Holly Harms LaSpina

Profile Updated: February 27, 2009
Holly Harms
Residing In: Burr Ridge, IL USA
Pre-Retirement Occupation: project director for an office furniture dealer
Children: Joe, born 1983. In a perfect world Joe would be a jazz saxaphonist. After graduating from Bradley More…in 2006, Joe spent a year in Nashville. Unfortunately, becoming a rockstar drummer was not in the cards. He is back in my not so empty nest and working for Whole Foods.
Dan, born 1987. Dan is a junior at DePaul enjoying city life and majoring in fraternity life.
Yes! Attending Reunion
If you could build a second house anywhere, where would it be?

A warm and sunny beach.

Do you still have family that live around Crystal Lake?

My folks live on gate 13 in Lakewood. too bad they didn't live there when I was growning up.

How often do you get back to Crystal Lake?

Every couple of months I visit my parents. I love it in the summer. They have a pontoon boat, The grandchildren convinced my dad to put a big engine on it so they can ski behind it.

Would you ever move back to the Crystal Lake area?

It was a wonderful place to grow up, but it's gotton so big and suburban now. My next move is to a warmer climate.

What got you into the kind of work you are or were doing?

I was teaching kindergarten and I got tired of wiping runny noses. So, I decide to try the business world. So far I haven't wiped any noses (except my own).

What previous jobs did you do?

One of my favorite places I worked was the bookstore in the old bank. I loved working with Art Shand's and Katrina Nies's moms. I think that's why I still love books, libraries and my book clubs.

What did you do immediately following high school?

I went to Northwestern University and got a degree in education. I really didn't know what I wanted to do, but it seemed like a logical thing for a woman to study in 1973.

What do you see yourself doing in 2029?

I would like to volunteer for some kind of environmental organization part time. Then sit on the beach with a book and a marguarita the rest of the time.

How long have you been married?

I was married for 15 years, but am now happily single.

Grandchildren?

None that I know of.

What else would you like to share about your life since CLCHS?

After 2 years of teaching at a small private school, I decided I didn't want to be poor the rest of my life, so I began a career in office interior design.

School Story:

Northwestern Univ. BS, MBA

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

I see Lynne Dinzole, Barb Lachenmaier, Nancy Venerable Deren and Laura McCall occasionally. we celebrated our 50th birthday's together on a trip.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love house walks, old histpric houses and gardens are my favorites. Travel is always good.

Favorite places to visit?

I love Italy, but enjoy going to Sanibel Island in Florida. This year I am going with my sons for spring break. We are looking forward to the chugging and wet tee shirt contests for the mom/ son bonding times.

Places you want to visit but have not yet done so?

Greece. I like old things.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

Instead of being oa socceer mom, I was a "chess mom". Now there's some exciting matches. At least you don't get horse screaming.

Did you have any nicknames in school you wish to share?

Nope, teachers always thought Holly was a nickmane. That's all there is.

What are your memories of high school?

I remember for outside gym class Lynne Dinzole and I would lay down beside the big rail road ties and hide so we didn't have to play what ever it was we were supposed to be playing. I don't think we ever got caught.

What’s your favorite memory of CLCHS?

Playing basketball where you stood in a circle and couldn't move from your tiny circle in the lower girls gym. Now there was some cardio vascular exercise!

What famous or interesting people have you met?

I sat next to Martin Mull at Second City many years ago. That's about it.

What cool things have you done? (Cool being defined as whatever YOU think is cool!)

Shot and dressed moose in Alaska. Oh wait, that was Sara Palin.

Any words of wisdom?

In the end it's our friends and family that bring us true happiness.
Red wine and dark chocolate are health foods.

What animal would you be if you could choose one?

I want to be my cat. He had the best life going. I am a sucker for animals.

Where were you born?

In Chicago at Swedish Covenant Hospital. I was delivered by the same doctor that delivered my mother. And if I have any more kids, I'll have him deliver them too.
My mom save the bill for my birth. It was hand written on a small paper:
"laying in, $100."
Quite a contrast to the many pages of computer generated bills I got for my kids, and the $10,000 for a normal birth.
Will it be $1,000,000 for my kids? Of course I have boys, so that won't happen I guess.

Have you ever been on TV? Tell us the story!

The highlight of my acting career was ina commercial for Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats. I ran behind a haywagon in the square in Woodstock and got a few bucks as an extra during the summer in college. It's been downhill since then.

How do you relax? (Mentally and/or physically!)

I like to garden in the summer. But by August I'm tired of pulling weeds.

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