The *WeCaTon* - West Carrollton (Ohio) H.S. Alumni News (unofficial)
Thursday, January 22, 2015
LATEST FROM BONNIE: 10 JANUARY 2015
22 JANUARY 2015; BONNIE WRITES:
Sorry this is late (ed.)
---Aaaaannnnnd we're off!!! This one is beginning on December 16, which just
happens to be the 73rd birthday of 1960's CHAS. V. CARTER. Tomorrow will be
the 45th birthday of 1987's SHARLENE N. MERKER, who married into the
well-known SIZER family (1957's NEIL H., 1959's GARY L., and 1987's JEFFREY
A., not to mention yet another member of WC royalty, who married into that
family, 1959's SHIRLEY R. PARKS, homecoming queen and cheerleader.) So it's
an eventful week, as I type, and yes, we're going to do forwarders first, as
always; 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER. MARILYN CULTER; 1957
's ERCELL P. PHILLIPS; 1958's RONALD D. "TOM" FEE, W. BAILEY HAWKINS, LORNA
MAN, BILL R. HOWARD; 1960's WM. O. WALKER, WM. E. "BUDDY" STOVER, RICHARD S.
HOLT, DAVID A. BLAIR, DELORES K. "DEDE" FAHRNEY; 1961's GARY R. FRANK,
DALLAS K. MATHIS, CONNIE K. STREETE, SALLY A. GILLETTE; 1962's JACKQUELYN S.
HAINES; 1968's PAULA J. STRAUB; 1970's INDY JO GRISSOM; 1987's JEFFREY T.
Okay, right here, while this is in my feeble brain, I'm going to insert this
note of pride about one of our 2014 grads, who's also a member of the famous
Sizer/Tudor clan. The son of 1987's JEFFREY A, SIZER and 1989's SHARLENE N.
MERKER is ANDREW W. SIZER. I am told, come March, he'll report to the U.S.
Navy, where he'll begin his training to become one of those famous, skilled
Navy SEALs! Isn't that just magnificent? I know we're all bursting with
pride for Drew, as he's addressed by his family, and we wish him all good
things in this incredible undertaking.
Next, of course, is our e-mail-lost list and the following readers have now
had at least 6 rejects and will now be deleted from the readers list, unless
some of you are able to provide updates on the addresses. They include 1945
s NORMA JEAN BROWN (yes, I know she's deceased, but I was thinking of
widower, DONALD R. THROCKMORTON who might still want to be receiving
bulletins) 1953's ELMER D. MAR RIOTT; 1954's PATRICE B. GAUGH; 1955's
BARBARA J. THOMAS; 1960's BEVERLY J. HAAS. As it happens, I also got a
reject on my own classmate, NANCY E. "COOKIE" BOWIE, who just happens to be
a royal member of my class! But this reject worked out beautifully, as a
matter of fact. I was so surprised by it, I picked up the phone and called
her. Just like the reject on 1954's VICTOR C. NOEL, her e-mail address was
correct, she'd received the bulletin, and all was well. She told me she's
feeling great, still involved in community projects (not to my surprise),
and is planning a March trip to Florida to attend the nuptials of her
grand-nephew, who's the grandson of 1957's GARY D MAYS and the late DONNA M.
BOWIE (her sister, and another of our homecoming queens and cheerleaders).
Cookie's son, Jesse, lives with her and keeps up the outside maintenance on
her home, something for which she expressed gratitude, and she's glad he's
there. So it was great to talk with Cookie. I told her how much we would all
love to see her at the alumni gatherings, too
Responses flowed rapidly on the last bulletin and I must humbly offer my
gratitude to so many of you who always send thanks and gracious words of
praise. I appreciate it so much, especially since it doesn't at all seem
like work, unless one can label a labor of love as being work. So special
thanks for the lovely compliments from all of you, who include 1954's FREDA
P. FLETCHER, JOHN E. CROY, JERRY R. GRAHAM (class president); 1958's RONALD
D. "TOM" FEE, BILL R. HOWARD; 1959's NORMAN E. SANFORD (drum major for the
marching band); 1960's EULA FAYE BAILEY, MICHAEL S. WEST, MADELEINE D.
CAMPBELL, RONNIE R. WHEELER; 1961's JACK L. GODBY(another drum major for the
marching band); 1963's NORMA ELYN SPEELMAN; 1964's LINDA S. MAYO; 1970's
INDY JO GRISSOM (yes, she really did, and I'm not just making this up, so I
can type my favorite name in the world, again!) You are all very kind and I
sincerely appreciate your readership. It makes it all worthwhile, and I hope
to remain your humble messenger for a few more years.
My first response came from Elyn Speelman, in fact, and when I think of the
Speelman name, I do fondly recall the late GEORGE SAMUEL SPEELMAN, JR.,1959
s class president. You see, Sam lived near to me, right behind the old
Indian River Fruit Market, as it was called, on South Moraine Blvd. Who
doesn't remember that place? It was a neighborhood rich in WC folks. Not
only did Sam live there, but also 1955's late E. EARL JENKINS; 1960's CHAS.
V. CARTER, GARY L. WARLAUMONT, the late BOYD H. JENKINS, JR.; 1961's JOHN W.
OBERLIES, JR. (another class president), and many others, whom I'm sorry to
say, I can't recall, at this moment.
In any case, the whole gang hung out together on S. Moraine Blvd., and we
all played touch football in the side yard of Sam's house. Elyn and her 4
sisters were almost invariably there, too, but doing other things, as they
were all much younger. It was a fun time and her e-mail evoked fond memories
Sam, of course, went on to marry 1961's beautiful SANDRA S. HOLLINGSWORTH
and I believe they had three children together. Fun memories, Elyn, thanks!
On the following day, EULA FAYE BAILEY and I had our long-overdue chat. She
reported she's doing all right, and like most of us, coping with a health
issue or two, but faring well, overall. Eula Faye may be headed in my
direction in the spring or summer, as she has a beloved grand-aunt, who
resides in the same city as me. So we'll get to visit, too.
From 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER came an e-mail in which she recapped a long
story-telling siege between their class president, JERRY R. GRAHAM, and our
iconic civics teacher. MURL E. HUFFMAN. This occurrence took place at their
60th anniversary reunion in October. She also reminded me she and 1955's C
ELAINE BARKER are practically next-door neighbors in Florida. Yes, Freda, it
truly is a very small world, isn't it? These days, I'm sorry to say, it's
also a very scary one! By the way, both Freda and Jerry expressed their
approval about MEH's success in getting his Ohio drivers license renewed
until his 99th birthday. I must admit, he may be the only person I've ever
known who's accomplished that.
Yes, I'm going to write about 1970's INDY JO GRISSOM again, so get over it.
Ha! She and I had a bit of an exchange about her wonderful name and she
reminded me of the story she'd told me, some time back, about how she got
her name. It seems her father became aware of the fact the long-ago humorist
named Herb Shriner has a daughter with that name. Her dad liked it so much,
he decided to giver her the same name. Well, Indy Jo found Indy Shriner on
Facebook and they are in touch as friends, due to the name connection. I
love that story. Thanks, indy Jo! (Yes, I'll try to resist for the rest of
Around the second week of December, I spoke with 1958's HARRIETTE E. DOGGETT
In school, I was terribly close to her sister, the late W. SUSAN DOGGETT,
1960, who was the first wife of my very dear friend, 1958's BRUCE E.
CHENOWETH. Harriette lives in Vilonia, Arkansas, and has been there many
years. One of her sons stays with her and looks after a few things.
Harriette said to tell everyone hello and to tell all of you she's still, "a
tough, old broad," and is doing fine. In school, many people were very
intimidated by Harriette, and probably rightly so. CHAS. A HIGH, JR., also
called again. He continues to take care of his ailing wife, in spite of his
own health woes. As I've said, I've no idea how he does it.
From 1954's JOHN E. CROY came a great report, in which he recapped the story
of quite an adventure he shared with his classmate, VICTOR C. NOEL. It seems
John and Vic were in John's father's boat, as they raced up and down the
Little Miami River (which ran directly in front of the houses where I loved
for many years, on both sides of the river). They hit the wake of another
boat and theirs capsized. (As a kid, living on that river so many years, I
saw that happen, many times.) Anyway, they were both under the water and
John surfaced first. He didn't see Vic and feared the worst. Just as he was
getting ready to dive below to try and find him, Vic surfaced. John wrote of
how fearful and scared he was for Vic's safety, in that situation. Who
wouldn't be? By the way, John and Vic, did you two get connected yet? If not
make it a priority, and do it now! We aren't getting any younger. John also
wrote he's completed his memoirs and is searching for a publisher. Good luck
with that, John. He was also terribly pleased to hear of the inclusion of
MEH in the sports hall of fame. (Footnote: Thanks to 1959's GARY E. BARNES
by the way, for catching my typo on MEH's 95th birthday. Yes, it was Dec.
29th, not the 19th. Hopefully, you all received my immediate correction on
that, at the time. Also responding to the correction was the lovely LORNA D.
TROUTMAN, 1958. She reported she's doing well. She also just celebrated a
birthday in the month of December). By the way, Gary, 1958's BILL R. HOWARD
was simply awestruck by the fact you recalled that detail from a news story
of 10 years ago!
From 1960's MICHAEL S. WEST came several reminiscences about MEH, too. He'd
recently spoken with him, as I had, and mused his call may very well have
come from the same, mall parking lot, to which I'd previously alluded in the
last bulletin. Anyway, Mike remembered MEH had approached WC's then-top-dog,
HARRY A. RUSSELL, presenting the idea of a golf team. Mr. R., quite rapidly
sounded a loud negative on the notion. However, MEH persisted and finagled
and harrangued, as I'm sure only he can do, and Mr. Russell finally caved.
Some students also requested to have a golf team. So the story goes it had
to be done with no cost to the school and no interference with school
scheduling. Obviously, it did come off with great success and longevity.
At this juncture, everyone is very certain, who's aware of this, much of any
applicable costs of the early golf program (if not all) was very likely
subsidized by MEH. Who knows for how long? In any case, he's finally
received his just due and will be enshrined in the WC sports hall of fame.
Mike also recalled the fact Mr. Russell quietly and knowingly allowed him to
complete his senior year at WC, although he then lived in Centerville. Yes,
I did the same thing, Mike, during my own senior year.
Also relative to JOHN E. CROY was the request for contact info on his sister
1961'ssJUDY K. CROY, by her class-mate, NANCY J. ERTEL. John came through
with flying colors, said he'd sent Judy an e-mail (as did I), and I'm hoping
you've by now sent one, too, Nancy. In fact, I'm hoping you and Judy are
doing lots of chattering and getting current by now. I've asked Judy to
allow me to add her name to our WC readers list, but no response at this
writing, just yet. Thanks, John.
From my classmate, MADELEINE D. CAMPBELL, came some news I didn't want to
hear. Madeleine and I go clear back to day one, and not only that, we went
through Lutheran Catechism together, when we were kids, and were confirmed
together into the old, original, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Moraine
City, under the stern auspices of the late Pastor Chas. L. Mullen (no, there
s no s at the end.) So we date back about 67 years. Madeleine reported she
has chronic liver disorder, can no longer live on her own, and has had to
move to an assisted living facility. We're all deeply sorry to hear of your
illness, Madeleine, and wish you only the best. I hope there will be
improvement. Please do keep us posted. She wrote there was no other option
but, on the plus side, she's near to her children and grand
-children. Of course, I took the opportunity to update her contact
information. You all know how I hate losing any of our readers due to lack
of current info (or any other reason, for that matter).
From another classmate, 1960's RONNIE R. WHEELER, came the news he and his
wife (Ginger, isn't it?) have now twice been great-grandparents. I don't
know details, genders, or ages, but it sounds as if they settled very
comfortably into the great-grandparenting roles. Somehow, I just can't
fathom the fact the people with whom I attended school are
great-grandparents. However, I know many of us are. So enjoy that new
station in life, Ron.
Remember the last bulletin, in which I printed the death of ALICE P. SIMPSON
then looked through the mid-1930s books, seeing if I could find her maiden
name? Well, I was fairly sure (about 95%) I'd been able to succeed with that
and I reported it was ALICE P. GRAY, Class of 1937. I'm happy to report my
findings have now been elevated to 100%, as it was substantiated and
researched by 1959's NORMAN E. SANFORD, who sent me the results. Thanks,
Norm. I always like to be 100% correct on names.
While we're at it, I'll get this sad note written. We received notice from
1964's LINDA S. MAYO, of the death of another 1964 classmate, JOHN E.
HAMMOND, who died December 15. He was but 69 years old, retired from GM, a U
S. Air Force Veteran, and since mention was made of hospice, I'd assume
his cause of death was relative to cancer or some other catastrophic illness
We extend condolences to his family and friends. Thanks, Linda.
On December 15, we welcomed aboard a new reader, 1969's WM. M. COMBS. Bill
is the brother of my 1962 reader, JOHN A. COMBS, who has long been on the
readers list. He was lured into the WC list by his classmate, MICHAEL J.
LOTSPAIH, he wrote. Thanks so much, Mike. Bill currently lives in Castro
Valley, California. I have noted his contact info, of course. I've also
invited him to our annual weekend. He would welcome contact with any WC
folks who know him. Bill's e-mail ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) We're all
happy to have you in the gang, Bill. Be sure to send us your news and any
tidbits about your life. We're all pleased to try to keep pace with one
another. I thank you for signing onto the list.
Wow, I just have to tell you all, I'm nothing short of amazed by the fact,
now going on 15 years of writing these, I'm still getting new people. I just
can't believe it! What a thrill to think there's that much interest
out there in this accidental, little rag I first began to write, way back in
October of 2000, to just 4 WC people (all female members of the class of
1961). I remain humbly amazed. Thank you all so very, very much.
Yep, we've crossed into another calendar year on this one and it's now Jan.
10. Of course, I observed my standard moment of silence on Jan. 8, in honor
of the 80th birthday of Elvis Presley. (By the way, it's also the birthday
of the youngest of my 4 grandsons, so how ironic is that?) Anyway, as all
longtime WC bulletin-readers are well aware, there are but 3 guidelines
which one must acknowledge, for becoming a houseguest at my abode, and that
s especially true if you are in my, "Elvis Presley/Harley-Davidson," bedroom
The guidelines are as follows: 1.) Elvis was never fat. 2.) Elvis never
abused drugs 3.) Elvis was completely faithful to Priscilla, throughout
their marriage. Got it? Okay, then come for a visit!
Okay, here's a special request from 1958's BILL R. HOWARD, for a couple
recipes from The Holy Grail, (at least for we WC folks) the
now-razed-but-still-loved Woody's Supermarket. Bill wants to know if any of
us has the recipe for his potato rolls and also the one for Woody's Special
Double Decker Sandwich.
We both agree on the fact a WC with no Woody's Supermarket is tantamount to
a day with no sunshine. I still bemoan the fact the city (WC) failed to buy
and preserve that historic building as a city facility. I'm also still
ticked as to why WC has erected no monument sign to the collective memory of
him and first wife, Addie Louise (nee Shank) Bowman, (who was my beloved
step-mother for 9 years) in front of the bakery which now occupies that site
It's a travesty! They did incredible things for WC and, in fact, put it
on the map for many years by having, "the largest supermarket in Ohio," not
to even mention the yummy Woody's Arctic Bar, totally run and managed by
Thank God, at least The Little Farm is still there, and I must tell you, I
have my own, little monument to her and him, as you may recall, in the form
of my custom-built mailbox base, constructed entirely of authentic Woody's
bricks and the glass inserts. They were collected for me, during the razing,
by 1959's GARY E. BARNES, 1960's SHIRLEY J. TUDOR, and 1958's BRUCE E.
CHENOWETH, who also brought them to me in his custom trailer, at great
expense. I also had my own memorial signs made and attached to my mailbox
base. So let's see if someone out there can come up with those recipes for
Bill, okay? In the meantime, stop by whenever you want, to see my Woody's
From 1958's LORNA D. TROUTMAN came a few memories about Ohio's winters and
how hard it was to stay warm while wearing those crinoline-filled, poodle
skirts. Geez, I can't even imagine going to all that trouble anymore, just
to make a skirt flair larger, in order for one to see the entire poodle.
But oh, how fun it was to wear them, way back then! She also alluded to
smudge pots for warmth. Well, Lorna, I know the poodle skirts have long
since bitten the dust, but I'm sure smudge pots are still alive and well.
She and husband Chico took a vacation to Grand Falls, Arizona, at the end of
Okay, let's cover those with whom I've recently spoken. There's always my
dear friend, 1958's BRUCE E. CHENOWETH. I know he and longtime companion,
1971's PATTY JO WHEELBARGER, will be on the way to Florida around the end of
this month. I had hoped they'd be taking the scenic route through this side
of Tennessee, as I've got a couple furniture items I want taken down there.
But alas, they'll be going right down I-75, so I guess I'll have to freight
them, after all.
A call came recently from my birthday twin, 1960's DEVONA S. TAYLOR, and we
always have long and windy chats. She's in pretty good health and doing well
at her home in Mt.Vernon, Ky. Several weeks ago, I spoke with another
classmate again, EULA FAYE BAILEY, who's been coping with a few health
issues, as earlier mentioned, but still doing well. I also had a long chat
with Pamela J. Carter, longtime spouse of CHAS V. CARTER, also 1960, who may
have by now headed to Florida for a few weeks with his 1959 uncle, JERRY L
WEBB, but I don't know for sure.
My sister-in-law, 1956's ANITA R. MASON, (now wed to the widower of my 1956
late sister, JUDY ANN RISNER) is coping with the multiple effects of
repeated strokes. She suffered the first one in November of 2009, and has
had several since then. But she's in such good hands, as my brother-in-law
(Ralph J. Osterman) is the ultimate caregiver. He wonderfully looked after
my sister when she was ill. Anita will have another birthday on Jan. 28.
There was also another conversation with my longtime, close friend, CHAS. A
HIGH, JR., who continues to just amaze me, due to his own poor health. But
he is determined to care for his wheelchair-bound wife, even though he's had
about 22-23 heart procedures (of various degrees and types) himself, as well
as a few other health woes. Still, he continues his mantra, when I ask how
he's doing, invariably responding with, "Hey, it's a good day! I'm this
side of dirt!" Absolutely amazing, but he's sure right.
There was also a recent long and windy conversation with WC's ultimate jock
of the 1950s, football hero and movie-star handsome, LANDO F. STEELE, of
1958. He's doing well, feeling well, and enjoying his new digs, right on the
edge of WC. I get a kick out of knowing so many who were gone from the area
for so long, then returned, and are enjoying the warm and fuzzy feeling of
home territory. Not only do they include Lando, but there's also 1956's
ROSETTA PRUETT, who returned after many years in Arizona. I also heard
another 1950's football jock, the famous FLOYD R. "BUBBLES" WILLIAMS, just
might come back to WC. Who doesn't fondly remember his great feats on the
football field, in coordination with not just Lando, but also with VINCENT A
BRODBECK, RICHARD A. FAHRNEY (1958 class president), and ROBT. W. "SMITTY"
SMITH, all classmates together. What a team they were!
As I told Lando while we talked, "Thomas Wolfe was wrong!" Remember that
great quote from one of his writings, "You can never go home again"? Well,
there are lots of WC folks who've turned that quote totally upside-down. A
few of us do it in the opposite direction, too, as was just recently done by
1958's VINCENT A. BRODBECK.. He has moved from the home he had in WC since
1969, to what might be termed, "a more user-friendly," type of quarters at
this stage of life, and is now in a one-story apartment. He wrote me a
letter, updating me on his new information. Thank you, Vince.
From our fashionistas, 1960's T. BARRY RUSSELLO and his 1959 spouse, BETSY R
MURPHY, came their annual newsletter and they're still involved in their
real estate ventures, but letting go just a bit, at this stage of life.
Their two grandsons are pursuing educational credentials and all is well on
the family front. Betsy and Barry be spending some time very soon (if not
already) in Florida for a few weeks this winter, leaving their real estate
business in the hands of a business colleague. I'll swear, I'll bet the two
of them look fashionable, even in swimsuits. They're amazing. Have a great
Florida vacation, Betsy and Barry!
On that great note, I'm going to close this installment. Yes, this is quite
a record for me to get one to you in just 27 days. But I warn you, don't
expect this kind of service all the time. I'm still doing animal rescue
every Thursday, still putting out a weekly column for the local paper, still
doing a bit of collection work on the side for my friend who owns a local
roofing company, taking care of my dog and 3 cats, and trying to maintain a
house which is the size of small hotel. That, in and of itself, is becoming
a greater challenge with each passing month. So don't be misled by my
accidental efficiency on this one, okay?
With the dawning of a whole, new calendar year, I hope it's a great one for us all. I extend gratitude to all of you for your continuing readership. That's what makes it all worthwhile. In closing, I leave you with my usual wish for glowing health, personal safety, great happiness, spiritual harmony, peaceful serenity, and boundless prosperity. Ciao!
Monday, December 29, 2014
---Yes, I'm beginning this one on November 1. It's the day after I sent the
last one, although I see (for whatever reason), my server didn't get a
couple of alpha groups sent until the wee hours of this a.m. But neither
here nor there, as long as it was sent. I arose this morning to the sight of
a light dusting of snow, and it's still falling, and melting as quickly as
it does. It's in the low 40s, so I don't see how snow can even form in the
atmosphere. Does it come from a higher-up level, then dissipate as it falls
or what? In any case, everyone is amazed by such an early snowfall. I can't
recall a single year, in all the time I have been here, when we've had snow
on Halloween! Those were the exact sentiments of 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER,
who told me how cold it was going to be, even in Florida, as well as cousin
JUDITH L. SAMUELS, who call this morning from Florida, saying, "Brrrrrr!"
for her opening greeting. Let's start this one with the usual, and that's
our forwarders: We have 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER; 1957's ERCELL P. PHILLIPS,
SHIRLEY A. HILE;1958's BILL R. HOWARD, VINCENT A. BRODBECK, LORNA E. LOP
EZ, RONALD D. "TOM" FEE, LANDO F. STEELE; 1959's GARY E. BARNES; 1960's WM.
Y" STOVER, CHARLES V. CARTER, DAVID A. BLAIR, DOLORES K. " DEDE" FAHRNEY,
STEVEN M. KOKOT, WALLACE W. ROBBINS, SHIRLEY A. MILLER, RICHARD S. HOLT, WM.
O. WALKER, T. BARRY RUSSELLO; 1961's SALLY L. GILLETTE, GARY R. FRANK; P.
LYNNETTE GARRETT; 1962's BARBARA T. O'NEAL, RICHARD C. CALL; 1970's VICKIE
JO GILBERT, THOS. A. DORSEY, INDY JO GRISSOM.
As for the e-mail-lost list, we still have 1954's PATRICE G. GAUGH, 1953's
ELMER D. MARRIOTT, his 1955 spouse, BARBARA A. THOMAS. We've also got a
reject on 1960's BEVERLY J. HAAS, again, as well as 1945's DONALD R.
THROCKMORTON. His daughter, 1969;s KAREN L. THROCKMORTO
N, can doubtless solve this one for us, though. Please help me resolve these
if any of you is able to do so. I'm very close to deleting them all, but
would prefer not to do so.
On the plus side, we've regained 1954's VICTOR C. NOEL, and I came to
discover we never lost him, in the first place. Vic was kind enough to send
me an e-mail, in which he informed me he'd not only gotten the bulletin, but
also confirming his e-mail as being (obviously) precisely what is shown on
my contact list! Yet, I got a reject on him. How can that be? But it was. I
think we'll need a much more expert opinion than mine, on how that can occur
I'm thinking maybe 1958 techno-genius, NICHOLAS P. WOLARY, will
Be able to explain that. Anyway, I'm just glad to know we still have Vic on
the list. He wrote and told me his incoming e-mail is set for sort of
limitation, so maybe that's it. I wasn't aware any of the e-mail services
ever did that, now. Freda was assisting me with trying to contact Vic and
Pat. Like me, she got Vic, but no luck yet with Pat. Thanks, Freda.
Let me get a couple of corrections and additions on here, too, before I
forget them. First of all, our live singing group at the 2014 dinner/dance
were the Stingrays, not the Dell Sonics, as I reported. But the part about
them being great was, indeed, correct. About three people there told me the
other name, so I thought it was correct. Thanks to 1970's THOS. A. DORSEY,
we now have it right.
Also, I want to add our sixth class member for 1960, who did put in an
appearance, and that was none other than MILTON R. WOLFE. He slipped in the
door after the dinner and spent most of the night in conversation with his
lifelong pal, CHAS. V. CARTER. But no surprise there. For 1959, I see I
failed to list COE S. WOLFE and L. BERNARD ROSE, who also joined the
1959/1960 table. So it was just great to see all of them again.
There's another thing, too, and this is relevant to the wonderful food they
served. Remember how we always sort of got, "the bum's rush," following the
meal when we were at the hotel, all those years? If you went back out to get
something, it was already gone, tables down, everything put away, and as the
night wore on, it became more and more difficult to get anything like coffee
or tea, or even to find any wait staff to make the request, remember? Well,
at Mandalay, they did not remove the food at all, even though everyone had
gone through the line. There was even an announcement made, encouraging
all attendees to go back for seconds, if they wanted, as there was still
food to be enjoyed, and they left it there for the entire evening, warming.
The wait staff served beverages, brought ice and/or water, right up to the
moment people began to leave. It really was such a refreshing change.
DAVID A. BLAIR responded to my text about 1961's MARILYN J. WINKLER,
thinking she's deceased but I know better, as I spoke with her, myself. Then
he said he thought it may have been her husband, which is correct, I'm sure,
as I think she's a widow. RICHARD L. DOLL, 1961, did try to call her, but
got no answer. He'll keep trying, he wrote.He also expressed great sadness
about our loss of HORACE J. CARROLL, JR., 1959, saying he'd always liked him
and so enjoyed his company. Yes, we all did feel that way, Rich, and his
death was a blow for all of WC.
The news was also not good for our 1960 classmate, RONALD G. PINYON. Doing
some research, was another classmate, 1960's RICHARD S. HOLT, who did
confirm Ron died, way back on March 20, 2008, in Santa Rosa County, Florida,
which is the county of the city of Milton. So I did have the location
correct. Thanks, Rich. This would probably also indicate Nina Mae Pinyon is
his widow and not his ex-wife. It sounds as though she probably moved nearer
to their sons, following Ron's death, given the timeline.
From a very proud, first-time great-grandfather. 1969's ROGER D. LUCAS, came
the report of the birth of his first, a girl, Eve Neff, back April Fool's
Day, 2014. What a cool birthday to have, Roger, and I'll bet you're having a
circus with her, by now! Enjoy every minute, as they seem to reach adult
hood with light
-ning speed. I've got 5 grandchildren, only one girl, no greats yet. But
even the very youngest of them will be a staggering 14 years old, on January
8. I can still scarcely believe that!
Where, oh where, are you, 1958's LANDO F. STEELE? Long time, no hear, but I
know you're one of those roadrunners, so I'll bet you're luxuriating in the
sun, down in Florida, or maybe some other exotic destination. Give us a
report and let us know what you're doing these days. (Footnote: Lando and I
have been in touch, now. He's doing okay, following his daily gym regimen,
planning his next trip, and faring well.)
How very gracious and kind of you, 1961's SANDRA S. HOLLINGSWORTH, to send
such nice cards and notes to JUDITH L. SAMUELS. She was simply thrilled by
that gesture and wanted to make sure I let you know that. She wants you to
visit her in Florida and has a spare room awaiting you. It's the very same
one I use, when I'm there. Judy also told me she wants to take a
cross-country trip, sometime this year when she's feeling up to par again,
so she can visit P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, at her western home in Henderson,
Nevada. If she drives, she wants to find a great deal on a rental car and
has asked me
if I know any travel agents who might be able to make that happen. So how
about it, gang? Are there any connections out there? If we've got a travel
agent in our readers list, I honestly don't know who it is. Do you? Let me
From 1970's INDY JO GRISSOM came regrets for missing our weekend, as well as
her usual thanks, filled with graciousness, and also her monthly newsletter.
Well, we're sorry you weren't there, too, Indy. (Yes, I typed her name twice
for as you all know, I'm mad about that name. In fact, if I were decades
younger, I'd probably plunge right in and have another one and name the
child, either gender, that exact name. Let's face it, it would be okay for a
boy, too, right?) Thanks Indy (and yes, I know that's the third time!)
From 1964's LINDA S. MAYO came a great report on her class' 50th gathering,
which was held in the last part of September. I wrote about this in the last
bulletin, too. But I'm writing some more on it, as Linda sent a very good
report. First of all, she told me an impressive 150 people were there, which
I find astounding. That has to be some sort of record. Bully for you Class
of 1964! She also named several teachers who attended, including WC icon,
MURL E. HUFFMAN, W. DEAN POND, and 1957 class alumnus SHIRLEY A. HILE, all
accompanied by spouses.
Speaking of civics icon, MEH, I got a call from him on Nov. 21. Here's how
it went. He told me he was in the parking lot a shopping mall, awaiting the
completion of wife Marge's shopping. He said he felt it was a good time to
call a few friends. He informed me he's going to be recognized in the sports
hall of fame for WC, in honor of his decades of golf coaching. No surprise
there.. He then ran down quite a laundry list of all the WC events he's
attended in the past year and ended by telling me he'd just gone to the Ohio
drivers license bureau the previous week and they renewed his license for
another 4 years. "Now, I'm good until my 99th birthday," he said, with
obvious glee. He will turn 95, by the way, on this Dec. 19.
The master of ceremonies for the 1964 class' evening gala was a talented
class member, TERRY LEE WILSON, who came all the way from California. I was
glad to hear about that, as Terry had a relatively-recent battle with
thyroid cancer. I'd have loved to have seen him, myself. Terry has spent
most of his life in some form of the entertainment industry and also wrote
an amusing book a couple years ago, which I read from cover to cover. Linda
indicated Terry is in the midst of yet another book. We all wish you the
very best of luck, Terry.
Finally, Linda offered gracious thanks for the bulletins for which I thank
you in return, Linda, and she gave us a timeline on the death of her
classmate, FRANCES COLLINS, whose death I mentioned in the last bulletin.
Linda reported Frances died on the very day of their 50-year gathering and
she was a victim to stage 4 lung cancer. Very sad, she wasn't yet even 70, I
m sure. Thanks, Linda, for the great report.
Okay, gang, let's get these two people connected, shall we? It seems 1961's
NANCY J. ERTELL, is trying to contact classmate, JUDY K. CROY. She's had no
luck with the Facebook thing and I don't have Judy on my readers list. I do
however, have her brother, 1954's JOHN E. CROY. Maybe a few of you are in
contact with her, too. Whatever the source, let's get some contact info to
Nancy, so the two of them can get together. I'd think this one will be a
piece of cake. Are you there, John? If so, do contact your sister and tell
her to contact Nancy, will you? Nancy's e-mail is ( email@example.com ) I took
down my 1964 book and viewed Judy's photo. What a beautiful girl it showed!
Then came another e-mail from Nancy, in which she indicated the e-mail
address for John, which I wrote, is incorrect. Tsk, tsk, Nancy! By now, you
know the new one, complete with correction, was written in the WNR which was
sent on Halloween. But just to recap, it's ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Also, I
offer an apology to John for misidentifying his class year in the last
bulletin. I know full well he's 1954, not 1955, so that was a typo, my fault
Sorry, John, and thank you for your gracious compliments.
What a laugh I got from your e-mail, 1961's JACK L. GODBY! Thanks for my
grin of the day. Let me share with all of you that Jack also agreed with me
about the horrible food, historically served at our alumni dinner at that
hotel. He, too, thought it was hog swill, although he didn't use such a
brash term. If food quality has anything to do with a hotel staying in
business, then I know why that isn't, anymore. Yep, it was horrrible, Jack.
No wonder so many people dined elsewhere, then came by to attend only the
dance! So many of you have quietly told me you agreed with me, and that was
even before there had been a change. Well, no more of that, thank heaven.
Following the unseasonable, early-winter blast, which occurred nearly in the
middle of Autumn, actually on Halloween weekend, I had an exchange with 1954
s FREDA P. FLETCHER, and she still lives in Florida and was complaining
about the cold. By the time we're all reading this installment, I guess we
will know for sure.
Congratulations are in order for 1961's JUDY M. FRANTZ, who sent me an
e-mail to the effect she'll be retiring on December 31, 2014. Judy and I
hope to be able to find some way for her to continue to receive the
bulletins, following retirement, as she'd always gotten them at her office.
It's been probably about 5 years since I've been doing the postal mailings.
The printed bulletins average about 10 to 12 pages each. What with print
cartridges costing around $60 per set, print paper costs, then factoring in
the postal costs, it became a huge expense. So I had to stop it. But we do
have several readers who don't have a PC, but who are receiving the
bulletins through their children or a next-door neighbor or a best friend.
We hope to work out a plan like that for Judy.
From 1958's RONALD D. "TOM" FEE came an update, saying he and Sandi are
having a few aches and pains, commensurate with age, but how many of us from
that decade and back, are NOT having such problems? Not many, I'd venture to
guess. However, I'm just happy to be here, able to navigate, still see, and
keep typing! I suppose we can count our blessings. Also, thanks for the kind
words of praise, Tom.
We also got e-mail from, "The Wild, Wild West," with a recent report from
1958's beautiful lady, Miss LORNA D. TROUTMAN. She, her husband, and her
sister, 1962's THERESA M. TROUTMAN, came to the east, way back in May, when
they visited me, but weren't able to make the October outing. But she had
wonderful words of praise for her classmates, BILL R. HOWARD, BRUCE E.
CHENOWETH, W. BAILEY HAWKINS and 1962 wife, JAKCQUELYN S. HAINES, and
especially her strumming-and-singing classmate, DONALD I. MCCOY and wife,
Frances B. I'm confident they all equally value your friendship, too, Lorna.
Her charming and talented spouse, Roger M. "Chico" Lopez III, recently made
a decision to cut his long, silken pony tail, which he'd worn for years. I
can't imagine how he must look without it, though.
Sadly, on the morning of Nov. 13, I received a call from 1970's THOS. A.
DORSEY, during which he advised me of the death (either that day or the
previous day) of 1948's JACQUELINE L. "JACKIE" KRITZER, who was the widow of
1949's HARRY E. "WILKIE" WILSON, and also a past officer in the alumni
association. I think she was a contributor to some of the WC history
projects, also. Harry, as I recall was the elder brother of 1956's RALPH D.
WILSON. I think most of us remember Jackie, as he always attended the alumni
functions throughout the time her health permitted. We all offer our sincere
condolences to Jackie's family and close friends. Thanks, Tommy.
On Nov. 11, I received a call from 1960's CHAS. A. HIGH, JR. I must say,
Charlie is remarkable in his determination to continue caring for his wife,
Carol, who's wheelchair-bound from repeated strokes and has also lost some
of her eyesight. But Charlie has now had about 22 heart procedures, himself,
and doesn't get around well at all. Again, he told me he will keep Carol at
home as long as he's able to breathe. He turned 74 this past June. I know we
all wish him well. (Footnote: Charlie called me again, just on December 12.
He's in perilous health and says he's in pain a lot, but still insists o
trying to care for his wife, as long as he can. I don't know how he does it
Recently, I saw my now-sister-in-law, 1956's ANITA R. MASON and my
brother-in-law, who's the widow-er of my late sister, also 1956, JUDY ANN
RISNER, Ralph J. Osterman. He and Anita have now been married over 5 years.
Anita has suffered the effects of several strokes and seizures and her
general ability for recall and cognizant conversation are somewhat
challenged, as a result. She does not drive anymore, so Ralph takes her
wherever she needs to go. As many will recall, Anita is the elder sister of
1957's SARAH M. "JACKIE" MASON. As children, my sister and I lived
(literally) right across the cow pasture from Jackie and Anita, when they
occupied what was then the iconic, Elter farmhouse in Miami Shores and we
were in the very last house on Miami Shores Drive. The four of us were
practically insep-arable for the entire time they lived there. That was also
the very last time I got to be the youngest one in the crowd. Ha! Currently,
Anita continues to cope with her health challenges and my brother-in-law is
the ultimate caregiver, so I know she's in good hands, as regards her care.
It is now December 14, and I'm wondering where went all the weeks. Yes, I
ve got to get going on this one, and get it distributed. It's only 10 more
days, and then it's Christmas, so this will be it for this year. I did hear
recently from 1960's EULA FAYE BAILEY and, like most of us, she's also
coping with health issues, but says she' coming along well.
MICHAEL S. WEST, 1960, continues to do his globe-trotting with wife, Sally.
Intermittently, I receive their postcards from various points around the U.S
, mostly, but now and then, an island destination will pop up in the mail.
Keep traveling, you two! There was also a thank-you from classmate JUDITH A
SLIFE, for her birthday greeting. I received a similar e-mail for dear JACK
L. GODBY, 1961, for a card for his Nov. 7 birthday. Similar sentiments came
from 1958's LANDO F. STEELE for his Nov. 30 birthday card.
GARY E. BARNES, 1959, sent notice of the death of 96-year-old ALICE P.
SIMPSON and I was unable to determine a maiden name, based on the obit info.
But in view of the fact seniors were only about 16, back then, I'm assuming
she was in the mid-1930s. So I did my due diligence, researching my ancient
yearbooks and found an astonishingly-similar, far younger face on a senior
picture in the 1937 Piratan, which named Alice P. Gray. I'm fairly sure it
was her. Thanks, Gary. Gary also told me he has an old yearbook and, as I
told him, I accept any and all WC yearbooks, in any condition, and for any
Nice Thanksgiving greetings arrived, especially for me, from both 1961's
NANCY J. ERTEL and from 1960's T. BARRY RUSSELLO. Thank you both so very
much. NORMAN E. SANFORD, 1959, wrote of how much he'd enjoyed the alumni
gathering and hopes to attend again. We all hope so, too, Norm!
From 1956's SUSAN M. MASON came a very moving tribute to the late NORMA JEAN
BROWN, who recently passed away. She was the spouse of DONALD R.
THROCKMORTON, and their daughter is KAREN L. THROCKMORTON. It seems Jean
was Susan's music teacher at the Proctor School of Music, in Dayton. She
described Jean as patient and caring and dedicated. She also said Jean lives
on in her (Susan's) keyboard. What a nice tribute, Susan, and thank you for
Unbelievably, this covers all e-mails I've received, up to this point. Of
course, Christmas is right on top of us and I really wanted to get this one
distributed before that time. I thank each and every one of you for your
interest and your dedication in continuing to read these. Come October, it
will mark 15 years since I began writing them, and I can scarcely believe it
Every time I receive another new reader, it still gives me a thrill. I
wish each of you a safe and blessed Christmas and a wonderful new calendar
year 2015. I'll hope to send another edition by about late January to early
February. In the meantime, I leave each of you with my usual wish for
glowing health, personal safety, great happiness, peaceful serenity,
spiritual harmony, and boundless prosperity. Ciao!
Monday, November 03, 2014
2014 WCHS Alumni Gathering Wrapup
01 NOVEMBER 2014
Bonnie's Latest, Post WCHS 2014 Alumni Gathering:
Cordial greetings to all. I had no intention of beginning another
bulletin, prior to our weekend, and this one sure won't be sent until after
it's concluded. However, I've had so many responses to the last one, and the
e-mails are piling up so quickly, I thought I'd better get them cleared, as
I await the next onslaught. As always, we have good news and bad news. Also
as always, we begin with forwarders, who include 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER;
1957's ERCELL P. PHILLIPS, DARELL L. TOBIAS; 1958's LANDO F. STEELE, RONALD
D. "TOM" FEE, BILL R. HOWARD, LORNA D. TROUTMAN; 1959's GARY E. BARNES; 1960
s WM. E. "BUDDY" STOVER, C. SUE MCCLOUD, DOLORES K "DEDE" FAHRNEY, CHAS V.
CARTER, THOS. L. WOLF, JR., EULA FAYE BAILEY, WM. O. WALK
ER, RICHARD S. HOLT; 1961's GARY R. FRANK, PAUL R. BEARDSLEY, SALLY L.
GILLETTE; and 1970's THOS. A. DORSEY, INDY JO GRISSOM;
Let's also update the e-mail-lost list. The good news is, we have returned
1963's DAVID R. FRALEY to the fold, thanks to efforts by 1961's SALLY L.
GILLETTE and 1963's NORMA ELYN SPEELMAN.
Thanks, girls, and I've already heard from David and he's glad to be back
among us. But we have now lost 1967's ROBT. E. HALLER and his 1965 spouse,
MARY JO CONDON. Any clues? Also staying among the lost are 1955's BARBARA J.
THOMAS and her 1953 spouse, ELMER D. MARRIOTT. We've also lost 1960's
BEVERLY J. HAAS, which could be a very bad sign, as she was catastrophi
-cally ill, just about 2 years ago. Does anyone know anything? Let's all
work together to see if we can solve these. I also will take this
opportunity to thank 1960's IDA JANE TREON for updating me on her new e-mail
I'll be able to continue successfully sending her the bulletins. Thanks, Ida
We're suddenly getting rejects on 1954's VICTOR C. NOEL again, as well as
one of his classmates, PATRICE G. GAUGH. Do any of you have any clues?
Freda? Prez JERRY R. GRAHAM? If you've got any info on any of these, please
let me know. Otherwise, I have to do deletions and you all know how much I
hate doing that.
My very first response to the last bulletin came from my classmate, WM. E.
BUDDY" STOVER. He thanked me for my efforts and asked me if I knew the
whereabouts of three of our classmates. They are RONALD G. PINYON, RICHARD L
"DICKIE" PHILLIPS, and ROBT. E. "BOBBY" LAMB. Now, over the years, I'd heard
Ron and Bobby had died. But nothing was substantiated, so I never believed
that. At one time, Dick was on my readers list, but I've lost him. I'm sure
he lives in Brookville, and even near to 1962's RICHARD C. CALL. It's
certainly possible Rich may know where he now lives, Buddy, or how to reach
him. Rich's e-mail is ( email@example.com ) It's his wife who answers the
e-mail and her name is Lola Jean. She uses simply Jean. So perhaps that will
work to get Dick. If you succeed, get his current e-mail for me, so I can
get him back in the loop.
So now we get to Ron Pinyon. I did some digging for you. I think Ron lives
in Milton, Florida. There's no phone listed for him, but so many people have
ended landlines, that's not surprising, and cell phone numbers will never,
ever be listed. I suspect his address may be 3466 Barkwood Drive, Milton, Fl
32571. Now, if that's not him, Buddy, or if he no longer lives there, I've
been able to determine he has two sons, who are Jeffrey S. Pinyon and
William G. Pinyon. I believe William lives at 7340 Stepp Lane in Pace,
Florida 32571. Again, no phone listed. I further believe his other son,
Jeffrey, is living at 11 Point View Place, Cocoa, Florida 32926. No, no
phone listed. But I'm pretty confident of these being his sons, and at these
addresses. I actually found an e-mail for Ron, tried it, but got immediate
reject. There is also a Nina Mae Pinyon living in Pensacola, Florida, who is
connected to both Jeff and Bill, as well as Ron. So this is most assuredly
his former wife. I've got a hunch, if you drop a note to either of his two
boys' residential addresses, you're going to get a hit on Ron. I'm glad to
know all indications are that he's still alive.
So now, we move to your query about ROBT. E. LAMB. I was given to understand
much earlier in the year or later last year, Bob might live in the
Cincinnati area. This information, I believe, came come 1970's VICKIE JO
GILBERT. In any case, I did a bit more digging. I did find a Robt. E. Lamb
in the right age group. He's at 923 Whispering Pine Way, Lebanon, Ohio 45036
There were two phone numbers listed. One was disconnected. The other one is
513 228-1904. I called it, left a message, and explained for whom I was
searching. If this was the right one, I hope to get a return call. Again, I
m so encouraged to know he's probably not dead, either. So let's hope we get
somewhere with locating all 3 of them.
My special thanks to both 1955's JOHN E. CROY, 1958's DONALD I. MCCOY, and
1959's MICHAEL L. SWANK, K. JUNE CRUTCHFIELD, and 1960's EDGAR L. "EDDIE"
KELLY for inviting me to join them on one of the social media sites. But as
everyone now very well knows, I'm not nearly advanced enough for those
social media sites. I don't know if I ever will be, but I'm always easy to
reach on my regular, old, boring e-mail. While I'm at it, I'll advise
everyone I made an error in the last bulletin, re John's e-mail. The correct
one is deaconcroy at gmail.com So please correct your records and my
apologies to you, John. (Footnote: As you're all now well aware, the
Facebook went way over the top for me, and I just can't do the social media
thing. Enough said and end of story. It's just not for me, but thank you,
one and all.)
All those lovely, little thank-yous arrived from several of you, who
included 1954's Class Prez JERRY R. GRAHAM; 1959's SHIRLEY R. PARKS, NEIL H.
SIZER; 1960's RONNIE R. WHEELER; 1961's P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, JACK L. GODBY;
1963's NORMA ELYN SPEELMAN, 1970's INDY JO SUMNER---how I do love writing
that name!!---, and I thank each and every single one of you for your
appreciation. As I keep writing, I've gotten a lot more out of this, over
the now-14 years I've done it, than have all of you put together.
On September 25, the horrible news came to me, regarding the previous day's
death of one of 1959's most well-liked members, HORACE J. CARROLL, JR.
Junior, as we'd called him all through school, was also one of my fellow
Miami Shores Kids, as is his widow, 1961's NANCY L. HOHNHORST. The news of
his passing came to me, over and over, for the next 2-3 days. Everyone was
very upset by it. He was highly regarded by his classmates and all who knew
him. What a wonderful tribute to his legacy. During his and Nancy's life in
California, he'd always used his middle name of Jay. He and Nancy had been
married 50-plus years. Deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences are
to her and her family, by us all. It will never be an easy task for me to
report the passing of anyone who attended WC, that's for sure. It was 1959's
GARY E. BARNES, who first notified me, and there were many more, following
him. There were also exchanges with his cousin, 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER
and with Nancy's classmates, P. LYNNETTE GARRETT and SALLY L. GILLETTE. Many
more made comments, though, all lamenting the loss of WC alumnus, Junior. He
ll be sorely missed, of that, there is no doubt..
On the following day, though, we got some wonderful news, which I'm thrilled
to report. The beautiful ANN C. WEIDLE of the 1956 class was remarried on
June 3 in Foley, Alabama, where she lives. She wed Robt. M. Axetell, who
lived in the same neighborhood. She says she will retain her name of Ann C.
Brown, from her longtime marriage to the late RONALD L. BROWN, who was 1952,
I believe. Both Ann and her new husband had been caregivers to their first
spouses, both deceased. So I know we all wish many happy and wonderful years
to Ann and Bob, and we thank classmate, RALPH D. WILSON, for conveying this
There is other wedding news, too! Apparently, in either latter September or
very early October, 1957 class member, ERCELL P. PHILLIPS, was also
remarried. He sent photos, but I wasn't able to find an actual date. But
neither here nor there, we certainly wish him all the happiness in the world
it looks as though his second wife's name is Jean and perhaps we'll all meet
her at an alumni event, by the time you're reading this. Congratulations and
best wishes to you, Jean and Ercell.
My cousin, JUDITH L. SAMUELS, continues to recover from her many surgeries.
She sends thanks for the kind words from 1958's RONALD D. "TOM" FEE and 1961
s JACK L. GODBY and SALLY L. GILLETTE.. She appreciates your kindnesses. In
the 9 months ranging from November of 2013 to August of 2014, she has
endured lung cancer and the total removal of her right lung, 33 consecutive
radiation treatments, concluding sometime in March, then having cataract
surgery in July, then both a broken hip and carotid artery surgery,
practically back to back, in August. She has so far survived it all and was
miraculously declared cancer-free on Oct. 27. I don't think I've ever before
in my life heard of anyone surviving stage 4 lung cancer, not to even
mention all the rest!
It is now Oct. 14 and I shall leave for Ohio tomorrow to attend our alumni
weekend. I really don't know what to expect this year, but I sure do want to
see a good turnout. I've got some advance news from a few, and we'll see how
it goes, when I subsequently complete this one. For instance, from 1959'ss
BETSY R. MURPHY came a report of her and her 1960 spouse, T. BARRY RUSELLO
not being with us either Thursday or Friday, but do plan to be at the
Saturday night event. So we'll get to see the two of them. Barry just
celebrated a birthday on Oct. 11!
Thanks arrived from 1960's WM. O. WALKER for a birthday greeting I sent to
him. He and Karen will not be with us, this year, opting to remain at home
in Alvin, Texas. The same goes for 1961's JACK L. GODBY, and we're sure
going to miss them all. We'll try for next year.
Also, along came a thank-you from 1958's BILL R. HOWARD for the 44th
anniversary card for him and wife, Lucille M. Howard. Darned if I didn't get
the year wrong, thinking it was the 45th. However, it was the 44th, but we
all hope you had a great anniversary, Lucy and Bill. Let's see, it was Oct.
Many, many thanks to you, 1959's SANDRA R. KINNEY, for asking me to join you
on FaceBook. I'm not yet out of the 20th century, Sandy, and don't yet even
know how to cut and paste, can you believe that? I'm not a fan of the social
websites, as outlined in the previous paragraph, and really doubt I ever
will be. But I do plan to keep my old e-mail forevermore and welcome all WC
who wish to use it. By now---it's October 27---you're all aware of my
Facebook debacle. I'm so sorry, I just can't abide that Facebook thing. I
found far more which I disliked, than liked. Miraculously, dozens of you
sent e-mails in support of my decision, and even said you felt exactly the
same. Thank you all for understanding. I repeat, I love my e-mail and I love
my old, landline telephone. Please feel free to use them both, liberally, if
you wish. There's probably going to be more on that topic, as we go through
this bulletin. It seems to be an endless topic.
Among you wonderful folks who helped me through my Facebook dilemma were
1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER; 1957's SHIRLEY A. HILE; 1958's DONALD I. MCCOY;
1960's MICHAEL S. WEST, DAVID G. OTT; 1961's NANCY J. ERTEL, NANCY A. HALL,
CAROL A. MUMMA. EDNA L. GRAY, SALLY L. GILLETTE, SANDRA E. BROCK, PAUL R.
BEARDSLEY, JACK L. GODBY, FRANCES E. DAYSPRING, JANET L. WALTERS; 1963's
GAYLE E. LESHER, TERRIE A. STOLTZ, SHIRLEY A. RANKIN, NORMA ELYN SPEELMAN,
SANDRA K. MINIX. I thank you, one and all.
Now, we back up to Oct. 8, when I got a lovely thank-you e-mail from 1961
class president, JOHN W. OBERLIES, JR., who thanked me for his birthday card
(it's on that day), and told me he's a whole year older than I thought. Well
don't worry, John, I'll change it and make you a year older. I hope it was
one, fabulous birthday for you!
On October 9, I received e-mail from 1961's P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, in which
she expressed her concern for the health status of my cousin, JUDITH L.
SAMUELS. Of course, I've covered all that in the earlier paragraphs, Lynn,
so I'm sure you're up to date with Judy's health. I also know she's happy
have asked. Lynn and I had out usual, one-on-one visit, during alumni
weekend, when I visited at her Germantown home. She even took me to lunch!
Lynn also told me she had learned of the death of FRANCIS COLLINS, who was
the younger sister of 1961's JO ANNE COLLINS and 1957's MARY A. COLLINS. She
did not know a class year nor did she have the cause of death. Do any of you
know anything about this or any of the details?
From 1960's DAVID G. OTT came news of an Oct. 22 hip replacement surgery for
his 1963 spouse, SANDRA K. MINIX. He reported she was doing great, coming
along well, and would be in rehab for a week or so, and then expected to be
home. We hope you're doing great by now, Sandy.
Where were you over the recent alumni weekend, 1968's ROGER D. LUCAS? After
your e-mail of Oct. 9, I thought sure we'd be seeing you at something. Were
you there? If so, I was unaware. We do hope to see you somewhere, next year.
We didn't get to see 1960's MICHAEL S. WEST, nor his wife, Sarah L. "Sally"
West. She has been undergoing a regimen of treatments for breast cancer and
Mike reported all is going well, saying her chances for complete recovery
are looking great. How wonderful to be able to report even more good health
From 1964's THOS. J. HALL came a request for any WC events taking place in
Florida. Obviously, he had heard of the now-defunct, WC Florida Spring Fest
as well as the annual WC Florida Holiday Brunch, which happened in December
I moved in early 2007, Tom, and had diligently hoped those events had by
then taken on a life of their own and would continue. I thought someone
would pick up the reins and move forward with those events, but it didn't
happen. So you'll need to come on up to see everyone in Ohio, come next Oct.
8, 9, and 10.
As the months moved past, I did some updating on my WC address records, in
the process tracking down the latest info on 1958's LANDO F. STEELE; 1960's
GERALD A. FULLER, DENNIS A ROSE, and CHAS. A. "BUDDY" LOWMAN. I succeeded in
all of them, I'm happy to report.
Prior to our alumni weekend, I received e-mail from 1954 class president,
JERRY R. GRAHAM, for the purpose of promoting their 60th gathering. Why didn
t I see you all that weekend, Jerry? Where were you? I also missed FREDA P.
FLETCHER and she told me she didn't even know there were other events! Freda
you're not reading the bulletins, are you? "Shame-y, shame-y!" One of these
days, I'm going to have pop quiz! I believe iconic teacher, MURL E. HUFFMAN
was at the event, and I know he was at the dinner/dance, along with wife,
Marjorie L. Huffman.
From 1961's RICHARD L. DOLL came a request for info on classmate, MARILYN J.
WINKLER. I had nothing, but was nevertheless able to find her, using the
webiste I constantly use and it's always one, terrific souce (www.whitepages
com) The extent of obtainable info on there is amazing and I sent it to him
Did you talk with her yet, Rich?
Let's back up a bit to Sept. 28, which is when I got the latest update on a
Fahrney or two. As we all are well aware, that's an iconic surname in the
annals of WC. So from 1958 class president, RICHARD A. FAHRNEY, came a
report on his trip to Europe, where he was coaching what is termed,
American Football," while in Germany. Dick was coaching 18-year-olds and was
permitted to stay 90 days, then had to leave, due to visa limitations, but
said he'd gotten to bring over 4 grandchildren for a month, so I know he and
Jan had great fun with that. Dick also sent along a message for you, BILL R.
HOWARD, his classmate. He loved the photos you sent to him, and I guess his
thanks brought about nostalgia from the 1950s about your incredible speed as
a track runner and athlete, Bill. Of course, all of us of that era remember
your remarkable achievements, and I'm betting no one's ever yet broken a few
of the records you set.
Unfortunately, this year's timing with the Fahrneys didn't coincide with our
weekend, and we're surely hoping that won't happen too many more years. As I
type (Oct. 28), Dick probably went to Tuesday breakfast at Holly's in WC,
then they will return to do some skiing in Breckenridge, after a visit to
Kalispell, Montana---an area where I've ridden serious, Harley-Davidson
miles for many years, long ago---to visit son Lance, daughter-in-law Melissa
and their four grandchildren. Also, many thanks for the kind words, Dick,
and we sure hope to see you next year.
Toward the end of September, we got e-mail from 1960's THOS. L. WOLF, JR.,
who advised all the old class photos are hanging where they should be in
WCHS. He made arrangement to get them to open the school from 10a.m.-2p.m.,
on Oct. 18, for viewing on alumni weekend. Unfortunately, I was in such a
mad dash, I totally forgot it, but did share dinner with Tom at my table,
later that evening. He also told me the Mandalay Banquet Center is located
in the Kettering School District, not WC, as I'd thought. But that's okay.
From 1960's EULA FAYE BAILEY came news she wouldn't be with us this year,
either. She has had a number of health issues, with which she's been dealing
and just isn't up to the traveling. It's been a year since she broke her
hip, but has recovered 100% from that, she reported. So that part was good
news. We all missed you, Eula Faye!
A couple of inquiries came to me for contact information and/or an update on
1963's FRANCES L. PEFFLY. They came from SHIRLEY A. RANKIN and TERRIE A.
STOLTZ. Both want to know how to contact Fran and how she's doing. I wish I
had an answer for you both. I last saw Fran on April 14 of 2012, when I took
her and her daughter to lunch for Fran's birthday. Since then, I've heard
nothing, I'm sorry to say, and don't know why. So if anybody out there knows
how Fran is, let us know. All I can tell you is that I'm not getting any
rejects on her e-mail address, so I have to assume it's still working.
From 1957's SHIRLEY A. HILE came a request for the dates for our weekend,
but I don't recall seeing you anywhere, Shirley. Were you somewhere at one
of the weekend functions, and I missed seeing you, Shirley?
From 1961's SHARON K. WENDELKEN came a report about a class gathering for
her 1964 younger brother's class. He is TIMOTHY L. WENDELKEN, and it looks
like he lives in Gray Court, SC. I was a tad surprised by the timing of the
event, since our annual alumni weekend is so high-profile, now. But the
class met on about the last weekend of September and I have to admit I
wondered why it wasn't coincided with the alumni weekend, which would've
allowed them to see so many more Pirates. My first thought was perhaps the
planners were unaware. In any case, Sharon said her brother told her the
dinner was fabulous and was held at the Presidential Pavilion. In any case,
it's wonderful the class met for their 50th. Thanks for the report, Sharon.
From 1961's NANCY J. ERTEL came regrets about not being able to see the
e-mail address for 1958 class prez, RICHARD A. FAHRNEY. Well, Nancy, we can
sure fix that in a big hurry. I feel very confident Dick will not mind a
fellow Pirate having his e-mail address, especially one who showed an
interest in his involvement in European sports. So here's Dick's e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org Okay, Nancy?
A recent call came from 1960's EDGAR L. "EDDIE: KELLY. He'd lost all his
contacts due to a crash on his PC. He also told me he hasn't been up to par
of late, but is making strides. Ed wanted contact info on his high school
girlfriend, 1961's DIANA J. MILTON, so I hope he was able to contact you,
her sister, 1958's MARGIE L. MILTON.
Also checking in with an update was Rebecca A. Fuller, spouse of 1960's
GERALD A. FULLER. She said they'll make an effort to be at our class' 55th
anniversary, next year. I sure hope so! Several years ago, Jerry connected a
few memory dots for me. For years, I'd wondered why and how I could recall a
connection to Jerry, long before we began school together. It was he who was
able to recall the fact I used to visit my aunt and uncle on Dayton's Steele
Avenue, when just a toddler. It was Jerry who was able to tell me his
parents had lived right next door. I recall going to birthday parties for
Jerry, when we were but 3 and 4 years old. I know we met each other before
our 3rd birthdays. That means, we have known one another longer than just
about any other person on earth, but for older, immediate family. I don't
have anyone living, but I think Jerry still has his two brothers, who are
Well, 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER will soon be adding to her vast family. Her
granddaughter by her son, 1975's Dr. MARK T. SCHROEPPEL, Ph. D., is
currently 3 months pregnant with her second child and the family is very
excited. Freda already has 11 great-grandchildren and she was an only child!
I know you're doing your part to re-populate the earth, Freda!
Well, I received a wonderful e-mail from 1961's JANET L. WALTERS, in which
she tried to convince me she, like me, grew up as a Tomboy. Okay, Janet,
maybe you did, but you sure don't LOOK like any Tomboy I'VE ever seen, and
you're invariably one of the most attractive alumni who comes to any of the
functions. So if you were ever a Tomboy, you've sure done a great job of
outgrowing it, that's for sure!
From 1969's KAREN L. THROCKMORTON came an e-mail regarding the recent death
of her mother,
1945's NORMA JEAN BROWN, the spouse of her classmate, DONALD R. THROCKMORTON
We all sure did hate that one, Karen. I had the pleasure of meeting your
folks at one or two of the alumni functions, and what nice people. I'm so
sorry we lost your mother.
While there in WC, I made inroads with our new alumni president, 1978's
LARRY W. HENDERSON, and he will be letting me know, as the year passes, if
any big changes or corrections are taking place as regards our plans for
2015. Thanks for stepping up to the plate, Larry, and I know we all
appreciate once again having an alumni president. I understand the
vice-presidency remains open. If that's still the case, are there any
takers out there? If so, please let Larry know. Keep reading, as I'm
getting to the recent alumni weekend, and will have some coverage on that.
None other than 1958's DONALD I. MCCOY and wife, Frances B., are putting the
finishing touches on a new CD. As most of us are well aware, Don and Fran
do a lot of entertaining and singing around the area of southern Ohio. At
our Miami Shores Memories gathering of 2013, in fact, we were treated to a
free concert with Don, classmate LORNA D. TROUTMAN, and her 1962 sister,
THERESA M. It was great fun.
My dear friend, 1958's BRUCE E. CHENOWETH and his longtime, significant
other, 1971's PATTY JO WHEELBARGER, came to my house for a visit. Bruce
averages a visit about 3-5 times, each year, and Patty is normally with him,
at least once or twice. They also headed southward and visited 1960's
MICHAEL S. WEST and wife Sally in their chosen hometown of Gatlinburg.
With this edition, we welcome aboard 1959's NORMAN R. SANFORD. He gave me
his e-mail at our dinner/dance, and sat at the same table, as 1959 and 1960
were seated together. He and his wife live in Pennsylvania. Many of us
vividly recall Norm, as he was the drum major for the marching band, just
prior to the years when that slot was occupied by 1961's JACK L. GODBY.
Welcome to the WC bulletin readers list, Norm, and we hope you will enjoy.
During our recent weekend, it was the 60th for the class of 1954, obviously.
One class member was CAROLYN R. GILLETTE, sister of 1961's SALLY L.
GILLETTE, who reported Carolyn asked her to join the 1954 gathering, which
she did. Carolyn had other family members there, too. I so regret not
seeing anyone from that class at our dinner/dance. I had really wanted to
see several of those folks, inparticularly!
With nearly each bulletin, 1960's RONNIE R. WHEELER and I, seem to exchange
opinions on matters of pith and moment, so to speak. This time, we both
lamented the loss of the moral pulchritude with which we 1950s kids were
raised and how our own children never got to experience that. How true, how
true, Ronnie, and yes, how tragic. I've never been sure about modern being
From 1958's RONALD D. "TOM" FEE came a proud report of the work of his
grandson, Kyle, who's getting launched into the film-making business. In
fact, he's just signed a contract to do commercials for none other than
Starbucks Coffee. His other grandson, Ryan, is headed to Los Angeles to
play in the Handicapped World Soccer Cup. While Ryan is not handicapped,
the rules call for each team to have two non-handicapped players, and Ryan
is one of them. Is it any wonder Tom and Sandi are so proud of these two
So now, we get to our weekend, as I continue typing on this Halloween night,
which is gray and very overcast for our little beggars. I had a safe and
uneventful trip to the home of my host and hostess, who are always 1960's
CHAS. V. CARTER and wife, Pamela J., who reside in Miamisburg. That was on
Wednesday, Oct. 15, and I spent that evening visiting my brother-in-law,
Ralph J. Osterman, and my sister-in-law, 1956's ANITA R. MASON, his wife of
5 years. Then it was next door for a visit to my friend, Susie McLaughlin,
caregiver, singer, and roommate to the late, great Betty C. Greenwood, who
died April 12, and whose eulogy I delivered to a packed house. I think of
her often and fondly. Susie was kind enough to make a gift to me of a
beautiful piece of Betty's jewelry, which I'll always cherish.
Then came Thursday and I went to the usual gathering at Ron's Pizza in
Miamisburg. I was firs to get there and, while waiting in my van, 1959's
GARY E. BARNES also arrived. He and I shared supper together, as we've been
doing for a number of years, The turnout was fairly light, probably around
35-40 people. But it was nevertheless fun and pleasant and lots of memories
and nostalgia. I especially enjoyed seeing the wonderful, old antique car,
driven right to the front door by 1962's RUSSELL L. "RUSTY" ELLIOTT and wife
MARY ANN DUNCAN. Everyone milled around and talked to everyone, as always
seems to be the case. I had a great visit with classmate, DAVID A. BLAIR and
his wife, Marlene.
Friday brought a repeat performance with additional people, and many of the
same ones, as we all gathered at Frisch's. Even GARY L. WARLAUMONT put in an
appearance, and so did our class vice-president, THOS. D. YOUNG and his wife
my dear friend, Sandi. Daughter Jennifer was also there with her spouse,
Larry M. Hamblin, and the great-grandson, Connor Benjamin Gill. What a cutie
and a real scene-stealer.
Suddenly, there was a tap on my shoulder and I turned to find 1958's star
football jock and hunk, none other than 1950s A-lister, LANDO F. STEELE. We
had a great visit and went all around the place, as we did table-hopping and
I told everyone who he was. He said he wanted to talk to everyone and that
was just what we did. There were lots of 1960 people there, it seemed, and
I was glad of that. Among those I saw, besides Gary and Tom, were DAVID A.
BLAIR, SHIRLEY J. TUDOR, CHAS A. "BUD" LOWMAN III, JO ANN K. STEMLEY, CHAS.
V. CARTER, C. SUE MCCLOUD, and I know others will come to mind, as I do more
We lost the Miami Shores Memories Picnic, due to rescheduling of the weekend
after the room had already been set for the prior week, the death of 1957's
BETTY LEE CARROLL, who served as our Moraine City liaison, and the confusion
of alumni officer resignations. I loved that event and have big hopes of
someone taking the reins and resurrecting that event for next year. We'll
see how it goes.
Of course, the almost-canceled-this-year dinner/dance was the following
night. Now, due to all those aformentioned-and-unforeseen stumbling blocks,
we did have a light turnout, maybe a hundred, but let me tell you, if you
weren't there, you missed the very best one we've ever had, and I'm not
kidding! The facility was Mandalay Banquet Center on East River Road, an
extremely nice facility with all amenities and I'm so glad we're going to be
staying there in future years.
While there, I spent time with 1960's T. BARRY RUSSELLO and 1959 spouse,
BETSY R. MURPHY. I can assure you, they're both still keeping the fashion
bar high. Barry had just stepped off the pages of GQ, as always, and Betsy
continues to defy age, looking about 55 (with a hard push) and fashionable
beyond description. Yep, she's the Vogue girl! Also present was 1958's
football icon, FLOYD R. "BUBBLES" WILLIAMS, whose face broke into a wide
smile when his football buddy, also a 1958-er, LANDO F. STEELE, entered the
room. I also spent some time talking with their other football buddy,
VINCENT A. BRODBECK and his delightful, longtime companion, Brenda K. Heiser
as well as 1962 class member, JACKQUELYN S. HAINES and her 1958 spouse, W.
BAILEY HAWKINS. There were also BILL R. HOWARD and his wife, Lucille M. Two
days earlier, I coincidentally ran smack into Bill and DAVID L. HOWARD, at
the WC McDonald's, when I stopped for coffee, breakfast, and a paper. We
had a nice visit, too. Also at my table was CHAS. V. CARTER, who drove me
there and back. I was happy about that, as it was a rainy night. Also
there was SHIRLEY J. TUDOR, who was lookin' good, and THOS. L. WOLF, JR. It
was a great evening.
Now, as much as I hate to say it (but I've already said it, many times), in
ALL past years, I thought the food was absolutely hog swill. I said nothing
as I wasn't there for the food, anyway. But many others echoed my opinion,
very quietly. Well, all I can say is, "Hog swill days are finished!" The
food at the Mandalay Banquet Center was absolutely delicious, every single
item. Everyone, with whom I spoke, agreed with me.
Then came the entertainment. Yes, we had entertainment and in all previous
years, I didn't enjoy it, at all. This year was exceptional! There was a
group there, who call themselves (I think) the Dell Sonics.
They sang many songs from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Somehow, some way,
they managed to sound just like the original recording, on each and every
song. I was amazed, as were many. By the way, the wait staff at this
facility were all Johnny-on-the-spot, keeping coffee and tea all filled,
bringing any requested items to the table, and making sure everyone was
accommodated. This was a 100%, enjoyable-all-the-way function and I'll bet
it will be repeated, and even better, come next year.
It is my understanding from the current alumni president, 1978's LARRY W.
HENDERSON, we will be doing a repeat performance of all aspects of the 2014
event. I, for one, am thrilled about that. Larry was assisted this year by
a little presentation from former president, THOS. A. DORSEY. So if you
didn't make this year's event, as so many didn't, make darned sure you put
it on your calendar for 2015. Hats off to all who had a hand in planning
this year's exceptional event. We'll also be returning to our regular time
slot of the second Saturday in October. So our WC weekend will be held on
Oct. 8, 9, and 10, come next year. BE THERE!!! Don't keep putting this off
because we're losing more and more people every year. I especially want to
see a predominance of my own class, 1960, as it will be our 55th. Not to be
excluded from importance is the class of 1965, who will be the spotlight,
50th class, and it will be the 60th for 1955. So bearing all that in mind,
make your plans and block off that weekend. Let nothing prevent you from
being there. Don't shove this to the side for other events. If you can
make just one of the events, make sure it's the dinner/dance, as that's the
only official event. If someone wants you to do something on that weekend,
you need to tell them you have already made commitments!
So guess what? This concludes this installment of the WC bulletins. The
last one was sent Sept. 24, so I'm pretty proud of myself. On this Halloween
Eve, you'll have lots of reading to do, so I hope you'll all enjoy. If I've
overlooked anything, please let me know. I'll get it in the next one. In
the meantime, I'll close with my usual wish for glowing health, personal
safety, great happiness, spiritual harmony, peaceful serenity, and boundless