I started teaching at South St. Paul High School in 1957, right after graduation. The subjects were American and World history. I taught there for 36 years, going back to Macalester to receive my Master's Degree in 1969. During my tenure at South St. Paul, I was assistant coach of the football team for 22 years, assistant coach of the hockey team for 11 years, then went on to be head coach of the hockey team for 9 years; appearing in the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament three times. Many of my players went on to college and one into the NHL. I also started and coached the girls' softball team for 11 years with one appearance in the State Tournament.
I realized late in life that what happened at Macalester for four years set the tone for my entire life. All opportunities after graduation were a result of attending Macalester College.
Peggy J. Smith Tetu
ptetu [at] comcast.net
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· Preparing for winter
After graduation, I worked at Miller Hospital as a medical technologist. Once the girls arrived, I became Mom and a tutor for a blind student. Then by chance, I was offered a job as a travel consultant. Eventually I became co-owner of Rainbow Travel, which of course led to years of travel for us. Nearing retirement, the agency was sold and I stayed on and worked part-time. Denny coached high school football, hockey and girls' softball, which led to a lot of bleacher hours. Our girls were active in school and joined me in Hawaiian entertaining almost every weekend. Our three granddaughters are a great addition. Now we spend bleacher time at Northwestern Bible College watching grandson Aaron play football, at figure skating competitions where Katie excels and at Eagan watching Lindsay and Lisa play girls' hockey.
I've had a great life since Mac. The lessons learned in and out of the classroom gave me the tools to face life in the "real world". All the fine people and professors on campus helped prepare me for my life’s journey.
Albert writes that he has enjoyed a careers as an auditor for the State of Minnesota from 1957 to 1961 and an accountant for Dain Rauscher from 1961 to 1994. He has four children, ages 33 to 41. He lives in Brooklyn Center, Minn.
Henry H. Gyllenblad
hgyllenblad [at] msn.com
See my Remember When stories:
· Learning to fly
I went from college to an airline career and flew 38 years for North Central, Republic and Northwest. I was married in 1962 and we had two children. My wife Nancy died six years ago from cancer. I remarried four years ago to Vivian and we live in both Eden Prairie and Pequot Lakes, Minn. I have been active in the Masons and potentate of Zuhrah Shrine in Minneapolis. Lots of traveling and many good friends and times.
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