Bellaire High School
Class of 1960
It was a very good year
This website is by Gail Reaben
For an email address of anyone in our
class, just ask!

Gail,  or Jane:
or Judye:

                 META STRAUSS

We all know her as Bellaire's Cheerleader, Most Typical and her
unofficial title as Cutter Queen and maybe even other titles I've
missed!  All these years later, she's now known as a published writer!
Here's what a P.R. piece says about her:

Meta Strauss is a 1960 BHS grad. She lived in Houston until 2005 when
she relocated to Sonoma, California and, as a hobby, began writing.
When some of her fictional pieces about Texas became popular locally
she was encouraged to write a book. Meta states, "I thought, 'Why not
write a book?  I had no idea how involved writing a novel would be, but
by that time I was so involved with the characters and El Chico I
couldn't stop writing. That's how
Saving El Chico was created."

"Meta reads her work at local Sonoma events on a regular basis. Her
writing is featured on the Sonoma Writer’s Alliance web site and her
stories have appeared in the Sonoma Sun Newspaper. Her piece, “A
Cinderella Tale” was included in “Cry of the NIghtbird”, an anthology
published by the California YWCA in support of victims of domestic
abuse. Meta is currently working on a sequel to Saving El Chico.". To
read a Synopsis of the book,
Click Here!           
To order a copy from,
Click Here:
To read her regular Blog:
Meta's email is:


Solo Trip to Barrow, Alaska -- as in by himself to the
most northern point on the whole planet!

I thought I might share with you a Bucket List Item I was able to
check off last June. I flew my Beechcraft Baron to Barrow,
Alaska and back. 8,200 nautical miles over about 10 days of
flying from Houston to Barrow and a few other spots in
Alaska.One of the primary objectives was to fly to Barrow which
is the northernmost airport in the US located well above the
Arctic Circle. One may ask Why? I suppose the best answer is
one Sir Edmund Hillary gave when asked why he climbed Mount
Everest.;Because it was there. I guess it's another way of
saying,Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.

Also got to fly to Kotzebue, Unalakleet, Fairbanks, and
Anchorage. For the television series, Flying Wild Alaska.
Kotzebue and Unalakleet were featured in that series as were
the principal couple Jim and Ferno Tweto. Actually got to meet
them in Unalakleet.
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R O C K  'N'  R O L L I N'  S  E  N  I  O  R  S   


April, 2016, Accepting the Platinum Award for
my documentary film, "Tick Tock Clock" at
Worldfest Film Festival from presenter Katy
Lea Todd.

I finally finished my new documentary-short , Tick
Tock Clock
, about our rock and roll teenage lives in
Bellaire, journeying through time to our 70+ years!
Call it a sequel to Be Bop Babies or as they say now,
it would be the Be Bop Babies' franchise! Between
shooting new footage and  editing process, it took a
full year to make it.. I believe it captures the incredible
innocence and joy of our teen life in the 1950's. My
dream has always been to share our special time and
era with today's generation.The real dream is that our
wonderful teenage life will live on forever for others to

In 2014 I heard that my old house on Sunburst had a
builders sign in front of it -- from Tex Cowart's older
brother Ted -- who happened to drive by the old
neighborhood and called to tell me -- I knew the house
would be torn down pretty quick..  
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Life is good!  My wife, Joyce, and I live in Viera, FL, located on
the central east coast, 15 minutes from the beach.  We can
watch rocket launches from our backyard, and there are six golf
courses within five minutes from our house. Our great passion is
travel and, while we are healthy, we want to take full advantage.  
Last year we went on a 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise, a
17-day Ireland land tour, and Niagara Falls.

My daughter earned her PhD at Univ. of Wisconsin and is an
Assistant Dean at Merrimack College in Andover, MA.  My
granddaughter is in her 2nd year at Tulane.

When not travelling, my typical week is:  2 days at the Health
Club, 3 days of golf, Sunday church and watching Texan
football, as well as one day picking up food for our church Food
Pantry which my wife manages.

I retired in '99 after 18 years selling Yellow Page ads for SW Bell,
Mountain Bell, and Bell South.  It was good timing because
yellow pages are no longer relevant with today's technology.

From my 13th Birthday Party in the 7th grade. From left to right,
David Everton, Jack Harris, _______Jay Walrath center, Jack
just behind him, Bill Gibson,, Bruce Henderson and
____________.   If you look hard you can see my RCA 45 Record
player just behind David!          GAIL
At the premiere of Tick Tock Clock at Worldfest
Film Festival, at AMC's Studio 13 Theater:
Marty (Martha) Hooper Greenberg,
Gail, Tom Raguse
Carolyn Wukman and Harold
at 55th Reunion.
Lee Trail Lassus and her adorable
Stanley Kaufman has
taken up fishing! He
said, "Caught this at
Hackberry. It weighed 20
pounds and took me 15
minutes to bring it in. I
look like the old man of
the sea.
Ralph with The Colonel
David Everton with wife Florilda
(who passed away this last Dec),  and
Roy Bobo at the Reunion last year.
Olga Heizer Thompson and Steve Mitchell at the 50th
Reunion    Steve:
Judye Galeener Hartman at the
Spring Luncheon
       Announcement of Loss

We are so sorry to learn that
Marvin Brenner just passed
away. HIs funeral is
tomorrow - Sunday, August
21 in Houston. Please see
information on the
arrangement as well as his

Allen Israel
at the screening of my film, Tick Tock Clock at the
On-Location Memphis Short Film Festival in at the Hard
Rock Cafe in July. In the background is a giant photo of Elvis.
Thank you so much Allen for going to see it and for this cool

Also, FYI, did you know that Allen's sister
Debbie is a Rabbi in
Memphis?! Nice to have such an important sister! Of course, she
graduated from Bellaire in 1962 so that makes her extra  special.
Allen's email is:
Thanks Roy for the information.