Ralph Zobell

Profile Updated: June 12, 2021
Ralph Zobell
Residing In Orem, UT USA
Spouse/Partner Janet Zobell
Homepage View Website
Occupation Retired BYU Sports Publicist
Children We have four children, one daughter and three sons.
Yes! Attending Reunion

I attended the University of Wyoming for two years, then served a mission in Indonesia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (I still keep up on the Indonesian language). Following that mission, I transferred to Brigham Young University where I earned a B.A. and M.A. in communications. I am now retired after working 41 years in sports publicity for the BYU athletic department where I helped Ty Detmer win the Heisman Trophy in 1991.

My wife Janet is a “bonus mom” to our four children and we have been married since 1992. We have 14 grandchildren. Since 1983 I have resided in Orem, Utah.

As you can see from my Twitter site @RalphZobell, I was fortunate to be selected as the Wilbur Snypp Award winner in 2016 http://www.sportswriters.net/ncbwa/awards/snypp/index.html and was honored to be inducted into the EHS Hall of Fame in 2004.

School Story

I was editor and sports editor for the EHS Thunderbolt and lettered in cross country, track and band, playing the saxophone. I did not take driver's ed as one of my regular classes at East, but enrolled in a special Christmas holiday course taught by Marv Strauch, who once played football for the Green Bay Packers.

There was only room for the driver and Marv in the front seat of the driver's ed car. He was great at teaching us how to parallel park, even on the left-hand side of one-way streets so that we could pass our driver's test. On one occasion, Marv instructed one of us to parallel park in front of the old Wyoming Eagle Tribune building on 17th Street near the Mayflower Bar. As the car was maneuvering into that parking spot, an older lady pedestrian pointed with a scowl to the sign on the parking meter which read, "compact cars only." Marv rolled down his window and yelled, "lady we can read."

Thanks to teachers like Mrs. Laughlin, Mr. Bondurant, Mr. Hesson, Mr. Stoen and Miss Mistead, we can all read. Thanks to a teacher like Mr. Strauch, I can parallel park and drive better. Miss Allen and Miss Coxbill gave me the opportunity to develop in journalism. Mr. Dennis and Mr. Sprague taught me the rigors of discipline in band and track and field, respectively.

How did you find the new web site

I saw the link posted by Pete Marion on the reunion Facebook page

Ralph's Latest Interactions

Ralph Zobell posted a message.
Jun 12, 2021 at 6:59 PM

I just posted something new on the CenEaStM Nostalgia page about a mug shot Ken Tuma retouched before PhotoShop was invented.

Ralph Zobell posted a message.
May 30, 2021 at 10:23 AM

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all of you and thank you for the service to our country (including the 20-plus living veterans and the 21 veterans from our class who have passed; and the parents of many of us who are veterans). You may want to read this recent message that inspired me in this regard: https://bit.ly/3i4qJeo

Ralph Zobell posted a message.
May 13, 2021 at 9:36 AM

Do you know what Wahina means as the title of the East High annual yearbook? See the last page of The Thunderbolt 50th reunion edition.

Ralph Zobell posted a message.
May 10, 2021 at 11:31 AM

I just added an updated page about the colleges we attended. You can find it on the last page of the 50th reunion Thunderbolt issue (https://www.cheyennecentraleastandstmarys71.com/EHS-Thunderbolt-50th-Reunion.htm). If you want to add a college, send me a private message.

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May 07, 2021 at 8:01 AM
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May 04, 2021 at 1:54 PM

I've just posted the EHS Thunderbolt 50th Reunion Page under 1971 History/Videos

Ralph Zobell posted a message.
Apr 23, 2021 at 4:34 PM

Check out this "memory" link that I added below the Classmate Profiles on the top right of the home page: https://www.cheyennecentraleastandstmarys71.com/Find-your-Cheyenne-Elementary.htm

Ralph Zobell added a comment on his Profile.
Apr 15, 2021 at 4:48 PM
Ralph Zobell has left an In Memory comment for Dorothy Donnelly Booker.
Apr 10, 2021 at 11:33 AM

In answer to Billy Bryan's question: "Did Dorothy Donnelly Booker go by the nic name of Gigi Donnelly in school at East High?"

No, these are two different ladies with the same maiden name.  Gigi Donnelly Rud was our classmate at East and lives in Colorado. Gigi's brother is Steve and I believe he lives in Washington. Dorothy attended Central High and lived in Burns before she passed away. 

Both Gigi and Steve are alive and well. Several years ago in our reunion posts, Steve was wrongly listed as passing away, so now he can join Mark Twain in saying “reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

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Mar 08, 2021 at 4:45 PM
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