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The Grand Reunion
IT’S ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTING,
AND PAYING THE BILLS.
If you haven’t yet sent your reunion pics to Phil, please do so.
To see the pics received thus far, go here
“The Laugh Track”, “Say What” and “Henry’s Corner” will be preempted this
month to allow for the publication of the Grand Reunion news.
get into the random Reunion comments and news, an explanation. At the close
Saturday dance some Warriors asked why Alex Ward stopped his show at 11pm.
What occurred was a “perfect storm” of errors.
before 11, Alex, who noticed that people were beginning to drift out, asked
when he should stop. Thinking it was near midnight, Pepper answered “anytime”. In reality, it was
just before 11.
the event was scheduled to run from 7-11 and had set up, accordingly, ready
his show at 7. In reviewing his notes Sunday, he realized that he had failed to note the times.
Although Alex was copied on each email regarding the dance, he failed to catch the difference in the
All of which
is moot, as Alex was using the Blazers’ sound engineer and equipment, and
was beginning to pack up to leave. Ed.
Remember all that “Say it with me one time, June 21, 2013”? Well, don’t etch
granite just yet. In an attempt to avoid weddings, vacations, family reunions and moving
Junior from the dorm to his apartment, The Tribal Council is considering an October date
for the Golden Reunion. Send your thoughts to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
beautifully framed Ragsdale print was raffled off to Beverly Flowers, who
came to the reunion
with Sue Burks Acred. ‘Bev’ then gave the print to Sue. Click for pic
Andrews Curlin attended the
picnic with two of her sons, U.S. Army Chaplin, Capt. David
Curlin, who offered the blessing and Ranger Lt. Caleb Curlin. God bless our troops! She had
considered bringing her 24 grandchildren. Click for pic
Solomon and Lana Solomon, wives of Fallen Warriors Larry and Garry Solomon
attended the picnic. Jo Ann presented the class with a Ragsdale print to be raffled at the Golden
Reunion. Click for pics.
How many of us can say what Marvin Palmer told this reporter. “…I weigh less now than I did in
high school”? Click for pic
but unsubstantiated - While at CHS, Mimi
her from dating boys of a different faith. To evade this prohibition, Mimi would have a teenage,
neighbor boy, who was of her same faith (Jewish), pick her up and ferry her to her non-Jewish date.
Her neighbor boy's name-Joey Cooper. See "In the News."
A bit of trivia – Jack Larson, who played Cub reporter Jimmy Olsen of “Superman” fame is Mimi’s
biggest faux pas of the evening, while gesticulating wildly, Bob Pepper
slapped a glass full of
merlot from Tina Surrency Winter’s hand, drenching Sandra Sacks Mislow, Mimi, and Bobby
Henderson Three of whom were wearing white slacks. Ever the gentleman, Henderson
immediately began licking the wine from Sandra’s leg. Click for pic
While we were sweating in the Memphis heat, what were the Kittrell Rushings doing?
David ‘Mouse’ Van Hoozer and he calls himself our “Cub Reporter”
Carol out of town, I had planned all week to attend the Saturday night
portion of the Class
of 63 reunion. I knew that The Blazers were going to do a set around Alex Ward's music, and there
was no way I was going to miss that. Gene Johnson, Dickie Cooper, Joe Arnold and Bobby Manuel
and I had all been Pikes at MSU and I tried hard never to miss them or The Counts in the 60's and
this would be a bonus.
I miscalculated slightly how long it would take me to get to Whispering Woods and so I arrived at
about 8: 15. I parked and as I entered the lobby, I heard in the distance, THE MUSIC. I was wearing
my bi-focals, which are great for straight-ahead vision but not so hot for looking upward. Down the
hall, I saw some people milling about one of three doors that led into the ballroom. Now THE MUSIC
was clear and I sped up to be sure I did not miss any.
I did not stop to look closely at anyone in the hall, but no one spoke so I headed for the second door
to gain easy access. I went right past a banner overhead and zipped into the room.
First of all every light in the ballroom was on and there was good music playing, but no Blazers.
Great... I thought I have not missed them. Then I looked around for all of the people I knew from the
Class of 63 and all I saw were white hair and baldheads. No one was dancing or even moving very
fast. As I got closer to the crowd, my first thought was
" Wow these friends have really aged since their last reunion or maybe our Class of 62 has really
been able to keep it together." After a few minutes, I had not recognized a single soul and while I
know 63 was a big class that just did not make any sense. I turned around and eased out of the
door and took a better look at the banner over it. Whitehaven Class of 58 it proclaimed. I felt better
and dashed down the hall through the lobby and up the other side to where the beautiful people were
assembling for a great night of fun and music.
their first post graduation events this weekend were
Patsy Sims Moore and
McInnis and may I add, a thing of beauty is a joy forever. Click for pics
In the most
touching moment of the evening, Alex Ward played a poignant five-minute
presentation, accompanied by the song “The Way We Were”, showing individual class pictures of
our 50 “Fallen Warriors”
Overheard, but unsubstantiated – Bobby Henderson has retired.
In a battle
that went down to the wire, Mickey Emmons
out bid ($60) Penny Dollar
Gilliam in the
silent auction for the ’63 Yearbook donated by Mary Ann Vlahos, widow of Paul Vlahos CHS’64.
A thought from the Pepperpatch
honest; I initially had some trepidation about booking the Blazers. Economic
certainly no question about the quality of their performance. Even the cost was a bargain for what
we would be getting. My concern was if we would “make our nut”, but how could the Tribal Council
say no? Most of the group was donating their time. We were virtually paying just their out-of-pocket
expenses. But with an anticipated attendance lingering in the mid eighties, my fears seemed
realistic. Silly me!
suggested having Alex Ward intro each song with some of his trivia, an idea
sheer brilliance. As it turned out, their joint performance was incredible. For the last week, I have
been inundated with calls and emails about how great their performance was.
Alex, a man not easily impressed, call to say how well it came off, and how
Blazers sounded. He continued that this was the first time he had done a format such as this.
enough superlatives to describe their performance. All the food, fun and
notwithstanding, the Blazers were the defining moment of this reunion.
I’m sure I speak for every one
in attendance when I say to the Blazers,
thank you for a tremendous
performance and an unforgettable evening that will live forever in our memories.
I want you
to know how delighted The Memphis Blazers were to have played the Saturday
dance for the ’63 reunion. It was particularly meaningful for those of us who were members of the
class along with those who were members of ’64 because of the memories which were rekindled,
and it was a ‘kick’ to see so many familiar faces on the dance floor as they once were 45 years ago.
several professional musicians who have joined our franchise because of the
death of band
members. These people play with some of the most accomplished entertainers in the industry, and,
to a man, they each told me how much fun they had, how good we are and how they are looking
forward to future events with us.
As you know,
Alex Ward had a good time, enjoyed the concept we executed and is amenable
doing it again, so this could become exciting.
THX again, and stay tuned.
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ANYTHING OF INTEREST going on in your life to SMOKE SIGNALS
May 25th –
In a valiant effort, J. Thomas
‘Scooter’ Pepper fails to best Hunt Allen Solomon at
polishing a rib bone, but he does manage to shine the back of a recliner. Click for pic.
May 26th – Rev. Timothy Mowry, CHS’63, died suddenly while vacationing in the Cayman Islands.
June 4th –
We have received another letter
from Howard Curlin. For a copy request Howard’s Iraq 5
letter. Request Howard's Iraq #5
June 13th –
Little Hunt Allen Solomon would
have made granddad Larry Solomon
Click for pic
from Paula Wicker on Sweet
this with others
and continue prayers for him. He is a happy, active little guy...not walking yet, but putting weight on
his legs when he is held up. At the end of the summer James hopefully with have his colostomy
reversed and be "bag free!" Morris and Melissa continue to be dedicated and loving parents, and
James is thriving! James does not have Cerebral Palsy, but his left side is weaker...so the picture of
James using his left hand to shake his rattle is a major thing! God is good! Click for pix
Rev. James Hayes
he has taken the position of Asst Professor of Natural
Sciences at Georgia Military College, Warner Robins, GA. teaching Biology and Anatomy and
June 27th – In an update, Rev. Curtis Crenshaw reports that Warrior David Merriman, injured in an
automobile collision over a month ago, is now stable. A recent MRI showed no life threatening injures.
On the 26th, David sat up for the first time. He is still in Med, ICU room 6. He still needs our prayers.
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