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The *WeCaTon* - West Carrollton (Ohio) H.S. Alumni News (unofficial)
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
 
Bonnie's Latest Post, April 17, 2015
---Here I sit, on my Tennessee mountainside. I hear birds singing, even
though the sky is dark.overcast, and foreboding. So we might get one of
those spring storms, for which East Tennessee is so famous. I love storms
and watch them in awe, but I don't want anyone to be hurt nor sustain
property damage. It's now April 17 and it will be 76 today, about 44%
humidity---dreamy (for me), and nothing like trying to breathe in steamy
Florida, where it's constantly like trying to inhale pork chop gravy, it's
so humid.
 
Here we go with our usual opening list of forwarders, who include 1954's
FREDA P. FLETCHER; 1960
's C. SUE MCCLOUD, WM. E. "BUDDY" STOVER; 1956's R. GWINN LACY; 1957's
ERCELL P. PHIL
LIPS; 1958's BILL R. HOWA RD ; 1960's DELORES K. "DEDE" FAHRNEY, WM. E.
BUDDY" STOV ER, C. SUE MCCLOUD 1962 's RUSSELL L. "RUSTY" ELLIOTT, 1964's W.
THOS. GODBY. We also got an e-mail update on 1957's RANDALL W. PARKS, so
thank you, Randy. Our e-mail lost list is down to nothing now, and it is not
because we don't have any. It's because, following at least six rejects, I
then deleted the addresses from the send list, in order to cut back on the
time spent for that. But I still want all those people back on the list. So
if you have info on them, I will appreciate getting it.
 
Naturally, I also thank all you lovely, wonderful, WC readers who make this
bulletin possible by sending your news, continuing to read, and always
conveying so many wonderful words of support, thanks, and appreciation.
Those people are 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER; JANICE L. WIREMAN (Homecoming
Queen); 1956's RALPH D. WILSON; 1957's NEIL H SIZER, ERCELL P. PHILLIPS,
HOWARD O. TYS
ON, RANDALL W. PARKS; 1958's RONALD D. "TOM" FEE, BILL R. HOWARD; 1959'S
SHIRLEY R. PARKS (Homecoming Queen), GARY E. BARNES (WeCaTon's Chief Field
Reporter, also the one who named this bulletin) ; 1960's EULA FAYE BAILEY;
1961's JACK L. GODBY, RICHARD L. DOLL, DAL
LAS K. MATHIS; 1962's THOS. J. GAULDIN; 1963's SHIRLEY A RANKIN; 1964's
LINDA S. MAYO.
 
Freda reported she and her husband will be celebrating his 80th birthday,
come July 9. They plan to be in Virginia with other family members, at that
time. Of course, prior to that birthday, Freda is going to have her own
special day on May 12, when she will turn 79. Just in case you're all
wondering, by the way, we have no reservations about revealing ages in THIS
group! Everyone knows already, just how old we all are. We went to school
together, remember? Also, when you really think about it, what's the point
in lying about your age, anyway? We can lie all we want, it won't do any
good. We're as old as we are, and no way around it. So congratulations and
happy birthday wishes to Freda, somewhat ahead of time, I hope, (and then
Larry). We should all be so lucky! Speaking of birthdays, from darling JACK
L.
.GODBY, 1961, I received a belated wish. Thank you so much, my dear.
 
From 1956's JOS. F. SNELL came an invitation to drive down to his
neighborhood (about 40 miles from me in Greeneville) so we can have dinner
together at one of my all-time favorite eateries, The Gondolier, which is
right there in Greeneville. Well, we're going to do that, Joe, I promise. It
has been way too long since I've been to that place and I love it!
 
RICHARD L. DOLL, 1961, wrote to say his parents retired to New Port Richey.
The town caught his eye in the last bulletin, because fellow teacher, DAVID
E. COLLINS, moved there, too. I think I also wrote of the fact 1961's SANDRA
S. MAYO also lives there. In fact, I'm aware we have lots of lots of WC
alumni who live either part-time or full-time in Florida. Richard also
correctly noted that Florida city as being a sort of hideaway in the
1920s-1930s era for celebrities who wanted to escape the spotlight. What
with the modern strain of papparazzi, I'd guess that's now impossible.
 
Richard tried all the questions on my little trivia quiz, too. He reported
his results. Of course, that served to jog my memory in saying I'd put all
the answers in this bulletin, else I'd have forgotten. So here we go:
1.) The original names of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are Donatello,
Leonardo, Michaelangelo (am I spelling that correctly?), and Raffaele. (I've
heard the modern version is allowing use of nicknames for them (Donnie, Leo,
Mikey, and Raf).
2.) The seven deadly sins, as listed in The Bible, are avarice, envy,
gluttony, lust, pride, sloth, and vanity.
While 5 of them are obvious, I've discovered many people don't recognize the
terms, avarice nor sloth. Avarice was the term for greed in Biblical times,
and is today sometimes used in sentences which incorporate the term,
avaricious." As for sloth, that was Biblical-times term for laziness. These
days, however, people don't use it at all, and it mostly applies to the
animal, the sloth, whom we see in zoos (---and that animal DOES epitomize
laziness and slow, lumbering movement).
3.) The Seven Dwarfs---my all-time, lifelong favorite in terms of trivia
questions---are Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, and Sneezy.
Invariably, if people can name 6 of them, the one they always miss is
Bashful.
4.) The eight reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid,
Donner, and Blitzen (just as in the famous poem. No, Rudolph was not one of
the right reindeer.
5.) Finally, the most difficult of all the questions was to name the nine,
sitting, Supreme Court Justices. They are Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Steven G.
Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena G. Kagan, Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief
Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Antonin G. Scalia, Sondra M. Sotomayor, and
Clarence W. Thomas. (I hope you all had fun with all these. I've always
rather enjoyed trivia.)
 
As much as I always hate this, I want to go ahead and get the unpleasant
news behind us, although I'm well aware, as the weeks pass, I may receive
more. On March 9, we lost 1964's KENNETH R. WRIGHT, who was a victim of
cancer. This was reported to me in time for the last bulletin, by classmate,
LINDA S. MAYO. I somehow did manage to omit it in my last bulletin. For that
  I apologize. Also, Linda reported the April 14 death of yet another of her
classmates, SAUNDRA L. HOWARD, also a cancer victim. This class has been hit
especially hard in recent months. Let's hope they don't have anymore for a
very long while (or any class, for that matter) . Linda also reported the
death of 1963's MICHAEL K. FANNIN, on April 16, but I have no details on
that one. Thank you, Linda.
 
Of course, everyone is well aware of the death of 1956's ANITA RAE MASON on
April 4. I, myself, was instantly aware of this one, of course, as Anita was
my sister-in-law, having been married for 4 1/2 years to my brother-in-law,
Ralph J. Osterman, the widower of my sister, 1956's JUDY ANN RISNER, Anita's
 
  Lifelong best friend. Anita was also the elder sister of 1957's SARAH M.
JACKIE" MASON, too Words of condolence came from several alumni, who
included 1956's R. GWINN LACY, RALPH D. WILSON, 1958's RONALD "TOM" FEE,
1960's V. JEAN WARD (Miami Shores Kid, last 2 years at Carlisle HS), WM. O.
WALKER, 1961's NANCY A. HALL, 1963's LEE JEAN JORDAN, and 1969's MICHAEL J.
LOTSPAIH. I also continued to get condolence messages for the loss of cousin
JUDITH L. SAMUELS, with whom I was closer than I can ever describe (March 9)
and I still miss her sorely every day of my life. Those came from 1960's
PHILLIP D. HOWARD, EULA FAYE BAILEY, V. JEAN WARD, 1961's NANCY J. ERT,
DALLAS K. MATHIS, 1967's MARIAN K. HUSSEY. Many thanks to all of you. I wish
 
I were doing better with losing Judy, but honestly, I'm not. At least, not
so far. She was such an integral, close part of my life, every day (!), for
7 decades. We told each other every, single detail of our lives, from the
time we were very small. Her death has been a crushing loss for me. I
honestly feel as though a part of me is now missing. Thank you, again.
 
No, we aren't yet through the deaths. Classmate THOS. L. WOLF, JR., reported
the death of neighbor and 1955 class member, BARBARA J. THOMAS, the spouse
of 1953's ELMER D. MARRIOTT. She died April 4, Tom wrote, following a
lengthy illness. Also reporting this death was 1956's R. GWINN LACY. We
extend condolences to Elmer, the family, and all close friends. Thank you,
Tom and Gwinn.
 
The next big shocker came to me on Easter Sunday, with an e-mail from 1961's
NANCY A. HALL, who informed me she'd just buried her husband on April 1.
Retired Lutheran Pastor Larry W. Matthews was a victim of a strain of cancer
called Burkitt's lymphoma, Nancy wrote. He had just been diagnosed last
December. She said there were 25 other pastors in attendance at Larry's
service, among all other attendees. She and Larry had resided in Rockford,
Illinois, and I'm sure Nancy will remain there, as I'm certain she had one
daughter, who lives nearby. We all send you sincerest condolences for your
loss, Nancy. Thank you for letting us know.
 
On April 14, we lost 1962's MARY ANN DUNCAN, who was the spouse of her
classmate, RUSSEL L. "RUSTY" ELLIOTT. She'd been battling a very aggressive
form of cancer for several months, with her husband at her side. Rusty kept
us all all informed of all changes and her general status, throughout. We
all thank you for that, Rusty, and you know we're all heartbroken for your
loss. Marry Ann was also the younger sibling of my classmate, 1960's WM. D.
DUNCAN, to whom we also extend condolences.
 
When word went out of Mary's death, there were yet more messages of
condolence and regret, which came to me, for you, Rusty.. Those came from
1958's VINCENT A. BRODBECK (and his longtime SO, Brenda K. Heiser), 1960's
EULA FAYE BAILEY, 1961's P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, 1962's THOS. J. GAULDIN, 1963
s GAYLE E. LESHER, NORMA E. SPEELMAN, 1970;s RITA G. JUSTICE. But probably
the most accurate assessment of all, came from 1964's SUE LAYNE "SUZI"
SPEELMAN, who wrote, "OMG! What a beautiful woman, such a loss!" You are so
right, Suzi, and I know Rusty thanks all of you.
 
Next came quite a blast from the past, when I had a long and windy exchange
with old friend, V. JEAN WARD, who moved to the Chautauqua area following
the end of our sophomore year. But for many a year before that, she and I
and late cousin Judy were literally inseparable, living just a few doors
apart on Miami Shores Drive. We did lots of fun rehashing about all, "the
good, ol' days," in magical Miami Shores. Especially amusing is the story of
the two guys (one from Patterson Co-op, who had a huge crush on Jean, but
who didn't?) and his name was Johnny. The other guy's name was Marty. They'd
both come all the way to MS from Dayton so Johnny could see Jean. No, I don
t recall how they met.
 
But we'd all skip rocks across the river and giggle a lot and do all the
stuff 15-year-olds (or so) did in those days, NOT to be compared with what
they do THESE days, mind you! Anyway, many years later, as I went through
old photos, I kept thinking that Marty kid had a familiar look to him, but I
couldn't figure out why. Eventually, the light went off in my head, as I
realized this kid we'd known as Martino Charles "Marty" Estevez had grown up
to become the famed actor, Martin Sheen. I often wonder if he'd ever
remember any of us. Who knows? It's a great story, a true story, and Jean
and I shared a good e-mail laugh about it. Jean now lives in Franklin,
Tennessee, with her husband, Larry D. Rhule.
 
Also during this bulletin period, I had a fun exchange with 1959's SHIRLEY R
PARKS and her spouse, 1957's NEIL H. SIZER. We were kibitzing about health
as we age, the puzzle of how genetics work, and why one child is healthy
while a sibling is not, etc. This led to a story about the fact my own
father died in a fistfight at nearly 88 years old, which HE started, by the
way. So we managed to turn the whole thing into something which reflected
good humor and a great story. So it was amusing and cordial.
 
From 1961's DALLAS K. MATHIS came a response to the trivia quiz, also. He
didn't do too badly. He also reported he maintains intermittent contact with
some of his former classmates and band members who include W. DUANE
BRIDENBAUGH, JACK L. GODBY (Drum Major), CAROL J. MUMMA, and KAY L. SCHMOLL.
  That's great, Dallas, and as all readers know, I'm all for maintaining
contact with our school friends and attending the get-togethers, whenever
possible.  We all need to do that, as we are losing far too many of our
alumni, far too quickly.
 
Does anybody out there know a Herb or Ed Jackson, who could be WC alumni? I
don't recognize either name, but I think they're much younger.  Anyway, 1954
s FREDA P. FLETCHER mentioned both names, saying she thinks they were
mid-60s grads. We always kibitz about the old Miami Shores memories, of
course, and all the fun we had. Other familiar names she mentioned were WM.
R. "BILL" DORSEY, SR.,
RUSSELL H. HARVILLE, JAS. N. "SMITTY" SMITH, and ROY W. FITZ.  I remember
all of them, but Roy was, I think, the elder brother of ROGER D. FITZ.  I
recall Roger having been married to MARILYN L. STRALEY, at one time, but
Marilyn died.  In fact, I believe all those girls are now deceased. The
three other sisters were SHIRLEY, CAROLYN, and HELEN. We lived on the same
street with them for years and years and years.  Good memories in ol' Miami
Shores, huh, Freda? At one time, we even had a horse-drawn, ice cream truck.
  No wonder all the kids from the other neighborhoods came over there, all
the time!
 
We've got a correction, readers!  I reported in the last one on 1963's
SHIRLEY ANN RANKIN and her broken right shoulder. But the thing is, it wasn
t the right one, it was the left one. Sorry about that, Shirley. But she
says her recovery is fast-paced and coming along well. She hopes to be back
to normal by the time she and her husband return to Florida in September to
resume their tourist-seasonal positions with Disney World. Well, we're all
glad you're healing well, Shirley.
 
As have so many over the past 2-3 years, Shirley also questioned if I'd
heard anything from FRANCES L. PEFFLY, 1963. Sadly, I haven't, Shirley. It's
as though Fran dropped off the face of the earth, about 3 years ago. I've
had queries about her from 1963's SANDRA K. MINIX, LEE JEAN JORDAN, CONNIE K
  STREETE, 1964's P. LYNNETTE HAWVERMALE, and several others whose names don
t come to  mind, as I type. So I really can't answer, but wish I could.  I
sure do miss what used to be very regular visit intervals from Fran and her
daughter, Kelly Ann Moore.  They were often accompanied by Fran's son, Jonny
A. Moore, Jr., whom we're now sure has passed away.  So if anyone hears
anything from Fran, do let us know.  She has a legion of people who would
like to contact her.
 
Before I forget, my big news for 2015 is that I'm dumping cable TV service.
I'm really miffed with their greediness and, "forced channel choices," and
have been doing a lot of studying and reading on the options available.  So
here's what I'm doing.  I'm buying one of those new, state-of-the-art,
technological antennas with all the gadgets, having it installed in the most
advantageous spot in or on my house (by a professional whom I've known ever
since living here), then will open a ROKU account to which one can add as
many as 9 televisions.  The cost is $8.10 a month + tax.  I may open a
second ROKU account, too, as my house is humongous and I have 16 (!)
televisions connected to cable
 
When they demanded a cable box for each set (last year in November), it
would've doubled my already- egregious cable bill.  So I added just the key
locations.  But it's $7 + tax for each box, so do the math. I'm not paying
that!!  I'll have to have the Internet for ROKU, but I'd keep that, anyway,
so I can't make that a part of the cost.  My cable bill is now $146 per
month.  When I'm finished with everything, it will drop to a mere $18, if I
have TWO of the ROKU accounts.  If not, it will be just $9.  I can't wait
and I plan to do this within 30 days of this writing.  (It's now April 21,
by the way.)  I'll keep you all posted. My sources indicate people are
dumping cable, left and right, for the same reasons I'm doing it.  If that's
true, it's a shame, as it will cost jobs.  But no one with whom I've spoken,
is pleased with the way cable TV has come to be structured, and it's the
same thing wish DISH Network. So I'm done!
 
We had a blip from 1960's DAVID A. BLAIR, in reference to our aforementioned
(in the last bulletin) senior class play, "Fog Island."  Dave wrote,
(correctly, I'm sure) that class play lists (of the actors) were listed in
order of appearance, rather than as, "the stars."  Okay, Dave, thanks for
reminding me of that.  I had deluded myself, all these years, feeling as
though I and my playbill husband, LARRY M. PENDLEY, were truly the stars. Aw
  shucks!  Another myth shattered!
 
Of course, I replied, and when he wrote back, he reminded me of, "the kiss,"
at the close of the play. It was between Dave and classmate, SHIRLEY J.
TUDOR, and raised a few eyebrows, at the time.  (It was the fall of 1959,
remember, so nothing like it is, now.)  I invited Dave to visit, along with
wife Marlene (of whom I'm also very fond).  I hope one day you'll take me up
on that, Marlene and Dave.
 
There was also a blip from 1958's football jock and  super-hunk, LANDO F.
STEELE, who seems to be doing well and in good health.  Was there any female
in the entire school, who did NOT have a crush on Lando?  If so, I say you
re tellin' a big fib!  Stay healthy and safe, Lando! We all love
you---STILL!!
 
From 1970's RITA G. JUSTICE came news of her visiting her daughter in
Southern California, and no doubt, she's sure enjoying that.  It was April
12 and she said she'd be there 6 weeks, so I don't know if she's returned or
not.  But whatever the case, Rita, I hope you had a great time.  She and I
also had an exchange about the incredible dangers of tobacco and alcohol use
  Both of them kill so many people.  I am also always befuddled by people
using the phrase, "alcohol and drugs."  Surely, we all know alcohol IS a
drug.  I suppose the reason it is separated is because it's legal. But still
  it's a drug, nevertheless.
 
From 1954 homecoming queen, JANICE L. WIREMAN, came a reminiscent e-mail,
regarding the night she was crowned, walking through the batons with
football captain JACK W. PUMMILL.  She said she was freezing to death that
night, it was so cold.  Her beautiful, little flower girl, whom I'll bet
many of us recall, died in a house fire the following March. Her name was
Yvonne Green, and she lived right across the street from Janice, who wrote
how she loved the little girl. How tragic, Janice!  But how wonderful you
remember her so fondly, after all these years. So how about we just dedicate
this edition of the bulletin to the memory of little Yvonne Green?  We all
should be remembered so fondly and for so long!
 
From 1964's W. THOS. GODBY came an invitation to join him on a website
called Linkedin. I sincerely thank you for thinking of me, Tom. However, I
don't participate in the social websites, and yes, I know I am living in the
Dark Ages. But honestly, I actually hope to hold onto the Dark Ages for as
long as I can. There is much in this, "new world," of which I do not wish to
be a part. I harken back to the 1950s, just as often as I can. Ha!
 
Tom has spent his life in the car business, which is dear to my heart. I,
myself, did the car business as a side interest in Florida, for 17 years.  I
learned so much about it and I still call upon that education, each time I
purchase a vehicle.  I also did Harley-Davidsons, but that was much more fun
and personal. Tom's business is in Plant City, Florida, and is called
Universal Auto Sales (owned by Godby Enterprises, Inc.) I know we all wish
you continued success and good health, Tom.
 
On April 19, I received an e-mail from 1958's BILL R. HOWARD. It seems some
members of that class, who also include DAVID L. HOWARD and W. BAILEY
HAWKINS would like for the 1958 class to now have an annual get-together of
its own.  Now, this is in addition to the regular, WC alumni weekend in
October, of course. In  his text, Bill writes that he and Bailey and Dave
are not very good planners, and they'd like a lot of input and help from
other 1958-ers.  They're tentatively looking at June 27, apparently, for the
first of these gatherings, but nothing is written in stone. So I'm thinking
a good starting point for the 1958 folks is to contact Bill ( WHoward333@aol
com ) and you can all move forward from there.  Naturally, I know we all
want to support all gatherings of all years for any WC group. As my late
husband often said, "I've never seen any high school, in all my life, where
so many people kept in touch with their classmates to the extent West
Carrollton does!"  Then, he'd shake his head in awe.  I know many of you got
to know him, over the years. Well, he was sure right about that!  I do hope
that never changes.
 
This is WAY too soon to send another bulletin.  However, I'm seeing the news
is picking up, and to my amazement, incredibly, we seem to be adding more
readers with every bulletin period, and this bulletin is already so long, it
s  going to take forever to read it.  So I'm very hesitant to hold it in
queue for another 3-4 weeks.  This is already the third bulletin for 2015
and it's only April.  I don't want to bore you all to tears nor overwhelm
you with all this reading.
 
But having written all that, I see no other option than to go ahead and send
this, even though it's not yet even 4 weeks until the last one.  But your
responses have been absolutely wonderful, lots of volume, and lots of news.
So thank you so much and as we close, let us all fondly remember little
Yvonne Green, our 1954 homecoming flower girl, shall we?.  As I sign off on
yet another installment, I leave each of you with my usual wish for glowing
health, personal safety, great happiness, peaceful serenity, spiritual
harmony, and boundless prosperity.

 
---Here I sit, on my Tennessee mountainside. I hear birds singing, even
though the sky is dark.overcast, and foreboding. So we might get one of
those spring storms, for which East Tennessee is so famous. I love storms
and watch them in awe, but I don't want anyone to be hurt nor sustain
property damage. It's now April 17 and it will be 76 today, about 44%
humidity---dreamy (for me), and nothing like trying to breathe in steamy
Florida, where it's constantly like trying to inhale pork chop gravy, it's
so humid.
 
Here we go with our usual opening list of forwarders, who include 1954's
FREDA P. FLETCHER; 1960
's C. SUE MCCLOUD, WM. E. "BUDDY" STOVER; 1956's R. GWINN LACY; 1957's
ERCELL P. PHIL
LIPS; 1958's BILL R. HOWA RD ; 1960's DELORES K. "DEDE" FAHRNEY, WM. E.
BUDDY" STOV ER, C. SUE MCCLOUD 1962 's RUSSELL L. "RUSTY" ELLIOTT, 1964's W.
THOS. GODBY. We also got an e-mail update on 1957's RANDALL W. PARKS, so
thank you, Randy. Our e-mail lost list is down to nothing now, and it is not
because we don't have any. It's because, following at least six rejects, I
then deleted the addresses from the send list, in order to cut back on the
time spent for that. But I still want all those people back on the list. So
if you have info on them, I will appreciate getting it.
 
Naturally, I also thank all you lovely, wonderful, WC readers who make this
bulletin possible by sending your news, continuing to read, and always
conveying so many wonderful words of support, thanks, and appreciation.
Those people are 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER; JANICE L. WIREMAN (Homecoming
Queen); 1956's RALPH D. WILSON; 1957's NEIL H SIZER, ERCELL P. PHILLIPS,
HOWARD O. TYS
ON, RANDALL W. PARKS; 1958's RONALD D. "TOM" FEE, BILL R. HOWARD; 1959'S
SHIRLEY R. PARKS (Homecoming Queen), GARY E. BARNES (WeCaTon's Chief Field
Reporter, also the one who named this bulletin) ; 1960's EULA FAYE BAILEY;
1961's JACK L. GODBY, RICHARD L. DOLL, DAL
LAS K. MATHIS; 1962's THOS. J. GAULDIN; 1963's SHIRLEY A RANKIN; 1964's
LINDA S. MAYO.
 
Freda reported she and her husband will be celebrating his 80th birthday,
come July 9. They plan to be in Virginia with other family members, at that
time. Of course, prior to that birthday, Freda is going to have her own
special day on May 12, when she will turn 79. Just in case you're all
wondering, by the way, we have no reservations about revealing ages in THIS
group! Everyone knows already, just how old we all are. We went to school
together, remember? Also, when you really think about it, what's the point
in lying about your age, anyway? We can lie all we want, it won't do any
good. We're as old as we are, and no way around it. So congratulations and
happy birthday wishes to Freda, somewhat ahead of time, I hope, (and then
Larry). We should all be so lucky! Speaking of birthdays, from darling JACK
L.
.GODBY, 1961, I received a belated wish. Thank you so much, my dear.
 
From 1956's JOS. F. SNELL came an invitation to drive down to his
neighborhood (about 40 miles from me in Greeneville) so we can have dinner
together at one of my all-time favorite eateries, The Gondolier, which is
right there in Greeneville. Well, we're going to do that, Joe, I promise. It
has been way too long since I've been to that place and I love it!
 
RICHARD L. DOLL, 1961, wrote to say his parents retired to New Port Richey.
The town caught his eye in the last bulletin, because fellow teacher, DAVID
E. COLLINS, moved there, too. I think I also wrote of the fact 1961's SANDRA
S. MAYO also lives there. In fact, I'm aware we have lots of lots of WC
alumni who live either part-time or full-time in Florida. Richard also
correctly noted that Florida city as being a sort of hideaway in the
1920s-1930s era for celebrities who wanted to escape the spotlight. What
with the modern strain of papparazzi, I'd guess that's now impossible.
 
Richard tried all the questions on my little trivia quiz, too. He reported
his results. Of course, that served to jog my memory in saying I'd put all
the answers in this bulletin, else I'd have forgotten. So here we go:
1.) The original names of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are Donatello,
Leonardo, Michaelangelo (am I spelling that correctly?), and Raffaele. (I've
heard the modern version is allowing use of nicknames for them (Donnie, Leo,
Mikey, and Raf).
2.) The seven deadly sins, as listed in The Bible, are avarice, envy,
gluttony, lust, pride, sloth, and vanity.
While 5 of them are obvious, I've discovered many people don't recognize the
terms, avarice nor sloth. Avarice was the term for greed in Biblical times,
and is today sometimes used in sentences which incorporate the term,
avaricious." As for sloth, that was Biblical-times term for laziness. These
days, however, people don't use it at all, and it mostly applies to the
animal, the sloth, whom we see in zoos (---and that animal DOES epitomize
laziness and slow, lumbering movement).
3.) The Seven Dwarfs---my all-time, lifelong favorite in terms of trivia
questions---are Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, and Sneezy.
Invariably, if people can name 6 of them, the one they always miss is
Bashful.
4.) The eight reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid,
Donner, and Blitzen (just as in the famous poem. No, Rudolph was not one of
the right reindeer.
5.) Finally, the most difficult of all the questions was to name the nine,
sitting, Supreme Court Justices. They are Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Steven G.
Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena G. Kagan, Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief
Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Antonin G. Scalia, Sondra M. Sotomayor, and
Clarence W. Thomas. (I hope you all had fun with all these. I've always
rather enjoyed trivia.)
 
As much as I always hate this, I want to go ahead and get the unpleasant
news behind us, although I'm well aware, as the weeks pass, I may receive
more. On March 9, we lost 1964's KENNETH R. WRIGHT, who was a victim of
cancer. This was reported to me in time for the last bulletin, by classmate,
LINDA S. MAYO. I somehow did manage to omit it in my last bulletin. For that
  I apologize. Also, Linda reported the April 14 death of yet another of her
classmates, SAUNDRA L. HOWARD, also a cancer victim. This class has been hit
especially hard in recent months. Let's hope they don't have anymore for a
very long while (or any class, for that matter) . Linda also reported the
death of 1963's MICHAEL K. FANNIN, on April 16, but I have no details on
that one. Thank you, Linda.
 
Of course, everyone is well aware of the death of 1956's ANITA RAE MASON on
April 4. I, myself, was instantly aware of this one, of course, as Anita was
my sister-in-law, having been married for 4 1/2 years to my brother-in-law,
Ralph J. Osterman, the widower of my sister, 1956's JUDY ANN RISNER, Anita's
 
  Lifelong best friend. Anita was also the elder sister of 1957's SARAH M.
JACKIE" MASON, too Words of condolence came from several alumni, who
included 1956's R. GWINN LACY, RALPH D. WILSON, 1958's RONALD "TOM" FEE,
1960's V. JEAN WARD (Miami Shores Kid, last 2 years at Carlisle HS), WM. O.
WALKER, 1961's NANCY A. HALL, 1963's LEE JEAN JORDAN, and 1969's MICHAEL J.
LOTSPAIH. I also continued to get condolence messages for the loss of cousin
JUDITH L. SAMUELS, with whom I was closer than I can ever describe (March 9)
and I still miss her sorely every day of my life. Those came from 1960's
PHILLIP D. HOWARD, EULA FAYE BAILEY, V. JEAN WARD, 1961's NANCY J. ERT,
DALLAS K. MATHIS, 1967's MARIAN K. HUSSEY. Many thanks to all of you. I wish
 
I were doing better with losing Judy, but honestly, I'm not. At least, not
so far. She was such an integral, close part of my life, every day (!), for
7 decades. We told each other every, single detail of our lives, from the
time we were very small. Her death has been a crushing loss for me. I
honestly feel as though a part of me is now missing. Thank you, again.
 
No, we aren't yet through the deaths. Classmate THOS. L. WOLF, JR., reported
the death of neighbor and 1955 class member, BARBARA J. THOMAS, the spouse
of 1953's ELMER D. MARRIOTT. She died April 4, Tom wrote, following a
lengthy illness. Also reporting this death was 1956's R. GWINN LACY. We
extend condolences to Elmer, the family, and all close friends. Thank you,
Tom and Gwinn.
 
The next big shocker came to me on Easter Sunday, with an e-mail from 1961's
NANCY A. HALL, who informed me she'd just buried her husband on April 1.
Retired Lutheran Pastor Larry W. Matthews was a victim of a strain of cancer
called Burkitt's lymphoma, Nancy wrote. He had just been diagnosed last
December. She said there were 25 other pastors in attendance at Larry's
service, among all other attendees. She and Larry had resided in Rockford,
Illinois, and I'm sure Nancy will remain there, as I'm certain she had one
daughter, who lives nearby. We all send you sincerest condolences for your
loss, Nancy. Thank you for letting us know.
 
On April 14, we lost 1962's MARY ANN DUNCAN, who was the spouse of her
classmate, RUSSEL L. "RUSTY" ELLIOTT. She'd been battling a very aggressive
form of cancer for several months, with her husband at her side. Rusty kept
us all all informed of all changes and her general status, throughout. We
all thank you for that, Rusty, and you know we're all heartbroken for your
loss. Marry Ann was also the younger sibling of my classmate, 1960's WM. D.
DUNCAN, to whom we also extend condolences.
 
When word went out of Mary's death, there were yet more messages of
condolence and regret, which came to me, for you, Rusty.. Those came from
1958's VINCENT A. BRODBECK (and his longtime SO, Brenda K. Heiser), 1960's
EULA FAYE BAILEY, 1961's P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, 1962's THOS. J. GAULDIN, 1963
s GAYLE E. LESHER, NORMA E. SPEELMAN, 1970;s RITA G. JUSTICE. But probably
the most accurate assessment of all, came from 1964's SUE LAYNE "SUZI"
SPEELMAN, who wrote, "OMG! What a beautiful woman, such a loss!" You are so
right, Suzi, and I know Rusty thanks all of you.
 
Next came quite a blast from the past, when I had a long and windy exchange
with old friend, V. JEAN WARD, who moved to the Chautauqua area following
the end of our sophomore year. But for many a year before that, she and I
and late cousin Judy were literally inseparable, living just a few doors
apart on Miami Shores Drive. We did lots of fun rehashing about all, "the
good, ol' days," in magical Miami Shores. Especially amusing is the story of
the two guys (one from Patterson Co-op, who had a huge crush on Jean, but
who didn't?) and his name was Johnny. The other guy's name was Marty. They'd
both come all the way to MS from Dayton so Johnny could see Jean. No, I don
t recall how they met.
 
But we'd all skip rocks across the river and giggle a lot and do all the
stuff 15-year-olds (or so) did in those days, NOT to be compared with what
they do THESE days, mind you! Anyway, many years later, as I went through
old photos, I kept thinking that Marty kid had a familiar look to him, but I
couldn't figure out why. Eventually, the light went off in my head, as I
realized this kid we'd known as Martino Charles "Marty" Estevez had grown up
to become the famed actor, Martin Sheen. I often wonder if he'd ever
remember any of us. Who knows? It's a great story, a true story, and Jean
and I shared a good e-mail laugh about it. Jean now lives in Franklin,
Tennessee, with her husband, Larry D. Rhule.
 
Also during this bulletin period, I had a fun exchange with 1959's SHIRLEY R
PARKS and her spouse, 1957's NEIL H. SIZER. We were kibitzing about health
as we age, the puzzle of how genetics work, and why one child is healthy
while a sibling is not, etc. This led to a story about the fact my own
father died in a fistfight at nearly 88 years old, which HE started, by the
way. So we managed to turn the whole thing into something which reflected
good humor and a great story. So it was amusing and cordial.
 
From 1961's DALLAS K. MATHIS came a response to the trivia quiz, also. He
didn't do too badly. He also reported he maintains intermittent contact with
some of his former classmates and band members who include W. DUANE
BRIDENBAUGH, JACK L. GODBY (Drum Major), CAROL J. MUMMA, and KAY L. SCHMOLL.
  That's great, Dallas, and as all readers know, I'm all for maintaining
contact with our school friends and attending the get-togethers, whenever
possible.  We all need to do that, as we are losing far too many of our
alumni, far too quickly.
 
Does anybody out there know a Herb or Ed Jackson, who could be WC alumni? I
don't recognize either name, but I think they're much younger.  Anyway, 1954
s FREDA P. FLETCHER mentioned both names, saying she thinks they were
mid-60s grads. We always kibitz about the old Miami Shores memories, of
course, and all the fun we had. Other familiar names she mentioned were WM.
R. "BILL" DORSEY, SR.,
RUSSELL H. HARVILLE, JAS. N. "SMITTY" SMITH, and ROY W. FITZ.  I remember
all of them, but Roy was, I think, the elder brother of ROGER D. FITZ.  I
recall Roger having been married to MARILYN L. STRALEY, at one time, but
Marilyn died.  In fact, I believe all those girls are now deceased. The
three other sisters were SHIRLEY, CAROLYN, and HELEN. We lived on the same
street with them for years and years and years.  Good memories in ol' Miami
Shores, huh, Freda? At one time, we even had a horse-drawn, ice cream truck.
  No wonder all the kids from the other neighborhoods came over there, all
the time!
 
We've got a correction, readers!  I reported in the last one on 1963's
SHIRLEY ANN RANKIN and her broken right shoulder. But the thing is, it wasn
t the right one, it was the left one. Sorry about that, Shirley. But she
says her recovery is fast-paced and coming along well. She hopes to be back
to normal by the time she and her husband return to Florida in September to
resume their tourist-seasonal positions with Disney World. Well, we're all
glad you're healing well, Shirley.
 
As have so many over the past 2-3 years, Shirley also questioned if I'd
heard anything from FRANCES L. PEFFLY, 1963. Sadly, I haven't, Shirley. It's
as though Fran dropped off the face of the earth, about 3 years ago. I've
had queries about her from 1963's SANDRA K. MINIX, LEE JEAN JORDAN, CONNIE K
  STREETE, 1964's P. LYNNETTE HAWVERMALE, and several others whose names don
t come to  mind, as I type. So I really can't answer, but wish I could.  I
sure do miss what used to be very regular visit intervals from Fran and her
daughter, Kelly Ann Moore.  They were often accompanied by Fran's son, Jonny
A. Moore, Jr., whom we're now sure has passed away.  So if anyone hears
anything from Fran, do let us know.  She has a legion of people who would
like to contact her.
 
Before I forget, my big news for 2015 is that I'm dumping cable TV service.
I'm really miffed with their greediness and, "forced channel choices," and
have been doing a lot of studying and reading on the options available.  So
here's what I'm doing.  I'm buying one of those new, state-of-the-art,
technological antennas with all the gadgets, having it installed in the most
advantageous spot in or on my house (by a professional whom I've known ever
since living here), then will open a ROKU account to which one can add as
many as 9 televisions.  The cost is $8.10 a month + tax.  I may open a
second ROKU account, too, as my house is humongous and I have 16 (!)
televisions connected to cable
 
When they demanded a cable box for each set (last year in November), it
would've doubled my already- egregious cable bill.  So I added just the key
locations.  But it's $7 + tax for each box, so do the math. I'm not paying
that!!  I'll have to have the Internet for ROKU, but I'd keep that, anyway,
so I can't make that a part of the cost.  My cable bill is now $146 per
month.  When I'm finished with everything, it will drop to a mere $18, if I
have TWO of the ROKU accounts.  If not, it will be just $9.  I can't wait
and I plan to do this within 30 days of this writing.  (It's now April 21,
by the way.)  I'll keep you all posted. My sources indicate people are
dumping cable, left and right, for the same reasons I'm doing it.  If that's
true, it's a shame, as it will cost jobs.  But no one with whom I've spoken,
is pleased with the way cable TV has come to be structured, and it's the
same thing wish DISH Network. So I'm done!
 
We had a blip from 1960's DAVID A. BLAIR, in reference to our aforementioned
(in the last bulletin) senior class play, "Fog Island."  Dave wrote,
(correctly, I'm sure) that class play lists (of the actors) were listed in
order of appearance, rather than as, "the stars."  Okay, Dave, thanks for
reminding me of that.  I had deluded myself, all these years, feeling as
though I and my playbill husband, LARRY M. PENDLEY, were truly the stars. Aw
  shucks!  Another myth shattered!
 
Of course, I replied, and when he wrote back, he reminded me of, "the kiss,"
at the close of the play. It was between Dave and classmate, SHIRLEY J.
TUDOR, and raised a few eyebrows, at the time.  (It was the fall of 1959,
remember, so nothing like it is, now.)  I invited Dave to visit, along with
wife Marlene (of whom I'm also very fond).  I hope one day you'll take me up
on that, Marlene and Dave.
 
There was also a blip from 1958's football jock and  super-hunk, LANDO F.
STEELE, who seems to be doing well and in good health.  Was there any female
in the entire school, who did NOT have a crush on Lando?  If so, I say you
re tellin' a big fib!  Stay healthy and safe, Lando! We all love
you---STILL!!
 
From 1970's RITA G. JUSTICE came news of her visiting her daughter in
Southern California, and no doubt, she's sure enjoying that.  It was April
12 and she said she'd be there 6 weeks, so I don't know if she's returned or
not.  But whatever the case, Rita, I hope you had a great time.  She and I
also had an exchange about the incredible dangers of tobacco and alcohol use
  Both of them kill so many people.  I am also always befuddled by people
using the phrase, "alcohol and drugs."  Surely, we all know alcohol IS a
drug.  I suppose the reason it is separated is because it's legal. But still
  it's a drug, nevertheless.
 
From 1954 homecoming queen, JANICE L. WIREMAN, came a reminiscent e-mail,
regarding the night she was crowned, walking through the batons with
football captain JACK W. PUMMILL.  She said she was freezing to death that
night, it was so cold.  Her beautiful, little flower girl, whom I'll bet
many of us recall, died in a house fire the following March. Her name was
Yvonne Green, and she lived right across the street from Janice, who wrote
how she loved the little girl. How tragic, Janice!  But how wonderful you
remember her so fondly, after all these years. So how about we just dedicate
this edition of the bulletin to the memory of little Yvonne Green?  We all
should be remembered so fondly and for so long!
 
From 1964's W. THOS. GODBY came an invitation to join him on a website
called Linkedin. I sincerely thank you for thinking of me, Tom. However, I
don't participate in the social websites, and yes, I know I am living in the
Dark Ages. But honestly, I actually hope to hold onto the Dark Ages for as
long as I can. There is much in this, "new world," of which I do not wish to
be a part. I harken back to the 1950s, just as often as I can. Ha!
 
Tom has spent his life in the car business, which is dear to my heart. I,
myself, did the car business as a side interest in Florida, for 17 years.  I
learned so much about it and I still call upon that education, each time I
purchase a vehicle.  I also did Harley-Davidsons, but that was much more fun
and personal. Tom's business is in Plant City, Florida, and is called
Universal Auto Sales (owned by Godby Enterprises, Inc.) I know we all wish
you continued success and good health, Tom.
 
On April 19, I received an e-mail from 1958's BILL R. HOWARD. It seems some
members of that class, who also include DAVID L. HOWARD and W. BAILEY
HAWKINS would like for the 1958 class to now have an annual get-together of
its own.  Now, this is in addition to the regular, WC alumni weekend in
October, of course. In  his text, Bill writes that he and Bailey and Dave
are not very good planners, and they'd like a lot of input and help from
other 1958-ers.  They're tentatively looking at June 27, apparently, for the
first of these gatherings, but nothing is written in stone. So I'm thinking
a good starting point for the 1958 folks is to contact Bill ( WHoward333@aol
com ) and you can all move forward from there.  Naturally, I know we all
want to support all gatherings of all years for any WC group. As my late
husband often said, "I've never seen any high school, in all my life, where
so many people kept in touch with their classmates to the extent West
Carrollton does!"  Then, he'd shake his head in awe.  I know many of you got
to know him, over the years. Well, he was sure right about that!  I do hope
that never changes.
 
This is WAY too soon to send another bulletin.  However, I'm seeing the news
is picking up, and to my amazement, incredibly, we seem to be adding more
readers with every bulletin period, and this bulletin is already so long, it
s  going to take forever to read it.  So I'm very hesitant to hold it in
queue for another 3-4 weeks.  This is already the third bulletin for 2015
and it's only April.  I don't want to bore you all to tears nor overwhelm
you with all this reading.
 
But having written all that, I see no other option than to go ahead and send
this, even though it's not yet even 4 weeks until the last one.  But your
responses have been absolutely wonderful, lots of volume, and lots of news.
So thank you so much and as we close, let us all fondly remember little
Yvonne Green, our 1954 homecoming flower girl, shall we?.  As I sign off on
yet another installment, 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, February 09, 2015
 
Bonnie's Latest News from WCHS Mid Century Classes
---Well, it's now January 20 and the last bulletin was sent January 10. So

let's see how we do with this one. Remember, I warned you, I can't get one
done every month, but I'll try hard for 6 to 8, each year, and that's a
reasonable goal. We'll stick to protocol and list forwarders first: 1954's
FREDA P. FLETCHER;
1956's RALPH D. WILSON, ANN C. WEIDLE;1957's ERCELL P. PHILLIPS; 1958's BILL
R. HOWARD
, RONALD D. "TOM" FEE, LORNA D. TROUTMAN; 1959's JOE E. STOMPS; 1960's
RICHARD S. HOLT, DELORES K. "DEDE" FAHRNEY, WM E. "BUDDY" STOVER, DAVID A.
BLAIR, EULA FAYE
BAILEY; 1961's PAUL R. BEARDSLEY, P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, GARY R. FRANK, JACK L
  GODB
Y, CONNIE K. STREETE, SANDRA E. BROCK; 1970's INDY JO GRISSOM; 1988's JAS. T
  MCGUIRE
 
As regards our e-mail lost, I've gotten no updates, unfortunately, which
would've taken any of them off the elimination list. I'm very fearful
several of these alumni are actually deceased and no one knows about it. If
you know anything, please let me know. If you have an updated e-mail, please
let me know about that, too. Therefore, I've deleted all the following
alumni, albeit very reluctantly; 1945's NORMA J. BROWN (deceased), DONALD R.
THROCKMORTON; 1953's ELMER D. MARRIOTT; 1954's PATRICE B. GAUGH; 1955's
BARBARA J. THOMAS; and 1960's BEVERLY J. HAAS. Any updated information
would be welcomed.
 
Among those who have kept us posted is 1956's ANN C. WEIDLE, who took the
time to notify me of her new e-mail address, postal address, and the change
of her surname from Brown to Axetell, in line with her recent remarriage.
She remains in residence in Foley, Alabama. Thanks so much, Ann.
 
It became instantly apparent I wasn't the only one who had fond memories of
my Little Miami riverbank (on both sides of the river, by the way) and the
many years of fun times in South Moraine Platte behind the old Indian River
Fruit Market. The mention of that area brought forth a flood of responses,
as well as lots more names from that neighborhood. First checking in with a
comment was 1959's CAROLYN E. EUBANK. She remembered the ROSE family, the
THACKER family (1960's LONNIE M.?), 1954's C. ELAINE BARKER, and Carolyn's
own sister, SHIRLEY, who had died of cancer 20 years ago. That was such a
sad memory and I didn't even know. But thanks for all that, Carolyn.
 
Then there was my old pal and dearly-beloved friend, 1961's JOHN W. OBERLIES
JR., class president and longtime member of the South Moraine Platte gang.
He also recalled many of the names---CROY, GILLETTE, THACKER, and EUBANK.
But more humorously, he reminded me of a great, great story which I'd all
but forgotten, until he related it again, after all these decades. I love
this one! Many of you, I
am  sure, will remember the fire in the late 1950s, which burned down Woody
s Little Farm.
 
As it happens, John's parents' home and the home of 1960's CHARLES V. CARTER
sat side by side and shared a joint driveway. The step-father of Charles was
Carl R. Roberson (now long since dead), and he was hired in the clean-up
crew for the fire. Well, here he came, up that joint driveway, the truck
bed filled with all the burnt beer from the fire. Carl temporarily dumped it
at the head of the driveway. Of course, all the neighborhood guys,
especially John and Charles, stole all the burned beer they could get in
their hands (and pockets and jeans and pants and whatever). So the eventual
clean-up was far fewer bottle of burnt beer than was the original dump. As
John put it, "The beer tasted just awful, of course, but we were so proud of
ourselves." He wanted to know if you remember that, Charles. I know very
well, you do. He also alluded to a pass-through-Indiana visit from Murl E.
Huffman and how fun it was to reminisce with him. John said MEH was far
younger, then, "only 94." Thanks, John, what a fun e-mail!
 
Also checking in was 1956's Rev. Dr. R. GWINN LACY.  He provided the
geographic location of the Little Miami River, and of course, I knew he was
correct.  But in my Miami Shores youth, we always did call the river by that
name, simply because that was, "the littlest width," and dozens of we old
Miami Shores Kids often swam back and forth across that river.  I did it
many times, myself. Gwinn also wrote kind words about my late sister and his
classmate, JUDY ANN RISNER.  On February 26, it will be 7 years since her
death and I can scarcely believe that. He sent best regards, also, to my
now-sister-in-law, ANITA RAE MASON, who is very ill. He expressed great
sorrow, also, about all those we've lost, and I know I feel a pang with each
and every single one of those I report, even if I didn't know them at all.
We all jointly comprise that big quilt of humanity which makes WC so unique,
and is also a part of the reason we all seem to be so closely-knit.  Thanks,
Gwinn.
 
There was also a note from 1963's NORMA ELYN SPEELMAN, who lived in one our
most frequented residences there behind Indian River, or at least the side
yard. She mentioned the WALKER twins, also THACKER, 1963's BEVERLY K. LIGHT,
JERRY T. EUBANK, and THOS. M. BEACHLER. Pretty good line-up, Elyn, and
thanks.
 
There were the usual, wonderful notes of thanks and appreciation from a
number of you, each of which I fondly treasure. They include 1954's Rev.
JOHN E. CROY, 1956's RALPH D. WILSON, 1957's SHIRLE
Y ANN HILE, 1958's LORNA D. TROUTMAN, RONALD D. "TOM" FEE, 1961's JACK L.
GODBY, 1963
's LEE JEAN HELLER, 1970's INDY JO GRISSOM, 1978's LARRY W. HENDERSON
(current alumni prez).  My thanks to all of you, and once again, we're
adding readers, which I still can't believe, after it's now nearly 15 years
(come October), since this, "accidental bulletin," began.
 
Let's welcome aboard a slug of new people, most from 1956, and most
attributable to the efforts of one 1956 class member, RALPH D. WILSON. Those
people include CHAS. M. CLICK, ORIEN W. DODDS, JR., JOYCE ANN GAREY, DONNA
MAE HINTON (who was already there, unbeknownst to me), JACK L. STOTTS, R.
GWINN LACY, J. DONALD RUHKAMP (also already there, unbeknownst to me), SHEL
BY ANN STOKES, and MARJORIE A. YATES.  (Margie, where is your brother, who
was my classmate, 1960's DONALD YATES?)  These were all a result of the sad
news of the death of one of their class members, ROSETTA PRUETT, on January
10.  Thanks, Ralph.
 
We've also added 1978's KEVIN L. WHITWORTH, through the efforts of 1964's
RICKEY A. BUSCH. As soon as I saw the Whitworth name, I was reminded of 1952
s LESTER L. WHITWORTH, and learned Kevin is his  son, as I'd thought he
might be. So welcome to you, too, Kevin, and thanks, Rick.
 
Thank you so much, PAMELA K. SHIPLEY, for your invite to the FaceBook thing.
But it's just not for me. We've been all through that, and I'm none too sure
I'll ever be getting involved in any of those high-profile social websites.
They're just not my cup of tea, and the last thing I want or need is yet
another layer of . communication.  I'm a person who still hand-writes people
  stamps and postally mails items, still have my landline, and in addition to
all that, I've got 9 e-mail addresses, and two cell phone lines.  After my
brief bout with FaceBook, it became instantly apparent to me, I could never
be a part of it.  I'm way too much of a 1950s Miami Shores Kid and old, WC
Pirate. But thanks so much for asking.
 
On January 12, I spoke to my brother-in-law, who informed me he'd been
contacted that day by 1981's TODD R. CARROLL, who informed him of the sad
news of the Jan. 10 death of his mother, who is 1956 class member, ROSETTA
PRUETT. She and I had a delightful visit in October, after her move back to
the area, following many years in Arizona. I had no idea she was even ill,
at the time. Apparently, neither did she, but she was a victim of cancer and
by the time it was discovered, it was too late for her. I later learned
there was to be no service, per her wishes. We extend condolences to Todd
and all of Rosetta's family. Thank you for letting us know, Todd.
 
Okay, I'm back.  It's now February 6 and lots has happened since my last
entries.  The big thing was a frozen water pipe and I had to have my entire
house replumbed.  Now, that's done and they're working on the drainage
system while they were at it. So I had them re-do my gray water drain.  (For
those of you who are familiar with RVs, you'll know just want I mean.  My
vintage home was built in the 1950s, and was outfitted with a black water
and a gray water drain. But if you're unfamiliar with RVs, you may not know
what I mean.  In any case, everything will be all new, and I'm delighted.)
As of today, we're coming to a close with that work and I'll soon be able to
enjoy it all.
 
Okay, back to our Pirate news!  Every now and again, I go through and update
my particulars on some of you. Such was the case, just recently, with 1954's
FREDA P. FLETCHER. We've got everything all corrected now, and current.  She
had more addresses than a fleeing felon.  Ha!  Thanks, Freda.
 
From 1963's LEE JEAN JORDAN came a wonderful e-mail, reminiscing about the
wonderful times and the great world of the 1950s. Things began a noticeable
about-face, as early as 1961, and I vividly recall wondering, way back then,
where our world was going.  Little did I know! Like so many of us, Lee Jean
has roots which go way back in WC history. She worked 4 years at Woody's
Arctic Bar with Mrs. Wolfe, mother of 1959's COE S. WOLFE, 1960's MILTON R.
WOLFE, and 1963's JOHN R. WOLFE. She has also worked in the hospice field
and at the WC Fire Dept., for 24 years.  She remains active in line dancing,
and says anyone is welcome who's at Yellow Rose in WC on Saturday nights at
9:30. The more, the merrier and every is welcome to join in the fun.  Thanks
  Lee Jean, lots of good memories!
 
From 1958's BILL R. HOWARD came photos of him and lifelong friend, RONALD D.
"TOM" FEE, and they were taken 60 years apart.  How wonderful to have a
nurtured friendship for that many decades. He (Bill) referred to them as,
two old geezers."  Somehow, I still don't think of so many of us 1950s and
early 1960s people as being old, even though I know we are.  The Howards,
along with daughter Laura, visited the Fees in Zephyrhills, Florida, in
January.  That's wonderful, They even checked out the facility there for
skydiving, although Bill opted out of actually doing it, he wrote. Probably
a good thing!
 
On January 13, we all received the horrible news about the illness of 1962's
MARY  ANN DUNCAN, who is the longtime spouse of her classmate, RUSSELL L.
RUSTY" ELLIOTT.  She is also the sister of my 1960 classmate, WM. D. DUNCAN.
  To say everyone took this news very hard would surely be a huge
understatement.  Many words of encouragement and support flowed in for Mary.
People called, sent her cards, and sent encouraging e-mails.  Among those
who made such gestures were 1958's HARRIETTE E. DOGGETT, LORNA D. TROUTMAN,
1960's MICHAEL S. WEST, 1962's SUE LAYNE SPEELMAN, 1963's TERRIE A. STOLTZ,
1971's RODNEY R. GABBARD, and likely many, many more of whom I'm unaware.
But I know we're all banding together to support Mary and let her know we're
all pulling for her and Rusty.
 
On February 1, I received word from 1959's NORMAN E. SANFORD, about the
January 27 death of BARBARA H. "BOBBYE" HAGGERTY, wife of WC's iconic,
longtime, marching band director, HARRY C. HAGGERTY.  Their residence is in
Tucson, Arizona. I did not know Mrs. Haggerty, but heard only the very best
things about her from many alumni who were close to them. They included Norm
  of course, and 1970's INDY JO SUMNER and VICKIE JO GILBERT, who gave them a
going-away party when they moved to Arizona, as well as 1961's JACK L. GODBY
  who was the drum major, as was Norm. As with Mary's situation, I know there
were many others with similar feelings, of whom I'm unaware.
 
Also going through a cancer treatment program is Pastor Larry W. Matthews,
Ret., and he is the spouse of 1961's NANCY A. HALL.  At this writing, Larry
is currently hospitalized for some advanced type of chemo treatments.  Nancy
has reported it seems to be working.  We're all happy for that, Nancy, and
do convey our very best wishes to Larry.  Nancy recently had a birthday, too
  and sent me  thank-you e-mail for her card.
 
While I am on sad topics, I may as well get through this, also. My cousin,
JUDITH L. SAMUELS, with whom I've been close for my entire life, is now in
hospice care at home.  She has no idea how long she has, but has more or
less told me she knows she will soon die, and has asked me to write her
obituary. This was overwhelming for me, and I'm still trying to deal with it
  and not doing well, I must admit. If this really happens, I will be a
basket case.  Writing her obituary will be all but impossible for me, but I
am going to do it because she has asked me.  Somehow, some way, I will get
through it.
 
It was wonderful for me to read of the reconnection of 1954's JOHN E. CROY
and VICTOR C. NOEL, who were best buds in high school and shared many
adventures.  John told me they exchanged e-mail and it was so fun to hear
from him again.  I'm thrilled about that. John will send a CD of his book to
any who may want it.  Thanks, John.
 
Recently, I heard from 1986's KEITH A. SIMS.  He wrote he's missing a couple
yearbooks and asked  if I might have them.  They're 1979 and 1980.  Does
anyone out there have extras of these two?  Also, I still accept, buy, beg,
borrow, steal, garage-sale, estate-sale, whatever, any and all yearbooks of
any years.  So if you see any, get them.  Yes, I do have extras of some
years.  But those weren't among them.  If you have them, let me know, and
you can contact Keith.
 
A thank-you came from 1958'S LORNA D. TROUTMAN for her birthday card and she
also requested a photo of what she called my, "snow-covered mountain."
However, I was unable to accommodate her, as we have yet to see a single
flake of snow, here on my mountain.  Sorry, Lorna.
 
Okay, let's try to get some upbeat words into this one.  I'm sorry for all
the sad news, this time.  But as I have previously written on many occasions
  in the nearly-15 years I've done these bulletins, I've learned people want
to know these things, even though they're not pleasant nor fun to read.  So
that's why I will continue to report them.
 
From 1958's LANDO F. STEELE came wishes for a Happy New Year.  He said he's
doing well and still working out at the gym and in pretty fair health.  That
s always great to hear. There was also a note or two from 1960's MICHAEL S.
WEST.  He described my last bulletin as a novel.  Ha!  I guess they're all
like that, really. He wrote of a trip to Murfreesboro to see their grandson,
and on the upside, Sally had but two more treatments to complete her cancer
regimen. We hope all went well, Mike.
 
In a real bit of interesting trivia, Mike sent statistics for the blog. On
that day (Jan. 22), he wrote there had so far been 15 views. The prior day
was 11 views. The prior month was 904 views. The total views were a
staggering 38,435!  I thought that was amazing.  The blog was originally
begun by NANCY J. ERTEL, 1961, and Mike has maintained it, ever since.  I'd
say it's a hit.  Mike also wrote of something called a, "virtual cemetery,"
which is apparently maintained by RICHARD S. HOLT, also 1960, and I'm making
the assumption he posts all WC passings on this site.
 
Also checking in with some interesting WC trivia was 1958's RONALD D. "TOM"
FEE, who is one of my fellow Miami Shores Kids.  Like me (and most other WC
kids), he bemoans the passing of our own Woody's Supermarket.  Tom wrote
that, at one time, Woody had more Yellow Page advertising than anyone in the
entire state.  No doubt, Tom, no doubt. He also wrote of the original, Woody
s produce tent, from the 1940s, where he had his chalk board out front with
the specials written on it.  Well, Tom, I still remember that, too.  I was
but 4 years old when my parents first started going there, too, buying the
produce.  I had very curly hair and Woody nearly always patted me on the
head, talked about my curly hair, and gave me a beautiful, fuzzy peach.  I
suspect we all have a story or two about Woody.
 
From 1963's SHIRLEY ANN RANKIN came a bit of a razzing about my, "Elvis
orders," in the last one of my bulletins.  Of course, I expected that.
Shirley is among those who, in the past 6 months or so, has requested news
on her classmate, FRANCES L. PEFFLY.  There are several who have asked about
her and they include SANDRA K. MINIX, TERRIE A. STOLTZ, and 1961's P.
LYNNETTE GARRETT.  I wish I had an answer for all of you, but alas, I haven
t heard a word!
 
A wonderful occasion occurred this past summer for 1957's SHIRLEY ANN HILE
and her spouse, Jack E. Richards.  They celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary and it sounds as if the event drew quite a  crowd. The
celebration was held on June 29 at Miamisburg First Church of God in the
picnic area and Shirley reported attendance was around 130 people.  That's
quite impressive.
 
Among the attendees were people many of us know, of course, and they
included our iconic civics teacher, MURL E. HUFFMAN, who never seems to miss
anything WC-oriented, "my crush teacher in all my high school years," JAS. C
  JOHNSON, and his wife (that lucky girl!), Ada M., and 1952's DONNA A. SMITH
(now Courtney).  I'm sure there were many others, too. Shirley says they had
5 popcorn flavors and Jack came up with the idea of scoops of ice cream from
The Ice Cream Trolley.  Shirley's sister (but which one?) decided on a
special anniversary cake, which was designed by Loretta Shackleton Van
Norman.  It all sounds like quite a blowout, Shirley, just as it should have
been.  Thank you so much for the great report.
 
Okay, gang, the Fifth Annual Texas Hold 'Em Tournament is upcoming on
February 28 and will again be held at Treasure Island Supper Club in Moraine
City.  The first 50 folks who pay the registration fee will be participating
  I sure hope I get this bulletin distributed in time to give people a
chance to do that.  My thanks to 1988's JAS. T. MCGUIRE for keeping us up to
date on these events, in coordination with the WC Football Alumni Club.
 
Okay, gang, I'm sort of wobbling through this next piece of news, but am
going to include it, as it came to me from classmate THOS. L. WOLF, JR.  As
nearly as I can determine, there may not be any alumni of WC in this, but
perhaps there are.  First, Tom wrote of the pre-Christmas death of Dick
Ripley, and said a memorial was held in Lebanon. Tom wrote Dick isn't an
alumnus, but that his second marriage was a bridge between two families
named Ripley and Daugherty.  He wrote there were 11 in the combined family
and that one family member, Alice Ripley, appeared many times on Broadway.
They all came to WC in the mid-1970s.  I knew none of them, but Tom felt
many of you might remember them.
 
He also wrote of the recent death of Virgil R. Wickert II, in The Villages,
Florida, who is survived by his second wife and caretaker, Sandra A.
Neither of them were WC alumni, either.  However, the way I'm reading it,
Virgil's four children were all WC alumni, but I don't have their names.
Thanks so much for that report, Tom.
 
Okay, we've once again reached the close of all e-mails.  I'm running full
speed ahead for 2015, as this is already my second bulletin distribution for
this year and it's only February 7.  So I know I'm spoiling all of you, and
it's a very bad habit.  Ha!  No, I can't maintain this pace, that's for sure
  but I'm going to take full advantage while I'm moving along at this rate.
So now, we'll get current on some personal contacts.
 
The last time I spoke with 1958's BRUCE E. CHENOWETH, he told me he was
heading to Florida for a visit with his sister-in-law, and he would be
accompanied by longtime companion, 1971's PATTY JO  WHEELBARGER.  I haven't
yet heard if their trip was completed nor any details, but I'm sure I will.
Also contacting me was EULA FAYE BAILEY, 1960, and we spoke of many things,
as we always do.  Both of us share such fond memories of our long and close
friendship with another classmate, so well-known, BEVERLY A. BOWMAN, who was
also my step-sister for 9 years, along with her siblings, LARRY A., the late
NANCY L., and DANIEL L.  She's rarely out and about these days, and coping
with her own set of health issues, as are so many of us in this age group.
 
There was a pleasant, wonderful conversation with 1958's HARRIETTE E.
DOGGETT, the older sister of my dear high school friend, the late W. SUSAN
DOGGETT, who was also Bruce's first wife.  Harriette is just like she was in
high school, and what you see (and hear) is exactly what you get.  She was
quite the strong and foreboding young girl in school. Believe me, she still
is, and tough as nails.  She's coming through her own health issues, too.
Aren't we all?
 
CHAS, A. HIGH, JR., continues to power through his health crises, also, and
stays doggedly devoted to the care of his wife of nearly-46 years, Carolyn,
who is wheelchair-bound from repeated strokes and has lost the sight in one
eye.  I believe Charlie has now had about 22-23 heart procedures, himself.
He told me he thinks he's alive only through determination and will.  I
believe him.
 
The last time I spoke with Pamela J. Carter, she told me 1960's CHAS. V.
CARTER was likely going to go to Florida during this winter and spend a few
of the cold weeks with his maternal uncle, who is 1959's JERRY L. WEBB.  I
haven't yet gotten the update on that, so I don't know if he did or did not
go.
 
When last I spoke with 1958's LANDO F. STEELE, he said he'd recently
attended several of those Tuesday breakfasts with WC alumni, and I know some
of the regular attendees include not only Lando, but also Bruce and also
their football icon, FLOYD R. "BUBBLES" WILLIAMS, JR.  As most of us are now
aware, he doesn't wish to be addressed any longer by his fabled nickname,
but as I once told him, "You've got be aware of the fact you made that
nickname famous among all of us, that's how we all know you, and when fellow
WC people say it to you, it's done with fond affection and great memories of
your incredible football feats in high school." Every word of that is true,
too. I believe another fairly regular attendee is 1959's GARY E. BARNES, as
well a couple other 1958 class members, VINCENT A. BRODBECK (another
football icon) and BILL R. HOWARD, the record-holder of the fastest pair of
feet in the history of WC track records, and maybe even in the state of Ohio
  I remember that, too, and boy!!  He really was that fast.  I do believe
DAVID L. HOWARD also attendes.  So keep up those breakfasts, all you guys,
and have a great time of it.
 
There was also a call recently from my birthday twin, 1960's DEVONA S.
TAYLOR, and we got current on lots of stuff, in general.  She's doing all
right.  Where are you, JO ANN K. STEMLEY? Still in Florida? Call me!  Or I'm
going to call you.  Did I mention a thank-you from another classmate, LINDA
L. SHANK? She was also thanking me for a birthday greeting and she has a
birthday twin, too.  It's SHIRLEY JAY TUDOR.  Our class has yet a third set
of birthday twins, too, in the persons of GERALD A. FULLER and WM. O. WALKER
  Come to think of it, the 1960 class has yet another distinction.  We have
8 couples from our own class, who married each other.  I wonder how many
single WC classes have that many, or if any WC class has more?
 
Okay, readers, we've come to the close of another WeCaTon.  Again, I deeply
thank each of you for your dedication to reading these, even taking the time
to add more readers, contributing all your news, and most of all, for
seeming to truly enjoy them.  I appreciate that part, I think, more than
anything else.  But do remember, without your input, there will be no
WeCaTons, so it's very important.  I'm humbled by your expressions of
enjoyment and appreciation, and it's exactly what keeps me pounding these
type-writer keys---ok, keyboard! I'm a 1950s kid, what do you expect?  My
typing teacher ANN SPANGENBERG
would be so proud!  I can still do about 80 words per minute, with accuracy!
  So I leave you all with my usual wishes for glowing health, personal safety
  great happiness, peaceful serenity, spiritual harmony, and great prosperity
  Ciao!
 

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
D. TROUT
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.
GILES.
 
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
her1945
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
this bulletin.)
 
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 ( william.m.combs@att.net ) 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
Louise.
 
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
memorial.
 
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
the year.
 
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!
 


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