Monday, July 26, 2010


Talk about "close calls!"

Violent thunderstorms yesterday "broke the heatwave" that we were having here in Northern Virginia, but with tragic consequences for two people who were killed by falling trees.

Our 5 grandchildren avoided certain tragedy by minutes and my daughter in law suffered only a minor head injury and a sprained wrist and ankle when a very large tree fell across their backyard.

We were celebrating Jason Shephard's 10th birthday and were about to sit down for lunch. The children had just come inside from playing baseball in the back yard and were washing up when Jason's mom, Cindy, noticed that one of the boys had left a baseball glove in the yard. As she went to retrieve it from the approaching storm, a sudden and fierce wind caused a very large tree to be uprooted and fall only a few feet away. Luckily, she was struck by only a few of the smaller branches.

In spite of a huge lump on her head and a badly sprained wrist and ankle, the CT scan and X rays showed no other damage. -Ed

Saturday, July 24, 2010

On The Road

by Warren Sparrow

We have returned from a vacation of 2,612 miles in our 2003 Accord. She performed brilliantly. Therefore, we have named the car "Accord One." Air Force One has nothing on Accord One. Our trip began 1 July 2010 and ended 15 July 2010.

Along the way we stopped at Carlisle, PA, New Paltz, NY, Vanhornsville, NY, Fairlee, VT, Newbury, VT, Woodsville, NH, Gorham, NH, Mt. Washington, NH, North Andover, MA, Duxbury, MA and Carlisle, PA.

The high point of the trip was Mt. Washington, whose summit is 6,200 feet above sea level. . The low point was Duxbury, MA, which is near Plymouth Rock.

In between a good time was had by all. Accord One made it possible. She climbed Mt. Washington, pulling us up and down an 8-mile road. Speed limit: 20. Low gear required. Two-way traffic. No centerline. No guard rails. There were times when I almost lost it. Becky bruised her right foot because she kept pressing on the passenger's side brake.

The  picture on the left was taken at the Silver Maple Lodge in Fairlee, VT. It shows Accord One parked next to a 1934 Ford. This is a remarkable photo. It is sort of an alpha and omega of my driving history. The first car I ever drove was a 1934 Ford. You can understand how proud Accord One felt to be parked next to one. It certainly thrilled me.  -WS

(Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft (1,917 m). It is famous for its dangerously erratic weather, and long held the record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth's surface, 231 mph (372 km/h) on the afternoon of April 12, 1934.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Up Date

by Jerry Gaudet

Karol Welch gives us an update on Bob's situation...

" up date you on Bob...Doctor advised no more chemo...took a terrible toll on him...
He is now at White Oak of Waxhaw, Howie Mine Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173...He is in physical rehab with nursing timeline on his leaving...
We are praying that the Lord will remove this tumor so that he doesn't need is operable...thank you for being in touch...

They can be contacted at:
Bob and Karol Welch
8326 Viking Drive
Waxhaw, NC 28173


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Prayer List Addition

by Jerry Gaudet

When our children hurt, we also feel it, don't we?

Tony Thomas shares a concern for their daughter...





We have this contact information for Tony:
Judy and Tony Thomas
158 Tetbury N.E.
Concord, NC 28025

email to

And hopefully....SOON...we'll get an email from Tony and Judy......with some joyful news like these 2 emails:

From  Reid Johnston's wife, Janice:

"Dear Friends,
We received good news from the oncologist today . The PET Scan was negative meaning no cancer was detected. We are so happy and humbled by this experience. As a followup, he will see the oncologist in one month, then another PET Scan in 3 months. The treatment was rigorous and debilitating but proved to
be successful. Reid is much stronger now and is looking forward to getting back to a good life.
Your love, caring , good wishes, cards and e-mails were so uplifting. Your prayers were felt and we could not have endured the course without them. The kindness and warmth of your friendship will not be forgotten..
Once again, we thank you all,
Blessings on you and yours.
Reid and Janice"

email to:

And THIS update from Betty Rose Templeton Palomba...

"With "a song in my heart, I can report to you, Lou has been found "completely cancer free" re: his oncologist visit yesterday. As a follow up, he goes for another ultra sound in two months, plus a visit to the oncologist. After that his checkups will be much further apart. Needless to say, we are both extremely relieved and look forward to "getting on"!!!!! Again thanks to everyone for their interest, love, and support. It would have been impossible without you. Betty and Lou

Have a wonderful day, Betty"

We can celebrate with them...
Lou and Betty Palomba
2633 Richardson Dr., Morrocroft Apt. B2
Charlotte, NC 28211-3346

email to:

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Rave Reviews

Talk about a hot performance!

Ellouise's Pushing Boundries opening show at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington not only received  rave reviews last week, but set the fire alarm off and empted the Goethe Theater. Pro that she is, she finished the performance outside to a standing (no pun intended) ovation.

The show is about the three years Ellouise was the ERA Campaign Director and Organizer of the National Business Couincil for the ERA at the League of Women Voters

One of the reviewers, Kate Mattingly, wrote that "Many of our popular films and shows today spotlight the courage of someone committed to Thugood or Invictus, what makes Pushing Boundaries so appealing is that we share the space with this person who carved a path to make the future a better place for us."

Betsy Villas White came down for a performance last Saturday and wrote this comment on the City Paper of Washington's review:

"Your review captured so well my own thoughts and feelings as I listened to Ellouise Schoettler tell her story last Saturday morning. Having driven in the pouring down rain from Pennsylvania to hear Ellouise, I sank into my seat and was transported back to another time and place with all the attendant emotions, pain, and excitement.  Ellouise tells her story (and the story of all of us who lived during the awakening of women in America) with such intensity, humor, and intelligence that I wish it could be heard by every daughter and granddaughter who continue the battle for equality today. -BVW"

Go here to read the entire City Paper Review. They gave it a "5"...which is their Top Pick review!  -Ed

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Medical Report

by Jerry Gaudet

We're so sorry to learn that Karol Broadwell Welch's husband, Bob, is dealing with a tumor in his lung. Karol and Bob are "LDL" regulars and recently we've missed them. Bob was Nancy Gibson Tomlinson's cousin and he had kept us well abreast of Nancy's circumstance.

Excerpts of Karol's email are copied here...

"..In May Bob was treated for pneumonia and as the pneumonia disappeared, a tumor was revealed in his right lung. We spent a total 9 days in the hospital and he had every test you can imagine to determine if it has spread. He is now taking 2, maybe 3 massive treatments of chemotherapy to shrink this tumor. Right now he is completely wiped out and we have 21 days before the next treatment (7-28)...
Doctors tell us it is operable, removing two lobs on right side...
We do look forward to being back with you folks..."

Their contact information is:
Bob and Karol Welch
8326 Viking Drive
Waxhaw, NC 28173



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

LDL 22 Report

by Jerry Gaudet

The 22nd CHS'54 Let's do lunch, "LDL", was held on Tuesday, July 13th, at "Jimmies Restaurant" in Mint Hill.

Drawing on her experience as a former school Principal, Mary Sue (Banks) Burnett, serving as our "Lunch Maven", took charge" to lead us in an enjoyable time together. She was ably backed up by her husband, Clyde, in giving us a patriotic theme for July.

Many thanks to the Burnetts, and to all who have contributed to making our luncheons so pleasant.

Of special note this month were first-time "LDL" participants, Stokes Kisiah and his wife, Carol.

Their long trip to be with us, from Whiteville, NC, was a special gift!

And, Shirlene McGill Yeargins and her husband, Ellis.

We also enjoyed an extra special blessing as "CHS'54 Offspring" attended with their mothers. Jackie (Hart) Lookabill brought her daughter, LaGena, and Marlene (Ritch) Beaty brought her daughter, Valerie.

Hopefully, we didn't scare the daughters too badly with stories of their moms in high school.

We always gather for "LDL" on the second Tuesday of each and every month, the next August 10. We will look forward to your being with us. Call a classmate and suggest that you meet at Jimmies!  -JG

Back in '42

I don’t want to bore you with yet another of those “my grandkids don’t believe my stories,” but I was telling them what a good memory I had and how I even remembered my first day of school almost 70 years ago!

"My Mom escorted me into Elizabeth School and took me to my classroom where my teacher, Miss Chalk, was waiting……."

Then, the guffaws from my audience began, “Miss Chalk?

Granddaddy, are you sure her name wasn’t Miss Blackboard ?” asked Jason.

“Or Miss Red Pencil?” his brother Randy chimed in.

Later I got to thinking. That does sound kinda strange. A teacher whose name was Miss Chalk?

So, I thought, maybe my memory isn’t as good as it once was.  Therefore,  I retired that particular story from my repertoire and frankly hadn’t thought about it for a couple of years now.

Then, just this week, a package arrived in the mail from an old friend of mine from the Piedmont Junior High days, Dick Ratcliffe. who had found something on eBay that he thought I might be able to use for a story on the website.


I breathlessly turned to page 5, under Elizabeth School .....and there she was!

Not Miss Blackboard. Not Miss Red Pencil......but Miss Chalk!


As you can see, by 1943 she had graduated to the second grade.

How many of your grammar school teachers can you name? Keep in mind that this list is for the year 1943-44, but I doubt that there were many changes from the year before, when we would have been there. -Ed


Monday, July 12, 2010

No Nonsense Pro Brought Out the Best

There's a fine article about Mr. Otts in today's Charlotte Observer. It's written by CHS '50 graduate Jack Claiborne.

The John Otts who died at age 100 on June 12 at Black Mountain will live on in the minds of thousands of Carolinians. A distinguished educator and churchman in the Carolinas and Virginia, no student who encountered him in a classroom setting is likely to have forgotten the experience. He was a memorable presence.

As principal at Charlotte Central High from 1945 to 1955, his walk was brisk, his voice commanding, his speech clipped. He ran a tight ship and brooked no nonsense.

Yet behind wire-rimmed glasses, his eyes flashed kindness and good humor. Under his disciplined exterior was a caring educator deeply devoted to the art of teaching and the thrill of learning. He challenged his faculty to make their lessons meaningful.

He loved students but was wary of them. Approaching a knot of students in a hallway, with a file folder under one arm, a half-smile on his lips, and his chin thrust forward, he might ask, "What's the meaning of this?"
If it was innocent fun, he might join the banter. But if he sensed mischief, his response was immediate: "There's no reason for this," he'd say. "Move along. Get to your places. Clear this hall."
His bark was worse than his bite. He seemed to see below the surface of most situations and most students and to respond compassionately.

When a 10th grade boy new to the city fell in with the wrong crowd and blew up a toilet in the boy's locker room, his penalty was to take all his classes the rest of the year in the principal's office - under John Otts' personal scrutiny.

At the end of the term the boy transferred to another school, but a year later returned to Central and graduated. Many years later he said the time he spent in Dr. Otts' office taught him he had more potential than he'd ever known.

After high school, he joined the Air Force and later went to college on the GI Bill. He became an architect and made a success of his life. He attributed his turnaround to John Otts.

Another boy, a class cutup until Dr. Otts arrived in 1945-46, righted himself and did well in his senior year. When Dr. Otts asked where he was going to college, the boy said he wasn't. "We're not a college family," the boy said.

Otts encouraged him to visit Wofford College in Spartanburg and arranged a weekend welcome for him there. When the boy returned to Charlotte, Dr. Otts asked how he liked it. "Fine," the boy said, but still insisted his family couldn't afford to send him.

Undeterred, Dr. Otts had the boy fill out an application and sent it to Wofford. Accompanying it was the principal's personal recommendation and a notice that the boy would need financial aid. Weeks later the boy received a letter saying he'd been accepted.

The boy went to college, worked his way through, and graduated. He returned to Charlotte to do well in business and became a community leader.

John Otts had that effect on people, often without their knowing it. He arranged scholarships for boys and girls who otherwise might not have gone to college. He brought out the best within them. He adored teaching and dedicated his life to it.

As dean of education at Queens, UNC Chapel Hill, and USC Columbia and later as president of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education at Richmond, Va., (now part of Union Seminary), Otts left his mark on thousands of older students. He could simplify complex concepts. He was patient and wouldn't let students give up on themselves.

Today, when schools everywhere are striving to meet rising expectations, we need more no-nonsense professionals like John Otts, who can see below the surface and summon the best from within their faculties and the students they teach.

Jack Claiborne is a former associate editor at The Observer.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Coming Soon. The Brand New 1952 Pontiac!

This may be a "guy" thing, but I think that next to the friends we had in high school, some of our most vivid memories revolve around the cars we drove back then.

You may have forgotten the names of a few of your classmates, but NOT the car.

In Don Nance's case, it was the 1952 Pontiac Chieftain.....soon to "ride again!"...thanks to his 3 talented boys, Donnie, Tommy and Patrick.

This is the "sow's ear" that the Nance clan is in the process of bringing back to life.

Don writes that:

"All the boys are doing a lot of the work. The painting is being done by Tom Young in Elon,NC. He has won many national awards for his paint jobs. The chrome is being done in TN. The engine is being done at Haw River, NC. 

 Tommy also can do body work and paint, but, like the other boys, he also has a full time job that takes up most of his time. Donnie rebuilt his first car at 15. He too is busy with his job as plant manager at Cormtec. He and his best friend Rick Holmes have removed the engine and will put it back when it's completely overhauled. 
Donnie is going to do all the brake work on the car.

 Patrick is redoing the stainless steel and all the boys will do the inside of the car. When it is done 
(I hope before Christmas) I will send you a picture. You will want to drive it like in the old days.


I can't wait. First thing I'm going to do is turn the radio on....and listen to Kilgo's Korner.

One historical fact about the Pontiac Chieftain that your boys may not be aware
of :

1952 was the first year that there was a metallic Indian chief ornament on the front.

Prior to that, real Indians rode on the hood. -Ed

Friday, July 09, 2010

LDL 22

by Jerry Gaudet

On the second Tuesday of each and every month, twenty-two now coming up, CHS'54 does lunch!

This month's "LDL" (Let's do lunch) will be held on
Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 11:30 AM
at "Jimmies" in Mint Hill.

We'd like to share this opportunity with YOU!
Spread the word! Invite other classmates to come! Even better, bring someone with you! Be sure YOU, come!

For answers to any conceivable lunch questions,
please contact Mary Sue Banks burnett, , or phone 704/846-8619.

Plan to join us...there's plenty of room.'ll be glad you did!  -Jerry

The "Special of the Day" at Jimmies will be their famous Red Neck Seafood Platter.


Thursday, July 08, 2010

Great News from Betty Rose!

This is the kind of news I love to post here on our website!  Betty Rose Palomba emails us to to say that....

"With much joy in our hearts, I am happy to send out this email regarding Lou's Ultra Sound yesterday regarding his liver cancer. There were No signs of cancer in the liver. We are very much thankful for this wonderful news. It has been a long journey with many stops and starts on the way. Reaching the destination in this positive way is because of the doctors, chemo, wonderful friends and family, all the prayers and positive thoughts that have come our way. Thanks to all of you for the wonderful support that you have given the both of us!

Have a wonderful day, Betty"

Monday, July 05, 2010

Up Dates

I got a nice note from Linda Garmon Huggins:

".....I'm halfway through the first cycle of chemo.  Will have a full body scan tomorrow to see where we go from here.  With Shirley McClanahan Maynor's courage, how can I complain?  That girl is an inspiration! 

Blessings to you all.

Linda (Garmon) Huggins :)"

and......Bob Ellis pointed me to a story in today's Charlotte Observer about Ed Sanders:

Rocky River High School media center is named after Ed Sanders, who orchestrated peaceful school integration in the 1950s.
By Celeste Smith

Ed Sanders, retired principal of Central High School, and his son Doug Sanders look through the school's annual for 1957-58, the year Gus Roberts became the first black student at the school. Sanders organized a team of students and staff to ensure that Roberts' entry into the school went without incident. "He's a very modest man," Doug Sanders said.

Ed Sanders has always been a humble man, according to his son, Doug.
The elder Sanders would likely say something like, "'I was just doing my job,'" if he had to weigh in on the fact that the media center at the new Rocky River High School in Mint Hill is being named in his honor.

Ed Sanders, 87, is being recognized for his role of ensuring peaceful integration at Central High School in 1957.
"He's a very modest man," Doug Sanders said. "It makes us extremely proud of what he accomplished, without ever looking for the recognition."
Sanders' advocates spent nearly three years seeking out this recognition for the veteran principal and educator. Supporters had wanted a school named after Ed Sanders, but Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district policy prohibits that distinction from going to living people. Sanders resides at Southminster Retirement Community in south Charlotte, where he receives specialized care for dementia and Alzheimer's, according to his son.

Sanders' career includes serving as principal at Garinger High; as an associate superintendent in Charlotte; and as superintendent in Darlington County, S.C.
He retired to Charlotte in the late 1980s.

He was principal of the all-white Central High when Gus Roberts enrolled as the first black student. Through planning and attention, Sanders was able to avoid the clashes that Dorothy Counts faced while integrating Harding High that same school year.
Sanders even took Roberts by the arm and walked him into Central on a day when white students gathered to block the entrance.

In a Charlotte Observer interview in 2007, Sanders said Gus Roberts, who died in 1992 at 51, "deserves all the credit." Roberts became the first black student to graduate from a previously all-white Charlotte school.
Naming the media center is a perfect way of "recognizing those folks that stood with him that day," Doug Sanders said of his dad.

The center has a prominent place on campus, and the view from the inside looks out toward the front of the school and the Rocky River High School sign. Ed Sanders' portrait will in the media center, as will news articles and yearbooks chronicling his work, according to Mark Nixon, principal of Rocky River High School.
Principal Sanders had the chance to see the space in April. Escorted by his son, they met Nixon for a tour of the 265,000-square-foot building.

Dave McKinnon, Central alum class of 1955, arranged the trip. McKinnon started pursuing the naming honor for Sanders in 2007 after learning more about the principal's leadership at Central.
McKinnon enjoyed watching the elder Sanders light up seeing the state-of-the-art amenities at the brand-new school, which opens to students in August.

"This so-deserving individual is remembered in perpetuity for what he did," McKinnon said.

- The Charlotte Observer.  7/4/10

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Gene Moore's Wife Passes


"This is a message I hoped I would never have to send.

Today (Sunday, June 27, 2010), just before 2:45 PM, Barbara Moore died. She had been in failing health for several years and had become rather frail. A recent bout with bronchitis seemed to add to a few other health problems and the other health problems brought about her death.

Barbara was a wonderful wife for 48 years and a wonderful mother for 36 years. I know of no one who would say anything but good things about her--she loved her friends and they loved her. She is truly a person who cannot be replaced, and Russell and I will always miss her.


Barbara Hyder Moore - Melbourne - Barbara Hyder Moore passed away Sunday, June 27, 2010. She was born July 8, 1938 in East Flat Rock, NC, moved to Melbourne, FL in 1967, and was currently residing in Suntree. She also lived in Hendersonville, Charlotte and Gastonia, NC. She was preceded in death by her mother, Eileen Bailey Hyder, and her father, Lecter L. Hyder, Sr., of Bat Cave NC. Surviving family members include her husband of 48 years, Gene W. Moore; her son, Russell B. Moore of Maitland, FL; her brother, Lecter L. Hyder, Jr. (Anna) of Ada, MI; her sister, Ann H. Hall (Joe H.) of Yakima, WA; and six nieces and nephews. Barbara's ashes will be interred in the Memorial Grove on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. No flowers, please. 

-Florida Today Newspaper

Gene's contact information is:
Mr.Gene Moore
570 Shell Cove Dr.
Melbourne,FL 32940