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WLS Personality Album

Back in the ’60s, I was hooked to WLS radio for the latest hits by The Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, the Dave Clark Five¬†and the rest. Every night, I listened to the top hits countdown on the Art Roberts show. Anyway, here is a great piece of memorabilia from that time. See how many memories this brings back.

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Reunion is planned for this Summer!

The dates for the upcoming Bradwell Class of ’67 reunion are finally set. The weekend of August 10-12, 2012. I’m not sure what Sheri has in mind in terms of activities, but keep your eyes on this page for more details. I have my airplane reservations all set, and the Cubs are in town that weekend. Looking forward to seeing you all.

–Ira

Thomas H. Reece: 1937 – 2006

Thomas H. Reece: 1937 – 2006
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Ex-chief of Chicago Teachers Union
Strong advocate for educators worked toward consensus in negotiations

By Trevor Jensen, Tribune staff reporter
September 19, 2006

Thomas H. Reece, who took over as president of the Chicago Teachers Union from the outspoken Jacqueline B. Vaughn in 1994 and ran it with a significantly lower profile until he was voted out in 2001, died on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Rush North Shore Medical Center in Skokie, a hospital spokesman said.

The cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage, said Mr. Reece’s son, Eric. Mr. Reece, 68, was a longtime North Side resident who more recently lived in Morton Grove.

Mr. Reece was vice president of the then-31,000-member teachers union when Vaughn, known for her stylish hats, confrontational style and press-ready comments, died in January 1994. He was named interim president until being elected to a full term the following May. Continue reading

Official 35th Reunion Photos

Here are a ton of photos from the big event. Turnout was amazing, and it was great seeing everyone after so many years. As you peruse the photos, keep in mind that in 2002, most photos were still being taken on actual film, digital cameras were primitive, scanners weren’t what they are today. So, please forgive the quality. To start looking at the photos, click here, and feel free to comment…

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