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10/20/20 09:45 AM #1190    


Edward Mc Carthy

uhhhh, is that maybe the entracne to that prison in Joliet?

10/20/20 10:45 AM #1191    


Andrea M Adam


     Is that the entrance to the Irish American Heritage Center? These old schools all kinda look the same!

10/20/20 11:20 AM #1192    


Marie Costa (McJilton)

Newton Bateman Elementary?

10/20/20 11:26 AM #1193    


Robert Cole


It's not ghost stories, but you should check out the annual International Magic Convention in Colon, MI. The largest magic convention in the world... in one of the smallest towns you'll ever find.

Harry Blackstone, Sr. had a home there and used to spend off-seasons there.  Developing new illusions and trying them out on the locals.  Over time, magicians gravitated there to learn from the master.  The convention just developed.

Some friends of ours used to own a small property there, right next to the old Blackstone property.  They have an old B/W picture of Blackstone Sr., standing on their dock, getting ready to do an underwarer escape.  The actual container from that picture is in their Blackstone museum in town (SMALL museum... but cool.).

There's a big container still on the shore where the locals say Balckstone Sr. used to stuff Blackstone Jr. when he was being a pest.  Before Jr. became a world-renowned magician in his own right.  I saw Jr.s stage show once and it was SPECTACULAR!

There's also a mail-order magic house in the small town that was started long ago by one of Blackstone's competitors.  It's still the largest magic specialty house in the world.
A very interesting little (very little) town, Colon, MI.  Still the magic capital of the world.

And, they STILL do a GREAT small town Independence Day celebration in the summer.  Nothing beats a small-town-America parade and festival.  A GIANT fireworks show!

Great small town diner.  The best fried chicken in town is served t the Marathon station on the way out!  Nice quiet lake.  Modest fishing (Tom Sawyer style.  Catching fish just gets in the way).  Very relaxing.  Quiet.
Americana at its best!

Except during the Magic Convention! 

10/20/20 03:20 PM #1194    


Michelle Milkovic (Weiner)

As usual... Marie is correct! 

Check out John Simmers post #89 on this forum.


10/20/20 03:41 PM #1195    


Marie Costa (McJilton)


How did you remember that post? It is like from ages ago.

Anyhow, it is amazing how many 76's came from that school! 

10/20/20 05:18 PM #1196    


Michelle Milkovic (Weiner)

Amazing right? 

But I spent fifteen minutes looking for my phone this morning only to discover it was in my back pocket.




10/21/20 11:12 AM #1197    


Terri (Therese) Bresnahan (Reid)

Robert - that sounds so cool - and, if nothing else, what a great backdrop for a mystery story!!!  And, thank you for the tip on the fried chicken - that's my favorite dish to find in small towns.  (You just can't find good fried chicken anymore!!)  smiley  I found it on Google maps - it's about a 4.5 hour trip for me - but it looks like it would be so much fun.  Thanks!!! 

11/10/20 07:16 PM #1198    


Michelle Milkovic (Weiner)

Hey Bicentennials... does anyone know any of the guys circled in this article from 1971?  This fall will be the 50th anniversary of female students being admitted to Lane and we'd love to interview any of the guys who "were in the room where it happened" and not only marched to the Board of Ed, but met to air their grievances.  Some are in the LTAA database but not surprisingly, none are members, and no email addresses or phone numbers for the few names we have.


11/11/20 01:02 PM #1199    


Mike Burgquist

Dennes Moffat and Tom Dreilinger are on Facebook.

11/18/20 08:04 PM #1200    


Michelle Milkovic (Weiner)

Thanks Mike.  I made contact with Dreilinger last week and he is super nice.


Next question... who can tell us with 100% accuracy, all of the optional academic concentrations (majors) available to us back in 1972?

Art, Music, Science & Math, Pre-Engineering, Honors, Engineering-Drafting?


11/19/20 06:32 AM #1201    


Janet Peterson (Ingraffia)


I have the info you were looking for. 


11/19/20 06:32 AM #1202    


Janet Peterson (Ingraffia)

11/19/20 06:33 AM #1203    


Janet Peterson (Ingraffia)

11/19/20 06:34 AM #1204    


Janet Peterson (Ingraffia)

11/19/20 10:12 AM #1205    


Robert Cole

Gee... didn't get much of a choice back then, did we?
The biggest decision was choice of shop.

11/19/20 01:00 PM #1206    


Ken Ortiz


Wow! How long did it take you to dig that out? I only have a few Lane momentos left. I wish I still had my old, laundered coursebook though, not sure how that got lost. I will also eventually get to the bottom of what actually happenned to my class ring. I just have to get my sister in Tennessee alone and very drunk because she was the one who was last in posession of it.


Too bad Lane did not have Bowling as a Minor as I excelled in it during my time there. I took those skills to College too. I tell people that I majored in Engineering in College, but I got minors in Bowling and Pinball.

11/20/20 06:54 AM #1207    


Janet Peterson (Ingraffia)


Pete and I were drinking our morning coffee when I saw Michelle's post. I knew exactly where my small bin of mementos were. When I opened it, my Lane booklet was right on top. It must've been karma. 

When we were preparing for our move to Florida this year, we really had to do some major purging. Since there are no basements in Florida, we were each limited to one small bin of lifetime mementos. Between the two of us we have different Lane things. I have my class ring, Pete has Prom stuff. I also have an envelope that my mom saved filled with my red hair from one of my haircuts. Wow! It really was the color of a carrot! I'm sure I stood out walking down the halls of Lane. I wish you luck in finding your class ring. Even if you don't, it will be fun getting drunk with your sister! 

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Please stay safe and well. 



11/21/20 07:49 PM #1208    


Maja Wiesinger (Ramirez)

Reply to Michelle: hunting for one's cellphone onlty to discover it in your back pocket... oh that is SO ME!!

Regarding the courses. I had a debilitating math anxiety caused at least in part by my brilliant structural-engineer alcoholic father. I came home one day soph year too excited with my news to notice he was already three sheets to the wind, and announced I had discovered how I could avoid taking trigonometry -- transfer to the Pre-Engineering program! Yeah! My father immediately tried to cut me down. Knowing I wanted to become a doctor like my mother, he claimed, WELL, if you DON'T take trigonometry, you'll NEVER GET INTO MEDICAL SCHOOL. He could've offered to find me a tutor but NNOOOO.

My angry/visceral reaction: FINE! Then I WON'T BE A DOCTOR!! Just like that.

He didn't live to see me become an Emergency Medical Technician (Ambulance -- not Paramedic) in the early 80s, and who besides my mom would've known what a Contact Tracer was, which I am in training for now, hired by Cook County Department of Public Health?* I think these fall under "obeying the spirit but not the letter of the law" (that he wanted to lay down), and righteously so. 

*Now if you haven't already, go get your flu shot and MASK UP!


11/22/20 07:43 PM #1209    


Per C Pearson


You beat me to the post of the course outline sheet. I have one as well. I did find my map of how to get to classes in freshman year. I was so turned around that I had to make notes and draw lines which way to go! Does this count as the first GPS?


When you mentioned the law I found the rules and regulations sheet. 

I'm not sure how D-20 Classroom dishonesty worked? Any clues?

11/23/20 11:56 AM #1210    


Edward Mc Carthy


That you kept that all these  After looking at all those rules, is it any wonder how any of us made it through four years?  And you made mention of GPS......well, as long as those halls are.....yah, GPS can today differentiate down to several feet now so do you think the freshies use their pnones?  LMAO funny.  Do you think freshmen still get pennies tossed at them?  How many remember that?    

On another we approach Thanksgiving, I am reminded of all the wonderful blessings and things I have to be thankful for.  On the list of 'things' are all of you on this message board, especially you Mich, who provides the glue that keeps all this together.  And to all of you, everyone,  who continue in the rich tarditions we experienced long ago and sharing them.  Sharing moments  of a more simple time in our lives.  I am thankful for all of you and the trips back down memory lane ( Lane ).  Life is good.  Life is short.  I am not sure how I got hooked up here.....but glad I did.  Thanks all!  A safe and blessed Thanksgving holiday to you all.




11/23/20 03:48 PM #1211    


Janet Peterson (Ingraffia)

Per, I am shocked that I beat anyone to anything! Some days it seems I move as slow as molasses, but I keep moving! One day in my freshman year I didn't go right from division to the lunchroom, probably had to stop at the ladies room. I got lost trying to find the lunchroom and stopped someone to ask. They told me you can't miss it, it's right in the middle of the school. Well, I already knew that, but couldn't find the middle of the school. Guess my GPS wasn't working very well that day. That school was daunting, to say the least. I never got lost again! 

11/23/20 05:25 PM #1212    


John Bliss

Regarding the lack of class choices: After teaching college for 20 years, I'd be grateful for incoming freshmen who took four years of English, three years of History and Science, and sure, a couple of years of a foreign language. (I was going to write "other than English," but I reallize that sounds racist in a way I didn't intend!) For as leftie as my politics are, when it comes to education, I'm a strict conservative.


11/24/20 12:06 PM #1213    


Robert Cole


I agree whole heartedly!

I went to Purdue and got a more "specialized" science degree.  But, having been through college with both my kids getting dgrees from liberal arts colleges I've wished I had gone that way myself.  Although the Purdue degree was very good, and has served me well, I saw that you can also get a very good science, or other, degree from a liberal arts university with a more general outlook... a more broad degeee.  Which has served my kids very well.  I was lucky in that I had a knack for reading and writing.  And, took some courses at Purdue, and had some specific professors that focused on reading and writing.  Many others didn't.  They taught their subjects very well, but only focused on those.

I had a freshman English professor that had us write A TON more than ony other prof did.  And, he spent a lot of time one-on-one with me to hone effective writing skills.  Little techniques that wouldn't normally be taught in a freshman course.  I also had a history professor that used about 6 texts during a semester, plus his lectures.  So we learned effective reading by having to read maybe 250 pages a week for just one course... plus taking notes on his lectures.  I really enjoyed his philosophy on "grade inflation."  He felt that a D should be an adequate grade.  You met the requirements of the course.  You passed.  He had stanfdards for C through B, also.  His standard for an A was simple... "you have to teach me something I don't know."  I also had two philosophy courses that turned out to be very good for computer programming... and for general life.  "Inductive Logic" and "Deductive Logic."  One of the profs used Richard Nixon speeches in class.  His speechwriter was a master.  He could write a speech that sounded perfect.  Really made his point.  Then we could prove that, logically, it made no sense at all.  Good practice for "critical thinking" which we all need today!

For a while I had the opportunity to work with some research scientists at Eli Lilly pharmaceuticals.  They were familiar with Lane Tech and loved it.  They lamented the fact that "college graduates we hire nowadays know their biology.  They just don't know how to BUILD anything.  A lot of what we do in research has never been done before, so we have to build the tools ourselves.  With the lack of 'industrial arts' in schools nowadays, no one learns how to build anything any more."

A tribute to the old Lane Tech.  We got solid foundation in English Math,Science and Foreign Language... but we also learned how to use our hands and minds together.  I wish schools could get back to more of that.  Lane was a "liberal arts" school before they were a thing.

11/24/20 05:25 PM #1214    


Michelle Milkovic (Weiner)

Kudos to Janet and Per for their pack rat, I mean archival skills!  Per, I love the map with your routes sketched out... and second period start to your day?  That's downright decadent. 

Students at Lane today have a much broader array of electives than we ever had: Robotics, Women in Literature, Law and Mock Trial... and much more.  More clubs and sports too.  All the basics but also Lacrosse, water polo, volleyball, softball, even women's wrestling, but no gymnastics anymore Ed...

Here's what they thought Lane would look like in "the future", back in 1913...

 Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

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