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!


COMING SOON, PIX FROM OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION, CHECK BACK OFTEN....

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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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Rock Star with a Connection to KHS65 - well sorta!

For someone who spent over 12 years in the computer biz sometimes on-line stuff goes over my head.  Yesterday while working quietly at my desk, I went on Facebook for some specific reason, and as those funky dropdown things sometimes do, an OLD message from my good pal Ric Porte fell into my view.  I have no recollection of ever having seen it before, so maybe I hadn't.  I don't do the "chat" stuff very well...at any rate what he told me in that message was that our classmate Janet McCleary Sheldon, who died 7 Sept 2004, had a very famous son, one rapper named Mac Lethal - who knew?

Well not me, because I'm not into rap or rappers and things named lethal give me the creeps.  But I made a quick note of the info and just took a few moments to google around.  Well, good grief, Mac is a big deal rapper!  He has his own Wikipedia entry which puts him above a lot of people I know!  SO, may I recommend you google Max Lethal...you'll find YouTube videos, stills, tons of music, and all sorts of posts about Janet's son David McCleary Sheldon, aka Mac Lethal.  Nice to know that our classmates' children are making inroads of their own, even if their parents don't live to see them succeed.  Mac was only 23 when Janet died.  And please don't send me zillions of messages, like, "Gee Leslie we've known about him for years, where've you been?"  I've been right here, just not on the rapper scene!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

JerryJazzMusician.com once again recognizes our musician Alan Yount!~ Way to go Alan

Courtesy of www.jerryjazzmusician.com, comes another of Alan's crossover literary triumphs, a poem about his 1962 visit to Gaslight Square to hear the GREAT Dizzy Gillespie in person.  Scott Heuer and Dennis Winkler were in the group too, and I'd bet Bob Heuer was there to drive, but of course he was a VERY talented musician himself....we need not wonder where Scott got his musical genes. Thanks for sharing ALAN!!!  Keep blowin' that horn and writin' those lines!!!

HEARING  DIZZY  GILLESPIE AT  DINO’S  CLUB
IN  ST.LOUIS  FOR  THE  FIRST  TIME
          For Scott Heuer, and all the other
        musicians in our dance band.

we all were
three fifteen year olds
along with one of our fathers.
we were
the only white guys
in the club.
it was at dino’s club
in st.louis, in the fall of 1962
at the corner of
debaliviere & wabash …
also known as gaslight square.
        *****
before the concert started
a guy my age
(in the booth next to me)
tapped me on the shoulder.
“do you play trumpet,” he said.
I said “yes.”
he said, “me too.”
just then …
everything seemed o.k.
we talked about our horns …
and charts we had played:
both of us
had played in a jazz band.
we found we had both played
the “leads series” of stage band songs:
tunes that dizzy also played.
         *****
the concert was amazing …
groovin’ high & night in tunisia
with dizzy playing tight staccato notes
on his silver harmon mute.
dizzy’s playing … wow!
an infectious
infused joy, of boppish phrasing.
the crowd
would not stop clapping …
and cheering … after every song.
          *****
the guy next to me
& his family
left at the same time.
outside, we both said
we would meet
in st.louis somewhere
& get together
and play some jazz
sometime.
also, we both agreed
for sure,
we were going
to remodel our trumpets
to have an uplifted bell …
just exactly like dizzy had done,
for his own horn,
for sure.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Missing Jim Olson, creative talent, runner, funny man and good friend, gone way too soon.

I'm still reeling from learning of the death of our Jim Olson on August 12th.  I and other of his good friends did not know he was close to death earlier in the summer.  Jim was a man of many words for many years on many topics, but silent to a fault about his own health.  Yes, men tend to be that way, but even as he knew his health was failing he didn't reach out.  Perhaps he couldn't face it, I certainly hope it wasn't because he didn't think we cared.  

I received a great gift from Jim last summer, in fact on July 4th, '16, and I am going to share some of it with you.  I won't finish this post right now, but will come back to it until it's complete.  It's going to be a big job, he wrote me a diary of sorts, 7 1/2 pages typed single space.

Some of you know his sports fame, either because you remember his accolades on the track team at KHS or because you actually read stuff I publish and have seen my 2009 post about his being inducted into the first class of KHS Sports Hall of Fame.  If you haven't read that post please go to the 2009 post list on this blog and scroll down to it.  Then for photos and more information, go to www.khs65.com, my photo site, and click the 2009 album Dave Holley (KHS67, Tom's brother & KHS principal) & Doug Vaughn listen as Jim Olson makes his acceptance speech.for many photos of the HOF ceremony evening...there is more there than just Jim!  I was honored to be his date for the evening, along with Maxine Lyons, Fred's widow, and there is news of other classmates in that album and several photos.  Jim really did try to be humble in his acceptance talk, but he was really basking in being recognized.  We had a great night!

Jim and I didn't know one another at KHS.  Back in 1988 I had changed jobs within McDonnell Douglas, the computer biz founded by John McDonell, and I was going to Santa Ana, CA to my new boss' office for the sign up with Personnel, meet the other folks with whom I'd be working and to do some training.  In those days, email was in its infancy and the internet not yet well-known but I was doing my "newsyletters" to the KHS65 members for whom I had email addresses.  I had begun my database right after we worked so hard to gather the addresses for our 1975 10th reunion and I had Jim's contact information.  I knew he worked for Grey Advertising in Huntington Beach, but his office was up in Cypress, not far from my boss' office, our Santa Ana service office, and a fun restaurant across the street called Crazyhorse where we hung out often.  I also knew Cypress wasn't far up the interstate so I called him and told him I would be in town and would he like to meet and "talk KHS"...we met for a long lunch and instantly bonded.  We became very good friends, and no, not a romance!  Over the next few years we saw one another in CA or here for one reason or other when we were in the same place at the same time.  We had lunch the day of our 50th reunion in 2015, and we visited that night.  We talked on the phone - he always called me on the holidays and on my birthday, or sent me a card.  He always made my day with his calls.  He normally called when he and Jim (Speed) Herb were lunching together to see if there was any Kirkwood news they should know.  Sometimes he shared KHS news with me!

Jim was an incredibly creative guy...a dog which never let go of that chew rag...a perfectionist in many ways...but mostly he was a creative guy who found himself fighting the typical battles of creative folks working in the midst of business tycoons, finance guys who didn't "get" the cost of creativity, and likely couldn't understand much of the creativity anyway, and the always present bosses who were jealous of the creative genius' salary. 

My first memory of Jim's long list of advertisements is when there began to be a lot of flak about all the paper trash McDonald's fast food created, do you remember that?  His slogan "Put Litter in its Place" was everywhere before long.  The trash cans at McDonalds were white, tall with a swinging door and on the face was a rectangular green sign with white lettering.  I wanted to begin this post (which will end up with Jim's own words telling the stories of his almost 30 top "All Time Favorites" - his own ads) with the McDonald's ad because it is a great example of Jim's ability to pack a huge punch in a few words.  In looking on the internet for a photo of one such trash can, I found this video, his slogan in an Aussie ad for McDonalds, and I do not know if he produced the ad, but we know he wrote the slogan, and no, it's not on his own All Time Favorites list.  Check it out here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-L80nqbv24  

In researching the "Put litter in its place" ad, I found this on eBay and purchased it!  A nice reminder for my bulletin board of "souvenirs" of my life.  I'll wear it at our next KHS65 "do" and see if anyone knows why!





Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mrs. Hunter, Third Grade, Robinson School dies at 110

Our dear dear teacher, Dorothy Hunter has passed away.  She was 110 years young!  Please see my past post about her.  She was a great teacher...remember her classroom was right next to the principal's office?  Miss Backus lived as a boarder with Mrs. Hunter and her husband on Geyer Road.  The house is still there, a bit different than it was, but still much like it was when they lived there.  What a life well- lived... see her obituary here:
 http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx…
I am sure she will rest in peace and love. We are SO fortunate to have had her caliber of educators as youth in Kirkwood. What a life she led!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Anyone know John Ramon Barnett from our class?

I have gotten word that John Banrett has died, but no further info yet.  If you know him or knew him or can add any information, please email me at Leslie@khs65.com.  Bob O'Neill's wife knw his sister Lana, I believe from church - but I don't want to report him as deceased unless he really is.
Thanks!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Dr. George Beltz dies at age 90

I imagine you Nipherites will doubtless remember George Beltz, known to us as Mr. Beltz, not Doctor.  Funny about that...but perhaps he earned his PhD after we were at Nipher.  From Webster Kirkwood Times, and courtesy of Pat Corpening Hoag, comes his obituary.

Dr. George W. Beltz

Died: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Age: 90
Beltz, Dr. George W., longtime resident of Kirkwood, Mo., died peacefully in his home in Steelville, Mo., on July 25, 2017. He was 90 years old.

George was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Sager Beltz. George is survived by his children and grandchildren: son George Sager Beltz and grandson Connor Jason Swan of Tulsa, Okla.; daughter Jessica Beltz-Mohrmann, son-in-law Al Mohrmann, and granddaughter Gillian Beltz-Mohrmann of North Plainfield, N.J.

George earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education and English from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU). He received his doctorate in education from St. Louis University.

He met his future bride, Dorothy, at SIU and married her in 1948. He was a career educator. George was a coach, teacher, and then administrator for Nipher Junior High School (Kirkwood), East Ladue Junior High School and Clayton High School.

George was a loving and lovely man who was a gentleman to his core. He will greatly be missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Webster Groves Christian Church. Additional condolences and memories may be shared online at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com.

Memorial visitation: Friends and family may visit with one another from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Webster Groves Christian Church, located at 1320 W. Lockwood Ave., St, Louis, Mo. 63122.

A memorial service will begin immediately following the visitation at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Jeff Moore Sr. officiating. Interment will follow in Valhalla Gardens of Memory Cemetery, 3412 Frank Scott Parkway, Belleville, Ill. 62223.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BETTY JEAN KENNEDY PASSES AWAY

I have no idea why I can't copy the obituary from today's Post Dispatch, but here is the link:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=betty-jean-kennedy&pid=185865904

I do not know any of the circumstances but we have had a local address for her for many years but I do not recall ever having heard from her.   Another of our classmates gone too soon.
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. boppchapel.com

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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. boppchapel.com

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

HAPPY 52ND ANNIVERSARY KHS65

Happy Anniversary to KHS65! We sure have had, for the most part, an amazing adulthood haven't we? Fifty-two years is a long time, and so many of us have accomplished amazing things, borne amazing off-spring, served our families, our employers and our country to make ourselves valuable members of society. I say HERE HERE to US and send a yellow rose of friendship to remember our class and all our friends, especially those no longer able to celebrate with us. Have a great day and try to take a bit of time to wander thru your memory book of those days and our graduation day. My memories are very clear and I always enjoy pulling them out, especially on June 10th.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

TALENTED CLASSMATES - ALAN YOUNT A DEDICATED KHS65 MEMBER SHARES

I'm soliciting articles for my blog from our many many talented classmates.  Alan Yount's amazing poetry writing, 106 published so far, has given me the idea to see who else out there is staying creative in our 70s!  HA, what a title that is...ugh.  Alan and I share an interest in several things, genealogy among them.  I particularly like this poem and you will likely see why.  Thanks Alan for sharing!!! And happy 70th to Alan on June 6th!  [Which is not only the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, but would have been my parents' 75th wedding anniversary.]


HAVING,  THE  SAME  DREAM,  TWICE

          “You can’t have the same dream twice:
          it’s impossible”---An old saying.

climbing the creaking stairs
to my great-great grandparents house,
I had found in fayette, missouri:

in the same dream,
over & over, when I reach …
the top of the stairs:

in their old victorian house,
where they grew up and lived:
their house is suddenly

gone … it is, there, no more.

and they are long gone, yet repeated
in my dreams and primal memory:
for a reason, also related, for forever.

you are my great-great  grandparents
your blood
is in mine.

for some reason, which you can figure:
your house, is also
locked in my memory, forever.

 
Postscript:

An interesting irony. In the early 1970’s I had been in their house, after it had been abandoned for many years. It was years later, after studying genealogy, that I found out they were related to me. They were actually my great-great grandparents.  By 1975, sadly the grand old house had fallen in, into ruin. Their house was the Thomas Carr  and Lavinia Boggs house, called “Fairview.”  It was between New Franklin, Mo. and Fayette, Mo., and could be seen from Highway Five, for over 100 years.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DIANNE GORBELL PASSES AWAY

Thank you to Jim Day, by way of Beth Browning, for letting me know of the death of Dianne Gorbell Taylor.  Dianne began school with us at Robinson, but did not graduate with us.  She has been to a couple of reunion events over the years.  Below is her obituary, with thanks again to Jim and Linda.  In the deep recesses of my mind it seems like her mom Shirley and my mom were either friends or active together in some Kirkwood something.  Perhaps Theatre Guild or PTA?  Can't remember but I believe that is why I knew Dianne.  May she rest in peace.

Dianne “Dee Gee” Taylor (Gorbell), age 70, of Eureka, MO, died Friday, February 3, 2017 at Marymount Manor in Eureka. She was born July 2, 1946 in New Rochelle N.Y., the daughter of the late George Leighton “Rick” Gorbell and Shirley (Franke) Gorbell. Wife of Bobby Taylor. Loving mother of Jeanna Sample and Michelle Stevens. Dearest grandmother of Tobias and Jessica. Dear sister of Rick Gorbell. A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, February 9, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 5:00 p.m., at Faith Community Church, 4824 Scottsdale Rd. House Springs, MO 63051 Memorials may be given in Dee Gee's name to Conquer Cancer Foundation P.O. Box 896076 Charlotte, NC 28289-6076 or online at ConquerCancerFoundation.org