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Page Updated:

March 1, 2013




And, don't forget, like the batteries we

change in our smoke alarms on a regular basis,

UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE your profile ! Once

a year or once a month, etc., you choose; post

your news (any contacts, links, info or pictures)

in your profile or Cougar Corner or the Forums

provided above, or just forward to Mac or Jan

to post for you, and,

as always come visit as often as you can ! (Also,

don't forget to allow our e-mails into your box ! 

We still have some of our announcements to the 

class returned ! Please make a note of: in your

e-mail address book so that

our e-mails are not marked SPAM!).    





Please, Don't make us beg !

Thank you for any and all input !






TIP:  When SMNW alumni are looking for married female classmates on this site, look under the classmate's maiden name on the profile list.  If we have information on a student's married name, it will follow her maiden name; however, the website will place her on our list alphabetically throughout our site by the maiden name she used as a high school student in 1971.

NOTE:  Public High Schools are prevented legally from sponsoring or participating in class reunions though we are allowed to have a link on their website (which we have done with Shawnee Mission Northwest High School ) and we have provided a link to our high school for the convenience of our classmates on our class website: 



SMNW School Song

Stand up, we are the Northwest Cougars;

Kings of mountains, plain, and shore;

We are the Shawnee Mission Cougars,

May our minds and heart triumphant soar.

United we stand, arm in arm, we raise

      our banners to the fore;

Remember:  we are Northwest Cougars;

Cougars now and ever more!








 Want to talk about anything, share comments with everyone or start a conversation on a certain topic? The Message Forum is to the left on the home page and the SMNW Topic Forum  is also located in that upper, L. column  !








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        ..a special note.....

Remember, it is not  how we die, but how we live that becomes our legacy.  Please help us remember those who have made an untimely appearance on our Memory page.


Please add a note or remembrance of their lives. Just click on their name, either on the person's name listed at Class of '71 profile(s) or the In Memory page, click "post response" and enter your thoughts, comments or memories. click submit at bottom of page...Can also be easily edited after the fact. It's well worth your efforts.

........Thank you from Jan and Mac and Mike on behalf of all those remembered on smnw1971's "In Memory" section and their families (and if you know of anyone we have missed who needs to be remembered there, please e-mail us directly with whatever information you have).    









PRIVACY NOTICE :  As stated above, all contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address) entered into this website will be kept confidential.  It will not be shared or distributed.  Your contact information is private: your street address, e-mail address, and phone number cannot be seen by the classmates unless you grant permission on your Profile. When someone clicks on your name, the only contact information they will see is your city and state and whatever information about yourself you choose to put on your Profile. Unless you explicitly grant your permission, your email address is not visible, although an email can be sent to you using the contact box at the bottom of your Profile page. Note, however, if you send a message to someone through their Profile page, the Classmate will see your email address so that they can respond. 

Email notifications from this web site:  For those of you with spam blocking or email filtering capabilities, please add to your email account as a safe sender in order to receive email communication from this web site. We are getting some "bounce back" emails from several of you and don't want you to miss receiving emails from other classmates!  


CLASS CREATOR:  We have added a homepage reference to Class Creator whose web design was chosen for smnw1971 and the Class of '72 and the Class of '73.  In case we refer another Class to use their services and they sign up through smnw1971, the Class of '71 website may receive a small "dividend" that would help run this site.  We have been asked many times who we went to for our start-up and definitely do not mind letting everyone know how pleased we are with all the help provided to us for the creation of all the Shawnee Mission Northwest Classes of '71, '72, and '73 online homes. So keep Class Creator in mind if you would like to create a website - even a family site. 

































Some background on our school mascot

which our class (along with '70 and '71 alumni)

selected overwhelmingly to be

our school's symbol for then and

future SMNW classes

(the other choice:  Northwest Mounties): 









Cougar leaping in Utah


Puma concolor

The cougar, which is also commonly referred to as a puma, mountain lion or panther, is the second largest cat in North America. Unlike other big cats, however, the cougar cannot roar. Instead, the large feline purrs like a house cat.

Cougars also have similar body types to house cats, only on a larger scale. They have slender bodies and round heads with pointed ears. They vary between 1.5-2.7 m (5-9 ft.) from head to tail. While males can weigh up to 68 kg (150 lb.), females weigh less, topping out at nearly 45 kg (100 lb.).

The coat of the cougar is a grayish tan to reddish color with lighter parts on the underside. The tail has a black spot on the end.

Inhabiting various ecosystems from mountains to deserts to sea-level, the cougar's range includes western North America, a small region in Florida, and most of South America. Cougars make their home anywhere that there is shelter and prey.

Generally they prey on deer but also feed on smaller animals if necessary, including domestic animals and livestock. Cougars have even been known to eat insects. Skilled and cunning hunters, cougars stay hidden from their prey until they can pounce with claws out-stretched. Cougars can also climb with ease and leap over 6 m (20 ft.). After killing a large animal, a cougar hides the carcass and eats in the coming days.

For the most part, the cougar has no natural enemies and sits atop the food chain. However, cougars occasionally compete with other predators such as bears and wolves for food.

Cougar in the snow

During most of their lives, cougars are solitary creatures. They interact only to mate, which can happen at any time of year. Females can breed as early as 2-3 years old, and they give birth to 2-3 kittens at a time. The female cougars raise the young while the males return to their solitary lifestyles. Female cougars fiercely defend their offspring from any threatening creature.

At around two years old, cougar offspring will leave their mother to start their own life. Some travel far to establish their own territory as cougars need a lot of room to roam.

A healthy cougar in the wild can live to around 10 years of age. In captivity, cougars can live as long as 20 years.

Conservation Status

Cougars have been long been killed by both sport hunters and farmers protecting their livestock. Other threats to cougar populations include habitat loss and fragmentation and automobile accidents. As a result, the cougar population has significantly decreased.

Although they once ranged throughout North and South America, they are no longer found in the eastern portion of the United States and Canada, the exception being a small population in Florida. The subspecies known as the Florida panther is considered to be critically endangered, and agencies are working to maintain the current population. There are still, however, several thousand cougars in the wild, and as a result, they listed as being of 'least concern' on the IUCN Red List.

What You Can Do To Help

It is difficult to stop habitat loss or reverse its effects, but there are some ways you can help. You can help persuade your congressperson to designate the cougar as a protected animal. This legally prevents the taking or injuring of cougars, unless they pose a threat. This law has been in effect in the state of California since the approval of Proposition 117 in 1990.

You can also appeal to your congresspeople advocating the preservation of open land in order to maintain a livable habitat for cougars. In addition, you can donate directly to the Mountain Lion Foundation.

Cougar Distribution

World map showing cougar (mountain lion) distribution in North and
            South America

Inhabiting various ecosystems from mountains to deserts to sea-level, the cougar's range includes western North America, a small region in Florida, and most of South America.

Cougar Resources

About the Author

P.A. Smith holds an MS in Education. He is also a contributing editor of My House Rabbit.











The Basic Laws of Work

If you can't get your work done in the first 24 hours, work nights.

A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.

Don't be irreplaceable, if you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

It doesn't matter what you do, it only matters what you say you've done and what you're going to do.

After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.

The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.

You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.

Eat one live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.

When the bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves.

If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a dadgum fool about it.

There will always be beer cans rolling on the floor of your car when the boss asks for a ride home from the office.

Keep your boss's boss off your boss's back.

Everything can be filed under "miscellaneous."

Never delay the ending of a meeting or the beginning of a cocktail hour.

To err is human, to forgive is not our policy.

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he/she is supposed to be doing.

Important letters that contain no errors will develop errors in the mail.

If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it.

You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.

People who go to conferences are the ones who shouldn't.

If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done.

At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying.

When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.

Following the rules will not get the job done.

Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules.

When confronted by a difficult problem you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question,"How would the Lone Ranger
handle this?"

No matter how much you do, you never do enough.

The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong.





...Life......I'll be happy when......


Some people try to turn back their odometers. Don't bother, tell them you look this way because you've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.



We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are. After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, when we are able to go on a nice vacation or when we retire. The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges.




There is no better time than right now to be happy!


So, stop waiting...
Until your car or home is paid off...
Until you get a new car or home.....


Until your kids leave the house....
Until you go back to school...
Until you finish school...
Until you lose 10 lbs....
Until you gain 10 lbs...


Until you get married...
Until you get a divorce....
Until you have kids...
Until you retire....
Until summer...
Until spring...
Until winter...
Until fall....


Until you die...


 It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. Happiness is the way, so, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with..and remember that time waits for no one!



"Just Do It"!


Live Fully, Breathe Deeply and Love Completely!










Birthday Announcements:




Click Here to read the "headlines" from your birth date!




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(see above - daily - to right on home page, near the top of the page)










Happy Birthday to the February-born babies of the Class of '71 !

































Have FUN !!!

It's a journey,not a destination!



Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So work like you don't need money, love like you've never been hurt and dance like no one's watching.

Better Get Busy!!















 A little "oldie but goodie" humor to share:







Two elderly women were out driving in a large car - both could barely see
over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to an
intersection. The stoplight was red, but they just went on through. The
woman in the passenger seat thought to herself "I must be losing it.. I
could have sworn we just went through a red light." After a few more
minutes, they came to another intersection and the light was red again.
Again, they went right through. The woman in the passenger seat was
almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she
was losing it. She was getting nervous. At the next intersection, sure
enough, the light was red and they went on through. So, she turned to the
other woman and said, "Mildred, did you know that we just ran through
three red lights in a row? You could have killed us both!" Mildred turned
to her and said, "Oh, crap, am I driving ?"








An elderly gent was invited to his old friends' home for dinner one evening. He was impressed by the way his buddy preceded every request to his wife with endearing terms -- calling her Honey, My Love, Darling, Sweetheart, Pumpkin, etc.. The couple had been married almost 70 years, and they were still very clearly in love.

While the wife was off in the kitchen, the man leaned over and said to his buddy, "I think it's wonderful that after all the years you've been married, you still call your wife those loving pet names."

 The old man hung his head. "I have to tell you the truth," he said, "I forgot her name about ten years ago." 









And, speaking of going home, for all of us

out-of-towners (or interested Shawnee/KC residents):





"There's No Place Like Home..."
It seems you can go "Home" again,sort of...Visit any of the old neighborhoods on the Internet...

Check it out! This is a fun website to visit. It will show you where you grew up,or anywhere else,as it looks now...just enter the address,City, State, Zip Code and "travel"...Click on Dorothy's shoes above or the link below...
When you enter an address you will see the picture .
You can double click and "walk" down the street..."Scoop the Loop"or you can follow your old path to any former or current locale, business, hangout, etc., or anywhere else your heart desires... Have Fun!!



















Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I'll miss you
Until we meet again!
~Author Unknown