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Hello Hornets!

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1. SURRATTS ALUMNI PROMINENTLY FEATURED IN WASHINGTONIAN. It was a great month for Surrattsville in the December 2004 Washingtonian magazine.

First, Kevin Fitzgerald (71), who received the Foundation's Alumni Achievement Award in 2003, was featured in a four-page article, with several beautiful photos of some of Kevin's paintings and a great full-page photo of Kevin himself. (Wife Wendy Haffer Fitzgerald (77) gets a very nice mention, too!) The article raves about Kevin's work, identifies some of his famous patrons, and refers to Kevin as "a thinking man's painter". Congratulations to Kevin on this very nice article!

Second, perhaps the highest ranking woman in professional sports, Susan O'Malley (79), the first woman president of an NBA franchise and now head of Abe Pollin's MCI Center and sports and entertainment company, is featured in a full-page article, with a great photo and an introductory reference to Susan's Surrattsville roots! In the article, Susan notes that she's a history buff, currently reading a John Adams biography and fascinated by the Thomas Jefferson story. Must've been all that proximity-to-history, viewing the Surratt House out her U.S. history class window at Surrattsville! Congratulations to Susan on her extraordinary achievements and this very nice article!

2. DIRECTORY TAKING SHAPE. Please don't forget to send to Leslie St.
Clair (70),, your Alumni/Staff Directory info in the following format, with "Alumni Directory Info" in the subject line of your email:

Graduation Year (or years on faculty/staff):
Full Name at Surratts:
Full Name Now:
Street Address:
City, State, Zip:
Home Phone:
Work Phone:
Email Address:
Update (30 words or less):

Remember: the Directory is being re-done from scratch this year, so you'll need to re-submit to Leslie now if you were in the 2000 Directory and would like to remain in the 2005 Directory.

3. CLASS OF 27 PHOTO ON WEB SITE. Many thanks to Sandy Lyon (66) for sending the extraordinary photo of the Class of 27 that is now on the web site at The photo features Sandy's Mom, Alice S. Evans. There are also a number of other great new photos on the web site, thanks to our web master, Mike Gifford (84).

4. MEASURE YOUR MARYLAND HERITAGE. The following items were sent in by Fred Keeney (73). Especially those of you who have moved away might get a kick out of seeing how much of the Old Line State is still in you.
"You know you are from Maryland when:

  • You refer to your state as "Merlin".

  • You know more than 10 people who own boats and they all park them at the same marina.

  • You can pronounce and spell "Pocomoke," "Mattaponi," "Accokeek," and "Havre de Grace".

  • You pronounce "Bowie" BOO-ie not BOW-ie or BAUW-ie.

  • One hour is an easy commute to work.

  • You have more than three recipes for crab cakes.

  • French fries just don't taste right without Old Bay.

  • There are more than two crab places in your town.

  • Even your high school cafeteria made good crab cakes.

  • You call all turtles "terrapins".

  • You shop at Hecht's.

  • You still call Six Flags America "Adventure World", or even "Wild World".

  • You can tell the difference between the smells of septic and marsh.

  • You not only know how to eat hard crabs but you also know how to catch them, cook them and tell the males from the females.

  • You don't think that Assawoman Bay is a strange name for a body of water.

  • M R Ducks makes perfect sense.

  • You think of dumplings as wet slippery squares of boiled dough.

  • You and your boss take off of work when the fish are running or the ducks are flying in.

  • You'll never understand why tourists come to DC.

  • When in Florida, you can only laugh when you see signs saying "Real Maryland Blue Crab Cakes!"

  • You color with "Crowns", take a "Share" with "Wooter" and think the president lives in "Warshentin."

  • Your whole family lives within a 200 mile radius of your town.

  • At least one man in your family is a waterman.

  • You plan for "The Festival" a year in advance.

  • During the summer, you spend more time in Ocean City than at home.

5. MEMORIES OF AM RADIO. Fred Keeney (73) also sent along these link to web sites featuring some great memories from two of the most popular AM radio stations in the history of Surrattsville:  and

6. 2004 CAMPAIGN EXTENDED. Many thanks to the many donors listed below who have contributed to the Foundation's 2004 Annual Campaign. To ensure that we reach our goal of replenishing the Foundation's scholarship funds, we'll keep the 2004 Campaign open for another month. Thanks in advance for considering a contribution to this great cause. (A donor form is included below and can be printed off the web site at

7. UPDATE ON JUNE 2005 EVENTS. Tickets continue to sell like proverbial hot cakes (or, perhaps, crab cakes) for all of the June 2005 events.  There's a great representation of faculty and staff, and of alumni across all eras. A ticket order form is reprinted below, and can be printed off the web site at

8. 73 YEARBOOK SOUGHT. Constance Swetich (73),, is seeking a copy of the 73 yearbook. Does anyone have any information that might help her?

9. PENTIUM III COMPUTERS NEEDED. Once again, the Foundation has been asked to provide some badly needed computer equipment for the School. Currently, the School is in need of Pentium III (or higher) computers for science and other rooms. Might anyone have a line on how the Foundation can arrange for the donation of such computers?

10. THANKS TO OUR SOLDIERS. I received this email from proud military mom and military family member, Sheri Poehl Vanek (71): "Hi Henry: Just another tidbit of news. My daughter, Julie, is in the USAF and is a military police person, serving at Osan AFB, South Korea. She has been there for seven months, and will probably be there for several more months. Although it is not Iraq, it is still a combat zone. I counted up all of my family members from the previous generation, our generation, and my children's generation, and I came up with over 25 relatives who have served in the military. I believe that the only branch that we missed was the Coast Guard. My nephew, Joel Millwee, is currently in the Navy. His mother is Amy Poehl Nicholson (72). He gets deployed frequently for weeks at a time. We're never sure of where he goes, but we can guess. Sheri"

We extend our heartfelt and humble thanks to all of those members of the greater Surrattsville family who are serving, or who have served, our country in the U.S. military.

11. SEEKING LOST HORNET. Al Greenup (63),, is trying to locate Bill Samuelson (63). Please contact Al if you have any information that might be helpful.

12. CLASSES OF 70, 71, 72 AND SURROUNDING REUNION. Sandra Gwynn Martin
(72 ORC),, and Kathy Thompson (72),, are attempting to contact members of the Class of 72 in advance of the June events. Please drop them an email if you have any information on Class of 72 members. Sandy and Kathy are reminding their classmates that they are cordially invited to attend the Classes of 70 and 71 (and Surrounding Classes) Reunion to be held Friday night June 24, and being organized by Leslie St. Clair (70), Please contact Leslie if you have any questions about this "Classes-Specific"
Reunion, and an order form for tickets for this Reunion is reprinted below.

13. HORNET HELPS BRING HOLIDAY CHEER. Channel 9 WUSA in D.C. featured a nice story on December 16 and 17 about Debbie Long's (71) efforts over the last 11 years to coordinate the Angel Tree Program that brings holiday gifts to needy children. A summary of the story appears at  Congratulations to Debbie and her colleagues for their efforts in connection with this wonderful program.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2005! Henry Smith (71),


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)
Paul Monaghan (59)
Melissa Gilcrest (69), In Memory of Allen M. Gilcrest (64)
Steve Profilet (71)
The Class of 1956
Henry Smith (71)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Richard Neilan (82), In Memory of Charlie Waddell
Carolyn Sepesy Trickett (77), In Memory of Charlie Waddell
Ellen Talbert Miller (61; Faculty/Administrator 66-98)
Dan Bayne (71), In Memory of Charlie Waddell
Patrick McMenamin (70)
Anon, In Memory of Col. F. R. O'Clair
Carrie Jessee Loftus (69), In Memory of Robert "Bobby" Jessee (71)
Richard Scott McWhirt (71)
Mike Gifford (84)
Denise Hope (72)
Christine Spell Buckingham (70), In Memory of Bill Dare, fellow Surratts Singer
Nancy Oursler Maynard (65), In Memory of her Dad,
Griffith "Buzzy" Oursler (35)
Shelley Wilson Block (68)
Barbara "Bobbi" Misiewicz Bailey (63)
Robert Kane (68)
Sherri Koch Gay (71)