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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Apr 27, 2021 at 1:44 PM

Happy Birthday, Bob! Hope you are celebrating this milestone with family, friends and a cup of cheer. Many happy returns!

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Apr 25, 2021 at 12:39 PM

Suddenly, there is a huge hole in the world and a sad quietness.  I remember the special way that Colleen could see the world in ways that others did not... a special poetry in motion.  And, always a joyfulness no matter the situation.  Her life was an adventurer's story, her memory is an inspiration.   RIP, dear friend.

 

 

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Mar 21, 2021 at 4:23 PM

I recall Carlene as calm and creative with a warm, ready smile.  She helped make the 50th a wonderful Reunion.  Rest peacefully.

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Posted on: Feb 11, 2021 at 12:33 PM

Happy, Happy Birthday to my B-Day Twin.

We made it this far... so, let's just keep going!

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Feb 07, 2021 at 1:16 PM

Happy Birthday, Sue... here’s wishing you a SUPER day!!

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Happy B-Day, Jim. Enjoy every minute!!

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Jan 30, 2021 at 12:26 PM

Have a wonderful B-day and stay safe... but, Keep Rockin’ Carlene!

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Jan 23, 2021 at 6:46 PM

Jane, here’s wishing you the happiest of birthday and blessings for many more.

Keep Rockin’!!

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Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 at 3:58 PM

Every good wish for a Great 70, Tom! Keep Rockin'!

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Posted on: Oct 25, 2020 at 12:28 PM

Congrats on another milestone B-Day! Many happy returns.

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Oct 18, 2020 at 8:55 PM

Have a Great (B) Day, Lowell

And, keep Rockin'!

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Posted on: Aug 15, 2020 at 12:35 PM

Happy, Happy Birthday, Janet... hope it was wonderful and a taste of all the good days that are ahead of us.

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Jul 23, 2020 at 2:37 PM

Happy Birthday, Kirk (pretty soon anyway)! Enjoy every moment... you've earned it.

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Posted on: Jul 13, 2020 at 1:20 PM

Happy Birthday, Todd! You are a Good Man... even at this age!

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Jun 15, 2020 at 12:34 PM

That yearbook picture of Larry crossing the finish line at a Mankato Cross Country meet still sticks in my mind as the measure of one seriously determined human being.  He never gave up and always gave his all.  We were fortunate to count him among our numbers.  Ride on Brother Larry.  There is a lot of new territory to cover.

Feb 18, 2020 at 2:35 PM

Happy Birthday John. It was wonderful to see you at the Class Reunion and to catch up.
Let me know if you are ever come to visit California. Much love, Jane

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