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Hello Hornets!

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1.  ANOTHER HORNET MUSICIAN SHINES.  My brother, Bill Smith (73), passed along to me a February 21 Washington Post story noting that the great Surratts guitarist, Dave Chappell (73), practically swept this year's Washington Area Music Awards (also known as the "Wammies").  In the words of the Post, "Guitar whiz Dave Chappell and the bewitching singer and songwriter Lisa Moscatiello took home the night's biggest hauls with four awards apiece, including two of the most significant: musician of the year for Chappell and album of the year for Moscatiello's 'Trouble From the Start'.  Chappell was named best rock instrumentalist, best roots rock instrumentalist and best children's music instrumentalist in voting by the WAMA membership. He is also a member of the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, which won best rock group/duo.  The awards came so fast and furious for Chappell, he didn't even know he'd won five until somebody asked him if he was taking the rest of the year off to celebrate his haul. 'I'm flattered and humbled,' he said. 'I guess it was just my lucky night.'"

There was definitely something musical in the water at Surrattsville during those golden years from the late 50s through the 70s!  Congratulations to Dave on this extraordinary evening!

2.  AND SPEAKING OF HORNET MUSICIANS.  I received this email about another great Hornet musician from Bob Marr (71): "Hi Henry: Just thought youd like a point of interest.  My son subscribes to Classical Singer magazine (hes currently singing with the Sarasota Opera young artists program), and the cover of this months issue features the famous Surrattsville-ite, Gordon Hawkins (76).  Its a nice article, but I havent found it yet on the web site,  Bob"

Congratulations to Gordon on this nice press!

[Ed Note: Both Gordon and Bob have been honored with the Foundation's Achievement Award.  Information about these two Hornets can be found on the web site at]

3.  HORNET SEEKS YEARBOOKS.  Tammy Osbourn Phair is looking for copies of the 76, 77 and 78 Boomerangs.  If anyone has any leads, please contact Tammy at

4.  SURRATT DESCENDANT SEEKS INFO.  I recently received a fascinating email from Clint Surratt, a Dallas Forth Worth area history teacher and football coach, and a relative of John Harrison Surratt (Mary Surratts husband).  John's great, great grandfather, and Clint's "7 x great grandfather" are the same person.  Clint is the 10th generation of Surratt living in America.  As part of his genealogy research, he's trying to gather information on the history of Surrattsville School.  If anyone has any information or leads that might help Clint, please contact him at

5.  CLASS OF 86 REUNION.  I received this email from Laurie Peters Williams (86): Hi Henry:  I was wondering if you could put an announcement in your next e-Notice for us.  We held a vote for our reunion location and Solomons Island, MD won.  The Class of 1986 reunion will be held Saturday September 16th, 2006 at the Holiday Inn in Solomons from 6 to 10 p.m..  Please contact contact me at, or Kelly Allard at, for ticket information. Thank you for your help, Laurie

6.  CLASS OF 67 ALUM SEEKS SCHOOLMATES.  I received this very thoughtful, and very nice, email from Bob Oechsler (67): "G'day Henry: Always look forward to missives from the masses at Surratts. Thought I would take a moment to let you know that so many of us read your news updates, every line really. Since we all have our roots there at good ole Surrattsville High, I'm a bit embarrassed that we hear so little from my Class of 1967.  Many of us are Veterans and survivors of the somewhat unpopular war referred to as Viet Nam.  Seeing so much of what has gone on in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the horrors of September 11th, 2001, it brings back some of the more hurtful memories of what life was like for us upon return from Southeast Asia back in the late 60s and early 70s and how all of that has affected our lives these many years.  I remember coming home to ridicule and taunting as a skin-head, long before the term became popularized in Europe for deeds far from what we were involved in.  While some of my peers took off for Canada and evaded the draft, many of us completed our service to this great nation.  Only to lose four years of our lives as we felt the chip on our shoulder for many more having been sort of left behind as it were.  But through it all we survived, and the nation has survived and what you bring to us through this wonderful medium Henry is a chance to keep in touch.  And I thank you most heartfelt for that service you provide to all of us.  Please be kind enough to include my email address in your next posting in order that my surviving classmates from 1967 may have yet another chance to catch up with me again.  Keep up the great work.  Cheers, Bob Oechsler  (67),"

Here's hoping that Bob's email will put him in touch with some members of the great Class of 67, and perhaps with some other Hornets who served in Viet Nam during that very trying period in our history.

7.  SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY!  I'm very proud to report that one of the Foundation's first scholarship recipients, Christina Morse (01) graduated from Towson University last May and is teaching kindergarten in the Prince George's County system, at Patuxent Elementary School. We're really proud of all of Christina's achievements, and particularly of her decision to "come back home" to teach!

8.  CLASS OF 66 WEB SITE AND REUNION.  The great Class of 66 has now joined the great Class of 65 (and perhaps others?) by establishing its own web site at  The Class also is planning its 40th reunion this year during the weekend of September 30 - October1, and information is available on their web site.  (You can contact the Class of 66 ORCs through the "Classes" link on the web site at

I hope this finds you well, and staying warm this winter!

Henry Smith (71),


Steve Profilet (71)
Carol Tisdale Whitsell (64), In loving memory of her sister Jeanne Tisdale Burke
Vivian Bounds Edelen (Faculty, 1938-1942)


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