On November 21, 2007 Ray wrote:
NAME: Ray Hart
Nickname for nametag: Ray
Wife/Date/Significant Other's Nametag: Susan
eMail Address: Raysue22@insightbb.com
Web Site Address (If you have one):
Mailing Address: 7610 Market Cart Way
Louisville, KY 40291
Phone Number(s): 502-231-1157
Present Occupation: Company, Your Title, Brief Job Duties:
Your Community Bank, Business Services Officer, Credit Underwriter for commercial
Why haven't you retired yet?
When do you plan to retire? 2010
Wives & children (use multiple lines if necessary:
1. Susan & I have been happily married 27 years;
2. Children: Angela 25, Nicholas 24 & Rachel 23
Great Grands? (Hey, we've only been out 40 years;-) :
Any Children or Grands at (or graduated from) ElCid? Who?
Distance traveled to reunion: 1000
Number of places lived since graduation: four, last and longest Louisville,
Number of Class reunions attended (counting this one): 2007 is the
What prompted you to attend this year? Letter invitation and wanting
to see old classmates and share some adventures.
MAY WE PUBLISH THIS INFORMATION?
- particularily including address and contact information on our Class
Web Site -
Sure thing publish
it all: _yes__
This is my third attempt to send this information. The form presented some
barriers, mainly, I don't know the name of my server.
A short history of my 10 years after the escape in January 1968.
It was sad my father died in November 1967 and I needed an extra semester
to graduate. Also, sad that he did not know I eventually joined the Navy
and he was a retired chief torpedoman.
I enlisted in the Submarine Service and rode a FBM Boomer for 4 years
or 7 three month patrols underwater. I loved it and was very happy, we never
fired our missiles. I was stationed in Hawaii for two years and Charleston
for two years. We sailed out of Guam and then Holy Lock, Scotland.
After Honorable Discharge, which meant I never missed a deployment,
I joined VISTA and worked in San Francisco in hopes of rejoining a girl I
was corresponding with in Hawaii. We did meet, but their were no sparks.
I went back to Charleston and worked as a Junior Accountant for four years.
Moved to Louisville in 1978 to change my occupation while staying with my
sister. I started at the bottom in a Bank's Credit Department and worked
my way up to Officer and manager, but never a very high paying position.
Susan and I met at a community folk dancing group. We still folk
dance, but only a few times a year.
I liked being a husband and father. The next 27 years flew by, even
though they were difficult at times. Susan just completed her 40th
year teaching Middle School for the Archdiocese of Louisville. I am
her biggest supported and she is mine. We both have been in Scouting
for the past 15 years. Susan in Girl Scouting and me in Boy Scouting. We
camped together for our honeymoon and then it seemed to be with our respective
scout groups, but not each other, until two years ago. We are
supporters of scouting now. Susan still trains scouters for and
organizes a hike to the Appalachian Trail every June and I still do the Klondike
Campout with my old Boy Scout Troop 346.
I just baked the turkey I shoot at the lodge we stayed at. It
is really good, lean and tasty, but not gamey. I hate to say it, but
since that was my first hunt, it was one of the highlights of the weekend
for me, actually more than the game.
I really appreciate all the work the organizers of this reunion weekend
did, from Jay on down, because it is rarely that one can be with a group
of people, who are all at the same station in life, namely, 62
years old and looking for new challenges, possibily without carrying as many
concerns for our livelyhood.
I loved hearing what experiences life after ElCid has blessed everyone with,
even if one or two of the experiences does not qualify as a blessing.
I will send some pictures later. Hopefully, when I get
more proficent on my home computer.