TLC #95: March 5, 2007
Dear Hearts & Gentle
Corrections! Clarifications! Elaborations!
Additions! Apologies! Excuses! And even a bit of News. This issue has it all.
I admit I was tired and rushed, and also a bit
stooopid, when I wrote #94 - but that's no excuse for calling people by the
wrong name, neglecting a princess, and some other equally careless acts. I
humbly ask your forgiveness.
First, Joyce Spease (not Luehrs), who
wrote to correct me but was very kind in the process:
Hi Susan,I just wanted to let you know that I
really enjoy receiving TLC, and I am happy to see that you
included the email I sent you about Larry's surgery and mine also. Only problem
is I am not JOYCE LUEHRS I am (or was) Joyce Vidmar (class of '64) married to
Larry Spease. It's ok though, as I recall Joyce Luehrs was very pretty and
everyone liked her...hope they will remember me as at least being nice if
Thanks and keep up the good work. We all
appreciate what you do.
JOYCE( VIDMAR) SPEASE
What a gentle
and understanding reprimand!
My next egregious
error, pointed out first by Sharron Jenkins '57
Just a comment on the '56 Festival
royalty. If my memory serves, which at times is questionable, it was Queen
Nancy, lst Princess Lucy, and 2nd Princess Mary Ann. It's wonderful to believe
that so many remember this very memorable event!
Also, regarding the Krazy Kats, Slick and I
have had occasion to dance to their music at the Corder beer garden in little
Corder, Missouri. They were an annual attraction for that event until
And THEN from the Wronged One herself, Mary
Ann Mullen '57 Lane:
Susan, How could you rob me of my
crown???? Nancy was Queen, Lucy was First Princess and I was Second
Princess. My husband says I've been a "princess" ever since. I
remember there was a dance afterward, and I did not have a date for the
evening. My Dad came and asked me to dance and saved me from being a
princess wallflower. What a precious memory, I'll never forget it. I
believe he also danced with Nancy and Lucy. I thought he was so gallant
and a very good dancer too.
Looking forward to the reunion, I hope many are
Incidentally, there are photos on our TLC
website of the cast-iron coffin discovered in Machpelah. The story was on
Channel 9 Thursday night, having been pre-empted by the severe storms Wednesday
night. See our web pages and THEN go
you should be able to see the entire segment! It's headlined
"Mystery Shrouds Grave at Cemetery."
Loretta Gueguen Broker has been restored
to the fold with back issues:
Thank you so much, Susan. I know it was a
lot of trouble, but I'm sure enjoying them. Now do I understand that
someone is publishing these, or at least compiling them into a booklet??
I'm LOVING all of this reminiscing. As to
the compilation of the TLC's, I thought I recalled Mary Lou Phipps saying at the
very beginning that she was going to do this and let everyone know. Did I
just dream this? What a BEST-SELLER it would be. Surely there's a printing
company in Lexington that would bind the pages, nothing fancy. Sure hope
it gets done. I'd like it for my children and
Oh my, yes - the
New York Times called and said they'd be saving a place on the Best Seller
Shirley Briggle '53 Miller offered a
Since TLC is the main way we can get
in individual contact with alums we haven't seen in years and years,
why don't you include this in a TLC . . . . Ask all
recipients to let you know if you have his/her permission to add his/her email
address to a list to be sent to the entire TLC cast. Give it a time limit,
and then send out a TLC that is nothing but email addresses. That way each
of us can keep the whole list, and update it when you send out
changes. I don't know if someone has complained to you about being
exposed, but I would think nearly all of us would be OK with this. And it
seems to me it would, in the long run, be less work for
I have a better idea! If you would like to
be included on Shirley's list, send your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
When she feels she has let sufficient time go
by, she can send it to me, and I will publish.
Yes, nearly all would be okay with this, but I
have had some requests not to give out their emails. When someone
asks, I send a note to the person and ask him/her to get in touch with the
A curiosity: Based on previous stories of
colorful and nearly total recall, and comments in this TLC as well,
it impresses me how much Jim O'Malley knows about those "houses of ill
repute" in the old Lexington days ! !
I wondered the same
Susan, you do goooooooooooooood
Del Scharnhorst '55 wrote to share
details of an upcoming event in Lexington - Sounds of the Heart. It will be held
Saturday, March 10, at Lexington Middle School, 7
This will be the 10th anniversary of the Sounds
of The Heart. It was begun by Betty Berry and other members of the Trinity
United Church of Christ after Betty's husband Ed died of a heart attack. Betty
and other Trinity members make up the Board of Directors. As far as I know, it
has always been the goal to raise enough money through donations to
purchase a defibrillator each year to place in a new public location.
This year's entertainment will be supplied by
the Kansas City Metro Men's Chorus, a group of about 85 to 100 men singers
and Brenda Yeates who plays the piano. Noel Fulkerson, who spent his
earlier years in Malta Bend and Higginsville, is the founder and director.
He was a music teacher and choral director in the
Raytown school district for 35 years before
KCMMC sings mostly gospel and patriotic songs.
Rarely is there ever a charge for admission, but a free-will donation is
collected at each performance, which will be the case on March
The following KCMMC members provide local
Steve Fuller - 2nd tenor
Alvin Neindick - bass
Melvin Beckemeyer - baritone
Del Scharnhorst - bass
Additional entertainment will be provided by
Judy Sharman and the Hand Bell Choir. I believe they are from K-State
University. Judy is the daughter of Ed Berry. Judy's son Bobby Sharman will play
Also Carrie Miller, who is the granddaughter of
Verna Holman and a professional singer in New York, will be
And a BIG THANKS for the inclusion in a
TLC. I Know Betty will be thrilled. I certainly hope this year is special
for her, she's a grand lady.
Del cautioned that he may not have all names
spelled correctly, and some of the details may be shaky, so here's our
disclaimer: we want to get the information out quickly so that you have
the opportunity to attend this very special event. If you have questions, feel
free to call me, 660-259-4559. I suppose you could call Del, but he'll be busy
resting his throat for Saturday's performance.
So nice to receive yet another note from John
Dear Gentle Scribe Susan,
Thanks for your latest "edition"! I always enjoy reading
about the many adventures and memories all seem to share and
enjoy! Best wishes!
From my cousin
Marjorie, who is very objective, of course:
I enjoyed every bit of TLC, as
usual. I want to go to Ceno's!!!!! The demise of these stores is sad. We still have one
here in Pacific Grove (California), however, for which I am
They are not the only
non-Lexingtonians to enjoy our history and our current events.
Judy Marshall at Schreiman's
Orchard in Waverly:
Susan, I always enjoy your TLCs - thanks so
much....hope you 2 are well. The mural your husband designed looks wonderful,
and congratulations on all of your efforts & awards for
Lexington a couple of months
Bette Phipps '59
Thanks for reconnecting me to
the TLC; I'm very happy to be back & in the know! I enjoyed the newest
edition & am happy to learn about the new mural. On behalf of those
who no longer live in Lexington, would you please give us the address of the
bank so we can mail in our mural donation. Keep up the good work of
keeping us in touch with the old hometown,
I did have to chuckle a bit. Bank
Midwest in Lexington MO would be sufficient, but for you Big City types:
asked the same thing, and I thank you in advance for anything you
All right, I have to
confess - my husband Ken did do the design for the mural (the
historical timeline pictorial). He's on the committee that chose the muralist
and that is now raising money to pay for it. I am not exactly without bias.
I should explain that the
painting displayed on our website (March 1) is a small version of the
mural, the smaller version being created in order to display the
project to the public.
And here's a new voice for TLC!
Jon Kent Beltram '59 got in touch. I've been
keeping him busy with back issues since then:
Lucia Cope sent this article (TLC) to me. What a
wonderful thing you're doing. Please add me to the list. It was
great to read about Lexington and those that I grew up with.Thanks.
Jon Kent is married to
Bobbi Bertz (61)Beltram.
And finally, a sad note
from Maxine McMillan '52 Doile:
Susan, just wanted to let you know my husband,
Chester Doile, died February 24, 2007 and funeral was March 1, 2007.
Thanks for your kind words from before.
Maxine, our thoughts and
prayers are with you.
Until next time, I remain
Your Devoted Scribe,
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