Welcome to the ETHS '58 Class Website
This is the newly designed and updated web site for the ETHS class of '58. There is still some construction in progress, but you can get a feel for what's there and what's to come. You can navigate this site in two ways, depending on whether you're viewing it on a mobile device or a PC/Laptop. Depending on the width of your window or physical screen, you'll either see, between the page title and the top of the picture of ETHS, a horizontal list of pages on the site,, a series of stacked horizontal short lines, or, a column of dots. Clicking on the lines or the dots will give you a choice of the same pages you'd see if they appeared as text. Select the page you want to see by clicking on its name.
ETHS Class of '58 60th Reunion
The 60th reunion has come and gone. Over 100 people attended for one of our best reunions ever! We'll have more to say on this in future days, however, if you go to our Photo page, you can see a collection of the pictures taken there.
Our 60th Class Reunion is only six weeks away!
Important deadlines are only two weeks away!
Our HQ hotel in Evanston is the Hyatt. Rooms there are now all sold out. Our discounted rate for rooms at the Holiday Inn, just 2 blocks from the Hyatt, is available only until early-July! At last count there are just 3 rooms remaining in our discounted block. If you plan to stay at the Holiday Inn, make your reservation NOW. (847-491-6400) and mention “ETHS58”.
Parking in Downtown Evanston? Check out this list.
Your Reunion Reservation Form and check are due by July 16! Even if you are not signing up for any pre-pay events, please send in your form letting to let us know you're coming and which events you are doing!
NOTE: NEW EVENT!
Since we sent your original 60th Reunion Invitation, we’ve been able to add a special tour of ETHS to our many weekend events. The school is officially closed during most of August, and during our 4 day Reunion weekend there will be minimal staff at ETHS. Some areas of the school may be off limits due to construction. HOWEVER, David Futransky, the Exec. Dir. of Alumni Relations, has agreed to do an informal tour for up to 20 people at 2:00 on Thursday, the 16th of August. If you are interested in seeing the halls and classrooms, the cafeteria, trying to find your old locker….sign up now! We do have to give Mr. Futransky a list of the people who will be on the tour, so please Email Barb to get your name on the list. Limit of 20 people, so sign up soon! (Barbara.Lamm@comcast.net)
Following is the official invitation
Fellow Classmates, Alums, Reunion Fans and Lloyd Michaels,
The years were 1954 to 1958. Our parents and grandparents had survived the Great Depression and two world wars. Around us things were turning hopeful, and the nation was blossoming with new growth, new technology, and a general feeling of enthusiasm. Young families were buying homes, flashy new cars were appearing, and a relatively new home appliance, called television, was becoming common. The joys of being a teenager included new music, new styles of dance, and a feeling of independence. Go back for a moment to that happy world of white sport coats and pink carnations,
We were blessed to be growing up in a beautiful town beside a beautiful lake and attending a high school ranked in the top ten of high schools in the country. And when we weren’t studying, we were busy having fun! Do you still remember those nights at the Plant Room, the Wildkit and Northwestern football weekends, John Galloway making his break-away runs, or Art Schwarm feeding the ball to George Jozwik for another Evanston basket with Mr. Bunn grinning in the cheering section? While we were living those events we were making friendships that would last a lifetime. It’s hard to believe that was all happening sixty years ago.
Fortunately, from August 16th to 19th you have a chance to relive those days. We hope you will join us in Evanston to share those memories, while you still can, with the friends who have meant so much.
This is your official invitation to the 60th Reunion of the ETHS Class of 1958.
Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston
1515 Chicago Avenue
Reservations – Our block of discounted rooms at the Hyatt House is booked; the Hyatt is sold out. Happily, we have secured another block of rooms nearby at the
Holiday Inn, Chicago North-Evanston
1501 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
847-491-6400. Ask for our “ETHS58* group rate of $104.55, and if necessary, ask for David Mays.
Hospitality Suite at the Hyatt
Everyone, including those not staying at the Hyatt, is welcome to come to meet old friends, hang out, catch up, tell stories, laugh, joke and relax in our hospitality suite. There will be a year book and books from all our previous Reunions as well as the ETHS directory from ten years ago. Big screen TV coverage for Sox and Cubs games and the PGA Wyndham Classic. This is your center for information about the group activities and last minute arrangements or changes. We’ll have fresh coffee, tea, night caps “of sorts,” and other refreshments. And, thanks to Gary Wandrey who has agreed again to be our Hospitality Host, the suite will be open most of the time from Wednesday evening to mid-day on Sunday, 9 AM until “whenever.” An Open/Close schedule will be posted on the door, or call Gary, 707-570-7198.
Evening Transportation Information
There will be cash bars at all our evening events, plus wine with dinner on Saturday. Our Thursday and Friday evening events are within easy walking distance of the Evanston Hyatt and Holiday Inn but some people may still be driving, especially on Saturday evening to Glencoe. Anyone planning to take advantage of the cash bars, and/or the wine at dinner on Saturday, might want to consider carpooling with a Designated Driver or using Uber or Lyft. Round trip cost from the Hyatt in Evanston to Skokie Country Club will be about $12-$20/person if 4 share a ride. A list of parking facilities in downtown Evanston is attached. Those who are driving on Saturday evening may park in the Club lot or on the street. Please drive carefully!
Attendance Guessing Contest
Some of us on the committee have been guessing the total number of classmates and guests who will sign up for at least one reunion event. Would you like to join in the fun? Send your guess to the Reunion Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org. The person with the closest guess will be “glorified” at the Saturday banquet, and their name will be included in the wrap-up article we send to The Kit after the reunion. No, we can’t guarantee they will print your name, but we will include it!
Events & Activities
Thursday Golf – Our traditional event at Wilmette GC, 3900 Fairway Dr, off Lake. First tee time at 9:48 AM. Our usual 19th hole on the patio with prizes for longest drive and closest to the hole. Pay at the course, $66 for green fees and cart, $5 entry fee for prizes. Contact Geoff Wilson for details and to reserve your tee time: email@example.com or 973-887-2599(H) or 973-769-1885(C).
Thursday Welcome Reception – Reunite with us at our first official group event of the weekend at the Hyatt Hotel private room and patio. 5:30–7:30. Dress is casual. Just $10 for heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, special rate of $5 for wine & beer.
Friday Golf – Again this year Jim Hardy has set up a 2nd day of golf at Glencoe GC, 621 Westley Rd. $60 for green fees and cart, pay at the course. 1st tee time at 9:41, contact Jim for details and to reserve your tee time. Jchardy_625@msn.com or 715-462-3522, home or 312-608-5398, cell.
Friday Bocce & Lunch – For the non-golfers, Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook. Bocce from 10 AM to Noon-plus, followed by (optional) lunch on the patio. $10 per person for bocce, order lunch from the menu. https://pinstripes.com/northbrook-illinois/bistro-menus/.
Friday PM Cocktails at The Farmhouse – Join us for heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at this comfy farm-to-table spot featuring local brews amid exposed brick & salvaged decor. 5:30 – 8:30, $25. Located off the Orrington Hotel lobby. Elevator available to the 2nd floor. Dress is casual.
Saturday Picnic at the Lake - 11 AM to 2 PM+. South end of Dawes Park near the Charles Dawes House, at the end of Lake Street. BBQs and tables available. A group will leave from the Hyatt lobby around 10:15. Making a stop at Whole Foods on the way to the lake would put us there at about 11:00. Those with specific questions, or in case of rain, contact Gary, 707-570-7198, or check in the hospitality suite.
Saturday PM Arlington Race Track. - 2200 W. Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights. August 18th is “Chords & Colts” day with multiple live bands and thoroughbred racing. Food Court, food trucks, craft beer. Carpool from the Hyatt at 12:00. Admission is $8 at the park. First race at 1:20, 6th race 3:50, 7th race 4:20, last race 5:20. Those going directly from the races to Skokie CC for dinner may freshen up in the club locker room. The Club requests a list of those who wish to use the locker room. Any questions about the Club, contact Barb, 720-938-5755. For anything else, contact Geoff: 973-887-2599(H), 973-769-1885(C) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Evening Banquet at Skokie C.C. - 500 Washington Avenue, Glencoe. Cocktails beginning at 6:00 under the tent on the patio, overlooking the golf course, with passed hors d’eouvres and a cash bar (cash only, no credit cards). Dinner inside the Club will begin at 7:15. Dress is “nice casual,” club rules – no denim. This final evening event will give us all a last opportunity to reconnect, share stories and memories, and toast to many more reunions. Bring your camera, take pictures and laugh with us at this wrap-up event for our big 60th. Please drive carefully. We would miss you!
Sunday Farewell Breakfast – Buffet at the Hyatt, room off the lobby. A chance to say final farewells over breakfast. Free for Hyatt guests, others pre-pay $15. Come when you can, 8:00 AM until whenever.
Other Things to do on Your Own or in Small Groups
Trips to the City: Aquarium, Old Town, Frank Lloyd Wright Tour, Lunch at Butch McGuire's
Theme Schooner Ride, Tall Ship Windy from Navy Pier, https://tallshipwindy.com
Chicago Botanic Gardens, Tour, or on your own, Glencoe, http://www.chicagobotanic.org/tram
You can open this reservation form, print it, fill it out, and mail it to the address on the form, along with your check made out to ETHS 60th Reunion, no later than July 16. (Note, when you close the form, you will return to this page.)
We look forward to seeing you all!
60th Reunion Committee Chair
Bill Bregar, Ed Koven, Geoff Wilson
503-320-6790, 847-687-0333, 973-769-1885
60th Reunion Co-Chairs
Sue Alt, Barbara Lamm, Gary Wandrey
512-470-1712, 720-938-5755, 707-570-7198
Reunion Planning Committee