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Feel free to contribute links (email to and they will be posted.  
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Here's a link to music and music videos from the 50s and 60s....Enjoy !!!
The Hopkins Education Foundation
and the Hopkins Alumni Association
want to connect with us, so
here are the links to their organization
site and Facebook site.    They also are
looking for
volunteers to help with their website and
newsletter.  Anyone interested can contact
Sally Levens through either of these sites.  
You will have to copy and paste the link
into your browser window.
Local Newspapers:

Minneapolis StarTribune

Hopkins Local News

Online Hopkins newspaper:

From Jerry Anderson:  
Good morning . . . At present we are not at home, but please leave your message after you hear the beep. 
beeeeeppp ....
If you are one of our children, dial 1 and then select the option from 1 to 5 in order of "birth arrival" so we know who it is.

If you need us to stay with the children, press 2
If you want to borrow the car, press 3
If you want us to wash your clothes and do ironing, press 4
If you want the grandchildren to sleep here tonight, press 5
If you want us to pick up the kids at school, press 6
If you want us to prepare a meal for Sunday or to have it delivered to your home,press 7
If you want to come to eat here, press 8
If you need money, press 9
If you are going to invite us to dinner, or, taking us to the theaterstart talking ... we are listening !!!!!!!!!!!"
(Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)
Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people's.
A grandfather is a man, & a grandmother is a lady!
Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see themThey are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.
When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why we shouldn't step on 'cracks.'
They don't say, 'Hurry up.'
Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.
They wear glasses and funny underwear.
They can take their teeth and gums out.
Grandparents don't have to be smart.
They have to answer questions like 'Why isn't God married?' and 'How come dogs chase cats?'
When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again.
Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.
They know we should have a snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we've acted bad.
It's funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.
This is from Dan Fuller  (Thanks, Dan!)

Being Green

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. 

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days." 

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." 

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day. 

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. 

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day. 
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. 

But too bad we didn't do the green thing back then. 

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. 

But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day. 

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. 

But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day. 

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. 

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then. 

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. 

But we didn't have the green thing back then. 

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. 

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

This is Hysterical!  Thanks to Mary McLeod for this!  Enjoy!


From Kathy Johnson Oleson: 

Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder:  A 'Must See' !


Remember the old westerns?  
Courtesy of Jerry Anderson - click on the link, below:

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Thanks to Diane Hamlin Pajak ('66) for these:

Senior Discounts  

Dunkin Donuts gives free coffee to people over 55. If you're paying for a cup every day, you might want to start getting it for free. 


Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+) 
Arby’s: 10% off (55+) 
Ben & Jerry‘s: 10% off (60+) 
Bennigan’s: discount varies by location 
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+) 
Boston Market: 10% off (65+) 
Burger King: 10% off (60+) 
Captain D’s Seafood: discount varies on location (62+) 
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+) 
Chili’s: 10% off (55+) 
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+) 
Culver’s: 10% off (60+) 
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+) 
Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee (55+) 
Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker�s dozen of bagels (60+) 
Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter (55+) 
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+) 
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+) 
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+) 
IHOP: 10% off (55+) 
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+) 
KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+) 
Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+) 
Long John Silver’s: various discounts at participating locations (55+) 
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday (55+) 
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+) 
Shoney’s: 10% off 
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+) 
Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+) 
Subway: 10% off (60+) 
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+) 
Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+) 
TCBY: 10% off (55+) 
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+) 
Village Inn: 10% off (60+) 
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+) 
Wendy’s: 10% off (55+) 
White Castle: 10% off (62+) 

Retail And Apparel 

Banana Republic: 10% off (50+) 
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+) 
Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+) 
Big Lots: 10% off 
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days (55+) 
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+) 
Clarks: 10% off (62+) 
Dress Barn: 10% off (55+) 
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location) 
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location) 
Kmart: 20% off (50+) 
Koh‘�s: 15% off (60+) 
Modell‘s Sporting Goods: 10% off 
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions 
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+) 
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (55+) 
Stein Mart:: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+) 


Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month (55+) 
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (50+) 
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+) 
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+) 
Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+) 
Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry�s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday (55+) 
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+) 
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+) 
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+) 
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location) 
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location) 
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+) 
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday (50+) 
Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (55+) 
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+) 
Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 5% off (62+) 


Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+) 
Alamo: up to 25% off for AARP members 
American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount) 
Amtrak: 15% off (62+) 
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members 
Best Western: 10% off (55+) 
Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+) 
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+) 
Clarion: 20%-30% off (60+) 
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) 
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+) 
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations 
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+) 
Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+) 
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members 
Greyhound: 5% off (62+) 
Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance 
Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members 
Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+) 
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+) 
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+) 
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler�s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+) 
Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+) 
Motel 6: 10% off (60+) 
Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (55+) 
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members 
Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) 
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) 
Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) 
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) 
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50 and up 
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) 
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) 

Activities And Entertainment 

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+) 
Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+) 
Busch Gardens Tampa: $3 off one-day tickets (50+) 
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+) 
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off 
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+) 
Regal Cinemas: 30% off 
Ripley�s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+) 
SeaWorld Orlando: $3 off one-day tickets (50+) 

Cell Phone Discounts 

AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+) 
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+) 
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+). 


Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (60+) 
Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+) 

A&P supermarkets offers 5% off to people over 55 every Tuesday. 

 From Wayne LaRoche:    Thanks, Wayne!

My younger brother, Jim LaRoche,put together this video from my dad's old 
Super 8mm film. The film was not so good, but he did a great job. (He was working
as a cinematographer in Los Angeles, at the time) 
It's a little after 1962, (1964 - 1971) and for most of that time, I was on the east coast in 
the Marine Corps, but some of the scenes are nostalgic, and there is footage from my
first marriage, which we are at 45 years and counting. 
There's Meadowbrook Golf Course, Raspberry Festival, Warriors Cheerleaders, Church plays, 
all very old.........................(and I am too) well, see for yourself. It's a five minute video - 
just click the link below, or google, 
                         "The LaRoche Movie".

August 20, 2011

Shady Oak Beach
 Our 'home away from home' :


August 19, 2011

Mickey Mouse Club
Blast from the Past:  

First Ever Show:

Mouseketeers Roll Call:

Talent Roundup:


July 21, 2011

Hopkins Raspberry Parade Live Recorded
2011 Raspberry Parade
 Karen Stenback via The Hopkins Raspberry Festival
hopkinsraspberryfestival @ USTREAM: Hopkins Raspberry Festival - celebrated July 9 - 17, 2011.

July 7, 2011

Raspberry Parade Royalty
Judy Vickerman Johnson ('62) with husband, Allan; Senior Royalty, Hopkins Raspberry Festival, 2010-2011.
Judy Vickerman Johnson ('62) with husband, Allan; Senior Royalty, Hopkins Raspberry Festival, 2010-2011.
 Judy Vickerman Johnson and her husband, Allan Johnson, are the 2010 crowned Senior Royalty for the Hopkins Raspberry Festival, this year.  They will be handing over their crowns to new Senior Royalty at a banquet, during this year's festival.  

Congratulations, Judy!  Hope to see you at the Reunion next year!  

This is from Kathy Johnson Oleson.   It shows the boatlifting of 500,000 people from lower Manhattan on 9/11.

June 16, 2011

Hopkins Raspberry Festival 2011

July 9 through Parade Day, July 17th.  
Read all about it!

Link to website:  
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June 13, 2011

A Blast from the Past: "See You In September"
 You will have to copy and paste this in your browser window: 

Filmed at Lake Calhoun:

Original Version:

Hopkins Girls Claim Third Straight Basketball Championship

The girls beat Bloomington Kennedy 68-45 Saturday at the Target Center.


For the third year in a row, the Hopkins girls are the class AAAA basketball champions.

The Royals claimed the title in convincing fashion, beating No. 2 seed Bloomington Kennedy Eagles 68-45 Saturday at the Target Center.

Echoing their performance against Osseo in the semifinal, the Royals’ missed shots allowed Bloomington Kennedy to keep it close in the first half. Hopkins finished the half up 28-26—hitting just seven of 29 shots field goals, or 24.1 percent of their shots from the court.

That allowed for some swings in the early part of the game, with the Eagles up by as much as five at one point.

But the Royals dominated the second half, during which Hopkins outscored Bloomington Kennedy 40-19.

That’s partly because of Hopkins’ strong defense. The Royals forced Bloomington Kennedy into 31 turnovers throughout the game.

Standout Nia Coffey was named the player of the game. She led in points scored with 12 points in the first half and 13 in the second, for a total of 25. She also snagged 16 rebounds.

Taylor Anderson was second for the Royals with 11 points, while Erin O’Toole, Mikaala Shackelford and TT Starks each scored seven points.

Anderson, O’Toole and Coffey were also all named to the all-tournament team.

Here is a Hopkins High School Pep Rally, 2013, showing pics and performance videos of the Band,
the Cheerleaders,
and the Royelles (modern day Warriorettes).  
Things have changed....!!!!
Click on the link or copy it into your browser.