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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Monday, August 3, 2020

Carol Jessen, artist, has died in Maine - information sought

I am wondering if anyone knew Carol Ann Jessen.  I think she was in the class of 1966 and she  has died.  The obituary in the St. Louis Post Dispatch only says she died July 28.  She was a wonderful artist, spending much of her time on the coast of Maine painting.  She was a good friend of our classmate Jane Via and Jane tried to reach her not too long ago, no answer to her phone, and now it's been disconnected.  The obituary lists no contacts other than her deceased parents.  If anyone has any information about her, please let me know.  Thanks!  I just have googled around since I posted aand found the last entry in her beautiful blog.  What wonderful watercolors she produced.  Check it out at http://caroljessen.blogspot.com/.  Wonder which art teacher she had a KHS??  Carol was a fairly shy girl as I remember, but I know she and Jane have stayed in touch over the years. May she rest in peace.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

TRAGIC LOSS OF TWO CLASSMATES 7-12-20

July 12th our two classmates, Jim Burton and John Emerline, good friends for all these decades, were together off the coast of Emerald Isle, NC when Jim appeared to be having trouble in the water, John dove in to try to save him and both drowned.  That area is well known for serious undertows; according to my cousin who lives there last year was one of the worst.  We're all in shock.  Jim was only with us sophomore and junior years then his family moved back to NC for his dad's career.  Please see John's obituary here and I'll post Jim's below that.  You can also see them on my Facebook page:

John Carroll Emerline, 73, of Raleigh, NC passed on Sunday, July 12, 2020, while doing what he loved, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean with his good friend. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 13, 1947, son of the late John and Mildred (Suse) Emerline.

John graduated from Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, MO in 1965. He attended Southeast Missouri State University and Temple University and was a proud alumnus of the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol in Wildwood Crest, NJ.

John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ingrid; their sons, Jason (Angie) of Raleigh, NC, Michael of Dunedin, FL, and Joshua of Blowing Rock, NC; and grandchildren, Jensen and Reagan Emerline of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by sisters, Johan Glembocki of Annandale, VA and Judy (Frank) Bertini of Annandale, VA, as well as his sister in-law, Margo Froelich and niece, Terri Mazzotta, Godmother, aunt Barbara Mondevergine of Philadelphia and cousins.

John was a lifelong baseball fan, so much so that in 1964 he hollowed out a book to hold his transistor radio to clandestinely listen to the World Series while in school. John rarely missed a Yankees game.

John moved his family to Raleigh in 1986 and later purchased Quality Business Machines, which he operated until his passing.

John was an avid tennis player…regularly playing multiple times per week at his favorite Seven Oaks Club. He won several doubles championships along the way.

John was a master tinkerer who could fix almost anything. There wasn’t an item around the house or office that he wouldn’t try to fix, re-purpose, or recondition.

John and Ingrid celebrated their 50th anniversary with a trip to Europe (London, Paris and Normandy beaches, pictured above) in 2019.

When he wasn’t playing tennis, John loved the beach and photography. His favorite moments were spent in Emerald Isle with his family, soaking up the sun and Southern Comfort while snapping photos of his beloved granddaughters.

John was a loyal owner of several German Shepherds throughout his life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of John to Freedom German Shepherd Rescue at https://www.freedomgermanshepherdrescue.org/ or a charity of your choice.


 
J ames Howard Burton, Jr., 72, of Cornelius, NC passed away on July 12, 2020. Jim was born in Winston-Salem, NC on December 19, 1947 to the late James Howard Burtons, Sr. and Margaret Burton. He was a graduate of Myers Park High School and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity. Jim went to work with his father at Jim Burton Agency and later retired from RW Chapman & Company.

When he was not spending time on the golf course, he was enjoying time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara Burton, and their daughters, Stephanie (Scott) Pendleton and Carrie (Jeff) Dunham and grandchildren, Tyler Pendleton, Max Pendleton and Davis Dunham, as well as Jim's brothers Mike (Nancy) Burton, Chuck (Sarah Newell) Burton and Bob (Wanda)Burton. A visitation will be held on Friday, July 17th from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, 16901 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC. Due to the NC Governor's Executive Order a Sign-Up Genius has been set up to control the number of people allowed in funeral home.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A49ACAF2CA75-james . The memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm Saturday, July 18th, in the chapel of Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home. There are no restrictions on attendance for this event however, the service will be broadcast via Zoom Meeting,https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85915497132?pwd=OEFnaFpoZ2liSm90MFhRUHc5MDRIZz09
 
James Howard Burton, Jr., 72, of Cornelius, NC passed away on July 12, 2020. Jim was born in Winston-Salem, NC on December 19, 1947 to the late James Howard Burtons, Sr. and Margaret Burton. He was a graduate of Myers Park High School and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity. Jim went to work with his father at Jim Burton Agency and later retired from RW Chapman & Company.

When he was not spending time on the golf course, he was enjoying time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara Burton, and their daughters, Stephanie (Scott) Pendleton and Carrie (Jeff) Dunham and grandchildren, Tyler Pendleton, Max Pendleton and Davis Dunham, as well as Jim's brothers Mike (Nancy) Burton, Chuck (Sarah Newell) Burton and Bob (Wanda)Burton. A visitation will be held on Friday, July 17th from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, 16901 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC. Due to the NC Governor's Executive Order a Sign-Up Genius has been set up to control the number of people allowed in funeral home.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A49ACAF2CA75-james . The memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm Saturday, July 18th, in the chapel of Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home. There are no restrictions on attendance for this event however, the service will be broadcast via Zoom Meeting,https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85915497132?pwd=OEFnaFpoZ2liSm90MFhRUHc5MDRIZz09
James Howard Burton, Jr., 72, of Cornelius, NC passed away on July 12, 2020. Jim was born in Winston-Salem, NC on December 19, 1947 to the late James Howard Burtons, Sr. and Margaret Burton. He was a graduate of Myers Park High School and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity. Jim went to work with his father at Jim Burton Agency and later retired from RW Chapman & Company.

When he was not spending time on the golf course, he was enjoying time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara Burton, and their daughters, Stephanie (Scott) Pendleton and Carrie (Jeff) Dunham and grandchildren, Tyler Pendleton, Max Pendleton and Davis Dunham, as well as Jim's brothers Mike (Nancy) Burton, Chuck (Sarah Newell) Burton and Bob (Wanda)Burton. A visitation will be held on Friday, July 17th from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, 16901 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC. Due to the NC Governor's Executive Order a Sign-Up Genius has been set up to control the number of people allowed in funeral home.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A49ACAF2CA75-james . The memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm Saturday, July 18th, in the chapel of Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home. There are no restrictions on attendance for this event however, the service will be broadcast via Zoom Meeting,https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85915497132?pwd=OEFnaFpoZ2liSm90MFhRUHc5MDRIZz09
 
 

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Murray Smith, KHS Teacher, Obituary

I send a thank you to KHS65 member Lois Lindley, not only for reading my blog, but for sending the obituary of one of her favorite teachers, Murray Smith.  I did not have him as a teacher, and haven't known anything about him, so his obituary is very interesting to me.  A true Kirkwood gentleman.  I'd love to post more information about any of our teachers any reader wishes to send to me.
Here is the obituary:
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?pid=107799935&fbclid=IwAR2qX0DiU62i9TUREy3yieB-YcJqoXNx2zvT9IpKvmtRMNpBKwzK9nUsgh8

Monday, February 17, 2020

INSPIRING NEW POEM FOR WINTER BY POET LAUREATE ALAN YOUNT

Another inspiring gem from my favorite poet, classmate Alan Yount, compliments of www.jerryjazzmusician.com  ENJOY and thank you Alan for making KHS65 look so good!  The visual of your lips bleeding is strong, I imagine I'll think of this as I am exercising and it's getting difficult, and I'll have the umph to carry on! 

A Trumpet Break Through: Which Can Happen With Any Horn Or Ax
…………………………………….For: Dominic and Aurora Lewis
it’s tough
in jazz
to play better
as in doing
anything else better.
*****
while in high school
(my lips bled red
several times
on the silver of the mouthpiece),
just trying to reach
high notes on the trumpet.
*****
so, sometimes … when practicing
more & more & more
nothing inches forward …
*****
then one day, you hear
stay with it! stay with it!
it’s that great gnarly
sweat of jazz … when you discover
a certain sound
and know there’s a magic in this.
*****
if you once
play into a“break through”
you will never
stop practicing,
and believing in yourself:
to play better
for ever.
.
by Alan Yount
.
.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

HONOR FOR ANOTHER KHS65 MEMBER

Kirkwood-Des Peres Chamber Awards Gala Set For Feb. 7

  • Jan 31, 2020
Join the Kirkwood-Des Peres Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Feb. 7, for the 74th Annual Installation and Awards Gala, presented by Mutual of Omaha, at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel, 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd.,
This year’s award recipients are:
Businesspersons of the Year Award The Miller Group 
Chamber Legacy Award Jim Wright, former president/CEO of the Kirkwood-Des Peres Area Chamber of Commerce
Citizen Of The Year Award Paul Ward, former Kirkwood City Council member
Commitment To Community Award  Peggy Schneider, Sam’s Club Crestwood
Lifetime Achievement Award Don Stream, Streams Tax Service
Volunteer Of The Year Award Kirk Faubel, Country Financial

Here is the actual article in the Webster Kirkwood Times about Don:


Saturday, February 8, 2020

SAYING GOOD-BYE TO A BELOVED CLASSMATE

Sharon Lowe Zieroth died yesterday morning, February 7, 2020.  Poor Sharon suffered a stroke several years ago thus changing the course of the rest of her life.  She and her twin Karen would have been another year older on 2/18 and Karen had gone to CA to be with her sister at the end of her long, valiant struggle with the after-effects of the stroke.  Sharon and Gary, her amazing saint of a husband, have two children and two grands, Sharon was a serious diabetic from early young-womanhood and had trouble conceiving a child, so she and Gary adopted a wonderful boy, and not long afterward Sharon became pregnant and they then had a darling baby girl.   The Lowe family has always been and still is a closely knit, loving family.  Sharon and Karen were my first grade school friends when we returned from a 3 year stint in Wichita, on February 4, 1955, mid second grade for us gals.  They lived just around the bend from us on Horseshoe Drive in Sugar Creek Ranch.  My memories of our little girlhood are strong and happy.  Sharon and Gary had a wonderful life, raised wonderful children and were devoted to their whole family.  Sharon is no longer suffering and her family can finally let her go knowing she is now in a much better place.  Everyone will miss Sharon, an adorable, funny, devoted, caring, unselfish loving daughter, sister of 3, mother of 2, devoted wife and treasured friend.  I'm sure Karen will love hearing from anyone who would like to contact her.  She is on Facebook and lives in Kirkwood, contact me for specific information of desired.

CLICK HERE FOR HER OBITUARY

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 me 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.