TLC logo TLC #58:  Sept. 20, 2003

Dear Hearts and Gentle People:
Emergency! People are lost! A whole classful of them! Actually, it is their addresses that are lost. Attention Class of 1954!!! Your local members hope to put together a whiz-bang 50th Reunion during the last weekend of September 2004. So, first write it on your calendars. Second, get out your address books and send any addresses you have to one of the following contact people:

Jan Beretta Beyer         #2  Lakeview Drive Lexington, MO 64067


Sue Bell Bartley        1302 Amelia Avenue Lexington, MO 64067


Louis Mautino Country Club Lexington, MO 64067


Or you can send them to me and I'll see that they get to the proper place.
News from Lexington: This very morning the groundbreaking ceremony for the new county jail was held. It will be located behind the courthouse, and the project also includes rehabilitating our 1905 City Hall!
Now that the business portion is concluded, on with the show:
In response to Barbara '55 Tabb Jarman's Central School photo, the following arrived from Ken (Mickey) Conger: 
Hi, Susan - the TLC's are great. In the TLC website pic of Central School- 1944-45 the teacher at the lower left is my Mom, Mrs. Ralph Conger. As I went to Arnold School, I can't help with student I. D.'s. Keep up the good work. 
Be sure to see the new web page photos! And while you're there, see the treasures sent by Don Stephenson. Here's what he wrote:
Some time back, I indicated in an e-mail that I was in a play while attending dear old Lexington High School and that I thought I had a copy of the program somewhere.  Well, believe it or not, I found it.  Attached is a copy of the program. (Ed - see web page.)
The play was entitled "A Very Light Brigade" and, after 60 years, I have a little trouble remembering exactly what it was all about, but I think it was about guys either recently entering the service or facing entering the service during the period before the United States was officially a combatant in World War II but was getting prepared for the possibility that we would be,  The time period of the play was the summer of 1941 but it was performed on May 6, 1943.
The interesting thing is that within a month of the time the play was performed, I was sworn into the Army and spent the next 3 years in the Army including 15 months overseas in India.
If any of the "thespians" in the play are still around the area, you might ask them for details about the play. One of the actors, Ralph Hawkins, was a close friend but I lost touch with him after I went into the service and I never heard what happened to him.  I think his family moved away from Lexington during the war, so I couldn't contact them to find out. So, if anyone knows what happened to him, I would like to know.
I guess I never got the acting fever because I pursued a career in engineering, not acting.  However, I did take part a couple of times in a musical show that was put on for a fund raising for charity.
Some may find interesting the list of actors and sponsoring teachers. 
And, while he was looking, he found another treasure:
I don't know how much interest there would be in this but I have a copy of the Lexington Jr.-Sr. High school newspaper, the "Incubator" for April 5, 1939, when I was an eighth grader.  I don't  know why I happened to save this issue except that I don't think the Incubator was published regularly and this may have been the last issue while I was in school. 
There is a write-up for each grade from 7th through 12th, as well as some articles of general interest.  There is an article about a music program to be presented by the Mo. Valley Choir, one about the outlook for boys' track, girls' athletics, corridor chatter, unruly behavior in assembly, and a warning from the student council about students violating school regulations by loitering in the halls after entering the building, blocking traffic on the sidewalks, going to lockers between classes, boys wearing hats inside, and other shocking acts.
Jack Gueguen sent a memory after Fern Tabb's passing:
Back in 1951 (when I became 18), I think she was the local Selective Service (Draft Board) representative.  I failed to register with her on my birthday, apparently oblivious of this little requirement, or thinking it would be taken care of automatically when I entered WMA that fall.  When somebody finally alerted me to it (maybe it was she, as she often saw me pass her home--on Washington Ave.?), I made the bashful appearance of a delinquent at her home.  After a little "official" remonstrance, she figured out a way to "finesse" the registration.  (It may be that such cases did happen now and then.)  She was such a gracious, noble lady.
That's the end of the TLC text. But a lot of fun awaits you on the web page. You will be amused to see The Incubator devoted a column to Nicknames! Even in those days Lexington abounded with them.
Click on  TLC #58 web page
Just you watch your Citizenship Habits and don't be loitering in the halls or wearing your hats inside!
Your devoted scribe,

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