January 2022

AFTER NO UPDATES since October 2021 (with feedback from readers about my

booklet on the August 2021 reunion) and December 2021 (about the death of our

classmate Tom Nigbur), I’m baaaaaack! Since the time of those updates, I have been

busy with several time-consuming situations requiring my attention in my role the past

22 years as the volunteer board president at the nonprofit condos where I live and my

role the past 22 years as the volunteer advocate for 200 people in our high-density

residential neighborhood in Denver. Only now have I had extra time to do this update.


FLASH CADILLAC will perform on Saturday, January 29, 7:00 p.m., at Stargazers

Theatre and Event Center located at 10 South Parkside Drive in Colorado Springs. The

venue is located near East Pikes Peak Avenue between Union Boulevard and Circle

Drive. People have the option to watch the performance in person or via live stream

from home. Tickets are $30 per person to attend the event and $15 per person to watch

the performance live stream from home. To buy tickets, click the following link:


Formed in 1969 as "Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids," the performing artists

(one of whom is our classmate Warren Knight) gained national notoriety by playing

traditional rock nroll at hundreds of college and concert events in the 1970s and

appearing in two movies, American Graffiti and Apocalypse Now. The band also

appeared on Dick Clark's TV show American Bandstand. In 1976 the band made the

decision to drop “the Continental Kids” from their name and proceeded simply as Flash

Cadillac. They were inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

Warren notes that the bands first paid performance was on March 7, 1969, at a Friday

Afternoon Club (FAC) function sponsored by an SAE fraternity house in Boulder.

Pointing out that the band earned $100 and all the beer they could drink, he estimates

that the “frat-boy entrepreneurs” (Warren’s words, not mine) cleared over $300 by

charging $1.00 admission for each of at least 500 attendees and buying a couple of

beer kegs for $50 or less at the FAC event.

In reference to Flash Cadillac not performing since November 2019 due to COVID

issues in the entertainment industry, Warren notes that time frame is "by far the longest

period between gigs in the 52-year history of the band.


For Those who think he’s not “cultured” because he watched Clint Eastwood

spaghetti westerns years ago, our classmate Levi Bruce McAlexander urges you to

think again. As evidence that he truly is a “cultured” person, he recently recommended

the 2018 performance of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO) playing

their version of the “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” theme song from Eastwood’s

1966 movie by the same name.

“I think it was great and would have loved being there with my poncho on,” declared

Levi Bruce as he commented upon the DNSO performance. To access the 6-minute

video, click the following link:



FEEDBACK from READERS includes the below-listed entries that were submitted in

response to information contained in previous updates.

Donnie, I loved your 6-minute dance video [as shared in the October 2021 update].

I loved dancing!! I can see you still dancing with Gillie!

— Vickie Guinta Price, Class of 1967

I just viewed Donnie’s dance video [as shared in the October 2021 update]. Wow!! Talk about a

smooth mover. Loved every minute of it. It was a trip down memory lane. Thank you.

— Starr Coakley Miller, Class of 1966

Donnie, I normally look forward to and enjoy your reporting on the class of 66 and their events.

I was not happy with your editorialization, however, regarding our event scheduled and canceled

in August [as reported in the October 2021 update]. It was not and never was a continuation of

any 55 reunion event planned and postponed due to COVID. The lunch was merely that, a

lunch, one that has been done fairly regularly over the years allowing classmates the

opportunity to gather in a casual atmosphere and catch up with one another. I'm glad that your

reunion went well and that none of the disaffected 65ers had the temerity to "crash" your

event. Wishing you the best.

— Lyle Wikner, Class of 1965

I disagree with the rules that were set forth to which you cite Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Theiss. You

are hiding behind a cloak by separating yourself, not seeing yourself as being a member of the

class on which you report. You see your role as an observer, not part of the class. A more

appropriate name for you would be "Mystery Man." Love from your friend.

— Cheryl Minehart Belt, Class of 1966

[Note from Donnie: Cheryl’s feedback is in reply to the October 2021 update wherein I explained why my bio was not in the booklet produced by me about the August 2021 reunion. I wrote: “It is

a big no-no in journalism for a booklet editor to include extensive bio information about himself

or herself. My booklet was BIO articles from the perspective of the people who submitted them.

Because the booklet was NOT an autobiographical project, it would have been against

journalism standards for me to include my own bio sheet. The WHS creative-writing teacher

Mrs. Adams and the WHS journalism teacher Mrs. Theiss would agree with me on this.”]


READERS offered FEEDBACK about TOM NIGBUR who passed into eternal rest on

December 19, 2021. Among several online entries on the funeral home website was

one by Harry Diamond, who was with Tom’s wife Drinda in the Class of 1967. He wrote:

The last opportunity I had to speak with Tom was at the Widefield High School, Class of

1967 20th reunion, in Colorado Springs that he attended with Drinda. We talked about

his football career at the University of Colorado where he played fullback, although he

was recruited as a linebacker. Tom ranks 10th all-time on the longest running plays from

scrimmage list at CU with an 80 yard touchdown against Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas

on November 2, 1968. Tom was so modest he did not remember that play when I

mentioned it to him when we spoke. Tom, you will be missed.

In addition to the above-listed entry by Harry on the funeral-home website, listed below is more

feedback submitted directly to this newsletter.

Donnie, thank you for the sad update about Tom Nigbur. I appreciate your keeping the

memories alive and growing. It is always sad when one of our classmates dies.

— Mick Martin, Class of 1966

Sorry to learn of Tom Nigbur’s passing. Thanks for keeping me in the loop.

— Doug Allen, Class of 1966

Thank you, Donnie, for the article about Tom Nigbur. I didn’t have a crush on Tom, but I did

think both he and Drinda were really nice in school. I’m so sorry for her and their family.

— Mary Ashley Fuchsman, Class of 1966

Drinda, I was always in awe of Tom's football skills. The best and most recent memory was the

day [January 2020] when Barbara and Brian, you and Tom, and my husband Sandy and I met

for lunch here in Mesa. It was great reminiscing and catching up on each other's lives. After

losing my husband Sandy a year ago, I can understand your pain. This time of year [December]

can be especially tough. Even though Tom is physically gone, he will always live in your heart.

Time heals. Hold on to your memories. May you find God's peace and comfort as you work your

way through the grief process. Blessings and love to you always.

— Judy Whitmore Precise, Class of 1966

My high school memories are uniquely mine. We all knew each other but only had an inkling of

who we’d become. That, I suppose is what reunions are for. In high school the only circles Tom

and I traveled in were English, Speech and Biology classes, yet I recognized him as a kind and

loving soul. I was so “blessed” at one of our reunions to find myself seated across from Tom and

Drinda. I was happy to have reconnected with Tom and happy to have met Drinda, the love of

his life. I remember her in high school as a really cute “underclassman” and I could plainly see

how he fell for her like a ton of bricks. I just want to say to Drinda and my fellow classmates at

this sad time for us that we should rejoice in Tom’s choices to have had such a life well lived!

— Barbara (Billingsley) Massarano, Class of 1966

My most vivid memory of Tom Nigbur comes from athletics at Sproul Jr. High. We had four 8th

grade intramural football teams in the fall of 1961. I was on the “Orange” team (orange jerseys)

in a game against Tom on the “White” team (white jerseys). In eighth grade I probably weighed

100 lbs or soI expect Tom weighed around 160-170 or maybe more. So I’m playing

defensive back when Tom, running with the ball, comes thundering around left end directly

toward me. I flailed at him in a half-hearted tackle attemptand barreled down the sideline. From flat on my 

stomach on the dirt field, I witnessed the rest he ran right over me and past me of the playTom galloping

 on his way to a long touchdown run, with my Orange teammate Ron Petty in valiant pursuit stride for stride

 about two steps behind Tom all the way to the end zone. The rest of the storyTom and Ron went on to

 play high school football and Tom played football in college at CU, while Warren chose tennis for his fall

 sport, lettered three years on the WHS team and then played intramural tennis at CU. [P.S. I doubt I’m the 

only player who got run over by Tom on a football field.]

— Warren Knight, Class of 1966


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That’s all, folks. [Those are the same three words that the famous 1950s cartoon

character Woody Woodpecker always used upon ending each episode.]

This update was prepared by me.

 Respectfully submitted,

Donnie Martínez (January 20, 2022)

Security — grade school thru graduation 1966

Known in Security by stepdad’s surname Collier

Martínez is my birth certificate and legal surname