An edited email from Marlene Beavers
McDaris to Max
in May of 2000:
…Where do I start? Well, after I graduated, I went to Delta
one year, then went to work at Dow. What
a boring, boring, stupid job. I got
fired after nearly one year. I got
mixed up with a guy who was married, divorced, rode in a motorcycle gang in
Saginaw (!) and eventually enlisted in the Air Force to avoid the Army. I enlisted,
too--April 10, 1969 to be exact. I didn't marry him (thank God) and after
, I went to
(Shepherd AFB) for data processing school.
I went to
for three years, then to
for 10 months. At that time I was married to a
programmer whose job was deleted and we were sent to HQ ATC at Randolph AFB near
. We were assigned to a
Squadron. We got divorced after 5 1/2 years and I
turned around immediately and remarried my present husband. (23 years now) I worked on Randolph for 7 years, went to
the Philippines for 4 years, taking a 2 year old son and returning to Randolph
with a 6 year old and a 3 year old adopted daughter (Amerasian). (Justin and Crystal) Justin is 21and
is 19. We remained on
until we retired in 1993.
After staying home about a year I
for a degree in education. I now
teach 4th grade in one of the poorest school districts in
(Another experience in and of itself).
We now live in a very quiet, out in a
country like setting, with 1 ½ acres, 4 dogs, two cats, and a cockatiel named
Charlie. My husband is a latent rock
musician, in fact he was singing when I met him.
9 guitars, two PAs, and I don't remember how many amplifiers later, he is
still in a band with three other guys our age (or about) and sounds pretty darn
good. He just went out for a ride on
his motorcycle and he and our son tournament bass fish. Yes, we have the big bass boat, too.
Mike's daughter, Micah, lives in
and works for Mooney Aircraft in sales and marketing. (Need a contact in
?) Small world, huh?
I worked with
Hardware one winter. She was saving
money to go back to Mich.
. Beyond that I don't know what
happened to her. The only two I
really kept in touch with during my service years was Christine Cross and Joan
Chase. Joan lives near
, married to a guy who was in a band that played at the bowling lanes a lot in
the early '70s. Chris is an LPN and
works at the clinic my mom goes to so she and my sister Martha see her fairly
often. I don't know what happened to Connie Williams after she graduated. We used to keep in touch, then just went
separate ways. The last I knew,
Irene Havens married her high school sweety, had kids and then I don't know. My mom used to work with her mom and
sometimes I would get some news. I
went to her wedding reception and missed seeing her. The guy I was lala over in high school,
Al Adan (Cuban), turned out to be a real loser.
His dad and two uncles, all having fled from Castro, were doctors. He ended up getting killed along side a
highway somewhere. Didn't Eric and
Anne Belert get married and divorced? I
talked to Letetia one time when she lived in
. Her husband was studying at a
seminary and planning to be a minister, I believe.
About 7 years ago, Terry Renwick called me up. He had gotten my work number from my mom. He only lived about seven miles from me
and I never got back with him. He
seemed fairly happy, had 4 or 5 kids and sold insurance.
And please, send my
's e-mail address. Just don't tell
her, ok? I want to surprise her.
My life has not been uneventful. In fact, we were in the
when they killed Aquino, browned out the power on
, (no power, no news) and we were on local alert for a long time. Mom sent excepts of news from the Detroit
Free Press and we never got any of that. We
were really censored with the Stars and Stripes our only local news source. It
was really nice living over there but one time I was going to a sari sari store
to exchange dollars and the local constabulary had shut the store down. Those clowns were walking the
neighborhoods carrying automatic rifles and that was probably the only time I
felt a bit of fear. Who knew what
was going to happen?
Ok, I'll quit for now, but I gotta
warn you, I have a very close friend in Tucson
and I have gone three 1-2 times a year for the last 15-18 years. We were stationed together 30 years ago
and never lost touch. She owns two small galleries down in Tubac (The Pot Shop
and Rodeo June, in case you ever visit). But
that is another life and another story!
Waiting to here from you!