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Linda Pace
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lpace588@gmail.com Retired
Hello everybody,
This weekend should be fun and interesting.  A lot of time has passed.
I left Bossier City and moved to Baton Rouge.  I stayed for a couple of years and decided to become a ski bum so I moved to Colorado and lived in Aspen and Crested Butte.  I had some pretty crazy jobs and crazy roommates. I sewed ski hats, was a maid, sprayed lichen on a stone fireplace to keep it alive, and worked at my boyfriend's bakery.  Was great!  I spent a short time in Vermont waiting tables at an old New England Inn.  Everybody was really nice, but they continually asked me why I was there.  They were not satisfied with the fact that I just wanted to see New England!  Was a great time as well.  Moved back to Baton Rouge to go back to school.  Ended up working at a garden center for 5 years, and taking classes at LSU.  Decided to quit that job as I didn't want to be pushing a wheelbarrow when I was 50!  Well I am still pushing a wheelbarrow but in my yard.  Ended up working for a law firm, getting married to a great guy (the Nissan King) and went back to school full time eventually.  I got my undergraduate degree in Physical Geography and my Masters in Natural Science.  I have been working for the  La Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Management for about 18 years now.  Once again, have had a lot of jobs there, one of which was oil spill liaison.  I am now divorced but we are still friends which is great! 
I retired from Coastal Management, Department of Natural Resources in July 2013.  It has been great to sleep past 6:00 a.m.!  I've been enjoying retirement, adding in travel as much as possible.  Just returned from a trip to Scotland where we traveled all over the country and ferried on the North Sea to Orkney.  Was great. 
I'm looking forward to seeing ya'll in October.
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MIKE Pool
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sherri.pool@bossierschools.org Captain and Personnel Director Sheriff's Dept
Will be married to Sherri for 25 years in February 2012.  She is the Principal at Curtis Elementary in South Bossier.  Send MIKE  a MessageSend MIKE a Message
John Price
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xcm@aol.com Owner Price Investments
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Paula Syptak (Price)
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paulaisright@sbcglobal.net Free lance writer
After LSU, I taught elementary school in Houston, Tx for 10 years.  I worked at Exxon Production Research C for the next 7 years.  We settled in San Antonio in 2000.  I had brain surgery at 59 and I have most recenly been a free lance writer.  I have volunteered for hospice, my church choir, and have been a mentor at a local elementary school.  Send Paula a MessageSend Paula a Message
Phyllis Pugh
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August 05, 1948 yrose0612@msn.com retired
 After graduation, I attended La Tech (BFA 1970) then attended LSU (BME 1973) I performed professionally for appx.10 yrs; then worked in the medical field for 25 yrs. After I "retired" from real work, I dealt cards in a casino for about 5 yrs.  Now, I am really retired, living in Pensacola, FL (paradise).  I love the beach and the water and any activities involving water.  I love to travel and, occassionally, go to the casinos to play, not deal. Send Phyllis a MessageSend Phyllis a Message
Linda Allen (Pullig)
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lpullig@bellsouth.net Registered Nurse
Hello to all! I recently retired from Christus Schumpert Health System as the Director of Nursing. However, a friend of mine talked me into coming to work at the Veterans Home in Bossier City last October so here I am still practicing nursing which I love! I actually started my career as an Operating Room Tech in 1971, later earned my ADN, then BSN and then my MSN. Throughout this span of time I have been married to a wonderful man, Dean Pullig for the past 42 years. We never had any children of our own, however, our nephews and neices are very special to us. My plans for retirement are truly fast approaching since we have property in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. I look forward to the reunion! Send Linda a MessageSend Linda a Message
Linda Allen (Pullig)
February 22, 1948 Lpullig@bellsouth.net Registered Nurse
I have enjoyed many years working in healthcare as an RN. I was fortunate to be part of a faith based health system that allowed me to work along side many great nurses and physicians in our community. As Director of Nursing when I retired from Christus Health in 2010, I looked forward to spending more time with my husband of 47 years. However, an opportunity came my way to join the team at the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in caring for men and women who have served our country.  It was an honor and privilege to work with our on-site physician, Dr. Roy Fleniken and Nursing staff. I recently retired and my husband and I have enjoyed spending time in Arkansas enjoying friends and beauty the state offers and is a short driving distance from Shreveport. I have four wonderful nephews and great nieces and nephew that are like my children. My sister is retiring soon and we will spend more time together shopping, taking short rode trips, and enjoying her grandchildren. 
 
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Vance Renfroe
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vance@renfroeassociates.com President/CEO Renfroe Associates International www.renfroeassociates.com

We have been apart since May 1966.  But, I want to tell you how much you, my fellow Vikings, my Airline family, have meant to me over the years.

When I am gloomy or sad, I remember your smiles.  What a gift!  Everybody from Airline 66 seemed to always be happy, bursting with smiles and kind words.  When I am afraid, I remember the bravery of West and Breedlove and Knight, charging the enemy lines, giving their last ounce of energy for the team.  When tired and ready to quit, I think about John Kipp, running, running, running...and winning.

When I struggle to find a creative thought, Robert George shines through with his homemade boat and spotlight-in-a-bucket gliding silently through the swamp gigging frogs...with me stretched out over the bow as the human gig.  

When someone interrupts me, breaking into a conversation, I remember the second night of our school play when I stole Carl Adkins' lines and had to quickly segue back on track, embarrassed.

  
When I am feeling inadequate I remember the dreaded announcement ringing over the Airline PA system, "Would the following students report to the Principal's Office immediately:  Vance Renfroe....” That was the last I heard.  Fear tore through my body.  As I slunk down the hall, feet weighing 15-25 lbs each, I remember thinking, "What have I screwed up this time?"  Then, "Wait a minute.  He said Carl Adkins has to come, too!  What have Carl Adkins and I screwed up together?"   I can smile about this now; then, I was petrified.  The Principle was congratulating us on selection for Pelican Boy's State.  I could understand Carl's selection.  But, me?  Why me?   Somebody believed in me and knew I could do well, even though I didn't know it yet.  

Remember Polly Stroud, one of our school counselors?  On the outside, she was wrinkled; on the inside she was smooth as pure gold.   Ms. Stroud chose to be my counselor.  She called me in and said, "Vance, let's talk about college.  Your daddy and I went to Belzoni High School together and I'm going to be watching you carefully."  Nobody in my family had earned a college degree.  But, she knew I could do it.  Ms Polly gave me the guts to try.  I’ve five graduate degrees dedicated to Polly Stroud.

When I think about my military career and Airline's influence, I smile at the those "meaningless" standardized tests.  In our class at least two boys who would be future Colonels maxed out the Armed Forces Officer Qualification Test:  Farr and Renfroe.  Go figure.  I kept trying to go to seminary and still ended up in the cockpit!  But, that's a story for the bar....

When I think about Airline and patriotism, I remember going off to war with Rick and Russ Mason and several others, of meeting for a beer between combat sorties, of later having to send young men and women into harm's way, of burying fallen comrades.  The older I have gotten, the more time I've spent searching for meaning.  It seems to me that our service to country has been one way to help preserve for our grandchildren the opportunity to have an "Airline experience," to learn the value of friendship, the restorative elixir of a smile, the innate capability, strength, and bravery within each of us.

We classmates, we Vikings, we have helped to form each other into sound American Citizens.  I am proud to think that we will someday leave behind not only our friendship, but also our love of knowledge; not only our learned patience, but also our kindness, confidence, and loyalty; not only our respect, reverence and faith, but also our humanity, humility and our hope.

For these and many other precious memories I am truly grateful to each of you.

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Pat Austin (Rogers)
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August 16, 1947 patrogers0816@yahoo.com Retired
Retired September 7, 2012....moved to Arkansas October 1, 2012....talk about a lot of change!!!  Love retirement life....don't know why I didn't do it sooner!!  Don't like the cold weather in Arkansas...so I try to go to Florida at some point in the winter.  Looking forward to this 50th reunion.....it won't ever happen again.  Hope to see all of you....and will miss seeing the ones who can't make it. 
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Jack Skaggs
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