Thomas Helderman

Profile Updated: June 24, 2014
Residing In: Lansing, MI USA
Spouse/Partner: Tanya
Occupation: Advertising
Children: Rhonda Tubben, 1964
Matt McClow, 1967
Justin Johnson, 1968
Sarah Helderman, 1974
Military Service: Illinois National Guard  
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Like many in the class of 1960, I migrated to MSU. Graduating in December of 1966, I moved to Chicago and began a career in Advertising with the Chicago Tribune. While in Chicago, I was a member of the Illinois National Guard and was activated for both the MLK riots in 1967 and the Democratic National Convention "riots" in 1968. Seven years later I was back in Michigan, divorced and looking to reinvent myself. After riding a motorcycle across country and back, I evolved to Grand Rapids and met an incredible English lady who married me and has put up with me ever since. Forty plus years later, I find myself back in Lansing, still working, still married and still looking for ways to reinvent myself.

I’ve done a few things and had a lot of interests: road racing (Mini Cooper), motorcycle touring, fly-fishing, photography, ballroom dancing, skeet shooting, golf (bad), played in a rock band, I taught at Ferris and Davenport Universities and I do a bit of writing. I have four children who have made me very proud and three wonderful grandsons who keep me young and remind me I’m old at the same time.

The more I see and hear about my classmates from 1960, the more I wish I'd spent more time meeting and getting to know more of them. So many interesting and dynamic lives have been led by so many interesting and dynamic people over the last 54 years.

What a pity I didn't know all of you better.

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What a great career. Beautiful area you live in Merle, I rode a motorcycle through there on my way to California back in the early 70s. Nice to hear all is well with you.

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Cal: Wish I knew your secret of constantly looking 20 younger than me. Great shots of your family.

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