Toni Schmid Stevenson

Profile Updated: September 29, 2016
Toni Schmid
Toni Schmid

Then

Toni Schmid

Now

Toni Schmid

Yearbook

Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Austin, TX USA
Spouse/Partner: Gordon Stevenson
Occupations: Retired from the Mortgage Technology Industry
Family: Step-son, Taylor
My other "child" is my sweet horse, George.
About me:

So, why do I do this web site stuff, and reunion planning? I've always enjoyed event planning, organizing, and web based software. Since I retired early in 2008, after an unsuccessful exhausting job search (I was laid off in 2007 downturn) I've added these projects to my list of 'things to do" to keep my mind stimulated and sharp. As aggravating as software can be at times, I enjoy learning and keeping up with change and challenges.

I attended, but didn't help with our 10th & 20th reunions, and I appreciated the work that went into them. I enjoyed both reunions, although the 10th was a bit humbling for me, as I had already been through some angst in my personal life, but had also embarked on some really fun new adventures and career moves.

I haven't stayed in close, regular contact with San Antonio friends from h.s. years... Like many, I moved away, and began a new life. But I do enjoy keeping h.s. friendships kindled. I love how years can go by, and when we get together, it's like it was yesterday. in a good way. We're older, wiser, more relaxed, less concerned with stupid, meaningless worries. (speaking for myself anyway.)
During and after college, I've made life long friends, dear friends, with whom I'm growing old, and I cherish them. But there is something special and comfortable about connecting with my old AHHS classmates, whom I knew back then, or have met over the last 40+ years, by email and at reunions.

my history:

Military family. Dad was a West Point Grad, 1939, WWII Pilot and BG Commander, then career USAF, so my sis and I experienced our childhood on the move: CA, OH, England, DC, CA, Japan, CA, Oklahoma.

Graduated from University of Texas at Austin
Fine Arts Degree. Zeta Tau Alpha.
Have lived in Austin since summer 1971
Worked 26 years in Mortgage and Mortgage Technology Sales & Training.
5 years with two non-profits: Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce & Keep Texas Beautiful, Inc.

By the 80s & 90s, I was definately a hard core Austinite. loving my work, becoming involved in Austin Community Theatre, earned a private pilot's license, volunteer work, sailing my beloved 25' Catalina sailboat on Lake Travis, bicycling, buying my first house, and generally enjoying Austin life.
Funny newspaper article in the Waco Citizen, January 1983: https://www.newspapers.com/image/41244891/?terms=toni%2Bschmid

In 2005 I married Gordon Stevenson, who was also in our class, but we did not meet until 2001. We live in Austin and Dallas. It was so worth the 30 year wait :).
Since retiring in 2008, I enjoy working on our genealogy projects and web sites; and hanging out up in our beautiful, secluded northwoods of Wisconsin with Gordon.
When in Austin, I spend time with my lovely, sweet thoroughbred, George, every day, rain or shine.
And when in Dallas, when he's not busy flying WWII warbirds and working, I enjoy time with my talented step-son, Taylor. It has been a treat for me to watch him work hard and succeed in his passions & projects, and evolve into an honorable man.

School Stories:

Air Force family, so lots of moving around. Started my life in the Cotswolds of England. Dad retired and we moved to SA in 1965.

I entered Alamo Heights Junior School in the spring semester of 7th Grade. Mrs. Owen was my home room teacher. I recall that Jamie Baskin was also in our home room, and his locker was near mine.

Darlene Thomas was one of my first friends at AHJS. I remember when Darlene showed me how she could smoke cigarettes.. but I wouldn't do it. it grossed me out.. and my dad would have killed me.

Debbie Bates from Alabama also transferred in at mid-year and was one of my best friends at AHJS until they moved out of the district.

I remember thinking that Mr. Williams was the nicest, most patient man, and that he truly enjoyed teaching us brats.

Then, in 8th Grade, Fall 1966, there was the "3:00AM Corvair Cambridge Caper". Benner Barclay had a party that night, and several of us agreed to sneak out later and all meet up at Cambridge Elementary. I was spending the night with Martha Barker. We snuck out. Shannon G, in per PJs and robe, and with her dog in tow, snuck her family's Corvair out and picked us up, as well as Cary Tucker, went for a joy ride, by the donut shop on Broadway. We met Carol Stanbury, Mickey Starks, Benner, Foster Huff, (who else?) at Cambridge. Sliding down the old fire escapes, someone called the police on us.. We scattered like cockroaches, but, except for Benner, were rounded up and taken to the AHPD to call our parents. Not happy parents to say the least.

In high school I was an average student. However, an absolute scholastic highlight for me, was taking Ms. Hamilton's trigonometry class. For some reason, trig totally clicked for me ... I LOVED Trig and was proud of my achievements there, after Algebra & Geometry had been so challenging for me.

Summer '70 i worked at Alfie's Fish N Chips on Austin Highway.... along with Kathy Carter. and I worked with Mary Younger either at Baskin Robins or Alfie's too.

As a typical tormented teenager, I left high school with good, and some not so good, memories ... but mostly good. And I later appreciated the education we received.

Elementary Schools:

Marymount Catholic School, Arlington, VA
St. Francis, Sacramento, CA
Greenpark School, near Tokyo
Dominican Convent Boarding School, San Rafael, CA
St. Phillip Neri, Midwest City, OK
AHJS

Posted: Jun 10, 2016 at 1:18 PM
Fredericksburg, TX at a war bird fly-in. April 2016
Posted: Aug 06, 2016 at 10:58 AM
my step-son, Taylor Stevenson, grew up flying in the back seat of Gordon's WWII AT-6, since he was 5 years old. Taylor carries on the family tradition for love of Military Aviation History, and flying the old War Birds. These days, his dad is sitting in the back seat.
Posted: Jun 10, 2016 at 1:16 PM
Lovely, sweet George!
Posted: Aug 06, 2016 at 10:57 AM
Handsome Romeo, RIP
Posted: May 03, 2016 at 9:40 AM
2009
Posted: Aug 06, 2016 at 10:55 AM
3 Pilots
Toni 1982
Gordon 2008
Ed 1940
Posted: Aug 06, 2016 at 10:55 AM
my family, Boerne, TX
Posted: May 03, 2016 at 9:42 AM
"Here's to our Blue & Gold ... "
Posted: Jun 02, 2016 at 8:56 PM
Posted: Apr 20, 2016 at 11:42 AM
Junior Class Officers, 1969/1970