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LSHS Class of 1957
Vol X # 3 March 2012
Ed Heinlein, E IC Emeritus
Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya! (My Irish comes out every March … sorry) Thought it would be fun to put pictures of our Class Officers for each of our 4 years at LSHS in as Photos of the Month; however, the 1954 Reflector didn’t publish a group picture of officers, so will just be able to list names for our Freshman year (as was done back then) . . . Freshman Class Officers Robert Ray Dunning, President Karen Winterowd, Secretary Danny Krell, Vice-President Bob Jones, Treasurer
Photos of the Month
Guess Terry was absent on pic day!
An update from our “fearless leader” Ed Heinlein
Who’s coming to the BIGGEST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR ? WOW! Be sure to save the weekend of June 8-10. It’ll be the first time for several of us to attend the Golden Reunion on Sunday the 10th. Marilyn Pruyn said that the sign-up forms and info for this unique gathering of alums whose Classes were graduated 50 or more years ago will be sent out on March 19th. Now, I’m gonna do something I know you all will agree is very difficult for me. I’m gonna hush up (on this event, only, however)! But I am more than pleased that we will also be celebrating the Class’s 55th with a Reunion on the Friday and Saturday (June 8 & 9). Yep, the M’s are at it again! Here’s what I am told is the Plan, so far: Friday evening we will be gathering at the house of Roy Hatfield in Lakewood. We are each to bring heavy hors d’oeuvres, deserts or the like so we can have kind of a munching light supper while we get caught up on each other’s new or refurbished tall tales. This is no sit-down formal dinner, as Roy has told me he will be hiding all the good linen, Havilland china and especially the silver flat wear. I guess he knows his Classmates too well! This is a drop-in affair starting six-ish and ending whenever. On Saturday evening our dinner will be held at the Argyle Room at Lakewood. Roy has arranged that we can have their private room gratis. Also, we are going to be able to order from their regular menu and pay separately (they accept cash or credit/debit cards). We will be able to order drinks from the no-host cash bar in the restaurant. We can gather at 6:00 and eat at 7:00. No events are scheduled for Saturday afternoon, at least at this time. Details (addresses, directions and maybe even a rough map) will follow in the next two issues of HI-LIFE II. Scholarship Update. We have raised the amount of the Award to $1500 (from $1,000), at least for 2012. More on the changes we are starting will be covered is those issues, and we will have a meeting of the Committees during our 55th/ Golden Reunion weekend. In the meantime, our Scholarship Award Ceremony will be held at 1:00 in the Brockman Lecture Hall on a Friday in mid-to-late April. More details soon. I cannot tell you how gratifying it is to see the young man or woman react to this presentation and meet the “winner” and the parents. I have always thought attending pays honor to the student, the School, the Class and ourselves. And it is over in 15 minutes. Please seriously consider attending if you possibly can. So . . .
see you in June!
From Sharon’s Kitchen . . .
Sharon’s Kitchen is planning ahead toward Easter Sunday Morning---whether it be Sunrise Service breakfast or brunch later. The prepare-ahead French Toast and the baked fruit dish couldn’t be easier or more delicious—and you don’t have to think about finding expensive out-of-season fresh fruit. This should serve 8 to 10 people
Baked French Toast Casserole
1 loaf French bread 8 large eggs 2 cups half and-half 1 cup milk 2 Tbls granulated sugar 1 teas vanilla extract ¼ teas cinnamon ¼ teas nutmeg Dash salt Praline Topping, recipe follows Syrup
Slice bread into 20 diagonal slices, 1” thick. Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9x13” pan in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk/egg mixture. Spoon some in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple or other flavored syrup of your choice
½ pound (2 sticks) butter 1 cup light brown sugar 1 cup chopped pecans 2 Tbls light corn syrup ½ teas cinnamon ½ teas nutmeg Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well.
Gingered Baked Fruit
1 (20oz) can pineapple, drained 1 (16oz) can pears, drained ¼ cup butter ¾ cup brown sugar 1 (16oz) can peach halves, drained 1 (6oz) jar maraschino cherries, drained ½ Tbls ginger ½ Tbls cinnamon
Combine fruit in a 1 ½ quart casserole dish. Melt butter; add sugar and spices, stirring until smooth. Pour ginger mixture over fruit. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes
Looks like this sign at the Downtown Lee's Summit Amtrak station will need to be updated. Congratulations to Pat Metheny on winning his 19th Grammy Award - this time for his album "What's It All About."
If you want to check out more on Pat, go to http://www.methenymusicfoundation.com/ And another Lee’s Summit boy makes good . . . (Dale Hartley’s grandson)
Derek Ferguson, Resident of Hollywood and Broadway, But Grounded in Lee’s Summit
Published in the LS Tribune February 22, 2011 By Merle Bowers Derek Ferguson Tribune Photo / Merle Bowers
If you were to be introduced to Eric Bishop, Mark Vincent or even Chan Kong-Sang, you might not realize that you were in the presence of celebrities Jamie Foxx, Vin Diesel or Jackie Chan. However; if someone introduced you to Derek Ferguson you would know him by the same name whether you were having coffee with him at Whistlestop Coffee and Mercantile, or seeing him on screen with Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. I was privileged this past week to talk to Derek about his Lee’s Summit upbringing and his current run of success on the two coasts. Derek appears in the recently released romantic comedy, No Strings Attached, starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. He has been enjoying two weeks in his home town of Lee’s Summit, Missouri before heading out to New York to begin rehearsals for Wonderland, a musical based on the story of Alice in Wonderland, set to open on Broadway April 17. While attending Lee’s Summit High School, Derek participated in drum line, concert choir and performed in several musicals (Funny Girl, Pippin and 42nd Street). While doing this, he also traveled north each night for dance lessons at Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance in Gladstone. Ferguson credits the Lee’s Summit Schools with giving him a very sound education in the performing arts. “I have colleagues who attended high schools for the performing arts and I don’t feel they learned anything that I have not.”
He first became drawn to music while watching LSHS Homecoming parades from the sidewalk in front of his grandfather Dale Hartley’s furniture store, “Hartley’s.” “I remember hearing and feeling the drum beat of the marching band, long before they passed in front of the store.” He also participated in soccer and tae kwon do, winning a Junior Olympics gold medal in the latter sport. After graduating high school, he moved to Hollywood and was able to perform with the likes of Paula Abdul, Ne-Yo, Jordin Sparks and the Pussycat Dolls. He has appeared on television shows; Warren the Ape, Jimmy Kimmel Live and VH1’s Divas Live. “I didn’t attend college, but created my own college in observing and learning from my auditions and rehearsals, observing the people around me.” Ferguson further explains, “I did not move up in my career until I gave myself permission to do so, when I felt I was worthy.” “I feel the sky’s the limit, I am enjoying my success, but I am not finished by any means.” His former drama teacher, Ben Martin, comments, “He never stopped trying to improve his skills—constantly taking classes and lessons. He’s also constantly examining what it means to be a outstanding performer. He sounds like a philosopher sometimes when he is talking about his path and his preparations for the future.” Ferguson also gives credit to his Lee’s Summit roots. “Whenever I come back, I enjoy seeing my family, playing with my niece and nephews, and fishing on Lake Winnebago. It keeps me grounded. I enjoy being the ‘fun uncle’.” He regrets that his niece and nephews will have to be 17 before they can see his first movie, due to its R rating. He also takes another part of his home town with him to the coast. “I’m a rabid Chiefs fan. While performing I like to watch the games with the stage crew while waiting for my time on stage.” He enjoys helping other students who want a career in the arts and looks forward to mentoring them as he credits Ben Martin, retired Lee’s Summit West theater teacher, with mentoring him. “It is good to have more experienced folks to guide the rambunctious nature in young people.” Even if he does choose to take a stage name someday, Derek Ferguson will always be our hometown boy whether on the silver screen, the Broadway stage, or in the downtown coffee shop.
Emerald Isle Parade 2012… Downtown Lee's Summit
(Photos from “Downtown Lee’s Summit” Facebook page)
Congratulations to the LSHS Girls Basketball team for winning the District 16 Class 5 Championship.
An update from Ted Atkins . . .
Hi Gang... It's been awhile since I provided an update on my cancer thing so thought I'd check in. After the cyber-knife radiation treatments on my liver in early January Karen and I were on pins and needles waiting to see if it did any good. Following blood work and a PetScan last week we met with all my doctors on 2/22 for a brain-storming session to see where we are at. I am very happy to report that the cancer has not spread further. There is a small node in an area where my pancreas used to be but the 2 sports on the liver have remained stagnant. Thank you Lord. The 3 docs were smiling from ear to ear. I've always said: a happy doc is a happy Ted. I realize that my cancer will never be cured and that we can only try to contain it. They've told me that I have additional treatments (including some experimental stuff) in the weeks/months ahead but after what I've been thru this past year that'll be like water off a duck's back. As many of you know, in the middle of all this, I had extensive dental work/surgery in January. Had to do it in a hospital because of the risk of bacteria infections and my low immune system. My dentists told me that my insurance would cover it because of the hospital venue and the work would be a medical procedure, not dental. You can imagine my shock this week to get a hospital bill for over $5,000. I don't have dental coverage and the health insurance company I have says this was dental work, not medical. I'm going to fight this to the max, especially since I was told to have it done in a hospital due to the possibility of infection and my immune system. And the high risk of bleeding. I smell an appeal coming big time. Meanwhile, I'm practicing. . . "Good afternoon and welcome to Walmart." And Tues. and Thurs. nights I'm real good with: "...and would you like fries with that?" Anyway...in for a penny, in for a pound. My doctors approved it and today Karen and I booked a cruise to the Caribbean on March 24. We'll fly into Miami (have you checked air fares lately? Jeeez!) the day before to have dinner with old friends. Got a cabin with a balcony which is the only way to go. We'll be rowing Celebrity Cruise Lines' big new ship, Eclipse. You get a discount if you help row and they give you a free vodka and tonic every hour. The only rough part is when the Captain wants to go water-skiing. Karen's already packin'. Air fare, hotel, insurance (I had to take it because of my situation), cat hotel, parking, tips and a fee for a baggage check (hate this one) all amount to three times what the cruise itself costs. They do nickel and dime ya. We're spending money like we have some. Does it mean anything when your doctors say to go ahead and take that cruise? And the quicker the better? Maybe I'm just paranoid. They're calling this one of the mildest Pittsburgh winter on record so far. Knock on wood. It'll probably be 85 when we leave for Miami. Oh, well... Ted
I received from LuAnn (Mrs. Jack ‘58) Smith an update on their little grandson, Cason. We all need to continue keeping Cason in our prayers (and God Cans), as well as his Mommy, Daddy and Grandma. They have a rough road ahead, but sounds like they are all strong and determined … and I’m sure Jack is doing all he can from up above. Message to us from LuAnn . . .
Here's a photo of Cason taken this morning on the way home. He's tuckered out after a long day yesterday!
Such a cute little guy! So sad
After 3-1/2 years, we finally have a diagnosis for Cason. Genetic testing has been completed on blood work done on Cason's first visit here. His diagnosis falls under the broad category of G.E.F.S. (Genetic Epilepsy with Febrile Seizures). There are 32 different types of seizures and Cason's condition is Dravet's Syndrome, a rare catastrophic form of epilepsy for which there is no cure. It is progressive and results in mental retardation, so Cason probably will never be able to live independently. The doctor they are seeing here is a specialist in epilepsy. He normally is a diagnostician and refers the patient to another doctor, but he has elected to keep Cason as his patient. The first order of treatment is to wean Cason off all the medications he has been getting through the Dallas doctors as some of them make Dravet's worse. He will be put on Onfi, a drug used in Europe with better success in controlling Dravet seizures. It has had orphan status in the U.S. since 2008 and this doctor has treated many patients with it in an effort to control seizures. Cason will continue to attend school for speech and other therapies. It is fortunate this was diagnosed as soon as it has been to get him into aggressive therapy. There is a ketogenic diet treatment (high fat, low carb) but Cason is not a candidate for this. There are also invasive procedures (Vagus Nerve Stimulator) and removing the skull cap to insert electrodes directly into the brain, but neither is recommended at this time. The doctor gave Heather and Chad a book to read and lots of literature and I found the Dravet Foundation website online. I have encouraged them to join for both information and moral support from other parents. They also can check into financial aid for children with a permanent disability. They are both on a roller coaster of emotions right now; devastated with the news, but relieved to finally have a diagnosis. I told them that since we now know what's ahead we will get through it together. Your prayers are appreciated. LuAnn
Pat (Damsgard) Hoglund has continued recuperating from her fall a couple of months ago, having in-home therapy. Then, lo and behold, I received an email from her (3/9) saying “Well, I took a real tumble last night about 6:30. My back and butt are bruised and sore. Called Jack and Jan (neighbors) who came right over but were afraid to move me. Jack called EMS and 4 very nice and capable folks came out. The one in charge was a big bruiser who just picked my fat buns up and sat me down. Never a dull moment around here.” Marcia (Fields) Russell is still in the rehab center in Joplin, MO. Still no date estimate for release to go home. Her husband, Bob, gets by to see her every day. He says she has a new phone since she lost hers in the tornado and she is still having trouble learning to operate it, ( I can relate to that!) so “if you try to call her she may not get it answered.” An update (3/14) from Jim Brockman regarding his Dad .. “Mr.B” …
My dad is doing great, he is in his condo and taking his medicine with the help of hospice. He is walking to dinner and the only thing he is unhappy with is he now has to use a walker. Not bad for almost 96 yrs old. We are going to see him next month and I will give you an update after our visit. Jim
And from the mailbox . . .
Lots of news from Margaret (Davis) Offen . . .
Tom had to go have another MRI on his back a couple of weeks ago and has an appointment on the 19th of March to see what's wrong now. Hope he doesn't have to have back surgery again. The doctor said they may be able to give him shots to relieve the pain he's having now. Think he did too much once he got back to work and even here at the house. Seems like he's having more health issues now that he is in his older years, guess it's finally catching up with him. We went to Ameristar and stayed overnight super bowl Sunday. Got adjoining rooms and Rick (my son) and a friend stayed in one room and us in another. Had a great time watching NY win!! and ole' Tom got a little tipsey and passed out on me after the game so I went back downstairs for a while and won about $90. We had a great time, glad NY won. I have gone back to work 2 days a week 4 hours a day where I used to work. Gets me out of the house and we have a little extra spending money. The all school reunion is coming up on June 10th. Have talked to Ed and we decided we should have our 55th reunion that weekend also. Have talked to Roy about having something at his house Friday night the 8th, be it just a GTG (Bring what you want to drink) or snacks. Then on Saturday night he said we could have dinner at the Lakewood Club House, they have a room we can have, at no charge only what you want to eat. Just have to have a count for them. If anyone has a better suggestion please let me know. Thought we should get a count as soon as possible as to how many of our class will be at the all school reunion. Hopefully we will have a good turnout. Let me know what you think and will talk to you soon. Margaret
I heard from Ed that Doug McGlynn had moved back to Springfield, MO, so I sent Doug an email to get his new address for our Class roster. His response when I asked if this meant “semiretirement” . . .
Hello, Marilyn – Not really a “semi-retirement”! I actually now have two different jobs in two different states! I am priest of a new and growing church in Springfield MO and still professor in a seminary in Wisconsin! The latter now involves only four months of the year, the former twelve! So I am now flying from Springfield to Milwaukee every Monday evening and returning to Springfield on Friday morning, February through May to celebrate the Eucharist and preach on Sunday! Best contact with me, though, is the Missouri one: 3440 S. Delaware Ave # 111 Springfield MO 65804 Office phone: 417.881.1906 Email: email@example.com -- Wisconsin Home phone: 417.368.2648 firstname.lastname@example.org – Missouri Cell – on only when in transit: 262.349.1858 Every good thing to you…………..Doug
Received a fun report from the Garrisons … March 14, Canyon Lake, Tx
Greetings from "deep in the heart of Texas". Thought I was considered a snowbird, but lo and behold they call us winter Texans. We have visited with Loren and Pat Hoglund several times. Lots of fun. Pat is as "nuts" in person as she is in her e-mails. Definitely concur with Ted Atkins endorsement of cruises. For our twenty fifth anniversary we took a cruise that included entering the Panama Canal from the Atlantic side and then back thru the three
locks. Was really impressed. Seeing the Panama had been on my "bucket list" for a long time. The cruise was wonderful! A week from today we head to East Texas.....the Piney Woods Area. A new adventure for us. Looking forward to seeing Toledo Bend Lake and the Tyler, Tx rose gardens. Scoop...George Luther is to finally retire April 30th!! Will chisel it in stone after May 1st! Thanks for all your efforts with our great newsletter. Later, Garry
Larry Beary passes the following warning to us . . .
VIN NUMBER - WARNING Here is INFO worth the price of your car.... WHAT WILL the car thieves THINK OF NEXT? The car thieves peer through the windshield of your car or vehicle, write down the VIN # from the label on the dash, go to the local car dealership and request a duplicate key based on the VIN #. I didn't believe this e-mail, so I called Chrysler-Dodge and pretended I had lost my keys. They told me to just bring in the VIN #, and they would cut me one on the spot, and I could order the keyless device if I wanted. The Car Dealer's Parts Department will make a duplicate key from the VIN #, and collect payment from the thief who will return to your car. He doesn't have to break in, do any damage to the vehicle, or draw attention to himself. All he has to do is walk up to your car, insert the key and off he goes to a local chop shop with your vehicle. You don't believe it? It IS that EASY. To avoid this from happening to you, simply put some dark tape (electrical tape, duct tape or medical tape) across the VIN Number Metal Label located on the dashboard. By law, you cannot remove the VIN, but you CAN cover it so it can't be viewed through the windshield by a car thief. I urge you to forward this to your friends before some other car thief steals another car or truck. I slipped a 3x5 card over my VIN NUMBER. PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS NOW!!!!! THEY WILL THANK YOU FOR IT.
I never would have thought of that; guess I just don’t have a creative mind like some of these modern thieves. . . or (added by Carl) the TIME they have to plan while they are serving their prison sentence! Sounds like a real worry, but an easy fix. Use your imagination and place something decorative over the VIN plate … instead of hanging it from your rear view mirror! Those little fuzzy dice from the ‘50s ought to work fine.
Jack Place shared with us his . . . Observations On Growing Older
~Your kids are becoming you...and your grandchildren are perfect! ~Going out is good ... Coming home is better! ~You forget names ... but it's OK because other people forgot they Even knew you!!! ~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything ... especially golf. ~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore. ~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed ... it's called "pre-sleep". ~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch.. ~You tend to use more four-letter words ... "what?" ... "when?" ... ??? ~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere. ~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!! ~What used to be freckles are now liver spots. ~Everybody Whispers. ~You have three sizes of clothes in your closet ... two of which you will never wear again. ~But old is good in some things: Old songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!! Love You, "OLD FRIEND!"
Speaking of “Old songs” . . . I bought a book recently, The Statler Bros, written by Harold Reid and Don Reid, the only actual blood brothers in the group. (You can order this thru Amazon.com if you are interested) It tells many, many stories of how they started and the road along the way. The interesting part to me was the story behind “our song,” CLASS OF ’57. Harold Reid writes .. Most people assume that Don and I wrote this because it was the year I graduated from high school. You’re half right. Don called me one evening and said, “Let’s get together and write tonight.” I said, “You know, I’m tired, but let me check the TV schedule and if there’s nothing on to watch, I’ll call you back.” I checked. There was nothing on of interest, but one thing caught my eye. Ironsides had an episode that night titled “Class of ’57.” I called my brother and said, “Come on down. I’ve got an idea.” Once we started writing, it became my class. Not all, but some. So, Harold really IS one of us! “And the Class of ’57 had its dreams We all thought we’d change the world with our great works and deeds Or maybe we just thought the world would change to fit our needs The Class of ’57 had its dreams” … Words and Music by Harold Reid and Don Reid
(Photos and writing from the dust cover of book)
TRULY, my favorite singing group of all time!
(1) Paul D. Coverdell Class of 1957 Memorial Scholarship AWARD CEREMONY to be held at LSHS in the Brockman Lecture Hall on Friday, mid-to-late April, at 1:00 in the afternoon. Exact date will be sent out soon. Hope we can get a good attendance to show our support of this year’s awesome student. After the ceremony (around 2 pm), we’re planning to hit Johnny Ray’s for a nostalgic afternoon! Come join us?
(2) Another reminder that the Golden 50 Reunion is coming this summer! More information will be coming the end of this month from the Committee. Please “rsvp asap” . . . and put the following date on your calendar:
Sunday, June 10th, 2012
Hope to see you then at the Lee’s Summit High School cafeteria.
(3) It is also the 55 anniversary of our graduation, so there will be special
activities on Friday (June 8th) and Saturday (June 9th) to celebrate this occasion. Expect a full and exciting weekend!
Classmates birthdays coming in
April 5 – Nettie (Hedgecock) Groves April 9 – Marilyn (Mitchell) Pruyn April 10 – Mary Ann (Whiting) Morie April 11 – Virginia Stewart (deceased) April 13 – Jerry Davis April 16 – Harold Shewmaker April 17 – Richard Lee Barrows April 25 – Glen Curl
Submit your news to . . .
Marilyn (Prewitt) Williams 2813 NE Kendallwood Pkwy #4 Gladstone, MO 64119 (816)437-9422 (620)224-6623 email@example.com and
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Mail to: LS Educational Fdn, 301 NE Tudor Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086-5702 13
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