Waukesha High School
Class of 1955

Our High School is now the
"Les Paul Middle School".

A cowboy, who just moved to Montana from Texas, walks into a bar and orders three mugs of Bud. He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more. The bartender approaches and tells the cowboy, "You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time." The cowboy replies, "Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in Arizona , the other is in Colorado. When we all left our home in Texas, we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I'm drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself." The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there. The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way. He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn.

One day, he comes in and only orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, "I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss." The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs. "Oh, no, everybody's just fine," he explains. "It's just that my wife and I joined the Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking."

"It hasn't affected my brothers though."


December, 2022

December is the 12th month (and last month) in our modern-day Gregorian calendar (as it was in the preceding Julian calendar). However, it was originally the 10th month of the Roman calendar (until 153 BC). Hence, "December" comes from the Latin word decem, meaning "ten." Back in Roman times, the calendar only had ten months and began with March! The winter period was not even assigned months because it was not an active time for military, agriculture, or civil life. The month of December originally consisted of 30 days. When January and February were added to the calendar (around 700 BCE), December was shortened to 29 days. Then, in the subsequent Julian calendar, two days were added to December, making it 31 days long.

On December 5, 1901, a little magic came into the world along with the birth of Walt Disney. Disney released his first cartoon, featuring Mickey Mouse, called Steamboat Willie at the age of 27. By the time he was 54, the Disney empire grew in size with the construction of Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Today Disney is a common word in households around the world thanks to the endless number of books, cartoons, films, and other forms of entertainment created by the Walt Disney Company.

The unfortunately humorous-sounding Battle of the Bulge commenced on December 16, 1944. The Battle of the Bulge saw a last-ditch counter-offensive by German forces in the Ardennes Forest to the southeast of modern-day Belgium. By the time the German forces were defeated, the number of casualties was astronomically high, with 130,000 German and 77,000 Allied casualties.

The birthstone is turquoise, zircon or tanzanite. The flower is narcissus or holly.

December 1

. National Pie Day
. National Eat a Red Apple Day
. Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day (what in the world is this???)
. Day With(out) Art Day
. Rosa Parks Day

Click "Photo Album" for the last set of REUNION pictures. Don't miss these pictures.

There is no new PROBLEM this month.

Check the birthdays. If you aren't there and should be, tell me.

Send info to George

2022 Waukesha High School Class of 1955