THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2007-4 OF APRIL 1, 2007
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. PROUD HORNET PARENTS.
I recently learned that Jillian King, daughter of Tony (74) and Kim
Ellis (76) King, is a production assistant for the very popular
Rachael Ray Show in New York. (Jillian, like a number of
Hornets and a number of Hollywood-types see, for example, Greg
Garcia and Debra Monk -- is a Frostburg grad.) Congratulations
to Jillian, and her proud parents!
2. CLASS OF 57 REUNION PLANS.
The Class of 1957 is having its 50th reunion the weekend of
September 28, 2007 in the Solomons Island area. If you have any
information on the following 57 grads, please contact Rick Pope at
email@example.com: Loretta Jo
Alsup, Claude Brooks, Adele Brown Morrow, Gail Brown Scott, Frank
Burke, Carla Field and Patricia Gibbs Pilcher. Also, remember
to send your Reunion reservations to June Sellner Payne by May 1.
3. CLASS OF 62 REUNION PLANS.
The Class of 62 is planning its 45th Reunion at the Baltimore Inner
Harbor on September 21, 22, and 23. The Reunion Committee is
in the process of selecting the hotel and collecting deposit monies.
For further information contact Len Owens
(919-467-3615/443-206-2567), Terry Buckley Osman
(410-586-3911/410-320-2668), Nancy and Claude Revis
(301-441-2771/240-375-6006), Claudia Absher Sladek (303-814-0220),
or Jerry Spence (301-843-9509/240-216-0189).
4. UPDATE ON FORMER SURRATTS
GARDENS RESIDENT SEEKING INFO ON FORMER NEIGHBORS.
In the last e-Notice, I failed to include the email address of Becky
Hann Griffin (78), who is attempting to contact some of her old
neighbors from Surratts Gardens. Becky's email is
firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd
like to reach out to her.
5. GOATMAN IN PRINT.
I received this email from Greg Laxton (80): "Hey Henry: Here's some
fodder for the next e-Notice. Mark Opsasnick, the "Capitol
Rock" book author, has released "The Maryland Bigfoot Digest" --
with coverage of the legendary Goatman and Crybaby Bridge.
Here's the link:
While you're at it, check out the book link on his homepage
www.capitolrock.com. He has a
few PG County-related books. The Cultural Badlands Tour was
pretty cool; I had no idea that there were so many books written
about and movies filmed in PG County. Hope all's well on your
6. AND GOATMAN FUN.
I received this email from Melissa Rehl (68): "Hi Henry: Regarding
Goatman: I remember Ron Bastek, Niky Lacey, Gerda Willkom and
others crammed in Ron's little black Comet roaming the vicinity for
Goatman - sometime until the wee hours of the morning. We all
made it a monthly excursion. When I remember back, we were really
stupid, but those were the good old days. We never actually saw
Goatman, but had so much fun "chasing" him on the back roads.
Wouldn't dare do that now! Melissa"
7. DON'T FORGET TO GENERATE
DONATIONS TO THE FOUNDATION WHILE SEARCHING THE WEB.
Please don't forget to set your web browser home page to the
Yahoo-powered search engine, goodsearch.com, that generates
donations to charitable organizations designated by its users.
You'll need to indicate "The Surrattsville High School Foundation,
Inc." as your designated charity (and I note on Microsoft Explorer
that I need to re-set it from time to time because it doesn't always
remember it). This sounds like a painless way for each of us
to increase the Foundation's fund raising efforts by simply making a
small change to the way we do something many of us do each day web
Here are the details. Go to
the indicated box, designate The Surrattsville High School
Foundation, Inc. as the charity to receive donations from
goodsearch's advertisers each time you search the web. Then
use goodsearch.com to do your web searching. (You designate
goodsearch.com as your homepage on your computer by going to
Thanks for considering changing the way you search the web to
generate donations to the Foundation. (Goodsearch.com reports
that if 1,000 Foundation supporters search the web twice a day,
$7300 in donations will be generated for the Foundation each year!)
8. NEWS FROM HARD-HIT
ENTERPRISE, ALABAMA. I
received this email from Lee Gleisburg (78): "Hi Henry: My
sisters, Cindy Gleisberg (79) and Cathy Gleisberg (Friendly Class of
85) both live in Enterprise, Alabama. Cindy's oldest daughter
Cassie was in the front part of the Enterprise High School when the
tornado hit. She was terrified but came through safe. As
you have seen in the news, others did not. Cathy is building
her first "wheel chair" friendly home in Enterprise as a result of
my mother's passing last year. Fortunately, her house was
unscathed although the neighboring subdivision was not spared.
Cindy's other daughter, Katie, husband Richard, Cassie and Katie's
father Scott and other relatives and friends made it through also.
We are all so grateful to have been blessed with their survival and
for the outpouring of concern from friends and family abroad.
Henry, can you let the SHS world know they are okay? Thanks so much!
Lee Gleisberg (78)"
[We're relieved to hear that the Gleisberg family made it through
that terrible tragedy okay.]
9. AND SPEAKING OF TERRIBLE
STORMS. I received this email
from Ann Weaver Pelle (71), who lives in The Villages in Central
Florida, another area recently hit hard by strong storms: "Dear
Henry: I am just getting a chance to email you a few really cute
pictures that were taken from our "Tornado Fundraiser"! Two of
them are Johnny Tillitson (singer of "Poetry in Motion", etc) and me
-- then two of one of our all time favorites, Gary Puckett! I have
been so happy to be able to work with legends of our time-----hello
--- just being a little Twirler girl!. Our Twirlers group is
just a lot of very nice 53+ (me) ladies working very hard and being
so grateful to be in places we have never been before. I have
45 in my total big group that I run, and our Show Team (doing 28
shows a year) have 10 girls in it! We range in age from
53 to 74; bet you would never guess who that is (lol)! Spring
and Fall are very hard on us both physically and mentally ok, we
are just trying to remember each different routine. I
guess that we may live very long because of this (lol). Love,
[Ed. Note: There are some great photos of Ann's Twirler's group, and
two great ones of Ann with Johnny Tillitson and Gary Puckette, on
the Foundation's web site at
10. FOLLOW-UP ON MUSICAL
MEMORIES STORY. I received
this great email from Karen Allen Dotson (79): "Hi Henry: I
just read the March e-Notice. I shared the story about the
musical memories of an elementary school with my father. The
PE teacher, Mr. Allen, listed in that memory is my father. He
really enjoyed hearing the story and remembers all of those
students. He told me that 1968 was his first year teaching at
Walden Woods. He said the school was so new they didn't even
have grass on the field yet. He also remembered the song
mentioned by Cheryl. My father has been retired for some time
now. He lives next door to me in Florida. My dad truly
loved teaching. He had opportunities to move up into
administration but he always preferred the classroom (or in his case
the multi-purpose room or gym) to an office. Karen"
11. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINEES
SOUGHT. As we do each year,
we're asking you to help us identify nominees for the Foundation's
Annual Achievement Awards. Each year since its inception, the
Foundation has had the privilege to honor members of the
Surrattsville community who have distinguished themselves with great
works in their various fields of endeavor. Bios of past years'
outstanding Achievement Award recipients can be found on the
Foundation's web site at
Please send me an email at
email@example.com if you know
of an accomplished Hornet who should be considered for this year's
12. HORNET PRODUCES COMEDY SHOW.
I just learned that Sarina Bassard Marshall (90) is one of the
producers of a comedy show to be held at Baltimore's beautiful
Center Stage on April 20. The show, entitled "The Laugh Til U
Drop Comedy All-Stars", will be a live DVD taping, and features some
of the hottest rising comedians from B.E.T. Comic View. (Sarina
can be reached at 202-415-5786.) Sarina is one of the many
Hornets finding their way to the entertainment business.
Best of luck to Sarina on this upcoming show!
13. A MEMORY TEST.
I received this memory test for me and some of more "senior" readers
form R. C. Green (63 and Former Faculty):
a. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the
sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, "Who was that masked man?"
Invariably, someone would answer, "I don't know, but he left this
behind." What did he leave behind?
b. When the Beatles first came to the U.S. in early 1964, we
all watched them on what show.
c. "Get your kicks, ___________________."
d. "The story you are about to see is true. The names have been
e. "In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ________________."
f. After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we "danced"
under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance
called the "_____________."
g. "N_E_S_T_L_E_S", Nestle's makes the very best.......
h. Satchmo was America 's "Ambassador of Goodwill." Our
parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was
i. What takes a licking and keeps on
j. Red Skelton's hobo character was named __________________ and Red
always ended his television show by saying, "Good Night, and
k. Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning
l. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in
the front was called the VW . What other names did it go by?
____________ & _______________.
m. In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, "the day the music
died." This was a tribute to ___________________.
n. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The
Russians did it. It was called ___________________.
o. One of the big fads of the late 50's and 60's was a large plastic
ring that we twirled around our waist. It was called the
a. The Lone Ranger left behind a silver bullet.
b. The Ed Sullivan Show
c. On Route 66
d. To protect the innocent.
e. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
f. The limbo
h. Louis Armstrong
i. The Timex watch
j. Freddy, The Freeloader,and "Good Night,and may God Bless."
k. Draft cards
l. Beetle or Bug
m. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper
14. SURRATTS MILITARY REGISTRY.
We received this great idea from B. J. Brewer Black (72),
Henry: Does a list exist somewhere of our fellow Surratts
grads who have served our country in the military? Just
wondering. It would be a nice gesture to honor them in some
way. If no such list exists, I would be more than happy to try
and compile one for future publication in an e-Notice? I just
need a messenger. Thanks, B.J."
If you served in the military, please send B. J. an email with your
service history so she can compile this important archive document
for the Foundation to honor those Hornets who have served.
15. CLASS OF 88 REUNION
PLANNING. Ameena Ali (formerly
has begun working on the Class of 88's Reunion planning. Please
contact Ameena by email or phone at 517-787-6055 to make sure she
has your current contact information and to get information about
16. MORE MEMORIES OF THOSE
HALCYON DAYS. Here's the
latest in the series of fascinating memories from our Unofficial
Memorist, John Curry (60): "Hi Henry: Here is another of my
childhood events while living in Clinton, MD. I have only included
some of the less embarrassing adventures. They all seem so simple
now looking back over these 50 some years. Can it have been that
long ago? Oh well, here it is, I hope someone enjoys the story.
"Our Pet Ducks" A pair of wild Mallard Ducks took up residence
in some bushes next to our house. We decided to make pets of them
and provided food and water. Soon there were six baby ducklings that
wandered all around our place. One day we decided to go swimming in
the creek over by Mr. Woods farm. The ducks followed us everywhere
so naturally they went along on this new adventure as we peddled our
bicycles over to the creek. Upon arriving at the swimming hole,
which was complete with a rope suspended from a tree branch to swing
out over the water, we stripped to our shorts and dove in. Mommy
duck, poppa duck, and six little ducklings all followed us into the
water and were having a great time. That is until some other kids
showed up with their dog. The dog took one look at our ducks and
went crazy! It dashed into the water and swam feverishly over to the
closest duckling. The other kids laughed at us for having such funny
pets and described what their dog was going to do to our ducks. We
yelled at the dog but to no avail. We watched in horror as it was
about to bite the first duckling but to everyone's surprise it
merely disappeared under the water. The surprised dog now was
treading water, wondering what just happened. The duckling
reappeared several feet away and quickly swam off, quacking as if
satisfied at his swift maneuver. The dog now zeroed in on another
target to only have the same results, a disappearing duck. Each of
his aborted attacks was followed by ripples on the water where a
duck had been only moments before. We now sat back to watch the
outcome of this titanic battle because the ducks seemed to be quite
in control of the situation at hand. This duck chasing and dunking
continued for some time until the dog finally tired of being
outwitted by some dumb ducks. It climbed out of the water and
completely ignored them. We continued to swim and enjoy out champion
ducks until it was time to go home.Hey, our ducks beat your dog!
17. HORNET MUSICIANS PLAN
SPRING AND SUMMER PERFORMANCES.
Leslie St. Clair (70) has updated us on the performance schedule for
two bands with Surratts roots.
Leslie informs us that the upcoming schedule for "Straight Flush"
(which includes Gary Hopkins (70)) is as follows:
April 13 and 14, 2007 - Martini's Lounge White Plains, Maryland
May 4 and 5, 2007 - Martini's Lounge White Plains, Maryland
May 12, 2007 - Beach Cove Restaurant & Lounge - 301-855-0025
May 18, 2007 - J W & Friends Restaurant (703) 451-4556 - 8 PM
June 8 and 9, 2007 - Martini's Lounge White Plains, Maryland
June 16 - Griffin's Chesapeake Beach, Maryland 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
(corner of RT 260,which is Chesapeake Beach Road and Horrace Ward
July 14 and 14 - Martini's Lounge White Plains, Maryland
Sept. 14 and 15, 2007 - Martini's Lounge White Plains, Maryland
Dec 14 and 15, 2007 - Martini's Lounge White Plains, Maryland
Leslie also informs us that "State of Mind" (which includes Jimi
Smith (71)) will be performing at the The Crooked i (formerly known
as Chaney's) at the Beach Cove Resturant and Bar in North Beach on
April 7, 2007 from 9 pm to 1am.
Hope you're all enjoying the first days of Spring!
All the best, Henry Smith (71),
THANKS TO THESE (EARLY) DONORS TO THE
FOUNDATION'S 2007 CAMPAIGN
Pat Becker Oles (71)
Steve Profilet (71)
Michelle Shelley Wilson Block (68)
TONY VILELLA, son of Judy Berganski Villella (78). Tony was an
avid ice hockey player - he played varsity form DeMatha and won the
championship. Tony was 19 years old, attending Towson
University playing hockey. A scholarship fund, the Anthony G.
Villella Scholarship Fund, has been established at DeMatha to keep
Tony's memory alive and to help kids who need funds for college.
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