THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2006-5 OF MAY 1, 2006
Here are some items that may be of interest:
1. (FEWER THAN) SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION. I imagine some of you newshounds may have noticed that, back-to-back during the CBS Sunday Morning show on April 23 were: (1) a piece on the new book titled "Manhunt" about the hunt for John Wilkes Booth after the Lincoln assassination that prominently featured the Surratt's Tavern; and (2) a preview of "Into the Night" starring Achievement Award recipient and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (76)!
2. AND SPEAKING OF THE SURRATT'S TAVERN.... Diane Day (71) tipped me off to this web site that might be of interest to you history buffs: www.surratt.org. It's loaded with information about the Surratt Museum and related organizations.
3. I'M NOT MAKING THIS UP! And, speaking of newshounds, the following item from the msnbc website was forwarded to me by Surrattstock visionary and performer Neal Dawson (73): "NBC News - Updated: 2:54 p.m. ET April 27, 2006 - ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE - Two large cats resembling cougars were spotted at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Thursday, and a search was on for the potentially dangerous animals, NBC News reported. A black cat jumped over the bases fence, but a brown one was still believed to be on the property, according to witness accounts. Animal control officials had not confirmed the species of the animals, which were seen near the base commissary and housing area. Andrews Air Force Base is home to Air Force One, the president's plane, and is in Prince Georges County, MD. In addition to ground personnel, the 1st Helicopter Squadron was called in to look for the animals from the air. Officials alerted neighborhood schools to be very careful.
I imagine this was big news at Surrattsville on the 27th!
4. TOO TRUE! And, I also received this provocative commentary on the times from Neal Dawson (73) : You Know You Are Living in 2006 When:
1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of four.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.
[Ed. Note: Despite how nerve-wracking all this technology can be, at least it permitted us to create this little cyber-hometown that we all seem to enjoy!]
5. SEEKING LOST HORNET. Margaret Van de Ree (69), firstname.lastname@example.org, is seeking information on Cathy Church (68), who lived on Woodley Road at one time. Please contact Margaret if you have any information about Cathy.
6. SURRATTSTOCK PERFORMER TO PERFORM IN ITALY. I've just learned that Surrattstock performer, and St. Mary's College of MD woodwinds professor, Don Stapleson (72) will be performing at the Alba/USA Music festival this year. (Don also performed at last year's festival.) As part of the festival, he'll be giving three master classes on jazz improvisation, directing two performances by the St. Mary's College of Maryland Jazz Combo, and playing as the featured performer in two concerts.
[Ed. Note: Something tells me Don likely won't be performing any of those great Ian Anderson/Chris Wood/Steve Winwood parts we loved hearing him play so much back at Teen Club!]
7. MORE MEMORIES FROM THOSE HALCYON DAYS. The reminiscences of unofficial memoirist John Curry (60) prompted these recollections by Tim Smith (77): "Hi Henry: I got a good one. One day, Rick Lowen and I were gathering bottles on Piscataway Road in front of the School. And low and behold right there in the tall grass was an old drunk, stiff as a board. This old fellow drank himself to death. It did scare the %#*@^ out of us when we realized he was dead. That was about 1970. I see my old pal now and then, and it is amazing about all the stuff we saw and did back in the good old days. (I used to pick up bottles on that road for two cents each, and then me and Ricky would take our findings to the new High's the one by the new water tower -- and trade them for lots of candy and slim jims. That was in the late 60. We did have the best of times. My kids say I should write a book about the stuff we saw and did. Remember the Watermelon Feast? Every year the locals in Surratts Gardens gathered at the torcher-track you know, the old bike trail with daredevil jumps that was located between the School entrance and the entrance to Surratts Gardens. That was good community fun. We really had it good back then. And we didnt even know it. Tim"
8. CLASS OF 98 SEEKS REUNION COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS. Tonya Garrett Lee (98), TAGL322@yahoo.com, is seeking volunteers to assist in planning the Class of 98 ten year reunion coming up in 2008. If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to Tonya.
9. HORNET HORSEMAN ORGANIZES INTERESTING EVENT. ... and speaking of our unofficial memoirist, John Curry (60), email@example.com, informed me that he is helping to set-up a very interesting horse race with some of his Kansas friends. John reports that "there are two web sites that explain the event, www.sfthorserace.com, and www.kansascity.com (this will get you to the Kansas City News Paper site, then enter Horse Race in the search window on that page and the March 27, 2006 article will be presented.)" I'll bet this will be of interest to some of you equestrians, and history buffs, out there.
Here's hoping you're all having a wonderful Spring!
All the best, Henry Smith (71), firstname.lastname@example.org
MANY THANKS TO THESE 2006 CAMPAIGN DONORS!
Steve Profilet (71)
Carol Tisdale Whitsell (64), In loving memory of her sister Jeanne Tisdale Burke
Vivian Bounds Edelen (Faculty, 1938-1942)
Robert Brewer (67)
Henry Smith (71)
Donna Rae Smith (70)