Jim Ratzman

Profile Updated: August 27, 2018
Residing In Austin, TX USA
Spouse/Partner Carole
Occupation Semi-retired
Children Eric, October 1971, married, one son. Graduated Texas A&M in 1994 with degree in Civil Engineering. More… Earned his PE designation about 2001. Employed by Halff Associates Engineering Firm

Julie, January 1976, single mom with two girls. Employed by Board Auto Group in Plano, Texas as Event Planner/Marketing Specialist. They are Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini dealer
Attending The Saturday night 50th Reunion Program and Buffet Dinner (09/29/12)

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Carole and I married August 6, 1966. I graduated from Georgia State U. in 1968, went to work at Atlantic Steel. I changed jobs in 1972 to work for Rollins, Inc. and moved to Austin, TX in 1973. Changed jobs in 1976, went to work for Texas Credit Union Department, regulatory agency for state-chartered credit unions in Texas. Retired in 2003, and began consulting/contract work for credit unions. For seven years, I worked for a local CPA performing internal audits for state agencies, but he has retired.

School Story

In 1957, my family moved to Cascade Heights from Texas. The only people we knew were the other families that had moved to Texas with the company my dad worked for. I was excited about living in the big city of Atlanta, but uncertain about being in high school in the 8th grade. In Texas, we had junior-high schools for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade, and high school for the remainder. In that 8th grade year, I had Mr. Fink for homeroom. Two classmates befriended me, Eddie Bowen and Charles Rogers, and I immediately felt like I fit in since most of you guys had been together since the first grade! I don't remember much more about Charles, but Eddie and I maintained a friendship until his death. He was a special guy to this class of 1962.

A month or so into that first school year, a flu epidemic hit the school and many 8th grade football team members were ill. I had never played any type of organized football, but one morning in PE I had a "career-making" day, catching two touchdown passes! That afternoon, Coach Brenner "recruited" me for the team. But by the time I learned all the plays, the other team members were back and I got very little playing time, but I was on the team! In the winter, I played on the 8th grade basketball team.

Now 55 years since that first day at Southwest High School in 1957, I come again from Texas, but this time I bring a classmate! We only missed the 30th year reunion because I had a work conflict. You guys are a special group to Carole and me. It has been worth every trip from Texas at attend these reunions.

Howell Freeman and I and one other guy whose name I can't remember were "gambling" during the lunch hour. We were matching pennies outside near the old steps down to the old baseball field. Mr. Wills was at the hall window on the second floor watching us. He came down and demanded that we follow him to his office. All three of us received a week in detention hall. Mr. Wills accused me of being the "ringleader!"

In our Sophomore year, we had "0" period due to overcrowding (before Therrell opened). I had a zero period English class with Miss Millican. As many teachers did back then, we were seated in alphabetical order. Carole Petty sat in front of me and Bill Sellmer sat behind me. In today's vernacular, I guess I "hit" on her before, during and after class! Our first date was on November 6, 1959 for the Brown vs. Southwest football game, and the dance later at the gym. On August 6 we will celebrate 46 years of marriage!

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Sep 10, 2018 at 11:32 AM

Carole and I say Happy Birthday Carl! We hope you are feeling better. it was great seeing you at the 55th reunion!

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Aug 26, 2018 at 11:43 AM

Happy Birthday Sarah! Sorry I am a day late!!

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Aug 27, 2018 at 12:38 PM

Posted on: Aug 23, 2018 at 11:10 AM

Happy Happy Birthday to my Twist Partner! Wish we could see you and all the SWHS gang more often.

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Aug 19, 2018 at 10:43 AM

Happy Happy Birthday Nancy! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Jul 28, 2018 at 10:27 AM

Carole and I wish you a Happy Birthday!

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Jul 24, 2018 at 10:28 AM

Carole and I wish you a Happy Happy Birthday!

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Jul 18, 2018 at 11:52 AM

Happy Belated Birthday wishes from Carole and me. Our grand-daughter was visiting for the week and this just slipped by! Always good to see you at SWHS reunions.

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May 24, 2018 at 10:26 AM

Hi Judy. Your birthday slipped by me! Happy Belated Birthday wishes from Carole and me. We don't have any immediate plans to come to Nashville, but we will let you know if we come that way.

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Happy Belated Birthday wishes from Jim and Carole! We love watching the birds on our birdfeeders!

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May 22, 2018 at 2:48 PM

Happy Birthday Marquis! Have a great day.

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May 14, 2018 at 10:36 AM

Carole and I wish you a very Happy Happy Birthday! We all look good for our age!

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Apr 16, 2018 at 4:33 PM

After graduation, I did not see Boo until 1972.  By that time he had been flying for Rollins, Inc for about three years.  I went to work for Rollins, Inc. in January 1972, and one day I saw him in the company cafeteria.  Probably unusual, becasue somebody in the Rollins corporate group or family was flying somewhere.  We chatted for a while since it had been 10 years since we had seen each other.  Sometime that year he left Rollins and became the Chief Pilot for Fuqua Industries.  He told me he really did not get along well with the Chief Pilot at Rollins at that time.  Later in 1972, I got a promotion and flew a couple of times on the company plane with my boss, but Boo had already left.   In July 1973 I moved to Texas with Rollins Outdoor Advertising in Austin.  Sometime in that year Boo came back to Rollins, but I did not see him again unitl the 20 year reunion in 1982.  I left Rollins in 1976 and we stayed in Texas.  

I did not see Boo again until  we did the joint reunion with class of 1963 in 2010.  We were able to talk for about 30-45 minutes about our experiences at Rollins, and he shared that he loved his job and had flown all over the world!  I was jealous because I had always wanted to be a pilot.  He did tell me that the Rollins family was dysfunctional, but all of them had access to the the plane, and that is why he was always on a moment's notice to fly somewhere.

Boo was a great athlete, friend, classmate, husband and father.  He will be missed.

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Apr 07, 2018 at 10:49 AM

Rest in peace, dear friend. You will definitely be missed my many.

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Posted on: Feb 02, 2018 at 2:01 PM

Carole and I send Happy Happy Birthday wishes for you. It was great to see you in Atlanta at the reunion!

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Jan 06, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Happy Birthday Carolyn! It was great seeing you in October at the class reunion.

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Posted on: Jan 03, 2018 at 10:32 AM

Carole and I wish you a belated Happy Happy Birthday!

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Greetings from Austin Texas!
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Alaska Railroad trip 2006
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On the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, 2007.
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Eric, Tyler, Karen, Mikaila, Julie, Carole and me, circa 2008.
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Port of Spain, Trinidad, 2008.
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Christmas 2008.
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Independence Hall, 2009.
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My old house, 3203 Spreading Oak Drive.
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SWHS 2010
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SWHS 2010