THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2009-9 OF
SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
Here are some items that might be of interest:
WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOUNDATION MAKES MAJOR GIFT TO SCHOOL.
This very exciting press release was issued by Roderick Moore, the
current Surratts Athletic Director: "It is my extreme pleasure
to let you all know that the Washington Redskins Charitable
Foundation has selected our high school to be a beneficiary of the
Fields for Tomorrow Field Maintenance Program. Fields for
Tomorrow is an initiative of the Washington Redskins Charitable
Foundation that provides regular maintenance to football fields at
locations throughout Washington, DC, and Maryland.
Fields for Tomorrow renovates, upgrades, and maintains football
fields at high schools in need throughout Washington, DC and Prince
George's County, MD. How bout them Skins! Sincerely,
2. AND SPEAKING OF HORNET FOOTBALL...
Coach Robert Harris just informed us that the Hornet football team
soon will host the highly-ranked Sentinels of Ft. Hill High School
in Cumberland. The entire Surratts community is invited to
attend the game on September 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the School.
(Ft. Hill will be bringing five or six busloads of fans, so the
Hornets will really appreciate the local support!)
REPORT FROM OUR CLINTON CORRESPONDENTS. We
received this great report from our Clinton community
correspondents, Surratts parents Marge and Bill Allen: "Hello Henry:
Once again, "good news coverage" in the Surratts e-Notices.
Bob Ross of the PTSA continues his great communication about
Surrattsville. We have met the new SHS Principal, and
hope to be on hand for her welcoming gathering. Clinton grows
and grows; we need better roads etc. Here are the some
signs of the "once rural" Clinton; expansion of Miller's Farm,
a top notch vegetable stand, Rita's for treats, support for
local restaurants, preservation of the barns, a more friendly
attitude. Our police chief wants support for community walks,
intermingling; there is a blessing before the walk begins, and
after the walks there are refreshments. About five more walks
are scheduled! We expect a terrific turnout for National Night
Out on August 4. Marge and Bill"
TAKES FACEBOOK-INSPIRED TRIP. We received this
interesting note from Rick Torrecarion (74): "Henry: I
recently did a cross country trip for my summer vacation just
visiting my old high school friends who I recently reconnected with
on Facebook. I went through 30 states and drove 7600 miles, so
I am glad you are encouraging everyone to join the Surrattsville
Alumni Group and their Class Groups on Facebook. Rick"
[Ed. note: We'd love to hear other Facebook-related stories of
5. HORNET RV'ERS FEATURED
IN MSNBC PIECE. Bill (71) and Esthermay Brooks were
recently appointed "SAMBASSADORS" in the Good Sam RV Club, and
featured in a great MSNBC piece about the RV lifestyle. The
MSNBC article, by business editor Roland Jones, can be found at
Jones notes in his piece that Bill and Esthermay "have crossed the
continental US five times over the last 15 years, chalking up visits
to all the lower 48 states in their national roving. They plan
to steer their 35-foot-long Georgie Boy Pursuit motor home north to
visit the 49th state, Alaska, in 2011."
Good luck to Bill and
Esthermay on that upcoming long journey!
YEARBOOK SOUGHT. Pat McArthur (70) is looking for a
copy of the 1970 Boomerang. If you have any ideas that might
help, please contact Pat at
7. SURRATTSTOCK III
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. The Chair of the Surrattstock III
event to be held on the evening of June 25, 2010, Stacey Fowler
(87), is seeking volunteers to staff the ticket table and
refreshment line, etc. If you'd be willing to help out with
this good cause, please contact Stacey at
8. PTSA CO-SPONSORS LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP.
The Surrattsville PTSA is co-sponsoring a leadership workshop for
parent teacher organization officers, fundraising chairs,
treasurers, and incoming and returning leaders. The workshop
will cover how to make a budget, set goals, run a meeting, work with
a board, keep records and minutes, understand bylaws, build
membership, recruit volunteers, raise funds, advocate for students
and more. There will also be vendors on hand for fundraising
ideas. The workshop will be held Saturday, September 12, 2009,
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kingsford Elementary School, 1401
Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, MD 20721. The workshop is
free, but advance registration is required. Contact the
Maryland PTA at 800-707-7972 or 410-760-6221, or at
firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, email
address and phone number. The deadline for registration is
September 9. Breakfast and lunch will be are provided.
9. YEARBOOKS AVAILABLE. The Foundation has
a limited supply of yearbooks from 2003 through 2006. If you'd
like one of these yearbooks (which are available for $15 including
shipping and handling), please send me an email to
10. WELCOME EVENT FOR NEW PRINCIPAL.
As we previously reported, Surrattsville has a new Principal, Kristi
Holden. The PTSA cordially invites all members of the
Surrattsville community to attend a Meet & Greet Reception for
Principal Holden, on Wednesday, September 2, from 6:30- 8:30 p.m.,
in the Multipurpose Room.
11. DONATIONS TO
FOUNDATION MADE EASIER. The Foundation now has a
"button" on the home page of the Foundation's web site (www.surrattsville.org)
that makes it easier for our very generous donors to contribute to
the Foundation using a credit card or paypal. (Of course, the
Foundation is still happy to accept donations in the form of mailed
A special request to our on-line donors:
please include your graduation year/faculty years/etc. in your
on-line donation form.
12. 2010 ALL
CLASSES/FACULTY/STAFF EVENTS. Please don't forget to
mark you calendars for the Foundation's third "All
Classes/Faculty/Staff" events to be held over the long weekend of
Friday June 25 - Sunday June 27, 2010. The schedule of events, which
is similar to the schedule of the events for the great 2000 and 2005
events, is as follows:
-Friday June 25, 2010 - Golf Outing.
-Friday June 25, 2010, 7 P.M. - 11 P.M. - Surrattstock III.
-Saturday June 26, 2010, 10 A.M - 4 P.M. - All Classes/Faculty/Staff
Picnic and School Open House.
-Saturday June 26, Evening -
Saturday evening will be set aside for Class-specific events.
-Sunday June 27 - Sunday will be set aside for Class-specific
picnics and other informal gatherings.
26 AND 27, 2010 CLASS-SPECIFIC EVENTS. Please note
that many Classes are planning Class-specific events for the evening
of Saturday June 26, 2010, and some for Sunday June 27, 2010.
Please check in with your Class's "Official Reunion Contact" to make
sure he or she has your current contact information and to get an
update on any plans your Class has for the big reunion weekend.
(ORC contact information can be found on the "Classes" page on the
web site at
14. UPDATE ON
FOUNDATION PRESENCE ON FACEBOOK. There are now
approximately 800 members of the "Surrattsville Alumni" Group on
Please consider joining this Group on Facebook --
it's free -- because we will be posting information about upcoming
Foundation events there.
In addition, please consider
joining your Class's Class-specific Group on Facebook, many of them
titled simply "Surrattsville [Year]" (for example, "Surrattsville
1970," "Surrattsville 1971," etc.), as a way to keep connected with
classmates and news on upcoming Class-specific events like those to
be held on Saturday June 26, 2010 and Sunday June 27, 2010.
15. POSSIBLE 80/81 REUNION. The Classes of
80 and 81 are planning a possible reunion for June 2010. They
need a contact person for the Class of 80. Please contact
Teresa Blandford Pepper at
email@example.com to provide contact info.
CLASS OF 89 PLANS REUNION. The Class of 89 is
planning a reunion. Please contact Debbie Owen Pell at
information or if you have any contact information for 89 grads or
members of their families.
17. SURRATTS COOKBOOK.
As previously reported, Leslie St. Clair (70) and Diane "Cookie"
Boyd (71) are putting together a Cookbook of Hornets' Favorite
Recipes. They're hoping that a number of you will submit
recipes, and they'll break them down by category and have them bound
and offer them for sale at the 2010 All Classes/Faculty/Staff
events. All proceeds will go to the Foundation. If you
have a recipe you'd like to share, please send it to Leslie and
18. FOR OUR MORE
MATURE READERS. We received this item that might ring
some bells with our readers who spent some time in the "Old School"
"Someone asked the other day, What was your
favorite fast food when you were growing up?
We didn't have fast
food when I was growing up, I informed him. All the food was
C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?
It was a place
called "at home,'' I explained!
Mom cooked every day and when Dad
got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table,
and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit
there until I did like it.
By this time, the kid was laughing so
hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so
I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to
leave the table.
But here are some other things I would have told
him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled
Some parents never owned their own house, wore Levis, set
foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit
In their later years they had something called a revolving
charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe
it was Sears & Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck
anymore. Maybe he died.
My parents never drove me to soccer
practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I
had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one
We didn't have a television in our house until I
was 5. It was, of course, black and white, and the station
went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem; it
came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally
produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.
I was 13
before I tasted my first pizza, it was called "pizza pie."
When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese
slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned
that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.
We didn't have a
car until I was 4. It was an old black Dodge.
I never had a
telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the
living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you
had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't
already using the line.
Pizzas were not delivered to our home.
But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys
delivered newspapers. They delivered a newspaper, six days a week.
It cost 7 cents a paper, of which they got to keep 2 cents. They had
to get up at 6 a.m. every morning. On Saturday, they had to
collect the 42 cents from their cus tomes. Their favorite customers
were the ones who gave them 50 cents and told them to keep the
change. Their least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to
never be home on collection day.
Movie stars kissed with their
mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie
ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to
enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast
food, you may want to share some of these memories with your
children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut
Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in
December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the
bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew
immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought
they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as
the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to sprinkle
clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.
How many of these do you remember?
Head lights dimmer
switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
Real ice boxes.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars
without turn signals.
Blackjack chewing gum
bottles with colored sugar water
machines that dispensed glass bottles
Coffee shops or
diners with tableside juke boxes
Home milk delivery in glass
bottles with cardboard stoppers
Party lines on the telephone
Newsreels before the movie
patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there
until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3
channels, if you were fortunate)
45 RPM records
S& H green stamps
trays with lever
Roller skate keys
Wash tub wringers
I hope this e-Notice finds you well and
having enjoyed a relaxing summer!
All the best, Henry
MANY THANKS TO THESE (EARLY) DONORS TO
THE 2009 CAMPAIGN!
Steve Profilet (71)
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Teri Pepper Dimsey (77), In veneration of my
classmates turning 50 this year
T. Summers Gwynn III (64), In
memory of BillGwynn (64)
Ann Weaver Pelle (71)
Sturtevant Smith (70)
Henry Smith (71)
Jeanine Carroll Maclary
(73), In Memory of Her Brother, James R. Carroll, Jr.
Simontacchi Young (57)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Judy Gordon Mentlik (65), In Memory of Greg White (65),
David Shriver (65) and Laura Chovan (former
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61, former Faculty and
Administration), In memory of Lillian Holland
Dan Bayne (71)
Tom Travis (72)
Sally Travis (72)
Rick Tazelaar (73)
Paul Monaghan (59)
Coach Lew Jenkins (former
Faculty, 1967 - 1993)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54)