THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2011-2 OF FEBRUARY 1, 2011
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINEES SOUGHT. This is the time of year when the Foundation Board seeks nominees for the Foundation's annual Achievement Awards. Photos and bios of past years' absolutely outstanding Achievement Award recipients can be found on the Foundation's web site at http://www.surrattsville.org/achievement/index.shtml. If you know of a member of the Surrattsville community who you would like to nominate for a 2010 Award, please send me an email at email@example.com.
2. MEMORIES OF MARLOW HEIGHTS, CON’T. We received this frank (and funny!) email in response to our stories about Marlow Heights memories in the most recent e-Notice: “Hi Henry: After reading the "Marlow Heights Saga" it reminded me that where Iverson Mall is now used to be the ball field for the Silver Hill Boy's Club. At the time, around 1958 or 1959, I think, I still lived in Kentland. We played the Silver Hill team there. The field was located at what is now Iverson Street and Branch Avenue. It was just a sandlot ball field with a backstop, and very dusty. It was not one of my most memorable games in right field, and there were no bathroom facilities. Yes, it happened: the game was too long for my bladder. I was glad the uniforms were a cream color. A few years later we moved to Clinton. Also, although I’m not sure of the year, we played the Morningside Boys' Club in a little league baseball lot across from AFB at what is now the intersection of Allentown Road and Maxwell Drive. Again, just a backstop and a lot of dust. The main attraction for me in Marlow Heights was the Jr. Hot Shoppe. I loved that two-napkin – or, for us guys, one long sleeve shirt -- Royal Burger. Be safe out there gang. Ed McMahan (66)”
And Wayne Coryell and Mike Johnson (77) sent this interesting link to the past: http://www.marlowheights60sand70s.com.
[Ed Note: We realize that our less-senior readers might not appreciate that, for many of our readers, Marlow Heights was "the big city" when they were growing up out in the boondocks of Clinton. As I recall, one had to go either to Marlow Heights or District Heights to find the nearest "shopping center" to Clinton.]
3. SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT HONORED BY FASHION WORLD. We just learned that Foundation scholarship recipient Brene Carrington (07) won a contest called "Pantene Woman" sponsored by Ebony Magazine, and recently visited Chicago for her official photo shoot. A Pantene ad featuring Brene's photos will appear in the April edition of Ebony. Congratulations, Brene!
4. 64 BOOMERANG SOUGHT. Elliott Jones (64) is looking for a copy of the 1964 Boomering. Please contact Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information that might be helpful.
5. MARY SURRATT MOVIE SET TO OPEN APRIL 15. This interesting article by Jonathan Crow appeared last month on yahoo.com:
"Redford Talks About 'The Conspirator'." Robert Redford's latest movie, "The Conspirator," stars James McAvoy and Robin Wright and tackles an overlooked footnote of American history: the case of Mary Surratt, the first woman ever executed by the federal government.
"It's a story that's not really been told," he told me during the Sundance Film Festival. "Very few people know about what this story's about, and yet the story is connected to one of the greatest events in our history, the assassination of Lincoln." The movie is a legal potboiler set during the uneasy days following the surrender of the Confederacy. Screenwriter James Solomon spent 14 years researching the story, pulling much of the dialogue from actual trial transcripts. That historical accuracy was critically important to Redford, who previously directed such period films as "A River Runs Through It" and "Quiz Show."
"You have to be authentic," Redford said. "There's no way I can go into something like this without knowing that the facts I had assembled to tell the story were accurate." As you no doubt learned in grade school, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by famed actor John Wilkes Booth in a box seat at Ford's Theatre. Booth was eventually tracked down and killed in a burning barn in Virginia. In the aftermath of the assassination, the government rounded up scores of suspects. Eight people were ultimately tried and convicted in a military tribunal. One was Mary Surratt, whose son was Booth's right-hand man and who ran a boarding house where Booth and company met to plan the attack.
Whether or not Surratt was part of the conspiracy has long been the subject of historical debate. "There was no guarantee she was involved. They were not able to prove it," said Redford. "She was stoic in the defense of herself. And they put her in a military tribunal, which should have been a civic trial." Enter Frederick Aiken, a decorated Union officer. Through politics, fate, and dumb luck, he ended up with the career-killing assignment of representing one of the most hated people in America. "The story was about this man having to defend this woman he didn't want to defend, who went from not wanting to have anything to do with it to totally believing that this was an unjust situation. That to me is what the film's about," said Redford.
The lengths to which the government went to ensure a conviction were, even in this post-9/11 world, shocking. There were patently partial judges at the tribunal, flagrant jury tampering, and ultimately a presidential directive. Was Redford conscious of any resonances between this historical case and modern-day America when he made the movie? Redford grew cagey. "This is tricky territory. When I got the script, I thought, uh oh. There are obvious parallels with how this country is today. We're not making something up here to make a political point. It's there. It's up to the audience to find it and say 'Wow, how have we progressed? Have we? Or are we repeating ourselves?' But I can't talk about that."
(A trailer for the film can be seen at http://blog.movies.yahoo.com/blog/495-redford-talks-about-the-conspirator. Some of the rural scenery looks awfully familiar, but the pronunciation of "Sir –Ott" sounds a bit odd to Hornet ears!)
6. SEEKING LOST HORNETS. Dick Duke (47) is trying to get in touch with members of the Classes of 46, 47 and 48. Please contact Dick at 734-769-0467, or email@example.com, if you have any info that might be helpful.
7. ALL CLASSES/FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORIES AVAILABLE. Thanks to the herculean work of Pat Becker Oles (71), the Foundation's 2000 Alumni/Faculty/Staff Directory has been updated for 2010, and now includes fascinating "what I'm up to" paragraphs from those who submitted directory information. If you would like a copy of the Directory, send a $20 check payable to the Foundation to: Henry Smith, One W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 950, Towson, MD 21204.
8. "SURRATTSVILLE ALUMNI" WINDOW STICKERS AVAILABLE. Pat Becker Oles (71) also kindly handles the Foundation's "Surrattsville Alumni" window stickers project. Pat notes that the stickers are not the "static cling type," that stick to the inside of a window. Instead, they are the "stick to the outside type," that can stick on a window or bumper, and use "repositional adhesive" (meaning no sticky residue). Information about purchasing the stickers can be found on the web site at surrattsville.org.
9. CLASS OF 2001 PLANS REUNION. The Class of 2001 is beginning work on planning for its ten year reunion, to be held on Saturday June 4, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., at a location to be determined. Please contact Jacquelyn Towns at firstname.lastname@example.org or Courtney Graham at email@example.com if you have any contact info on members of the Class of 2001 or if you would like further information. The Class also has a Facebook page called “The Official c/o 2001 Reunion Page,” which contains photos and information to date.
10. BOOMERANGS AVAILABLE. The Foundation has a limited supply of yearbooks from 1991, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. If you'd like one of these yearbooks (which are available for $15 including shipping and handling), please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. POSSIBLE 80/81 REUNION. The Classes of 80 and 81 are planning a possible reunion for June 2011. They need a contact person for the Class of 80. Please contact Teresa Blandford Pepper at email@example.com to provide contact info.
12. CLASS OF 61 PLANS REUNION. The Class of 1961 will celebrate its 50th Class Reunion at the Colony South Hotel and Conference Center in Clinton. This three day event will take place on June 24-26, 2011. Classmates from other Classes who may be interested are invited to join the celebration. If anyone has any information on missing Class members (listed at the end of this e-Notice) or would like information regarding the reunion, please contact: Don Byroads at 301-475-0127 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Darleen Mabry Burgess at 301-449-7261 or email@example.com.
I hope your 2011 is off to a great start! Henry Smith (71)
MARVIN HAYES (64) died on December 4, 2010 in Palatka, FL. He leaves behind his wife of 39 years Linda, his son Randy, four grandchildren, his sister Carol Pinkey (69), and his parents who reside in Titusville, FL.
MIKE O'CONNELL (61) died on January 8, 2011 at age 67. He was the oldest of the six children of Tom and Gwen O’Connell of Clinton. At Surrattsville, Mike was on the football, basketball, and baseball teams, including Maryland state championship teams. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1965, where he played basketball, Mike received his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. He taught English and writing and coached basketball at Baraboo (Wisconsin) High School, and transitioned to full time farming. He also wrote for the Baraboo News Republic newspaper, where an obituary appeared on Tuesday, January 11. Mike was a champion of the family farm and sustainable agriculture. He published two books of collected poems – Rt. 4 Baraboo, and My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It. He leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Sharon Bisch, and their son Dan, age 27. Mike’s father, Tom, passed away in 1984. His mother, Gwen, now resides in Washington, Virginia. His five siblings also survive him. All six of the O’Connells attended and graduated from Surrattsville, as follows: Mike (61); Patrick “Pat” (63); Thomas, Jr. “Tim” (67); Kathleen “Tina” (74); Kevin (78); and Sean (81).
MANY THANKS TO THESE (EARLY) DONORS TO THE 2011 CAMPAIGN!
Steve Profilet (71)
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Thomas V. Mike Miller (60)
Patricia Becker Oles (71)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
AND MANY THANKS TO THESE MANY DONORS TO THE 2010 CAMPAIGN!
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Steve Profilet (71)
James Coffren (68)
Margaret Edmondson Loveless (39, and former School Nurse), In memory of Truman S. Klein
Dan Bayne (71)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Vicki Forsht Williams (65, and former faculty), In memory of Eugene Colgan and Mildred Biedenkapp)
Susan Curtis Sturgill (65), In memory of Greg White (65)
Vince Antonioli (69)
Terry Zinneman Antonioli (70)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54), In honor of Band Director John Mathena
Victor Negron (71)
Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (60)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54)
J. Paul Rickett (69)
Gloria Blandford Rickett (71)
Jean Hurley Wilhelm (39), In memory of members of the Class of 39
Carol Fite Mothershead (65)
Larry Mothershead (65)
Edward Webster (65)
Sharon Till Webster (66)
Jaquie Goss Leach (65), In memory of Fred Goss, brother, and Class of 70 valedictorian
Jeanine Carroll Maclary (73)
Coach Lew Jenkins (Former faculty for 25 years)
Mike Gifford (84)
Mary Watson Crowley (37), In memory of Ruth Affron Sellner (36)
Ruth Kessler (Former Faculty)
Mary Garner Whittington (46)
Deborah McAllister Brown (72)
Richard Brown (72)
Mary Jo Sputo (76), In memory of Cindy Thompson Vutsinas (76)
Tom and Sally LaPla Travis (72)
Lawrence Romjue (57), In memory of Lois Marie Osgood (57), "You were always on my mind"
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57), In memory of Lois Marie Osgood Honeywell (57)
Vera Twigg (Friend of the Foundation)
Tom Shultz (71)
Nancy Oursler Schillings (65), In memory of Robert Knadel (63)
Henry Smith (71), In memory of John Mamone (72)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (71), In memory of John Mamone (72)
Dave Kraus (65)
Charles Ronald Coleman (53), In memory of Donald England
Paul Monaghan (59)
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61 and former faculty), In celebration of the Class of 61 50th Reunion
Cecelia Smith (former faculty), In memory of Marie Grouby
Anne Noyes (former faculty)
T. Summers Gwynn (64), In memory of Don Rhoades (64)
Melissa Gilcrest (69)
Natalie Nadine Conrad Johnson (80), In memory of Allison Hinckle (80)
Nancy Miller (67)
Patricia Becker Oles (71)
Lee Hessberg (68)
Lois Barrett Hessberg (70)
Brenda Karnes (former faculty), In memory of Marie Grouby and Dixie Vinciguerra
Anonymous, In memory of Francis R. O’Clair