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06/29/16 05:05 PM #7    

 

Jimmie Darrell Brown

Fellow classmates of the famous class of 1958. I share the well expressed sentiments of our own Professor Lester D. Langley......a learned person of letters in academia. Have often remarked to family and friends.....and even acquaintances....that in 16 years of school, I personally observed only one (1) fist fight.....that was in the 9th grade.....do not know the nature of the confrontation. It was over in 5 seconds and a bloody nose was the only damage. Never saw any person bullied or pushed around.....never saw drugs or anyone totally inebriated......obviously no drug overdose. Never knew any alcoholic parents, divorces or adults that abused spouses or children. People mostly lived their lives quietly, went to work daily and earned an honest living. As Dan says, common sense and reasonable behavior were prevalent. In many ways...."back in the day".....was better in so many ways than the values and behavior of our society in 2016. My most treasured memories of the Borger High School class of 1958 was that our classmates seemed to always be smiling and happy to see each other. Yes, we lived in a simple but wonderful time!  :)

 

 

 


04/04/17 10:41 AM #8    

Larry Foster

Great suggestion and everyone I think would agree. How is your book coming along? You have Mucho talent in writing. Larry


04/06/17 08:47 AM #9    

Larry Foster

Thank you so much for sharing, really appreciate to know more about your family. I look forward to reading the book. Larry


04/24/17 08:24 AM #10    

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 #11    

 

Jimmie Darrell 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 #12    

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 #13    

 

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 #14    

 

Charles 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 #15    

 

Jimmie Darrell Brown

Professor Langley,

Well said.


12/30/17 02:46 PM #16    

 

Jimmie Darrell Brown

Very deep thoughts from Dr. Lester Dan Langley.


01/11/18 07:48 PM #17    

 

Jimmie Darrell 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 #18    

 

Jimmie Darrell 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 #19    

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 #20    

 

Jimmie Darrell 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 #21    

 

Jimmie Darrell Brown

Professor  Dan,

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

 


07/26/18 08:08 AM #22    

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 #23    

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

 


09/10/18 02:44 PM #24    

Leonard Vance Moxom

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

 


09/11/18 11:26 AM #25    

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


09/14/18 07:48 PM #26    

 

Jimmie Darrell 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.


10/31/18 01:38 PM #27    

 

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


03/23/19 09:37 AM #28    

 

Jimmie Darrell Brown

Very sad to hear of the passing of Elgie Seamster. He was a wonderful happy person. Always smiling and friendly to everyone.


06/21/19 07:46 AM #29    

 

Charles Boyd

Dan,

My Messiah is Jesus!!!  Donald Trump was a client of mine, a great client, but I do not see him as a Messiah.  Let me share with you about my firms experience with Donald Trump.  We did a a project for him that was on the Missippippi River just North of the Arch.  It was a large hotel and inculded a conference center.  Architects who work with developers have a dilemna when the projects do not happen.  When the projects do not happen there is usually a battle to receive 50% of the Architectural fee for the work done.  The problem on our project was that the city council in St. Louis had a bigger ego than Mr. Trump (I know it is hard to believe but that was the case) and they kept adding infrastructure to his project to the extent that it was no longer a feasible project.  Trump said thanks but no thanks and left.  However, he thanked us for a good job and paid the entire fee without even being hounded about it.  Was he a hard and demanding client, yes but we like hard clients because they tell you what they want, then all you have to do is provide it for them.  The clients who drive us nuts are those who cannot tell us what they want.  I believe that his goal of "Making America Great Again" goes to his understanding of business.  Without a douibt, America is the greatest country the world has ever known.  What made America great and is making it great again is the business climate in our country and the way that that business has impacted not only America but the world!  That is something that Donald Trump knows and understands.  Combine that with his daily bible studies at the White House and you have an unbeatable combination of work with spiritual guidance.  I pray for him and our Nation every day!!!  He is no Messiah, but I do believe that God has chosen him to lead us during these hard times, just like he used Churchill in World War II to lead England and the world.  

Your Indian in Jesus,

Chief


06/21/19 05:25 PM #30    

 

Jimmie Darrell Brown

Charles (Chief) Boyd,

Regarding your statements of your Messiah and President Donald John Trump.....Well said!


07/03/19 05:17 PM #31    

Samuel (Bob) West

Dan your intelect and as one of the premier historians in the U.S.make it difficult and intimidating to express opinions, but since you asked here are a couple of mine.

Growing up in Borger made me very resistant to people who tried to tell me what I should do, think, believe or who tried to bend me to their will or to dominate me..

As to messiahs I never personaly met one.  I especially avoid and distrust politicians.

An old story, but it expresses my belief.

A man took his son to the wise elder of the village and ask if there was a way to know what his son would become as an adult. The wise man said he had a perfect test . He put up three tables and one one he placed a dollar bill, on another a Bible, and on the last a glass of whiskey.He told the father to put his son in front of the tables and that the one his son went to would indicate his future. If he picked up the dollar he wotld be a businesman, conserrvative and perhaps wealthy. If he choose the Bible he would be deeply religious and maybe a member of the clergy. If he chose the whiskey he would be a ner do well, lacking in moral standards and bring a lot of grief to those around him.

The son approached the table. Picked up the dollar and put it in his pocket, put the Bibe under his arm, picked up the whiskey and drank it.The wise man said " on no, he is going to be a politician"

I haven't seen a lot to change my opinion over the years. Our presidents since Eisenhower have not shown me much. :Lyndon gave us Vietnam, and inspite of a lot of very brave men, inclufding classmates and my good friend Digger O'Dell, we lost a lot of good people for nothing. Bush gave us the Mid East and that is still costing us. So I am somewhat jaded.

As to race I remember  when our school was integrated. Issac Robinson came out for football and he was one of the best on our team. On our way to El Paso to play a game we stopped in Portales NM for dinner. Issac was refused service and asked to leave the restaurant. We all got up and walked out with him. The owner could not change his mind quick enough and asked us all to come back. That was the day I understood the color green was more powerful than black, and that sticking up to what was fair was worth the effort.

Our class has had many outstanding and successful men and women. We also have had or share of less shining stars.One of my good childhood friends died in prison. So we have a mix of people top to bottom.

But, lets not speak bad of the dearly departed.

How to make America Great Again?  I don't believe that putting the wealth of our nation in the hands of the top 2 or 3% will get us close. Mexico did that for years and years and never did get Great Again, nor has any country with a small or weak middle class been very great.

I thnk that over the years our country has produced some great leaders in times of crisis but not messiahs, they are outstanding but still human with the same weakness we all have, so I don't worship them, or put them on pedestals, I   have deep respect for them and thanks for what they have done, but if our country evers starts thinking about kings or annointments by God we are in real trouble.

I think what made Borger good was the friendships developed. Friends are there and alway reach out with no questions asked. We all have them and that is one of the most important things we can posses.. When we reach out to help others as best we can, everyone becomes greater. Sounds corny I guess but the friends I am lucky to have helped me and still do. Haven't seen any messiahs get up close and personal.

Now I have shown by limited intelligence, but do appreciate you very much. Bob West

 

 


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