Our 50th birthdays were celebrated successfully on July 23-24, 2004. Many thanks to Ted Harmon for organizing the week-end
Fifteen of our Class of '72 amigos gathered Friday night at Senor Pepper's, Lebanon's famous watering hole for south of
the border specialties. The highlight of the evening was Kenny Smith strolling through the door completely unaware of the
gathering, and doing a surprised double-take at seeing all the familiar friends calling to him to join the party (which he
did). Those attending the Friday night fiesta were: Craig Johnson, Mickey Cornelison, Lee Hough Mooney, Rhonda Jemes Wood
and husband Chester, Duane Viele, Bobby Pettitt, Minnie Null Durbin, Wanda Tennison Tyre and husband Greg, Ted Harmon, Judy
Woodard Jacobson and husband Larry, Haven Miller and Kenny Smith.
Saturday evening fifteen classmates and one significant other assembled at Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake of the Ozarks.
Those attending were: Ted Harmon, Craig Johnson, Haven Miller, Bobby Pettitt, Duane Viele, Mickey Cornelison, Minnie Null
Durbin, Sally Hood Holtkamp, Wanda Tennison Tyre, Lee Hough Mooney, Debi Webb Freeman & her fella Larry, Kenny & Susan
Pearcy and Tom & Patsy Koffer. Our plans for a dinner cruise on the Larry Don were dashed because of rain and cool temperatures.
It rained and rained... and rained some more, but we didn't let that dampen our spirits! While we visited in the lodge's
lobby bar, our leader (Ted) quickly got on the phone and arranged a shuttle bus to take us to a local restaurant for dinner.
The name of the restaurant was Peckers, which of course caused a lot of speculation. The gals were hoping for a male version
of Hooters, but alas, it was not. After dinner the shuttle returned us to the lodge, where we gathered in the Blue Moon Martini
Bar for birthday cake and drinks. Throughout the rest of the evening, there was some obvious flirting with the bar's waitress
by some of the guys, pretending they weren't old enough to be her father. It was amusing to watch! When Ted went to his
room to get the cake, he was surprised to find his bed had been turned down and a lodge robe lying on the bed. None of the
rest of us who were staying at the lodge received such service. We surmised the lodge staff felt he might not be able to
turn down the bed himself and provided the robe so he wouldn't be running around naked. He later modeled the robe for everyone
in the bar. Ted's daughter, Amy, baked the cake and it was absolutely scrumptious. As the oldest member of our group, Craig
Johnson was given the honor of cutting the first piece of cake. After the cake was inhaled, the gang did some more visiting,
drinking, shooting pool and playing darts.
It was a most enjoyable week-end, especially considering Mother Nature's cruel tricks. Again, big thanks to Ted from
all of us for taking care of all the details -- he made it happen and we had a great time. We only wish more of you could
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