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E-Notice 2001-07

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Hello Hornets!

Here are some items that may be of interest.

1. CALLING ALL (FORMER) BANDS, AND MUSIC LOVERS! The Foundation is proud to announce its Surrattstock concert and fund raiser, currently scheduled for Saturday evening June 29, 2002. Much like the Y2K All Classes Reunion event, this promises to be an event of once-in-a-lifetime proportions.

Our hope is to encourage many of the great bands from the golden era of live music at Surratts roughly demarcated as early 60s to mid 70s and corresponding to that halcyon era when Surratts students could always count on hearing top flight amateur live music, and enjoying some romantic but not-too-graphic slow dancing, at Teen Club every weekend to re-group and perform to raise funds for the Foundation.

Weve already got interest from members of great Surratts bands like Butlers Orchard, Sassafras Tea, Cottonmouth, Crusader Rabbit, Common Scene, Epicurean Household, The Clinton All-Star Orchestra, Electric Puddin, Straight Flush, and the like. (Still trying to track down the great, but elusive, Tuesday Boots, though!)

If you, or someone you know, was a member of a band at Surratts, or a band that played at Surratts during the golden era or at any other time and you or he or she might like to lend some musical talents to this nifty Foundation fund raiser, please send me an email at Also, please mark your calendars so you wont miss this extraordinary evening!

2. 2001 MOTORCYCLE (AND CAR) RIDE A BIG SUCCESS. Once again, this years All Classes Motorcycle and Car Ride, this time to Colonial Beach, VA, was a big success. Eighteen motorcycles, two cars and approximately 30 people participated, the weather was gorgeous, and the destination was perfect. (On a tip from Wendell Crusenberry (71), we ate lunch on a screened porch, over the water, at the Riverboat Restaurant and casino.) We were especially privileged to have three folks from the School, Grand Marshall Gerald Pickeral, Byron Stewart, and Wayne Simms, participate on their motorcycles. Colonial Beach really is an extraordinary throw-back to a simpler, quieter time. Id really recommend a visit. (See

Please mark your calendars for next years Ride, to be held on Sunday June 23, leaving the School at 10 a.m., and heading for Solomons Island.

3. GREAT CLASS OF 65 WEB SITE. Ill bet many of you would really enjoy visiting the fabulous new Class of 65 web site, put together by Bill Erdman (65), at The sites loaded with photos and information, and includes a really nice plug for the Foundation. Thanks, Class of 65!

4. GET WELL WISHES. We send our heartfelt get well wishes to Mike Stojka (71), whos fighting some serious health problems at his home in Huntsville, AL. Mike and his wife Pam are trying not to let Mikes medical condition interfere with their plans to retire to Orlando.

5. ALL CLASSES FLY-IN? John Pilkins (61) is wondering whether their might be enough folks in the Surratts family who fly airplanes to organize a Surratts Fly-in at Tipton Airport in Anne Arundel County, either in conjunction with the 6/25/05 All Classes events, or at some other time. If youre a pilot, please send John your thoughts at

6. ROMANCE DEPARTMENT. As you may recall from a prior e-Notice, Laurie Nichols Rhatican (74),, and her husband operate a bed and breakfast in the Georgia mountains (and offer a nice discount to members of the Surratts family). Laurie just sent me this cool e-mail: I'm pleased to announce that the first Surratts alum to visit Henson Cove Place B&B was also our first engagement weekend! Kurt Aktug '88, brought his girlfriend, Samantha Clark, up here for a weekend the first part of June. He completely surprised her by proposing while they were atop Brasstown Bald Mountain Georgia's highest peak! She, of course, said YES! Kurt and Samantha are both lawyers working together in Sparta, SC. They were kind enough to give me permission to make the official announcement to our fellow alum.

Congratulations to Kurt and Samantha on their happy news, and to Laurie and her husband for operating such a romantic establishment!

7. VIVA SALSA! And speaking of romance, in e-Notice 2001-6's blurb about Mark Fields (71) and Suzanne Meilert Lubins (71) engagement, I meant to mention that Suzanne owns the company that makes Alicita Salsa, a delicious natural salsa, some of the proceeds from which go to childrens charities. Alicita Salsa is available in the natural foods section at Giant, at Food Lion, at Fresh Fields, and at other chains, and may soon be available in a Wal-Mart near you! Another Hornet success story. Ole, Suzanne!

8. AND SPEAKING OF MOTORCYCLING ... I recently received this nice e-mail from Barbara Spriggs Gill (71), which might be of interest to you motorcycle enthusiasts out there: I live in Rapid City, not far from Sturgis, a place famous for its annual Sturgis Rally. It's held the first full week in August. The streets fill up with Harleys, there's lots of concerts, great riding in the beautiful Black Hills of SD, and lots to do and to gawk at. If any Surratts bike enthusiasts are interested in more info, please have them send me an email at

9. THANKS AGAIN, MORNINGSIDE SPORTSMENS CLUB. As noted in the last e-Notice, were very grateful to the Morningside Sportsmens Club for their extremely generous donation of $2,000 to the Foundations Charles Waddell Memorial Scholarship Fund. Heres an e-mail I received from Becky Mann (72) about those nice folks: The Sportsmen are a wonderful group of people (men and women) that I have known for well over 28 years. They used to hold all of their meetings at the Skyline Restaurant (owned and operated by Alicia (71) & Debbie (72) Wiman's family). Several other alumni, including myself, worked at the restaurant and got to know all of them very well. I used to bowl with them for years at the duck pin lanes in Suitland on Sunday evenings at 9:00 p.m. and boy did I hate having to work on Mondays. They are a great bunch and I'm very happy that they made that donation to the Foundation. They have been giving out scholarships each year for as long as I can remember. Thanks to Becky for sharing that.

10. HARDEN WATCH. Colleen Large Hall (84) heard recently that Oscar-winning Marcia Gay Harden (76) is slated to star in a TV series starting this Fall with Richard Dreyfus. Its called something like The Education of Max Bickford. Maybe hes a music teacher and shes a drama teacher at a high school near a major military base?

11. SEEKING LOST HORNETS. Can anyone out there help Bob Brewer (67) find Ted King (67), or Teds brother Mike King (69)? If so, please e-mail Bob at

12. RARE COLLECTORS ITEMS AVAILABLE. The Foundation is having a clearance sale, at $10 (which includes mailing), of all remaining Surrattsville Alumni and Surrattsville Motorcycle t-shirts. (Only Mediums and Larges are available.) If you poke around in the Photo Archive at, you can see what they look like. If youd like one, just send a check for $10 made payable to SHS Foundation to me at 815 Stoneleigh Road, Balt., MD 21212, specifying which style shirt, and which size, youd like.

I hope this missive finds you and yours well and enjoying this lovely Summer. Best regards! Henry Smith (71),


- COL. FRANCIS JOE OCLAIR. This sad note was submitted by former faculty member Brenda Karnes: Just a bit of sad news for the network Col. Francis "Joe" O'Clair, father of eight Surrattsville graduates, passed away on June 12th. Col. O'Clair and his wife, Marie, served as major supporters of the Surrattsville programs. I remember him as president of the PTA, and the Band and Athletic Boosters Clubs. After his children graduated, and he retired from the Air Force, Col. O'Clair became the Chief Aerospace Instructor for the Gwynn Park High School AFJROTC program. He served many years at Gwynn Park and will be remembered by so many students and staff. I know there are alumni out there who might like to support the family with acknowledgments, etc. The O'Clairs have requested that memorial gifts be made in Col. O'Clair's name to the Gwynn Park HS AFJROTC Scholarship Program, 13800 Brandywine Road, Brandywine, MD 20613.

- HELEN McMAHAN. This sad news was shared by Christina McMahon (73): My Mother Helen McMahan died earlier this year. Maybe you remember her. There was many a party at our house. My brothers and I all went to Surrattsville. Terry McMahan (66), Ed McMahan (66), Michael McMahan, Chris Carrano (McMahan) (73) and Paul McMahan (75). Not to mention her Daughters in law and Grandchildren. She had lived with me in NC for the past 12 years. She was a wonderful Mother and Friend.

- MARCIA SPROESSER. This sad news was passed along by Kim Ellis King (76): Marcia Sproesser, wife of Mike Sproesser (75) passed away July 12th.




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