Grant Anthony

Profile Updated: February 29, 2016
Residing In Kansas City, MO USA
Spouse/Partner Karen Anthony
Children Daughter January Amanda Anthony born 1978 ; Step-Daughter Brittney Erin Thomas born 1981; Grandson Brandon More…Micah Anthony born 1999
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***** 09/15/14 Update *****
What a great 45th reunion weekend ! The Friday night "Pub Crawl" was crowded and noisy (as usual) but it was great to see and TRY to visit with former classmates ! The Saturday afternoon Bingham reunion was SO much fun in a great venue with perfect weather and it provided more of an opportunity to actually visit and try to catch up with the different and diverse lives we've lead since the 60's ! The Saturday night event rocked with my favorite local band (The Platinum Express) several of whom I have jammed with around town and it was fun to TRY and act like teenagers again dancing to music mostly from that 60's era ! (Thank you Paul !) There just never seems to be enough time to visit with everyone but even the brief conversations and snippets of where we've been and what we've done are so interesting and so enjoyable. Thanks to all who contributed to making these events possible and such a success !

***** 09/05/09 Update *****
What a "huge success" the 40 year class reunion was ! A huge THANK YOU to all the reunion committee members, all others who also contributed their time and effort, and all those who made donations to keep the cost of attending the reunion more affordable ! It was GREAT to see ALL who attended - it was DEFINITELY a "memory maker" ! I hope we DO follow through with the more frequent "casual get togethers in KC" to "keep the Southwest spirit alive" ! It was fun to SPARK that spirit in August - THANKS AGAIN to ALL those who made it possible !


Since I felt pretty fortunate to have graduated in '69 ( I dropped out the first semester of my senior year - I met who would become my first wife who convinced me to go back and graduate with my class so I had to play "catch up" the second semester ! I had to take 6 solids at Southwest and 4 solids at Westport night school because I needed all 10 credits to graduate ! I made it - THANKS Rae ! ) I decided not to pursue college. I drew a VERY high number in the military draft lottery ( remember that ? ) so I decided to get married since I wasn't likely to be drafted for an "all expense paid tour of Vietnam" ! Other than a VERY brief stay in Omaha Nebraska ( about a year or so in the early 70's ) and a few years in the Dallas / Ft Worth Texas area ( '82 to '88 ) I have lived in the greater Kansas City area - it has just always felt like home to me.

I have spent most of my adult life in the credit and finance business mostly doing automotive loans for car dealerships as a Finance Manager or as a residential Loan Officer for home mortgages. I married in 1970, divorced in 1975, re-married in 1976, divorced again in 1987, I was a single parent which is MUCH different than being "single" raising my daughter through 1996 when she graduated from high school and left for college, and I met my current wife in 1998. We married in 2004 and I think there's something to that saying that "the third time is the charm" - not that I regret my two previous marriages at all !

In addition to spending time with family and friends my love and appreciation of music has only gotten deeper with age ! I play piano / keyboard and have a regular "jam" group ( we get together nearly every week at one of our houses ) consisting of a drummer, a bass guitar player, a rhythm guitar player, a lead guitar player who provides most of the vocals, me on the keyboard, and some vocals and harmonies provided by the drummer's significant other ! I also really enjoy attending "open jams" whenever possible and there are SO many open jams here in Kansas City anymore that they are available almost any night of the week ! For those of you who may not be familiar with "open jams" it's kind of like karaoke with EITHER instruments AND/OR vocals - you can sing, play an instrument, or BOTH usually with a "host band" so that you have a full band sound for each song ! It's an opportunity to alternate musicians on keyboard, drums, guitar, bass, brass, etc AND/OR singers for the vocals - whatever YOUR interest or talent may be ! It's a LOT of fun, I've played with some really GREAT talents ( and some not as talented too - but it's ALL fun ! ), and I've made some great friends in the process ! If there are any other "recreational musicians" out there that are interested in "jamming" let me know ! I'd really enjoy playing music with other classmate muscians who share my love of creating live music ! ( August 2015 update - I've now discovered that a guy by the name of "Lee Sellars" that I've been jammig with for quite some time now is actually "Steve Sellars" from our class ! Now using his middle name "Lee" I didn't put it together until just recently ! I guess we've both changed a bit these last 40 some odd years but jamming with him NOW has a lot more meaning - two of us "Class of '69 Southwest Indians" playing live music together ! It really can be a small world sometimes ! )

BTW - Did anyone else know about the Facebook group "Southwest High (KC) Musicians" ? I found them on Facebook and decided to join the group in 2014 shortly before our 45 year reunion - I thought it sounded like something worth checking out ! The Southwest class of '74 had their Sunday 40 year reunion event at B B's Lawnside Bar B Q in south Kansas City and invited ALL Southwest High School alumni to participate in an open jam ! Great food, I met a lot of new people ( former '74 alumni ), and had a blast jamming with the other musicians ! Hopefully there will be more similar events in the future and an ever increasing number of members in the "Southwest High (KC) Musicians" group !

School Story

I have a lot of memories of my years at Southwest High School - none come to mind at the moment specific enough (or appropriate enough) to share - but in my experience the memories usually come crashing back during the reunion when you start clomping down memory lane with fellow classmates !

( The memories always DO seem to surface at the events - WHAT FUN ! )

Who are you looking most forward to seeing at the reunion??

EVERYBODY who's managed to SURVIVE all these years - remembering and thinking about those who are unfortunately no longer with us !

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Have a great day and a wonderful year to come. Know you’ll be thought of today!
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Have a very good day. Happy Birthday! May it be a great year for you and your family!!
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Aug 24, 2015 at 11:58 AM

Welcome to the SITE ! I'm SO glad you joined - I only wish I'd put it together a long time ago not realizing I'd been jamming with a former classmate all this time ! Anyway I'm glad you're here NOW and are no longer a member of the MISSING "Indians" from the class of '69 ...

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Happy (belated - sorry) Birthday Carol ! I hope you did something special to celebrate it ...

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Feb 24, 2015 at 2:46 PM

Hey Paul - I never got around to thanking you for donating the entertainment of the Platinum Express for our 45 year reunion ! You guys were WONDERFUL ( as always ) and Platinum Express is my FAVORITE local band ! I've had the pleasure of jamming with a few of them at various open jam events around town ! What a great donation and I truly appreciate it - THANK YOU !

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Oct 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Hey Kim - it was great to see you at the reunion and I really appreciated your contribution to the event ! In this profile you mentioned "what a terrific time we had at the dances" and it was fun to ACT like we were "kids" again and dance to the music of "The Platinum Express" which is my favorite local band ! ( I have done some jamming with some of them around town and in addition to being pretty talented they are a lot of fun and I've developed some great friendships ! ) You also mentioned that YOU play drums - I play keyboard so if you're ever in town and want to go jamming I know a LOT of places we could go jamming, have some fun, and play some music ! Until then you take care ...

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Posted on: Oct 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Hey Jim - it was really great to see you at the reunion even though it was only briefly ! I wish there had been more time to visit with you - there is SO little time at these reunions there's no way to adequately catch up on what's been going on with all the classmates over the last 45 years ! LOL ! Anyway since you are a "local" guy and live here in the metro maybe we can coordinate more frequent "mini" reunions that would be far less hectic and actually provide opportunities to VISIT and DO more catching up ! One can only hope ...

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Oct 06, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Hello Ann - it was sure great to SEE you at the Bingham event and spend even those few moments visitng with you ! I had hoped to visit with you a little more at the Saturday night event but I never did see you - I don't know if I missed you or if you weren't able to attend ! You looked GREAT but I had hoped to learn a little more about what you've been doing these last 45 years ! I see "Registered Nurse" ( my wife is a nurse by the way and you women are special people ! ) but there's not any other information about you here ! Am I going to have to wait another 5 years to try and catch you at the 50 year reunion and learn more about you ? HOPEFULLY not ... LOL ! You take care ...

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Posted on: Oct 06, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Hey Carol - I just wanted to tell you how great it was to see you at the reunion events and how much my wife and I enjoyed what little time we got to spend visiting with you ! I have to admit I'm a little disappointed with the lack of information in your profile here - there's never enough time to catch up with what's been going on with classmates over the last 45 years and I was hoping your profile might provide at least a little information about you ! Am I going to have to wait 5 more years to catch you at the NEXT reunion to try and catch up with you ? HOPEFULLY not ... LOL ! You take care ...

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Aug 08, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Hello Bill - glad to see you are on the SITE - I hope that means you ARE planning on attending the reunion and I am SO glad you are ! My wife and I really enjoyed our visit with you and your wife ( even though it was a brief visit ) - I'm hoping we'll get a chance to visit more at THIS reunion and I'm REALLY exicted about the Saturday night event ! I am a HUGE fan of the "Platinum Express" band - they play music that was POPULAR "back then", do the songs VERY well, and are just a lot of FUN ! Not only do I think they are one of the best ( if not THE best ) local bands here in KC I've done some "jamming" with some of the members and developed some great friendships ! Sure hope to see you there ...

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Me at the keyboards "jammin' away" ! ('08)