Thomas Jefferson High School
Class of 1963
Reunion Information Center
Welcome to the TJ class of '63 reunion information center. It hardly seems that it is 50 years ago that two-a-days and band and drill team practice began - gearing up for the season opener against state ranked Highland Park. We were SENIORS - and too full of optimism and excitement to think beyond graduation, much less into the next century.
What would happen. Who would we become. What did we think, hope, and dream.
We know many of the answers now and things turned out in many ways far differently - some better - some not.
Who knew that Becky Russell Sykes would go on to lead the Dallas Women's Foundation from inception to the highest standards of advocacy for the benefit of women in all fields of endeavor - that Jim Cole would go from sharing coffee with the Apollo 13 astronauts in the ward room of the Iwo Jima after recovery of that fateful mission to lead the Baylor College of Dentistry as Dean for many years - and that they both would be inducted into the Thomas Jefferson High School Hall of Fame.
Who knew that Larry Bell would have a career with the CIA in Vietnam and the Congo and produce an acclaimed book on the subject: "Dead Horses In The Sun", or that Rusty Brutsche would create an industry within the entertainment business in sound and light service for touring concerts and have to decide whether his biggest thrill was receiving an Emmy for the Academy Awards lighting production or sitting in for John Paul Jones at bass during a Led Zeppelin sound check.
Like troops in those old war films that we often got wrapped up in, we came together, we struggled through training, some have fallen along the way, and most have soldiered on - and we share a point of view that what we experienced was unique - as all experiences are - and continues to be fun.
The main event at our 50th reunion will be the Dallas Doo Wops http://dallasdoowop.com/ on Saturday September 28, 2013. We will have the event at the Marriott Quorum, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dalqc-dallas-addison-marriott-quorum-by-the-galleria/ which will be the center of our activities and we will have room rate advantages and hospitality areas available over the weekend. In addition we will have Friday Night Hospitality, a coed golf tournament Saturday morning and a brunch at Park Cities Club on Sunday. We will plan other gatherings for elementary school groups and other special interest groups such as band and choir as interest presents itself. We expect the State Fair to open Sept 27th - it looks like SMU will be at TCU on the 28th - How much more do you NEED? Check the Invitation Form at:
50th Reunion Registration Form
To remember the 4oth reunion, check Mike Finigan's and Don Ford's photos of the 2003 reunion at reunion_photos.htm
To check our list of missing addresses, look at TJ Missing Addesses and send new info or clues to Kevin McNevins
Meanwhile, we email monthly to all classmates group through Yahoo Groups email Kevin McNevins if you need an invitation to join this free site and get on our mailing list. We are having informal get-togethers at least monthly - Usually the first Thursday of each month we meet at 6:00 PM at Tupinamba Restaurant, 12270 Inwood Road (between Forest and LBJ (972-991-8148) Eddie Dominguez '62 has been most helpful in arranging a table for 10-20 folks that show up by 6- 6:30 for food and visiting.
Also every three months or so, Bob Cahil, Jesuit '59 puts together an informal party at the Knights of Columbus hall 10110 Shoreview Rd - Northeast of White Rock Lake (214-348-3931) featuring the Nightcaps originals Gene Hoefler - Jesuit'59 and our TJ'63 classmate Dennis Mills on bass. The next party is scheduled Friday, May 10, 2013. The Nightcaps also play at many reunions for North Dallas, TJ, Hillcrest, and Woodrow. Check www.thenightcaps.com for their schedule and samples of a CD version of the old "Wine, Wine, Wine" Album
We are working with the new TJ Alumni Association which has several good initiatives going to support TJ including a Scholarship Fund, a Mentoring Program and several Beautification Projects. Check it out at www.tjdallasalum.org - especially the Distinguished Alumni section which includes Becky Sykes Russell and Jim Cole. The Association is planning another Hall of Fame Weekend in the Fall with a golf Tournament and several other activities including a TJ Football Game at Loos Field and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. The Association needs your participation and support.
Kevin McNevins - 7151 Gaston Ave. #607 - Dallas TX 75214 - 214206-8859