SEP, 2008



                                            This is a link to archives of TV newscasts
on or about Sept. 11, 2001. This is a link to some 9/11 photos taken
by the late Bill Biggart


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SupperClub  Sun., Sept. 21st. at the Central BBQ in the old Red Lobster Bldg., 4375 Summer at
. Alex Ward's Pig & Whistle Oldies Party. from 3-7pm. Since the restaurant does
not reserve tables, and the party is very popular, it is important to arrive no later than 2:45. We
would still like to know that you plan to attend. Please let us know no later than Thur., Sept. 18.
Click here, enter your name and number in party.



                      Memories – Send you Central Memories to PAULA


                                                          SAY WHAT?!!

"Maybe using lighter fluid wasn't such a good idea, but …the wasps are gone!"

                    Anonymous Sr. Citizen after burning down his garage trying to kill wasps.


Who Dat Warrior?


FROM THE LAUGH TRACK  from the sick mind of Bettye Jo Olive


A man who just died is delivered to a local mortuary wearing an expensive, expertly tailored black 

suit. The female blonde mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would like the body dressed. 

She points out that the man does look good in the black suit he is already wearing.

The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that 

she wants him in a blue suit. She gives the Blonde mortician a blank check and says, 'I don't care      

what it costs, but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.’ The woman returns the                

next day for the wake.

To her delight, she finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe;
the suit fits him perfectly. She says to the mortician, 'Whatever this cost, I'm very satisfied. You
did an excellent job and I' m very grateful. How much did you spend?' To her astonishment, the
blonde mortician presents her with the blank check.’ There’s no charge,' she says.’ No, really, I
must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue suit!' she says.

'Honestly, ma'am,' the blonde says, 'it cost nothing. You see, a deceased gentleman of about your
husband's size was brought in shortly after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue
suit. I asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said
it made no difference as long as he looked nice.

''So I just switched the heads.    '(BET YOU DIDN'T SEE THAT COMIN!!!)



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July ’08 - New faces added to ‘Tribal Council’ – Three more Warriors have been added to the Tribal
Council. Barbara Luton Brewer, who hosted the picnic at our Grand Reunion; Sandra Dodson; and
Mike Hines have become part of the group who plan and execute virtually all of our class activities,
from the reunions to the
SupperClubs.  Click for pics



July 28th - This week, Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett hosted the Central High football team as they
went through the grueling two-a-days in the Memphis heat. Under the auspices of the Fellowship of
Christian Athletes, Faith opened their
Buckhead Creek Recreation Complex to the Warriors and provided
the team with meals and refreshments.


Aug. 2nd – Barbara Luton Brewer returned home today after having a total knee replacement.


Aug. 5th – From Patsy Sims Moore. Went to the music museum, dedicated to Jimmy Hendrix ,he
was from Seattle. There were a lot of his original journals with his songs hand written in them as he
thought them up. The needle and rode the bus to the zoo (public trans is great). The zoo gardens
were the best I have ever seen along with some very unusual animals. There were lots of bronzes
of the animals scattered around different areas too.  The sloth bear twins were a pair of the
aforementioned. It was also around 65 in the AM.

The monorail took us to the downtown area where there were lots of great places to eat and a different
band every day. We always sat and ate and watched people dancing. The duck boat was fun too, our
captain was especially loud and funny.
Then we took the fairy to San Juan Islands after the relatives came and to Widby . Beautiful. Then to
Victoria Island and to Victoria itself.
The rain forest with no humidity, think I'll move there tomorrow.
Butchart gardens, I could live there too. They had plays there for the kids about every hour, and Kyra
became involved in the Princess and the Pea.  They asked for volunteers to come up and she was it. 
She has been in talent shows at her school before so it was a real thrill for her. We went to the Empress
hotel and then just cruised around on foot to whatever, wherever.
Then back to U.S., 2 hour wait to get over the border, so the kids and Ted and I ran up and down the
beautiful lawn and looked at flowers and art work while Don and Toni sat in the van, inching along.
Then we stopped on the Willa reservation for gas  $2.24. The reservation was all rainforest and I'm
ready to move again.  A Willa lady that I talked with had gone to boarding school on the Navajo
reservation many years (BIA) I worked for the public school run by the Navajos. She had also lived
in Santa Fe. What a small world. Then to Tacoma where we saw the permanent glass works of
Chilulilly. Like being underwater without having to breathe and rotating in the most beautiful colors
and curls.

Kyra, my grandaughter-10, had a great time with her cousin but also missed her family. She was
torn.  On plane during the way back she drew two mountains, one with a little house with rain
coming down on it. On the other side on that mountain was a big flower and a house with sunshine
behind it. It was very powerful. Guess that sums up life sunshine and rain.


Aug. 9th – Phil Aquino sinks fourth lifetime hole-in one Click for pics


Aug. 22nd. A Child Is Born. – Linda and Bobby Beeman have a new grandson Miles Jordan Clark

born at 1:26AM, weighing 6lbs. and 5.8 Oz at 18.5 inches in length. No other information is



Sept. 15th – Paula Wicker Hamby’s grandson, Sweet Baby James will undergo his 20th surgery.
This surgery will reconnect his bowel, freeing him from the colostomy bag he’s worn for six months.

Click for pic.


Sept. 16 TH -   Benefit for Mike Stoker, CHS’62. - To help support Mike Stoker in his struggle with cancer,
a fundraiser that features an evening of good old time music, food and fun will be held at Yosemite
at the corner of Cooper and Madison, on Tuesday September 16 from 6-11.

There will be a $ 10 cover charge to see performances by The Reflections,Tommy Burk,Eddie Harrison,
Interstate 55 and other guest performers.





July 27th – Quote from the Commercial Appeal regarding the Memphis City School enrollment.
“116,000 students, 80 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced price lunch.”


Aug. 8th – In the '07 Memphis City School year, 11,700 fights were recorded, 346 weapons were
confiscated including 29 firearms. The MCS reported that in the ’07 school year, 25% of the system’s
total enrollment was “held back”. Back in the day, we called this “Failed”.


The new Supt. of MCS has identified one of the major causes of school violence as students who are
“age inappropriate” for their grade. He proposes using Fraser High School as the system-wide facility
to educate this group.


Aug. 11th – A mammoth Memphis police operation dubbed “Summer Heat” has resulted in 1369
arrests this weekend.


Aug. 13th – Helen T. Solomon, mother of Fallen Warrior twins Gary and Larry Solomon, died today
died in Memphis. She was 89.


Aug 16th – An early morning house fire claimed the lives of seven people, including five children under
the age of ten. 18 year-old Deon Poole, a senior at Melrose High, charged back into the inferno and
pushed his pregnant girlfriend from a second story window. Poole did not escape the flames.


Memphis Fire officials say that this was the deadliest fire since Dec. 24, 1864 when 14 people perished
in a fire that engulfed a dwelling above a bakery on Madison between Second and Main. The cause of
the fire has not been determined.


Aug. 26th – With the school year just weeks old, 2 Fairley High girls got into a fight during lunch. One
girl sprayed pepper spray resulting in one girl being transported to the hospital.


Aug. 30th – Coach Lloyd McDougal died today in Germantown at the age of 87.

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                                                    HENRY’S CORNER

Speaking of, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”, we were, weren’t we, BMI
rates the 1964 Righteous Brothers hit as having the most U.S. radio play
of any song in the 20th century. AOL ranks it as the best love song of all time.


Bill Medley with his deep bass sings the entire first verse, solo. When the song

was first presented to the blue-eyed soul duo, Bobby Hatfield asked Phil Spector,
"What do I do while he's singing the entire first verse?" Spector answered, "You can go directly to the bank."


Spector, who signed Bobby and Bill, asked the husband and wife songwriting team of Barry Mann and
Cynthia Weil to write a hit for the Bros. Inspired by the Four Tops hit “Baby I Need Your Loving”, they
penned the best song ever written. At a loss for a title, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” was used as
a ‘place holder’ until Mann and Weil could come up with something better. Spector insisted that the
title line remain.


The opening line, sung in Bill Medley’s breathtakingly low bass "You never close your eyes any more
when I kiss your lips," was inspired by the opening line of “I Love How You Love Me” by the Paris Sisters.
That song begins, "I love how your eyes close whenever you kiss me." When Spector first played the
recording of the song for writer Barry Mann, Mann replied “Phil, you have it on the wrong speed”.


According to Kent at the “Forgotten Hits newsletter” at that time, radio stations avoided songs with a
playtime over three minutes. With that in mind, Spector listed the playtime as 3:05 instead of the actual
3:50. Program directors had difficulty figuring why their play lists were running long. By the time they
realized why, the song was a hit.


Other accolades the song received include; #9 in the list of “"Songs of The Century” by RIAA ,

while “”Rolling Stone” ranks it as #34 on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time  Perhaps
the greatest compliment is the fact that so many singers, from Joan Baez to Elvis, from Telly Savalas
to Barry Manilow have covered the song.  Click for song.

The worst song ever! -  The editors of and AOL Radio have selected the Baha Men’s 2000
chart-topping “Who Let the Dogs Out” as the worst song of all time. Other songs of note making the top
ten list are, #6. “I Am Woman” - Helen Redey; #8. Ebony And Ivory - Paul MCCartney And Stevie Wonder;
# 9. Macarena - Los Del Rio; #10. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion.
Click for more.

More bad music(?) – Some of those who follow the history of such trivia, believe that the mid-July
1977 New York City electrical blackout allowed poor inner-city looters access to high end DJ
electronics. The result of this purloining was the birth of Hip-Hop.


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