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04/24/17 08:24 AM #11    

Mary Ann Brooks (Ferguson)

YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF YOUR CLASSMATES. IF WE HAD A WALL OF FAME YOU WOULD BE ON IT ALONG WITH C.M. SHEARER AND MANY OTHERS. WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE BEEN RAISED IN BORGER AMERICA.


06/25/17 04:21 PM #12    

 

Jimmie Brown

Dan,

Good Idea.

Count me in for 6 month DFW reunuions of BHS Class of 58

Jimmie D. Brown


06/26/17 12:44 PM #13    

Samuel (Bob) West

Dan great idea. Let me know when and where. What can I do to help. Bob West 


06/27/17 12:00 PM #14    

 

Ted Tanner

Bob,

Bonnie & I think that's a very good Idea.  (or could be just one a year),  Thanks.


08/23/17 10:01 AM #15    

Charles Boydston (Chief) Boyd

Harold, may the Lord wash you with peace over Eva's homecoming.  Comfort him Lord, help him through this time of greiving and bless him with the peace that passes all human understanding!!!  In the name of Jesus!!!

Your Indian in Jesus,

Chief


12/25/17 02:01 PM #16    

 

Jimmie Brown

Professor Langley,

Well said.


12/30/17 02:46 PM #17    

 

Jimmie Brown

Very deep thoughts from Dr. Lester Dan Langley.


01/11/18 07:48 PM #18    

 

Jimmie Brown

Perfesser Danny,

Thwnks for your errfort and research.

I would be interested in all the options except golf.


01/13/18 09:26 AM #19    

 

Jimmie Brown

Fellow Borger High School 1958 classmates,

Sunday, January 14, 2018 is the 78th birthday of our classmate Richard Bostick.

He and wife Marie have endured much difficulty in the past year.

Their home was flooded during Huricane Harvey.

Then Richard fell and fractured his hip.

Currenntly, he is in therapy at:Cllear Lake Regional Medical Center, 500 W. Medical Center Blvd, Webster, TX 77598.

Richard was scheduled for hip surgery last week, but incurred pneumonia, so the surgery was cancelled. He as lost weight from 165lbs to current 124lbs.

Richard and Marie are feeling very alone due to all their tribulations.

They need our encouragement. A "Get Well Card" would certainly lift their spirits.

Marie cell phone: 281-467-6609.


01/14/18 01:06 PM #20    

Edwin Gerald Hazzard

 

Just returned from visiting Richard in Hospital. His condition is not good, but he is in good sprits. Marie has been by his side for about 2 months. She needs time for her self, I hope to releive her this week. We talked about going to the reunion together. In the mean time

FEMA is very slow in giving help toward fixing their house. They require Est of replacement furniture, before they release money for remodle... a lot of leg work. I am doing this, next week.

they will be in Hospital for several more weeks, after he gets his strength back, they plan another surgery on his hip. Then more therapy in hos. 

More later,

Gerald

 

 

 

 


01/14/18 06:22 PM #21    

 

Jimmie Brown

Gerald,

Thanks for visiting Richard and Marie today on Richard's 78th birthday.

I'm sure Marie appreciated your visit, as she has felt alone during all the tribulations they have endured with flooding of their home from Hurricane Harvey, followed by Richard's health issues.

She will sleep better tonight knowing that you are willing to assist with the FEMA documentation.

All of us BHS 1958 classmates salute your efforts.

Jimmie B. Brown

 


07/14/18 07:02 PM #22    

 

Jimmie Brown

Professor  Dan,

Thanks for your message. As always, you express your wisdom in a scholarly and amusing style. Keep 'em comin'

 


07/25/18 11:42 AM #23    

 

Lester Dan Langley

The humor is a mask for a long-time depression, but the road to recovery, as those who suffer from depression know, is long and often frustrating. In retrospect, my turnaround came not from spending three years with a pyschologist but twenty minutes of conversation coupled with follow-up correspondence with a remarkable member of our class. I'm completing my first year as a member of a local Methodist church. When I began, I considered myself a liberal, a Democrat, an ambivalent Christian, and a victim. Now I call myself a Christian (trying to recover my soul), an ambivalent liberal, and an independent. I'll have to be careful in leading the discussion of Lincoln's Second Inaugural because I do not want to say anything that will cause any of them to doubt their faith that God has a purpose. (I can analyze but am not fully prepared to make the proverbial leap of faith.) I did point out that northern ministers believed that the Union victory did mean that we can divine God's purpose and, ironically, that southern ministers believed their cause was just but that the South's loss was providential. In truth, as I pointed out in a cover sheet, Lincoln believed that only God can understand God's purpose and that the horrors of the war meant that we might not be God's chosen people. But he didn't say that in his message. Like the parent who tells a child who asks "where did I come from?" with "you were created out of love" or "in the eyes of God" instead of the likelihood that conception occurred in the back seat of a Buick, Lincoln (who belonged to no established church) understood that you give people a choice and reassure them with reminders of the deeper meaning of the Revolution and the fictional "nation" it had created. If this class goes well, I'm hoping the class will be interested in doing a lesson on JFK's Inaugural (pay attention to his last sentence) or MLK, Jr.'s "I have a dream" or his last sermon in Memphis the day before he was shot. 


07/26/18 08:08 AM #24    

John Wilkinson

Hello Dan, I also enjoy reading your posts and would enjoy participating in your Sunday School class.  My path is somewhat similar to yours as we joined the Bozeman United Methodist Church and I became an Independent not too long ago.  This morning I read a blog by Parker Palmer that discussed the same issues we face caused by living more years.  He stated that "Wholeness does not mean perfection: It means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life."  Keep up the great work!  John W.


07/28/18 02:14 PM #25    

Samuel (Bob) West

Dan, thank you so much for your insights and opinions, they are wonderful to read. I wish you the best in your spritual quest.  As for me, I have become more liberal as I grow older. I am still a conservative on issues of economics, but on social issues I am far to the left. I live in the Redest county in Texas and am a miniority as to my political beliefs. On spritual matters I have come to look down on religion per se, but look up to people who are Christian and put their efforts to help others above their words.  It is amusing to those that know me that I belong to a Presbyterian church, while at the same time looking down my nose at theology. But, the people there have helped me find a lot of peace.  To  people that grew up in Borger, Texas I think we found faith at an early age just to survive that place, and most learned to lean on, lift up their class mates and be a part of something other than themselves.. Not to make light of anyone suffering from depression, but it has helped me to look in the mirror, and at my age feel how good it is to see a reflection of a live human being looking back. Please take care of yourself and keep sending your knowledge to the rest of us. I look forward to your new book and hope it is published soon. Bob West

 


08/24/18 03:20 PM #26    

 

Lester Dan Langley

Bob West expressed views very much like those I've heard from others. What a nation calls history a person calls memory or nostalgia, which sounds better. It really would be better to be conservative when one is young because you may not be so disappointed when things don't turn out the way you wanted or thought possible. I'm now putting the final revisions on "The Long American Revolution," which involves cutting a bloated and messy Preface in half and trying to explain at the end why I can say men, especially white males, who are as angry now as they were in 1776, are both the problem and the solution. That may be easier than an admission that I am nowadays more nostalgic about the world I was trying to leave in 1958 than I thought possible. I'm finishing my first year as a member of a local Methodist church, and it has helped immensely, but I also have to acknowledge that some things and feelings are not recoverable. It helps to take the proverbial leap of faith to accept that. As the late Bennie Hill might have said, "You play the hand you're dealt." 


09/10/18 02:44 PM #27    

Leonard Vance Moxom

no,we are moving forward in recovery,with new and rewarding markets.

 


09/11/18 11:26 AM #28    

Samuel (Bob) West

Dan.  My definition of victims is simple. Probably too simplistic. The holocost, stroke, ms, alzheimers, heart failure, drug addicition, psychopaths. The list is endless of the tradegy imposed on people beyond their control. As is the will of the majority imposed upon the minority. Physically and economically.

A child born in poverty and of a minority race (which we whites are becoming) is a victim.

I disagree with your sunday school collegues opinion about the bible having all the answers. That is hogwash to me.  The bible did not cure polio or leporsy, nor does it prevent nature or mankind from very distructive acts. 

I do not believe in a literal interpretation of that book. Anything written by any man is flawed to some degree. (shades of Winfred Moore and First Baptist Borger haunt my memory where we were taught dominoes, card games and dancing were from the devil and not approved of in the Bible, although where in that book I could not locate). As you can probably guess I am not an evangelical.

Are we victims in the United States? Not when we have the power to change our systems. Are we ignorant or lazy to allow abuse? Probably. Victims, no.  We choose and it is not imposed on us. 

Are we self de-structive? Observation and history indicates we are.

Baseball and apple pie won;t beat Atom Bombs, populations disparities, or ignorance. If we are too lazy, dumb or crazy to pay attention and not elect intelligent, moral people to govern us, we are not victims, We are suicidal.

Glad I lived in the time period I did. We had it easy. Maybe that is our problem.

Thanks for being our classmate, our brain power and spokesman. Bob West

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for your outlook and questions. You make us think.  Bob West


09/11/18 01:33 PM #29    

 

Lester Dan Langley

Bob--I'm with you in many ways. But you hit on something at the end. Men are suicidal. We kill ourselves working and we reach back in our memories to persuade ourselves that we should have followed a different path. The church both of us knew in the fifties was the church of the Cold War, where we thought we were up against something formidable, and we had to be certain that God would approve the choices we made. We still believe that we are exceptional, but it's not for the reasons we always believed––or were taught to believe––that God is on our side. We're distressed today not because we didn't choose the best and the brightest, but David Halberstrom showed us in his book on the sixties that we did. There is nothing new in seeing our personal lives as a mirror of the world's and the country's troubles. I'm still a liberal (as Barry Goldwater confirmed he was), but I've learned something that liberals take a long time to figure out––we can't get to the left of the Left. I would like to believe that the millenials are on to something when they talk about democratic socialism, but I am pessimistic that it will survive. I agree with those who thought Clinton would have been a better choice, but she made the mistake that liberal elites often make in this country, which is taking for granted those who feel left behind and underestimating the power that religion, especially evangelical religion, has had since the Founders crafted what they believed was a more perfect government. I still argue ours is the last revolution. We believe in the individual, in the person, in people who want to fit in but refuse to be fitted in. I'm going to go on writing, but what means more to me is that I am getting my soul back, little by little. 


09/14/18 01:26 PM #30    

 

Lester Dan Langley

Other members in our class who knew Richard Bostick better than I will have more to say about him, and it will be better than what I have to say, as I probably had no more than one hour of conversation with him, and most of that came from the times when he joined the Possum Kingdom gang. His even-tempered personality and disposition will make the list, as others in our class have confirmed. And most of us were aware, either from personal contact or second-hand, what he went through in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. I do not know what church he belonged to or what his political beliefs were. I do know that I cannot imagine talking about the Class of '58 without including him, as someone who knew where he belonged and never had to ask why. In an era when everyone seems to be angry about someone or something, I never heard him utter a discouraging word. I believe that I'll hang on to the one hour of conversation I had with him. Maybe the world will look better.


09/14/18 07:48 PM #31    

 

Jimmie Brown

Our !958 classmate, Richard Bostick's, basic personality can best be described as consistent, mild, polite to all, and friendly. .Always smiling, happy, and glad to see, and visit with everyone who came in contact with him. He never said a discouranging word. Never prone to gossip. Never showed anger. Never was in a bad mood.

I will always treasure the moments in we shared in conversation of our travels, occupations, and families.

The world would be a much better place if all persons possessed and consistently displayed the posirive personality atttibutes of our classmate and friend Richard Bostick.

I feel blessed that he was a part of my life.

Richard Bostick will be missed.


10/30/18 02:34 PM #32    

 

Lester Dan Langley

My church offers a series of courses every fall and spring, most of them dealing with everything from planning for retirement to marriage counseling. I was asked to do one, and here is what I proposed. I'd like your advice about what to emphasize or drop. 

God, Nation, and the Long American Revolution, 1776 to the Present

Anyone who tells a story is a historian, and I have designed this course with that in mind––a conversation among people of differing views about looking at history, with the long American Revolution and Christianity, especially Protestantism, at center stage. If you believe that the nation has gone “off course” or is on the “wrong side of history,” or that the American Revolution, which was also a civil war, is the only war that we cannot afford to lose, then you have something in common with every generation we will look at in each of the five sessions that follow our introductory meeting. The readings will be documents available on the web. We will explore issues and topics we identify with the American Revolution and that remain relevant today. Among these are:

1. Why is the American Revolution the longest war in our history and why are we still fighting it? or Why do we believe we are exceptional because we believe we are “the last best hope”?

2. Why the conservative of today would have been the revolutionary of 1776 or Who is a revolutionary?

3. Why is it important to understand that we are an old republic but a young nation?

4. Why have successive generations “played the race card” as well as the “religious card”?

5. How did Baptists and Evangelical Methodists “subvert” the secular American Revolution and how does religion continue to shape who we are?

6. How does our Revolution differ from the other revolutions of the Revolutionary Age in the Atlantic World (the French, the Haitian, and the Latin American) or the Chinese and Russian of the 20th century?

7. Why do some women play the role of “Abigail Adams” (author of the iconic 1776 “Remember the Ladies” letter to her husband, John Adams)––the woman as equal partner––but are told they must be another “Eleanor Roosevelt”––the woman as moral compass––and too often wind up having to play both roles?

8. Why have white males played a critical role in the history of the long American Revolution?

Lester D. Langley, leader of the discussion, taught courses on US and Latin American and Caribbean history for 30 years at the University of Georgia. His interest in revolution began in the early sixties, and he has been teaching and writing about revolution ever since. He is the author of the forthcoming book, “The Long American Revolution and Its Legacy,” in which he explains how he was torn between his father––the Revolution’s “economic man”––and his mother and his older sisters––who believed life and history were “morality plays”––and how in that conflict he lost his soul but recovered it as a member of Sierra Vista Church.


10/31/18 01:38 PM #33    

 

Kenneth Cunningham

Dan -

Don't change anything.  Do it your way and they will learn something.  Be sure to send out the web site for the documents.

Kenneth


11/01/18 10:39 AM #34    

 

Lester Dan Langley

Well, you may be right. I meet in a few weeks with the person who runs the program–– an associate pastor, who radiates with love and faith. Scripturalists predominate in my Church, and the Minister preaches inclusivity––even Satan would be welcomed––although I continue to wonder if I will ever fit in. How do I get across the belief that John 3:16 is more revolutionary than anything Karl Marx ever wrote or that a revolutionary is not the one proclaiming white or black power but the person with the placard stating "I am somebody?" I know I cannot relive my academic career, and I really didn't "mesh" all that well in the Rotary Club. This is my last chance to convey a message to people who may see me as an intruder or as someone who is challenging their faith. I sense that the members of this Church are no different from many others in their desire to restore what they believe is a "lost America"––which is nowadays a conservative's article of faith––but are unmindful that the "restorationist" is the true revolutionary. I don't want to say anything that will diminish their faith. I do not want to be cast out. 


11/02/18 10:59 AM #35    

 

Lester Dan Langley

Car sales persons speak about "curb appeal," and advertising majors are closer to understanding what is revolutionary than political scientists. This is my revised "take" on the course:

Revolutionary Scripture: The Long American Revolution, 1776 to the Present

Anyone who tells a story from a particular “angle” or approach is a historian, and I have designed this course with that in mind––a conversation among people of differing views about looking at history, with the long American Revolution and Christianity, especially Protestantism, at center stage. We are going to look at the American Revolution and its legacy as Scripture that still matters. We will explore why the American Revolution may be thought of as the first war in the Age of Reason or the last war of the Protestant Reformation. The American Revolution has a dual image––a revolution that underwrote slavery, expansionism, racism, war against indigenous people and denial of the right of revolution to others and, conversely, a revolution that professed a commitment to freedom, liberty, self-determination, and equality. If you believe that the nation has gone “off course” or is on the “wrong side of history,” or if you struggle between seeing things analytically or materially or as moral issues, then you have something in common with every generation we will look at in each of the six sessions of the course. 

The readings will be documents available on the web. We will explore issues and topics we identify with the American Revolution and that remain relevant today, ranging from what the 18th century world called natural rights and we call human rights, nationhood, democracy, the rights and role of women and minorities and the role of government in society to such issues as globalization, immigration, slavery and race, and especially religion. We will take broad eras in the history of the United States, from the generation that experienced the War of Independence to the modern era and discuss how the American Revolution affected subsequent generations and other people. We will discuss how our revolution measures up against the other great revolutions––the French, the Russian, the Chinese––as well as those of this hemisphere––the Haitian and the Latin American. At the end, we will have a better grasp on identifying why we believe we are “the last best hope” and that the American Revolution may be considered the last revolution because it is about the person––the protestor holding the sign that reads, “I Am Somebody.”

 

Lester D. Langley, leader of the discussion, taught courses on US and Latin American and Caribbean history for 30 years at the University of Georgia. His interest in revolution began in the early sixties, and he has been teaching and writing about revolution ever since. 

 


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