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Class of 1964
St. John Nepomuk's
  Then and Now
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SJN School and Parish (school was merged in 2007)

1964:  Staff of 14 nuns, 5 lay teachers, 3 priests
2006:  Staff of 2 nuns, 6 lay teachers, 1 priest

1964:  Parish membership over 900 families
2006:  Parish membership around 450 families

1964:  770 students in grades 1 - 8
2006:  121 students in grades K4 - 8

1964:  92 students in grade 8
2006:  13 students in grade 8

1964:  2 classes per grade, grades 1 - 8
2006:  1 class per grade, grades K4 - 8

1964:  No uniform requirement
2006:  Uniforms required for both boys and girls

1964:  Confession once a month 
2006:  Confession 3 times a year

1964:  Daily Mass at 8:00 am
2006:  Weekly Mass at 8:00 am on Tuesdays
Our Teachers Through The Years

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Second Grade:

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Seventh Grade:

  Eighth Grade:


Our Priests Through The Years

              Father Macek           Father Rodriguez

              Father Sukup            Father Thomas

              Father Sippel
Sister CorMariae
Sister Agnesia

Sister Rosaria
Sister Dorsis

Sister Joselda
Mrs. Holm

Sister Salvatia
Mrs. Bergemann

Sister Wiltrudis
Mrs. Beyer

Sister Odilla
Sister Elsa

Sister Menna
Sister Albertista

Sister Idaberga
Sister Caroline

Sister Virgil
Looking Back At Then

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint

We had no childproof lids or locks on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets

We rode our bikes without any helmets

We drank water from the garden hose . . . not from bottles

We rode in cars with no seat belts or air bags . . . riding in the back of  a pickup truck on a warm summer day was a special treat

We ate cup cakes, bread & butter and drank soda pop with sugar but managed to stay in shape because we were always outside playing

We shared one soft drink with all our friends . . . no one died

We left home in the morning and played all day - as long as we were back home before the street lights came on

We didn't have cell phones, PC's, Playstations, Nintendo and 100's of channels on the TV

We played dodge ball and sometimes that would really hurt

We got into fights, punched each other, got black & blue and got over it

We made up games with sticks, imaginations and anything else we could find

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones & teeth and there were no lawsuits because these were accidents and we were to blame

Little league had tryouts, not everyone made the team - those who didn't learned to deal with disappointment

Test scores were not adjusted for any reason

Having parents bailing us out if we got into trouble in school or broke the law was unheard of, in fact they always sided with the teachers   and police

Our actions were our own and consequences were expected

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility and we learned how to deal with all of that
The Aging Process

Then:  Long hair
  Now:  Longing for hair

Then:  Acid rock
  Now:  Acid reflux

Then:  Going to a new hip joint
  Now:  Getting a new hip joint

Then:  KEG
  Now:  EKG

Then:  Rolling Stones
  Now:  Kidney Stones

Then:  The perfect high
  Now:  The perfect high yield

Then:  Hoping for a BMW 
  Now:  Hoping for a BM

Then:  Parents begging you to get a hair cut
  Now:  Kids begging you to get their heads shaved

Then:  Whatever
  Now:  Depends

Then:  Passing the driver's test
  Now:  Passing the vision test
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, based on the above, those of us who were kids in the 1950's & 1960's probably shouldn't have survived . . .

. . . yet our generation produced some of the greatest problem solvers, inventors and risk takers ever.