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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Thursday, February 23, 2017

THE DART passes away at 91

Mr. Smith, aka The Dart to us KHS folks, passed away 2/19 at age 91.  Thanks to Pat Corpening Hoag for the heads up about the obituary in today's Kirkwood Webster Times.  You can see the Obituary here.  Several of us were privileged to spend an evening with Mr. Smith not too many years ago, courtesy of Ken and Darleen McBride who had him and some of us to their beautiful Chesterfield home.  We had a great time chatting with him and reminiscing.  I love to tell the story of my manning (or is that personing?) the KHS Alumni Assn check-in table at Greentree one year, with our large poster of one of our Yearbook pix of him blown up and mounted, hanging from a nearby tree limb.  Boy was I ever surprised when he walked up to the table and asked if the poster belonged to me; I said well no, not really, it belongs to the class of 1965...he thought it was great and a bit surprised that we'd remember him all those years later and even bring along his photo.  

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

WHO KNEW HE HAD A BAND???


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??