Billie Jean Baldwin

Profile Updated: August 23, 2019
Residing: Hallandale Beach, FL USA
Occupation: Insurance Compliance/Product Dev. Manager--RETIRED
Homepage: just facebook
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Children: Staci 1976, Jamie 1977, and Troy 1980
Number attending in 2010:

1

Birthplace:

Robinson, IL

Married? When? How long?

altogether 18 years (seemed longer)

Grandchildren:

7 grandchildren! Ashley, Tyler, Amanda, Ryan, Brandon, Summer, and Troy Jr (TJ).

What have you been doing since 1970?

Raised 3 children, BS degree from University of Maryland, career in insurance compliance. Enjoy outdoors as much as possible. Now an activist for the coastal environment. Damn single use plastics are in the fish, cluttering the beaches, damaging the ecosystems. Hoping to promote awareness and changes for clean water, beaches, and healthier environment.

School Story:

I loved "gab fess" with my girlfriends, loved to talk about boys (okay, I'll admit that now), and ride horses with Ann Jollie (Blake). Once I ended up on a Shetland pony that ran for the nearest low branch - yes, I ended up on the ground! Ann was my best friend since kindergarten. Kathy McLatchie has joined our trio a long time ago, but has grown to best friend status, too!

Where else have you lived?

Most of my adult life has been in Maryland. There was a short couple of years that I ended up in Stuart, FL during the 4 hurricanes, in Scottsdale, AZ during a flashflood, Little Rock, AR, during tornadoes, and now in southern Florida awaiting the next hurricane :)

Still have family around Crystal Lake area?

No. Dad passed away, in '97, Mom remarried and lived in Coconut Grove, FL with a renowned psychologist - Ed Wagner (developed a hand sign international test). She passed away in 2014. My sister, Deb, married Tony Stumbris. Both are retired from the McHenry County School system as teachers. Deb taught Spanish, as did Mom at CLCHS. Both alive and kicking! We see each other as often as possible.

How often do you get back to Crystal Lake?

Once every few years.

Would you ever move back to Crystal Lake?

No

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

Would like to in person, but Facebook keeps me in touch with a good number of our classmates.

Unfilled "Bucket List" items?

Of course! Travel, do some backpacking, biking - going to a group trip (Miami Ski Club) in the Spring 2020 to Luxembourg/France/Germany bike and barge trip!

High points of your life since high school?

Being in the right place, at the right time...

What are your favorite memories of high school?

Loved to go to the school dances, Homecoming, going to the games - both football and basketball. Liked sports, tennis, seeing my friends, going to CL's beach to sunbathe, horseback ride with Ann Jollie (Blake), loved to talk on the phone.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Suspense movies, mini trips, music at the beach.

Travel much?

Yes, Grand Canyon, Germany, England, France, Italy, the Islands, Mexico, Canada, Iceland.numerous states.

Favorite places to go?

Traveled in various countries to trace family heritage with my Mom - who is young for her age. Had a great and very memorable trip. Saw Stonehenge, nearby in a field a young bull was in our path - I saw Mom's red rain poncho was billowing in the breeze. I made sure she took it off and I slipped it inside my parka to "fool the bull" -- we were able to laugh about it later.

Places you want to go?

For 2011, Door County, WI looks like a strong possibility for a weekend getaway with Ann Blake and Kathie McLatchie. Later, I'd like to check on a friend in Colorado.

Cool things you've done?

Snorkeling underground river in Mexico with my daughter and granddaughter. Cool cruise with 3 generations of first born women. Stayed at a dude ranch in Oregon and rode horses, swam in a pool that was literally a natural hot spring (very nice!), tubing down the fast-flowing river that ran along the property of the ranch. Antelope Canyon this year was so awesome!

Swam in the ocean?

Yes

Watched the sunrise with someone?

Of course.

Sat out in the rain?

Yes

Done something you told yourself you wouldn't do?

Yep.

Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose?

Yes

Any gray hair yet?

Only my hairdresser would know!

What would we be surprised to know about you?

I was on Capitol Hill as a quiet demonstrator to object to Pelosi's healthcare reform bill that no one had adequate time to read before voting it in. I'm against big government, bailouts to AIG and banks, and taxes. When did I become political??? (9/11 really woke me up.)

Favorite Foods?

Crab melt and rum runner.

Favorite Drink(s)?

Did I mention rum runner? SeaBreeze is good, too.

Favorite Sports?

Football

Favorite Music?

Josh Groban; "our music" that some call the "oldies"!

Danced your heart out?

Yes

How do you relax?

Music, hanging with friends, bikeriding and enjoying the view.

How do you see yourself in 10 years?

Traveling and staying active. Loving life.

Any words of wisdom?

Laugh and don't take yourself too seriously!

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Hi, Steve! Mark Nelson would like to contact you. Can you catch up with him at svenhunts247@yahoo.com . Happy belated birthday from me! BJ

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Birthdays are a great time to be grateful for the experiences and memories made so far. We never know when our days will end, so don’t hold back, love your life and those that bring you joy. Okay, you have enough love in you for those that are a pain in the ass (like Paul?). People like him give us endurance to see joy!
In all honesty, Paul, your little snips in my emails or FB during all these years have been annoying! I am not aware of doing anything to you to deserve your “undivided” attention ??.

Sep 19, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Happy birthday, Eileen! I met a Kevin Hurley last week in Coconut Grove performing at a restaurant named Berries. He has an Eileen in his family tree, just wondered if you are related! He just moved to somewhere around Tampa, other than that I don’t have much to add, other than he has a good voice. Hope you have a great birthday. BJ (Billie Jean)

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Happy birthday, Paula! I hope you enjoyed your special day! BJ

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Happy birthday, Mike! I hope you have a great day ?? every day.

Aug 01, 2017 at 8:57 PM

Happy birthday, Dale! It was good to see you at our last reunion. Sorry to hear about Dan's death. Hope you are doing well. I know this greeting is early - didn't want to forget! BJ

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I am shocked by all these comments. I never knew this abuse was happening to Dan. He was my next door neighbor in Crystal Lake Estates. We had a good friendship. He never mentioned being mistreated by classmates to me. I am saddened by all this and would have gone after the bullies. I hate bullying with a passion.  Thankfully, Dan was above that kind of thing. 

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