Dennis R. Hollander . . . . . . . . . . T J Class of 1961.
It's impossible to adequately put into words what the TJ website has meant to me and hundreds of my fellow classmates. I will make a stab at it anyway.
Not only has this site in the age of cyberspace kept us all informed about what is going on, but it has given many of us a means by which to stay in contact and actually be with our old friends and classmates. I never dreamed when I graduated from TJ back in ' 61 that some 44 years later I would still be communicating, talking and socializing with so many of my fellow classmates. It's a pure joy and a wonderful way to stay young at heart for years to come. The pictures, comments, opinions and announcements on the site keep the memory of our days at Thomas Jefferson High School alive and well in our minds and hearts. I try to make it back to the Port Arthur area as often as I can to visit with old friends and attend various social functions. The bonds of friendship that were formed so many years ago are as strong today as they ever were - - in some respect even stronger. A perfect example of this was the outpouring of concern and condolences e-mailed to me by dozens of my classmates during Sept. & Oct. of 2005 during my Dad's illness and eventual passing on Oct. 17, 2005. Some who had never met my Dad or had not seen him in many years still expressed their sincere concern and a sense of caring for both me and my beloved father. To all those classmates I can only say, "Thank you from the bottom of my heart." I look forward to many more years of close contact with all my old friends. We'll help each other to keep our spirits young and our memories alive. "The Jacket sprit will never die."
Dennis R. Hollander
Paul, thank you for our TJ website. You are the best
for spending your time creating and maintaining this site. With our
hurried lives and being scattered to the four winds, what a wonderful way to
keep in touch. Our class is truly the "best" class from TJ. We have
continued to keep in touch, find lost classmates and bring them into the fold
and truly have heartfelt love for each other. My prayers are with
all of you.
My brother is back in PA and his home (our childhood home) sustained minor roof damage, but that is about it. He is glad to be home even though he enjoyed his stays in Dallas playing with this grandson and granddaughter and Baton Rouge visiting with my family while power was
being restored to his area in PA. I am anxious to hear from other classmates from PA.
Our New Orleans office is going to be reopened next week. Working this weekend to return servers and get everything back up and running. Our firm is one of the few that kept everyone in our New Orleans office with a job and a place to stay. Some were luckier than others in that their home sustained little damage so they have been commuting from New Orleans. Others lost everything and have been living in temporary apartments here in Baton Rouge. This experience has brought our people closer together and we are not an "office divided" anymore.
Take care until I see you next time.
A number of us in our class had Ann Ferguson [Alder] as a great 4th grade teacher at Tyrrell School in Griffing Park. She is recuperating from a broken hip and I am sure, would love to have a few cards from those who remember her. She has had a few bad years already, having been diagnosed
with a somewhat rare lung disease (whose maintenance drugs are also debilitating). She already had a bum leg on the other side, apparently from a severe case of shingles some years back that kept her thigh muscle from remaining strong. This means that she will probably return to a wheel
chair, and that it will be difficult for husband, John, to bring her to the house they have lived in in Santa Clara for so many years. The home address is 647 Hudson Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95051, and John will take cards to her.
So sorry to hear how many of my classmates suffered from Rita, but, like
them, I am grateful for what was spared.
Professor of History
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616
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