Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Senior Prom

   Ah, the memories! The football games, the parties afterward, and then…the most memorable of all Spring rites of high school, the SENIOR PROM.

Well, surprise, surprise! That's changing. What was once only considered to be one of the last flings of youth may be coming to a community near you..

   For example, in Western Pennsylvania, there will be two different kinds of seniors attending the Cornell prom this year; the ones in high school…..and the other ones, like us, who’ve earned that title from our extensive life experience.

   The same thing is happening in Wassau, Wisconsin where for the third year in a row they’re celebrating Senior Prom Week with events like fashion shows, a day devoted to all the hype of the prom….manicures, makeup, updos etc and then of course the dancing. The theme this year is “Catch a Falling Star” (Perry Como).

   I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who gets “Prom Fever” every spring. Perhaps we should mention this to our reunion committee….and who knows maybe next year we’ll meet again at the Prom 1954 point 56. I can see it now………dining, conversing, and dancing….til the wee hours of…..8:30pm or so.  -Ed

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Don Bryan's Wife Betty Passes

Jerry Gaudet reports that Don Bryan's wife, Betty passed away. You  may remember that Betty suffered a fall on January 11th and broke her hip in three places. We don't know all of the details
of her passing yet, but she was a wonderful person who helped take care of Don's first wife, Peggy Strawn Bryan (CHS '54) in 1975 in her final days.

Our sympathies to Don on yet another loss. His contact information is:
Don Bryan
3504 Executive Ctr Dr., Apt 303
Chesapeake, VA 23321-5243

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Found On the Internet

I came across this article on the internet and thought you'd like to see it. It was published in a Duke University publication in January, 2009. The article features stories about Duke students who went to war. -Ed

We Were Soldiers Once and Young
by Bridget Booher

On the very same morning that Irv Edelman was called up through the U.S. Army Enlisted Reserve, his father died, leaving his mother with three younger daughters and no help settling the family's affairs. With help from Dean Alan K. Manchester, Edelman learned he had enough credits to receive his diploma. He was able to return home to help his mother, take his final exams orally, and still report for duty as a private. He is retired from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system and lives in Temple Terrace, Florida.

 After basic anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) training, I was sent to Fort Ord, California, a replacement training center. My commanding officer was appalled that I was a Duke grad and a private (he was a Georgia Tech grad). So, when I shipped out to New Guinea in early 1944 to join the 197th AAA Group, I was a corporal.

Throughout 1944, while I was serving and fighting in New Guinea, the [Duke] alumni office kept me in touch with my Duke roommates, Harold Landesberg ['45], a Navy
officer in the pacific, and Lou Bello ['47], a bombardier stationed in Italy. Late in that year, my letters to Lou began returning unopened. Again, the alumni office discovered he had been shot down over Czechoslovakia and captured. They even learned his Stalag number.

At the end of 1944, we were in convoy to the Lingayen Gulf (Luzon, P.I.) for the January 5th invasion, when my battery commander (an Alabama grad) and I learned that Duke and 'Bama were to play in the Sugar Bowl on January 1st. As exciting as that was for us, we did not learn the final score until February.

In July, the 197th was moved to the northern resort town of Baguio to begin shooting two target missions as part of our staging for the coming assault on the Japanese main islands. Needless to say, the atomic bomb made us all thank the Lord (or Harry Truman) for giving us a future we no longer feared for.

One last anecdote. One day in November '45, my battery commander called me in to tell me I was being shipped to Manila to run a military police company—temporarily. I was heading home because I had enough combat action and overseas service to be rotated. And so, on a dark, stormy night, I hauled my wet duffel back into an operations tent and entered to see two lieutenants waiting. I saluted. They shouted, "Welcome to Manila, Sgt. Edelman, you DOOKIE!" They knew. What a nice experience to have before leaving the islands—to escort a tank company, this time, back to Indianapolis.

I hear from our old coach several times a year....and often send him copies of our website (he doesn't do computer)  I'm amazed at how many of us he remembers after all these years!
He's living the good life in Florida, close to some of his children. He suffered a stroke some time ago but apparently it only affected his hand, so writing is very difficult for him. Otherwise, from what I can tell he seems like his old self to me.

 If you'd like to drop him a note, his address is:

Irv Edelman
8517 Alexandra Arbor LN
Temple Terrace, FL  33637

Friday, March 26, 2010

Reid Johnston Hanging in There

 Carolyn Keziah Hudspeth reports that Reid Johnston has had a rough, but progressive week. According to Janice, Reid's wife, he started radiation Tuesday which will be every day except Sat and Sun for 7 weeks. At the moment,she says, he's doing well with no side effects. Janice went on to say that he sends regards to all and can't wait to get back to normal living.
I'm sure Reid and Janice would welcome a card or an email. -Ed

Reid Johnston
1215 Erinshire Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

55,55th on the 15th

Holy Alliteration, Batman, that's five fives almost in a row!

Thank goodness I still have my Tom Mix decoder ring so I can pass along the meaning of this mysterious code.

The message is:

Meet us on May 15th for our 55th reunion.
 The Class of 55

 For those of you who don't have a Tom Mix decoder ring, the message continues:
Thanks to Frank Clontz for bringing this to our attention. He assured me that there will be "wall to wall" photo coverage of the event on their website shortly after the party. I hope they have as much fun as we did at our 55th!  -Ed

Meet Our New Doctors

Coming soon to a hospital near you.

AND......from now on, our health care is FREE!

Sixteen thousand NEW IRS agents are being hired make DAMM sure it stays that way!  -Ed

Friday, March 19, 2010

March 1965

For those of you who have been eagerly anticipating the great “race up the hill” at the old Central High practice field..between Don Nance and me…….the “many times postponed” event is now scheduled for August 15th 2010.

The seeds of this great competition were sown back when both of us were in Piedmont Junior High…and were hoping to someday be on the Central High football team. We spent our summers “working out”…..mainly consisting of racing up the practice field hill….trying to build up strength and stamina. Winning those short sprints was also part of the equation.

Don made the Varsity squad first. I went to the lowly “B Team.”
After that, the competition heated up…….who would be the first to get accepted into college, who would be first to get a car….get married….get a job……etc. We each won our share of bets. No money was exchanged of course, because we didn’t have any. But ONE big bet did involve a steak dinner. Loser paying, of course. The bet was, “whose baby will be born first?”

This is the 45th anniversary of that last bet. (See my “Daytimer” page from 1965)  -Ed

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Guess Who I Saw Today

By Obie Oakley

"I had a delightful experience last week and would like to pass it along.

Thanks to Jerry's efficiency in keeping our class informed about what is going on, I read where classmate Harry Neely was having a "showing" of his art at one of the more upscale galleries in Charleston right on Broad Street, opening Friday March 5th.

As luck would have it, Frances and I were renting a house down there only three blocks away so I made it a point to go by that afternoon as they were setting up and had a terrific visit with Harry and his wife, Marilyn. Ed, he is a wonderfully talented artist. I was really impressed and took my wife back that evening.

This time, Harry was decked out in his tuxedo standing at the gallery entrance passing out business cards and inviting "strollers" into the exhibit. I told him he reminded me of the guys (and gals) on Bourbon Street. All kidding aside, he is really a class act."  -Obie

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Film at 11

The secret to being a successful TV news reporter is not WHAT you know, but WHO to interview who does know.

That's what channel 12 in Winston Salem did this week to offer insight into the legal goings on involved in a major murder trial in that city.

They called on former Forsyth County district atourney....Warren Sparrow!

To view the interview, CLICK ON THE PICTURE.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Buddy Matthews Passes

 It's with great sadness that I learned of the death of one of our best liked classmates, Buddy Matthews.

The Following obituary appeared in the Charlotte Observer:

Marvin Matthews

Mr. Matthews, 75, of Matthews, passed away Monday, March 8, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Patricia of thirty years, sons, Ronnie and his wife Andrea, Tony and his wife Debbie, and Michael White, daughters, Terry Barefoot and Karen Belding and her husband, Patrick as well as his grandchildren, Jade, Jennifer, Jake, Jeremy, Seth and Matthew and his buddy, Mugsy. He is also survived by one brother Ken Matthews, and his wife Wanda, and two sisters Frances Hinson and Anne Ray Robinson. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Kathleen Matthews.
Mr. Matthews worked as a salesman at Yandle, Witherspoon Supply Inc. He loved his customers and dedicated over thirty years to his job. He enjoyed golf and woodworking and was a member of Blair Road United Methodist Church and Edwina's 'This and That' Sunday School Class.
The family will receive friends at Blair Road United Methodist Church, Thursday, March 11, 2010 from 1 to 2 p.m. with the service following at 2:15 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Blair Road United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers.
Lowe Funeral Home is serving the family.

The contact information for Buddy's widow is:
Mrs. Pat Matthews
14109 Springwater Dr.
Matthews, NC 28105

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

LDL 18 !

Ace reporter Jerry Gaudet checks in with this dispatch from Mint Hill

As the photos indicate, "LDL" (Let's Do Lunch) continues on the second Tuesday of each month...this time was the eighteenth such gathering. We have a steady group of attendees, but there is plenty of room for others.

It was good to have Neil Jones over from Anson county. And, Al Selby brought his better half, Nancy for the first time. It was good to have Gene Lookabill and Thomas Beaty with us again, giving us indication that we had not scared them off at earlier visits.

Tuesday, April 13, is the next "LDL". Mark your calendar and plan to join us.  -Jerry

It's no wonder that these LDL events are so popular. First and foremost, of course, is the chance mingle and renew past friendships......and the other is the GREAT QUALITY of classmate Ronnie Rallis Pourlas's fabulous restaurant.

I came accross this "review" of Jimmies on Al Gore's amazing internet:

Rating & Review:
I couldn't have said it better myself! Congratulations Ronnie!   -Ed

Saint Patrick's Day....Bah...Humbug!

I don’t mean any disrespect to the good Saint or the people of Irish descent, but I don’t remember a year going by that we Charloteans didn’t wear something green on March 17, Saint Patrick’s day……and wish each other, “Top of the morning to ye”……..and listen to some truly awful music on the radio…like “Too ra Loo Ra…Loo Ra…..” or “Roaming in the Gloaming” and others performed on a bizarre looking contraption that sounds like someone scraping their fingernails on a blackboard….called a bagpipe.

And if you didn’t eat the official Irish National Food consisting of corned beef and cabbage on that day you were considered peculiar……or at the very least, disloyal.

Well, I’ve had enough of that blarney!

First of all, I’ll bet you could count on one hand…the number of kids at CHS when we were there who were really of Irish descent.
Most of us were of SCOTCH IRISH descent. There’s a big difference. These were members of Celtic tribes that once dominated central Europe
According to Wikipedia:

“In the early seventeenth century when James I ascended to the English throne in 1603, one of his main objectives was to civilize the uncontrolable, autonomous Irish - the majority of whom were Catholic. James I’s chosen action plan to accomplish this objective was to begin an extensive colonization plan which emigrated English protestants, Presbyterian Scots, and even French and German protestants from their homelands into Ireland during the early 1600's. He especially concentrated on the Ulster region which located in the northeastern part of the island of Ireland and lies closest, geographically, to England and Scotland compared to the rest of Ireland.”

These restless and individualistic people were the ones who basically settled the Southern USA….first in the Piedmont region; our part of the world.

And what kind of people were they?

This is how James Webb described them in his book, Born Fighting:

“In their insistent individualism they are not likely to put an ethnic label on themselves. They don’t go for group-identity politics any more than they like to join a union. To them, joining a group and putting themselves at the mercy of someone else’s collectivist judgment makes about as much sense as letting the government take their guns. And nobody is going to get their guns."

That pretty much explains why there’s no special celebration for those of us of Scotch Irish descent………such as, Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Davy Crockett, Kit Carson, Andrew Jackson, Stonewall Jackson, George S. Patton, Alvin York, Audio Murphy, Mark Twain, Ava Gardner, Jimmy Stewart, George C. Scott, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Ronald Reagan and, of course, most of the CHS class of 1954.

But that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to personally celebrate my ancestors! This March 17th I’ll begin the day with the “Wearing of the Blue,” turning up the country music on my CD player, spend most of the day cleaning my guns and ending the day with the “official food” of my ancesters; a grilled cheese sandwich and a big glass of sweet iced tea! -Ed

Thursday, March 04, 2010

I Don't Know Nothing 'bout Art...

...but I sure do like Harry Neely's paintings!
And so do a lot of other people.

Harry checks in from Southern Pines:

 "The 5th of Feb I opened a show of 65 of my paintings here in Southern Pines. The opening reception night was rainy, cold and miserable but the turn out was good. Visitors and sales continued through the month so I thought it was a huge success. The only snafu was that some of the names and addresses for invitations were missed by the Arts Council who did the mailing for the show.

Then on the 19th I found that I had two paintings selected for the March issue of The American Art Collector. That is a national art gallery, collector and artist magazine. I knew I would be in Spencer Gallery's ad in the magazine, but neither the Gallery or I knew the editors would select my paintings for the magazine. I am in the magazine with some of the top artists in the country. Wow!

Then the last of the month Penick Village had their annual Art Show and Sale. I had a couple of paintings there and one I could have sold three times. Tomorrow the 4th of March I am off to Charleston for a reception at Spencer Gallery for the Friday Art Walk. Pretty good for an old codger.

Can't wait to hear what the Lunch Bunch ("LDL") is up to.

All the best, Harry "

Our congratulations to Harry. It's nice to see another one of our classmates receiving national recognition!

To view more of Harry's works, visit his website HERE