hope Yours was Wonderful!!  I had alot of Fun at mine and THANKS to All who sent Happy Wishes to me = appreciate y'all  :o)  Happy Birthday to the rest of our Class and may Everyone have a blessed 'new year' !!!  All the Best Always ~ Barb (Skelly) Breithaupt   :o)

P.S.  If you're going to the Class PARTY, have a Great time!!!!

03/18/15 03:18 PM #5    

Judy Dalton (Jameson)

Hope all enjoyed a Happy St Patty's Day.  Nothing like a great drive on the left side of the highway on the Emerald Isle!  You must tour the Jameson Irish Whiskey & Guinness factories.

My daughter has a nice 4 page article on page 44 of the March & April Arbus edition.  It is Steffani Fletcher with Hope at Hand Inc, a non-profit for the underserved of all ages.    

03/21/15 10:08 PM #6    

Bill Warner

Post some photos,Judy.  Lucky you !!!

03/22/15 12:32 PM #7    

Joan Bassett (Leeson)

MMMMmmmm.....Green beer, Jameson's and a drive down the wrong side of the road.  Sounds like a prime nomination for a Darwin Award. frown

03/22/15 03:47 PM #8    

Diana Andrews (Buettner)



Yes, photos please.  (ASAP would, of course, be nice!)




01/31/18 04:59 PM #9    


William (Bill) Beall

Re: Bill Warner


I for one, appreciate William Harrell’s update on Bills recent bout with cancer.  At our last class reunion, I was supposed to meet Bill at his home.  When I arrived, his wife Jane invited me into their living room and informed me that Bill was on his way home.  I asked how she & Bill were doing and she replied “I’m  fine but Bill had recently been diagnosed and treated for cancer.  Jane did not elaborate on the type of cancer, but stated “For now, Bill’s health is good.”


I had driven my 2011 Mercedes GullWing to the reunion and thought Bill would like to see it… Perhaps, take it out for a spin. It was Bill that shared his expertise on investing in Vintage Automobiles.  Bill stated that he did not understand that much about the Stock Market. “I feel it’s manipulated with their ultra fast computers.”  However, I do know about collector cars and feel I’m better off dealing with cars than in the stock market.”  At that time, I did not realize how important this casual conversation would be to me and my future investments in Classic Collectable Cars.


One of my best fiends at Landon was Randy Groom.  We were both on the Baseball Team and lived off San Marco

Blvd.  Randy’s Dad was a Car Salesman for Burwell Chevrolet.  I told Mr Groom Sr that some day… I would come back to Jax and buy a Corvette from him.  Ten years later, I made good on my promise and I finally purchased a 1971 Corvette.  I sold it in 1981 for same price I had originally paid.  I mentioned this to Bill Warner, that my 71 Vet never lost its original value during the ten years that I owned it.  Bill stated that “Vets” were indeed “Collectable” however, there are other makes that would in time, appreciate in value, much more than american cars.  I asked Bill to recommend some and he said “Mercedes raced  300 SL Gull-Wings in 1953-56 and 300 SL Roadsters in 1957-63 and won a lot races in Europe.”  This was strictly done for publicity to increase car sales.  Bill mentioned these Gull-Wings had doors that raised straight up… (Like wings on a Seagull) but the windows do not roll down!!!  With no AC… they are hotter than HELL!!! 


I found a Gullwing priced @ 60 G’s…too much for my wallet and a Mercedes Roadster which was priced @ 43 G’s.  Bill said he believed both models will double or even triple in resale price.  A good investment for sure!  In 1985,  I purchased a 1961 Mercedes Roadster 300 SL which had conventional doors with windows that do roll down and are much cooler… But still no AC!


The year 1961 was the year we graduated and a very good year for a great sports car.  I ordered my License Plate to simply print 1961.  My young son Jordan, installed my license UP SIDE DOWN.  Guess What?  It still reads 1961 !!!  Bill advised me that if I ever wanted to sell my Roadster, call him and he would put it in his Concours d’Elegance Car Auction at Amelia Island.  I had no plans to sell this car during 30 years I owned it.  However, in 2014 one of the 29 original Aluminum Body 1954 Factory “Gull Wing” Race Cars was sold at Auction for $4.2 Million.  This made the value of all Mercedes Gull Wings & Roadsters increase to a Million Plus.  I called Bill and requested he place my 1961 Roadster in his next Auction.  It sold for my asking price.  Bill advised me to use some of the proceeds to immediately purchase another car.  Why? I asked.  He explained “This will reduce my State & Federal Income Taxes on the profit I made on the sale of my Roadster.  Therefore, I purchased a 2011 AMG 6.3 Mercedes (“Replica Gulling” ) from Rick Hendrick Mercedes here in Charlotte, NC.  The Sales Mgr informed me that locally, Michael Jordan had purchased a black one and that Dale Earnhart Jr was given a silver one for his birthday by Mr Hendrick.

I ordered my car to be “Resale Red” which Bill Warner stated “Red Cars and First Edition Models” (First Year  Production Cars) always bring more money.  (Note: These “Replica Gull Wings” were sold from 2011 thru 2013 with a total production of only 1200 cars.)  Hopefully, this new modern version “Gull Wing” will also increase in value by the time I turn it over to my son Jordan. 


To say the least, I am very fortunate that Bill Warner shared with me, his expertise on Collectible Cars.  Perhaps, some of my fellow classmates were as fortunate as myself.  Thanks again Bill.  Get Well Soon!  I hope to see you

and Jane this year at Amelia Island.  




Bill Beall 

05/27/18 01:35 PM #10    

Howard Kalter

Just finished reloading the wood rack.  Thinking of you people who are running their air conditioners. Taking a break to check the Indy 500 with the wood stove just a cranking. felling warm inside.

05/29/18 06:02 PM #11    

Wesley Green


Hey Howard,  I moved wood to the wood shed today even though it is 92 degrees in Turners Falls, ma today. If we aren't burning it, we are cutting, stcking or moving it.  Wes Green









04/11/21 02:30 PM #12    

Aaron Cavanaugh


I can hit the golf ball any way I can and laugh if it goes in the lake. 
That's the breaks. I'm just happy I can still hit that golf ball.  
I am forwarding this to those on my Seniors e-mail list because  it is so
   well written. Please send back ( I did ) It's neat. Don't delete this one, you'll laugh when you see the return message.  

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. 

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon;  before
  they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.  

Whose  business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those
  wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 & 70's, and if I, at the same time, wish  to weep over a lost love, I will.  

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a  bulging
  body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I  choose to,  despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They too, will get old. 

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life  is just  as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things.  

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not
   break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet passes? But, broken hearts are what   give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being   imperfect.  

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray,
   and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my   face.  

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair
   could turn silver. 

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what
  other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned  the right to be wrong.  

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free.  I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while
   I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been,  or worrying about what will be.  And I shall eat dessert every single day   (if I feel like  it).  


09/09/22 09:40 PM #13    

Bill Warner

Today was a happy day.  Five years since my cancer operation.  Life changed, but I am happy to tell all that I got a clean report....cancer free...from my doctor today.  I now only have to see him once a year.  The Lord saw me through.



09/10/22 10:35 AM #14    

Judy Dalton (Jameson)

Great news Bill.  Thank the good Lord!!  


Judy Dalton Jameson

09/10/22 03:31 PM #15    

Connie Davies (Cooper)

Super News, so happy for you,   God Bless You and your family.

12/27/22 05:34 PM #16    

Connie Davies (Cooper)

I hope that everyone had a Happy Holliday with family and friends and that 2023 will be a better year than we have just had.  




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