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Evanston Twp High School
Class Of 1964


(Stories from your '64 classmates)

The following story was submitted by Don Hall:

How I turned Covid into $$$

When Covid descended in March/April, my brother Chuck (ETHS ’62) and I decided in May to head south to Huntsville, Alabama to play golf along the Robert Trent Jones courses that run north to south in Alabama starting near Huntsville and coincidently near the Army’s Redstone Arsenal where Chuck and I could stay due to our military service retired status.  One day we were paired with a mechanical engineer and an electrical engineer who were into “clean energy” and would not stop taking about the immense future in solar, wind and hydrogen.  Hydrogen…Huh: what’s that all about?  It was somewhat annoying to be on the receiving end of this well-meaning barrage of information, but some of it stuck and I looked into it upon our return.  My job at Rockford’s Aldeen Golf Club was temporarily halted…so, check it out.

Caution, I’m not a scientist or an investment advisor, but here’s briefly what I found out:  Currently the rage is battery powered vehicles (think Tesla and the euphemism…BEV) for stored, allegedly clean energy.  It’s debatable how the electrons are produced to call it clean…that’s for others.  The widespread application of storage batteries loses its relevance when it comes to time to recharge and weight.  Enter Hydrogen, the most abundant element in our world.  The challenge becomes an efficient means to extract it from water to produce the hydrogen for storage, transmission and use as compared to the existence of fossil fuels.  The byproducts from the use of hydrogen in fuel cells (that which uses hydrogen to create electrons to run electrical motors in potentially everything) is water and heat…no toxic emissions.  Now, that’s clean energy!

The companies (and an ETF) I looked into are part of this emerging (albeit, some have been around for decades) industry were Bloom Energy (BE), Ballard Power (BLDP), Fuel Cell Energy (FCEL), Plug Power (PLUG) and the ETF; PBW (Invesco WilderHill Clean Energy).  Why an ETF: because it spreads one’s investment risk among several components of the “clean” world; i.e. wind, solar, hydrogen and etc.  What I’ve discovered is that this is the new frontier in energy…hydrogen!  I believe it’s the future.  5 to 10 years from today, those companies involved in hydrogen will be the Amazon of today.  I selected to invest in Plug Power as they were the only fully integrated hydrogen company.  Additionally, I selected Invesco’s WilderHill Clean Energy ETF since it touched all the components of the clean eco-system.  Curious as to my results…just go to May 2020 and compare by looking at the numbers as of today.

Moral of the story:  Watch out for mechanical and electric engineers on the golf course…they’re a talkative bunch!


NOTE: If you'd like to share your "Coping with the Pandemic" story with your classmates, please send your story by email to Kathy Miehls at  We'd really like to hear from you.


 55th REUNION 


During September 12-15, 2019, we held a very successful 55th Reunion that included lunch at Hackney’s, a Meet ‘n Greet at the Hilton Garden Inn, walking tour of downtown Evanston, and dinner at the Glen View Club.  In addition, Bob Reece arranged a golf outing on Thursday, and Vic Brown coordinated attendance at a Cubs baseball game on Sunday (and they won 16-6!).  What a happy, fun, and full weekend of reunion activities. 


Thanks to those classmates who have contributed photos from the reunion.  Your photos have been posted on the website.  The photos can be found by clicking on the link on the left side of this homepage that reads "55th Reunion - Sept, 2019", then, in the dropdown menu, click on "55th Reunion Photo Gallery".  If any of you have additional photos from this reunion that you would like to share, please direct them to Fred Brostoff at



One of the most critical steps in planning a high school reunion is the process of gathering classmate contact information.  If we can’t contact you, we can’t tell you about the reunion plans.  We are grateful for the many classmates who have already provided us with updated contact information.  For those of you who haven't provided current contact info and would like to do so by using this website, please note the following guidelines: 

  • Please go to "Member Functions" on the left side of this page.
  • Click on "Edit Contact  Info", and make sure everything listed is current.  Change info as necessary.  
  • Once all of your contact info is correct, press "Save Changes". 
  • If you have any questions, please contact our Webmaster, Fred Brostoff, at

For your viewing enjoyment, here are a few ETHS memories:

Also, we've posted some memorable 1960s songs/videos on the "Class of '64 Photo Galleries" page.  If you have a favorite 60's song or video that you'd like to see posted, send your request to the Website Administrator.

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