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08/15/21 06:21 PM #460    

Wilma Solomon (1965)

So sorry for your loss of your husband Regina and all that you have gone through this past year and a half or more. We were at the 2015 reunion in Atlanta and it was a treat to get to be  with you and your sister. Take care,  Wilma Solomon '65 

09/03/21 02:20 PM #461    


Chris Russo (1987)

Young Do, personally I don't see any problems in not producing an Elon Musk. I would be more concerned if we produced a John Lee Malvo or a Seung-Hui Cho.  As Hansang Bae said, 'success' could be raising happy, healthy, and well-adjusted children (although it might be interesting to see to see where we are demographically, as compared to the US averages for that graduating year.)  Just developing criteria would be problematic.  My gut says we have performed better, but obviously i'm biased lol



09/04/21 12:44 PM #462    


Reuben Moore (1977)

Young Do Kim - Speaking about the achievements of SAHS alums - A couple of months ago there was a background story on CBS news anchor Nora O'Donnell who it turns out spent some of her youth from age 10 to (left before HS) - her father was an Army officer.

09/04/21 11:07 PM #463    

Young Do Kim (1984)

Hello my fellow SAHS brethrens. It has been a while since my last post and I have decided to post in response to plethora of comments I have received on my recent post.

I guess my recent post regarding SAHS not producing eminence had offended many of my brethrens. But given the talent pool and many outliers we have seen among us during our times at SAHS, I had high expectations. Many SAT math > 750 and verbal >700...

09/05/21 09:10 AM #464    

Young Do Kim (1984)

As I look back on some of missed opportunities in my lifetime, the biggest mistake has to be when I failed to realize the future impact of e-commerce. I was a graduate student getting an MBA in computer information system(CIS) at a school which was ranked #3 in CIS in US per US News at the time, meaning that the courses offered and the faculty were at bleeding edge. One of the required course was e-commerce, which I felt at the time was somewhat useless. This was 1994, 4 years before Jeff Bezos founded Amazon. E-commerce was only a concept at the time and the biggest deterent to growth, acceptance and adoption was encryption..the fear that your personal data will be stolen. I failed to connect the dots and did not seize the opportunity of a lifetime by not venturing online. But I came around and did the next best thing...bought Amazon at 620 in 2015(it was 18 in 1998 before many splits)..took 20 years .idiot!!!

I have been a cryptocurrency skeptic for many years (what is the intrinsic value?) until I began looking into and understanding (clueless still???) blockchain technology. This technology is here to stay (quoting pundits). I have bought Bitcoin up 70%, Ethereum up 80%, Cardano up 200%, Solana up 600% and Polkadot in May, when all crypto crashed nearly 60%.

I have many years of experience investing in stocks and have done pretty well by selecting companies with solid fundamentals, visionary leader, sector leadership, differentiated products or services, barrier to entry, etc..as you all know success in investing in equities is about selecting good companies and holding onto those stocks >5 years.

I am a novice as far as crypto investing is concerned and chose 5 with largest market cap with solid platform and plan to hold onto them for a while. I guess my biggest concern is whether I have chosen the right cryptocurrency. Any insight or suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

09/07/21 08:31 PM #465    

Young Do Kim (1984)

I strongly believe "has been" such as Warren Buffet, Charles Munger, George Soros and the like should retire into the sunset and not mislead the investors with their obsolete investment strategy and rusty cerebral cortex.

09/19/21 10:27 PM #466    

Young Do Kim (1984)

My brethrens..class of '84. We will be celebrating our 55th birthday this year. Congrats to those who've come this far!! As we are pushed aside and given subtle hints that we should leave our plush corner offices to make room for the young, energetic and creative, we question our naivete..loyalty to corporate america that took the best that we had to offer and spat us out in our moments of need. I've been there..forced retirement at 47..forced to rethink and restrategize..reinvent to be able to sustain my loved ones. But we are strong!! Reinvent yourselves and be happy!

09/20/21 01:53 PM #467    

Keith Hodges (1967)


My comcast email account was hacked and a fake message was sent with my asking for help (by way of a prepaid credit card.)

Ignore it.

A Reply to ths emainl is unnecessary.

Keith Hodges '87


09/24/21 06:36 AM #468    

Eduardo Julio Spraggon (1968)

Buenos días.

Estoy interesado  en  saber si alguno de ustedes tiene conocimiento de mi compalera de graduación  de 1968  Elizabeth Mitchell que hace muchos años deje de tener noticias de ella.

Me encuentro en Argentina y escribo como analista nacional e Internacional en Facebook.

Muchas gracias a todos por leer este correo. 

Un gran abrazo y Dios los bendiga.

Eduardo Julio Spraggon  ¨Pro 1968 

09/25/21 07:07 AM #469    

Roland Keller (1965)

Given the changes that are in the works at the Yongsan Garrison, I went looking for updates and ran across this website.   It is well worth the share.   Enjoy.  

Yongsan Legacyhttps://yongsanlegacy.org/tag/yongsan-garrison/


1958-59  Seoul Foreign  /  59-61 Seoul American  / 77-78 DMZ  /  88-90 Yongsan USFK-EUSA



09/25/21 08:47 AM #470    


John Studer (1981)

Hello everyone,

Great inspiration from some incredible alumni. Keep it up. I consider myself lucky now so i thought a little message is in order. After many years working in cubicles and offices, in buildings and trucks, in fields and lakes, i am doing what Mr. O'Brien taught us. Art. For over 5 years now, I have reinvigorated my love for creating art. Drawing daily in pencil, pen and ink. I stopped the endless consumerism. I'm getting better at it too. Look at my instagram /messyskech and my patreon /just aspen. Yangsan was a coming of age for me. 1976 to 78. freshman and sophomore. I learned a lot. dreamed a lot.I'd like to apologise for my indescretions during those years. There were two, throwing those fireworks at the whole swimteam in Okinawa and kicking over the toilet which flooded/destroyed the teen scene. Keep reaching for the sky. Harry "John" Studer II

09/25/21 09:53 AM #471    

Young Do Kim (1984)

Hola Eduardo, estoy buscando un companero mio, Michael Williams (generacion '83) pero no tuve suerte tampoco. Pero me di cuenta que algunos de nuestros companeros tampoco quieren saber nada de nosotros. Pero suerte..amo choripan!!!

Escribiendo desde Bajamar, Baja California. Mexico.

10/11/21 11:09 AM #472    


Pete Ramirez (1967)




This is Peter Ramirez Class of 67, I heard about a podcast of SAHS alums and listened in to our buddy, Robert Paul. Wow! I could smell Kimchi in the air while listening to his podcast and am going to H Mart to buy Kalbi to BBQ. please click on https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82OWE5MWQwYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==







10/11/21 11:13 AM #473    


Pete Ramirez (1967)

Dear Greg and Alums,

I just listened to a half hour on Robert Paul’s podcast. Great Memories. I could smell Kimchi in the air while listening to Robert’s journey.

I am going to our neighborhood H Mart  and eat some Kalbi!

Peter Ramirez

Peter Ramirez
Managing Director
Pacrim Consulting
Diamond Bar, Ca
Email: pacrimpeter41@gmail.com
Cell: 2134402707
Renewable Energy, Trade Finance and Real Estate Financing, Solar Roofs

Begin forwarded message:
From: Eden Cho <echo.eden.cho@gmail.com>
Date: October 11, 2021 at 9:35:54 AM PDT
To: Peter Ramirez <pacrimpeter41@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: SAHS ALUM 1967

Hi Peter, 
Thank you for your email and interest!
You can follow my channel in the following link above. If you have any inconvenience with it please let me know. 
On Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 1:12 AM Peter Ramirez <pacrimpeter41@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear Eden,
I would like to subscribe to your podcasts . How do I do this? 
I copied My friend Robert Paul FB post and copied our group of the 1960’s.
Let me know how I can help you.
Peter Ramirez class of 1967
From robert paul:
Hello everyone, Yongsan Legacy Podcasts has been conducted interviews with SAHS alumni from the 60s to the 2000s.  A young Korean man, Eden Cho, is producing these podcasts. 
Eden asked if I would post the following message on his behalf to publicize the podcasts and also to invite other SAHS alumni to contact him about doing a podcast.  From my own experience, it was easy to do, and it sure got me thinking fondly about all those days so many years ago.
Eden's request follows:
Personal Email: echo.eden.cho@gmail.com
Hello SAHS Alumni,
Hi, I'm Eden, the producer of the Yongsan Legacy Podcast. Over the past few months I have been interviewing SAHS alumni for Yongsan Legacy Podcast and it, fortunately, got accepted to Apple Podcast and Spotify.  
I appreciate the support of the SAHS community and the podcast wouldn't have been possible without the sincere supports.
I have edited six episodes so far and uploaded them to the channel so please subscribe and watch some episodes in your free time! :)
I lost touch with some who showed their interest in interviewing and contacted me through  Andrew Woodruff. If you haven't received my emails, they are probably lost. If you are still interested, send an email to the address at the top of this notice. I'm also looking forward to new interviewees so feel free to contact me!
Eden Cho

Peter Ramirez 
Long Beach Bacolod Association

Peter Ramirez
Managing Director
Pacrim Consulting
Diamond Bar, Ca
Email: pacrimpeter41@gmail.com
Cell: 2134402707
Renewable Energy, Trade Finance and Real Estate Financing, Solar Roofs


08/08/22 08:11 AM #474    

Keith Hodges (1967)

We are sad to announce the passing of a beloved PE teacher, Mary J. Pardue, who passed Aug 4, 2022.

10/09/22 11:49 AM #475    


Pete Ramirez (1967)


Hi this is Peter Ramirez class of 67. Joe Holcomb and I are thinking of a SAHS REUNION in Las Vegas sometime next Spring

Please email me your imterest at pacrimpeter41@gmail.com





10/19/22 11:08 AM #476    


Pete Ramirez (1967)

SAHS Reunion 2023




Get used to different. This reunion will minimize cost and maximize flexibility. Come and stay Monday through Friday.



Arrive. Dinner at 6:00 so we can gather and party together until closing. Individuals gather and plan for their next day. Think of each evening as a hospitality suite. We will decide where to eat the next evening.


Tuesday – Friday



There will not be a reunion fee. You will make your own room reservations. We will eat at a different restaurant every night, pay as you go. There will not be a dinner dance. There will not be a hospitality suite. Dress code is casual.


It will be in Las Vegas, NV in the Spring. Details to follow. 





Peter Ramirez 
Long Beach Bacolod Association

Peter Ramirez
Managing Director
Pacrim Consulting
Diamond Bar, Ca
Email: pacrimpeter41@gmail.com
Cell: 2134402707
Renewable Energy, Trade Finance and Real Estate Financing, Solar Roofs
Member Board of Directors
Community Advisory Council
Los Angeles County Sheriff Dept



Here is the latest non a Spring Reunion in Vegas




10/20/22 07:39 AM #477    

Barth Robinson (1983)

Bring your own name tag:)

10/20/22 10:22 AM #478    

Keith Hodges (1967)

This in reference to posting about a 2023 reuniin by Pete Ramierez. I think he intends a reunion only for the clases of the 60s.
My view:


I have been intimately involved in the execution of several successfully 60s reunions. (Joe has done more than I.)

I think the below plan will NOT work. The original reunion format worked just fine. Not broken, don’t fix.

1. 5 days in Las Vegas, and the weather is brutal even in the spring. Other than visit with other SAHSians, what to do other than gamble, drink, or attend $100 shows?


2. Unless everyone stays for 5 days, how many days do I have to stay to see those I came to see?


3. No hospitality suite?  We have to have our own place to meet, talk, laugh cry, and share stories. How do I hook up with other SAHSians? Call them up? Troll the lobby? If a bunch of us wanna chat, where do we go? My room? Your room? A restaurant. How do we connect to plan dinner or outings. There are hundreds of places to eat in Vegas but none of them will allow staying around forever, switching seats or doing what we could do in a suite.

4. There should be a dinner dance. The dinner is your insurance you saw everyone and got to hug those you needed to.

5. Most of us don’t have regular jobs any more but those that do work M-F.

6. The past plan worked. Arrive Friday (or if you want, earlier). Hospitality suite open Friday evening through Sunday AM. Fee pays for:

*  The suite plus non-alcoholic beverages, finger food, early Sunday continental breakfast.
*  Sat evening meal, sock hop room (if there is a separate charge-depends on venue).

* DJ for sock hop. We have done without but would need a volunteer plus music and equipment.

7. In the several reunions I was intimate with, the reunion fee was never over $100. But, the fee was set artificially low to encourage people to come and then relied on donations at the reunion. Some years, donation plus fees covered expenses. But several years didn’t and I and a few alum paid out of pocket.

If this new plan is to avoid a reunion fee, forget it. You’ll save the fee and have no suite, no dinner, no dinner dance, and a lousy time. You will pay for 4-5 night rooms instead of two and 4 evening meals and lunches. Construct a fee that will cover expenses. It won’t be that much and how many years until we can’t do reunions anymore?

In the past, getting a special rate with the hotel with some guarantees gave us the suite gratis. Joe has always been our hotel negotiator and good at it.

I offer my assistance in doing the following.

A. I can send emails to those on sahs-reunion.com by class year. (For whom is this reunion directed – in the past it have been classes of the 60s only. Lets not send emails to all SAHS alum.

B. I can post a general announcement on the front page of www.sahis-reunion.com and send update emails per Item B above.


If someone will compose a posting for this reunion and then the web page or person to contact for more info, I will post. Please don’t make me write it. It is your post.

Keith Hodges ‘67

10/21/22 08:57 AM #479    

Keith Hodges (1967)

For the 60s, 2023 Reunio, I recommend Chcago and not LV.


I do not recommend LV for the 2023 reunion. Hotel prices can be low, and the airport is convenient. We did LV a few years back. Great hotel but unfortunately off the strip and one had to take a tram from the hotel to the strip.  I was in LV recently and realized how few things there are to do other than look at the hotels, dodge half naked women trying to get $20 to have their picture taken, and gambling.

I push for Chicago and staying on the Miracle Mile, and I would suggest this is a locale where some might want to spend a few extra days.

  • This is NOT the part of Chicago with crime problems. (https://freetoursbyfoot.com/is-chicago-safe-to-visit-for-tourists/)
  • Two airports to choose from, both with metro to where we would stay.
  • Rental car absolutely unnecessary. Great shopping, attractions, and eating within walking distance (or metro bus).
  • World renown and name brand shopping.
  • World’s best pizza.
  • Chock full of attractions. #indicates within walking distance of major hotels or a 5 minute bus ride.
    • Art Institute which rivals the greatest art museums of the world. #
    • Field Museum of Natural History. Fantastic and where Sue, the T-Rex, lives.#
    • Adler Planetarium. #?
    • Shedd Aquarium.#
    • Other museums: google “Chicago museums”
    • Navy Pier – a carnival like atmosphere. #
    • Theater District with plays as good as Broadway.
  • Have you ever seen a professional ball game in person? I did some training in Chicago a while back and had a great outing at Fenway to watch the Cubs. Depending on the season, professional baseball, football, basketball and hockey are also available.


10/21/22 09:03 AM #480    

Todd Himes (1980)

I think Keith nailed the process! While I understand Pete's goal to be flexible, most events that will have a large group of people need some sort of structure, agenda, etc. to move things along....not to mention a central location that provides both reduced block rates and some entertainment within walking distance.

10/21/22 02:36 PM #481    

Anne Scanlan (Wiggins) (1968)

Having been to most of the 60s reunions, I heartily agree with Keith's very articulate and accurate assessment!
Anne Wiggins

10/22/22 04:36 AM #482    


Buddy Wootten (1967)


Keith, Anne and friends from the 60's, I agree with Keith about everything regarding the spring reunion. However, I will go wherever my friends want to gather. My goal would be to catch up and visit with some of oldest friends and the location is not that important for me!




10/23/22 03:16 AM #483    

Keith Hodges (1967)

RE: My post of the other day concerning a reunion that recommended Chicago.

This reunion is still in the development process.

The target years are those that graduated high school in the 60s (whether SAHS or another).

IMO, and as Buddy said, the city where the reunion is held is of the least importance (except as it affects cost). What is crtical, I think, is that there be a hospitality suite, focused period (a weekend) and a dinner dance.

Keith Hodges '67


11/13/22 08:37 AM #484    

Keith Hodges (1967)

UP DATE - Classes of the 60s Reunion

 Thursday, March 30 thru Sunday 2 April 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Joe Holcombe ‘67 is working on a Reunion for the Classes of the 60s. 

Current plan: Park MGM Hotel, Hospitality suite, buffet, sock hop with 60s DJ.

Details are being nailed down now.

If you have any interest in attentding or for more info, get on Joe's list.

Joe Holcombe seoulahs6@gmail.com

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