Sixty Years Ago We Met

Lunch With Joell Prell

Reconnecting With Joel

Many many years ago on a school ground far far away Joel and Paul met. It was half a century ago, June 1949 at Shenandoah Elementary School which was ago.

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Find us if you can!

I guess the connection is still strong because Joel and Paul were best friends for years.... We lived a few blocks apart and our parents knew each other quite well.

As we continued through junior and senior high school we "grew apart".... Joel was the sports guy and Paul the nerd (ROTC, Radio Shop, etc.)

After high school we both went to USC and ran into one another every once in a while.... Then, all quiet for almost fifty years.

We met up again on-line probably via Classmates ( and began a new dialog. Joel is still in Beverly Hills and Paul is in Orange. Between us we have many kids and grandkids.

It was decided... Time to meet. We decided Irvine was a good place as Joel was working in the area at the time.

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Great food... Great wine menu... Great choice....

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Yes... Indeed a good choice

Funny Fact: I (Paul) was so anxious to see Joel but haven't seen him in almost 50 years that I kept my eye on the door. The entrance was toward the sun so it was difficult to see and people looked like shadows. Anyway, this fellow came in and I jumped up, ran over and said "Dang, haven't seen you for fifty years" and his reply was "Gee, that was before I was born?" Oops!


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Definitely Joel.... Looks just like I knew him 60 years aho, sans beard

Did You Know? - June 1949:

1st - Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz wed for the second time

3rd - Dragnet is 1st broadcast on radio (KFI in Los Angeles)

4th - "Cavalcade of Stars" debuts (DuMont); Jackie Gleason made host in 1950

8th - Siam changes name to Thailand

14th - State of Vietnam forms, Bao Dai installed as Emperor

16th - Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated, Erie Pa

20th - Central Intelligence Agency Act, passes

24th - "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC)

27th - "Captain Video & His Video Rangers," debut on DUMONT-TV

29th - US troops withdraw from Korea after WW II

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In the beginning we had party lines...
Today our personal phone goes with us

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Sue likes being surrounded by handsome devils..... and we is!

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You know... We were "lady killers"

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Lee Nunnery (Barachman) & Sue Halverson & Sharon Finch

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Mike Levine and Mike Hersh plus Joel and I were the Elementary School Kickball Champs

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We laughed, shared, giggled, and remembered of times gone bye

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It was just great to see Joel again (iPhone camera)

It's An Amazing World... When Joel And I First Met....

Did You Know? - Popular Mechanics predicts: "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."

Short for Electronic Numerical Integrator And Calculator, the ENIAC was invented by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly at the University of Pennsylvania and began construction in 1943 and was not completed until 1946. It occupied about 1,800 square feet, used 17,468 vacuum tubes, 15,000 relays, weighing almost 50 tons, uses 200 Kilowatts of electricity, and cost $500,000. While not completed until the end of the World War II, the ENIAC was created to help with the war efforts against German forces. In the picture to the right, is a public-domain U.S. Army Photo of the ENIAC, from K. Kempf. and the History of Computing.

The ENIAC is now being displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. In 1996, the U.S. Postal Services released a new stamp commemorating the 50th birthday of the ENIAC.

Sharon Replied A Few Minutes After The Posting...

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Dang... Technology is great! Sharon Finch's response...

Within two months, I got a report that Sharon fell in her home and hit her head. After going to the hospital, she passed away. We never got a change to get together. Like is fragile.