Sayre Darling

Profile Updated: June 19, 2015
Where do you live? Coon Rapids, MN USA
Spouse/Partner: Roger Leitschuh
Occupation: Communications consulting
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Fondest memory of high school:

There are a number of things that come to mind:

#1 - NE Rocket football games
#2 - Endless hours in Mr. Blue's journalism classes and work on the yearbook
#3 - Friends: Patsy Hart, Judy Smith, Rene Broman, Barb Schulenberg, Mark Schwaniger, Renee Rhodes, Gary Klum,
#4 - People that I were in every class with me since kindergarten through seniors at Northeast: Robin Daharsh and Bob DePriest
#3 - Nesha Schuman's English class

Least favorite memory of high school:

#1 - Walking down "jock hall"
#2 - French classes
#3 - The spanking Jim Moeller gave me with the help of Peggy Lowe - preserved in a photo on page 45 of the yearbook...thank you very much!

What have you done as an adult that you told yourself you would never do when you were young?

What I've done that I've told myself I'd never to is to forget...enough said!

Favorite quote(s):

"We all have dreams of what we might have been. But it is better to be happy with whatever gifts we do possess - and use them to the fullest."

--Gladys Taber, as quoted in the 1975 Rocket Yearbook

What would we be surprised to know about you?

Not much, I don't think.

What now occupies your spare time?

Gardening, friends, family - Roger's two grandsons, and trying to find something about life to enjoy every day.

Favorite music (now or all-time)?

Jazz, blues and soul - Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Stevie Ray Vaughn

Other comments:

Since graduation, I've been finding my way through life. I still have a passion for communications and that has and will continue to drive my professional life. Hopefully, I'll finally get a book written and published, but so far I haven't been able to come up with the story yet. I've continued to "do" a lot; but now I am becoming more interested in just being - being happy, having fun, and enjoying life.

School Story:

Nothing specific...I just have a great feeling when I pull out the yearbook or catch up with everyone on Facebook.

When was the last time you belly laughed? Why?

The last belly laugh was the last time I did something really clumsy; luckily, I do that quite often!

Name some famous or interesting people you've met?

Some of the most interesting people are not famous or even well known. Some of the famous people I have met: Gordon Parks, one of this country's treasured photographers, and the first black film directors; Jay Leno - met through my stepmother; international poet David Whyte; and historian Jon Meacham.

Tell us about the best concert you attended. Band/Artist? Year? Venue? Special details?

Modern Jazz Quartet at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis
Nancy Wilson at the Hollywood Bowl

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