Gary Bland

Profile Updated: July 12, 2023
Residing In Denver, CO USA
Spouse/Partner Cathy
Occupation Retired
Children Kristi

After Valley I went to Fort Lewis College in Durango on a BB scholarship. Good times, but then I got laid up for four months where I couldn't walk (very depressing for an 18 year old). Doctors had differing diagnoses but eventually told me to get out of bed and walk again and I did. It took a while to build my legs back up but at least I was alive again. Tried to go back to school, but never finished. Met my wife while we were both working in a hospital in Durango. Got married and our daughter was born there, delivered by the same doctor that delivered my wife.

In '69 we moved to the Denver area which is now home. I got on with
Honeywell for several years and then Lockheed Martin, both great companies to work for. I last worked for LM as a subcontracts manager and retired when I was 58. Never looked back.

Very comfortably and happily retired. Have traveled extensively in my life and plan to do more. Right now I am enjoying a lot of golf at many fabulous Colorado courses. Enjoy the arts (concerts, plays, museums). Am into the outdoors and the Colorado mountains and all the serenity they have to offer (that Rocky Mountain High!).

I really enjoyed the reunion!! Great event, great class! I probably met only
a fraction of the people there but there were a lot of people and so little time (plus, I'm still kinda shy). Anyway, I met old friends and made new ones. Wish I could have made the Sunday brunch but also wanted (needed) to spend time with family!

Thanks to all who sent me B'day wishes. On that day I realized I was 68 - Oh No - two more til the big 70. Oh well, I feel as though I'm still back in HS (OK, maybe a few years older than that) but I feel blessed with the life, friends, opportunities, and health I've had. Hope to see you all again in 5 years!


School Story

Don't have any stories - I went to school and then home. Except for basketball practice and games that was about it. Did make a few football and baseball games. Always wished I had done the baseball thing - my favorite sport and I thought I was pretty good. Could hit, but wasn't too sure about the fielding - maybe first base - but, unfortunately I never did.
Never even heard about the Pony Express until years later. And only recently, in looking at the yearbook, discovered that there were so many clubs and opportunities for travel available to me (all of us actually). Oh well, guess I'm just a late bloomer, but I've made up some ground since then.

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Happy Birthday Tony!!! Been a few years! Sounds that you
and Judy are very Happy with one another these days and what with all the kids! Sounds like a great life!
Hope you are enjoying life and golf. I've played 4 times so far this spring (pretty good weather this year).
Again . . . Happy Birthday!

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Hi Jay,
Don't keep in touch with anyone much anymore . . . was pretty shy in HS. Did make it down to a reunion a couple of times (good times) and played a little golf the both times around. Enjoy hearing about where classmates are and what they are doing these days.
My partner, Cathy and ran up to Yellowstone a month ago . . . I've been there several times and it's always WOW!
Considered going to the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore but we didn't have the time to run over.
Sounds like you live in a pretty Idyllic place. Might have gone thru there if circumstances had been different.
Away hope the both of you are doing well these days. Was impressed with the Navy experience.
ll the best . . Gary

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“Wildest of the Wild West” by Howard Bryan

This is the book I finished reading about a week ago. Think I did it in record time. It is about a lot of NM history which I think some of you may be into.
First. A little more about me and my family. Dad moved us from the oilfields of SW Texas to a new job he had accepted in Las Vegas, New Mexico. I started school there at Douglas Elementary (I think) before we moved to Santa Fe where I went into my last elementary year in the sixth. Then on to Leah Harvey Junior High School.
OK . . .Then we moved again to Albuquerque. Garfield Junior High and then to Valley and graduation.
All this is background to my interest in the book, which was given to me by my older sister “Sherrill” (Class of ’62).
The first paragraph on the opening flap goes as follows . . .
“The Wild West” stories of Dodge City, Deadwood, and Tombstone pale in comparison to the incredible story of Las Vegas New Mexico, for decades considered the most violent community on America’s Western frontier.”
I couldn’t put it down. Not just for Las Vegas, but it also includes a smattering of the law and lawless history of New Mexico.
If you do get into it . . . drop me a line and let me know.

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Albuquerque...still my favorite place. With my favorite person!
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I got up few days ago, got my Coffee and settled down in the living room to watch the news and maybe a movie. Found a Jackie Chan flick and thought it might be fun.
It was "The Spy Next Door". Somewhere towards the end of the film they were at a place I thought that I recognized (Tamaya Resort where I had attended the 50th class reunion), followed up immediately by a pic of the Sandia's.
Yep . . . looking it up it was definitely Albuquerque, filmed there in 2008. What fun . . . going home again.

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Happy Birthday Diane . . . it was so much fun getting to know you the couple times I've been down. Hope you have a wonderful b'day. Stay safe!

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Cath and I at Abu Simbel March 2016
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Italy Day 2 . . . Amalfi Coast sunrise
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From our hotel, Amalfi Coast Italy . . . Wow!
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Gar & Cat's Selfie
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What can be more Egypt than this? The great pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo, the first day we were there . . . Wow!
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The great Temple of Ramses II at ABU SIMBEL . . . last day of our trip . . . very impressive!!!
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Kenny the Monkey Boy

Dad's Birthday Party - final night at lodge in Masai Mara National Preserve, Kenya.
Thanks Bob, Nancy, Carol, Susan and everyone else on this trip for making it a very special memory for him. Every time I saw him after that (right up to the end) he would remind me of how great a time it was for him. Asante Sana, marafiki!
"hakuna matata" Dad!
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Costa Rica 2010

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Flat Tops

A trip to the Flat Tops Wilderness in Northwest Colorado, 8/18/11. Pictures begin as I caught my limit at Stillwater Reservoir, more pictures in the woods behind my campsite and then down to Bear Lake and a 5 hour hike on the Mandall Lakes trail only to be stopped by a raging stream (lots of runoff late in the year). Loved the wildflowers - probably a week or three past their prime. Loved revisiting the experience again by putting together this video
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Botswana 96 Video

Highlights from my limited videos of my first trip to Africa - the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls
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South America 2007yt

PPT slideshow of 2007 trip to South America: Lima, Amazon basin, Nazca Lines, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Quito, Galapagos.
There is over 6 minutes of music You Tube had me take out and I haven't found a replacement yet. For now I think it is very watchable and I love the music they let me keep. Enjoy!
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Butterflies, Birds, Beasts and fish
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Alaska Highway Revised

As the title says, a trip up and back on the Alaska Highway. The year was 1992, the trip was from Denver to Fairbanks and back again with a couple side trips to Skagway and Hyder, AK.
This show had been revised to improve the timings on the slides so it will be easier to view. Also corrected a few miscues.