Iowa Falls High School

Class of 1969

Linda Roberts


 Linda Roberts

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Full Name While at IFHS Linda Joyce Roberts 
Current Full Name Linda Joyce Forristal 
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116 Connolly St.

West Lafayette, IN 47906

Home Phone (765) 743-0554
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Personal Email momlinda at motherlindas dot com 
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Significant Other Liam Laurence Forristal 
Children/Grandchildren Sons, Brian, 18, Robert, 16 and Brendan, 14  
Occupation Food and travel writer/editor & tourism consultant 
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Biographical Information:

My memories of high school are a bit blurred. I was very quiet back then. My summers were filled with walking the beans during the day and swimming at the pool every night and the academic school year was filled with lots of studies and working part-time in the meat room at Joe's Supervalu. After graduation, I went to Iowa State where I got a dual major in botany and zoology and never came back to live in Iowa Falls, only holiday visits.

I think I inherited the writing bug from my dad as I eventually ended up a science editor and then a food and travel editor at The World & I magazine, the monthly publication of the Washington Times, from August 1985 until April 2004. When the magazine closed in 2004 without warning, I was forced to recreate myself. I tried teaching 7th grade science, but absolutely hated how much time I had to spend on discipline instead of the curriculum.

It has taken me a couple of years, but I have found my new direction. I will be starting a Ph.D. in cultural heritage tourism at Purdue this August 2006. (I earned a master's in tourism from George Washington University in 2004 thinking it would inform my job and afford me job security!!). I have been on the East Coast for 30 years--in DC for almost 20--but we just sold our house and are moving to West Lafayette, Indiana as of June 30th. It's a big move for the family--but very exciting.

Since I started a family kind of late, my oldest son Brian is only 18. He will be leaving for basic training in the Marines on June 12th, so won't be coming with us. My other two sons, Robert (16) and Brendan (14) will come with me to West Lafayette to attend high school. My Irish husband Liam (he's from Bray, County Wicklow south of Dublin), who I met in New York City, is going to keep his job in the seafood industry in Maryland for a while and fly back and forth.

My hope is to become a college professor in tourism somewhere in the world after I graduate and am grateful to have a husband who will let me follow my dream. And, hey, since Indiana is a lot closer to Iowa, I might even make it to the 40th reunion. Hope to see you there.