September 2006

 

                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      NEVER FORGET!!

Chilling AUDIO and transcripts of N.O.R.A.D.’s Northeast Air Defense Sector’s tapes on the
morning of Sept.11.
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a thought from Sandra Dodson
On Monday, September 11th, 2006, an American flag should be
displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the
United States
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                          THE COMPLETE LIST OF MISSING WARRIORS CAN BE VIEWED BY CLICKING MISSING

 

 

A SPECIAL THANX TO MOLLY CHAMBERS NELSON FOR ADVISING SMOKE SIGNALS OF
THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF RHON PARRIS. NOTIFICATION SUCH AS THIS ALLOWS US TO
INFORM THE ENTIRE WARRIOR TRIBE WHEN ONE OF OUR MEMBERS NEEDS OUR
SUPPORT. SEND NOTIFICATIONS TO SMOKE SIGNALS 

 

                                       To our Jewish Warriors

                                      L'Shanah Tovah

                           We wish you a  happy and sweet ROSH HASHANAH !

 

SEND US PICS AND STORIES OF YOUR VACATION!! 
Send 2 or 3 pics to SMOKE SIGNALS for publishing.

 

Notes from across the pond From Kit Rushing
My dear wife and I spent three and a half weeks in June traveling with more than a dozen college
students to significant young adult literature sites in England and Scotland. My wife, Fran, taught
a course titled "From Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter," and we traveled to London, Great
Missenden, Oxford, Stratford on Avon, Shap Wells, the Lake District and Hilltop Farm, Glascow,
Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, Cambridge, and back to London.

The students explored museums, libraries, and other sites significant in the lives of a number of
British authors including Beatrix Potter, Road Dahl, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkein, J. K. Rowland,
Robert Lewis Stevenson, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and a number of other contemporary
as well as 19th century authors.     
COURSE DESCRIPTION           CLICK FOR PICS  

 

Solomon does the Redneck Riviera

Larry Solomon's family always takes their vacation the 2nd week of July to Gulf Shores and it
usually includes a group of family and friends. This year there were 22 people representing 7
families. The week is spent fishing, shrimping and eating out. Lulu's and The Original Oyster
House seem to be our favorite restaurants. CLICK AND SCROLL DWN.

 

According to the CNN Money Calculator, if you earned $100,000 in Memphis, you would need to
earn approximately $106,438 as an equivalent salary in Gulf Shores Al.

 

Three bites out of the Big Apple

In May Donna Ervin Tisdale, Jeanne Rostaing, and Sarah Kirchen had their third "girlfriend"
reunion at Jeanne's house in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

 

Donna recently retired after a lifetime of teaching high school history, so she insisted on seeing
the NYC sights of American Revolution times. This included a visit to the hillside in Greenwood
Cemetery where George Washington first sighted the British Navy's entrance to New York Bay.
Jeanne's husband, Eric, a native of NYC and also a history buff, was a wonderful tour guide.

Despite all the focus on history, we took time out to view the rooftops of Manhattan and Central
Park from the top of Rockefeller Center and enjoyed some delicious hot chocolate at a chocolate
salon in Soho.  (Alas, no shopping, which is how Jeanne and I would otherwise have spent time
together!) 
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According to the CNN Money Calculator, if you earned $100,000 in Memphis, you would need to
earn $149,744 as an equivalent salary in Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

VACATIONING, remember, you can find Warriors by state on our website. CLICK
CLASSMATES BY STATE

 

There’s still time to play WHO DAT WARRIOR? Just CLICK and add
your guesses, along with the ID number. We’ve done so poorly identifying these Warriors
that we’ve posted the previous entries. Here’s a hint, Molly Chambers Nelson appears to
have pulled slightly ahead of Carol Black Gandy.
Send us a previously unpublished photo,
i.e. not appearing in a Central yearbook, for the next episode of
WHO DAT WARRIOR.

 

MEMORIES

Send your Central Memory to PAULA

 

SAY WHAT?!!

“Had we been more vigilant, Sept. 11th would only be remembered as Bear Bryant’s birthday”

                                                                        DA Arthur Branch from NBC’s Law and Order

 

Warnings to Warriors – From Smoke Signals Medical Advisor Dr. Vinny Boombatz

 

A Population Reference Bureau study shows that the suicide rate for older (65+) white males is
almost triple the national average. That’s almost 8 times the rate for women. Speculation is that
white males “lack the resilience and coping mechanisms that women and other ethic groups
have” and “they are less apt to seek help for depression.”
TAKE THE TEST , TAKE ACTION

 

FROM THE LAUGH TRACK from Karen Paine New re: Her drug problem

 

I had a drug problem when I was young; I was drug to church on Sunday morning.  I was drug to
church for weddings and funerals.  I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter
the weather.  I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.  I was also drug to the
woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not
speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn't put forth my best effort
in everything that was asked of me.  I was drug to the kitchen sink if I uttered a profane four-letter
word. (I know what Lye soap tastes like).  I was drug out to pull weeds in mom's garden and
flowerbeds and cockleburs out of dad's fields.  I was drug to the homes of family, friends, and
neighbors to help out some poor soul, who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or
chop some firewood.  If my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this
kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.  Those drugs are still in my veins and
they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, and think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack,
or heroin, and if today's children had this kind of drug problem, America might be a better place

today."

 

CAKE or …..from Larry Solomon
 

A husband is at home watching a football game when his wife interrupts. 

Honey, could you fix the light in the hallway? It’s been flickering for weeks now. 

He looks at her and says angrily fix the lights now? Does it look like I have “G.E.” written on my
forehead? I don't think so. 

Fine, then the wife asks, well then, could you fix the fridge door? It won't close right. 

To which he replied, fix the fridge door? Does it look like I have “Westinghouse” written on my
forehead? I don't think so.


Fine, she says then you could at least fix the steps to the front door? They are about to break. 

I'm not a carpenter and I don't want to fix steps. He says, does it look like I have “Ace Hardware”
written on my forehead? I don't think so. I've had enough of you. I'm going to the bar!!!! 

So he goes to the bar and drinks for a couple of hours. He starts to feel guilty about how he
treated his wife, and decides to go home.  As he walks into the house he notices that the steps
are already fixed.  As he enters the house, he sees the hall light is working.  As he goes to get a
beer, he notices the fridge door is fixed.  Honey, he asks, how'd all this get fixed?


She said, well, when you left I sat outside and cried.  Just then a nice young man asked me what
was wrong, and I told him.  He offered to do all the repairs, and all I had to do was either go to bed
with him or bake a cake. 

 

He said; so what kind of cake did you bake? 

She replied, hellooooo...do you see “Betty Crocker” written on my forehead?     I don't think so! 
                   

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July 28 – from Brucia Pearce Mory

I leave for 2 months in Ireland and Greece next week, my first retirement trip after 32 years of
teaching. I retired from Grace St. Luke's in May as Librarian. I had the honor of working with
Christina Mueller
Pinkham for one year.


Aug. 10 - A Child Is Born –
6 pound 15 ounce Jesse Thomas Pepper, AKA Scooter, became the
5 th grandson (vs. no grand daughters) of Lynn and Bob Pepper today, in Benton Ark. Scooter will
live with his parents, Rob and Allison Pepper and 7 year old brother, Trey, in Arkadelphia, Ark.
CLICK AND SCROLL DWN.

Aug.22 - The pharmacy at the Piggly Wiggly was burglarized. The video tape of the crime was
shown on local TV. The store was subsequently inundated by callers asking "They didn't hurt the
old white guy, did they" The callers were assured that
Leonard Engelberg was indeed safe.

 

SupperClub  SCHEDULED TO RETURN IN SEP/OCT Until then, relive the glory of dinners
past by
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Y'all come - Kathy (Kate Yarbrough) Ketchum has invited us CLICK


NEWS FOR THE OUT-OF-TOWNER
for more, visit Commercial Appeal

 

In his first year as the head coach of the Central High football team, Tom NeSmith beat kidney
cancer and a heart attack.
TEMP LINK

 

July 31 – Another Great Voice Falls Silent.  Paul Eells, voice of the Arkansas Razorbacks died in
an automobile accident on I-

40 in Ark. TEMP LINK

 

Aug.17 – The state of education in Memphis. According to Federal NCLB standards, 71 Memphis
City Schools are on the state’s “target” or “high priority” list. Among the 8 on the latter, facing
state takeover, is the former Country Club school, East High. Also having made the list for three
years in a row is Kingsbury High.


HERE’S A TEST –
The headline reads “Memphis breaks 100” is it referring to the A – Heat; B –
Humidity; C – Homicides; or D - All of the above? The answer is D. In July and August, Memphis
broke the 100-degree mark 7 times and recorded daily highs in excess of 95 numerous additional
times. As of Aug. 31, Memphis has recorded 114 murders.   

 

Aug. 25 –Warriors off to a bad start. In their season opener, Central lost to the Collierville Dragons
27-21 at Collierville. According to the CA, the Dragons jumped out to a 3 TD lead and held off a late
Warrior rally. The stats indicate that the game was not as close as the score might indicate.

 

School days, Readin, and Riten, and Rioten. Last week, the Memphis City School saw 28
people arrested from just two of its schools. 24 from Craigmont after 3 separate melees Monday
and 4 from Treadwell.

 

Job security not withstanding. Juvenile Court Judge Kenneth Turner hangs up his robe after 42
years on the bench, the longest of any Shelby County. judge.

 

LINKS YOU’LL LOVE

 

June 18 – Fred Clark died today in an auto accident. We didn’t know Fred, but he was one of us,
everyman’s friend. Here is the best obit ever written. Check out both the OB and the 125+page
guest book, which is being maintained on line by an anonymous donor
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How to fold a shirt                                                               Karaoke for the deaf - song, TORN

Want your letters postmarked from here?                              Patches          

What's in a name?                                                              In a year, we'll need this info.

 

                                                      HENRY’S CORNER

      Speaking of couples in bed together, we were weren’t we? The first
      couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and
      Wilma Flintstone.

 

      July 27 - Happy birthday to you…. The Egg McMuffin is 35 years old. 
      Created by Herb Peterson in 1971 as something to fill the morning 
      void between breakfast and lunch, it debuted at McDonalds 4 years

      later
 

“Soluble fibre, vitamin B12, folic acid, niacin and antioxidants present in The Drink That Built An
Empire. .The hard liquor component of beer has the same magic artery-unblocking prowess as in
wine, too.” Thus, beer is a healthier choice than wine.
CLICK FOR THE STORY

           

If Shirley Potts saw this, she would hunt the author down and flog him like a rented mule!
Below is a verbatim excerpt from a Classmates.com posting on the Central High Message board.
The writer’s name has been changed to protect the uneducated.

 

From: An ’82 GRAD. Apr 25 2006 6:35:10AM   To: ALL   (1) Congratulations Are in Order
On April 22, 2006 Mr. Harold Shaw Jr. and Ms. Rhonda McKinney took there nuptials and tied the
note. They are now One. send them an e-mail message and congratulate them on their future
endeavors. HAPPY UNION HAROLD AND RHONDA FOREVER!!!!!    
Reply to message

 

Orlando, St. Petersburg, and Detroit ranked 1, 2 and 3 respectively in Men’s Health magazine’s
rankings of America’s angriest cities. Manchester, N.H. ranked 100th. Memphis ranked # 8 and I’m
pissed..           
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