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Mark Deal Discusses "What it Means to Be
a Brickie" at the HHS Annual Dinner Meeting
Brickie football star and Class of 1975 graduate Mark Deal was the guest speaker at the HHSAA Annual Dinner Meeting on Friday, April 7 at Hobart High School. Over 50 people attended the dinner. The singing group Wolffgang entertained the crowd, and sang "Happy Birthday" to Paul and Ruth Throne, both of whom turn 90 this month. (Photo at left by Paul Condry)
Scholarship winners for 2017 were announced. They are seniors Sydney Benton and Angelo Guarnero. Each will receive a $500 scholarship to attend college. Sydney and Angelo read the paragraphs from their scholarship applications on "What it Means to Be a Brickie".
That was also the topic of Mark Deal's address. He recounted what it was like growing up in Hobart, things like skating on Lake George, eating at Luigi's Pizza, but especially the thrill of the Friday night football games at Brickie Bowl, watching his father, Russ Deal, and his older brother Mike Deal. He named several coaches, players and teachers who were an inspiration to him and his family, including Frank Kurth, Tom Kerr, and Paul Throne. It was an emotional moment for all when he told of the football players carrying Don Howell's casket out of St. Bridget Church and giving Coach Howell one last Brickie salute.
The HHS Alumni Association currently has 125 members, 61 of whom are life members. Memberships are our main source of income, and our largest expense is the scholarships we present each year to graduating seniors. Thanks to all who came!
All-Class Reunion Held in Lakeland Florida
Close to 50 HHS alums gathered at the Huntington Hills Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, FL for an all-Florida, all-class HHS Reunion on Saturday, February 11. Organized by Tom and Marilyn Kerr, the group had alums from the classes of the 1940s to the 70s. Alums shared their fondest memories of Hobart that included games at Brickie Bowl, 4th of July festivities, and B&K root beer. The Brickie spirit was very high! We hope other alums will join the fun when it is held next time.
Bridget Guernsey Riordan, Class of 1975
Debbie Guernsey Jenkins, Class of 1973
Freshen Up with a Yohan
The Hobart High School Alumni Association is selling these vanilla-scented air fresheners. They are $3 each, or 2 for $5.
Freshen up your car or your home with a Yohan air freshener!
To order, contact Holli Kostbade, HHSAA President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ken Schoon Discusses Father Marquette and
Shifting Sands at the Hobart Historical
Society Annual Dinner
IUPUI Professor and Author Kenneth School was the guest speaker at the Hobart Historical Society's Annual Dinner on Friday, November 11 at the Ambassador Banquet Hall. He discussed the travels of Father Jacques (Pere) Marquette, a French Jesuit who came with Louis Jolliet in 1673 to explore the Great Lakes region and preach to the native Americans.
He also discussed his book, "Shifting Sands: The Restoration of the Calumet Area", and how many people are not aware of the vast improvement to the ecology of the area over the last 40 years. The book is available from Amazon, and the companion DVD, "Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability" (the cover is shown at the left), is available from Lakeshore Public Television, at 219-756-5656.
The Hobart Historical Society Museum is open on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 noon, or by appointment (call the Museum phone at 219-942-0970).
BrickieFest Homecoming Picnic Held in
Beautiful Weather at Brickie Bowl
(The picture above was taken by Samantha Malkowski of the NWIndianaLife.com website. Click here to see this and many more pictures on their website, along with a very nice writeup about BrickieFest 2016. Look for the link that says "Click here for more pictures".)
This year's Homecoming Picnic was back at Brickie Bowl for the first time since the original BrickieFest in 2011. The Hobart High School Alumni Association provided free hot dogs, brats, chips and bottled water, while other people shared salads and desserts. Over 100 people attended BrickieFest 2016, which lasted from 12 noon to 3 pm on Saturday, October 8.
The picnic followed Friday night's Homecoming football game, where the Brickies defeated Hammond Morton 35-12.
The Class of 1966 had the most people at the picnic, as many classmates were in town for their 50th anniversary class reunion.
A few pictures are posted below, and there are more in our October 2016 newsletter. Just click "HHSAA Newsletters" at the left.
(Above: Nancy Boling Forrest, Class of 1969, Coach Paul Throne, and Bob Swisher, Class of 1967, at BrickieFest 2016 at Brickie Bowl.)
(Above: Three views of Brickie Bowl, taken by Class of 1958 alum Larry Koziol, and artificially stitched together into a panoramic view.)
Do You Have Class Reunion News to Share?
If your class is having a reunion later this year, or in 2017, it's not too early to start letting people know about it. Please email us at email@example.com, or email me (Paul Addison) personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know the class year, the date, time and place of your reunion (however much you know at this time), and the name of the person to contact for more information. Thanks!
Listen to What Was Playing When
YOU Were in High School
Do you remember the songs that were on the radio when you were in high school? Click on the "What Was Playing" link at the left, and you'll find YouTube links to five songs for every year going back to 1900! You may have heard them on the radio, at your class dances or prom, on the jukebox at Abbott's or Pete's, in your own room at home, or on YouTube or MTV!
Thanks to Jennifer Eastwood Davis, Class of 1962, for compiling this extraordinary list! Because they are links to YouTube, Vimeo and the like, they often go out of date. We are doing our best to keep the list up to date with working links. If you find a link that doesn't work, please email us at email@example.com, tell us what year and what song link isn't working, and we will try to fix it right away.
Music can bring back lots of memories. What was playing when you were in high school?
Yearbooks Available Online from the
Lake County Public Library
The Lake County Public Library has been digitizing Hobart High School yearbooks. Most of them from 1908 to the present are online. Click "HHS Yearbooks Online" at the left to access the collection. You don't need to register or log in, and you can save the yearbooks as PDF files.
Survey Results for Redesigning the HHSAA
Website to Include Smartphones
Thanks to all of you who responded to our survey about redesigning this website so that it will look good on smartphones and other mobile devices, and still look good on traditional desktops and laptops. The results show strong support for such a redesign. However, as webmaster, I have been reading comments from other sites who use Class Creator (who provides the programming services for this site), and there are still a few bugs to be worked out. Not all features of the site work correctly yet on all phones.
So, we will wait a little while, as Class Creator fixes the few remaining problems, and then we will go ahead with the redesign. For those of you using desktops and laptops, there will be a minimum of changes to the way it looks for you.
Here are the summary results to our survey questions:
1) Do you have a smartphone that you use to access the Internet?
Yes (83.3%), No (16.7%)
2) If "Yes" to #1, have you ever tried to access the HHSAA website on a smartphone?
Yes (30.0%), No (57.5%), N/A (12.5%)
3) If "Yes" to #1, would you be likely to use a smartphone to access the HHSAA website if it were redesigned to look good on a smartphone?
Yes (65.0%), No (17.5%), N/A (17.5%)
4) Would you mind a few changes to the HHSAA website to make it look for everybody, if it meant that it would look good on a smartphone as well as a desktop, laptop or tablet?
Yes, I would mind (9.5%), No, I wouldn't mind (90.5%)
Yes, We Have a Facebook Page!
If you use Facebook, please visit our Facebook page. Just login to Facebook, and search for Hobart High School Alumni Association, or paste this into your browser address bar: https://www.facebook.com/hohighalumni/
Facebook is frankly much better suited for classmates talking to each other than this website is. There is a Message Center on this website, but it requires notifying the other person by email, and they have to come back and login here to get the message. Facebook is just quicker.
Plus, you'll get news about special events on the Facebook page, as well as here.
"Once a Brickie, Always a Brickie": Order Yours!
Follow Us On Twitter!
If you have a Twitter account, we invite you to follow us @hobartalumni. We will not bombard you with announcements, but we will keep you up to date on upcoming class reunions and other events.
Once Again: Don't Confuse Us
Several people have joined the website at www.alumniclass.com, and some have even paid $10 for it! That website is for selling merchandise (not that there's anything wrong with that), but that is not the Hobart High School Alumni Association site. This one is!
Our site costs nothing to register. In fact, you can see everything except classmate profile information (email addresses and regular addresses) without signing in at all.
You won't get news of HHS alumni activities on the other site. They have no affiliation with Hobart High School or the HHS Alumni Association. Be sure to stay tuned at www.hobartalumni.org!
Welcome to the HHSAA Website!
The HHS Alumni Association is raising funds for scholarships! We awarded one scholarship at our first HHSAA Annual Meeting in April 2012, two more scholarships at our second Annual Meeting in April 2013, three in 2014, and two each in 2015 and 2016! We plan to make more in the future, not just for HHS students but also for alumni going back to school. Donations for scholarships are tax-deductible and can be mailed to: HHS Alumni Association, PO Box 68, Hobart, IN 46342-0068. Write "Scholarship Fund" in the memo line. Thanks!
Do You Share An Email Address? If you share an email address with another HHS alum, you can use the same email address as your login, as long as you have a separate password! Remember, your Primary Email Address is your username to login.
Do You Have a Profile on the AlumniClass.com Website? That's Not Our Site!
Many of you have a profile on a website called AlumniClass.com (www.alumniclass.com). If you look at the bottom of their page, you will see this disclaimer: "This Site is independent of and has no association with any school, school district, or web site."
Linking from the HHS site: Recently, the Hobart High School website (www.hobart.k12.in.us) changed its Alumni link from the AlumniClass.com website to this one. If you created a profile on that website, it is still there, but please be reminded that AlumniClass.com is not the real Hobart High School Alumni Association. Our apologies for any confusion.
Are You Getting Annoying Emails?
If you are receiving email notifications from this site about people who have registered or changed their name, you may be subscribed to their profiles without meaning to. Just click on Notify Me at the left, then under Profile Subscriptions, check Unsubscribe From All Profiles In All Years. That should take care of it.