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•   Janice Preiser (Pawelka)  3/27
•   Gloria Williams (Christenson)  4/1
•   Mitchell Buell  4/3
•   LouAnn Harris (Dombeck)  4/4
•   Donna Phipps (Otto)  4/4
•   James Armes  4/6


•   Rosemary Rothenbueler (Dreessen)  12/20
•   Richard Buttenhoff (Buttenhoff)  12/17
•   Karen Frank (Koedinger)  11/1
•   Jim Abbrederis  10/19
•   Marilyn Horch (Juergens)  10/8
•   Suzanne Mayer (Giese)  8/23
•   Dianne Rothenbueler (Greene)  8/3
•   Dick Racs  6/29
•   John Vesbach  5/31
•   Ed Mulkey  4/20
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

2 live in Arizona
3 live in California
2 live in Colorado
2 live in Florida
6 live in Illinois
1 lives in Louisiana
3 live in Michigan
1 lives in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
4 live in Missouri
1 lives in New Jersey
1 lives in New Mexico
1 lives in North Carolina
2 live in Ohio
1 lives in Oklahoma
1 lives in Oregon
1 lives in Texas
2 live in Washington
58 live in Wisconsin
1 lives in China
15 location unknown


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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 54.1%

A:   60   Joined
B:   51   Not Joined

Welcome to the Muskego High Class Of 1961 web site.


 I think we can all relate to this! (Links to YouTube)


Class Officiers

President... Gene Kraklow (send all complaints here!)

Vice President... Richard Buttenhoff

Secretary... Marie Cather

Treasurer... Steve Cook


1961 The cold war continued to worsen with the USSR exploding some very large bombs during testing and then masterminding the building of the Berlin Wall separating East from West Berlin, America sent a battle group to Germany and Americans and Russians Glared at each other across the border, due to this uncertainty many Americans built backyard fallout shelters in case of nuclear war. To make matters worse the Americans financed anti-Castro Cubans for an invasion at the bay of pigs which was an unmitigated disaster. The Soviets put the first man in space in April Yuri Gagarin followed by the US in May with Alan Shepard. Popular music included Chubby Checker's “Pony Time” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by the Shirelles, and top movies included "West Side Story" and "The Parent Trap.”



Cost of Living 1961

How Much things cost in 1961
Yearly Inflation Rate 1.07%
Average Cost of new house $12,500.00
Average Income per year $5,315.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 27 cents
Average Cost of a new car $2,850.00
Bacon for 1LB 67 cents
Eggs per dozen 30 cents 


Popular Films
  • The Guns of Navarone
  • The Parent Trap
  • The Absent-Minded Professor
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • El Cid
  • The Misfits
  • The Hustler
  • West Side Story
Popular TV
  • Wagon Train
  • Bonanza
  • Gunsmoke
  • Perry Mason
  • The Red Skelton Show
  • Andy Griffith
  • Candid Camera
  • My Three Sons
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Mister Ed (first broadcast in October, 1961)
  • The Avengers debut in the UK. But it was not seen in the U.S. until 1965.
Most popular recorded songs of 1961:
  • Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaempfert
  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
  • Calcutta - Lawrence Welk
  • Pony Time - Chubby Checker
  • Surrender - Elvis Presley
Technology 1961
  • Yuri Gagarin is the first human in space.
  • The First inflight movie is shown on TWA
  • The First electric toothbrush is produced Squibb Co.
  • Alan Shepard makes first US Space Flight
  • Niagra Falls starts producing hydroelectric power
  • The first quasar is discovered by Allan Sandage at Mt Palomar, California
  • IBM introduces the Selectric typewriter Golfball


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A word about email security

In order to ensure you receive important messages from our class web site, as well as messages sent directly to you from other Classmates, it's important you whitelist the email address (that's a .net, not a .com).

What is whitelisting? Whitelisting simply means you are telling your email program to accept all emails coming from our class web site and our Classmates. The technique for whitelisting varies by email program, but generally you will see the term "Whitelist", "Safe List", or "Safe Sender's List". This is where you want to be sure you have added the email address

Class Creator, the system that helps us operate our class web site, uses the address when sending out email messages. Be assured that all emails sent through our site are valid — you will not receive spam email. Whitelisting is the single most important thing you can do to ensure you don't miss anything happening on our site or miss receiving your emails from your fellow Classmates.

Stop and take a moment to whitelist right now, and ensure you stay connected!


        Russ Schneider