Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This from Betty Rose and Lou Palomba:

   "Our son, Tony, age 46 was working a horse last Saturday evening when it threw him off onto his head. Luckily he had on a "horse helmet". The doctor said it saved him from being paralyzed. After a 5 hour surgery he now has two plates and screws in his neck. They operated from the back of his neck and also the front. He will have a long recovery time, but he will recover. Lou and I are flying out to Colorado and will help out until October 21st. They have two little girls, a business and a ranch to take care of. 

I was hoping to see you all at the next luncheon, but I guess now it won't be until November.
We have certainly learned how important wearing a helmet is when riding "anything."

                                                                                 -Betty Rose and Lou

That's a heart-stopper. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony and his family as well as Betty Rose and Lou!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Nancy Up Date

Shirley Maynor reports that Nancy Gibson Tomlinson is back home!

"... Just got off phone with her and Howard. Nancy is home, came home
yesterday. Recouping. Quite weak. Intestinal problem, and became dehydrated. Her Lungs, have
not deteriated any further, but a few hick-ups to be
checked into! They will give me call for updates as they can. Thanks to everyone for keeping her in your
prayers, they are working!. Send her a card!

640 Back Nine Drive Venice, FL 34285-4546"


(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT...Mamie Goodwin Baucum, Nancy Gibson Tomlinson, Betty Rose Palomba, and Shirley Maynor)  Photo taken at our 55 reunion

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Curb to Nowhere

I live in a “bedroom community” of Washington, DC called Falls Church, Virginia. George Washington helped found the old Church here, from which it got half of its name. The other half came from the fact that the little town that grew up around the church was the closest to the lesser of the two falls on the Potomac river. The other one is called (surprise, surprise) Great Falls…and that’s a town too.

But, I digress. Being so close to Washington, its residents are mostly government workers.
I’m one of the few exceptions; but I’ve known for a long time, and you probably do too, that Government doesn’t think like we do. And neither do their employees who over the years have burrowed their way into every nook and cranny of the powerful agencies.
They are the soldiers of the bureaucracy.

And, of course, our city leaders come from this “talent” pool.
I’m fortunate enough to be able to ignore most of their bazaar schemes for this little city, but one I can’t ignore has recently popped up on a street between my house and the Post Office.
I call it the “Curb to Nowhere.”

A number of “unenlightened” residents like myself don’t understand what it's for, and why it is where it is. A number of residents have indeed  had at least one unfortunate encounter with it. (The city only recently put up the “obstacle warning.”)

Perhaps there’s someone in this website’s vast audience who can enlighten me.
The class member with the best explanation will win an all expense paid trip
“to nowhere.”


"You Ain't Nothin But a ........"

...distant cousin.

But that ain't bad considering that it's Cousin Elvis!
Ellouise Diggle Schotteller recently discovered that she was related to Elvis. Not only that, but, according to Ellouise,  so is Mary Kratt!

Ellouise reports:

"I wrote recently on my blog about a new discovery - I am distant cousins with Elvis on the Hood line - that means Mary Ran too - we all descend from Tunis Hood the old pioneer who settled at Hoods Corners/Mint Hill. Small world."

This website is much too sophisticated to make some cheap, corny remark such as .." folks going up to Jonesborough Tennessee to see Ellouise perform at the big Story Teller's Convention in a few sure to watch her body movements to see how much of the Elvis gene she inherited."

Nope, this site only reports "news that's fit to print."

So, when you see Ellouise at the Story Teller's Convention, please convey our congratulations and let her know how proud we are of her.

But try not to step on her blue suede shoes.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Prayers for Nancy

Shirley Maynor Reports that Nancy Gibson has been admitted to Venice Hospital with a serious digestive problem and dehydration. Her husband Howard said that Nancy wanted her friends to know that she is unable to reply to emails until she returns home.

I'm sure we'll all send lots of prayers up for our Nancy; who has been fierce in her many heartfelt encouraging messages she has sent to our classmates in time of their illnesses. We're all richer for
her example of great courage in coming that long distance to attend our reunion!

Please drop her a note!

Email Nancy!

Howard will print them out and take them to her.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Secret Code

Long after we’ve all gone to the big assembly in the sky, our grandkids and maybe even our great grandkids could very likely stumble upon a dusty old book titled, Snips and Cuts.”

The title alone will seem strange to them. Why in the world, they’ll wonder, would anyone ever print a book by that title, when everyone knows that to publish a book, all you need is a computer and a word processor. Perhaps they will think that it’s a pattern book for that old fashioned craft known as sewing.

But lo and behold it's Granny’s old high school yearbook!
Great Balls of Fire!

However, much to their disappointment, and your relief, they discover that it’s written in some kind of strange, secret code.

Who knows what some 17 year old might have written in a long forgotten yearbook 60 or 100 years ago? And no matter how innocent it was at the time, words change. “Bad,” “Gay.” “Camp,” and “Coke” are just a few that come to mind.

Well, you can relax now, because experts say that anyone born after 1980 probably can’t read cursive; and that includes teachers.

But, I guess it all evens out. Already, the youngsters are speaking a language that we can’t understand.

“That’s, you know, awesome, man.”

Thursday, September 10, 2009

LDL's 12th and Anna Lynn's 53rd

 Jimmies of Mint Hill was jumping yesterday, as it always does when our '54 Wildcats descend upon one of the premier "meetin and eatin" places within driving distance of the Queen City!

29, count 'em, 29!...showed up for our 12th "LDL"....(Let's Do Lunch)  The only thing missing was......our ace reporter's camera.

The indefatigable Jerry Gaudet's top of the line camera was the victim of battery failure. (Rechargable batteries don't give notice when they're sick. Without warning, they just refuse to be resusitated.)

Amazingly, it happened to be Anna Lynn Smith-Petersen Kearse's 53rd wedding anniversary!

 What better way to spend your anniversary than at an LDL bash. Congratulations galore from all of  us to Anna Lynn and Henry!

One of the other highlights of the luncheon was the first time appearance of Donave Ross Stegall.

All in all, it was another splendid event which is getting more and more popular!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Peggy Bedsol Gandy's Sister Dies

 Our thoughts and prayers are with Peggy Bedsol Gandy whose sister Erleen Bedsol Willis passed away.

Here's the obituary from the Charlotte Observer:

Erleen Bedsol Willis, Peggy

    Mrs. Willis, 81, of Charlotte, died peacefully on September 6, 2009. A Charlotte native, she was born February 8, 1928, to the late Amos Carl Bedsol and Lucille Caldwell Bedsol. She was a graduate of Central High School and a longtime legal secretary. She is survived by her son, Carl Sanders; sister, Peggy Bedsol Gandy; her niece, Cathy Click and husband Dan Click; great-nephew, Jimmy Click; and great-nieces, Molly and Sarah Emily Click.

The family would especially like to thank her wonderful caregivers, Etta and Marie from Visiting Angels.

A graveside service to celebrate her life will he held Tuesday, September 8, at 11AM at Sharon Memorial Park. Reverend Ed Adams will officiate the service. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. The family is being served by McEwen Funeral Service, Charlotte Chapel, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212.

Memorials may be made to Charlotte Hospice and Palliative Care, 1420 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Don't Forget LDL TODAY!

The hungry Wildcats will be gathering at Jimmie's of Mint Hill today (Tues. Sept. 8)  at 11:30 am for another CHS54 "meet and eat" event. Dining will be the main feature of today's luncheon.

Dancing is optional.

Guys......this is your chance to see a bunch of those good looking girls we went to high school with again!

Don't miss it!!

Monday, September 07, 2009

And the Winner IS

Gaither Blackwelder!

Well, not exactly. But when a 73 year old man races against 1,034 younger people in a 5K race and comes in 868.....that's news!

Heck, I think it's headline news when a 73 year old man can even walk 5 miles!

(Actually 5K is not 5 miles; it might as well be 20 as far as this 73 year old is concerned, but if I remember correctly from my math class at old CHS....5K is 3.10685596 miles.)

Blackwelder's amazing feat happened at the 32nd annual Peoples Bank Midnight Flite 5K race in Anderson, SC recently.

Even more amazing is the fact that Blackwelder ran the race 5 minutes faster than he did last year!

Just thinking about it makes me want to take a nap.

Race photo of Gaither Blackwelder by Carolina Snapshot

An Experiment

I'm curious to find out if the internet can help us find one of our "missing" classmates. The search engines (called spiders) have improved greatly over the last few maybe we can locate Doy Lim. Doy was very friendly and well liked.

There are a number of our classmates we've been unable to find, but let's start our search with Doy.
Then, if we're successful, we'll get those spiders to help us find others.

Doy's full name is Doy Kenneth Lim.

I'll repeat that so the spiders will be sure not to miss it;  Doy Lim or Doy Kenneth Lim of Charlotte,NC.

If anyone out there knows Doy, drop us a note

Email us!

Coming to Town

Remember the article about the big surprise party...with the CHS 54 theme and decorations etc...that Herb Jacobowitz's wife Barbara threw for him for his 70th birthday?

It was an historical event. It was the first and only party with the theme of Central High School's class of 54 ever held in the state of Maryland, Herb's home.

Most of the guests upon arriving and seeing all the Wildcat decorations had three questions: "What's Central High School?; Where is it? and "When do we eat."

Most of the party goers were from the Montgomery County area of Maryland

Herb dropped us a note saying he's going to be in the Charlotte area soon and would love to see some of his old CHS friends.

"I am coming to Charlotte with my daughter to go to a Myositis Conference at Hilton Hotel in Center City this Thursday, Sept. 10th. My daughter has a muscle condition, which is a weakness in the muscles. She got this about 1 and 1/2 years ago and there appears to be no cure, but with medication she can cope. She works full time and is a mother to our 2+ years old granddaughter. We will not be getting a car to use. I was wondering if you could put the word out if you or any of our class would like to get together with me and my daughter either Thursday or Friday evening and go to dinner nearby. I would enjoy this greatly. Hope to hear from you soon. We will be flying back Saturday night, departing Charlotte around 8 pm. My cellphone number is 301-717-5167."

Herb Jacobowitz

Saturday, September 05, 2009


You'll notice a new feature on this website called "Roll the Tape" which features slides
of the past. The technical staff here at the CHS54 complex is working on making it even showing more pictures. At the moment, it's showing only a small number of the members of our class. Our goal is to show the entire by one.

Our crack technicians are working on the problem 24/7, and as a last resort, will read the directions in the manual that came with the program.

Meanwhile, the excitement is building for the happening at Jonesbourough, Tennesee where our own Ellouise Diggle Schoteller will be performing. It's the famous 37th annual Storytellers Festival which will be held on Oct 2 through the 4th.

This website is sending one of our ace reporters, Betsy Villas White to cover the story and Don (Eagle Eye) Nance to photograph the festival. See complete coverage right here on this computer channel. Film at 11.

Speaking of film, for those of you who are not able to go to the Festival,  you can see a sample of Ellouise's work  HERE

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start your .......Mouths?

I'm sure you all know who Sonya Thomas is.  It happened right there in Charlotte, at the Motor Speedway. You might have even been there that day.

That's the day she broke the record for eating hard boiled eggs. Sonya scarfed down 65 of those things in 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

Sonya also holds the world record for cheesecake eating. Her stats are, 11 lbs of cheesecake in 9 minutes.

She also broke the world's record eating chicken nuggets. She shoveled in 80 of them in 5 minutes.

The reason I bring this up is there's going to be another fun-filled adventure at Jimmies of Mint Hill happening  this Tuesday, Sept 8th at 11:30am. It's another of CHS54's "Lets Do Lunch! events!

Jerry Gaudet says "Bring a Friend," invite other CHSers to come join in the fun. If you don't have any friends, and nobody will listen to your advice....then just be sure YOU come!

Oh, and if you see Sonya there, be sure to tell Ronnie Rallis not to let her get anywhere near the salad bar.