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Arizona men's group finds time to share some Duluth moments

There's nothing catty about this bunch, but when a group of guys get together, the din generally reflects a memory trail too precious to ignore. Such was the case on Monday, March 1, when 47 Duluth and former Duluth men got together for lunch at ...

There's nothing catty about this bunch, but when a group of guys get together, the din generally reflects a memory trail too precious to ignore. Such was the case on Monday, March 1, when 47 Duluth and former Duluth men got together for lunch at the Tivoli Restaurant in Sun City, Ariz.

When Bob Rapp was asked what high school he attended, his response was quick and to the point, "There is only one high school in Duluth," reflecting on his days at Duluth Central.

This was the 30th year of the luncheon. It started in 1973 with four guys and today, around 50 or more attend annually. It's a great time to share pleasant memories, reflect on Duluth's evolution through the years, renew lifetime friendships and tell a story or two. In a way, this luncheon is a reflection of the annual "Lake Avenue Loafers" events in Duluth that bring together some really wonderful people from throughout Duluth and the immediate area.

Most in attendance shared the Depression years of the 1930s and early '40s and the later years when Duluth's smoke stack industry disappeared never to be renewed again. The neighborhoods, school activities, business conditions and the grandchildren were the principle topics of discussion.

Federal Judge Donald Alsop spoke briefly about his years on the federal bench, reflecting on some of his experiences and memories of colleagues that greatly influenced his life.

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General chair of the event was Rick Erickson, assisted by Ed Brown, Roger Emerson, Leon Kassmir, John North, Wayne Samskar and David Ward.

In attendance were: Donald Alsop, Jack Anderson, Joe Asta, Dick Bardon, Ed Brown, Andy Carlson, Rick Carlson, Mike Casey, Bob Crain, Tom Donahue, Bob Eacobocci, Roger Emerson, Rick Erickson, Jack Everett, Bill Fierek, Tom Franey, Bob Harnell, Fred Haugen, Lorimer Johnson, Roy Johnson, Leon Kassmir, Jack King, Harry Kase, Earl Lagro, Bob Larson, Bob MacNally, John Mitchell, John Moyer, Willis McDonald, Dick North, John North, Bob Olson, Tom Olseth, Jack Owens, Dick Palmer, Dick Peterson, Pete Peterson, G. Polaski, Bob Rapp, Wayne Samskar, Jim Schneider, Warren Silver, Arlo Sletten, Tom Spenser, Ed VanRossum, David Ward, Paul Westergard and Bob Wilson.

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