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McCormick Jr High-Emerson Building 2015
McCormick Jr High-Emerson Building 2015 by Mike Rorabeck, Townsqaure Media
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Grateful Memories of McCormick Jr. High School in Downtown Cheyenne

 

Anyone else attend McCormick Jr. High School when it was downtown?

Summer vacation is dwindling down and it won't be long before school starts. This week, my son, Jerry, got registered for seventh grade and it made me think back to my junior high days.

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WY State Capitol Building 2014
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Grateful Memories: Harriet ‘Liz’ Byrd Was a Great Second Grade Teacher

Did you ever have the opportunity to meet 'Liz' Byrd?

The former State Legislator served in the House and the Senate but she also made a difference in our community teaching second grade at Pioneer Park School.

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Robin Williams Tribute in Boulder
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Grateful Memories: Robin Williams in ‘Mork & Mindy’ [VIDEO]

Do you remember the TV show 'Mork & Mindy'?

The sitcom was a spinoff of 'Happy Days' and gave actor Robin Williams his first onscreen job as the alien Mork.

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First Footprint on the Moon Apollo 11 July 20, 1969
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Where Were You on July 20, 1969?

Do you remember what you were doing on July 20, 1969?

If you were around 45 years ago today, you probably were watching the black and white pictures from the moon as Neil Armstrong made the first footprint on the surface with NASA's Apollo 11 mission.

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Former McCormick Jr High Kickball Field
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Grateful Memories of McCormick Jr High’s Kickball Field

Do you remember playing kickball at McCormick Jr. High in downtown Cheyenne?

While I was filling in for Chuck this afternoon, I was hearing the jackhammers, front end loaders and dump trucks working down the street hauling away pavement from the parking lot of the Emerson Building, the former McCormick Jr. High School.

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Electric Football Game photo by Emily Rorabeck
Grateful Mike with his NFL Electric Football Game, photo by Emily Rorabeck
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Grateful Mike’s Favorite Christmas Memory

What's your favorite toy you ever received as a Christmas gift?

Mine would have to be my Tudor NFL Electric Football Game! I had asked Santa for several years to please bring me an electric football game and finally after the third year of pleading, my wish came true.

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Tell Us Your Favorite Blizzard Story

Have you survived a Spring blizzard?

Tell us your favorite story of making it through a big storm. Who knows, maybe part of your story will be a good lesson for someone out there to help them survive in a blizzard.

As I write this, Cheyenne has received about 2 inches of snow from this Arctic blast but the winds are howling and creating drifts more than a foot high in places already.

When I left the radio station Monday night, a drift in the parking lot must have been ten inches deep and the heavy wet snowflakes hurt as they blew sideways into your face. Visibilities on the roads home were diminished to whiteout conditions when I passed Holliday Park on 19th Street.

Over the years, I've lived through several blizzards in Wyoming and have Grateful Memories of many of them. Thought I'd share one, if you have one, share yours too.

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Golden Gate Bridge (Justin Sullivan/Getty)
Golden Gate Bridge (Justin Sullivan/Getty)
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Grateful Flashback to Shoreline Amphitheatre October 2, 1988

Do you remember your favorite concert?

My memory of a Grateful Dead show 23 years ago was as foggy as the Golden Gate Bridge in this photo.

Luckily, my friend Hoang "Jack" Pham was there and remembers a few more of the details, so he's "phantom blogging" this from Barrow, Alaska.

"We rented a Toyota in southern California and headed up the coast to Mountain View in the Bay area."

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