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Sunday, January 5, 2020
Her name is Geraldine, known as Jerry then and now. ENTER THE WORD AUTOGRAPH in the upper left corner, where the little orange box with white B is...that will take you to a couple of posts, but one called Where are They Now? That's the one with my autograph book info...
Dear Jerry, Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe. Your Pal Adele, yours till bobby-pins get seasick riding on the permanent waves. [The canoe paddle phrase was repeated by at least 3 or 4 people in her book.[
Dear Jerry, When you're engaged it's diamonds; when you're in love it's hearts, when you're married it's clubs and when you're dead it's spades. Your friend, Lowell I shouldn't have read that one to her but it didn't dawn on my what the spades reference was til later! She's not in good health, recently placed in hospice care.
This one is on a pale blue page, the pages are all varying pale pastel colors. Dear Jerry, I hope you never feel like this page, blue. Your Pal, Marian, Yours til cows give coldcream! [One of my favorites, so innocent!] Another entry repeats the coldcream line, which I found very funny!
And this one apparently from a beau, or just a good guypal: For Dear Jerry, First came love, then came marriage, then came Jerry with a baby carriage. Your loving Pal, Don ~ love and kiss
Vertically down the side is a sort of code
outline of a pair of pants
Dear Gerry, Yours until the Mississippi wears pants to keep its bottom dry. Love, Gwen
Dear Jerry, Remember me early. Remember me late,. Remember me as your old school mate. Your friend & classmate, Shirley
Dear Jerry, Yours till the cow jumps over the moon. Hettie
Sugar is sweet, so are you, so why don't they ration you? Bob [Born in March, '29, if the war was still going on, i.e., rationing, she'd be graduating from 8th grade, not high school which would have been 1947 I believe.]
And one more I think is great, If all the boys were across the sea, what a good swimmer Jerry would be. Walter
Aren't these just too fun? So immature and innocent, can we imagine high school grads saying these things? The more I read, I think this might be 8th grade; most of the pages have little photos of the signers, in those corner photo mount thingys. Some look too young for high school grads, but many don't. I'll ask her and come back and edit this post.
The sweetest is from her father - "Geraldine Iris, Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind words are the roots, Kind thoughts are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits. Dad" and he sure knew his girl, she is and has always been a very kind person.
And the very last page. Dear Jerry, The last page is usually saved for your lover. But the heck with him, he can write on the cover. Your Pal, Evelyn Yours till the pillowcase comes up in court.
On that note I'll stop!
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
"I met David Sanborn in Kirkwood High School band. At the time the high school did not have a jazz or stage band. I played trumpet, and had my own dance band. I asked him to sit in, but he was always booked up. So, I had only heard him play concert band music, until I went to the nightclub, that first night." Alan told me he thought this poem "really got the great feeling of Sanborn and his music" See what you think.... I typed this from the manuscript sent to me by Alan, but it was published in Spring, 2019 in WestWard Quarterly.
FOR THE FIRST TIME I HEARD DAVID SANBORN PLAY JAZZ
"For David Sanborn"
yeah man ... yes it was
the very first time
I heard Sanborn, and your band.
While we were both in high school,
you invited me
to a packed night club to hear you.
The only word I could think of
when you first took a solo
I have to say it over and over
I was so taken away
how well you
got around on your horn.
a thousand times better
than any of us,
(no jive kidding here).
man, how did you
get that distinctive sound?
from those unfurling notes
coming down through
the amber gold of your
Selmer Paris alto saxophone.
I could almost
reach out ...
and touch some sort of karate "ki" ...
some unknown internal force
in and around you
and your playing -
as if I could
feel the edge ...
of that Selmer horn ...
feel the actual groove
the soul of your horn
(actually hear a sacred place
as you did speak) ...
through your alto sax,
so familiar defined sound.
it's kind of
a universal thing:
you feel that you are in there ...
part of the jazz!
Sanborn is playing for himself:
but we get it, he's also playing
with a warmth of sounds
heart to heart
so just ... for you ...to hear.
Thank you as always Alan, for allowing us to share in your talents, you are one of our classmates who makes us oh so proud!
Here us a bit of info about Dave I found online: "David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and lately, more and more traditional jazz.:
There are many pix of Dave online, he has aged beautifully, but there is one which, if you can ignore the big hair, shows his face as I remember him from riding carpool to school with him in the McLain Lane days of my life.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Congratulations to the 2019 Westminster College Athletic Hall of Fame inductees
The following alumni will be honored during Homecoming Weekend:
Andrew Jett ’12
Val Leppert ’05
Chris Marshall ’03
Kent Mueller ’62 SAE
Gary Schmidt ’69 KA
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Gone way too soon, I hope we will all stop for a moment and think about her and all the good works she did in her lifetime and remember her fondly. Thank you Pat Moisio Reim Ciapciak for letting us know. May she rest in peace and love.
2-14-47 to 8-13-19
She was born on Valentine’s Day in 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri and raised there. She received a BA from Grinnell College in Iowa and a Masters in Social Work from Saint Louis University School of Social Service. She moved to San Francisco in 1975 with Peter Loeb and later that year they settled in Pacifica where they lived for the past 44 years.
She was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and retired from her position as Mediator, San Mateo County Family Court Services after 20 years. Prior to that she was Clinical Director, Family Service Agency of San Mateo County; Program Manager, Children’s Home Society Of California; Residential Treatment Supervisor, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco; Program Manager, San Francisco Head Start; Director of Research, St. Louis Drug Abuse Coordinating Council; Child Welfare Worker, St. Louis County Family Service Agency; Public Assistance Worker, St. Louis County Family Services.
She was a member of Pacifica Resource Center Board of Directors, and member of Pacifica Social Justice, Pacifica Housing 4 All, Pacifica Progressive Alliance. She was active in many Pacifica community groups and local political campaigns over the years, including Friends of Pacifica, the Community Organization of Watchdogs (COW), Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives, and others.
She was loved by many, both human and animals. She cared for many feral cats, practicing trap, neuter, and release (TNR). She was predeceased by dogs Ruby Begonia, Bernie, and Lucy and by cats too numerous to name. She is survived by her beloved dog Sadie and cats Beauregard, Bunty, and Dixie.
She was preceded in death by her parents Bert and Jane Morrison and by her brother Pete Morrison. She is survived by her husband Peter Loeb, sister Sally Riggs and her husband Tom, nieces Maddie Lee and Emily Riggs, brother Geoff Morrison and his wife Shelley, stepdaughter Lisa Loeb Stanga and her husband Pete and grandchildren Ben and Maggie, and stepson Jeff and his wife Cristen and grandchildren Cady, Connor, Caroline, and Cameron.
If a memorial is planned, it will be announced at a later time. Donations in Nancy Morrison’s memory may be made to Pacifica Resource Center or Pacificans Care.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kennedy, Betty Jean passed away peacefully on June 17, 2017. Lifelong resident of the Kirkwood-Des Peres area and member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. Born on July 13, 1947, Betty was the beloved daughter of the late William F. Kennedy Sr. and the late Dorothy E. (Wolter) Kennedy of Kirkwood area; dear sister of William F. Kennedy Jr. (Nancy) of Wildwood and John J. Kennedy of Manchester; aunt of Kimberly Kennedy of Portland, OR; Christopher Kennedy of Colorado Springs, CO; and Sean Kennedy of Manchester. Dear cousin and friend. Betty's immediate family sends best wishes in her memory to residents of Concordia House in Kirkwood and the ICU-490 staff at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur. Services: Private graveside service and interment were June 20 at Resurrection Cemetery in Affton, MO. In lieu of cards or flowers, donations may be made to Equine Assisted Therapy, 3369 Hwy 109, Wildwood, MO 63038 or Wildlife Rescue Center, 1128 New Ballwin Road, Ballwin, MO 63021.
Friday, June 14, 2019
http://www.lowbrows.us/ to read Bob's newsletter. Lowbrows was Bob's establishment and I'll just bet it was a great place to have a great time! I'd love to hear from some of you who were Bob's close buds, perhaps some of our classmates in TX actually visited Lowbrows! Facebook to KHS65 or Leslie VanderMeulen Richards or comment here....THANKS to Roy for this wonderful memory of Bob!
Sunday, June 2, 2019
11:00am in Jefferson City. We're ordering from the menu and it will be a great
opportunity to visit with friends, especially several from the mid-Missouri area who
don't get to St. Louis too often. We did this in time past and enjoyed it a LOT..Check
out www.canterburyhill.com for info - address, map, etc. are on the Contact Us tab.
Let me know if you can join us, we do have to give a total attendance in advance, but
we'll be in a private dining room. Let me know by phone or email please by the 21st
or so - Leslie at khs65 dot com; 636 220 2442, all my phone #s go to my cell now, so
if you get my voicemail, no matter what # you called me on, you'll get the same
voicemail. Hope to see many of you there!
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
The Lines On the Back of the Hand
glancing down, surprised somehow
lines had formed there
on the back of the hand
looking now like my father’s.
he once said
“I remember everything
just like it happened a week ago …
it’s so clear, how it was at eighteen
living on my parents’ farm.
yet it’s so strange
that some recent things
seem so far away.”
raising himself at the end
when he could no longer speak
that same hand to me:
drawing in the air a knowledge
only old men know
that final lineage traced onward
linking my hand with his …
by Alan Yount
………………….Previously published by Spring: the Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society. (academic journal). New series no. 5. Oct. 1996.
THEY SAY, ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
they say, on new year’s eve
……. you should make some new resolutions
…….……. for the new year.
they say, especially in your seventies
……. you should be doing something
…….……. in everyday, that you want to do, so much.
I say, I have
……. been lucky enough
…….……. to have heard the music for this.
in the last five years
……. it is more than enough to have written
……………………more poetry every day.
and to have all those thoughts
………….. come to me … again & again
…………..……. like I know, for sure, they will never end.