A website dedicated to all WHS Blackshirt Alumni - following our Friday Breakfast
It is easy to navigate our BBG website.  Simply click on the tab of your choice at the top (Home-BBG Photos-Class Links/Mdse-Birth of BBG/BOF-Cardinal Star)

We also have a temporary tab called "Blackshirts 1964" for their 50th reunion.  If you would like to learn how to create your own reunion web page, contact Mike Galles or Dan Steffen.
Waukesha South High​ School
Blackshirt Breakfast Group
     For an ARCHIVE of the BBG Weekly Report, click on the links below...................

April 11,2014.......................April 4,2014.......................March 28,2014........................March 21,2014.........................
 April 11, 2014
Hello Blackshirts-
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Our thanks to Shutterbug Bill Schley '62 for all he has contributed to the BBG. Bill has resigned from the BOF after serving on the groups "Board of Fun" since its origin. He has been instrumental in our photography group and used his talents to provide us with his very popular, "Schley Ride through Waukesha Photo Trivia". We thank you Bill.
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GO BLACKSHIRTS-
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Please join us and welcome Mary (Brown) Airioldi '64 and Barbara Stark '64 to the Blackshirt Breakfast Group. They will join us on August 22 when their classmates celebrate their 50th Class Reunion with us at the Delafield Brewhaus.
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Blackshirts Who, What, When, Why, Where-
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Mrs. Viola (Anderson) Paulson '38 enjoyed her career as a nurse. Her daughter, Nancy Paulson '61, followed in her dear mom's footsteps and also became an RN. Nancy's classmates are all very proud of her, she served her country in the Vietnam War. Here is a recent interview recognizing Nancy and her fellow nurses for their service to our military and our country. http://youtu.be/oZXFD80TRyc . THANK YOU NANCY!
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Over the last several weeks we have been sharing photos and reports with you of Blackshirts "getting together" in groups where ever they might be. This week we have photos of a group of fun loving Blackshirts who met in a retirement community called "Trilogy" in Phoenix, Arizona. Residents of the community enjoy a weekly gathering called, "Happy Hour" and the fun begins. The two hour event resembles a good old Blackshirt Class Reunion.
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These Waukesha High Alumni traveled some distance to enjoy the winter weather in Arizona. Nancy Paulson '61 drove down from Henderson, Nevada along with her classmate, Cynda (Hoffman) Waldenburg '61 who was visiting from Minnesota. Norm '61 & Geri Florence flew in from Wisconsin Dells area and Dan '61& Donna '62 (Gruett) Steffen from Waukesha, Steve '62 & Joanne Brown are local residents of Scottsdale and Mike '61 & Donna Galles of Phoenix.
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Earlier that same day, a group of Arizona Blackshirts met at the Royal Café for their monthly luncheon. See photos of the group enjoying the camaraderie. The group has been meeting for 3 years and the current roster stands at 57. If you plan to visit Arizona, let us know at migal6161@yahoo.com. Our next luncheon is April 17, please join us!
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We have heard from a couple of Blackshirts,,,,,,!
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First, Jim Cronin '62 officially retired last week. Jim will now be able to carry on his practice of volunteering to help others full time. Most Monday evenings, Jim and his wife Pat (Bright) '63, host a fun loving group of friends all with an interest in amateur radio operation. One of those operators is a avid trivia player, Chuck Merten '57.
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Dave Mickler '64 recently underwent spinal surgery and is home and is feeling great. He is has been occupying his free time by gathering documentation to nominate Coach Dick Luther '62 to the "Wall of Fame". Dick has not only coached UW Whitewater to a National Basketball Championship recently he also devoted his coaching skills to help local youth by annually running a summer basketball camp.
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Jim Howitt '62 also worked on gathering nomination only this one happens to be for a very popular musical celebrity for the "Blackshirt Wall of Fame"! Les Paul, who was born and raised here in Waukesha. As matter of fact, Jim's dad played piano for Les Paul performances.
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As all of you know, several Blackshirt celebrities have walked the halls of Waukesha High School. We have authors, artists, professional athletes, Olympian champions, musicians, entertainers and perhaps some I failed to list. Bruce Kerr '65, has shared his musical talents with us a few times. The following is his most recent parody. Bruce explains"
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Hi ya parody friends & fam,
Hot out of the garage studio tonight, here's (to "Puttin' On the Ritz"):
"PUTIN'S ON A BLITZ"
For a listen or a free download of the mp3: http://traffic.libsyn.com/loosebrucekerr/Putins_On_a_Blitz.mp3
It's stereo, headphones are best. Crank it. Enjoy! Loose Bruce Kerr '65 bkerrlaw@aol.com

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GO BLACKSHIRTS-
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We received some great feedback that we would like to share with you. This message came from one of our newest members, Bobbie (Brenner) Garber '64, "Thanks for your e-mail letter of introduction. Go ahead and put me down to attend the August 22 reunion breakfast. It does look like a lot of fun, and I would love to come."
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"I emailed Dan Steffen and had him add my name to the BBG list. I never knew this breakfast group existed, until I got reunion information. I have enjoyed seeing the website pictures. They sure brought back a lot of memories!
Congratulations to the BOF committee for bringing this group together."
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We like to think that one of the reasons Bobbie is joining us is because her 1964 Reunion Committee took advantage of the BBG Webpage that they use to connect with classmates and also the great job the committee is doing to contact their classmates. Membership Committee Chair, Judie "Herling" Ball, has developed a system she calls, "Checklist". It has helped the committee to do a better job of tracking classmates and maintaining accurate records as they move ahead.
Judie is willing to share her process, she can be contacted at, oodijay@gmail.com.
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Sally (Williams) '55 and husband George '55 Winkler, recently traveled to New Zealand and Australia. George explains, "It was a fabulous trip, one we had been thinking about for 45 years. Road Scholar really took good care of us and we recommend that way to go. I have attached a few pictures. It's very difficult to get the wonderful scenery in a picture, you really have to be there." Here are some photos in this week’s photo collection;
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Sally and scenery
George & Sally with the Sydney Opera House
George & Sally with the Sydney Opera House (we went to a performance)
Sally and Uluru - Uluru used to be called Ayres Rock but The Aborigines are now in control and that is their name
George and Sally are snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef
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"We started with 30 in our group in New Zealand and had 14 in Australia. If you haven't been there, go."
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Karla (Piepenberg) Meyst '60, the Chairperson for the Class of 1960 reunion committee, has just informed us that they had so much fun at the BBG Breakfast Table on their 50th Class reunion and their 70th birthday celebration 2 years ago, that they plan to join us again next year for their 55th Class Reunion.
Their planning committee is up and running and this is what we have to share with you thus far;
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The date(s) of our 55th Class Reunion will be Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th, 2015.
Friday AM - Blackshirt Breakfast
Friday PM - Fish Fry @ Thunder Bay Grille
Saturday PM - Buffet Dinner @ Thunder Bay Grille

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If your class is having a reunion celebration, we hope you will include the Blackshirt Breakfast Group in your plans and start the gathering with a breakfast and a tour of your former high school.
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Blackshirt Head Football Coach Dave Rusch-
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We regret to inform you that Coach Dave Rusch has been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. We have shared with you his outstanding "Monthly Updates" on how our Blackshirt Football Squad is doing as they prepare for this fall season.
As Blackshirts, we can be thankful that our youth have an outstanding leader like Dave on the sidelines. South has declared the month of April as "Coach Dave Rusch Month", here is the report we received, "After word spread, Waukesha South Student Council Advisor and Special Education teacher Gina Nordrum and the South student body decided to honor Rusch with a "Month of Dave," culminating with an all-school assembly honoring Rusch on April 23 at the Waukesha South High School gymnasium."
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"What happened was our Student Council was looking for something to do in April and when Dave was diagnosed, Gina went to Dave to see if he was OK with us doing something for him during the month," AD Dan Domach said. "So what Gina has done has been unbelievable."
Half the money raised through fundraisers (which includes a blue T-shirt and blue bracelet sale, a bake sale scheduled for Friday, a root beer float sale and a penny war) will go to prostate cancer awareness. The other half will go to the Fields of Many Dreams field turf project that will install artificial multipurpose ProGrass field turf at the district's three high schools.
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The school is also doing some fun activities for Rusch such as "Dress like a Gym Teacher Day" and on April 22 "Cutoff T-shirt Day," a look Rusch is well-known for. Nordrum credits the students for taking the initiative and said they wanted the money raised during the month to stay local and go to Waukesha Memorial Hospital.
"The kids really wanted to help him," said Nordrum, who added one of Rusch's daughters is one of her aides in her classroom. "It's been amazing the amount of alumni who have contacted me who want to help. It shows how many people Dave has touched." Rusch has been touched by all of the support.
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"That's where I draw great strength from," Rusch said. "I got to fight this thing hard because I don't want to let anyone down. It's been overwhelming that they're doing this in my name."
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We wish Coach Rusch complete success in his fight against cancer. Please contact Dan Domach at ddomach@waukesha.k12.wi.rr to make a donation to the Prostate Cancer Awareness Fund.
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Blackshirt History Class-
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On this date, April 11, 1916, Waukesha area men were sent to the Mexican Border to avert threatened war.
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Our thanks to Jim "Toby" Tobiason '54 for sharing this bit of local history.

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Blackshirt Golf Humor-
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Rick Sereno 64', "Do you think my game is improving?"
Rick's Caddy: "Yes sir, you miss the ball much closer now."
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Blackshirt Weekly Planner-
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Friday, April 18, 8:30 another "Good Friday" is here, enjoy it at the BBG breakfast today
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Friday, April 25, 8:30 we wish you and yours a very "Happy Easter"!
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Friday, May 2, 8:30 join us for breakfast and welcome the "snowbirds" back to the BBG table
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Friday, May 9, 8:30 Let’s honor all the moms that join us for breakfast today!
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Friday, June 6, 8:30am, BBG celebrates its 5th birthday, please email migal6161@yahoo.com for reservations. We hope you will join us at the Delafield Brewhaus.
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Friday, August 22, 8am the Class of 1964 and 1954 join us at the Delafield Brewhaus for breakfast to celebrate their 50th and 60th class reunions. Reservations required!!!! RSVP migal6161@yahoo.com
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Friday, September 12, 2014, 8:00am the Class of 1959 joins us at the Delafield Brewhaus for breakfast to celebrate their 55th reunion.
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Friday, September 11, 2015 8am, the Class of 1960 joins us at the Delafield Brewhaus to celebrate their 55th Class Reunion! Join us and let's celebrate with them.
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Blackshirt Trivia-
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Our winners;
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Peggy (Promer) VanderMolen '63, George Pichotta '55, Sandy Hamm '69, Pat Ferguson Kruck '65, Jim Kruck '64, George Winkler '55, Jean Oettinger '61, Bobbie (Brenner) Garber '64, Chuck Merten '57, Alice (Cooling) Russell '59, Tom D'Amato '57, Jon Abbott '64, Buz Sather '62, David Lyons '73, Dave Mickler '64
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Last week’s commentary;
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This from Peggy,
1. In the Jungle, the mighty jungle "the lion sleeps tonight"
2. Good night, David "Good night Chet" from the news team of David Brinkley and Chet Huntley
3. The Private Eye series from 1949-1954 was "Martin Kane Private Eye"
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This from George,
1. ..."the lion sleeps tonight". The Lion King Song by the Tokens
2. "Good night Chet".
3. Martin Kane, Private Eye ('49-'54). Probable answer, but there is one other. Man against Crime ('49-'56). Different episodes, each featuring a different private eye. The cases of Eddie Drake ('49).
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Last Week’s Trivia:
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1. In the jungle, the mighty jungle, "THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT"
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2. Good night, David. GOOD NIGHT CHET
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3. Here is a toughie!! What "Private Eye" TV series appeared from 1949-54? MARTIN KANE
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This Weeks Trivia:
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1. Back in the 50's and before, what was unusual about the Milwaukee Journal's funnies/crossword section?
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2. Where was the former Greyhound Bus Depot located downtown?
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3. What was the name of the 40s/50s bakery on Broadway, just a few doors west of the 5 Points?
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Email your answers to Mike Galles at migal6161@yahoo.com and win a trivia prize.
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Blackshirt Weekly Thought-
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"Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves for we shall never cease to be amused"
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Thanks to Bill Evert '59 for this weeks thought.
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Why the BBG Exists-
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"The heart and soul of a high school that many years ago brought us all together, and many decades later, brings us together again"!
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Blackshirt Reminder-
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Thanks for joining us and don't forget to click on the various TABS at the top of the BBG Weekly Report Home Page and enjoy our weekly Photos page, the Class of 1964 webpage, the Blackshirt uniform items, the Birth of the BBG page and special articles from our school newspaper "The Cardinal Star" page of 50 years ago.