Party at the Brooks Residence . . .
       

Our reunion activities began with the 2:30 p.m. tour of Southern High, but the party would begin at 6 p.m. at the residence of Marcella and Richard Brooks, 10800 Brentlinger Lane, 40291. Marcella and Richard and our local area reunion planners had been planning it for months, and they were ready for a crowd, with parking attendants, a large tent in the yard, interior lights glowing, a slide show adding to the radiance, and a lavish spread of food beckoning.

Richard and Marcella have a sprawling suburban home on a multi-acre lot. Their place is furnished with a mix of antiques and modern conveniences, not the least of which is Marcella’s spacious kitchen with a huge center island counter. She needed every inch of it to accommodate all of the goodies as guests arrived. Drinks were in coolers outside on the second level deck and classmates were everywhere, from the living area out to poolside and back to the striped marquee tent brought in for the occasion.

Classmates living in the local area brought various dishes, and we all came with hearty appetites after climbing umpteen flights of stairs during the SHS tour. Marcella's oversized country kitchen table filled quickly, but  there was plenty of room for all in other seating areas, and dozens of Southerners carried their plates out to the tent Richard and his helpers has erected in the yard. There was no formal program, though Lawren Just (Mrs. Doug Garmon) did consent to bring her guitar and entertain down by the pool. We wet our whistles, talked with classmates, hit the teeming buffet line — and went back for more. Lots of photos were made and, through them, we hope to share our evening with those would could not be with us. We didn’t make a head count, but the great majority of those who signed up for the Saturday evening reunion event also accepted Richard and Marcella’s gracious house party invitation.

The soon to be captioned photos below have been reduced in size to make the files quicker to view but, even so, if you have a dial-up connection, you may want to do your chores while this page loads. We also have much higher resolution files (bigger files mean slow downloading), so if you like a particular shot, you may wish to email Jim Reed at JimReed@AOL.COM to get a higher quality version of the shots selected for display here.

All of the files here are free to download. No, we do not plan to furnish free prints, but we might print selected shots at Sam's Club and mail them to you for a small reimbursement. We'll be happy to email you a given photo file so that you can have prints made yourself. Better still, if you simply right-click on any photo here, you can then download that shot onto your own computer and print it out or email it to others. A photo CD with most all of the pictures is to be done and will be available soon, for a small fee.

Captions and identifications will follow shortly, but we are anxious to share the photos while we attend to those details. Anyone else who took photos is not only welcome but highly encouraged to send photos to us for inclusion here, too!

   — Jim Reed            

 

Mike and Sandy (Herdt) Potter brought these flowers in our school colors just for the party
at Richard and Marcella Brooks' get-together on Friday evening.

 

Anne (Esarey) Smith (left) and Brook (Bennett) Seymour prepare the goodies in Richard and Marcella's spacious kitchen, which has been featured in a remodeled homes tour. "I'd saved up all of these magazine clippings," says Marcella, "and we had our kitchen space designed just the way I wanted it."

These cherry tomatoes along with pickled mozzarella balls and green pepper strips are a great appetizer. Trojan gal: "Aren't oblong ones called grape tomatoes?" Trojan guy: "Who's holding up the chow line!"
 

On the deck at the back of the house are (l-r) Corky Gollar, Lana (Turner) Edwards and Jo (Ownbey) Gollar. Ask Lana how she earned notoriety and her "party girl" nickname during our time at Southern.

 
 

Carolyn (Caudill) Goodin is originally from Pikeville, Kentucky. After her family came to Louisville, when the school districting lines were redrawn, she was transferred to Southern from Seneca. So, Carolyn was a drum majorette at three different schools and team captain her senior year at Southern.

 
 

Hitting the chow line (L-R) are Mike Potter, Jim Bischoff, Jan (Coy) Bischoff, Jenny (Snyder) Richey and Ellen (Boyd) Guest. Some 75 people were at the Brooks party the evening before our Saturday dinner dance.

 
No, we don't have the recipe for these cucumber wraps, but we're working on it.

(L-R) Lawren Just, Gary Steedly, Jeanie (Nall) Hadley, Linda (Bernard) Moore (1960) and John Moore.

  Terry Hogle (above) is still in Louisville, but his twin brother, Jerry, is now living in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Both were on hand for all of the reunion weekend festivities.  

Doug Garmon looks on as his wife, Lawren Just, serenades the group out by the Brooks swimming pool. They were married in 2008. Says Doug, "Lawren is an avid guitarist and singer and loves to write her own songs. She is also an exceptional golfer and routinely beats me." Both enjoy boating and being around the water. Doug's interests also include "motorcycles, tinkering with old cars and traveling anywhere."
 

 

Ellen (Boyd) Guest (Class of '62) is Mrs. Billy Guest. Along with Brook (Bennett) Seymour (also Class of '62) Ellen served as a designated greeter for our Friday revelers as well the Saturday dinner guests at Wildwood Country Club. High School sweethearts, Ellen and Billy have four boys and seven grandchildren.

 
 

Dina (Jones) Higdon wears her class ring on a necklace. Dina was a regular at our planning meetings and shared responsibility for the memorabilia table. Dina travels often, "especially to Siesta Key, Florida. I've been on a few cruises, but really enjoy just relaxing on the beach."
 

 

Around Marcella's huge kitchen island are Jan, Linda, Jenny, Ellen, Bob Shelburne, Doug and Lawren.

Nothing like the down-home taste of meatballs.
Marcella, Ellen and Anne aren't to be foiled.
 

After 40 years in the Okolona area, Pat (Blazanovich) Shader moved to Fern Creek, "into a patio home, and we love it." She's very active in the Okolona VFW Post where she is auxiliary president.

 
 

Linda (Bernard) Moore was in the SHS Class of 1960. Her husband, John, is a 1960 graduate of Shawnee High School. These seasonal Louisvillians are confirmed "snowbirds," who ride out winter in their Seaside, Florida, home.

 
Betty (Probst) Brown is a retired nurse. "I loved my job but this [retirement] is good stuff!"
 

Wayne Brown is Betty (Probst) Brown's husband. "We lived next door to each other for many years," reports Betty. "He was my first sweetheart — at age 12. He was my first date. He gave me my first kiss."

 
 

Linda (Basham) Morton was on the girls' drill team, among numerous activities at Southern. She now has her own Nationwide Insurance agencies, with the main office on Outer Loop. Linda and her husband, Don Morton, were both in our Class of 1961.

 
 

On the right are Barbara (Denzik) Martin, who lives in Okolona and sings in the choir at Summit Heights Methodist Church, and Joe Crump, who now resides in Hoschton, Georgia, a small community about 50 miles north of Atlanta. Joe and our classmate Carrie (Enyard) Crump have been married 50-plus years. 

 
  Buel Goodin (SHS Class of 1956) is married to our classmate, the former Carolyn Caudill. A wholesaler of flowers, Buel lent his personal artistic touch to this fruit arrangement.  
 

Peggy (Shepard) Haise was a junior varsity cheerleader. "I remember once we were jumping and yelling, 'Push 'em back, Push 'em back," until someone pointedly reminded us that we had the ball." Peggy retired in July 2011 after working 12 years at Laboratory Supply Co. in Louisville.

 

 
 

Golly-gee, Sarge! Destin, Florida, a popular vacation destination, is home to Dennis Rapp. He and his twin, Steve, were our class sergeants at arms. A decade after school, Dennis was a platoon sergeant in the U.S. Army National Guard.

 

Steve Rapp has remained in Louisville, but like his twin, his career was also with the telephone company. These days, Steve likes, "to travel, see old frat buddies at U of L, play trivia at Flanagan’s with friends, exercise at the gym."

 

Most celebrants in town for our Saturday night reunion headed out to the spacious home of Richard and Marcella Brooks for laughs, hugs, reminiscing and food, food, food provided by our Louisville classmates.

 
Is Grandma's diced fruit medley a salad or a dessert? Doesn't matter. Life is short; eat dessert first!
 

Darlene Schuler lives in Troy, Ohio, and "I get back to Louisville as often as I can, and I stay in touch with several of my Southern High girlfriends" Darlene was a junior varsity cheerleader.

 
 

Brenda (LaChapelle) Blair married Larry Blair (Class of 1959). They now live in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  "I volunteered on President Bush's inauguration committee," Brenda tells us. "and, while living outside of Washington, D.C., I  was a White House volunteer working out of the Presidential Office, and I was inside the White House during the turmoil of the 9/11 tragedy."

 
Betty and Wayne Brown examine the memorial to our 41 classmates known to be  deceased.
   

The "In Memory" display was designed by Anne (Esarey) Smith using photos printed out by Barbara Ann (Forrester) Fultz ('60). We have no photo for a half dozen of our deceased peers, and 18 of our classmates are yet to be accounted for.

Like  many of us, Richard Stevenson (SHS '60)  has fond memories of diminutive SHS English teacher William Gwillim, who is deceased. Rich, who lives in Cincinnati but comes to Louisville often, confides, "I think I owe "Wee Willy" one, or two. He helped this old soul to believe in himself."

Mary "Brook" [Bennett] Seymour (SHS '62) married her high school sweetheart, C.W. Seymour. They live in Fern Creek and have two daughters, Krista and Beth, and three grandchildren.

   

C.W. Seymour worked for Hazelet and Erdal Consulting Engineers for 35 years, "designing roadways and bridges where my specialty was designing drainage structures and geometrics." He later  worked for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, retiring in 2008. "I have done a lot of hunting and enjoy the outdoors. I now feed the deer in my backyard and 'shoot them' only with a camera. It’s amazing how the white hairs change things."
 

 

"Our granddaughter Cassie England helped out. She waved a 'noodle' to direct arriving guests to the parking area," notes Marcella. Cassie, a former U of L cheerleader, and aspiring math teacher, is taking a semester off from her studies. Waiting in the food line are Terry and Jerry Hogle.

 
 

Gary Steedly is presently an organizational consultant and adjunct professor at Webster University in Louisville in the Master of Business program and at U of L teaching Emotional Intelligence to the AFROTC. Gary was our master of ceremonies for our Saturday evening event at Wildwood Country Club.

 
 

Darlene Schuler  retired from A. O. Smith in 2007, after 30 years in Tipp City (about 10 miles north of Dayton) and five years in Louisville. She lives in Troy, Ohio.

 
  Tommy Hibdon, Doris "Lynn" (Koch) Wagner,
Barbara Ann (Forrester) Fultz (Class of '60)
, Myrtle Carol (Mrs. Ray) Price
 
   
 

Overheard: "My therapist told me the way to for one to achieve true inner peace is to finish what we start. Let's start with these; I think we can finish in record time. I feel better already!”

 
 

Marsha (Fulkerson) Nelson, was a member of Southern’s first drill corps. "During the summer between my sophomore and junior year, the team was practicing on the parking lot. Little known to me, Bobby Nelson had just gotten out of the Navy and was sitting in his car scouting out the girls. When practice was over, he asked one of the other girls for my name and phone number. We had our first date on the day before my 16th birthday." They have three children and three grandchildren.

 
 

In our senior yearbook,  Marsha Fulkerson listed "Ambition: Marry Bobby and have a successful marriage." Bob Nelson obliged her on August 3, 1963. Still hand in hand, they are avid walkers, walking three or more miles almost every day. He is retired from American Air Filter after working in the drafting department for 46 years.

 
 

Sharing a keepsake photo with husband, Bob, Marsha tells us that in school she hung out with Jenny Snyder, Darlene Schuler, Lana Turner and Carol Strickler. Of her longtime chums, she says, "We always meet the day after Christmas for dinner and several times throughout the year for lunch. Each time we pick up just like we’ve been together all these years."

 

(L-R) Charlie Meek, Marion (Stickler) Reed, Larry "Mack" McKinley and Brook (Bennett) Seymour. Mack, a transfer from Seneca,  says his favorite school memory is "passing my junior year." Pictured right next to him in our 1961 annual is Charlie whose own favorite memory is "the last bell on the last day of school."

 

When you think about it, of all the things people could dip into chocolate, strawberries are a pretty healthy choice! And yet, consuming them seems so decadent!

 
   
 

Taste-tested in our reunion planning meetings -- more than once -- were these unusual, yet yummy appetizers. You might call these "pigs in a blanket with caramel pecan sauce." We need to share our recipes on the SHS 1961 web site!

 
 

Barbara (Denzik) Martin got married right after graduation to Charlie Martin, who graduated in 1960. "We were married for 21 years and had five children together. We have a dozen grandchildren." A PowerPoint slide show of SHS photos, instigated by Gary Steedly, appears in the background.

 
 

While Fred Pape claims to spend at least one day a week at his office, he spends two months annually at his condo on Hutchinson Island, Florida. The rest of the year you might find him  bow hunting in Africa, British Columbia, or Quebec or bird hunting in Argentina. "Fishing has taken me off both Florida coasts as well as tiger fishing in Zimbabwe, and peacock bass fishing on the Amazon in western Brazil."

 
 

"I had my first-ever date on December 4, 1959, with Jim Bischoff (SHS '60)," says the former Jan Coy. It was a Southern versus Fairdale basketball game. "I never dated anyone else, and  we married April 18, 1962." Now living in Pensacola, Florida, they have two daughters and two sons, and 10 grandchildren.

 
   
 

"I moved to Florida 10 years ago to get warm," says Marion (Stickler) Reed. "I have a great view of the ocean from my condo." Before retiring, Marion worked with a robotics company and with printing companies. "Now, I volunteer a lot."

 
   
 

Doris Lynn (Koch) Wagner pages through Barbara Ann Fultz's Class of 1960 memory book, which our own Class of 1961 directory is being  patterned on, while Jerry Hogle (left) and Terry Hogle examine a collection of classmate photos.

 
   
 

Carolyn (Caudill) Goodin was a key member of our class reunion planning committee. She and her husband, Buel (SHS '56) enjoy horse racing. "It's Keeneland in the spring and Churchill in the fall," says Carolyn. "Buel had a few race horses, though none made it to the Derby, but one made it to a race on Derby Day!"
 

 
   
 

Most folks in town for our Saturday night reunion headed out to the home of Richard and Marcella Brooks for laughs, hugs, reminiscing and sumptuous food provided by our Louisville classmates. From back left: Jenny Snyder Richey, Ellen (Boyd) Guest, Bob Shelburne with Dina (Jones) Higdon, Doug Garmon with wife, Lawren Just, Gary Steedly and Jeanie (Nall) Hadley.

 
   
 

Mike Potter (SHS '60) is married to our Sandy (Herdt) Potter, who had a major role in locating and contacting our classmates.  Mike and Sandy were key workers for both the 1960 and 1961 class reunions.

 
  Linda Jo (Ownbey) Gollar and her husband, Corky, enjoy winters at Maderia Beach, Florida, and summers at their cabin on Nolin Lake. Looking back, Linda says, "My first sight of Southern was overwhelming; it looked huge. I can still see the “portables” where 7th grade classes were held. I vividly remember double sessions as well as the newspaper route my mother and I ran each morning. To this day, the smell of skunk and newspaper ink gags me."
 
 

Though Charles "Ray" Price was a member of the male chorus at Southern, his favorite memory is "Roaming the halls." Ray and his wife, Myrtle Carol, live in Richmond, Kentucky. He was among those of us who toured Southern and found the pace of our "roaming" to have diminished a bit.

 
 

Tommy Hibdon left the U.S. Air Force in 1987 after 22 years of service with the rank of major. He and his wife, Arnetta, then moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he became the chief of supply, processing, and distribution at the Little Rock Veterans Hospital. He retired in 2007. One of his female classmates at SHS gushingly recalls his dancing skill, "Such a great dancer. We gals were almost standing in line at the sock hops to dance with Tommy!"

 
 

Virginia Sue "Jenny" (Snyder) Richey seems a bit wary of a possible eavesdropping photographer as Anne (Esarey) Smith recounts a tale. Both were regulars in our reunion planning process.

 
Mind your manners. The serving implement on the left is for guys, the one on the right for gals.
 

Is it possible to discuss the Hogle brothers without mentioning that they're twins? Nope, we guess not. This is Terry Hogle, retired banker. Among his activities at Southern were  band, Latin Club and baseball. His favorite memory: graduation day.

 
 

This is Jerry Hogle, retired insurance man. Among his activities at Southern were  band, Latin Club and baseball. His favorite memory: graduation day. Hmm, did we mention twins? Says Jerry: "I was born in southern Indiana, the younger of twins (by 11 minutes), to shocked and much surprised parents who had no clue I was there."

 
Linda (Basham) Morton brought a bucket of photos to our Friday evening party at the Brooks residence.

Darlene Schuler, Jenny (Snyder) Richey, Marsha (Fulkerson) Nelson, Carolyn (Caudill) Goodin. Madam Marsha places the photos like a tarot card mystic. What did they learn in home ec, anyway?

 

Anne (Esarey) Smith has some 36 years in church staff ministry, including children and adult education, pastoral care, outreach and pastoring. For the past 12 years she's been director of Ministries United of South Central Louisville, which serves Preston Highway area residents with assistance with rent, utilities, food and clothing. She sorts photos like a poker player.
 

 
 

The Brooks family dinner table: "Richard found it in an antique shop up in Shipshewana, Indiana," explains Marcella. "It was made in 1880 in Michigan. When we got it, it was too big for our kitchen -- so we remodeled the room to accommodate the table." From left: Linda (Basham) Morton, Jeanie (Ott) Buehner (standing), Anne (Esarey) Smith, Don Morton, C.W. Seymour and Brook (Bennett) Seymour.

 
Sweet 16, but no driver's license. The "WO" is for the Woodland telephone prefix.
 

While some congregated in the big tent in the yard at the Brooks party Friday night, others sat on the second floor deck, and still more listened to Lawren play the guitar at poolside, a big hit back in the kitchen was a bucket of school photos brought by Linda (Basham) Morton, left. Next to Linda is Jeanie (Ott) Buehner. Seated is Anne (Esarey) Smith, while our Friday event hostess Marcella (Riggs) Brooks is at right.

 

 
Can you spot the typographical error? Or was Linda a card-carrying "007" fan?
 

Anne (Esarey) Smith (left) and Marion (Stickler) Reed sift through the photos Lynn brought, while Don Morton, expounds. "Lynn Basham and I met in the third grade, [but] a lot of water went under the bridge, however between then and our marriage." The two got hitched in 1983 and have two children, two grandchildren, "an ugly cat and a spoiled Chihuahua."
 

 
 

Charlie Meek is retired from Exxon Aviation and now lives "near Huron, Tennessee, a very rural area. My kind of place!" Doris "Lynn" (Koch) Wagner lives in Louisville and continues to teach at both U of L and Bellarmine.

 
 

Mike Potter (SHS '60) and his wife, Sandy (Herdt) Potter, are to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary  February 23, 2012. They have served as invaluable planners for two Southern High class reunions, his own 50th reunion in August 2010, and our Class of '61 events this past August 2011. Mike retired at age 55 and now enjoys buying and flipping houses and gardening.

 
 

"One of the guys carried in a watermelon and then brought out a big knife and started hacking and slashing like some sort of Samurai warrior," recalls Marcella. "I thought there'd be nothing left but mush, but the end result was amazing."

 

Our classmate James Doss, (far right, gesturing to Richard Brooks), provided one of his tents for use in the Brooks back yard. Mike Potter approaches, at right, as Patrick "Pickle" Foster gets down to it.

 

"The crew" seems right at home erecting Jim's tent. No, that's not the Brooks residence in the background, but their Brentlinger Lane home is similarly large. Marcella and Richard live in Fern Creek and hosted our Friday get-together in a house they built in 1989 and remodeled three years ago.

 
 

Southerners: (L-R) Melves Riggs ('60), James Doss, Pickle Foster, Marcella, Richard, Mike Potter, and Marcella's brother Joe and his wife Teresa, who were visiting from Paisley, a small town in central Florida.

 
 

The big tent in the big back yard was a big success, though it housed but a small portion of those gathered at the Brooks residence on Friday, August 19, 2011. While Richard and Marcela have seven acres, most of us congregated in the house -- near the food!

 

Linda Jo (Ownbey) Gollar, Carolyn (Straub) Casillo, and Carolyn (Caudill) Goodin. Looking like models for a toothpaste ad, these beautifully smiling gals were together again.

Always a crowd-pleaser: a cheese ball and snack crackers.
 

At poolside, we spot Larry McKinley and Jenny (Snyder) Richey. Marion (Stickler) Reed is in profile, while Charlie Meek and Ellen (Boyd) Guest are recognizable, even from the back. If anyone opted for skinny dipping, or chunky dunking, we plain well missed it.

 

Janita Diane "Jan" (Coy) Bischoff and hubby, Jim Bischoff, attended his SHS Class of 1960 reunion in August 2010 and they were back for her own this year. "I had my first ever date with Jim. ...  I never dated anyone else," confesses Jan. Jim  calls me 'Saint Jan.' I  call him 'Mr. Needy.' April 18th, 2012 will be our 50th wedding anniversary." The Bischoffs have four children and live in Pensacola.

 

An independent political writer and web page publisher living in Cincinnati, Richard Stevenson (Class of 1960) became a regular at 1960 planning committee monthly meetings, despite the considerable commute. Rich found the Class of 1960 reunion activities addictive and took part in the 1961 events as well. "Heck, I think I knew as many people in this class as I knew in my own." While he's known as an outspoken independent in politics, "I'm nonetheless a party animal when it comes to social events!"

 
 

Okolona was sometimes called "Little Erie" because of the influx on Pennsylvania workers transferred here by General Electric. Charlotte (Hannold) Williams was in such a family. After a series of various jobs, she has worked for Jewish Hospital for the last 28 years and continues in that position working from her home. In addition to being on our reunion planning team, "Char" says, "I enjoy reading, cooking, traveling, horse racing, live theater and casinos."
 

 
  Bob Nelson, Marsha (Fulkerson) Nelson, Corky Gollar,
Linda Jo (Ownbey) Gollar, and Carolyn (Straub) Casillo.
 

Jeanie (Nall) Hadley spent a lot of time giggling during the reunion tales, many of which included her as one of the perpetrators. My husband, Billy, retired last year from Cummings Signs, where he had been a neon tube bender. He created and provided a great "50" neon sign for our evening event.

 

A classmate recalls that the "Hogle twins were always called  'Hogle Hogle' because the teachers never used our first names in calling roll. Hence 'Hogle, Hogle.' "

 
 

"I have a great view of the ocean from my condo," boasts Marion (Stickler) Reed, who lives in North Fort Myers, Florida. With some 20 of our classmates living in the sunshine state and others who are "snowbirds," maybe we should have a reunion event near our biggest contingent of non-Kentucky-based alumni. Say the word, Marion; you might have company!

 
 

Barbara Ann (Forrester) Fultz (Class of '60) set up shop in a Brooks entry hall to take close-up photos. She now lives in Bardstown, but she and her camera rarely miss any SHS get-together. Barbara Ann plans to use many of her photos in our big memory book.  See Barbara and Jim's photos of their own 1960 reunion at SHS60.INFO.

 
 

Southern sweethearts: Joe and Carrie (Enyard) Crump were both in our Class of 1961 and now live in Georgia. Joe and a partner established a subprime lending business, currently operating 35 storefronts in the southeast with 100-plus employees. Two of Joe and Carrie's grandsons assist in other businesses the Crumps own. Carrie enjoys enjoys "interior decorating and spending time in Florida or at the lake."
 

 
 

Barbara (Denzik) Martin has five children, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild -- so far. "I have a swimming pool the grandchildren enjoy." She owned her crafts and needlework shop for a time in Tennessee, "but I sold out when I moved back to Louisville.  I am a quilter and still like to sew."
 

 
 

Marsha (Fulkerson) Nelson recalls when she "went to work for Commonwealth Life Insurance making $1.14 dollars an hour." Even so, she and Bob "saved every penny we could and we had a house built in Whispering Hills, a three bedroom with basement and big back yard for a whopping $14,300. I just knew that when we paid it off, we would be filthy rich without that $114 monthly house payment."

 
 

Jeanie (Nall) Hadley  and her husband, Bill, have a season avocation: "This will be our 13th year of playing Santa and Mrs. Claus at holiday events. We have made it our little mission to try to keep the focus on Jesus and not so much on Santa." Jeanie and Bill live in Okolona.

 
 

 Larry and Brenda (LaChapelle) Blair, live in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and belong to an RV group that "keeps us busy traveling and seeing new places," says Brenda. She makes time to volunteer at the NM Cancer Center. In addition, "I have been a volunteer rocker in the neo-natal department at UNM Hospital and an officer in the Woman's Club of West Mesa."

 
 

"The classroom is my home," says Doris Lynn (Koch) Wagner, who has master’s degrees in both history and education as well as a doctorate in education. Presently, she teaches on the university level, at both U of L and Bellarmine.
 

 
Amazingly, Barbara Ann and Jim managed to get photos without getting trampled.

How Do We Say Thank You?

Richard and I had the great pleasure of hosting a party at our home the night before the formal reunion. We enjoyed it immensely, and we are grateful to our co-hosts, the members of the local planning committee who did so much to help bring about this and our other weekend reunion events. We especially want to thank our co-hosts, but also everyone who attended, as well as those who couldn’t attend but sent notes with best wishes. Each and every person who came added an extra dimension to the evening. Thank you all, so very much.

I keep thinking: How does one truly express a heartfelt thank you? Well, I learned a lesson in precisely that from one of our classmates, Floyd Spencer. Saturday evening at the Wildwood reunion event, Floyd shared a personal high school memory that touched me, and I want to share it with you.

Often it’s the small things that stick with us the longest. As Floyd recently told me, way back when we all were attending Southern, he got a bit impish with a teacher one day and blurted out, "What would you do if I called you Daddy-O?" The male teacher responded, "Why don’t you try it and see?" So, trying to be "cool," Floyd did just that.

"For that clowning around," Floyd recalls, "the teacher said I would have to do a two-page essay on the topic of ‘Daddy-O’ and turn it in the next day!" For some, that might seem a mild punishment, but Floyd says he was stunned at the prospect. "Heck, I didn’t know how to write an essay; I was frantic — but, to my great relief, you came to my aid, Marcella, and offered to write it for me, and you did.

"I have always remembered your kindness," Floyd told me. "You rescued me and relieved my stress. However, when I turned in the paper the following day, the teacher just tossed it into the waste can without even glancing at it." That little episode took place more than a half century ago.

"When I got the invitation to our class reunion," Floyd told me, "I knew I was coming, because I wanted to seek you out and thank you again for helping me. Thank you, Marcella!" It’s now a treasured high school recollection for both of us.

While Floyd’s thank you was delivered with a big grin, the realization that he has held onto that memory for all of these intervening years left me momentarily misty-eyed. His retelling of an almost forgotten event transported me back to the rowdy, rumbling hallways of Southern for a few moments. Yes, when reminded, I did recall that episode, but I had long since relegated it to the distant reaches of my memory bank. Now, though, Floyd’s words took me swirling back to an era I cherish, a time we all had our doubts, mixed with a bit of the sassiness of youth. That story took me on a gleeful flight back to my bobby socks days; he had safeguarded a fond memory. A half century later, we relived a moment and shared a giggle. He made my day. Floyd Spencer knows how to say thank you.

Friday evening ended much too soon for Richard and me, and most all of us, I believe, as we reconnected with one another and reminisced after such a long passage of time. What fun we had way back then; what fun we had this recent evening. As things drew to a close Friday evening, everyone thanked everyone as our guests departed, each of us with a heightened anticipation of what would happen the next day at our big Wildwood event.

          Thanks everyone,
          Marcella (Riggs) Brooks

 

Following months of preparation and a whirlwind of activities during our Class of 1961 reunion weekend, we did locate Richard Brooks after the weekends of events, but he was "unavailable for comment."

In 2010, Barbara Ann Forrester Fultz and Jim Reed celebrated the Southern High School Class of 1960 reunion with their classmates. Both were on the annual staff at SHS and both have enjoyed photography ever since their days at Southern. They have become close friends and they liked the reunion experience so much they volunteered to help take photos, create and maintain the web site and to compile and publish an updated directory for Class of 1961 members, many of whom are their friends from school. Now and then when they take a break from activities, Jim will hand off his camera to someone else because "Barbara Ann believes in getting close for photos."

 

 



Contact Barbara Ann for more information!

 

 
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