THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2004-7 OF JULY 1, 2004
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. 2K5 TICKETS SELLING BRISKLY! With just under a year to go until the June 23 - June 26 2005 All Classes/Faculty/Staff events, tickets are selling briskly. So far, we have another very wide range of ticket buyers, dating back to the Class of 37 (thats 67 years ago in case youre counting!) and coming from as far away as Nebraska!
Heres the overview of the events:
The ticket order form is available at the top of this page and can also be accessed on the Foundations web site at www.surrattsville.org.
Remember: the events are expected to sell-out, and no tickets will be sold at the door.
2. EXTRAORDINARY NEW WEB SITE PHOTOS. Thanks to former faculty member Vivian Bounds Edelen, the Foundation web site now features some absolutely priceless Surratts photos (from 1939 and 1941!) of Vivian, her students, and her colleagues. Were hoping that some of you might recognize the bright young faces, and the distinguished faculty, in those photos, and that they might bring back some very fond memories. Many thanks to Vivian for going to the time and trouble to send us these wonderful treasures! (Although the photos didnt digitize very clearly on the web site, we have the perfectly clear originals, and theyll be displayed at the June 25, 2005 event.)
3. NEW SCHOOL/OLD SCHOOL INFO, CONT. I received these two emails containing more info on the New School/Old School transition:
Henry: As pointed out, the Class of 60 moved into the New School in late September of 1959 under the direction of Mr. Olson and a group of Senior and Junior volunteers. The Class of 60 had their graduation on stage in the cafeteria. Mr. Pryde and Mrs. Johnson presided. Garvin Smith, (60)"
Henry: Just a note about graduations. Until the BIG class of 1965, I believe that SHS graduations were held in the gym. That's where mine (Class of 61) was held and I'm sure that the Class of 60 was there also. No one even thought of having it elsewhere "way back then". My brother's class ‑ 65 ‑ was at the U. of MD because his class was too large to be held in the gym. [Ed. Note: Werent there approximately 600 students in the Class of 65?] By the time I went back there to teach, I think that the U. of MD was becoming the venue of choice for all PGC Public Schools until we became the FIRST school to graduate from the Cap Center. Have a wonderful summer. Ellen Talbert-Miller
4. REMEMBERING PAT WASHINGTON. I received this email about the recent death of School custodian Pat Washington: Henry: I was so sorry to hear about the death of Pat Washington. In addition to working at Surratts, he was a fixture in the Southern Maryland drag racing scene for many years. Since we more or less "retired" from drag racing, we would run into him on occasion around Waldorf, but had not seen him for a while. Pat will be truly missed. Susan and Dennis Eshleman
5. MISSING PHOTOS PROVIDED BY HISTORIAN/ARCHIVIST. I received this great email from Foundation Historian/Archivist Shelby Lee Oppermann (79): Dear Henry: Just wanted to let you know that I located and took a 1954 Class photo and some memorabilia to Alice Moffett Miller at Miller Farms in Clinton. What a sweet lady. I am anxiously awaiting her call on how their 50 Year Reunion went this past Saturday. I have also e‑mailed Patty Dean that I have two of the photos she needs. Shelby
Many thanks to Shelby for her efforts in preserving all of these historical treasures from Surrattsville, and making them available to Classes that need them. (Shelby will again display the fascinating official School history display at the June 25, 2005 event.)
6. SEEKING COACH VAUGHN (AND OTHER FACULTY AND STAFF). I received this email from Class of 65 ORC Judy Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org: Hi Henry: I've had several requests from my classmates for information on Robert Vaughn. Coach Vaughn was a PE teacher and coach in my era. If anyone has any information on his whereabouts and they send it to me, Ill pass it along. Best regards, Judy
Also, were really trying hard to find former faculty and staff members to make sure they know about the June 23 - 26, 2005 events. If you have any information that might lead us to our former mentors, please pass it along.
7. HORNET SEEKING RE-CONNECTIONS. I received a nice email from Kay Binge Haskins (72) (Kay_Haskins@hotmail.com) noting that she would love to hear from old friends who might be readers of the Foundations e-Notices.
8. CAPITOL ROCK AUTHOR SEEKS MORRISON-RELATED INFO. Mark Opsasnik, author of Capitol Rock and other books about 20th century Prince Georges County cultural history many featuring interesting items about Surrattsville and Clinton - recently sent me this email: Dear Henry: I'd like to take this time to announce my next project ‑ an in‑depth biography of the legendary Jim Morrison, focusing on his years living in Alexandria, Virginia (1959‑1961). Morrison, lead singer of the Doors from their inception in 1965 until his untimely death on July 3, 1971, was a 1961 graduate of George Washington High School in Alexandria. I'm looking to interview anyone who knew Morrison or attended either of the Doors concerts at the Alexandria Roller Rink (August 18, 1967) or the Washington Hilton International Ballroom (November 25, 1967). For additional information, go to www.capitolrock.com and click on "Latest News." Thanks, Mark Opsasnick, email@example.com.
I thought one of our readers might have some information for Mark.
9. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT RECOGNIZED. On the PBS News Hour on Thursday June 17, some of you may have noticed the several references to the efforts of Col. Bob Marr (71) and his colleagues at the Northeast Air Defense Sector to keep us all safe after the terrible events of 9/11. Bob and his colleagues were mentioned by witnesses at the final public hearing of the 9/11 Commission. Our hats go off to all those in uniform who risk their lives to protect ours.
10. AND SPEAKING OF HEROES. I received this email from Ann Weaver Pelle (71): Dear Henry: ... Our daughter Amy is married to an Air Force pilot who flies the B1‑B Bomber. He is being deployed for a second time in a few more months. Also, our son Sean is a Marine Corps pilot who flies the EA6‑B Prowler, and he will be leaving very soon to go to the Middle East as well.... Ann Our thoughts and prayers go with John and Sean, and heres hoping the war in Iraq is over before they get there.
11. A CELEBRATION OF LATE BLOOMERS. Prill Boyle, wife of Mike Boyle (ORC 69), has just had published her book Defying Gravity - A Celebration of Late Blooming Women. Best-selling author Jeanne Ray noted in her review of Prills book: Defying Gravity is a beautifully worked mosaic of true stories about women whose successes came much later in life than we would anticipate. This is an inspirational, exciting book that reminds us we are never too old to make a difference, take a chance, craft a change. Sounds like stories all of us card-carrying AARP members would enjoy reading! (Prills book is available on amazon.com, and details are available at prillboyle.com.) Congratulations to Prill, and to all you late-bloomers out there!
12. YEARBOOKS AVAILABLE. The Foundation has a number of yearbooks from 1991 and 1999 available for $20 each (which includes the shipping costs). Just send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if youd like one.
13. SEEKING LOST HORNET. I received this email from Tony Artiola (78): Hi Henry: I graduated with the great Class of 1978. ... I went to the University of South Florida in Tampa right out of high school, and have lived in Florida ever since. For the last 20 years I have lived in Gulf Breeze, FL which is across the bay from Pensacola. It's paradise to me. I have been back to all the class reunions we have had, and still keep in touch with a few friends up there, but I have never seen of heard of Walter Wood. He was a good friend back then and I would like to hear from him. Could you please pass this along through an e-Notice perhaps, and if anyone has any information about Walter they could call me at 850-501-0016, or e‑mail me at email@example.com. Thanks, Tony
HORNETS PHOTOS FEATURED IN SHOW. I received this email from
Jeannine Johnson Dugan (89): Hi Henry: Just wanted to pass along some
news - I will have four pieces of artwork included in a show in
Baltimore that will open on July 8. The show is titled "A View From
Here: Mid-Atlantic Images" and I believe will feature about 50
mixed-media pieces. (My artwork is photography.) The show is at
Bandaloops, a restaurant in the Federal Hill District at 1024 South
Charles Street. The show runs from July 8 - September 15. I'll be at the
opening on July 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., so if there are any Surratts
grads in the Baltimore area who can make it up, I'd love to see them.
Best of luck to this latest in a long line of Hornet artists with her upcoming show!
15. ANNUAL RIDE A GREAT TIME FOR ALL. Last Sunday, the Foundation hosted its fifth annual Motorcycle Ride, this time to Annapolis via the back roads of P.G. and Anne Arundel Counties. Although the Ride was the shortest so far, the weather was absolutely perfect for the 11 bikes participating and a splendid time was had by all. Gerald Pickeral, Building Superintendent at the School and former Foundation Achievement Award recipient, served as Honorary Grand Marshall for the Ride. (Next years Ride will leave for Pt. Lookout at 10 a.m. on Sunday June 26, 2005.)
I hope you are all enjoying the first days of Summer
Best regards, Henry Smith (71), firstname.lastname@example.org
EDMOND BASTEK, father of Ron (68) and Debbie (71), died in June and will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery after a ceremony on August 2, 2004 at 12:45 p.m. in the Arlington National Cemetery Chapel. Mr. Bastek was a career Air Force officer and civil servant. He graduated from the University of MD with a BA and MS and taught evening classes for over 20 years. Mr. Bastek lived in Clinton for 40 years and was very instrumental in the resurrection of the Mary Surratt House and its furnishings. Donations may be made to the Hospice of St. Mary's County, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.
ARTHUR MORRIS SAVAGE, husband of Debbie Johnson Savage (73) died on June 2. Morris was remembered in an article was in the Maryland Independent. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 399, La Plata, MD 20646.
2004 FOUNDATION ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DONORS
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Bob Marr (71)
Bill Harris (71), in Memory of Debbie Harris (71)
Jeanine Carroll Maclary (73), In Memory of James R. Carroll, Jr. (74)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57), In Memory of William J. (Bill) Burke (57)
Ed Jaffe (65)