MPHS 100 Year Celebration - Looking For Volunteers

Good Afternoon MPHS Alum!! As you all know, next year our beloved Alma Mater turns 100!!! I have been given the honor of chairing the Centennial Celebration Planning and Execution Committee ... I would like actual Alum to be involved in the planning and execution of events so if you are interested Please email me your : Name, email, and phone number to 
* The original message was looking for volunteers by May 1. But my guess is they would gladly take your help if you volunteered now. I volunteered to publish their information our this blog and our facebook, linkedin, twitter, pinterest, google+ and yahoo pages.

Morgan Park Class of 1965 Reunion

Morgan Park Class of 1965 Reunion is Being Planned

October 24, 2015 Open to All Classes

Location: TBA

It's been fifty years! Where does the time go? It's a landmark for those of us who are still breathing. As far as I know there are no plans for a Fiftieth Reunion. So, I'll start one. Here is the deal. We start with a theme. Our working theme will be "Cheap and Easy". We can change the theme later to something exotic like "Misty Memories," or "Ravages of Time!"


Would you come to a reunion if it only cost $20.oo? How about $25.oo? That is the range we are talking about.


If you think you might be interested you need to let us know by December 31, 2014.


Next: Get the word out. Tell anybody you know, use that social media thing. We have a web site now and Yahoo Groups is coming to keep in touch. If we spend two months finding out if there is interest. January 1, we book a room based on the numbers. Let me make this clear! If we get 25 people, I know a nice place with a back room. If we get 100 people, Great! 200 people, we'll get a bigger boat!


Next II: Ask people to help. If we generate interest, we'll need help. In keeping with our working theme, "Cheap & Easy", hopefully we can spread the work around so this doesn't turn into a full time job for anybody. And we keep the costs down to just what we need, a room, a cash bar, badges and decorations. Maybe a DJ and food? I'm sure we'll need a few more things but the more attendees to share the cost makes all that possible.See committees. There might be some costs beyond the price of the ticket, that is why we have a Donations Page.

We will collect your info through.


webmaster@morganpark1965reunion.com, Paul Palmer class of 65, current webmaster. We need to know several important things. Name, Current and Maiden, Class? Even an old fashion phone number. Are you thinking of coming? Please check our committee needs and if you have some expertise you could lend us, we just might get this project off the ground.


You'll probably want to know who is interested and later who is coming, that's where the classmates page can help. You might have been a member of a fraternity, sorority or a club at EMPEHI. Reconnect with them, you shared a unique high school experience. Relive it one more time!


Mini Committee at this point. Paul Palmer, 65, Kathy Chamis, 66, George Clancy, 65.


More info at:  morganpark1965reunion.com

Mini Pizza Reunion Friday Night, August 22nd 2014 at 7:00PM at Palermo's Restaurant


Hi there EMPEHI-ites,

How has everyone's summer been so far? I hope it has been going along with much fun and relaxation. We haven't had a Pizza Night in a long, long time; since December if I remember correctly. 

So, what do you think about a get together on Friday Night, August 22nd at 7:00PM at Palermo's Restaurant? Summer will be almost over by then and we should have plenty to talk about, and, the pizza is great. 
Spread the word to those who don't have e-mail and to those who don't read their e-mails. Everybody is welcome. We always have a very enjoyable time.

For those who don't know where Palermo's is located: it's in Oak Lawn on 95th Street, I block west of Cicero on the south side of the street. They have valet parking or do-it-yourself.

Let me know over the next couple weeks if you can make it, so I can make arrangements accordingly. Hope to see a lot of you there.

Dennis Carlson, Class of '67


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PIZZA anyone??? Mini Reunion in Chicago April 12, 2013

Friday night, April 12th at 7:00PM at Palermo's in Oak Lawn
95th Street one block west of Cicero

Greetings, Pizza lovers:

It's been quite a long time since we last got together for some pizza; I believe it was last November when 6 or 7 of us met at Lou Malnati's in Naperville. 
So...........circle your calendars and synchronize your watches for Friday night, April 12th at 7:00 PM at Palermo's in Oak Lawn for some great tasting pizza, some stimulating conversation and the beverage of your choice. 
What d'ya think? 

Please let me know via e-mail if you can make it, so I can reserve a appropriate sized table. In case you don't know where Palermo's is located; it's on 95th Street, one block west of Cicero on the South side of the street. (They also have a complete Italian menu for those not interested in pizza). Looking forward to seeing you there. 

Dennis Carlson    




I'll plan on it. It is the last two weeks of work before I retire, so sounds like fun.

Tom Thomas 65
Darn, Dennis! I will definitely not be able to make it this time. But, with the nicer weather coming soon, let's hope that we will now start getting together more often. Give everyone a big hug from me on the 12th. Catch ya' the next time, God willin' and the creek don't rise! LOL
Joan Pettavio. '66

We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives! Maya Angelou.
Dennis,I plan on attending both the mini reunion in Florida April 7, 2013, and the one in Chicago. How is that for school spirit?  Thanks for putting it together.
Craig Hullinger MPHS Jan 66

A good time was had by all at the mini reunion.  See the photos on our blog at:



Mini Reunion in Sarasota / Lakewood Ranch, Florida April 7, 2013


Let’s see how many Empehi grads we can assemble for another great mini-reunion on Sunday, April 7th in Sarasota / Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Based upon our failure to locate a decent Chicago Style Pizza in SW Florida, we’ve chosen MacAllisters, a Scottish Pub with a golf theme, but that won’t stop us from enjoying some real South Side fun!


Please bring your old photos and your Morgan Park High School memories to share.  If you have contact information for fellow alumni, let them know what’s happening and where. RSVP to me via e-mail empehireunion@aol.com.

Here’s the website address:  macallisters.com.  We’ll be gathering at 1:00 p.m. , so mark your calendars and join us for a walk down Memory Lane and a chance to catch up on what’s been happening to your friends in the last 40 -something years.

Judy Halligan Willingham
Class of June, 1966





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September 21st, 2012 Friday night at 7:00 PM at Palermo's  

Greetings Mustangs EMPEHI-ites,

Summer is almost over already; didn't it just get here? We just had two fantastic Reunion events with wonderful people, great fellowship and terrific food, So, I figure it's time for a PIZZA PARTY to round out the summer. What d'ya think? 

And, we had such rave reviews from our last evening at Palermo's, so why not try it again? Besides, we have money left over from that last pizza gathering ....... remember??

So, mark your calendars for September 21st, Friday night at 7:00 PM at Palermo's. It's on 95th Street about 1 block West of Cicero on the South side of the street; in Oak Lawn.

Hope to see a bunch of you there. Everybody is invited. Please drop me an e-mail to let me know if you're attending so I can make the proper reservation to get the right sized table.

See you then,

Dennis Carlson, class of '67 

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