TLC logo TLC #68:  Oct. 8, 2004

Dear Hearts & Gentle People:

Home is not where you live but where they understand you.
 - Christion Morganstern, writer (1871-1914)
Sums it up pretty well, don't you think?
Two things:  first, I discovered how to hear from all of you! I just send out a note saying "if you didn't receive the latest TLC, let me know." I got over 100 emails back. Some of them are quoted below.
Second, once again we are a tad late with an announcement. The annual Apples, Arts & Antiques Festival will be held in Lexington this weekend 10/9 and 10/10.
It features the usual festival "stuff": games, etc. for the children: lots of food booths: plus of course prize-winning area apples (sold by the bushel at an auction Saturday night); antique booths in the upper level of the auditorium and an art show in the lower level. All the shops and restaurants will be featuring special promotions, sidewalk sales, and the new bookstore may have a book signing.
Which brings us to our first mention of the Wonderful World of Our Website,

 prepared by Bob '58 Ball. His classmate Mary Pat Gueguen '58 Miller has written a book about growing up in Lexington. It's charming, full of old photos, and has stories that many of us will relate to. There is more information on the website.

I don't usually promote products for sale, but since this is so "Lexington," it is very appropriate. We don't use TLC for fundraising either, but there are a few very worthwhile projects going on right now. IF YOU WOULD LIKE to donate to any of the following, please let me know and I will respond immediately:
     Live! in Lexington, our performing arts series;
     Veterans' Memorial Fund (for a new memorial on the courthouse grounds)
And now let's get to the mail!
From Garg Warden:
"Wally was wrong and you guys don't know nothin' down there. Going east from the Advertiser-News was Gambles, then Roberts & Reed Drug Store, then Davidow's, and then Ford & Rush."
Garg, who has turned into his father and is even called Chuck in most circles,
is absolutely right. Hulver has egg on his face.
Marian Johnson Buchanan:
A grassroots movement has been started, including the membership of the Special Operations Association and the Special Forces Association, to recognize Americans who support our troops 
The idea of showing our solidarity and support for our troops is that, starting Friday and continuing on each and every Friday, we and every red-blooded American who supports our young men and women, WEAR SOMETHING RED. 

By word of mouth, press, TV, let's see if we can make the United States, on any given Friday, a sea of red much like a home football game at the University of Nebraska. If every one of our memberships share this with other acquaintances, fellow workers, drinking buddies, country club friends, it will not be long before the USA will be covered in RED - much to the disdain of the  un-American ralliers. Let's get the word out and lead by example; wear RED on Fridays. 
Janice Parris sent a nice note:
Although I live in town, I always seem to learn things from your TLC that I didn't know, and I also enjoy the pictures.  Even though I'm not of the Lexington '50s group, I appreciate the work and effort that you do. 
Carol Murry Slusher reports in:
You asked about Mother.  She is doing quite well.  She had to have a partial amputation of her right leg in June.   She did extremely well from the surgery, and we had 35 family members at my home in July to help her celebrate her 92nd birthday.  She's quite amazing and still so alert.
Ken and Deb are building a new home in Peculiar, Mo. and it should be complete by fall.  In the interim they have been staying with Deb's mother.  They should have their home computer set up soon, and she'll probably send that address for future use.
It was so sad to hear of the death of Betty Starkebaum Nolte from the class of 53.  We had such a great visit last October at our 50th reunion.  One never knows what will happen next.  She was such a great person.
I have 3 granddaughters who played softball this summer in Lexington.  I got to attend a few of the games and enjoyed them so much and enjoyed visiting in Lexington.  I took a few minutes each time I came back to drive by familiar places and do a little reminiscing.
Thanks for keeping so many of us informed.  We really do appreciate your efforts.
Marguerite Shehan Malone:
Thanks for the TLC. I enjoy receiving news from Lexington.  Your dad would be proud of the news column you run, and wouldn't he love the internet and e-mail system.  We are now in Baltimore MD .
Barbara Tabb '55 Jarman:
I guess my latest 'doings' is trying to recover from my first computer crash, and you probably know what that's like.  I'm not sure that the info on the hard drive of the old computer is lost forever, but  for now it is not accessible, and that's bad for a junkie. haha.  Luckily, I had a new computer that I just had not put online yet, figuring that I might go DSL or cable.  This just forced my hand a bit. 
Other than that, things are going okay here.  I should probably look at some of those old home movies that my Dad took, and do one of my 'rambles' about the old hometown, to stir up some memories that everybody can relate to in some way.  I will try real hard to come up for the next class reunion for '55, and hope to see you then.  It's going to be really hard, though, to look at that blank space where dear old LHS stood for so long - goodness!  I think I shall probably shed a few tears!  It was probably harder still for those of you who live there, and watched it happen.  I had always hoped for a massive reunion in the old gym - hey, that should stir up some memories, eh?  But, I guess we'll just have to do it with words and pictures now, and I'll try to come up with a little of both soon.
Hope you're having a good day  - we're getting a welcome rain, and some cooler weather.  Take care, and keep up the good work - I always look forward to getting your TLC.
DeAnna '56 Lefman:
Good morning, Susan.  Would you add me to the list of Lexington Alums that receive your news letters.  I have been reading copies that are sent by others but would like to receive them first-hand if possible.  I am now living in St. Charles, MO (last two years) as the airport leveled my home and built a runway on it. Am enjoying retirement and keeping up with all.   
Mary Pat Gueguen '58 Miller:
Just in case you need some "filler" for the next edition of TLC:  Took a jaunt to the old hometown today in anticipation of this weekend's "A A&A Fair"  and somehow felt more a part of the town than in the recent past.  I concluded that as one survives through various phases of life (meaning gets older) one finally arrives back at START, full circle to where it all began, and still feels the comforts of home.  It's good.
I shopped at two of the newest and finest clothing stores, "GiGi's" and "Limricks", plus the antique shops and newspaper office.  I have recently reinstated my subscription to the paper, and read about the opening of the new Democratic hdqs, which quoted Congressman Ike Skeleton who was recalling his first  campaign in Lexington, that of prosecutor, whereas he said they started calling on every house VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING looking for votes.  I vividly remember working with Ike during those early days but he must have done the VERY EARLY stuff without me.  T'was quite an experience I never forgot, tho.  Picked up the 1822-1972 Sesquicentennial booklet in the Chamber Office where I came upon an article written by my Dad, and a picture of the early l900s ferryboat after which my mother "Marjorie" was named.  Also recalled that our Gueguen Family won the award that year for the most family members attending.  What a memory!  We really have quite a hometown, don't we?  
Yes, we do. And it's getting better all the time in most ways.
Y'all write soon, now.
Your scribe,

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