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04/21/14 11:24 AM #19    

Sherry Schaefer (Duling)


Thank you for sharing your story! I know this must still be a strong memory. God bless your soul.


04/21/14 11:57 AM #20    


Judy Hunt (Mitchell Petero)


I realize I'm a little late with this. But I hope to see you soon -- and give you a hug. If only it were that easy to help you forget.

Judy Hunt Mitchell

04/23/14 11:32 AM #21    


Phillip X. Madrid

Russ, I had an Aunt and Uncle that lived in Oklahoma City at the time. My Uncle was retired military and my Aunt worked in the building at the time. She was home that faitful day getting ready for a doctors appointment when the blast was reported and she went out to her driveway to witness the smoke plume raising above downtown at that very moment. She lost several long time co-workers and friends that day and truly never got over that day wondering "why." The Good Lord includes each and everyone of us in His "greater than able to explain plan" that we has for us.

06/08/14 09:38 AM #22    


L Russ Wilcox

Posted at the request of Classmate Glenn Perry:

12/05/14 10:53 AM #23    


L Russ Wilcox

I've been trying my hand at writing since we've move to the Islands.  Here is my first attempt:


12/06/14 10:33 AM #24    


Mike Powell


I'd say pretty good for your first effort, kept me interested all the way through. Sounds like you have a lot to be proud of in your career.

Our generation was fortunate to span two eras, pre and post machine computation. I think it gave us a broad, valuable range of experience; we were savvy to the work requirements down at the coal face and could tell what would and would not be of value in new implementations.


12/06/14 10:35 AM #25    

Michael Berry

Congratulations Russ:

I've saved the writings to my computer, only because I want to be the first to do so; yer liable to be "famous" in awhile with this thing. ;O)

I'd like to thank you for your bravery in writing such a piece Russ. You see most of us only tell the stories, we never get around to the documenting such escapades.

Take care and have a wonderful and blessed CHRISTmas.

Michael Berry

12/06/14 11:14 AM #26    


L Russ Wilcox

Mike B & Mike P:

Thanks for the kind words. 

Believe it or not, you still need something to occupy your time here in between the beach and just enjoying the nice weather & view.  I've never had any formal training for writing.  I hope that future pieces will show improvement in technique & style. 

Next time,  I would like to try something written in other that first person (sounds a bit narcisistic when I read it back to myself).  That will certainly be a bigger challenge, once I find some good subject matter.

12/06/14 07:41 PM #27    

W. Kent Laughman

NICE job Russ. You kept my interest up.  Thanks for sharing some of your life's working experiances with us it's much apreciated.   Your friend, Kent Laughman 


PS: Like so many of your other friends I'm going to save this but one thiing troubles me.....How do I get your autograph so I'll have one of the signend originals after your syndicated?

12/07/14 04:49 AM #28    


L Russ Wilcox

Kent:  I have no illusions about that happening-just trying to stay creative and fill some time..  Thanks for positive comment-they are always nice to hear.

12/15/14 05:41 AM #29    


L Russ Wilcox

Many thanks to Robin Kime Lee for sharing this wonderful Vietnam Wall website:





03/01/15 10:43 AM #30    


L Russ Wilcox

Reposted due to recent changes to how our website plays videos:



04/25/16 10:30 PM #31    

Ansel Stauffer

We were in PalmSprings that week ,but recorded the segment. Enjoyed seeing your place and were so glad that your Wife was able to live he Dream of living on a tropical Island.. So very sorry to her about her passing.Do take care of yourself , it looks like you have a good support system .       

Ansel & Bonnie 



04/26/16 07:40 AM #32    


L Russ Wilcox

Thanks Ansel.  Life is good here.

08/24/16 07:34 PM #33    


Phillip X. Madrid

It's fast approaching one year since we moved back to Texas. The wife and I are getting about that age where we thought it was about time the kids took care of us. We really loved being back in Topeka, about 10 or 12 years, I kept a vegetable garden and the wife did her flowers, beaufiful flowers. Every year it got a little rougher on us but it was too much fun. I sure didn't miss shoveling snow last winter, I don't think I will ever miss that. The wife lost here oldest brother and watching him suffer kind of settled it, "we better get back while we can" mood kicked in. We had all the help we needed from our childern and made a coulpe of caravan trips after we had a contract on the property. After about a month of looking we found a townhome in a mostly senior resident area. Close enough to the Gulf we can enjoy that and close enough to the grandchildern we can enjoy them too. We were able to witness our first great grand child enter this world, it just don't get no better.  Adios, until next time!!

08/25/16 09:40 AM #34    


Mike Powell


it takes some gumption to make changes that need to be made. Glad it worked out so well for both of you and congratulations on that new baby.


08/25/16 10:41 AM #35    

Karen Newell (Bosch)

Good for you!  It makes moving a lot easier when your children are near by!  Wonderful weather makes the area a good place to spend your senior years.  Congrats on your great grand baby!  Does't seem possible does it?  LOL!

11/17/17 05:37 AM #36    


Warren Hummer

Has anyone heard from Russ Wilcox since the hurricanes hit the Virgin Islands?

11/18/17 08:45 AM #37    

Cora Lewman (Harkins)

At our recent lunch for "AZ alums!, I heard he was in Oklahoma. Hope all is well with you in Texas!


11/18/17 09:25 AM #38    


Mike Powell

Russ Reynolds, Richard Dreier, Randy Currie, Bob Sutton and I met Russ at a downtown bar a few weeks ago. Russ filled us in on the storm, the damage to his home and how he managed to get off the island. He plans to return and repair the home after things calm down (as you would expect the demand for labor and repair materials is very high for the time being.) I'd hope Russ will show up soon on the site and fill everyone in with actual details. It's quite a story..

11/19/17 07:38 AM #39    


Warren Hummer

Thanks, Cora & Mike,  for your replies. I tried to post a message to Russ when the storms hit but wasn't certain the message got through. Glad he is safe and I agree that the class would be interested in his story. All is well in Texas (or as well as it can be with more than our share of crazies- elected and otherwise!). Best wishes to you both.

11/19/17 10:08 AM #40    


Phillip X. Madrid

Where abouts are you in Texas, Warren?

11/19/17 12:13 PM #41    


L Russ Wilcox

Thanks to everyone showing concern about me after Hurricanes Irma & Marie. Two Cat 5 Hurricanes in as many weeks made history, but I came out of it ok (considering). Most damage can be repaired once electricity is available on the island and materiels become available again (Home Depot blew away).  I plan to go back around the first of the year-at least for a few weeks to start the process of getting the house in order.

Before/after pics below:




11/20/17 06:21 AM #42    


Warren Hummer

Russ: Glad you made it through; best wishes for a successful rebuilding.

Phil: We live in Grapevine; between Dallas (where the East peters out) and Fort Worth (where the west begins).

11/21/17 06:27 AM #43    

Ann DeRose (Dalton)

Glad everyone made it ok. Hope you all continue to do well. Beat wishes.Ann (DeRose)Dalton.

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