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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Saturday, August 21, 2010

HARK BACK TO 2000 & OUR 35TH REUNION - VIDEO

If you can stand seeing us ten years ago, so much younger!, check out the video that Jack Toman so graciously made for us - Jack has been hiding it all these years! But here it is for your viewing enjoyment. If it stops, just let it sit and it'll start up again, on slower internet connections the bits and bytes have to catch up with themselves. It's about 4 minutes long - Thanks a BUNCH Jack! If you want to know who the players are, go to www.khs65.com to the 2000 reunion album, the bottom one, and review the photos - you'll probably recognize more that way. Thanks to my webguru son for converting this to allow it to play here, he always makes me look SO good!

BILL PAPE RIDES THE DOG TO 45TH REUNION -RUMINATIONS ALONG THE WAY

I don't think I knew Bill at KHS, but through our reunion activities I've come to like him a LOT. What an interesting guy! Of course he was a runner at KHS, then he rode a bike from New Jersey to our 25th reunion! NOW, I learn, by accident while roaming on Facebook, that he rode a bus to our recent 45th. It sounds like he had a real adventure on the way home. And juxtaposed with the story of the ride home, we find some romantic ruminations...probably reminiscent of the type of memories many of us have! To wit:

To get to high school reunions this year, and distinguish myself from successful classmates in doing so, I road the Dog this year to St. Louis, not a bike as in a previous reunion year. It was an interesting trip both ways. On my way back East, I found myself riding with a group of convicts, whom the bus driver labeled, “The Committee.” Whenever she got on the loud speaker to chastise them through Illinois and Indiana she addressed them as “The Committee,” I think because they talked so much, so loud and so continuously during the long miles of our ride. I guessed them to be convicts because as we pulled out of St. Louis, I heard the words “half way house” in one of their comments, and because, after they got finished displaying for several hours an encyclopedic knowledge of sports, which included discounting, in two sentences, a 12-page 'New Yorker' article on boxing I showed them, they moved on to various discussions of what one rap song I like summarizes as “blunts and broads……, ” (“Hypnotize,” by the genius, Notorious B.I.G.). They showed me, as I listened in, that they certainly knew more about drugs than I had learned in 30 years as a probation officer, and more about women than I learned in 60+ years of relationships with that gender. I was also prompted to guess they came from somewhere in common because they all had a uniform of sorts, white t-shirts and white crew-top socks in sandals. At one stop, our tough-as-nails driver had the police take one of them off, which I thought a little unfair, since his crime, hogging two seats, was one she charged me with just before yelling at him for it. I guess his release from a short stint of fed time was starting out badly, because he had to renew his travel by some other means than the Dog in the middle of Ohio. One of the committee members took the attached picture for me, showing our bus. Attending this year’s reunion was one of three women I fell in love with between kindergarten and 6th grade, “affairs” that decreased in intensity and time-span unfortunately over time, until the one with Cynthia lasted probably about 20 seconds, by the drinking fountain behind Tillman, perhaps completely in the imagined, instead of real, world, since she had no knowledge of it to recollect when I mentioned it to her. All that I remember happening in this last affair was my liking her and our having a few words together. The first “affair” lasted at least a couple years, from pre-K in Berkeley, MO, until I moved to Kirkwood in the middle of second grade, devastating at least me, and it included a lot of drama, most times real, once interrupted by the cleaning lady. The second affair, slightly tamer and less emotionally intense, involved my being summoned into a bedroom closet by a girl who became a KHS beauty (in another grade) for examination of our under-garments, after both our mothers inexplicably consented to a suggestion we two enjoy a sleep-over, at her house, in her bedroom, after which I would have to wait some ten more years for an invitation so excellent. Cynthia, my third and least actual affair, also turned out to be a very beautiful woman, as can be seen in the attached picture, so at least there was nothing wrong with my eyesight in those years.

Bill, hope it's okay that I put this excellent article here, I figure if you're willing for it to be on Facebook, you won't mind it here! Stay in touch!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

KHS BICENTENNIAL TIME CAPSULE

Pete Nardie, KHS64, is a long-time friend of mine so my curiosity was aroused when I was walking the KHS campus during our reunion weekend & spotted this bronze tablet right outside the building where the office is. What really first caught my attention was that it says MR. Pete Nardie, and the others were just listed with an initial and surname. I knew Pete had been a KHS teacher, so I asked him about this & was thrilled to learn about this project. I'll let Pete's own words tell the story.The list of contents is at the end.
Kirkwood High School 1976 Time Capsule

These items were collected and deposited in a time capsule at Kirkwood High School for the US Bicentennial in the spring of 1976 as part of a class project in Mr. Pete Nardie's Contemporary Issues Class. Principal of KHS was Don Duchek. He was a graduate of KHS prior to WW II and served in the Marines in WW II. He gave Mr. Nardie a job in 1974 partially because Mr. Nardie had also served in the Marines in the War in Vietnam. The collection is as eclectic and haphazard as a group of teenagers can be. The project was covered in the St.
Louis Post Dispatch by writer John Archibald a few days before the capsule was lowered into the ground. After Mr. Duchek retired he was replaced by Franklin McCallie. He retired and was replaced by David Holley. All of them have been made aware of the whereabouts of the time capsule which is just south of the principal's office in a bit of a garden. There is a bronze plaque above the capsule. The funds to buy the plaque were raised by the students named thereon by selling candy to fellow students. The capsule is in a burial vault donated
by a vault company. The vault is/was red, white and blue with stars on it. The capsule is approximately 3 feet wide, 7 feet long, two feet deep and buried about 8 feet down. Mr. Nardie's first born son, Gabriel Nardie, KHS 94, was born less than a month after the capsule was buried. His son, Mr. Nardie's grandson, Pablo William Nardie was born in Boston July 3rd, 2009. It is with high hopes from Mr. Nardie that Pablo will be invited to attend the opening of the capsule in 2076 . Mr. Nardie's other son, Joshua, KHS 96, was born in 1978. If he should have any children it is hoped that they too will be invited to the opening in 2076.


I love it that Pete had the foresight to include the names of his sons and grandson in this document, which I assume is held in the offices at KHS. Pete is VERY proud and happy to be a grandpa, so it's not really surprising that he thought to include young Pablo. You can see Pete in the Nipher Band photo, he did a lot of the identifying of students in the photo, check the website and further down on this blog. THANKS Pete for sharing! Herewith the list:

A Rawlings football; A St. Louis Cardinal's Baseball bat
A pair of girl's roller skates, white
1976 Mississippi River Festival Calendar of musical acts
A General Electric steam iron; A Khoury League baseball bat
Time Magazine, July 4th, 1776 commemorative issue
June, 1975 edition of the St. Louis Yellow Pages
1976 Ford Motors Buyer's Guide; A pack of Winston Filter Longs cigarettes
A soft pack of Kent Cigarettes; A soft pack of Marlboro Cigarettes
An imported Italian relaxer pipe; A St. Louis Cardinals batting helmet
Kirkwood HS lunch menu for the week of March 22-26, 1976
A wall lamp; A handbook on abortion; A bottle of Germaine Monteil
Colonial Bank book of matches; A can of diamond gloss automotive enamel paint
The Holy Bible, Gideon's version from a motel; Program from the play “Anything Goes”
TV Guide magazine from week of May 16-22, 1976; Savings account passbook # 019376-9
A Schick 3-speed razor; A bar of Camay soap; A Guidebook of US Coins, 1973- 26th ed
KHS Letter Awards for sophomore sports of baseball, basketball, football, soccer, track and field, wrestling, and tennis
Teacher's Edition, Text and Test Booklet for Rise of the American Nation, standard text for teaching American History; Gillette Lady's razor
KHS Principal's Bulletin
KHS Course Description booklet for school year 1976-77
1969 Southeast Missouri State College Yearbook (Mr. Nardie's school)
Preliminary drawings for the Time Capsule; Hill Behan Lumber Company buyer's guide
1976-77 Salary schedule for teachers; Pair of Levi Bell Bottom Jeans;
St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper issues for May 17-23, 1976
KHS Bicentennial Carnival poster;1975 Missouri hunting permit;Recruiter's card USN
Acid Rescue, phone card; Publicity poster US Dept. of Transportation
Invitation to the 1976 KHS Junior-Senior Prom; 1975 Missouri Fishing license
Magazine of the Hare Krishna movement; Six Flag Amusement Park parking ticket
DECA membership card (Distributive Education Club of America)
Receipt for tuxedo rental for the Jr. Sr. Prom; Free Car Wash or Wax coupon at Gas and Wash
Receipt from Sears Roebuck at Crestwood Plaza
4 Attendance slips for recording absences and tardies in KHS classrooms
A hair brush (Mr. Nardie said historical sites always have a hair brush)
A Bic lapel pin; A Bic key chain
A ticket to the 1975 Kirkwood-Webster Turkey Day Game
Two passes to Kirkwood Ice Rink on Geyer Road
Earn a free Whopper sandwich punch card from Burger King on Manchester
A Mo. Birth Certificate; 5 KHS ID Cards;A KHS excused absence slip
2 KHS grade cards; A 5 cent US stamp for 1st class mail
A pair of pierced earrings; Patchouli coke snuff
A wallet size calendar, 1976
A football helmet used by Mr. Nardie while playing freshman football in 1960 at Nipher Jr. High school on Kirkwood Road. (Includes face mask for wearing glasses)
A Planned Parenthood Sex Education pamphlet; 1975-76 Pioneer yearbook, The Pioneer
1975-76 issues of KHS newspaper, The Call; A coaster from Sambo's restaurant
A Whitbread beer coaster
The classroom flag from Mr. Nardie's classroom in the east building
A US Social Security card; A copy of George Orwell's 1984
A copy of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
A Spalding basketball from the KHS basketball team; An official KHS baseball
A KHS A Capella Choir 33 1/3 record from the choir in 1973-74
One bed pan made into a planter; A windshield scraper and brush for snow and ice
A JC Penney Fall/Winter catalog from 1975; December, 1975 White Pages telephone book
Oversize book, The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey
1 box Virginia Slims matches;1 pair of dice
1 copy of The Bill of Rights for Little Boys,
& a copy of The Bill of Rights for Little Girls by KHS history teacher Bill Diffley
Booklet, The Official Rules for Khoury League baseball
3rd Quarter Honor Roll spring '76 KHS;Baby & Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock
A silver souvenir spoon from St. Louis, MO; A package of Party Tyme Daiquiri mix
A conversion chart for metric system to conventional measures
A copy of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
A pack of matches from Gravois Bank; Pioneer Power button from KHS athletics
A week's daily bulletins from KHS; A pack of matches from Colonial Bank
The Testament of Freedom printed by Color Art Company of Kirkwood, owned by former Kirkwood Mayor Bob Reim
A copy of The People's Almanac by Wallechinsky and Wallace
A General Electric toaster; A copy of Webster's 7th New World Dictionary
US Mint issued coins for the Bicentennial- Dollar ($1), Half dollar (50 cents), and Quarter Dollar (25 cents)
A group picture of the 4 members of rock and roll band The Beatles
Automobile license plate, April, 1976, Missouri
Flyer of coupons and ads for National Food Store on Kirkwood Rd.
May 20, 1976 issue of Rolling Stone magazine; Pack of playing cards
A copy of Playboy Magazine for Me; A copy of National Lampoon Magazine
A copy of Seventeen Magazine A crescent wrench
A week's issues of St. Louis Globe Democrat newspaper A pair of pliers
A screwdriver; A KHS button
Flags of the states of the Confederacy from the American Civil War
A copy of Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
A passenger train ticket from the Missouri-Pacific Railroad
A set of tags removed from clothes; A Missouri Voters Handbook
An Eveready battery; A zipper; A scarf; Pitch-in Trash bags
A copy of The Babysitter Guide
A schedule for Amtrack passenger trains
A copy of Missouri Conservationist magazine, February, 1976
A copy of National Lampoon magazine from April, 1975
A copy of High Fidelity magazine, May 1976
A copy of U.S.News and World Report, Jan., 1976
A copy of Tennis magazine, April, 1976
A copy of Time magazine, April ?, 1976
A copy of Life magazine, June, 1976
A copy of Better Homes and Garden magazine, June, 1976
A Super Pro Frisbee; A hockey puck; A Six Flags Amusement Park button
A whistle; 1975 Missouri Tax forms; 1974 US tax forms
A train ticket from the miniature train ride at St. Louis Zoo
4 cans of Falstaff Bicentennial Beer (Mr. Nardie drank the other two out of the 6-Pak the night before!)
1 Olympia beer can; 2 old Coors beer cans
A letter to the class of 2076 from Senior Jessica Dowell
A picture of the St. Louis Arch also known as The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial,The Gateway to The West
A World war II ration can opener; A toy Volkswagen car
A copy of The Better Homes and Garden Cookbook
A term paper on medical malpractice; A copy of The Book of Mormon
A paper kite; A box of women's panty hose; A McDonald's ash tray
A McDonald's license plate; The 1975-76 KHS Buzzbook of phone numbers and addresses
2 copies of Newsweek magazine, January 12, 1976 and February 2, 1976
A Sears Roebuck catalog; We Land on The Moon coloring book
A Bicentennial flag; A 50 star United States Flag; A roll of Charmin toilet paper
Please don't squeeze the Charmin, says Mr. Whipple
A list of the top 63 records of 1975; A Missouri Drivers Guide handbook
2 Road maps of Missouri; A US road map/atlas; A St. Louis road map
Wizz Bee (?)
A pair of football shoulder pads worn by Mr. Nardie in 9th grade at Nipher Jr. High
An old pair of desert boots; A Confederate flag; black light bulb; A planter
A book about books (?)
A box (hard pack) of Winston filter cigarettes
A skateboard; A copy of The Guinness Book of World Records, 1971-72
A year's issue of Life magazine; A finger nail clipper; A boy's swimming suit
A list of endangered species of 1976; A number of poems; A book of Airplanes
A pair of glasses; A bumper sticker from the TV show Mary Hartman
A Bicentennial parade poster; A box of drugs (?);Crayons for coloring
A 45 rpm record;I Am Woman
A bottle of finger nail polish; A kit containing curlers, thread, buttons
A Flicker Lady's shaver; A hairbrush and comb for a baby
A handbook from Southwest Texas State College
A 1976 membership card from The St. Louis Press Club - courtesy of John Archibald who did the story on the capsule
A 1976 KHS Graduation Announcement; 7 KHS Misconduct reports
1 Missouri Uniform Traffic Ticket
1 box of God Bless America Festival Candy from the Reverend Moon's cult
A coupon for a gift of 1 dozen doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts
A bicentennial shopping bag from Jeans West store in West County Mall
A Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post membership card
A business card from Randy Bopp Motors; A Crime Blockers membership card
A National Safety Council Driver Improvement Program
A 1974 Missouri Combination Hunting and Fishing License; 1 Blue hair comb
1 Bicentennial can and bottle opener; 1 KHS bus pass; 1 Burger King Punch Card
2 McDonald's Gift Certificates; A business card from Gan Shell Gas station
2 KHS notice of failure slips; 1 KHS Unsatisfactory notice
1 sanitary hand wipe from Kentucky Fried Chicken; 1 KHS Locker combination tag
1 combination paint can opener and bottle opener; A Steak and Shake place mat

Assorted pamphlets on Venereal Disease, Tubal Ligation, Birth Control furnished by St. Louis County Health Department

A lifesize statue of NBA Basketball star Wilt Chamberlain used as a display at B. Dalton Bookseller to advertise his biography

The sign that warned students and faculty to not come to close to the hole being dug for the time capsule

A tape recording of all students and Mr. Nardie saying what they wanted to say for posterity along with a tape recorder to play the recording.

Also, as the capsule was being lowered into the ground many KHS students tossed a variety of items into the hole ahead of the capsule (they would be underneath the capsule, Included were roach clips, prophylactics, marjuana, ID cards etc.

It has occurred to me that it would be fun to wonder what OUR class would have put in that vault! Anyone wanting to make suggestions please comment! But we'll have to use our 1965 high school mentality! Can we remember that well that far back??

Monday, August 9, 2010

45th REUNION NOW A MEMORY BUT PIX LAST FOREVER

If you attended our Reunion and took photos that you'd like to share with the world, please send to me for posting. You can email them right off your camera, please don't edit down the size. Or you can print, scan and email or you can mail hard copy pix which I PROMISE you'll get back if you ask. There are now 169 Reunion Weekend pix in the 2010 Album at www.khs65.com. I have already moved all the grade school photos to their own album to make them easier to find, and I have MANY to add, thanks to generous folks like Bill Watts, Bill's cousin Kathy Watts, Mike Caldwell, Ardy Goodman, Jeannette Klein, Kathy Kenner, Pat Moisio, Georgeann Meinhardt, and probably some more! There are already several there, with more coming. If you have class photos to share, wait a bit to see what I end up posting then check to see what you might have! - THANKS- I'll post when I have them all finished! Email me to figure out the best way to send photos. Feel free to add comments to any photos too! Especially if I made an error, or said something you think isn't just quite appropriate! OR if YOU can think of a better caption, I'm always open to improvements! As of 9/6 I am not aware of any more pictures coming my way from the reunion, but I welcome more if you have some!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

REASON #1 FOR NOT ATTENDING KHS65 REUNION

WE WERE SUPPOSED TO TAKE OFF FROM FLORIDA FOR STL & THE REUNION TODAY!
OBVIOUSLY I'M DOING SOMETHING ELSE.....

IN THIS PICTURE I'M SITTING ON OUR CONDO PATIO DECK IN DUNNELLON.
MO-INLAW SENT A CARE PKG DUE TO MY INJURY SO I'M DRAPED IN THE EASY
ON/OFF SHIRTS, HOLDING BOOK, ETC. ....I'D PLANNED TO INCLUDE THIS
PHOTO IN A TKU CARD TO HER, BUT IT'S ALSO USEFUL TO "SHOW" & "TELL"
MY STORY, ALBEIT ONE HANDED & IN ALL CAPS. I'VE ALSO FOUND
SLIP-ON-SHIRTS ARE GREAT - NOTE HUSBAND'S SOFT V-TEE SHIRT - AND SO
ARE PULL-UP PANTS......FORGET BUTTONS, MAKE-UP OR STYLING YOUR HAIR.
MAYBE I'M IN TRAINING FOR MY SENIOR YRS??? OPPS, THAT'S RIGHT, I'M
ALREADY THERE....ANOTHER SENIOR MOMENT.

I FELL & BROKE MY ELBOW; SUBSEQUENT SURGERY INCLUDED 2 SCREWS, 1
FIGURE 8 SPRING, & 18 STAPLES. I'M TO BE IN THIS SLING/HALF CAST FOR A
MONTH, THEN BRACE & PHYSICAL THERAPY 4-6 MONTHS. I KEEP HEARING THE
SONG IN MY HEAD, "IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME...".

I WILL MISS THE REUNION ON SEVERAL LEVELS! I'M GOING TO BE LOOKING
FORWARD TO ALL THE PICTURES YOU ALWAYS POST SO I CAN PRETEND I WENT.
TO ALL MY CLASSMATES, PICTURE ME THERE!

HAVE A GREAT TIME REMEMBERING OLD MEMORIES & CREATING NEW ONES,
GEORGANN


GET WELL QUICK GEORGANN!!! WHAT BAD TIMING!!! :-)
As Georgann pointed out to me, we need to include the pic of her hubby Steve Vehmeier, to honor his nearly 43 years of tending to her. He's nursed her back to health before, but wasn't expecting this! Check out the view of the WITHLACHOOCHEE River from their condo deck in Dunnellon! When I have time, I'll post some more photos of it, paradise on the west coast of Florida for SURE!
Georgann has sent me a big envelope of wonderful classmate photos and articles, which I will get posted as soon as I can, am running out of time to get ready for the reunion weekend! Thanks again Georgann!!!



Wednesday, August 4, 2010

KIRKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI HALL OF FAME PRESS RELEASE

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SPRING, 2012, ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME WILL GO OUT IN EARLY 2011 - BE THINKING OF WHO YOU WILL NOMINATE, CLASS OF 1965 NEEDS TO MAKE IT A HABIT TO BE IN THE HOF!

Press Release from Ginger Fletcher at Kirkwood School District:

I also need to share some sad news with you. Marion Brooks suffered a stroke. I talked to her niece, Minnie Pearl Chinn, late last week. Minnie said Marion is having difficulty speaking and has some paralysis. I will keep you updated on the situation. I know your thoughts and prayers will be with Marion.

Kirkwood School District Hosts First Alumni Hall of Fame on Sept. 25
August 04, 2010

The Kirkwood School District will host a reception and induction ceremony for its first Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Keating Theatre of Kirkwood High School, 801 W. Essex Ave. The district will induct 23 honorees into the Hall of Fame, which recognizes men and women who have achieved success and who serve as appropriate role models for Kirkwood School District students. The inductees include entrepreneurs, musicians, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, an opera singer, an Academy Award winner, a Golden Globe Award winner, educators, aeronautical engineers, magistrates, and civic leaders.

The honorees to be inducted into the KHS Alumni Hall of Fame include:

Theodore Almstedt, Class of 1953
Scott Bakula, Class of 1973
John F. Briggs, Class of 1939*^
Marion Brooks, Class of 1932^
Robert E. (Bob) Frederick, Class of 1958*
Michael R. Gibbons, Class of 1977
Herbert (Herb) S. Jones, Class of 1951
Maria Kanyova (Mary Jane Posegate), Class of 1984
Thomas Kenyon, Class of 1973
John Korty, Class of 1954
Doug Landis, Class of 1975
John McDaniel, Class of 1979
David Pratt, Class of 1962
Rodger O. Riney, Class of 1963 husband of Paula Fauks KHS65
David Sanborn, Class of 1963
Gary Schmidt, Class of 1965
Courtney Shands, Class of 1923*
Jim Talent, Class of 1973
Myrtle Agnew Walker, Class of 1938, and Earl Walker, Class of 1939
Harold Whitfield, Class of 1956
Jennifer Quinn Williams, Class of 1984
John F. Yardley, Class of 1943* [My father's good friend and colleague whom I nominated, I'm thrilled and know my dad would be also.]


*Honorees who are being recognized posthumously.
^ Until the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court Brown vs. Board of Education decision, public schools throughout the country were segregated by race. In the Kirkwood School District, African American students attended the Booker T. Washington School (1869-1950) or the J. Milton Turner Elementary School (1929-1975). African American students were required to attend high school outside district boundaries until 1955, when Kirkwood High School opened its new campus on West Essex Ave.

Two Pioneer Awards will be presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Kirkwood School District. These honorees are:

H.L. Hall, a nationally recognized journalism teacher and publications adviser who taught in the Kirkwood School District for 34 years—26 years at Kirkwood High School and eight years at then North Kirkwood Junior High School—before his retirement in 1999.

Dory Poholsky, Class of 1951, who has devoted countless hours as a volunteer and is a champion for the children of the Kirkwood School District and the greater community.

For a complete biography on each inductee, please visit the Kirkwood High School Alumni website. For more information about the Alumni Hall of Fame, please call the district’s Community Relations and Development office at 314-213-6123.


KHS65 DOES IT AGAIN, THIS IS THE SECOND HALL OF FAME AND KHS65 HAS A MEMBER IN BOTH! LET'S MAKE IT A HABIT, BE THINKING OF THE ATHLETE YOU WANT TO NOMINATE FOR THE NEXT KHS ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME IN SPRING, 2012! THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS ACTIVITY!!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

VISIT FROM THE MAESTRO 13 DEC 1964

Dave Beardsley shared another article with me quite some time ago. It is from the old St. Louis Post Dispatch PICTURES section, remember that? It's too large to simply scan and post, so I've typed the text of the article & you'll see the picture links below, the captions to which are with the photos

Do you remember getting all dressed up and getting out of school in GRADE SCHOOL to ride a yellow school bus, or was it a regular St. Louis bus?, to Kiel Opera House to hear the SLSO play? I do...it was quite an event. I think I originally delighted in going at my mother's insistence because I got out of school, but miraculously I came to love the music! I also remember attending their concerts at KHS in the old auditorium. I have to admit I have more than once been in a situation amidst Symphony Volunteer Association members at various functions when someone was crowing about his or her Symphony experiences and I've thrown out the fact that I began attending SLSO concerts in 4th grade...it's a great conversation-changer, if a bit devious.

Visit from the Maestro - De Carvalho conducts practice session of Kirkwood Senior High School orchestra

The 60 students of the KSRHS orchestra practice the "Oberon" overture under the hands of Eleazar de Carvalho, conductor of the St. Louis Symphony. The setting is the stage in the school auditorium on a weekday morning. De Carvalho delayed a vacation trip to Brazil in order to visit the orchestra.
[KHS was making orchestral history way back then too!! Those kids playing at Carnegie Hall have nothing on OUR era musicians!]

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra had just concluded a concert at Kirkwood Sr. H S, and its conductor, Eleazar de Carvalho, was walking toward a door with Burton Isaac, music director of the Kirkwood public schools. As they parted, Isaac jokingly suggested that DeCarvalho return to direct the high school orchestra. The response was "Why not?" A few days later a date was arranged.

The maestro made his appearance at a morning practice session that was attended by every boy and girl in the orchestra and several members of the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators' Association. De Carvalho did not lecture sternly, exclaim loudly or rap his baton sharply. Discipline with humor and a streak of easy, Latin exuberance was the mood for the hour, which was all the time that the school could allow for de Carvalho's tutelage. In careful English overlaid with a thick, Brazilian Portuguese accent, he began by explaining basic positions of the baton. Aiming the shaft at the orchestra is a signal to play, he said. Pointing it at the ceiling tells you to stop. "When I point the baton halfway between the orchestra and the ceiling, that is the time for a little conversation" he jested. "The only problem is that I never point it that way."

Moving up and down on his toes, de Carvalho guided the young musicians through the overture to the opera "Oberon" by Carl Maria von Weber. At measured pauses he would mumble syllables that marked time to the rhythms of the composition. This was his stratagem for emphasizing the overture's rhythmic undercurrents. He reminded the awed instrumentalists that failure to follow the rhythms leads to chaos, with players arriving at the same oint in the score at different moments. Another warning was not to neglect even the shortest, faintest note in a score, for each was written with a purpose.

Bells sounding the end of the practice session came as a shock both to students, who had played as never before, and to de Carvalho, who departed reluctantly."

Photos by Arthur Witman of the PICTURES staff
Text by Richard M. Jones of the PICTURES Staff

Please click these links to see the photos from the article that actually have faces you will recognize. A couple photos show the classroom & students, but not enough faces to make the pix worth the bits & bytes. Click here, here & here.

Our sincere condolences to Jane Kelly Robert

Jane Kelly Robert lost her mother (Virginia) this past evening (8/2). She had a stroke the end of May. Initially she made some improvements but finally succumbed to that which comes with being 89 years. Bopp Chapel will be handling the arrangements. This is a sad time for Jane and her siblings but all find comfort in knowing she is peaceful now. Jane has long been a faithful KHS65 correspondant and friend. Thank you to Karen Schurig for alerting me to Jane's mother's passing. FUNERAL at BOPP Thursday AM at 10:00, see obituary at www.stltoday.com.

Dave Beardsley, musician - & his KHS souvenirs

I've decided to do some Featured Student frames, and my first 'honoree' is going to be Dave Beardsley. Dave and I didn't know one another well at KHS, but we've become friends thru our reunion activities. We had a mutual friend in our class in later years who has since died, thus giving us something more in common. Dave is a man of many interests and talents and generous with his memories and his memorabilia - any time I ask he shares. Mind you, he's not the ONLY generous person in KHS65, but certainly a faithful one. In June when some of us trekked to Jefferson City for lunch, as Dave drove I went through some boxes of 'stuff' I found - fodder for blogging about our past for YEARS to come! Additionally Dave brought along some 'stuff' - nothing I already had in our archives! Dave's musicianship garnered different souvenirs of KHS than others might have, we all have our souvenirs don't we? So, I'm going to share some of Dave's that he graciously has lent me. I will probably put some on the website too...Dave & I both certainly invite and request your comments here and on the website, a great way to let people know YOUR thoughts about the past.

Dave was a member of the Nipher Band and KHS Orchestra, a DeMolay member and of all things, a congregant, and President of the Senior High Youth Group, at Delmar Baptist Church. My jaw dropped when I learned that - my parents lived in the Central West End as young marrieds when they came here for dad's career with McDonnell Aircraft Corp. and they attended that church even after we moved, my first Sunday School experience. My mother was the grand-daughter, sister, niece and grand-niece of Southern Baptist ministers. Here are some of the souvenirs of Dave's life. PLEASE VISIT THESE LINKS, THERE ARE MANY MANY KHS65 MEMBERS' NAMES AND ROLES IN OUR KHS65 EXPERIENCE TO BE FOUND IN THESE DOCUMENTS. SORRY DAVE, THIS ISN'T ALL ABOUT YOU!

Clayton Chapter, Order of DeMolay, Installation of Officers 12/28/64
Remember Beard Growing permits guys?
And Kirkwood Kettles?
Dave & Crystal Kreitzer at the 12/19/64 Christmas Formal - jeez we were young and beautiful!
and many of us were SMART too!
Dave and the late Kay Boucher at 4/25/65 Junior Senior Prom; picture taken by Sid Ashen-Brenner III, a student at KHS, a Kirkwood Call photo - all info stamped on back of the photo.
The Kirkwood Call 2/5/1965 - and another article
KHS Symphonic Band 2/19/65
All Suburban Orchestra & Quill & Scroll - from The Call of 2/5/65
The Importance of Being Earnest 4/30-5/1/1965
Night Must Fall 11/13 & 14 1964
KHS Orchestra 12/11/64
KHS Orchestra 5/7/65
KHS Vocal Music Department Spring Concert 5/14/65
Pat Hammer reports for the newspaper about Vocal & Orchestral concerts
Christmas Concert KHS Choruses & Choir 12/22/64
Kirkwood R-7 School District "A Salute to 100 Years of Education 1865-1965" 6/5/65 - how'd these folks have time to study or get ready for graduation or play on Senior Skip Day???

CATCHING UP - ODDS & ENDS

Here I am, as usual, madly trying to 'catch up' on something. I have several things to post to the website and here on my blog that I was sent by various classmates. I want to return them this weekend, so I have to get them posted. First, Pat Hoag gave me a few Webster-Kirkwood Times recently. Herewith some items:

OBITUARY: CHARLES 'CHUCK' BEDELL DIED SUNDAY 6/6/10, SURROUNDED BY FAMILY AT HIS HOME IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, AFTER A LONG ILLNESS. Mr. Bedell graduated from Kirkwood High School in 1965. Those who remember him know he was quite a character-friendly and lovable. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Harriet, and his children, Todd, Danielle and Cory. Memorials may be made to Snowline Hospice, 6520 Pleasant Valley Rd., Diamond Springs, CA 95619.

In this same issue, June 11-17, 2010, is an article and obituary of great interest to me and other history buffs. Michael Henry Whitson died 6/3/10. He was a member of one of Kirkwood's oldest families. If you do not know about Quinette Cemetery at Ballas and Big Bend, please let me know. Jerome Rawlings' brother Keith saved that cemetery from certain destruction and its history is important to our community and to the story of the Civil War in Missouri. Michael was the great grandson of Henry Whitson, a slave who served in the Union Army. The story of the Civil War veterans, slaves and others buried in this historic cemetery are all worth knowing. Michael was only 65 and died unexpectedly of heart failure. He was involved in a great deal of community work and his loss will be felt by many. He graduated in KHS62, attended Turner, Pitman, Nipher and in 1965 married KHS65 classmate Mirla Wand. I must admit I know a lot about his family, but I did not realize he was married to our classmate!!! My bad! You can
go here to read the full article about Michael. In that same issue there are some gorgeous color pix of KHS10 graduation festivities. You'll probably enjoy seeing the kids in red and white robes, real red, not the burgundy WE had!

While you are on the W-KTimes website, you might check out the June 25- July 1 issue for the obituary of Robert G. Blattner of Des Peres. He is the brother of KHS65 classmate Nance Blattner. Nance was planning to attend the Reunion, but that was before her brother's death. I don't see her name on the list of attendees so perhaps they are no longer planning to be here. I have Nance's new address in Florida, very near where my father lived the last 30 years or so of his life, so I'll probably see her in March when I'm there, so if you wish to contact her, let me know. Bob was a KHS70 graduate and died on 1 June.