TLC #27: September 17, 2001
Dear Hearts & Gentle People:
It's been a sad week for all of us and, frankly, I haven't felt
much like writing. However, since so many of you "reached out" in need
of contact, I'm going to send a slightly abbreviated version. Norman Thorson's
letter will appear next time.
This is the gist of what I've been receiving since
you'll be hearing from a lot of people like me who feel a need to reach
out to everyone I know and put my arms around them. This is a very
frightening time, one without comprehension. We are at war, but with whom? What
gives me a little comfort in my fear was an expression I heard on TV: much like
"there are no atheists in foxholes." It goes: "Courage is
fear who has said its prayers."
There are a
lot of prayers being said these days - not out of fear but out of love for our
fellow man, and big enough to counter all the hate that went into the acts of
terrorism. We'll get through this, together. God bless
Those of you who wrote will recognize your own
contributions to portions of the above. Thank you for thinking of your TLC
When last we
were together, the classes of '51 and '52 were about to reunite.
Apparently, judging from the mail I received, they had a wonderful
Harriett Ann Skelton
Just a note
- the classes of '51 & '52 had their 50th and 49th reunion. What a
blast, with a lot of remembering and tall tales told. A lot of people have
changed a little but a lot have not. A big thanks to Liz Fenner, Herb
& Eileen Carpenter and Bill & Laveda Cross. It has been
interesting reading TLC from my sister Mary Kay. Thanks for signing me
To repeat what
probably 100's of others already have - "Wasn't it wonderful"!
We all lingered and just didn't want the time together to be over. So many
special people have graduated from LHS and it felt so good to see how the
results of our Lexington years have carried over into our adult lives.
Best Reunion we have ever had!!!
Eileen Mischon '52 Carpenter
Our class reunion was a huge
success. It was like stepping back in time to
see so many friends and
the years just seemed to drop away. Thanks for sending our notices out to your
The tragedy that has struck our
nation is devastating. I was relieved to
hear that Chris, the daughter
of Ray Miller '51 and Pat Kelly Miller '52,
an American stewardess who lives on the west coast
Who was there?
The list follows.
From the class of
1951: Charlotte (Knapheide) and Bill Alegga, Melvin & Virginia
Beckemeyer, Liz (Bertz) Fenner, Harriett (Skelton) Hall, Richard Horton, Larry
& Jane Marcks, Lora Lee (Henning) and R. W. McClure, Mike & Bobbie
McDonald, Lorraine (Mike) Monet, Margaret (Conover) Moore, Ruth (Thompson) and
Don Olds, Ethel (Dothage) Ruether, Wally & Connie Schlueter, Carolyn
(VanZandt) Schroeder, Fred Simmerman, Donald Simmons, Adam & Wanda
Simonetti, Jean (Schenewerk) & Joe Stanton, Marry (Small) Wallace, Shari
(Bruce) & Bill Williams.
From the classes of '51-'52: Herb
& Eileen (Mischon) Carpenter, Bill & Laveda (Coskey) Cross, Ray and
Patsy (Kelly) Miller.
From the class of 1952: Marilyn Abboud, Bill
& Patsy Alexander, Alice (Wallace) & Jim Borders, Delite (Jobst) Bowen,
Evelyn (Borne) Carelli, Margaret (Cretzmeyer) & Michael Casella, Joan
(Epperly) Cognard, Maxine (Gosrosky) & James Dailey, Maxine (McMillian)
& Chester Doile, Mel & Jeanne Fisher, Mary Liz (Backs) Guevel, Betty
(Walker) & Dale Hilgedick, Ann (McKean) & Ken Hillestad, Bessie
(Hackler) & Billy Bob Hoeflicker, Dianne (Harris) Hopkins, Jan (Rider)
McCoy, Raymond & Charlotte Mishcon, Jack Olds, Bob & Vicki Paris, Rita
Menaugh, Lawrence & Mary Lee Redden, Don & Marilyn Routon, Jim &
Marlene (Gabler) Strodtman, "Baby" (Kehrees) & Frank Thompson,
Hattie (Sweeney) & Kenny Ussery, Carolyn (VanCamp) & W.L. Wellman, Mary
Jane (Gadt) & Jack Woodward.
Glen Whitney, Senior Class sponsor.
A number of other guests joined us
during the evening. Jim Strodtman acted as Master of Ceremonies for
the very informal program. (Lots of good
jokes and stories from the good old LHS days.)
Ed. - If any of
you would like photos from the reunion, via email, send me a note.
Memo to All:
I have just found a great website if you are
interested in checking out anything at all about movies past or present. I got
into it by reading about it in USA and then last night it was featured on CNN
Headline News. You have to register and then they send you an e-mail to confirm
registration. Then when you log on you can check out just about anything past or
present. For instance, I often wondered why a young man who played Ensign Keith
in The Caine Mutiny never appeared in any other movie. I checked it out andfound
the movie was made in 1955 and he died in a plane crash in 1956. Just got
through checking out Bob Hope and they have a ton of photos you can access. The
URL is www.imdb.com however I
could not get it to come up that way so typed in Internet Movie Database on
Google and was then able to access it that way. I thought you all might like to
check this out.
Harry D the
Susan: Thanks for including me on the TLC list.
Although I am not an official graduate, all my growing up was in Lexington
as I was a third generation born there. I think I would have graduated if
I had stayed. Ha. Although Gordon Wright was doing his best to get me
kicked out of school. Ha...... I recognize many of these names and it
brings back great memories.
ago I got interested in the Douglas School. Joe Aull sent me copies of
books Mr. Bell had written about public schools in Lexington, but there wasn't
much about Douglas. Anyway, honoring Professors Green and Carter is a
Do you by
any chance have the addresses of Effie and Irma Boldridge? Other than
Effie, what other women from Lexington got PhD's? I think she's had a
pretty interesting life. Could we get her and her sisters on the TLC
list? (As you and Barbara Lee groomed me in the "newspaper
business," so did Tom Walker and I, Effie) (Is that funny usage or
what? How would you diagram that sentence?)
the study hall room on the top floor, home of some of my greatest mischief and
accused Lucia of just wanting the biggest room....and I'm working on the
Boldridge addresses, having located a relative here. Will report them
Skelton Smith (printed under protest):
Lexington Friends: This newsletter has been such a joy to me and I'm sure to
everyone else, according to the number of people on the list.
Susan, you are just wonderful at this job that you have undertaken. All of us
are privileged to
have you as the Editor. You inherited your Dad's sharp wit
and talent. Thank you for all of your time and efforts that have gone into
compiling the news every week. Susan wouldn't mention any personal details in
the letter. Journalism protocol, I suppose. I will however mention that David
and I had the pleasure of Susan and Ken's company this summer at our
house while they were in Littleton visiting their children and grandchildren. We
will have them again in October for another visit and many more to come. While
they were here, they were privileged to go to the Rockies baseball game and sit
in a private box suite owned by our star pitcher, Danny Neagle. Comment: We
weren't invited! It seems one of their sons just happens to be a good friend.
Susan and Ken met him after the game and were very impressed by his cordialness
and kindness. He's paid millions but the Rockies didn't win. Come to think of
it, we haven't won any more games.
Skeltons had a family reunion at our house in Littleton this summer. Arch,
Harriett Ann, Charlotte and their families were here. We thought we were going
to have to put some in the bathtub or hang them from the rafters to accommodate
everyone but once they came, some sought motels. Whew!!! It was wonderful
though. We added some more good memories to the memory book. We didn't have the
pressure of putting chocolate mints on their pillows at night. Susan and Ken do
insist on that when they visit. We comply but only because our friendship is
good to read your letters each week. Would love to hear from more
CAN'T BEGIN (yes, I'm shouting) to tell you how much I enjoy the
With each one I find myself thinking about all the good
times shared with the
TLC family. I am thankful for those memories and
I am thankful for you, our
The following comes to
mind, thanks to Shirley Guevel-Jones' reminder of the
teachers" that we had. Include me in the group of those having
regrets for not being more ready to learn.
Miss Lena Meierer was the
librarian when I came to LHS. I didn't learn English from her but I did
learn that you could get into a WHOLE lot of trouble by communicating with your
eyes in her study hall!
Hardly a day goes by that I don't apply something
I learned from Miss Carlene Hendrickson in Home Ec. She taught 'proper'
nutrition long before that adjective preceded the nutrition as we know it
All that I know about typing I learned from Miss Strathman who
the '9's', and wore sexy hi-heels...every single day! She was so
Didn't retain much of what I learned in gym but I do remember
pretty young lady, Miss Vanderfeld and her turned-up collars. As a
Fashion Technology to inner city junior & senior students let
me tell you,
she was well ahead of her times.
Mrs. Ernestine Seiter's
jewelry always matched. She had a brooch to match
every pair of
earrings. I remember stories about her beloved Brown 'Dawg',
introduction to Enunciation 101'..."May-Ree is mare-ree because she is
going to maah-ree Laah-ree."
And now to address the subject
topic..."LHS Arms"... Mrs. Seiter's room was
my first choice
also...any chance of converting it to a duplex?
Ed - Okay by
Kudos to Larry & Beverly Bland, "Baby"
Kehrees & her husband Frank, and
good luck Gene Boyer. With special
affection to all.
the name of the predecessor of Carroll Lewis was Mr.
Of course it
has made a lot of people's life's a lot richer not to mention keeping everyone
up-to-date with Lexington goings-on. Hey, maybe even some of them
will consider moving back to Lexington, you reckon??
Many of us have, and are
glad we did. Autumn is beginning to "fall" now. Weather has cooled,
trees are beginning to turn, and we survived yet another Vintage Homes Tour this
weekend. Although our hearts are heavy, Lexington is lovely. And the flag flies
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