John Apitz

Profile Updated: January 22, 2018
John Apitz
Residing In: Mendota Heights, MN USA
Spouse/Partner: Mary B. Magnuson
Occupation: Attorney/Lobbyist
Children: Nicholas & Zachary, born April 7, 1999.

18-year old twins have a way of opening one's eyes More…to things that were missed 50 years ago. And, how much more I understand about what my parents told me to do and be.
Yes! Attending Reunion
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I have spent the past 50 years in politics - campaigns, staffing officeholders, promoting causes and, now, as a lobbyist - who would have guessed.

It is a fascinating world, but one that has become overgrown with self-service, petty infighting and short-term objectives. Still, the process works, year after year - a tribute to the genius that conceived and first defined it. We are truly fortunate, that way.

I have been privileged to work with some of Minnesota's best - Senator Hubert Humphrey, Cong. Tim Penny, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Senator Norm Coleman - all good people. And, above all, I was privileged to work for Pres. Jimmy Carter - a great world citizen.

I was blessed to be joined on this journey by a beautiful and brilliant woman, Mary Magnuson. Her goal was more lofty than political life - thus, our twins - Nick & Zach, (I am all ears for advise from classmates who have already travelled this path.)

The reunion will be fun! Allot of our stalwart friends have been endeavoring for months to pull together a great party. I hope you can come. I look forward to seeing many old and dear friends.

School Story:

I remember hearing the Gestures play at the Mankato Amory when I was in junior high. "Run, Run, Run" made it to the top of the charts across the US and UK. I thought that was cool enough for any kid and, so I played in a rock 'n roll band through high school, across Minnesota and Iowa.

("Putter" Durenberger, "Shag" Smith, "Billy" Steiner were local rock heroes... they still are!)

And, thanks to Judy Lucas for staying up late, to laugh into the night/morning, after we got home. She was a wonderful friend to grow up with through those years.

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Feb 05, 2019 at 2:03 PM

Happy, Happy Birthday, Mike.

Keep Rockin'! We'll see you at the 50th Reunion in October.

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Posted on: Jan 08, 2019 at 7:52 AM

Happy, happy Birthday, Milt.

Keep rockin’!!??

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Posted on: Nov 06, 2018 at 10:02 AM

A little belated but no less heartfelt... as Casey Jones used to say... “Happy, happy Birthday to every girl and boy. Hope this very special day brings you lots of joy...”

Rock on, Lady!

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Aug 13, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Happy Birthday, Janet!

We might be a bit older but , we are getting soooo much better. Keep it up!

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Jul 11, 2018 at 3:33 PM

A bright and cheerful light has gone out, but what a blessing it was to be near it in these swift passing years.

Sally set a standrd among us for enthusiasm, compassion, and self-sacrifice.  Few measured up, but you could not help but want to try when you in Sally's company.  If there was work to be done on one of our reunions, Sally always volunteered.  If there was a classmate who struggled, Sally offered comfort and often a prayer to ease the pain and renew the strength.  And, always with that honest, warm, knowing smile.

To be Sally's friend was not hard, and it was always rewarding.  She shared herself beyond a full measure with many of us and, certainly, with the man she stood beside for so many years.  We were all blessed.  Thank-you, Sally!

 

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Jul 03, 2018 at 5:44 AM

Happy Birthday, Mr. Bassman!

And, many happy returns of the day.

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Jun 04, 2018 at 9:25 AM

Happy Birthday, Easy Rider!

Best wishes for many more happy miles ahead.

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May 31, 2018 at 1:50 PM

Happy Birthday, Mateo.

Hard to believe that we set sail together in kindergarten and continued the journey through Gustavus Adolphus.

It only suggests we are getting better despite the gray ones around the temples.

Many happy returns of the day!!

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May 18, 2018 at 2:23 PM

Happy Birthday, Marla... we are getting a lot better and only a little older!

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Happy, Happy Birthday Jimmy.

And, many happy returns of The Day!

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May 16, 2018 at 11:34 AM

Happy, Happy Birthday, Sally!

You are an inspiration to everyone in the Class of '69.

Best wishes for many, many more!

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Happy Birthday, Jim... Keep Rockin'

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Posted on: Jan 29, 2018 at 6:35 AM

“Happy, happy Birthday to every girl and boy,

Hope this very special day brings you lots of joy.

Hope those birthday presents you get from Mom and Dad

Will make this very special day the best uourvrt had.”

Stay on Track! Love, Casey.

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Posted on: Jan 22, 2018 at 8:17 AM

Happy, Happy Birthday, Jane!

Hope you have a warm & wonderful day and the we see you at the 50th Reunion (OMG!!), next year.

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Jan 18, 2019 at 11:48 PM

Posted on: Jan 18, 2018 at 10:46 AM

Welcome Aboard we are discovering more "lost members" all the time.

And, a rather auspicious birthday, I might add.