New 60th Reunion attendees added to list

More names have been added to the 60th Reunion attendee list.

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60th Reunion Attendee Page Updated

The names of the first attendees to the 60th Class Reunion have been added to the Attendees Page. 

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60th Class Reunion Update

New updated information has been added to the 60th Class Reunion page, PLUS a page has been added to show those classmates that have registered to attend.

Note on the sample menu screenshot below, it shows the “60th Reunion Attendees page.

I will post a message whenever I add to this page.


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The Legendary Lanphears

The following story (editorial) appeared in the Madison Magazine online on April 9, 2018 featuring classmate “Charlie” Lanphear.  Read on…….



The Legendary Lanphears

Dan, 80, oldest of three brothers, died March 23

Photo courtesy of the Lanphear family

Dan Lanphear was recognized at Camp Randall upon his 2010 induction into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.

I met Dan Lanphear only once, in the Avenue Bar on East Washington Avenue in the summer of 2002, before the Avenue got gentrified into the Avenue Club.I knew about Dan, though. He was a Madison native and an All-American lineman for the football Badgers in 1959. The team went to the Rose Bowl that season, and Dan was drafted by the pros. He won a championship with the Houston Oilers of the old AFL before settling into a successful business career in the Chicago area.

Dan, who died March 23, at 80, was the most conventionally accomplished of the Lanphear clan. He was a family man, devoted to his wife, Alice, and two daughters from his first marriage. He was friendly, and I enjoyed meeting him very much. Yet I remember thinking that day at the Avenue 16 years ago that the entire family was basically unforgettable.The 2002 gathering at the Avenue was a memorial for Dan’s youngest brother, Philip Lanphear, dead at 57 of a cancer diagnosed in the mid 1980s, when doctors gave Phil maybe a year to live. There were some who thought Phil was just too tough to die. He was smart but not ambitious, wholly unbound by what Jim Harrison called the bondage of the appropriate.

Phil was a bouncer and bartender at The Dangle, the famous East Main Street strip joint in the shadow of the Capitol. He once put a bullet into The Dangle’s ceiling, when a gun he carried but never needed discharged accidentally.

“What happened?” owner Al Reichenberger asked.

“It went off,” Phil said.

Al once told me that over 17 years Phil never once was late or called in sick.

I may have been relating the ceiling shooting story to someone at Phil’s memorial when I looked across the Avenue’s main room and saw the middle Lanphear brother, Charles, grinning at me.

Charlie is the freest spirit of all. He’s also the one I know best.What I didn’t know until much later is that the Lanphears lived just half a block from me on Woodside Terrace when I was a kid growing up in the 1960s.

I’m sure they would have scared me then. The brothers’ dad, George Lanphear, was a Beloit native who lettered in baseball, basketball and football at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After coaching at Ripon College, he returned to Madison as freshman football coach for the Badgers. I wrote about George, decades later, in my book on the rise and fall of college boxing. George was the ring announcer for the bouts at the Field House that drew over 14,000 fans.

Now, about my friend Charlie.

When The Dangle closed, Phil began to captain a bar stool around the corner at the Fess on East Doty Street, now the Great Dane. It seemed everybody went to the Fess in those days. The Madison Magazine offices were upstairs.

The Fess was conducive to storytelling, and I kept hearing tales — not from Phil, but others at the bar — about the wildly adventurous life of a Madison guy who joined the Marines out of West High, and later circled the world on a sailboat until he was jailed in Singapore on a weapons charge. That was the talk surrounding Charlie Lanphear.

Of course I knew I needed to talk to him.

The Madison Magazine editor, Jim Selk, a rogue willing to play a hunch, sent me on assignment to the mountains outside Aspen to write a profile of Charlie Lanphear. It was the magazine’s December 1988 cover story. We titled it “The Last Pirate.”

The truth of Charlie’s life was a little less colorful than the stories, but still colorful enough. There were people with money in Aspen who liked to travel and appreciated having someone around who could handle himself in any situation. Charlie showed me a newspaper clipping from The Strait Times, an English-language daily in Singapore. He’d had guns on the sailboat for protection. It was illegal to have guns in Singapore: He faced two years in prison or an $8,000 fine. Friends wired the money from the U.S.

We stayed in touch after my story on him was published. Charlie spent time in Hawaii, working construction and living in a refurbished shack on a banana plantation. When I saw him at Phil’s memorial at the Avenue, he said he was going to put a kayak on the top of his van and drive to Alaska.

For the past decade Charlie has lived in Prescott Valley, Arizona. He bikes or hikes every morning.

I guess what strikes me about all three brothers is how different they were, yet each was determined to live on his own terms, and did.

Dan’s daughter, Andrea, sent Charlie a note the day her father died. “Couldn’t have asked for a better father.”

Charlie wrote back: “I was out on my mountain bike thinking about him when he left. Couldn’t have asked for a better big brother.”

Doug Moe is a Madison writer. Read his monthly column, Person of Interest, in Madison Magazine.

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Classmate Chuck Lanphear’s brother’s recent passing

I received the following messages (and a few photos) from Chuck Lanphear over the weekend:

“Brother Dan is in a Hospice facility in Barrington, Ill, he was expected to leave the planet yesterday, he remains stubborn and is still here physically, even though unconscious and feeling no pain, He’s been fighting Parkinson’s Disease for 10 years, the last year, quality of life was miserable, glad he’s leaving.




Sadly, before I could get the first message posted, I received this notice today.



BARRINGTON, Ill.—Dan Lanphear passed away on March 23, 2018, at the age of 80. A graduate of West High School, Dan excelled in football and track and field, holding the shot put record in the state of Wisconsin for many years. He went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a local football hero. In 1959, he was selected for the All-American Football team and made television appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows. In 1960, he played in the Rose Bowl (Wisconsin Badgers vs. Washington Huskies). He was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, and the University of Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Dan graduated from the UW with a degree in Business, and later went on to play for the Houston Oilers, winning an AFL championship in 1960.


After playing for the Houston Oilers, Dan took a sales manager position for SBC, a division of IBM (later known as Ceridian) in St. Louis. He transferred to the Chicago location in 1974. It was during his career with SBC that he met the love of his life, Alice, his wife of 28 years. Together they enjoyed trips to Hawaii and Florida and spending time with family and friends.

He was a devoted father to daughters, Danya (Kenneth) and Andrea (Dana) from his first marriage to Ann Marie; proud grandpa of his artistic grandson and musical granddaughter; and was close with his brother, Charles. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, George and Margaret, and brother, Philip.

Dan was famous for his football achievements, but to his family and friends he will be remembered for his witty sense of humor and his generosity to all

Visitation will be Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at DAVENPORT FAMILY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 941 Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich, Ill. A Celebration of Dan’s Life luncheon will immediately follow.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation at To leave online condolences, visit

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A Bit of History From the “Westmoreland Courier”

Good friends Kirk and Nancy Jolliffe (Kirk is a member of the Class of ’59) sent me a recent copy of their neighborhood newsletter, The Westmoreland Courier.  It contained the following article that brought back personal memories for me, and thought I would share it with you, especially those classmates that lived in Westmoreland while attending West High.  I worked at Alderson’s during high school, and then again for a few years after returning from the Air Force in 1963.




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Passing of Paul “Skip” Becker

I received the following comment request from the wife of “Skip” Becker.

“I have been contacted by a classmate several times who gave this blog address to me. I am Paul “Skip” Becker’s wife. Sadly, I must inform you of his passing last March 29th, 2017. If any of his classmates would more details, please email me at: xxxxxxxxxxx.  Write 58 classmate in the subject line so I know who you are. The email address I had to enter in order to post this is no longer valid.”

Note: For privacy reasons, I blocked out her email address.  If anyone wishes to contact her, please contact me and I’ll gladly provide it.

Another sad posting!


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