Friday, December 09, 2016

Christmas LDL

By Jerry Gaudet

Image result for happy santaMerry Christmas, Everyone!
This month's "LDL" (Let's do lunch) will be held on
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 11:30 AM
at "Jimmies" Restaurant in Mint Hill.
We'd like to see you.  Help us spread the word! Invite other classmates to come! Even better, bring someone with you! Just be sure YOU, come!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Lazarus Returns


"Lazarus," the beautifully restored 1952 Pontiac, brought back to life by Don and Letty Nance's talented boys. returned to it's former home (and later) resting place....for a brief victory lap.

Originally purchased by Don from its original owner, a resident of Graham, it was literally not much more than a pile of junk.  I don't remember now if Don told me he bought it for about 40 dollars, or if the man gave him 40 dollars to take it away.

Whatever,  I hope the poor man wasn't at the parade.....because he sure as heck will want it back!

Proudly riding the now classic work of restoration were 5 grandboys of CHS 54;s own Dr. Don Nance! a one time star lineman of the famous CHS54 Wildcat Football Dynasty.

According to tradition, the car's namesake....the Biblical Lazarus... never smiled during the thirty years after his resurrection, worried by the sight of unredeemed souls he had seen during his four-day stay in Hades. 

The only exception was, when he saw someone stealing a pot, he smilingly said: "the clay steals the clay." 

Well......spending 4 days in Hell.....might very well affect one's sense of humor.


Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Phaseolus Vulgaris.

Since retiring and celebrating (if that's the right word for it) my 80th birthday last August)  I have become an official "crotchity old man"....who doesn't suffer fools kindly...other than myself....and has no time whatsoever for opinions that differ from my own.

So don't give me any of that "logicical" or "educated consensus" ....clap trap. I know what I know!  Or as Popeye says, "I yam what I yam!"

I read where the first day of winter begins this year on December 21st  at exactly 5:44 am.


I'm not going to get up and celebrate it.....In fact, I'm going to ignore it!

If I've learned anything these many years I've been exchanging gasses with the Universe, it's this:

"OFFICIAL" is for losers.

As all us good Southerners know, Winter officially begins when the temperature first drops below freezing..and the wind begins to blow...... and that God given gene deep inside us awakes from sleeping off summer frolic and stuff....and begins to shout.........."PINTO BEANS!   PINTO BEANS!"

That's the beginning of winter.


(Phaseolus Vulgaris is the "Official name" for Pinto Beans. However, does not advise its readers to ever use that term at your local diner.)

Keeps on Ticking

Like the TIMEX watch, our "Storyteller Extroadinaire".....Ellouise Schotteler...keeps on keeping on.....with her fabulous Storytelling .....IN SPITE ...of a recently broken shoulder!


"The surgery went well on the 15th and recovery has been easier than I expected which has been a good surprise.

So, now I am returning to the past to get myself back to normal.
Working on a new story about WWI nurses in France - a different group who were right on the edge of the battlefield - again lost in the shadows of history. I have applied for the 2017 Capital Fringe and I hope the new story will be accepted.
Ellouise     Don     Letty

She went on to write........

Almost ten years ago Donald and Letty and Jim and I bumped into each other at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN.
Since then we have had a meet up every year. - a great connection.

This yearI walked into the filling tent the first day and bumped into Donald and Lettie.A great way to start the week-end. Next day we took time to have a hamburger together at the local Wendys - a place to sit down and talk.


Our thanks for this internet Robert Clark!

By Jay Van Paemel


Walking helps me think.

I walked into my living room this morning and thought......."What am I doing here?  Why did I come into this room?  Am I looking for something?  If so, what?"

And then, it dawned on me: it's just nature doing its thing.

 It's "defragging" my brain!  My brain is busy at the moment.
..... it's deleting all those useless old files, many of which have been there for over 60 half learned algebra and geometry fragments...old girlfriends phone numbers....all kinds of files .. DATS, DLLSs.
DOCS, DOTS, ETC....images of old girlfriends.....old girls I wish had been girl friends....friends of girls...etc..

I'm trying to be positive about it......perhaps it's making room for many future great memories.....and deleting forever those old memory files like the first day I walked into Central High and saw all those beautiful girls I had never met....and.....then there were the Proms.....and the Spring trips to Myrtle Beach...and the bathing suits.....all of those old mental images were being deleted..........all those beautiful girls...

Good Grief....Those files are being deleted!

"STOP!......STOP!"  I shouted.      "this is horrible!!........oh...the humanity!.........Pitch the math and history and geography stuff.....but for Heaven's sake....don't touch those other files!"

I hollered so loud loudly in fact....that I woke myself up.

It was all a dream.....a nightmare.

 Those memories are still there....



Words of Wisdom

Diana (Carpenter) White passed these internet "gems" on to me.........enjoy!

1. My goal for 2016 was to lose 10 pounds. Only 15 to go.

2. Ate salad for dinner. Mostly croutons & tomatoes. Really just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce. And cheese. FINE, it was a pizza. I ate a pizza.

3. How to  prepare Tofu:
    a.  Throw it in the trash
    b.  Grill some meat

4. I just did a week's worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.

5. I don't mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet food in 3 hoursand 20 minutes.

6. A recent study has found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.

7. Kids today don't know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the
TV channel.

8. Senility has been a smooth transition for me.

9. Remember back when we were kids and every time it was below zero outside they closed school? Me neither.

10. I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented. I forgot where I was going with this.

11. I love being over 70. I learn something new every day and forget 5 others.

12. A thief broke into my house last night.
He started searching for money so I woke up and searched with him.

13. I think I'll just put an "Out of Order" sticker on my forehead and call it a day.

14. November 6, 2016 was the end of Daylight Savings Time. Hope you didn'tforget to set your bathroom scale back 10 pounds on Saturday night.

15. Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.

Pass this along toyour fellow seniors.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Roy Riegles and CHS 54

This New Year's Day, as you relax with family and friends and watch this year's Rose Bowl ...amaze your friends and relatives with your knowledge of  Rose Bowl History.


"I don't know nothing 'bout say.

"Ah....but you will," I  say.  "After you  read this. You will even realize that you have a connection!

OK, mister smart guy, convince me:

Mr. Smart Guy:  "You've heard of Roy Riegles, right?....the football player who ran the wrong way for an almost touchdown for the other team. That happened in the 1929 Rose Bowl."

Yeah, everybody knows that.  But, What in Heaven's name is my "connection" to that?

Mr. Smart Guy:  "It's elementary.  If someone on the Georgia Tech Team had not fumbled.....and in the confusion...Riegles had not picked that ball up and run the wrong way....You would never have heard of "Wrong Way Riegles."

You have a point.  But what the Heck has that got to do with this website.......which is supposed to be about Charlotte Central High School and the class of 1954?

Mr. Smart Guy:  Well, fortunately, the answer is found in an obscure footnote to history which names the unsung hero of one of football's best known events.

OK, OK....already. What was his name?

Mr. Smart Guy   They called him "Stumpy."  Stumpy Thomason.

His son, Johnny was in your class of 1954.
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Take That....!

The 1916 Cumberland vs. Georgia Tech football game was the most lopsided in the history of college football, with Georgia Tech winning 222–0.

 The game was played on October 7, 1916, between the On January 1, 1929, the Golden Bears faced the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, USA. Midway through the second quarter, Riegels, who played center on both offensive and defensive lines and who was then playing in a role similar to that of the modern defensive nose guard or nose tackle, picked up a fumble by Tech's Jack "Stumpy" Thomason. Just 30 yards away from the Yellow Jackets' end zone, Riegels was somehow turned around and ran 69 yards in the wrong direction. The following describes what transpired from Riegels perspective:[7]
I was running towat Grant Field (now a part of Bobby Dodd Stadium) inAtlantaGeorgia.

Though the Cumberland College football program was discontinued before the 1916 season, due to a scheduling mix up, Cumberland was added to the Georgia Tech schedule. Coach Joe Heisman reminded Cumberland College of the $3,000 forfeit fee if the game did not go on. To avoid the forfeit fee, the Cumberland College student manager quickly gathered 13 students, who were mostly fraternity brothers, to face the Georgia Tech football team.
The game is often considered payback for the Georgia Tech baseball team's humiliating 22-0 loss to Cumberland the previous year. Both teams were coached by Heisman, and he was upset with Cumberland's use of professional players to win the baseball game. However, in facing such an unprepared opponent on the football field, Georgia Tech's team easily got the revenge it was seeking.