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SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
August 13, 2005

August has been a wonderful month for JoAnne and I. We traveled with a bus tour group to the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Mt. Rushmore. We got to see the presidents faces the day they finished cleaning them on Mt. Rushmore. It was a real emotional experience for me, standing before the four faces of the presidents. There was a picture of Mt. Rushmore in the high school textbook that we used in the 60's when I was a high school U.S. History teacher. I had always wanted to see the majestic mountain and I was not disappointed. Great Trip!!!!


Don't forget to sign up for the Kyle Hagmann Memorial Golf tournament scheduled on Sunday, September 11, AT THE BEAR MOUNTAIN GOLF COURSE. The shotgun tee time is at 8:00 a.m., so you need to check in at 7:30 a.m. It is a great day of fun and golf. If you want more information concerning the tournament or if you want to sponsor a hole for $50, please call (909) 585-7485 and talk to Tony or Elise Hagmann. All the proceeds from the tournament go to the scholarship fund for the Kyle Hagmann Scholarship and the non-profit organization "Project G.H.B." It is a great event and a worthy cause. Monies from the tournament that are given to the SGM/BBHS Educational Foundation are matched by Steve Mihalyo, class of 1961. A big thank you to Tony and Elise for their hard work in putting on this annual tournament. Remember the Proctor family lost to the Waner family last year for last place. Hope to see you there.

Received this wonderful newsletter from Ernie Gonzales:
Wow!! I don't know how I got on your mailing list, but this is one of the best newsletters I have received ever. It is so cool to read about how everyone is doing and where they are. I sure do miss Big Bear a lot. Not too sure if you even remember me, I went to school up there my whole life along with my older brother Bobby, older sister Jenny and younger brother Jimmy. You had such a strong impact on my life and I never was able to thank you. I remember when I first graduated high school, (which almost never happened), but I finally realized that I am responsible for my future and that I did not want to end up like my parents. Not that there was anything really wrong with them, so don't get me wrong. I just did not want to have to work or live paycheck to paycheck, and I knew that if I were do something different, then I had to bite the bullet and make big changes. I eventually left Big Bear and joined the Army. I remember calling up Phil Hamilton and letting him know what I was doing and where I was going which just happened to be to Berlin, Germany. What an exciting time that was. It was right after the wall came down and the city was unified. I eventually traveled the globe for the next 7 years and found myself in Las Vegas, Nv. I remember one time after I first got out of high school and the last time I saw my mom alive, I told her that I wanted to be a teacher someday. Well now, that is pretty much what I do. I got out of the Army and began working in Air Conditioning and then took up real estate. Which as it turned out I'm pretty darn good at. I am also the real estate learning instructor in which I educate newer and experienced agents on how to provide the best possible customer service and how to grow their businesses through technology. I have since been married for 6 years to the love of my life Leah, and have two great kids Andre 13 and Haley 5. It took me a long time to realize what all of you had done for me and my family while we were growing up in Big Bear and I wanted to finally say a deep heartfelt Thank You from all of us. I hope to hear from you and keep up the great newsletter.

Ernie Gonzales
Century 21 MoneyWorld
Chief Learning Officer

Mr. Waner, my sister Kathy Dotts McEntire sent me a copy of your newsletter. Please add my name to the list. I live in a small town about an hour north of Seattle. I have been married for 30 years and have 5 sons ages 14 to 24. Have wonderful memories of living in Big Bear and miss it terribly. Thank you for adding my name to the list and for putting this information together - I always enjoy hearing any news I can about Big Bear, friends, classmates, teachers, etc.

Chris Dotts Bradley

Thanks for another great newsletter! I've copied Kathy (Crissman) Bingham, my foster sister and a graduate of the Class of 1961. If you haven't already done so, please add her to the email list.

Thanks for all you do,
Steve (Mihaylo)

Received an e-mail from Alex Ellermann:
Hi there,
Does BBHS have a cross country & track program now?

Curiously, Alex Ellermann
I wrote back to Alex:
Alex, Not only the High School but also the Middle School. We keep expanding the athletic programs because the high school is over 800 students. Al
Reply from Alex:
Wow, that's great! With the natural advantage conferred by Big Bear's altitude, I'm sure both schools do quite well. I ran cross-country in college, and enjoyed it so much that I often wished I'd had the opportunity to start at a younger age. Running is a lifetime sport, and I'm thrilled to learn that BBUSD is actively promoting it.

Yours, Alex

(Ed. note) I also forgot to mention that we have a great coach in Mickey Hall who also loves to run. We have great cross country programs at both schools and yes we do very well at both Middle School and High School. Al

And finally, I talked to Mickey Hall this past week. He is teaching our summer school running program. Ryan is in Europe this summer running against the worlds best long distance runners. He feels with the outstanding runners coming to the high school this year from the middle school he will have one of the best cross country teams in the history of the high school.

The high school football team is also loaded with some talented kids. Should be a great fall for Big Bear sports.


The Big Bear High School Class of 1985 is Planning Its 20 Year Reunion! The date is Saturday, October 1, 2005 for the main event with a pre-reunion mixer on Friday, September 30th and a Family Picnic on Sunday, October 2nd. Please visit our reunion web site at for details. Reunion contacts are Annette Davis Nueske at (720) 200-1099 hm, (303) 641-1836 cell, OR Chris Knox Taylor (909) 627-3431 hm, (909) 996-6431 cell,

You can now purchase your event tickets, raffle tickets, reunion merchandise and advertising all online at on the "purchase online" tab.

The reunion merchandise is awesome! Our reunion logo will be adorned on each quality item. Take advantage of the $10 discount and purchase all three items as a package. Your merchandise will be provided to you at the main event. If you are unable to attend and still wish to purchase merchandise, please contact Annette at or (720) 200-1099 to arrange for payment of shipping.

Do you have a business that you would like to advertise? We have 4 affordable options to help you advertise to your classmates, their parents and friends. Our advertising is available to all businesses. So if you know of a business owner who would like to get some affordable advertising that will reach our classmates, many of their parents and friends, give them our web site information. Our web site has had over 1400 hits so far, and we still have a long way to go. Plus, we are planning to maintain the web site long after reunion, possibly until the 25th! This will allow classmates to keep in touch and will allow advertisers to continue reaching prospects.

Proceeds from ticket and/or merchandise sales will be divided between the Class of 1985 reunion fund and the Steven G. Mihaylo Big Bear Education Foundation (

Thank you! Annette Nueske

The weather in Big Bear for the last month of July and the first week of August has had rain, thunderstorms and lightning. Love the rain and the thunderstorms but you can keep the lightning.
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