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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
"It is amazing to me the names of the people I either didn't know or can no longer remember, yet still sound vaguely familiar. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for what you do on your blog. I do check it out every couple of months. Like this morning, for some reason I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and said, oh, what the heck. I have been working on our own family genealogy and as I sat down at the desk with my laptop for some reason thought I would check your blog to see if there was any new news regarding classmates. Sorry to hear about Jim Olson. I do not remember Jim, at least I don't think so. I could tell you had become good friends.
Thanks go to Jim for being so kind to keep us posted on classmate activity. Bill and Rusty Nelson were good pals, so I wonder if it was Rusty with whom Bill joined in the buddy system. Thank you again Jim!
Friday, December 1, 2017
One just never knows who she'll run into at Bopp Chapel...and what memories will be triggered...a great thing about blooming where you're planted as Mary Engelbreit admonishes...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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 Mac 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
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.
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!
infused joy, of boppish phrasing.
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
also, we both agreed
we were going
to remodel our trumpets
to have an uplifted bell …
just exactly like dizzy had done,
for his own horn,
Saturday, September 30, 2017
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 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:
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
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
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
jim perry February 02, 2017 | Maplewood, NJ
Mr. Wagner was fun. Had fun. Made fun. Personified droll.
katherine forsyth katte January 22, 2017 | Milwaukee, WI
Though he likely never knew it, he inspired me to become a teacher, and I believe his influence and all that I gained in his presence has been spread still further through my own practice. May Mr. Wagner Rest In Peace.
sally Bernard January 22, 2017 | Arden, NC
barbara nabe January 22, 2017
stephen eson January 21, 2017 | Philadelphia, PA
john Hopkins January 21, 2017 | Chesapeake, VA
gwyneth Williams January 21, 2017 | St. Louis, MO
bronwyn Williams January 21, 2017 | Louisville, KY
jeanne Jarvis January 05, 2017 | Glencoe, MO
susan croce Kelly January 05, 2017 | Gravois Mills, MO
jim denigan January 04, 2017 | St. Louis, MO
sappington-concord historical society January 03, 2017 | South St. Louis County, MO
His many contributions and foresight added a distinctive leaven to the development of the mission and effectiveness of our historical society--and we are both grateful and remembering of his involvement and accomplishments.
scott mcallister January 03, 2017 | Raleigh, NC
wayne laurentius January 03, 2017 | Perryville, MO
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Thanks to Durrie Bouscaren of KWMU, St. Louis Public Radio for ferreting out this story and reporting on our beloved Robinson School third grade teacher. On the link you'll also see quite a few very well-known Robinson School faces! ENJOY! I have just tried the link, the story is there, but the audio for the actual interview is not. HERE is another link which works for me much better! The written article is great, hearing her voice, priceless.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
The visitation is Weds 3/1 4 to 7pm at Bopp, with Memorial Service on 3/2 at 11:00am at Webster Groves Christian Church. I'm thinking his family would love to see many of us who grew up, behave ourselves, and didn't forget him.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
When we KHS65ers think of Kirkwood bands my guess is Jack Toman and Alan Yount come to mind. Who knew Al Hoemann had a band from the mid 1930s to mid 1960s? I sure don't remember knowing it. As a member of the Kirkwood Historical Society I often find great tidbits in their quarterly bulletins, and today while trying to find an elusive something else, I stumbled on this section of an article in the Kirkwood Historical Review, Summer 2015. I couldn't resist...
"Alfred R. Hoemann closed the doors to his jewelry business, after 47 years, in the early 1990s. Most Kirkwood residents could tell you how to get to his shop on 123 W. Jefferson Avenue. He was Kirkwood Citizen of the year in 1980, and continued with watch and clock repair until his death in November 1997." Thanks to Kirkwood Historical Society (my OTHER KHS) for this great article.
Today P J's Tavern is located in the jewelry store space, where so many of us spent our time, money, and probably money of our loving parents. Hoemann provided our class rings, the "lavalier" charms that many of us wore on necklaces, the KHS gold pins with the chain attached to a 65, and maybe our Gold Ks. My class ring, lavalier and a gold disk to which I had the KHS 65 pin (after removing the backs) attached reside today on my gold charm bracelet. I still have the scarab watch I bought there too, but it wasn't like the one EVERYONE else had. I didn't want mine to be just like everyone else's, so I bought, from Hoemann's, another scarab bracelet, and another watch, had one scarab link removed and the watch, sans its band which I pitched, inserted to custom craft MY scarab watch. It still runs, I wear it with a smaller scarab bracelet given to me in the 1970s I think, and a pair of funky small scarab earrings I found much more recently. (I also still wear a watch given to me by my dad the Christmas of 8th grade.)
Then there's PJs, a favorite restaurant and pub in Kirkwood, frequented by many of us here in town. We've hosted several reunion activities there, and just last month Peggy Entenman Kramer and Pat Corpening Hoag and I had a gossip-fest over drinks and great food, and lo and behold we chatted with Steve Woodard as he was exiting. (Our table is always one near the front door, even in the cold winter!) We frequently run into someone we all three, or at least one of us, knows while dining at PJs. Funny to think of standing at the bar ordering a drink in about the same spot we stood at Al's counter ordering our jewels!
I'd LOVE to hear any stories some of you might know about the musical history of our favorite hometown jeweler!!! Jack?? Alan?? Other class musicians??
Sunday, January 22, 2017
here to read his very complete obituary. Bill has kept in touch with us over the years, and was a pleasure to
hear from. Such an active and full life he had with his careers and his beautiful family. We were lucky to have had him with us.