The Duluth Public Library doesn’t just collect books, it collects memories! Take a trip down Memory Lane by looking at some old yearbooks. Check out the fashions and relive your carefree youth.
We have yearbooks from Cathedral/Marshall, Central, Denfeld, East, Harbor International, Hermantown, Morgan Park, and Proctor. Be sure to check the catalog to see if we have your years. Click on the “Full Display” tab to see the years owned by the library.
This week, check out some of the local celebs who attended DENFELD HIGH SCHOOL.
Albert Amatuzio ’42
Amatuzio founded the Superior-based synthetic oil company that would become known as AMSOIL. He first worked with synthetic lubricants during his two decades as a fighter jet pilot .
A born entrepreneur, as a child in West Duluth Amatuzio had a paper route, sold magazines, and collected scrap iron. He attended Duluth Junior College and UMD, playing hockey at both.
In 2010 Amsoil bought the naming rights to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center’s arena for $6 million.
Roger Grimsby ’46
Long before becoming a television anchorman in the biggest metropolis in America, Grimsby was adopted by the Reverend and Mrs. Grimsby. When Roger was four the family moved to Duluth, where his father became the pastor of Zion Lutheran Church.
Grimsby attended St. Olaf College and was drafted to serve in the Korean War after graduation. When he returned home he began his broadcast career in Duluth, announcing on WEBC Radio in the mid 1950s.
He soon moved up to larger and larger markets, ending up at WABC in New York City, where he was on the air for 18 years. He was known for bringing humor to the news, sometimes at the expense of his fellow newscasters.
Jim Heffernan ’57
Long-time newspaper columnist Heffernan has lived in Duluth most of his life, excepting his time in the US Army. His journalism career lasted forty-two years, and since official retirement he has kept up a blog and a monthly column in Duluth-Superior Magazine. While working for the Duluth Herald and the News-Tribune, Heffernan was a reporter, city editor, symphony reviewer, movie reviewer, arts and entertainment editor, and columnist.
His collection of columns, Cooler Near the Lake, can be checked out from the Duluth Public Library.
Marcia Nyquist Hales ’63
Best known for the holiday light extravaganza at her home on Park Point, Hales was also a city councilor from 1995 to 2002.
Spirit of the Lights, a book of stories about Hales’ holiday display, was published in 2011 and is available from Duluth Public Library.
Gary Waller ’63
Waller served as a Duluth Police officer for 21 years and as the St. Louis County Sheriff from 1986 to 1999. Gary was one of the lead investigators on the scene of the murder of Elizabeth Congdon and her nurse at Glensheen Mansion. Waller is a co-author of Will to Murder, a book about the Congdon murders.
Mark Munger ’73
Munger is a district court judge in St. Louis County and the owner of the Cloquet River Press, which has published all but the first of his novels. In high school he was the school newspaper editor and planned on becoming a journalist. He changed his mind in college, and got his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN.
Munger is also the author of nine books, all held by the Duluth Public Library. Two are collections of the column he wrote for the Hermantown Star, and many of the novels are set in Minnesota. For example, “Suomalaiset” is a historical novel set in Duluth and centering around the turbulent times of the early 1900s. This period saw a cholera outbreak, the 1918 Cloquet fire, violent labor disputes, and the lynching of Olli Kinkkonen.
Mike Simonson ’75
Simonson got an early start in journalism, writing for the Denfeld High School newspaper, the Criterion. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Superior he worked at KDAL in Duluth before moving on to Georgia. He returned to the Northland in 1990 to work at Wisconsin Public Radio’s Superior desk.
He recently appeared on Joy Cardin’s show on WPR discussing the mining bill in Wisconsin. Listen to their conversations here.
Greg Anderson ’79
Anderson is the Four-time NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock World Champion and has had sixty-five Pro Stock wins. He currently drives the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro.
He started his pro stock driving career in 1998. He returned to Duluth in 2010 to help raise money for an ALS fundraiser in Proctor. Watch an interview he did with Northland’s NewsCenter in 2011.
Leonard Carlson (Lenny Lane) ’88 (picture from junior year)
Leonard Carlson took the stage name Lenny Lane during his World Championship Wrestling career, which lasted from 1995 to 2000. After wrestling solo, he formed a tag team with Lodi. Known as the West Hollywood Blondes, they were dropped in 1999 following protests from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Since 2000 Lane has wrestled for various organizations. Some of his signature moves are the diving crossbody, the inverted atomic drop, the frankensteiner, the gutwrench powerbomb, and the wheelbarrow facebuster. He also runs a pro wrestling school in the Minneapolis area.
In high school Lane was on the basketball and football teams.