THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2011-4 OF APRIL 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. REPORT FROM THE TSUMANI ZONE. We received from Mike Rumley (71) this harrowing report about one family's struggle after the Japanese earthquake/tsunami:
"Dear Henry: My son Matt lives and works in Tokyo. Matt is a U.S. embassy employee there, and his wife Hiroko runs a small neighborhood bar/cafe for her sister. Hiroko's family is from the tsunami stricken area and has, like so many others, been devastated by the earthquake. Food in Tokyo is in short supply and some utilities are not back on. The trains are running, but shut down constantly with the larger aftershocks. Right now the major concern for them is their family up north. Our major concern is for Matt. He is on the volunteer list to be sent up north to help with one of the aid programs. He speaks a fair amount of Japanese and is very familiar with the area and has a good understanding of their culture. Our family is extremely worried about the nuclear radiation problem there, but like Matt said, "someone has to go there; why not me.” Maybe they won't need him. Below are some emails and postings that Matt has sent. It will give you a small glimpse into what has transpired right after the quake. Mike
"The phones are out and I am still alive with Hiroko. When the phones come back up I will call you guys with love! The ground won’t stop! It will be all over the news and it is bad but I am safe with Hiroko. 7.9, with 6+ aftershocks.* I am scared. The tsunami has hit already in Hiroko's hometown and we can't reach her mom so Hiroko is in tears. I will email you as much as I can. It's hard to go in my apartment for too long' it's not safe! Okay, I love you and will call when phones work!
[*They did not know the actual strength of quake at this time. They just knew it was a very long one.]
March 11: F
Yeah, it’s getting old now. Got about two hours sleep so that should keep me going for a bit. Cleaned Hiroko's sister's bar. Windows and glass all over the place. but we got it cleaned. Hope to open it to friends and family, free of charge, so people can get their mind off of the bad. Still lots of aftershocks, but most, even when 6.0 or higher, are not so bad, 8 to 10 seconds only. Unlike the 3 minute+ big one. Went to onsen spa to shower/ Gas is still off until they think it's safe. Looks bad up north. Hiroko's mom said it gets worse by the hour. Avalanche warnings in and near the mountains and two or three have happened so far. As if they need any more to deal with. She also said some pockets of water that stayed inland froze, and that just makes rescue efforts harder.
Not happy with CNN at all; it's like they don’t know a single thing. They said Tokyo shook only a little. Tell that to my TV or gas line that broke and the train station that has no stairs and that’s just 20 feet outside my place. We are safe but yeah I’m shook up. Love you/ We are safe and will be just on edge is all! Shook us a bit!
you and the family could put together a small pot of money as to help Hiroko's family rebuild, any amount is better than nothing. Two homes have been lost; one in Iwate, and the other in Hachinohe.* Hiroko and I will be ramen noodles kings for a few months, as I will give them my salary this month. We put a strict budget together, and if and when I go in the mess we won't have my mouth to feed as I will eat rice with the refugees so to speak. Thanks and love you.
[*Hachinohe is where the damaged nuclear plants are located.]"
[Ed. Note: I know we all send our thoughts and prayers to Matt, Hiroko and their family and neighbors in Japan.]
2. 1954 BOOMERANG SOUGHT. Don Dahl (54) is trying to locate a copy of the 1954 Boomerang. Please contact Don at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information that might be helpful.
3. MORE MARLOW HEIGHTS/CLINTON MEMORIES. We received this follow-up from Ed McMahan (66) to Sandy Miller Oursler's (72) memories shared in the last e-Notice: "Henry: Sandy is correct about MR. H. It was located at the intersection of Springbrook Lane and Schultz Road. And, yes, Ethan Allen Furniture later occupied that same space. My brother Terry (66) had a part time job there. The owner was Mr. Hardesty, thus ‘Mr. H.’ Ed"
And we received this interesting collection of trivia from Bob Wilson (78):
"Hello: Just read the latest newsletter -- and the store mentioned was Woolworth's. A trivia note: Before the post office was built in Temple Hill(s), perhaps in 1966, the Postal Service had a substation there. The zip code was 20031, and was considered a part of Washington DC. When the Post Office was built, the mailing address changed to Temple Hill (the natives always added the "s"). In the early 80's the Postal Service decided that the zip code 200xx was for the city limits of DC only, so the zip changed to 20748. Enjoy! Bob"
[Ed Note: I imagine I'm not the only reader that remembers when the post office actually changed our house numbers, perhaps in the late 60s or early 70s, to have the first numerals approximate the distance from the White House mileage marker, or something like that.]
4. SPECIAL MUSICAL MEMORIES. Here are some great musical memories we received from Pat McArthur (70). We're hoping these recollections might spur some other interesting missives from our readers. (Any of our readers see The Beatles at the Washington Coliseum, or elsewhere?)
"Hey Henry! Here's that great musical story you asked me to share. I have been a Beatles fan ever since that first Ed Sullivan appearance on February 9, 1964. And like most of my friends, my favorite Beatle was (and still is!) Paul McCartney. Since tickets for his concerts sell-out almost as soon as they go on sale, I figured I would never get the chance to see my all-time favorite singer perform live. All that changed in July of 2010. On July 26, 2010, a friend of mine and I drove nearly 500 miles, from the MS Gulf Coast to Nashville, TN, to see Sir Paul perform live! We had great seats (at $250 a pop; I have NEVER paid that much before for concert tickets!), and I got some great photos. I was able to get two video clips, his tribute to George Harrison (he sang 'Something', my friend's favorite Beatles song), and I got a video clip of Sir Paul performing my all-time favorite song EVER, 'Yesterday'. I didn't revert back to my teenage years and scream like crazy; I was too stunned as the realization hit me that, after over 46 years, I FINALLY got to see Sir Paul perform live! (I have seen my other all-time favorite band, Herman's Hermits, nine times since 1999. I will be seeing them again on May 21 at a casino in Bay St. Louis, MS, with the same friend (who is young enough to be my daughter!). All the best, Pat "
5. SEEKING LOST HORNET. Steve Sisk (69) is trying to locate William James Turner (69). Please contact Steve at email@example.com if you have any information that might be helpful.
6. HORNET FEATURED ON TODAY SHOW. We received this interesting email from Bob Mahler (70): "Henry: On 3/25/11, my sister Debbie Mahler Kelley (69) went to New York City to the Today Show with our mother and sister Gloria (77). She was one of two audience members chosen to have a makeover done. So Debbie, Gloria and our mother were all featured on the show. The video was on Facebook for a bit. Just a note about an alum in the news. Bob"
7. SAVE THE DATES: JUNE 24 AND JUNE 25. Thanks to the very active and organized Class of 76, the entire Surrattsville community is invited to "Surrattsville Night" at the Maryland Blue Crabs stadium in Waldorf on Saturday June 25, to be hosted by the Class of 76. A special outfield picnic area will be set aside for the Surrattsville community, and a single price will cover admission and food. Additional details will be published in future e-Notices.
In addition, the Class of 76 is planning some Class-specific events for Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25, so Class of 76 members should check out the Class of 76 Group on Facebook for more information about those events.
8. MORE PRESS FOR "THE CONSPIRATOR". Some of our readers who are members of the bar likely saw the article about "The Conspirator" entitled "Must-See History" in the March ABA Journal. The article noted that attendees at the ABA's mid-year meeting got a nice surprise when they were treated to special viewings of "The Conspirator," described in the article as "a soon-to-be-released film that tells the little known story of Mary Surratt and the young lawyer who represented her." The article notes that the film will be released on April 15, the 146th anniversary of Lincoln's death the morning after the murder shot was fired, and added that the film was the focus of a "packed house" special session at the meeting entitled "In Time of War Do the Laws Fall Silent?"
The screenwriter of "The Conspirator," James D. Solomon, stated at the meeting "I was writing about a human, and I think timeless, story about the relationship between Mary Surratt and her attorney. The ideas about law and security were more abstract. But after 9/11, they were less abstract."
The COO of the company producing the film, The American Film Co., stated that the goal of the company "is to bring incredible, true stories from American history to life on the big screen." (The company has another project in development, "Midnight Riders," that tells the story of Paul Revere and his companions.)
No hint was given in the article whether the Mary portrayed in the film is the "probably guilty" or "probably not guilty" version. It appears that those of us who acquired our lasting interest in U.S. history – and especially Surrattsville history -- from great teachers like Dutch Anderson at Surrattsville will need to await the film's opening to see what slant is put on Mary's role/non-role in the murder conspiracy.
9. 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.
10. "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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. MORE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. We received from Neal Dawson (73) tips on the two U.S. Navy paid summer internship opportunities, for college and high school students, pasted below. These are likely to be of interest to some of our readers and their children.
I hope some of you soon are already trimming back the jonquils! Henry Smith (71)
DEB BASTEK (71) died on February 17, from complications arising from a 19-year fight with lupus. Deb is survived by her brother Ron, and many loving close friends, cousins and aunts. Deb was an extraordinarily active member of the Class of 71, during her years at Surrattsville and beyond, and a great supporter of the Foundation.
Ron has planned a celebration of Deb's life at one of her favorite restaurants, Timbuktu, 1726 Dorsey Road, Hanover, MD 20176 (near BWI), on May 29 from 1 – 4 p.m. Ron notes: "Deb will be there with her Beatles music and I thought it would be a nice send off to have her friends and relatives join her in one last bit of food, drink, and memories." (Ron has requested that folks send in any photos of Deb for a photo show being assembled for the gathering.) Please send Ron an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend the celebration.
Deb requested that any donations in her memory be made to a lupus organization of the donor's choice.
MANY THANKS TO THESE (EARLY) DONORS TO THE 2011 CAMPAIGN!
Patricia Becker Oles (71)
Steve Profilet (71)
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Thomas V. Mike Miller (60)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Bob Freitas (70)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Coach Lew Jenkins
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