THIS IS SURRATTS
FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2006-7 OF JULY 1, 2006
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. CLASS OF 66 REUNION PLANS.
The Class of 66 is finalizing its 40th Reunion plans for the weekend
of September 29 - October, 2006. The reunion dinner/dance will
be on September 30, 2006 at the Solomon's Holiday Inn. Please
contact Norman Myers at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have
any information on Class of 66 grads or their family members.
(The Class also has a website site at
www.surratts66.com where you can
update your contact information and get more information about the
2. FOUND RING SPURS OTHER
THOUGHTS. In response to the
still-unclaimed Class of 71 ring found in an elementary school
playground in Heidelberg Germany, I received these other emails:
"Hey Henry: I was reading about the lost class rings and
thought I would write a short note on mine. It was lost in
Civista Hospital many years ago, but I just thought I would ask.
It has the green flat stone with an S under it, 73 on the side and
my name inside it. If anybody hears anything on it I would
very much appreciate the info. Thanks gang, Debbie Watson
"Dear Henry: I have great interest in the story of the lost
Hornet insignia ring. Mine too, has gotten away from me, and
although I initially knew where it went, I feel it may be lying in a
swamp in South Vietnam, but do not know for certain. At any rate, if
it should ever turn up, it has the blue stone with the crest, and
the PAB initials inside. It is from the grad year1968. For some
reason I find I have been thinking of it often lately. Sincere
regards, Pamela Buckingham (68),
3. UPDATE ON SURRATTSTOCK
MUSICIAN'S PERFORMANCE IN ITALY.
As previously reported, Surrattstock performer Don Stapleson (72)
recently led workshops and performed solo and with ensembles at the
Alba, Italy Music Festival. The Festival has a link at
with Don featured blowing sax in the upper left corner of the front
page! We've also added that great photo to the Photos page of
the Foundation's web site at
Congratulations to Don on these great international experiences!
4. ... AND SPEAKING OF SURRATTSTOCK
performers Ray Gibb (72), Richard Clifton (72), John Previti (72),
Roger Owens (73), Reggie Graham (72) and Tom Maddox (72) performed
at the Colony South Hotel over the June 9 and 10 weekend. A
number of Hornets were in attendance to enjoy this reunion of very
talented Surrattsville musicians.
4. WPGC LEGEND LIVES ON/CLINTON
HISTORY INFO. The Foundation's
unofficial internet spotter, Wayne Tatum (74), sent these web links
that might be of interest to you history buffs out there.
5. TANGLEWOOD MEMORIES (AND
PHOTOS). For some time, we've
featured some interior photos of Tanglewood Elementary on the web
Thanks to Charlie Rodgers (70), there's now an additional, exterior
shot of Tanglewood on the site. Charlie also shared these
sweet memories of a simpler time: "Henry: I appreciate the
photographs of Tanglewood's interior on the web site. A few years
back I took this photo of the playground area. We were still
attending the school when the playground equipment in the far back
was installed. None of the basketball hoops in this photo were
there when we were. There were two
high baskets that even we could stuff. The softball field is
out of view here. There was a backstop to the far left.
Tanglewood was the center of our neighborhood pickup sports.
We likely spent more time at the school playing sports than during
our six years of actual elementary school attendance.
In college I wrote a cultural anthropology paper about our culture
of pickup sports over the years. How the culture changed from our
trying to make the the tough decisions at to whether we would play
professional baseball or football, to years later just trying to
make time from our family, wife, and kids to play a single game
during Thanksgiving break when most of our childhood friends would
return home from across the country. We would head home, drop our
books (and homework!) and go right back up to the school to play
softball, football, or basketball. One family of softball
pitchers holds a unique record. Wayne, Harvey and Larry
Mullings were pitchers in our summer playground games. Over a
span of eight or so years I saw each of them throw a wild pitch that
cleared the backstop. I believe Wayne was of the Surrattsville class
of 1964? Harvey was in the class of 1969. Larry was likely in
the class of 1973? Charlie"
6. FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOR the
50-10 CROWD. This interesting
article by Norman Carmichael (65) recently appeared in the Columbus
Dispatch on June 24, 2006. I'm sure many of us can relate!
"Numbering comes of age for 50-plus or -minus:
Ive never really worried about my age. It has always just
seemed to fit. And the guy looking back at me from the mirror
doesnt scare me. I was OK with reaching 40 and even 50, never
bemoaning or lamenting my advancing age as so many people seem to
or, at least, as the milestone birthday cards tell us we should.
Both were so innocuous that I didnt mind them.
sight now, I admit feeling some trepidation. I mean, when you
hear a news announcer say, So-and-so, a 60-yearold driver from . .
. ," you dont think of a sharp, vibrant, active person, do you?
Of course you dont. I was discussing the matter with my son
the other day when his wife, in the background, came up with a
perfect solution for those baby boomers who are readjusting their
views of themselves. "He is not going to be 60," she said plainly.
"He is going to be 50-10." Brilliant, isnt it?
Like the French system of numbering, which uses 60 as a base for the
two decades after (75 isnt 75; its soixantedix-cinq, or 60-15),
this idea uses a convenient base one with which most people in my
generation are comfortable. Forget the "50 is the new 40"
malarkey. Most of us were just fine with 50 being 50. Yet 60
is a different animal.
Now, we neednt worry: We can be 50-10, 50-12, even 50-25 without
crossing into 60 territory. What a psychological breakthrough!
Given that were living longer, more healthful lives, such a
numbering system makes sense. But why stop there? I am
fortunate enough to have an excellent general practitioner who helps
me take good care of myself. The problem: He is much younger
than I am almost too much younger. With a new 50-plus
system, he becomes, instead of 44 (a guess), 50-minus-6.
He and I are on the same base line. How delicious: no more old
fogies or young upstarts. After 39 (there must be some
progression toward 50, or our kids will live with us forever), we
all become 50-somethings. Whether the "something" is a
positive or negative number is irrelevant. Were all the same
age kind of.
My sons, ages 32 and 28, will keep counting upward until they hit
40, when they will be my age sort of. Cant you envision how
neat that will be? Members of Congress are always looking for
headlinegrabbing causes, especially ones that affect a large and
voterfilled demographic such as boomers. Marriage and
flag-burning amendments seem to have fallen flat, creating as much,
or more, anger as they do support. Prohibition upset more
people than it excited. And how can English be the official
language when even those who use it dont speak it very "good"?
This cause, though, would have few opponents. A constitutional
amendment changing how we number ages would pass Congress and two
thirds of the state legislatures in record time. You know it
would. So Im starting my campaign right away.
After my nap."
I hope you're all having a great start to your Summers!
All the best, Henry Smith (71),
WALT TATUM (70) passed away on June 17 in
Hansville, Washington. He had a kidney transplant in the
mid-nineties, suffered from health problems in recent years, and
died of congestive heart failure. He is survived by his son
Brad, ex-wife Cheryl, and the Tatum clan: Madeline, Bill, Wayne and
Susan, and mother Beverly Simpson. Walt worked as a contractor
for home construction and owner of Tatum Construction and
Enterprises in Alaska. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, guitar playing
and the Alaskan outdoors. He also enjoyed spending time with his
friends in Alaska. Memorial donations should be made to the
Northwest Kidney Centers Foundation.
GLENN MARTIN (76) passed away on June 29, 2006 in
a work accident. He is survived by his wife Stephanie Wood
Martin (74), his sister Laurie Martin Roberts (74), and other family
members. Glenn was a great supporter of, and volunteer at,
Foundation activities. On Thursday, July 6, from 2-4 p.m. and
6-8 p.m., there will be viewings at the Lee Funeral Home in Calvert
County, MD. On Friday, July 7, at 10 a.m.,
there will be a service at Lee Funeral Home in Calvert County, MD.
On Friday, July 7, at 5 p.m., there will be an internment in
Kilmarnick, VA. The family may be contacted through Laurie at
MANY THANKS TO THESE 2006 CAMPAIGN
Steve Profilet (71)
Carol Tisdale Whitsell (64), In loving memory of her sister Jeanne
Vivian Bounds Edelen (Faculty, 1938-1942)
Robert Brewer (67)
Henry Smith (71)
Donna Rae Smith (70)
Bill Harris (71)
Patricia Becker Oles (71)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)