SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
May 17, 2007
I know many of you will remember the Hallimore family. John graduated in
the 60's. He was a great basketball player. He wrote to me recently about
his son Jericho and we have been praying for Jericho while he is serving an
extended duty in Iraq. Great letter from dad(John) and son (Jericho). Al
I wrote to John and ask for permission to send our his email and this was
Sure Al, that would be fine.
Now to the original email
Ironically, Jericho is the fourth consecutive generation of Hallimore to
serve in combat and in war (WWI, WWII, Vietnam & Afghanistan/Iraq). How did
we ever get so lucky, huh? I guess the world will never get it right.
As many of you know, Jericho was stop lossed and deployed with his 82nd
Airborne Infantry unit near Tikrit, Iraq in August of last year. Recently he
received news that he would be extended while in Iraq and serve 15 months
there instead of 12. He was supposed to be separated from the Army in
September of 2006 after completing his three-year enlistment. You can
probably imagine how being told that you are involuntarily being extended
and deployed another year plays to a young man. We are hoping he comes home
in November and returns to a well deserved civilian life. Prayers and email
letters are all we have to offer as we try to monitor and encourage his well
being. Surprisingly, and on most days when we are able to receive
communication, he has maintained a pretty good attitude under some tough
I am enclosing a short email that Jericho has written to be forwarded to
various people who have prayed for and written him. It has such a powerful
message, of which, I doubt that he realizes the impact it leaves. Of course
I am very proud of him. I think back to my days as a young soldier in
combat and live those memories again through him; but this time as a Dad.
There is so much time and reason to contemplate your existence and your
relationship with God when in a war zone. I am in awe of his clarity of
Thank you to all of those that have been praying for me in Iraq . I greatly
appreciate your faith, support and encouragement. I am sorry that I am not
always able to write each one of you back but your support means a lot. In
a sometimes uncertain world, much of my comfort and strength comes from the
prayers and support of my family, friends and of course God. Many aspects
of my life at this point in time are out of my control and contrary to my
desires, such as being away from my wife, not being in the US , not being
able to go to school yet and still being in the Army. But if there is one
thing I have learned from all of this, it is perspective. While many of my
earthly desires lead me elsewhere, I think of Godís desire and his plan for
me. By having a more heavenly perspective I see that vast opportunities
that await. I can see opportunities to encourage others, show a positive
attitude and demonstrate and share my faith with those I would have
otherwise never met. If this is the place in which I can best grow as a
Christian, if this is the best place that I can be a witness or
encouragement then this is right where I was meant and want to be. So when
I look at things that way, that is the perspective I have and I do my best
to remember it. Your prayers and words encourage me and help keep me on
that right track. Thank you for all of your support and prayers.
Halls are at it again!!!!
Did you see the recent article in Sports Illustrated about Ryan Hall
competing in the London Marathon? He finished sixth and it may be the
fastest time of any USA Marathoner. His mom and Dad were able to fly to
London and observe the event and then fly home to be at work. Mickey, his
father, is an outstanding teacher at Big Bear High School. Ryan felt
comfortable in his first marathon and feels this may be his event in the
future. His younger brother Ryan, this years CIF champion, has accepted a
track scholarship to Oregon. Can you believe the publicity Big Bear has
received because of the Hall family? Good job Mom and Dad Hall!!!!
Class of 1967 Reunion!!!!
LeRoy Smuskiewicz is seeking members of the class of 1967 to prepare for the
reunion in September. Here is LeRoy's message:
Hi Steve (Foulkes)
I'm glad to hear that you are starting to put together a reunion.
At the last reunion I took pictures and collected some money for a
reunion book. I didn't get some information back from many of our
classmates, after many requests for the info. I got discouraged and
have put it in a small metal file box where it sits today. Now that we
are in the computer age I can put together a DVD or composite Email to
send out. So if you would like to ask everyone you contact to send me
some current pictures or video and current family information I can put
them together with the stuff I have collected from the last reunion.
May be it will encourage participation and attendance.
Let me know what you want to do.
Ph# Home/Work 714-636-8416
Cel # 949-228-0286 ( I turn on and use mostly after 9:pm weekdays
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I just received a an email from Mike Hartwell:
I don't know if you heard, but Whitey Hartwell passed away on Tuesday. Mom
is doing well and speaks so positively about how you helped her and dad. She
is doing well and I am here in Colorado to help her get going back on task.
Her email address is email@example.com. She did mention that she would
like to get a copy of the Big High School newsletter.
Hope all of you who knew the Hartwells will send an email to Irma. We will
miss Whitey and I know that Irma is doing well in Colorado with family. Al