I know many of our classmates had Mr. Hetherington for typing and likely other classes. I didn't, I missed that class! I took typing but not with a fun good-lookin' jock type guy! Here is his obituary from Kirkwood Webster Times:
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Saturday, July 17, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
HOTEL JEFFERSON, ST. LOUIS, MO
CHECK the Wikipedia entry about the Hotel Jefferson, site of our Senior Party this night in 1965.
Where have those 56 years gone? That is the most frequent question I receive from our classmates. We are so fortunate that so many of us can make lengthy lists of our answers...kids, grands, travel - the biggest one we have in common in my experience, careers, military service - many successes in that arena, education - huge successes there, social activism - no surprise there given the time-frame in which we were coming of age, and yes sadnesses - loss of classmates way too soon, parents who lived such long lives and those who left us way too soon, but perhaps the most valuable as we continue to age is two-fold, good health for oh so many of us, and the lasting friendships. Just look at Facebook - how many of us are still in touch, and regularly at that, with those whom we have been friends nearly our total life spans. On the bulletin board above my desk there lives a framed photo from our 40th reunion's Robinson School group. There were 12 of us, 5 of whom I've chatted with in one form or another in the last week, 3 of whom are no longer with us and all of whom I have corresponded with in the past year. We were in grade school a LONG time ago...think about who you still communicate with; who you could still find if you wanted to chat; think about who you'd like to locate... in today's world there are so many ways to connect and reconnect - we are blessed by technology, likely far more than we are cursed by it, but some days in my world that is a toss-up!
WHODDA EVER THUNK 56 YEARS LATER I'D BE SITTING COMFORTABLY AT MY DESK, BIRDS CHIRPING LOUDLY OUT MY WINDOW, TV TELLING ME THE WORLD'S NEWS AND WRITING TO SO MANY OF MY LIFE-LONG FRIENDS OF ONE DEGREE OR ANOTHER? We are truly blessed.....
Yellow roses are the international flower of friendship and our class flower. May you have bouquets of yellow roses in your lives each and every day.
Friday, May 28, 2021
As I was posting Alan's recent poem about Miles Davis, he was writing to send me a new one, a love poem for us oldsters, not the first poem he has written to his lovely wife Jerra. We girls should be so lucky to have men writing poems to us! Alan just rocks! My own hands aren't yet translucent, but I've seen it plenty often; however I do sport the brown age spots and consider them badges of honor of sorts, they remind me of the warm sun on my hands as I've had them curled around a steering wheel in those thousands of miles I've enjoyed driving over the decades, and the years of mowing my lawn on warm/hot sunny days, before I realized I really really needed to wear gloves! More kudos to Alan!
THE SKIN, ON THE BACK OF OUR HANDS
“A Love Poem, For Older People.” “Also, For Jerra, For Over Twenty Years Together.”
there is something you can tell
about older people
the skin on the top of their hands
is almost translucent
like you could read
several messages in there
you can almost
see down into it
the skin has grown
on our hands
with all the lines
like the hands have shown
over so much time
shown with so much pleasure
for sure they have
each grown much older
and yet the aging brings closeness
to both of us
made by us just so shared together
Postscript: Jerra once said, “We have both saved
the best of our lives: meeting, until our last years,
for the best lasting love.” Alan "The Count" Yount
Published by: WestWard Quarterly, Spring Issue, 2021.
I am home working at my desk today, gifted with some hours to do that by an appointment cancellation. I have been remiss in posting on this blog, and especially some more works by my favorite poet Alan Yount. I received an email from www.jerryjazzmusician.com that there was some news so I clicked and by golly there is a new poem from KHS65 Poet Laureate Alan. I am NOT a poetry fan, my own attempts have either been pretty lame or just plain awful, and I don't enjoy reading it. Having used a paperback edition of "How Does a Poem Mean" as a target on my dart board in my college days, I probably need say no more. But Alan's actually hits home with me, and I love his Archie & Mehitable -like style! [Crisis-I just looked for my copy of A & M and it's missing from the bookcase where I've kept it for years, another chore to do today, FIND IT!] Here is a new jazz-related poem I hope you will enjoy. Thank you again Alan for always making KHS65 look so poetic! If you don't know about Alan's life and career, read my prior posts or search here for his name, there are quite a few entries about him, his music and poetry. (I post this assuming you all know who Miles referred to here is...)
Miles’ Mouthpiece Pouch
miles attached the pouch
after the bend
where the trumpet bell started
the pouch was close
to his lips and face.
maybe he also liked the smell
of new leather. I would have.
it’s good to have
a couple of
close at hand.
like if you
to play some notes
styling them, all so different.
having those extra mouthpieces
was to comfort you
just in case
to keep your sound
… just with so many
your only miles style!
.Postscript: There is a great picture of Miles, holding his
trumpet, with the mouthpiece pouch. It is on the cover of
the book, Miles, The Autobiography. .
by Alan Yount
Check out this tribute on the Jerry Jazz Musician newsletter where this poem was recently published: "Few
artists inspire creativity like Miles Davis. This collection of poetry
by 50 poets from all over the world is further evidence of that."
Photograph of Miles Davis by Francis Wolff/courtesy Mosaic Images
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Thanks to Lois Lindley for sending me the link to this. It's been on TV a time or two in more recent years, and it's always fun to remember back to our glorious 1960s! Even if they were our arch rivals, the Websterites had many of our same experiences. Who ever thought we'd be the age we are now and having so much fun remembering our past and EVEN wanting to watch a Webster Groves show again! Enjoy everyone! Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giQxUkZ4Anc