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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013 6:15 am

I love lost and found stories. And recently it looks like a lot of high school artifacts are surfacing across the country, and thanks to the kindness of others, two class rings from local alumni have recently made it safely back to their original owners.

While perusing Remembering in Odessa When, Elizabeth MacLeod MacLean Huston said recently while working on the Permian.net website, she got a message from a man named Ed in Florida whose wife found a Permian class ring and he wanted to see if they could find the owner. He gave her the initials on the ring and Elizabeth went to work to and found six girls in the class of 1987 whose initials matched. And lo and behold, Dana Carrington from the Permian Class of ’87 promptly contacted her and the ring is on its way home now.

“It was her ring found all these years later,” Elizabeth wrote.

But it was a fluke of sorts that the whole thing even turned out that way, since the Permian.net site, where alumni can go and find friends and keep up with classmates, had been down for a few months. Elizabeth just happened to be working on the site, got the message and put the folks in touch with each other.

“I just thought it was a cool story and was even cooler because if Ed had looked to find the owner a month ago, the site wouldn't have been up and he couldn't have messaged me to put him in touch with the ring's owner,” Elizabeth posted. “Funny how things turn out...”

I also learned that there is actually a website for folks to hunt down long, lost class rings — aptly named www.classringfinder.com. Folks post lost and found rings there. On Friday, the site boasted finding 3,698 class rings out of the 18,144 reported missing from across the country.  I did a little search and found that there were 14 Permian class rings lost and three found listed on the site.  One of the found rings is a ladies black onyx ring, black, Class of ’69.

It appears either the alumni at Odessa High hang on to their class rings or not as many have been reported lost or found. According to the site, four OHS class rings have been reported lost and one has been found — a yellow gold ladies ring from the Class of ’89 with the initial “G.”  Another OHS alum reported losing his men’s ring from the class of 2009 with the initials JDH somewhere in Abilene about a year ago. And he pleads on the site, “Please return!!! It was a special gift from my family and friends!”

Ray Baxter reported on Facebook that he received a letter about a year ago from a couple in Minnesota who asked him if he had lost a Permian class ring, after researching the lost rings on the Permian.net site. Sure enough the ’68 graduate described the ring and told the Minnesota folks he lost it while transferring to Germany in February of 1969 while he was serving in the Air Force.

“The gentleman who found my ring was retiring from the Air Force and was turning in his winter parka that he had for several years for flight line due when he felt something in a small zippered pocket on the upper sleeve of the parka,” Ray posted. “…And now 43 years after losing it,  it is back with me.”

Ray said he now proudly displays the ring in a curio cabinet in his living room.

That’s a great story, too. And the Class of ’69 has a “lost ring section” on their page. Good idea.

By the by, I lost mine, too, and I don’t know when or where, but if anybody out there sees a yellow gold and sapphire ring from the Class of ’78, with the initials CJH inside — give me a call.

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