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SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
October 1, 2005

This is a short SGM/BBHS monthly newsletter but wanted to get this e-mail out for the class reunion of 1985. Look forward to seeing all of the class of 85 this weekend. Al

Attire for the main event????? That question has come up. We are saying, "Fall casual." What does that mean? It means it's your reunion and you're paying to attend. There is no real dress requirement. However, the Northwoods Resort is very nice. Fall casual essentially means on the upper end of casual and the lower end of dressy. Ladies, perhaps a dressy pantsuit, casual dress or skirt and blouse. Gentlemen, perhaps slacks and a dress shirt, Dockers and a sweater, or if you prefer, a suit is still fine. You can probably eliminate a tux as an option. ;) Be safe and just wear what your wife tells you. If you're single, wear what your mother tells you. I hope this helps answer the questions.

The Main Event is going to be packed with surprises. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The cash bar will be ready to go and the DJ will be spinning some listening tunes. Dinner will start at 7:00 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. we have a very special presentation followed by LIVE entertainment that you won't want to miss. Our formal festivities should wrap up by 8:30 p.m. then we have the rest of the evening to catch up with old friends, dance and possibly enjoy a few adult spirits.

We want to thank everyone for such great enthusiasm and participation in the web site guestbook. It's been great seeing people reconnect. We are hoping to keep the web site live through the 25-year reunion so that we can keep in touch. If you would like to sponsor one month of the web site, you can purchase a one-month sponsorship for $10 at on the "purchase online" page. Contributions would be greatly appreciated. We will keep the web site as current as possible over the next 5 years and update when new information is received.

We hope that everyone is as excited about attending the reunion as we are about putting it all together. We have a great group working to make the weekend fun and full of lasting memories. So finalize your travel plans, try on 10 different outfits and ask, "does my butt look big?", pack the one that gets a resounding "no" and get ready to have the time of your life.

Last e-mail from class of 85:
We're pleased to announce that we will be able to provide lunch for you and your families at the Sunday picnic. The reunion committee will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, paper supplies, dessert and soft drinks. If you could bring a side salad or chips, that would be great. Our beloved classmate, Danny Enger, will be providing two propane bbq's.

Weekend's events:

Friday, 9/30
7:00 p.m. - Mixer at La Montana
Happy Hour Specials all night

Saturday, 10/1
1:30 p.m. - Big Bear Middle School
Big Bear Bears Varsity Home Game
6:30 p.m. - Northwoods Resort
Main Event

Sunday, 10/2 11:00 a.m. - Meadow Park
Family Picnic
Moon Bounce for the Kids
Lunch provided

We hope this will be a weekend to remember. Looking forward to seeing all of you and sharing great memories while creating new ones.

If anyone needs to get in contact with me after Tuesday, please call my cell phone at (303) 641-1836.

Safe travels!

Dear Al,
I'm laughing out loud here. You taught me to make appropriate decisions. I remember the conversation. "Dianne, you can get an A, and an Unsatisfactory in behavior. Or, you can choose to move your seat away from Jim Moran and Janet Caldwell." Hmmm, Love and Logic in the classroom (a huge program now) in the 60s. I will be in Southern California over the weekend of the 8th of October, Homecoming, to see my nephews perform their prowess in football. I am making connections one person at a time, one of my strengths. You'll enjoy this; I'm a minister, sort of, I've always been spiritual. I will be marrying two of my friends (marrying them, not polygamy) in Zions Park in two weeks. As usual a full plate. But I am going to organize a blurb for your newsletter this week.

Love always,
On Tuesday, August 30, 2005, at 07:51 PM, Al Waner wrote:
Hello Diane, Your biggest senior problem is letting you know that I would be glad to assist in your planning for a reunion. Sandy is a tremendous assest to the Big Bear Foundation so I know you can count on your "little sister". I send out an alumni e mailing every month so if you want me to put something in the newsletter to get things rolling please let me know. Love you, Al

Some of you remember Scott Meier, class of 80 and Sherri Delaurie class of (not sure). Their young son is entering professional car racing. His name is Jace and Neal Waner (81) is on Jace supporter e-mail list. If you enjoy racecar stories you will enjoy this!!!!

Dear Supporter,
The past two weekends (Sept.3 and 11) have been very exciting here at Jace Meier Racing. On September 11th, I was back racing at Stockton 99 Speedway in the "Fred Gerhardt Classic". This is one of the biggest west coast races of the year in which the USAC Western Midgets, USAC Western Sprints, and USAC Ford Focus Midgets gather to honor one of the best racers in USAC history. During Friday practice, we were well off the pace, struggling all day to figure out the ever changing track. This race was actually on Sunday night instead of Saturday, so the team spent most of Saturday working at our shop in Sacramento. On Sunday morning, I continued to be slower than usual and was a bit worried going into qualifying. Luckily, we were able to find some speed in qualifying and we placed the sixth fastest lap. Because of the six car invert, I would start first for the race but I was still unsure of how fast the car would be. Because of the importance of this race, we ran a 50 lap race with a mandatory intermission on lap 25. This is not my most favorite format for a race, but I would have to deal with the circumstances. For the first 25 laps, I was extremely quick and ran away with the win. However, this only meant that I would again start first for the second 25 lap race. Once the green flag came out for the final race, we all charged towards turn one. The driver that started right behind me became a little too anxious and drove her car too deep into the corner. This caused her to hit my left rear tire, immediately snapping my "pan-hard bar" in half. Just like that, my night was over and I was forced to watch the remainder of the race from the pits. It was an unfortunate incident, but racing isn't always fair.

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to test in a Super Late Model race car in Carson City, Nevada. The team was first class and everything went exceptionally well! I spent much of the day, becoming accustomed to the heavy 3000 lb car. Needless to say, the car drives much different than my 1000 lb USAC Midget! However, after learning the characteristics of the car, the team put brand new tires on the car to see what I could do. The fastest time that the team has ever run at Champion Speedway in Carson City was 13.68 seconds. In my first time ever driving a full-sized stock car, I turned a lap of 13.78! The team was very impressed with my driving and gave me many great compliments. I am very excited about my success in the car and look forward to any further opportunities that may come up with the team.

As you can tell, the past two weekends, have been very exciting and I am looking forward to this weekend's race at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, California. I will continue to update you on any progress in my racing. As always, thank you so much for your support.

Jace Meier
Neal called me and said that Jace won his first race last Saturday evening. He is only 16 years old.
Boy, I was impressed! That kid can drive! He fought the entire race, locked it up a few times, pushed the leader around, and then pulled that move with a few laps left to take the lead and bring home the win. The crowd loved it.

What I was more impressed with was his maturity and presence with the microphone after the race. He gets out of the car, hugs his crew, listens to the interviewer and says, "I wish my dad could have been here to see this tonight, he's been with me all season but tonight he's taking 30 underprivileged kids to a race back home in Las Vegas." He then went on to thank his crew and the crowd. Very polished, very classy, I was quite impressed.

It was nice that the person we went to see won, however as a parent with three young kids with me that evening, I was even more pleased that they saw a young man compete hard, win, and then be gracious and mature in victory. Kids need more role models like that.

It's going to be fun watching him climb.

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