May 2006


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Does anybody really know what time it is?It’s time we checked our facts. Sammy Voss
was the only Warrior who caught the mistake in the April issue of Smoke Signals. We wrote
that “
On Wed., April 5, at 2 minutes and 3 seconds after 1A.M. the exact time and date will
be 01:02:03 04/05/06. This will never occur again.” As Sammy noted, it will occur every 100
years. This was an intentional misstatement by our editors to see how closely Smoke Signals
is being read. Yeah, that’s the ticket.


MEMORIES from Dorothy Dow Crane

Do you remember how Miss Laura Mauzy INSISTED that we not crumple paper before tossing
it into the wastebasket?  It was to be released whole, without a single wrinkle, to float down into
the trash ever so quietly and gently.  She also wore glasses with rhinestones that she said gave
"glitter to her glare!"  But the Mauzy wisdom that has been the most helpful over the years was
her demand that when called upon in class, even if we weren't sure about the answer, we were
to answer with absolute confidence.  This advice has been extremely useful in a number of
circumstances, including those where I have been faced with reading aloud an Old Testament
passage with lots of Hebrew names that are difficult to pronounce.

Passover begins this week and I still remember that the first matzos I ever had was given to me
by Sylvia Saripkin in homeroom.  Thank you, Sylvia! 


Send your Central Memory to PAULA



An elderly Floridian called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car has been broken into.
She is hysterical as she explains her situation to the dispatcher: "They've stolen the stereo,
the steering wheel, the brake pedal and even the accelerator!" she cried. The dispatcher said,
"Stay calm. An officer is on the way." A few minutes later, the officer radios in. "Disregard."
He says. "She got in the back-seat by mistake."


From the Web Master... Phil 

Two Redneck hunters from Arkansas got a pilot to fly them to Canada to hunt moose. They
bagged six.  As they started loading the plane for the return trip home the pilot said the plane
could take only four moose.

The two good old boys objected strongly.” Last year we shot six, and the Pilot let us put them
all on board; he had the same plane as yours."

Reluctantly, the pilot gave in and all six were loaded.  However, even on full power, the
little plane couldn't handle the load and went on only a few moments after take-off.
Climbing out of the wreck Bubba asked Earl,” Any idea where we are?"

"Yaaah, I think we's pretty close to where we crashed last year.


                               “The Snow Nuts Chronicles”

                            (Dickie and the Birthday Present)

                                              From our Resident Sage Gene Johnson 


Well now, let’s see… as kids we all lived for Birthdays, Christmas, Holidays and,
Summer Vacation.  Since Dickie was just like any other normal kid, as above, he loved his
birthday celebration… lots and lots of presents.


On this given birthday one of Dickie’s presents was a very large ball.  Well as you may guess,
the ball got away during play, and Dickie chased it between cars into the street.Unfortunately,
an oncoming car struck Dickie knocking him down.  We kept the thing in the neighborhood,
however, since the car was driven by my Dad.  Dickie was dinged somewhat and ended up
with a half-moon scar on the lower outside corner of his eye.  Other injuries included bruises,
scrapped skin and battered dignity.  I thought my father was going to have a heart attack. 
Everyone healed and forgot about it… or so we thought!!!


Anyway, fast-forward about 14 years.  Dickie had come down to the house to give me ride to
the dance where the Blazers were playing for the evening.  We were talking to my Mom while
Dad sat behind us in his easy chair.


Pause:  My Dad had this absolutely ‘spooky’ trait.  You could feel him looking at you even
if your attention was elsewhere.


Resume: During the conversation with Mom, Dickie became aware that Dad was looking at
him.  So, he turned, looked at Dad and said, “What, Mr. Johnson?”


Dad looked at him and said, “You know Dickie, I should have backed up and finished the job!!”


Dickie and I had ‘side-splitting’ laughs about this episode many times over the years.  Of
course, Dad was only teasing… that was his first mention of the accident since it happened,
and he never mentioned it again, probably because Mom ‘ate his lunch’ over it.




             YOU IN “THE SPOTLITE”. Use this well done Bio. PINKY as a guide.


IN THE NEWS NOW WITH VIEWS  send news of new jobs, retirement, kids, grandkids,
anything of interest going on in your life to
Bob Pepper


March 6 - Now our chilren’s chilren’s is havin chilren:  Wallace and Barbara Barnes Houck
became GREAT grand parents with the birth of 7lb. 5oz, Kallie
Renae Wilbanks. She will live
with her parents in Pocahontas, TN. The Houcks, who currently live in Collierville, own 20
acres near there in Middleton and are in the process of buying some more land. Do any other
of us have GREAT, grand children? Leeba…Deaton, what say you?


 April 8 - And the beat goes on, and on, and on. As of TODAY, Leeba Andrews Curlin has
20 grandchildren, the latest being
Leeba Katherine Curlin, sounds familiar. Number 21 is due
in September. Leeba and John’s youngest son, Caleb recently graduated from Ranger school
in Ft. Benning, Ga. The Curlins will head to Washington to visit with #20 whose dad, David,
is scheduled to begin a second tour of duty in July. Leeba and John will soon be traveling to
Panama to visit their daughter.


April 12 – A child is born.   James Gregory New was born at St. Francis Hospital on
Wednesday, April 12, at 4:34 pm, weighing 8 lbs. 10 oz., 21 inches long.  The proud parents
are Erick & Suzanne New, grandparents are Jim and Karen Paine New.  He also has an 
"older" brother, Garner, 19 months old.


April 19 – Robert Finlay took the winter off to live in Las Vegas - skiing on nearby
Mt. Charleston - to practice for retirement. Zipping down the slopes felt good, he said, but
he’s going back to Miami this summer to return to work. Robert found his class ring, which,
he says, will now fit on his little finger.


April 22 – SupperClub Though somewhat modest in number, 25 Warriors
and their guests were mighty in spirit. The original Coletta’s was the site
of the 7th mini-reunion and the first to be held on a Saturday night. In
addition to the regulars, four new faces joined in what one described as
the most intimate and relaxed gathering yet. Dr. Lewis Loskovitz and
his wife
Debra, along with Richard (CHS ’60) and Gail Phillips joined in
the fun. And of course, also attending his first
SupperClub was Web
Master Phil Aquino, who vowed to travel from Michigan to become
a semi-regular. There truly was a new level of fellowship reached as
those gathered dined on the famous Coletta’s fare.


In  the works - a vast departure from our previous venues. We encourage everyone
to offer suggestions on how to keep this successful series fresh and exciting. 


News For the Out-Of-Towner for more, visit Commercial Appeal


March 30 – After 16 years on the National Register of Historic Places, Graceland was
added to the list of National Historic Landmarks. Uh, Thank you very much. Speaking of
The King,  his favorite ride, the Zippin Pippin, along with the Merry-Go-Round, are
scheduled to be auctioned off sometime this summer as the dismantling of Libertyland
begins. Organizers are beginning an effort to save this venue.  TEMP LINK


April – The first week of the month has proved deadly for residents of N.E, Ark, west and
central Tenn. and the Missouri boot heel. Over 35 people have been killed as two separate
storm systems swept through the area on April 2 nd, and April 7 th.  CLICK FOR PICS


April 11 – Rabid Alabama Booster Logan Young was found dead in his Chickasaw Gardens
home, Tues. Young, 65, was convicted on federal charges stemming from the
"Student Pay
for Play" scandal. On Thur., April 13TH, the Memphis Police Dept. announced that, what was
originally being investigated as a homicide, has been ruled an accident, the cause of death
being blunt trauma resulting from a fall.


April 13 – Back in ‘the day’, we had to buy blank report cards, from Mike McLean for
$1 each.
Five Cordova High students have received suspensions for hacking into the school’s
computer system, and altering their grades. Their downfall was bragging to other students
about their feat.


April 13 – Joey hits the campaign trail, on foot. Joey Cooper, candidate for the county
commission’s District 5 Democrat nomination, found out that no good deed goes unpunished.
After allowing a down-and-out Shaun Browder to crash on a mattress in his campaign
headquarters, Joey reported to the MPD that the man apparently stole the campaign’s SUV,
a ’99 Kia Sportage. The stolen Kia has subsequently been found.The campaign’s automated
phone system is playing a message from “Wrasslin King” Jerry Lawler, urging support for
Joey who, according to the phone message, promises to “.. work to lower your taxes, make
the streets safe again, properly fund schools, and get the trains moved from blocking every
intersection at 8a.m and 5p.m.”
This campaign gets weirder and weider. Thursday a judge
ruled against Joey in his suit to have one of his opponents removed see March SMOKE
. Joey and candidate Steve Mulroy have exchanged insults with Cooper claiming
that Mulroy was "making a mockery of the election process". Mulroy brought up Joey's
conviction for bank fraud and his subsequent removal from the old Shelby County Quarterly
. The third candidate in this circus is a former community activist who changed his last
name to Kilimanjaro, after the mountain.



 AMAZING from Karen Paine New

 FUN from Carol Lewis Towler 
 INTENSE MATERIAL from Lynda Goodwin Brooks.
A must read, especially for teenage drivers


                    HENRY’S CORNER

This marks the inaugural of a new feature in Smoke Signals, “Henry’s Corner”. Every Warrior
from the fifties, sixties and seventies, maybe longer, knows of ‘High School Henry’. Henry,
whose real name was Henry Clay Polk, was a fixture at Central sports events.
With his
ever-present noisemaker, be it a horn or a duck call, Henry mercilessly harassed Central’s
opposition. According to published reports, a childhood illness left Henry with the mind of a
seven year old, and a huge heart for The High School.


Henry’s loyalty had, from time to time, been recognize and rewarded. During
our years at Central, a ceremony was held in the gym where a touching poem
was recited and Henry was presented with, I believe, a letter sweater. There
wasn’t a dry eye in the gym. Henry died on February 16, 1982, but his memory
will live on in this newsletter. Henry will offer trivia, off -beat news stories and
articles of interest. Some how, I think Henry would have liked that. If you were
real still, I bet you can hear that duck call.


And speaking of Gilligan’s Island, we were weren’t we?  The SS Minnow was actually named 
after Newton Minow, head of the FCC in '61 who said TV is "America's vast wasteland".
Gilligan producer, Sherwood Schwartz did not care for Minow, so he named the shipwrecked 
boat after him.

According to the Innsbruck Medical University, Beer not only fights cancer and makes you
clever but it also blocks “interferon-gamma-induced chemical processes”, thereby fighting
heart disease.


Cause and Effect? In  1960 there was an estimated 4000 people in the U.S. over the age of
100. By 1995 that number had climbed to 55,000.


In a related story, William Miller, director of Cornell University’s flower Bulb Research
Program reports in the April issue of HortTechnology giving plants diluted alcohol – whiskey,
vodka, etc stunts the growth of leaves and stems but doesn’t affect the blossoms. While
Miller’s initial work concentrated on certain flowering ornamentals, he is now experimenting
to determine if the growth retardant effect also hold true for vegetables including peppers
and tomatoes.Ultimately, Miller hopes to grow a Bloody Mary.