TODAY'S NEWS - QUICKIES THAT CHANGE OFTEN

"I WILL NOT FOLLOW WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD, BUT I WILL GO WHERE THERE IS NO PATH, AND I WILL LEAVE A TRAIL." Muriel Strode -KHS65 class motto.
"The good old days....when we weren't good and we weren't old" Barbara Schwarz Moss 2010
SEE WWW.KHS65.COM FOR 169 PIX FROM OUR 45TH REUNION - CLICK THE SMALL PHOTO FOR LARGER VERSION. See lots of NEW grade school pix!
CHECK THE LABELS, GO TO KIRKWOOD HISTORY ARTICLES & CLICK THE POST ABOUT FRANCIS SCHEIDEGGER'S PIX FOR A GLIMPSE OF A PLACE I BET EVERYONE REMEMBERS - and much more!


MICK MARIETTA IS IN A NURSING HOME WHERE HE WILL REMAIN FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AFTER A STROKE. HE WOULD ENJOY PHONE CALLS FROM HIS CHILDHOOD FRIENDS TO CHEER HIM UP. His number is 573 885-4500, ask for Mick Marietta. It may be difficult to communicate with him. Mail address is Cuba Manor, 210 Eldon Drive, Cuba, MO 65453.


We seem to all be suffering a common problem these days, WHERE DID OUR LIVES GO? Our brains seem to still be 18, but our bodies are talking a different language. Sarah Orne Jewett puts it much more eloquently than do I:

“Neither of my companions was troubled by her burden of years. I hoped in my heart that I might be like them as I lived on into age, and then smiled to think that I too was no longer very young. So we always keep the same hearts, though our outer framework fails and shows the touch of time.”

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

MORE FUNNY RHYMES from the past

On December 11, 2009,  I was reading my childhood Brownie autograph book and listed the entries here on my blog.  I was thinking there were more little short rhymes, but I just looked and either I just didn't type them or there really aren't many.  But today I was cleaning out a box of my former mother in law's things and found HER little girl autograph book.  We had fun reading some of the entries, and amazingly, at age nearly 91, she could remember all but one name I read to her!  She is nearly blind so can't read the book herself.  My entries are from the late 1950s; Jerry's are from 1943  when she graduated from 8th or 9th grade and I thought it would be fun to show some from that time-frame, similar to ours....lots of little girls and boys thinking about aging and girls thinking about boys!  
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
MY
heart outline
outline of a pair of pants
4
U

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

"FOR DAVID SANBORN"

Most KHS65 classmates know who David Sanborn is I imagine.  He was in the class of 1963 and lived on McLain Lane, across the street from Joyce Moller and Becky Smith and down the street from my house from 8th to 11th grade and down from Pat Corpening Hoag.  Many of us still love listening to his music but our class Poet Laureate, and masterful trumpet player, Alan Yount, has a special connection to Dave.  Herewith is a poem that Alan wrote earlier this year, and I keep not remembering to get it posted  Here are some thoughts from Alan on the musician and the poem:

"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"
    yes!
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
was "amazed".

I have to say it over and over
I was so taken away
how well you
got around on your horn.

You played
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 ...
so alive.

*****

feel the actual groove
going with
the soul of your horn
(actually hear a sacred place
as you did speak) ...

through your alto sax,
with your
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

ADIOS, FAREWELL AND GOOD-BYE TO 2019

Happy New Year to all my KHS65 friends. On this the last day of 2019, those of us who are 'of a certain age' may be feeling that certain age lately. From our Kirkwood High class of 1965 comes this wonderful new poem. Alan Yount is a jazz trumpeter, poet, retired university librarian and all 'round cool guy. Our fathers were McDonnell Aircraft pals and Alan & his high school jazz band played for us at our dances often; I'm sure I don't have to tell many of you that! Please take a few reminiscing moments to reflect on his latest poem, published at https://jerryjazzmusician.com. Actually this is his latest, and maybe greatest, but when I simply typed in the URL in my browser bar for JJM the first thing that popped up was another of Alan's poems from awhile back. This link here takes you right to his latest poem "Up in the Attic".  Please everyone be safe if you are out and about this evening. Thank you Alan for your years of friendship, great music and poetry.  I'll be drinking a champagne cocktail toast to my KHS65 friends and memories as the bells toll at midnight!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Another classmate has left our community of KHS friends.

Thank you to Bob O'Neill for alerting me to the passing on September 28th, 2019 of our classmate John Harris.  While I did not know John at KHS, and he did not participate in our reunion activities over the years, Bob and he, and others, were friends during and after KHS.  John, Bob and Art Stout all shared the wonderful train hobby that Bob still follows passionately to this day.  After graduation Mr. Stout took Bob and John on a trip to see a particular special train exhibit.  John held an electrical engineering degree and worked for an insurance company, at least part of the time inspecting mining operations in the US Southwest.  He had a van and two motorcycles which he used to travel the country, using the cycles to access hard to navigate places he needed to inspect.  John died of cancer peacefully in his sleep in the hospital, having also suffered COPD for some time.  He lived at 1209 Lockett Road when we graduated, perhaps some of you remember him. He was living in Kirkwood when he died. He earned a Gold K, so obviously he was a good student!!  May he rest in peace.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

GARY SCHMIDT ESQ. HONORED BY WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

Ladies and gentlemen, I am so pleased to announce the following:

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 
Jamie Vargas
 
 
Retired Judge Schmidt and I became friends after high school through a number of connections.  He had an amazing career as a lawyer and judge and then as a corporate attorney for the state of Missouri.  He had an amazing career as a high school athlete and as a collegiate athlete.  I was very proud to sponsor him for the KHS Alumni Hall of Fame.  Gary is a Viet Nam Veteran who was injured and continues with health issues arising from that service.  Gary is a wonderful father, retired gentleman doing good things for friends, family and often strangers.  He has been an amazing friend to me through the proverbial 'thick and thin', often the thick.  

Please type SCHMIDT into the search box here and see the other articles I've posted about Gary over the past few years.  I don't want to repeat and repeat at risk of being unseemly, however, I will say one thing that isn't in the other posts, Gary is the only man in the history of Westminster College to have been named to the list of Distinguished Alumni AND the Athletic Hall of Fame.  He was also awarded the Distinguished American Jurist Award some years back, the year after that award went to the late Anton Scalia.  I think we need not say more about Gary's contributions to our legal community over a long span of years.

I am so proud to call Gary my friend and to remind us all that he is an excellent example of what we Kirkwood High School alumni have accomplished in our lives often because of our superb Kirkwood educational and nurturing background.  
 
WAY TO GO GARY!!!  THANK YOU FOR HELPING MAKE KHS65 LOOK GREAT!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Classmate Nancy Morrison Loeb gone way too soon.

Here is the obituary for our classmate Nancy E. Morrison, MSW, LCSW
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

Obituary of a classmate who died two years ago, Betty Jean Kennedy

I today received an email reminding me of the post I made on the Legacy.com site when our classmate Betty died two years ago Monday.  I copied the obituary because I couldn't remember if I posted it when she died but apparently I didn't, so here it is.  I believe not many knew her but it doesn't matter, she was part of the fabric of our lives and has made us a continuing group of people with similar experiences and backgrounds.  If you are at the cemetery in Affton sometime, you might look her up; I will because I sometimes do go there for family connections.
From Legacy.com:
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

The Late Great Bob Albrecht

HI EVERYONE, I hope your spring is lovely, and that no one is inundated by flooding waters!  The TV photos are terrifying to me.  Thanks to my long-time great pal Roy Herrera we have an interesting window into part of the life of our late classmate Bob Albrecht who died last June.  I posted then about his passing, but Roy had told me he had something else he wanted me to post, and here it is.  Roy has been a bit pre-occupied for the past year or less, he has uprooted himself and lady from Brooklyn, NY to Vero Beach, Florida....certainly made a great life change in my opinion, the weather in Vero is normally gorgeous all year round, except perhaps in hurricane season.  Please go here:

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

2019 SUMMER GET TOGETHER IN JEFFERSON CITY, MO

KHS65 Friends, we are holding an informal Lunch and Visit event on June 26th at 

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

POETRY of our TIMES by Alan Yount

Our class Poet Laureate, Alan Yount, has created more beautiful poetry.  The following is another published on www.jerryjazzmusician.com and repeated here for our classmates.  Alan is a very talented musician and poet and I enjoy reading and sharing his work.  On the Jerry Jazz Musician website you will find more of his work.  THANKS Alan for sharing!!! Wish I could share your music on my blog!  This one makes me miss my father even more than normal.  Below The Lines...  please see another poem, meant for New Year 2019 which I didn't get posted back then, but it's still worthy of a read.

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
he waved
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.
.
.
by
Alan Yount

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