The amazing thing about this class is that many of these Democrats came from incredibly Republican districts and managed to survive two Republican years(1978 and 1980). Tom Downey, Jim Edgar, Bob Carr, Don Matta, Norman DeAmours, Phil Sharp, and Floyd Fithian all came from districts that were at least R+5. Too bad the Dem class of 2006 was not half as smart.
Carr actually lost in 80 but regained his seat in 82. I don't know who you mean by Matta. Do you mean Ron Mottl from suburban Cleveland?