Robert E. Gross

Profile Updated: March 13, 2013
Residing In: Gardiner, ME USA
Occupation: Retired
Yes! Attending Reunion
Did you attend New Trier East, or New Trier West?

New Trier East

Comments:

Charied the Class of '67 reunion in 2007.

School Story:

The May exams and Junior Theme really prepared me for college compared to many of my clueless college classmates.

Who was your favorite teacher at New Trier? Why?

The late Norman Frey

Did you inhale?

No

What is your favorite memory of New Trier?

Fun in Mr. Musich's AP biology lab.

What is your LEAST favorite memory of NT?

Long ride to school

Who was the most attractive girl in our class (other than yourself)?

don't know

Who was the most attractive guy in our class (other than yourself)?

don't know

Did you learn anything at New Trier that later proved to be useful? If so, what?

How to take long exams and write long term papers.

Were you at the flag pole in front of NTE on the day that a group of students attempted to lower the flag to half-mast to protest the war in Viet Nam?

no

Can you name any of our classmates who have gone on to become well-known actors of stage and screen (both big and small)?

no

What was the make and model of the car you drove in HS? Do you ever miss it now?

1965 Pontiac convertible

Did any of your children attend New Trier?

No

What did the protesters in Grant Park chant when charged by police during the 1968 Democratic National Convention?

STP

Which of the following can be found in a dark corner of your closet?

none of the above

Who played Mr. Antrobus in Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth?

don't know

Who were the starting five players on the NTE basketball team that went downstate in our senior year?

Rosenzweig, Holmes, Major

Which Class member was a fighter jet pilot, who died in a tragic (and mysterious) accident?

don't know

Which Class member was Rookie of the Year for the Minnesota Twins?

don't know

Which Class member is an actor who in his early days collaborated with Steve Buscemi?

don't know

Did your father attend New Trier?

No

Did your mother attend New Trier?

No

What varsity sport(s) did you play at New Trier?

Football

In recent years, New Trier has increasingly been described as "too big" and "too competitive." Has NT changed?

don't know

Did you suffer hearing loss by attending a rock concert at The International Amphitheatre? Which one(s)?

no

If you could go back and do high school all over, what would you do differently?

Take auto repair class

How do you describe yourself politically?

Progressive

What are your vices?

none of the above

Do you believe in God?

Yes

All things considered, was Nixon a good, or a bad President?

He was bad

Can you recite verbatim the "wash-that-special-area" and the "we- don't-poop-in-your-living-room,-so-don't-pee-in-our-pool" speeches by Swimming Coach Dave Robertson? If so, can you recall and perform the artful hand gestures that made these homilies so repulsively unforgettable?

no

Did you ever listen to WNTH?

Yes

During your years at New Trier, were you described as a "jock," or a "freak"? Was the label accurate?

neither

In response to criticism of the "jock" or "freak" question as too narrow, we provide additional labels to choose from. At NT, I was labelled (rightly or wrongly):

None of the above, I was too cool for pat categories

Unless you think it's none of anybody's goddam business, how would you describe your sexual preferences?

exclusively heterosexual

Are all kids who lived on the North Shore and went to New Trier spoiled whiny elitist brats who had everything handed to them on a silver platter? (Just asking.)

Yes, but just the kids from Winnetka

Who decided that the Indians and the Cowboys should become . . . Trevians? Who decided that Echoes should become Trevia? Should that person (or persons) be severely punished?

Yes

Remember when the NTE Pep Club used to paint the Native-American bas-relief motifs at the Indian Hill train station in bright colors before homecoming? Does that knowledge make you a dinosaur? Why aren't there any Trevians to paint?

Yes. Superintedent Yonke didn't even know the New Trier Indian existed on the railroad bridge in 2007.

Were you a member of the Trevian Numismatic Society? Are you willing to admit that and explain what you did?

Bought proof sets cheap

Who was the most memorable coach you had in a sport at New Trier? Did Coach Kruempelstaedter teach you how to dislocate a shoulder? Can you recite Coach Fly's "they put their jockstraps on one leg at a time" speech? What inspirational "this is your day" speech can you recall?

Can't remember his name. he was not much of a talker.

Please explain why boys swam naked in gym class at NT. Include in your explanation why girls, by contrast, wore bathing suits. If you need some inspiration, see http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=55 and http://voices.yahoo.com/the-demise-high-school-nude-swimming-8669909.html.

never knew

What exactly is a Trevian? How does a Trevian compare to a cowboy, an Indian, a badger, or a buckeye? What makes a Trevian a good mascot?

It's for sure not a New Trier Indian.

Are you aware that there was a full-blown scandal -- involving the otherwise inactive Winnetka Police -- to investigate sexting at New Trier? Do you sleep more soundly at night knowing that the Winnetka Police is ensuring that smart phones are not used to transmit photos of students' naughty bits?

No, I was not aware of it - can I see the pictures?

Have you ever experienced an epiphany? Where? When? What did you learn?

no

Describe a moment of supreme happiness in your life that did NOT involve sex, drugs or rock and roll.

second wife who died in 1994

Are you still basically the same person you were in high school? If not, and you have changed, how have you changed? Have you changed for the better?

yes

HELLO MY NAME IS . . . Are you comfortable with the process of aging?

Other Health is failing

How did you feel about New Trier during your attendance there?

I loved some things, and hated others

What is the most embarrassing thing that happened to your during high school that you would never, ever want anyone -- anyone at all -- to know? (We promise not to tell.)

nothing

How did you perceive New Trier after your first year of college? Did you feel that by going to college you had taken a step up, or down?

College was easy compared to New Trier

How did you choose your profession?

I chose my professional after flunking organic chemistry

Which Junior High did you attend?

Other Stone School in Chicago

What higher formal education have you completed?

Master's Degree in: Rehab Counseling

What institutions of higher learning have conferred a degree upon you?

University of Southern Maine

In which Village did you reside at the time you graduated from New Trier?

Glencoe

While at New Trier, did you participate in the Center for Self-Directed Learning?

No

What happened to the idealism that was so prevalent in the late 60s and early 70s?

It never existed to begin with - talking about justice and world peace was just a way to impress girls

The best thing about growing up in the North Shore was . . .

Not having to fight to protect your lunch money on the way to school

Which New Trier West athletic teams distinguished themselves in 1973?

Both of the above

My innermost circle of close friends at New Trier included, and I would often be seen in the company of . . .

I am taking the 5th

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