Michael (Mike) Benestante

Profile Updated: June 30, 2019
Residing In: Houston, TX USA
Spouse/Partner: June
Homepage: mikebenestante.com
Occupation: Self-Employed
Children: 3 children: Joanna 35, Michael 33, Abby 31
*Joanna is married and lives in Norfolk, VA with More…her husband Robert and their three sons: Theo and Wyatt (3.5) and Charlie (1.5)
*Michael and his wife Laura teach school in Riga, Latvia
*Abby is married to Jacob and they have three
children: Stella (almost 4), Lillian (1.5) and Jacob (5 weeks)
Military Service: Defense Department  

It's hard to believe I haven't updated my profile in four years. Suppose the years are accelerating while we are deteriorating! The most noticeable change in my life has been a proliferation of grandbabies the last few years. They are the source of most of our joy and happiness. With the spirit they provide, we can focus on the more daunting task of rejuvenating our minds and bodies.
I am fortunate enough to continue friendships with several high school buddies which has kept the old high school memories fresh if not enhanced. Also have been blessed to become acquainted with classmates who were only names and images in school and now have become friends through social media and our reunions.
How lucky we were to have attended high school at the peak of the cultural revolution in our country and matured during the technology revolution (true, some of us haven't completely matured). Regardless, I look forward to our forthcoming fiftieth rendezvous as a magical moment on an endless voyage. Pardon the philosophy; I have been in a reflective mood recently!
From what I have heard about our next gathering, it will be the most memorable and perhaps the best attended of all. Can not wait to hear the new ideas and information regarding the 2020 reunion. It will be difficult to top the 45th gathering, but somehow/someway, Terry and her troops will accomplish that feat.
It will also be fun to reflect on our senior year fifty years ago as the months and days counted down to our graduation. My, we do have a lot to look forward to!

School Story:

Will reserve the right to relive the stories when I recollect them...

Attending Tailgate Party (10/16/15)


Attending Waltrip Class of 1970 45th Reunion (10/17/15)


Attending Reunion


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Posted on: Jul 31, 2018 at 1:05 PM

Happy Birthday, Craig! Hope it was a memorable one.

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Posted on: Jul 22, 2018 at 6:12 PM

Welcome aboard to the coolest reunion website! Hope you can make the big 50th reunion.

Jun 29, 2018 at 3:11 PM

Happy Birthday, Wanda! Have a memorable celebration.

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Posted on: Jun 09, 2018 at 6:26 AM

Welcome aboard the Waltrip website, Steve! Look forward to seeing you soon...:)

Jun 03, 2018 at 3:33 AM
May 11, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Hi Tim, I couldn't let your 66th birthday go unrecognized...
Happy Birthday, Timmy, hope your day goes well
and that you have a nice celebration***

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Posted on: May 11, 2017 at 3:31 PM

Happy Birthday, Timmy Garcia! Hope you have a memorable celebration tonight. Maybe bring us a W from the Toyota Center...!

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Posted on: Jan 14, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Happy Birthday, Frank! Haven't seen you on Facebook recently but I want to wish you the best in 2017. Hope you have a big celebration and a memorable day.

Jun 03, 2016 at 3:33 AM
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Posted on: May 27, 2016 at 8:52 AM

Happy Birthday -early- before I forget. Have a great day. Enjoy family kids, and grandkids now.

Mar 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM

Happy Birthday, Jesse! Have a good celebration my friend. With your ability to make people laugh I am sure it will be memorable...

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Posted on: Oct 11, 2015 at 8:13 PM

Will look for you at the reunion...we have something in common in that we spent 5 years in Wiesbaden in the 80's.

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