Here’s to You Argo HS Class of ’82, Especially the Girls

Loving the Cubs... and other problems I have Mark Grissom beaverdamusa.comI am getting old. Or should I say… I am getting old “er”.

I don’t feel that old. As a matter of fact, besides all of my surgeries in the past five years, my diabetes, my high blood pressure, my constant aching back and the fact I am now up to 2.50 strength in reading glasses… I feel pretty good!

I am not the only one getting older.

Due to the fact that the years have become 50 that I have been in this world, that would mean my dad is getting a little bit older as well.

My dad will be 76 years old at the end of next month. If you were around my dad for any length of time, you would agree that he looks and acts a whole lot younger! Thanks to Dr. Paul Smith and the good Lord watching out for my father and fixing his heart a couple of years ago, I expect he will be around for at least 30 more years!

I love you, dad. More than you could ever imagine. Always… and Forever!

There is another group of people that are getting older as well. My classmates from High School have turned, or will be turning, 50 this year.

We wonder how long it took Argo Community High School to right the ship after the Class of 82 blew through.

If I can say one positive thing about Facebook, it helped me get back in touch with my classmates from Argo Community High School “Class of 1982”. I probably would have lost touch with most of them had it not been for Facebook and social media.

A couple of years ago, our class celebrated our 30th year Reunion in Chicago. I would not have missed that for the world. What a great time we all had that evening sharing memories, taking pictures, lots of laughs and more hugging going on than you could possibly imagine!

I hugged all the ladies that evening. I hugged some of the guys, but I made a point to get a nice hug from all the ladies in the class!

My class had the most beautiful girls that ever graduated from Argo High.

I spent four years in band at Argo. I played the trumpet. I was 3rd or 4th chair. I cannot remember. I did not care, as long as I could sit next to Sheri Stateman.

I had the biggest crush on Sheri, but I never did tell her. I was shy. I know most of you will find that hard to believe, but I really was. Mary Kay Nantista is a witness to that!

It was great to see all of my classmates at the reunion. The very first person I saw when I walked in the door was Maryann Raineri.

Maryann is another one of those girls in my graduating class that is very easy on the eyes, if you know what I mean. She looked absolutely beautiful that evening. She, along with a few others in our class, helped to make that evening a huge success. I keep in touch with Maryann, and all the other beautiful ladies of 1982, on Facebook. As a matter of fact, Maryann is the reason that I am writing about my fellow classmates. She gave me the idea last night! I love you, Maryann!

There is nothing wrong with getting older. From what I have discovered in the past couple years, there are a couple of tips I could give you to help you enjoy your “later years” in life.

Here goes!

Never miss a chance to hug your mom and tell her how much you love her. (I wish I had done that a lot more often.)  Love your family that you have left here on earth and tell them how special they are to you every day of the year. Work hard, but not so hard that you don’t take time for a little enjoyment in life. Pick out a hobby that you love. Watch what you eat, except if you’re at a Mexican restaurant. And lastly, but most importantly, go to church every Sunday and love the Lord with all your heart. The rest will fall in place.

One last thing about that class reunion: Sheri Stateman was there. She is married now.

Darn it!

Until next time… GO CUBS!

(Note: Were you in the Argo Community High School Class of ’82? This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Leave a comment and tell us something about Mark.)

About Mark Grissom

Mark was born on the north side of Chicago in 1964. Raised a Cubs fan by his dad, he never had a chance in life. He moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1988. While he lives closer to Atlanta now, he will never be able to leave the religion of "Cubbie Nation." Baptized as a Cubs fan at the age of five, he has no choice but to live the remainder of his life here on earth in mediocrity at its best!


  1. Mark,
    GREAT job with the blog. Sometimes I remember to read it a little late in the week. But I ALWAYS read it!
    And yes, GOD BLESS moms and dads. I think of mine every day, and I miss them … every day!
    I’ll be talking with you Friday morning if the phone rings, my friend. But for now, it’s time to go home. Another late, late night in the newsroom …
    Rick Norton

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