Beginning this year I am asking for help in funding our class blog. Staples55.com is now ten years old; a few classmates were generous back at the start (2005 to 2007—see .pdf link, below), but the years have rolled on, and I have borne all the expense since.
In addition the site is in bad need of a software upgrade. Is this a problem? Answer: Yes and no. While reliance on such outdated content management software poses absolutely no threat to privacy (there is no “private” classmate data anywhere on the blog to compromise), the daily security violations are a nuisance to deal with. Also, not using a current version prevents me from installing useful features like email notification of blog postings. I don’t anticipate any added expense from an upgrade; just a fair amount of time and effort on my part.
Here are the expenses to date (.pdf link at end of post):
|bubbler.net||49.00||2005: Domain name registration for 1 year.|
|USPS||49.43||2005 - 2006: Class blog announcement mailings.|
|register.com||186.00||2005 - 2015: staples55.com domain name registration (6 years) plus name forwarding from bubbler.net (1 year).|
|The Complete Website||1,119.95||2006 - 2015: Hosting @ $10 per month.|
|godaddy.com||147.06||2015 - 2024: Domain name registration.|
And the contributions to date (.pdf link at end of post):
|Class of ‘55||250||From our Class Reunion checking account to cover production costs of the 50th Reunion Rag and postage to notify classmates of the blog’s existence. Thanks, Judy!|
|Hyman||100||“For maintaining the site and in Shirley’s memory…”|
|Banks||50||Whose idea it was to send US mail notifications about our blog to all classmates. Thanks, Chuck.|
|Kent||50||Big fan of the blog as well as our class. Thanks, Bruce…!|
|Walton||40||Check plus $20 cash during 2009 visit in New Hampshire.|
|Wilson||25||Always has our back… Thanks, Bruce.|
|Freeman||25||In 2009 for reproducing and forwarding a copy of the 50th Reunion Rag along with a copy of the 45th Reunion Rag. Thanks, Don.|
|Castiglia||20||Always there for us… Thanks, Noel.|
|Eskey||20||Rest in peace, Len…|
|Leopold||10||Thank you, John.|
|Total||$650||Contributions thru 2009. None since.|
My hope is to spread staples55.com funding more equally over the entire class.
I am emailing notice of this funding appeal to fellow classmates, with a link to this post. I’ve got about 50 addresses in my Staples ‘55 email list—some of which are undoubtedly invalid by now. Assuming a best case scenario, if I can get close to $20 from 50 classmates (or $25 from 40), the blog will truly be a Class of ‘55 project—the goal from the outset. ($5 and $10 contributions will not be turned down… :) And by instituting an annual drive, that will reduce any single year’s financial goal to the level of hosting expense: a modest $10 per month.
Please mail checks to
848 Sandburg Terrace
Hendersonville, NC 28791
(Not sure bank will accept checks for deposit with my nickname…)
Thanks and best wishes to all for 2016…
P.S. Hello again. When I launched the current Blog Funding Drive (see previous post), I notified classmates by email. In the process 14 email addresses “bounced” as invalid. In other words these guys either now have new email addresses or have simply bowed out of modern world communication. Or simply and sadly, no longer with us. Maybe they’re just sick of us or, more l ikely, just don’t care to stay in touch… :-) The point being: we don’t know.
And the question is: “Do we care…?
Well, of course we care! Perhaps not having seen a classmate for, what, 60 years now, it would still be nice to know what he or she did with his or her life, wouldn’t it…? Especially if you were friends back in high school…?
Here are the good souls whose email addresses are no longer valid. If you have an updated address, please let me know by using the secure form on the Contact page:
|Yearbook||Classmate||Last Known Residence|
|Ellis||Silver Spring, MD|