Thursday, March 21, 2019

Funeral for Bobby Wells' brother, Ed

Fw: Ed Wells Funera - Update


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John Lomax

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Dear Classmates,  The following emails regarding services for Ed Wells were sent by Walter Mills. 
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:10 PM
Subject: Re: Ed Wells Funeral - Update

UPDATE - A cookie and punch reception will be held in the Worship Center foyer after the 1 PM service on 3/30.   Walter
On Wed, 20 Mar 2019 21:58:37 -0400 <walterdmills@juno.com> writes:
The service for Ed Wells will be on Saturday, March 30th at 1 PM at First Baptist Charlotte.. 
This is a week from this Saturday.  There are extended family members that cannot be here until later.  I am not sure about receiving of friends at this time.  I will let you know when I hear more.
Walter

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Stop Look Listen

Back in the late 60's , when environmentalism was the "big thing"...I was flying back from a business trip...and Ralph Nader, the first environmental "super star" was on the same plane.  I knew him because he had been a guest on my TV show a couple of times.

Sitting beside him was obviously a school teacher....she had no idea who was next to her because she was totally occupied grading papers.
A good guess would have been that they all had something to do  with "environmentalism"....the things around us.....since that was such a hot topic in schools back then.

What a fantastic story she could have told her class the next day!

Instead,  I'll bet she lectured the class on....oh, something like...."We've got to start paying attention to our "environment"...and the things around us...…..because, if we don't ….we only have 10 more years to live.!@

Just a guess.

=Ed






Thursday, March 07, 2019

When the Rubber hit the Road

This ain't about driving.

It's about walking.

Walking to the Kiddie Show at the Visualite Theater when Jimmy and I were about 9 years old.

He had found some strange balloons in his father's bedroom drawer  and asked me what I thought they were.

I replied, "They are balloons, you Bozo.  Haven't you ever seen balloons?

Sure enough, we blew them up, and although their shape was a little different...it was oblong, instead of the usual "round" shape...of most balloons, they were balloons all right.

But, they must have been some kind of special balloons...because, I never saw so much attention from passing traffic that we got that day from those balloons!




Wednesday, March 06, 2019

LDL Tuesday March 12th

Our usual disclaimer (and vision test)...This message is being sent to all CHS'54 classmates for whom we have an E-mail address. We recognize that many of you live great distances away and may not elect to "do lunch", but we want you to know what we are doing and hope you'll come when you can.

The next "LDL" (Let's do lunch) is to be held on...
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 11:30 @ Jimmie's Restaurant in Mint Hill.
Please tell other classmates!  Invite them to come!  Even better, bring someone with you! 
Hope you get the idea that we'd really like to see you and sure hope you'll come!
 

Monday, March 04, 2019

Bullying

I've forgotten his name...but for this story, I'll call him Mr. Smith. He was once the richest man in the little town where my Dad grew up...and once tipped my Dad 5 dollars (a huge amount back then....when Dad was a delivery boy for Western Union.)
Like a lot of people, he lost most of his money during the depression and wound up in his old age destitute and a resident of the "Old Folks Home" outside of Charlotte.

My Dad would visit him occasionally on Sunday afternoons and on this particular Sunday, my Dad decided that he should bring the old man a gift. Earlier that week my Dad had bought me my first watch, a pocket watch. Dad asked me if I would let him give my watch to Mr. Smith and he would buy me another one the following day.  I said yes.
The following day, as the owner of a brand new pocket watch, I was proudly showing it off to my buddies.  They  were obviously impressed because the next day while waiting for the bus, they told a group of "big boys" about my new watch.

"Oh, let' see it," one of the boys said. "Yeah, let us take a look."

So, I took the watch out...and handed it over for them to admire. The oldest boy in the group. took the watch...and threw it as far as he could into the weed covered lot.  Just then, the bus arrived and they all got on...still laughing.  I boarded the bus as well, since I had a dental appointment.

It was in the daylight of the next day before I could search for my watch, and search I did....but to no avail. I searched for the rest of that week in fact, but it was not to be found.
I finally just gave up.  A couple of months later, they built a house on that lot.

I was tempted a few times to knock on the door and  ask the new residents if they ever heard any strange "ticking" sounds...……..but I decided against it.

-Ed


Sunday, February 24, 2019

I Changed My Mind

Forget what I wrote about giving up this website. I changed my mind. Posting is difficult with my failing eyesight...but not impossible. This is one of the few links I have to some of the finest people I was privileged to know. So I'm not going to do that. My magnifying glass and I are going to continue.....!!

Every Boy...

....wants his father to be proud of him! No doubt that was a major factor in my case. Practicing football in 95 degree August weather was not something you did for the fun of it. There had to be another reason....a compelling one. Impressing the girls was one, of course but perhaps even more important was th almost universal desire of boys to impress their fathers! I remember vividly the first time I impressed my father. What a great feeling! And, it wasn't anything I did. No. It was somethin many of you dear readers did. It was one Valentine's evening when I was in the fourth grade, I believe, and I had brought home all the Valentines I had received and showed them to my Dad. He was obviously impressed by the sheer number of cards....and began reading the notes on each one. He literally "beamed." "You have a lot of friends, Son. I'm proud of you!" T Thanks to all of you! -Ed

Friday, February 15, 2019

Everyone Has Them

I suppose....I call them my "Believe it or Not" moments....after the famous Robert Ripley. After my radio and TV career...I spent a couple of years as a salesman...selling film processing services...mainly to government agencies. A big part of my job was entertaining our clients...aka taking them to lunch on a regular basis. Leo, who later became a great friend, was the point man for my largest client...one of the major government agencies. Leo LOVED "Strip Bars." And that's where we wound up every time I took him to lunch. (Oh,what sacrifices I made for that company!) I remember so well the first time I invited him to lunch...and asked him where he'd like to go. He replied, Anywhere there are dancing girls." I told him that was fine with me....but, he'd have to pick the place...because …..I like dancing girls as much as the next guy, but I'Vw worked out of my home for several years...so am not up to speed as to what is happening in downtown DC. So he picked the place , and as we entered...there was already a girl dancing on stage...which we had to go right past to get to our seats. She was totally naked. We passed no more than 3 feet from her as we walked toward our seats....and as we passed by she looked down...and said...."Hello, Mr. Shephard!" "So, you've never been here before, eh?" said my friend. "That's right....I've never been here before. The reason she knows me is because.....she is the daughter of one of my neighbors." "Fast thinking, but I don't believe a word of it." But, it was true! One of my "Believe it of not" moments. -Ed (This story happened many years ago...perhaps 15 or 20. ) -Ed

Monday, February 11, 2019

Retiring

I've been posting on this website for about l0 years or so....and I've enjoyed every minute of it.....but the time has come for me to step down. Eyesight is my main problem.  Overall, I
am healthier than I have a right to be.
But the time has come for me to .hopefully, let someone  else maintain this  website

I'm hoping Warren or Obie...or  another of our sterling CHS54 pals will find time enough to continue this.  There are no statistics on how many of you look at this site ….but I'm sure a bunch of you do.  Its a great way to stay in touch with our dwindling number of classmates

Whoever takes it over will probably use a different URL  (address. I'll be sure to let you know what that is...as soon as possible.
 I/m not going anywhere....I'll be right here  and will certainly  "chime in" from time to time.

Best wishes to you all.....and thanks for "listening" all these years!

Ed

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

LDL Feb 12th

What's up for you next Tuesday?  Maybe you could give us a try, huh?

The next "LDL" (Let's do lunch) is to be held on...
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 11:30 @ Jimmie's Restaurant in Mint Hill.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The Next LDL

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 11:30 @ Jimmie's Restaurant in Mint Hill.
Please tell other classmates!  Invite them to come!  Even better, bring someone with you! 
Hope you get the idea that we'd really like to see you and sure hope you'll come!
 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Looking for his Mother

Hickman, Charles (Penske) Charles.Hickman@penske.com

9:27 AM (8 hours ago)
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I’m trying to find anyone who might have known my mother when she was at Central High. Her name was Martha Anne Mungo. Could you possibly help? She was born in 1941 so I think she may have been in the class of 59.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Posting

Sorry that my postings to this site....have been rather erratic lately.  there are a couple of reasons. It's COLD down here in the Bat Cave (My  basement)...secondly,  My eyesight has really gone downhill.....reading and typing with a magnify
ing glass slows me down considerably.

But otherwise, my health is pretty good....and all's well up here in Northern VA.

When I first came to work up here in Washington, my plans were to return to Charlotte and retire someday.....but ...with a wife, 3 children, and 5 grandchildren up here.....I'm  here for the duration.

So much for my dream of someday returning  to Charlotte and sitting around with my old WGIV BUDDIES...telling tales of what the "big time"  was like!  (Just like the "little time" down there….
except the people are nicer down there.)

I love hearing from all of you.....my email address is ….shephard@gmail.com...

Stay warm!

Ed








Thursday, January 17, 2019

Judy Cooley's Husband Dies


By Jerry Gaudet

Wed, Jan 16, 4:44 PM (1 day ago)

With great sadness we learn of the passing of Charles Cooley, husband of classmate Judy Walker Cooley.  Chuck died of pneumonia on January 12, after just having turned 87 the day before.

Condolences might be sent to:
Mrs. Judy Cooley
3902 Greystone Dr.
Austin, TX  78731


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Thursday, January 03, 2019

LDL Tuesday January 8th!

BY JERRY GAUDET

Our usual disclaimer (and vision test)...This message is being sent to all CHS'54 classmates for whom we have an E-mail address. We recognize that many of you live great distances away and may not elect to "do lunch", but we want you to know what we are doing and hope you'll come when you can.

What's up for you on Tuesday?  Maybe you could give us a try, huh?

Who can believe it's 2019?  It's true, the next "LDL" (Let's do lunch) is to be held on...
Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 11:30 @ Jimmie's Restaurant in Mint Hill.
Please tell other classmates!  Invite them to come!  Even better, bring someone with you! 
Hope you get the idea that we'd really like to see you and sure hope you'll come!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Next LDL November 13th

Our very successful and fun filled lunches  continue...with the next one scheduled for Nov 13th at Jimmies of Mint Hill!

-Ed

Wednesday, October 03, 2018


CHS'54, "LDL" is Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 11:30

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Jerry Gaudet

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Our usual disclaimer (and vision test)...This message is being sent to all CHS'54 classmates for whom we have an E-mail address. We recognize that many of you live great distances away and may not elect to "do lunch", but we want you to know what we are doing and hope you'll come when you can.


You may have heard that it's always the second Tuesday of each and every month.
This month's "LDL" (Let's do lunch) is to be held on...
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 11:30 @ Jimmies Restaurant in Mint Hill.
Please tell other classmates!  Invite them to come!  Even better, bring someone with you! 
We'd really like to see you and sure hope you'll come!