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Early Spring Newsletter
© Don Thompson
The picture you see here (taken March 16, ’04) is not very encouraging,
but the March calendar always gives thoughts of hope and relief. So it
goes in Dayton, home of “Rike’s – since 1853”…remember
those big forest green delivery trucks?
By now many of you have received the already infamous “reunion booklet”. All I can say is we’re probably lucky they didn’t work on it longer than they did. Write us a note and tell us what you think on the "Op- Ed" page, Paul Kottler sure did. We apologize for the omission of any names, and especially those of Barb Fennell Davis and Becky Apple Wellbaum. We are all fortunate that Paul Kottler took such good pictures and sent them to the site! There are new songs on the “spinning record” and some new information on the "FYI" page. Bruce and Paul are working on new articles, so check often.
Until next time, this is Don in
home of “Mike –Sells” potato chips saying, so long for now.
The RECIPE PAGE is now in the Library. It will be common to the C.W. ’65 web site when they go back on the web shortly. And now... a page called FLASHBACK, in the Memory Lane Area, is up and running. This is where classmates' yearbook pictures are linked with recent pictures, just roll your cursor over the picture for current image and the classmate's name.
Check the Email directory for the 40th Reunion Attendees, their names are in orange. Barb Fennell Davis just called to say that she has now read her e-mail this month and wanted to check out the new web site. She likes the new look, and is now preparing her first editorial for the Op- Ed Page! Any and all comments are welcome! Click on the link at the end of any Op-Ed letter to voice your thoughts. If you haven’t been here for a while, read the explanation of the new site areas just below this letter.
Our other two columnists have been busy. You can read Sam’s article about the Jeff - Teens basketball team, with pictures, as well as Bruce Hulman's tribute to Billy Miller. Not to be outdone… the great one, Paul ‘Cobra’ Kottler has produced another gem, set in a limerick, which has now been moved to the Articles ‘archive’ area. Coming soon, in time for President’s Day, Bruce Hulman’s thoughts on ‘J.F.K.
There are new ‘60s songs, by the original artists, on the spinning record just above this letter. Click on the record for the list. If you have a high speed connection your selection should begin to play in Windows Media Player. We are now accepting music requests for the record player, just click here. Pauline Spring Money, our tireless math teacher from E.J. Brown called last week and is interested in having a ‘Brown Alumni Picnic’ sometime this summer, if there is enough interest. Just drop us a note and say “Hi” to her, (I know she’ll love it) by clicking on this link: email@example.com. We will give the printed messages to ‘Miss Spring’ and keep you posted about any plans right here on the ‘Courier Page’. Look for Ms. Spring in the Library with her doll collection. Don't forget to refresh each page on the site for the latest content!
Until next time, so long for now…
Be sure to go to the ‘40th Reunion Area for many pictures, thanks to Paul Kottler. If you are reading this you know ‘things have changed’! We have a new address as well as the old one. They will both get you here by the time you read this. If not, use the ’63.net address. There are many reasons for this, but at this time we are only interested in the future, and serving our class.
This web site will be maintained for the purpose of keeping the classmate address list up to date, as well as any other purpose the reunion committee and YOU want. Write us from the ‘Contact Us’ page, with your ideas and suggestions. Just click on the blue E-mail address and talk to us. You will find many new things here, so be sure to hit the refresh button for each page you look at, each time you go to the site, because we are adding new material, and areas daily. Computers, being designed by humans, will do the easiest thing rather than the best thing, as they will load the site pages from their memory, instead of the web, where the latest info is, thus you miss the latest material.
To change your address, it’s easy and efficient. It is available to you on the Home Page as well as the Classmate/ E-mail directory page. Simply click on the envelope, then write on your own E-mail service as it appears w/ the Address to: and the Subject: already typed in for you, and hit send! If you have information about a classmate, please use this to notify us, so the master address list can be kept current. Donations to maintain the web site can also be arranged here. Send me your phone number and I’ll call you to set it up, (endowment in Paul Kottler’s case).
Speaking of P.K., go to the Articles Page, the great one and all his many and varied view points will be here for our enjoyment, consideration, and in some cases, head shaking, or belly-laugh producing wonderment. I’ve seen his future works, and each one surpasses the last, especially the two page limerick about the reunion. We are blessed, for sure…and he is not the only one! Our newest worker of words is Bruce Hulman, no tyro for sure. Be sure to read Sam Kurtz’ take-off on ‘twas the night before Christmas, an entertaining recount of one of C.W.’s biggest athletic events. The talent is amazing.
In the Library you will find specific areas of our collective past. There will be class pictures, from Loos, Longfellow, Fairview, and of course, Jefferson, home of the Jeff ‘Teens, along with features, such as; E.J.Brown tour, Miss Spring, Etc. whenever they become available. Use the drop down menu on the right side of the page.
The ‘Memory Lane’ area is where you’ll find any and all material of a general nature. Items will change as more items become available.
The Op-Ed Page will function the same as a newspaper. Write us with your concerns and opinions, that is why it is here. Be sure to read the scathing evaluation of our new site on the current Op-Ed page. See if you can guess which classmate wrote it. Yes it is from one of us. All views will be considered for publication on the site. Some letters will be answered on the site; others will be answered by E-mail. All letters published on the site will be subject to any readers desire to submit a response. Submit yours now! Just click the blue address link below! The editors reserve all rights. firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time, so long for now…
Here are some thank you letters from reunion attendees... Read 'em and weep, you should have been there... we all missed you !
Thanks to you and everyone on the committee for a wonderful and relaxed reunion. I enjoyed both nights very much. A tremendous amount of work has gone into this on both the reunion itself and the website. Thank you is not enough for all the committee has done.
Truly, you are a very special group
I would appreciate it Linda, if you could forward this to all of the committee for me. I hope I'll get to see you all at a future reunion.
God Bless and Keep You,
Janis Adkins Campbell
Dear Don and Linda,
Like all people (at least those who are infused with an exaggerated introspective streak, and overwrought ego), I always thought that I would grow up to be really special. You know, cure cancer, be governor of California, star on reality TV, anything to have the world acknowledge my specialness. Instead, I grew up to be a regular guy. It is so easy to feel that somehow you have wasted the opportunity to have that special life. Now I understand that what is true accomplishment, is to live a life that causes people (beside your family, who is pretty much obligated) to love you.
When I walk into a Colonel White reunion and everyone treats me like gold. When Linda Lewis tells me that she could never be mad at me, that she loves me and that everyone loves me, then I know that I have truly accomplished something in life. I would crawl a thousand miles on my hands and knees just to feel that way every five years.
You two epitomize what I feel about my Colonel White experience. A group of wonderful people, who cherish the experience they had there and recognize that the experience was due to the goodness of their classmates, and treat those classmates like royalty whether they were from their inner circle or not.
Once again thank you both for being such great people. I love you both. (no Don, not in that way)
P.S. I know Linda won’t read email, so please print this out for her
Just a note to express how nice it was to be part of the festivities for our 40th high school class reunion. I think you and the class reunion committee did very well in getting the function organized. The important thing is that we got together and had a nice time.
Please pass along my thanks to others on the committee. It was so enjoyable speaking with Sam Kurtz and Jim Lake. I remember them both with fond memories and it was nice to see them. It was a real surprise to see Jim Eby. He looks terrific!! I guess it goes to show you what good genetic coding and living a clean life can do for you.
So, as this moment passes and we collectively pause and reflect about how we once were and how much fun it was seeing each other again...I wish you and Linda well and don't ever lose your "off the wall" sense of humor.